Outdoor Gear

wormy

I haven't been fishing in decades, but the Wor.my compact fishing pole has me wishing it was summertime and I was standing on a dock soaking up the sun and catching Bluegills! This compact fishing pole system was designed in Hungry, and was a successfully funded Kickstarter campaign that raised over €16,186. Now it's being [...]

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pacelid

If I can find one product that can do five things, the minimalist in me will choose it over five separate products that can only do one thing each. That's why the Kickstarter project for the PACE lid caught my eye. The PACE lid replaces the existing lid of wide mouth Nalgene, MSR, and Klean [...]

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Posted in: Gear, News, Outdoor Gear
foscam-fi9900p-1

Cloud based security cameras like the Nest Cam, Logitech's Logi Circle cam, the FLIR FX security camera and others are very popular because they are easy to setup, have a mobile app and don't require special wiring to use them. Then there are wireless IP cameras like those from Foscam that are also easy to [...]

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Posted in: Audio, Video, TV, Home and Kitchen, Outdoor Gear, Reviews
Readyman Wilderness Survival Card

As many of you may know, I am a sucker for card size tools. I have reviewed and posted news stories on several throughout my years with The Gadgeteer, so it takes something a little different to catch my eye. The Readyman Wilderness Survival Card is that product. The Readyman Wilderness Survival Card is a [...]

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Posted in: Gear, News, Outdoor Gear

We Gadgeteers love our flashlights, don't we? Small and large, piercing the darkness like a searchlight or dimly preserving our tactical night vision, we love them all. I was recently sent my first Klarus unit to test, the AR10 rechargeable flashlight. It's a pretty straightforward torch, at first glance, but there are hidden superpowers within. [...]

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Posted in: Outdoor Gear, Pocket Gear, Reviews
mujjo-leather-touchscreen-gloves-1

With less than a week until winter officially begins, it's time to break out the gloves for my morning drive to work. Gloves keep my hands warm, but they make it impossible to interact with my phone while I'm wearing them. That's why touchscreen gloves are a necessary tech accessory for gadgeteers. This year Mujjo [...]

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gibbs-biski

The Gibbs Biski reminds me of a new fangled James Bond vehicle developed by Q - it is a motorcycle and a jet ski. This two-cylinder, 55-horsepower amphibian vehicle will go 80 miles-per-hour on land and 37 mph on water. So whenever you're driving by a beautiful lake on a gorgeous day, you can just [...]

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Posted in: News, Outdoor Gear
chroma-cg03-1

Over the years I've reviewed quite a few remote controlled toys including cars, tanks, planes, helicopters and more. They were all fun to play with for a little while, but none of them were nearly as much fun as the Chroma Drone with Stabilized CGO3 4K Camera that I've been testing from Horizon Hobby. Drones [...]

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Posted in: Camera Gear, Outdoor Gear, Reviews

BYB E-0454 LED lantern review

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I've got quite a few flashlights, but not so many lanterns.  Today we look at the BYBLight BYB E-0454 LED lantern which promises light weight, durable design, and high brightness. When collapsed, the BYB E-0454 is about the size of a small oil filter. From the Amazon page listing: Military grade* exterior is water resistant [...]

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Posted in: Outdoor Gear, Reviews
surefire_titanplus-angled

It is difficult to believe I reviewed the Surfire T1A Titan compact flashlight more than 6 years ago...crazy how fast time flies. To this day, I use the T1A often to light my way. It has withstood the test of time and continues to operate flawlessly. Recently Surefire has released an updated follow-on to the [...]

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Posted in: Outdoor Gear, Pocket Gear, Reviews
batelle-dronedefender

Drones like quadcopters are incredibly popular. They can be really fun to fly but unfortunately, people can misuse them and that's bad news especially when flying them in sensitive airspace. Since hunting them down with guns blazing is frowned upon, the government and law enforcement now have available to them the Battelle DroneDefender. This defensive [...]

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Posted in: Geek Toys, News, Outdoor Gear
Fenix FD40-10

My name is Andy, and I'm a Flashaholic.  I have a lumen problem.  Ever since my first "cool" flashlight 30 years ago, the MagLite, I've been chasing the next go-to handheld torch.  This illumination arms race has only escalated in the past 15 years with the introduction of better and brighter LEDs.  Today I've got the [...]

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PatchPALS review

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Velcro®-backed patches have become very popular in some circles, especially within military and related communities where they are often called "morale" patches. Additionally, clothing, backpacks and other soft goods designed for military, police or similar occupations include strips of webbing that can be used as modular attachment points for the customized addition of pouches and other accessories. [...]

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Posted in: Miscellaneous, Outdoor Gear, Reviews

Not all gadgets require electricity. Many things are developments and improvements on existing products that make you think "I shoulda thoughta that!" Such it is with the latest item in my gadget queue, the P-Lock. These red corkscrew-like tie-downs are sold in pairs (the reason will become obvious) and will enable you to secure anything [...]

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Posted in: Outdoor Gear, Reviews
Lyfestyle_Cree_2

Even though I review mostly audio gear, I jumped at the chance to test the Cree LED High Power Searchlight. My interest was piqued when I bought a 250 lumen flashlight to replace my aging Maglight and its pathetically weak bulb. But once I saw that the Cree light was 800 lumens, I couldn't resist. [...]

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baubax-jacket-1

I don't get very excited over clothing, but I seriously want one of these (I hope my wife is reading this). Baubax is a collection of jackets that have an uncanny amount of useful features, especially for gadget enthusiasts. It comes in four different styles: windbreaker, bomber, blazer, and sweatshirt. Each style has a male [...]

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Posted in: News, Outdoor Gear
StrongVolt 03

Let's face it. We are a battery operated world. With all of our electronic gadgets, like our iPads, smartphones, iPhones, MP3 players, GPS, handheld games, and tablets, they will still have to be plugged into a power source to recharge the battery that powers them. So what happens when you find yourself out camping, or fishing, [...]

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Posted in: Cables, Batteries and Chargers, Outdoor Gear, Reviews

Pocket Shot slingshot review

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Remembering back to when I was a teenager, one of the scariest things I ever bought was a slingshot. I was not scared because the slingshot was inherently dangerous because it was. No, I was scared because I did not know how my parents would react. Living in a rural part of PA at the time, [...]

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Posted in: Gear, Outdoor Gear, Reviews
kahtoola

Casual and not so casual runners and hikers don't have to let bad weather keep them indoors. Kahtoola MICROspikes and NANOspikes will have you running and hiking like a mountain goat with no fear of slips and skids. MICROspikes have been designed for hiking boots and feature a low profile elastomer harness that should be [...]

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Posted in: Health, Fitness, Sports, News, Outdoor Gear
zackees

Cyclists who want to enjoy their sport and transportation method while remaining safe and visible, should check out Zackees. Zackees are cycling gloves that have designed with built-in LED turn signals that light up with a simple press thumb press. A bright LED arrow lights up to let drivers know your intention to turn. Zackees [...]

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Posted in: Health, Fitness, Sports, News, Outdoor Gear
Live Fire-1

Fire, one of man's greatest achievements, not because we invented it, but more for how we have tamed it throughout the years (except for maybe that Nero/Rome thing and that cow in Chicago). But, when it comes to making fire, especially in emergency survival situations, most of us would be lost. I am not saying [...]

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thermacell_lantern1

In the central Texas, mosquitoes are a year-round problem. We have those tiny Asian Tiger mosquitoes that love shade, hit quick, and bite hard. When the weather is nice, we love to sit outside at night in our live oak-shaded back yard and chat, drink iced tea, and occasionally toss a ball for the dogs. [...]

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Posted in: Health, Fitness, Sports, Outdoor Gear, Reviews
gosun

I like the idea of grilling outdoors, but over the years I've tried a gas grill and a charcoal grill and didn't like using either one. Gas grills are a hassle because you have to replace the gas canister when it becomes empty. Charcoal grills are dirty, messy and make me paranoid that I'm killing [...]

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Posted in: News, Outdoor Gear
vupoint-flashlight

How many times do you need to use a flashlight only to discover that the batteries are dead or so drained that the light emitted from the flashlight is too dim to be of any use? The VuPoint kinetic emergency flashlight sounds like a wonderful alternative to traditional flashlights that use standard batteries. The VuPoint [...]

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Posted in: Home and Kitchen, News, Outdoor Gear
Life-Saved-Vehicle-Umbrella1

The Life-Saved Sunblock Umbrella could save your life. The Life-Saved Sunblock Umbrella features a new coating technology and a sunblock surface to shield you from rain and sun. In an emergency, though, you can use the umbrella handle as a hammer to break a car window and as a seat-belt cutter to help you get [...]

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