Outdoor Technologies for the Holidays, Part 3: Kodiak Plus 2.0 Portable Power Pack and…a Cuff Beanie Cap?

Okay, it is time to review the last of the Outdoor Technology products that I have been sent. In case you are wondering why I am reviewing a Beanie, well, it is because I have this issue about reviewing any product sent to me.

Outdoor Technology Kodiak Plus 2.0

Welcome to the Kodiak Plus 2.0, and here’s another great mobile battery review! Yes, I’ve reviewed a number of these in just the past month alone, so it seems appropriate to do another one.

So the only thing that remains is to explain how the Kodiak Plus 2.0 is different from other mobile batteries out there. Well, this rechargeable 10000 mAh battery is waterproof and shockproof, but that is like other mobile batteries, right? Well, it really should be.

Anyway, this one will fit in the back pocket pretty easily. It has dual USB ports with one being 5 Volts and 1 Amp, then another being 5 Volts 2.4 Amp. I’m pretty certain that a lot of mobile batteries have that, along with the red power indicator lights.

Now here is something that the Kodiak Plus 2.0 has that others do not, and that is a 6-LED flashlight. Now that is something that you can use, and since this is made by Outdoor Technology, you can probably take it outside.

You should be able to purchase the Kodiak Plus 2.0 on the Outdoor Technology site for about $79.95 in black, red, and camo.

Outdoor Technology Cuff Beanie

So, this is a Cuff Beanie. What can I say about this?

How about “this beanie will warm your head with fabric and warm your heart with the new love that it attracts”. Okay, that is simply a quote from the company, so seriously, what can I say?

Well, it is warm, and made to keep your head warm. It also has the cool Outdoor Technology logo on it. By the way, I think that is supposed to be Bigfoot in that circle.

I’ve heard that Outdoor Technology is tech that Sasquatch would use. I suppose that if he doesn’t have fur on his head, this Cuff Beanie would come in handy.

You can get the Cuff Beanie on the Outdoor Technology site for about $22.00 in black, blue, gray, or olive.

Outdoor Technologies for the Holidays, Part 2: Buckshot 2.0 and Turtle Shell 3.0 Bluetooth Speakers

Once again, we have some more Outdoor Technology merch to review, and I’ve decided to write about two Bluetooth speakers with the Buckshot 2.0 and the Turtle Shell 3.0.

Outdoor Technology Buckshot 2.0 Bluetooth Speaker

The Buckshot 2.0 is clearly a Bluetooth speaker made like most these days. That is, it is rugged and made for portability, as it is shockproof and IPX6 rated dust and waterproof. The issue is that it is quite small, and it will fit in the palm of your hand. You see that clip, you can strap it to a bag and handlebars.

As for the playtime, it is good for 20 hours without charging. What is really interesting is the range. Most Bluetooth products are good for about 30 feet, but the Buckshot 2.0 is good for about 60 feet of range.

There are also some great controls on it, for changing tracks and some volume control. The Buckshot 2.0 is also great for some Siri action with a built-in microphone.

I’m not certain if this is a sale of some type, but you can purchase the Buckshot 2.0 for $27.95 on the Outdoor Technology site now. That price feels pretty small, so I’m wondering if it might go up, especially as it says “compare at $39.95”. It is available in black, chrome (with black), blue, gray, and red.

Outdoor Technology Turtle Shell 3.0 Waterproof Wireless Speaker

This particular type of Bluetooth Speaker is one that I have actually reviewed in the past. This article here was the last time, and I actually believe that this is the third time that I have reviewed this Turtle Shell. So that means that I actually have reviewed the 1.0 and 2.0 versions of this product, which might be the first time that I can say that about anything.

Believe me, I always love the shape of this speaker, something that I can only describe as “like a gem”. I mean, look at the cut of it, it is simply fantastic. I’ll go into the details of what’s up as this version of the Turtle Shell has 20 hours worth of play time.

It is rated at IPX7, which is good for rugged enough to protect against dust, shock, and water. I mean, this Turtle Shell 3.0 can float on the top of the water, like a real turtle.

In addition to its ability to be a Bluetooth Speaker, it is also a powerbank, a 3600 mAh capacity battery, where you can connect your devices. Oh, there is another unique feature because you can connect to more than one Turtle shell thanks to the power of wireless pairing.

You can purchase the Turtle Shell 3.0 Waterproof Wireless Speaker on the Outdoor Technology site for $99.95 in black, electric blue, gray, red, and camo.

Outdoor Technologies for the Holidays, Part 1: Rhinos Rugged Wireless Headphones and Tags 2.0 Wireless Earbuds

It’s pretty great that there is a company that makes a lot of terrific electronics for the outdoors with an appropriate name like Outdoor Electronics. I’m going to be reviewing six of their products in the next few days, and I am going to start with two audio products with the Rhinos Wireless Headphones and the Tags 2.0 Wireless Earbuds.

Outdoor Technology Rhinos Rugged Waterproof Wireless Headphones

I suppose that the company named these Rugged Waterproof Wireless Headphones the Rhino because that particular animal is just so tough. I suppose that if a Rhino was a pair of headphones, it would have 40 mm drivers, right? I definitely associate this animal with being IPX6 Waterproof and shockproof, which means they can be dunked in water, and they will even float. Now I didn’t want to give them that particular test, but I am told that you just have to shake off the excess the water.

Since this is wireless I should probably get the stat of the playtime out of the way. It has 8 hours worth of playtime, and there is an ODT Audio application for iOS and Android that works with it.

I’m sure that I don’t have to say this, but there is a built-in microphone with controls for adjusting the volume, changing tracks, play/pause, and answering calls. Something that I did see that was different is that there is a walkie-talkie function, a button that allows to communicate in a private group of up to 99 people.

In short, I’m going to recommend the Rhinos for the holiday season, and you can find them on the Outdoor Technology site for about $129.95.

Outdoor Technologies Tags 2.0 Wireless Earbuds

Okay, let’s talk about some audio that is a little smaller with the Tags 2.0. Unlike the Rhino, I am not certain why it is called the Tags. I’m guessing that is the second version, hence the 2.0 label.

Anyway, these guys are good for 5 hours on a single charge, and it has some good sound too with a built-in microphone. It also has some inline controls similar to the Rhino like the volume and play/pause, on the wire and not the earcup.

What is interesting is that the cord is made thick so it will not tangle up. Also, the Tags 2.0 have a feature where you can snap them together when not in use. Then you just wear them like a necklace, and I should probably let you know that they are sweat and splash resistant.

You should be able to purchase the Tags 2.0 on the Outdoor Technology website for about $39.95.

Privates Wireless Headphones by Outdoor Tech are Definitely Dynamite!

Privates Outdoor TechnologyIn case that headline didn’t give you a clue, I am going to give Privates from Outdoor Tech a positive review. I don’t know if the term “Definitely Dynamite” is trademarked, but if it is, then I apologize.

I might as well just get this out of the way: the only thing I don’t like is the slogan. Here is what it is: “Touch your Privates in Public”. Okay, maybe you think it is clever, but it is actually referring to the touch controls. If you swipe horizontally on the left side, it will advance to the next track. If you swipe it vertically up or down, it will turn the volume up or down.

By the way, it works, and works really well. The sound is also good, but I’m sure that you expected me to say that. The headphones are wireless and they also include a 3.5mm AUX jack cord for wired connection as well. Just to let you know, the wireless range is 32 feet for about 10 hours on a single charge.

Another cool feature is its ability to fold up. So hey, what are you waiting for? Head on over to the Outdoor Tech site and get a pair of Privates for yourself. Uh, that just sounds terrible, doesn’t it?

The Safe5 Waterproof iPhone 5 case from Outdoor Technology

Safe5I have reviewed a lot of waterproof cases for the iPhone 5 as well as other smartphones, but I really have to admire the Safe5 for the iPhone 5.

When it comes to reviewing cases like these, there is usually only one issue: how long and how deep can you hold it underwater? The answer for the Safe5 is that it is IPX-7 rated, so it is waterproof up to three feet for thirty minutes.

One thing that I like about the Safe5 is its aesthetic. Unlike other waterproof cases, like the ones from Otterbox or Lifeproof, the Safe5 is transparent. This means that it will appear almost invisible on the iPhone 5, and I really like the way it goes on the iPhone 5.

The Safe5 case just opens up, and it has a rubber gasket that seals it all the way around. There are three screws that lock it in, in case you are worried about any leaks. There is also a watertight seal on the charging port and headphone jack.

In short, the Safe5 is a very decent case from the always more-than-decent company of Outdoor Technologies. You can get this case on the Outdoor Technology site for about $49.95 in clear, blue, or orange.