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NEWS

GermBloc Products Will Help Keep You Safe

Browning Footwear Announces 2017 Spring Trail Footwear Line

How to Prevent Blisters & Treat Those You May Have

Trekking's Extreme Ultralite Backpacking & Travel Towels

Adventure Tours Has Lots of Exciting Trips on Tap for Hikers

Wojo Wallet is the perfect stocking stuffer for the active person on your gift list this year! -- Or for yourself when hiking or for a friend who goes with you!

Leatherman's New P7.2 LED Flashlight is Here!

Joby's Convertible Neck Strap Helps Safeguard Your Camera

Trail Bells Can Help When Hiking

Bug Out Clothing

My Pee Pee Bottle Saves the Day When You Can't find a Restroom on the Trail

Therapik Helps to Stop the Itch from Insect Bites

ThermaCELL Heated Insoles Will Keep Your Feet Perfectly Warm When Hiking in Cold Weater

ACCESSORIES & HELPFUL ITEMS

Trekking's Extreme Ultralite Backpacking & Travel Towels

No matter where you're going or what you're doing, pack up one or more of Trekking's Extreme Ultralite Backpacking & Travel Towels. It's great whether you're sweating or drying off -- and especially useful if you're involved in archery, boating, fishing, picniking, camping, hiking, shooting and more.

I tried the large 58” x 34” towel that weighs under 6 oz and packs into very small spaces. It’s large enough to wear as a sarong or wrap, and perfect for swimming or bathing! It makes an instant shawl for sun protection, and a wonderful travel blanket for the plane, car or train. I even tried it to cover my legs while paddling my kayak! For the serious backpacker, the 3 oz. half-size 34” x 28” towel is just right. Either size dries so fast, you won’t think you even had it wet.

For traveling minimalists, there’s an even smaller version weighing about 1.3 oz and about 19" square. Use it as a towel, neckerchief or headgear.
The Extreme Ultralite Backpacking & Travel Towel dries faster than any other towel on the market. Unlike microfiber towels that can take time to dry, the Extreme Ultralite Backpacking & Travel Towel dries quickly and is ready to use again in no time!

These towels offer superior odor resistance due to their Silver antimicrobial technology, so no need to worry about funky odors that come from bacteria. The Extreme Ultralite Backpacking & Travel Towel will stay clean and fresher between washings!

Both beautiful and functional, the Extreme Ultralite Backpacking & Travel Towel comes in vibrant patterns and colors that won’t fade. These towels range from $14.95 to $59.95.

For more information, please visit www.discoverytrekking.com or contact Chicblvd Inc 2, 820 Los Vallecitos Ste A-C, San Marcos, CA 92069 United States

GermBloc Products Will help Keep You Safe

If you touch something that someone else has handled, you are possibly leaving yourself open to germs, that can lead to serious infections - especially if you get scratches or cut. But don't worry, there's lots you can do to protect yourself. Germ Block makes antimicrobial Nanotechnology against bacteria - whether you're enjoying archery or traveling.

The company's hand Sanitizer Lotion is alcohol-free, won't chap or dry hands, provides protection for 3-4 hours and is non-flamable. Germ Bloc's Antimicrobial keeps high-touch areas clean (like bathrooms, water fountains, etc.) clean and bacteria-free, is non-toxic when dry and EPA-approved to provide 90 day protection against bacteria on treated surfaces.

Everthing is packaged in compact sizes, great for your pocket or sports case - and GermBloc's Hand Sanitizer Lotion and Foam is in a non-greasy formula that leaves hands soft and germ-free with protection for 3 to 4 hours. It is also alcohol-free, non-fammable, with 7 moisturizers, 2 vitamins and 6 botanical extracts and antioxidants plus it's made with 98% natural ingredients.

The company's other useful products include Hand & Skin Cream that will repair your hard working hands with its 4 moisturizers, 4 antioxidants, 4 vitamins and 6 botanical extracts --- Hand Repair Creams -- Laundry Rinse - great for creating a germ-free barrier on your clothes; UltraHand Soap, and much more.

For more information on GermBloc products, check web site www.germbloc.com or e-mail at info@geermbloc.com. The address is WillSpeed Technology, 2121 East Plaza Loop, Nampa, ID 83687

Wojo Wallet is the perfect stocking stuffer for the active person on your gift list this year! -- Or for yourself when hiking or for a friend who goes with you!

For someone living an active lifestyle, there is nothing worse than being anchored to a wallet that doesn’t fit in any of your pockets! When you want to run, hike, bike, or swim, the last thing you want to think about is, “Where in the world am I going to stash my wallet?” At the beach, you may pile it under your towel and hope it’s there when you get out, and on the trails you could be forced to carry a bag to hold your cumbersome belongings, when what you really wanted was a little more freedom. These worries are now a thing of the past thanks to Wojo Wallet, the world’s most transportable and versatile wallet for the active and adventurous.

Wojo Wallet is extremely versatile and can go anywhere you do—even in the pool or the ocean! Wojo Wallet can float while holding up to six credit cards and cash, making it easy to keep track of when swimming or surfing. No matter where you are headed, with Wojo Wallet at your side, you can be active without the extra hindrance! Wojo Wallet is made from easy to clean silicone and neoprene, so you never have to worry about it getting grungy while you work out. Wojo Wallet easily follows you from day to night, and is the only wallet you need when heading out for an evening on the town. Slip your ID, cards, and some cash into your Wojo and know that your items will be safely stowed in your pocket or a small clutch, without all the bulk of a big wallet or having to carry a large bag!

Wojo Wallet makes the perfect stocking stuffer for the adventurer or fitness lover in your life. Preload the Wojo Wallet with a gift card to their favorite sporting goods store for an extra special gift that is sure to be a hit this season! Wojo Wallet is available in four trendy colors, so there is a Wojo for everyone! And, at only $12.95 each, you can get one for every person on your shopping list! Wojo Wallet is sleek and sporty, making it the perfect unisex wallet that is useful for every active lifestyle!

Wojo Wallet was created by Teri Thomas and Robert W. Bass. They opened their online store in 2012, and their mission is to provide customers with unique, lifestyle-enhancing products. Wojo Wallet is the perfect companion for those with active lifestyles, and provides a safe and easy way to carry essentials without the bulk of a traditional wallet.

For additional information, please visit www.wojowallet.com.

FRESH BALLS® --- Means No More Sweating for Guys -- Not When 'Fresh Balls' is Applied, Quickly dries, and is Free of all Things That Can Harm You!

Guys can now say goodbye to baby powder - because, according to the manufacturer, Fresh Balls is the only product on the market that is applied as a lotion that quick-dries into a silky, clump-free powder, free of all aluminums, parabens, and talc - just as nature intended.

Whether you're outdoors hiking, fishing, playing football, etc., your underwear will be sending you pretty clear signals about what's going on in your most vulnerable regions. Sweat. Itchiness, and general discomfort!

FreshBalls knows all about year-round heat. It was created by a team of guys from Vegas who have spent many a day outside around the firepit cheering their favorite football team on! Ball sweat has long been a big problem for men. Chemical ointments filled with lab potions, messy powders and embarrassing re-adjustments have long been the answer. However, Mother Nature hasn't made a problem that science cannot solve - except for deadly hurricanes.

Fresh Balls® is specially designed to deal specifically with the uncomfortable and unhygienic problems that moisture and bacteria can cause in those “man-regions” - in an all-natural and clump-free and talc-free way!

Fresh Balls will ensure that you --

• Say goodbye to messy powders!
• Applies as a cream, dries as a cooling, silky non-talc powder.
• Anti-chafing and prevents wetness.
• Talc-free, paraben-free, aluminum-free.
• Hypoallergenic and clinically tested.
• Made in the USA.
• Not tested on animals, just humans!

$11.99 for 5 fl. oz. at freshbody.com.

And here's a secret -- I'm a gal, tried it on my personal parts that almost always sweat during exercise, boating, fishing, archery, etc., - AND IT WORKED!!!!

Joby's Convertible Neck Strap Helps Safeguard Your Camera

JOBY recently launched two new products – Pro Sling Strap and Convertible Neck Strap. New to the Pro Series, the Pro Sling Strap is designed with a SpeedCinch pulley system, which allows photographers to quickly secure their DSLR camera to their needs. The Convertible Neck Strap is a 2-in-1 strap, which goes from a neck strap to a wrist strap.

Made of high-quality weave from France, the Convertible Neck Strap has quick-release buckles and an always-on wrist strap.

For more information contact Joby at joby.com/neckstrap-m; twitter.com/jobyinc; facebook.com/jobyinc; instagram.com/jobyinc; or plus.google.com/+joby.

Trail Bells

This is a little Swiss Bell that makes a soft tinkling sound, can be used for many purposes. While horseback riding, riders use the bell - attached to the horse's cinch or breast collar - to warn other trail users and critters that someone is coming. Commercial packers have used these bells for keeping track of stock in meadows. If attached to a halter at night, an equestrian who is camping overnight can here when his/her horse is moving or, it can be added to a dog's collar.

I use a trail bell whenever I'm hiking to forewarn any bears in the area that I'm approaching. You can also attach one to your child's clothing in case they start disappearing when your back is turned. Whatever the reason, these bells are wonderful to listen to, attractive and inexpensive.

Trail Bells, $.95 each, are available from Two Horse Enterprises, P.O. Box 15517, Fremont, CA 94539; 510-657-5239. They can also send a free catalog of their products.

Armpocket Sport 20

Engineered by runners, for runners, Armpocket - developer of eco-friendly, hands-free carrying systems - has introduced the SPORT 20. It is the ideal solution when you demand a sweat/water-resistant, ultra-comfortable, no bounce and no-slip carrying device for your iPhone, iPod, music player, cell phone, ID, keys and energy gels. It's also great for the gym, school, shopping or travelling or anytime you need a hands-free, secure carrying solution.

It has 20 cubic inches storage capacity; is water-resistant, made from recycled plastic bottles (PET fabric) and soft natural bamboo. It is comfortable - a vented arm-strap made with moisture-wicking bamboo for comfortable, extended wear, and is patented ergonomic design with memory foam back-padding that contours to the arm's naural contours. It also has high-visibility reflective piping for added safety; a Flexi-Lock audio port, allowing for the perfect length for ear-bud wires and resists disconnect uring activity.

The Armpocket Sport 20 is available in two styles, in two strap sizes and in eight vibrant colors. The Touch-through Screen for Phone, iPod, touch-sensitive mart phones allows easy device operation when on the move ($34.95) and the Front Pocket with magnetic closure allows for quick access to essentials ($26.95). The strap sizes are Medium for arm size 10-15 inches; the Small will fit arm size 8-11 inches. Colors include Fluorescent Yellow, Orange, Purple, Red, Khaki, Navy Blue, Pink and Black.

About the company - Armpocket: Armpocket Enterprises, LLC, is the indusry leader in engineering and delivering innovative, high-quality and eco-friendly hands-free carrying solutions. Armpocket products are sold in select college stores, running stores, and online at www.armpocket.com.

For more information, please go to Armpocket Enterprises, LLC, Sales@armpocket.com, 3624 Alcantara Avenue, Miami, FL 33178 or call 1-877-276-7628.

ThermaCELL Heated Insoles

Standing on your feet in the cold can be rough and ruin your time hiking. Now, there's help so you can be outdoors for hours with warm, comfortable heated insoles by ThermaCELL offering advanced heat technology providing remote-controlled foot warming comfort as you need it. The insoles are lightweight, durable foot warmers and will definitely make a difference whether you're outdoors for work or play.

Made for men and women, the Heated Insoles are fully rechargeable, allowing you to add just the right amount of heat to your feet as needed. Insert them into virtually any boot or shoe you own and always feel comfortable when heading ooutdoors. The soft cushion design provides additional shock absorption for your feet, while the water-resistant construction keeps the Heated Insoles working in damp environments and are perfect for all types of cold weather outdoor activities. And, I have to admit that because I work indoors on a cold, concrete slab, I put them into my slippers or shoes and feel toasty and can work without feeling cold!

The remote control allows the temperature setting to be changed without removing boots or shoes. With the touch of a button, adjust the temperature setting to Medium (100 degrees F), or No Heat. Use the No Heat setting to conserve battery life when indoors or active. Each remote features a uniquely coded highly reliable, radio transmitter paired to a set of insoles with a range of 7 feet. The remote can be attached to zipprs, bels or used inside a pocket.

The Insoles are made of a durable soft cushion design for years of shock abso9rbing all-day comfort; they are water-resistant protected by water-resistant fabric liner, and customizable - for they can be trimmed to fit most footwear. And, the heat sensors regulate the warmth according to both your body and outdoor temperatures. The battery charge duration is good for 5 hours depending on temperature setting, and the battery life is for 500 cycles.

The insoles are available for men and women in Small, Medium, Large, XLarge and XXLarge at sporting goods stores, amazon.com, and department stores for under $130. For more information, contact ThermalCELL.com or call 781-541-6900.

TIE A KNOT, GET A KNOT-A-BAG

            For people on the go, a clever little plastic bag dispenser is a handy tag-along product.  Holding 32.5' of tightly wound polyethylene film, Knot-A-Bag enables boat owners to create virtually any size bag for the task at hand.  Users just pull material from the center of the dispenser, cut it to the desired length with the built-in safety cutter and tie a knot in the end.

Knot-a-Bag material unfolds to approximately 8" in diameter, and is a recyclable Type 2 plastic.  It's ideal for holding everything from wet swimsuits to small spare boat parts and is safe for food storage.  The 0.36 mil. thick blend of high- and low-density polyethylene provides unmatched strength.  Knot-A-Bag handles dirty jobs like trash, diapers and dog droppings too.  Each bag is completely waterproof when tied at both ends.
Measuring just 4" H and weighing only 3 oz., the Knot-a-Bag dispenser easily clips to a belt, backpack or dog leash.  Its petite size fits neatly in a purse, tackle box, galley drawer, tool box or glove compartment.  The Knot-A-Bag is economical enough to keep a spare at home, in the car, with the camping gear or in the toolshop.  A 32.5' refill roll is included. 

            The suggested retail price of Knot-A-Bag from Davis Instruments is just $7.99.  A refill pack with three, 32.5' polyethylene rolls, costs $7.99.
            Contact Davis Instruments, 3465 Diablo Ave., Hayward, CA  94545.  510-732-9229; Fax: 510-732-9188.  info@davisnet.com; www.davisnet.com.

Be Safe & Stay Healthy With Camp Casey ™ Sanitizing Hand Towels And Spray

Kill 99.99% of Germs And Bacteria That Can Spread Diseases. Camp Casey ™ Sanitizing Hand Towels and Spray are the perfect take-along items for archers, campers, hunters, travelers, or anyone who spends time in the outdoors where soap and water may not be readily available. The convenient 8” x 5” hand towels come sealed in individual packets so they never dry out. The sanitizer kills 99.99% of all germs and bacteria.

The 2-ounce spray contains the same formula as the towels. The sanitizer dries quickly and leaves no sticky residue or odor. The towels and spray work great for removing dirt, lead, grease, and bacteria. Camp Casey Sanitizing products are a must for anyone who needs a quick and easy clean up. The 25 pack of the hand towels has a suggested retail price of $7.10 and the spray bottle $5.30.

For more information, consumers can log onto the Birchwood Casey website at www.birchwoodcasey.com, write to 7900 Fuller Road, Eden Prairie, MN 55344-2195 or call 800.328.6156 x7933.

Mad Dog by Stearns Scent-Lok® Hunting Backpack (For details check below under Hiking and also Under Shooting Sports)

Pace-Coach - First-Of-Its Kind, Computerized Walking Coach Maximizes Every Step for Ultimate Fat Burn

Clinical research performed at the University of Virginia has revealed that mixing the pace of your daily walk can lead to dramatic results.  In fact, simply changing your speed can shed up to four times more body fat and five times more belly fat than maintaining the same speed every walk. 

Walking/hiking, is the most popular form of exercise in America, with nearly 110 million doing it regularly to stay in shape.  Until now, the only way to gauge the effectiveness of walking was by using a pedometer, which simply measures what you are doing, not what you should be doing.

Avid and casual walkers can now get the maximum benefit out of each walk with a first of its kind, computerized walking coach.  The PaceCoach™ is revolutionizing the benefits of walking.  It is much more than a pedometer. The easy to wear device is a fat burning accelerator with an onboard, computerized “coach” designed to continuously monitor walking speeds and establish the time goals needed to ensure the maximum benefits out of every walk. Thanks to clinical research, walkers can get the most out of every step and burn up to four times more body fat on their daily walk with Mixed Pace™ walking and the PaceCoach.™

 “Results of a study from our laboratory showed that alternating walking speeds from moderate to fast increases fat loss dramatically, particularly belly fat loss,” said Dr. Arthur Weltman, Director of The Exercise

Physiology Laboratory at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. “Anyone interested in a mixed pace walking routine and burning more body fat will benefit from a proper aid to support their efforts such as PaceCoach.”Weltman’s study, Effect of Exercise Training Intensity on Abdominal Visceral Fat and Body Compositionhttp://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2730190 was published in the Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, the official journal or the American College of Sports Medicine.

The PaceCoach’s memory unit contains the fat burning formula based directly on the results from the clinical study.  PaceCoach creates a personalized, day-by-day walking program customized just for the user.  It mixes shorter, quicker walks, with longer, moderate paced walks.  When the PaceCoach workout program is followed, the results are almost five times more effective than walking at one constant pace. The study’s participants using a Mixed Pace walking program dropped four times more overall body fat, five times more belly fat, three times more thigh fat, and two additional inches from the waist. 

Small and easy-to-use, The PaceCoach automatically guides a uyser during their daily walks and updates a walker every 30 seconds to maximize fat burning results. It sets the perfect pace and helps you burn more fat. The battery operated PaceCoach is easy to wear, durable and is available for $19.95 from web site www.pacecoach.com. EB Sport Group of Yonkers, New York, one of the largest manufacturers of walking pedometers conceived, manufacturers and distributes the PaceCoach.                             -

“As a category leader in walking measuring devices, we were fascinated by Dr. Weltman’s study and how it tied Mixed Pace walking to increased fat loss.  It triggered a new product development moment for us because until now there was no single, easy-to-use device for walkers to achieve the maximum benefits of Mixed Pace walking,” said Dan Kinsbourne, EB Sport Group’s senior vice president of marketing. “Generally a device is made and research then confirms its effectiveness. With the PaceCoach, we used the exact science and formulas from the clinical study, to create a product that continuously motivates the user to achieve the maximum benefits from each step they take. Our PaceCoach is the solution for every walker of all ages,” he added.  

To find out more about the clinical study please visit http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2730190/

To obtain more information or to watch a video of The PaceCoach, visit www.pacecoach.com.

To see the video of The PaceCoach, you can also visit You Tube: Youtube.com/orderpacecoach

For more information on other EB Sport Group products, please visit www.ebsportgroup.com.

About EB Sport Group

EB Sport Group is a leading provider of innovative sport and fitness products for use in and around the home. The Group manages a number of well recognized brands, which products are distributed globally through specialty sporting goods and department stores, mass merchants and catalogs.

EB Sport Group is a division of EB Brands Holdings Inc., a developer, manufacturer and marketer of a comprehensive range of consumer products through numerous retail distribution channels in the U.S and across 70 countries worldwide. Established in 1979, the worldwide headquarters are based in Yonkers, NY. For more information, visit ebsportgroup.com.

Thermacell's 'Operation Buzz Down' Gives 98% Effective Mosquito Protection to Troops as Holiday Gift (For detail.scroll down to Insect Repellents)

Aspirinpod -- Can Save A Life!

You're out in the woods enjoying your favorite activity -- hiking. Suddenly, you feel terrible pain spreading across your chest. It may be a heart attack and, heart attacks can kill. The Aspirinpod could make all the difference and save your - or someone else's life should they feel sudden pain coming on. How? it's a fact that chewing aspirin at the first sign of a heart attack can significantly improve the chances for survival, and the FDA reports that taking aspirin immediately when heart attack symptoms occur not only saves lives, but can also decrease heart damage. Studies show that chewing one uncoated 325 mg or four uncoated 81 mg aspirin immediately when heart attack symptoms first occur can increase your chances of survival.

New products are always coming out, but when I saw the Aspirinpod, I knew, immediately, that this product was not only unique, but a 'must have' for every member of my family and for friends as well.

The Aspirinpod is a red plastic tiny heart-shaped tiny container that holds one or two aspirin. It comes with a key chain that it can easily be placed in your glovebox, gym bag, bicycle, tool kit, handbag, yoga gear, ski jacket, golf bag, lunch box, bedside, tackle box, hunting vest, and dozens of other places. In less than a second, the container can be opened, the aspirin inside chewed, and together with calling 911, can save your life or that of a loved one. I placed one on my key ring so it will always be available.

Note: Do not take aspirin if allergic and ask your physician if aspirin is appropriate for you.

Aspirinpod can be purchased at drug stores, sporting goods stores, or is available by checking web site www.aspirinpod.com.

The Pocket Disc - A diversion for all ages

What is a pocket disc? Something that all ages and dog lovers are talking about. Why? The Pocket Disc, made from 100% cotton, is a colorful flying disk -- the first true indoor/outdoor disc for everyone. It's safe, portabie, and versatile. Actually, this disc began as a homework assignment in Savanna Groft's third grade class who crochet a round placemat. Afterward, it sat on an end table for over a year and a half until the father of one of Groft's friends stopped by for a vist and casually tossed it across the room at Groft's dad. As it floated across the room, her dad - Patrick Groft - had a eureka moment and the Pocket disc was born. The two men soon launched the company they now co-own, Phd Productions, and began exploring ways to bring this new 'toy' to the mass market. Finally they found gorups of Mayan women in Guatemala to produce the Pocket Discs - and today the money they make crocheting the discs enables over 200 Guatemalan weavers to support and send their children to school.

When you want to take a break from hiking, take out the disc from your backpack or pocket (that's how easy it is to carry), and play catch. It's a good way to relax and stretch more muscles.

Today there are a variety of games and uses for the disc, including Indoor Disc Golf, William Tell, Pocket Disc Hockey, Ceiling Fan 500 and Skitzlejinx. The rules to these games and others can be found on the Phd Productions web site at www.pocketdisc.com/games.php.

Available on the Phd Productions web site and at a variety of retailers nationwide, including Dunham's Sports, and over 00 specialty toy, gift and outdoor retailers. Available in a variety of colors and designs, the Cassic Edition retails for $9.99, and the heavier weight Sports Edition for $14.99. For more information visit www.pocketdisc.com.

Pocket Peepers Reading Lens

How many times have you wished you had a magnifying glass to read a tiny trail map while hiking? Now there's a great solution -- the new Pocket Peepers Reading Lens that comes in handy. It's a credit card size reading lens that fits in your wallet and is great for anywhere you travel; is an actual reading lens (not a magnifier); is high quality Universal strength; and comes in 25 different designs to choose from. It also makes a great gift.

The Pocket Peepers come in a universal strength that is 100% accurate, correcting reading vision loss from plus 125 to plus 250 by adjusting the lens away from yuor face until you find the right focal point. There is no need for lights or magnifiers with a Pocket Peepers Reading lens and it will never break!

Priced retail at $9.95 - $14.95 it is available at optical, gift, travel ware, apparel, botiques and other fine stores

SHEWEE - The women's Portable Urinating Device Now Available

You're out there on the trail. Suddenly nature calls. What to do? Before Shewee, you'd have to do a jig until you reached some place to relieve yourself. Now there's Shewee to save you time, effort and embarassment - - because, with this product, you can stand and pee! No more uncomfortable squatting, unhygienic toilets, embarrassing bare bottoms, getting touched by poison ivy -- because this is a stylish, ergonomically designed, molded plastic funnel, just 7 inches long. Introduced in Europe, Shewee allows you to go everywhere -- in the woods, on a boat, or any other private, legal location without squatting, splashing or baring your bottom. And, if you have minor incontinence concerns, this will keep you safe when away from home.

Available for $11.95 online at www.sheweeusa.com and at outdoor retailers throughout the UK, South Africa, New Zealand, Australia, USA and Poland.

SIGG Water Bottles

There's no need to spend money on buying single use water bottles at the supermarket -- when you can simply fill your own bottle with water from your sink and take it with you everywhere. And, you'll be saving the environment, too, when you use a SIGG water bottle over and over again for years to come.

If you recall, the headlines in 2007 headlines read: Disposable plastic water bottles are bad news. Diseases grow in them, landfills are full of them, and people just don’t recycle them.  Single use, disposable water bottles (PET plastic) create millions of tons of unnecessary waste each year. According to the Container Recycling Institute, less than 15% of plastic water bottles used in the U.S. are actually recycled. Over 100 million plastic bottles wind up in landfills – every day- and they take up to 1,000 years each to biodegrade!

SIGG bottles are designed to be reusable and are 100 percent recyclable at the end of their very long lives. Besides reducing the demand for petroleum-based PET bottles, SIGG is a proud member of 1% For The Planet, donating 1% of all sales to helping to preserve our environment.

Each SIGG bottle is designed and manufactured in Switzerland from a single piece of pure aluminum, perfectly extruded for uniform, seamless construction. The proprietary SIGG bottle lining is a water-based, non-toxic coating that is baked into the interior walls and remains flexible and crack resistant for the life of the bottle. This special lining is taste neutral and resistant to fruit acids and energy drinks, ensuring that your drinks taste like they are supposed to taste every time! SIGG bottles exceed FDA requirements for safety and have been independently tested to prove 0% leaching. SIGGs are an alternative to hard plastic containers which studies show may leach harmful BPA. 

These lightweight, leak proof bottles are perfect for everyday use while the high-precision Swiss craftsmanship makes them durable enough for the most extreme adventures. SIGG bottles are beautifully designed, portable works of art that are a perfect blend of function and fashion. In fact, SIGGs can be found on display at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. New, fashionable styles are introduced each year with over a hundred unique styles. SIGG bottles come in several different sizes, in a rainbow of colors and designs with 3 unique interchangeable tops.

SIGG bottles come in a variety of sizes and designs and retail for $16.99 - $24.99.

For further information or to purchase a SIGG go to www.mysigg.com. SIGG is also available at camping, sporting goods stores, REI, amazon.com, and more.

The Whiz Plus Female Urinal -- A Lifesaver for Women

The Whiz is a great new product that allows women to urinate in the woods - or elsewhere - without having to drop their pants and have the privacy to go where and when nature calls. The small urinal - 6" long - is made of soft anti-bacterial bendable plastic with a connector tube that allows the user to urinate in a standing or seated position. The contoured plastic shape fits around the female genitals and the straight plastic extension tube allows the urine to be transferred into a bottle or an outside area. The urinal is re-usable, machine washable, and will fit in any pocket -- even in a drysuit when kayaking or while boating. Instead of walking far away to gain priacy, all that's necessary is to turn your back. Great for outdoor activities, including biking, skiing, camping, etc., it's so sanitary that you won't need to wash your hands, or bring along a seat protector - or even squat down!

Available in camping, boating and hiking supply stoes.

Coghlan's Sight-Grid Signal Mirror Can Help Save Your Life

Picture yourself out in the woods, alone, and lost. No one knows exactly where you are, but with Coghlan's Sight-Grid Signal Mirror, the newest piece of adventure gear, you can send an SOS to anyone who may be in the area. Carry the Signal Mirror in your pocket -- it's highly reflective shatter resistant glass is encased in a shatter resistant acrylic case; it can signal up to 25 miles on a clear day; the grid mesh in center of the mirror allows the user to target the beam by framing object; it's small 2"x3" size and 1/4" width fits anywhere and, it floats in water.

Available for $12.99. To locate a retailer go to Coghlan's web site at www.coghlans.com

iPod & iPhone Protection from OtterBox

You’ve given in, forked over hard earned cash to become the proud owner of an iPhone™, nano, classic or touch, but in a world of uncertainty one wrong move can mean the end, protect your device with rugged and now semi-rugged cases from OtterBox!

Looking for something sleek, sexy and slim fit with semi-rugged protection for your busy, on-the-go lifestyle, then check out the Defender™ Series. Living an untamed active lifestyle and need the most rugged case available? The Armor™ Series is a perfect fit. Order one at http://www.otterbox.com.

Pick your Poison . . .

Defender™ Series: Slim, yet rugged, stylish, yet protective, these semi-rugged cases satisfy the need for protection without compromising style. Coined as a “skin on steroids,” these cases offer complete user interaction in an attractive design. Bring on your active lifestyle! A hi-impact polycarbonate shell snaps together to safeguard the device and a completely interactive, scratch-resistant, polycarbonate membrane protects screens and ClickWheels. Finally, a silicone skin wraps over the case to provide additional protection from drops, bumps and shock. Available for the iPhone, nano, classic and touch.*

Armor™ Series: Ready for any adventure no matter what Mother Nature brings! This fully rugged line of interactive cases safeguards from rain, dust, dirt, drops and other mishaps. With a fully rugged polycarbonate shell and impact-absorbing rubber inside the case to cradle the device, iPods and iPhones can now handle drops, splashes or bumps with ease. Clickwheels and screens remain completely interactive and protected by a thin, scratch-resistant, hi-impact polycarbonate membrane. Available for the iPhone, nano, classic and touch, the Armor™ series protects devices so you can take your technology virtually anywhere, rain or shine!**
As experts in Apple® iPod protection, Otter Products, LLC. offers a variety of cases for any iPod, iPhone or technology enthusiast. For more information call 888-695-8820 or visitwww.otterbox.com.

*Note: The OtterBox for iPod and iPhone Defender™ Series cases are NOT waterproof and are not intended to protect against water intrusion.

**Note: While OtterBox for iPod or iPhone Armor™ Series are great for surface swimming, snorkeling and active sports, the cases are NOT adapted to withstand pressures experienced by scuba diving. Using the incorrect case may cause leaking. Otter Products is not responsible for personal property when used in the incorrect case. For more details, see our warranty.

BACKPACKS

Mad Dog by Stearns Scent-Lok Hunting Backpack

This durable Scent-Lok®-lined hunting backpack from Mad Dog by Stearns is especially welcome to those who want to backpack although it is also most useful to hunters. The material eliminates odor, moves quietly with you. Its Tree Hugger System™ allows you to strap pack to tree, perhaps to prevent bears from grabbing the contects.. In addition there is top access to main compartment with drawcord closure; it comes with an exterior zippered pocket and water bottle holster; a water bottle is included. The back is padded, there are comfortable shoulder straps, a waistbelt, chest strap, compression side straps, a rubber grab handle and it holds 1944 cubic inches, weighing in at 3 pounds. The material is polyester.

Available on line or at sporting goods dealers.

BOOKS

The Pocket First-Aid Field Guide -- Treatment and Prevention of Outdoor Emergencies (Skyhorse Publishing)

If you’re camping with your family, fishing or hunting with a friend, or simply chopping firewood at your weekend cabin, being self-sufficient in an emergency situation can be a matter of life or death. Dr. George Dvorchak’s thorough pocket guide goes beyond basic CPR and bee sting treatments. Small enough to carry in your backpack, it’s jammed with detailed descriptions of ailments and how to care for them, anatomy lessons, preventive fitness strategies, and body conditioning tips. Whether you’re a casual hiker or an experienced back-country trekker, The Pocket First-Aid Field Guide is one piece of equipment you can’t be caught without. Learn how to:

· Fend off hypothermia with high-energy food

· Attend to teeth, mouth, and eye injuries

· Make a proper splint for large or small bones

· Take care of all types of wounds, from gunshots to punctures and lacerations

· Handle snake bites and poisonous plant allergies

· Recognize and manage high-altitude sickness and heat stroke

· Implement vital P.R.I.C.E. treatment steps when attending to sprains, strains, and fracture 

· And much more!

Dvorchak, a self-proclaimed “country doctor,” also discusses common footwear myths, tells how to snakeproof or waterproof your shoes, and presents a practical checklist for developing your own first-aid kit. “Accidents can happen anywhere,” writes Dvorchak, “especially in a wilderness environment where there isn’t a medical facility available.” Have more fun on your next fishing trip or rock-climbing adventure knowing you are capable of keeping a minor injury from becoming a major threat!

Available at bookstores or from amazon.com for $9.95. For details contact Skyhorse Publishing Inc., 555 Eigth Avenue, Suite 903, New York 10018 or call 212 643-6816, web site www.skyhorsepublishing.com.

HIKING SHOES

Browning Shoes

Browning Footwear Announces 2017 Spring Trail Footwear Line

For Spring 2017, Browning Footwear has released the Trail Footwear Collection. Designed for both men and women, this line of footwear is ready to take on any hiking trail or pre-season scouting trip.

The new Browning Footwear Trail Line features three different models in the category: the Buck Pursuit Trail, Delano Trail and the Glenwood Trail. Women's sizes range from 6-11 with half sizes from 7.5-9.5 and the men's sizes from 8-13 with half sizes from 9.5-11.5.

"When we designed the Trail Footwear Collection we wanted to create durable and comfortable shoe to meet a wide range of needs," said Browning Footwear Director, Chris Dunn. "The entire line of footwear fits the quality standard consumers expect from the Browning name."

Features in the 2017 Browning Footwear Trail line include: comfortable higher density foam for added comfort, compression molded EVA footbed with arch support, suede overlays, abrasion resistant materials and durable traction design.

For more information on the entire Browning Footwear line and their specific features, visit www.spgoutdoors.com

SPG is an official licensee of Browning®, Mossy Oak®, Realtree®, Ducks Unlimited®, Major League Bowhunter, Under Armour®, Huk®, Bone Collector®, Hard Core™ and Big Rack.

For more information about SPG products, log on to the Signature Products Group website at www.spgoutdoors.com, or call 800-553-1098.

HIKING STAFFS & TRIPODS

PoleCat Hike 'n Hunt Combo by Stoney Point Products

Stoney Point Products, known for its innovative products designed for shooters and outdoors enthusiasts, has developed its most versatile outdoor travel accessory - the PoleCat™ Hike ‘n Hunt™ Combo. Easily converting from two multi-purpose staffs to a bipod for rock-steady shooting, the new Hike ‘n Hunt Combo provides support for virtually any outdoor activity, such as hiking, shooting, hunting, wildlife watching, photography, wading, and much more.

Included in the combo package are a pair of four-section aluminum Navigator Hiking Staffs with carbide tips, plus a full range of accessories that adapt the Hike ‘n Hunt Combo to virtually any activity and terrain. Both poles telescope from a compact 21 inches to 61 inches to allow just the right height for sitting, kneeling or standing use by any size person. The pole sections lock at any length needed with Stoney Point’s exclusive Posi-Lock adjustment system, which locks the poles securely with a  simple twist. Cushion-foam hand grips ensure comfortable use. The two staffs convert to one bipod for shooting with the simple addition of the rubber-covered bipod cradle that screws onto the standard 1/4--20 threads. Shooters can also use one staff as a monopod with the furnished rubber-covered V-Yoke attached. The rubber overmolding on both shooting rest attachments protects the gun’s finish and helps ‘grip’ the firearm in place.

To allow use of the staffs separately for walking, a hardwood Hiking Knob is included. Since the V-Yoke and Hiking Knob are attached to standard camera studs, either staff can be used as an ideal rest for a spotting scope or camera. Additional accessories include snow and tundra boots, rubber PoleCat tips for use on terrain where traction is needed, two detachable wrist straps, a detachable shoulder strap, and a clip-on belt sheath. The bottom two sections of each staff are made of 7000 alloy tempered aluminum for extra strength, durability, and trouble-free use. The matte black anodized finish, both inside and outside the tubes, provides corrosion resistance even in adverse outdoor conditions. Each staff weighs just 7 ounces, while the bipod configuration with bipod cradle weighs 18 ounces.

For more information, contact Stoney Point Products, Inc., 1822 North Minnesota Street, New Ulm,  MN 56073; 507-354-3360 or web site www.stoneypoint.com.

Tracks Hiking Staffs and Trekking Poles by Cascade Designs

Cascade Designs, Inc. offers an excellent line of hiking staffs and trekking poles known as Tracks,. You’ll find either the single walking staff or the paired trekking poles extremely useful when you’re hiking along icy trails, crossing slippery logs, or walking through streams while fishing. Using a walking staff also reduces stress on your lower back, knees, and feet, particularly when carrying a heavy pack on steep terrain.

Each staff is made with high-strength lightweight anodized aluminum tubing, features soft foam grips and adjustable woven wrist straps, and most Tracks staffs can be converted into a handy and stable monopod by unscrewing the removable walnut knob to reveal a universal threaded mount for cameras and binoculars. I’ve been using the company’s Compact Travel Staff for years and love it. The upper section has a push-button length adjustment that’s quick and easy to use, while its two shock-corded lower sections fold small enough so that it fits into my backpack or suitcase. I’ve used the camera mount beneath the walnut knob frequently for steadying my camera while bird-watching, as well as on almost every one of my hikes. Many different models are available, including the Trek’R 3™, lightweight three-section trekking poles with a compact storage length that’s perfect for attaching to a backpack; the Superlite 3™, the company’s lightest full-length walking staff made with adjustable-length sections of lightweight aluminum; and the Fish Stick™, a compact shock-corded staff for stream fishing and travel.

For details on the full Tracks line, contact Cascade Designs, Inc., 4000 First Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98134; 1-800-531-9531, or visit your nearest sporting goods store, such as EMS or L.L. Bean.  

HIKING TOURS

ADVENTURE TOURS

Hike Your Way Through Red Rocks Paradise and Experience the Best of Arizona

In a region home to towering rock formations painted in warm red tones, the Grand Canyon State is a destination made for those who long for the quintessential southwestern experience. On Canyon Calling’s Arizona Spectacular trip, an expert guide leads travelers on fascinating hikes throughout some of the most famous canyons not only in the southwest, but in the world!

Tour through Sedona before exploring Walnut Canyon, Little Painted Desert State Park and Canyon de Chelly. Hike your way to an incredible view at Horseshoe Bend then raft through the red-stained waters of the mighty Colorado River leading you to the Grand Canyon.

For more information or to sign up for a trip, please contact Adventure Tours, Canyon Calling, 2081 W. State Route 89A, #4508, Sedona, AZ/ Or, call 928-284-8654; Email: trips@canyoncalling.com; or go to web site www.canyoncalling.com or e-mail at

Tibetan Lands: Trekking the Roof of the World

Myths and Mountains wants to show you the side of Tibet most tourists will never see – the side that cannot be Googled. The new Tibetan Lands itinerary takes real adventure seekers on an amazing and truly off-the-beaten-path journey through untouched Tibetan lands.
 
Explore some of the holiest Buddhist sites around Lhasa before heading northeast to the Nyanchan Thangla Mountains and Lake Nam Tso, where you can hike through numerous cave temples and wander the two-hour kora as devoted pilgrims do. Get your heart going on the multi-day trek from Ganden up along Wangpori Ridge, over several mountain passes, through green meadows and passed pristine lakes. You will bed down at night among nomads and their herds before continuing along a beautiful yet challenging route toward Nyengo Village. Catch your breath during your drive to Chimpu Ridge, a true paradise where you can celebrate your accomplishments and prepare to create more memories during your last few days in this extraordinary world. 

Hike the Hills around Mt. Rainier

Some of the most beautiful scenery around Mt. Rainier is only accessible via the extensive trail system in and around the park. Think crystalline mountain lakes, cascading waterfalls, meandering streams, sub-alpine meadows carpeted in flowers and peaks offering vistas of surrounding glaciers. There are a multitude of trails to choose from depending on your skill level, but the granddaddy of them all is the famous Wonderland Trail, a multi-day journey covering over 93 miles that encircles the entire mountain. Visit Rainier sortable list of trails will help you find the perfect trail for you. Also checkout Visit Rainier's "See & Do" section for information on other activities in the area, broken down by season.

Experience Galapagos: Hiking and Kayaking Tour

Tofino Expeditions has designed a Galapagos kayaking tour that no one else offers and virtually defines “trip of a lifetime.” These islands, where creatures have never learned fear of humans, offer an authentically unique experience that will forever change the way you think of wildlife. To explore this natural paradise, you will embark on an active and accessible multi-island journey that combines the best wildlife viewing in the world with sea kayaking, snorkeling, and hiking. 

Hike otherworldly volcanic landscapes and have amazingly up close encounters with bizarre and beautiful wildlife. Explore the turquoise waters by kayak and snorkel with penguins, sea turtles, and playful sea lions. After your daily adventures, enjoy a hot shower and fill your belly with a gourmet meal, then walk on the beach under an equatorial sky ablaze with stars.

Discover Belize: Jungle, Waterfalls and Mayan Ruins

Just a short drive from Hamanasi Adventure and Dive Resort is a thrilling hike through the lush rainforest, leading you to a spectacular hidden oasis. Hikers will set out on the Antelope Falls trail, a very rigorous, steep trek with an incredible top view all the way to the ocean. Along the way, your guide will point out local flora and fauna as well as tracks from the elusive jaguars who call this jungle home. See the unexcavated remains of the ancient Mayan city of Mayflower, an area archaeologists are still unearthing and piecing together. After an exhilarating hike, take a refreshing swim under the 100-foot waterfall before heading back to the trailhead.

For details on any of these tours, please contact Nancy Harrison, editor@adventuremedianews.com

INSECT REPELLENTS/CLOTHING

Bug Out Clothing

I, and thousands of others like me, attract every kind of insect on Earth. And they bite, hard, and swell and itch and drive me crazy. But I finally found a solution to this problem - and that is wearing special insect-proof clothing made by Bug Out.

I sampled the head cover, jacket and pants and came away without one bite even when gardening for hours!! In the meantime, some who laughed at the Bug Out clothing placed over my regular street clothes were screaming and running all over the place away from the tiny insects that were chewing on their flesh and making them bleed - while, for a change, it was I who had the last laugh.

The bug repellent clothing is made of 100% polyester and even the no-seeums couldn't get through while I was taking photographs and not being disturbed at all. Best of all, this clothing could be worn over any clothing beneath it; insect repellent could be used without harming the material, and it was used and tested in the military.

The relaxed fit design features extra long sleeves, a three position pull-over hood with draw strings that provide a complete enclosure for your head, ears and neck. Easy to see through and pull back if necessary. The draw string with cord lock allows you to adjust the bottom of the jacket to provide a secure and comfortable fit around your waist. It even comes complete with a pouch pocket for your hands or for storing items. Available in Olive Drab, sizes samll, medium, large, extra-large, and extra extra large.

Premium Bug Out Pants sell for $20.00
The relaxed fit design features an elastic waist band that comfortably fits under the jacket when the draw string is pulled and the cord lock is secured, adding another element of protection. The pants feature elastic ankle cuffs that fit securely around your boots. It comes in the above sizes.

The Jacket:

This unique design provides you with the ultimate in head and neck protection. Just slide your arms through the elastic straps, put the headnet on and you are ready to enjoy the outdoors in comfort. Its compact size makes it great for easy and carefree storage; and since it uses the same original no-see-um mesh with micro fibers you can relax in comfort knowing that Bug-Out is at work guarding you against biting and stinging insects! This is one of the best face masks available!

Size: One Size Fits All
Color: Olive Drab
 
Bug Out Outdoorwear helps guard against biting and stinging insects like no-see-ums, blackflies, mosquitoes, gnats, ticks - even the nymph stage of the deer tick. So whether you are digging in the garden, fishing at the lake, relaxing in the backyard or doing any other activity that requires you to be outdoors; Bug-Out Outdoorwear offers you ultimate in bug protection. Now you can fully enjoy your time outdoors without the use of potentially hazardous, dangerous, game spooking chemicals, sprays or repellents. The Bug Out System keeps biting and stinging insects out and lets air flow in. The relaxed fit design guarantees you will have time to enjoy the outdoors instead of the outdoors enjoying you.

Bug Out Outdoorwear uses a durable, lightweight see-through mesh that is 100% chemical free and is made of a chemical resistant material. This means if you want added protection you can apply deet or permanone to the material and it will not deteriorate the fabric, unlike some competitors' suits. Not only does the material help guard against biting, stinging, and crawling insects, it is proven to even help guard against the nymph stage of the deer tick, a most aggressive biter that causes Lyme Disease.

The Bug Out System has even passed the U.S. Military's extensive testing and approval process. It has been used in Somalia, Africa, Bosnia, Haiti and South America. Bug Out Outdoorwear is the preferred brand of insect protection. The patented design creates a total enclosure that protects you...but still allows for visibility and comfort.

For details or to order, contact Burleson Sporting Company at 1-800-871-5346 24 hours a day.

Don't Bug Me!

Don’t Bug Me! Skin Patch Provides Effective All-Natural Insect Repellent and Protection for Up To 36 hours; DEET-free and Safe for Children

 Don’t let mosquitoes or other pesky bugs take a bite out of you this summer.  While bug bites are often seen as a necessary evil of outdoor activity, statistics show that these bites can also be dangerous – leading to increased incidence of West Nile, Encephalitis and Lyme disease and even illnesses such as Malaria acquired through international travel.  And then there’s the annoying itching, swelling and redness that also occur when a nasty bug takes a bite out of your skin.

Just in time for summer, the Don’t Bug Me! insect repellent patch offers a first of its kind solution -- a transdermal skin patch that delivers a combination of protective Vitamin B1 and aloe combination throughout the body. One patch protects against bites from pesky, disease-carrying mosquitoes, gnats, ticks, chiggers, sand fleas and no seeums for up to 36 hours.

Concerns about increased prevalence of West Nile, Encephalitis and Lyme disease in the United States and also exposure to Malaria and other diseases have helped fuel sales of insect repellent, up over 30 percent since 2001. The potential of disease, coupled with concerns about the possible side effects of DEET, have led a growing number of consumers, particularly parents, searching for insect repellents that work but have low or no toxicity.  This summer, the Don’t Bug Me! Patch may provide the answer.

Vitamin B1 is the key effective ingredient in Don’t Bug Me! Patch, and when applied to the skin, provides protection from biting insects.  The thiamine-based formula is absorbed into the bloodstream through the transdermal delivery of the Don’t Bug Me! Patch.  Excess B1 is then secreted through the body’s pores, creating an odor that is almost undetectable to humans, but offensive to mosquitoes.  This odor forms a protective barrier around the body that shields the user from mosquitoes and other biting insects.  Aloe, the other active ingredient, accelerates the absorption of the B1 and serves as an anti-inflammatory, and in the event of a rare bite — it helps reduce the reaction, particularly for those who are sensitive to mosquito bites.

“Families and outdoor enthusiasts want to enjoy being outside without constantly worrying about risks from a mosquito or bug bites,” says Trish Tompkins, co-founder of Don’t Bug Me!  “At the same time, as research continues to build around the potential risks of DEET, particularly for children, parents would rather rely on natural and safe bug repellents to protect them from annoying biting pests.”

“Family and friends rave about the effectiveness and convenience of the patch,” adds Chari Kauffman, co-founder, whose friends recently volunteered to try Don’t Bug Me! Patch during a weekend camping trip with their family.  When the mother of the family arrived at her campsite, she discovered she only had two patches with her instead of the four she needed to protect her family.  She quickly applied the patches to her two daughters.  All weekend, the girls were bite free, while she and her husband were swatting mosquitoes and covered with bites.

Don’t Bug Me! Patch offers the following positive attributes as compared to messy sprays, lotions or towelettes:

Early testing with select Boy Scout groups, members of the U.S. Army and professionals who spend their days working outside in bug-infested areas has brought in rave reviews about the effectiveness of Don’t Bug Me! Patch More specifically:

·       EODT, a security company for the U.S. government while helping to rebuild Iraq used the patches and re-ordered when they realized the patch works against sand fleas, a larger problem than mosquitoes in Iraq.

·       More than 30 soldiers in the U.S. Army tried the product while in the deep woods near the Arkansas river and found they were effective during their three-week stay in the chigger infested woods.  They reported NO bites from mosquito, chiggers, or ticks.

The Don’t Bug Me! Patch received the Most Innovative Product Award at the Natural Products Expo East Show in October 2006.  At the same show, Supermarket Guru, Phil Lempert of The Today Show and Jeff Nibbler from SPINS highlighted the product’s “wonderful innovation.”  

The Don’t Bug Me! Patch is available at natural food stores and major retailers nationwide.  The product comes in a five-pack for a suggested retail price of $4.99 and a 10 pack for a suggested retail price of $7.99.

For more information on where to buy, visit www.dontbugmepatch.com

La Fresh

La Fresh Creates New, Easy-to-Use Insect Repellent Towelettes

The All Natural Biodegradable Insect Repellent Towelettes made by La Fresh are the perfect answer for always having insect repellent on hand - whether it's when traveling by car, train, boat, or bus. Carry the easy-to-use towelettes in yur purse or backpack where it takes up the tiniest space so they're always ready to use outdoors while enjoying your favorite activities. Carry them in your bike bag, too, or even your pocket! DEET-free, they are also biodegradable and TSA friendly.

The La Fresh Insect Repellent Towelettes are $4.99 for six or $19.99 for 30. For more information go to web sitewww.LaFreshGroup.com.

ThermaCell

ThermaCell Mosquito Repellent System

I'm off to Florida where I'll be camping and kayaking. One thing I won't forget to take with me is Thermacell's new Mosquito Repellent System because, no matter who I'm with, I'm always the one who gets bitten - even through my clothing! With this unique butane-operated mosquito repellent system, I no longer have to use smelly sprays, greasy lotions, or cumbersome netting -- because not only is it highly-effective, but it's small, portable, and fits neatly into a pack or vest pocket.

The unit, which operates on a single butane cartridge, heats a mat releasing Allethrin, an insect repellent that is a synthetic copy of pyrethrin, a natural insecticide found in the pyrethrum flower. Each mat contains enough repellent for four hours of protection and each butane cartridge will operate the unit for 12 hours. The odorless 4.5 x 4.5 meter comfort zone offers up to 98% effective protection against mosquitoes, blackflies, and other biting insects. With the click of a button, ThermaCell is on and repelling these nasty insects, and the complete comfort zone is created in under 10 minutes.

This must-have, especially if you're tired of scratching those horrible, itchy bites, unit has been used by professionals around the world, including the U.S. Army in Iraq, Kuwait and Afghanistan, and has been approved by the PRMA for safety and effectiveness. The unit is available in Olive, Grey, or Woodland Camouflage, and the suggested retail price is $21.99 for Olive or Grey, and $24.99 for Woodland. The unit measures 19 cm x 7.6 cm x 3.8 cm at the top, and 19 cm x 3.8 cm x 3.8 cm at the bottom, and weighs only 6.4 ounces with a full butane cartridge.

For more information on this and ThermaCELL's complete line of products, call 781-541-6900, or for retail locations, check web site www.thermacell.com.

Therapik

Therapik -- The New Way to Temporarily Relieve Pain and Itch from Insect Stings and Bites

I tried this new product that the company advertises as clinically proven, drug-free relief in 30 seconds and is reusable. And, I found that it works and works well in about 20-30 seconds. It is said to also work on the painful stings of bees and wasps. Based on a very simple, scientifically proven principal, Therapik's soothing heat temporarily relieves the pain and itching by increasing localized blood flow to the affected area.

The directions are simple: Make certain the area is dry and remove all moisture with a tissue. Then, immediately after the bite or sting, place the round red applicator tip gently onto the surface of the skin where you were bitten or stung. To acitivate, press and hold the large blue activation button. Keep the button pressed as long as the heat is bearable onto the skin. The average application time is 20 to 30 seconds or more. If you feel the heat may be burning your skin, stop the treatment immediately. If the application feels too hot, you may be applying too much pressure keeping it applied too long. the gentle placement on the treatment area, I found, allows for a comfortable thermal therapy treatment. If symptoms persist, Therapik may be applied multiple times until relief is obtained. Wait at least 60 seconds between each application.

Therapik is powered by a 9-volt battery, not included with the purchase. The product is guaranteed for one year replacement guarantee under normal operating conditions.

For more information contact the manufactuer, Jenex Corporation, Burlington, Ontario, Canada L7L 5K6 or the distributor, More Power 2 U, Sales and Service Department, 4638 N. Hiatus Road, Sunrise, FL 33351; 954-578-6909.

LIGHTS/FLASHLIGHTS

LEATHERMAN PRODUCTS

P7.2 LED FLASHLIGHT

This light is one of the most popular LED flashlights on the market today, and Leatherman has updated and upgraded both features and technology in its new P7.2 for the best possible light experience.

The P7.2 flashlight with 320 lumens has simple to remember high/low/off settings, and features the Advanced Focus System™ to quickly cast a far-off spot, or close up spill light for reading. Extremely durable anodized aluminum casing surrounds the four AAA batteries needed to power this impressively bright light, enhanced by a new CREE® LED chip.

The all-new P7.2, with a suggested retail price of $76, is the perfect combination of size, power, reliability and easy-to-use operation – great for camping, hunting, hiking, walking the dog, work and more.

• LENGTH: 5.12 in | 13 cm
• WEIGHT: 6.17 oz | 175 g
• BATTERY TYPE: 4 x AAA
• RECHARGEABLE: no
INCLUDES:
Lanyard
Sheath

WARRANTY

Leatherman takes extraordinary measures so your LED LENSER product will give you many years of dependable service. If it doesn't, the company will gladly repair or replace it, at its discretion, with one of equal or greater value under the 5-year guarantee. This warranty does not cover abuse, alteration, theft, loss, or unauthorized and/or unreasonable use of your LED LENSER product. This warranty does not cover sheaths, accessories, imprinting, or color finishes.

TECHNOLOGY
Advanced Focus System™
Dynamic Switch
Modular System
Matte "Frozen Black" Texture
Improved Rapid Focus
Redesigned Switch

ADVANCED FOCUS SYSTEM™
Traditionally, light-focusing systems have consisted of either a lens, or a reflector. The Advanced Focus System (AFS) is the patented combination of a reflector AND lens to create a light system that provides both a focused beam for long-distance and a homogenous spill-beam for up-close reading. AFS means whether you’re reading a map up close or focusing down the path to a landmark in the distance, your light will be easy on the eyes, clear and bright.

For more information contact web site www.ledlenserusa.com

PiSAT's New K Light

Great in an emergency while hiking or just about anywhere, this light -- usable as a flashlight or lantern -- retails for $49.95 and available at web site www.pisatsolar.com and select retail stores, this light functions as a lantern or flashlight, has a removable cap, 1:1 charging (one hour of light for one hour of charge. It is highly water resistant, has 120 Lumens and two power settings - low and high. Packaged in a safe, durable case with handles that rotate 360 degrees, locking every 30 degrees for 12 different positions. It comes with 16 bright white LEDs (100,000 hours of light), is rechargeable, has 7.2 volt, 1.6 Ahr, a•NiMH battery said to last more than 3000 charges, with a lifespan of ten years (full daily use), and lifetime (recreational and/or emergency use) Furthermore, the 1.5 watt solar panel is unbreakable, lightweight at approximately 22 ounces, and is compliant with regulations for restriction of hazardous substances (RoHS compliant).

About the company: PiSAT Solar, based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, was founded by four individuals who share a common passion for improving the quality of life for the world's most challenging environments. They believe in renewable energy and the K light, small and rugged, is the company's first commercially available product - and is one of the only solar-powered light emitting diode (LED) lanterns available in the world today. The light is perfect not only for use in and out of cars, but for outdoor activities, including camping, hiking, boating and as an emergency light and is designed to be used either as a flashlight or lantern.

MAPS

MYTOPO.COM's New Product -- A navigation-Ready TopophotoTM Map

Landowners and outdoor enthusiasts who have for years relied on the United States Geological Survey (USGS) topographic map series now have a new option. MyTopo.com, an innovator in the mapping industry, has created a TopoPhotoTM map, which combines information from the reliable USGS topographic map with a recent color aerial photograph, creating a navigation-ready hybrid map.

"The TopophotoTM maps take the best available topographic data and aerial photographs and combines them to create a more updated map, which we think will replace or at least be a useful supplement to the aging USGS topo maps we have relied upon for years," said Toohill. The maps are available now to order via the company’s online ordering system, and, like the company’s other maps, can be centered any place in the US, printed on large sheets of waterproof or glossy paper, personalized with a name and title, and shipped to the customer’s doorstep within 24-48 hours.

The maps provide the ability to see the elevation contours, roads, buildings, and geographic features labeled on a color aerial photograph taken in 2003-2006. "The TopoPhotoTM maps reveal recent changes on the landscape, including vegetation and development, but they maintain the traditional reliability of the USGS topographic maps," added Toohill.

MyTopo.com specializes in providing an easy and convenient process for outdoor enthusiasts to order large-format printed maps, including topo maps, aerial photos, and the new TopophotoTM maps. Customers use a five step process to customize their maps online; the maps are printed and shipped within 24-48 hours. The ordering process allows the customer to center their map any place in the US, chose the map’s scale, provide a title, and personalize further with the map owner’s name. The maps can be printed in several size choices and on waterproof, glossy or laminated paper. They range in price from $9.95 to $59.95, depending on map type and paper size.

The new TopophotoTM maps are available in more than 25 states, with the remaining states becoming available over the next several months. Current customers can reorder previously ordered topo or aerial photo maps in the TopophotoTM format by logging into their accounts and selecting the option to "start a new map here." The TopophotoTM maps are available in all three sizes and paper types and start at $29.95.

MyTopo.com is a private company based in Billings, MT. The company sells maps directly via web site www.mytopo.com, and also resells its maps via many popular websites including Topozone.com, MapTech.com, Cabelas.com, Remington.com, Realtree.com, the Digital Map Store and many more mapping and outdoor-related sites.

To learn more about the company, visit www.mytopo.com or call 866-587-9015.

PORTABLE SEATS

Sport-A-Seat Portable seat

Relaxing on a beach is one of the best parts of a boating trip or vacation, but it’s sometimes is difficult to find a comfortable place to sit. Now there’s a unique, portable seat that provides a comfortable way to lounge on any beach or lawn. The Sport-A-Seat stores easily, lies flat, measures 17 1/2”x39” and can be toted around by a convenient carry handle. When in use, the seat’s hinged, ratcheting frame can be adjusted to provide back support in any of 6 positions. If you want to lie down with good neck support, just place the long side on the bottom. It can also be placed over hard wooden bench chairs for added comfort. The 3-1/4” thick upholstery-grade foam is available in 8 durable fabrics and has a one-year guarantee.

 Available from sporting goods dealers or call Sport-A-Seat, 2704 Calkins Road, Herndon, VA 20171; 800-870-7328 for one near you.

How to Prevent Blisters & Treat Those You May Have

To Prevent:

Eliminate moisture and chafing and be especially aware of your heel, toes, and ball of your foot which can get sweaty or rubbed if your shoes/boots don't fit right. New shoes should be worn in the house or on short walks to make sure they'll be comfortable when hiking. Bristers on your toes indicate too little space in front of the shoes, so buy shoes with a high toe allowance inside so you have room to wiggle your toes.

In cold weather, insulated toes keep you warm, but can retain sweat. Use wicking socks to keep your skin dry. In warmer weather, ventilating shoes are great for most day-hiking on flat terrain because, when wet, they dry quicker than leather shoes. And if you plan to cross streams, bring extra lightweight shoes or sandals along. A couple of tips include putting a couple of layers of duct tape over your heel and ball of your foot before putting on socks, and remember that it's O.K. to rest every so often becausse it also is an opportunity to take off your shoes and socks & wait a while to dry your feet.

Treatment:

If you feel rubbing in a certain spot, apply moleskin or tape so a blister won't form. If already blistered, don't burst it so you won't get an infection. If the blister is huge, drain the fluid by puncturing the blister at the edge with a sterilized needle. Best yet, before a blister starts to form, cover the whole area wither with tape or moleskin.

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