Gear Up for Winter Fun

Posted by Cassie Ryan on Dec 16, 2020 10:47:52 AM

Gear Up For Winter Fun

Winter is officially coming, and many of us might be dreading this one more than usual. If you live in a part of the country that doesn’t exactly get a lot of patio-weather days during this time of year, you might be desperately seeking safe ways to get out of the house. The great outdoors has been an absolute gift throughout 2020 to help us stay sane while saying safe. So, let’s think about winter recreation to help fill your free time – maybe you can even try something new!

Of course, you’ll have different options depending on where you live. Here in Colorado, ski and snowboard season is ramping up. In the upper midwest, snowmobiling, ice fishing, and snowshoeing are popular pastimes. Whatever activity might be up your alley, we’d like to share some of our favorite products that help us enjoy our sport of choice better.

 

Hit the Slopes

Skiing Hacks

My winter sport of choice is skiing, and it’s the one I have the most personal experience with. I ski with a small hydropack backpack, which does not give me a lot of storage space. For this reason, I always use the RunOff Waterproof Wallet because of its slim design, and because it keeps my cards and cash nice and dry in case of the occasional “yard sale.” (Hey, I never said I was a good skier!)

Hitch Phone Anchor + LanyardI also like to keep my phone handy to snap photos, but fumbling with it while on the lift always makes me nervous (Jerry alert). I started using the Hitch Phone Anchor + Lanyard for days on the mountain because I know I won’t lose it through my butterfingers, and it also makes it easy to pull out of my jacket whenever I want to check my season pass app or take photos. The Hitch Phone Anchor + Tether is also a popular choice for this use, and you can attach the S-Biner MicroLock to an anchor point on your jacket, or the belt loop on your pants.

My third essential for skiing is S-Biners. Did I mention my pack doesn’t have much storage? I keep a couple S-Biners clipped to it to hold things like my gloves or helmet when I head into the lodge for a toddy. You can also use one to attach to your lift tickets or season pass to your clothing or bag.

 

Gear Tie LoopableFinally, I always keep my skis and poles bundled with Gear Tie Loopables at each end for transporting and storing.

Because we’re lucky enough here in Boulder to live driving distance to the ski slopes, many of our team members are avid skiers and snowboarders. I asked a few of them what products come in handy for days on the mountain, and here’s what they had to say:

Cinch-A-Lot Stretch Strap: Great for attaching gloves that don’t happen to have loops, bundling poles, or holding small items like lip balm or hand sanitizer.

GearLine Organization System: If you’re staying in a hotel or rental unit, this is indispensable for organizing gear and drying out wet clothing.

RunOff Medium Travel Pouch: The perfect size RunOff bag for your paper trails map, so it doesn’t wind up soggy after you end up in the deep stuff. (I always carry a paper map as a backup just in case my phone runs out of battery or I lose signal.)

DoohicKey+ Key Tool: Good to have around for emergency repairs (or… emergency bottle-opening).

INKA Key Chain Pen: Keep this handy as a quick-use pen for signing bar receipts or making notes on your trail map. But the real bonus here is the pressurized cartridge with waterproof ink, allowing you to use it at any altitude, any angle, and in wet conditions.

 

Snowshoe the Trails

Snowshoeing

Gear Tie Reusable Rubber Twist Tie

If you live somewhere that has great hiking trails that are now covered in a blanket of snow and ice, you might give snowshoeing a try! You can rent a pair at many equipment shops, but you can also buy yourself a pair at reasonable prices.

Snowshoeing is a great way to get out, connect with nature, and enjoy the winter wonderland. For this activity, you’ll definitely need a backpack full of safety and survival essentials – always be prepared for the worst! Here’s a helpful guide of gear you’ll need to bring along, which includes a first aid kit, headlamp, and knife. Better hook an S-Biner on your pack too, because you never know when that will come in handy. For storing and transporting your snowshoes, wrangle and hang them with a Gear Tie.

No snow in sight? Go on a chilly hike! Bring those essentials, layer up, and hit the trails.

 

Try Cross Country Skiing

Cross Country Skiing

If you’ve never had the opportunity to try cross country skis, it can be a fantastic way to spend a bluebird day. Dip your toe in with some rental gear and head to a nordic center, or research some Cross Country spots in your area. Much the same as snowshoeing, you’ll need a pack filled with your essentials so you’re well prepared for any unexpected scenario.

 

Chill Out in an Ice Fishing Shanty

Ice Fishing

If you live in the upper midwest, you may already be familiar with the winter pastime that is ice fishing. Whether you catch a big one, or just spend the day hanging out in the shelter with family, it’s sure to be an unforgettable experience. While you’re waiting on the fish to bite, you’ll need a beverage. Use a SlapLit LED Drink Wrap to keep your cold drinks cold, your hot drinks hot, and click on the light for some colorful flair. A GearLine will come in handy inside the shelter to hang and organize your equipment and damp clothing. You’ll need some light inside your shanty, so bring along a lantern or two. A DoohicKey FishKey is a perfect multitool for any angler, and can help with tasks from fixing rods to opening bottles. For hauling your shanty to and from your lake of choice, our Dual CamJam Tie Down Systems will be perfect for the job.

 

Get Your Thrills on a Snowmobile

Snowmobiling

Adrenaline junkies will love the thrill of snowmobiling, whether you’re in the mountains or the great plains. Rent a vehicle for a day to give it a try, and if you love it, you can always think about buying one of your own someday. Remember that everything your bring along may get wet! Protect your things in the safety of a RunOff bag or packing cube, and secure it to your ride with a Gear Tie.

 

Give Fat Tire Biking a Go

Fat Tire Snow Biking

If you’re an avid cyclist, you might be getting that sad feeling when the weather turns snowy. With the new fat tire bikes built for snowy conditions, you can turn that frown upside down. Fat tire biking is a fun way to explore off-the-beaten-path trails, and you get a great workout to boot. You can rig a RunOff Bag with a couple of Gear Ties to create a waterproof handlebar bag full of your snacks and essentials. Because daylight is fleeting these days, be sure your fattie bike is equipped with front and rear lights, just in case you get caught out at dusk (or if you’re on dawn patrol).

 

Find Your Perfect Sledding Hill

Snow Tubing

On those magical mornings when you wake up to a blanket of fresh snow, grab a sled or tube and head for the hills! I would advise you to know your sledding location of choice at the very beginning of the season, so you know exactly where to go and won’t waste precious downhill time driving around for a hill. Because we know you’ll want to capture the fun on video, bring a RunOff Waterproof Phone Case. It will keep your device dry, and you can wear the included lanyard around your neck so you don’t lose it in the snow on your way down.

 

What winter activity are you most looking forward to? Report back, and give us a shout if you discover a new Nite Ize hack that helps you along the way.

Topics: Gear Ties, outdoors, Adventure, Bike, Fitness, fishing, runoff, gearline

Nite Ize Employees Reveal Their Personal Favorite Products

Posted by Cassie Ryan on Sep 24, 2020 10:07:38 AM

Nite Ize Employees Reveal Their Personal Favorite Products

Okay, we admit it: we make a LOT of products. You might say we’re slightly addicted to bringing new, innovative products to market and we do it not once, but twice a year! With a product line of hundreds, it can be overwhelming to even know where to start when you arrive on the Nite Ize website. So rather than flood you with complex product recommendations, we let our staff do the talking! Nite Ize employees love to “geek out” about our gear. We also all tend to have personal favorites. We asked our team to weigh in on their favorite Nite Ize products, and here’s what they had to say.

 

Popular Favorites
Gear Ties

Gear Tie Reusable Rubber Twist Tie

“I use Gear Ties for just about anything; from organizing my charging cables, attaching things to/in my car, and even baby proofing my house.”

- M.J., Marketing Manager

“They have infinite uses around the house, car, camper – anywhere.”

- Jeff, IT Director

“There are a million things I use Gear Ties for, and a million more that I haven't thought of yet.  Seriously I will have Gear Tie in all of my bags and all over my house, you never know when a Gear Tie will save the day!”

- Matthew, Key Account Manager

“All of my cables are organized and color coordinated. NO mix ups, NO confusion.”

- Judy, E-commerce Support Specialist

“I use Gear Ties every day, and they and make my life as a dad so much easier. I can attach just about everything to anything.”

- Adrian, Sales Manager

“I have been tying up my guitar cables and cords with these since I started at Nite Ize.”

- Matt, International Accounts Manager

“I find the value of Gear Ties amazing and endless. Sealing bread and food bags, tying up excess cords, even my boyfriend uses them in the Geology lab for his research.”

- Taylor, Marketing Communications Specialist

“You can use them for everything!”

- Jan, SVP of Corporate Development

 

RadDog All-In-One Collar + Leash

RadDog All-In-One Collar + Leash

“I love the RadDog for off-leash hikes, trips to the dog park or the vet. It's so much easier than clipping the leash back on every time you need to grab your dog.”

- Cassie, Social Media Specialist

“I can take my dog on walks in the neighborhood and easily grab the leash when we need it.”

- Heather, Creative Project Manager

“It's a dream for apartment dogs when they need a potty break – no need to grab the leash. It's also amazing for road trip potty breaks and when camping/hiking - I can always grab him if he wanders too far.”

- Taylor, Marketing Communications Specialist

 

Steelie Magnetic Phone Mounts

Steelie Orbiter Dash Mount

“I use my Steelie literally every day, from when I take it off my lamp in the morning, to driving in my car, to having it on the Pedestal on my desk, to my bar mount on my bike, then on my fridge when I am cooking dinner, and back onto the lamp for sleep!  Couldn't imagine life without it!”

- Matthew, Key Account Manager

“Great hands-free way to secure my phone while driving. I love being able to see the screen without it distracting me from the road.”

- Diana, National Account Manager

“So versatile...you can use it in the car, office (with the Pedestal) and around the house. It keeps my phone visible and accessible, where and when I need it.”

- Jay, Director of Outdoor Sales

“I use the Steelie Pedestal all the time! I have one on my nightstand to put my phone on at night (for easy access) and one on my desk for meetings (so I don't have to hold my phone during work calls). I use it when baking to easily view recipes on my phone. It has so many uses! The Steelie Windshield Mount is great for taking selfies and filming Tik Tok videos. Just attach it to any window or mirror!”

- Amanda, Brand Protection Specialist

 

RunOff Waterproof Bags

RunOff Waterproof Bags

“I enjoy camping and backpacking, so I like to know that my gear/clothes will stay compact and dry without worrying about what elements my backpack can hold up against.”

- Mike, Mechanical Designer

“The RunOff Small Packing Cube works great as a front bag on my bike.”

- Todd, National Accounts Manager

“I travel a lot, and the RunOff 3-1-1 Bag is the perfect size for carrying necessities. Plus I like the fact that it stands up by itself.”

- Pete, International Sales

“The Large Packing Cube is great for travel and packing clothes into, then dirty laundry bag that doesn't co-mingle with other things for the return home!”

- David, Account Executive

“The RunOff Phone Case is like a Swiss army knife! It works so well on my bike and on the kayak, and I know I can trust it!”

- Matt, Key Account Manager

 

S-Biner Dual Carabiners

S-Biner SlideLock

“These things are truly super versatile and can be used for clipping, hanging and organizing. Anything from a keychain locking to a backpack to hanging a grass trimmer with a #8 to hanging a bike with a #10.”

- Truckie, Category Manager

“The S-Biner MicroLocks are great to secure my keys, and allow for removal of extra key weight when not needed - i.e. if I only need my car FOB, I can detach my house keys and lighten my load.”

- Diana, National Account Manager

“S-Biners are so useful in so many situations; hiking, biking, camping, you name it.”

- Jeff, IT Director

Flashflight Light-Up Flying Disc

Flashflight Light Up Flying Disc

“I played a lot of disc in high school and now we have one that lights up! That would have come in super handy on many occasions.”

- Tristan, COO

“Its the ‘Cadillac’ of flying discs, and beautiful at night, extending play hours!”

- David, Account Executive”

 

Noteworthy Accolades
DoohicKey Key Chain Knife
DoohicKey Key Chain Knife

“I use it so much! I never realized how many boxes I open or need to break down (probably from all the stuff my wife and I buy on Amazon). I recommend it to everyone I meet.”

- Matt, International Sales Manager

 

GearLine Organization System
GearLine Organization System

“I hang it between my headrests in my truck, and keep the things I need on it ... lantern, bottle opener, my hats/gloves, extra S-Biners and more.”

- Leo, Product Engineer

 

Radiant 100 Keychain FlashlightRadiant 100 Keychain Flashlight

“I carry it everywhere.  It's is incredibly handy and bright enough to find what I lost.”

- Brian, E-commerce Manager

 
CashBack Phone WalletCa$hBack Phone Wallet

“I love not having to carry a purse and I can leave the house with just my keys and phone and I'm set.”

- Jenna, Director of IS and BE

 

Radiant 170 Rechargeable HeadlampRadiant 170 Rechargeable Headlamp

“It provides just the right amount of light to get the job done.”

- Jan, SVP of Corporate Development

 

 

Hitch Phone Anchor + Tether
Hitch Phone Anchor + Tether

“This unique product is one I use daily. I usually use it to carry my phone around my wrist when my hands are full (which is often). I'm a notorious butterfingers, and I can say I haven't dropped my phone once since I've been using it!”

- Cassie, Social Media Specialist

 

SpotLit XL Rechargeable Collar LightSpotLit XL Rechargeable Collar Light

“These are great for dusk or dawn runs and walks with the pups.”

- Jay, Director of Outdoor Sales

 

 

 

 

NiteDog Rechargeable LED CollarNiteDog Rechargeable LED Collar & Leash

“Having two huskies of the same fur coat helps me identify which husky is which during our nightly walks or playtime.”

- Judy, E-commerce Support Specialist

 

 

Nite Ize HeadbandNite Ize Headband

“This is a sentimental choice, for one, because it's the only item we still make from when I started with the company and second, we all wouldn't be here if not for that item. BOOM!”

- Tristan, COO

 

We hope our team members have helped you get to know some of our products better, and have maybe given you some inspiration for how they could help in your daily life. Have a question about one or more of our products? Feel free to get in touch with us by phone, email, live chat on our website, or hit us up on social media. Our team is always happy to help you find the right gear for your life’s adventures.

Topics: Gear Ties, LED Pet Products, Flying Disc, Flashflight, Home, Organization, Tech and Gadget, LED Products, runoff, waterproof bags, dry bags, Steelie, headlamp, gearline

Build Your Own Backyard Camping Adventure

Posted by Katie S on May 6, 2020 10:18:33 AM

Backyard Camping

The days may feel like they are dragging, but look on the bright side, they are actually getting longer – as in more daylight and warmer! So, if you’re running out of ways to keep your family entertained indoors, then it’s a great time to move outside. A backyard campout kills a lot of birds with one stone. You get the kids out of the house and entertained (and no screens!), you can test out your camping gear and make sure it’s ready for the season, and you can test your skills and teach your kids new ones in the privacy of your backyard – judgment free from other campers if you don’t quite remember how to set up that tent. 

Here in Colorado we’ve had a nice sustained temperature spike, so it seemed like the perfect time to dust off the tent and spend a night of “practice camping” outside with our one and three-year-old. Here are a few tips based on how our adventure went.

 

1. Set up the tent in the morning.

GearLine Organization SystemThe novelty of having a tent set up in the backyard was exceptional entertainment. The kids played in it ALL day. Get your bedding and camp gear set up and organized from the start – the kids enjoyed clipping items to the Gear Line throughout the day, and we used it to hang up our wet clothes after a run through the sprinkler. We had snacks in the tent, we read books, we set up our air mattresses, we jumped around on the air mattresses (yes, that’s plural…see tip #2).

 

 

2. There are no limits on comfort.

Have a family backyard campout

With backpacking, you’re limited by weight, with car camping, you’re limited by trunk space, but with backyard camping it’s no holds barred – load that tent up with all the good cushy stuff. Especially if your kids are new to camping or haven’t done much, you want to give them the best shot at a good/warm/fun night’s sleep. We have a behemoth car camping tent, so I loaded in two large air mattresses, a Pack N Play, and let the kids drag out all their favorite blankets and big stuffed animals to make it cozy. I was also hoping for a half-decent night’s sleep. 

 

3. Take this opportunity to show them the ropes.

Baby bunnyHave your kids help set up and take down the tent and teach them how to properly and safely build a fire (I grew up building fires log-cabin style, but now more often go for the teepee – to each their own). Also, include some of the basic camp rules like washing dishes right away and no shoes or food in the tent (the latter rule we broke of course, but that’s the nice thing about backyard camping – it’s a lot less likely a bear is going to come sniffing for snacks). You can plan a little “nature walk” around the house too. We managed to find two garter snakes and a baby bunny. You never know what you’ll find when you slow down and look a little closer!

 

 

4. Light up the night for added fun.

SlapLit LED Drink Wrap

If your kids are younger, sleeping in new places can be unsettling, even if it’s just the backyard. Having lots of lights can make it feel safer and more fun. In true Nite Ize style, each of the kids had their own BugLit  Micro Flashlights, and everyone’s drinks had SlapLit LED Drink Wraps (which turned out to be the perfect night light and an easy way to track down water bottles in the middle of the night too)!

We kept a Radiant 100 Lantern hanging in the tent, and just after dark, the kids were mesmerized by the color-changing Flashflight.

Flashflight LED Flying Disc

Just before bed, we loaded them up with chocolate and marshmallows by the fire (because it’s not really camping if there aren’t s’mores), climbed into the tent, and read books by headlamp, hoping that everyone would go right to sleep.

Backyard Camping with Kids

 

5. Don’t set your expectations too high.

Maybe don’t go into this expecting beautiful Instagram-worthy family camping photos and the greatest night of sleep ever. If your kids are anything like mine, by the end of the night it may resemble something more like Lord of the Flies, and it could be that no one actually sleeps the whole night outside. I knew that the chance of all four of us waking up in the tent the next morning were slim. I was pleasantly surprised however, when I woke up around 7AM to my three-year-old grinning ear-to-ear and so proud of himself for sleeping outside the whole night. That was easily the best morning news I’ve gotten in months.

Camping With Kids

The last few months have left us all adapting to new norms. We hope you are all staying safe and healthy and are finding your silver linings in the current situation. If you have tips for our community on staying sane at home, please leave them in the comments section below – added bonus if they include Nite Ize products!

Topics: Flashflight, Home, camping, slaplit, gearline, kids

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