TP Kits Asks You to Put Down that Leaf and Pick Up the Zero-Trace Toiletry Pack Instead
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A huge thanks to Megan from Chic Execs PR for contacting me about TP Kits and sending some along for a review. Chic Execs is one of my favorite PR companies and they always have interesting stories and products to talk about. I love working with them! ~DesertRat

Toilet paper, of all things has been front and center lately. From massive shortages which arose during the early stages of the Covid crisis to being a major factor of litter at National Parks, TP is making the news for all of the wrong reasons.

I could spend a whole column, heck – several columns – talking about the disgusting slobs that leave trash and refuse in our beautiful open spaces. It is one of my pet peeves, and it is inexcusable. If you feel like being enraged – check out some articles:

Tourists Leaving A Mess At National Parks

National Parks Getting Trashed During Covid-19

National Parks Being Trashed

Luckily – the good folks at TP Kits have a product that can help with this issue.

From the release:

TP Kits is the company that believes in being prepared when nature calls, even when your bathroom is nothing more than the backwoods as you’re hiking or camping.

Simple and well-designed, these 100% biodegradable kits consisting of toilet paper and sanitizing wipes are the ultimate essential for your summer adventures. TP Kits are useful on road trips, especially when the great outdoors turns into your bathroom while running, hiking, camping or any other recreational excursions.

What did that leaf ever do to you? TP Kits is the clean and sanitary way to finish your back country business without abusing innocent leaves in the process. Best of all they’ve created a toiletry pack that doesn’t impact the environment in the process.

Meet the Kit with 5 Tissues, 2 Wet Wipes, Plenty of Features but Zero Waste:
• Comes in a resealable, water-proof package
• Easy hold in your makeshift bathroom area
• Contains 5 double-ply bath tissues
• Contains 2 cotton blend sanitizing wipes
• All contents are 100% biodegradable

Lightweight and compact, TP kits are portable to anywhere. They come available in single or 10-packs.

So again, Megan was kind enough to get some sent my way to try. Admittedly a toilet paper review is new for me, but I’m always willing to make sacrifices in the name of objective journalism.

I was a bit skeptical when I opened a packet.There were five little folded squares of TP and two wet wipes individually packaged. Without getting into the gory details, there’s no way I thought that would be enough for one trip to the restroom. Full disclosure – this product was tested in the comfort of my own home, not in the forest or desert. Without disclosing my actual testing methodology (you’re welcome) I can say that unless you are ill or suffer from some kind of medical dysfunction – one packet will be enough. Truth be told, one packet might be enough for two trips!

Everything in the packet is 100% biodegradable and if so inclined, you can put the items back into the resealable package for carryout (not recommended for #2 hahahaha)

Seriously, what a great product! I usually have TP wadded up in a pocket, and I know a few people that in an emergency, cut a t-shirt sleeve off. This product is seriously affordable – a box of 10 individual packets will run you 10 bucks or so. I’m not sure what else _ can say – well thought out, economical, works as advertised, AND helps the environment. It gets the Desert Rat Seal of Approval for sure.

The trashing of our beautiful open spaces is terrible. Please do your part – bury your TP. Pick up your trash. Never leave campfires unattended and always make sure they are extinguished. Finally I always bring trash bags and pick up other peoples’ trash. When you are hiking, fishing, camping, hunting, gathering or whatever – be responsible. Always leave an area better than how you found it.

You can read more about TP Kits here: Features and here: The Story. Finally please have a look at their site toshop, read testimonials and find more ways to connect with them.

Don’t do this. C’mon….

Meet The Owner of ASIO – The Newest Camo
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I’d like to thank Joe Miles, Owner of Asio Camo for taking the time to answer a few questions. I’m excited to post this interview because Asio launches TODAY! Wishing Joe and his crew every bit of success. ~DesertRat

1. Camo is a highly competitive market with some really big hitters – what made you decide to jump in?

That’s true! It’s a highly competitive market but one in which that I saw a real niche opportunity. Having bow hunted for whitetail for over 30 years, I saw a need for a very specific tree stand camo for whitetail bow hunters that would work well across all the whitetails range. There are certainly tons of camo options available but none that I have found that can do the job like ASIO Gear. We accomplished just that with our ASIO Raptor Camo – a pattern that works in any tree in any part of the whitetails range.

2. What is the premise of the pattern? Technology? Environment? Hunting application?

The pattern was actually a bit of luck. I was scouting one afternoon and two Great Horned Owls were fighting above me. One flew down and lit in a tree about 45 yards away from me. When he landed, he totally vanished and as I walked over to him, he started moving his head and I could see him again. He then flew over to another tree and landed and vanished again. I thought about how well he blended in those two totally different trees and that is when the “light bulb” went off. I started doing all kinds of research and looking into how a deer’s eye sight works compared to squirrels and rabbits and come to find out, the prey animals of owls have very similar eye sight to whitetails. It just made perfect sense and is Nature at its finest. Owls are made to be able to hide from their prey and whitetails have the same type of eye sight, so why on earth would you not want to mimic the owls? They are incredible tree predators. That is what we did. We spent hours and hours and hours putting this pattern together, getting the depth and shadows and feather patterns just right. There is no question, in our testing and comparisons with what else is on the market, that the ASIO Raptor pattern is head and shoulders above the rest.

3. What is your company’s philosophy when it comes to camouflaged clothing?

Our philosophy is pretty simple – the bottom line is it has to be the best for bow hunters – period! Quiet, maximum dexterity, and performance – those were our three main goals in the fabrics and clothing that we manufactured.

4. Quality camo is getting increasingly expensive. How do you balance quality, innovation and price?

Yes for sure. The higher-end premium brands are expensive and we certainly fit in that category. However, with our e-commerce (customer direct) sales model, we are able to cut the retail big-box stores out and go straight to the customer. This model passes the savings on to our customers.

5. What has been your most surprising challenge so far, getting your company off the ground?

Time has been the biggest challenge. With the other companies I have started and grown, we could pretty much hit the ground running and have “product” ready to sell in just a few months, if not weeks. In the apparel business, it can takes months and even over a year before you can launch the first product in to the market. We are finally there and it is super exciting to get this going.

6. What has been the greatest reward so far?

The greatest reward has been seeing the finished product. I’ve been able to put on the prototypes and climb into a tree to see just how well it blends. The best news is it works! I also enjoy seeing my close bow hunter friends, that are just as crazy about bow hunting as me, seeing the camo for the first time. Their eyes light up and that’s a great feeling. I really think this is going to help a lot of bow hunters be more successful. To me, that truly is rewarding!

7. You’re a hunter – what’s your favorite thing to hunt?

Bow hunting big mature whitetail deer. No questions about that. I’m totally addicted.

8. What’s on your bucket list?

Hahahaha good questions – the next game I get to play with a 5 ½ or 6 ½ year old buck is always on the bucket list!

Stay tuned for more info on ASIO. It will be exciting to watch the launch and follow their success. I’ll be sure to stay in touch with Joe and his team! DesertRat

No More Sweaty Foreheads!
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I really need to thank Cassandra from Asylum PR for reaching out to me about NoSweat. Cutting to the chase, I thought this product was kind of hokey when I first read about it. On the contrary, it ended up being one of the most effective products I have reviewed. Whenever I hear from the folks at Asylum, it is always something legit so I should’ve known better. ~DesertRat

From the folks at Asylum:

Summer is the opportune time to get outdoors and finally enjoy the recreations that you’ve been waiting to enjoy once the weather warmed up. Whether your choice of outdoor recreations is fishing, hunting, biking, boating, hiking or camping there is one common problem that always seems to arise – sweat. Outdoor enthusiasts can nip the problem before it begins and prevent activities from being cut short with NoSweat. The liners stick to the inside of any hat, visor or bike helmet to instantly wick away sweat preventing stains, odors and the need to take your eyes off what you are doing to wipe your face on your shirt sleeve or the dirty towel that is stuffed at the bottom of your gear bag.

In a great PR Campaign, their media packet included a liner and a test tube full of water to demonstrate the liner. Sure enough, it absorbed all of the water!

So as mentioned, I was really skeptical. I thought the liner wouldn’t stay in my hat. I thought it would be too bulky and make my hat uncomfortable to wear. I thought it wouldn’t work as advertised. I couldn’t have been more wrong.

The peel and stick liner fit perfectly in the hat and stayed in easily throughout a day of fishing on the lake. As a matter of fact, it stuck so well in my hat that my wife thought it was part of the hat. It was a hot day on the lake, about 95 degrees of Arizona sun and usually I am dying of sweat and sunscreen in my eyes. I went all day without a drop. The hat fit perfectly and I didn’t even notice it was there. This is an awesome product!

On my deer hunt in southern Arizona last year, I was drenched after packing out a small Coues deer about a mile or two to the truck. My hat was completely soaked and still is heavily salt-stained from that day. I must have stopped 2 dozen times on the packout, to wipe sweat out of my eyes. I can guarantee you that won’t happen again.

In my job I am on construction sites periodically. I will have one in my hard hat. I’ll have one in my fishing hat. I’ll have one in all of my hunting hats. I’m sold. These things flat out work as advertised. The best part? The price. A pack of 6 will run you less than 10 bucks.

You can learn more about them here: How It Works

Learn more about the company here: About Us

You can Find A Store, Buy Online or Purchase on Amazon

If you hunt, fish, work or hike in hot weather; if you are tired of wiping sweat out of your eyes – I highly recommend these liners. GREAT product!

Checking Out Products From Outlaw Soaps
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I’m very appreciative to the team at Chic Execs PR for reaching out to me about Outlaw Soaps. Not only did they arrange for some samples, but they facilitated a very cool interview with the owners. ~DesertRat

I was so intrigued and excited about Outlaw products that I placed a personal order while waiting for the review samples to arrive. All in all I tested lotion, soap, body wash, solid cologne, deodorant and car air fresheners. Make no mistake – these scents are for the whole family, but they’d also make a great Father’s Day gift – and I bet the good folks at Outlaw could still get the products to you!

I was intrigued by the whole premise of the scent line – gunpowder, leather, whiskey, campfires, sagebrush and more. These products embody the west. They embody ruggedness, and embody the outdoors. After all, who wouldn’t want to smell like whiskey and gunpowder??

The air fresheners worked great, the price was good and the scent lasted about a month, which is pretty typical for car air fresheners. They will run you 5 bucks each which is reasonable, especially for such a unique scent. There are 4 scents to choose from.

The deodorant smelled good, and worked good but my sample didn’t go on smoothly. It was tacky – like pull your hair tacky. Not the end of the world – it was otherwise a good product, and that may not be typical. You have five scents to choose from which includes an unscented. A deodorant will run you $13

I get the impression that their soap is kind of their flagship, and it is definitely a hit. The strength of scent is just right. It lathers up great, and lasts a long time – I would highly recommend their soap. It comes in six scents and runs $5 each – which is a great price for handmade soap.

The body wash was also a hit. Again – the scent was just right. Not too weak, not overbearing. It lathered up great, didn’t leave any weird residue and your skin smells and feels great. It comes in seven scents and they even have a subscription service! A bottle costs $14 which I think is reasonable for such a unique scent. It lasts a long time.

The lotion is another great product. Now, I’m not really a lotion guy but I know lots of folks use it, and those that do will love the offering from Outlaw. It absorbs nicely, no greasiness after and the strength of scent is just right. Like all of the other products from Outlaw, this product is chock-full of natural ingredients, and cruelty-free.

I’ve never used solid cologne before but I loved this product. For an amateur like me, spray cologne can be tricky. It’s real easy to put too much on and smell way over the top. The solid cologne solves that problem. It’s easy to apply and provides a level of scent that is just right. They have five scents to choose from at $24 each. Don’t let the price tag scare you – it’s fair. This jar will last a long time.

These are some high-quality, imaginative, great products made and sold by some very cool people.

I love the scents, and love the products. I only ran into one issue – my wife didn’t like the scents, other than her Calamity Jane car freshener. There was one scent that she could tolerate, and several that she didn’t like at all. Not “Meh, it’s not for me”, but vociferously disliked. She has some odd sense of super-smell which also raises its ugly head when I am cooking javelina chorizo. No one else can smell the difference, but she can. The good news is that everyone else enjoyed the scents. All in all I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend these products. Heck – I’ve been telling lots of people about them. Great gifts for men and women alike. They have gift packages, assortments and subscriptions. I’m just going to have to try some other scents to see if I can find one the missus likes.

You just can’t dispute the originality of their scents:

Blazing Saddles – Leather, gunpowder, sandalwood and sagebrush

Fire In The Hole – Campfire, gunpowder, sagebrush and excitement

Lust in the Dust – Sagebrush, sandalwood and campfire

Mountain Hideout – Pine trees, damp earth, and campfire

Calamity Jane – Clove, orange, cinnamon and whiskey

Home On The Range – Laundry, blackberries, fresh cut grass

The Gambler – Bourbon, tobacco and leather

Besides their products, check out Their Blog.

A Review – The Adventure H20 6700 Charger
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Thanks to Cassandra from Asylum PR for reaching out to me about the Adventure H2O 6700 portable charger from myCharge. I appreciated the opportunity to review one! ~DesertRat

From the PR campaign “Doing any kind of outdoor recreation leaves you vulnerable to a variety of weather and environment conditions, from rainy and muddy to extreme heat or cold. The Adventure H20 6K portable chargers from myCharge can withstand any condition to provide the power you need while doing any recreation. The chargers are encased inside an insulated, ruggedized exterior case that protects from extreme weather temperatures and are completely waterproof with an IP67 rating. Meaning the chargers will be fully functional after taking a dip in the lake or getting soaked by an open water bottle in your backpack. Adventure H20 chargers are extremely portable with a built-in carabiner that can be attached to a bag, belt or anywhere else that is convenient for you.”

It’s funny – 2 or 3 years ago it was a big deal for me to get a portable charger. Now companies give them away as promo items, you can buy them in the aisle at WalMart, they have solar chargers and more. Now I have several and it still seems like I don’t have enough. Charges have gotten pretty sophisticated and this charger from myCharge is no exception. It is advertised to be drop proof, water proof and dust proof.

I was sent the Model 6700 to review. This model sells for $39.99 on the website. From the website:

Rechargeable 6700mAh portable charger

The Adventure H20 6700mAh portable charger is waterproof and the ideal power pack for the adventurer. The waterproof, rubberized finish is durable and designed to withstand extreme outdoor conditions. Complete with an IP 67 rating the charger is waterproof, shockproof, and dirt proof. The 2.4A output provides up to 3.5 extra charges for the average smartphone battery. With a built-in carabiner, you have the ability to easily attach the portable charger to your belt or backpack so that power is always within reach.

Battery Capacity: 6700mAh
Recharges Via: USB-C Cable
Compatibility: Tablets & Smartphones

The site claims 3.5 charges for an average smart phone. I have an LG G7 ThinQ and easily got 2 full charges out of the charger. I’m not so sure I could get 3 1/2 but 2 absolutely, 3 probably. They claim the charger is shockproof so I literally chucked mine from one side of my backyard to the other, and into my granite landscaping rock.

The unit is supposed to be waterproof so not only did I stick mine under water, but I ran water from the faucet directly over it for about a minute.

I took it along on a fishing trip where it was dipped, dropped, stored in a pack and baked in the Arizona sun for several hours and the charger handled it all like a champ.

If you are looking for battery backup for your device that will handle the rigors of hunting, fishing, hiking, camping, boating and more – I highly recommend you consider the Adventure Series from myCharge.

It performs as advertised and then some.

Follow them on Facebook here: myCharge

Check them out on Instagram here: myCharge on IG