WakeWorld headquarters has recently been the recipient of a few nice pieces of merchandise that may make your day on the water that much more enjoyable, so we thought we'd share them with you.
Since my latest soft-sided cooler purchase has sprung a leak (as have all the others), the arrival of AO Coolers' new Stow-N-Go soft cooler couldn't have come at a better time. The idea behind this cooler is to build something low profile so that it fits under seats or in seat compartments in your boat. The shape reminds me a lot of the soft-sided cooler that came with my last Malibu, which was sized to fit perfectly within the seat compartment just behind the driver. However, this cooler is much thicker and sturdier. A byproduct of this unique shape is that you can set it in the middle of the floor and not have to worry about it tipping over.
The dimensions of the AO Coolers Stow-N-Go are 23"x15"x8.5" and they claim it can hold 38 Cans plus 14 pounds of ice. I didn't verify that capacity, but it held everything I needed for a day on the water. However, I did (accidentally) test out the cooler's ability to keep things cold when I filled it with ice and drinks and set it in the shade on a warm afternoon. I wasn't paying attention and a few hours later I noticed that it was sitting in direct sunlight. Obviously, a black cooler in direct sunlight is never a good thing, but when I opened it up hardly any of the ice was even wet, much less melted.
I'm impressed with this cooler so far, but we'll see how it holds up in the long run. They guarantee the main zipper and the liner (for normal use) for as long as you own the cooler. That will be a big plus for me since I go through coolers at a pretty rapid clip. AO Coolers has a ton of different models, colors and they will even embroider the coolers for you, so check them out at AOCoolers.com.
Also arriving recently were a pair of Spy Discord sunglasses with Happy Lenses. I've always worn more of a wrap-around style of sunglasses, so these were a real departure for me. That being said, I don't think I've ever had so many compliments on my sunglasses. The first weekend I had them they kept disappearing and I'd inevitably find them on my buddy's melon because he liked them so much.
As far as the Happy Lenses go, I'm probably not the best guy in the world to be testing these out because I'm pretty happy most of the time anyway! However, I can attest to the fact that my happiness continues every time I put these on. The idea behind the Happy Lenses is to filter out ultraviolet and short-wave blue light rays, which are bad for your eyes, and allow through the long-wave blue rays, which are good for your eyes. Since the short-wave blue rays have been shown to show an "uplift in mood and alertness," I guess these lenses should make you happy!
I don't know about my mood, but my eyes seem pretty happy when they're behind these lenses. Check out more on the Discord and the Spy Happy Lenses at SpyOptic.com.
With a name like Performance Boat Candy, how could you not be excited when you open a box full of this stuff! Personally, I rarely use cleaning products on my boat because I've trained my kids to do it for me. However, they still aren't the most thorough detailers in the world, so the products they use are even more important.
My care package included all of Performance Boat Candy's maintenance products; Speed Gloss, Vinyl Cleaner and Vinyl Conditioner. The Speed Gloss will make quick work of getting your gelcoat clean and water spot free while the Vinyl Cleaner and Conditioner will keep the interior of your boat looking good and protected.
As with any boat care products, the proof is in the long-term results, but so far things are looking (and smelling) good. Performance Boat Candy also makes polishes and waxes in case your boat is in need of some more serious care. Check out all their products at PerformanceBoatCandy.com.
And just when I was ready to wrap up this article, Dylan from Rockstar pulls up in my driveway with a van stuffed chock full of their latest offerings. I was very excited to see that they've added an "Arnold Palmer" type Tea/Lemonade flavor. Not only is it tasty, but it’s only got 10 calories.
Also new to the product lineup are Rockstar’s Energy Waters available in Orange Mango Passion Fruit, Blueberry Pomegranate Acai and Citrus. I’ve only had the Blueberry Pomegranate Acai so far and it’s good stuff. I’m a big fan of these types of thirst-quenching drinks that aren’t super sweet. The best part is, of course, is that the Energy Waters are all sugar free and calorie free!
I don’t know how Rockstar does it, but they manage to provide some really good flavors despite the fact that a lot of their drinks are low in or free of calories and sugar, which is good for an old man like me! To check out the ever-expanding line of Rockstar drinks, go to RockstarEnergy.com.