A Basic Guide To Cheap Outdoors Gear For Broke Adventurers

On a budget but still want to be comfortable and safe on your outdoors adventures? Here's a guide to what you need to spend money on, what you don't and how to find effective clothing, tools, boots, bags and whatnot on a budget.
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How To Make Your Own Tent Footprint For $25

Footprints help extend the life of your tent by protecting its floor. But, they're inexplicably expensive. You can slash that price by half or more if your make your own from Tyvek. Here's how. » 12/03/14 2:37pm 12/03/14 2:37pm

Moto G (2014) Review: A Phone This Cheap Shouldn't Be This Good

You are now entering the world of inexpensive smartphones. You're in the bargain bin, the bottom end, the cheapest of the cheap. Dispense with your expectations of blistering fast processors, pixel-heavy cameras, premium metal bodies, or 2K screens. Also, while you're at it, do away with the notion that "cheap"… » 9/16/14 10:19am 9/16/14 10:19am

Moto G 2014 Hands-On: Bigger Bang For the Same Buck

Guess what Motorola's top-selling phone of all time is? Nope, it's not the Razr, it's last year's Moto G. For 180 bucks off-contract and unlocked, it was a hell of a lot of phone. Well, the 2014 model is here, and it's bigger and better, and it costs just the same. » 9/05/14 2:00am 9/05/14 2:00am

How Priority Bicycles Made a "Maintenance Free" Bike For Under $400

Buying a bike is all about compromises. You can get a cheap one at Target, but it'll be heavy and have low-end components. Or you could get a light bike with killer components, but you'll be paying through the nose. Priority Bicycles is a new company that thinks it's found the sweet spot: A cheap, light, "maintenance… » 7/15/14 8:00am 7/15/14 8:00am

Phil Schiller: There Will Be No Cheapo iPhone, Stupid!

This is not surprising, but since the Wall Street Journal keeps releasing stupid stupid STUPID reports on Apple developing a cheapo iPhone year after year, it's good to have Phil Schiller punching them in the groin with a big hell-no: » 1/10/13 1:58pm 1/10/13 1:58pm

Why Cheap Booze Makes Your Hangover So Horrible

You. You're out drinking with your friends, matching them round for round. They're sippin' fancy whiskey, but you're saving money, sticking with the well specials. So why is it, halfway through the night, you're suddenly hit with a brutal headache, and everybody else is fine? » 12/07/12 5:00pm 12/07/12 5:00pm

The 8 Cheapest Computers in the World

Computers are more affordable these days than they ever have been. But what if affordable ain't affordable enough—what if you need absolute, rock-bottomest, dirt cheap? Our friends at Laptop Mag rounded up the 8 cheapest computers in the world, just for you. » 5/31/12 12:00pm 5/31/12 12:00pm

You Can Buy an iPad 2 for $320 and That's Freaking Cheap

Even though the new iPad came out recently, the iPad 2 is still alive and kickin'. Hell, it's very probably the second best tablet out there right now. And if you can get the second best tablet for only $320? That's a sick, awesome, definitely worth every penny steal of a deal. » 5/08/12 9:55am 5/08/12 9:55am

A Forgettable Camera/Media Player Is Suddenly Worth Remembering When…

It's been quite a while since a personal media player finagled its way onto the site, and while eMatic's new eSport Clip is probably a marginal-at-best media player and digital camera, it's worth noting that it's also just 22 bucks. » 3/19/12 1:20pm 3/19/12 1:20pm

Hands-On the $170 ViewSonic Tablet I Wanted to Love, But Couldn't

When we found out about ViewSonic's $170 tablet that runs Android's latest (and definitely greatest) OS, we were more than just a little skeptical. We wanted to believe, but we've been hurt before. After some hands-on time, I can confirm that our dead-inside hearts were dead-on. » 1/11/12 11:55am 1/11/12 11:55am

Republic Wireless Will Offer an Unbelievable $19 Unlimited…

GigaOm is reporting that Republic Wireless, a new hybrid VoIP/carrier, is planning on introducing a $19 unlimited data, voice and text plan on November 8th. $19! How is this possible? How does it work? Where do I sign up? » 11/02/11 10:46am 11/02/11 10:46am

Create Realistic Corpses In 30 Minutes or Less Without Actually Killing…

Let's go "corpsing," shall we? You know, corpsing? As in let's create a prop corpse for movie, Halloween or maybe even for nefarious pranking purposes? Usually this is expensive, but Propnomicon shows us how to make one on the cheap. » 8/07/11 12:00pm 8/07/11 12:00pm

These Stylish Solar Lamps Are Only 20 Bucks

Some people hate IKEA. Not me. Affordable, pseudo-stylish furniture that's easy to build? Perfect. Like these SOLVINDEN solar table lamps that come in an array of colors, will cost you nothing in electricity and only ring you up for 20 bucks. I'm in for all 4. [IKEA via BoingBoing] » 4/27/11 9:20pm 4/27/11 9:20pm

Where to Buy Cheap Flips Before They Go Extinct

Flips! Dead, killed, gone, and murdered by smartphones. But that doesn't mean they're bad little buggers. Hell, for the right discounted price, Flips can still be awesome little video recording machines. Here are the cheapest places to score a Flip before they all disappear. » 4/13/11 11:00am 4/13/11 11:00am

App Hunter for Android Helps You Find Apps That Are On Sale

Everybody loves saving a buck. App Hunter has a special section dedicated to Android apps that are on sale to make sure you always get the most bang. Free apps are the best, but cheaper-than-usual apps aren't bad! [Android Market] » 3/08/11 9:20pm 3/08/11 9:20pm

Apple Doesn't Want to Be 'Just for the Rich'

According to SAI, Apple COO Tim Cook hinted that cheaper and prepaid iPhones are on the way. Not only that, Cook went on to say he wants Apple to be a company "for everyone," not "just for the rich." [SAI] » 2/28/11 12:48pm 2/28/11 12:48pm

The $300 Action Movie

Director/writer Michael Ashton took $300 and an obvious understanding of cinema basics and special effects and made this 12-minute short film called Lazy Teenage Superheroes. It's quite impressive! The acting, not so much. » 1/23/11 4:00pm 1/23/11 4:00pm

Did You Know It Costs More Than a Penny to Make a Penny?

I just found out that it costs more than a penny to manufacture a penny. Specifically, it costs 1.62 cents to produce that 1 cent copper coin. And that's been the case for a while now! What the hell? » 1/15/11 9:00pm 1/15/11 9:00pm

How To Track Your Vehicle on the Cheap

LoJack schmojack. You don't need some spendy radio transponder to keep tabs on that new Escalade. Uplinking your wheels to the great eye in the sky without breaking the bank is easier than you think. » 11/19/10 11:00am 11/19/10 11:00am