Outdoor Gear

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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Posted in: Outdoor Gear, Reviews
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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Posted in: Outdoor Gear, Reviews
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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Posted in: Gear, News, Outdoor Gear
paxil-backpack

Backpacks are a must have accessory when hiking and camping. They are constructed to let you easily transport all your important gear while exploring the great outdoors. But one of the main problems with traditional backpacks is that you have to take them off in order to get access to your stuff. Paxis has designed [...]

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Posted in: Bags, News, Outdoor Gear
sigma-brakelight

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UJYD6nrc6hs A simple solution to a complex problem, the Sigma rear brake light allows motor vehicle drivers to know when you're braking on your bicycle. Small at 3 x 3 cms/1.18 in and light (weight wise @ 7 grams/ 0.25 oz  :) ), easy to install (you just need a 2.5mm hex key)  and simple [...]

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Posted in: Health, Fitness, Sports, News, Outdoor Gear
Thermacell-Mosquito-Repellent-1

When you are concerned with mosquito-borne illnesses like the West Nile virus present here in Texas, finding effective ways to repel mosquitoes in addition to the standard repellent sprays (containing DEET) is of great importance. The Thermacell Mosquito Repellent appliance is an outdoor device used to repel mosquitos within a 15' x 15' area. I found [...]

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Posted in: Home and Kitchen, Outdoor Gear, Reviews
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I remember using a magnifying glass as a kid to burn leaves or bugs or my brothers leg, but never did it occur to me that it could be used for art. FEBO is a crowdfunded project that has far exceeded its goal thus far.  The unique glass on top will harness the suns rays [...]

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Posted in: Miscellaneous, News, Outdoor Gear
spinetics-spinetics-1

If you're cyclist and a gadget geek, I've found the perfect Kickstarter project for you. Cydekick is a generator you attach to your bike that allows you to power a high intensity LED headlight. Additionally, you can purchase a USB hub allowing you to charge a phone, GPS, or action camera. It works using electromagnetic [...]

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Posted in: News, Outdoor Gear
ibobber

The next time you go fishing, you won't have to guess where the best spots are if you have an iBobber. The iBobber is a small castable fish finder that works with your iOS device to show you where the fish are, how big they are, how deep they are (up to to 135ft) and [...]

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Posted in: iOS, News, Outdoor Gear

Knife Fork & Spoon, again

Knife Fork & Spoon

Back in June 2013, I wrote about this neat product on Kickstarter. I thought is was a rather interesting take on an issue I had seen while working. The project was the Knife Fork & Spoon. Unfortunately, it did not reach its funding goal and was not produced. Well, it's back. The Knife Fork & [...]

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Posted in: Home and Kitchen, News, Outdoor Gear, Travel Gear
samurai-umbrella

The Samurai Sword Umbrella from Brando looks like a Katana, which is a long, single-edged sword used by Japanese samurai. But that's not the first thing that came to mind when I saw it. I thought of the Michonne character from one of my favorite shows The Walking Dead. This umbrella is 38 inches long [...]

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Posted in: News, Outdoor Gear
bomber-keychain

Last October Andy Jacobs told us about Bomber & Company's Bomber Barrel duffel bag which is still Kickstarter's most successful campaign for a bag. The backers of this campaign kept asking for a keychain to go with the duffel bag and Bomber & Company have answered that request. Their latest crowdfunding campaign is for Bomber [...]

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FireFly Running & Biking Safety Light Spurs

Biking and running are two of the most popular fitness activities around. Now most folks do their outdoor activities during regular daylight hours, but if you are like me and live in the desert, that 4pm walk ain't happening in the summer. Although I have no issues with walking late at night or early in [...]

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Posted in: Health, Fitness, Sports, News, Outdoor Gear
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Am I a dork because I like this spork? NO!  However, I may be one because of that silly rhyme.  Moving on, this simple little gadget is small enough to fit in your palm and can be taken with you camping, or everyday to work so you don't have to use flimsy plastic that breaks, [...]

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Posted in: Home and Kitchen, News, Outdoor Gear
baendit

I wish I could wear sunglasses, but I wear normal glasses with Transitions Optical photochromic lenses. That's just a fancy way of saying that the lenses darken when exposed to sunlight. They work fine but don't allow me the ability to change styles as easily as I could if I were able to wear regular [...]

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