Six Standout Products from the OR Winter Show

Posted by Matt Smoot

Jan 21, 2016 9:04:04 AM

As an avid outdoorsman, I look forward to attending the Outdoor Retailer Show (OR Show) every year as it is THE place for all outdoor brands to unveil their latest and greatest products. The 2016 OR Winter show was held in Salt Lake City, Utah at the Salt Palace Convention Center where over 1,000 companies exhibited in the roughly 700,000 square feet of space.

 

  1. The Wacaco Minipresso espresso maker - If you’re like me, then I think we'll agree that coffee is an essential part of any outdoor adventure.Minipresso-1.jpg Enter the Wacaco Minipresso espresso maker, a lightweight (0.8lb/360g), compact (6.89in/17.5cm), and easy to use portable espresso maker. The Minipresso is the ideal backcountry coffee companion for the coffee snob, like me, who enjoys a frothy cup of espresso. And the best part, it makes a pretty good cup of joe!

    I wasn't the only one that took a liking to the this Minipresso, the folks over at Gear Junkie did too and nominated it as one of their "Best In Show" Top Gear 2016 picks (read more here).


  2. Vibram's Arctic Grip sole - The new Arctic Grip™ sole technology released by Vibram® may very well have been the most groundbreaking new technology that I was able to experience during the OR Show . This new rubber compound provides traction on ice without the addition of any type of spike or traction device. During a quick test at the Vibram booth, I was blown away by how much traction the Arctic Grip provided compared to an identical shoe with a regular sole. It's truly one of those products that you really need to experience for yourself. This new rubber compound will be available in exclusive shoe models from Merrell, Hush Puppies, Wolverine and Saucony in the fall of 2016 with other brands to follow in the future.


  3. Good To-Go dehydrated meals - Good-To-Go-Meals.jpgIf you've spent time in the backcountry, then chances are pretty good that you've tried some ready to eat meals and may not have been impressed. Unlike those other ready to eat meals, the Good To-Go meals use real food in their recipes and no additives or preservatives. They also dehydrate the meals rather than freeze drying them. The four different meals are all gluten-free with vegetarian and pescatarian options, and are sold in single serving sizes and two serving sizes (unlike some of their competitors). I tried the Thai Curry option at the show, loved it, and am looking forward to taking some of these with me on my next adventure!

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  4. Arbor Snowboards - With many options to consider when looking at snowboards, none compare to the beauty of the boards from Arbor. With natural woodgrain decks, Arbor Snowboards are a work of art. Seriously though, you'll want to hang these boards on your wall when you’re not using them to plow through the freshy pow-pow in the backcountry. The Abacus model, in particular, stood out to me as being one of the best crafted split boards that I've seen.

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  5. Topo Designs - Functional and aesthetically pleasing is the best way to describe the packs and apparel from Topo Designs. In particular, I really liked the durable materials used, variety of colors, and simple design of the packs that Topo offers. If you're looking for pack that will last you a lifetime, while still being stylish, then check out the packs from Topo Designs.


  6. GlowStreak LED Ball by Nite Ize - It’s true. I love our new LED ball, the GlowStreak! The GlowStreak is a motion activated LED ball with auto-shut off feature that will keep you and your pooch playing outside long into the night. GlowStreak.jpgAnd, unlike its predecessor the MeteorLight, the GlowStreak is not only easier to turn on but also features a threaded plug that completely seals the ball making it waterproof (it floats too!).

    One feature that I found particularly helpful about the ball during the show was the rugged, durable material that the ball is made of. The material is strong enough to stand-up to any abuse from your dog, but also worked great for rolling out the knots in my leg and back muscles (using trigger point techniques) when I was back in my hotel room after the long days of standing on my feet at the show.



While I couldn’t cover everything that I saw during the Outdoor Retailer Winter Show in this short post, I’d love to hear what new products are catching your eye. If you discovered something that was released at the OR Winter Show, and that you thought was noteworthy, then please share it with us in the comments below. We love learning more about our supporter’s interests.


*Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here represent my own and not those of my employer. I was not compensated in any way for this review, and have used images provided by the retailers to help compile this review. You should also know that my personal interests skew towards backpacking, snowboarding, climbing, hiking, trail running, and mountain biking. These are the types of outdoor products that I focused on in this review, and as a result I may have missed something that you may have found exceptionally “cool” or innovative at the OR Winter Show.

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Topics: Tradeshows, Outdoor Retailer Show, New Products

From the "Batmobile" to the Jetson's Fridge, Products we saw and Liked at CES 2016

Posted by Kelly Richardson

Jan 12, 2016 4:54:27 PM

For the consumer electronics industry, the New Year kicks off with one of the largest international tradeshows - the Consumer Electronics Show. The Nite Ize team just finished breaking down our 1,500-square-foot booth following this year's showcase in Las Vegas. Our heads are still spinning, feet are still throbbing and bodies still trying to adjust to the lack of sleep and stimulation overload but we already can't wait to do it all again next year. Why? Because we thrive on innovation and love any opportunity to talk about our new products and see what other innovators are doing.

Nite Ize was among thousands of companies launching new product at the show and, although it's impossible to see everything, we were able to break out of our bubble to check some of the hot new tech products for 2016.

One of our favorites? The Faraday Future FFZERO1 Concept car.

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This "Batmobile" takes the future of electric cars to the next level. If developed, the FFZERO1 will have more than 1,000 horsepower, a top speed of 200 mph and a zero-to-60 time of less than three seconds. The vehicle is door-less so the driver enters through a canopy that opens like a fighter jet. Like many technologies introduced at CES though, this is not necessarily consumer-friendly but it certainly is impressive.

 

Another awesome find on the showroom floor was the Samsung Family Hub refrigerator.

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With a giant built-in Wi-Fi touchscreen, this Jetson's-style kitchen appliance features an app you can use to order groceries online and another app to control lighting and temperature in the fridge. There are also cameras on the inside so you can check inventory while you're at the store. This is not the first smart fridge from Samsung but it just might be the one that changes the way we interact with our appliances.

 

It's hard to compete with ultra-advanced, high-tech products like these but one product that proved to catch on during the show was the new Nite Ize Gear Tie Cordable.

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Awarded a "Best of CES" award from iPhone Life Magazine, the Gear Tie Cordable is a reusable rubber twist tie with a strong wire inside that holds its shape and provides a unique method to secure tech cords. Our booth was swarmed with consumer electronics' enthusiasts looking for something to "wow" them and the convenient simplicity of the Gear Tie Cordable sure did.

These products will reign over the next year until CES 2017 when the newest generation of technology and innovation emerges and we can't wait!

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Topics: Mobile Device Accessories, CES, Consumer Electronics

Be a Nite Ize Brand Ambassador

Posted by Brenda Isaac

Dec 16, 2015 3:44:14 PM

MMP_US_Open_of_CX_283.jpgMy experiences at Nite Ize over the years have taught me many things, but speaking to the people that actually use and support our products is one of the reasons I love working at Nite Ize. In many ways, they've sold me on our products - over and over again. Just when I think that I've heard every crazy story or unusual use for a Gear Tie, someone stops me at a show or sends us an e-mail that makes me pause, shake my head and say "why didn't I think of that?", or "what an amazing story!" We've had customers whose lives have been saved by our INOVA LED Flashlights, wheelchair users who swear by our SpokeLit LED Wheel Lights to help keep them be seen and safe when out at night, and plenty of lucky pups who have found themselves in the middle of the road wearing our PetLit LED Collar Light helping drivers see them just in time. The list is long, and its inspiring, quirky, creative, and downright amazing. At Nite Ize we say "Discover Your Solution", and people take that to heart.

These loyal Nite Ize fans, and their stories, are the reason I'm so excited to announce our 2016 Nite Ize Ambassador Program. A lot of companies who have ambassadors or sponsored athletes tend to focus on big names with fancy agents. I love big name athletes as much as the next person, but also believe in supporting ambassadors who feel true inspiration and passion towards Nite Ize products, in whatever community they belong. You don't have to be an Olympic athlete or make a million dollars a year to spread the word about how Nite Ize products make your hobby, sport or passion easier, safer, or more fun.

We've got some great ambassadors lined up for 2016 already, but are looking for more. Please visit our ambassador page to learn more about our current partners, and about the application process. It's a pretty simple relationship - you promote the Nite Ize products you use and love on your social media accounts, events, or blogs and we load you up with free products and support from the Nite Ize family.

Whatever your passion, if you feel passionate about Nite Ize, we want to talk to you.

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Preparing Your Car Emergency Kit for Winter

Posted by Katie Sowyrda

Nov 24, 2015 11:01:02 AM

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In the wise words of Game of Thrones - winter is coming. As I look out at a bluebird-Boulder day from my office, I know it’s only a matter of time before our first big snowstorm hits. Which reminds me, I still need to clean the gutters, replace my balding tires, and blow out the sprinkler system - oh, and update my car emergency kit which somehow always falls to the bottom of my list, even though I know it could be the most important item on there.
Having worked in the survival industry for five years and now at Nite Ize where I have access to myriad products which are specifically designed to perform in a pinch, and on top of that having a dad who always gives us “kids” Christmas presents like 2-way crank radios and “Avian flu emergency kits” (everyone’s dream gift - thanks, Dad!), I have no excuse for not having an up-to-date, comprehensive emergency kit in my car.  So, as I am getting ready for my annual kit update, I’d like to share some preferred kit items and other great resources to check out that I hope will help you to build or update your own car emergency kit.

What to get:

  1. A sturdy container

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    Once you have all your items, you’ll have a better idea of what size this should be, but make sure it’s something you can close like a rubber bin or sturdy nylon bag that zips shut. You can also use a good backpack in case you need to carry it, however it’s important to note that if you are stranded on the side of the road, it is NOT recommended that you leave your car. Your car is the best protection from the elements and where rescuers are most likely to find you - so, hunker down for the long haul. If you are in an accident on an icy road, you also should NOT leave your car, if an icy patch made your car spin out, it’s very likely that other cars will do the same, if possible move your car out of that trajectory.

  2. Flashlights

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    Most references tell you a flashlight - I may go a little overkill, but I have three flashlights. For my primary light I use the INOVA X3R LED Rechargeable Flashlight which I can recharge through my car’s USB port. I also keep an INOVA STS Headlamp in my bag in case I need to be hands-free for looking under the hood or under the car. Lastly, I have the Nite Ize 3-in-1 FlashStick, which can be used as a flashlight or lantern, but most importantly in an emergency it has a glowstick on one end which can be set to SOS mode to signal for help. In addition, I stock extra batteries for the two non-rechargeables.

  3. High-visibility Vest - In the case that I do need to get out of my car on a roadway, you better believe other motorists are going to see me. I keep a Nite Ize LED Run Vest in my bag which is neon yellow, has two bright red LEDs that glow and flash, and reflective accents. Paired with my 3-in-1 Flashstick, I feel confident that I will be seen and therefore safer on the side of the road.

  4. Chargers - If you have cell reception, your phone will be your lifeline, but it won’t do you any good if it has a dead battery. There are classic chargers to plug into your car or innovative external batteries and battery-integrated phone cases like the LifeProof FRĒ Power that can be life-savers in a pinch.

  5. Shovel and/or Kitty Litter - If you are stuck somewhere safely away from traffic, a shovel to dig yourself out and kitty litter or sand for traction can help you get moving again. If you don’t have either of these things, you can try wedging your floor mats under your tires to help them gain traction.

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  6. Blankets or Bivvies - Wool blankets are a classic staple for a reason - they are really warm. I keep two heavy wool blankets in my car - they’ve never been used in an emergency, but have come in handy for many a road-trip naps and as extra layers on camping trips. The one downfall of wool, is that if it gets wet, it’s miserable. That’s why I also keep two Escape emergency bivvies in my kit as well (so my husband and I don’t have to have that awkward conversation about who gets the bivvy to survive the night). These bivvies reflect 75% of body heat back to you, but are also breathable so you don’t get sweaty which is a pitfall of traditional mylar. In general I recommend staying away from mylar blankets and bivvies as they shred very easily and are flammable - it’s worth spending a couple bucks more to get a durable upgrade. Along the lines of warmth, I always make sure that I have a hat, gloves, and extra socks in my kit - even in the summer months here in Colorado it can drop below freezing at night, these don’t take up much space and are probably at the top of the list for most used items in my kit.

  7. Other Warming Items - I keep fire starting supplies in my kit (fire cubes and a sparker in case I need to start a fire outside my vehicle), one family in Nevada survived two days in sub-zero temperatures, building a fire inside their spare tire to help keep warm. Some people suggest using emergency candles as well for warmth and light inside the vehicle, though I’m noticing them mentioned less and less on recommended lists, probably due to safety concerns. If using one, you should crack your window to avoid possible asphyxiation, and ideally burn the candle inside a coffee can or tin because many parts of your car (and your kit) are flammable.

  8. First Aid Kit - This is essential, don’t bother with kits that are just chock-full of Band Aids, take your time researching kits and find one that meets your needs. If you have kids, there are family-focused ones that have kids’ dosages of meds and more often-needed items for them. As someone who does a lot of camping and fishing in the backwoods, I carry an Adventure Medical Kits Sportsman Kit which has comprehensive medical supplies in case of an emergency including QuikClot, and most importantly, the kit includes a book on how to use all the supplies in there in case I am far from medical care.

  9. Water - For drinking, for wound cleaning, for staying alive - I keep a gallon of human-water in an unopened jug, and then I also have a liter of water in a separate Olly Dog container/bowl combo for my pup since most often she is along for the ride too.

  10. Food - Food isn’t essential for short term survival (you can theoretically go for three weeks without it), however, eating does allow your body to produce more heat, and it can make a huge difference in your mood and attitude which will often determine how well you handle an emergency situation. I go for the classics like jerky and energy bars (peanut butter is a popular choice too), and then swap them out annually (or if you just plain get hungry and eat them then replace as needed). A good rule of thumb is to go for items with a long shelf-life that are high in protein, and that you actually like. If you have an ever-hungry dog like mine, make sure your food bag is securely enclosed in your kit, or they might just rip open your kit and gleefully eat all your jerky when you’re not looking.

  11. Car Essentials - Jumper cables, Fix-A-Flat, ice scraper, a siphon (hopefully you’ll find a friendly motorist who doesn’t mind sharing fuel), a tire iron, and jack are some basics that I keep because honestly, those are probably the only tools I would know how to use in a break-down situation. For those of you who are more handy with cars, the DMV has a helpful list that includes more suggested car repair items: http://www.dmv.org/how-to-guides/emergency-kit.php

  12. A Knife - You won’t find this on most lists, but my grandfather taught me that the most useful item you can have on you at any time is a knife, and throughout the years it’s a piece of advice that has served me well. And so, I am passing it on to you. One small one in your pocket or purse, and a utility one in your car kit - just trust me on this one, they come in handy!

  13. The add-ons - A few other items have accumulated in my kit over the years: Duct Tape (need I say more?), a hatchet which most often doubles as a hammer (this particular Gerber hatchet also has an integrated handsaw that slides out of the handle which is a nice bonus), a poncho, CamJam Tie Down Straps and Bungees, Gear Ties because they are just too useful not to have a handful, and lastly, a quality whistle for signaling in an emergency.

Pre-made kits and other helpful tips for safety on the roads:

There are pre-made kit options on the market as well, some are decent some are very cheap and not worth the money. Do your homework, and if you do go with a pre-made kit, remember that you will still need to personalize it to you - if you are frequently on the road with your spouse, kids, and a dog, you need to remember to add supplies for them. If anyone in your family has a serious medical issue always pack extra medication and supplies - you never know when a quick trip can turn into an overnight on the side of the road.

Other helpful resources:

    American Red Cross, Red Cross Recommends Preparing Your Vehicles for Winter:
http://www.redcross.org/news/article/pa/bethlehem/Red-Cross-Recommends-You-Prepare-Vehicle-Now-for-Winter-Weather

    The CDC, Be Prepared to Stay Safe and Healthy in Winter:
http://www.cdc.gov/features/winterweather/

    Chicago Tribune, Tips to Keep You Going When Your Car Stops:
http://articles.chicagotribune.com/1989-01-03/news/8902220535_1_trunk-car-candle

 

That’s all I’ve got - I hope you found this useful, I hope you won’t need it, but I know you will be glad to have it if you do!

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Topics: Emergency Preparedness

Five Nite Ize Tricks That Will Get You More Treats This Halloween

Posted by Matt Smoot

Oct 15, 2015 1:47:45 PM

Halloween is one of my favorite times of the year because it's one the few times when both young and old get dressed up in silly, or scary, costumes for a night of fun and celebration with their peers. Some people take the holiday to the extreme by creating haunted houses in their garages or dressing up in costumes that cost hundreds of dollars, while others, like me, look for ways to add a little extra flare without breaking the bank.

If you're like me, and want to add a little extra bling to your Halloween without spending an arm and a leg on something that you'll only use once a year, then keep reading to learn 5 Nite Ize tricks that will help you stand out in the pumpkin patch this year.


1. Illuminate your costume - Whether or not your costume requires a lighting element, the simple addition of an LED can really make you standout from the crowd at this year's Halloween party. Costumes like Iron Man, for example, benefit greatly by the addition of a few TwistLits worn on your hands or from a SpotLit necklace to illuminate the "arc reactor" in Iron Man's chest.


2. Use a SpotLit to light-up your pumpkin - Using a SpotLit in your jack-o-lantern is a great way to safely light your pumpkin this year. Not only will the long battery life of 20 hours be enough to light your pumpkin all night long, you can also put the SpotLit into flash mode to add the effect of a strobe light to the pumpkin.

Even better, unlike a traditional candle, there's a variety of colors to choose from. Choose a white SpotLit for that traditional pumpkin look, red LED for a spookier effect, or go with the blue or green LED SpotLit for a look that is more fun and inviting. Want to get even crazier? Pick up a Disc-O colored SpotLit and have the only color-changing pumpkins on the block.

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3. Gear Tie-ify - Let's face it, with countless ways of using a Gear Tie they are a must have in your Halloween kit this year. Whether you're a Do-It-Yourself costume maker or master decorator, having a few reusable rubber twist ties around the house is always a good idea.  You can use them to add structure to a costume, to join pieces of a costume together (e.g. when creating extra arms in a spider outfit), or to hang/mount/secure your Halloween decorations.

4. Pets need flare too - If you have a furry friend in your house, and a few kiddos too, then taking your pet trick-or-treating with you is a great way to include them in the festivities. But don't just bring them along for the walk, include them in the celebration with the simple addition of a SpotLit or PetLit LED to their collar, or go all out with by lighting them up with a Nite Dawg LED Collar, or the new NiteHowl LED Safety Necklace.

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5. Be "that house" on the block - You know the one I'm talking about. Every neighborhood has one, it's "that house" that gives out the full-size candy bars every year to the local kids. Well, just think how cool your house would be if you gave away a SpotLit, SlapLit, or BugLit to your closest neighbors.  Now, I realize that this might not be the least expensive way to win over the neighborhood hoodlums, but I am willing to bet that if you did giveaway some Nite Ize swag that your house would be put on the "don't teepee" list.

If you have any other creative ideas involving one of our products then we'd love to learn more about it by reading your comments below. And, who knows? We might even feature your idea in one of our upcoming blog posts, and send you a Nite Ize goodie bag for your suggestion.

Be seen and be safe this Halloween!

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Topics: Visibility and Safety

Traveling With Nite Ize

Posted by Brenda Isaac

Sep 16, 2015 9:59:13 AM

If you are lucky enough to get out into the world and travel you know there is an art to traveling well. And, by well I don’t mean first class seats and luxury accommodations, although those certainly do qualify. What I mean is traveling smart. Having the items you need, when you need them, to make your travel experience smooth and minimize common frustrations. By now, we all have the requisite travel apps, digital boarding passes and, airline loyalty programs figured out. As a frequent traveler, I know where the best restaurants are in nearly every airport in the continental United States, know every trick in the rental car book, and most of the time even remember to wear slip-on shoes. But what’s the next frontier? To me, as a gadget girl, I’m always looking for the next problem-solving product to make the most of my travel experiences. Well, thankfully, working at Nite Ize provides me with more problem-solving, time-saving, headache-reducing products than I can reasonably use on any given business trip or vacation. Here are a few of my favorites:

BetterBands are one of our newer products, but I’ve already found some really great travel applications for these versatile, adjustable rubber bands. My new favorite use is keeping my purse from falling off, or sliding around the handle of my roller bag when cruising through the terminal.

Betterband for luggage

The Steelie Pedestal Kit for Smartphones is another great way to keep your mobile phone handy on the tray table in-flight. I’m always catching up on email, watching a movie, or listening to music during my flight and being able to view my screen easily is a “nice to have” on any flight. Plus, it keeps my phone off those nasty, germ ridden tray tables!

Steelie Pedestal Kit for Smartphones

The beauty of the Steelie Ecosystem of products is that the magnetic phone socket on the back of my case not only works with the Pedestal Kit during my flight, but easily attaches to the Steelie Vent Mount Clip in my rental car. This removable vent clip fits in any rental car to keep my phone accessible and easy to view for my navigation apps. This is seriously one of the best travel items I’ve ever used.

 Steelie Vent Mount Clip

One of the biggest challenges that travelers face is the need to recharge on the go. My phone never makes it a full travel day on a single battery charge, so I have an external battery that I carry in my purse for emergency charging in airports or on flights. My frustration comes when I have to pull out my 6’ charge cord to connect my device and battery. The PowerKey takes that frustration away. Not only does this handy 3” cord attach easily to my key chain, it’s just the right size for charging/syncing without the need for my full length cord. Headache, gone.

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And, finally – no trip would be complete without a few S-Biners. I keep these handy double-gated carabiner clips attached to my backpack, keys, and roller bag. It seems like I always end up clipping my water bottle to my bag, my car rental key to my personal key chain, or my laptop bag to my roller. The S-Biner is just like having another hand while getting from point A to point B on any travel adventure.

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Even as I write this post, I can think of at least a half-dozen other products that I use on the road, but these are few of my current favorites. I’m sure you have your favorites too. I’d love to hear about your favorite travel tips or which Nite Ize product makes your life easier on the road, so comment below to share your experience.


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Back to School & On-the-go LED Safety

Posted by Katie Sowyrda

Aug 20, 2015 3:46:00 PM

Back to School

There is an almost imperceptible shift in the days, nighttime falls sooner, the leaves are still green yet somehow seem crisper. The summer heat is at its peak, and still a suggestion of change is in the air, a new season is approaching.

The end of summer is a bittersweet time for parents. We all want our children to have the same fond memories of their summers that we do: feelings of unburdened freedom that can only come with youth, sunshine, and carefree fun with their friends. We feel a bit bad for looking forward to our own adult freedoms that come with the fall, until we remember a different kind of excitement and trepidation – back to school.

We can’t prepare them for everything they will face in the upcoming year, the challenges this “tech” generation faces we can only begin to imagine but, as parents, we do our best to send them off with smiles on their faces and the right tools for success.

Back to school shopping starts with the usual supplies, and then we move on to new shoes and outfits for the ever-growing crew. I can’t claim to have the faintest idea what new gadget or device is the cool, must-have item for 10-year-olds this year (I am certain that saying “cool” is also considered very lame by 10-year-olds), but I’m sure I will find out soon enough. However, these are the types of items that concern me the least. As someone whose background is in the preparedness industry and now works at Nite Ize, my mind goes to the “in between times”. These are the times when the kids are heading to and from the bus, the times when they are waiting to be picked up after soccer, the times when riding their bikes or walking to a friend’s house, the times when I need to know that they are safe.

As you may have guessed, I am an anxious mom! Fortunately, working for Nite Ize, I have knowledge of, and access to a lot of products that help to put my mind at ease. Fortunately for my kids, Nite Ize has done a phenomenal job of disguising these safety products to make them look really “cool”.

Exhibit A: The See ‘Em, TwistLit, and SpokeLit LED Bike Lights:

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I guarantee, no one can ever claim they didn’t see my kids coming! We have their bikes lit up like Christmas trees! They love it, and I have peace of mind that I’m doing my part to keep them safe.

Exhibit B: Backpacks – as far as I’m concerned, the brighter the better.

BugLit and SpotLit BugLit SpotLit

I have SpotLits clipped to their bags, to our keys, and to just about anything that’s portable. They’re helpful when you need a light, but also add another spot of visibility on the kids as they’re walking home on these shorter days. For the younger kids, I like to wrap a BugLit or two around the straps on their bags. They are cute and fun little characters crawling up the strap, but can be used as a flashlight, or put in strobe mode to give the kids important visibility.

Exhibit C: I like to save the best for last.

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SlapLits are my kid’s favorites. That’s right, remember slap bracelets? They’re baaaack! And apparently kids still love them as much as we did growing up (OK, I’ll be honest I might still really love them too). The Nite Ize SlapLits use the same “slap it to snap it” style, but have the added benefit of being illuminated by a red LED that glows and flashes – so as you can imagine, endless fun, and not just for the kids, I wear mine any time I go jogging in the evening.

Whatever your back to school shopping list looks like this year, just remember it’s not only about the “cool” stuff and the new stuff, it’s about the important “stuff” too. So, we do our best to prepare them, send them off with that smile, and now, it’s time to sit back, relax, grab a cocktail, and enjoy the peace and quiet of autumn. Happy back to school everyone!

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Topics: Visibility and Safety, Games & Toys

LED Bike Lights Help Keep You Safe Anytime Of The Day

Posted by Julie Hudetz

Dec 13, 2013 2:06:00 PM

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As we head into the winter months, we must adapt to the shorter days this time of year. In Boulder, as well as many other cities across the country, commuting to work or school by bike is the preferred method of transportation. You might be looking for some daily exercise, maybe you don’t want to deal with parking a car, or you might be interested in a greener method of getting to work. Or perhaps, commuting to work is a New Year’s Resolution you want to set for yourself. Whatever the reason, bike commuting is becoming more and more popular throughout the world. For those of you that want to continue that habit on days when daylight is limited, it will be important to integrate lighting for safety and visibility during your commute.

Here are some tips to consider when planning what bike LED lights you might want to use:

    • A “Tail Light” – When you think about cars, they are required by law to have working tail lights. A Tail Light on your bike is just as important. Red tail lights are the most useful and visible. It is good to have a light that can be in a solid mode or a flashing mode. Most tail lights attach under your seat. For additional safety, you can add a light to the back of your helmet as well. Items by Nite Ize to consider for this category are the SaddleLite Bag, the TwistLit in Red, the BikeLit and the LED Helmet Marker Plus.

    • Handlebar Light: Having an led headlight that attaches directly to your handlebars is another essential item for commuting. You want the light to be at least 150 lumens to provide you enough projected light to see where you are going, but also to allow you to be seen by oncoming traffic. You might want to consider a flashlight attachment system so you can remove your flashlight from your bike and take it with you. The Inova X3A and Inova X2 Bike Lights have that option.

    • Side-view Lighting: This is a category that is often overlooked because we don’t think about cars seeing us from the side. However, it is a very important aspect of safety and visibility. The way to be seen from the side is by using a spoke light. The color of your bike spoke light is not as important as just having lights in your spokes. For that reason, the spoke lighting allows for some fun and “bling” while keeping you safe at the same time. Nite Ize makes SpokeLits and See'Em in a variety of colors.  Their most popular SpokeLit color is “Disco” which changes colors, adding another element of fun to your bike commute.

    • Clothing Lighting: The final area to provide visibility while riding your bike is by adding an LED accessory to your clothing. You might want to have lighting on your wrist or arm, so you can be seen when signaling. An LED vest is another option to ensure vehicles see you. The flashing option is helpful to add to your clothing. Some items from Nite Ize that work well are the SlapLit, the LED Marker Band, LED Sport Belt, and the LED Vest.

  • Day Time Lighting:   The importance of visibility during the day is often overlooked. Even though it is not dark, having a flashing light on your bike makes it much easier for vehicles to see you during the day.  The Nite Ize Twist Lit in the flash mode attached to your handlebars is an easy and safe addition to your daytime riding. You can use your rear tail light during the day as well. Flash mode works best for daytime riding.

Remember, just because the daylight hours are dwindling, that doesn’t mean you need to stop riding your bike to work or school. Just be sure to Be Safe and Be Seen and you can continue to enjoy your bike commute!



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A Mobile Device Accessory For Thanksgiving?

Posted by Brenda Isaac

Nov 23, 2013 8:30:00 PM


The Thanksgiving countdown is officially on! I can't wait to dig into that juicy turkey and then lie comatose on the couch watching football for the rest of the day. I have to admit that I was challenged by a co-worker to somehow relate Nite Ize products to Thanksgiving for this week's blog posting. Their knowing smile as they walked away from my office told me they were certain that I would find no meaningful connection. But, I've found my connection and it isn't even that much of a stretch - compared to my waistline after dinner that day anyways! Here are a few fantastic Nite Ize products to make this big Thanksgiving holiday more manageable and maybe even just a bit more fun!

Steelie Pedestal - Mobile Device Holder

1) Unless you serve your family Thanksgiving-like dinners throughout the year (um... no) you are going to need some recipes to get you to the dinner table. The Steelie Pedestal Kit is a mobile device accessory that is perfect for attaching to the back of your ipad or other tablet. Just place this universal holder on your countertop at exactly the perfect angle to view your recipe apps while slaving away at the stove. Your friends and family will be impressed by your organization and you will be grateful for the ability to keep your day organized with your ipad while keeping it positioned exactly where you need it with the Steelie Pedestal Kit.

Gear Tie - Reusable Rubber Twist Tie

2) Do you serve wine or sparkling cider with your appetizers or dinner? Everyone has a set of wine charms that they dust off around the holidays, but I think the 3’ Gear Tie is perfect for marking wine glasses! Bonus: they are so versatile that you will use them for wrapping the cord on the stand mixer or twist tying up those leftover bags you send home with your guests. Buy a few extra, trust me.

Flashflight - LED Light Up Disc

3) So, what do you do when dinner is done? Most people I know carefully excuse themselves from the kitchen to avoid doing dishes and then promptly pass out in a chair somewhere. But, have you noticed this NEVER seems to happen with the kids? Keep the little ones entertained and out of the kitchen by passing out a few Nite Ize LED Toys & Games after you are done eating. Send them outside to play a game of Flashflight or toss the MeteorLight LED Ball around the backyard with the dog. This tactic is tried & true at my house and is a guaranteed winner at your Thanksgiving too!

However you choose to enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday, please remember – if you get your cousin Terry’s cold from accidently drinking from his glass of cabernet, it isn’t my fault. I reminded you about the wine charms. Happy Thanksgiving from Nite Ize!


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Halloween Safety Can Also Be Fun!

Posted by Ian Capezzano

Oct 16, 2013 1:43:59 PM

Halloween Safety Costume

Halloween should be scary, but having your heart rate elevated at a haunted house is nothing compared to having your heart stopped by a close call with a car while out trick or treating. Unfortunately, Halloween Safety is not always the first thing parents think about when choosing a costume. Seemingly innocent costumes like a vampire or witch are typically made from dark colored materials. While this may create the desired effect, it also puts a child in danger by making them hard to see after the sun goes down. Choosing the right costume is important to kids. Current pop culture trends and feedback from peers help a child decide what they want to be for Halloween. As a parent, it is more important to ensure that the costume is safe to wear.

Visibility and Safety are rarely concerns for young people. So how do you ensure your kids are safe but still feel cool in the eyes of their friends? You combine nighttime safety into the costume! While this may be easier for some costumes, the general idea is to find elements of the costume that can be adorned with a passive reflective pattern or even LED lights. Scary werewolf or monster costume? Find two bright red LED lights to use as eyes. Want to be a wizard or a witch? Add an LED to the end of your wand. These kinds of active illumination provide additional safety while adding to the appeal of the costume. Whether at the school costume contest or hurriedly crossing the street while trick or treating, nobody is going to miss seeing a child when you add safety and visibility items.

Incorporating LED Safety can also be fun. Taking the approach of thinking safety first, you can find inspiration that already has some elements that make the costume safer. For example, you could make a robot costume and affix LED lights to it. But why stop there? Here’s a Transformer’s inspired costume that uses LED lights to enhance the appearance and increase awareness of the child when walking around at night. 

 

Visit this link for more tips for staying safe on Halloween.

Already have some ideas? Then visit our Visibility and Safety collection to find ways to improve your costume!


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