Monthly Archives: December 2014

Nick Offerman, otherwise known as Ron Swanson from NBC's Park's and Recreation, funny biography titled Paddle your own canoe

Nick Offerman’s Paddle Your Own Canoe review

This book has a special place in my heart, for there few people in the entertainment world who have shown such class, such tremendous work ethic, and are worthy of admiration. The reasons why Nick Offerman deserves such high accolades are evident throughout this entire book. His passion comes pouring from his heart and soul and bleeds onto everything he touches.

A little about my admiration for Mr. Offerman before we dive into his book. Before I ever watched a single scene this man acted in, I was graced by his presence on some show showcasing how this actor who played a character that was a carpenter was actually an amazing wood worker in real life. This captivated me that this successful actor was not just some guy who threw on a flannel shirt and a fake mustache to act manly, but a real hard working callused hand, whiskey drinking, steak loving man.  This obviously led me to binge watch all previous seasons of Parks and Recreation to take in every glorious episode of Sir Ron Swanson. If you have no idea who Ron Swanson is see clip below:

Needless to say after discovering this man was an incredible actor and someone who I could relate to as well as look up to for his genuine love for his trade (both in wood working and acting), I was a fan.  The path that Nick Offerman took to get where he is today is an incredible story.  It adds an element to his personality that can never be duplicated and explains why he is so incredible.

This path and journey is well documented in Paddle Your Own Canoe: One Man’s Fundamentals for Delicious Living. I am not one to exactly love reading books, however when it comes to the tale of Nick Offerman, one cannot help but be enthralled.  His use of the english language, spoken and written, is award winning!  In an age of flat out abuse of the english language, it is a refreshing tone and makes the reader almost take a step back to take in every word that is written.

This book may not be for everyone but most definitely has something to offer for every man out there. There are so many life lessons and tips that one can apply to their own chaos, that any guy who reads this will most certainly be a better man by the end of the book. This book is absolutely in the top 5 books I’ve read in my lifetime.  I hope that some of you will gaze upon it’s pages reading the words, spoken in Nick’s unique voice of course, and smile at how this farm boy has now come so far just by following his passion.


P.S. If you have a road trip coming up or just don’t feel like flipping through pages Nick Offerman actually narrates this book on tape:Paddle Your Own Canoe: One Man’s Fundamentals for Delicious Living

BIC SUP Inflatables-great paddle-board?

I am fairly new to the sport of paddle-boarding, as I only got my first paddle-board about a year ago. I actually own a non-inflatable BIC SUP and absolutely love it. I use it to go up and down the intracoastal waterways here in Miami.  I was able to take it once into the surf only to have a lifeguard tell me I was only able to use it literally in a 50ft. wide area…so that didn’t last long.

I have never been a big fan of the inflatable SUPs due to them not being able to be as rigid and they just seemed to lack the decreased drag of a non-inflatable board.  I really like BIC’s product line and the way they make their boards is different than a typical board which provides a longer life as it’s more durable.

However we’re here to discuss this inflatable touring BIC SUP. It comes in two sizes 11ft and 12’6. This inflatable does surprisingly better than inflatables before it. It has increased design measure to make it more rigid and comes with fins to allow for better handling in the surf. I also really like the amount of handles that come built in as well as the deck rigging for storage.

It only weighs 23 lbs and is about 6 inches thick and 32 inches wide. The nice EVA deck pad allows you to maneuver around the board with ease as well! Of course it comes with its own carrying bag and pump. It takes only 15 psi to inflate this bad boy to usable standards and away you go!

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They call is the “go anywhere SUP” and it just might be that! I mean its not very heavy, the bag it comes in easily fits in a car and inflates quickly. This is probably the first inflatable SUP I stand behind due to their focus in development on ensuring that it performed like a regular SUP.  Having my own issues of storage for my hard 12’6 SUP I can totally see why this might a wise investment for the casual paddle-boarder especially at a decent price of $999. So whether you’re cruising the lake, running rivers, or paddle-surfing into the sunset, this sounds like a good buy to me!

iFlask – The world’s first “smart” flask (sorta)

Gear Guide for Men would like to introduce everyone out there to an ingenious product that has been long sought after.  We remember back in our party/college days the “McGuyver” like ways we would would come up with to sneak alcohol into events. I recall one instance where herbs and spices containers were even used, needless to say it left for some unique tasting booze!  The iFlask however seems to have answered all of our prayers!

This super cool flask is designed to look like a smartphone and will hold about 5 oz. of your favorite spirit! That’s about the only smart thing about it, so not too sure why they chose to call it a smart flask…it has no other capabilities besides a bottle opener. However, the creativity and solution to our drink smuggling needs allows us to over look this poor slogan.

They did do a pretty good job in the design and manufacturing of this flask though. It has a stainless steel frame covered by a non-toxic ABS plastic outer shell.  The phone itself really can pass for a generic smartphone at first glance, so you will feel comfortable letting any rent-a-cop security guard search you if they “randomly select” you!

It’s being sold at a decent price of $29.95 which isn’t bad compared to the cost of 5 shots of your choice liquor being tossed out after being confiscated.  The geniuses over at iFlask even have an ultimate kit which include the iFlask and a handy-dandy collapsable key chain shot glass, for those who wish not to merely sip from a fake iPhone but feel the motion of pounding a shot glass!

This may seem like a cheesy item to some but to others this is the perfect gift!  I’m sure we all know a few guys who would be showing up at every event with their new iFlask in hand! This should make a great stocking stuffer, a nice “Bro” gift, and won’t break the bank.  So we give it two thumbs up for sure! We even tried to get our hands on one for the holidays! We are looking forward to the iFlask2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 due out next month…just kidding this isn’t apple, hell it’s not even technological.

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