Outdoor Gear


You'd never know it with this heat wave we're having in the south this week, but it's autumn now and time for sitting around a campfire or the fire pit in the backyard.  You'll be able to roast hot dogs or marshmallows without having to hunt for the perfect stick, and without worrying about splinters [...]

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Ever found yourself in need of a quick hose-down but you're nowhere near a garden hose? I have. After obstacle course races, GORUCK Challenges and other outdoorsy, get-muddy style events or activities, it would be great to have a quick rinse, but I typically don't have the luxury of being near a water source. The RinseKit [...]

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I've got a water bottle I've carried for about 5 years. I don't think I've biked anywhere without it since I bought my current bike. It's steel, has one of those pull-up spouts, and sweats worse than I do in our Southern humidity. So when the opportunity to test the AVEX thermal water bottle with [...]

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

The only thing worse than not taking your umbrella on a day when rain is expected is losing it.  You won't have to worry about either event with the Bluetooth Never Lost Umbrella by Kisha.  The umbrella is 100% windproof and corrosion-proof.  It has 16 ribs and a "perfect opening and closing mechanism".  Pair it [...]

Posted in: Bluetooth Gear, GPS, News, Outdoor Gear

I was not prepared for this.  I thought I was going to review a rugged Bluetooth speaker.  I didn't expect to unpack something that looked AND felt this rugged.  This is the DreamWave Tremor- probably the only Bluetooth speaker I've tried that could double as a battering ram. When you're a Gadgeteer, you see a [...]

Posted in: Bluetooth Gear, Outdoor Gear, Reviews

Several weeks ago I posted a review of the AcuRite smartHUB Weather Environment System which I'm still using. There were a few comments on the review asking about a wind speed sensor. AcuRite saw those comments and sent me the PRO+ 5-in-1 Weather Sensor which also works with the smartHUB. Let's take it for a spin. [...]

Posted in: Home and Kitchen, Outdoor Gear, Reviews

Over the years of reading and writing for The Gadgeteer, I have seen a fair amount of combo eating utensils. While most of these have a spork like configuration, only a few have had a knife or cutting blade. KA-BAR (known worldwide for their Marine fighting knife) has come up with their version of a [...]

Posted in: News, Outdoor Gear, Pocket Gear, Travel Gear

I wish I had a SitGo to test tomorrow when I'll be going to my local Verizon store around 6am to wait in line to (hopefully) buy an iPhone 7. Julie, what's a SitGo you ask? It's what inventor Jon Webb calls a portable resting solution, but I like to call it a one-legged tripod [...]

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If you've been searching for a hands-free navigation tool, look no further than the M-9 Wrist Compass from Suunto. Suunto who are well known for their sports watches, dive computers, compasses, and other precision instruments, also make the M-9 Wrist Compass which features a glow in the dark dial, an accurate sapphire jeweled bearing and [...]

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The Grrowler from Rocky Mountain Underground is a collar for your pooch that has two extra functions. There's a zippered pocket that can be used to hold extra doggy waste bags and there's a roll out water bowl that can be used to keep your best friend hydrated while you're out on an epic hike. [...]

Posted in: News, Outdoor Gear, Pet Gadgets

I'm currently a fan of the "minimalist" movement---the "less is more" or "simpler is better" philosophy. One of the areas in which I've applied minimalism is in my footwear. I have a couple pairs of minimal shoes---some trail runners and some casual/dress shoes---that I enjoy wearing because I love the feel of the ground beneath my [...]

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I'm a weather nerd. It's not that I can name every type of cloud in the sky or that I know all about how weather systems work, but I like to keep an eye on the local weather and I even record it in my journal every day with hand drawn icons. Don't laugh, I [...]

Posted in: Home and Kitchen, Outdoor Gear, Reviews

Now you can blend in with nature when you're out in the woods trying to capture footage of Sasquatch or rabbits. The WASPcam 9906 CAMO is an action camera with a camo patterned case. This camera has been designed to be waterproof down to 98 feet without needing a special case. The WASPcam also features [...]

Posted in: Audio, Video, TV, News, Outdoor Gear

Do you feel that, "Pants pinch your jiblets and are clearly a sub-optimal part of any man's attire"? If so, you might want to check out Damn Near Kilt 'Em, producers and purveyors of---you guessed it---men's "sport utility kilts" since 2012. Damn Near Kilt 'Em's rugged, manly kilts are available in a variety of styles, sizes and [...]

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Just when I thought I'd seen every product for stashing survival items on one's person, I ran across TinderZIP by Exotac. It's a clever little product that not only is an easy-to-install replacement zipper pull, the cord portion also includes a waterproof flammable core that provides a 60 second burn time when lit to help [...]

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