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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Posted in: News, Outdoor Gear
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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Posted in: News, Outdoor Gear
ice-cold-towels

It's going to be in the 90's this weekend in southern Indiana. Ick. My plan is to stay inside with the AC blowing because I don't like to sweat. What do you do if you have to work or play outdoors when it's dangerously warm? Staying hydrated is important, but to keep your exterior cool, [...]

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Posted in: Health, Fitness, Sports, News, Outdoor Gear
havahart_elite2-jacen

My family and I live on 10 acres in Washington State and while we live about 20 miles of downtown Seattle, our place is pretty rural. Many critters and creatures live on and transit through our trees and fields all year long. This is especially true during the spring, when some years the deer are like [...]

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Posted in: Home and Kitchen, Outdoor Gear, Reviews
stanley-camping-cookware-set

We recently told you about the Stanley Mountain Vacuum Coffee System that lets you make fresh coffee while camping or hiking.  Today we have the Stanley Adventure Two Pot Prep and Cook Set that contains all the cookware you'll need at your campsite.  The Set contains a folding cutting board, two 20oz bowls with lids, one melt-resistant nylon [...]

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Posted in: News, Outdoor Gear
360heros-360abyss

The people at 360Heroes offer a variety of products for mounting multiple GoPro cameras to generate 360 degree photos and videos. They also sell the software used to stitch the output from multiple GoPros into usable 360 degree formats without a lot of post production headaches. The 360Abyss pictured above mounts 6 GoPro Hero cameras [...]

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Posted in: Camera Gear, News, Outdoor Gear
parqer

If you like to enjoy a nice glass of wine in the great outdoors, but feel very unsophisticated using plastic cups or mugs, Parqer wine glasses have been designed especially for you. What are they? They are long-stemmed wine glasses made of glass - duh! But the reason why they are unique is that they [...]

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Posted in: News, Outdoor Gear
kingii-kingii-1

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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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Posted in: Cables, Batteries and Chargers, News, Outdoor Gear