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  • SureFire contacted me a few weeks ago and invited me to check out one of their new products - the SureFire SideKick. This is their answer to those who are looking for something with the brand's legendary quality but in a super compact, always on your person form factor. It comes at a price but if you want possibly the best keychain flashlight available today then this is the one to get. Plus, don't worry - we've got a 50% off coupon at the end of the article to make it an even better time to buy one today.

  • For some things, smaller is better but when it comes to battery backups I always subscribe to bigger and faster is best. That's why I was thrilled when Naztech sent me their latest power bank er... Power Station, the VOLT Power Station + AC Outlet. It isn't my only large battery pack, but it is now the one I keep as a permanent part of my gear bag. While the applications for long trips are obvious, curiously I find it super useful around the house too.

  • With winter over and spring descending on the country, it's time to clean the home as well suffer from allergies, dust, and other pollutants from outside. Luckily, the folks at AirFree sent us their new Iris 3000 Air Purifier to help sanitize the air and destroy some of those particles that make you sick like pollens and dust mites. They sent it to us a few weeks ago and we've been testing it out since then, here's what we learned during our review.

  • As someone who does a lot of outdoor activities such as riding in UTVs, fishing, and exploring off road trails one of my greatest fears is breaking my phone. Luckily, over the past few years mobile phones and case companies have stepped up to make phones that are far more resilient than they once were. But there's one thing that touch screens will NEVER be able to do well - work with gloves on. That's why I was so excited to check out the Cat S41 phone that they sent me to review. Make no mistake, this isn't your everyday phone for taking to dinner for some food pics - this is the phone you'll take on a hunting trip where you don't want to freak out if it drops in the mud or falls off a tree stand.

  • Finding ways to relax after a hard day at work is something you are probably passionate about. Failing to get a bit of a break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life can lead to overwhelming amounts of stress. For some men, sitting back in a comfortable chair and smoking a high-quality cigar is their idea of a good time.

  • When traveling, there's little that I hate more than running out of power. Despite strides made by hotels, airports, and trains - a place to charge devices still seems illusive. That's why I was so excited to check out the latest Portable Power Outlet that the folks at myCharge sent me to review. It has nearly everything you could need including a huge 20,000 mha battery, AC Power outlet, 2 USB A and 1 USB C port. 

  • Unfortunately today guns and gun control is an incredibly divisive topic. However, that doesn't change that there are millions of firearms owned legally by Americans nationwide. While I'm not going to get into the debate of whether something should be legal or illegal, the fact remains that shooting sports are an incredible hobby and guns are tools that when used properly can provide positive experiences for their owners. As a result, the trend is clear. There are millions of Americans who are becoming first time gun owners. This makes it essential that we take a look at safe operation of these machines. 

  • The winter games are coming up and so I know you guys are going to be tuning in to watch and cheer on the Americans (and maybe some other teams too?). The folks over at BabbleBoxx sent me a box of items that they recommend for watching the games and staying healthy and happy at the same time. This includes: popchips Peanut Butter nutter puffs, White Claw® Hard Seltzer, BEE & YOU Royal Jelly Raw Honey plus BEE & YOU Propolis Raw Honey Throat Spray, and last but certainly not least a PodPocket AirPods Holder.

  • Most people have looked up into the night sky and become enchanted by the moons beauty and thought about taking a photograph. Unfortunately for most of us, what's ultimately captured doesn't reflect what we saw with our eyes. However, that can change with the right equipment and a bit of patience to get the right shot. Whether it is a lunar eclipse, a full moon or something in between, the sight is breathtaking when you get it right!

  • It’s Mardi Gras season again and that means it’s time to get your party going. While this gear guide is designed for guys headed to New Orleans (or one of the other awesome cities that have Mardi Gras Celebrations!), you can use this guide to help create the ultimate Mardi Gras experience in your own home.

  • Wow, there's a lot of flavors options for vape e-juices today! In fact, there's so many out there that it made me think of all the places you might be imagine yourself visiting while taking a drag. Years ago, vaping was simply a replacement for people who didn't want to burn tobacco, but today it's something greater. There are hundreds of flavors and new ones being created every day. Plus, there are multiple levels of nicotine - including zero nicotine options too, so I feel like in many ways "vaping" has transcended being a "smoking alternative". After speaking with some friends at Zamplebox recently, I discovered how true that actually is while browsing their list of more 300 flavors! 

  • Some people look at spending a week on a cruise ship as a vacation where they will only spend time in their rooms to change clothes and sleep - for the rest of us it's a time to relax. That includes being able to catch up on some of our favorite movies, TV shows, and other videos. Unfortunately, nearly all cruise lines have TERRIBLE programming available on their TVs (I'll give a pass to Princess though since I could never get tired of old re-runs of The Love Boat!). It's not that these TVs can't support HDMI inputs either. The cruise lines have actually gone and disabled them so you are forced to watch their programming instead.

  • If you wear prescription glasses but love to dive, one of the most frustrating things is not being able to see clearly underwater. Sure, I could use contacts but I don't really like the way they feel in my eyes and so I've had to settle for a sub-par experience while snorkeling - until now. San Diego-based SportRx contacted me and asked if they could help, so I accepted their offer of a Sea Vision Ultra dive mask featuring lenses matching my prescription for our trip to Cozumel last month but I didn't really know how much of a game changer they would be.

  • In an age dominated by expensive headphones costing hundreds of dollars, it’s easy to forget that at the end of the day – headphones need to feel comfortable, sound good, and look good, too … but they also need to be affordable.  Motorola Pulse Escape+ headphones are exactly that, at only $69.99. This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Motorola.

  • Everyone jokes about getting a crappy gift but what if that was actually the point? We looked around and found some of the shittiest gifts around, which is your favorite?

  • When I told friends and family that I was invited to go see a smart house configured by Cox Communications with all their awesome Cox Homelife goodies and those other smart home companies, they all asked me if it was going to be like The Jetsons’ home. I had to laugh because many of us still have the Jetsons’ in our heads when we think about smart homes when in reality it is not that extreme and much more interesting. While there were gee-whiz experiences such as the ability to travel the world through VR and personal helper robots, it's exciting to realize that these things are all here today and able to help make our lives better as we age.

  • There are many gift guides out there, but this one is a little different. Instead of simply looking at gifts for guys... we have a great gift pack curated by our friends at Babbleboxx that is perfect for sending to someone that you know needs a vacation. In fact, that's just what we did this weekend while visiting Bradenton, Florida.

  • This summer, the folks at Transitions invited me to get a pair of their glasses and test them out. As someone who has been a long time Transitions Signature lenses wearer, I didn't really "need" new glasses but I was curious about the other photochromatic lens technologies that were offered beyond what I already enjoyed. In particular, while I LOVED the flexibility of Signature... it really didn't eliminate my need for true sunglasses and so I ended up still carrying them with me. Transitions XTRActive however, promised to be darker and work better while driving. To test them out and provide an honest review, I've been wearing them exclusively for the past two months. I'm hooked!

  • You've seen the commercials, you've probably even laughed at the concept of wearing "sun glasses at night" but how do these yellow tinted "Night Drivers" actually work? The folks over at Solar Shield sent us a pair of their Night Drivers to try out, here's what we learned...

  • Samsung wants to Change the Way You Charge and has some great deals on new Samsung chargers that work great with Galaxy phones. There's nothing quite as disappointing as seeing your phone blink off and together... they are here to help end that feeling!

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