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In response to popular customer demand, Accessory Depot has a new line of outdoor gear: sleeping bags by Eureka!.  This post will serve to outline and overview the different types of sleeping bags we carry, which will further assist you in selecting the correct sleeping bag for your needs.

The backcountry sleeping bags we carry come in three temperature ratings: 0 degrees, 15 degress, and 30 degress.

1. Eureka! Cooper River: 30 Degrees

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 Quick Overview:

This bag is perfect for camping and hunting from the Spring through the Fall. 

Specifications:

  • Zipper Side: Right
  • Insulation: ThermaShield™
  • Temp Rating: 30° F
  • Size: 84″ x 32″ x 20″
  • Fill Weight: 2 lbs. 5 oz.
  • Carry Weight: 3 lbs. 13 oz.

Warm

  • Double layer off-set multi-needle quilt construction
  • Fully adjustable contoured hood
  • Differential cut
  • Draft tube

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Comfortable

  • Polyester taffeta liner
  • Inside “stash pocket” (MP3 player not included)
  • Fleece pillow pocket
  • Trapezoidal foot box

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Tough

  • Polyester mini ripstop shell
  • #5, 2-way, self-repairing zipper
  • Compression stuff sack included

2. Eureka! Casper: 15 degress

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Quick Overview:

This bag is thin and light, and it offers sufficient amount of warmth through the winter.

Specifications:

  • Zipper Side: Right
  • Insulation: Rteq
  • Temp Rating: 15° F
  • Size: 82″ x 32″ x 21″
  • Fill Weight: 1 lb. 12 oz.
  • Carry Weight: 2 lbs. 15 oz.

Warm

  • Double layer off-set multi-needle quilt construction
  • Fully adjustable contoured hood
  • Differential cut
  • Draft tube

Comfortable

  • 210T polyester taffeta liner
  • Inside “stash pocket” (MP3 player not included)
  • External pillow pocket
  • Trapezoidal foot box

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Tough

  • 210T polyester diamond ripstop shell
  • #5, 2-way, self-repairing zipper
  • Compression stuff sack included

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3. Eureka! Kaycee: 0 Degrees

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Quick Overview:

This bag is zero degree rated for the serious winter camper.

Specifications:

  • Zipper Side: Right
  • Insulation: Rteq™
  • Temp Rating: 0° F
  • Size: 82″ x 32″ x 21″
  • Fill Weight: 3 lbs. 1 oz.
  • Carry Weight: 4 lbs. 9 oz.

Warm

  • Double layer off-set multi-needle quilt construction
  • Fully adjustable contoured hood
  • Differential cut
  • Draft tube

Comfortable

  • 210T polyester taffeta liner
  • Inside “stash pocket” (MP3 player not included)
  • External pillow pocket
  • Trapezoidal foot box

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Tough

  • 210T polyester diamond ripstop shell
  • #5, 2-way, self-repairing zipper
  • Compression stuff sack included

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Accessory Depot carries products that serve three industries: cell phone / laptop accessories, outdoor gear, and marine electronics.  In this post, I am going to show you some ways you can enhance your hiking  trip with our various state-of-the-art outdoor products.

1. Tents

Lets start with arguably one of the most important items that you will carry on your hiking trip (aside from emergency items), and that is your tent.  Since it is usually the largest and heaviest item you will be carrying in your pack, you want it to be compact and light in order to give you more space for other items.

Some great tent options available from Accessory Depot:

2. Lighting

Whether it be a headlamp or a hand-held LED flashlight, lighting while hiking during the early hours can be very important.  It is important to find a headlamp that is resistant to water and impact; likewise, you want your LED flashlight to be lightweight and durable at the same time.  Here are some of our recommended lighting products from Accessory Depot:

3. Keeping your gear dry

You always want to protect yourself from the elements that you may encounter while on the trail or in the wilderness, so it is important that you have the proper equipment to keep your gear dry.

  • The first thing I would recommend is any size Dry Pak Roll Top Waterproof case.  You can fit a large amount of items in one of these cases, and you do not have to worry about it getting wet.  Likewise, the circular top makes it easy to raise it up and away from animals.

4. Monitoring your progress and location

One of the things that can really give you and advantage on the trail is a trail watch.  Theses watches have various features, such as speed/distance, compass, altimeter, barometer and even a GPS.  Below are my recommendations for a trail-rated watch with all the features you will want and need.

  • Silva Tech 4o TrailLeader 2 features speed and distance tracking, digital compass, altimeter, and a barometer.  Its small size and stainless steel case makes it perfect for the wilderness.

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Otterbox offers many different series, options and colors for their Drybox cases.  For any outdoor enthusiast, or anyone looking for a way to keep things dry for that matter, these cases are just right for you.  They offer many features, such as:

  • Waterproof protection up to 100 feet
  • They float!
  • Crushproof
  • All (besides the 1000 series) have 1/8″ of interior foam for protection

They offer three different series of cases: 1000, 2000,  3000, 8000 and also a 9000 series. In each series contains various options and colors to give you more flexibility.  This blog will serve as a guide to help you choose the best series case for your needs.

1000 Series:

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The 1000 series cases are perfect for the following articles:

  • keys
  • small wallets
  • credit cards and ID
  • film batteries or film
  • fishing lures

The dimensions of this case are as follows:

Exterior Dimensions:
4.837″ (123mm) x 3.682″ (93.4mm) x 1.652″ (42mm)

Internal Dimensions:
3.700″ x 2.350″ x 1.000″

Weight (case only):
0.3lb (.14kg)

The 1000 series case come with an attached lanyard.  Likewise, it comes in four different colors: black, yellow, blue, and clear.

2000 Series:


The 2000 series cases are perfect for the following articles below (you could fit many of the following articles in this case as in the video).  This is the perfect size to fit in a backpack for camping, canoeing or even kayaking.  Likewise, this is a good size to keep things dry on a boat!

  • wallet
  • camera
  • keys
  • credit cards and ID

The dimensions of this case are as follows:

Exterior Dimensions:
6.855″ x 4.571″ x 1.829″

Interior Dimensions:
5.757″ x 3.140″ x 0.979″

The 2000 series case come with an attached lanyard.  Likewise, it comes in four different colors: black, yellow, blue, and clear.

2500 Series:

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The 2500 series cases are perfect for the following articles below (you could fit many small items in this case, such as wallet, keys, sunglasses and a camera).  Since this case is a pretty good size, I would not recommend them fora camping or hiking trip, as it would add a lot of unnecessary weight.  This case is ideal for keeping on a boat, canoe or kayak.

  • This case is designed to hold many small things.  If you needed a box to keep your wallet, keys, camera, cell phone, and sunglasses safe and dry, this case is perfect for you.

Exterior Dimensions:
6.855″ x 4.563″ x 3.590″

Interior Dimensions:
5.691″ x 3.063″ x 2.741″

The 2500 series case come with an attached lanyard.  Likewise, it comes in four different colors: black, yellow, blue, and clear.

3000 Series:

The 3000 series cases are perfect for the following articles below (you could fit many of the following articles in this case as in the video).  Since this case is a pretty good size, I would not recommend them fora camping or hiking trip, as it would add a lot of unnecessary weight.  This case is ideal for keeping on a boat, canoe or kayak.

  • GPS units
  • Large PDAs
  • Personal gaming devices
  • Handheld PCs
  • Satellite pocket mail units

The dimensions of this case are as follows:

Exterior Dimensions:
8.813″ x 5.175″ x 2.008″

Interior Dimensions:
7.639″ x 3.723″ x 1.229″

The 3000 series case come with an attached lanyard.  Likewise, it comes in four different colors: black, yellow, blue, and clear.

3250 Series:

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The 3250 series cases are perfect for the following articles below (you could fit many small items in this case, such as wallet, keys, sunglasses and a camera).  Since this case is a pretty good size, I would not recommend them fora camping or hiking trip, as it would add a lot of unnecessary weight.  This case is ideal for keeping on a boat, canoe or kayak.

  • This case is designed to hold many small things.  It is more flat and longer than the 2500 case so it may be good for keeping long devices/electronics.  If you needed a box to keep your wallet, keys, camera, cell phone, and sunglasses safe and dry, this case is perfect for you.

Exterior Dimensions:
8.813″ x 5.175″ x 3.082″

Interior Dimensions:
7.587″ x 3.648″ x 2.226″

The 3250 series case come with an attached lanyard.  Likewise, it comes in four different colors: black, yellow, blue, and clear.

3500 Series:


The 3500 series cases are perfect for the following articles below (you could fit many small items in this case, such as wallet, keys, sunglasses and a camera).  Since this case is a pretty good size, I would not recommend them fora camping or hiking trip, as it would add a lot of unnecessary weight.  This case is ideal for hunting or fishing.

  • This case is designed to hold many small things.  It is more flat and longer than the 2500 case so it may be good for keeping long devices/electronics.  If you needed a box to keep your wallet, keys, camera, cell phone, and sunglasses safe and dry, this case is perfect for you.
  • Ideal for ammo or as a tackle box

Exterior Dimensions:
8.813″ x 5.175″ x 4.179″

Interior Dimensions:
7.549″ x 3.606″ x 3.326″

The 3500 series case come with an attached lanyard.  Likewise, it comes in four different colors: black, yellow, blue, and clear.

3510 with foam series:

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The 3510 series cases are the exact same size as the 3500, only this case features the “Pick-n-pluck” foam on the inside.  The most practical use for this case is to keep ammo dry during hunting season, but you can put virtually anything inside of it.

Exterior Dimensions:
8.813″ x 5.175″ x 4.179″

Interior Dimensions:
7.549″ x 3.606″ x 3.326″

The 3500 series cases come in black, blue or yellow.

8000 Series:

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The 8000 series cases are perfect for the following articles below (you could fit many of the following articles in this case).  This is the perfect size to fit in a backpack for camping, canoeing or even kayaking.  Likewise, this is a good size to keep things dry on a boat!

  • wallet
  • camera
  • keys
  • credit cards and ID
  • sunglasses

The dimensions of this case are as follows:

Exterior Dimensions:
3.354″ x 4.542″ x 5.921″

Interior Dimensions:
1.935″ x 2.831″ x 5.188″

The 8000 series case come with an attached lanyard.  Likewise, it comes in four different colors: black, yellow, blue, and clear.

9000 Series:

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The 9000 series cases are perfect for the following articles below (you could fit many of the following articles in this case).  This is the perfect size to fit in a backpack for camping, canoeing or even kayaking.  Likewise, this is a good size to keep things dry on a boat!

  • wallet
  • camera
  • keys
  • credit cards and ID
  • sunglasses

The dimensions of this case are as follows:

Exterior Dimensions:
3.354″ x 4.542″ x 7.663″

Interior Dimensions:
1.824″ x 2.709″ x 6.930″

The 9000 series case come with an attached lanyard.  Likewise, it comes in four different colors: black, yellow, blue, and clear.

For more on the Otterbox waterproof cases or any Otterbox products, please visit the “OtterBlog”

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We carry all different types of watches with various different features that are geared towards different uses and lifestyles.  This guide is intended to help you choose the best type of watch for your specific needs, outlining the most popular, the highest reviewed, as well as taking a look at some of the features that are available.

The first thing you need to be aware of is the three different types or genres of watches that we put our watches into in order to make it easier to choose a watch.  The three categories are fitness, outdoor and navigation watches. See the brief breakdown below:

  • In general, a fitness watch is going to track your daily activity, including distance and pace.  In addition, a lot of them also have the ability to track your heart rate.
  • Outdoor watches have various features, such as digital compass and tide/temp that are useful if you are nautical.  In addition, a lot of the outdoor watches are good for cycling and mountain biking as well because they have the ability to track both heart rate and cadence.

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Fitness Watches

This is by far our best selling category, and it is for a pretty good reason: these watches have the ability to adapt to just about any lifestyle, and they are packed with a lot of great features.  It is safe to say that most of the fitness watches on the market come standard with the following features

  • Lap memory (generally 50) with lap, split, speed, pace, distance and total time
  • Some kind of training log (which may outline your best lap, average lap, distance per lap, total time, calories)
  • Timers and interval timers
  • Customizable alarms
  • Various times zones
  • Indigo night-light
  • Most important: water-resistant (usually 50m)

Best Reviewed Fitness Watches

Timex Zone Trainer Digital Heart Rate Monitor ($75)

Timex Zone Trainer Digital Heart Rate Monitor

Timex Zone Trainer Digital Heart Rate Monitor

This Timex watch is packed with great features for the price.  It includes all of the options noted above, plus a heart rate monitor and a “Zoned” trainer that allows you to track how long you are in  particular hear rates.  In fact, it will automatically set 5 trainings zones based on your training routine, and it will allow you to track your heart rate during various times of your workout, including your warm-up and cool-down.  This watch is ideal primarily for runner, but also anyone who does fitness and would like to track their heart rate.

What our customers have said:

“Tried different HR monitors for running. This is the best product so far. The best and unique function is the “zone training” monitor on the top of the screen. I use it a lot. I cannot imagine my runnings without it anymore.”     -Tyler

For me its my first buy, but im no disapointed at all, in fact, right now i just ordered another for a friend”     -Matt

Timex Ironman Road Trainer Digital Heart Rate Monitor ($80)

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The Timex Ironman Road Trainer is one of the best revived fitness and heart rate watches on the market.  The best thing about this watch is that it comes with Digital 2.4 Heart Rate Sensor and Strap, which provides the best accuracy.  This watch is designed for both fitness enthusiasts and weekend warriors to help them meet their exercise goals.  Some of the normal features it has are 100 hour chronograph, 50 lap memory (with average heart rate), alarm with 5 minute backup, Indigo night light, and it is waterproof of to 100m.

What our customers have said:

What a great investment. This was the only HRM with the features I wanted that I could afford – and would wear in public. Ironman is pretty cool. It does everything I needed.     -Ted

I have had dozens of watches for working out because of how hard I am on them but I always seem to come back to the Ironman HRM. After all these years I have finally read the entire manual and am so pleased with what my watch can do.     -Andy

Garmin Forerunner 305 Personal Trainer ($199)

25533Talk about saving the best for last!  This Garmin Forerunner 305 is by far our best selling watch, and there is no wonder why it sells so well.  The highlight features of this watch include:

  • A high sensitivity GPS receiver.  The great thing about the GPS receiver is that it is wrapped around your wrist to allow better exposure to the sky, ensuring that you are always tracked under tress and next to tall buildings.
  • New courses feature.  The course feature allows you to compete against previous workouts, comparing your pace, hear rate and performance
  • A robust wireless heart rate monitor for optimal performance that straps around your chest and has a great battery life
  • You can use your 305 to train for your next duathlon or triathlon as it allows you to seamlessly transition between sports without resetting the unit
  • Any of the 3 main data screens are customizable, and up to 12 data fields give you instant feedback on your workout
  • You can easily track and compare your workout and data through the “Garmin Connect” online community
  • The optional accessories, such as the foot pod or the cadence sensor, also make this product that much better

If you have any specific questions regarding the Garmin Forerunner 305, I would advise you visit the Garmin Blog Website, as they have a lot of knowledgeable people monitoring their blog.

What our customers have said:

I like this thing quite a lot. I’ve had it for about three weeks, and have used it on 12 workouts so far. I use it primarily for running, with biking a secondary usage. The main reason I wanted it was for the instantaneous readout of distance, running pace and heart rate, the latter needed for the speed work I want to do this running season.   The core functionality of the watch (distance and heart rate monitoring) works perfectly.     -Paul

I use this thing for running, biking, rollerblading, mountaineering, skiing, and just about everything else outside. I am really happy that I spent the money for the upgraded version.     -J.L.

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Outdoor Watches

The Outdoor Watches category is where you are going to find a watch that has the ability to tell you various types of useful information, such as direction, tide and even temp.  These types of watches are perfect if you are outdoors or if you find yourself on the water a lot.  When going on the water, it always helps to know the tide, and likewise when going hiking or camping, it is always beneficial to have a compass, especially one that is on your wrist!

Best Reviewed Outdoor Watches

Timex Expedition Adventure Tech Altimeter Watch ($78)

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The title says it all, as this watch was designed for the extreme outdoor adventurist.  This watch comes complete with the following features:

  • Temperature sensor
  • Barometer
  • Altimeter
  • All the standard features (Alarm, Indigo, Chronograph, Water Resistant 50m, 2 Year Battery Life)

What our customers have said:

Great! For the price you can’t beat it. It does everything the high dollar altimeter watches do, but at a 1/4 the price. Light, sleek and cool!     -Gene

Timex Expedition E-Insturments E-Tide – Temp – Compass Watch ($120)

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This Timex Outdoor watch is the best all-around adventure watch, as it has a blend of great features.  This watch enables you to track temperature, tide, and it also has a electronic compass.  In addition, it also has your basic but essential features, such as Indigo, Stainless Steel Casing, and water resistance up to 100m.

What our customers have said:

This watch delivered everything I was expecting… I primarily got it for the style, but I use the tide tracker for kayaking and the temperature feature is pretty neat.  I am very pleased with my choice.     -Chip

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