• Camping & Hiking

    The Rayovac Sportsmen LED Lantern Won’t Leave You in the Dark

    September 20th, 2011

    This handy LED lantern is powered by 4-watt LEDs and can be used for up to 150 hours on the low setting. The design is smart, practical and conducive to an active lifestyle, with a durable rubber construction, flexible handle, folding tent hanger and water resistant exterior. There are three different light settings – low, […]

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    A Comfortable Waterproof Daypack For Rainy Hikes Or Canoe Trips

    August 9th, 2011

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    The waterproof daypack from Overboard is 25 liters of awesomeness due to the fact that it really is waterproof. Many reviewers noted when I was researching for this review that you couldn’t get a mid-sized dry pack for the price of this daypack, so it’s definitely a good value. One of the interesting things about this waterproof daypack is the roll-down top design. It’s more like your typical military bag than your typical daypack, but that may actually be a good thing. Zippers could leak and corrode if you had them out in the water or rain all the time, so the roll-down design seems to be an advantage for this pack.

    The reviews for this backpack were mixed, but most of them were positive. It seems a few reviewers had trouble with straps breaking loose or with the backpack not being quite as waterproof as it claimed. On the other hand, though, a bunch of reviewers noted that they’d tested the backpack in heavy rains, in mud puddles, or totally underwater without any problems with even dampness on the inside of the bag. One of the best things about this waterproof daypack is that it actually does seem to be waterproof – for the most part. Most reviewers said they’d tried it in heavy rains at the very least, and one guy even dropped it off of a waterfall cliff. The items inside were still dry after these ordeals, though the backpack isn’t made to be submerged for long periods of time or under feet of water pressure.

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    This Rugged Camping Lantern Will Light Up Your Campsite

    August 3rd, 2011

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    Those of you who spend a lot of time camping know just how difficult it can be to find rugged, solid gear that is designed to last. We took the Coleman Rugged Battery Powered Lantern for a spin and checked in with others who have purchased it to see how this camping lantern holds up to the competition. This Coleman lantern isn’t the most expensive on the market, but it isn’t the cheapest, either. One of the important things to understand is that you are going to go through a lot of batteries if you use this on the high setting. As this can become problematic, you will be encouraged to buy the rechargeable battery at an additional cost.

    The lantern really holds up and is tough to break. Several reviewers report that they dropped the Coleman on hard surfaces without any noticeable signs of damage. If you don’t camp frequently and can’t imagine needing to invest in a rugged light like the Coleman, you may want to consider the Trademark Emergency Lantern set, which includes three lights for half the cost of the Coleman. This lantern is solid. You can tell as soon as you pick it up that it is put together to last. There is little that you can imagine is going to break the lantern, unless it is intentionally damaged. Once you get used to having a solid piece of equipment like this you are going to have a hard time going back to the economical alternatives. If you weren’t a Coleman fan before owning this lantern, you will be.

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    Coleman Rechargeable Lantern Has Nine Hours Of Charged Runtime

    May 12th, 2011

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    Don’t be left in the dark on your next camping trip! The Coleman Rechargeable Lantern is far better than battery-powered lanterns that can leave you with drained batteries and no light. This lantern uses an 11-watt fluorescent spiral U-tube bulb that can be recharged whenever necessary. It requires a 120-volt AC outlet or a vehicle’s 12-volt DC power port to recharge, and a 12-volt DC adapter is stored on the bottom of the lantern. Well equipped to handle outdoor trips or power outages, the rechargeable lantern features a built-in nightlight, “emergency on” circuit and reflector light that shines light upward and outward for better viewing.

    When the bulb burns out, simply replace it using the quick-release lever. Ratings from owners are positive, as consumers have put their trust in this lantern to get through power failures or outdoor camping adventures. Highlights of the lantern include a long charge time, an incredible amount of emitted light and a handy nightlight. The downside to the Coleman Retro Rechargeable Battery Powered Lantern is that it is heavy and some consumers have found this to be difficult when carrying the light around. Another disadvantage is that it is difficult to find replacement bulbs for the lantern. Since the rechargeable lantern is not used on a daily basis however, most consumers are still enjoying their lantern years down the road. Overall, this is a great alternative to using fuel or battery-powered lanterns and offers a dependable life span.

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    LED Coleman Lantern Has Four Portable LED Lanterns In A Single Unit

    May 11th, 2011

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    Getting back to nature is one of the most enjoyable and popular activities pursued by American’s each year. Our hustle and bustle lives often create immense stress that can be easily relieved by a weekend camping or fishing trip. No one should ever head out into the wild without a reliable light source, which is exactly what the Coleman LED Quad Lantern was created to provide. The Coleman model is a unique lantern design that operates in a variety of ways. The Coleman lantern features four removable LED panels that contain six LED bulbs per panel, each of which can be operated as independent lights.

    The LED light panels are removable so that they can be recharged, and the charging base for the lantern requires eight D cell batteries. There are a number of battery powered lanterns available on the market, but the Coleman LED Quad Lantern is one of the few to offer rechargeable batteries for the lights. Online reviewers were kind in their assessment of the Coleman outdoor lantern, but there were a handful of reviewers who pointed out disappointing flaws. A few commented that the light output was not very good, and several others commented that the lantern was constructed with cheap materials that had a tendency to give out after just a few uses. Overall the theory behind the Coleman LED Quad Lantern is great, and it looks like Coleman was able to integrate LED technology within a sleek but robust package.

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    Padded And Comfortable Oversized Coleman Camping Chair Delivers

    May 4th, 2011

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    Whether you are headed out to your child’s soccer game, downtown to tailgate, or out into the woods for a camping trip, finding a comfortable place to sit can be a challenge. Standing is all well and good, but it’s nice to be able to take a load off and relax no matter where you are. The Coleman Oversized Quad Chair is the perfect portable chair that can go with you wherever you find yourself heading. The portable chair from Coleman is an oversized, padded chair that is capable of supporting up to 325lbs and comes with adjustable arm heights. So what features are included with the Coleman camping chair?

    Other features of this chair include a built-in mesh cup holder, personal item basket, and best of all, a soft cooler on the side that holds two to four cans of your favorite beverage along with an ice pack. There are a wide variety of folding, portable chairs available, including other models from Coleman. Few of the other chairs available can offer the extra amenities of the Coleman folding camping chair however. Online reviewers had nothing but good things to say about the Coleman heavy duty outdoor chair. Many raved at the extras such as the personal item pouch and the attached cooler pouch. The lone complaint was that the back support on the chair was a little too rigid, making it uncomfortable to sit in for longer periods of time. Whether you are headed out to the beach or the soccer field, the Coleman Oversized Quad Chair will make a perfect companion on your travels!

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    Ming’s Mark Heavy Duty Camping Chair Has A Sturdy Aluminum Frame

    April 29th, 2011

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    Millions of American’s enjoy being active outdoors, whether it is relaxing in the backyard or camping in the wilds of nature. Regardless of where we choose to enjoy our time outdoors, there is nothing better than having a comfortable place to kick up your heels and relax. The Ming’s Mark Heavy Duty Folding Chair offers a comfortable spot to sit no matter where you are, with a sturdy construction to ensure years of good use. The Ming’s Mark heavy duty camping chair features a sturdy aluminum design, packing sturdy design into a lightweight package that is easy to transport. What else does this sturdy camping chair sport?

    In addition to a cushioned, nylon seat that is easy to clean; the Ming’s Mark chair features a folding side table and cooler sling to hold drinks. Folding chairs and camping chairs are a dime a dozen on the market, but few of them can match the amenities of the Ming’s Mark Heavy Duty Folding Chair. No other chairs feature a folding side table as sturdy as that provided by the Ming’s Mark chair, and few of them possess a cooler such as this model. The Ming’s Mark Heavy Duty Folding Chair received rave reviews from online reviewers. Unlike other chairs that claim to be heavy duty and/or designed for larger individuals, reviewers found that this chair actually lives up to those claims. Few people could find problems with this model, and those who did reported isolated issues that were not experienced by others. If you are looking for a sturdy and reliable chair to take camping or use around the backyard, look no further than the Ming’s Mark Heavy Duty Folding Chair.

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    This Outdoor Chaise Lounge Is Ideal For Lounging Around The Yard

    April 28th, 2011

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    Relax in total comfort with the Strathwood Outdoor Chaise Lounge. Made from eucalyptus, this lounge chair is durable and beautifully constructed. There is minimal assembly with the lounger and the included hardware is rust-resistant. The eucalyptus wood arrives with an orange-like color and weathers to a neutral grey. To maintain the color, apply teak oil to the outdoor chaise lounge, otherwise the wood needs no additional care. You can also enjoy an Eco-friendly product, as eucalyptus trees are rapid growers that lead to more affordable and attainable products. Not only is this outdoor chaise lounge a beauty, but it has many practical features.

    A slide-out tray is perfect for holding drinks and magazines, while the five adjustable positions allow anyone to be comfortable. Sit fully upright or lie all the way down using these features. The slots in the wood allow rain to drain through, instead of collecting in the wood. Strong and durable, this piece is virtually maintenance free, as you can leave it out year-round without the wood rotting or damaging. When looking at the online reviews, most consumers are more than happy with the product. At an affordable cost for an all-wood patio chaise lounge, product owners found themselves using this chair by the pool, on the deck or in the backyard for soaking up sun. What some consumers did complain about was the strong orange color that bled in the rain. Product owners found that their deck or other nearby items were stained orange, as the color came off in wet conditions. To help with this, buyers recommend using teak oil to lock in the color. Overall, this is a great wood chaise lounge to have, as it’s comfortable, attractive and made from a responsible hardwood.

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