Outdoor Gear

picnic-time-reflex-travel-couch-2

It hardly seems possible, but it's only a few weeks until my daughter leaves for college - and that means football and tailgating season isn't far behind.  And of course, it's still summer, so it's still camping season.  Why should you have to rough it while participating in either outdoor activity when you can take [...]

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the-coolest-cooler-2

Picnic coolers are just simple insulated boxes that hold ice to keep your drinks and food cold, right?  Wrong!  This Kickstarter project for what has to be the most functional cooler ever just started on July 8, but already they have far exceeded their original goal of $50,000 by raising more than $4.5 million dollars [...]

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built-convertible-picnic-2

You've got the Matador blanket that fits in your pocket, so you're ready for a picnic anytime.  All you need is the food, and you'll be able to tote everything you need in this Convertible Insulated Picnic Basket Bag from BuiltNY.  The bag measures 16.5" X 13.6" X  10", and it unzips to serve as your eating [...]

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Print

Having a picnic in the grass, spending the day at the beach, going to a concert in the park, taking a long walk and deciding to sit in the shade and talk before heading home - all these things can involve you sitting in the grass, dirt, or sand.  Sometimes you might not mind getting [...]

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nomis-child-carrier-2

When you have a tiny child, you can choose from a variety of ways to "wear" your child for easy carrying while keeping your hands free.  Some choose to carry their very young child in a sling, others choose a product like a Baby Bjorn.  Once your child gets big enough to walk, you lose [...]

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Posted in: Kid Gadgets, News, Outdoor Gear
terminix-allclear-lantern

Last summer, we told you about the Terminix Allclear Tabletop Mosquito Repeller.  This summer we're here to tell you about the Terminix Allclear Lantern, so you can light up your summer nights and still enjoy them mosquito-free.  The lantern is made of plastic and metal and measures 12" tall X 11" wide.  It's battery operated, [...]

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Posted in: Home, Kitchen, News
sandless-beach-mat

The Four Person Beach Mat is impossible to cover with sand. Used in military applications to contain sand and dust when helicopters land and take off, it's  made from two layers of patented, woven polyurethane that filters sand through to the ground as soon as any falls on the mat.  Because of the construction, sand passes [...]

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bluetooth-earmuffs

This winter has been the pits.  It's cold and snowy, and I'm ready for it to be over.  There's still several weeks to suffer through before spring, and Hammacher Schlemmer has some Bluetooth earbuds that will keep your ears warm while we're waiting.  The Wireless Headphone Ear Warmers have integrated speakers and a microphone so [...]

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Posted in: Audio, Video, TV Gear, Bluetooth Gear, News, Outdoor Gear
bbq-dragon-1

One of the perks of a charcoal grill is the charred taste that comes from the searing heat of the coals. The most annoying part of a charcoal grill is waiting for the coals to heat up. With the BBQ Dragon, your wait time is reduced to a mere ten minutes. The BBQ Dragon clips [...]

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camelbak-water-bottles

If you prefer using glass for your drinking water, check out the new Eddy Glass bottle (left) from CamelBak.  The Eddy Glass is BPA-free, and it has a silicone sleeve (in purple, charcoal, aqua, or lime) for improved grip and to protect against breakage.  You don't have to tip up this bottle to drink; it [...]

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Posted in: Health, Fitness, Sports, News, Outdoor Gear
Swann Freestyle Accessories

In my review of the Swann Freestyle HD Camera, I mentioned that there were no optional accessories available at the time of writing and that Swann were going to release some soon.  Well the accessories have just hit their website.  All accessories and mounts on the chart above (click on for a larger version) are now [...]

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Posted in: Camera Gear, News, Outdoor Gear
from-soldier-to-soldier-camo-bracelet

A few years ago, Julie told us about Survival Straps, a bracelet that could be unraveled to give you 16 feet of life-saving paracord.  The From Soldier to Soldier version of the bracelet seems to be geared toward the urban adventurer more so than those who might actually need to rappel to safety.  These bracelets, [...]

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Snake River Prototyping Blurfix

I'm really loving the GoPro2 HD Hero2; it's wide angle 170° FOV lens and small size make it so versatile and handy, and it nicely compliments my "normal" camera gear. The waterproof housing supplied with it means it's a robust little unit, and knowing that it's waterproof to 60m gives you quite a bit of peace [...]

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Posted in: Camera Gear, Outdoor Gear, Reviews
isteadyshot

Sick of all your GoPro videos being all shaky and unsteady? Even worse, sick of watching someone else's shaky videos? The iSteady Pro-holder is a lightweight  aircraft-grade aluminum camera mount for the GoPro camera series (see related links) currently up on Kickstarter.  It mounts using your standard GoPro mounting system with an aluminum easy-detach clip. With three [...]

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I have to admit I've never tried water skiing, and I have my doubts if I could actually even stand up.  The Subwing might actually be more my style though.  The Subwing is made of fiberglass, rubber, and stainless steel, and with it, you can travel on the surface, skim the ocean bottom or just do [...]

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camelbak-uv-water-bottle

The All Clear water bottle from Camelbak has a UV light in the cap that purifies water in 60 seconds.  You simply fill the bottle from a stream, tap, or spigot, replace the cap and turn on the UV light, and you'll have safe drinking water in 60 seconds.  The All Clear utilizes proven UV [...]

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Swann Freestyle HD 1

While the GoPro Hero  has been the defacto go to wearable camera for extreme sport photographers, Swann has just released an alternative in their Freestyle HD. Specifications  include: Detachable LCD viewer 3 X Digital Zoom Waterproof up to 65' 1080 HD Video at 30 fps 8 MP still in single-shot or rapid fire Wireless remote [...]

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Posted in: Camera Gear, News, Outdoor Gear
glovelight

Last week I had a news post about the OnTip capacitive touch screen gloves and today I have another glove related post for you. The Mechanix Wear Glove Lights won't help you use your smartphone when you're outdoors, but they will keep your surroundings illuminated with the built in LED that provides light for 14hrs. [...]

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smart-cooler

This news is too late for Memorial Day cookouts, but just in time to use for Independence Day cookouts or trips to the beach.  Pottery Barn offers a cooler that does double duty as external speakers for your iPod.  The Smart Cooler Tote is 15"X9"X9" - big enough to hold a 6-pack and snacks.  Unzip [...]

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Posted in: Audio, Video, TV Gear, iPhone, iPad, iPod, News, Outdoor Gear
kodak-playsport-1

I have used video cameras for as long as I can remember.  My first video camera was one of those really hefty kind that you sat on your shoulder and it used regular VCR tapes.  Yeah, and I admitted it.  Since then I have used every imaginable type of video camera, from ultra expensive to [...]

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