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Ranger Pace Counter

By: on August 05, 2015
$4.54
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Accurate. Works day or night. Functional without satellite, cell tower, or batteries. However, using the Ranger Pace Counter will require focus and baseline mathematical skills. So it's still not for everyone.

The strand of beads is a classic military and outdoorsman tool. Sure, we have much more sophisticated and precise distance measuring tools now, but the truly prepared will always learn the basics of land navigation because, as one reviewer points out, "GPS batteries do die." And a bracelet with plastic beads weighs a lot less than a smartphone or other handheld navigator.

The same Amazon reviewer, a 22-year member of the Green Berets named Matt, also provides detailed instructions on how to use the Ranger Pace Counter to gauge distance, as well as how to determine your personal pace count before setting out with the beads.

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Waterproof Socks

$35 from Amazon »

Showers Pass made these waterproof socks to keep athletes' and other F the rain weather warriors' feet dry when they run, hike, and bike in anything from light drizzles to torrential downpours....

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Sonnet - Off-Grid Mobile Communication

$89 from Sonnet Labs »

I was going to write you a sonnet about the forthcoming Sonnet, a hexagon of wireless communication that let's you send smartphone messages, images, and GPS locations to other Sonnet owners even when there's no cellular...

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North Sense Human Compass Implant

$350 from Cyborg Nest »

I've wished I were a human bulldozer. A human airplane. A human beatbox. But a human compass? Never crossed my mind before North Sense....

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G2 Turbo - Wearable Fan for Back(pack) Sweat

$19 - $23 from Kickstarter »

Part of me hopes the Presti G2 Turbo becomes the Little Crowdfunding Project That Could. Because I just saw The Goonies on cable for the 400th time, and this aerator of back sweat - what inventor Edwin Wang calls the...

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Pocket-Sized Grappling Hook

$34.95 from CountyComm »

One more Bat Toy for my Bat Toy Box! This pocket-sized tube that adeptly screws into a grappling hook was originally produced by EDO Robotics in response to a desert warfare operator's request for a lightweight, reusable...

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NavoPed Self-Walking Shoes

Want to pimp out your feet Google-style*? To avoid unpleasant collisions with other pedestrians, telephone poles, and public fountains that just came up out of frikkin' nowhere? To slap on your sneakers and never look...

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TurnPoint Smart Motorcycle Glove

$149 - $199 from Kickstarter »

The TurnPoint Glove is a navigation wearable for motorcycle riders. It makes following GPS maps and directions easier (and safer) because you don't have to find a nonexistent windshield, dash, or air vent on your bike...

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KAVU Chillba Hat

$31.50 - $44.95 from Amazon »

A KAVU Chillba Hat, some KEEN UNEEK Sandals, and an unwavering commitment to bringing the whole team--even the kids who just stand around at midfield and barely break a sweat--orange slices for after their soccer games...

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Covert Escape Nickel Compass

$24.48 from Amazon »

If I had a nickel for every nickel that's ever gotten me out of a pickle, I'd have...one Shomer-Tec Nickel. Because, holy Thomas Jefferson, dudes, the Shomer-Tec nickel isn't just your average five cent piece. It's also...

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ManCan Personal Keg System

$195 - $265 from ManCan »

Now this is the kind of "water reservoir" I'm talking about. The ultimate in hiking hydration, or portable happy hour, the ManCan is a personal keg system complete with a stainless steel keg, 2-stage Regulator System...

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Fontus Self-Filling Water Bottles

$165 - $200 from Fontus »

"Self-Generating Water Bottles" might be a better description of Fontus' incredible new designs. Presuming they work as stated (this is another crowdfunding campaign after all), Fontus Airo and Ryde bottles don't just...

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Beartooth Off-Grid Communication

$249 - $399 from Beartooth »

Middle of nowhere with no service? Or, how about this: center of the Earth--New Year's Eve in Times Square, Coachella, the Super Bowl--with service completely jammed by all the other yay-hoos trying to text and post to...