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Cold as Ice: The 20 Best Coolers

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We understand that the new modern rugged cooler style is a direct reflection of your personality.

Let’s face it, nobody wants to be the guy that shows up to the tailgate with the leaky Styrofoam cooler from the convenient store.

The new era of outdoor coolers are made to take a beating. So, whether you’re looking for a cooler that you can take on your next paddle boarding trip, an insulated cooler for your deer hunting weekend, or a giant cooler to hold all your cold beer on your weekend camping trip; we’ve hand-picked the best cooler for every occasion, and every event in between.

The Best Coolers


the best coolers yeti 45

Yeti Tundra 45

  Editors Choice  


The Yeti Tundra 45 is a tremendous cooler for fishing trips and weekend adventures. Its 45 ounce size is perfect for most shorter outdoor adventures. It holds about 26 cans at the recommended 2:1 ice to content ratio. It measures 17 x 19 x 23 inches, which means it can fit into your kayak yet still give you enough space to store your food or your daily catch. It’s rotomolded construction means that it is bombproof-you can stand and cast all day long on top of the cooler and not harm it one bit. Have no fear that your food will get cold inside either-the PermaFrost insulation and ColdLock gasket means that your drinks will stay frosty for days. The hinges and latching system are also top-quality, which sets it apart from many other coolers, where these systems are often the first to fail. You will pay quite a bit for this cooler, but you can rest easy knowing you will get a long-lasting, quality product.

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the best coolers rtic 65

RTIC 65

 Best for Camping 


The RTIC 65 Cooler is one that you want to buy if you are a hunter, fisherman, or just need to keep a lot of beer cold for a big tailgate. The cooler has a capacity of 65 quarts, which means it can hold 64 12-ounce cans, 70 pounds of ice, or 16.25 gallons of water. While it is a large-capacity cooler, one person is still able to carry it. It will keep your drinks or your fish cold-ice will stay frozen for 10 days! When you need to drain water from the cooler, the v-drain system means you don’t have to lift the cooler to drain the water. The RTIC 65 is a very robust cooler. It uses rotomolded construction, which is the same process used to make kayaks. Molded tie-down slots allow you to fasten the cooler to your truck bed or boat. RTIC keeps the price down by selling direct to the consumer through their own website or via Amazon. That means you can’t just stop by the local store, take a look at a cooler, and pick one up in the same day. But the savings are worth it.

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the best coolers coleman classic

Coleman Classic 54

 Best for Tailgating 


This cooler is a classic, first developed over 60 years ago. It is a great cooler for bringing to a tailgate-it can hold up to 85 cans and it is tall enough to fit a 2-liter bottle inside. This cooler is strong enough to sit on while you enjoy one of your cold beverages. The latch and the handles are made of stainless steel. (Although some customers think that the latch is not as effective as the older Coleman latches). It has a channel drain to pour out water without having to tilt the cooler. This is certainly a cooler to check out if you are looking to get value for your money. It will keep your drinks cool for a weekend, is only 19 pounds for easy maneuverability, and won’t cost you an arm and a leg.

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the best coolers orca 58

ORCA 58

 Best for Traveling 


If your refrigerator fails and you need make sure that your food doesn’t spoil while you get a new one, you might want to check out the Orca 58. It’s integrated insulation system can keep food at under 40 degrees Fahrenheit for six full days. At 58 quarts, you have plenty of space to hold your meat, eggs, butter, and drinks. The construction of the ORCA, including the walls, lid, and hinges, are all high-quality and durable. The semi-rigid rubber handle with nylon webbing attachments are comfortable to use, making the ORCA easy to carry. The ORCA is more cube-shaped than many comparable coolers, which means it has a smaller footprint, but is a bit taller. Some people had issues with how the lid snapped shut, but if you don’t mind that (and can afford the price tag) the ORCA is a great cooler choice. Plus you can customize the color scheme and the latches are shaped like little whale tails!

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the best coolers grizzly

Grizzly 15

 Best for the Beach 


The Grizzly 15 is a smart choice for a personal cooler. Made in the USA out of rotationally molded plastic, these coolers are certified bear resistant. This can come in handy anywhere you might find a bear, but especially out west. The Grizzly is tough and durable with a lifetime warranty. The ice retention time is over four days long, which is more than adequate for a long weekend trip. It has an oversized drain to pour water out after your ice has melted. The Grizzly has a ruler on top of the lid, which is a feature that fishermen will enjoy. The latches are of high quality and keep the lid on securely. The only issue with the Grizzly 15 is that the molded handles are a bit small, but that is just a minor blemish.

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the best coolers coleman 50qt

Coleman 50 Quart

 Best for the Boat 


The Coleman 50 Quart Xtreme Cooler is one you want when you need to stock up on drinks but also need to move it around by yourself. The telescopic handle and wheels allow you to maneuver the cooler around effectively, although some customers have said that the handle does not allow them to push the cooler as much as they would like. The Xtreme is plenty big, holding 84 cans in one of four beverage wells. The insulation is good for the money-your drinks will stay cold for a weekend but if you need to keep your fish on ice while out in the backcountry you might want to check out something higher end. The lid is solid enough to support 250 pounds, and it also features four drink holders.

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the best coolers yeti roadie 20

YETI Roadie 20

 Best for the Money 


The Yeti Roadie is a 20-quart cooler designed for one or two people. You get the traditional Yeti quality-roto-molded construction, long ice retention time, heavy-duty hinges, tough latches, and freezer-quality gasket. The cooler comes with a drainage system, tie-down slots, and is bear resistant. It can hold 14 cans of beer at the recommend 2:1 beer to ice ratio, or more if you go a bit lighter on the ice. At 15 pounds the cooler is on the heavier side, but that is what you get with thick, roto-molded walls filled with insulation. One issue with the Roadie is a question of value. It is easier to justify purchasing an expensive cooler when it is a large cooler, designed for tailgating, hunting, or fishing. But do you really need a high-end, expensive cooler for a single person? If your answer is yes, then check out the Roadie.

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the best coolers igloo 120

Igloo Polar Cooler

 Best for Holding Ice 


Sometimes even a 60 or 70-quart cooler is not enough for a weekend. Maybe you a throwing a tailgate for what seems like the entire university. Perhaps all of your family is in town-including those third cousins. Or is Labor Day at your house. The Igloo Polar 120 Quart Cooler can hold 188 cans, and is rated to keep ice for 5 days. It has a threaded drain plug where you can hook up your hose for easy draining. When you are not getting a drink out of the cooler, you can use it as a seat. And at 19 pounds it won’t break your back carrying it around, and it won’t break your wallet, either. Customers have complained about the hinges being cheap and flimsy, so that is a concern to watch for. If they do give out you can order replacement hinges.

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the best coolers pelican progear elite

Pelican ProGear Elite

 Best Cooler with Wheels 


The Pelican ProGear is a great cooler to have on the dock or on a boat. The wheels make it easy to move, yet the raised feet underneath the cooler means that you don’t need to rest the cooler on the wheels. This is a very rugged cooler and featured 2-inch polyurethane insulation, which means your food and drink will stay cold. The ProGear Elite comes with an extended drain plug that can be attached to a garden hose. This makes it easier to drain from your car. The lid is released by pressing a button, and engages by just pushing the lid down. The latches are high quality hard molded plastic. The handles are also made of hard plastic, which evenly distribute weight for ease in carrying. That is good, because the ProGear is a heavy cooler.

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the best coolers igloo yukon edition

Igloo Yukon Cold Locker

 Best Marine Cooler 


This is a very easy to use cooler, with a lid that stays open, simple latches, and a great drainage hole. The drainage plug is attached with a long metal leash, and can be put up and away around the handle of the cooler. The Igloo Yukon is a very rugged, durable cooler designed for long-term fishing and hunting trips. The handles are large and molded into the body of the cooler. It features dual/reversible skid/anti-skid pads, UV-inhibitors to protect against wear from the sun, and stainless steel pins and hinges to prevent rust. The reversible skid pads allow you to slide it across a surface or keep it stationary. Some customers did find that while the Yukon did keep products cold longer than a regular cooler, it did not keep things as cold as other similarly priced coolers.

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the best coolers pelican elite 35

ProGear Elite 35

 Best Campsite Cooler 


The ProGear Elite is a rugged and tough cooler that can get banged up and still work. The handles and tie-downs are all molded in, and the latches are high quality and really fasten the lid to the body of the cooler. It has a sloped bottom which comes in handy when draining water, as the cooler is heavy. You can attach a hose to the cooler as well to help drain. It is certified to be bear proof, which can come in handy in certain areas of the country. It is an excellent insulator, and is rated to keep ice for 10 days. Some people have found that the lid seal could fit better and sometimes water does slosh out, which is unfortunate in a cooler with a high price tag. Still, the ProGear does have many quality features that you will enjoy.

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the best coolers engel cool drybox

Engel Dry Box

 Best River Floating Cooler 


Looking for a cooler to keep your drinks cold for a day on the water, but don’t want to spend a lot of money? Do you need a sturdy product to keep your electronics dry while on the water? You can have both with the Engel Cooler/Dry Box. It’s not as insulated as a high-end cooler like a Yeti or RTIC, yet the Engel does come with about ¾ inch foam insulation-enough to keep your beverages cold all day. Plus, it has features normally found on more expensive coolers, such as stainless steel hinges and a thick, airtight EVA gasket. It also has an interior tray to put items that you might not want to get wet but do want to keep cool, such as sandwiches. The Engel also doubles as a Dry Box to keep items dry up to three feet. It also floats, so go head and put your cell phone in the cooler, drop it overboard, and you can still retrieve it from the water, open it up, and make calls. It will not keep your food and drinks cold for a multi-day trip, but it also is much less expensive than many top of the line coolers.

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the best coolers ingloo glide pro

Igloo Glide PRO

 Best Hot Weather Cooler 


Most coolers with wheels are on the small or medium size, but not the Glide PRO. You can fit 168 12-oz cans in this big boy, yet still use the telescoping handle to move it around. The Glide Pro utilizes a “slide and lock” horizontal handle technology to give you better leverage and reduce lifting load. You also have gear hangers on the handle to help you move your bags and totes. The cooler itself is rated to keep ice for five days at 90 degrees, so it still keeps your drinks and food cool. For the angler, it has a ruler built into the top of the lid to quickly measure your catch. Some customers have complained that the latch on the lid does not close the lid tightly enough, but if you are looking for a large wheeled cooler the Glide Pro could be the one for you.

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the best coolers party stacker

Coleman Party Stacker

 Best Big Event Cooler 


The Coleman Party Stacker is the perfect cooler if you have limited space and only need to keep your things cold for a day. At around 8x13x22 inches, this guy can fit in small places that most other coolers cannot. You can stack several coolers on top of one another when you get to your destination Each Party Stacker is designed to fit a 13×9 casserole tray or 24 cans. Some people use this cooler for Sous Vide cooking instead of as a cooler, so it is very versatile. Don’t expect to keep things cold for long in the Party Stacker. This cooler is light on insulation, so you will only get several hours to a day before your ice melts. But as it is inexpensive, and designed for portability and parties, that should not be a major concern.

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the best coolers deep blue

Engel Deep Blue

 Best for Kayaking 


The Engel Deep Blue is a very solid, durable, high-end cooler. Certified bear-resistant, this cooler can take out all the punishment you can imagine. Constructed out of roto-molded plastic, the Deep Blue also features two inches of insulation. Engel claims up to 10 days’ ice retention. Testing doesn’t indicate that the Blue always reaches this level, but ice retention of 6 or 7 days has been reported, which is usually more than adequate for most people. The gaskets are all-silicon for an airtight seal. The hinges and latches work very well, and the lid stays open while you are looking for a drink inside. The hard-plastic handles, which are connected by a rope, are a bit uncomfortable-they are a bit oddly spaced and pinch somewhat. However, you do get a bottle opener with the Deep Blue, meaning you don’t have to make an emergency run to the corner store when you are out!

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the best coolers k2 summit

K2 Summit Cooler

 Best for Backpacking 


This 20-quart cooler is made of roto-molded construction and features a 7-year warranty. It is priced lower than many other roto-molded coolers, so those for whom price is a concern should check this cooler out. The K2 Summit is one of the few hard coolers which gives you a shoulder strap, which provides a convenient way of carrying the cooler. The 20-quart size is good for one or two people out on a day trip or perhaps an overnighter. It can hold 14 cans plus ice. Most customers have had no problems with ice retention, but a few have had issues with the cooler keeping ice. It does seem to work better if pre-chilled. As with other roto-molded coolers, it is heavier than traditional coolers but you get better insulation and durability to make up for the extra weight.

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the best coolers canyon coolers

Canyon Coolers 55qt


The Canyon Outfitter is designed from roto-molded plastic like many other high-end coolers are, but thinner walls allow for a weight savings of 5 pounds compared to the Yeti Tundra. You still get a quality product with lots of features. It is bear-resistant, has a locking lid, excellent hinges, tie-down anchoring points, and rubber non-skid feet. It is designed to be easy to get in and out of vehicles, even by one person. The Outfitter can hold 46 cans and ice. Canyon does list its ice retention as 5 to 14 days. While such a range sounds overly large, you can count on at least a four-day weekend of cold beverages. It does come with a lifetime warranty, which will give you peace of mind in case anything goes wrong.

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the best coolers sportsman

Igloo Sportsman 55qt


The Igloo Sportsman is constructed out of roto-molded plastic, but without the price tag of a YETI or ORCA. It will keep ice for several days and features an oversized, tethered drain plug for easy water drainage. Non-skid feet will help keep your cooler safe and secure on the deck of your boat or truck, while a built-in ruler will measure your catch. The Sportsman features double-pin hinges rather than the more reliable single pin hinge. Weighing in at a smidge under 27 pounds, the Igloo is still a couple of pounds lighter than the YETI Tundra. If you are looking for a quality high-capacity cooler, but don’t want to break the bank, a Sportsman might be the choice for you.

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the best coolers tailgate

Grizzly Coolers Tailgate


If you are going out for a week-long hunting trip or just need to make sure that all your beer stays cold during an early September tailgate, the Grizzly Tailgating Cooler is for you. Built out of tough, durable, roto-molded plastic and featuring a molded-in hinge with a stainless-steel pin, this cooler can take a lot of punishment. It can hold 84 cans with 20 pounds of ice, and that ice will last up to 10 days. It is made in the USA and you get a lifetime warranty with it. Two rope handles make it easy for two people to carry, while the drain channels and large drain plug insure that water gets out of the cooler quickly. You will have to pay a pretty penny for this cooler, so if you are looking for a bargain keep looking. But if you want a long-term cooler the Grizzly is an excellent choice.

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the best coolers esky

Coleman Esky Series 85


If you can get some help to deal with the 42 pounds that the Esky 85 weighs, you will have a huge cooler to store your catch, kill, or beverages for 8 days. The Esky keeps things cold with 2.5 inches of lid and floor insulation, and 2 inches of sidewall insulation. When you do catch your fish, you can use the ruler to make sure it is legal and the integrated cutting board to fillet your fish right there. The cutting board and the liner are also antimicrobial treated to keep the cooler smelling fresh and fungus free. Dual drains mean you can get water out fast-you can even attach a hose to help you out. Don’t worry about taking this cooler out to bear country either-it is certified bear resistant.

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The LAD Weather Watch


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There is no beating around the bush, this watch just looks awesome right out of the box. The LAD Watch is as functional as it is beautiful. The watch offers 7 different color options to makes sure your style stays intact. The watch is a great companion for hikers and outdoorsman alike featuring functions like the Weather forecast, an accurate altimeter, barometer, digital compass, thermometer, and chronograph. Obviously carries all the basic functionality of watches with the added functionality of a calendar and multiple alarm settings.

Functions:

Weather Forecast – Will show you a variation of Sunny or Cloudy and Clear or Raining.

Altimeter – Not only shows your current height above sea level but it tracks your heights across the distances you’re traveling in linear graph form.

Barometer – Shows you the sea level pressure over time as well. Can be very useful at sensing upcoming storms rolling in.

Digital Compass – The compass uses Magnetic Declination to help you find true north using the earths magnetic field.

Thermometer – Can tell you the outside temperature in either Fahrenheit or Celsius

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Night Light: The 10 Best Camping Lanterns

Star light, star bright, sometimes stars aren’t enough to see well at night.

And that’s why lanterns have been synonymous with camping since the very beginning. Lucky for you, LED technology has made its way into these modern lanterns making them not only super illuminating, but also incredibly energy efficient.

When looking at camping lanterns they all can start looking the same, we’ve hand picked the list of 10 below mainly based on illimination, and battery life. Here are the best camping lanterns that you need to have before you head out for your next outdoor adventure.

The Best Camping Lanterns


best camping lantern mallome

Mallome LED

  Editors Choice  


The MalloMe LED Camping Lantern is an ultra bright lantern that belongs nowhere else but in the great outdoors on your next camping trip. Build out of military grade ABS, this is a lantern that is built to last you for a long time. The three hundred and sixty degree 146 lumen LED camping lantern also ensures proper visibility even when in pitch black darkness. The LED bulb has a total lifespan of over one hundred thousand hours, which is simply incredibly for any camping lantern. For transportation and storage purposes, the MalloMe is easily collapsible into a smaller bundle. The MalloMe is available in two different colors: bright yellow or neon pink. Either will work well for anything from a power outage to a vehicle emergency light kit to a camping light or a lantern for your bug out bag. This lantern is powered by AA batteries (which are cheap and easy to find), although the batteries will need to be bought separately.

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Best Camping Lantern #2 - Apolled

Apolled LED


If you’re on the market for a camping lantern that is lightweight, water resistant, scratch proof, and highly durable, then the APPOLLED LED Lantern will be a superb option for you. This is a lantern that is designed to be carried anywhere and can sustain rough abuse thanks to its ABS build and scratch proof qualities. It’s designed for an extended life span thanks to its thirty-individual military grade LED bulbs that are powered by AA batteries with a total battery life of ten to twelve hours. Of course, a major feature that you will want to look for in a camping lantern is ease of storage and portability, and the APPOLLED excels in this department as well. This is because it is fully collapsible with a single press of a button, so there’s no need to waste your time fumbling around with it. All in all, this is a superb choice for a lantern that can be used for camping and backpacking trips, as a backup light during a power outage, or as a vehicle repair light.

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Best Camping Lantern #6 - Etrends Lantern

E-Trends Tent Bulbs


Even though outdoor lanterns are commonly marketed as ‘camping lanterns,’ keep in mind that that doesn’t at all mean that you absolutely have to use your lantern for camping. You can just as easily use it for hunting, backpacking, fishing as a backup light in the event that your home electricity gets shut off, or as a light to keep in your vehicle for emergencies. Regardless, it’s important that your lantern is built to high standards o you can ensure it will last you for a long period of time, and the E-Trends Portable LED Lantern is built with some of the best quality materials on the market to guarantee proper water resistance, optimum reliability, and maximum durability. The E-Trends is also a highly convenient lantern thanks to its sturdy hanging hook design that is designed to attach to any elevated position. It offers 150 lumens on its high setting that will easily illuminate your entire campsite.

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Best Camping Lantern #3 - Von Bright

Vont Bright LED


One of the brightest camping lanterns currently available on the market is the Vont Bright Portable Outdoor LED Camping Lantern. The reason this lantern is so bright is thanks to its thirty different premium LED bulbs that ensures maximum lighting. You would think that a lantern putting out so much light would naturally have a shorter battery life, but the reality is that the Vont will provide you with over twelve hours of lighting, which is an equal battery life to many less bright lanterns on the market. That being said, the brightness is also fully adjustable, so by setting it to a lower standard you will increase battery life even more. In terms of strength and durability, the Vont is built out of military grade plastic and metal materials, with the plastic being water resistant. This makes the Vont a perfect choice for taking out into harsh conditions with you on a camping, hiking, or backpacking trip. Another nice added aspect bout the Vont is how it is very easily collapsible it is for storage and transportation.

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Best Camping Lantern #4 - Elekcity

Elekcity LED


If you had to make a list of qualities and features that you would want in a camping lantern, you would probably have brightness, durability, and portability at the top of that list, right? If so, the Etekcity Portable Outdoor Led Camping Lantern will be a superb option for you. This is a military grade lantern, which promises long term durability regardless of where you take it. The brightness comes from thirty separate LED bulbs that ensure an overall longer lifespan, and also offers three hundred and sixty degrees of luminous light. The Etekcity is powered with AA batteries that are designed to last up to a minimum of twelve hours before needing to be replaced. The Etekcity is also incredibly portable and convenient thanks to its lightweight that permits you to take it literally anywhere with ease. When you’re not using it, you can quickly collapse it into a more compact size that takes up preciously little space in storage.

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Best Camping Lantern - AYL 330

AYL 330


The AYL Starlight 330 Camping Lantern will light up your outdoor adventures and any other activities that you embark on with an LED bulb that has a total output of over 600 lumens, which simply makes it one of the brightest camping lights currently available on the market. What’s more, is that this bulb has a guaranteed shelf life of over one hundred thousand hours, and can be set to three separate lighting modes: flashing strobe, low, and high. All you need to do is simply cycle the switch button on the side to alternate between these three modes. The AYL can also provide you with three hundred and sixty degree lighting, but if that’s too much light for you can remove it to make your lighting more focused. But another really nice feature that this lantern has is a green LED indicator on the side that will allow you to locate the lantern even when it’s shut off during the dark. What’s more, is that all of this is encased in a watertight body that utilizes rubber and plastic molding to ensure the highest level of water resistance that you could ask for in a camping lantern.

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Best Camping Lantern #5 - TQUNES

Tquens L400


The Tquens L400 Camping Lantern is a very lightweight and bright lantern that is designed specifically to be carried on each of your camping adventures. The 120 lumen light is powered by three AA batteries, and is sure to shine brightly and remain functioning highly at night. AA batteries are a superb choice for any camping lantern because they are extremely common and can be bought in bulk. But the real standout of the Tquens is how it manages to be so strong and resilient despite also being lightweight. The Tquens weighs a mere 0.67 pounds and yet is fully water resistant and shock proof; it has been tested to withstand drops of 1.2 meters without sustaining any damage. The metal brackets on the side of the lantern are expandable and designed to keep it hanging from elevated paces, which definitely enhances its overall versatility.

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Best Camping Lantern AYL 790

AYL DL790


The AYL Camping LED DL790 Lantern is unique in that it is a 2-in-1 outdoor product: it’s both a lantern and a flashlight at the same time. This will be great from a convenience standpoint since you won’t necessarily need to carry both a flashlight and a lantern with you on your next outdoor trip. Ideal for any outdoor or indoor use, this lantern provides you a maximum of seven hundred lumens of light while the flashlight provides you with ninety lumens of light, which is simply astonishing for a handheld lantern. What’s better, is that this lantern is designed to deliver that level of light for over twenty-one hours of continuous operation. It’s powered by three D batteries for the lantern and then three AAA batteries for the flashlight part (however, the batteries are not included with the package). The DL790 allows you to choose between three separate modes: one hundred percent brightness for illuminating your whole flashlight, fifty percent for more focused lighting (such as when you need to repair a vehicle or read a book) and red strobe light mode. A retractable hook is hidden into the body, but can be quickly pulled out and used for hanging from elevated positions. Built to the highest tolerances to IPX4 standards, the AYL DL790 is sure to last you for many years to come.

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Browon LED


Another LED camping lantern that is built using premium materials is the Browon Camping LED Solar Rechargeable Lantern, which represents a solid choice for any outdoor enthusiasts looking for a camping lantern. The Browon has been thoroughly tested by Browon ambassadors to be a suitable choice for anything and everything from mountaineering to camping to backyards and patio use. But as the name of this lantern suggests, the Browon is solar rechargeable, which means that you’re not depending on batteries to keep this battery going. That being said, batteries are still an option for powering the Browon and it takes three AAA batteries in a backup compartment. Durability is a major concern that you must have with any camping lantern, and the Browon is encased in a water resistant collapsible outer shell that offers you maximum protection and water resistance. The folding handle system on the Browon also allows you to hang it from any elevated system, while you can control the brightness level with a switch on the side. Last but not least, the Browon also comes equipped with an emergency USB charger for charging other electronic devices, which is a nice feature that not too many camping lanterns can claim to have.

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Best Camping Lantern Lightouch

Lightouch LED


First of all, the LighTouch Camping Led Lantern is one of the most compact camping lanterns currently available on the market. It measures just two inches tall when it is collapsed with a three and a half inch diameter. Total weight is just four ounces. In other words, you’ll be able to fold up with the LighTouch to an incredible small size for storage and transportation, and you’ll hardly notice its size or weight. The LighTouch has a total output of thirty lumens with a battery life of fifteen hours, so you still won’t want to underestimate its capabilities despite its small size. However, battery life is extended to thirty hours when the light level is reduced to fifteen lumens, or twenty three hours when set to strobe. The LighTouch is powered with six AA batteries, which is a great choice due to how cheap and commonplace they are. The design of this lantern consists of a strong military grade ABS material that has rubber oil coated to the surface to increase its lifespan and make it truly unbreakable. All in all, this will be a superb choice for a lantern for camping, hunting, hiking, fishing, or sailing.

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Lounge Around: The 10 Best Outdoor Inflatable Loungers

You feel that in the air?

That warm breeze blowing through the air, warming up the water. That’s Summertime friend, it’s finally upon us.

What better way to enjoy the warmer days, and longer nights ahead than with the very definition of relaxation: The Inflatable Lounger.

Outdoor inflatable loungers are the perfect way to enjoy any outdoor setting you can think of. These blow-up taco shaped sofas take lounging to a new level, with some being able to hold up to 450 pounds, or one mother in-law.

Since these are relatively new products there has been a swarm of poorly made knock-offs making their way onto different big retailers leading to some pretty bad reviews. We’ve looked through over 30+ loungers on the market and narrowed down our list of the top rated 10. Any one of these inflatables will take you from novice to expert in relaxation, and make a great gift for any ocasion.

The Best Inflatable Loungers


Anviker Lounger

  Editors Choice  


While an inflatable lounger can certainly be a very relaxing thing to have on a hot summer’s day, it can also be irritating if the sun is beating down over your eyes and you don’t have any kind of shade. Anviker recognized this problem, which is exactly why they have installed their inflatable lounger with a sun canopy that will fully protect your face from the sunshine and allow you to read, sleep, or just enjoy time with your friends and family. But even if you don’t want the canopy, it is still easily detachable. Additional features of the Anviker that you are sure to like include the bottle opener located on the end of the lounger, and anchor loop to prevent it from blowing away in high winds, and three different sizes of pockets on the side for you to store your drinks, books, or even your phone. This lounger also comes with a sweet American Flag option available from Amazon. The Anviker Inflatable Lounger sells with a one year warranty and a thirty day money back guarantee.

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Apow 2nd Gen.


Let’s say on a warm summer’s day you decide to set out your lounger in your pool or in the lake. Everything is going smoothly…until you realize that you forgot your air pump to inflate the lounger. Fortunately, the Apow Inflatable Lounger 2nd Generation does not require an air pump in order to inflate, and furthermore, it can be inflated very quickly in only a matter of minutes. This is made possible by simply taking out the bag and holding it against the wind; the lounger will become filled with air very quickly. The Apow is also incredibly lightweight at just under two pounds, making it a very desirable option for storage and transportation, and yet it’s also very durable and waterproof. Apow has outfitted their lounger with a high quality PVC and polyester cloth to ensure strength; in fact, you can lay this lounger out on grass, sand, or even pavement and it won’t pop. The strength of this lounger is also attestable to the fact that it can easily hold up to three hundred and fifty pounds, which should be sufficient strength for at least two people.

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Whozzu Air Lounger


Whozzu has built this to be the ultimate air lounger on the market, thanks to their rip-stop nylon fabric that is both durable and tear resistant. Heavy duty materials of course do not translate to this lounger being heavy, as the whole lounger weighs only around two and a half pounds. The Whozzu also features two pockets located on the sides for storing whatever you bring with you on your outdoor adventure including a bottle, phone, book, or magazine. Whozzu supplies this air lounger with a carrier bag for storage purposes, and makes portability incredibly easy. As with the previous models of inflatable loungers we have examined, the Whozzu does not require an air pump in order to inflate and can be inflated in a matter of seconds by simply holding it against the wind. Whozzu backs up their quality with a 100% lifetime money back guarantee with each lounger sold.

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Chillbo Baggins


Sometimes you find just the right lounger that you want or need, only for it not to be available in the colors that you wanted. If this has ever happened to you, you’ll be glad to hear that the Chillbo Baggins Inflatable Lounge gives you options with seven separate color combinations. But the features of the Chillbo do not end there. This lounger ships with an elastic anchor that will allow you to stake down your lounge when it’s windy outside. Several pockets of varying sizes located on the side will allow you to hold snacks, drinks, your glasses, books, or your phone or tablet. As with the Apow, the Chillbo also does not require a pump to inflate. Only a couple scoops of air are all that is needed to fill it up and get it inflated. When inflated, the Chillbo will can hold over four hundred pounds of weight, even though the lounge itself weighs only three pounds. But when not inflated, the Chillbo can be folded and compressed into dimensions of just thirteen by seven by three and a half inches, which is perfect for storage.

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Cloud 9 Lounger


The Cloud 9 Air Product Delux Inflatable Lounger is a highly rated lounger on the market for its high-quality materials, deluxe features, and ease of setting up. When purchasing any inflatable lounger, if you want it to last you for several years you must avoid low quality materials at all costs. You can put these fears to reset with the Cloud 9, however, because it’s build with premium 210 thread, rip-stop nylon, and waterproof qualities to ensure it lasts you for a long time. Additional features that the Cloud 9 comes with that you’ll probably like includes an acrylic tent stake for securing the lounger on windy days, a bottle opener for opening an ice cold fresh beer or soda, an anchor loop, and side pockets for holding your books, sunglasses, drinks, and phone. In other words, the Cloud 9 comes installed with virtually everything that you could ask for on an inflatable lounger while also knowing that you’ll be using it several years down the road thanks to its strong build and durability.

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Homeme Couch


If you’re looking for an inflatable lounger that can hold a lot of weight, you’d be hard pressed to look past the Homeme Inflatable Lounger Couch. Even though this couch is incredibly lightweight at less than two pounds, it’s also built out of very durable and resistant nylon that can easily hold up to four hundred and fifty pounds. When unfolded, the Homeme will measure eight feet by two and a half feet, but when folded will be only fourteen by nine by three inches. In other words, this is a lounger built for rugged use and is one that you can take with you virtually anywhere, including on camping trips or outdoor parks. You can use it as anything and everything from an inflatable lounge to a hammock to a lazy bag to an air sofa on more. The Homeme features two pockets on the right sides for you to store magazines, books, phones, tablets, or sunglasses. No pump is needed to fill the Homeme up with air, as just a quick breeze of air is all that is needed to fill it up. In fact, the Homeme has been tested to only take eight seconds to fill over eighty percent of the air needed to get full inflation. But even if you’re not satisfied with the Homeme for whatever reason, you can easily return it to them for a one hundred percent refund.

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Inhabit Outdoor Lounger


In general, what would you say the four most qualities are to look for in an inflatable lounger? Most people would probably agree that those four most important qualities are durability, portability, ergonomic, and being easy to inflate. The Inhabit Outdoor Supply Inflatable Lounger matches all three of these qualities quite easily. It is built out of a 210T parachute nylon material to ensure that it will remain inflated for a longer period than most other loungers in its class. The Inhabit Outdoor Supply also weighs less than three pounds, which is great for portability, and yet can hold up to four hundred pounds. Ergonomics are also important with loungers, and the Inhabit Outdoor Supply Lounger features pockets drink holders that are very easy to reach and allow you to store whatever you bring with you on your outdoor adventure. Finally, being able to inflate your lounger quickly is another very nice feature to have, and the Inhabit Outdoor Supply can inflate in less than a minute without an air pump required. Simply open the bag towards the wind and then seal it up with the durable straps provided.

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NewNomad Inflatable


The NewNomad Inflatable Lounge Chair is yet another option for those looking for an inflatable lounge that offers just the right combination of quality, comfort, portability, and being easy to inflate. The NewNomad is constructed out of a very high density and quality micro-poly yarn, with stitching that has been reinforced three times at the seam. These qualities together mean that the NewNomad is capable of holding up to four hundred and twenty-five pounds of weight. At the same time, inner bag thickness of .6 µm stops air leakage for an extended period of time. What’s also nice is how the NewNomad is constructed entirely out of non-toxic materials as well. The NewNomad is capable of being inflated in just a matter of seconds. All you need to do is open it against the wind and allow it to inflate on its own. No other tools are needed. Being very lightweight at just over three pounds, you will find that the NewNomad is incredibly easy to carry and transport around with you. As the term ‘NewNomad’ suggests, you’ll be able to take it anywhere with you including to the beach, to the park, on a camping trip, at a music festival, or to the pool. The choice is yours.

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Senqiao Deep Lounger


The Senqiao Inflatable Lounger Outdoor is a two-and-a-half-pound inflatable lounger capable of holding four hundred and eight five pounds, which easily makes it one of the strongest loungers available on the market. In fact, a lounger of that strength could essentially be used as an entire raft if you needed it to. The Senqiao has three pockets that are located on all different sides of the couch. The left two pockets are designed to hold a phone, tablet, or similar electronic device while the right pocket is designed to hold a beverage bottle. The Senqiao is incredibly easy to inflate and has been tested to become fully inflated in less than ten seconds when held and opened against the wind. It has also been tested to remain fully inflated for up to eight hours, which is much higher than many other models of inflatable lounges that necessitate being re-inflated at shorter intervals than that. The reason why the Senqiao can go so long without need to be re-inflated is because of the elastic PC strip installed on the seams that contrasts with the weaker PPT strip used by other manufacturers.

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StockVic Lounger


It’s always nice when an inflatable lounger sells with a storage bag for storing and transportation, right? The StockVic Inflatable Lounger sells with a 3-pound handy storage bag with dimensions of twenty-four by seven by thirty-seven centimeters. And while the StockVic is designed to be folded into these dimensions when not inflated, when unfolded it will measure up to a hundred and ninety centimeters long and eight centimeters wide. The materials used for the StockVic are very lightweight and yet also durable. They are noted for their decent abrasion resistance. This means you could lay out the StockVic over virtually any surface that doesn’t have sharp edges, such a lawn, pavement, or a beach, and you won’t have to worry about it popping. The seal belt and the air chamber are both durable and constructed out of non-toxic materials so they will be environmentally friendly. The weaving on the seams ensures that there will be very minimal air leakage. As an added bonus, the StockVic has eight different options for color combination, so you’ll be able to choose one according to your personal taste.

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Originally posted 2017-03-15 22:26:35.

Budget View: The 11 Best Binoculars under $100

Binoculars are one of the most important tools in your outdoor kit. Whether hunting, bird watching, fishing, or even attending a concert, binoculars can make viewing a landscape more palpable.

We’ve put together a list of our top binoculars under $100 for those just starting out, those adding quality set of binoculars to their case, or those looking for a gift for the outdoor-lover in their life. We have also included a binocular buying guide to make shopping for your next pair of binoculars a cinch.

The Best Binoculars Under $100

Bushnell Falcon 133410

  Editors Choice  

These Falcon binoculars will have you seeing as well as a “falcon.” They have a 7x magnification and an auto focusing porro-prism that make for quality optics with HD clarity. The auto focus makes it simple and easy to pay attention to your target as opposed to wasting time on the manual focus. The binoculars offer both short distance and large distance clarity, with 20-feet close and 420-feet long. It has 12mm eye relief and 5mm exit pupil, which is easy on the eyes and allows for continuous use. If you wear eyeglasses or sunglasses, the fold-down eyecups protect your lenses from scratching. You’ll also love the classic and chic design that comes with this industry-leading product.  BUY IT NOW 

Bushnell 138005

These binoculars are perfect for all-weather trips. The BaK-4 prisms and multi-coated lenses add significant brightness to the image, which is great for hunting in clouds and light rain. They are compact and easy to carry, making them great for travel, hunting, birding, and even fishing trips. They have a soft texture grips which make it ideal for constant use, as well as twist-up eyecups, so they are comfortable and easy to use. These binoculars offer a sharp focus with a center knob for easy adjustments.  BUY IT NOW 

Bushnell Powerview Prisim

The Bushnell Powerviews are small (weighing only 7 ounces), yet sturdy, coated with a firm grip, non-sip rubber and an armor that absorbs shock from any drops. It has a center focus system that makes it simple to sharpen your view, with a 378-field at 1000-yards. Many consumers prefer to use these binoculars for bird-watching because it has a strong close-center focus. It comes in a variety of magnifications, with a roof prism system, so you’ll be able to find a great sight amplification for a lightweight and durable equipment.  BUY IT NOW 

Bushnell Powerview Surviellence

These porro-prism binoculars have an intense magnification and superior light transmission, great for woods and darkly lit environments. Many people even use them to stargaze! They have a 170-feet field of view at 1000 yards and a 50mm objective diameter. Bushnell’s Surveillance binoculars have a one-touch focus system that allows you to easily focus without significant manual effort, which is especially great for action-packed hunting trips. These glasses are better for long-distance, such as deer or elk, rather than close-range magnification. They also come with a woven neck strap that customers rave about because it helps to cut down the weight of the binoculars—plus it’s comfortable.  BUY IT NOW 

Polaris Optics ProBirder

This is not the most versatile binocular, and it is made more for the bird watching and close-range hunters out there. However, for those folks, it is an amazing and affordable option. It provides a sharp color contrast that helps focus in on the subject you are watching. It has an 8×32 magnification that lets you see even the lightest drops of dew as if you were inches away. The 356 feet field of view at 1000 yards proves to be a useful tool for birdwatchers, who want to be able to see several birds at once or swiftly focus on a new area. These binoculars to be a bit bulkier and heavier, but it does come with a great portable case and heavy-duty lens cover.  BUY IT NOW 

Merytes Portable HD

We put this on the list as one of the best “starter” binoculars at an incredibly affordable price. These binoculars do not have as many high-end functions for the more experienced hunters and bird watchers. However, these binoculars are compact, easy to carry, and come with a carrying bag and strap. The lenses make it great for environments with weak lighting, and the picture is so sharp and clear that you can see the individual hairs on a fox. This is great for adults taking their kids on a camping trip or tourist adventure, because they are easy to carry and easily adjustable (with the center hand wheel) for everyone in the family to share.  BUY IT NOW 

Olympus Trooper

These binoculars are great for close range and long range, and they have a clear, sharp image in both the dark of night and the brightness of day. They seem to struggle a bit in weak lighting of overcast or foggy days. However, they have 10x magnification with a distortion-free view. These offers a Bak-7 lens system for excellent optics and precise focus, as controlled by a center focus knob. Using a porro-prism, it has a 342 feet view at 1,000 yards, with a 65° angle. One of our favorite parts of this binocular is that it has UV Protection in the glasses to help protect your eyes from the sun’s harmful rays, which can amplify in binoculars’ reflective lenses. No need for uncomfortable, color-distorting sunglasses while you’re enjoying the great outdoors.  BUY IT NOW 

Nikon 8248 Aculon

One of the best reviews that these binoculars consistently get is that it is easy to focus and it stays sharp even in higher settings. With many binoculars, you can lose the image quality as you magnify and focus further. These not only maintain the quality of the image, but they also enhance it with eco-glass lenses that work well in most lighting conditions. It has one of the smoothest focus knobs, making it easy to operate and focus on your subject—your binoculars should help you get the job done, not give you more work. It also has a durable rubber-armored coating that makes it rugged and ready for any outing. The only real concern is that these binoculars sometimes work better for focusing on long-distance rather than short-distance bird watching or fishing.  BUY IT NOW 

Tasco Essentials

These are the essential basics binoculars, perfect for those who are starting out or looking for a pair of basic binoculars to add to the set. The lens is not made for long-wear or usage in poor lighting, so these are better for those who will be using binoculars to quickly spot their target and then act. (Not right for birdwatchers, fishermen, etc.) It has an 8x magnification, a 383-foot field of view at 1,000 yards (which is larger than many), and a 21 mm lens. These are incredibly lightweight, though, so they are perfect for hiking and backpacking. Weighing in at 6.5 ounces, they take up little weight and room in the pack to carry on longer trips. They also have a rubber-armored housing that absorbs shock and protects from weather, perfect for unexpected mountain conditions.  BUY IT NOW 

Sminiker Folding Binocular

These are one of the smallest binoculars on our list, and they fold even smaller to be easy to carry and transport. These military grade binoculars include night vision, which allows for spectacular view after dark! They can be used for birding, travelling, sightseeing, hunting, and general observation with little problem. The field of view is approximately 413 feet at 1000 yards, at 7.2°, making it one of the widest fields on this list. They are easy to focus and quickly sharpen in accordance with any magnification, no matter the lighting. They also have a sleek design with strong durability. The only con is that the image is not as clear or sharp as some of its competitors, but that is because these lenses work their magic mostly at night.  BUY IT NOW 

Celestron SkyMater

We’ve added the final pair for those star-lovers out there specifically. Our top pick for stargazing with low light, long-distance viewing is the Celestron SkyMaster Giant. It has a diopter adjustment for fine focusing, which is crucial when trying to capture the intricacies of the night sky. It has multi-coated optics, which makes the image sharp and clear. The large aperture allows it to capture so much light, you can even see faint galaxies outside our own! It offers 13 mm eye relief for eyeglass wearers, allowing you to watch the terrestrial wonders all night long! Because they have such intense optics for long distance, they are a little on the heavier side—but they come with a tripod adapter.  BUY IT NOW 

Originally posted 2017-03-09 02:39:26.

REVIEW: The Suunto Core Watch

About The Suunto Core Altimeter Watch

Picture this: You’re 3 days in to your 5-day expedition, cutting through the thickest most beautiful wilderness, when the barometric pressure starts to change and the storm alarm goes off to alert you well ahead of the massive storm rolling through so you are fully unpacked and securely sheltered before it even hits. Congrats, you just outsmarted nature.

The Suunto Core Watch combines style and functionality perfectly. There are many reasons why this watch made our list of best altimeter watches. The robust technology packed into this watch may help save backpackers or a hiker’s lives.

Key Specs

  • Temperature Compensation
  • Total Accent / Decent
  • Guided Calibration
  • Cardinal Settings
  • Bearing Tracking
  • Literally 50 Other specs…

    What We Liked


    Out of the box this watch just looks awesome. The big face of this watch is not only eye catching but it is a great for being able to simply glance down and see what you need to see without bumbling through settings. The Suunto core is feature packed with technology once reserved for watches 5 times its price. It has an altimeter, which tracks your vertical ascent, a barometer to ensure you’re always ahead of the weather, a sunrise/sunset predictor to help hikers maximize their hikes, and yes it even tells the time!

    What We Didn’t


    Overall this watch outperforms in every category, but there are a few things that we feel could be improved before the next core series is released. The maximum use on this watch can take a major toll on the battery life. Even without the major functions such as the barometer and compass turned on, that seems to be the synonymous complaint is the battery life. Along with that the backlit settings of the watch can make it somewhat difficult to see in the twilight hours of the night.

    Caring for your Suunto Core

    There isn’t much you need to do to care for your Suunto Core, it can take quite a beating. Where you can prolong the life and functionality of this watch is with taking care of the buttons. The 5 exterior buttons can become jammed up if you’re constantly in the elements. To ensure that this doesn’t happen buying a can of compressed air to spray out the face and around the buttons will go a long way with keeping your Suunto functioning properly.

    Who’s The Suunto Core Watch For?

    Hikers, Fisherman, Preppers, any outdoorsman will find the functionality of the Suunto Core beyond their expectations. If you’re looking for a weather forecast, it has it. If you’re needing an altimeter/barometer for your hikes, it has it. If you’re needing a depth finder, it even has that. This watches technology will make you master of the outdoors. If you’re going to be spending any amount of time outdoors exploring the wilderness, the Suunto Core is for you.

    Our Ratings

    Originally posted 2017-03-08 13:10:00.

I See You: The Best Night Vision Monocular

We looked at the 13 most popular and highest rated night vision monocular available on the market, and compared them against each other based on their image quality, brightness, ruggedness, material, comfort, weight, and overall size. The three best Monoculars that have night vision in all those categories were considered and are part of this review. All 3 are excellent choices, but the one that came out on top is the Bushell Equinox Z Digital Night Vision Monocular.

Bushnell Equinox Z -The Best Overall Night Vision

When it comes to hunting, tactical, or wildlife needs there isn’t a product that Bushnell doesn’t make. Bushnell is synonymous with all things outdoor optics so it’s no surprise that their Equinox Z Digital Night Vision Monocular is our top-rated pick for this year.

This Monocular boasts a myriad of features such as, 6x magnification zoom, 1-3 digital, zoom, the option of daytime or nighttime use, all through their 50mm multicoated glass objective lens.

We love this model because it is equipped with video recording capabilities, that can easily write to a Micro SD card (which is sold separately) so you can capture everything you’re seeing for viewing from the comfort of the indoors.

The digital aspect of this monocular may scare some people away, but it is easy to setup and use. Typically, the outdoors and electronics don’t mix very well, but Bushnell made sure to construct this monocular out of rugged material. The silicone exterior provides excellent surface grip so you can leave on the console of your vehicle and it won’t slide around.

Keeping with the same ruggedness theme, another reason to love this monocular is the fact the unit itself is completely water resistant so you can rest assured no water will ruin the lens or the digital components inside the monocular.

The specs claim that the viewing distance is 500 ft., we as well as other consumers claim that it is closer to 300 ft. but we think variable such as light pollution and the amount of cloud cover play a lot into those specs.

The Bushnell Equinox Z is also tripod mountable which makes it an excellent choice for photographers.

The Equinox Z uses an infrared-sensitive CMOS (complementary metal-oxide semiconductor) sensor and a micro LCD screen to provide awesome night vision capabilities. This is better than some brands which use a conventional intensifier tube.

One feature that we feel Bushnell needs to play up more is this monocular ability to charge via micro usb cable. This is an awesome choice of you would like to leave it in a stationary position during the night without the worry of burning through batteries.

Overall this is the best pick out on the market right now. It scored the highest overall marks in all the categories we tested and if you’re trying to decide between monoculars, we feel that this is the one to beat.

What We Like
  • Quality Video Playback
  • Compact Design
  • 6X Magnification
What We Don't
  • Blurry at Very Long Distances
  • Can’t Hemlet Mount
  • Target May See IR Glow

Firefield 5×50 Nightfall 2 Night Vision Monocular – Huge Monocular Lens

Firefield is a growing name in outdoor optics and for good reason, they’re made of very high quality materials and designed ergonomically with the end user in mind. Firefield’s motto is simple, “Victory” and you should consider it a victory if you get the chance to use this monocular.

There is nothing about this monocular that isn’t rugged. You’ll notice right off the bat that the Firefield Nightfall Monocular boasts one of the biggest, if not the biggest, objective lens in the market making it the ideal monocular for so many different nighttime applications.

It also features a heavy duty rubberized exterior shell that a lot of monocular manufacturers and other outdoor device companies have switched to. What we love is that the unit is fully weather proof, and Firefield goes on to call it “outdoors proof.”

Don’t mistake all the ruggedness of the Firefield Nightfall 2 Night Vision Monocular as bulkiness, however. The monocular is made with zero waste in mind, and the weight, or lack thereof, will surprise you. The unit fits very comfortably in your hands and can easily fit into the front pocket of a jacket, or adhered to a lanyard around your neck.
While this monocular is tripod mountable, it does not feature a video or digital playback of any kind limiting anything you capture to simply memory.

The field of view is somewhat lacking on this device, as with most monocular manufactures claims, just doesn’t seem to match real world applications. That being said, if you’re not needing to see over 200 feet, you won’t find anything wrong with this device.

In addition to being fully weather resistant, the Nightfall 2 boasts fog resistance in its specs and surprisingly lives up to that. Fog is somewhat of a nebulous term, but we feel that it does a great job filtering out light pollutions of all kinds. This makes it great for people who live in a more urban landscape and not out in the country.

Overall this is an excellent pick for a monocular with night vision capabilities. If you don’t require video playback and are looking for simply a straight forward night vision monocular, we highly recommend you checking out the Nightfall 2 by Firefield.

What We Like
  • High Quality Image Resolution
  • IR Illumination
  • Ergonomic design
What We Don't
  • Narrower Field of View
  • Shorter Battery Life
  • Blurry at Longer Distances

Solomark Night Vision Monocular – Most High Tech Night Vision Monocular

Solomark is a name not a lot of people have heard but one that is becoming synonymous with quality optics. Solomark has their hand in a handful of different optic categories from rifle scopes, telescopes, and even microscopes and have created a very quality product with plenty of new digital features that out rank monoculars that are twice as expensive.

The Solomark Night Vision Monocular made our top 3 monocular podium because of its ability to observe a target in complete darkness making it ideal for all types of outdoor activities, such as exploring caves to trekking through the woods. The monocular has multi-coated glass objectives, high sensitivity sensors, a IR illuminator, all tying back to an integrated color LCD-Screen (rare to have that for this price range).

Like the other models above, the exterior of the unit is made from a rubber composite making it difficult to end up in a place it shouldn’t. But even if it were to drop in a not so ideal location, you’re not going to damage the components are heavily protected.

What we love about this unit is it’s probably the most technologically advance monocular out there for under $500. With this unit, you can take pictures and record videos as you view them making it an ideal night time camera replacement. Another thing that separates this monocular from others is its ability to connect to a video output device such as a computer monitor, or a TV for instant video playback.; No unplugging the tiny card and loading it into a reader just to share what you found out in the woods with your family.

With All the tech in this device it’s no surprise that it lacks in the battery life category. The unit only has around a 5-hour lifespan making it less than ideal for long outings outdoors, but this can be fixed with the purchase of rechargeable batteries.

The Solomark almost feels (and looks) like a small set of binoculars, but much easier to hang on to. The unit is wider than it is long, which makes it the ideal candidate if you’re looking for a monocular that you can fit into the back pocket of your jeans.

Overall we feel you’re not going to be disappointed if you go with the Night Vision Monocular from Solomark. For most people reading this, it’s capabilities are all you’ll need, and the technology onboard makes it easy to transition to.

What We Like
  • 100m Clear Viewing Distance
  • Mount to Binocular Strap
  • Comes with 1 GB micro SD
What We Don't
  • Camera Mode Could be Better
  • Blurry at Longer Range
  • Learning Curve on User Interface

Night Visiton Monocular Buying Guide

The choices for Night Vision Monocular can be somewhat overwhelming. Pixel Rate What? Infrared Who? Even choosing the final 3 out of the top rated monoculars was difficult because there are so many ways to select the best one for your need.

Below are the criteria we used in determining the top 3 rated monoculars available on the market this year. If you didn’t like what you saw above, use this guide to help you make the decision in choosing the best night vision enabled monocular for your outdoor needs.

Like anything else, the monocular is only going to be a good as the environment you’re in so please take the time to understand where you’ll mainly be using your tool to make sure you choose one that you can use for many years to come.

Who Needs a Monocular with Night Vision Capabilities?

What outdoorsman doesn’t need a monocular is the real question? In all seriousness if you spend any time outdoors at night, whether it be hunting, hiking, backpacking, rock climbing, it is money well spent to leverage the night vision features available today.

For avid nighttime hunters, it may be a better idea to combine the night vision technology of a monocular with that of their rifle scope and buy a night vision enabled rifle scope, but if you’re spending time out in the wilderness, it doesn’t make sense to lug a rifle around just to see what is out there. Monoculars with night vision are excellent choices for campers and hikers to keep in their bags for keeping their bearings at night. If you don’t want to be surprised what is lurking out there, a night vision monocular is just the thing you need.

Size & Weight

This used to be more of a problem as monoculars used to be bigger and bulkier, but modern night vision monoculars are as compact as you’d expect any piece of technology to be. If you’re primarily going to be using this for long hiking and camping trips, then it may be a good idea to splurge on cutting a few ounces. However just for normal everyday use, most monocular will be able to fit into your back pocket.

Battery

When shopping for a night vision monocular an important thing to consider is how you’re going to power all the bells and whistles of your new device. A lot of manufactures boast a huge selection of options and features on their monocular, but forget that these are used out in the wilderness, most of the time well away from a dedicated power source.

This will all depend on how you’re going to use it but you’ll get more overall use out of the monocular if it’s lithium battery powered, or you make the extra rechargeable battery purchase.

Weatherproof-ness

It goes without saying that your monocular needs to be rated to handle the outdoors, because where else are you going to use it? Luckily most companies that manufacture the best monoculars have weather proofing standard, but there are still varying degrees of weather proof.

This will mostly depend on where you’re planning on using your unit, but if you’re in a much damper environment or going to be trekking across mountain lakes and streams, it is a good idea to spend the extra on a monocular that boasts full water proof capabilities. The last thing you need on your hiking trip is to hinder your ability to see at night.

Digital Capabilities

As technology continues to get faster and faster, the components continue to get smaller and smaller making it easier to digitally enhance products that normally wouldn’t be, and a monocular is no exception to the rule. You can find monoculars with all sorts of capabilities, and you’ll notice it as soon as you look at the price tag.

Luckily the past view years we’ve seen monoculars start to have audio and video recording options standard, and some even where you can replay the video right on the unit itself. If watching back what you’ve seen through the day, say looking at a deer feeder at night, then buying a monocular with video playback may be a great option for you, and one that shouldn’t break the bank.

Zoom

Depending on what activity you’re doing at night, this is arguably one of the most important features of your monocular. When choosing a night, vision enabled monocular you want to be able to zoom in enough while staying a safe distance away, this is especially true when looking for animals.

Many monoculars on the market advertise between 2-8x zoom capabilities, but this can be somewhat deceiving. What you want to look for is whether the picture quality stays clear as you zoom further in. Because let’s face it, what’s the point of zooming in if you can’t see what you’re looking at anyway?

Lens Size

Just as monoculars come in all shapes and sizes, it should be no surprise that the lenses on monoculars vary as well. Out of the units we reviewed we found that the lens on the monocular correlates highly with overall image quality.

This shouldn’t be a surprise, obviously the more light you let into your eye the further and more clear you can see. Now this isn’t a hard and fast rule because there are other variables such as the shape and depth of the overall lens, but as a good rule of thumb, pick a monocular with the biggest lens you can find.

Care and Maintenance


If you’re going to spend the money on the monocular you’re obviously going to want to take great care of it. It should go without saying, that because you’re going to be using your monocular outdoors the chances of things going wrong are just going to be higher.

Most night vision enabled monoculars, especially the ones we ranked as our top 3, are rated for handling the worst of what nature can throw at it, but at the end of the day the digital components are still electronics, and we know how good electronics mix with the outdoors.

What we recommend doing is about after every time you replace or need to recharge the monocular batteries, is take the time to clean all the connections of the unit with rubbing alcohol. So, every micro SD and micro USB slot and depending on what your user manual says, take a microfiber cloth to the outside lens. If using a microfiber cloth isn’t recommended, then taking compressed air to the lens and connections is the next best option.

Types of Night Vision Technologies

There are generally two types of ways that night vision works. And this is not just for monoculars, but any rifle scope, goggles, or camera system. The way you can see it night is either through image enhancement, or thermal imaging.

Image Enhancement works just as the name implies, enhancing the available light. The monoculars outfitted with this technology capture the full spectrum of available light, even the light our puny human eyes can’t see, and intensifies it to the point to where there is enough light for us to see at night.

Thermal Imaging works similarly to Image Enhancement by capturing a wide spectrum of light. Where it differs is that it captures the infrared light spectrum from objects that emit heat and helps our eyes define objects based on the amount of heat the emit.

Wrapping it Up

Picking the right night vision monocular can be somewhat of a hard decision, especially because the technology is so similar across many manufactures. The best monocular will be sized well to fit in your pocket, have an excellent battery life, robust zoom capabilities, can capture what you’re seeing for playback, and most importantly have an incredible picture at all magnification levels.

All three of the top-rated night vision monoculars we pick are excellent choices for enhancing your night time vision, and are built rugged enough to handle even the most avid outdoorsman. The Best Monocular with Night Vision on the Market is the Bushnell Equinox Z

On a Budget? Here is the Best Night Vision Monocular Under $100

Like our top-rated night vision monoculars, but don’t want to spend that much? No problem, if you’re looking for the best monocular under $100 the Waterproof Night Vision 16×52 from Discoball is the way to go. It features adjustable zoom, and a waterproof telescoping lens. It’s not the best night vision, but if you’re looking to spend under $100 bucks, this is the night vision monocular for you.

Originally posted 2017-02-05 20:52:11.

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