Product Review – AV1 Glasses from Dual Eyewear
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A big “Thank You” to Jane Chung from Echos PR for reaching out to me about Dual Eyewear and getting a pair to me to review.

From their website:

Dual is an uncompromising line of eyewear designed to enhance your outdoors experience. Our sports oriented power sunglasses complement your active lifestyle by improving your vision of hard-to-read products such as cycle computers and cell phones by way of a discreet magnification area molded into the lower portion of the lenses.

Dual eyewear offers the functionality you demand and the aesthetics you crave. Technology wrapped in irresistible styling…

Dual. Buy them for sports – Use them for everyday life!

I tried out the AV1 style, shown above. From the site:

The AV1 features a highly polished stainless steel frame with thin (1/32″) and flexible satin-finish stainless steel temples and an adjustable nose bridge, which provide maximum comfort for prolonged use. Weighing in at a mere 1 oz. (30 grams), you’ll forget you have them on.

Higher quality than polycarbonate lenses, the AV1′s non-polarized Nylon lenses are more resistant to scratches and offer higher definition at a lighter weight. These lenses feature an interior anti-reflective coating to reduce eyestrain.

Fit: Medium/Large
8 base lens curvature for optimum wrap-around fit
Stainless Steel frames
Shatterproof and scratch-resistant Nylon lenses with interior anti-reflective coating
Nylon lenses offer 100% UVA, UVB, UVC Protection
Optimized Magnification Zone (OMZ) reduces distortion and fatigue
Available in +1.5, +2.0, or +2.5 spot diopters
Retro-style protective case included
Weight: 1 oz (30 grams)

I love these glasses. As I get older, I find I need cheaters (readers) to read almost everything. Books, computer scree, phone – you name it. As you might imagine, sunglasses are a “must” in Arizona and you are constantly wearing them, whether driving or partaking in outdoor activities. It really is a pain in the butt constantly switching back and forth between sunglasses and reading glasses. These awesome sunglasses make that inconvenience go away. The reading lenses are built into the main lenses and tinted the same shade as the sunglasses. The glasses are stylish and practical but best of all, they work perfectly! They are tough, too. Mine have fallen under the seat of my truck, on the pavement, and on the desert floor where I tend to tramp around a bit. I am really tough on glasses and these have taken everything I’ve thrown at them so far.No scratches, no dings, no bent arms.

Best of all, I can read my phone now. I can read my GPS. I can see my watch. I can read printed directions on products. These glasses are a lifesaver. Skeptical? Read more testimonials here: TESTIMONIALS

You can purchase these at the Dual Eyewear website, or locally here:

Javelina Cycles
4802 East Ray Road #5, Phoenix, Arizona, United States, 85346
(480) 598-3373

Ditch the Spray, Non-Toxic Wristbands Keep Mosquitos Away for Days
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I’d like to thank Tessa Kay from Asylum PR for reaching out to me about a great new product – Wrist Bands and Mosquito Repelling Dots from Mosquitno.

From the Release:

Forget coating your self in messy, toxic bug sprays, Mosquitno Bands create long-lasting personal repellent zone that will not wash off or wear off throughout the day

After a long winter the draw of the great outdoors is irresistible, until the whir of tiny wings announces the arrival of a swarm of mosquitos. Ugly red bumps and constant itching are usually accepted as a cost of enjoying warm weather activities outdoors, but avoiding bites from mosquitos, flies and no-see-um bugs will be much easier with Mosquitno. Mosquitno has created a simple and all-natural way for children and adults to stay bug-bite free without the use of sprays that can contain chemicals and leave residues on skin and clothes.

Mosquitno Bands are all-natural, non-toxic wristbands made of silicone rubber infused with 100% citronella oil. Each Mosquitno Bands contains enough citronella to effectively repel bugs for up to 150 hours of exposure (or six days), and each comes in a re-sealable pouch to preserve effectiveness between uses. Mosquitno Bands are available in eight solid colors, camouflage, tie-dye and glow-in-the-dark in sizes for adults and children.

The pleasant-smelling citronella oil infused into Mosquitno Bands works by masking human scents – carbon dioxide and sweat – that attract bugs. Mosquitno Bands are more effective than citronella candles because they are worn on the body and the citronella scent is not dissipated by the wind.

Mosquitno Bands retail for $3.99. All Mosquitno products are non-toxic, chemical-free and DEET-free. Used Mosquitno Bands can be mailed back to the company for recycling in return for two new, free Mosquitno Bands (for every 10 returned).

I wanted to do a review on these but with no trips to mosquito country pending at press time, I turned to my dear friend Amy. Amy and her kids Katie and Lucas are bug-magnets. They go family camping fairly frequently with their Dad/Husband Patrick so I asked Amy to do a review.

Amy came back raving about the mosquitno products. She loved the smell, of both the wristband and the dots. The dots were especially easy to use and worked well getting stuck onto the kids. Amy said she even washed the dots by mistake and they still worked! She loved the fact that the products were non-toxic and safe for her kids. Amy said the weekend near Flagstaff was a success – everyone had fun, and they came home without the plethora of insect bites that they are usually sporting, on the return trip. Amy liked the simplicity and effectiveness of the product and would certainly recommend them!

Mosquitno Bands are available at retailers nationwide or online at

About Mosquitno

Mosquitno was created by health-conscious nature-lovers to help people young and old enjoy what they love to do outdoors while keeping bugs away with fun, safe and easy repellent products. Mosquitno contributes to UNICEF to help children worldwide affected by Malaria, Dengue Fever, West Nile and other mosquito-borne illnesses. Mosquitno also supports instilling a love of outdoor activities and outdoor education programs with donations to several camps including Camp Ogichi Daa Kwe and Camp Kooch-i-ching in Minnesota. For more information visit

Bertucci® Commando Camo™ Watch
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Looks like an awesome watch for any outdoorsman or woman. I’m working with the good folks at Blink PR in regards to getting the word out- keep an eye out for a possible review in the future ~DesertRat


The Bertucci® Commando Camo™ Series features two authentic U.S. Military specification, made in USA, high performance camo webbing patterns. Additionally, Commando Camo™ Series is loaded with premium features such as a reliable all metal quartz movement, Swiss super luminous hands and markers, a rugged U.S. patented DX3® case and band, and a hardened mineral glass crystal. A watch ready for duty regardless of the whether it’s work, play, the field or military endeavors.

• Durable U.S. patented DX3® matte finish poly-resin A-2R case
• Solid stainless steel crown, case back, buckle and dual keepers
• Scratch resistant hardened mineral glass crystal
• Precision and reliable all-metal Japan made quartz analog movement
• Classic military style dial with 12 and 24 hour markings
• The Active Comfort™ one-piece design is equipped with the Fold and Tuck™ excess band retention feature
• One size fits all
• Lightweight at only 1.5 oz.
• 3 year battery
• 3 year warranty

About Bertucci® Watches

Bertucci® Watches is the market leader in titanium field watches, offering dependable, high performance timepieces in its “Classic Field,” “Vintage,” and “Sport” lines. Founded in 2004, the company is independently owned. For more information about Bertucci® Watches, please visit

Essential Relief Muscle Oil- A Review
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My wife has recently become a distributor for essential oils so I am gradually becoming convinced in regards to just how effective they are. As I get older I seem to have a lot more aches and pains so when Andrea from Intuitive Vision reached out to me and asked me if I would consider reviewing Essential Relief from Baseline Nutritionals, I said “Sure!”

The maker of Essential Relief, Baseline Nutritionals describes the product this way:

Essential Relief consists of the following ingredients

• St John’s Wort: for relief of nerve- related pain such as sciatica, neuralgia, arthritis, and rheumatic pains
Arnica: used for centuries for bruises and sprains
Calendula: relieves pain, anti-inflammatory, and antispasmodic
Cayenne: stimulates circulation, alters temperature regulation, and desensitizes nerve endings
Menthol (from peppermint): increases blood circulation and cools the afflicted area
Ginger: a selective inhibitor of cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) – thus reducing inflammation
MSM: also called “organic sulfur.” It is widely used around the world for relief of pain from arthritis, back pain or muscle pain.

The transporter system contains a proprietary blend of
DMSO: MSM’s big brother, it works as a universal solvent
pH Balanced Limonene: because of its dense electromagnetic field, it is one of nature’s most potent natural solvents — and pain relievers.
Wintergreen Oil: Probably the most recognized scent in pain relief balms, wintergreen not only helps carry the other herbs through the skin, it is also effective in relieving arthritis pain, joint stiffness, muscle spasms, and inflammation.
Emu Oil: a natural emollient used by Aboriginal Australians for thousands of years for its remarkable healing and anti inflammatory properties

Note: Because you use so little for each application, the formula is remarkably economical. A single one-oz. bottle is good for anywhere from 100-300 applications.

The product arrived at a perfect time. Awhile back I had pinched my sciatic nerve and during the time I was getting that fixed, I really aggravated my hip somehow. My sciatic was fixed, but my hip was still giving me issues. That hip was diagnosed with arthritis previously, but now it was really messed up.

Essential Relief smells OK, and is easy to apply. I can tell you that the results are nearly immediate. They are long-lasting, and above all – they are effective. Make no mistake – this oil gives you some deep, intense heat. It is not “quite” uncomfortable, but you will know it’s there! For sure, keep it away from sensitive areas and wash your hands before you touch your mouth or eyes.

My wife has really been educating me to the benefits of essential oils. Essential Relief works awesome! I have also used it on a sore neck and a bum shoulder, with equal effectiveness. I absolutely recommend this product for your muscle aches and pains.

An Endorsement for Chiropractic Care
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I’ve always been a little skeptical of chiropractors. Last year I was having some issues with a pinched sciatic nerve and found a chiropractor that really made a difference and got me feeling good again in a relatively short period of time. As good as she was, her hours didn’t work well with my schedule so when I hurt my back again, I decided to try something different.

I had heard ads on the radio for The Joint. They have offices all over the valley and one in Queen Creek near my house so I decided to give them a try. First, they have expanded hours so I can visit after work or on Saturdays! Next, they have outstanding rates. They have a couple of beneficial membership plans, and even the “per visit” rate was cheaper than my regular chiropractic co-pay! No insurance needed, as a matter of fact, it was worked out better for me.

Their office is clean and nice. The ladies at the front desk are super friendly and professional. Dr. Armstrong is knowledgeable, and takes a sincere interest in my progress – not only the original affliction, but if anything is acting up since the previous visit. He is very thorough in explaining the injury, the process and giving me information on stretches and other things I can do in between visits to aid healing.

If you haven’t tried chiropractic before, and you have some back issues especially going on, give The Joint a try. If you are already a fan of Chiropractic care – I bet you’ll like The Joint’s easy hours and highly affordable rates.

For those in the east valley you can check out The Joint – Queen Creek’s Facebook page —> HERE

To find out if there is one near you, go here: The Joint

As I get older, it seems I have a lot more go wrong with me. As more things go wrong with me, I try to look at alternatives to medications or invasive procedures. I’d really recommend you consider visiting The Joint for some natural, professional, patient-focused care.

Olympia RG850 Flashlight Review
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I’d like to thank Colleen Philbrick of Trailblazing PR and the folks at Olympia for providing me with one of these flashlights to field test. ~ Desert Rat

You can read the full press release here RG850 Press Release.

In the old days, I might have been a little more gentle during product reviews. I was worried the product might not hold up and then I would be faced with writing a non-complimentary review. These days, I really try to put them through the paces to make sure they deliver.

This flashlight definitely holds up! It says a beam range of 389 m. I could easily shine it the whole width of the local park. 4 basket ball courts and a soccer field, and it was lighting stuff up on the other side!

They claim it is drop proof. I dropped it several times from shoulder height, onto the concrete sidewalk with no ill effects. It has amazing battery life and is rechargeable. It comes with the charging cord.

It says “waterproof” and I made sure it operated under water.

I work a side job with an electrical engineering company doing electrical testing on switchgear, relays, transformers, etc. I recently took the light along on a 12-hour overnight shutdown at a major high-tech manufacturing plant.Utility power to these sites is killed during the maintenance period so everything is in the dark, with portable lights running off of generators. Everyone uses flashlights and headlamps. The Olympia didn’t miss a beat – it worked all night, including a couple of drops. It didn’t seem to lose any power, and it was the brightest light on my team. The night before I wrote this review, I turned the light onto the second brightest setting and put it in the garage – it lasted all night. This light hasn’t been charged since I took it out of the package.

I really like that it comes with a holster and extra o-rings. Lots of thoughtful little additions to this light, provided by Olympia.

This is a tough, high performing light and I would definitely recommend it to anyone needing a top end light to do the job, to hunt with, camp with – whatever. It is a serious, serious flashlight and likely the last one I will ever own.

The Olympia RG850 flashlight has an MSRP of $89.99, which includes one flashlight, one Micro-USB cable with wall adaptor, one 18650 rechargeable battery, one nylon holster with dedicated belt loop and a D-ring, lanyard, belt clip, an extra tail switch cap, two extra O-rings and user guide. The RG850 and other Olympia flashlights can be purchased on and and are coming soon to a quality retailer near you.

For a full listing of features and information on the 2014 Olympia series of products, visit

Product Review – Buckshot Wireless Speaker
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I’d like to thank Jennifer Reiss from the Max Borges Agency, and the folks from Outdoor Tech for sending me a Buckshot Wireless Speaker to review!

According to Outdoor Tech, the Buckshot has the following features:
• Fully wireless and portable the Buckshot wirelessly connects with your phone, tablet, laptop or any other Bluetooth-enabled device and streams crystal clear audio for a range of up to 32 feet for 10 hours on a single charge
• Includes a built-in speakerphone and microphone for hands-free calls with your therapist wherever you want
• Designed with a rugged, rubberized exterior, it’s both shock-resistant and dust-proof
• Includes an IPX5 water resistance rating so it will withstand splashes of liquid
• Included bicycle mount allows you to mount the Buckshot to your bicycle handlebars, golf cart, baby stroller, moped, or anything else with a similar profile

At first I was a bit reluctant to do the review as I’m not very “techy”, and I couldn’t imagine what I would do with it! I have to tell you, this thing is awesome!

The first thing you notice is the sound quality, and the volume. The sound from the speaker is crystal clear and of a high quality. I have used it (with Bluetooth) to play the radio (IHeartRadio app), to play music on my play list, and as a speaker with the phone. I use it a lot when doing yard work. The company claims it can be up to 32 feet away from the device, and I did use it 25-30 feet away, with no problems. It’s cool to listen to the radio when working in the back yard. It would make for a great camp radio! This speaker has great volume. Honestly, based on the available volume and the quality of the sound, I think in a pinch you could use it for predator calling (where electronic calls are legal). I’m going to give it a whirl this fall.

The controls are easy to access and master. It doesn’t use much power and the packaging indicates 16 hours of play time, and I have every reason to believe that is accurate.

The speaker was built with the outdoor enthusiast in mind. It is water resistant. I didn’t formally test this, but it did damp a few times due to some errant spills and not being careful when watering the garden! It is in a sturdy, rubber armored case and the company claims it is shock proof. This was another feature that I didn’t formally test, but it did roll off of the table a few times with no ill effects!

The speaker comes with a charging cord, an instruction booklet, and a simple handlebar mounting device. At first, I wondered how well the mount would work, based on its simplicity. Sure enough, it works well. It’s easy to use, and it held the speaker securely to the handlebar on all of my bike rides.

At the end of the day, this device is a home run by Outdoor Tech. Honestly, I can’t talk enough about the quality of sound, and the volume. Even my wife, who is a bit of a music snob, was impressed! You’ll find lots of uses for this – rocking out in the garden, or campsite. I really think you could use it for an electronic game call (again – where legal). Finally, don’t forget you can use it as an extension of your speaker phone too.

These retail for around $50 and I honestly think you’d have to try hard to damage this thing. It’s a rugged little unit. You can find it online here: The Buckshot

Olympia® High Performance LED Flashlights – the Perfect Father’s Day Gift for Outdoor Enthusiasts
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I have one of these on hand and they are a kickass light. Look for a review next week! ~DesertRat

Olympia RG850 Features 850 Lumens and Micro-USB charging Port for Ultimate Performance in the Great Outdoors

ATLANTA – (June 2, 2014)– This Father’s Day, Olympia offers the perfect gift for adventurous dads – a reliable high performance LED flashlight to provide him with the best lighting solution for every outdoor adventure. Whether Dad is an avid hiker, hunter, fisherman or simply a backyard camping warrior, the Olympia RG850 flashlight combines powerful lighting with a rugged waterproof design and convenient emergency settings, making it the go to flashlight for every outing.

Convenient Features for Flexibility

The RG850 flashlight is loaded with practical features to keep dad prepared for changing lighting conditions and provide peace-of-mind in the most challenging settings. It features five unique light settings including low, medium, high, strobe and SOS for emergency situations. These lights also automatically memorize the last used setting, so, dad doesn’t need to repeat the menu sequence every time the light is used. This is especially helpful when hunting as the light can easily be kept on low, so he doesn’t have to worry about scaring away prey with an intense beam.

Serious sports enthusiasts will appreciate the RG850, which features 850 powerful lumens of brightness with a beam distance of 389 meters, enough to illuminate an entire camp area. The model also comes equipped with a rechargeable battery that allows users to recharge the battery while in the flashlight via a micro-USB cable.

Reliable Lighting for Water Adventures

The Olympia RG850 flashlight is completely waterproof and meets IPX-8 standards, withstanding submersion of up to two meters for 30 minutes. So, dad can pack on weekend paddling expeditions and doesn’t have to worry if he accidentally drops the flashlight in the stream or gets caught in a sudden rain shower. The flashlight is crafted from Aircraft-grade aluminum with type III anodized anti-abrasive finish and features an anti-freeze non-slip grip, making it ideal for use with gloves.

RG850 Key Features:
• Waterproof (IPX-8 standards)
• 850 lumens
• 5 light settings: (high, middle, low, strobe, SOS)
• 5 memory light settings: (automatically memorizes last setting/mode after being in any one of the five light settings for 3 seconds)
• Complies with ANSI FL 1 standard
• Beam distance: 389 meters
• Peak Beam Intensity: 12045 candelas
• Aircraft-grade aluminum with type lll anodized anti-abrasive finish
• Micro-USB charging port
• Dual power, works with 2*CR123 batteries (not included) and rechargeable *18650 battery (included)
• High performance metal smooth reflector
• Reverse-polarity protection
• Smart circuit for rechargeable batteries

Pricing and Availability
The Olympia RG850 flashlight has an MSRP of $89.99, which includes one flashlight, one Micro-USB cable with wall adaptor, one 18650 rechargeable battery, one nylon holster with dedicated belt loop and a D-ring, lanyard, belt clip, an extra tail switch cap, two extra O-rings and user guide. The RG850 and other Olympia flashlights can be purchased on and and are coming soon to a quality retailer near you.

For a full listing of features and information on the 2014 Olympia series of products, visit

About Olympia
Olympia is a leading outdoor technology brand specializing in high performance portable lighting solutions including flashlights, headlamps and lanterns, as well as solar battery chargers and two-way radios. Since 1903 the Olympia brand has been synonymous with integrity, quality and performance. It is committed to developing innovative technology products for active lifestyles that are reliable, rugged, and built to last.

Thanks to RCBS Customer Service
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I bought an RCBS Rock Chucker Supreme reloading set last year with the intention of handloading rounds for my .270WSM. It was a hand loaded 130 Gr Swift Scirocco that took my first Coues last fall. Now I’m building loads for my elk hunt this fall, based around 140Gr Swift A Frames.

Anyway, I’m fairly new at reloading. One night I was cruising along and made an amateurish mistake, ultimately getting a casing stuck on the die so severely that I couldn’t get it off. I got frustrated and beat that die up bad, trying to get the brass casing off.

I emailed customer service at RCBS explaining that I had damaged a couple of parts, and could I get prices for the repair parts I needed? “No problem” they said, “we’ll replace them at no charge”.

Well, when the parts arrived, I discovered another part I had damaged during my ill-conceived efforts to get the casing off. Feeling pretty sheepish, I contacted them again, explaining I had missed a part. There was no way I expected them to provide more parts a second time, but again, they said “No problem – we’ll send what you need”.

This is darned good customer service. I damaged those parts fair and square, and in no way expected them to be covered under warranty. Seriously, RCBS has a customer for life…

Arizona Big Game Super Raffle
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There are a lot of amazing conservation groups in Arizona and one way you can support them is by participating in the Arizona Big Game Super Raffle. Imagine if you will, winning a special tag to hunt your favorite game animal, in any unit, for a year! Of course, we won’t all win the tag we dream of, but this money goes to great projects! You can learn all about the raffle HERE.

You can have all of your questions answered here: AZBGSR Questions

You can see past winner here: Successful Hunters

These funds are critical and are truly making a difference in projects all over Arizona! Every dollar raised above goes directly to wildlife and wildlife management for the particular species! In 2013 a total of 25,426 raffle tickets for Arizona’s big game were purchased, raising $445,970 for wildlife.

Raffle is open to residents and non-residents, including outside the U.S.
We accept payment in U.S. Funds by check (mail only), VISA, Master Card, American Express, or Discover
All sales are final – there will be no refunds
There is no limit on the number of tickets that can be purchased
Mail Order Deadline – June 27 , 2014
Online Order Deadline – June 29, 2014
Public drawing – July 9, 2014

You do not need to be present to win
Winning tags cannot be sold

You can download a form to mail in with a check or Credit Card, or you can buy tickets electronically here: TICKETS

I have helped on these projects and can tell you that this is a worthy cause!