Whether you’re ready to retreat from winter or are planning to meet what’s predicted to be another cold one, this edition wherein I review new and/or useful products will have something for you.
So, let’s dive right in.
Mosquito season in the north may almost be over, but if your winter plans include a trip south, the critters never rest there. Enter products like Mosquitno, all natural infused repellant wristbands for both adults and children, along with stick-on repellant circles for hats or clothing. The bands give off a pleasant natural citronella smell and they work, as I found on a summer trip west. I was a bit skeptical at first, but the scent emanating the wrist band was enough for friends to notice, and more important, mosquitoes, too.
The small wristbands are made especially to protect kids of all sizes without the worry of exposing them to potentially harmful chemicals.
Speaking of mosquito thrashers, anyone who’s been outdoors in summer can attest to Thermacell products, from its wear-on-the belt skeeter beaters, to its other great products.
Thermacell’s newest item, the Backyard Torch, is also great for RV or porch use. It’s designed to look like a tiki torch but works the same as any other Thermacell product, providing a 15-square-foot spot around its base to ward off any biters with its heat-activated repellant pad. I also used this one in the Dakotas with its supplied post that makes it look like a yard light. It can also be used off the post, which collapses for easy storage.
Okay, last anti-mosquito/bug products for now:
Here’s another ring of protection, at least for your head. The Stetson-brand sunshield “No Fly Zone” hat offered by Dorfman-Pacific is laced with permethrin, which keeps all sorts of biting insects away, but doesn’t harm you.
The hats come in several different styles, and they’re available online. A great and thoughtful holiday gift for the sportsman or woman in your life.
Want more protection? Look up the products from Insect Shield, which offers everything from Tees to shirts, pants, bandanas and insect-repelling blankets, again infused with permethrin.
Ergonomic Tools President Kevin Lee, a Chicago-based mechanical engineer, has come up with an innovative patented design to make everything from netting a fish to sweeping the floor easier. The Robohandle acts as an extension of your forearm to use leverage to take much of the work out of everything from everyday cleaning to hobbies.
Eliminate Winterizing Odors with Star Brite
Star Brite’s products eliminate mildew odor, not just mask it, in everything from RVs to stored boats. The company also sells lots of other products for your boat or RV. Just peruse its website.
A similar product is Odor Check, that promises to keep out both moisture and odors from enclosed spaces such as shoes, or even RVs stored for winter. Hang up the sock-sized packets or try it inside an RV, and acting like a moisture packet you’re probably familiar with, it keeps your unit ready to use, not to fumigate.
Clam Screen Shelter
The folks at Clam outdoors have long been known for their excellent ice fishing shelters. They’ve now come up with a summer screen shelter that they say takes only 45 seconds to set up and take down. The Six Pack Screen Shelter is built to last, too.
Here’s one way to enjoy a quick hot cup of coffee, tea, or whatever. Try the Melitta Pour-Over Travel Mug. It comes with its own screw-on cap to use after you’ve placed the coffee-making cone over it to fill it with hot water to make the brew of your choice.
Speaking of mugs and the like, here’s a great way to clean out those hard-to-clean water bottles, thermos bottles, large water casks and others with hard-to clean mouths. Use Bottle Bright tabs. It contains no harsh chemicals. Just drop a tablet in a bottle and soak it clean.
Find That Phone With Proximo
Ever lost your phone? No, not you. Yeah, right. Well you can find it fast with the Proximo device from Kensington. Using a simple Bluetooth connection on yur phone, the app then connects with a key fob or tag, which sounds an alert if you wander too far from your phone, or just cant’ find it. Tap the finder to locate it. Simple.
Stretchable Sports Tape
Here are two great products for your next workout. You may have seen Dynamic Tape at work on athletes who need support for an injury. It stretches in all directions to support muscles while keeping you in the game.
Use Hatfield for Stretch Before A Workout
Then there’s the “Hatfield Strap” that stretches out foot and leg muscles before a workout, or to ease the pain of plantar fasciitis. It’s the real McCoy, so to speak.
On the Moonshine Trail
On a recent visit to western Kentucky near Lake Barkley and Kentucky Lake, we got to samle a product that the area was—still is?—known for: moonshine. A legal version is produced by the Silver Trail Distillery—named for the routes used by old-time moonshiners to fool “revenuers,” is now making the real stuff legally. LBL—standing for Land Between The Lakes—used to be the haunt of many a moonshiner, including the great grandfather of distillery founder R. Spencer Balentine. LBL, a strip of land between those two lakes, is now a national recreation area, with plenty of great campgrounds both primitive and modern.
Balentine now produces legal hooch at his distillery near Hardin, Ky., and also tells how his father carried on the tradition of racing hill-made ‘shine’ in an old truck until 1959, when a close call with the Feds made him get out of the business. Tour his Moonshine Museum, see the “Hitching Post Still” and then stop at the real, legal, distillery for a taste of two different strengths of the “recipe.”
More products soon.