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Backpacking Gear Found on Kickstarter.com

Five new new products funded through Kickstarter.com...some great, some not so great.

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Hexa Pot: The heavy coated paper Hexa Pot is awkward and I burned a hole in it after low heat didn’t heat water in a timely way. Prediction: With more tinkering, this might be good…. 2.3 oz. w/lid; collapses flat. Not for sale yet, energia-usa.com

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Capture Camera Clip: The machined aluminum Capture clip system provides quick access to your camera. A universal shoe screws into a DSLR’s tripod insert, and the base splits in half to wrap around a pack strap or belt. Thumbscrews crank it down tight.

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Slide the shoe into the base and your camera clicks securely into Capture. Push the red button and it pops right out. Prediction: If you have a DSLR, you want this. Hope for a lighter, titanium version someday. $79, 5.4 oz., peakdesignltd.com

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Power Pot: The 1.3 liter PowerPot converts excess heat to DC power via a standard USB (5 volt) port. Plug in your phone or GPS and recharge at about the rate of a car charger. Included: a bowl-shaped lid, basic adapters, and a 5-LED light.

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The transformer, at left, turns heat into volts. The battery pack, right, saves power for later and doubles as a flashlight. Prediction: Still somewhat clunky, but definitely one to watch. $149, 19 oz., thepowerpot.com

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Drop a Hiya Instant Green Tea bag into a water bottle, shake vigorously, drink. Enjoy nutty delicious cold green tea in seconds. A welcome change from endless sweet energy drinks. Prediction: This’ll go big but too expensive. $19/ten, hiyatea.com

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Bob Marshall Wilderness Map (South): Two-sided plastic with 100′ contour lines. A significant update on existing BM maps, and detailed enough for traveling in open country. Prediction: This team has a future. $15, 1.9 oz., 45 x 24″, cairncarto.com

Text and photos by Allison Woods

Kickstarter.com is a website created to provide a platform for crowd-sourcing the funding of creative projects. Over 20,000 projects have been funded in the site’s three-year history. Check out these five, specifically picked for a backpacking audience. All are funded, and besides the paper Hexa Pot (slide 1), all are available for sale right now.