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.
For a regular hunting rifle and down, this was a great buy! On Amazon here: http://www.amazon.com/Twod-3-9X40mm-Illuminated-Crosshair-Reticle/dp/B01M6A8593/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&keywords=scope
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!
-Stay tuned- I will revisit this subject in the Spring time!
Don’t you hate getting that tire pressure gauge, only to have it blow the top off while checking your tire pressure? I’ve had so many do that to me and I hate it. The other thing most gauges do is leak air – which makes me wonder if the reading is accurate.
This digital pressure gauge doesn’t have the same mechanics as traditional gauges, so it doesn’t blow the top, and the few times I’ve used it so far, it doesn’t leak while checking pressure at all! It takes readings quickly and has an LED light on it so it’s easy to see even when it’s not so bright outside! A cool feature – that I don’t use… – is the ability to change the units of measure to psi, bar, kpa, kg/cm^2.
This TravelSafer Digital Tire Pressure Gauge was certainly worth my time!
These skiing goggles are pretty sweet. The frame is flexible, really comfy, comes with a blue mirror lens and amber lens. The lenses are quickly and easily switched out on their magnetic mount system. The package comes with a balaclava which is super warm.
If you don’t need a balaclava, it kinda feels like a waste if you factor in maybe $10-$20 for it, but with that being said, the price on the goggles would be pretty good.
I really wish they had a variety of lenses compatible with this frame – as far as I know, you get the mirror blue or amber.
Reub’s Reviews: Unboxing and Review on YouTube: https://youtu.be/Y6OmeU3QmaY
Available on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01M2YACUO/
My initial thought on these goggles when I opened up the box was, “wow these look sweet!” These feel like they are decent quality and well built. The lens covers the main frame, so these are a seamless design. Because these are OTG (over the glasses) goggles, they are really large. From the inside, I can’t tell, but on the outside, you can see how big they are – covering at least half my face!
The top and bottom of the goggles has a thinner layer of foam which allows air to pass through the goggles, but not so much that wind is getting in. This ample air flow keeps the goggles from fogging up – which was always my #1 thing with goggles. Fogged up goggles is the pits.
Overall, I love the color and high quality of the lens, but at this price, they really should offer interchangeable lenses. Other brands are…
Available on Amazon here.
The Riskbek Hydration Pack with Waist Pack and 2 Liter Bladder is a great hydration bag. It is on the small side and works awesome for a youth back, but if you like to travel lighter, this works well on adults as well.
The material is of high grade and the quality of the seams is high. I don’t see any frayed threads or sloppy sewing. The zippers all work easily and the pockets are adequate sizes to hold some some lunch, snack, small equipment, or other various items you may need on a hike.
A big concern of mine for every hydration pack I get is how well does the bladder work? Does it leak? Can I easily get a good drink? In this case, I found no leaks, getting a drink requires “twisting” the mouthpiece (but pulling straight out also works) and biting the very end of the mouthpiece to open the valve. The product works as I would expect it to and I’m excited to take this on some hikes with my family!
I received a discount on this item for my honest review. If you are interested in picking one up yourself, they are found on Amazon: http://amazon.com/dp/B01I23TXEK
Ancord Waterproof Bluetooth Rechargeable Speaker Review
This has exceptional bass! I did not expect such good sound out of a unit this affordable!
Has a female thread in the bottom so you can mount this to a tripod. I used this in my garage while cleaning it out and inside while building some shelves in the mud room. Comes with audio cable (if you don’t want to do bluetooth) and a mini usb cable for charging.
Costs just a fraction of other waterproof bluetooth speakers. I recommend these!
I did test these in the shower as well, and they do indeed seem to be waterproof! Sound gets muffled when under water, but drains and sound clears up in about 3 seconds after being pulled out.
Only down was the effective distance was only about 10 feet with walls between source and speaker. It did perform well up to near 30 feet in my basement though!
I received a discount on this product but am not required to leave a review. I am leaving this unbiased review based solely on the product’s ability to perform and how it compares with my expectation of other products like it.
Ancord Portable Outdoor Bluetooth Speaker with FM Radio – Waterproof & Rechargeable https://www.amazon.com/Ancord-Portable-Outdoor-Bluetooth-Speaker/dp/B01I18NEGE
This has been a long time coming… my site was super cool – once upon a time. It has become severely outdated and I’m just unwilling to sacrifice time with my family to design and custom build a new one. The result: a blog!
You may be asking yourself, what about the stuff you had on here before? Paper battlemechs, art gallery, comics, etc… no worries, they’re all still available and I’ll be including links for them shortly!
To quote my favorite artist, “Take care. Bye bye.”