Walker Stalker Cruise 2017

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Are you a fan of the AMC’s hit tv show The Walking Dead? This past Feb 3rd through 6th, Sixthman put together the Walker Stalker Cruise 2017 event aboard the Norwegian Pearl. The cruise consisted of 3 awesome days filled with celebrity panels with The Walking Dead stars, autograph/selfie sessions, professional photos, poolside events, vocal performances, live pod cast and more.

Walker Stalker Cruise 2017

Walker Stalker Cruise 2017 had 9 cast members along with producer/director Greg Nicotero and Mr. Walker Stalker, James Frazier on board. The cast roster consisted of Ross Marquand (Aaron), Katelyn Nacon (Enid), Chandler Riggs (Carl aka Coral), Jeffrey Dean Morgan (Negan), Michael Traynor (Nicholas), Norman Reedus (Daryl), Alanna Masterson (Tara), Tom Payne (Jesus) and Michael Cudlitz (Abraham).

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My wife and I were able to meet several of the stars throughout the different events and even casually walking around the ship. The highlights for us was meeting Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Norman Reedus. We also got a chance to meet Chandler Riggs and Alanna Masterson. I must admit, the whole group are great people overall. They were all a pleasure to meet and have conversations with, down to earth people, big kudos to them all.

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In addition to the professional photo session we had with Norman Reedus we later attended an autograph/selfie session. We scored an autographed on an awesome photo of Daryl riding his motorcycle with walkers behind him as well as a GoPro selfie. Jeffrey Dean Morgan was signing autographs right behind us as well. He photo bombed the occasional guest as well, we weren’t that lucky.

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I was pleasantly surprised to find out that outside of The Walking Dead, Katelyn Nacon (Enid) is also a very talented musician. Yes, this is old news for most fans…. but it was new to me. She graced the passengers with 2 sessions of her singing performance. Katelyn performed some of her original work along with a few of her favorite cover songs including Creep by Radiohead (which happens to be a song I really like).

In between Katelyn’s performances we stopped by the theater to sit in on the live Walker Stalker podcast featuring Alanna Masterson with host James Frazier. Stay tuned, the podcast recorded on-board should be live on the Walker Stalker website soon enough.

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The evening events consisted of celebrity panels on the pool deck along with dead and undead costume contest. There were tons of great costumes but amongst the favorites were Rick, Daryl and Maggie. Needless to say, Rick was the eventual champion.

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The panels were lots of fun. As a fan I was able to see more of a personal side to actors/actresses. The cast members are all funny and witty in their own ways. Aside from questions from the on stage host(s) the fans were able to ask questions of their own. No worries, no spoilers here… everyone was really good at being evasive with spoilers (as they should be).

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Aside from the on board activities, the weekend had one destination which was Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas. The island is privately owned by Norwegian Cruise Line. On the island NCL had a great lunch spread prepared for all the guest. Had everything from barbecue ribs to jerk chicken with rice and peas, my favorite. Sixthman put together fun events on the island such as flag football and flip cup.

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All in all the Walker Stalker Cruise 2017 was nothing less than awesome. I had an amazing time with my wife and friends. We look forward to the next Walker Stalker event.

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STORM 360GT SEARCHBAIT

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Looking to try an awesome new bait that can be used to catch fish anywhere? Storm recently announced the 360 GT Searchbait that has fish biting everywhere.The slick new baits are designed to be fished virtually all over the world in any body of water. The Searchbait combines an irresistible action to fish with natural color patterns found around the globe. They are precisely accented for performance and come in different size and glitter patterns for the ultimate presentation.

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Top pros in the industry are already raving about this slick new bait. “A searchbait is a lure designed to be retrieved horizontally, imparting fish-attracting action over a large area in which fish have many places to hide,” explains legendary Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame angler Al Lindner. “You basically cast and retrieve the bait to cover lots of water and when you find fish, it allows you to slow down your presentation to make the most of your opportunities. That’s what fishing a searchbait is all about.”

“I’m always looking for a searchbait that I can throw out there that looks realistic and can cover a lot of water,” says Jacob Wheeler, winner of FLW’s 2012 championship tournament. “The 360GT Searchbait does just that with an amazing, lifelike action. It’s crazy — this bait is in a league all its own.”

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The Storm 360GT Searchbait is the perfect confidence lure, it was specifically designed to be fished anywhere by anglers of all skill levels — from kids and novices to the world’s most elite pro anglers. 

For more information visit www.RAPALA.com and click on the Storm tab.

 

 

 

 

Innova Helios II EX Tandem Inflatable Kayak

Innova Helios II EX Tandem Inflatable KayakKayaking has become one of my favorite things to do within the past few years. I’ve gone from a recreational kayak angler to a seasoned kayak tournament competitor. Over the years I’ve paddled many different kayak types from well known brands. I’ve owned and currently still own several kayaks. Every time I go on outdoor adventures I almost always regret not bringing my kayaks along. Most of the time I’m dealing with space issues and I have to decide what items are most essential for my trip. Unfortunately my kayaks generally take up more space than other essentials so I end up leaving them behind.

Recently I was introduced to Innova Kayak which instantly solved my kayak space issues. I had the opportunity to test out the Innova Helios II EX tandem inflatable kayak and it quickly became my ‘go to’ kayak for traveling and camping. I honestly never gave thought to an inflatable kayak before but since testing it I can certainly see the many advantages of owning one.

Innova Helios II EX Tandem Inflatable Kayak

The Helios II EX is a 12.5 foot tandem inflatable kayak rated for up to 396lbs (2 person). The total weight is 36lbs and completely folds to fit into the included drybag/backpack. It is constructed of a fully rubber-coated Nitrylon fabric making it rugged, fast drying and easy to clean. It’s also very puncture and abrasion resistant. The kayak includes deck netting and gear bungees along with adjustable footrest and carry handles. It also has a river rating of Class 1.

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The Helios II EX along with other Innova Kayaks are easily packed into their respective dry bag/backpacks. The Helios packed dimensions come in at 20x14x8″ and with a weight of only 36lbs, it is can easily be carried using the included backpack.

Carrying a full sized kayak in a backpack? I bet you never thought that was possible! I surely didn’t, but am excited that Innova Kayak makes this possible. From this point forward I will always have a kayak with me on camping trips and traveling.

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Setting up the Innova Helios is also quick and easy. Each kayak comes with the necessary pump and attachments to get you quickly into the water. The Helios has three main compartments to fill, port side, starboard and the base of the hull. There are three additional small areas to fill on the top as well. The kayak uses push button air valves for inflation that allow you to pump without losing any air. This feature is excellent if you’re inflating solo. Once you’re familiar with the setup, inflating can take roughly 10 minutes.

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After the easy setup, it was time for the maiden voyage. I had the perfect opportunity to put the kayak to the test. I was on a camping adventure with a group of 22, and mostly everyone got a turn. Before paddling tandem I test drove it solo and was immediately impressed at how fast and straight the kayak tracked. The Helios does include a fin that assist in tracking as well.

I gradually increased the weight load as I continued to test. The next paddle consisted of one adult and one child. The kayak was still very sturdy and fast on the water. Next I paddled the Helios with 2 adults on the kayak and obtained the same results. Still tracking very well with good speed. To further this testimony on the speed of the kayak, I only had 1 paddle while testing. I can only imagine how fast the Helios tracks with 2 adults and 2 paddles.

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Not once throughout the testing did I even question stability. There are some kayak hulls that compromise stability to gain speed, the Helios doesn’t compromise. Instead the hull is well balanced to allow for good speed and traction while maintaining a solid balance. While on a subsequent paddle with my son, he was eager to try standing while I paddled and that also had favorable results.

If you’re looking for a quality kayak that is light, portable and pack-able the Innova line of kayaks will certainly have what you need. This particular model is excellent for exploring rivers, paddling along ocean shorelines, lakes, fishing in the back country and much more.

The video below is a compilation of the different environments which the Innova Helios II EX kayak was tested.

Have any questions or thoughts on the Helios or the Innova line? Leave a comment below.

More information can be found on Innova Kayak’s website as well as their Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts.

 

 

Disclosure: The product was provided to TheOutdoorBoys to facilitate the review. All opinions and comments stated are our own. All photos posted are taken by and property of TheOutdoorBoys.

2016 Holiday Gift Guide

Need holiday gift ideas for the outdoor adventurer in your life? Look no further, The Outdoor Boys have put together a list of great items that are sure to be a hit this year. The guide includes a range of awesome indoor and outdoor gift ideas, check it out!

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The Invigorating Heel To Toe Masseuse: Hammacher Schlemmer
hammacher-schlemmer-foot-masseuseThis is the device that combines deep tissue shiatsu, compression, and heat for an invigorating foot massage that rivals those given by a professional masseuse. Available exclusively from Hammacher Schlemmer, users simply tuck each foot into the soft cloth-lined pockets for a vigorous 15-minute session. Unlike lesser vibration massagers that provide meek, superficial treatment, this unit's six slowly rotating nodes focus deep, penetrating shiatsu massage along the full length of the soles, while two additional nodes target tension on either side of the heel. Meanwhile, the foot wells inflate and deflate, providing compression massage that kneads out tension on the top of the foot while varying the pressure of the nodes. In evaluations by the Hammacher Schlemmer Institute, this unit garnered enthusiastic praise from panelists, such as, “Its variety of pressure and rollers makes this far superior to any I've tried.” The massager also has an optional infrared heat setting to pleasantly warm the soles to boost relaxation, circulation, and healing. Users can select between two intensity levels and three massage modes.
Merrell: Overlook 6 Ice+ Waterproof

merrell-overlook-6-iceFEATURES
• Vibram® Arctic Grip™ outsole provides unparalleled traction on wet ice even in the most extreme winter conditions
• Leather upper
• TPU waterproof shell
• Traditional lace closure
• Bellows tongue keeps debris out
• Conductor™ Fleece lining for added warmth
• M Select™ WARM lightweight, low bulk 200 grams insulation keeps you comfortable
• Single density removable footbed
• Molded nylon arch shank
• Merrell air cushion in the heel absorbs shock and adds stability
• 4.5mm lug depth
• Weight: 3lbs 4oz / 1474g
Lowrance Elite-5 HDI Fishfinder/Chartplotter With Suncover
lowrance-elite-5-hdi-fishfinderchartplotter-with-suncoverFound in-store or online at Gander Mountain

The Lowrance Elite-5 HDI Fishfinder with Hybrid Dual Imaging (HDI) on a brilliant 5", 480x480 pixel Solar MAX 256-color TFT display gives you the best possible view beneath your boat. This broadband sounder is excellent for marking fish arches and tracking lure action. HDI provides easy to understand, picture-like detail of bait fish, predator fish, and structures with no interpretation needed. The Elite-5 HDI fishfinder also features exclusive technology that overlays DownScan Imaging onto your broadband sounder display for a stunning view that separates fish targets from surrounding structure. TrackBack lets you immediately scroll back into your history to review covered areas and pinpoint spots, thus saving time and fuel trying to retrace your path. Elite-5 HDI Chartplotter includes an easier to use menu system with quick access to all features using one-thumb operation. The page selector does not hide live sonar or map while making page decision. Multi-window displays let you choose up to three panels simultaneously in split-screen mode. Internal 16-channel GPS antenna is compatible with Navionics and Lowrance cartography, giving you a detailed US background map that contains over 3,000 lakes and rivers, plus coastal contours down to 1,000'.
Ninja Coffee Bar Glass Carafe Coffee System
ninja-coffee-bar-glass-carafe-coffee-systemBetter than a coffeehouse experience at home. Your package includes:

10-Cup (50 oz.) Ninja® Glass or Thermal Carafe
50 oz. Removable Water Reservoir
Ninja Smart™ Scoop
Permanent Filter
4 Single Serve Brew Sizes – Cup, XL Cup, Travel, & XL Multi-Serve
Built-in Hot & Cold Frother
20-Recipe Inspiration Guide

Additional Features Include:

5 Brew Types
Programmable Delay Brew
Drip Stop
Intelligent Clean Cycle Indicator
Timex: Intelligent Quartz Fly-Back Chronograph
timex-intelligent-quartz-fly-back-chronographCrafted from a solid casting of steel, this not-quite-traditional chronograph pleases your senses--from the curves of its anatomy to the tactile experience of its pushers. But the dial is the most striking feature. Independent bi-directional hands measure time and fly back like the dashboard gauge of a sports car.
Fly-back Chronograph (4-hour auto shut-off)
2nd Time Zone
100 Meter Water Resistance
Intelligent Quartz™ Fly-Back Chronograph Movement
Stainless Steel Case & Quick-Date®
INDIGLO® Night-Light
Timex:
IRONMAN® Sleek 150
Timex ironman-sleek-150Thirty years ago, we took the clock off the finish line and put it on your wrist. TIMEX® IRONMAN® became your coach, your motivation and a symbol of your dedication. TIMEX® IRONMAN® Colors collection celebrates three decades of crossing nearly every finish line in the world with bright, bold colors and patterns.
Lap Management System allows easy access to dated training logs with lock capabilities
100-hour chronograph with lap or split in large digits
Hydration and Nutrition Alerts reminds you to refuel.
A powerful combination of innovative sport functionality and aerodynamic design for enhanced performance and comfort
Interval training is easy with the ability to save 2 unique workout sessions with 5 labeled interval options.
Target Time Pacer gives distinct audible performance feedback when lap times are logged
3 customizable alarms: daily/weekday/weekend/weekly options
5-workout memory with 50 laps each
199-lap counter
Pakpod Adventure Tripod with Ninja Stakes
Pakpod Adventure Tripod with Ninja StakesCapture amazing photos and videos from almost any angle. Compact, waterproof, and quick to deploy, Pakpod weighs less than a pound and is more versatile than any tripod on the market today.
Built from the same stuff as bike and ski helmets, Pakpod is a durable, waterproof, freeze proof tripod that weighs in at less than a pound, is notable for its patent-pending staking feet and packs down to less than a foot long.
Northern Nova™ Propane Lantern with Case
northern-nova-propane-lantern-with-caseFill your entire campground with light with the brightest Coleman® lantern, the Northern Nova™ Propane Lantern with Case. Our patented tube-mantles shine brighter than standard versions, and this lantern doubles up on that brightness technology to produce an unheard of 3000 lumens of light that reaches up to 32.5 meters away. Starting your lantern is easy. Just hit the Instastart™ push-button ignition and dial in the perfect brightness with the adjustable control knob. Once your lantern is lit, the legs provide extreme stability (and a space-age look) when placed on a table, and the chain handle allows for easy hanging. Meanwhile, the globe guard helps protect the globe from breaking. No matter where you go, the PerfectFlow™ pressure control technology produces a steady fuel stream and consistent performance in all kinds of weather. When you're ready to head home, the legs fold up for more compact storage in the included case until you're ready for your next bright adventure.
Campfire Defender Kit
campfire-defender-kitFireside Industries Inc. is the proud manufacturer of the Campfire Defender, a revolutionary campfire safety system designed to make camping easier and safer. The Campfire Defender can be placed over a campfire in the event of inclement weather or simply when it's time for bed. Made from a military grade fabric the Campfire Defender is more than capable of containing your campfire not allowing embers to escape.

The pinwheel vent on the cover allows users to control airflow into their firepit thus allowing them to extend the life of their coals for 8 hours. Instead of having a cold wet fire pit in the morning the Campfire Defender allows you to wake up to a fire pit that is dry, hot and contained making starting your next fire a breeze.
Yatra: Aquatune 12610
Aquatune 12610Your life is a journey. Yatra’s Aquatune line is the perfect combination of sound, mobility and endurance. Our go-anywhere speakers easily sync with your devices. With our signature AWS (All Weather Sound technology), fearlessly stream your tunes in life’s harshest environments: Weatherproof, Shockproof, Dustproof... Your ultimate outdoor companion!

Engineered to be bold and colorful. The Aquatune 12610 features remarkable digital sound with an IPX6. Rock out for up to 10 hours on a single charge. Portable, durable and boasting jaw-dropping design.
Jackson Kayak: Flex Drive
jackson-kayak-flex-driveJackson Kayak has designed a patent-pending prop-driven pedal system which allows for hands-free forward and reverse propulsion for kayaks. Named the Flex Drive, it consists of a daggerboard-protected tri-prop propeller which, combined with unique articulation of the prop system, gives the Flex Drive increased performance over other drives and helps keep the system clear of obstacles and easy to clean. Jackson Kayak’s Flex Drive System can quickly adapt from deep to shallow water navigation without having to move the main pedal drive unit.

The Flex Drive is easily deployed with the flip of a lever, has adjustable pitch prop blades and a 12:1 ratio. An interchangeable electric motor-driven head unit is in development as well for release at a later date.
Innova Swing II Kayak
Innova Swing II KayakInnova Kayak is changing that with its inflatable kayaks. The Innova Swing 2, a two-person inflatable kayak, can easily be packed inside a suitcase but is durable and rigid enough for river, lake or even shoreline use with a spray deck to keep passengers dry. The Swing weighs under 25 pounds and packs into a 27x15x9 inch roll. Innova Kayaks are made from recyclable rubber and the company offers its own recycling program for boats that are ready to retire. The Swing 2 is available in a special package for the holidays with a fin, rucksack, skirt, pump and two paddles
Accurate BX-400 BX Boss E-Series Reel
Accurate BX-400 BX Boss E-Series ReelPatented TwinDrag™ System
Six Class 5 ABEC stainless steel bearings
Greased AccuDrag system
Stainless steel gears
Stainless steel ARB bearing
2 year AccuCare Reel Service
Sleeved spool for increased castability
Heat treated pinion gears
Larger, stronger gear shaft for increased torque
Patented DirecShift mechanism

Proudly designed, manufactured
and assembled in the USA
Pelagic Fish Hook Shades
pelagic-fish-hookPELAGIC PMG™ (Polarized Mineral Glass) Lens Technology represents the highest evolution in marine grade polarized optics. Produced in state-of-the-art European Optical Laboratories, this lens material was specifically developed for “life on the water” where harsh, salty, and ever-changing conditions can often persist for days on end.

Polarized Mineral Glass: Delivering an Unfair Advantage

Utilizing a proprietary blend of naturally occurring minerals and rare earth elements,
PELAGIC’s PMG™ Lens Technology delivers the most optically correct, visually accurate
glass lens on the market today. No matter what external or environmental conditions
you may possibly face - sunny, cloudy, wet, dry, or salty – PELAGIC provides an extra
layer of protection for your eyes that you can count on day in and day out.
Ozark Trail 73-Quart High-Performance Cooler, Grey
ozark-trail-73-quart-high-performance-cooler-greyMelting ice is the last thing you want to worry about when you're out in the woods, on the boat or kicking back at the beach. The Ozark Trail 73 Quart High-Performance Roto-Molded Cooler keeps ice for more than 9 days and features heavy-duty, seamless, one-piece construction that is virtually unbreakable and built to last.

Our premium insulation and rugged construction are complemented by a whole range of features, like stainless steel locking plate with built-in bottle opener, T-handle latches, reversible anti-skid/slide feet, garden hose compatible oversized drain with threaded plug, wire basket, 4 drink holders, built-in fish ruler and heavy-duty handles with comfort grip for easy carrying. And just in case you run into any trouble, this cooler has been tested by the USDA's Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee and certified bear-resistant.
Skylanders Imaginators Starter Pack
skylanders imaginators starter packUnleash your imagination! Kaos has discovered the ancient power of Mind Magic and is using it to create an unstoppable army of Doomlanders! Eon is calling upon all Portal Masters and Skylands' greatest mystic warriors, the Senseis, to stop Kaos and his minions. Now, you must use the power of your imagination to create your own Skylanders to battle in the ultimate adventure alongside the almighty Senseis to save Skylands.
Rapala X-Rap® Magnum® UV
rapala-x-rap-magnum-uvX-Rap Magnums run perfect right out of the box, no wasted time tuning. The massive diving-lip takes the X-Rap® Magnums deep… unassisted. Nothing to hinder the action. Each dives to its preset depth…the XRMag10 to 10 feet, the XRM15 to 15 feet, etc. Run up to 13 knots for big game fish worldwide. Big water patterns compliment the X-Rap construction standards – textured translucent body, internal holographic foil, 3D holographic eyes. Built saltwater tough with 3X split rings holding 4X VMC® Perma Steel hooks. Some models feature colored lip for added attraction.
Williamson Game Fish Kit
game-fish-kitSix great all-around lures, professionally rigged and presented in a saltwater resistant bag, a kit that will meet all needs for game fishing especially, Dorado, Tuna, Sailfish, etc.
•Kit Includes:•2 - Tuna Catchers Rigged 6"
•2 - Dorado Catchers Rigged 6"
•2 - Sailfish Catchers Rigged 6"
•All lures are rigged with quality VMC® hooks
•Easy-to-clean mesh storage bag
Assassin's Creed: The Ezio Collection
Assassin's Creed - The Ezio CollectionLive the complete saga of Master Assassin Ezio Auditore da Firenze, the most iconic leader of the Brotherhood of Assassins, as you seek vengeance for the betrayal of your family in a time of greed, corruption, and murderous conspiracy.Including three of the most critically acclaimed titles in the Assassin's Creed franchise and featuring over 80 hours of gameplay with enhanced graphics, Assassin's Creed® The Ezio Collection brings these enduring adventures to life for the first time on Xbox One and PlayStation® 4 system.
Watch Dogs 2
watch-dogs-2Explore the birthplace of the tech revolution as Marcus Holloway, a brilliant young hacker who has fallen victim to ctOS 2.0's predictive algorithms and accused of a crime he did not commit. In Marcus' quest to shut down ctOS 2.0 for good, hacking is the ultimate weapon. Players can not only hack into the San Francisco Bay Area's infrastructure but also every person and any connected device they possess to trigger unpredictable chains of events in this vast open world.
Steep
steepRide the massive open world of the Alps and Alaska, where the powder is always fresh and the run never ends.
Defy and master the world’s most epic mountains on skis, wingsuits, snowboards, and paragliders. Go solo or drop in side by side with other players. Record and share the most insane stunts ever captured. Dare your friends to try out your custom lines, then challenge the world to beat your best tricks and relive your most epic wipeouts.The mountain is yours to explore. So strap in, suit up, and drop in.
Vin Vault Boxed Wine

Vin Vault Boxed WineVin Vault offers a portfolio of premium wines in a package worthy of displaying on your counter. Each Vault holds the equivalent of four 750ml-sized bottles conveniently in one box. These premium wines will stay fresh for up to four weeks after opening. With wine this delicious in flavor, it’s easy to see why Vin Vault is wine worth locking up. Vin Vault is available in six varietals, each crafted in a distinct style: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec and Red Blend.
Ezra Brooks Bourbon Cream

ezra-brooks-bourbon-creamStill bottled and aged the old fashioned way – in new charred American white oak barrels, Ezra Brooks is then charcoal filtered for an unmistakable, unforgettable mellow flavor.

Ezra Brooks is distilled using high quality corns and ingredients, employing very specific temperature control settings. Aged in charred white oak barrels, this genuine sour mash bourbon delivers a beautifully smooth flavor and finish.

This careful process ensures an exceptionally smooth and subtle taste that is pleasingly soft and balanced, and preferred by bourbon connoisseurs everywhere.
Rebel Yell Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
rebel-yell-kentucky-straight-bourbon-whiskeyThe original recipe for Rebel Yell dates back to 1849, when it was invented at what would later become the Stitzel-Weller Distillery. Although many famous bourbons were produced at the Stitzel-Weller Distillery (including Pappy Van Winkle), most shared one unique characteristic pioneered by William Laurel Weller himself — instead of rye, the bourbons used wheat as a secondary grain in their mashbill, lending a softer, smoother flavor to the whiskey.
Survival Straps
survival-strapsSurvival Straps® manufactures Authentic paracord Survival Bracelets™ and accessories that are highly customizable. Survival Bracelets™ are worn around the world as a personalized fashion statement, but also as a symbol of strength, honor, and the belief in American production. All our products are made in America from super strong, AUTHENTIC, 550# military spec paracord which gives them a secondary purpose. In an emergency situation, you can unravel the bracelet to deploy the paracord to help get you out of a jam. If you do use it in an emergency situation, send us your story, and we will send you a new one, free of charge.

Cooking My Weekend Catch: Bang Bang King Fish With Fried Rice

Disclosure: This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #ReadySetServe #CollectiveBias

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Spending time exploring the outdoors is my passion. Among my outdoor adventures, fishing offshore from my kayak has become my favorite. Something about being one with the ocean that makes me feel great. Best of all, I get to eat fresh fish that I catch myself. As a parent of two and working full time, balancing time to do everything I love is a challenge. Fast and easy to prepare meals are usually at the top of my agenda. Finding ways to simplify meals while not compromising on taste is ideal.

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This weekend I went offshore for some pre-fishing for an upcoming kayak fishing tournament I will participate in. I was actually preparing meals in my head with the fish I had yet to catch. The winner was Bang Bang Kingfish and I was fortunate enough to catch one. Everyone knows a good meal is not complete without a great side dish. I had been craving home made fried rice so when I got home I ran off to pick up the ingredients.

I love easy so I found a great rice option with Minute® Ready to Serve Rice. I have never cooked rice faster than Minute Ready to Serve. The name says it all, I literally just had to peel off the film and heat the single serve cup for 60 seconds in the microwave. The beauty of Minute Ready to Serve Rice is that it comes in single serving cups that allow you to control the portions of your meal as well as measure a meal for your family. This is perfect for my life on the go. I now know I can carry one with me and just heat for 60 seconds when hunger kicks in. It will also work great on my family camping or hiking trips. The variety in flavors are also versatile options for any meal of the day including mid-day snacks.

To compliment the Bang Bang Kingfish I prepared I used 6 cups of Minute rice to create a delicious Fried Rice. 6 cups was plenty for dinner for my family of 4 and giving mom and dad enough to pack for the next days lunch, score!

Fried Rice Ingredients

 

Fried Rice

Ingredients

  • 6 cups of Minute® Ready to Serve Rice
  • 3 large eggs – scrambled
  • 1 cup of peas & carrots
  • 1/2 cup of diced onions
  • 2 tablespoons of butter &1 teaspoon of minced garlic (melted)
  • 1/2 cup of soy sauce

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Directions

  1. Begin by placing the peas and carrots, diced onions and scrambled eggs into a wok at medium heat.
  2. Next, pour the rice into the wok and mix the ingredients.
  3. Follow by pouring both the soy sauce and butter/garlic into the rice and thoroughly mix until you no longer see white rice.
  4. After a few minutes of stirring at medium heat your rice will be ready to serve and enjoy with your meal.

Fried Rice

 

Bang Bang Kingfish

Ingredients

  • 1 pound of cubed kingfish meat
  • 2 large eggs
  • Panko bread crumbs
  • Seasoned bread crumbs

Kingfish breading ingredients

Sauce

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup of Mayonaise
  • 1/4 cup of Sweet Chili Sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon of Siracha
  • 1 Tablespoon of Honey

Deep Frying Kingfish

Kingfish Directions

  1. Mix eggs into a bowl then fully submerged the cubed meat.
  2. Roll the meat into the bread crumb mix until fully covered.
  3. Once all the meat has been breaded proceed to fry. You can do this in a pan or a deep fryer.
  4. Preheat oil in a high heat.
  5. Carefully place the fish into the fryer for a couple minutes or until golden brown.

Bang bang sauce Directions

  1. Thoroughly mix the 4 sauce ingredients into a bowl.
  2. Drizzle the sauce on the fish after serving on a plate.

You now have a great dinner ready for your family to enjoy. Serve your portions of fried rice, deep fried Kingfish and drizzle the delicious Bang Bang sauce. I promise you, your taste buds are in for a treat, bon appétit!

Minute Rice - In-store photo - Walmart

I found the Minute® Ready to Serve Rice in the rice aisle at my local Walmart. They come in many flavor options including Whole Grain Brown Rice, Brown & Wild Rice, Multi-Grain Medley, Rice Brown & Quinoa, Basmati Rice, Jasmine Rice, White Rice. Plenty of flavors to inspire new dinner creations!

Pick up a few on your next trip to your local grocery retailer and create a great tasting, fast and simple dinner for your family.

If you need help with recipe ideas, minuterice.com has hundreds of mouthwatering recipes.

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Keep Cool Outdoors With A Portacool Cyclone 1000

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Trying to keep cool in South Florida is not only a thing of the summer. We get a couple months of cool weather out of the year. I’m usually trying to find shade or hang out indoors with the AC because fans are usually too hot. This summer I had the luxury of testing an awesome product that filled my outdoor cooling needs. The Portacool Cyclone 1000 was my weapon of choice this summer combating the heat. Its a portable evaporative cooler that can keep you cool where a traditional air conditioner can’t.

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The Cyclone 1000 is different from traditional coolers because it doesn’t just blow ambient air back at you. This unit works by simply filling up with water and running the unit. The unit uses an internal pump to cool the water and create a chilled air working off of evaporation.The fan then blows off chilled air that will certainly keep you cool. You don’t have to worry about getting wet, Portacool Cyclone is not a mister. The Cyclone 1000 model has an 8 gallon reservoir that can be filled manually or via the included hose hook-up.

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The unit can be used in any outdoor application where a power source is available. Uses include but are not limited to residential, industrial, farm, recreational, tailgating,  fitness and much more. Best of all, Portacool is a “green” option for cooling. Their units don’t require the use of freon or other types of refrigerants. Only thing you need is water and power, Portacool will do the rest. There is a very small footprint this product leaves and only requires a standard 115v hook-up.

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The next time you’re watching an NFL game or your favorite collegiate team play, take a close look at the side lines, you may spot a Portacool unit! They are there for a reason, because the work! I’ve had the pleasure of using my unit in everything from casually hanging outside with friends, pool time with the kids and even while cooking in the grill. I already have plans to take the unit out with my on my next camping adventure. I’ll be sure to carry my long extension cord and hook it up inside my tent with the windows unzipped to get cool air with outside ventilation.

For more information on the Portacool Cyclone or other units visit their website. Be sure to check them out on Facebook and Instagram @Portacool as well. Tag them on pictures of you with your Portacool unit!

 

 

 

 

 

Celebrate National S’mores Day With Bernzomatic Campsite Torch

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Happy National S’mores Day 2016 everyone! Each year National S’mores Day is observed on August 10. In celebration of this day the kids and I will be roasting delicious marshmallows.

Bernzomatic Campfire Torch

This year I have a game changer for marshmallow roasting. I will be using my new Bernzomatic Campsite Torch to quickly and efficiently roast our marshmallows. Although I have a firepit in the backyard, lighting up a fire is not an option due to Hurricane Season in the beautiful South Florida. The rain won’t stop my celebration though.

Campsite Torch

First and foremost, remember to be safe when working with fire. Be sure to use gloves and eye protection. The Campsite Torch is easy to use, simply screw it on to a portable gas can, turn the gas nozzle to the on position and click to spark the flame. The torch is a great multi-purpose igniter that works great for lighting campfires, grills and of course roasting marshmallows to perfection.

Do you have a unique recipe you will try this National S’mores Day? Feel free to share via comments below.

Check out a Gormet S’mores recipe shared by Bernzomatic.

S'mores and Bacon Pancakes

S’MORES AND BACON PANCAKES
8 SERVINGS Chef Cory Morris, Rural Society at the Loews Chicago Hotel
Ingredients:  
1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
1 ½ cups graham cracker crumbs
2 Tbsp. baking powder
2 tsp. Kosher salt
2 large grade “A” eggs, well beaten
2 cups whole milk 
1 tsp. powdered ginger 
4 Tbsp. unsalted butter  
2 tsp. cocoa powder

Toppings:   
16 pieces of cooked bacon
1 bag of mini marshmallows
16 oz. of chocolate sauce  
½ cup powdered sugar

Supplies:
Bernzomatic WT2301C Campfire Torch
Bernzomatic 16 oz. Propane Camping Gas Cylinder
Standard campfire stove or open campfire with grill grate
Fork or whisk
Metal spatula
Cast iron skillet or large sauté pan
Safety glasses and gloves

Directions: Preheat griddle over gas camping stove using Bernzomatic 16 oz. Propane Camping Gas Cylinder (medium heat) or over an open fire. Combine dry ingredients (flour, graham cracker crumbs, cinnamon, baking powder, cocoa powder and salt) until evenly distributed. Whisk in milk, egg and butter. Spray the cooking surface with pan spray, then place two pieces of bacon on the skillet and spoon pancake batter over them. Let the pancakes cook until the edges are golden brown. Flip the pancakes and finish cooking (1-2 minutes). Remove from the skillet and top the pancakes with mini marshmallows, chocolate sauce, and a dusting of powdered sugar. (PRO TIP – use the Bernzomatic WT2301C Campfire Torch to lightly torch the mini marshmallows to a golden brown before adding chocolate sauce and sugar.)  

 

 

 

Jabra Sport Pulse

Sport_Pulse_1400x1400_02Looking to take your training to the next level? Jabra recently launched the Sport Pulse which is the ultimate wireless workout solution. The headphones are loaded with awesome features such as a heart rate monitor, Bluetooth 4.0 and integrated music and training management using the Sport Life app.

SportLifeAppThe Sport Life app interfaces with the Sport Pulse and allows the user to plan, monitor, test and analyze their workouts. The Sport Pulse has everything you need to maximize your workouts all while monitoring and maintaining a healthy heart rate using the precision in ear heart rate monitor.

You can now set workout goals, set target heart rates, set up your customized audio coach, capture workout stats, review past workouts or test and track your fitness. Best of all you can do all of this while listening to you favorite motivational tunes.

Jabra Sport Pulse was also designed with durability and comfort in mind. Jabra conveniently ships each pair with four sets of Ear Wings and Ear Gels for a perfect fit no matter the shape or size of your ear. They are built towards US military rain, shock, sand and dust standards. Jabra doesn’t just list their product as such, the Sport Pulse is actually rated using the IEC standard 60529 set by the International Electrotechnical Commission. What this means for the consumer is, you’re actually getting a quality product with the assurance that it will perform even under extreme environments. If you’re a jogger that loves to jog in the rain, just grab your Sport Pulse and go for a run.

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Overall, the Sport Pulse is an all-in-one training solution optimized for running with the capability to monitor heart rates via an in ear monitor. They are the only earbuds proven to provide clinical-grade accuracy in the readings. The outstanding quality standards are just icing on the cake.

For more information on the Sport Pulse visit the Jabra website. Be sure to check out their other products as well as the Jabra Facebook page.

 

 

 

New Rapala Product Announcements At ICAST 2016

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Is everyone excited for ICAST 2016? This year ICAST will be held from July 12-15, 2016 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. The show will be jam packed with tons of vendors including big names such as Rapala. As an angler I’m always on the lookout for the latest and greatest in gear to test out, this year is no different.

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I’m especially excited for the new products being announced by Rapala at ICAST this year. Rapala is a tried and true brand that never fails to launch products that are not only appealing to the consumer, but certainly to the fish. I’ve been fishing with their lures, lines, tools and other terminal tackle as well for many years. My favorite product from last year’s ICAST launch was the Rapala Custom Finish HD Lures.

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My first favorite of the new Rapala lineup is the Husky Magnum. They come in two sizes 15 and 25 with 10 different color options. All equipped with VMC Perma Steel Treble Hooks. I’m mostly excited about the wahoo and sailfish colors. These lures are intended for trolling. The size 15 can dive down 15 feet while the size 25 can dive down up to 25 feet.

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They are also releasing the new Rapala X Rap Long Cast. They also come in two sizes, 12 and 14 with 12 different color options. The Long Cast is equipped with two 3/0 VMC Tin Finish in-line single hooks. These lures are great all around saltwater lures that can be fished in shallow or deep waters. They are excellent for sight fishing for their ability to be casted long distances and attract many species of fish.

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Rapala is also launching the Skitter V which is the new version of the Skitter Walk. The lure is designed with a V shape belly that acts like a keel. The design allows the lure to make sharp left and right turns while retrieving. The design makes “walking the dog” very easy and helps attract big fish. As with the rest of the lineup, they are available in 10 different color options.

These are only some of the new products being announced this week at ICAST. If you’re lucky enough to be at ICAST this year, be sure to drop by the Rapala booth 763. Be one of the first to see the new product lineup live including the Long Cast Shallow, Saltwater Sub Walk, Twitchin’ Minnow and Mullet as well as some new colors on the Williamson lures.

Also be on the lookup for these cool new products on the Rapala website as well as action videos on their YouTube channel.

 

 

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Happy Independence Day 2016! Sign Up For A Chance To Win Prize Pack!

Independence-day-2016-giveawayThe Outdoor Boys want to wish everyone a Happy Independence Day! To kick off celebrations this year we have teamed up with some awesome brands and put together a prize pack giveaway.

In order to enter this contest sign up below through RaffleCopter. There are many ways to enter like following @theoutdoorboys on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest. Any questions can be directed to Roy@theoutdoorboys.com .

Prize pack include:
Yeti 10 oz. Lowball Rambler
Acurite Sportsman’s Forecaster
Lifestraw
Timex Originals American Flag Watch
FreshTech assortment:
Single USB car charger
Dual USB car charger
Magnetic Vent Mount
Mobile Vent Mount
Six (6) assorted scent refills

Good Luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

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