Nite Ize: The Ultimate in Smartphone Convenience

Posted by Dave Taylor

Jul 19, 2018 10:00:00 AM

Let’s face it, at this point your phone is part of your daily wardrobe. But even calling it a “phone” is a misnomer: The last decade has seen mobile devices evolve from clunky portable telephones to extraordinarily powerful entertainment devices that just happen to fit into your pocket. Or sit on the table, be propped up on your desk or bounce around in your vehicle as you drive.


That’s why the Steelie® system from Nite Ize® is such a great addition to your world. The Steelie line of products make it ridiculously easy to have your phone on a stand by your desktop computer, and quickly adjust it to the perfect angle for watching TV or keeping track of Twitter and Facebook. It’s a system that’s ready to deck out your car with more mounting spots, whether attached directly to your windshield or clipped neatly to an air vent. And that bedside table is another perfect location, as is the conference table in your office. In fact, there are hundreds of places you’ll want to have a Steelie mount ready to use.

The secret to the entire Steelie system is the powerful magnet that connects with a satisfying “click” to whatever Steelie mount you decide works best for your setup. For example, here’s a view of the Tabletop Stand with my Android phone ready for action.

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What’s most useful about the Steelie design is that it’s super easy to tweak and adjust angles and orientation unlike most competing desktop stands. Watch the World Cup while working? They’ve got ya covered.

Jump into the car and there are just as many different solutions including the latest addition to the line, the slick Steelie Windshield Mount Kit Plus. Through the use of an adjustable arm and ingenious suction cup that locks into place on your windshield, it’s ideal for using your smartphone as a navigation system in the car without risking it reorienting, falling off or distracting you. Don’t want a magnet on your phone? No problem. Steelie offers the FreeMount™, which is perfect for using Steelie with multiple phones. The MultiStick™ Adapter is also available to make the magnet easily removable and replaceable.

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If you’re like most people, you’re fed up with cheap knock-off solutions from overseas that work for a few days - if at all - and then fall apart. That’s another reason you’re going to really appreciate the Steelie system: it’s so well made that these are going to work for the next fifty years, far longer than your smartphone will be around!

You can get started with the Steelie system - since you want to ensure that you get a Magnetic Phone Socket for the phone itself along with whatever mounts you need - by checking out the Steelie Pedestal Kit for Smartphones. You’ll see, soon enough you’ll have ‘em everywhere like me.

 

Quick Facts | Nite Ize Steelie Magnetic Phone Mounts

 

Powerful neodymium magnet and silicone center provide a strong grip and smooth glide

Adjusts and holds your mobile device in any viewing angle

Confident hold with easy one-handed release

Versatile solutions for everyone

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Topics: Mobile Device Accessories, Consumer Electronics

Road Team Tested: The Fun Doesn't Stop When the Sun Goes Down

Posted by Live Outside & Play Road Team

Jul 12, 2018 9:54:41 AM

When you live in a van in Colorado and the sun dips below the horizon, you have two options: Get in and enjoy that claustrophobic feeling of being in the same small space for far too many hours, or grab some Nite Ize products and keep the fun going. With the fire ban stretching across the state, it’s easy to get discouraged after sunset in the backcountry. Without a fire to base evening debauchery around, what’s an outdoor enthusiast to do? Luckily, Nite Ize has plenty of products to help keep you entertained. Check out some fun post-sunset products perfect for both humans and furry friends alike.

Fun for Humans

SPOKELIT® LED WHEEL LIGHT – DISC-O SELECT™

 

Nothing says “I’m keeping myself safe, but I’m here to party” quite like the SpokeLit LED Wheel Light from Nite Ize. The SpokeLit is an LED lighting accessory for all occasions. And we mean ALL OCCASIONS. You can select between six colors or leave it on the color changing Disc-O mode to keep you seen and safe with perfect side visibility while riding your bike. Biking home from work? SpokeLit. Biking to the bar on a Saturday night? SpokeLit. Biking across the desert at Burning Man? Definitely SpokeLit. This shock and weather-resistant light is super efficient and has a battery life of 20 hours (roughly the length of one REALLY GOOD party). In all honesty, it just makes riding your bike more fun. We’ve even used ours along with a headlamp while mountain biking at night. We usually select our color based on our mood… Which is almost always Disc-O mode.

FLASHFLIGHT® LED LIGHT-UP FLYING DISC

When we’re backpacking we choose food with a high nutrition-to-weight ratio. When we’re in the van, we choose our toys with a high fun-to-size ratio. The Flashflight LED LightUp Flying Disc always makes the cut. The Flashflight is a LED Light Up flying disc designed by an Ultimate player to perform as beautifully as it looks. Weighing in at 185 grams, the Flashflight is our go-to for fun, whether we’re in the van or spending a night in the backcountry. The Flashflight is not only water-resistant but it floats, too! Nite Ize incorporated fiber optics as well as long-life LED lights into the Flashflight to make sure you can see it from every angle.  Obviously, it’s great at night, but it was designed to fly like a high-quality flying disc and you’ll be reaching for it even during the day.

Fun for Dogs

HUCK ‘N TUCK™ GLOWSTREAK® COLLAPSIBLE THROWER + LED BALL

We often play fetch with our van pooch after dark, and before the Huck ‘N Tuck Glowstreak Collapsible Thrower and LED Ball, we lost count of all of the tennis balls that were lost to the night. With the LED ball, and easy to store thrower, we can tire our puppy out every night after finding camp. The Huck ‘N Tuck thrower extends to two-feet long for long arching throws, and collapses down to 12 inches so it’s easy to store in the van. The motion-activated LED ball comes to life with a bounce against the ground or the first throw, and keeps glowing until it’s stationary for five minutes. You get five more minutes of the LED’s blinking before it turns off. This ensures you can find the ball even when your pup is done running. That strong little LED has 35 hours of glow time so you can play throughout the entire summer. The LED ball is molded, shockproof AND waterproof (and it floats!). This means if you have a pup that likes to swim, you can keep the water games going all night. The ball has ridges so it won’t slip as he makes his way back for another throw. It is also the same size as a tennis ball so it’s compatible with all throwers! Our dog has put this ball to the test, and it’s stood up to his slobber, chewing and his incredible ability to hide the ball from us when we’re done playing.

NITEHOWL® LED SAFETY NECKLACE

We have an adventure dog. He sprints along as we bike down singletrack, secures the perimeter every time we arrive at a new campsite, and scrambles up rock fields as we make our way to summits. This dog knows freedom and yearns to roam like the rest of us. When we arrive at camp, we instantly reach for the NiteHowl LED Safety Necklace. The collar is made up of flexible polymer which you trim down to fit your pup’s neck exactly. It comes in three different colors so you can easily distinguish between other dogs wearing the same collar. The button on the weather-resistant battery pack cycles you through solid lights, flashing and off. We use the flashing mode when walking through crowds at festivals to make sure our pup is seen, and so everyone else knows he’s ready to party. At campsites, we use the solid option so we can always spot him (and he’s still ready to party). Sometimes it’s catching glimpses of him sprinting through the trees around us, or as a glow reminder he’s curled up next to our camp chair snoozing once he’s partied out.

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Topics: Adventure, "travel", DIY, Organization

Emergency Preparedness with the Nite Ize INOVA X2

Posted by Dave Taylor

Jul 5, 2018 10:00:00 AM

Whether you’re a renter or homeowner, you’ve already figured out that it’s a smart idea to have some emergency preparedness gear handy in case of bad weather or power outages. A few gallons of water, a first aid kit, some candles and matches and, of course, a good flashlight. Homeland Security recommends that you add a few things too, including a three day supply of food, a whistle to signal for help, a can opener, local map and some way to charge your cellphone as necessary.

inova-x2-1Most of these make no sense to tote around in your car. All cars should have a basic first aid kit, though, and a good flashlight. Problem is, a flashlight left in a vehicle is a classic challenge for most people because you have to remember to check and ensure it still works before the emergency situation arises. There are also lots of vehicular emergencies that can require a bright flashlight too, from dropped keys to a flat tire.

That’s why when I was equipping my daughter’s car with some emergency basics, I opted for the super bright Nite Ize® INOVA® X2 LED flashlight. Powered by two AA batteries, it can put out 280 lumens for almost two hours, plenty enough to flag down a passing vehicle. In its lower illumination mode, it’s still offers plenty of light to check a potential flat or work on the car as needed.

Since I know my daughter won’t check her flashlight on a monthly basis, the INOVA X2 retains its battery charge for a long time. Nite Ize assures me that even untouched for an entire year the flashlight will still work for hours in an emergency situation.

Since I want to instill good habits in my daughter with safety and preparedness, I am going to have her get into the habit of checking her flashlight and first aid kit every three months. This is easily implemented by checking on the first day of each season, which has a secondary advantage of reminding her to add some cold weather additions too.inova-x2-2

If you also drive into snow and other potential bad weather, you too should remember that in addition to a reliable flashlight and first aid kit you should be packing jumper cables, a few flares and an ice scraper, at a minimum. 

There are few things more scary than having car troubles when it’s dark out and you’re far away from assistance. Having a Nite Ize flashlight as the cornerstone of her preparedness kit helps me feel better, knowing she’ll be able to handle most any emergency situation.

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Quick Facts | Nite Ize INOVA X2 LED Flashlight

Built from aerospace grade aluminum
Crushproof, shockproof and waterproof
Energy efficient LED bulb rated for 36,300 hours
280 lumens on high, 25 lumens on low


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Topics: Emergency Preparedness, Visibility and Safety, DIY, Home

Nite Ize Triumphs After Two-Year Battle Against International Knockoffs

Posted by Kelly Wakefield

Apr 24, 2018 9:50:34 AM

ITC awards protection for popular Steelie product line with general exclusion order that prevents infringing products from entering U.S.

After a two-year battle before the International Trade Commission (ITC), our popular Steelie® product line is now protected against foreign companies infringing upon our intellectual property rights. Effective immediately, the ITC-issued general exclusion order directs the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency to bar infringing products from entry into the United States.

ITC SteelieThe patented, award-winning Nite Ize Steelie ecosystem includes a variety of products that feature a unique ball-and-socket magnetic connection that creates a convenient hands-free mobile device mounting solution. Since its launch in 2013, the innovative Steelie system has grown significantly in popularity and is widely recognized as the leader for hands-free device mounting. As a result, we’ve experienced an influx of knockoff products replicating the Steelie products’ designs being sold online at undercutting price points.

“Nite Ize has been working for years to find an effective way to protect our patents against unfair foreign trade,” Nite Ize Founder and CEO Rick Case said. “I am grateful to finally find justice supported by our United States International Trade Commission.”

The Nite Ize legal team plans to work with U.S. customs agents on what to look for in potential knockoff products shipping from foreign countries and is planning to visit ports where high numbers of knockoffs have arrived. We’ll also work closely with the National Association of Manufacturers, lobbying to prevent foreign manufacturers from shipping knockoff products at greatly reduced costs via China Post.

Read the entire story in our Media Center here.

 

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Cycling Croatia With the Field Team

Posted by Field Team Member Heidi Kumm

Apr 11, 2018 1:24:03 PM

I am a trail runner, not a cyclist or mountain biker. The one time I did own a bike it was a mountain bike + it lived on the trails with me. Riding a bicycle in traffic is terrifying to me -- I don’t trust that the people behind the wheels of all the cars will be paying enough attention to guarantee my safety. Not to mention the fact I don’t necessarily trust myself atop a bike. I’m far more comfortable in my running shoes with only thin rubber between me + the ground.

All of these fun facts were ignored when I decided to cycle the coast of Croatia...in July...for nearly a month...on a cobbled together bike...with my life strapped to the frame.

My game plan was to cycle from northern Croatia to southern Croatia over the course of about four weeks. I needed to venture out of the Schengen Region of Europe to stay within the regulations of my visitor visa + I wasn’t about to just hang out on a beach. I wanted something more, something exciting + something hard. So when it was suggested I cycle the coast of Croatia I jumped all over the chance to take on adventure.

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Instead of thinking about how much was stacked against me I focused on how much fun it was going to be. Not to mention how miserable it was going to be. I was looking at about 400 miles of cycling in the heat of a coastal country’s humid summer sunshine. Needless to say, I’ve had better ideas.

 

Nite Ize to the Rescue!

I mentioned this idea to the crew at Nite Ize about two months before I took off + they were even more stoked about it than I was! They asked how they could support my crazy. Nite Ize specializes in outdoor gear gadgets + some pretty spiffy bicycle accessories. Of course I wanted their help + support! It was a perfect fit! They supplied me with some awesome gear that came in incredibly handy when I was packing up my gear + decking out my new-to-me bike.

The bike lights were amazing + made my bike incredibly visible, which alleviated a lot of my stress about being visible on the highways. I strapped the INOVA STS Reachargable Headlamp to the front of the bike + the LED TwistLit to my back fender. This covered the basic requirements for bike safety, but I wanted more. I love color + what’s more colorful than multi-colored SpokeLits to spice things up?! Yea, no one was going to miss me on the road! But for good measure I packed along bright colors + reflective gear, because safety first!

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Another great product that Nite Ize has created for cyclists is the HandleBand mount for your GPS/phone. It straps to your handlebars + keeps your phone right in your view. I quite literally depended upon this gadget! Since my route was created as I went it was integral to have my phone with Google Maps in front of me at all times. I even rigged up some Gear Ties to hold a battery pack to my bike frame so I’d always be able to check my route.

The Gear Ties also came in handy to strap my tent poles to my bike frame + keep all of my cords intact [yup, I took along electronics -- that’s the life of a digital nomad!]. I also found nearly a million uses for the CamJam XT Cord Tightener, which could be paired up with paracord to become a bungee or clothesline or...whatever else you could possibly need with adjustable paracord. We washed our clothes in campground sinks, so we put the CamJam clothesline to good use!

They were also kind enough to send along a cycling jersey to make me feel legit! I am not a cycling short convert, but the jerseys are rather incredible with their back pockets! It’s the little things in life I tell ya.

Adventure Bound // Cycling Coastal Croatia

I arrived in Rovinj, Croatia via bus after more than 24 hours of travel. I drug my bagged up bike over to a tiny park near the bus station, unpacked it + put it all together. Within about 30 minutes of getting off the bus I was on the road, following my phone’s GPS toward a campsite about 10km away. The sense of accomplishment I felt when I arrived at the campground + managed to set up camp without incident was glorious. I did it! I rode a touring bike + didn’t fall over [at least not entirely!]. I had remembered enough of my gear to at least set up my tent. Boom...I had this! I was going to do this!

This all changed the next day when I spent the entire afternoon sprawled out in the shade, willing myself not to vomit everywhere. In my excitement to ride I had forgotten to eat or drink for the entirety of a very hot, very sunny 20km/13mi jaunt. By the time I arrived at camp I was trashed. My ego was crushed...I am an ultra trail runner, I was supposed to be smarter than this!

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Later that day my friend, Sophie, arrived via plane with her touring bike in tow. We were planning to spend the next few weeks cycling together. She knew cycling, I knew suffering. It seemed fool proof.

It definitely wasn’t a fool proof plan. It was a plan made by fools. We knew we were pushing our limits, but we were optimistic. Over the next few days we learned exactly what our limits are + how unprepared we were. Phew. Did you know Croatia is crazy hot + insanely humid in mid-July?! Well, it is. Heat + humidity are brutal, especially for a mountain girl [me!] + a girl from the United Kingdom [Sophie!]. The conditions ate us alive + eventually we gave in. Or, in my mind at the time, we gave up. We rented a car.

 

The car was barely large enough to fit our tire-less bikes into it, but it came with air conditioning + a motor. That’s exactly what we needed in that moment. It took some time for me to accept the feeling of failure that came with this tiny European car, but in the end it was definitely a worthy decision. The car took us inland where we were able to explore Plitvice Lakes National Park + Krka National Park. Both were incredible + would not have been possible with our bikes + schedule.

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We spent a week in the car, then returned it for a few more days of cycling once we arrived in southern Croatia. It actually felt good to get back on my bike as I rode along a nearly empty road leading from Dubrovnik, Croatia to Hercig Novi, Montenegro. It was freeing + calming. I loved it more with every pedal turn. After a few too many days of wishing my bike tires would just fall off I was now plotting how I would take it back home with me.

 

I will always identify as a trail runner first...but at my core I am happy to get outside, however I can. Even atop a bicycle that I learned how to put together in the days before a four week adventure.

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Between the bikes + the rental car we were able to visit Pula, Zadar, Split, Makarska, Plitvice Lake NP, Krka NP + Dubrovnik in Croatia. From Dubrovnik I head to Herceg Novi + Kotor, Montenegro while Sophie ventured north to Munich, Germany. I closed out my Croatian adventure with a stop in Zagreb, then met up with Sophie before we both returned to the mountains of Switzerland.

You can read up on more of the adventure over on my website: Heidi Kumm // Oversharing Life. You’ll find the full story, a run down of the logistics + the details of how I packed my life into a few pannier bags. I learned a lot while roaming + exploring on a bike...so much so that I’m fairly certain I will be acquiring a new bike this summer. While the bike I used in Croatia did come back to Colorado with me there’s a very high chance I’ll be popping my colorful SpokeLits on another new-to-me bike. One created for trails, to mesh a bit more with my trail running ways.

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Topics: Visibility and Safety, Commuting, Adventure, Bike, Field Team, "travel"

Breathing Fresh Air into Fishing with CPR (Catch, Photo, Release)

Posted by Kristin Butcher

Mar 5, 2018 1:46:16 PM

An interview with Nite Ize Field Team Member Chad Hoover

Professional fisherman, TV show host and Kayak Bass Fishing (KBF) Tournament Series founder Chad "Knot Right" Hoover has dedicated his life to providing the best possible leadership to help grow the sport of kayak fishing.

 

 

 

 

What led you to fishing?

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I couldn’t tell you. That’s like asking somebody, “Hey, so what made you want to walk?” I grew up in Louisiana where we were surrounded by water. As a kid, fishing was what you did when baseball season wasn’t in. It was just one of those things that everybody did.

 

 How did you discover Nite Ize?

I'd been using Nite Ize products for a long time, but the first place I ever saw the Gear Ties was at a Batteries Plus and I just thought they were so clever. I owned a kayak shop at the time, I saw the Gear Ties and immediately knew that I could use them for everything from bundling rods together to hanging my boat to deer hunting. With all the different sizes, I’d use them for almost anything you can think of.

 

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Competition drives innovation and competition drives marketing. There’s no sport that exists without there being a competitive series that is its figurehead. There’s MLB for baseball, NASCAR for car racing, PGA for golf – There is no sport whether it involves four wheels, two wheels, a ball, skis, that isn’t driven by a competitive series. I knew there was a need and an opportunity for that to get established in kayak fishing as a subset of the overall fishing industry.

I did the first online tournament in 2009 and the first live event in 2012. Today we are the premier organization of kayak bass fishing and we are pioneering the Catch, Photo, Release (CPR) format.

 

Catch, Photo, Release preserves fisheries while making competition fishing something people can do right in their backyard lakes.

Tell us about Catch, Photo, Release.

It’s a movement we started 21 years ago and it resonated across the country. With most catch and release tournaments, participants would drive around with their fish in the tank all day, often killing the fish due to nitrogen build up. I see Catch, Photo, and Release as being the future of fishing tournaments. It helps preserve the natural balance of the fishery. You don’t need to have 150 boats go out and catch 5 fish apiece, then all the fish are released in one location. With CPR, we’re helping to preserve the resource that we depend on to make a living.

 

 

 

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How does conservation affect the fishing community?

It’s at the root foundation of what I do. If I can make catch, photo, release popular and mainstream, I don’t have to vilify people who kill fish for the sake of a tournament. I don't believe in being divisive within my own community. I believe in finding a better solution instead of telling someone they're doing it wrong without offering a solution. I see it as my responsibility to promote and market a better way to fish, but not to vilify and denigrate the other way.

As participants in this earth, we want to get out there and appreciate it. If conservation is only an ideology, but not an actual part of your life, then it's not going to be as important to you. For me, the number one thing that we need to do as conservation minded people is to get people to out using that resource. The more people using the resource, the more we ensure that it will be valued and that there'll be people willing to fight for it.

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Who should give competition fishing a try?

Everybody. We have kids that are six years old competing in the series with their dads. We have single mothers who have four kids and all five of them compete together. We have a young guns series with kids up to 16 years old and we give away scholarships.

Start wherever you’re comfortable. Start slow and start small. That’s why we’ve developed a tiered system with the KBF tournaments. We have an online series where you pay a $20 entry fee for the whole month. You fish wherever you are, you catch it, photograph it, and upload it. With four tiers of competition from online to national championships, there’s a place for everyone to compete.


What’s your favorite snack when you’re on the water?

Beef jerky. The spicier, the better. If it’s so hot that it makes me sweat when I eat it, it’s perfect.

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If you had a magic wand, what would you do with it?

I’d probably do an attitude adjustment for every American in the country for a middle ground for all the divisive issues. It seems like there should be some type of moderation because everyone seems so divided over everything. There’s so much energy and efforts spent on dividing and fighting each other. Think of all the good stuff we could accomplish if we put that same energy into positive actions.

You can follow Chad Hoover's kayak fishing adventures by watching his YouTube channel KayakBassinTV, or by following him on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

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A River's Reckoning

Posted by Kelly Wakefield

Jan 17, 2018 3:57:08 PM

The story of a 5th generation ranching family working to sustain their agricultural legacy while bringing back a healthy Colorado River.

Ranch life is a hard life, especially when ranching in a closed mountain valley where the lowest mountain road to the outside world is over 10,000 feet in elevation. Short, cold seasons and harsh conditions challenge even the toughest lot. For the Bruchez family, ranching is literally in their blood. Working with the land to grow food and carry on a legacy of agriculture, this fifth generation Colorado ranching family has faced plenty of challenges, and is determined to carry on. But when the intense Colorado drought of 2000 – 2002 struck, stretching the Colorado River to its limit, the Bruchez family realized they needed to strike a new balance working with the river to keep their agricultural production sustainable.

Nite Ize is proud to support American Rivers and their work to bring this video documentary to life. Get a glimpse into the lifestyle, and tough choices, that confronted the Bruchez family in this critical moment for both them and the Colorado River in the short video – A River’s Reckoning.

 

This film was produced by American Rivers and Trout Unlimited, with support from Nite Ize and River Network.

 

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Nite Ize Coworkers Come Together After Catastrophe

Posted by Kelly Richardson

Oct 5, 2017 4:23:00 PM

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It was called the “100-year flood.” In September 2013, the Colorado Front Range saw an uncharacteristic downpour that drenched, damaged, and devastated communities across roughly 150 miles – a scene reminiscent of the ones in Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico this past month. Almost overnight, the rising waters of the St. Vrain Creek – a tributary of the South Platte River that flows through Longmont, Colorado – overflowed, turning asphalt roadways into raging rivers that quickly saturated homes, leveled businesses, totaled vehicles, and claimed victims.


Jen and Daughter.jpgFour years later, the effects are still felt by the Longmont community and surrounding areas. Many employees at Nite Ize, a Boulder-based manufacturer, are among those that call Longmont home and the grim memories of this unprecedented event still linger.

“Because a large percentage of our employee base lives in Longmont, deciding to work with American Rivers on a company cleanup event in our backyard was important,” Nite Ize Director of Marketing Brenda Isaac said. “We believe in the mission of American Rivers and, as an official supporter of the organization, we were excited to celebrate our partnership with an event that really meant something to our employees and their families.”

Last year, Nite Ize launched a new corporate giving initiative called The Brite Side and chose American Rivers as the first official program partner. “The Brite Side is about focusing on what we want to see in the world around us and working together with organizations that support that vision,” Nite Ize Founder and CEO Rick Case says. “It’s about doing good things, with good people, and always looking for The Brite Side.”

With that mission in mind, 55 volunteers collected 1,500 pounds of trash from roughly 1.5 miles along the St. Vrain Creek and Golden Ponds Park area this past August. Some of the more unusual debris found included a horse from a children’s rocking horse toy set, a University of Colorado letterman jacket, couch cushions, and a silver bracelet with a love note.

These items have a story that many will never know – but more than likely they were washed upon the shores of the St. Vrain during the flood and have remained half hidden and forever forgotten. American Rivers works hard to restore damaged rivers like the St. Vrain to conserve clean water for people and nature. Removing trash and debris from waterways and disposing of it properly is an important part of ongoing flood restoration for the City of Longmont and a task that both Nite Ize and American Rivers were not only dedicated to, but enthusiastic about.

Clearly, it takes many years and mny hands to help restore and heal a community after a disaster like this. For all those affected by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria hang in there. There is a long road ahead, but with the help of friends, family, neighbors, and millions of others around the country, you will endure this.

For more information about our Brite Side progam, click here.

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Topics: endangered rivers, clean water, take action, outdoors

Back to School Survival Guide

Posted by Kristin Butcher

Aug 14, 2017 3:47:48 PM

 

It feels like yesterday that I watched my oldest son exit the bus as a second grader for the last time, while I explained to my five-year-old son that he was still a whole summer away from starting kindergarten.

“That’s, like, a year away!”

And in kid time, he’s right. But in adult time, summer goes by in seconds. I must have blinked a little too fast, because it's already time to shift from sunscreen and summer camps to books and backpacks. Transitions are hard for kids and adults alike, but here are solutions that help my family get back to school smoothly (while retaining some semblance of sanity).

MOOOOOOOM, WHERE IS MY…

Children’s ability to learn is almost as impressive as their ability to forget, which makes S-Biners a lifesaver for keeping easy-to-lose items secure and accessible. With a variety of colorful clippable solutions that can be connected to backpacks, gym bags, lunch boxes, water bottles and more, S-Biners keep the chaos (relatively) under control.

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FORGET FIDGET SPINNERS

Kids are programmed to keep their minds and bodies active. By keeping a handful of brightly colored Gear Ties stored in their backpacks, kids can use them for everything from fixing broken lunch box handles to sculpting Gear Ties into their favorite creatures. Our new Gear Tie Key Ring is both fun and functional, offering busy bodies a perfect way to fidget quietly.

Sometimes fixing a lunch box is a lot easier than convincing a five-year-old that his Twilight lunch box (don't ask) isn't the best lunch box ever.

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BIKE FOR BETTER GRADES

A recent Danish study that followed 20,000 school-aged kids determined that bicycling to school impacts concentration more than eating a healthy breakfast. Outfitting bikes with SpokeLit Disc-O Select and See'ems for side visibility provides safety through fun and colorful lights kids love. For walkers and riders, magnetic TagLits are super bright and easily attach to bags, jackets and more.

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FAMILY TIME, FUN TIME

After sitting in school all day, kids need to move their bodies—a feat made more difficult by shorter days. Closing out each day tossing around the Flashflight Jr. or playing catch (with or without Fido) is a great way to combine family time with fun time.

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GOODNIGHT MOON

When it’s time to crawl into bed, the BugLit makes for a perfect reading light that kids can enjoy while they rest up and get ready to do it all over again the next day.

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Topics: Visibility and Safety, Commuting, Fun & Games, Back to School, Bike

Tips for Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day

Posted by Katie S

Apr 25, 2017 10:19:41 AM

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Did you know that “Take Our Daughters and Sons To Work Day” is actually a program that is part of a legitimate foundation? Who knew? I always assumed it was a great excuse to save on a day of childcare and cause a little chaos in the office. However, according to the organization’s website, the intention is to show kids the value of their education and to help them discover the possibilities associated with a balanced work and family life. Not a bad sentiment. So, in case you are planning to bring your child to work in participation of the event this Thursday, April 27th, I thought I might help out. Below are some tips for a successful execution of the day and a few important lessons your child can learn while in the workplace with you. My seven-month-old son, Walter, obligingly came in for a “practice day” to the Nite Ize offices.  Here is what we learned:

 

1.SET YOURSELF UP FOR SUCCESS 

Kids and meetings don’t mix. If the actual day falls when you have a lot of important meetings scheduled, maybe pick a different day, or see if you can reschedule the meetings. On our practice day, Walter immediately hijacked my meeting and was, frankly, a bit of a dictator in the board room.

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2. COMMUTE THE FUN WAY

Even if you wouldn’t normally walk or ride your bike to work, wouldn’t it be great if we could teach the next generation to do it better? If you live close enough, plant the seed early and make it a fun, active commute that day.

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3. IT’S NEVER TOO EARLY TO TEACH THE IMPORTANCE OF COFFEE

Moms and dads who keep it together with herbal teas and green smoothies, more power to you, but this tip is for the rest of us. The kids are going to learn sooner or later what keeps mommy, and the world running, so you might as well use this opportunity to teach them how to brew a good pot of coffee for you and their future coworkers.

 

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4. EVERYONE STARTS IN THE MAIL ROOMMailroom_Shorter.jpg

It’s just a fact of life, and an important one at that. Whether your mailroom is theoretical or actual, take your kid through all the processes where you work and talk to them about the important relationship of hard work, accomplishment and reward.

 

5. THE ART OF CONVERSATION IS ALIVE AND WELL

It’s a digital era and sometimes terrifying to see “zombie” kids with their eyes constantly glued to screens. Regardless of whether you work in a traditional business setting or not, very few jobs are devoid of interaction, and none that I can think of where you wouldn’t at least have to successfully communicate in an interview. Be a good example and include your child in the conversations you are having at work, introduce them to your coworkers with handshakes and eye contact. If you have a phone call, put it on speaker so they can experience the full interaction and better understand the types of healthy communication expected in a workplace.

 

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6. BECOME AN EXPERT – READ UP

One of the best pieces of advice I ever received in the work place was from a boss who told me to become a voracious reader. Whatever your profession, reading up on what is happening in your industry, what competitors are doing, and what are the best practices can only help you do your job better. Alright, maybe seven months was a little early to be trying to impart this lesson, but I do hope to pass this practice on to Walter at some point!

 

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7. TAKE ACTIVE BREAKS

At Nite Ize, we are fortunate enough to have a gym on site where we can go to break a sweat, and we have some nice walking trails around with views of Boulder’s Flatirons. Where ever you work, chances are you’ve got somewhere you can walk, or a park nearby where you could go to for a quick break with your child. Remember they are used to having recess, and it’s not a bad thing for adults to take a little recess too. According to a Harvard Business Review article, regular exercise leads to improved concentration, sharper memory, faster learning, enhanced creativity, lower stress and other benefits to a productive, happy life in and out of the workplace.

 

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8. LET CURIOSITY DRIVE THE DAY

What you think is interesting about your workplace might be different than what your child finds interesting. Make sure to give them plenty of opportunities to ask questions, explore, and tell you what they find interesting. I never would have guessed that this display of our key accessories would be Walter’s favorite part of the day, but he could have played with these DoohicKeys all day.

 

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9. MAKE IT FUN!

This is the most important tip for you both. Okay, maybe butt-Xeroxing is going to warrant a call from HR, but you get the gist – make it fun for them and make sure they see you enjoying your day too.

 

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Well, maybe seven months is a LITTLE young for Take Our Sons and Daughters to Work Day, but hopefully you were able to glean some useful information from my and Walter's day together at the office. If you have helpful tips of your own for taking a child to work and would like to share with our readers, please leave them in the comments section below.

 

 

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