Whether you’ve got a demanding job that takes you out of comfy office surroundings or you’re a road warrior working out in the field – through wind, rain or shine we’ve got the tough tech to help you complete your extreme business. From gadgets that will shrug off anything you throw at them, to accessories that will get you out of tough spots.
1. Panasonic Toughpad.
If you want a handset that’s able to endure the rigors of the road and won’t break after being tossed into the glove box, Panasonic’s Toughpad is the most hard-wearing phone we’ve ever tested. The Panasonic Toughpad FZ-E1 is rain, spill, dust and vibration resistant in compliance with MIL-STD-810G testing procedures. It has IP65 and IP68 certification too, so it can survive being submerged in five feet of water for up to 30 minutes and falls of 10ft onto concrete.
Celliboost is widely relied upon by government, emergency services and law enforcement working in remote locations. In such circumstances, the need to maintain a reliable comms system can sometimes be the difference between life and death. To that end, Celliboost has been designed to be deployed (and survive) in the harshest environments, meeting military-grade standards for both durability and encryption.
3. MOS Pack & Booq Daypack.
The MOS Pack is a handy alternative to lugging around portable charging packs and ensures you’ve always got some extra juice in the tank. The MOS Pack features a built-in charging station as well as a canny internal cable management system, so you can charge everything without taking it all out of your backpack. It provides a decent 20 liters of storage space and a myriad of pockets for all your gear.
4. Garmin Vivoactive HR.
GPS might be our go-to technology for getting around, but there’s a little-known alternative that goes by the name of Glonass that’s also worth our while. Glonass is a global positioning system released for public use by the American Army, and operated by the Russian Aerospace Defense Forces. It can be used in conjunction with GPS, or on its own.
5. Sugru Rebel Tech Kit.
If Sugru was around in the 80s it might have made MacGyver redudant. Sugru is best described as a mouldable glue. It’s waterproof, heat resistant, cold resistant, flexible, grippy, strong and durable. With that in mind it shouldn’t surprise you to learn that it’s got a variety of uses, and here it comes accompanied with a useful guide detailing 14 different ways to fix, hack and improve your gadgets.
6. Lacie Rugged Drives.
Lacie Rugged drives are available in capacities of up to 4TB, and offer compatibility with USB 3.1, USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 devices. Others support Thunderbolt, and there’s also dedicated RAID models too. Most come in at around 400g, and feature a toughened (if eye-popping), moulded exterior. All are capable of soaking up some punishment, and at the very least are shock-proof, resistant to drops of up to 1.2m, rain proof, and can withstand being run over by a car (up to a tonne in weight).
7. Getac Laptop.
The F110 has been engineered to MIL-STD 810G, IP65 and MIL-STD-461F standards, and as such is protected against drops, shocks, spills, vibration, dust, liquid and more. Did we say it’s ignition proof too? ATEX and IECex certification means it’s perfectly safe for use in potentially explosive environments. It boasts a plethora of security measures like Absolute DDS, TPM 2.0, fingerprint scanner, NFC/RFID reader, smart card reader, and Windows 10’s Multi-Factor Authentication.
8. CAT S60.
The Cat S60 is the first smartphone to incorporate a FLIR thermal imaging camera. That means it’s capable of identifying hot and cold spots, tracking heat signatures, showing temperatures in real time, and providing night vision. It offers strong angular looks, and that heavily ruggedised shell ensures it’s drop-proof to a height of 1.8 meters, able to survive up to five meters underwater for 60 minutes, and can handle temperatures of -25°C to 55°C.