As we all know, hiking is essentially a basic physical activity. All you need are some decent hiking boots, appropriate clothing and some other essentials for your hiking trip. It used to be that these were pretty much all you needed when you went out on that trail.
But these days, there is always a gadget used by people pursuing all manner of hobbies and interests, and there is certainly no exception to this rule when it comes to hiking. Whether you are going on a brief hike or an excursion that lasts for several days, there will be something for everything in our roundup of 5 really cool hiking gadgets!
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Gone are the days of rubbing sticks together to create a small camp side fire, simply get yourself one of these cool gadgets, fill it up with butane gas from a cheap disposable lighter, and youíre set!
They are self-igniting, and quite frankly are a must-have for any long distance hiking that you do. And even if youíre not out hiking, they are perfect for other uses such as soldering and any electrical repair work.
Another popular must-have gadget that any outdoors enthusiasts should have in their possession is a Swiss army knife. Available in a wide range of colours and sizes, they are small enough to fit in your pocket but host lots of useful tools as well as a knife.
Most Swiss army knives include a knife (obviously!); can opener, screwdriver, bottle opener, wire stripper, tweezers, and even a toothpick! Have one of these with you and you will be prepared for all eventualities whilst hiking and camping.
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A robust water filter made from heavy-duty materials, the Katadyn pocket water filter is ideal for continuous use even under extreme conditions. It has a silver impregnated ceramic element, which is effective against all kinds of bacteria and other nasties.
It is a bit on the expensive side at over £200, but it is backed by a 20-year warranty and also comes highly recommended from various outdoors and hiking enthusiasts. The container has a 1-litre capacity, and the filter is cleanable. This gadget is ideal for when you are hiking in really remote places where there is questionable water quality.
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This polycarbonate case for the iPhone 4 and 4S is a tough, scratch-proof and dust-proof shell. It is also waterproof, and can be used up to a depth of 30 feet. The silicone and rubber walls ensure that your iPhone remains resistant to shocks and vibrations.
If you take your iPhone hiking with you, then this gadget is essential for ensuring that it stays intact on your travels.
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If youíre hiking, it is going to be unlikely that you have any kind of mobile network reception where you are. To solve this problem, satellite phone technology company Thuraya have come up with the SatSleeve Ė a dock that transforms your iPhone into a satellite phone.
This gadget comes complete with a battery backup to extend your iPhoneís battery life and an easy to use free app. With it, you can easily communicate with people and be assured that youíre contactable wherever you are hiking.
Now this is a pretty cool gadget which is suitable for anyone who loves hiking to high dizzy heights! This Simply Go†Portable Oxygen Concentrator has a touch screen interface and can supply a constant flow of oxygen.
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