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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…

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You can even cook in this emergency preparedness kit

on Friday, July 25th, 2014
Posted in: Gear, News, Outdoor Gear

This survival kit is expensive, but it has 25 life-saving items inside a box that you can even use to cook in.  The SOLKOA Survival Kit for Best Made is stored in an 18.75-cubic inch box machined from a single block of aircraft grade 6061 aluminum.  The box can be used for cooking or for boiling drinking water.Read More…

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Wicked Lasers Flashtorch flashlight review

on Sunday, July 20th, 2014
Posted in: Outdoor Gear, Reviews

A couple of years ago (2012) I reviewed the Wicked Lasers Torch (see Other Articles to Read at end of post), touted at the time as “the most powerful handheld flashlight in the World”, and at a whopping 4100 lumens, it was wickedly bright, extremely hot, but sadly very utilitarian looking.  The designers at Wicked Lasers have recently introducedRead More…

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When they call this cooler The Coolest, they aren’t kidding around!

on Tuesday, July 15th, 2014
Posted in: News, Outdoor Gear

Picnic coolers are just simple insulated boxes that hold ice to keep your drinks and food cold, right?  Wrong!  This Kickstarter project for what has to be the most functional cooler ever just started on July 8, but already they have far exceeded their original goal of $50,000 by raising more than $4.5 million dollarsRead More…

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A picnic is in the bag with BuiltNY

on Monday, July 14th, 2014
Posted in: News, Outdoor Gear

You’ve got the Matador blanket that fits in your pocket, so you’re ready for a picnic anytime.  All you need is the food, and you’ll be able to tote everything you need in this Convertible Insulated Picnic Basket Bag from BuiltNY.  The bag measures 16.5″ X 13.6″ X  10″, and it unzips to serve as your eatingRead More…

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FIREase IncinerGrate review

on Saturday, July 12th, 2014
Posted in: Outdoor Gear, Reviews

We are fortunate to have access to a summer cabin on a lake and near the woods.  Every summer family members descend upon the “camp” and enjoy swimming, sailing, fishing and most importantly for the kids, roasting marshmallows over an open fire.  Because of this, the adults have become somewhat proficient in starting a campfire,Read More…

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Monitor your exposure to the sun and know when you should take cover with Sunscreen Bands

on Friday, July 11th, 2014

Slathering on sunscreen doesn’t make you impervious to the sun, it just extends your safe period in the sun by a bit.  Even reapplying sunscreen during the day only keeps you safe for so long before you need to get out of the sun to prevent damage.  You can use these Sunscreen Bands to monitorRead More…

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Turn your kettle grill into a pizza oven with the KettlePizza

on Monday, July 7th, 2014

Earlier this year, we told you about a wood-fired pizza oven for your backyard that promised to make great pizza but cost $2700.  You like pizza, but you don’t have that kind of cash to dedicate to a large piece of equipment that can only make pizzas, you say?  What about a piece of equipment thatRead More…