Outdoor Gear

Having a fire pit in your backyard or by your pool is a great gathering spot for cool nights.  It would be nice if you could take it with you when you go on vacation, wouldn’t it?  The Fire Sense Folding Fire Pit will go with you to the cabin, camping, or the beach (assuming… Read More

Like flipping a switch on a lamp, it’s turned from summer in the 90’s to what already feels like winter in the 30’s here in Southern Indiana. When the leaves start turning and the mornings get crisp, it’s time to grab a jacket. OROS apparel sent me some jackets and outerwear to check out that… Read More

Can you imagine what the first humans thought when they were able to create fire for the first time? You can experience a tiny bit of that magic by harnessing the energy from fire to charge your gadgets. The FlameStower converts heat from a campfire into electricity that you can use to charge your USB… Read More

You’re familiar with the classic slingshot design, right? Well, the gang at Pocket Shot has tossed that out the window, reimagining the slingshot concept with a completely new form factor. We’ve got the mini-sized version of their product, the Pocket Shot Jr., for testing. I also recruited a pair of teenagers to help with testing… Read More

My idea of camping is sleeping with the windows open. But if I was actually going to camp outside, I would consider taking a OneLogFire with me. The OneLogFire is a self-contained campfire with everything you need except a match. These kiln dried fire logs burn from the inside out. They are made from Minnesota… Read More

My mouth is watering just thinking about a perfectly roasted hotdog in a soft bun with just the right amount of ketchup but no mustard because mustard is disgusting ;) I can’t remember the last time I had a hotdog cooked on an outdoor grill, let alone over a campfire. If I had a fire… Read More

The next time you go out into the forest to camp or hike, leave your axe at home and just take the KLAX Lumberjack Head from Klecker Knives. The KLAX head is a stainless steel axe that does more than chop down trees. It features additional tools like a knife blade, hammer head, hex wrenches… Read More

I’ve never been camping, but when I daydream about being more outdoorsy, I can picture myself with all sorts of gear for both utility and protection. The problem is that too much gear weighs you down. Conrad Sayer of Australia has designed a modular 5-in-1 multi-tool that eases the burden of carrying too much gear… Read More

The new SLXtreme iPhone 7 Plus case from SnowLizard lives up to its name if it actually lives up to its specs. This is a case that has been designed for the outdoor adventurer. The case offers military grade ruggedness to protect the phone from dirt, sand, dust, and water (up to 6.6 ft). It… Read More

One of my favorite vacation activities is reading a good book at the beach. Our usual destination is Sanibel Island, Florida at Ocean’s Reach condos where we usually carry chairs and an umbrella down to the beach so we can relax in the shade which is important if your method of reading is an iPad… Read More

The dog days of summer are upon us. That means if you’re a kid, it’s time to get outdoors and have some fun before the summer ends and it’s time to go back to school and if you’re an adult, it’s time to relax and act like a kid. Here are 5 gadgets that can… Read More

Pre-loaded with more than 117,000 trails and landmarks, the Magellan eXplorist TRX7 CS is an all in one GPS turn by turn navigation system that can take you off the beaten path and back home again without getting lost. The eXplorist TRX7 is shock resistant and IP67 dust and waterproof. It includes a 7-inch touchscreen… Read More

Survival tools run the gamut from a pocket knife to axes and even beyond. I don’t know if there is any real definition of what a survival tool is, so I guess it comes down to what an individual would consider to be a survival tool. With that in mind Off Grid Tools has offered… Read More

Do you carry a compact umbrella with you for rainy days? I have one in my drawer at my day job and one in the glove compartment of my car just so I have all my bases covered. The overall design of compact umbrellas hasn’t changed much over the years unless you include the button… Read More

The Pocket Shot Slingshot is an innovative, modern take on the classic slingshot design. With the addition of the Pocket Hammer handle and Arrow Cap, this reimagining of the classic Y-shaped slingshot, a circular design which replaces strong rubber bands with an elastic pouch, is incredibly effective and so much fun to use. The original… Read More