Today is one of the coolest days we’ve had in quite a long time here at GearExpert by OpticsPlanet. We’re located just outside Chicago, Il., and it has been scorching hot for quite a while. It should only be in the low 80′s today, but by Monday some are forecasting temperatures right back up to about 100 degrees! Wowza. We’ve had multiple days like this so far this summer, and I know we’re not the only part of the nation feeling this blistering heat. Because of this crazy heat I wanted to show off a few of our best ‘Beat the Heat’ products, AND I’m going to give you coupon codes so you can get them at an even better price than normal!
Yes, clearly the heat has gone to my head and made me more generous.
Water, Water Everywhere. Make Sure it’s in your Pack!
First and foremost, any time you’re dealing with extreme heat you HAVE to make sure you stay well hydrated. I know many people don’t think of how dangerous dehydration can be, but it can not only lead to weakness and mood swings (try hunting on a sweltering day without water and let me know if you’re in a good mood afterward) but also, in very serious cases, death. Because of how absolutely dangerous dehydration is, the number one thing to do during a heat wave is drink lots of water. If you’re not home with a nice tall glass of lemonade, you’ll need a water bottle.
The CamelBak Groove .6L Bottle is not only a great water bottle, it also serves to purify water. So if you live in an area where the tap water has a funny taste due to excessive chlorine or other impurities, this will make it taste fresh and clean. It’s a real pain to try to drink a bunch of water only to have it taste metallic or strange. The filter is built right into the straw, so you can drink your clean water without much hassle at all. That straw has a Bite-Valve, and the bottle is pretty darn strong, so it’ll keep from spilling when you’re out and about. If you think this is the way for you to beat the heat, use coupon code BOTTLE5 and receive $5 off!
But I’m talking about some of the cool stuff from OpticsPlanet, so there’s got to be a cooler way to haul some water. While the filter straw is definitely a cool way to drink, if you’re on the go you need way to drink without slowing down for a second. That’s where a quality Hydration Pack comes into play. We have guys around the office here who regularly use their hydration pack for cycling, hiking, camping, hunting (of course!), and running. We love them, and one of our favorites is the simple yet effective EOTech Hydration Backpack. This pack holds 100 oz. of water, which should be more than enough for most day trips, and it’s nice and compact so you don’t have to worry about it getting in the way as you run around the woods or bike along miles and miles of trails. If you want one use coupon code EOHYDRO to receive $10 off!
The Sun Burns, but not through These Slick Heat-Beating Clothes!
After you’ve taken care of hydration, it’s good to get out of the sun. If you have to be outside, make sure to cover up. Not only does sunburn hurt and make you miserable for days, but skin cancer is a real killer that you need to be careful about. Sunscreen helps, but it’s better to actually cover up a bit. Let’s start with your head.
The EOTech Boonie Hat is a simple hat, but the extra brim really helps keep the sun off your face and neck. A traditional ball cap helps, but a boonie hat has a little more coverage. The EOTech Boonie Hat is also a great way to show your support for your favorite brand. Hunters and shooters know that EOTech stands for high quality and high tech gear, so you can let everyone see you know what’s the best! If you’d like to save $5 on the Boonie Hat use coupon code EOHAT5!
You’ll get most of the sun off your head and face with a hat, but the most vulnerable part of your face is your eyes, especially where sunlight is concerned. The harmful UV rays can cause serious eye impairment if you don’t take care of them, so be absolutely certain you have a good pair of sunglasses on when out in the sun. We have coupons for a couple super stylish versions from Serengeti.
First, we have the Serengeti Bianca Sunglasses for Women. Clearly, they’re nice looking sunglasses, but the Bianca’s actually are more than just fashionable. They also feature some advanced tech. The lenses especially give you an outstanding view. Not only are they optically outstanding and give a nice, non-distorted view, but they’re also photochromic lenses so they’ll adjust to the light conditions. They’re a great way to stay stylish while keeping the sun out of your eyes. Save 10% with coupon code SUNGLASS10.
For the fellas reading, the Serengeti Rimini Sunglasses are a sporty option for keeping your eyes protected, but also for giving you a bit of extra performance. Rather than photochromic lenses, the Riminis have Polar PhD lenses, which as the name implies are polarized, meaning you’ll struggle with less glare and see better in bright sunlight. They make for excellent driving or boating sunglasses, so if you’re driving a convertible with the top down you’ll really appreciate the polarized lenses! You can save 10% on these Serengeti Sunglasses with coupon code SUNNY10.
But what about from the neck down? The sun hits your whole body, and you need to be both protected from sunlight and kept cool. For top notch performance it’s hard to beat 5.11 Tactical, so we’ve selected a pair of shorts and a t-shirt that’ll keep you cool and comfortable outside on these hot days. The 5.11 Taclite Pro Shorts appear, at first glance, to be a simple pair of shorts, but they’re super lightweight, dry very quickly (very important if you’re slogging through water or sweating and want them nice and dry quickly) and have a ton of great pockets for carrying all the gear you need! Coupon code SHORT10 will save you 10% off these shorts!
For a shirt, check out the 5.11 Loose Fit Crew. These are great for everyday use, but I really like mine for exercising. The underarm mesh panel really helps add a little venting. This both helps you stay dry and cool when it’s sweltering out. Save $5 on the Loose Fit Crew with coupon code TSHIRT5.
But How Will I Know It’s Going to be Hot? With a Weather Station, of course!
One of the best ways to beat the heat is with knowledge. If you’re considering a long hiking trip and you see it’s going to be over 100 degrees you might change your plans or at the very least you’ll have a chance to prepare a bit better. We have a few Weather Stations available from Bushnell with coupons. As they’re all from Bushnell, the quality stays consistently high, but you get a few different sets of features. First, the Bushnell Wireless FX 3 Day AccuWeather Forecast gives you, as the name implies, a 3 day forecast, and it’s at a great price, especially with coupon code BUSHNELL10, which gives $10 off! That’s huge considering how low the price on this weather station already is!
For a step up in forecasting ability, check out the Bushnell Wireless FX 5 Day AccuWeather Forecast Weather Station. It’ll provide 5 days of weather forecasting, but what is really cool about this unit is that the background on the display changes dependent on the temperature. So on a cold day it’ll be blue, and on hot days like we’ve been having lately it’ll be red. You can save $10 on this weather station also. Just use coupon code WEATHER10!
Finally, we have the 7 day Hunting model. The Bushnell HuntFXi 7-day Weather Forecaster is fantastic for those of you who like to go hunting or hiking and need a portable option. The HuntFXi runs on batteries (you can use a power cord as well for home use) so you can wake up on the trails and know how much water you need to pack for the day or how light your clothing needs to be. And with $10 off with coupon code FORECAST10 you won’t have to break the bank to stay ahead of the weather!
All the coupons above are good now through 7/27/2012, so be sure to get your warm weather gear today! We have a lot of great ways to keep cool when it’s hot outside, so when you need to beat the heat, check out OpticsPlanet first!