Sunday, July 27, 2014

[Gear Review] Dorcy 160 Lumen 4D Twin Globe LED Lantern & 230 Lumen Focusing Flashlight

We just got back from our EPIC Family Camping Adventure in Yosemite National Park (more on that soon!). Knowing that we would be spending five glorious nights sleeping under the stars and six marvelous days exploring Mother Nature, we took this opportunity to take a closer look at a few really cool products. 

Dorcy have marketed Flashlight products for over 55 years. All Dorcy products are manufactured to strict quality controlled specifications and are produced from proprietary tooling. They use their own bulbs and Dorcy Mastercell batteries to ensure freshness and product quality consistency, so as you can imagine, we were pretty excited to get our hands on these!

Dorcy 160 Lumen 4D Twin Globe LED Lantern Quick Specs

Dorcy 160 Lumen 4D Twin Globe LED Lantern Review
Photo by Kerem Hanci Photography
Retail Price: $49.99
Lumens: 160 
Run Time: 
                 One Globe      
350 Hours
                 Two Globes    
175 Hours
                 Night Light     
700 Hours
Beam Distance: 20 Feet Bulb 

Bulb Type: LED 360° 
Batteries: 4 D cell Product 
Dimensions: Base 5" wide, Globe area 3 3/4" wide 10 1/2" Height , 12 1/2"  height handle extended 
Product Weight: 1.8 lbs
Switch: Turn button Turn button, Low setting, High setting, Night light 
Additional Features: Night light, 1 or 2 globe operation run times

The 160 Lumen 4D Twin Globe LED Lantern is the first battery operated lantern to approximate the illumination characteristics of traditional gas / mantel lanterns. This lantern’s design allows it to radiate 360° of light with 160 Lumens of light output. The durable body construction allows this lantern to float and makes it completely waterproof with an IPX7 rating. The Twin Globe Lantern contains two brightness settings, for high and low settings, and an amber night light. The highest LED settings allows for 175 hours of continuous use, the lowest giving 350 hours, and the amber LED allows for 700 hour of continuous use. The lantern is topped off with a sturdy handle featuring a pop-out hanger hook allowing for hands free use. The 160 Lumen 4D Twin Globe LED Lantern requires 4 D cell batteries to operate (not included).

Our Thoughts: Our old lantern is an actual double mantel lantern and I must say the Dorcy was just as good in the lighting arena without the hassle of having to deal with delicate mantels and propane tanks. The nightlight feature was the perfect amount of light for late night campfire card games and the hook that is nestled in its handle is a simple, thoughtful, genius design element!

Dorcy 230 Lumen Focusing Flashlight Review
Retail Price: $44.99

                 230 High
                 120  low

Run Time: 
                 3 Hours High
                 8 Hour 30 Minutes Low
Beam Distance: 210 Meters Bulb 
Type: LED - Cree XPE R3
Batteries: 3 AA (not included) 
Product Dimensions: 6" L x 1.5" W
Head / Bezel Dimensions: 1.85" Product Weight: .50 / 8 oz - .65/ 10.5 oz with batteries 
Switch: Tactical multi function High/Low/Strobe/SOS 
Additional Features:  O'rings , Lanyard, Strobe, SOS, sturdy battery holder, Gold Tip connectors

The Dorcy International’s new Zoom Focus flashlights are state of the art. Zoom Focus technology enables the user to adjust the beam/focus of the light from a tightly focused spot with maximum reach all the way out to an extremely wide area flood light with perfectly even edge to edge light distribution. All this is made possible by Dorcy’s Patented TIR optical technology. The Total Internal Reflectance optical system uses a patented acrylic lens that is so efficient almost 100% of the light produced is projected onto your target with incredible precision.   

The patented TIR focusing lens is made from optical grade acrylic that is nearly 100% transparent and gives the light a clean and precise beam projection unlike any flashlight you have seen before. All Zoom Focus lights are sealed with rubber o-rings to protect against dust and moisture and are rated IPX6 for water resistance.  

The focusing system is operated on a sealed gasket mechanism that is smooth and precise. Moving the bezel forward or back to adjust the beam will feel like the operating a precision machine which is what it is. The patented TIR optical lens provides maximum beam concentration when focused in the spot mode. With a reach of over 400 feet this incredible flashlight will satisfy the most demanding user. When focused to the wide flood mode the Dorcy Zoom Focus flashlight will create an incredible circle of light more than 30 feet in diameter at 15 feet from the target. In addition the patented TIR optical system ensures even light dispersion providing edge to edge illumination with no dark spots or glare. Made from premium anodized Aluminum they are incredibly tough. Zoom Focus lights use patented TIR optics to provide industry leading optical efficiency. This means nearly 100% of all the light produced gets out onto your target. Outfitted with the very latest LED technology from CREE these amazing flashlights produce more light output than the competition.

Our Thoughts: This was one of our daughter's favorite toys on the the trip! She used it incessantly! She dropped it repeatedly, left it on continuously, zoomed the beam in, then out, then in again and out, over and over and over again. She used it to catch bugs, inspect spiders and explore the peaceful dusk-time campground roads. This flashlight's powerful beam of light is shocking given its compact size, easily fitting into those handy interior tent gear pockets and small dirt-covered hands alike.

Friday, June 20, 2014

[Food Series] 3 Detoxifying and Anti-Inflammatory Homemade Juices

For years now, I witnessed the debilitating pain that inflammation can cause a body. I have a close family member who has been dealing with the painful issues associated with osteoarthritis and I am always trying new ways to keep their symptoms at bay. I truly believe that diet assists 99.9% of our health and well being, as well as regular physical activity and I am hoping, if you are dealing with any inflammatory dis-ease, these simple and delicious juices might just give you a bit of relief! Enjoy!

3 Detoxifying and Anti-Inflammatory  Homemade Juices

Rise and Shine
1/2 Papaya
1 Orange
1/2 cup Pineapple
1/4 teaspoon Turmeric

The Afternoon Anti-Inflammatory
1 Apple
4 Asparagus
3 Celery
1 bunch Parsley

Evening Star
2 Golden Beets
3 Carrots
1 Pear
2 Cucumbers

Monday, June 16, 2014

4 Reasons Why I Have to Go Back to Costa Rica

Four years ago my husband and I reluctantly stepped back on US soil, with the echo of howler monkeys still ringing in our ears, the heavy dew of the rain forest still kissing our sun-soaked skin and our hearts full of every single happy, soulful person we met on our 2 week road trip across Costa Rica. The initial concept of a Costa Rican trip sprung from my brother, as a picture perfect locale to propose to his then girlfriend. When we were invited to go along and be a part of his surprise, life-changing moment, we simply asked, "When do we leave?!" 

Every second of our whirlwind 15 day trip was planned with an adventurous spirit. Having rented a four-wheel drive vehicle, we made a conscious decision to tackle the rugged interior jungle roads and washed out coastal passages head on with the confidence that the villages and the people and the eco-systems we would discover off the beaten track would be a thousand times better than any walled-off, all-inclusive resort. We were right.

I will warn you that the title of this blog is a bit misleading. As you scroll down, you might notice that three out of the four reasons appear to be the same: Adventure. But, I will tell you that the adventure that exists on the west coast surf town of Playa Negra is completely different from the adventure that awaits in the northern rainforests of Monteverde which is a complete one hundred and eighty degrees away from the adventure that we found on the more laid-back Caribbean coastal town of Puerto Viejo and the Panamanian border-town of Manzanillo.

Every single inch of the more than one thousand kilometers we traversed, was brimming with Pura Vida. I'm here to tell you that once you visit Costa Rica, it will live in your bones, your blood, your heart forever. We are dreaming of the day we will go back with our daughter, to introduce her to its wild jungles, watch her eyes widen at the sight of its majestic coasts, revel in its beautiful family-oriented culture and most of all inject her with a little of its happiness. Pura Vida! 

1 | Adventure

This is an awesome video my, now sister-in-law took as she and my brother zip-lined through the cloud rain forests of Monteverde, Costa Rica! My husband and I were right in front of them! It was a magical and exhilarating once-in-a-lifetime experience!

2 | Adventure

The surfing in Playa Negra is world class, the beaches are stunning and the villagers are warm and inviting!

Surfing in Costa Rica

3 | Adventure

The chances of walking 5 feet without a wildlife sighting is pretty low, in Costa Rica. One of my absolute favorite things while we were exploring the west coast was being woken up in the middle of the night by the howler monkeys. It was like a deep, melodic reminder that I was in the middle of the jungle. It's also a nice added bonus to have a professional photographer for a husband to capture all of the beauty we witnessed, so we can remember it for ever!

Wildlife in Costa Rica

4 | Pura Vida

This totally out of focus and not-so-flattering picture of me and my hubby biking through the Gandoca Manzanillo National Wildlife Refuge on the southeastern most tip of Costa Rica pretty much sums up the pure joy and happiness we felt.

Biking in Costa Rica

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