bottle opener Stories April 1, 2016

expiredSports/Fitness: Kelty Folding Cooler from $33 (Reg. $55+), adidas Basketball Shoes/Flip-Flops from $18, more

As part of its Deals of the Day, REI is offering the Kelty Folding Cooler (Medium) for $32.73. Opt for in-store pickup to sidestep the $6 shipping fee. But even with the added $6, this is still the lowest price we can find by about $5. This is more than $10 less than Amazon charges for the small model. It features a collapsible design making it easy to haul around on camping/hunting/hiking trips and more. It also has a removable and replaceable cooler lining, zipper pull bottle opener, carry handles, can chooses and more. Rated 4+ stars by 50 Amazon customers.

Today only, in the Gold Box Deals of the Day, Amazon is offering up to 50% off adidas footwear for men and kids. There are a number of different options here from basketball shoes to flip-flops. One standout option is the adidas Performance Men’s Isolation 2 Basketball Shoe for $38 with free shipping for Prime members or in orders over $35. That’s $22 under the orignal price, and about $10 under the going rate from most retailers including Sports Authority. You’ll also find the adidas Performance Men’s Voloomix M Slide Sandal/flip-flops from just $14 Prime shipped, which is the best price we can find by around $5. You can browse the rest of the sale right here.

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bottle opener Stories March 29, 2016

Sports/Fitness: Kershaw Folding Knife $18 (Reg. up to $24), more

Amazon has the Kershaw Shuffle II Folding Knife with Tanto Blade and BlackWash Finish (8750TBLKBW) for $17.88 with free shipping for Prime members or in orders over $49. Alternatively, third party seller Knife Port is offering it for a few cents less, but without Amazon fulfillment. That’s around 25% below the orignal listings, the lowest Amazon has offered it for and the best price we can find. It features a thumbstud, manual opening, pocket clip, bottle opener, screwdriver, lanyard hole and more.

Sportsman’s Guide is offering the Guide Gear Portable Folding Hammock for $42.99, but code TAKEOFF20% will drop your total down to $34.39 shipped. Note: During the checkout process, be sure to uncheck the “Add Package Protection” option and be sure to checkout as a guest. It regularly sells for between $43 and $60. Today’s deal is the best price we can find and matching the previous low. Along with its 3.9/5 star rating from over 850 Amazon customers, it features a fully portable and foldable setup, a steel frame, 225-lb. weight capacity and carrying bag.

Today only, as part of the its Gold Box Deals of the Day, Amazon is offering 40% or more off New Balance running and lifestyle shoes for men, women and children. There are a number of solid deals here, including the New Balance Men’s M870V4 Running Shoes, but act quick because sizes and colors are beginning to sell out.

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bottle opener Stories February 17, 2016

Gonex-550 Military Survival Paracord bracelet with fire starter (multiple colors)-3Gonex via Amazon offers its 550 Military Survival Paracord bracelet with fire starter (multiple colors) for $5.99, but code 9LWV5OJX will drop your total down to $3.99. It ships free for Prime members or in orders over $35. That’s more than 50% below some listings, more than 30% below the average selling price and the best we can find. This is a 5-in-1 adjustable survival bracelet featuring a bottle opener, scraper, whistle and fire starter. It has a lifetime warranty from Gonex and is rated 4.1/5 stars from over 210 Amazon customers.Plantronics BackBeat Fit Bluetooth Headphones-sale-01

Jet is currently offering the Plantronics BackBeat Fit Bluetooth Headphones in black/green for $78.97, but new Jet customers can apply the code 15NOW at checkout to drop the total down to $67.12 shipped. That’s more than $60 under the original listing, $10+ below the next best price/Amazon and the lowest we can find. They are water and sweat-resistant, have an 8 hour battery life, and easy on-ear controls to for playback and more. Rated 4.2/5 stars from over 2,700 Amazon customers.

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bottle opener Stories September 24, 2015

No bunch of keys is very organized. In contrast, the KeySmart 2.0 keeps keys ordered and accessible at all times. 9to5Toys Specials has it now for $30 shipped.

Just like a multitool, the KeySmart holds keys on pins at either end of the device. This keeps the keys flat, meaning they take up half the space they normally would, and makes them easy to flip out when you reach your front door. The organizer is primarily made from titanium, although the pins are stainless steel. Quite apart from the easy access, the KeySmart is considerably more comfortable than a bunch of keys in a tight jeans pocket, and it prevents other items getting scratched. It has a capacity of ten keys, and it is compatible with all standard flat designs up to 53mm. It also has a loop for your car fob, and it comes with an optional bottle opener. Surprisingly, it only weighs 0.73 ounces unloaded.

You can pick up a KeySmart 2.0 now at 31% off the MSRP, with free shipping to the Continental US.

bottle opener Stories June 28, 2015

Eton NSP101WXGR Scorpion ll Rugged

I’ve been using the Eton Scorpion II Model NSP101WXGR Rugged for over a month now. Eton specializes in making durable emergency weather radios and this is their new “everything portable model”. In the small package, it contains:

  • A STRONG.5W LED flashlight. Lots of USB batteries contain LED flashlights now. This one is brighter than all of the others’ put together. It is a real flashlight as opposed to a pen/key light.
  • Receives AM/FM/NOAA Weatherband radio. The radio is great with the antenna pulled out pulling in many stations. I don’t like the design of the buttons (would almost be impossible to navigate in the dark) and the speaker isn’t great. Overall a win though because you are trying not to die not hear the “midtones and lows”.
  • The digital Tuner also has a clock which turns on any time you hit a button.
  • It is super small, portable and rugged with a cool green tone design. I love the design and it is totally droppable and water resistant.
  • 5V 1A USB output charges smartphones with a 800 mAh lithium battery. This isn’t huge but will give you a few hours in a crunch. Even more impressive, there are 3 ways to charge the battery: hand crank, Solar and MicroUSB. The solar isn’t going to keep your iPhone charged, but it will keep the device ready for when you need it in a window. The hand crank will charge your phone. Like a fishing reel, about 20 cranks will add a bar of battery to the device. I think you could probably operate the emergency radio on solar alone. 
  • Bottle opener – because just because the lights are out doesn’t mean you should stop the party.

So I see two use cases for this device. One is an emergency device that you keep at home in a window solar charged for when your power goes out. That’s where I used it.

However, with the carabiner and the ruggedness, I think i this is geared toward campers and cars where it can clip to your backpack and provide you with lights, radio and extra power (bottle opener) when you need it.

At $50, it seems like a very worthy investment for me. expand full story

bottle opener Stories September 27, 2014


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Update (10/4): Thanks for all of the entries into our Small States giveaway, @kenjancef is our winner and he has been contacted.


Right away, when the package arrives, you know that you are getting something special. Even the packaging tape has a notable design to it, boldly declaring that your goods from Owen & Fred have arrived. Not just any old box, but the one you were waiting for from Owen & Fred.

When you open it there is an attention to detail in the packaging: the smaller boxes are neatly packed, greeting you right away. Everything feels just right – like it was meant for you.

It is clear from the beginning that with Owen & Fred, you get a unique and special experience. When you speak with proprietor Mike Arnot, you understand that this experience was not accidental.

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