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Five Essentials for Your Summer Beach Get-Together

Thursday, June 15th, 2017

Summer is here, and for those of us lucky enough to live in close proximity to a body of water with sandy shores, that means one thing: it’s time to hit the beach! In addition to sunscreen and a swimsuit, here are our picks for the products that will make your summer day on the water a little more fun.

YETI Hopper Portable Cooler

The cooler is an essential component of any beach or outdoor party kit. But it’s time to leave behind the cumbersome, boxy coolers of the past and opt for something a little easier to lug around, like the soft-sided Yeti Hopper. Part cooler and part duffel bag, the Yeti Hopper Two 20 offers the brand’s same legendary cold-keeping capabilities, in a flexible package that you can throw over a shoulder. It holds 18 cans of your favorite beverage (plus ice to keep them cool) or twenty pounds of ice. And don’t let that cushiness deceive you—the Yeti Hopper is still leakproof and extremely rugged. (more…)

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Win this Chicago Cubs Weber Q Portable Grill!

Friday, May 5th, 2017

Two of the best things about summer in Chicago are baseball and cooking outdoors, and this portable grill from Weber brings them together. Equally at home on your balcony or a party on the beach,  the Weber Q 1200 is easily portable, yet can quickly cook up a dozen burgers. Plus, it’s emblazoned with the logo of our hometown heroes, the Chicago Cubs. But best of all, it’s yours to win. Click through the image or the link below to enter for your chance to win!

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Five Water-Resistant Products for Your Spring Adventures

Thursday, April 6th, 2017

April showers can lead to more than just May flowers if you like to be active outdoors in the spring. You might not mind a little sprinkle on your morning run or weekend in the park, but your electronics probably will. A typical phone, wireless speaker or camera can usually survive a brief encounter with water, but when you’re unsure what the weather’s going to bring, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Luckily, there are more options than ever for ensuring your electronics can endure extensive exposure to nature’s wrath. Here are five of our favorite water-resistant products for your spring adventures.

Smartphone

Your smartphone is your hub to any and all digital activities, from entertainment to productivity. If it gets soaked by a surprise shower or a dip in a puddle, you may suddenly find yourself without your music collection, workout tracking, communications and more. If you’ll be springing for a new smartphone this spring, consider choosing a waterproof model like the Samsung Galaxy S7. This high-end smartphone packs all of the great features you’d expect from a Samsung flagship smartphone (a quad-core processor, QHD AMOLED display, expandable storage, 4K video, and more) all wrapped in a resilient package. So not only do you get IP68 rating for dust and water-resistance—meaning the S7 can survive a dunk in up to 5 feet of water for up to 30 minutes—but you don’t have to sacrifice performance to get it. (more…)

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Seven Ways to Up Your Spring Break Social Media Game

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017

Let’s be honest. No matter where you go on vacation, every possible photo op has been done to death. If you’re looking to set yourself apart from the crowd creatively, you’re going to need to include some new tactics into your repertoire. Here are seven ways to set your social media game on fire during your next vacation.

1.) Elevate your photography, literally.

One way to set your vacation photos apart from the crowd is to take to the skies with a drone. Drone photography will open up an entirely new way to see the sights of your destination, and also make for a pretty unique selfie opportunity. The current generation of drones is easier than ever to fly, so with minimal practice, you can be adding some killer aerial shots to your vacation feed. Take a look at how using a drone captured a much more dramatic view of our rooftop solar panels:

Using a drone can take your vacation photos to new heights.

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DJI Takes Over the Sky with their Improved Fleet

Wednesday, January 11th, 2017

Since 2006, DJI has been on the forefront of consumer and professional grade drones, producing unmanned aerial vehicles—more commonly refereed to as drones—which are designed to capture aerial content for all types of users. The entry level Phantom model has been designed to make flying easy, even for someone who has never flown anything before.

The Phantom comes ready to fly, meaning you can un-box the drone and in less than 10 minutes have your new toy up in the air. Be cautious though, because pilots will tell you the easy part of flying is getting in the air; the hard part is landing. But you can have peace of mind, thanks to the intelligent flight system that gives the Phantom stable hovering assistance, collision avoidance, and an auto landing feature. Flight times on the Phantom range around 25 minutes thanks to the impressive battery that is easily swapable so you can keep flying when one pack is empty. There is a lot of impressive technology crammed into this space age looking drone, and lets not forget to mention that the Phantom is capable of shooting 4K video at 60 fps.
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Building Your Dream Backyard

Wednesday, May 11th, 2016

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Now that the weather is getting better, there’s no doubt that we are spending more time outside. So where is the best place to entertain your guest this summer? That place is your backyard! Whether you have a big or small yard space, the ideas are endless for building the ultimate backyard. Here at Abt, we have the essentials you need for creating or upgrading your backyard patio.
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