How Light Can They Go? The Technological Improvements in Ultralight Gear

In pretty much all areas where technology has a deep impact, man has always aimed towards pushing its own limits. Wherever there is a need or an issue that has not been addressed, there will usually be a technological piece invented to alleviate the situation.

Ultralight Camping

Camping is an activity that more and more people are enjoying. It is fun, relaxing, and helps develop surviving skills. It is these surviving skills that have made us look for equipment that better offer a balance between strength, flexibility, and weight. Backpackers do not want the weight of their equipment to keep them from the enjoyment of their camping adventure.

The standard for backpack weight is usually one third of backpacker¥s own weight. When a traveler reduces the weight he carries by 50%, he can walk more without wearing out.

One of the most widely used materials used for ultralight gear is nylon, or silnylon. It is durable and very light. This material is used in the elaboration of backpacks and tents. It provides enough resistance to tear without applying any significant weight. A tarp made of nylon, for instance, typically weighs less than one pound.

Kevlar has also become popular among fabricants of ultralight gear. This synthetic fiber has a high tensile strength. It is five times stronger than steel and much lighter. It is this strength/weight ratio that makes it pretty useful for camping gear.

No-see-um mesh tents are usually made of a lightweight polyester monofilament that will not allow even the smallest of bugs. Adding this piece into the backpack will not add any insignificant weight to your backpack at all.

Cuben fiber is a high performance laminate which is very durable and lightweight. It is being used for the manufacture of tents and backpacks. This material is manufactured from Dynema or Spectra polyethylene fiber. It is ultralight and it is being widely spread due to its versatility and durability.

There is no doubt that manufacturers will keep pushing the boundaries into making lighter materials for the elaboration of products that are of high quality, long-lasting, and, of course, ultralight.

Next time you decide to go on camping always consider taking the most ultralight gear. This will guarantee that you stay up for the adventure by not growing tired out of a heavy burden. Add all factors in and pack as light as you can. If you do not know where to find the lightest gear for your camping, visit They have the best product at the most convenient prices.

Are Record Players The Coolest Gadgets of 2015

Record PlayerModern technology has made us forget about how old records used to sound and the awe in our faces when we heard such clear sound. Of course, technology nowadays promises to bring you a sound that represents high tech with a high sound fidelity along with some ornaments to make it sound more edgy, so to speak. Now, I am all about technology and gadgets making our lives easier and more practical. But when a piece of sound tech is not complying with sound quality at the expense of more “techy” stuff, I am not crazy about it.

If you can relate to terms such as retro, vintage, and recorder, then you know about the experience of placing that vinyl disc on a player. We are experiencing times so hectic that it seems like we can find some peace going back to our origins. Those times in which we sat down at the living room and dad would play those vinyl long plays. Vintage Record Players are still being produced today and those retro nostalgic ones are getting them.

The demand remain untouched: high sound quality at an affordable price. You can get the best vintage record players at rather low prices. They make a nice piece of retro gadget that will bring you back to those ambiences that only they can produce. These pieces provide the genuine sound quality intended for them since the beginning. So yes, record players are in to becoming, if not the coolest, one of the coolest gadgets of 2015.

A nice combination of retro with quality

For those interested in getting a blast from the past, these machine are ideal to reproduce your favorite records. But not only do they fit on a living room as they are also being used by DJs; take the turntables, for instance. Timeless machines, pieces of art that cannot still be beaten at high quality of sound and cool. Nothing is better than the original pieces that gave origin to music playing.

The vintage atmosphere

Make sure you acquire for yourself the best high end record player to bring back to life those records that were long forgotten. Create a majestic retro atmosphere in your home or office. This is truly one cool gadget to have around.

Affordable prices

You can definitively say that record players are at the reach of any. Affordable prices are available on the best stores.

Make these cool gadgets, resurfaced in 2015, become your high end record players. As usual, we love going back to our origins and make music sound the way it should be, the way it was originally conceived.

My New Love Affair With My Face Thanks to the Konjac Sponge

Real men can admit when they have problems with their appearance. As you already know, I am beard obsessed, but that obsession has led to other issues, mainly the skin on my face. I’ve tried dozens of products and gadgets, but without fail, I keep getting ingrown hairs at my beard line.

Then a friend, a female of course, told me about a sponge from Japan that was all the rage here now. She said that the sponge worked like an exfoliate – which I used weekly – except was not as harsh. This, she told me, would open the pores where I was having trouble with beard stubble coming out. What could it hurt right?

What it did hurt were all the soap and cleanser companies I had been wasting my money on for years. The Konjac sponge did in just a few minutes what those products couldn’t accomplish in weeks. It exfoliated my skin exactly like my friend said it would, and left it feeling fresh and clean.

What is the Konjac Sponge?

So of course I did some research into this amazing little product and found out that it did indeed come from Japan. It looks eerily similar to the sponge that I use to wash dishes, but has elements that make it perfect for skin care.

The Konjac sponge is completely naturally, derived from the root of a plant of the same name. People in Japan have been using this plant for years as a source of food, but have now found that it also works wonders on taking care of the outside of the body. It is delicate enough to be used daily, yet rough enough to remove dead skin cells, open pores and cleanse beneath the surface as well.

My Routine

So now, instead of having an exfoliate night, and then the next day to wait for the redness to die down, I wash my face twice a day with a mild (read cheap) soap and the sponge. This has stopped my ingrown hair problem in its tracks, and made my beard itch go away. The only one complaining is my beard trimmer, which now gets more of a work out since all of the stubble is making its way past the surface.

If you have skin problems, give this product a try. Your skin is not irritated by it all, yet it still has this uncanny ability to deep clean down to the pores.

Understanding the Difference Between Beard Balm and Beard Oil

I know that this is typically a technical blog, but I have a thing for beards, and beard trimmers. Plus anything else that has to do with growing the coolest looking fu-man-chu this side of the Pacific Ocean. So after a recent heated discussion about the virtues of beard balm versus beard oil, I thought I would set the record straight in print.

Basically, for most guys, the goal is for the beard to look cool. Yet with the number of beard grooming products out there, things can get confusing, and maybe even cause you to tug on that beard in thought. Most confusing is beard balms and oils, and what the difference is between them.

Beard Oil

Beard oil is usually a mix of some essential oils that is able to nourish the whiskers and the skin underneath. Not only does it make the beard soft, it makes it smell really good. (not very manly to admit I know) Since it is an oil, it will reach the skin underneath faster and get rid of that itchy skin feeling that sometimes comes with a full face of hair. Easy to apply, it is a go to product for many bearded guys that brings softness to the beard hairs, essential nourishment to both the whiskers and the skin underneath, itch and dandruff reduction, shine to the beard and a fresh clean scent. Sounds pretty good right? But now let’s talk about beard balm.

Beard Balm

Beard balm has everything that beard oil has, plus bees wax. This actually works like hair gel, holding the individual beard strands in place, and avoiding the scraggly look that long beards eventually develop. This is the product of choice for guys who want the benefits of beard oil, but also a neat and well maintained looking beard. The hair follicles are pushed in a consistent direction, which aids in growing a straight beard. Plus it is thicker, and will make your beard appear fuller. The beard will not appear as shiny as it does with beard oil, but for a guy who doesn’t want things to look too obvious, this is a good thing.

Beard balm can also be used as a mustache wax, if yours is growing on the unruly side. The scent is not as strong as with oil, but again, sometimes subtlety is a good thing.

Both products have many similarities, but clear differences when it comes to the look and feel of the beard. Beard oil is the basic method of facial hair care, while beard balm is the gold standard.

Will a Portable Sauna Help You Lose Weight?

Admittedly my weight tends to fluctuate with the seasons, usually leading to a mad diet rush come February to start getting ready for the upcoming summer. This year, a friend of mine brought to my attention this device – a portable infrared sauna – that would hasten weight loss, thus diet time. Being me, I had to give it a try.

First I did my research and found among reviews that not only did a portable infrared sauna induce weight loss, it detoxifies the body. With my lifestyle of fast food French fries and soda pop, I figured a little detox was not going to hurt. I picked the model that had the best reviews for a portable infrared sauna, and got started on what I was hoping was going to be an effortless weight loss.

How does the Infrared Sauna Work?

Therapy using heat has been used for centuries, but never given much credit by modern medicine. With an infrared sauna, infrared light is used to create that heat, as opposed to using steam or hot rocks. Infrared penetrates the body faster and raises the core temperature by 2 to 3 degrees higher. Plus, the heat penetrates further, forcing out toxins from the deep cells inside of your body. As sweat is created, it heads to the surface of your skin and out of your body, taking dangerous toxins with it.

The interesting thing I learned while studying infrared saunas is that the sweat created from activity or exercise does not have the same detoxing effect. Other systems activated by exercise block toxins from leaving the body. The only way to detox naturally and effectively is encouraging your body to sweat while at rest.

Portable Infrared Saunas and Weight Loss

As a part of the detox process, fat cells are broken down. This is because inside of the fat cells is where your body stores toxins. When the body is heated up during rest, those fat cells will begin to melt away.

I used my portable infrared sauna for 25 minutes a day, and in one month had lost 11 pounds with no effort. This was not water weight either as some may suggest. I also decreased my body fat by 4%, and that cannot be blamed on water.

Speaking of water, make sure that you drink a full glass beforehand, and one after the sauna time is complete. Also remember that you should never exceed one hours inside of the sauna. This is a very relaxing experience, so if you are feeling over tired, and think you way fall asleep inside, save the sauna treatment for the next day.

I have to admit that I am impressed with this product. My infrared sauna blanket was set up in front of the couch, allowing me to watch TV as I lost weight. I am going to keep going with the sauna until I am comfortable with my weight.

Making a French Fry Without any Fry

Technology in all things is incredible, and constantly keeps us guessing what can they possibly think of next. This is how we first felt when hearing of a kitchen gadget called an air or oilless fryer. How in the world would it be possible to fry food without any oil?

The original assumption of course was that the health crazed had a hand in this and were hell bent on ruining home made French fries for the whole world. This prompted me to try it for myself and see first what the science behind it is, and if it can actually turn a potato into a French fry.

The Science Behind the Air and Oil Less Fryer

This new fryer machine looks just like the one you are used to having in your kitchen, right down to the metal basket to hold your potatoes. And that is where the similarity ends. Instead of dropping that basket into a vat of scorching hot oil, you are dropping it into… air?

The air and oil less fryer works on the same concept as a convection oven, circulating very hot air around the food until it is cooked.  To get that “fried feel” you brush the potato, or whatever you are cooking, with a light coat of oil. This is supposed to give it the authenticity of being deep fried.

So How Did it Stack Up?

The cooking itself was almost as fast as my deep fryer usually does, and to be honest a lot less messy.

The French fries were not bad either. It is almost like comparing a French fry to really good mashed potatoes. Both are equally delicious in their own rite, but have distinct differences. That is the way I felt about the fry that was not really fried anymore. It was delicious, but definitely different than its deep fried in oil cousin.

Apparently you can soak the fries in water first for more of a fried taste, which maybe I will try next time around.

Of course, my health conscious girlfriend was much more impressed than I with the concept and raved for hours about the unique taste. Good news for me, as I am well aware that a happy wife equals a happy life.

What I Really Loved About the Air Oil Less Fryer

First was the easy clean up. Let’s face it, most of use the oil in the deep fryer way longer than we should, rather than dealing with disposing of it.

The second benefit was the seasoning. With fried fries, you really have to wait until they are out of the fryer to season, making it just a coating. With this kitchen appliance you can actually get different flavors that are baked on, which is a big plus in my book.

Will this replace my deep fryer in my kitchen? No. There are too many quick wings and fries in my future to do that, but this machine definitely does have its place. I’ll keep mine for when I am feeling creative, or entertaining a guest who actually does care about their saturated fat consumption.

How Technology is Improving Snorkel Gear

Perhaps one of the most enjoyable and affordable outdoor hobby is snorkeling. Although once associated with military operations and sponge diving, snorkeling vacation has broken into the surface of seaside leisure. This hobby which started as hollow reeds, has allowed us to discover the undersea wonders far beyond our imaginations and modern technology has made it easy for us to do.


A lot of the things that we enjoy today saw their first light of day during World War II and snorkeling is no different. When Navy divers, the precursor of the Seals, needed special diving equipment for special missions against the Japanese in the Pacific, efforts were devoted in making their snorkeling mask and scuba tanks as efficient and safe to use as possible. After the war, the same type of equipment because available for recreational use.

In the early 20th century, snorkeling technology has taken a fast and furious development which lead to what it is today. Waterproof goggles became standard gadget even to the most casual divers. Today, you can find the best prescription snorkel mask†in any sports equipment supplier in your area.

Modern Snorkeling Technology

As snorkeling vacation became increasingly popular, developments to make its equipment safe and easy to use have increased significantly. With the advent of improved silicone and rubber compounds manufacturers are able to produce better mask using true color glasses†in place of hazy glasses which characterized old-model dive masks. This reminds me of GPS in place of a compass. Here are some of modern snorkeling gear.

  • Finsóalthough we can swim using our bare feet, fins help a lot in making us swim faster even when the sea current is against us. Nowadays, you can find full-foot fins with long PVC blades in all kinds of designs and sizes. And with research and development in the area of ergonomics on the rise, you can find the best designs that will fit you.
  • True color dive maskódesigned primarily for technical divers, hunters and cave divers who require improved contrast and edge definition, these dive mask are also available for hobby divers who dive for recreational purposes. For those with visual problems, you can find the best prescription snorkel mask with true color glasses.
  • Ergonomic snorkelóusually made of PVC, it has an ergonomic mouthpiece that allows that fits the contours of your mouth for comfortable breathing. It has a one-way purge valve to get rid of the water that gets to your mouth and a splash resistant guard.

These are some of the improvements that modern technology has brought into the snorkeling gear. It has made hobby diving safe and easier and consequently it has made it doable and available to most of us. So for your next vacation, make sure to check for the latest diving equipment and donít forget to stash it in your luggage. Remember, there is more to be discovered in the underwater world than you can imagine and technology has made it easy for you to do.

Learning to Hunt With a Recurve Bow and Arrow

I grew up in a family of hunters, but was never a big fan of rifles. It just didn’t seem right to me that such a powerful weapon be used against unarmed animals. After years of turning down invitations to join in on hunting trips, I finally found the solution that helps me spend time with my family, but doesn’t hurt my conscience.

It was my father who got me the recurve bow and arrow when I was a beginner. I started taking practice shots in the yard and realized that there is a lot of skill involved in archery. This, I thought, would make hunting more of a challenge.

Now there have been technological advances in recurve bow and arrow hunting that I did find useful. You can mount an electronic sight to one and even a camera to help you see better and record the hunt. You should however check your local legislation to find out if these types of add ons are legal in the state you are hunting in.

A bow sight for your recurve bow is another useful device that can improve on your shots. This helps with accuracy and precision. For a pro, they have had the experience with knowing exactly what to look for, but for me it took some time to find a bow shot that I found to be useful. Check the reviews for these carefully. Hunters can offer great insight into what makes one better over another.

If you don’t know, a bow sight is an automatic device that is attached to the riser of your bow to help you pinpoint the target with more accuracy. It works like a scope on a rifle, allowing you to take clear aim by placing the target at its center. This gives you a slight advantage in your shots compared to trying to aim without one.

I attribute my fast learning of the recurve bow and arrow to having the bow sight attached to it. As an amateur I think that my hit percentage is above average. I go to a local range to practice and find that I am just as good as many of the archers there who have had years of practice using the recurve bow.

I don’t now have this great love of hunting of course, but I can enjoy it better by putting myself close to the same level as the animals that I am shooting at. For me, there is more of a challenge this way, which makes it a more acceptable sport.

Does Anyone Use a Compass Anymore?

For centuries the magnetic compass has been used for navigation at times being the only reliable means of finding your way with no sun or stars to guide you. Now that is all types of sophisticated tools and apps and should have made the compass obsolete, and yet they haven’t. Hand over fist, it is still the better tool for navigating small crafts or when on foot.

This realization hit me this fall while out on a camping trip. I had all my gear, camping tent, sleeping bag and camping stove but didn’t think about the compass. I figured with a cell phone with GPS what was the worst that could happen?

So we went hiking with our backpacking backpack stocked filled with everything you would think we could need, except a compass. But that trusty iPhone was there so what could go wrong.

What went wrong was that we got lost, really lost. Like standing in the middle of the woods turning in circles and scratching our heads lost. Well, I figured, the lodge would be on the GPS on my phone and from there we could get back to our camping tents.

I still don’t know if the lodge was on the GPS because I had no signal to get it. Worse, I had hardly any juice in the phone to keep it on, and that big Hemlock tree sure didn’t have a place where I could plug in my charger. So we wandered, lost, with no viable means of knowing which way our camp site was. The only thing working in our favor was a clear sky, which helped us figure out that we were at least heading in a consistent direction, albeit the wrong one.


Long story short, we found the road that led to the camp grounds that got us finally to the lodge and then back to our campsite, and the safety of our camping tents.

So, the moral of this tale is that sometimes simpler is better. A magnetic compass needs no signal, it gets that from the center of the earth. And that’s not running out any time soon. It needs no juice to keep it going, it operates entirely on mechanics, imagine that. And it is weatherproof. Just think about that for a second. You’re stuck in a rainstorm and need to know how to get home. Would you rather pull out your very water sensitive $400 phone and hope you have a signal, or do you want a compass to look at?

So as much as GPS and apps and the tech heads will want you to believe the compass is obsolete, they couldn’t be further from the truth. This centuries old tool is likely to still be around hundreds of years from now, while the Galaxy phone will be long forgotten.

Looking for a Christmas present for your tech-interested child? Think about an air rifle

It is the time of the year, the Christmas rush. Have you ever thought of what to give your child? Well, for one, you have to know what kind of stuff your child likes. Most of the children today are so interested in hi-tech toys. And with that in mind you can consider buying your kid an pellet gun. It is not the usual gift you can give a child because of the common assumptions with guns. But it is the perfect gift to give for a child who is adventurous and loves hi-tech toys.

When a child grows up, the fondest memories stem from the activities parents spend with them. Taking your child out for air rifle hunting is an exciting way for you to bond, and a great way to create memorable moments that will surely be cherished by both of you. Hunting with air rifles is also a wonderful way to introduce the world of outdoor adventures. There are plenty of small games available to hunt outdoors and at the same time, besides the excitement the activity brings, it gives them the sense of fulfillment for providing an evening meal for the family.

As a parent I know that your major concern about giving air rifle is centered upon the safety of your child. This is normal and we will cover this issue in depth to remove all hesitations you have about air rifles. Below are things you should consider why air rifles are a perfect Christmas present for you hi-tech child.

Firearm Education

A child that is not exposed to shooting sports grows up to be adults that don’t hunt. Introducing air rifles to a child as early as now reduces gun accidents. A child we be able to learn how to properly handle guns and will instill in him discipline regarding shooting.

Develops Marksmanship

Air rifle shooting provides an opportunity to practice and develop marksmanship. You should allow them to practice shooting before their first hunt. Support them by setting up some targets in a safe location and let them be accustomed with the air rifle. This will instill precision and marksmanship that will benefit them as an adult in the future.

Learns Safety

Air rifle is a serious business and hunting with them is likewise a serious venture. Giving a child an air rifle and get them to attend safety training is a must. This will teach your child to take precautions and adhere to safety guidelines. It will also instill in them that an “air rifle is not a toy” – they will be responsible enough in handling such.

Responsible Act

The presentation of the media regarding guns shows that it is a powerful object that gives power to a person handling it. A child exposed to air rifles at an early age learns about the seriousness of the object. With an air rifle at hand, comes an important responsible act.
There you have it! There are more good things about air rifles as a Christmas present. It teaches your child discipline and proper hunting etiquette. So get your child one, shoot with them and create wonderful memories they will cherish for life. Happy Holidays!