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

Upgrade Your Gravel Ride With This Hack

Posted by Cassie Ryan on Sep 3, 2020 10:38:45 AM

Upgrade Your Gravel Ride With This Hack

By Guest Blogger Todd Brady

Todd Brady

There's no doubt cycling has become a way for many of us to get out of the house and connect with nature during this time of social distancing. For me, cycling became a way of life in the early 90s, and since then I have seen the evolution of mountain biking, the decline of American road cycling, and now the success of GRAVEL riding.

If you are not familiar with gravel riding, it is the latest trend in the world of cycling. Take a mountain bike and a traditional road bike, put them in a blender and what you come out with is the ultimate adventure machine. Gravel bikes feature drop bars for when on the tarmac, disc brakes for quick and easy braking, and wider tires for stability in the dirt. 

Gravel Bike

In order to prepare for a long ride on the trails, it's a good idea to pack a handlebar bag full of food, sunscreen, and other essentials you'll need.

This year I entered my first Gravel race – The SteamBoat Gravel – with over 100 miles of racing.  Like many events this year, it was canceled due to the pandemic and was made into a virtual event instead. In preparation for the event, I chose the Nite Ize RunOff Small Packing Cube as my handlebar bag, and attached it onto my bike with a couple of 12" Gear Ties. There were a few reasons that I chose this specific RunOff bag:

 

1. The size and shape of this bag fit perfectly on the front of my handlebar.

Gravel Bike Handlebar Bag

 

2. It can hold all of the essentials I need for a ride of this length.

Gravel Ride Snacks

 

3. Nite Ize Gear Ties can be looped through the bag's anchor points for easy attachment and removal.

RunOff Small Packing Cube

 

RunOff Handlebar Bag

 

4. Lastly, knowing that this bag is completely waterproof (thanks to the TRU Zip zipper) gave me peace of mind during the 9-hour ride, in case we were hit by a stray rain shower.

RunOff Waterproof Small Packing Cube

The RunOff Small Packing Cube worked fantastically as my handlebar bag, and I highly recommend it. It is worth mentioning that you will have to pull over to access your belongings inside of the bag due to the zipper being positioned underneath in this configuration. However, this offered me a good excuse to pull over to snap some photos or have a snack while enjoying the scenery.

For me, the fact that this compact bag holds as much as it does in addition to being totally waterproof makes it my new Gravel bag of choice.

Topics: Bike, runoff

Everyday Carry Essentials from Nite Ize

Posted by Cassie Ryan on Aug 13, 2020 1:22:08 PM

 Everyday Carry Essentials from Nite Ize

If you spend time on social media and have an affinity for clever products to put in your pockets, you might be familiar with the acronym EDC. It stands for Everyday Carry, and it’s just what it sounds like – the pieces of gear you carry with you when you leave the house. When it comes to being prepared everywhere you go, you must choose those pieces of gear wisely, so you have the essentials you need without going overboard and weighing down your pockets.

So what makes an ideal EDC setup? It comes down to personal preferences (as well as what jobs you might encounter while you’re out), but let’s get down to the fundamentals.

 

1. Wallet

Financial Tool RFID Blocking Wallet

No matter where you’re headed, you’ll most likely need one of these. Although many might opt for classic leather, you might consider something unexpected. For a wallet that offers functionality, our Financial Tool Multi Tool Wallet (and its RFID-blocking version) offers 7 different tools in one lightweight, low-profile design. And, it’s TSA friendly!

For a streamlined wallet that is truly waterproof, check out our RunOff Waterproof Wallet. I personally started using this wallet during ski season, since it was slim enough to slide right into my jacket pocket. When COVID-19 hit the US, I kept on using it because I could wash it with soap and water whenever I got home from errands, and I haven’t looked back since.

If minimalism is your game, the Ca$hBack Phone Wallet attaches right on the back of your phone or case (with 3M VHB adhesive), so you can combine two of your most important items in one. The feature that makes the Ca$hBack stand out from other phone wallets out there is the safety tab, so you don’t risk losing your ID, cards or cash while out.

 

2. Key Chain

BigFoot Locker KeyRack

The number two item you should always check for when you leave the house is your keys. Keeping your keys organized and accessible can save you a headache of forgetting which is which, or losing them entirely (never a good feeling). Nite Ize offers a wide variety of key chains, so choosing one just comes down to personal preference and aesthetics.

My personal pick is the BigFoot Locker KeyRack. This key chain offers great functionality and organization of your keys, in a fun and unique design. The locking KeyRack features five “toes” equipped with MicroLock S-Biners that let you easily attach, remove and secure keys so they won’t get lost. And the best part? No split rings to frustrate you and break your fingernails!

Cinch-A-Lot Stretch StrapFor something a little different, check out the Cinch-A-Lot Stretch Strap. This stretchy silicone strap is a key chain that can cinch and grip around things like a water bottle, phone, sunscreen, or your wrist. The strap is paired with an S-Biner MicroLock and split ring, and features a metal cinch-slider so you can easily adjust the size for a secure and snug fit.

Incidentally, we just released the Cinch-A-Lot Mini this summer, which is a scaled-down version that’s perfect for keeping smaller items like wireless earbuds, charging cables, chap stick, or hand sanitizer clipped to your keys or bag.

 

Need more options? Here are my key chain honorable mentions: 

You can also visit our key accessories page to view them all.

 

3. Multi Tool

DoohicKey Key Tool

You never know what types of problems you might encounter whether you’re on the job, running errands, traveling, or around the house. Having a trusty multi tool on your key chain can help you tackle a variety of tasks from fixing a loose screw to opening a bottle.

Our classic DoohicKey Key Tool is our most popular multi tool, and offers five tools in one small TSA-friendly design that clips conveniently to your keys. It features a box cutter, bottle opener, wrench, ruler, and flathead screwdriver. This little guy is clipped to my keys at all times.

 DoohicKey in action

 

Our freshly launched DoohicKey+ Key Tool packs even more tools than the original! This multi tool features all the tools of the classic DoohicKey, plus an integrated serrated edge, scoring point, nail puller/staple remover, and Phillips head screwdriver – while still being TSA friendly.

 

4. Knife

DoohicKey Key Chain Knife

A trusty pocket knife can come in handy in many scenarios throughout the day, and for this reason I personally keep the DoohicKey Key Chain Knife with me at all times. This little knife is compact, lightweight, durable, and has a locking blade for safety.

When you know you’ll be opening packages or mail (as many of us are these days), or breaking down boxes, the DoohicKey Key Chain Hook Knife is the right tool for the job. The fold-out locking blade has both a smooth cutting edge and a curved bladed end so you can open your boxes without worrying about damaging what’s inside. Both DoohicKey Knives come in blue, orange, olive and red.

 

5. Flashlight

Radiant 100 Keychain Flashlight

My go-to flashlight that I carry is the Radiant 100 Keychain Flashlight. It’s compact enough to fit right on your key chain, yet packs a powerful 100 lumens. If you’re used to flipping on your phone’s flashlight setting in dark spaces, note that it can only provide up to about 50 lumens, so you’re getting double the brightness with the Radiant 100.

For even more lighting power in a small body, the 185-lumen INOVA XP Pen Light is a solid choice for EDC enthusiasts. The push button end-cap switch activates a high or low beam, and the durable aluminum body is shockproof, crushproof, and waterproof.

 

6. Phone

Steelie Orbiter Dash Kit

Let’s face it, we’re almost all guilty of being glued to our phones. When it’s time to leave the house and hit the road, you’ll likely need a place to put it while in your vehicle. If you’re using GPS to get to your destination, you’ll also need to have it in view enough to see the directions (without it obstructing your view of the road). Our Steelie phone mount systems are the perfect way to do all of these things, and with several mounting options, you’ll be able to find the right fit for you.

An unexpected but highly useful accessory for your phone is the Hitch Phone Anchor + Tether. I am a solid convert to this product after trying it out while working a trade show last year, and I wasn’t planning on loving it as much as I do. I haven’t taken it off since! I mostly use it to carry my phone around my wrist when my hands are full (which is often), but I can also clip it to my belt loop so I don’t drop it with my notorious butterfingers.

Hitch Phone Anchor + Tether

 

7. Pen

INKA Key Chain Pen

Another item you should always have on hand is a pen – and, what would be an easier way to carry that pen than right on your key chain? The INKA Key Chain Pen allows you to use it as a quick-use pen or convert it to a full-sized writing instrument, and features a replaceable pressurized ink cartridge that gives it its amazing ability to write in all conditions – underwater, at any altitude, in extreme temperatures, and at any angle! Plus, it’s always more sanitary to use your own pen than to borrow one.

 Convert to full size pen

 

We hope we’ve inspired you to evaluate your own EDC setup, or at least to look beyond the split ring. What items are always in your pockets or bags? Share your favorites with the community in the comments, and if you happen to have any Nite Ize accessories stowed with you, post a photo on Instagram and tag #LifesAdventureKit for a chance to win a prize pack of our favorite gear!

Topics: LED Flashlights, runoff, EDC, multi tools, doohickey

New Products & Fresh Looks From Nite Ize

Posted by Cassie Ryan on Aug 5, 2020 1:41:18 PM

NPL-S2020-Featured

Nite Ize announced a variety of new innovative products this June, and they are now available to order! Scroll through to see what we're excited to debut.

 

New RunOff Waterproof Pouches

RunOff® Waterproof Small Travel Pouch

RunOff Waterproof Small Travel Pouch

Our innovative line of waterproof bags continues to grow, with all new Travel Pouches! Featuring our patented TRU Zip waterproof zipper, these bags are rated to IP67 and are adventure approved. The clear, touchscreen-friendly window allows you to use your phone while providing easy identification of enclosed items. The Small Travel Pouch is perfect for phones, wallets, keys, charging cables and other compact essentials to keep them organized, dry and protected. The Small and Medium Travel Pouches are available in classic charcoal or striking blue.

 

RunOff® Waterproof Medium Travel Pouch

RunOff Waterproof Medium Travel Pouch

Sized to accommodate more of your necessities, the RunOff Medium Travel Pouch protects and organizes your adventure essentials, from electronics and snacks to first aid kits and maps. The flat design is ideal for packing into luggage or packs, and the integrated anchor points allow you to clip the pouch where you need it. Whether you're hitting the beach, the lake, or the trails, RunOff has your gear covered.

 

 

New Sizes & Styles

Cinch-A-Lot® Mini Stretch Strap

Cinch-A-Lot Mini Stretch Strap

Honey, we shrunk the Cinch-A-Lot! Our original Stretch Strap now has a new little brother in the Cinch-A-Lot Mini. Keep easy-to-lose essentials like ear buds, chap stick, charging cables, or hand sanitizer in reach. The soft silicone strap grips and cinches small items, and the included S-Biner MicroLock clips securely to keys, bags, or zipper pulls. Keeping track of your necessities has never been more of a cinch.

 

DoohicKey® + Key Tool

DoohicKey + Key Tool

Look out multi tool aficionados, there's a new DoohicKey in town. The DoohicKey+ packs even more tools than the popular original model into one compact, modern design. TSA friendly, it features an integrated serrated edge, scoring point, flathead screwdriver and nail puller/staple remover on one end, and a bottle opener, Phillips head screwdriver, ruler and wrench on the other end. Add the DoohicKey+ to your everyday carry collection and always be ready to solve unexpected problems.

 

HideOut® XL Magnetic Key Box

 

HideOut XL Magnetic Key Box

 
Sized to fit electronic key fobs and bulky keys, the HideOut XL gives you more storage space than the original. This waterproof, plus-sized key hider is easy to secure under your car, deck, or around your home's exterior. Secure to metal surfaces with the powerful neodymium magnets or use the included adhesive to stick to plastic, wood, and other surfaces.
 
 
 
Fits All Phone Cases

 

The new XXL-sized Fits All Phone Cases are designed to accommodate today's larger mobile devices. These high quality phone holsters are constructed from durable, rugged materials and keep your phone securely attached to your belt or waistband with our patented flex-clip. With both horizontal and vertical styles, the Fits All will keep your phone secure and accessible wherever you are.

 

 

CamJam® XT™ Aluminum Cord Tightener

 

CamJam XT Aluminum Cord Tightener

 

Our CamJam XT Aluminum Cord Tightener is now available with 10' of coyote paracord included in the package, giving you everything you need to secure your gear. This premium quality cast aluminum cord tightener is a rugged combination of a carabiner and cam locking mechanism, creating the ultimate system for securing loads, hanging canopies, or tensioning cords.

 

 

KeyRing Locker™ S-Biner Stainless Steel

 

KeyRing Locker S-Biner Stainless Steel

 

The sleek and strong stainless steel KeyRing Locker offers a simple and secure way to carry your keys. The KeyRing comes equipped with five stainless steel S-Biner MicroLocks – our patented twist-to-lock design – that can hold up to three keys each, allowing you to add and remove keys easily.

 

 

KeyRing Locker™ S-Biner Aluminum

 

KeyRing Locker S-Biner Aluminum

 

This lightweight aluminum counterpart to the stainless steel KeyRIng Locker is equipped with five S-Biner MicroLocks in assorted colors, allowing you to color code and organize your keys with ease.

 

 

 

 

Bold New Colors

GearLine® Organization System

GearLine Organization System
 
Our hang-anywhere, hang-anything GearLine is now available in a tacti-cool coyote colorway. The 4 ft webbing line with bar-tacked loops is equipped with plastic S-Biners so you can hang items from clothing to cooking utensils conveniently. An adjustable 12" Gear Tie on either end makes it easy to attach and hang - perfect for use at the campsite, around the house, in the garage, or just about anywhere else.
 
 
 

S-Biner Aluminum Dual Carabiner

Our iconic S-Biner Aluminum Dual Carabiners just got some fresh new colors! Check them out in our new red and olive green styles.

 

S-Biner® SlideLock® Aluminum

S-Biner SlideLock Aluminum

Like the original S-Biner Aluminum, our S-Biner SlideLocks are also now available in red and olive green.

 

SlideLock® Carabiner Aluminum

SlideLock Carabiner Aluminum

Check out these attractive new colors on our SlideLock Aluminum Carabiners as well.

 

SlideLock® 360˚ Magnetic Locking Dual Carabiner

SlideLock 360˚ Magnetic Locking Dual Carabiner

We also added an olive green to our unique and useful SlideLock 360˚. These locking carabiners are connected by powerful magnets allowing you to quickly access items from one side while the other remains clipped to your belt loop, bag, key chain, or other belongings.

 

INKA® Key Chain Pen

INKA Key Chain Pen

The Write Anywhere® INKA Key Chain Pen is the most convenient way to keep your own pen with you wherever you go. Its inventive design allows you to use it as a quick-use pen or convert it to a full-sized writing instrument. This unique pen features a replaceable pressurized ink cartridge that gives it its amazing ability to write in all conditions - underwater, at any altitude, in extreme temperatures, and at any angle. We're pleased to introduce the INKA in new bright blue and olive colors.

 

DoohicKey® Key Chain Knife

DoohicKey Key Chain Knife

Our handy little key chain knife puts the everyday-carry functionality of a high quality, fold-out locking knife in a compact body. We've added our new red anodized aluminum color to the existing lineup of blue, orange and olive green.

 

DoohicKey® Key Chain Hook Knife

DoohicKey Key Chain Hook Knife

This unique Hook Knife features a fold-out locking blade with both a smooth cutting edge and a curved bladed end that is great for opening packages without damaging the contents inside. The DoohicKey Hook Knife is also now available in red.

 

BigFoot Locker™ KeyRack™

NPL-S2020-Bigfoot

The fun and functional BigFoot Locker KeyRack is now offered in our eye catching "spectrum" stainless steel finish. This locking KeyRack features five "toes" equipped with MicroLock S-Biners that let you easily attach, remove, and secure keys.

 

SlideLock® Key Ring Aluminum

SlideLock Key Ring Aluminum

Our colorful locking aluminum carabiner and key ring features a SlideLock mechanism that locks the gate so it can be confidently secured to a belt loop, backpack, or purse strap. Like our aluminum S-Biners and SlideLock Carabiners, the SlideLock Key Ring Aluminum is also now available in red and olive green in addition to blue and orange.

 

Which new products catch your fancy? Let us know in the comments and be sure to tag your photos featuring a Nite Ize product on Instagram with #LifesAdventureKit to be entered into our monthly photo contest to win a Nite Ize Adventure Kit!

Topics: New Products, runoff

6 Tips for Your 4th of July on the Boat

Posted by Taylor Orebaugh on Jun 23, 2020 11:33:00 AM

6 Tips For Your 4th of July on the Boat

When it comes to celebrating the USA, bringing out the boat for a 4th on the water only feels right. Whether you’re a seasoned sailor or just learning the ropes, here are a few universal tips to ensure you don’t rock the boat when you hit the open waters this 4th of July.

 

1. Check official state regulations

If you’re anything like me, you’re probably thirsting for a swim or cruise on the water after months stuck inside. I hope I’m not bursting anyone’s boating bubble here, but there are still many strict guidelines in place when it comes to waterway activities and gatherings. Check with official local mandates before launching off this 4th—there may be limitations to the type of watercraft allowed, as well as the number of people per boat. Generally speaking, you should only be boating with members of your household, so keep the party in the family this year.

 

2. Scan the skies

Summer Boating Tips

On top of government regulations regarding waterway use, we can’t forget to follow the most important authority for a good day on the water: the weather forecast. Check local forecasts and apps for the most up-to-date predictions to avoid any stormy seas. When in doubt, defer to the old-as-time saying that my boating family (Coast Guard members included) still follows: “Red sky at night, sailors’ delight; red sky at morning, sailors’ warning."

 

3. Break out the ‘Merica gear
USA SlapLit LED Drink Wrap

 

As long as the skies are clear and your boat’s in the clear per state regulations, you’ll be smooth sailing. Now for the fun part. Stock up on your fave USA gear and make sure to grab a float or two – after a few hours on the water, your legs will want a break from all that swimming. One of my favorite items to get me in the patriotic spirit is the SlapLit™ LED Drink Wrap in the new USA pattern. Not only does it provide great insulation to keep your beer at optimal chillness, but also great illumination after the sun sets.

Boating bonus: Speaking of sunsets, make sure to grab a hoodie, hat, or pair of pants for when that after-dark chill sets in. And don’t forget to pack a mid-day snack too. You’ll need to fuel up after a day of swimming, drinking, and soaking up the sun.


4. Sunblock, sunblock, sunblock
RunOff Waterproof Pocket

 

Enough said. Lather up liberally with water-resistant sunblock and make sure to apply extra to your face, shoulders, and any hotspots for sunburn. Bring the sunscreen with you on the boat and reapply every few hours—just toss it in a RunOff® Waterproof Pocket, along with your ID, keys, and any other must-haves for instant protection and accessibility.

Boating bonus: If you’re planning to set sail in ocean waters, make sure to grab a reef-friendly sunblock to protect the corals’ home while you’re visiting!

 

5. Protect your phone

RunOff Waterproof Phone Pouch

Let’s face it: It’s too hard to part with your phone for a day on the water, and you’ll want to capture some memories while you’re out there anyway. But being surrounded by water with a drink in hand and zero pockets for storage doesn’t exactly sound like a phone-friendly environment. Have no fear, RunOff is here. The RunOff® Waterproof Phone Pouch is perfect for boating days, keeping your phone protected while keeping your hands free with its attached lanyard. You can even send texts, use apps, and snap underwater pics with your phone safe in the pouch, giving you the power to stay connected and protected all day long.

S-Biner Marine SlideLock

 

Boating bonus: On top of protecting your phone, keeping your boating equipment, keys, and other valuables stowed and secured is an important lesson in Boating 101. And trust me, one big wake or gust of wind will send your stuff flying if not properly anchored to your boat. Lock down your cooler, life vests, boat keys, and more with an aquatic-friendly and rust-resistant S-Biner® Marine SlideLock®.

 

 

6. Follow the sun
Radiant 300 Rechargeable headlamp

 

Once the sun is headed for the horizon, it’s probably time to bring in the boat and take the patriotic party ashore. However, it’s likely you’ll still get caught in the dark on your way back in, so make sure to prepare with a few portable lights. Check that your boat lights are up to snuff before heading out and grab a few handheld lights for any on-the-spot navigating and diagnostics. Most of our INOVA LED flashlights are waterproof, and come in a variety of sizes and lumen counts perfect for scanning the waters to your port and starboard, while the Radiant® 300 Rechargeable Headlamp is a must for any underway hiccups and when returning back into hoist.

 No matter how you celebrate the stars and stripes, always celebrate safely and smartly. Sail away and happy 4th!

Topics: Adventure, fishing, runoff, boating

Four Ways To Have a Phenomenal Father’s Day

Posted by Katie S on Jun 9, 2020 10:35:58 AM

Four Ways To Have A Fun Father's Day

It’s everyone’s favorite time of year to honor those big loveable lugs in our lives who we call Dad, Daddio, Papa, Poppi, or Pops. The point being, let’s make sure that this Father’s Day brings out “fun-dad,” because everyone loves when dad is being “fun-dad” – especially dad! As a starting point, let’s assume that dad might be in the current mindset of “bored-dad." So, let’s get him out of the house. There’s a very good chance the dad in your life doesn’t need too much “stuff”– what he’d probably most like is to get out and do something memorable with his kids. If the dad in your life also now goes by “granddad,” pick an activity that can include all the generations. Grandpas really love to teach their grandkids new skills. And even better, a lot of dads really like activities that don’t involve big crowds. Without further ado, here are our suggestions for showing dad a great time on his day:

Hit The Links

Ways To Have A Fun Father's Day

Sure, it’s stereotypical, but a lot of dads really do love golf. If the sport has never tickled your fancy, maybe give it a shot and let him teach you the ins and outs. Or you can look up some of your local courses and book a tee time for him, then meet up for a picnic or BBQ when he wraps up.

SlapLit LED Drink Wrap

 

*Step Up His Game With Nite Ize Gear*

Amp up his day with a couple S-Biners for his golf bag – they are great for clipping a towel, cleaning brush, or variety of other useful items for quick access on the course. If he likes to enjoy a cold drink on the course, give him a SlapLit Drink Wrap to light up his beverage and keep it cool.

 

 

 

Feel Groovy On A Night Ride

Best Father's Day Ideas

Who doesn’t love a bike ride? Make it extra memorable by lighting up his bike with SpokeLit Wheel Lights, and a Radiant Head and Tail Light, then you could all cruise out for an evening ride to pick up ice cream and dine al fresco at your favorite creamery.

 

Get Out And Catch The Big One

Father's Day Fishing Day

If the dad in your life loves to fish, then that’s probably exactly what he’d love to be doing this Father’s Day weekend. Temps are warming up and the fish are hungry. This is definitely one where bringing all the generations will make it an extra special day, a perfect time to learn about dad/grandpa’s favorite sport.

SlideLock 360˚ Magnetic Locking Carabiner

 

*Help Him Net The Big One With Nite Ize Gear*

If you want to give dad a little something extra for his fishing day, our SlideLock 360° makes a versatile locking net release, and our RunOff Waterproof Bags mean no one soaks a phone, wallet, or car keys – keeping it a truly happy Father’s Day for all.

 

 

 

Knock Out A Project Together

Father's Day Ideas

Have you been watching all these overly-productive people cranking out project after project in their homes, but you just haven’t quite found your motivation? Let dad help you do it. Pick a project and work on it together. If your dad is handy, great! But even if he isn’t it can be a fun experience figuring out a problem together, and hopefully at the end of the day or weekend, you’ll have finished project to celebrate.

FathersDay-ClipPockIts

 

*Some Nite Ize Gear To Help Projects Run Smoothly*

If your dad is a handy guy, he’ll love the Clip Pock-Its XL utility holster to keep tools readily at hand, and you can’t go wrong with a mixed pack of Gear Ties to organize, maneuver, and MacGuyver any problems that come up as you work together.

 

 

Have other great ideas for unforgettable Father’s Day activities that Nite Ize can help with? Share your suggestions in the comments section below. Have a happy and safe Father’s Day everyone!

Topics: Gear Ties, Fun & Games, Bike, DIY, Fitness, fishing, runoff, waterproof bags, slaplit, golf

Camping For Newbies: The Beginner’s Guide

Posted by Taylor Orebaugh on May 27, 2020 9:58:51 AM

Camping Tips for Beginners

After a few months stuck inside, the great outdoors has never looked more inviting. And with summer appearing before our very eyes, taking a good ole’ fashioned camping trip sounds like just the ticket. But if you’re a camping newbie like I once was, there are a few things you could learn (and use) to make sure you’re not lost in the dark. Keep reading to learn from my camping blunders and make the most of your night under the stars.

 

Step 1: Select your site wisely

Plan you camping trip

Setting off on a spontaneous camping trip is virtually impossible in 2020 – especially if you’re planning to set up camp in a particularly stunning area (ahem, all of Colorado). Basically, if you think you’ve found the perfect camping spot, chances are, other people are thinking the same thing. Save yourself the disappointment of a day-long campground tour around the state scouring for an open spot and plan ahead. After learning this lesson the hard way and wasting a few gallons of gas in the process, I won’t hit the road until we either (1) Have a spot reserved in advance, or (2) Have read enough reviews/forums to know that our first-come, first-serve spot in question isn’t too popular. If you opt for route 2, keep in mind that you’re always taking a gamble and prepare a backup plan. And don’t forget to check weather forecasts and know the route to the closest hospital before you hit the road!

Semi-pro tip: If you’re looking for a true camping experience, don’t bother with a “family” campground chock-full of pools, small sites, and Wi-Fi. Check out some dispersed camping sites for unbelievable views that are easier to come by, but be prepared for zero access to plumbing and a rough ride to get there. But first, check your local and state regulations for dispersed camping policies, and if/where it is allowed.

 

Step 2: Pack accordingly (and then some)

How to pack for camping trip

Once you put that first stake in the ground, there’s no turning back, so make sure you’ve got all your essentials packed tight. If your site is near water or sand, be prepared for everything (and I mean everything) to end up muddy and sandy. Sidestep some of the mess with a few RunOff® Waterproof Bags in tow. I personally love the RunOff® Waterproof Phone Pouch, as well as the Large Packing Cube, to keep my clothes, gear, and phone dry. And if you’re planning to have a wilderness shower (or showers are available on the grounds), the RunOff® Waterproof Toiletry Bag is a must.

On top of staying dry, keeping your things organized is crucial. Bundle up your camping cutlery, tent poles, lighters, bottle openers, and other must-haves with a few Gear Ties. And don’t forget toilet paper, bug spray, firewood, adequate lighting, warm socks, a first-aid kit, and a deck of cards. You’ll thank me later.

Semi-pro tip: Running out of room in your car? Take your larger duffels and gear to the roof, securing with the Dual CamJam® Tie Down System.

 

Step 3: Make the most of your daylight

Camping tips for newbies

If your spot is near water and the sun is out, aim to set up camp earlier in the day to enjoy a dip or two. You can set up a GearLine Organization System to hang your wet clothes, swimsuits or towels out to dry (as well as clip and hang your water bottles and other essentials).

Once you’ve arrived at your dream spot, pitching a tent is usually the biggest struggle. There’s no shame in bringing along a tent manual and brushing up on a tutorial or two before setting off on your trip—but remember, once you’re there, data service is bound to be limited, so don’t expect the internet to help you. Once the sun sets, you’ll surely have some difficulty navigating around your tent. Avoid tripping over your virtually invisible tent line (like I have in the past) with the high-tension, knot-free, and light-reflective Figure 9 Tent Line Kit.

Semi-pro tip: If you’re not up for sleeping on hard ground, buying an air mattress is worth its value and then some. And it may sound obvious, but if you bring an air mattress, don’t forget the air pump and extra batteries too. Again, learn from my mistakes.

 

Step 4: Get your lights ready to shine

SlapLit LED Drink Wrap

On your first night out in the backcountry, you’ll be shocked by how truly pitch-black it gets in the later hours. Protect yourself from a night of frustration and mishaps with plenty of portable illumination. I love the lightweight, hat-friendly Radiant® 170 Rechargeable Clip Light for prepping and cooking our dinner by the fire and when walking around the site. And the SlapLit™ LED Drink Wrap will solve all of your drink mix-ups and spills, while some NiteGems will allow you to easily dig through your cooler and spot your favorite snacks and drinks.

While the pure peace of sitting around a campfire can’t be overstated, that doesn’t you mean you can’t enjoy the rest of your site, too. When you get an itch for entertainment, gather 'round for a game of cards – a BugLit® Rechargeable Micro Lantern is a camp table lighting solution the kids will love. Bring along a Flashflight®  to toss around under the stars for some nighttime fun (bonus points if you snap some color-changing long-exposure shots).

Semi-pro tip: Camping is better with dogs, plain and simple. Keep your furry best friends protected and visible with a NiteDog™ Rechargeable LED Collar or Rechargeable NiteHowl®.

Semi-pro tip 2: While the whole point of camping is to unplug, keeping your phone charged is always advantageous for photos, music, or safety reasons. Pick up the Radiant® 314 Rechargeable Lantern for campsite or in-tent illumination with built-in USB charging.

 

Step 5: Rest easy (and critter-free)

Camping tips for beginners

After a night of making memories (and s’mores), all that’s left to do is hit the hay. Bear in mind, you’re not the only creatures out there. Avoid any encounters with bears, raccoons, and other scavengers by cleaning up your site and stowing away any trash in sealable bear-proof containers. We like to put our trash, cooler, and extra food in the car to be safe, but some opt to hang theirs up in a tree — just make sure to never leave it with you in the tent. Once your site is cleaned up, make sure to put out your fire completely by dousing it with water and spreading out the embers to prevent any reigniting.

Semi-pro tip: You’ll likely wake up colder than you expected, so make sure to wear extra layers and thick socks. My secret weapon to a warm night in the tent is cuddling up to my dog.

 

Stay safe, happy campers!

At this point, congrats! You’ve weathered through your first camping night. You might wake up early with a few backaches, but as they say, "No pain, no gain." Bask in the beauty of pure, natural views with the smell of sweet campfire as you enjoy a fresh breakfast and coffee à la French Press. Enjoy your trip, happy campers!

Note: As the world continues to adapt during the COVID-19 pandemic, many campgrounds and National Parks may be closed or operating with strict guidelines. Refer to your local resources for the latest updates and camping practices, and stay safe out there!

Topics: outdoors, LED Pet Products, LED Dog Products, Flying Disc, Flashflight, Adventure, "travel", LED Products, runoff, waterproof bags, dry bags, camping, headlamp, slaplit

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