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Carry a chainsaw in your pocket

on Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

You’ll be ready to take down a tree at a moment’s notice with the Pocket Chainsaw in your gear kit.  The chain has 124 bi-directional teeth, and it’s made of high strength, heat-treated steel – specially coated for rust resistance.  It’s 28″ long, and it comes with hooks and handles; it all stores in a flat tinRead More…

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Never trip over your tent’s guy lines at night again

on Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

These tent stakes are made of 6000 series aluminum, so they are built to last.  The UCO StakeLights also have an LED light that marks the perimeter of your tent with light and makes the location of the guy lines clearly visible.  The LED is encased in a highly water-resistant TPE housing (IPX 6), and it usesRead More…

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The Cardiff Skate Company S1 skate review

on Monday, September 15th, 2014

Skate technology has come a long way since the first patented version of roller skates from the 1760’s. Things like polyurethane wheels over steel wheels, strap on skates over lace up boot skates and four wheel inline over the quad version skate. So, where’s the next big improvement? The Cardiff Skate Company thinks they haveRead More…

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The Nokero bulb is the “world’s only solar light bulb”

on Monday, September 15th, 2014
Posted in: Gear, News, Outdoor Gear

I don’t know if this is the world’s only solar light bulb, but the Nokero Solar Light Bulb certainly looks useful for off-grid situations.  It charges its AA-sized NiMH batteries with a high-efficiency solar panel, and it can provide 6+ hours of 13.5 lumens of light from its four LEDs.  The bulb has a shatter-resistant polycarbonate globe,Read More…

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The Seven Year Flashlight will be ready whenever you need it

on Friday, September 12th, 2014

The Seven Year Flashlight from Hammacher Schlemmer is a rechargeable flashlight that can hold a charge for seven years.  It has “specially-designed nickel metal hydride batteries that minimize power loss, ensuring reliable, full-power light for seven years on a single charge.”   It produces 200 lumens of light for 6 hours on a full charge,Read More…

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If you own a pickup truck, you’ll have a dry, covered place to sleep in case of emergency with this Rightline Gear tent

on Wednesday, September 10th, 2014
Posted in: Car Gear, News, Outdoor Gear

Well, the title says it all.  This Rightline Gear tent is bottomless, so you can set it up without emptying the bed of the truck.  It’s made of gray and orange water-resistant polyester fabric with tape-sealed seams (PU 2000mm), and it has fiberglass poles.  It has two gear pockets, a lantern hanging hook, glow-in-the-dark zipper pulls,Read More…

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Survival Pucks Compact Emergency Kits

on Thursday, September 4th, 2014

Each of these little 3.25″ diameter X 1.1″ thick canisters contain emergency supplies.  The containers are made of 5000-series aluminum and have knurled screw-on lids; they are waterproof and have waterproof labels.  When you pull the label off, the the lid is a serviceable signal mirror.  What’s inside these little canisters are the kits that canRead More…

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SunJack Phone portable solar charger review

on Sunday, August 31st, 2014

These days, it is impossible to conceive of life without our phones, tablets gaming and other mobile devices. And I would guess for most of us having a backup power source is a must. But what happens when you decide to go off the grid to go camping or worse yet, you end up in an areaRead More…

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Be ready for zombies or the hunger games with this folding bow

on Saturday, August 30th, 2014

Whether you’re preparing for the apocalypse, want to become the next Katniss Everdeen, rob from the rich like Robin Hood or just enjoy shooting arrows with a bow, the Compact Folding Survival Bow is a bow that takes up very little space when it’s not in use. Folded down it’s only 23″ long x 1.5Read More…

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Buck Knives 941 Travelmate Kit review

on Thursday, August 28th, 2014

The next time I go camping will be never, but if you love that activity, the Buck Knives 941 Travelmate kit is a nifty addition you should consider adding to your camping kitchen gear. It packs a knife, fork and other tools in a convenient sheath that even prevents the spread of bacteria. Let’s take aRead More…

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Monkeylectric Monkey Light M210 and M232 wheel light review

on Thursday, August 28th, 2014

My son finally took up an interest in learning to ride a bike, so I’ve been looking into ways to increase visibility.  Bright clothing and reflectors are important, but a wild array of LED lights on the wheel?  This could be hard to ignore!

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Stay alive and pop open a brew with SlideBelts Survival Belt

on Friday, August 22nd, 2014

I’ve watched the TV show Survivorman enough to know that in a survival situation, sometimes having the right tool can mean the difference between life and death. The folks at SlideBelts know this too. They took their already innovative no-hole belt design and are amping it up with new survival-type features in a crowdfunded Kickstarter campaign. In addition toRead More…

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Save space with collapsible buckets

on Friday, August 22nd, 2014

Janet recently turned me on to the Tiny House Nation TV show on the FYI channel. While I know I will never be able to talk Jeanne into downsizing to a 500 or smaller square foot house, I can’t help but dream about minimizing and simplifying all our junk. I love watching the Tiny HouseRead More…

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Viatek Night Stars Landscape Lighting review

on Friday, August 22nd, 2014

Ever since my granddaughter visited Disney World, she’s been asking when I was going to put “Fairy Lights”  in the trees around the house.  I’ve been able to deflect, usually with the promise of ice cream, but now I can answer her request using the Night Stars light.  Although my initial thoughts were “who needsRead More…

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You won’t need a fancy compass with this nickel that points North

on Tuesday, August 19th, 2014
Posted in: News, Outdoor Gear

The Covert Compass from Shomer-Tec is a genuine nickel that has been modified to function as a simple compass that will point to magnetic North. The nickel has a groove around the edge that is used to suspend the coin from a thread. You supply the thread and when dangled, the heads side of the coinRead More…

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Pro-Idee Picnic Cutlery set review

on Tuesday, August 19th, 2014
Posted in: Outdoor Gear, Reviews

Have you ever found yourself with a plate of food but no fork or spoon to help you eat it? The Pro-Idee Picnic Cutlery set makes sure you never find yourself in that situation again. It’s a handy tear drop shaped container that holds a fork, spoon and knife. Let me show you how itRead More…

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Get your hydration fix in a flash with the collapsable Stash Bottle

on Monday, August 18th, 2014

Always on the lookout for neat travel gear, I recently stumbled upon this product from Hydrapak, the Stash Bottle a collapsible TPU walled water bottle. What makes this so interesting to me is that when not in use, the hard molded top and bottom can be collapsed together for storage. This feature is a travelersRead More…

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The Solar Strap lets you wear your solar charger

on Monday, August 18th, 2014

There are a lot of solar chargers on the market, and most of them seem to require you to set them up and leave them in direct sunlight.  Those types are more useful if you have set up camp and will stay around the same place for a long while, but they aren’t so usefulRead More…

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VSSL – Survival kit in a tube

on Saturday, August 16th, 2014
Posted in: News, Outdoor Gear

I just finished reading Wild by Cheryl Strayed, a book about a woman who hiked the PCT (Pacific Coast Trail) all by herself. It made me wish I could do something like that. But the problem is that my idea of camping is sitting on my front porch in my pajamas while surfing my favoriteRead More…

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Make a campfire with your shoe laces

on Friday, August 15th, 2014
Posted in: News, Outdoor Gear

How many times has this happened to you? You’re hiking the Appalachian Trail and are ready to make camp for the night only to discover that your matches are soggy, your lighter is out of fluid and you’ve lost your firesteel. Now you can’t make a fire to toast your marshmallows! What will you do?Read More…

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MudFighter tools declare war on muddy shoes

on Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

The Mudfighter-series is a collection of tools that have been designed to help you remove mud and rocks from the soles / treads of your shoes. They are perfect for cross country runners, hikers, and even people that have dogs I could have used one of these tools several years ago when I had myRead More…

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The Olight H15S Wave headlamp is controlled with hand gestures

on Friday, August 1st, 2014

Remember that time you were in a cave and your hands were all muddy, so you didn’t want to touch your headlamp to turn it on? Yeah, me neither… But the NEXT time you do find yourself in a similar situation, make sure you have an Olight H15S Wave rechargeable LED headlamp on your head.Read More…

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RTG R-PAL Personal Area Light review

on Wednesday, July 30th, 2014
Posted in: Gear, Outdoor Gear, Reviews

My son just entered Cub Scouts not too long ago, and that got me thinking about camping lights… or just any light.  I grew up with bulky steel flashlights that never lasted long, or fidgety gas Coleman lights that some unlucky adult was constantly pumping up.  How does a modern LED lamp, such as theRead More…

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Tailgate or camp with the comforts of home

on Tuesday, July 29th, 2014
Posted in: Gear, News, Outdoor Gear

It hardly seems possible, but it’s only a few weeks until my daughter leaves for college – and that means football and tailgating season isn’t far behind.  And of course, it’s still summer, so it’s still camping season.  Why should you have to rough it while participating in either outdoor activity when you can takeRead More…

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RAVPower Dynamo On-the-Go Power Bank review

on Monday, July 28th, 2014

Flashlights are a long-time geek obsession. Recently, we’ve had to add USB chargers, just because so many of our devices charge this way. Imagine combining the two into a single, portable device. Mmmmmm… Geek heaven! Well, that’s what the fine folks at RAVPower have done. The Dynamo On-the-Go Power Bank is a flashlight, a reading light,Read More…