Outdoor Gear

BBQ Dragon review

BBQ-Dragon-Main

To me, nothing is better than freshly grilled meat and veggies at home during the warm (and cold) months. My boyfriend and I struggle to get our barbecue coals hot quickly using various tools, and have to wait well over 45 minutes for the coals to be ready.  I recently got the chance to review the BBQ [...]

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bushnell-mini-solarwrap

If you spend a lot of time outdoors, working or playing, you'll find the Bushnell Mini SolarWrap a useful product for keeping your phone charged.  The SolarWrap is 18.25" X 4.3", but it rolls up into a small cylinder only 1.25" in diameter to fit into your gear bag or pocket.  Unfurl it and hang [...]

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Posted in: Cables, Batteries and Chargers, News, Outdoor Gear
Malektronic-Rocket-Speaker

The Malektronic Rocket Speaker may look like a water bottle, but it's filled with a different kind of refreshment.  The Malektronic Rocket is a Bluetooth speaker that was created for outdoor activities.  It's drop-proof, dust-proof, and protected against splashing water from any angle.  It has a 6W speaker and a battery that provides 15+ hours of [...]

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Posted in: Audio, Video, TV Gear, Bluetooth Gear, News, Outdoor Gear
fb-nano

   Do you have a bugout bag prepared for the zombocalypse or alien invasion? Every family has someone who is a hardcore doomsday prepper. While the rest of the family might roll their eyes, having a go bag or collection of gear for a potential emergency isn't a dumb idea. Tornado, ice storms and hurricanes [...]

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roboreel-2

Getting power from point A to point B when there's no electrical outlet on one end usually means that you have to employ the aid of an extension cord. I'm sure you probably have at least one orange extension cord in your garage or home. Long extension cords are obviously handy, but uncoiling and coiling [...]

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Posted in: Home, Kitchen, Outdoor Gear, Reviews
hookeze

Here's a little something for our gadget loving fisherman readers. It's the Hook-Eze and it claims to help you quickly and safely tie a fishing hook to your line without drawing any blood. It's a simple gadget invented by Ross Bain of Australia, that is basically a holder that snaps over the hook's barb so [...]

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lynxhooks

Bungee cables, I love them and I hate them. I remember using them all the time when I had a small pickup truck. I would use them to secure boxes in the back on trash day. Numerous times I was snapped by one of the cords when it slipped out of the hook while trying [...]

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Posted in: News, Outdoor Gear, Travel Gear
tec-retreev

The RETREEV Compact Retrieval Tool from TEC Accessories is a tool that any spy, ninja or MacGyver wannabe would love to add to their collection of gear. The RETREEV looks like a small flashlight, but it's actually a grappling hook that will fit in your pocket. It's made of aircraft grade 6061-T6 aluminum with a [...]

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qlipter

Carabiners are handy clips that allow you to attach items together, but the Qlipter goes one step farther by combined a carabiner with a 360º hook. The Qlipter (say it like "clipter") is a multi-purpose tool made of a light weight, durable aircraft grade aluminum alloy. It is available in 5 colors and features a [...]

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gilmour-leakfree-13

I take good care of most of my tools and equipment, but my garden hose is an exception. I think it’s because we share a mutual dislike. The hose kinks when I uncoil it, then tangles and resists when I try to put it back neatly. And the connections between hoses and nozzles always manage [...]

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Posted in: Home, Kitchen, Outdoor Gear, Reviews
dropcam_diy_enclosure

It is not that the Logitech Alert video surveillance system we use has become all that long in the tooth. It still works well enough. The fact is I want/need to expand my coverage and their outdoor cameras are difficult to get ahold of and surprisingly costly when you do. Julie and I have been discussing surveillance [...]

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Posted in: Articles, Do-It-Yourself, How-To, Home, Kitchen, Outdoor Gear
blackout-buddy-h2o

I recently reviewed the Eton Blackout Buddy, which is a combination night light, emergency pathway lighting, and flashlight in one compact unit.  It's a great way to have a flashlight in your home with constantly charged batteries when you need one.  Eton's new Blackout Buddy H2O is a perfect flashlight for your emergency kit in [...]

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Posted in: Gear, News, Outdoor Gear, Pocket Gear
loftek_ledworklight-1

I am the quintessential handyman...always building, repairing, and/or tearing out something. I started my first home improvement project nearly 25 years ago. Back in the day, there were limited battery operated tools and work typically involved dragging electrical cords everywhere you went. As battery technology improves and becomes much more cost effective, we find it powering devices/tools [...]

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Posted in: Home, Kitchen, Outdoor Gear, Reviews
taclace

For those who wear boots regularly, lacing and unlacing them can be a drag.  Properly laced boots can have a big impact your performance while wearing them, but sometimes you may need to lace them quickly. I stumbled upon TacLace (see what I did there?) when I was researching boots to wear during a GORUCK [...]

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rachio

A couple of weeks ago I told you about the Skydrop sprinkler system which uses your soil conditions and local weather to better schedule when it waters your lawn. That system was priced at $299. If you want a slightly less expensive solution, consider the Rachio Iro smart sprinkler system. Priced at $249, this system also mounts on [...]

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zero04

I'm starting to see the benefit in the multi-purposing of devices.  ZeroHour takes a flashlight  and uses the batteries to also serve as battery backup for devices powered by a USB cable.  As I usually carry two separate items in my car or pack to accomplish the same goal, I'm now able to cut back to just [...]

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Posted in: Cables, Batteries and Chargers, Outdoor Gear, Reviews
big-red-campfire-2

With the Camco "Big Red Campfire" Propane Camp Fire, you can have a fire without having to gather firewood first.  It uses standard LP gas and has a built-in gas regulator with a 10-ft hose.  Camco says the "realistic log pieces and full ring burner help create the natural look and ambiance of wood log [...]

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pocket-chainsaw-2

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 tin [...]

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stakelight-tent-poles-2

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 uses [...]

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Posted in: Health, Fitness, Sports, News, Outdoor Gear
Cardiff Skates S1-1

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 have [...]

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