Outdoor Gear

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For many of us, summer means ample time spent in or on the water. Whether it's taking a dip in the pool, catching a wave, or casting a line, summer and water activities go hand in hand. Regrettably, many of us fail to take appropriate safety measures when taking in the summer fun. I'm sure [...]

Posted in: Health, Fitness, Sports, News, Outdoor Gear
mighty-blaster-1

Do you need to buy a new spray nozzle for your garden hose every summer because they are cheaply made and fall apart before the end of the season? The folks at TeleBrands sent me the Mighty Blaster fireman's nozzle and a Pocket Hose to try for a few weeks and so far it's a [...]

Posted in: Home and Kitchen, Outdoor Gear, Reviews
180-degree-triplelite-led-flashlight

Why use a flashlight that only lights a small circular area in front of you (top right image) when you could light up a full 180o around you (bottom right image)?  The TripleLite 180o Flashlight uses "patented technology and a Smart Widescreen LED Arrangement" to light a bigger, brighter area than standard flashlights can.  It has three [...]

Posted in: Gear, News, Outdoor Gear
ifork

Wasn't there a law passed several years ago banning the practice of adding an "i" in front of a product name just to sound techy and hip? Probably not, but there should be, call your congressman now. Anyway, the iFork (just saying the name makes me roll my eyes because it has nothing to do [...]

Posted in: Home and Kitchen, News, Outdoor Gear
stanley-mountain-coffee-maker

If you camp or work outdoors, you may find yourself without a cup of coffee when you really want one.  With this compact kit, you'll be able to have coffee whenever you have a fire or a camp stove to heat some water.  The Stanley Mountain Vacuum Coffee System packs up to look like a [...]

Posted in: News, Outdoor Gear
REI-minimultitowel_05

In the worlds of rucking, backpacking, hiking and travel, there is an axiom: "Ounces become pounds." This is loosely translated as, "Even small, lightweight items can add up to a lot of extra weight when walking around carrying that weight for miles."  That's one reason why absorbent microfiber towels have become popular among folks who participate in [...]

Posted in: Outdoor Gear, Pocket Gear, Reviews, Travel Gear
stainless-steel-bacon-grilling-rack

With the Stainless Steel Bacon Grilling Rack, you can cook some crispy bacon for your burgers right on the grill.  The rack is made of 430 stainless steel and measures 4.88" x 10.79" x 5.63".  It's big enough to hold 4-6 slices of bacon (you may need a couple if everyone wants bacon), and it cooks the [...]

Posted in: Home and Kitchen, News, Outdoor Gear
sun-king-pro

When you're hiking or camping, you don't want to have to carry any extra gear, so it's nice when something can serve double duty.  The Sun King Pro can serve as a standing lamp, a hanging lamp, a hand-held light, and as an emergency battery for your phone.  The Pro can be charged using a [...]

Posted in: Cables, Batteries and Chargers, News, Outdoor Gear
solar-panel-led-postcap-light

Outdoor lighting makes using your deck much more enjoyable, but it can be expensive when you have to have an electrician come out and wire them.  These Solar LED Stained-Glass Postcap for 4X4 Posts lights don't need wiring because they have solar panels built in to charge the included 1 AA NiMh rechargeable battery that powers [...]

Posted in: Home and Kitchen, News, Outdoor Gear
netbright-wireless-network-security-lighting

Motion sensors are great in concept - illuminating your property when they sense nearby motion - but they can lack in execution.  Normal motion sensors light up only a relatively small area around the light when they detect motion.  This isn't a problem when the motion is from an animal, but could allow a more [...]

Posted in: Home and Kitchen, News, Outdoor Gear
wind-n-go-emergency-light

The Wind 'n Go Vers-A-Light is a rechargeable LED lantern that can serve as a hand-held flashlight, camping light, reading light, or an emergency light.  You can carry it or hang it by its loop handle, or you can attach it to metal items with its built-in magnets.  It has 16 white LEDs that operate [...]

Posted in: Gear, News, Outdoor Gear
lilly

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4vGcH0Bk3hg Drones, the new action cameras? Up for pre-order, the Lily Camera was a project started in September 2013 at UC Berkeley robotics lab. This small camera drone can be thrown into the air and then follow a wearable tracking device in various POV modes ( Follow, side, fly up, lead). Flight time is around [...]

Posted in: Camera Gear, Geek Toys, News, Outdoor Gear
star-trek-garden-gnomes-2

You can combine Dad's love of Star Trek with his pride in his lawn with these garden ornaments.  The Star Trek Garden Gnomes are made of durable cast polyresin, so they'll stand up to the weather for years.  There are four designs to choose from (with the phrase shown on the bottom of the statue): [...]

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fly-fishing-knots-bandana

Earlier this year, we told you about the Know Your Knots Bandana with 16 of the most useful outdoor, sailing, climbing and survival knots with instructions printed on it.  Now, Colter Co. is introducing a new bandana:  the Fly Fishing Knots Bandana.  Of course, you can use it for all the useful functions normally performed by a [...]

Posted in: Health, Fitness, Sports, News, Outdoor Gear
Death-star-beach-ball

Summer break is upon us which usually leads to the all too familiar words, "I'm bored." If you happen to be throwing a Star Wars themed party or have kids (or adults) that are Star Wars fans, why not purchase a Star Wars Death Star Light-up Beach Ball for some summertime fun? The kids can [...]

Posted in: Geek Toys, Kid Gadgets, News, Outdoor Gear
ticked-off-tick-remover-2

The Ticked Off plastic spoon may remind you of the sporks KFC used to use, but don't use this to eat with!  This little tool is the easy way to remove ticks that have bitten a human or an animal.  You just place the slot near the tick and slide the implement forward.  It will [...]

Posted in: Health, Fitness, Sports, News, Outdoor Gear
lil-trucker-multi-tool

The Lil Trucker is a current Kickstarter project.  This multi-tool is designed by firefighters and built in the US.  You can see from the image that it packs a lot of functionality in a small space.  It has rescue tools - a belt cutter and a window breaker - to get you out of a [...]

Posted in: News, Outdoor Gear, Pocket Gear
squeeze-water-filtration-system

If you camp, hike, or enjoy other outdoor activities, you'll need fresh, safe drinking water, but carrying along enough for your outing can be difficult.  You don't want to risk drinking water from streams and ponds, because you don't know if it's safe.  With the Squeeze Water Filter System, you can have all the drinking [...]

Posted in: News, Outdoor Gear
mosquito-repelling-flameless-torch

It's that time of the year that everyone dreads here in the South - mosquito season.  The joke is that the mosquito is the state bird, but it's no joke when you can't even enjoy your outdoor spaces because it seems you and everyone with you are the main course at the mosquitoes' banquet.  Set [...]

Posted in: Home and Kitchen, News, Outdoor Gear
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I frequently find myself working around my house, trying to do an adequate impersonation of a handyman. I firmly believe for every job there is the right tool, but recently I discovered a tool that may be right for every job. The Coolbox is a toolbox for the modern handyman. It features two built-in marine [...]

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