Rayovac's Virtually Indestructible line
Both of Rayovac's new outdoor products - the Virtually Indestructible Sportsman spotlight and lantern - are bright, no doubt about that.
The spotlight's LED beam shines as high as 500 lumens and lights up a pathway that's a little over 1,000 feet at its highest setting.
Rayovac Virtually Indestructible Sportsman lantern
It works perfect for a jaunt out to spotlight for deer or when you're on a boat or shore doing some night fishing. The spotlight runs on six AA batteries that provide 10 hours of light.
Perhaps its best attribute is the fact that it's submersible. Tested at a little over 3 feet, it can be under that amount of water for up to 30 minutes, the company has said.
I didn't try submerging it, but I definitely was pleased with the waterproof feature. You know you can use it in the rain or on damp evenings, making it a nice item to have.
The lens is sealed and shatter-proof, so you won't have to worry that it will fog up or short out.
The spotlight is small and compact and not too heavy. It come with an adjustable lanyarf.
The Virtually Indestructible Sportsman Lantern also has three light settings and LED bulbs.
Its design is slick. While it has a handle on top for carrying, on the bottom is a hook you can use to hang it from something. The mirrors inside reflect the light, so it works well both ways.
It puts out 400 lumens on the highest setting, making it plenty bright enough to light the way. Its run time is around 280 hours on three D batteries.
It is waterproof and submersible under the same testing conditions as the spotlight.
These products are durable. The people at Rayovac have test-dropped these products from 15 feet up. We tested them by dropping on grass, the garage floor and on stones. It wouldn't be recommended to want to drop any equipment on purpose, but we all know it has happened.
Each comes with the correct size and amount of batteries needed to power the lights.
Although I did like having three choices in settings from high to medium to low, I didn't like to have to flip through all three to turn it off and on.
This line from Rayovac comes complete with a lifetime warranty and the Indestructible Lighting series includes flashlights, headlights, lanterns and spotlights in both a Sportsman line and an Industrial Grade line.
Rayovac's Virtually Indestructible Spotlight retails for $39.99 and Rayovac's Virtually Indestructible Lantern is $29.99.
Find retailers at www.rayovac.com.
I love sunglasses for more than one reason.
The logical reason is sun protection for my eyes. I have extremely light-colored eyes and the sun does a doozie on them. For as much time as I spend outside, I almost always wear sunglasses, even when it's overcast.
They keep me from getting headaches and squinting.
A good pair of sunglasses will protect your eyes from the sun and look good doing it. They have to be durable and lightweight. When fishing or kayaking, nothing is worse than having your frames slide down your face because they are huge and heavy.
Guideline Eyegear is a line of sunglasses created by Fishermen Eyewear. All Guideline Eyegear sunglasses protect against 100 percent of ultraviolet A and B rays, so they do double duty in protecting your eyes from harmful sun damage.
I love these frames; they are lightweight and green. Some are made from a bio-based material. Other features include aluminum frames, bio-based polymer frames, spring-hinged temples, double-injected "non-slip" brows and nose pads, vented lenses and high-quality polarized protection with polycarbonate lenses.
The two models I liked the most were:
The Jack ($59.95) - a traditional oversized, square design. It has a stylish and useful design. Lenses are polarized and work great to penetrate the water to see to the bottom. They come in four colors.
The Captain ($59.95) - is a very lightweight option made from a metal alloy frame that is durable and designed for high-performance water sports. The frame has spring hinges and nylon temple arms. It comes in a choice of three color combos.
All are available at GuidelineEyegear.com.
I never would have imagined that such a small portable speaker could produce such a perfectly clear stereo sound.
Today's technology has allowed everyone to be able to take their favorite music anywhere, whether it's stored on a device or streamed over Wi-Fi or cellphones.
I listen to music all the time, especially outside, camping or sitting by the fire.
So, the JBL Clip is perfect for me. It is small and compact and produces a grand, quality sound. My whole family all fell in love with this speaker.
Through Bluetooth, the JBL Clip can stream from any device with that capability, from phones to tablets.
It comes with a carabiner-type clip that attaches to backpacks, pants or small hooks. We even clipped ours to a small tree branch and cast the sound out further across the campsite.
It can be recharged by hooking its charger to a computer. We used our cellphone chargers connected to a wall outlet to recharge it.
I wish it had a longer battery life. It will run for about five hours before it needs to be charged again.
The JBL Clip also can answer calls from your cellphone, with a push of a button. It has a built-in microphone just for that.
The auxiliary input (aux in) connector, which can be wound up and stored on its back, allows the clip to plug into an audio device if one can't use Bluetooth.
The sound quality is top notch. The volume button goes up to a pretty loud level.
It sells for $49.95 and is available at www.jbl.com, select AT&T stores and Best Buys. It comes in five colors.
SecureLine by Lehigh Visiflect Reflective Rope
You'll find some kind of cordage in every corner of our house, garage, vehicles and camper.
For some reason, it's that "never leave home without it" item, especially while we're camping or enjoying outdoor recreation.
SecureLine by Lehigh Visiflect Reflective Rope is the latest cordage we've acquired and, so far, it's been stashed away in the camper and used.
The Lehigh Group, the largest supplier of cordage in North America, makes this durable and tight woven rope.
It's versatile for everything, such as making tie-downs, hanging garbage in trees at night and putting up a clothesline.
It comes in two sizes and multiple colors. Its best feature is the reflective rope woven into the diamond-braided polypropylene, which is highly visible and seen up to 200 feet.
The rope floats, and both the 5/32-inch and 1/4-inch sizes are available on reusable winders while the large 5/16-inch comes as a compact hank wrap. It holds from 50 to 90 pounds, depending on the size.
Plus those purchasing the product can get a free survival bracelet just by telling the company what they are using the product for.
If you're really dedicated to the rope company, you can buy a SecureLine Survival Bracelet for $6.97.
The ropes range in cost from $8.99 to $14.99, depending on length and diameter.
The products are available at mass merchants, hardware stores, home centers and other specialty retailers nationwide.