Vont ‘Pyro’ Bike Light Set, USB Rechargeable Super Bright Bicycle Light

Days are getting shorter which means night is coming sooner. If you enjoy riding your bike in the evening, you need a bike light for safety. I recently purchased the Vont ‘Pyro’ Bike Light Set from Amazon and was pretty impressed.

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Vont Bike Light Set

The bike light set comes with a clear front light, rear red light, 4 rubber straps, (2 of the which are replacements), and 2 USB charging cords. The lights seem to be of good quality and the company says they are waterproof which seems to be the case.

Attaching the lights to the handle bars and seat post are very easy. Slide one end of the rubber strap under the clip on the back of the light, wrap it around the bar and hook it on to the second strap clip. The bike light strap is rather tight so it holds the light in place quite well. Additionally, the lights can be clipped onto clothing, such as a pants pocket or a shirt pocket. To turn the light on, simply push the button either on the top or bottom depending how you mounted the light. The light has 4 settings: high, low, fast strobe and slow strobe.

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Vont Bike Light Set

The bike light seems pretty bright but not as bright as some that I have had. It does brighten up the area, as you can see from the image, but it’s more of a glow. However, the light itself could be seen from a very long distance, and being seen is the main point of the bike light.

The main drawback, as with most rear facing bike lights, is it needs to be secured to the seat post or rear forks. As I have a bag underneath my seat, it secures to the forks and this causes the light to angle up at about 45 degrees rather than aim straight back. It still has plenty or rear-facing light, but is something to keep in mind.

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My bike light test

In all, I’m happy with the light set. It’s bright enough to see where I’m riding, more than bright enough to be seen by other bikes and motorists, easy to put on and take off to prevent theft, and small enough to go in my pocket. Really just an all around good light set. You can find this light here on Amazon.

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Oakley Men’s Flak 2.0 XL Rectangular Sunglasses

There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t have on my sunglasses. Living in South Florida makes sunglasses a must have at all times. I purchased the Oakley Flak 2.0 sunglasses about 6 months ago when I decided to update from my Oakley Speed Jackets.

Oakley Flak 2.0 Prizm Sunglasses
Oakley Flak 2.0 Prizm Sunglasses

As always, the sunglasses from Oakley come with a nice protective case which I always use to store the sunglasses when not in use. The glasses I purchased came with a hard case and two replacement nose pieces.

Oakley Flak 2.0 Prizm Sunglasses
My Oakley Flak 2.0 Prizm Polarized Sunglasses

An additional feature of the Oakley Flak 2.0 Sunglasses is that the earsock, the rubber part that goes over the ear, is interchangeable or replaceable and comes in many colors allowing you to personalize the sunglasses to your taste just like the lenses themselves are interchangeable or replaceable. The lenses are made of a Plutonite which is a purified polycarbonate making them far more shatter resistant than glass lenses. Here is what Oakley has to say: “Oakley’s Plutonite Lenses offer top UV Protection filtering 100% of all UVA, UVB, UVC and harmful blue light up to 400mm. Oakley’s lightweight Plutonite lens material offers superior comfort, clarity and protection against impact and ultraviolet radiation.”

Oakley Flak 2.0 Prizm Sunglasses
Oakley Flak 2.0 Sunglasses

That being said, the one drawback to the Plutonite lenses is they will scratch more than glass lenses but wont shatter if and when they are dropped. The replacement lenses are not very expensive and can be swapped out literally in seconds. I have a set of clear lenses that I use when shooting. You can get replacement lenses here. Make sure you only get real Oakley lenses as there are a huge amount of replicas that may or may not have the same features and fit as OEM Oakley.

Oakley Flak 2.0 Prizm Sunglasses
Oakley Flak 2.0 Clear Lenses

I like the fit of the sunglasses on my face and also how they fit over the ears. The curvature of the frames allows the earsocks to pass by the side of the head without touching or putting any pressure on the temple. The lenses and frames in the front of the sunglasses blocks out almost all light and gives a great field of view without interfering with peripheral vision. Additionally, they are also very light.

I would recommend these as well as buy them again when my current pair wears out. I would say the Oakley Flak 2.0 are as good as the Oakley Speed Jacket sunglasses, all be it a bit smaller. You check them out or purchase them here from the Oakley Store on Amazon.

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Yes4All Adjustable Dumbbells 40, 50, 52.5, 60, 105 to 200 lbs

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Adjustable Dumbbell Free Weights

When I decided to build my home gym I learned very quickly that space would be at a premium. A complete dumbbell set to 100 pounds was out of the question not to mention the shear cost of that much weight. It didn’t take me very long to conclude I would need adjustable dumbbells just like the regular plate weights used for the barbell. I already had some experience with adjustable dumbbells such as the Bowflex SelectTech dumbbells , and the Power Block Personal Trainer Set

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Bowflex SelectTech Dumbells
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PowerBlock Personal Trainer Set Dumbells

Although both sets of dumbbells are good quality and will do the job, I found a couple things I didn’t like that set the Yes4All dumbbells apart. The main issue is the PowerBlock and Bowflex weights both rattle and move around while you are lifting whereas the Yes4All plates are held securely in place when in use. The second thing I didn’t like about the PowerBlock dumbbells is the users hand is actually inside the weight block and may cause injury should the user have to set down or drop the weights quickly.

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PowerBlock Dumbbells

The dumbbells arrived in 5 or 6 boxes that were pretty heavy but well packaged. They shipped 16 – 10 pound plates, 4 – 5 pound plates, 4 – 2.5 pound plates, 2 dumbbell bars, and 4 screw on collars with rubber O-rings installed in each collar with 4 additional replacement O-rings. The O-rings are the mechanism that secure the weight plates and keep them from rattling as described earlier. Although they sent replacement O-rings, I’v been using my dumbbells for about 18 months and I am still on the first set of O-rings.

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Yes4All Adjustable Dumbbells

The weight plates themselves are very consistent in weight, size of center hole and overall size of the plate and doesn’t have any sharp edges to get snagged of or cut by. Additionally the metal is very clean and seems to stay that way as my hands never get dirty while using the dumbbells. One thing I did notice when I first started using the dumbbells was small flakes of chrome from the bar were coming off the area where the collars screw on but this stopped after about a week and I can’t notice where the flakes came from. May have just been part of the manufacturing process.

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Adjustable Dumbbell Plate Weights

Swapping the plates to change the weight is rather simple. Unscrew the collar, slip on the next plate and screw the collar back on. There are various weight combinations you can purchase, I bought the 200 pound set and it works great for me.

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My adjustable dumbbells

I would definitely purchase these again and would recommend to anyone looking for a good quality, space saving dumbbell system for their home gym. You can learn more or purchase these dumbbells here on Amazon

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BalanceFrom Puzzle Exercise Mat with EVA Foam Interlocking Tiles

I’ve always liked the finished look of rubber matting on a gym floor. It gives it that gym kind of feel. The gym flooring from BalanceFrom is an interlocking, double sided, textured floor mat that is 24 inches by 24 inches and is a 1/2 inch thick. It comes in a variety of colors and sizes, but the ones that I have are black.

The gym floor mat is a little softer than the mat in a commercial gym which gives it superior sound deadening quality but the softer material allows small objects like women’s high heals to leave marks – but as long as you’re not working out in heels, your good.

The high-density EVA foam gives the gym floor tile a non slip moisture resistant surface on both sides and and the company says it doesn’t contain any toxic phthalates. What I noticed is it didn’t make my home gym smell bad.

More about the gym floor mat

Each piece of gym flooring comes with 4 sides that interlock with another floor tile, plus two smooth removable end pieces for a finished look. There are more than enough end pieces included that I ended up with about half of them left over.

Installation was very easy using a utility knife and a strait edge longer than 24 inches. I also put a piece of wood under the mat I was cutting to keep my knife from dulling on the concrete floor. I was able to install the gym floor in a room that is 20 feet by 12 feet in about an hour and a half including clean up.

This is the finished floor using the BalanceFrom gym floor mat

To wrap it up

My experience with the gym floor mat from BalanceFrom was positive. Very easy to install, finished product looks great, already spilled water and it dries right off, cleans very well just using a Swiffer, which you can order here from Amazon.

The only con I have experienced so far is the issue with high heels or I imagine anything small like that would leave a mark. It’s not a bad mark, but I know it’s there.

I would definitely recommend this gym flooring for any home gym but not for heavy duty commercial use. However, it would work great in a private training studio for yoga or personal training. Although I have not had this product outside, it seems to be more than durable enough to hold up to the weather but would recommend gluing it down or taking it in when the winds kick up. I purchased the gym flooring from here on Amazon.

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Scubapro Twin Jet split fins

Introducing the Twin Jet scuba diving fins from Scubapro. The Twin Jet scuba diving fins come in 4 different colors: black, yellow, gray and blue, and can be purchased in sizes: small, medium, large and extra large. Additionally, the Twin Jets have the option of having an adjustable strap for when wearing boots or full foot when barefoot. Two buoyancy options come with the fins, although not all colors have the same buoyancy option. The black Twin Jets fins are negatively buoyant with slightly more ridged blades while the yellow, blue, and gray are slightly positively buoyant.

Black Scubapro twin jet dive fin

What does Scubapro say?

The patented design of the split fin, according to Scubapro, is “inspired by the dynamic propulsion of real-life marine creatures (these fins’ unique split-hydrofoil shape was inspired by the actual tail fin of a humpback whale).” Also, according to Scubapro, the design is supposed to reduce drag while providing greater propulsion with less effort.

Blue Scubapro twin jet dive fin

At first glance, you will notice the Scubapro fins are slightly wider than many other fins and seem to have wider foot pockets on the the adjustable strap model. This model also comes with quick connect swivel buckles on both ends of the strap.

Yellow Scubapro twin jet dive fin

My Experience

I purchased the black twin jet fins with the strap as I dive in Michigan in “cold water” and need the thermo protection that boots provide. I also purchased a blue set to be able to loan when we go snorkeling but I primarily dive with the black. The strap is made of very rugged and strong material and lasted more than 500 dives before breaking my first strap.

Donning the fins is very easy whether in the water, on land or on a boat. I leave the quick disconnects connected but set the straps very loose. Folding the strap under the foot compartment, I slide my foot in, fold the straps up and tighten. For doffing, simply release either disconnect and slide your foot out. One thing to remember is that the black fins will sink if you let go, so make sure you hold on to them at all times while in the water. The blue, gray and yellow will float, however very slowly if you are at depth, and will remain afloat at the surface.

Once in the water, one of thirst things I felt was the smoothness of the kick and the ease of movement. The fins did not try to sway, nor did they try to bend my foot back unnaturally. I’m prone to cramps in my calves if I’ve been away from the water too long, but don’t get as many cramps, if any, with these fins.

I’ve used these fins a tremendous amount of times in a chlorinated environment and have not noticed any ill effects caused by the chemical. I do, however, wash all of my gear each day I use it.

The Diagnosis

Pros: 4 colors, 3 colors float, very durable construction, smooth kick cycle, good propulsion, minimal effort, easy donning and doffing

Cons: Solid color – each fin has just one color pattern, black fins negatively buoyant, replacement straps are a bit pricey at $27.00 each. Order Replacement Straps on Amazon here.

Sum it all up

The Scubapro Twin Jet split fins are one of the best fins, if not the best fin, I’ve used in my 20 years of diving in both cold and tropical water (I now live in Florida). As mentioned above, the black fins, which is what I have, will sink if they get away at the surface, but do so very slowly so I wouldn’t shy away for that reason.

Would I recommend or buy again?

When, or maybe I should say, if, the Scubapro Twin Jet split fins ever wear out, I would definitely purchase them again, as well as recommend these to anyone looking for a quality pair of fins

If you feel these fin are something you are interested in, check them out here.

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