Remote Control Foot Warmers and Other Cool Gear (as seen on ABC 33/40)
Pak-Lite 9V Flashlight – There are two things I love about this product. One: It is simply brilliant – see below. Two: It was invented by a 15 year old kid, Ben Henry, and the Henry family still assembles them. (Note to my kids: Develop a marketable product and Mama will let you work out of her basement rent-free; room and board not included after age 18.)
The Pak-Lite is an LED light cap that snaps on to any 9V battery. On low light, it will last 600 hours; on high light, 30 hours. What could be more simple and lightweight? The housing glows in the dark so you can spot it at night or in the depths of a dark bag. It is included in Air Force survival kits and used by backpackers and campers. At $24.99, it is the smallest, most efficient flashlight you will find. A more basic version with only low light is $11.99.
Heated Insoles – I can’t wait to bundle up for track season (as a spectator, of course) and use these remote control heated insoles. These Thermacell Heated Insoles Charge them for three hours and you have up to five hours of battery life and warmth. The remote control allows two temperature settings so you can make adjustments comfortably from the control in your pocket! The insoles look and feel just like any others; you would never guess there is a heater in there. Up to now, I thought a heated car seat was the best cold weather invention. $129.
Mosquito Repellent Outdoor Lantern – Here we have a “bug light” that is mom-approved for its aesthetics as well as its repellent features. No bug zapping or eerie blue light, just an innocent-looking lantern that happens to keep the bugs away. Use the repellent feature separately or along with the lamp, which offers two light settings. The lantern is easy to carry or hang, and the repellent feature is activated with a small pad that is inserted in the top of the lantern. These are available at Bass Pro Shops, Wal-Mart, and other retailers for $31.99.
Fire Starters – Grate Chef Fire Starters eliminate the need for lighter fluid. Just drop a packet (no bigger than a Wet Wipe packet) onto your coals and light. When you are ready to clean up, Great Chef Non-Stick Grill Wipes are disposable wipes that clean and oil your grill grates so you can pack up and be ready for next time. $2.99/6 pack.
Bottle Boss – This super-thin, stainless steel bottle opener fits into a wallet just like a credit card. There’s even a money clip version for those who travel light and prefer not to carry a wallet. Be prepared for the next tailgate, trip to the lake, or other opportunity to enjoy a bottled beverage. The Bottle Boss is $9.95 and money clip version is $19.95, so both are at great price points for gifts.
Crosstack Saddle Bag Camera Rest – In today’s world, it seems didn’t happen if you didn’t get a photo to share on Facebook. This saddle bag is build with a non-skid surface and can be sat on a variety of surfaces to hold your equipment steady and absorb movement while you shoot away. $29.