New pieces of equipment that caught the eye of Dieter Loibner this month include a boombox, freezer packs, boat shoes, a night vision camera and duffel bags and backpacks.
Eco Terra boombox
The Eco Terra is a submersible, floating, waterproof and shock-resistant boombox for MP3 players and smart phones with a 3.5mm jack, including iPod, iPhone, Blackberry and Android. The internal casing houses the music player — plus cash, credit cards and keys — and the polycarbonate shell protects the device and the two 3-inch speakers. The speakers can be powered either by four C-cell batteries or the included AC charger. MSRP is $149.99. Grace Digital Inc.,San Diego, (866) 446-0961. www.gracedigitalaudio.com
Nu-Ice freezer packsNu-Ice was developed for vaccine shipments, which demand stringent temperature parameters. Now the company is introducing Marine Series freezer packs, which create a cold, dry space in coolers and fishboxes. The company says they last longer than conventional or dry ice and are non-toxic, environmentally safe and reusable. Nu-Ice packs can maintain subzero temperatures for 96 hours and come in two sizes: zero degrees C and minus 16 degrees C. A 2-pound bag retails for $14.95, and 5-pound bags cost $24.95. Nu-Ice Inc., Palm City, Fla., (888) 684-2388. www.nu-ice.com
Sebago TriwaterSebago is aiming its new Triwater line of boating shoes at water sports enthusiasts, including competitive sailors, anglers and casual boaters. Waterproof leather, a breathable mesh lining, vibration-dampening technology, toe and heel protection, and slip-resistant, non-marking outer soles are among the key features. Retail pricing is $95 for the Crest Vent boat-friendly casual shoe, $100 for the Offshore Catch (pictured) and $120 for the Tidal Surge. Sebago, Rockford, Mich., (866) 699-7367. www.sebago.com
The M-618CS night vision camera features 640-by-480 resolution thermal imaging and 2x and 4x E-Zoom; a 35mm lens with extended range that detects small vessels from more than 2 miles away; active gyro-stabilization for steady imagery in rough seas; a color TV camera with 10x optical zoom; and a rugged, waterproof gimbal enclosure with a continuous 360-degree pan and plus or minus 90-degree tilt capability. It also incorporates Ethernet connectivity for easy installation and control. The M-618CS retails for $39,995. FLIR Systems Inc., Wilsonville, Ore., (877) 773-3547. www.flir.com
October 2012 issue