Tag: outside


Innovative Backpack Rescues Injured Soldiers

August 7, 2012   |   Gear, News, Outside   |   0 Comments

One of the toughest, and most crucial, parts of war is evacuating wounded troops. The Pentagon and NATO have recently discussed the possibility of using UAV’s (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) to safely evacuate injured troops.

However, an Israeli company (Agilite) has developed an innovative high-tech plastic backpack/sling/bungee hybrid that allows troops to carry injured persons to safety—on their backs. Check out the video below!

The IPC can also be used by non-military personnel and is ideal for hikers, firefighters, and emergency responders.

Kudos to Agilite for helping to [...] Read More >



Show Your Olympic Spirit!

August 6, 2012   |   Events, Gear, News, Outside   |   0 Comments

The 2012 Summer Olympic Games are in full swing and the competition is heating up!

The United States and China are in a close race with the Chinese athletes currently holding 64 total medals versus the US’s 61.

With the closing ceremonies taking place this Sunday (August 12), the competition is sure to intensify as both countries ‘go for gold.’

This is where you come in.

Show the world your Olympic spirit as well as national pride with the Heritage: Stars [...] Read More >



27th Annual Berkeley Kite Festival

July 27, 2012   |   Art, Events, News, Outside   |   0 Comments

Kites aren’t just for kids anymore! Experience the excitement and artistry of modern kite flying at the 27th Annual Berkeley Kite Festival in Cesar Chavez Park, at the Berkeley Marina.

You’ll find something for everyone as you witness Team Kite Ballet, Japanese-Style Rokkaku Kite Battles, the World’s Largest Octopus Kite, and 20,000 sq. ft. of Giant Creature Kites from New Zealand!

There will also be arts & crafts, festival food, and live music (including Japanese Taiko drummers).

From the Giant Creature Kites as big as [...] Read More >



Off the Grid: Fort Mason

July 25, 2012   |   Art, Events, News, Outside   |   0 Comments

Every so often we like to hip our readers to awesome local events taking place right here in our very own backyard, the San Francisco Bay Area. Join Off the Grid for the Bay Area’s largest weekly mobile food extravaganza at Fort Mason Center this Friday (and every Friday) from 5pm to 10pm!

There will be 30+ vendors composed of the Bay’s best Latin and Asian food trucks, carts, and tents, a full bar, and live music. This event is family friendly as [...] Read More >



Skate Contest @ Proof Lab (July 21)

July 20, 2012   |   Events, News, Outside   |   0 Comments

Proof Lab surf shop, located in Mill Valley, CA, is hosting its first “Wizard’s Cauldron Skate Contesttomorrow from 10am to 5pm!

The contest will take place at their indoor facility — built by legendary Mark “The Wizard” Leski.

Skaters will compete in five-minute heats with the top 2 advancing to a 10-minute final. A $500 grand prize will go to the skater with the best line.

This event is open to ALL ages and entry is FREE!

Vans will also be hosting a BBQ from [...] Read More >



2012 World Championship of Skimboarding

July 19, 2012   |   Events, Gear, News, Outside   |   0 Comments

Aliso Beach Park in Laguna Beach, CA has long been the home of the Victoria Skimboards World Championship of Skimboarding (WCS). The local terrain provides some of the best shore break in the world, attracting contestants from all over the world for the two day event.

The Victoria Skimboards WCS is considered the most prestigious event on the professional skimboarding tour and recently took place over the weekend of July 7th and 8th.  JanSport banners were in full effect [...] Read More >



Ever wished you had your own personal boat? Ever wished you could carry it wherever you went? Well your wishes have finally come true!

Max Frommeld and Arno Mathies, design students at London’s Royal College of Art, have created an origami-like boat that folds into a backpack-size package for easy storage and transportation. They call it the Foldboat.

The small plastic rowboat can be assembled by a single person in as little as two minutes and comes with collapsible oars and inflatable cushions. The [...] Read More >