Father's Day Gift Guide 2006 - Product Reviews

All Items are Sorted by Price - Most Expensive to Least Expensive

The TriplePlay form Antex Electronics is music to my ears

For serious satellite radio fans, Antex Electronics offers a receiver line that'll allow you to really get your fix of this new radio phenomenon. It's called the TriplePlay line, which is made up of the XM-3000 (XM Satellite Radio) and the SRX-3 (Sirius Satellite Radio).

For serious satellite radio fans, Antex Electronics offers a receiver line that'll allow you to really get your fix of this new radio phenomenon. It's called the TriplePlay line, which is made up of the XM-3000 (XM Satellite Radio) and the SRX-3 (Sirius Satellite Radio). As the name implies, these two units come with three satellite radio receivers stuffed into one unit. So now you can feed three separate streams of satellite radio into multiple rooms inside the home, simultaneously. Made to be compatible with most distributed audio systems (i.e., a central audio system that can be controlled and enjoyed from anywhere inside the home), Antex's TriplePlay receivers use a single antenna and consolidate control scheme to achieve multi-room enjoyment. So imagine catching your favorite sports team in the living room while your spouse and children listen to their favorite music in the kitchen or their bedrooms. MSRP: $1,999 Website: www.antex.com

This year, heat up Father's Day by giving Dad a DeLonghi BG35 Indoor Grill

Never again will bad weather put a damper on Dad's grilling plans.  The BG35 Indoor Grill has a cast aluminum grill plate that distributes heat more evenly and aroma scenter for infused cooking. The removable stainless steel, extra large drip tray allows excess grease and oil to drip away, providing smoke-free indoor grilling.  The cool-touch handles allow for safe and easy portability.  Unlike outdoor grills and other contact grills, the BG35 has dishwasher safe parts to cut down on clean-up time.
The DeLonghi BG35 Indoor Grill is available at Williams-Sonoma stores nationwide for a suggested retail price of $99.95.

Wenger "S" Series 557 EVO Swiss Army Knife

Wenger upgraded its famed EVO Swiss Army Knife with several great new additions including a safety-enhancing locking blade, a rarity in Swiss Army Knives. The locking blade opens to 115 degrees and locks in place for safety and also snaps close, allowing the user to clear his or her hand.
Wenger also added a universal wrench and adjustable pliers with wire crimper and cutter in addition to its traditional Swiss Army Tools like a Phillips and flat-head screwdriver, cap lifter, corkscrew, reamer, owl, and much more...
Wenger's "S" Series EVO Swiss Army Knives are made with the highest Swiss qualities of excellence and come equipped with Wenger's ergonomic EVO handles. The EVO handles are curved and conformed to the human hand making it easier to control and grip the knife in all climates and situations.
Wenger knives are found nationwide at sporting good retailers, wholesale clubs, and on Wenger's website at www.wengerna.com and the "S" series EVO ranges in price from $31.95-64.95.

Genuine Suede Boater Moccasins

Genuine Suede Boater Mocs by Dearfoams® are a modern favorite for the active dad. This classic, foam-cushioned comfort style has rugged outsoles that provide skid resistance. Available in June, exclusively at www.dearfoams.com, these slippers retail at ($30).

A Multi-Tool for Extreme Outdoorsmen: The Mountaineer

Sheffield® Mfg. has transformed its best-selling multi-tool into the ultimate implement for extreme outdoorsmen.  In response to overwhelming demand from the outdoor industry, Sheffield introduces the Mountaineer (12300), a first-of-its-kind multi-tool exclusively for rock climbers, bikers and extreme outdoorsmen. 
A precision built, heavy duty, 14-in-1 multi-tool, the Mountaineer features a lightweight aluminum handle and stainless steel construction that is equipped with a convenient D-ring that allows users to clip it onto just about anything.
The Mountaineer includes fourteen tools that meet every outdoorsman's need, including:  1/4" Slotted Screwdriver, 1/16" Slotted Screwdriver, #2 Phillips Screwdriver, Long Nose Pliers Regular Pliers, Drop Point Blade, Saw, Wire Cutters, Wire Strippers, Bottle Opener, Can Opener, File, Awl and a D-ring.
 Sheffield multi-purpose tools and knives offer strength and durability for any situation, indoors or out.  Sheffield Lockback® utility knives, pocket knives and multi-tools are high quality, competitively priced tools that come with a limited lifetime warranty.  For more information about this or other quality Sheffield products, visit www.sheffield-tools.com, or call toll-free 1 (800) 457-0600.  

Surprise Dad with a Gift he can Actually Use: CarMD

Ever find yourself 500 miles into a road trip, with the Check Engine light staring at you? Standing at a used car lot with a slick salesperson trying to sell you a lemon?  Wondering if the quote your mechanic gave you is fair?
If you're a car owner, chances are you've had one or more of these experiences -- so forget the boring tie this year and give Dad something he'll actually use (not to mention, appreciate). CarMD is a revolutionary, automotive diagnostic tool that empowers drivers to take control of their vehicles health by...
1) Giving drivers a fast, convenient way to monitor their vehicle's health. 2) Combining an easy-to-use handheld gadget with an unprecedented online database to give consumers the information that, until now, only their mechanic had. 
3) Offering many uses and benefits -- from checking out a used car before buying to determining why the Check Engine light is on, as well as providing probable causes and estimated repair costs.
CarMD is now available direct to consumers for  $89.99 at www.CarMD.com or by calling 888.MyCarMD (888.692.2763).

Fretlight FG-421 Electric Guitar

Fretlight is the world's first real computer-powered electric teaching guitar that teaches how to play through a series of lights that are embedded in the guitar. Available in red, black, white, tobacco and pink for women, the interactive guitar learning system includes a variety of software for all types of players and lessons for every level of player. Just hook it up to a laptop or desktop (Mac or PC) via a USB cable, install the software, follow the software generated LED's in the neck and you are off and learning. It is not a toy, but rather a real guitar for men and women who are serious about learning how to play. Price is $499 and more info is at www.fretlight.com.

CVS One-Time-Use Digital Camcorder - Great for any occasion!

This simple-to-use, pocket-sized camcorder weighs less than 5 ounces & costs retails under $30.  It Holds 20 saved minutes of digital quality video with sound.  On its 1.4 inch color playback screen users have the ability to playback and delete videos.  Return to any CVS/pharmacy 1-hour photo lab for DVD.
DVD Features simple viewing on DVD players or computers with DVD drives, convenient archiving and storage. Users can email video and video greeting cards as easily as digital photos with no software installation required.  For video sharing. The File is uploaded to the CVS Online Video Gallery from the SmartShare application then streamed from the Gallery's servers to the recipient. No large files are sent. The recipient has access to the video for 30 days and has the option of downloading the video to their computer. The Gallery recognizes whether the recipient has a PC or Mac and stream the video in either Windows Media Format or Quicktime Format, respectively. It also recognizes the users connection speed (dial-up or broadband) and optimizes the video stream appropriately.
Website: www.cvs.com

Mega TravelDrive Offers Ultra Sleek Storage of Tech-Loving Dads

For that tech-saavy Dad who is always on-the-go, the Memorex Mega TravelDrive is a stylish a portable solution to help Dad stay organized and simplify his life.
Dad can store up to 8GB worth of digital files, including family vacation photos, favorite MP3 files, and important work documents in one ultra-compact, sleek device. Smaller than a two-inch square, the Mega features a pivoting USB connector that easily plugs into the computer's USB port without requiring an extra power supply.  Memorex also offers a 4GB and 6GB Mega TravelDrive. Suggested retail prices are $119.99 - $199.99, depending on capacity.
Website: www.memorex.com

Aromapharmacy 3 Step Shave Survival Kit

The Aromapharmacy 3 Step Shave Survival Kit includes Pre-Op Shave Cream, Post-Op Astringent and Post-Op Shave Balm.
Pre-Op Shave Cream is a super-lubricating shave cream is formulated with eucalyptus and tea tree oil, and designed to sanitize the skin, eliminating redness, irritation and inflammation caused by daily shaving. Vitamins A, E, D3, and aloe vera soothe and heal aggravated skin, while moisturizing skin.
Post-Op Astringent is a naturally anti-septic after shave tonic that uses a balance of witch hazel and tea tree oil to provide a delicate aftershave feel, while botanicals and essential oils work to protect the skin from razor irritation.
Post-Op Shave Balm repairs skin damage, while replacing moisture lost during shaving.  Sea ship, an extract from a coral-dwelling creature, acts as an anti-inflammatory, while aloe vera aids in the recovery process.
Aromapharmacy Shave Kit: $30.00
Website: www.aromapharmacy.com

Bushnell PinSeeker 1500 with Slope

The advanced model, PinSeeker 1500 with Slope +/-, features a built-in inclinometer to provide the golfer with a compensated distance based upon the degree of incline or decline. This means when you are aiming at an up-hill or down-hill target, the PinSeeker 1500 with Slope +/- will adjust the yardage reading for the angle and distance to better help golfers with club selection.
The PinSeeker 1500 laser rangefinders offer an advanced selective targeting system. In addition to the standard mode with automatic scan, users can select from the PinSeeker or Slope +/- modes for more precise ranging to targets. In the PinSeeker mode, it is easy to target the flag if more than one object is acquired by the laser. When this happens, only the distance of the closest object will be shown on the internal display.
The PinSeeker laser rangefinders are capable of ranging distances from five to 1,500 yards and are accurate within +/- one yard.
The lightweight laser rangefinders weigh only 10 ounces and are ergonomically designed to fit comfortably in the hand. They are 100 percent waterproof and the lenses are coated with Bushnell's RainGuard®, a permanent water repellant coating system that prevents fogging from rain, snow or cold temperatures.

Audiovox 4.2" Round Portable DVD Player

The Audiovox D1420 is a 4.2 inch portable DVD player that will turn heads everywhere you go with the round-hand held shape that looks great and performs even better.
Features on this tiny wonder include: 16:9 Aspect Ratio, Built-in High Capacity Recharable Battery, Car Headrest Mounting Bag/Carrying Case, Built-in Stereo Speakers, Plays DVD/CD/MP3/CDR/CDRW/Picture CD, Full Function Wireless Remote, Complete Cabling with Car Adapter and an External Joystick with Built-In Games (optional)

MVOX MV900 is a Palm Certified BT Speakerphone

The MV900 is a perfect hands-free car accessory for people who are on the phone and need to be hands-free while driving. Particularly in areas where drivers are prohibited from talking on hand-held mobile telephones, while operating a motor vehicle. The MV900's voice command dialing and voice caller ID, allows  professionals in the office or on the run to talk truly hands-free and enjoy loud, clear phone conversations with its 120dB speaker volume and small array microphones (2 SAMs), and high performance echo elimination technology.
In addition to Bluetooth connectivity, the MV900 is also a plug-and-play USB speakerphone, facilitating high quality VoIP calls on Treo smartphones or laptops using Internet telephony applications such as Skype, Google Talk, Yahoo IM, and DialPad.
The Palm certified MV900 is the best solution available.
Website: www.mvox.com

Golf putter with a sexy surprise

 

This Putt-Her works like the old tip n' strip pens.  When you pull the putter from your golf bag it appears to be a normal looking black putter.  Then when you turn it over to putt, an 8" picture of our pin-up beauty magically appears on the shaft.  It will blow your friends away out on the course or in the office.  Not only is it hilarious, it putts great!!!  See an animation at www.noveltyputters.com

 

 

 

 

 

invisibleSHIELD Protects Handheld Electronics

 

The invisibleSHIELD is a practically indestructible clear protective film that is custom-made to fit virtually any portable electronic device from laptops to PDAs to expensive sports watches. Every invisibleSHIELD comes with a lifetime guarantee.
Website: www.shieldzone.com

 

 

 

 

Motorola's Father's Day Product is definately something to Talkabout

In this day and age, kids spend more and more time with dad. From 'Mr. Moms' to boyscout leaders, fathers are taking active roles in their children's lives. They are discovering the common mother's lament the difficulty of keeping up with the kids. Motorola Talkabout® two-way radios offer dads a fun way to stay in touch. With a range of up to twelve miles* and robust signal clarity Motorola Talkabout  SX700 two-radios have the power to help dads feel comfortable as they give their kids a sense of independence.
From rounding-up their youngsters playing in the neighborhood to catching-up to their adventurous explorer while on a hike, fathers can count on Motorola Talkabout two-way radios to keep them in touch with their kids. The rugged Talkabout  SX700 with its shockproof housing and side grips for easy handling was designed to enable hikers, climbers and all active outdoor enthusiasts to get the maximum enjoyment from their shared experiences. 
Now days, taking the kids to camp, little league or soccer games means navigating a maze of fields in a recreation complex. How is a father to keep up with everyone if he has multiple children in different games? Motorola Talkabout SX700  two-way radios have 22 channels , each with 121 privacy codes for 2,662 combinations.  In addition, its also equipped with the exclusive QT™ (Quiet Talk) noise filter so there will always be a clear channel to reach the star athletes. Additionally, the SX700 features priority scanning to easily find the family's channel and code by searching all possible combinations while the home channel is scanned most frequently.
When dads take off with their fellow scouts they are prepared for changing weather conditions in the field with the eleven NOAA weather channels available at the press of a button on the SX700. The radio is also equipped with voice activation (iVOX) for hands-free communication.
The Motorola Talkabout SX700 radios have a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price of $79.99 per pair and are available now at various retail locations nationwide or online at www.motorola.com/us/talkabout

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