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Tailgate or camp with the comforts of home

on Tuesday, July 29th, 2014
Posted in: Gear, News, Outdoor Gear

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 takeRead More…


When they call this cooler The Coolest, they aren’t kidding around!

on Tuesday, July 15th, 2014
Posted in: News, Outdoor Gear

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 dollarsRead More…


A picnic is in the bag with BuiltNY

on Monday, July 14th, 2014
Posted in: News, Outdoor Gear

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 eatingRead More…


Be ready for a picnic in the park with a blanket you can carry in your pocket

on Monday, June 30th, 2014
Posted in: News, Outdoor Gear

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 gettingRead More…


Junior doesn’t get a completely free ride anymore!

on Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

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 loseRead More…


Enjoy the outdoors mosquito-free this summer

on Thursday, May 15th, 2014
Posted in: Home, Kitchen, News

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,Read More…


Keep that pesky sand at bay with this mat

on Tuesday, April 1st, 2014
Posted in: News, Outdoor Gear

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 passesRead More…


Listen to music without getting frost-bitten ears

on Monday, February 10th, 2014

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 soRead More…


Speed up your grilling with the BBQ Dragon

By: Ryan Chapman
on Sunday, May 5th, 2013

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 clipsRead More…


CamelBak expands their glass water bottle line with the Eddy Glass bottle

on Thursday, October 18th, 2012

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; itRead More…

Swann Freestyle Accessories

Swann Freestyle HD Camera Accessories

on Sunday, June 24th, 2012

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 nowRead More…


From Soldier to Soldier Survival Bracelets with a Heart

on Friday, June 22nd, 2012
Posted in: Gear, News, Outdoor Gear

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,Read More…

Snake River Prototyping Blurfix

BlurFix for GoPro Hero/Hero2 Review

on Friday, June 22nd, 2012

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 peaceRead More…


iSteady Shot Pro-Holder – Keep your GoPro steady

on Monday, June 18th, 2012

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 threeRead More…

Fly Through the Water With Subwing

on Wednesday, March 21st, 2012
Posted in: News, Outdoor Gear

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 doRead More…


Pure Drinking Water Anywhere with the Camelbak All Clear UV Water Bottle

on Monday, February 13th, 2012
Posted in: News, Outdoor Gear

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 UVRead More…

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Swann Freestyle Wearable HD Video Camera – Heads Up

on Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

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 remoteRead More…


You need a hand to use this hands-free flashlight

on Thursday, September 8th, 2011
Posted in: News, Outdoor Gear

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.Read More…


Smart Cooler Tote with Speakers

on Monday, May 30th, 2011

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.  UnzipRead More…


Kodak Playsport Video Camera Review

on Sunday, August 29th, 2010

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 toRead More…


Sleepwalk at camp in toasty mobility with Selk’bag

on Tuesday, July 20th, 2010
Posted in: News, Outdoor Gear

Ever thought of sleeping bags as too restrictive?  Have a look at the Selk’bag Sleepware System (click here for US and here for UK).  Designed and tested in the Chilean Andes and redesigned for its 3rd-gen release, the Selk’bag features baffled construction; soft but durable ripstop, water-resistant nylon shell; leg vents; reinforced nylon soles withRead More…


LifeSaver Water Bottle

on Sunday, July 4th, 2010
Posted in: News, Outdoor Gear

If you are an outdoors(wo)man or a person who lives in an area with a lot of disruptions to city services because of weather, you may sometimes find yourself without a safe source of drinkable water.  The LifeSaver 4000 Water Bottle from Hedonics is the world’s first all-in-one ultra-purifying water bottle.  The 750 ml bottleRead More…


Nubrella – a hands free umbrella

on Saturday, February 6th, 2010
Posted in: News, Outdoor Gear

The Nubrella is a very clever remake of the ordinary umbrella. It’s a bubble shaped cover that you can strap under your shoulders so that you can even use it hands free. As long as you don’t mind looking like Dark Helmet from the movie Space Balls, this $40 product will keep you dry andRead More…


LapDome Laptop Bags with Popup Shade

on Sunday, December 27th, 2009

LapDome Inc. makes a line of the most unusual laptop bags I’ve seen.  These bags, when collapsed, look like more regular laptop bags.  Some are padded and used to carry your laptop;  some are not padded and are meant to be carried in your regular laptop bag as an accessory.  All pop open to make aRead More…