As a motorcyclist and cyclist, I’m a huge believer in ‘making myself known’ in public, especially through the form of lighting. As I’ve been getting back into cycling lately, and especially as I commute 24 miles to and from on the bicycle, I needed to make sure I’m being well marked on the road – so others can purposely avoid hitting me… or purposely hit me I guess – no accidents is the goal!
To begin with – packaging: This light was well packed with little or no room for it to rattle during shipment. The mount is extremely easy to install, move, and adjust. The strap is a softer rubber that simply wraps around whatever you’re mounting the light to. The light itself clips into the rubber clamp in either direction so you can mount this vertically or horizontally. The light can be tilted (it clicks into each position) for some directional adjustment.
Turning on the light, I am very pleased with how BRIGHT it is! The color is very rich and bright. The module has 5 different light modes: Red Solid On, Red Flashing, Blue Solid On, Blue Flashing, Red Flashing – Blue Flashing, and off. Pressing the power button switches modes and holding the power turns it off.
The light has a USB charging port (and it comes with a very short cheap cable).
In use, I’ve taken this on a couple trips to and from work. The light stayed on the whole time to work, but it got turned off at some point on the way home. Also, on the way home, the ride must have been more jolting because the light was actually tilting down instead of straight out where I left it.
Overall Pros: The light is awesomely bright, looks nice, super easy to install, and makes me that much more visible.
Overall Cons: The light did get turned off and the tilt position changed while going over some bumps in the road.
The Sumpri Hand Chainsaw – should be in every camping pack! This very cool half of a chainsaw blade comes in a nice textile pouch with a belt loop, emergency whistle, and a flint/steel fire starter. The blades themselves feel like they could use a sharpening right out of the bag, but it easily cut through a 4 inch branch. Although it still does work up a sweat, when you’re out in the wild, without your luxury tools, this chainsaw will get you the lumber you need for a shelter or a fire.
The pouch that this hand chainsaw comes with is a great extra to store the saw in. The pouch keeps the saw compact and easily portable. This saw will be with me in my regular hiking/camping bag.
Great for the survivalist, outdoor enthusiast, camper, woodsman, any child in Scouts, etc etc.
Definitely worth every penny, and this would make a great gift for friends and family that are also into the outdoors. Of course, a real chainsaw is better, and some people prefer the good ol fashion axe. Just think though, you won’t have to be swinging anything over your head – no wood chips flying – much less danger than an axe can be. But – of course – you’re safe with this kind of stuff… right? Are your kids?
Out of the box, I was pretty excited to get these poles for some hardcore backcountry backpacking – but then I ran into a problem. The instructions, simple as they were, didn’t quite make sense. They mentioned separating the pole where it was white. I didn’t see any white ring on the pole. I couldn’t find any other instructions in the package or online, and I couldn’t find any contact information for help!
After leaving a very negative review, Red-Guru actually contacted me and sent me a link to a video of the poles. When I saw what I was doing wrong, I felt pretty stupid. There is a part on the pole that has two stainless ends – but they are butted together and look like one end. After pulling those apart, I then saw the white ring that I was looking for. I think a simple diagram on the instruction set could have saved me tons of time and grief, and would have benefited Red-Guru as well.
After using these poles as they were intended, I was very pleased with them. They work great and are of high quality materials. The grip is comfortable in my hands and the height can adjust a great deal – enough that I can use them (6′ tall) and my wife can use them comfortably (5’1″). These poles also have an interchangeable foot so you can use them hiking on solid ground, or in the snow or soft dirt.
If you’re looking for some good hiking poles, these work great!
I’ve been wanting to add more outdoor gear to my line up of reviews, and it wouldn’t be complete with a method of water filtration!
This portable filtration bag is from SurvivalHax, comes with a small caribiner, flint, and steel. The water filtration does its job as far as I can tell without a microscope, and the flint and steel work very well. It’s always best to have a bit of lint from your dryer to start super easily with flint and steel, and make sure the tinder is nice and dry!
When using the filter, always make sure your water is pure! https://survivalhax.com/products/portable-water-filter-bag
Wasn’t sure what to expect with this knife. Most $10-$15 range knives are gimmicky and boast tactical futuristic looks. Sure they’re still knives, but there are a few things that really separate them from a REAL knife.
The RnS Star came in a small nondescript box. I noticed right away that the ‘serrated back’ of the blade is totally non functional and won’t cut butter… no really, it won’t cut it. This little knife does have some saving graces though.
The 2.5″ blade and 3.5″ overall size is compact enough to fit in that little pocket on the right side of your jeans without feeling like it’s jabbing into the bottom of that tiny pocket. With that being said, if the knife is in the regular pocket, it’s hardly noticeable to the wearer.
Unique looks and design really make up the entirety of this knife without trying to hard to “look cool.” The locking mechanism is unique and is similar to newer utility knives that require sliding a small thumb catch over about 1/8″ to release the blade.
Fit wise, this knife fits perfectly for a 3 finger + thumb grasp – I prefer all four fingers, but if you’re going for compact, this is great. The knife is easy and firm to open up one handed.
Quality wise, this knife feels well built, sturdy, no cheap loose bolts, and isn’t smothered in oil.
I compared this to my Gerber Paraframe and Gerber Ripstop II. Both knives have been used a bit and probably need sharpening, but they’re still very sharp for just about everything I use them on. My paper test is on 25# printer paper (so it’s a little thicker than regular stuff). The Gerbers had a rather rough time slicing through and literally rip more than anything else. This little RnS knife sliced smooth and clean right through.
Overall, for the price range – I am impressed with this little EDC!
I’ve always meant to get some of these cable management fasteners anyways, because they work so great for cable management where I just might have the need to have to move the cables, or add something, or remove something from the setup. I’ve used zip-ties before, but any time I needed to change something, I’d have to clip it off and get a new one out – I know I know – not a big deal, but every little extra thing adds up!
This pack of velcro fasteners fetches a price around $8, but you get 50 of them. The fuzzy side is really soft, and the hook side is actually almost completely smooth! The eye for the strap to go through to fasten to itself is plenty big to pull it through without it fastening on itself before you’re ready.
Velcro can sometimes be so incredibly strong that it’s almost a nuisance to rip it apart, but this stuff actually peels apart without a whole heap of effort while hanging onto itself really well at the same time. When you’re ready to pull it off, it’s doable, but they do require you to initiate the detachment process.
I plan on buying these again as I have cable messes in more places than I’d like!
I’ve always been pretty skeptical about the lumens companies print on their flashlights – but this one just might be accurate. There isn’t really an official standardized test method for measuring lumens, so it probably won’t accurately match another company’s claim of lumens. Judging the tight beam of this light, I think they actually are hitting pretty close to the mark. Compared to other high brightness single LED lights, this one fares very well and leans on the brighter side of life.
The Revtronic F30B comes with a single 18650 and a charger. The battery I received was reading absolutely no voltage – but after a full day of charging, and a full day of sitting, it was holding its full charge.
Doing a comparison of measured lux from this and a couple other “high power” led torches I have, this one measured the highest by far, due mostly to the much tighter beam. This torch has a very deep reflector which gives a much further throw of light. It has 5 modes, High, medium, low power, SOS, and strobe. The torch comes apart into 4 main pieces: the end cap or button, battery compartment, LED module, and lens cap. The module measures 1.5″ diameter and 1.5″ deep. Each connection has an o-ring and some grease on the threads for waterproofing.
Overall, this torch is a good very bright LED flashlight that also has great potential for modding (if you’re into that sort of thing).
During the unboxing of this, I wasn’t really expecting much. For a $30 scope, what do you expect you’re going to get? I’m sure you’ve heard of why high end scopes are so much better. Optical clarity, parallax, and shock absorption usually cannot be faked in cheap scopes. I say usually… they can’t be faked.
The quality of the materials is high. The aluminum feels good, the threads aren’t jagged and don’t lock up while spinning them. The flip caps feel fairly durable. The craftsmanship is okay, not great, but not crap either. There are remnants and debris left from the manufacturing… I think they could have at least wiped things off.
Picking a target across the back yard, I spot a wheel against a shed about 200 yards away. As the power increases, the differences get smaller, but everything remained very clear. The picture – I apologize – is hard to get focused just right, so the pictures look kind of blurry – but I won’t hesitate using this to take aim on a deer or elk.
I personally like the illumination… not that I think I’d ever use it functionally, but it’s cool. There are a lot of $30 scopes out there, so my skepticism still runs high, but I am fairly impressed with this for the price. I have yet to test how well it holds up while mounted on my rifle. I was hoping to get that on here, but I didn’t bother to notice that my rifle has a Leupold mount on it – not a picatinny rail. This scope comes with 2 rings for a picatinny rail – so I’m going to have to change one or the other to get this mounted.
TrekProof just sent me a pair of carabiners to review. They’re steel locking carabiners that are rated for 18KN (4000 pounds). Steel and Aluminum both have tradeoffs – it depends on the purpose.
These definitely feel tough! Locking mech is easy to use single handed. The weight rating is quite a bit lower than most carabiners comparable in price. In the price range, other steel locking carabiners can have 20-30 KN. I love these things, but I think they’re slightly overpriced.
Leave a comment and let me know what you would use a carabiner for! I need some creative ideas of what to do with these!
This neat little nightlight boasts a triple protection pest repellent. Do electronic pest repellents really work? Some will say yes, others say no, I’ll tell you what I’ve noticed in my experience.
First, the nightlight feature is pretty cool. The light isn’t too bright and it has an off, on, or sensor mode which automatically turns on when there isn’t much lighting. This unit plugs into an AC socket and is unfortunately somewhat bulky, but you can plug in something else if it’s on the slim side of plugs. This unit does have a two prong outlet on it which may help nullify its bulkiness.
I happened to have purchased two of these units. One in black and one in white – although I’m not sure if the color makes a difference in manufactured lots or not. The black unit would emit a terrifyingly annoying sound whenever it emits the ‘ultrasonic’ soundwave… not very ‘ultra’… The white unit on the other hand, was not audible (to me). My kids all said they could hear a high pitched ‘scream’ – but only when in the same room.
Why is this a “Triple Protection” repellent? On top of the ultrasonic pulses, this also has an electromagnetic repeller and an ionizer.
Electromagnetic repellent? What’s this? This mode supposedly sends electromagnetic vibrations throughout your house electrical wiring, sending critters scrambling away. Because of this, the instructions note that there may be an increase of pests for the first two weeks as they are fleeing the premises.
The ionizer supposedly does what it sounds like… it purifies the air making the air less pleasing for “dirty” bugs that like a dirtier environment.
Has it worked? no… I haven’t noticed any big difference in amount of bugs. There have been a few come around in the same numbers as they have before. I am curious to see if it does anything when it warms up and the bugs really come out. Below freezing temps haven’t really allowed optimal testing, but I do plan on putting this outside (for indoor use only) on the front porch where it’s protected from the elements. With a 5000 sq. ft range, I’d love to see if those box elder bugs stick around on the trees out front!