Miss Adventure: Move over Macgyver

Posted by Kristin Butcher on May 30, 2019 11:32:04 AM

The best adventures are half grand explorations. And half trying to keep it from going off the rails.

The plan was simple -- or as simple as it could be for a backcountry journey involving 100 miles of off-grid desert biking, 15 people, two support trucks, no cell service, four pounds of frozen meat, a blow piano, a few cases of beer, and a slightly soggy birthday cake.

As part of an annual birthday adventure, a friend of a friend organized a three-day trip mountain biking Utah's iconic White Rim trail.Since I only knew one person on the trip, I did what any newcomer to a high-consequence social situation would do.

I volunteered to bring all the tools, taking on the responsibility of fixing anything that could (and would) go wrong.Off-grid dessert biking in Moab

Here's the thing: I’m a tool junkie. MacGyver is my personal spirit animal. And I work for Nite Ize. By the time I finished packing, my tool bag weighed around 30 lbs and contained everything from kevlar tape to a full set of Allen wrenches.

It turns out that my bag of tricks would be put to the test before we even started pedaling. Over the next three days, as problem after problem arose, I was able to channel my inner Mary Poppins and pull just the right solution out of my ever-present tool bag. 

 

PROBLEM: Only having one key for a truck that will be driven by 15 different people. What could go wrong?

SOLUTION: Rig together a glow-in-the-dark, Bluetooth-enabled key tether using some Gear Ties, a super bright NextGlo marker kept, and the Tile from my key chain.

No one is losing these keys now.

 

PROBLEM: Accidentally launching your dry foods container out the unlatched rear hatch.

SOLUTION: Move aside duct tape, this is a job for the CamJam Tie Down Strap. After double wrapping and cinching the webbing around the structurally unsound container, we once again had a home for our chips, bread, and beans (so many beans).

CamJam Tie Down Strap

 

PROBLEM: Dropping your phone while taking the obligatory #liveunplugged Instagram selfie.

SOLUTION: Butterfingered friends, rejoice! The Hitch has a stretchy coil that I form into a wrist-strap to keep my phone secure during sketchy selfies. Combined with a Clip Case Rugged Holster, and I can have my selfie without my phone eating it too.

No more dropped phones due to precarious selfies

 

PROBLEM: Making hamburgers for 15 hungry people who just rode 30 miles using a four pound slab of frozen meat.

SOLUTION: Create a double boiler out of a pot and a baking sheet, then use a foil topper to channel steam upward to speed up the process. Pro tip: A cold beer wrapped in a SlapLit Drink Wrap makes it easier to forget about your stomach pangs as you wait for dinner to thaw.

Camp Life

 

PROBLEM: Lubes, grease, ThreadLoc, oh my! To keep the bikes running, I needed to pack several liquids in my tool bag that were almost guaranteed to leak.

SOLUTION: By packing my liquids in the RunOff Waterproof Toiletry Bag, I was able to keep my liquids organized, and more importantly, contained.

RunOff Waterproof Toiletry Bag

 

PROBLEM: We needed our two way radios to be accessible, but not in the way.

SOLUTION: S-Biners to the rescue! You can never have too many S-Biner dual carabiners in your tool bag.

S-Biners to the rescue!

 

PROBLEM: After sweating for three days under the Utah sun, it's now time to pack up those stinky clothes and drive several hours back home.

SOLUTION: Packing all my odiferous gear in a RunOff bag, which is waterproof, compressible, and does a fine job of sealing in the stink.

RunOff Packing Cube

 

Whether adventure takes you off the grid or down the street, Nite Ize products have a knack for solving all the little unexpected moments that make adventures memorable.

Solve those little unexpected problems with Nite Ize

 

Topics: Gear Ties, outdoors, Adventure, "travel", Fitness

Nite Ize Moms Tell Us Their Nite Ize Parenting Hacks

Posted by Cassie Ryan on May 9, 2019 12:00:09 PM

Part of our mission here at Nite Ize is to make your life a little bit easier, one product at a time. This Mothers Day, we’re celebrating the superhero moms of our Nite Ize family by sharing some of their go-to products for raising and having fun with their kiddos. Every mom deserves something that makes their life just a little bit easier, and that’s where we shine.

Kelly Von Letkemann, Legal Operations Manager:

  • LED Mini Glowstick: My kids LOVE it when I turn off the lights and throw a few of these in the bathtub. They are obviously great for trick or treating or just generally clipping on kids when you are out at night (and can color code by kid).
Mini-Glowsticks
  • S-Biners: We carry water bottles around with us everywhere we go. S-Biners are the obvious choice for making sure water bottles stay attached to backpacks, and I always have one or two on hand so I can attach water bottles to my purse so I can be hands free (because we all know who gets stuck carrying all their stuff. . .)
  • FlipOut Handle + Stand: The FlipOut is great for Face Timing with family, or simply bribing your kids to eat their breakfast by offering to show them a PBS Kids show. Not that it ever happens. . .  

 

Michael Westfield, Creative Director:

  • BugLit: I wrapped one on my kid’s bed as a little light.
  • Gear Ties: These are great for closing snack bags in the pantry and large veggie bags in the fridge. Or for when I lose the bread tie or the bread tie plastic breaks.
GearTie-Food

 

Kristen Green, Customer Service Representative:

  • Flashflight LED Flying Disc: For hours of endless entertainment outside on a beautiful Colorado evening. Can’t wait to see these flying around our campsite in Moab in a few weeks!
Flashflight-Kid
  • TwistLit LED Bike Lights: My kids are the talk of the neighborhood with these.
  • BugLit: These are great for when I actually need them to do some reading! Perfect for long car rides too!

 

Calle Gainok, Digital Content Manager:

  • Steelie Pedestal Kit: I’m all about the Steelie. I use a Pedestal Kit for our video baby monitor so we can view it at just the right angle.

Baby-Monitor

 

Kristin Butcher, Marketing Communications Specialist

  • The Hitch: For when I give my butterfingered progeny my phone to take pictures (that will invariably result in 100 blurry pictures of the cat’s butt).
  • NiteHowls: Keeping an eye on your children at a campout has never been easier!
  • SpokeLit Wheel Lights: Awesomeness and safety all in one rechargeable color-changing package.

SpokeLit-Kid 

We hope this wisdom imparted by our resident moms inspires you to find new ways to make your life easier. Or steal some of their ideas, that’s what we’re here for! Tag #LifesAdventureKit on Instagram or Twitter and show off your Nite Ize parenting hacks and be entered for a chance to win your own Adventure Kit!

Topics: Visibility and Safety, Games & Toys, Gear Ties, Fun & Games, Flashflight, Bike, Home, Organization

7 Unexpected Products to Help You Organize Your Life This Spring

Posted by Cassie Ryan on Mar 12, 2019 11:49:04 AM

Spring is upon us and with it comes the motivation to declutter your domain and tidy up those things that “spark joy” in your life. And what’s more motivating than a few new items to help you conquer the cleanup? Here are a few of our favorite products for home organization.

THE GARAGE:

Gear Ties

Whether you’ve already been converted to the Gear Tie cult or you’re new to this revolutionary reusable twist tie, there’s no denying that this versatile solution is a lifesaver in the organization department. Featuring a durable rubber exterior that is bonded to a strong interior bendable wire, Gear Ties can be twisted, tied, and reused over and over. Better yet, they come in a variety of forms, sizes and colors so you can tame the smallest electronics cables to heavy hoses and more.

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S-Biner Dual Carabiners

Another small but mighty tool is the iconic S-Biner, which also comes in an array of sizes, colors and materials. At first glance one might wonder what to do with it, but you’ll quickly learn that in addition to various other uses, you can hang items as small as keys and as large as bundled electrical cables using the range of sizes.

S-Biner-Combo

GearLine Organization System

Still need more room to hang those random tools and accessories laying around? The Gear Line features 10 S-Biner clips attached to individual sturdy loops, with Gear Ties on each end so you can hang it just about anywhere. Go vertical when you want to maximize storage and save wall space or hang horizontally to keep things easily accessible at eye level.

GearLine-Garage

 

THE JUNK DRAWER:

IdentiKey Storage + ID System

Let’s tackle your junk drawer next. Do you spot more than one mystery key? Enter the IdentiKey Storage system. This key organizer holds up to four keys in a compact, flat cartridge and includes write-on IdentiKey Tags so you can confidently give your house sitter your spare key instead of the one to the shed – without having to spend time on trial-and-error.

IdentiKey-System

Gear Ties… Again!

The great thing about Gear Ties is their variety of sizes. Use the 3” or 6” Cordable versions to wrap small electronics cables, or go larger, depending on cord size and length. You can even color code while protecting your cables with a cousin to the Gear Tie family, the CordCollar. Reinforce cable ends where they bend the most to help prevent fraying while taking the guessing game out of distinguishing similar cords and cables.

CordCollar

 

THE CLOSET:

RunOff Waterproof Large Packing Cube

The largest member of the revolutionary RunOff Waterproof Bag family is the Large Packing Cube. You might be wondering why a waterproof bag would help you organize your closet. RunOff bags compress and protect bulky items, so you can pack away your winter sweaters and base layers and compress the bag down to save room. They’re also great for keeping your sweaters safe from hungry moths. Until next year, winter wardrobe!

LG-Packing-Cube

 

THOSE DARK AND SPOOKY CORNERS:

Radiant 250 Rechargeable Headlamp

You might be dreading this last spot. Need to clean out the attic or basement? Whether or not you believe in ghosts, demons or Jason Voorhees, you’ll definitely need some extra light to help you sort through those dark storage areas. A good headlamp will shed some light on the situation and keep your hands free to dust off boxes and decide if your vintage G.I. Joe collection still sparks joy.

Attic

 

Ready to tackle your Spring cleaning adventure? We want to see how you use your Nite Ize products to tame the chaos. Tag #LifesAdventureKit on Instagram and Twitter and be entered to win your own Nite Ize Advenure Kit!

Topics: Garage Organization, Gear Ties, Organization

Nite Ize in the Dorms

Posted by Dave Taylor on Sep 10, 2018 10:39:00 AM

After eighteen years of the frequently challenging daily task of parenting, I reached a milestone in my son’s life: He headed off to college. And he's not staying close to home. We live in Boulder, Colorado but he chose Pitzer College in Claremont, California, almost exactly 1,000 miles from home.

I lived in the dorms when I went to college many eons ago, but the increase in technology and electronics coupled with more participatory and attentive parenting has changed the dorm life experience quite a bit. College kids expect nicer housing amenities and parents demand it.

Still, dorm rooms are fundamentally small rooms where two kids who don’t know each other are stuck sharing the space and learning how to get along, even as they both figure out that college thing too.

Fortunately, Nite Ize had some great ideas for making the most out of those small dorm rooms and navigating the college experience. We pulled together a College Dorm Move-In Kit that contained lots of great products to help out with cable organization, bike safety, and recreation. Here’s a photo of my son on his dorm bed with the Kit spread out:

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Look closely and you’ll see Gear Ties® in both 6” and 12” lengths, a pack of CordCollars™  a Wraptor™ rotating phone holder for the bike, a pair of Radiant® 125 rechargeable bike lights, an INOVA® XT flashlight and a Flashflight® LED flying disc.

It wasn’t until he started trying to plug in his computer, phone charger, music speakers, voice speaker, lamp and other gadgets that he suddenly realized the great benefit of organizing all his cords. The Gear Ties worked great for that and ensured that he’d never accidentally unplug anything while sitting at the desk doing homework (or surfing the internet while not doing homework as it may be.)

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We decided not to take his bicycle to campus on move-in, but it turns out that his dorm mate is a triathlete and has spare bikes, one of which he generously loaned to my son! The Radiant 125 bike lights are going to work great to keep them safe while biking around campus and the community at night, one on each of their bikes. And since they're rechargeable, there's no batteries to buy.

Of all the Nite Ize products, however, there’s no question that the one he was most excited about was the Flashflight. Being based in California means that the evenings are delightful, the students are outdoor minded, and everyone’s already good at tossing flying discs. With its light-up colors and smooth flight, Gareth’s sure to be the most popular guy on campus in no time with his Flashflight!

Move-in is done. He’s set up in his dorm room, wires organized and flashlight sitting by the bed in case of emergencies. His bike will be well illuminated and his charging cables now sport collars to make them more reliable. He’s even ready for late night outdoor recreation. Now the hard part: classes, studying and working towards his degree. I’m confident he’s going to do great!

 

 

Topics: Commuting, Gear Ties, DIY, Organization

Road Team Tested: Hitting the Road with Gear Ties

Posted by Live Outside & Play Road Team on Sep 5, 2018 10:25:59 AM

Ben and Roxy are more than road warriors. They spend all day, every day traveling the country out of a custom van as part of the Elevation Outdoors Live Outside and Play Road Team. While taking the road less traveled, these two have developed clever ways to keep their rolling home organized, accessible, and ready to handle whatever bumps come their way.

Roxy and her dog Henry

The versatility of Gear Ties® have made these Reusable Rubber Twist Ties™ a vital part of their everyday lives. Colorful Gear Ties can be spotted throughout their van, illustrating numerous ways that Ben, Roxy, and their pup Henry have discovered solutions on the fly. From securing their refrigerator to creating impromptu storage, Ben and Roxy have a variety of ways that these everyday items have proved essential.

Whether you're traveling across the country or going for a short family road trip, check out the Live Outside and Play Road Team's favorite out-of-the-box ways to make long days in the car easier with Gear Ties.  

Click here to discover Ben and Roxy's "SIX OUT-OF-THE-BOX WAYS TO USE A GEAR TIE."

*Nite Ize is a proud sponsor of the Live Outside and Play Road Team.

 

 

Topics: Commuting, Gear Ties, DIY, Organization

What to do with an Extra 24 Hours this Leap Day

Posted by Kelly Richardson on Feb 19, 2016 8:56:22 AM

Every four years we add one day to the books to make up for a slight difference between the orbit of the planet and the Gregorian calendar. A complete revolution of the earth around the sun takes exactly 365.2422 days but our calendar is based on 365 days so this adjustment is necessary to synchronize the four seasons. It’s always been interesting to me that we can bend the rules like this but understanding a little more about why helps to make sense of it.

2016 is a Leap Year which means we all get a bonus day! Unfortunately February 29th is a Monday so most of us have an extra day of work but maybe you have special plans to celebrate these bonus 24 hours. If you don’t have any ideas yet, here are a few to consider:

  • Have a birthday party - If you were born on February 29th you are a “leapling” or "leaper" and, sadly, you only have a real birthday every four years. Typically leaplings/leapers celebrate on either February 28th or March 1st but this is your year so make it count and throw a big bash. Some cultures believe those born in a Leap Year have good luck so maybe you should buy a lotto ticket.

  • Propose - In the United States, February 29th is often referred to as “Sadie Hawkins Day” and celebrates gender role reversal. This is certainly more commonplace in the 21st Century but Leap Years are officially known as an opportunity for a woman to propose to a man. According to some accounts, this tradition dates back to the 5th Century when St. Patrick granted women the chance to “pop” the question themselves. Others say this started in 1288 when Queen Margaret of Scotland issued a law that makes it legal for a woman to propose to a man on Leap Day. Another opinion suggests that before Leap Day was recognized by English law, this day had no legal standing and therefore it was acceptable to break convention.

  • Do something you’ve been putting off - We’re all guilty of procrastination and some of us are expert excuse-makers. February 29th is the bonus day we all get to tackle the things in the “I’ll do that later…” or “If I had the time I would…” category. It’s not too late to plan a trip, volunteer, organize the garage, call an old friend, finish a book, etc. The list goes on and on and this year there is no excuse not to do any one of those things or maybe even all of them. Of course if you decide to organize the garage, Nite Ize can help with Gear Tie Dockables or KnotBone Adjustable Bungees

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Our team will spend the extra day doing what we do best – innovating new and useful products just for you. No matter how you decide to make the most of this Leap Year – we hope you stay safe and healthy.

Happy Leap Year from Nite Ize!


Topics: leap year, Garage Organization, Gear Ties

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