Get the one you love, something they will love this Valentines Day. Roses are nice, cards are okay, but some rugged, wireless and waterproof awesomeness is probably the better choice. If you’re familiar with our brand, then you know very well what is going to make your significant other give you heart eyes; if you’re not, then here is a list of stuff that will be sure to put you on the best BF/GF list.
The Turtle Shell 3.0 is the toughest, best looking, best sounding, waterproof wireless speaker that you will ever have. With a built in power bank (3600 mAh) and the ability to wirelessly connect multiple speakers, you will be able to keep the party going for hours.
The Calamari 2.0 is a 3-in-1 USB charging/data transfer cable that can do way more than just charge your phone. With an Apple MFI certified lightning cable, USB C, and USB Micro Connectors, you’re all set to charge up just about everything you own. No more wire problems with this baby, once you’ve got one of these, it’s smooth sailing.
The Kodiak Power Station allows for AC power in remote locations for convenient portable power (100 watts at peak). Compact and lightweight, it weighs just 2.5 lbs. It is coated in a rugged rubberized plastic so you don’t have to worry about durability. Whether you’re camping in the wild, dealing with a blackout or outrunning zombies during the apocalypse, the Kodiak Power Station will keep you powered up/charged in any situation.
The Buckshot 2.0 is an ultra portable, extremely tough, and super tiny speaker that packs a ton of sound. Did I mention it’s also waterproof? Yea, this thing rules. It has multiple mounting options for every adventure you can think of, 60 feet of Bluetooth range, 20 hours of battery life and it is A LOT LOUDER THAN IT LOOKS.
Last, but most certainly not least we’ve got the best Bluetooth earbuds ever; The Tags 2.0. These wireless earbuds will last you 5 hours at full volume before you have to recharge them, and the built in microphone let’s you make all your important calls.
Every time i’m shredding the gnar during the holidays, people come up to me, ask for an autograph and then also ask, “What does rad dad recommend that I buy for Christmas?”. I gather the crowd of people together so I don’t have to repeat myself which also gives me more time to shred that gnar because gnar doesn’t shred itself. Here is what I tell them.
For earbuds, you have to go with the Tags 2.0. The wireless earbuds sound really good and look cool too. I mean, just look how cool they look next to the chips. I just pull up my special playlist (Dad’s Trap Hood Skate Mix) and away I go. No wires going to my phone, so epicly stoked. If you get these for someone they will be stoked. If you ask for them for Christmas and someone gets them for you, you will be stoked. There will be so much stoke during the holidays, you’ll have to say Merry Stokemas!
Now you know my lady is taking mad selfies right? That’s one fine momma! The only problem is that her sick phone is draining that juice like I drain those pools to skate. So that’s why I’m going with some radical stocking stuffers. The Kodiak Mini 2.0 portable charger, the Calamari 2.0 3-in-1 USB cable, and the USB wall charger with Qualcomm quick charge. So epic, right? Yeah, I know bruh.
So there you go. Some quick tips on what to get someone for Christmas. Maybe you can add those items to your own Christmas list and let the stoke come onto you. Now I gotta go shred, the gnar is getting heavy right now.
namaste – Rad Dad
Outdoor Tech’s new traveling museum (trade show booth) debuts at C.E.S. in Las Vegas on January 9th and will be traveling across the globe in 2018. We have created masterful works of art to broaden your horizons. There are the classics, like the Turtle Shell, Buckshot, Kodiak and more, and we can happily say that there are some fantastical new pieces that will be unveiled to the world as well.
There is an open spot in our gallery for your original creation too. Yes, we are inviting you to create an original sculpture for us to display to the masses. Get the global recognition that you deserve and a personal donation for your arduous work.
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We know that there are some very talented artists out there and we look forward to selecting a winning entry.
Life is filled with many firsts. First love. First car. First legal drink. First concert. First paycheck. The list goes on. I’m here to talk about one of my firsts. The first time I took my Turtle Shell 3.0 for a swim. It was truly quite a rush. Nothing compares to the feeling of relaxing in my Jacuzzi with my Turtle Shell floating right beside me…literally my right-hand man for music.
Here’s how it all began. It was a Thursday night around 9pm. I had around 15 friends over to celebrate. Not too sure what we were celebrating, but it seemed like a good excuse to throw a little party. Of course my Turtle Shell 3.0 was center of attention the entire night. You can’t have a party without good music! My friends were mentioning how cool the speaker was, and they were obsessing over the rugged shape. I thought it’d be a good time to point out that the speaker was fully water-proof. I got a few looks of doubt, a few looks of complete shock, and a few looks of excitement. Of course now I had to prove it.
We headed outside to my Jacuzzi and stood over the ledge. We all kind of stared at the speaker, then the water, then back at the speaker. At this moment, I realized I had never even splashed water on this thing. What if I break it? I don’t want to pay for a new one! All my friends are expecting to be wowed by the Turtle Shell, so let’s see what it’s got! I grabbed the speaker and dunked it under the water, then I let it float around the Jacuzzi. Success! The Turtle Shell continued to blast music and wasn’t fazed by the water. “WOAHHH that’s so dope!!” My guy friends were clearly amazed. My Turtle Shell proved itself and showed why it’s worth the money.
The first time I took my Turtle Shell 3.0 for a swim changed my life. Why have the speaker 5ft away on a table when I can have it in arms reach, right next to me. If you ever catch me in my Jacuzzi, you can bet the Turtle Shell 3.0 will be right there with me.
The famous tourist location Laguna Beach can be a tough place to navigate. Especially when you’re a local and you’re trying to escape the tourist traffic on streets and sidewalks. Don’t even attempt to go to Main Beach for the day. To find parking is one thing, but to find relaxing spot on the beach is another. This area is one of the most popular locations in all of Laguna, for good reason of course. Main Street Beach is right across from popular shops, restaurants, gelato places, art galleries, etc. The beach also has basketball courts, volleyball courts, and a cute mini boardwalk…tourist heaven! I suggest heading to some of the other beaches in Laguna to get in a relaxing beach day, (mostly) tourist free.
This beach is easy to access and you don’t have to walk down tons of stairs or a steep hill! It’s right off PCH next to where Banzai Bowls and Active Culture are located. This beach is small, but I’ve never had an issue getting a good spot.
Off of Nyes Place you’ll find Victoria Beach. Yes, you have to park on a hill, but it isn’t too steep and it’s FREE! You’ll usually never see little kids at this Laguna spot either, which is a plus if you’re trying to relax without kiddy screams! This spot also has a blowhole that you can jump in if tides are high enough.
You can park along PCH near the West Street intersection and head down to this beach. West is a wide, sandy cove that has volleyball courts perfect to practice your beach volleyball skills! Near the north end, you’ll find unique rock formations when the tide is low.
This hidden beach can be tough to get to, since it’s tucked away and hard to find from the highway. Your best bet is to get there early to park along PCH and walk down to the entrance. Table Rock has secret pools that you might’ve seen before. When the tide is working in your favor, you can swim around in these hidden pools. An experience unique to SoCal’s Laguna Beach!
This beach is a tad more popular than the ones I’ve talked about so far. Famously recognized for its name, Thousand Steps Beach includes a killer workout for the walk back up. 1,000 steps down is easy, but the climb back up will leave your legs sore for days. It’s worth it though for the beautiful, wide beach in Laguna. You’re surrounded by beautiful mansions too which are fun to fantasize about.
The beach on Thalia Street is right next to Oak Street, so you can access either beach from either entrance. I love the waves at this Laguna spot (usually they are bigger than some other beach spots). There’s also a unique wall at Thalia Beach giving its own cool feature. This is the perfect beach to lounge out and watch the surfers and skimboarders do their thing!
For easiest access to this beach, head over to the Montage Resort and walk down the stairs or ramp. This beach has it all. A park, tide pools, and a cool rock arch. If you park on Wesley Drive off of PCH, you can get free parking too. A great bonus!
If you’re looking to get a nice tan or explore some tide pools, then head to Wood’s Cove. This is a small little cove in Laguna Beach that makes for a great, private spot. There are lots of rocks here though, so if you’re looking to go swimming, you may want to head to a larger beach.
There are many ways to do your part in taking care of our Earth. These 10 simple tips are a great place to start. By adopting even a few of these suggested changes you can have a big effect on reducing your environmental footprint. And don’t forget that the three R’s (Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle) are always there to guide you in your quest for sustainable living!
Since California has banned plastic bags, it’s been tough to remember to bring my own to the store. The newly famous cashier line, “Do you want to pay 10¢ for a bag?” always guilt trips me into saying no. Then I end up struggling out of the store with a handful of items. If this sounds like you, then go put a stack of reusable bags in your car and reduce the number of single use plastic bags you generate!
Straws are one of many single-use plastics that contribute to our waste. In the U.S. alone, roughly 500 million straws are used a day and most don’t get recycled. If a server sets a straw on your table, simply say “no thanks.” I promise your drink will still taste the same!
When storing food in your kitchen or packing lunches to-go, use glass containers rather than plastic Ziploc bags. Investing in high quality food storage containers will help your food last longer, taste better, and save you money!
Whether you shop at your local market or Costco, there are plenty of opportunities to buy in bulk. This saves you money and decreases the amount of food packaging waste you generate. Don’t forget to bring your own reusable containers when filling up at the bulk bins!
Recently, there has been much hype over the use of reusable water bottles. It’s pretty obvious why (at least I think so). A reusable bottle means cold, refreshing water anywhere: beach, gym, airplane, work, couch…the list goes on. They’re free to fill up and fun to personalize with crazy stickers!
The tiny little plastic microbeads in face and body washes don’t filter through filtration systems. Those plastic beads end up in our oceans and are mistaken for food. If you use these products, you should look for new alternatives. Congress banned microbeads and the deadline for stopping production was July 1, 2017, so you’re going to need to find new products anyways!
If you end up throwing away half of your mail without even opening it first, go ahead and cancel that subscription. If you don’t want to cancel it, then make it an online subscription through email.
Regular coffee makers and Keurigs both have reusable coffee filters. They are easy to use and easy to wash, so give it a shot! Don’t forget to use a reusable coffee cup when taking your own coffee on the go.
Whether it’s Christmas or a birthday, there are many alternatives to traditional gift wrap. You can reuse materials such as newspaper, cloth, or old gift bags. The options are limitless if you use a little bit of creativity and imagination!
It is up to every one of us to pass on the knowledge we learn. By sharing this article with a friend, a domino effect will continue to create positive change.
Do you have a student going off to college? Are you the student going off to college? If you answered yes to either of these questions, read along to find out some tips for a rad dorm room. Living in a shoe-box for a school year doesn’t sound too appealing, but there are a few ways to make the space feel more like home. The secret key to a comfortable living space is to personalize your dorm. ODT products will get you one step closer to a personal, rad, and tech inspired living space that will have your new friends wishing they invested in ODT.
Let’s look at ODT products your dorm room needs:
At some point in college, it’s going to be your turn to host the pregame. The Turtle Shell 3.0 makes this easy and everyone will love coming to your room before the party. It’s not too big of a speaker, making it the perfect sized center piece for a quick game of beer pong. You won’t have to worry about this speaker getting ruined either if an accidental spill happens! Don’t blast the music too loud though, the last thing you want is an RA knocking on your door.
This little speaker is a great addition to your room. Its high quality sound makes it easy to have music playing while friends are hanging out. The built-in flashlight will come in handy for those times you drop something behind your bed or lose something in your closet. You can easily take the Buckshot Pro for a walk around campus if you want to be that cool kid playing music while walking to class. Definitely a power move.
At an affordable price, the Tags 2.0 make the perfect college earbuds. Whether you’re watching Netflix or doing homework, these earbuds make it easy to privately listen to music without bothering your roommate. You can also throw them in your bag or purse and you won’t have to worry about them getting tangled because of the magnetic ends that clip together!
If you’re more of a headphone type of person, get the Los Cabos for your dorm living. This rugged piece of technology is tough to break and sweat/splash resistant, so no need to worry about accidentally ruining them. Put them on and turn up the volume to tune-out those unwanted visitors in your room. Study time? Block out surrounding noise to focus in on getting good grades. Lounging out on the campus quad? Bring your Los Cabos and relax to some quality tunes. They’re also good for your flights back home!
Portable chargers are necessary for all college students. Whether you’re out and about on a Friday night, enjoying a football game at your stadium, or studying hard in the library, a portable charger will come in handy. The last thing you want is to get separated from your friends with a dead phone, or for your devices to run out of battery while you’re in the study zone. Many dorm rooms don’t have outlets near the head of your bed, so it can be hard to charge your phone overnight. With a Kodiak Power Bank, all battery problems are solved!
Do you ever feel like your pile of tangled chords represents your mess of a life? If you get the Calamari 2.0 your life will be a whole lot better, just watch. The Calamari is the greatest 3-in-1 USB charging/data transfer cable and it’ll help step up your device game. As a college student, I know you have chords coming from every direction. Do yourself a favor and get the Calamari. It’s worth it.
To top off your ODT dorm inspired room, get some apparel to represent! If you go to school where winters are cold, a beanie or sweatshirt will keep you warm. Nothings cooler than wearing a Yowie, that’s something I know for certain.
Outdoor Tech and Mossy Oak team up to debut an exclusive collection of rugged audio and power products at Outdoor Retailer.
Laguna Hills, CA (July 26, 2017) – Outdoor Tech®, the maker of the iconic Turtle Shell speakers and an assortment of rugged audio and power products, launches a breakout camo edition to expand their offering of rugged audio and power products. Mossy Oak’s classic camo pattern brings a unique element to Outdoor Tech’s products specifically created for use in various outdoor activities. A discrete design allows Outdoor Tech’s rugged technology to be enjoyed anytime, anywhere. The collaboration with Mossy Oak enhances the esthetic functionality and appeal of Outdoor Tech’s high quality rugged products.
The collaboration between Outdoor Tech® and Mossy Oak provides a larger audience with a new breakout camo edition of Outdoor Tech’s most popular products. The power-packed Buckshot Pro, rugged Turtle Shell, and portable Kodiak Power Line are a few of the products that will be available in camo print. The products are not only ideal for the outdoor, camping and hook and bullet retail channels, but also the lifestyle channel with its premium Mossy Oak graphics and trendy camo appearance.
“Outdoor Tech is making the products outdoors enthusiasts want for their ‘unplugged’ lifestyle,” said Chris Paradise, Chief Sales Officer of Mossy Oak. “Adding Mossy Oak to this incredible product line reaches the hunting consumer and adds a rugged touch to high-tech audio and power products.”
In addition to launching Mossy camo in Outdoor Tech’s most popular existing products, Outdoor Tech® is also unveiling a brand-new Kodiak Power Station 100 & 200. This innovative product incorporates a standard 110V U.S. outlet, 12V car outlet and two USB ports designed to bring long-lasted rugged power to the great outdoors. Outdoor Tech® will also offer a rugged Solar Panel to be used in conjunction with the Kodiak Power Stations, or to recharge any other mobile device. These new products will make their anticipated debut at the Outdoor Retailer tradeshow in Salt Lake City, Utah. Production is in full force, so the highly anticipated products will be ready to hit the retail shelves just before the busy holiday season in Q4.
“I’m very excited to partner with a premium brand who has the same passion and obsession for the outdoors as we do. Mossy Oak is the leader in camouflage prints and this new collection of products fits any outdoor lifestyle.” – Charlie Gugliuzza, CEO at Outdoor Tech
Don’t miss your chance to experience these brand-new products at the Outdoor Retailer tradeshow this year. Head on over to booth #19037 and keep an eye out for the camouflage edition of stuffyouprobablywant! If you can’t make it to Outdoor Retailer, check out the Outdoor Tech + Mossy Oak catalog here.
Living in California, I’m sure you’ve seen everyone with their Bluetooth headphones and heard the subtle brag “west coast is the best coast!”. People who stand behind this common phrase often haven’t even been to the east coast. Well, I live on both coasts, so I’ll get to the bottom of this debate. I’ve lived in Orange County all 19 years of my life, but I attend Fordham University in New York City. I still have a lot to learn about the Big Apple, but going to college in this fast-pace environment made me learn a lot in a short amount of time. If there’s one thing I’d like to emphasize, it’s that OC and NYC are COMPLETELY different. Take a look at these nine categories I’ve decided to rate from each coast, and we’ll find out if East or West comes out on top.
The two coasts obviously have VERY different weather patterns. When I first told people I was going to New York for school, their initial reaction was “Wow! Good luck with that winter.” They weren’t wrong either. Cold rain, inches of snow, and average temperatures of 30°F don’t compare to a SoCal winter! Not to mention, New York summers are filled with hot heat and high humidity.
The most important category: FOOD! California wins for best Mexican food hands down. But you already knew that. New York has some of the best Italian food I’ve ever tasted, thanks to Little Italy. Other than that, the coasts are pretty equal when it comes to creative, tasty food spots. However, NYC’s East Village is home to uniquely individual food spots that satisfy every and any craving. West Coast is more reliable if you’re searching for a typical chain restaurant.
This category is a tough one. If you head to the top of the Empire State Building, you’ll catch the most spectacular view of the NYC Skyline. It’s truly a view that you can’t get anywhere else. What the East Coast doesn’t have, however, is a West Coast sunset. Watching the sunset on the beach is a casual activity here in Southern California that you definitely can’t do in New York. But which is better…NYC Skyline or California Sunset?
One time I went with my roommate to get her nose pierced at a famous tattoo shop. After talking with the tattoo artist for a few minutes, he asked, “Where you from? You’re way too nice to be from New York.” So yes, the typical stereotype of a New Yorker is (mostly) true. New Yorkers are always in a rush (thanks to Subway System delays), so don’t take anything personal. City streets are filled with people that are trying to sell you tickets or grab your attention, so we unintentionally begin to brush people off. After living in New York for only a year, I’ve noticed personal changes. I walk way faster, I’ve become more opinionated, and yes, I sometimes forget to say thanks when a stranger holds the door open for me…forgive me! California’s laidback lifestyle offers more time for people to say thanks, have a casual conversation with a neighbor, and smile at every stranger who walks by.
Fashion plays a HUGE role in a NYC lifestyle. After all, it is home to New York Fashion Week. City life promotes stylish outfits, no matter where you’re headed. Even if you’re simply taking a stroll through Central Park, you’ll notice mostly everyone has their outfits together. In SoCal, people tend to run errands in workout clothes, go to work in workout clothes, and sit around at home in workout clothes. I’m not complaining though, comfort is key!
Not going to lie, Southern California can get boring. Yeah, we have the beach and all, but the beach gets repetitive. SoCal doesn’t compare to the “City that Never Sleeps.” When I’m in New York, I see something new every day. Even the subway rides are filled with entertainment (shout out to the street performers). NYC has free comedy shows, free concerts, museums, pop-up shops, and much MUCH more on any day of the week.
Southern California and New York City are both known for having the WORST traffic. Unless you’re an Uber, Lyft, or Taxi driver in NYC, you’re better off walking or using the subway system. The MTA New York Subway is seriously the best transportation system. Yes, it gets crowded and the subway carts aren’t the cleanest, but you get places fast. For $2.75, you can go anywhere in the five boroughs, which is cheap considering you’d be paying for gas money anyways if you were driving a car.
There’s nothing cheap about living in New York or California. Good luck getting the penthouse suit with floor to ceiling windows that overlooks NYC. The expense of winter coats and sweaters adds up too…I spent over $1,000 on coats for last winter alone. Restaurants, grocery shopping, gas, movies, concerts, and pretty much any other activity are pricy on both coasts. When a free show or event comes around, don’t pass it up!
The lifestyles on the two coasts are completely different. NYC is a fast-pace environment that motivates you to keep moving. If I sit around and watch Netflix for a day in New York, I honestly feel bad about it because I feel like it’s a day wasted. At home in California, I feel no shame lying in bed to binge watch my favorite TV show. This category is totally based on opinion, and I like the easy-going vibes that surround the West Coast.
Alright so which coast comes out on top? East Coast (NYC) or West Coast (SoCal)?
Totals – East Coast: 65 / West Coast: 66
Looks like the West Coast wins by one point!! I expected this to turn out pretty even, since I honestly don’t know which coast I like better. The lifestyles are too different to compare, and it really just depends on your personality. I love living in NYC, and I think it’s a great place to explore during my 20s. When it’s time to settle down, California will be a better fit. Even though the city life is great, Orange County will always be my home!