Lifetime365http://blog.lifetime.comThe Lifetime blog by LIFETIME PRODUCTS. Written by experts in backyard and home products: folding tables and chairs, basketball hoops, outdoor sheds, playsets, and many other products that you likely use every day. We'll share with you breaking company ne24015 Jul 2019 8:37:52 AMLifetime365en-usBlack Friday!!!<img src=' Friday Banner.jpg' style='width: 223px; height: 234px;' /><br />After dinner, head out and go shopping!<p><br /><img src="" alt="Black Friday Thumbnail.jpg" width="200" height="200" />What is your favorite part of Thanksgiving? My wife&rsquo;s favorite part is going shopping! I find more satisfaction in staying home, eating too much, and watching football, but, to each their own. I went one year with my wife and after I got beat by a bunch of spry and motivated ladies while trying to get some sheets, I decided to retire from Black Fridaying (is that even a word?).</p> <p>My goal is to help you know where you can find our products. With so many different retailers carrying our products, I wanted to help you wade through the mess.</p> <p>If you&rsquo;re looking for a new basketball hoop, <a href=";camp=ppc:iqid:34721488-VQ16-c&amp;gclid=CImcrY6klMICFQuIaQod8C0ASQ" target="_blank">Sports Authority</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">Dick&rsquo;s Sporting Goods</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">Big 5</a>, and <a href=";adid=22222222220215125393&amp;flyer_run_id=39203&amp;flyer_type_name=ad&amp;wl2=c&amp;wmlspartner=wmtlabs&amp;wl1=g&amp;wl4=&amp;wl3=46604722969&amp;wl0=e" target="_blank">Walmart</a> have hoops on sale. You can get a 50" Portable Basketball Hoop at Dick&rsquo;s Sporting Goods. At Sports Authority, you can get a hoop ranging from one of our youth hoops all the way up to a 72" Mammoth. Big 5 also has two hoops, a 44" and 50" hoop on sale. And while you&rsquo;re at Walmart, grab the 46" Portable Basketball hoop!</p> <p>Has someone on your list asked about a new kayak or paddleboard? While you&rsquo;re at Dick&rsquo;s Sporting Goods picking up your basketball hoop, head over and add on a new paddleboard.&nbsp; You can grab the Groove Paddleboard in either Lime Green or Glacier Blue. If you need a new kayak, which I think you might, head over to Sports Authority. We have five, yes, FIVE boats on sale.&nbsp;</p> <ul> <li>Zues 96 in Lime Green or Blue</li> <li>Kokanee in Orange or Lime Green</li> <li>Tamarack 120 in Red</li> <li>Tamarack 120 Angler in Olive</li> <li>Eddy 132 in Red</li> </ul> <p>Check your local ads for prices from these different retailers.</p> <p>Also, if you don&rsquo;t want to leave home and you prefer to shop online head over to <a href="" target="_blank"></a>! Black Friday through Cyber Monday the entire site is 10% off! We also have a number of other great offers!</p> <ul> <li>Double Slide Deluxe Play set - $2999.99 to $1,999.99</li> <li>Freestyle XL Paddleboard: $649.99 to $499.99</li> <li>10' x 8' Shed $1299.99 to $1099.99&nbsp;</li> <li>Light Headed Bed $599.99 to $299.99</li> <li>Games-on-the-Go $169.99 to $119.99&nbsp;</li> <li>Garden Caddy $99.99 to $59.99</li> <li>6' Residential Table $129.99 to $99.99</li> <li>54" Portable Basketball Hoop $549.99 to $449.99</li> <li>Purchase a Mammoth basketball hoop and we&rsquo;ll include free assembly ($399.99 value)!</li> </ul> <p>Hope this helps! Be safe while you&rsquo;re out and about. Remember the people you love most and the true reason for the season! It&rsquo;s a great time of year!</p>Zach24 Nov 2014 2:37:04 PMOutdoor Retailer Wrap-up<p>Another year of Outdoor Retailer (OR) has come and gone.&nbsp; For those of you who don&rsquo;t know what OR is, it is the largest outdoor industry trade show in the whole world!&nbsp;<img style="float: left;" src="" alt="IMG_3770.JPG" width="283" height="134" /> It is held in our backyard in downtown Salt Lake City.&nbsp;&nbsp; This year, we also had the industry Demo Day in our backyard as well because it was moved from Jordenelle Reservoir to Pineview Reservoir in Ogden Valley!&nbsp; We spent all day on the beautiful banks of Pineview paddling and talking to folks from all over the world.&nbsp; We were super busy and had tons of people stop by to give our boats a test run!&nbsp; What a day!<img style="float: right;" src="" alt="IMG_3768.JPG" width="226" height="151" /></p> <p>After Demo Day, the indoor show begins.&nbsp; We spend months preparing and designing both our booth and new kayaks to unveil at the show.&nbsp; This year we went all out, even more than we have in the past.&nbsp; We showcased all of the kayaks in our lineup at the Outdoor Retailer show this year and had such a great reaction!&nbsp; Our booth was bright, exciting and extremely colorful with all of our different kayaks laid out neatly around the booth.&nbsp; Here are a few pictures so you can see our design.&nbsp; Our <span style="font-size: small;"><span style="font-family: Calibri;">theme this year was a beautiful mountain vacation scene, complete with our own dock and cabin!&nbsp; Look closely at the photos, you might see a new kayak!&nbsp; We unveiled quite a few new boats and features this year, but they won&rsquo;t be available until 2014.&nbsp; Don&rsquo;t worry, we&rsquo;ll have information available soon!<span style="font-size: small;"><span style="font-family: Calibri;"><img style="float: left;" src="" alt="IMG_3796.JPG" width="313" height="168" /></span></span>&nbsp; </span></span></p>Candace07 Aug 2013 9:39:16 AMPaddling Vacations<p><img style="float: left;" src="" alt="Smaller.jpg" width="250" height="167" />These days, taking a family on a vacation is no easy feat.&nbsp; Not financially and not logistically.&nbsp; It requires money, planning, and time!&nbsp; But it is totally worth it!&nbsp; Times are changing and so are vacation options.&nbsp; You don&rsquo;t need to go to Disney Land to have a great family experience.&nbsp; Why not plan a vacation around kayaking?</p> <p>Almost anywhere there is water, there is someone who rents kayaks.&nbsp; But, if you have your own, that is great!&nbsp; There are so many great paddling destinations in the United States it would take forever to list them all.&nbsp; The best part about a kayaking vacation is that you often get to experience a new place or situation that so many others don&rsquo;t get to!&nbsp; Kayaking out to a secret cove, or down a calm moving river in a desolate canyon are all great ways to bond with your friends and family, get exercise and have a fantastic and unique vacation experience!&nbsp; Kayak rentals are often inexpensive and allow for hours of fun.&nbsp; If you already have your own boats, you don&rsquo;t even need to worry!&nbsp; Occasionally, there will be basic park or paddling fees, but for the most part, after you have the kayaks, paddling is a free experience!</p> <p>While I advocate planning an entire trip around paddling, it isn&rsquo;t necessary. A lot of major vacation destinations have kayaking available.&nbsp; Almost all coastal areas have kayak rentals as do most major lakes.&nbsp; One of the coolest experiences can be floating down a non-rapid river through the forest.&nbsp; All these paddling excursions are great ways to view the area wildlife and see great views of the river banks, ocean beaches and lake shorelines.&nbsp; You can swim, get a suntan and relax, all at the same time!</p> <p>There are thousands of places to plan a paddling vacation, but here are just a few that I love personally!&nbsp; A good old Google Search will do the trick if you want to look into other destinations.</p> <p>Lake Powell, UT<br />Teton National Park<br />Pocono Mountains, PA<br />Islamorada, Florida (But really, anywhere along the coast of FLA is fantastic!)<br />Ocean City, MD<br />Ocean City, NJ<br />Bear Lake, UT<br />Columbia River Gorge, WA and OR&nbsp; (This whole area is filled with amazing alpine lakes and rivers)<br />Great Lakes Region &ndash; Midwest (MI, MN, WI, IL)<br />Finger Lakes, NY</p> <p>Always know your personal limits and be sure to check on the types of water conditions before you paddle.&nbsp; Also check with local parks to see what the regulations are.&nbsp; Don&rsquo;t forget your lifejacket and sunscreen!</p>Candace17 Jul 2013 11:39:26 AMFishing Kayaks for Father's Day<p>Father's Day is almost here.&nbsp; If you&rsquo;re like me, you are always rushing around trying to figure out what to do for Dad at the last minute.&nbsp; For years I always based my Father&rsquo;s Day gifts on two things, fish and sports.&nbsp; My dad either gets the latest &ldquo;Jets&rdquo; (don&rsquo;t hold it against him) football team sweatshirt or a nice wooden fish decoration to hang on the wall.&nbsp; Since these were always my dad&rsquo;s favorite activities, this always seemed like the best route, until he ran out of wall space for all those wooden fish decorations.<img src="" alt="044B7110.JPG" width="250" height="167" /></p> <p>I&rsquo;m sure I&rsquo;m not the only one at there who has a dad that loves fishing.&nbsp; I mean loves it.&nbsp; You know, the dad who gets up at 4am so he can get out on the water .&nbsp; The dad who has more fishing rods than pairs of pants.&nbsp; Instead of adding to the shiny collections of rods, or in my case, fish that hang on the wall, why not get dad something he can use for fishing that he doesn&rsquo;t already have?&nbsp; A boat! No, not a motor boat.&nbsp; Those are entirely too expensive!&nbsp; The best way to get out fishing without all the expensive boating equipment and repairs is to get dad into <a href="">kayak fishing</a>.&nbsp; He&rsquo;ll be able to paddle into small coves and navigate smaller waterways that wouldn&rsquo;t be possible by foot or by motorboat.&nbsp; He can sneak into places other fisherman won&rsquo;t be able to get to!&nbsp; You&rsquo;re not only giving him a way to fish, you give him a way to adventure, explore, and relax!&nbsp;&nbsp; If you want to accompany dad while he trolls for fish, we even offer a tandem fishing model.&nbsp; So if you were looking for that father and son or father and daughter get away, here it is!&nbsp; Dad gets double the fun, a kayak and a day spent with his most cherished thing in the world, his children!<br /><img src="" alt="P6170070.JPG" width="250" height="188" /></p> <p>We offer several fishing kayaks to fit the needs of many different fisherman, and many different families.&nbsp; Our fishing kayaks come equipped with flush rod holders, spinning rod holders, and tons of storage for tackle boxes, extras, and buckets.&nbsp;</p> <p>Head over to our <a href="">kayak</a> area to see more information about the perfect Father&rsquo;s Day Gift!</p>Candace13 Jun 2013 11:17:33 AMIt’s Time to Dust off the Kayaks, It’s Summertime!<p>Memorial Day has past and summer&rsquo;s had its unofficial start!&nbsp; As the weather heats up and the kids finish up the<img style="float: right;" src="" alt="IMG_6915_2.jpg" width="250" height="186" /> school year, we are all in need of a vacation.&nbsp; These days, taking that one big trip to Orlando or hopping on a&nbsp; cruise to the islands can put a big hurting on the old wallet.&nbsp;&nbsp; Many people are choosing smaller and more frequent vacations.&nbsp; And lets be honest, who doesn&rsquo;t want more vacations?&nbsp; I know I do.&nbsp; Here at Lifetime, we wonder, why can&rsquo;t every weekend be a vacation?&nbsp; Oh, but it can!!</p> <p>Having a few <a href="" target="_blank">kayaks</a> laying around for the family can make it easy, affordable and fun to stay closer to home this summer.&nbsp; You can head to your local lake one weekend and the next weekend do a river float.&nbsp; The options are endless!&nbsp; You won&rsquo;t be paying expensive entrance fee&rsquo;s, spending hundreds of dollars on gas, or paying an arm and a leg for accommodations.&nbsp; All you need are some kayaks, paddles, family and friends.&nbsp; In fact, you can get a&nbsp;some kayaks for the price you would pay&nbsp;for a&nbsp;few tanks of gas&nbsp;on a&nbsp;long drive in an SUV or just one plane ticket.&nbsp; Unlike a week vacation that comes to a sad and often surreal end, you just get to look forward to the next weekend&rsquo;s adventures!&nbsp; Where will we go, what wildlife will we see, or what friends will want to join us!?</p> <p><img style="float: left;" src="" alt="DSC_0002_small.jpg" width="250" height="167" />Remember the neighbor that had the pool?&nbsp; Everyone wanted to come play, swim and cool off.&nbsp; Well, kayaks are the new pool!&nbsp; Everyone will want to try your kayaks!&nbsp; It is the new way to beat the heat, get outdoors and enjoy great company.&nbsp; Instead of spending all that money for 1 week of fun, why not pick up some kayaks and have years of fun for the whole family? You won&rsquo;t regret it!&nbsp; <a href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Kayaks</a> wants you to make every weekend a vacation!</p>Candace04 Jun 2013 12:35:48 PMThe perfect Mother's Day gift: Kayak Adventures!<p><img src="" alt="IMG_7013_edited_color_smaller.jpg" width="250" height="161" />Last year I wanted to come up with something original for a Mother&rsquo;s Day gift.&nbsp;&nbsp; I didn&rsquo;t want to go with the traditional flowers, birdhouses, or candy.&nbsp; Showing her how much she means to me and how much I appreciate everything she does is really important.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; I racked my brain for days trying to come up with something creative, something different and something that could be enjoyed for more than just one day a year.&nbsp; What would surprise her? What could I do that she wouldn&rsquo;t expect?&nbsp; Then it hit me!&nbsp; A kayak!!&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>When Mother&rsquo;s Day arrived she was never more excited!&nbsp; Instantly she began listing off all the places she could go and how jealous all her friends would be.&nbsp; I think the thing she liked the most was that now we could go out kayaking together.&nbsp; Not only did this give her a new activity, but it gave her a fun way to hang out with her daughter.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;<img src="" alt="IMG_7131_smaller.jpg" width="250" height="167" />This is a&nbsp;common story around the Lifetime Offices.&nbsp; Our kayaks have given families (both our employees and the world)&nbsp;a brand new way to enjoy each others company.&nbsp; It is fun, exciting, and can break the routine of movie nights, game nights and dinners.&nbsp;&nbsp; Kayaking is more than just fun, it gets you outside and active.&nbsp;&nbsp; So grab Mom and take her out for a Mother&rsquo;s Day she won&rsquo;t soon forget.&nbsp; Take her on a paddle!!</p> <p>Need to find the perfect kayak for Mom?&nbsp; Check out our wide range of <a title="Kayaks" href="">kayaks from solo to tandem</a>.&nbsp; We have all the equipment Mom and the entire family need to get started at an affordable price.&nbsp; You won&rsquo;t regret it!</p>Candace10 May 2013 12:44:18 PMOvernight Kayak Adventures<p><img src="" alt="IMG_8510_small.jpg" width="280" height="187" />For most people,&nbsp;when they think about kayaking, they think of a&nbsp;day trip to the local lake.&nbsp; Maybe a vacation day spent floating on the ocean, watching the birds and listening to the calm ocean ripples.&nbsp; While these trips are great, with just a bit more effort, you can really turn a kayaking trip into a fun filled outdoor adventure.</p> <p>What better way to bond with your family or a group of friends then to be outside, away from all the electronic distractions, kayaking and camping in the wilderness.&nbsp; There are several ways to enjoy a camping and kayak trip.&nbsp;&nbsp;Some rivers&nbsp;flow through campgrounds, parks or national forest land allow camping right along the banks of the rivers.&nbsp;&nbsp; This type of trip can be great for a weekend get-a-way.&nbsp; Day one is spent paddling a few miles to your secluded campsite and getting yourself all setup.&nbsp; You get to spend one fantastic night by the fire, listening to the river and enjoying good company.&nbsp; The next day, you pack up, and get going for another paddle.&nbsp; A few miles and your back on dry land!&nbsp; This style trip will require some additional planning and equipment.&nbsp; It is good to have some <a title="Storage bags" href="" target="_blank">dry bags</a> and storage so you can bring your tent, sleeping attire and of course food!&nbsp;&nbsp; Paddlers will need kayaks with storage, such as hatches, larger tank wells, or a lot of bungee to tie things down.&nbsp; Also, be sure you find a calm section of river that does not have rapids or hazards.&nbsp; Always check with the Park Service, Forest Service, Army Core of Engineers or whoever manages the river to make sure this style trip is permitted.&nbsp; Local libraries always have great resources for finding overnight rivers, launch points and campgrounds.&nbsp; Look for a guide to kayaking or river running in your destination state.&nbsp; Be sure not to camp on private land.</p> <p><img src="" alt="TCTB_80305_0313_141.jpg" width="250" height="171" />The second, and easier route for camping and kayaking, is to just find a campsite a long a river, lake or pond where you can paddle during your free time.&nbsp;&nbsp; Many lakes and reservoirs permit camping along the banks.&nbsp; Here you can setup and not have to worry about hauling your camping equipment down the river.&nbsp; This lowers the need for storage, dry bags and creative packing.&nbsp; While maybe not as secluded, you still get to enjoy the wildlife, campfire and fresh air of the great outdoors.&nbsp; And really, nothing beats good campfire food and s&rsquo;mores!</p> <p>If you need a kayak for these adventures head on over to our <a title="Kayaks" href="" target="_blank">kayak page</a> to see our versatile line up of kayaks and paddleboards.&nbsp; If you are looking to do some overnight trips and want a beefy-storage friendly kayak, head on over and check out our friends at <a title="Emotion Kayaks" href="/Blog/CreatePost/" target="_blank">Emotion Kayaks</a>.<img style="float: left;" src="" alt="IMG_8480_small.jpg" width="300" height="133" /></p> <p>We also offer a wide variety of camping friendly products in addition to our kayaks.&nbsp; Get yourself ready for a summer of camping with these great products; <a title="Camping Table" href="" target="_blank">Camping Table</a>,&nbsp;<a title="Camping Bench" href="" target="_blank">Camping Bench</a>, <a title="Kids Picnic Table" href="" target="_blank">Kids Picnic Table</a>, and our&nbsp;<a title="Tent Trailer" href="" target="_blank">&nbsp;Tent and Utility Trailer. </a></p> <p>*Remember, always wear proper safety equipment, training&nbsp;and research the waterway you plan to visit before you go.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Check with local authorities on water levels and hazards.&nbsp;</p>Candace29 Apr 2013 12:38:14 PMKokanee Tandem: You've never seen a kayak like this before!<p>&nbsp;<img src="" alt="Kokanee_on lake.jpg" width="327" height="286" />At Lifetime, Commitment, Innovation, and Quality, is more than just a slogan, it is a way of doing business!&nbsp;&nbsp; We are constantly working to take our kayaks to the next level, above and beyond what is already out there.&nbsp; We take suggestions and advice from you, the people who use our kayaks, and incorporate that into our designs.&nbsp; After a lot of hard work we&rsquo;ve come up with a kayak that is like nothing you&rsquo;ve ever seen!<br /><br />I would like to introduce our brand new tandem kayak, the Kokanee!&nbsp; It is 10'6" in length and can hold a combined weight of 425 lbs!&nbsp; Sure, there are other tandem kayaks out there, but nothing as innovative and paddler friendly as our Kokanee.&nbsp; We racked our brains to come up with new improvements.&nbsp; We wanted to do something that wasn&rsquo;t out there already.&nbsp; Something that made kayaking that much more convenient and that much more fun!<br /><br />There are several design factors and features that make this kayak a step above the rest.&nbsp; The Kokanee has a unique fish-form bottom that is extremely stable &ndash; and we mean extremely!&nbsp; You won&rsquo;t have to trade stability for tracking with the Kokanee! It tracks incredibly well due to the stylish and effective tracking channels and front keel line.&nbsp; This keeps you going in a straight line without having to worry about tipping over, falling out, or doing kayak donuts.&nbsp; This kayak has a spectacular design, but the most exciting part about it is found in its features.<br /><br />Here are a few of our engineers taking our proto-type for a test run.&nbsp;They sat on the edge with all their weight and the Kokanee didn't even think about turning over! <img src="" alt="Tandem.jpg" width="278" height="142" /></p> <p><br />The Kokanee has several features you can&rsquo;t get anywhere else.&nbsp; This is the first kayak to have a Quick Release Removable Seat System.&nbsp; Our new seat backs can be removed or switched to different seat positions quickly and easily.&nbsp; Want to paddle tandem?&nbsp; Put the two seat backs in the first and third position.&nbsp; If you want to have a relaxing solo paddle, release the seat back and snap it into the center position.&nbsp; You can even completely remove all the seat backs making it more convenient for storage or transportation.&nbsp; In addition to this amazing, on-of-a-kind seat system, there are also two hatches, a storage area with shock cord straps, water bottle holders, paddle ledges, a front toggle handle and a rear molded in grip handle.</p> <p><img src="" alt="Kokanee overview.jpg" width="288" height="279" /><br />The Kokanee has all the features of a standard tandem with so much more. This kayak really is a step above the other tandems.&nbsp; It is convenient, feature filled and affordable.&nbsp; There has never been a better way to get the family and the kids outside for an adventure!&nbsp; The best part is that you get all this for only $399.00, WHOA!&nbsp; Head over to your local Sports Authority to pick up the next big thing in the kayak world, the Kokanee!!</p>Candace25 Mar 2013 12:59:44 PMWinter Kayak Storage Tips<p><img src="" alt="kayak rack.jpg" width="225" height="169" />It&rsquo;s that time of year again for a lot of us.&nbsp; Time to store that kayak away for the cold cold winter.&nbsp; We are often asked about how to store a kayak while it is not being used, especially during the chilly winter months.&nbsp; So today, I am here to offer up some winter <a title="about Lifetime kayaks" href="" target="_blank">kayak</a> advice!</p> <p>First piece of advice, kayaks are not for sledding!&nbsp; They go fast but they don&rsquo;t like the cold, so keep them off of the snow!&nbsp; Ok, now for the real tips.&nbsp; As always, make sure you wash your kayak after use.&nbsp; This is especially important when you will be putting it into storage for several months.&nbsp; Mild dish soap and water works just fine, no need for fancy cleaners.&nbsp; Make sure you remove sand and dirt, even from those little crevices. And, just think about how nice it will be to pull this baby out in the spring for its maiden run when it is so squeaky clean!&nbsp;</p> <p>If you can, it is best to keep your kayak in a garage, shed, or covered by an awning.&nbsp; If you live somewhere that gets a lot snow and ice, you definitely do not want your kayak sitting outside either in direct sun or where it can completely freeze over.&nbsp; <a title="about Lifetime kayaks" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Kayaks</a> can handle it - they are extremely durable -&nbsp;but it is always best to keep them out of the elements if at all possible.&nbsp;</p> <p>One of the most important kayak storage tips is that your kayak will fair much better in hibernation if you keep pressure off the bottom part of the kayak hull.&nbsp; If a kayak sits on a hard surface on its bottom for long periods of time it can begin to warp or dent.&nbsp; To avoid this, store your kayak upside down with the cockpit resting on the ground or on its side.&nbsp; Cockpit rims are made to be extremely strong and rigid and can take the constant pressure like a champion.&nbsp; Once you have your kayak in the correct position make sure you don&rsquo;t store anything on top of it.</p> <p>If you think storing kayaks upside down in your garage or shed sounds like a huge space consumer, consider&nbsp;wall racks or hanging mechanisms.&nbsp; There are a ton of these racks out there on the market and it is possible to make your own.&nbsp; Always remember, no matter the rack,&nbsp;to always try to have the pressure points from the straps or bars touching the cockpit or side of the kayak, not the bottom.&nbsp; Those same rules apply for racks that apply for storing the kayak on the ground.&nbsp;</p> <p>Check back with us soon because&nbsp;we have a Lifetime kayak rack hitting the shelves early this spring.&nbsp; If you can&rsquo;t wait until spring, visit our friends at <a title="kayak racks at Sports Authority" href=";sr=1&amp;origkw=kayak%20rack" target="_blank">Sports Authority</a> or a similar sporting goods or specialty store for other kayak rack options.&nbsp; And, if you need a shed for your kayaks, check out our <a title="about Lifetime Sheds" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Shed</a> selection in the <a title="buy a Lifetime shed" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Store Online</a>.&nbsp; Finally, don&rsquo;t worry - spring will be here soon!</p>Candace05 Dec 2012 10:20:00 AMFrom Factory to Floor to You<p><img style="float: left;" title="Blow-Molding Machine" src="" alt="IMG_3435.JPG" width="225" height="225" />Over the years, we&rsquo;ve told you about how our <a title="What Is Blow-Molding?" href="" target="_blank">blow-molded products are made</a>, and <a title="Why Use Powder Coating?" href="" target="_blank">how our metals are powder-coated to protect them</a>, but how does the whole process work, anyway?&nbsp; I certainly didn't know before I started working for Lifetime.&nbsp; But, here at the Freeport Center, all your products begin from scratch.&nbsp;</p> <p>When I was first hired, I had the chance to tour the entire facility. And it was probably one of the most amazing things I&rsquo;ve ever seen.&nbsp; No kidding.&nbsp; Did you know that in our blow-molding facility, our High Density Polyethylene (HDPE)&nbsp;plastic starts out as beads that are pumped from the trains to the building silos?&nbsp; The beads are melted and poured into the blow-molding forms. When the formed part comes out, Lifetime employees remove excess plastic a<img style="float: right;" title="Steel Coil" src="/imagecache/blog/IMG_3342.JPG" alt="IMG_3342.JPG" width="225" height="150" />nd prepare them for assembly.</p> <p>In metals, our roll-former slowly rolls and forms the steel into the shapes we need for individual products, be it poles for your <a title=" Basketball" href="" target="_blank">basketball system</a>, legs for your <a title=" Tables" href="" target="_blank">table</a>, or even the reinforcement for your backyard <a title=" Shed" href="" target="_blank">shed</a>.&nbsp; The steel starts in loose coils, which looks similar to an 8-track tape.&nbsp;</p> <p>Before a new model even comes to shelves, our Research and Development team tests each product in every condition possible; from UV-testing and transportation damage, to weight and strength tests on all products. In fact, it would take probably a book to explain all the testing and processes our products go through! We do this because it&rsquo;s important to us that the Lifetime products you own, can live up to their name.</p> <p><img style="float: left;" title="Basketball Packaging" src="/imagecache/blog/IMG_3472.JPG" alt="IMG_3472.JPG" width="225" height="225" />After each part is made, they&rsquo;re <a title="Powder-Coating" href="" target="_blank">powder-coated</a>, sent to the assembly line, and then packaged. With the use of amazing robotics, boxes are stacked on a pallet and shrink-wrapped to protect them during the shipping process.</p> <p>What&rsquo;s amazing about our basketball packaging is we were the first to ever package an entire basketball system in one single box. Pretty impressive, huh? Our engineers designed the best possible solution to get everything to you as simply as possible.</p> <p>Each pallet is then placed on trucks by one of the many, many forklifts being operated in Lifetime&rsquo;s warehouses.&nbsp; Want to know something fun? Our Lifetime delivery trucks average about 43,378 miles per year &hellip; just driving around the Freeport Center where our factories are located. Eleven hundred miles of that is spent just driving backwards into delivery doors! Not only are our products shipped on trucks, but the train system runs right through the Freeport Center, giving us more economical ways to ship to distribution centers and even ports when shipping internationally!</p> <p>Before you know it, you&rsquo;re walking through stores, or browsing our website and bringing a <a title="Tables" href="" target="_blank">table</a>, <a title="Chairs" href="" target="_blank">chair</a>,&nbsp; <a title="Sheds" href="" target="_blank">shed</a>, <a title="BasketBall" href="" target="_blank">basketball system</a>, <a title="Kayaks" href="" target="_blank">kayak</a>, or any of the other hundreds of products that we make home with you! And we&rsquo;re glad to be there!<img style="float: right;" title="Table Assembly" src="/imagecache/blog/IMG_3619.JPG" alt="IMG_3619.JPG" width="225" height="241" /></p> <p><br />For more information, be sure to check out <a title="" href=""></a>!</p>Jernae22 Oct 2012 11:15:00 AMLife Jackets: An Essential Part of Paddlesports<p><img src="" alt="Lifejacket1.jpg" width="225" height="217" />Here in the water sports department we often get asked, &ldquo;Do I need to wear a life jacket when I kayak... even in flat water?&rdquo;&nbsp; It is a good question, and it has a really important answer - YES.</p> <p>Almost all of the US states require you to have a life jacket with you when on the water, no matter the water conditions.&nbsp; The details will, of course, vary state to state. The key is you should always have a life jacket when heading out for a paddle whether in your <a title="about Lifetime kayaks" href="" target="_blank">kayak</a> or on your <a title="about Lifetime paddleboards" href="" target="_blank">paddleboard</a>.&nbsp; More importantly, you should always be wearing your life jacket when you are paddling.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>It is easy to brush the PFD (personal flotation device -&nbsp;aka lifejacket) off as a non-essential but it is just as important as your paddle and kayak.&nbsp; You never know what could happen out there and it is always best to be prepared.&nbsp;&nbsp; Even good swimmers should wear their PFD every time they paddle; never underestimate the power of water!</p> <p>PFDs are ugly and uncomfortable, right?&nbsp;Who would want to wear them? This is a huge misconception.&nbsp;For a few extra dollars, you can get a PFD that is specifically designed for the recreational paddler.&nbsp; These are made to fit comfortably with the recreational kayak design and the paddle strokes of a kayaker and they are generally stylish.&nbsp; You won&rsquo;t even know you are wearing it!</p> <p><img src="" alt="Lifejacket2.jpg" width="225" height="209" />Be sure to check with your state for the specific laws surrounding the use of life jackets.&nbsp; And, be sure to have a jacket for all the paddlers who are going out on the water.&nbsp; If you need a place to get a recreational paddling jacket, visit our friends at Sports Authority or;</p>Candace12 Oct 2012 11:00:00 AMPink Fly Fishing Kayak - Great Deal for a Great Cause!<p><img src="" alt="pink-300x200.jpg" width="300" height="200" />October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.&nbsp; In honor of the health campaign, this month you can get&nbsp;a great deal on&nbsp;a&nbsp;sit-inside kayak while also contributing to a great cause!&nbsp; If you love to fly fish,&nbsp;check out the hot&nbsp;pink <a title="about Emotion pink kayak" href="" target="_blank">Emotion&nbsp;Glide&trade; Sit-Inside Angler Kayak</a>.&nbsp; We are&nbsp;excited to&nbsp;offer&nbsp;$100 discount off&nbsp;the regular price of the&nbsp;Emotion Glide&trade; Angler Kayak in the Lifetime Store Online. In addition to&nbsp;the discount,&nbsp;Emotion Kayaks (which are manufactured by Lifetime Products) will donate $25 from each pink Glide&trade; kayak sale to Casting for Recovery&reg;.&nbsp; <a title="about Casting for Recovery" href="" target="_blank">Casting for Recovery&reg;</a> is a non-profit organization which supports women who have or have had breast cancer. This innovative organization was founded on the principles that the natural world is a healing force, so they use fly fishing instruction and it's rhythmic movement&nbsp;to heal cancer sufferers both mentally and physically. Enter this awesome Emotion Angler Kayak! Ta-Dah!</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">The&nbsp;Glide</a> is designed for ultimate stability, which allows you to fish while standing up--great for you fly fishers out there! You'll also appreciate all of the convenient features that have been designed into this kayak to make your fishing experience comfortable and enjoyable: an adjustable padded seat, adjustable foot braces, dual fly fishing rod holders, a paddle keeper, and shock cords located at the bow and stern to secure your gear to the kayak. The high-density polyethylene plastic construction is lightweight, durable, and easy to manage. <img src="" alt="kayakwoman.jpg" width="300" height="200" align="right" /></p> <p>If you've been considering a sit-inside kayak, make your dollars count for more by purchasing this special edition <a href="" target="_blank">Casting for Recovery&nbsp;Kayak</a> from the <a title="buy an Emotion Glide Kayak" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Store Online.</a> Just click on the Emotion Kayak category and enter the special discount code of "Pink" to receive $100 off the regular price.&nbsp;Offer good thoughout the month of October 2012.&nbsp; (Good news! Emotion Kayaks will&nbsp;continue to&nbsp;donate $25 from each Glide Kayak&nbsp;sale, even after the price&nbsp;discount has expired.)&nbsp;If you would like assistance in making your online purchase, please contact one of our friendly sales reps at 1 800 424 3865 or <a href=""></a> and they'll be happy to assist you.</p>Charlys05 Oct 2012 10:51:53 AMIntroducing the New Lifetime Water Sports Logo!<p><img src="" alt="Logo Example.jpg" width="225" height="119" />Whether you&rsquo;re new to kayaking or you&rsquo;re a seasoned veteran, you know one thing about the sport of paddling - it&rsquo;s fun!&nbsp; As Lifetime Products grows as a company and we, the <a title="about Lifetime Water Sports products" href="" target="_blank">water sports division</a>, grow as a category, we want to make sure we make our mark in the paddlesports industry.&nbsp; To keep us moving in the right direction, we&rsquo;ve come up with some brand-spanking-new logos to bring the fun and excitement of the sport to each and every kayak we make.&nbsp; The water sports community is fun, energetic, and unique, we wanted a logo that represented the quality Lifetime is known for, yet exhibited the upbeat environment found throughout the kayaking industry.&nbsp; And here you go!</p> <p>The new Lifetime watersports logo is an abstract representation of a kayak in water with elements of fun and adventure.&nbsp; Our lighter colored kayaks - yellow, orange and lime - will have our blue-based logo and our darker kayaks &ndash; red, camo, olive green, blue &ndash; will have our orange-based logo.&nbsp; These new logos are big, bright, and vibrant!!&nbsp; You&rsquo;ll still see the Lifetime logo on our boats, but the new logo will be a great accent to each individual kayak name.</p> <p>Our newer kayaks, such as the <a title="about Lifetime Monterey kayaks" href="" target="_blank">Monterey&trade;</a> and the <a title="about Lifetime Tamarck kayaks" href="" target="_blank">Tamarack&trade;</a>, will be the first to sport this new logo.&nbsp; (You can see it on the bottom right side in this picture below).&nbsp; The rest of the fleet will be making the change mid-fall.&nbsp; All kayaks in our lineup will sport the new logo going into 2013!&nbsp; Start planning now so you can get your hands on one of these awesome new logoed kayaks!</p> <p><img src="" alt="Tamarak_120_top_121411_newlogo.jpg" width="500" height="155" /></p>Candace05 Sep 2012 10:30:00 AMMy kayak outing!<p><img style="float: left;" title="Kayaking" src="" alt="P1150860.JPG" width="225" height="136" />Every summer, my church plans some sort of camping/boating outing for many reasons but mostly to have fun and enjoy each other&rsquo;s company. This year was no different. We ended up on the hills of <a title="map of Heber City" href=";qscrl=1&amp;rlz=1T4DKUS_enUS302US302&amp;ion=1&amp;bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_qf.&amp;biw=1920&amp;bih=854&amp;wrapid=tlif134584876503810&amp;q=heber+city&amp;um=1&amp;ie=UTF-8&amp;hq=&amp;hnear=0x874df591acdaac11:0x72295629e1a2560,Heber+City,+UT&amp;gl=us&amp;sa=X&amp;ei=zwU4ULS7EITJrQGxvYDYBA&amp;ved=0CIYBELYD" target="_blank">Heber City</a> at Heber Valley Camp. Knowing I worked for Lifetime, I had several requests to bring kayaks for our day at the lake. So, I checked out the trailer with 12 <a title="about Lifetime Monterey kayaks" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Monterrey Kayaks</a> and we spent all day Saturday paddling around. Needless to say, Lifetime kayaks were a hit! I heard nothing but positive compliments about the boats.</p> <p><img style="float: right;" title="Jenna kayaking" src="" alt="578077_10151178981883135_1026453268_n.jpg" width="225" height="169" />Many people were amazed at the stability of the kayaks. A lot of people who had never tried kayaking expected the kayaks to feel like canoes that can tip with any sudden movement. But, they&rsquo;re not! Kayaks have a much wider, flatter hull than a canoe so they are a lot more stable &ndash; especially Lifetime kayaks which are designed with increased stability for beginners. After everyone realized how stable and easy the Lifetime kayaks were to use, it was only a matter of time before they decided to start a relay race around a buoy to see if the boys or girls could paddle the fastest. I&rsquo;ll let you guess who won.</p> <p><img style="float: left;" title="Kayaking" src="" alt="P1150861.JPG" width="225" height="184" />The other misconception several people had was thinking kayaking is a serious and/or an expensive sport, which it doesn&rsquo;t have to be. <a title="about Lifetime kayaks" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime kayaks</a> are sturdy and affordable for beginner and moderate kayakers. They are intended only for recreational use, not whitewater kayaking (which is an extreme adventure sport). In fact, one of our leader&rsquo;s wife who had been very apprehensive about trying the kayaks finally decided to go out with her husband and can I just say&hellip; the look on her face once she started paddling away was priceless&mdash;pure bliss!</p> <p>Apparently, our outing gave more than a few people the kayaking bug. The next Sunday at church, four people asked where they could <a title="buy Lifetime kayaks" href="" target="_blank">purchase Lifetime kayaks</a> because they had such a fun time! Since then, I&rsquo;ve had another request to use the kayaks for an end of summer gathering on the lake, this time closer to home. I&rsquo;m anxious to see what kind of things come from our next adventure. I think I&rsquo;ll start a game of kayak rugby... that&rsquo;s always fun on kayaks!</p> <p><img style="float: left;" title="Kayaking" src="" alt="P1150862.JPG" width="525" height="175" /></p>Tonnie 24 Aug 2012 4:01:00 PMLifetime Sponsors First Paddleboarder, and He is Only 10!<p><img src="" alt="photo2.JPG" width="184" height="258" />&nbsp;</p> <p>It is quite common in the wild world of outdoor sports, for companies to sponsor up-and-coming paddlers.&nbsp;&nbsp;Lifetime has just taken on the sponsorship challenge.&nbsp; As you may have read in my <a title="Youth Paddleboard blog post" href="" target="_blank">earlier blog</a> about our <a title="about Lifetime Youth Paddleboards" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Hooligan&nbsp;Youth Stand-up Paddleboard</a>, we found a Utah local who is sure to make a splash in the paddleboard world.</p> <p>We would like to introduce you to our super kid, Mac!!&nbsp; He is only 10 years old but is quickly becoming a master of Stand-up Paddleboarding!&nbsp; Mac&rsquo;s dad, Gary, is a long-time surfer and has bestowed his wisdom and skill upon his son.&nbsp;</p> <p>Mac has been entering paddleboard contests around&nbsp; Utah, and has been blowing away his competition!&nbsp; He recently placed 1st in the Weber River Paddleboard Race and the Jordenelle Reseviour Paddleboard Race.&nbsp;Congratulations, Mac!&nbsp; His Dad says that everywhere he goes, people tell him that Mac is the next big thing in paddleboards. The best part, he wins these competitions on either the <a title="about Lifetime Hooligan paddleboards" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Hooligan</a> or the <a title="about Lifetime Freestyle Paddleboards" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Freestyle XL</a>!!&nbsp; Many of the other athletes have $3,000&nbsp;paddleboards!! Yikes!&nbsp; Who needs an overpriced board when the Lifetime Paddleboard is so affordable, efficient, and fun! (The Lifetime Hooligan is only $249 at Sports Authority.)</p> <p><img title="Winner!" src="" alt="photo6.JPG" width="322" height="404" /><br />Check out these pictures of Mac at his competitions and stay tuned for more updates and pictures of our paddleboard prodigy!</p> <p><img src="" alt="photo3.JPG" width="140" height="255" /></p>Candace22 Aug 2012 12:10:00 PMLifetime Makes Waves at One of the Largest Outdoor Shows in the World<p><img src="" alt="OR Show Demo 2012.JPG" width="225" height="169" />Many people don&rsquo;t know this, but Salt Lake City, UT is currently home to one of the largest Outdoor Industry shows in the world - <a title="about Outdoor Retailer Show" href="" target="_blank">Outdoor Retailer</a>!&nbsp;&nbsp;And for those of you not familiar with Lifetime&rsquo;s home base, we are only 30 minutes north of Salt Lake. So lucky for us, this show is smack in our backyard. While we did attend this show last year, we went bigger and better than ever this year!</p> <p>The show began for the Water Sports industry on Wednesday, August 1 at the Open Air Demo held at Jordanelle Reservoir.&nbsp; <a title="about Jordanelle Reservoir" href="" target="_blank">Jordanelle Reservoir</a> is a beautiful venue for a demo day, especially since it is in such close proximity to the show and to infamous Park City, Utah.&nbsp;We took all of our current <a title="about Lifetime Kayaks" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Kayak</a> models out so retailers and potential dealers&nbsp;from all over the world could give our boats a spin.&nbsp;We had the Lifetime Wave, Tamarack, Tamarack Angler, Payette, Payette Angler, Monterey, Manata and Sport Fisher.&nbsp;We had an amazing turn out!&nbsp;Our kayaks were in the water constantly and everybody had an absolutely wonderful time!</p> <p><img src="" alt="OR Show 2012.JPG" width="225" height="184" />The indoor portion of the show kicked off Thursday and continued into Sunday evening.&nbsp; The show is the perfect opportunity to show off new designs and new innovations for the upcoming season.&nbsp; Check out the photos of our displays!&nbsp; Sweet, huh?&nbsp;&nbsp;Notice anything different?&nbsp;Look closely at our kayak names on the signs. This year we re-vamped our logos.&nbsp;&nbsp;Starting in 2013, you will see these new kayak name logos on all of the Lifetime Kayaks and <a title="about Lifetime Paddleboards" href="" target="_blank">Paddleboards</a>!&nbsp; I'll be sure to tell you more about this in a future blog post.</p> <p>While at the show, Lifetime&nbsp;staff members mingled with the outdoor industry and showed off all of our great kayak designs.&nbsp; We were busy all day,&nbsp;every day, and we&nbsp;received great reactions to all of our kayaks and our new logo design.&nbsp; We&nbsp;also unveiled a new Tandem Kayak!!&nbsp;I don&rsquo;t want to spoil things now, so you&rsquo;ll have to stay tuned for more information on the fantastic new tandem!&nbsp;</p> <p>We are super excited to be taking the kayak industry by storm and we have you, the Lifetime paddlers out there, to thank!&nbsp; If you haven&rsquo;t done so already, check out our kayaks and paddleboards at <a href=""></a>!<br />&nbsp;</p>Candace08 Aug 2012 12:05:00 PMStand-Up-Paddleboards for the whole family with the addition of the Hooligan Youth SUP!<p><img src="" alt="IMG_5614_SMall.jpg" width="206" height="302" />Stand-Up-Paddleboarding (SUP)&nbsp;is one of the hottest new trends in the water sports world.&nbsp;Over the past few years, it&rsquo;s gone from a small time activity to a huge, world-wide phenomenon.&nbsp;Last season we unveiled our adult paddleboard, the <a title="Lifetime Freestyle XL SUP" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Freestyle XL&nbsp;SUP</a>.&nbsp;This season, we wanted to make sure the whole family could enjoy this new and rapidly growing sport. We&nbsp;scaled down our adult paddleboard, added some new features, and made the <a title="Lifetime Hooligan SUP" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Hooligan SUP</a>&nbsp; - a fantastic youth paddleboard that fits a wide range of younger paddlers.</p> <p>The Lifetime Hooligan was designed to be extremely stable and easy to use.&nbsp;We wanted to be sure those first-time jitters could melt away once the paddler realized how stable and safe this board really is!&nbsp;This board also incorporates a cutting-edge and exciting design element -&nbsp;a retractable fin! The Hooligan has a removable surf fin that helps the board go faster and go in a straight line. Unlike our adult paddleboard, the Hooligan&rsquo;s fin can retract if it hits a rock or a sand bar.&nbsp;This helps the paddler stay standing and cuts down on surprising bumps and obstacles you might find submerged along the way. The Hooligan is also extremely comfortable for your feet.&nbsp;We&rsquo;ve lined the foot recesses with EVA Deck Foam covering.&nbsp;This foam pads your feet so you can stay out there enjoying the water all day without having to worry about sore feet.&nbsp;The board&rsquo;s lightweight design makes it easier for kids to move the board around on land and in the water!</p> <p><img src="" alt="IMG_4555_with jacket.jpg" width="395" height="326" /></p> <p>We were so excited about this new SUP board that we took it to the streets&hellip;..well, to the water to be exact! We found a local Utahan to do some testing for us.&nbsp;Meet our friend Mac, he is only 10 years old and is already blowing away the competition in paddleboard races and events - on our Hooligan SUP!&nbsp; He has been surfing since he was able to stand up on the board, and now that his family is here in Utah, he has taken up SUPing!&nbsp;We&rsquo;ve also made it a family affair.&nbsp;Mac&rsquo;s Dad, Gary, who is originally a surfer from Hawaii, has been tearing up the competition on his Lifetime Freestyle XL as well!! Stay tuned to the water sports blog for the rest of the summer to see some more great photos and updates on Mac and Gary as they take SUPing by storm.&nbsp;</p> <p>Note:&nbsp;The <a title="Lifetime Hooligan SUP" href="" target="_blank">Hooligan SUP</a> and <a title="Lifetime Freestyle XL SUP" href="" target="_blank">Freestyle XL SUP</a> are intended for flat water use.&nbsp;Use in rapids and moving water is not recommended.&nbsp;Mac and Gary are professionals and have years of experience and training. Always wear proper safety gear and obtain proper training before going paddle boarding or kayaking.</p>Candace20 Jul 2012 4:12:12 PMContinuous Kayak Innovation with the New Lifetime Monterey<p><img src="" alt="the new monterey.JPG" width="225" height="123" />Our water sports team is constantly trying to improve our current lineup, as well as design new innovative and stylish kayaks.&nbsp; We looked at our popular <a title="about Lifetime Daylite Kayaks" href="" target="_blank">Daylite</a> and <a title="about Lifetime Lotus Kayaks" href="" target="_blank">Lotus</a> models carefully, put our heads together, and out popped the Lifetime&nbsp;Monterey!&nbsp; The <a title="about the Lifetime Monterery Kayak" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Monterey Kayak</a> is the newest addition to our kayak family, but it still has many of the great qualities of its cousins, the Daylite and the Lotus.</p> <p>The new Monterey is 8&rsquo; in length and 29.5&rdquo; wide.&nbsp;&nbsp; We have added enhanced tracking channels to the bottom of the kayak which will help keep the kayak from turning side-to-side with each paddle stroke.&nbsp; It will also allow the paddler to go a greater distance with less effort - who doesn&rsquo;t want that?!&nbsp;&nbsp;As with all Lifetime kayaks, the Monterey is extremely stable and great for everyone from kids to adults.</p> <p>&nbsp;<img src="" alt="IMG_3901.JPG" width="174" height="267" />&nbsp;This new kayak also has our new blow-molded, adjustable seat back.&nbsp; The new seat is low profile and lightweight, so while you will be more comfortable, your kayak won&rsquo;t weigh any more!&nbsp;&nbsp; It has a curved design that supports the small of your back while you paddle, which really helps with getting full power out of each and every paddle stroke you take.&nbsp; This seat back easily folds down and conveniently tucks into the storage area making it easy to transport and stash away for the winter.&nbsp;&nbsp; The Monterey will also stand vertical on its back end, just like the Daylite and Lotus kayaks.&nbsp; The new design is also compatible with the sail kit accessory if you are looking for some hands-free kayaking.</p> <p>The Monterey is currently available at Sam&rsquo;s Club and will be available in the coming months in the <a title="Lifetime Store Online" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Store Online.</a>&nbsp; And, if you head over to <a title="WovenbyWords Monterey kayak giveaway" href="" target="_blank"></a>, you can actually enter to&nbsp;WIN a Lifetime Monterey Kayak!&nbsp; Our new kayak is the grand prize in the Made in America blog giveaway which ends July 18. (The Monterey is made in our Clearfield, Utah factory.)&nbsp; While you are at, be sure to check out her <a title="WovenbyWords Monterey Kayak review" href="" target="_blank">personal review</a> and photos of the Lifetime Monterey to see what one customer has to say about our newest Lifetime kayak.</p>Candace06 Jul 2012 8:00:00 AMHappy Memorial Day… and Happy Paddling to Our Kayak Winner!<p><img src="" alt="payette kayak.jpg" width="225" height="162" />Happy Memorial Day!&nbsp; From all of us here at Lifetime, we wish to extend a heartfelt "thank you" to all of the men and women who bravely serve, or have served, our country.&nbsp; It is because of your courage and sacrifice for our country's freedom that we are able to celebrate today.</p> <p>Today is a day many of us celebrate with barbeques, parades, shopping sales, and fun with friends and families.&nbsp; However, may we all also take time to reflect on the true meaning of this day.&nbsp;</p> <p>We also wish to extend congratulations to&nbsp;<strong>Michele A.&nbsp;of&nbsp;Kingstown, RI&nbsp;</strong>who is the lucky random winner of our <a title="about Lifetime Payette kayaks" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Payette Kayak</a> giveaway!&nbsp; Thanks to everyone who entered.&nbsp;&nbsp; If you are looking for a fun way to enjoy the water this summer, you can find the entire line of Lifetime Kayaks and Paddleboards available for purcahse in the <a title="buy a Lifetime kayak or paddleboard" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Store online</a>.</p> <p>As always, stay tuned because we'll have a new giveaway next month!</p>Jan28 May 2012 9:18:00 AMLifetime Employees Test Drive 2012 Kayak Line<p><img src="" alt="1 sales kayaks 2012.jpg" width="225" height="149" />Every year, the Lifetime&nbsp;sales and marketing team attends an internal Sales and Marketing Conference.&nbsp; This year, things were a bit different. We had 30 kayaks and paddle boards to test paddle at Sand Hollow -&nbsp;one of the most scenic reservoirs in Utah.&nbsp;It is exhausting just to think about&hellip;..exhausting in a good way, of course!</p> <p>To kick things off with our kayak training a few weeks ago, we began with a training clinic and question and answer period.&nbsp;Many of our employees are just like you - &nbsp;they are a beginner or are just getting into the sport of kayaking.&nbsp; Our more advanced staff members were excited to help out as well.&nbsp;This was exciting for me as I love to share my love of paddle sports with anyone who will listen&hellip;&hellip;.or paddle. :)&nbsp;&nbsp;I discussed paddle techniques, sitting in your kayak, and the differences in kayak styles.&nbsp; As you can see in the photos, I had quite an attentive audience.&nbsp;<img src="" alt="3 sales conference 2012.jpg" width="225" height="150" /></p> <p>In <a title="sit-inside kayak blog post" href="" target="_blank">previous posts</a>, I have mentioned that this was our first season with a sit-inside kayak, the <a title="about Lifetime Payette Kayaks" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Payette 116</a>.&nbsp;&nbsp;The Lifetime Payette quickly become one of the biggest talking points of our kayak test paddle.&nbsp; At first, people were apprehensive to try out this new style of&nbsp;kayak.&nbsp;&nbsp; I received lots of&nbsp;questions about the sit-inside model:&nbsp; Is it as stable as a sit-on-top, what if I flip over, how do I get in?&nbsp; After the first few paddle strokes, everyone was in love!&nbsp; By the end, I had to sweet talk paddlers into coming ashore so someone else could give the <a title="buy a Lifetime Payette kayak" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Payette</a> a whirl.&nbsp;This kayak was being paddled continuously up until it was stashed away in the trailer.&nbsp;Many people expressed how surprised they were that they enjoyed a sit-inside model as much as they did.&nbsp;(Though they still love the sit-on-top designs, too.)</p> <p><img src="" alt="2 sales kayaks 2012.jpg" width="225" height="149" />In the coming months, we will be posting video and information on basic paddling skills and activities similar to what we presented at our conference clinic.&nbsp; So, keep your eyes peeled on the Water Sports page of <a href=""></a>.&nbsp;Also, if you are interested in test paddling a Lifetime Payette of your own, we&nbsp;are doing a Lifetime Payette 116 <a title="giveaway blog post" href="" target="_blank">giveaway</a>&nbsp;this week! Check out&nbsp;<a title="Win a Lifetime Kayak blog post" href="" target="_blank">Jan's last blog post</a> for details&nbsp;on how to enter&nbsp;for a chance to win!</p> <p>&nbsp;Until next time, Happy Paddling!<br />&nbsp;</p>Candace23 May 2012 9:04:00 AMWin a Lifetime Kayak for Father's Day … Or Any Day!<p><span style="color: #ff0000;"><strong><a href=""><img src="" alt="May 2012 contest ended.jpg" width="225" height="180" /></a>This giveaway has ended.</strong></span> We've been <a title="blog about Payette kayaks" href="" target="_blank">telling you about</a> our new <a title="about Lifetime Payette Kayaks" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Payette Kayaks</a> for several weeks now on&nbsp;this blog and Facebook.&nbsp; It's our first sit-inside Lifetime kayak and it was even feature on <a title="Lifetime on Price is Right" href="" target="_blank">The Price is Right</a> in the Showcase Showdown a few weeks ago!</p> <p>I had the opportunity to try one these new kayaks for the first time last week at our annual sales conference... and it was great!&nbsp; It's a nice size&nbsp;(116" long) and has a seat back, front and rear shock cords, footrests and a paddle cradle.&nbsp; It even has a cool cargo holder with a cover that's perfect for your camera, keys, a coat, lunch, and more.&nbsp;</p> <p>But, instead of us just telling you about, we decided it's better to let you actually try it for yourself. So, since summer is just around the corner, this month we are giving away a <a title="buy a Lifetime Payette Kayak" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Payette Kayak</a> to one random winner! It's perfect timing to enter to win it for your dad or hubby for Father's Day. But, of course, there's certainly no reason to feel guilty if you want to enter to win it just for yourself.&nbsp; After all, we know that more than just dads like to kayak!&nbsp;And, if you've never kayaked before but have been thinking about trying it, this is the perfect opportunity.&nbsp; As always, good luck!</p> <p><span style="font-size: small;"><strong>How to Enter:</strong></span></p> <ol> <li>Send an e-mail to <a href=""></a> with the subject line "May contest" and your full name in the email message.</li> </ol> <p><span style="font-size: small;"><strong>Bonus Entries:</strong></span></p> <ol> <li>"Like"&nbsp; <a title="Lifetime on Facebook" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Products on Facebook</a>.&nbsp; Once you "Like" us (or if you already do), send an email to <a href=""></a> with your full name telling us you "Like" Lifetime Products and you'll receive one bonus entry.</li> <li>Follow us on <a title="Lifetime Twitter" href="!/lifetime365" target="_blank">Twitter</a> @Lifetime365 and retweet to your friends "It would be so much fun to have this kayak&nbsp;that @Lifetime365 is giving away! <a href=""></a>" to receive one bonus entry.</li> </ol> <p>The contest begins Friday, May 18, 2012 and will end Sunday, May 27, 2012 at 12:00 Midnight MST.&nbsp; We'll announce one random winner on Monday, May 28 2012. (Each person may only enter once via email, once via Twitter, and once via Facebook.&nbsp; Click here for <a title="official rules" href="" target="_blank">complete contest rules</a>.)</p>Jan18 May 2012 9:15:00 AMTaking Sit-On-Top Kayaks to the Next Level with New Lifetime Tamarack<p><img src="" alt="tamarack.jpg" width="225" height="197" />As I promised in previous posts, it&rsquo;s time to unleash a brand-spanking-new sit-on-top kayak!&nbsp; This season we&rsquo;ve introduced our <a title="about Lifetime Tamarack kayaks" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime&nbsp;Tamarack 120</a> and the <a title="about Lifetime Tamarack angler" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Tamarack 120 Angler</a> and I don&rsquo;t think you&rsquo;ll be disappointed!</p> <p>The Lifetime Tamarack 120 comes in a beautiful vibrant red with tons of added features like shock cords, carry handles, storage deck and a sealed hatch!&nbsp; This kayak also features our new folding seat back!&nbsp; It folds up when you&rsquo;re using it to give your back the support it needs and then, at the end of the day, it completely folds down for transport.&nbsp;&nbsp;What more could you ask for? But wait, there&rsquo;s more! We&rsquo;ve specially designed this kayak to be fast, track well and be extremely stable, so no matter where your paddle adventure leads, our Tamarack 120 is equipped to take you there!</p> <p><img src="" alt="tamarack angler.jpg" width="225" height="130" />So maybe you are an avid fisherman or fisherwoman?&nbsp; Great!&nbsp; We have the Tamarack 120 for you.&nbsp; We&rsquo;ve taken the fantastic basic Tamarack 120 and outfitted it for a relaxing and efficient day of fishing.&nbsp; It has all the great extras and gadgets as the standard model plus we threw in two flush mounted fishing pole holders, one top mount rod holder and an additional storage hatch!&nbsp; What? Did you hear that, two storage hatches!&nbsp; Our stable design allows for easy casting and makes reeling in your big catch a breeze.&nbsp; This version also comes in a more neutral tan color to help you blend in with your surrounding so you can sneak up on those unsuspecting fish.&nbsp; So whether you have been fishing for years or just want to dabble in the sport of kayak fishing, the Tamarack 120 Angler is for you!</p> <p>Measuring at 10&rsquo;, the Tamarack 120 and the Tamarack 120 Angler&nbsp; are great all around kayaks.&nbsp; These kayaks really do make for a fun and safe day out on the water, trust me, I&rsquo;ve tested them!&nbsp; :)</p> <p>To pick up one of these new&nbsp;Lifetime Tamarack kayaks for your own,&nbsp;head into The Sports Authority.&nbsp; They will also soon be available in the&nbsp;<a title="Lifetime Store online" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Store Online</a>.</p>Candace13 Apr 2012 2:30:00 PMThe Wonderful World of Sit-Inside Kayaks!<p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt;"><img src="" alt="Payette.jpg" width="225" height="225" />This kayak season we are stepping up our game!&nbsp; Exciting right?&nbsp; Most people have seen our many <a title="about Lifetime sit-on-top kayaks" href="" target="_blank">sit-on-top</a> and fishing models, but this year we have gone in a whole new direction!</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt;">I would like to introduce our newest member of the kayak family, the <a title="about Lifetime Payette kayaks" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Payette 116</a>!&nbsp; This is our first sit-inside kayak design and it is sure to knock your water socks off!&nbsp; It comes in at 9&rsquo;8&rdquo; and is has the perfect mix of stability and speed.&nbsp;&nbsp;The sleek design makes it a bit faster than other kayaks that are similar in length without compromising the stability you are accustom to in a Lifetime Kayak!&nbsp; Think &ldquo;best of both worlds&rdquo;: speed of a longer kayak, stability of a shorter kayak.&nbsp; The built -n seat and seat back make it comfortable while the molded-in carry handles make for easy transport.&nbsp; Need to take some snacks with you on your paddle? The Payette 116 has a cargo hold with a cover for on water storage of those items you just can&rsquo;t paddle without.&nbsp;&nbsp;We&rsquo;ve also added some stellar foot braces that can fit a wide range of heights making it easy to let those star struck friends and family take your new kayak for a test paddle.&nbsp; Make sure you get it back though!</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt;">If you happen to be a fisherman, or maybe you know someone who is, it&rsquo;s your lucky day!&nbsp; We love this new kayak design so much we turned it into an Angler -&nbsp;Poof!&nbsp; While the standard Payette 116 will come in a beautiful bright orange, the Payette 116 Angler version will be a tan color that won&rsquo;t scare away the fish you encounter on your adventures.&nbsp; The two flush mounted fishing pole holders and top mount rod holder that are included make this kayak a regular fishing machine!</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt;">Check out&nbsp;the <a title="buy a Lifetime Payette kayak" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Store online</a>&nbsp;to get your hands on one of these kayaks or visit our friends at the Sports Authority!</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt;">So there you have it!&nbsp; A great new kayak design from Lifetime!&nbsp; And don&rsquo;t worry, it won&rsquo;t be the last!<br />&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt;"><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman','serif';"><span style="font-size: small;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></span></p>Candace28 Mar 2012 9:03:00 AMThe Famous Calypso Kayak Gets a Name Makeover<p><img src="/imagecache/blog/Lotus%20beach.jpg" alt="Lotus beach.jpg" width="263" height="174" />My first Lifetime365 blog, how exciting!&nbsp; As some of you may know, Lifetime Products recently acquired Emotion Kayaks&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;and me!&nbsp;&nbsp; After a 2,089 mile journey, I&rsquo;m here to join the Lifetime Team and bring you the scoop on all the new kayaks, features and everything else water sports!&nbsp; I look forward to sharing my kayak knowledge and experience with all of you in hopes that you get as excited about kayaking as I do!</p> <p>Let's start it off with a bang, shall we?&nbsp; This season will be huge for Lifetime&rsquo;s water sports division.&nbsp; With the acquisition of Emotion Kayaks, our kayak production will have more than tripled!!!&nbsp; That is a lot of kayaks folks!&nbsp; Emotion Kayaks alone brings 22 new models that include a kid specific sit-on-top kayak, eight sit-inside models, eight sit-on-top models, one paddleboard and four angler kayaks!&nbsp; Clean out those garages and make some space for some sweet new kayaks this season!</p> <p>In addition, Lifetime will be unveiling some killer new kayak models for the 2012 season.&nbsp; You&rsquo;ll see some new paddleboard designs, updated sit-on-tops and a brand new sit-inside model for the cold water paddlers out there!&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>One of our old friends, the Lifetime Calypso Kayak, has been renamed!&nbsp; Sometimes it is just time for a change right?&nbsp; The Lifetime Calypso will now be called the <a title="about Lifetime Lotus Kayaks" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Lotus</a>, but don&rsquo;t worry, it is still the same great kayak!&nbsp;&nbsp; The <a title="buy a Lifetime Lotus kayak" href="" target="_blank">Lotus</a> is one of our most popular models and even with the new name, we expect it to stay that way.&nbsp;&nbsp; It will continue to be a great all around adult length kayak that provides convenient transportation and storage options.&nbsp; So, if the Calypso had been on your list of things to buy, keep it there, just revise the name to Lotus and go find one!</p> <p>If you want to get acquainted with the Emotion Kayaks line you can visit our site, <a href=""></a>&nbsp;or find us on facebook.&nbsp;&nbsp; As always, the Lifetime Kayaks can be found at <a href=""></a> and can be purchased in the <a title="Lifetime Store online" href="" target="_blank">LIfetime Store online</a>.&nbsp; Keep your eyes peeled for my next blog to find out all the hot new details on our new 2012 kayak models!</p>Candace07 Mar 2012 8:57:12 AM Be My Valentine and Get $15 Off the Lifetime Kids Pink Picnic Table<p>In honor of Valentine's Day, the <a title="visit the Lifetime Store online" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime&nbsp;Store</a> online&nbsp;is&nbsp;offering $15 off the kids pink picnic table throughout the month of February. Be sure to check out our other pink and red products, too, like the pink youth kayak, and our red and white tablecloths.</p> <p>The Lifetime <a href="" target="_blank">kids pink picnic table</a> is popular because it is portable, durable, and cheerful! This is the perfect little snack and craft table for a child's bedroom, a daycare center, or a backyard patio.&nbsp;Polyethylene plastic&nbsp;tabletop and benches are water proof, stain resistant,&nbsp;and UV-protected from fading or warping. Powder-coated steel frame is sturdy and resists rusting. This&nbsp;bright little&nbsp;picnic table is fun for kids to use and easy for parents to maintain.</p> <p><img src="" alt="pinktable.jpg" width="300" height="200" /></p> <p>The <a href="" target="_blank">pink youth kayak</a> is a fun model that has just recently been added to our line of outdoor recreational products. At only 6 ft long, it's designed for kids ages 5 yrs and up, with 130 lbs weight capacity. Constructed from blow-molded plastic so it's light weight and there are no sharp edges or protruding parts to scrape or scratch your child. Lots of handy built-in features like footrests, paddle craddle, towing handle, and molded-in hand grips make it very convenient to use. Kids will especially appreciate the sloped rear deck for easy mounting.</p> <p><img src="" alt="pinkkayak.jpg" width="300" height="200" /></p> <p>Lifetime has also recently added a new line of <a href="" target="_blank">coordinating tablecloths and toppers</a> to accessorize our banquet tables. You're going to be impressed! These tablecloths and toppers turn Lifetime folding tables into elegant dining accommodations for special holiday occasions--like those romantic Valentine's dinners.&nbsp;Premium quality, tightly woven polyester fabric is stain resistant, machine washable, and dryer safe. Detailed tailoring with pleats and grommets provide a snug fit and an elegant look that we're sure you're going to love. Order now to receive it in time for Valentine's Day!</p> <p><img src="" alt="redtabletopper.jpg" width="300" height="200" /></p> <p>If you&nbsp;would like to take advantage of&nbsp;the $15 discount on the pink picnic table, or check out these other fun products,&nbsp;visit our&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Lifetime online store</a>.&nbsp;For the kids pink&nbsp;picnic table, be sure&nbsp;to enter the discount code&nbsp;<span style="color: #ff00ff;"><strong>Pink15</strong></span> when you're ready to "check out". Just our way of saying thank you for following us on the blog. We'd love to hear from you!&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p>Charlys27 Jan 2012 10:00:00 AMWhat to Get a Tween for Christmas? A Lifetime Youth Kayak!<p><img src=" kayak 4.jpg" alt="youth kayak 4.jpg" width="225" height="149" />Are you still trying to figure what to get a Tween or a "kid who has everything"&nbsp; on your Christmas list?&nbsp;Trust me, I know how you feel.&nbsp; As a mom of an 8-year-old, I completely understand how tough it is to come up with gift ideas for those ages when they aren't really into characters or toys anymore.&nbsp; But, if you have a child who loves being active in the water, I have a perfect idea for you - a Lifetime Youth Kayak!</p> <p>My family tested the <a title="buy a pink Lifetime Wave Kayak" href="" target="_blank">pink Lifetime Wave Kayak </a>this summer and we absolutely loved it!&nbsp; Between my kids and my nieces, we had ages 4, 8, 9, and 11 using it.&nbsp; And, I even tried it, too!&nbsp; I must say, we were amazed at how quickly all of the kids got the hang of paddling and maneuvering when they had a kayak and paddle their own size.&nbsp; We have sit-inside adult kayaks that they have tried in the past, but sitting down in the kayak and using a long paddle is really awkward for them to paddle and go anywhere.&nbsp; But, each child figured out how to paddle the Lifetime Youth Kayak within about six strokes.&nbsp; Honest.&nbsp; Even my 4-year-old.&nbsp;<img src=" kayak 3.jpg" alt="Youth kayak 3.jpg" width="225" height="169" /></p> <p>The kayak is a great size.&nbsp; It's small enough for kids to handle on their own&nbsp; when paddling and when dragging it in and out of the water.&nbsp; Yet, it's actually big enough for two smaller kids to ride at the same time.&nbsp; There aren't actual seats for two, but my kids loved sitting criss-cross-applesauce on it and paddling around together.&nbsp; Having a companion is always more fun!&nbsp; Don't worry, the Lifetime Youth Kayak is so stable (which is also what makes it perfect for beginners) that it didn't even tip with two of them wiggling around.&nbsp;</p> <p>We tested the <a title="about Lifetime Youth Kayaks" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Youth Kayak </a>on Lake Erie with waves, on a calm pond, and on a wetland with trees.&nbsp; The older kids really enjoyed paddling around the trees at the wetland like an obstacle course.&nbsp; As a mom, I was hesitant when Papa first suggested this outing, but I couldn't believe how easily the kids maneuvered the Lifetime Youth Kayak in-and-out of the trees without any problem. The kayak is so-well sized for kids that it was like watching them weave around on their bike since they made it look so easy.&nbsp; And, as you can see by the photo, the older kids also enjoyed using the Lifetime Youth Kayak like a paddleboard.&nbsp;&nbsp;<img src=" kayak 2.jpg" alt="youth kayak 2.jpg" width="225" height="139" /><img src=" kayak 1.jpg" alt="Youth kayak 1.jpg" width="225" height="169" /></p> <p>My 11-year-old niece who is&nbsp;4'11" and 90 pounds (pictured in the top photo)&nbsp;seemed to be the&nbsp;ideal size for the Lifetime Youth Kayak.&nbsp; Smaller children can certainly use it and enjoy it with room to grow,&nbsp;but for a child&nbsp;much bigger than my neice, the Lifetime Youth Kayak is almost too small. (Consider a <a title="about a Lifetime Calypso Kayak" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Calypso</a> or <a title="about a Lifetime Daylite kayak" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Daylite kayak </a>for bigger tweens, teens, and adults.)&nbsp; Personally, even though the Lifetime Youth&nbsp;kayak is rated up to 130 pounds, I think 110 pounds is probably a more realistic weight limit to&nbsp;enjoy the kayak.&nbsp;I am 5'6" and barely under the weight limit.&nbsp; I was able to fit in the kayak (with my legs bent about 45 degrees) and paddle the kayak; however, it definitely started to take on water and "sink" if I tried to go fast because of my size.&nbsp;</p> <p>The only thing that we found not to work so well on the Lifetime Youth Kayak was the "swim-up" platform which is designed to allow kids to easily board the kayak from the back.&nbsp;Personally, boarding from the rear seemed to require a lot more "repositioning" once they were on board and sometimes the kayak would scoot out from under them as they tried to get on.&nbsp; So, my kids found it much easier just to board the kayak from the side by jumping up on their belly, pushing up with their arms, then pulling their legs up under them. (Similar to how kids climb out of a swimming pool.)&nbsp; Even the 4-year-old could get on that way.&nbsp; I did some asking around afterwards and a co-worker at Lifetime said his kids always board from the back using the swim- up platform; however, they have a backrest on their Youth Kayak and the kids use the <a title="about a Youth Backrest" href="" target="_blank">backrest</a> (which can be purchased separately) as a handle to help pull themselves up so the kayak doesn't scoot out from under them.</p> <p>Overall, I can't say enough good things&nbsp;about this kayak.&nbsp; It's the perfect size, perfect weight, a great price, maneuvers easily, is super stable, and is even available in three color options.&nbsp; It really is a perfect Christmas present for active kids ages 4-12 who love the water and love outdoor fun.<img src=" kayak 5.jpg" alt="youth kayak 5.jpg" width="500" height="375" /></p>Jan30 Nov 2011 12:45:00 PMLifetime Acquires Emotion Kayaks, Creates Water Sports Category<p><img src=" kayaks.jpg" alt="2 kayaks.jpg" width="225" height="225" />Hold onto your paddles kayak fans because we have some news that is really going to make some waves!&nbsp; As you know, last year Lifetime started manufacturing kayaks and paddleboards.&nbsp; This new product line has been a tremendous success for us and an area where we've seen lots of consumer interest and demand.</p> <p>Today, we are excited to tell you that you can expect to see even more Lifetime kayak models on the market very soon!&nbsp; Why? Because Lifetime has acquired the assets of Pennsylvania-based Emotion Kayaks.&nbsp; Lifetime has agreed to purchase all of Emotion Kayaks&rsquo; assets, including its intellectual property, trademark portfolio, manufacturing equipment, inventory and its retailer contracts. What does that mean to you?&nbsp; Now,<a title="about Lifetime Kayak products" href="" target="_blank"> kayak products </a>previously distributed by Emotion Kayaks will be manufactured at Lifetime&rsquo;s headquarters and manufacturing facility in Clearfield, Utah.</p> <p>If you are a kayak enthusiast, you may already be familiar with the Emotion Kayak brand as they offer a variety of kayak equipment and accessories sold at specialty stores such as REI and Cabela's.&nbsp; The decision to acquire Emotion Kayaks will allow us to combine the successful designs and specialty channel distribution of Emotion Kayaks with Lifetime's global manufacturing capabilities to expand the kayak market.</p> <p>This kayak product addition will complement Lifetime&rsquo;s <a title="about Lifetime waters sports products" href="" target="_blank">Water Sports lineup</a>, which currently includes sit-inside, sit-on-top, tandem and youth kayaks, as well as paddleboards. With the acquisition of Emotion Kayaks, Lifetime will be one of the largest kayak manufacturers in the world.</p> <p>As we've shared in previous posts, Lifetime recently announced we will be expanding our manufacturing facilities in Utah and adding new blow-molding machines as part of the expansion.&nbsp; So, guess what these new blow-molding machines primarily will be used to make?&nbsp; Yes, kayaks!</p> <p>With all of our water sports product growth, we have added a new Water Sports category to our product line, separating kayaks and paddleboards from our <a title="about Lifetime Sporting Goods" href="" target="_blank">Sporting Goods </a>category which carries <a title="about Lifetime Basketball systems" href="" target="_blank">basketball systems </a>and <a title="about Lifetime Soccer Goals" href="" target="_blank">soccer goals</a>.&nbsp; Watch for this new category on <a title="" href="" target="_blank"> </a>soon. This new category addition means we have also added a new Product Marketing Manager to our Lifetime team and blog team!&nbsp; If you look over to the left of this blog, you'll notice our newest blogger, <a title="about Vince" href="" target="_self">Vince</a>, will be blogging about Sporting Goods and Playground while <a title="about Jason" href="" target="_blank">Jason</a> will continue blogging about kayaks for our new Water Sports Category.</p> <p>There's a lot of exciting changes taking place at Lifetime and we're glad you're along for the ride!</p>Jan18 Nov 2011 12:00:00 PMNeed a Dinghy? Use a Lifetime Manta Kayak!<p><img src="/imagecache/blog/boarding manta from boat.jpg" alt="boarding manta from boat.jpg" width="225" height="169" />What's a dinghy?&nbsp; Most likely, if you had to ask, you probably don't need one.&nbsp;:)&nbsp; A <a title="more about a dinghy" href="" target="_blank">dinghy</a> is a small boat, often carried by a larger boat.&nbsp; And, as I recently found out, the <a title="about the Lifetime Manta Kayak" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Manta Kayak </a>makes a great dinghy!</p> <p>Over the past few weeks, I've shared with you <a title="Will It Tip? blog post" href="" target="_self">my family's experiences </a>with the tandem Lifetime Manta Kayak (aka the Yellow Banana).&nbsp; And, I keep telling you there is one "unknown" feature that turned out to be our favorite.&nbsp; So&hellip;here it is.&nbsp; Ready?&nbsp; Wait for it, wait for it&hellip;</p> <p>You can TOW a Lifetime Manta Kayak in the water behind another boat!&nbsp;</p> <p>Hmm, not as exciting as you had hoped for, huh?&nbsp; Well, read on, then see what you think.&nbsp; We wanted to kayak around this scenic little island in the middle of <a title="about Lake Erie" href="" target="_blank">Lake Erie</a>. The only problem is that getting to the island from my parents' house required going several miles across Lake Erie.&nbsp; We are avid water skiers and are used to towing skiers, tubes, wakeboards, etc. behind our boat.&nbsp; So, we figured&nbsp;why not try towing the Yellow Banana, too?&nbsp; The Lifetime Manta Kayak has a molded handle in the front of the kayak that is intended to be used as a carrying handle.&nbsp; However, since it is molded in, it is durable just like the kayak and can easily double as a place to tie a rope to tow the kayak.&nbsp;</p> <p>At first we were a little apprehensive about how the kayak would tow in the water.&nbsp; Would it bounce all over and flip upside-down?&nbsp; Would it take on water and sink?&nbsp; NO!&nbsp; We were surprised at how great the Lifetime Manta towed behind a boat, even at faster speeds.&nbsp; It stayed on top of the water and upright the entire time.&nbsp; Can't do that with&nbsp;most kayaks, that's for sure - and definitely not with a sit-inside kayak!&nbsp; However, I would advise you to remove the scupper plugs before towing; both of ours came out during the tow. (If you do loose them, extras are available for purchase&nbsp;in the <a title="buy Lifetime scupper plugs" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Store online</a>.)</p> <p>After we arrived at the island, our next hurdle was to get from the boat and&nbsp;to the kayak.&nbsp; We were wearing our swimsuits and were prepared to possibly get wet as we stepped from the back swim platform of our boat and onto the Lifetime Manta Kayak.&nbsp; Whoa!&nbsp; Not even a slight tipping motion.&nbsp; Nice!&nbsp; The Lifetime Manta Kayak truly is ultra stable.&nbsp; Don't believe me?&nbsp; I took a video of my husband trying it again later just to show you.&nbsp;&nbsp;(As you'll see, even when my husband&nbsp;showed off&nbsp;his lack of grace, it still didn't tip!) I've also included a video of us towing the Lifetime Manta Kayak behind the jet boat so you can see how it sits on top of the water.</p> <p>Towing the Lifetime Manta Kayak behind another boat is a great way to get it from point A to point B if you are headed somewhere that is too far to paddle.&nbsp; Or, if you have a large sailboat or yacht and need to keep a small dinghy on board to easily get to shore when you anchor, you might want to consider a <a title="buy a Lifetime Manta Kayak" href=";term=kayak&amp;sort=...&amp;price=" target="_blank">Lifetime Manta Kayak</a>.&nbsp; It's only 10' long, weighs 60lbs, holds three adults, and you can board it from a boat without ever getting in the water.</p> <p>So, now you know that using the molded carrying handle as a towing device was my family's favorite feature of the Yellow Banana.&nbsp; What's your favorite feature?&nbsp; Leave us a comment below and share.</p> <p> <object width="425" height="350" data="" type="application/x-shockwave-flash"> <param name="src" value="" /> </object> </p> <p> <object width="425" height="350" data="" type="application/x-shockwave-flash"> <param name="src" value="" /> </object> </p>Jan10 Oct 2011 10:12:00 AMWill It Tip? Testing the Stability of a Lifetime Manta Kayak<p><img src=" manta.jpg" alt="sunset manta.jpg" width="400" height="267" />&nbsp;In my <a title="Sizing up a Lifetime Manta Kayak blog post" href="" target="_self">last blog post</a>, I showed you how a tandem Lifetime Manta Kayak compares in size to other kayaks.&nbsp; Today, I want to show you a little about the stability of this kayak.&nbsp; Last month my family tested the Manta Kayak for several days on <a title="about Lake Erie" href="" target="_blank">Lake Erie</a>.&nbsp; When I say family, I mean everyone&hellip;me, my husband, my kids, my nieces, my brother, my uncles, and my mom and dad.&nbsp; As you can see in the photos, we paddled the Manta in pretty much every weight combination and seating combination possible.&nbsp; The Lifetime Manta Kayak has a 500lb weight capacity and we tested it to its limits.&nbsp; We paddled it with one person, two people, three people&hellip; and even four people!&nbsp;&nbsp; And, guess what?&nbsp; It didn't tip!&nbsp;The <a title="about Lifetime Manta kayaks" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Manta Kayak</a>,&nbsp;or&nbsp;Yellow Banana&nbsp;as we now call it,&nbsp;is unbelievably stable.&nbsp; Even when one person would get on or off the kayak with others still sitting on the kayak, it didn't tip.&nbsp; Granted, it rocked a bit when an adult would hop on or off, but it never actually tipped even when we really tried just for the fun of it.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p><img src="" alt="P8070441.JPG" width="225" height="169" /><img src="" alt="P1070304.jpg" width="225" height="169" />Paddling the tandem Lifetime Manta Kayak with just one person is easy.&nbsp; However, don't expect it to&nbsp;track and maneuver as easily as a single person kayak.&nbsp; Even though there are three seats, there is actually even enough space for two adults and two small children.&nbsp; But keep in mind, even though our son sat in the front, there isn't actually a seat at the very front and the child can't weigh much over 50 pounds or the front of the kayak will start taking on water, especially if there are waves.&nbsp; So, while it's not advertised as a four-person kayak, it is possible for a family of two adults and two little ones to enjoy riding together.&nbsp; I've included a home video of all four of us riding so you can see how stable it is and how it maneuvers with a full load.&nbsp; (I'll warn you and apologize in advance that it's a bit out of focus a few times, but hopefully it will still give you a realistic perspective.)&nbsp; Oh, and just so you know, the Lifetime Manta Kayak only comes with two paddles.&nbsp; The shorter black paddle my son&nbsp;is&nbsp;using (or rather&nbsp;twirling) is&nbsp;from our <a title="about Lifetime Youth Kayaks" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Youth Kayak</a>.</p> <p> <object width="425" height="350" data="" type="application/x-shockwave-flash"> <param name="src" value="" /> </object> </p> <p><img src="" alt="P8050352.JPG" width="300" height="225" /><img src="" alt="P8070415.JPG" width="225" height="169" />So, what did we think of the <a title="buy a Lifetime Manta Kayak" href=";fromflash=true" target="_blank">Lifetime Manta Kayak&nbsp;</a>overall?&nbsp; Well, it&nbsp;manuevers&nbsp;a bit&nbsp;harder than an individual kayak, especially&nbsp;with&nbsp;the more weight you add.&nbsp; But,&nbsp;the concept of a tandem kayak is a nice change of pace, especially just for leisurely sight-seeing&nbsp;excursions. Paddling together with someone is fun and makes conversation much more enjoyable.&nbsp; It's nice to be able to talk in a normal voice rather than having to shout over to the person in a kayak beside you.&nbsp; It was also great to be able to enjoy the activity as a family.&nbsp; But, it does take some getting used to.&nbsp; You have to learn to paddle in sync to get anywhere.&nbsp; And, if you have a rider in the middle, you have to really watch your paddles. A couple of times when the kids were paddling, the kiddo in the middle got clunked in the head by accident.&nbsp;</p> <p>Also, even though three people can ride the Yellow Banana, be prepared for&nbsp;boarding to be a bit awkward!&nbsp; Ideally, load the kayak from the back to the front so no one is climbing in between or on top of someone else.&nbsp; Speaking of climbing on and off&hellip; one other safety tip I want to mention is to be sure and watch the backrest clips when you get off the kayak.&nbsp; Several times we accidentally slid across the metal clip that attaches the backrest to the kayak... it hurts and if you are wearing shorts, they can actually get hooked.&nbsp; So, please always make sure to look for the clip before sliding off.</p> <p>One of the best parts of paddling a tandem kayak?&nbsp; You can take a break and let someone else do the work!&nbsp;&nbsp;:)&nbsp; Yep, as you can see in the picture, my mom and I were just along for the ride&hellip;and my brother had no idea he was doing all of the work!</p> <p><img src=" people.jpg" alt="three people.jpg" width="300" height="200" /><br />I still have one more review of the Manta I'm going to write next week because as I promised last time, I still need to tell you about our favorite "unknown" feature of the Yellow Banana! Stay tuned&hellip;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>Jan16 Sep 2011 8:00:00 AMSizing Up a Lifetime Manta Kayak<p><img src="" alt="mantasize1.jpg" width="300" height="225" />A few weeks ago, I shared with you some <a title="things I learned blog post" href="" target="_self">things I learned when registering my new Lifetime Manta Kayak</a>, and promised I would share a review with you soon of my experience using the tandem kayak.&nbsp; So, today is the day.&nbsp;</p> <p>First, a little info about my kayaking background.&nbsp; Not much to tell really.&nbsp; I'll be honest;&nbsp; I've only done it a few times.&nbsp; I've paddled around a lake and played <a title="how to play kayak football" href="" target="_blank">kayak&nbsp;football</a> on the sit-on-top <a title="about Lifetime Daylite Kayaks" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Daylite </a>and <a title="about Lifetime Calypso Kayaks" href="" target="_blank">Calypso</a> kayaks, and I have paddled on a lake and several miles on a river in a Swifty Islander sit-inside kayak.&nbsp;</p> <p>So, in my mind, I was expecting the tandem <a title="about Lifetime Manta kayaks" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Manta Kayak </a>to be similar in size to some of the previous individual kayaks I have paddled.&nbsp; But, my first impression of the Lifetime Manta Kayak?&nbsp; "Whoa, this thing is big." Even though I have seen tons of pictures of Lifetime's tandem kayak, I still wasn't prepared for how big this kayak really is.&nbsp; It's 10' long, 3' wide, and 18" high in the back.&nbsp; Yes, I've read those dimensions plenty of times, but it still didn't really dawn on me what that would look like.&nbsp; I wanted to give you a realistic idea of the size of a Lifetime Manta Kayak&nbsp;so&nbsp;I took some pictures of it laying side-by-side my parents' sit-inside Swifty kayaks and our itty-bitty <a title="about Lifetime Youth kayaks" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Youth Kayak</a>.</p> <p><img src="" alt="mantasize2.jpg" width="300" height="225" />In Lifetime's <a title="about Lifetime Manta kayaks" href="" target="_blank">marketing materials</a>, we say the Lifetime Manta Kayak has a "compact length for easy transport and storage".&nbsp; It surely didn't look very compact, but since I'm not an avid kayaker, I hopped online to look at the length of other tandem kayaks.&nbsp; A-ha!&nbsp; Other tandem kayaks on the market are anywhere from 13-14 feet long!&nbsp; That's a big difference.&nbsp; So, what about the width and height of the Lifetime Manta Kayak?&nbsp; Yes, it is definitely bigger than&nbsp;our Swifty Islander.&nbsp; But, that's not an apples to apples comparison.&nbsp; After all, the Swifty Islander holds one person, and the Lifetime Manta holds three adults. (In future posts, I'll actually even show you that we used it with two adults and two kids!)&nbsp; So, naturally, if you want to fit more people, it probably needs to be a bit bigger.&nbsp; And, there's a reason for the bigger 18" height, too. I'm not making this up&hellip; because of its unusual looking hull design (which led us to affectionately name it the "Yellow Banana"), the Lifetime Manta is ultra stable.&nbsp; Super stable.&nbsp; Seriously, we couldn't tip it even when we purposely tried to with three adults on it!&nbsp; It didn't tip when we were getting on or off, or even with someone standing up on it!&nbsp; This makes the tandem Lifetime Manta Kayak ideal for paddling with beginners still trying to figure out balance, and for families taking fidgety kids that would easily tip other tandem kayaks.&nbsp;</p> <p>Wondering about the weight of the Yellow Banana?&nbsp; Well, the Lifetime Manta Kayak weighs 60 pounds.&nbsp; Technically, that's still considered "light".&nbsp; Yes, it is <em>possible</em> for one person to carry it for a few feet to get it from the car to the water. But, I'll fess up right now and say there was no way I could even begin to carry it by myself.&nbsp; Even for my husband or brother using the carrying handle on the side, the shape made it awkward for them to carry it any distance by themselves.&nbsp; We always resorted to using the molded in carrying handles in the front and rear and two of us would carry it together.&nbsp; (To be totally honest, since we have a one block walk to the lake, we usually just loaded it on a <a title="about Lifetime wheelbarrows" href="" target="_blank">wheelbarrow</a> and rolled it down to the lake to make it even easier!)&nbsp;</p> <p>So, what does all this mean? Well, yes, the <a title="buy a Lifetime Manta Kayak" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Manta Kayak </a>is bigger overall and bulkier than a single kayak. (No surprise.)&nbsp; But, if you are wanting a tandem kayak, this is the shortest tandem kayak on the market. And, when it comes to stability, because of its deeper/higher hull, the Lifetime Manta is unmatched.&nbsp; In my next post, I'll share more photos and stories with you of my family really testing the Manta's stability to its limits, as well as a little unknown feature that turned out to be our favorite part of the kayak!<img src="" alt="mantasize4.jpg" width="225" height="300" /><img src="" alt="mantasize3.jpg" width="300" height="225" /></p>Jan09 Sep 2011 9:00:00 AMThings I Learned When Registering My Lifetime Manta Kayak<p><img src=" kayak registration.JPG" alt="manta kayak registration.JPG" width="225" height="169" />Last week, we journeyed to Ohio for our annual summer vacation to visit my parents. While we were there, Lifetime shipped me a Lifetime Manta tandem kayak to use so I could share some personal experiences and reviews with you.&nbsp;But, before we could legally use the <a title="buy a Lifetime Manta kayak" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Manta Kayak </a>in Ohio public waters, we had to register it as a watercraft with the State of Ohio.</p> <p><em>Ideally</em>, the process should be quick&hellip; although, unfortunately,&nbsp;the day we went the service wasn't exactly speedy or friendly.&nbsp; But, we simply filled out a form with our contact information and kayak information, paid $25 for a 3 year registration (cost may vary with each state), and received our registration number and tag decal. Then, we headed to Walmart to buy the numbers to stick on the side of the kayak.&nbsp; That's it.&nbsp; Done.&nbsp;</p> <p>But, in case you are new (like me) to registering a watercraft, here are a few helpful tips I learned during the process:</p> <ul> <li>Not all states require a kayak to be registered as a watercraft.&nbsp; To find out if your state does, simply do a Google search for "Registering a Boat in (insert state)" or visit your local watercraft office.&nbsp; (Our office was actually located where you get a driver's license.)</li> <li>Each state has different requirements regarding what you need to obtain a kayak registration. We used the Manufacturer's Statement of Origin which is shipped with each new Lifetime Kayak.&nbsp; Even if you don't need this Statement of Origin to register your kayak, always maintain this document in a safe place for future reference.&nbsp; (<a title="Ohio watercraft registration info" href="" target="_blank">Ohio's website</a> actually has a handy flowchart diagramming exactly what paperwork you need to get the registration.)</li> <li>Some states may mandate what size and color of numbers you must use on your watercraft - Ohio requires they be at least 3" tall and contrast with your watercraft.</li> <li>Finally, be sure to wash your <a title="about Lifetime Kayaks" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Kayak</a> with soap and water and dry it&nbsp;thoroughly before adhering the registration numbers.&nbsp; One of our numbers and our registration decal somehow washed off after our first day on the lake.&nbsp; It feels like there was probably a slight manufacturing film on the kayak that didn't allow the numbers to adhere tightly.</li> </ul> <p>Stay tuned because I'll be sharing reviews, photos, and videos of my family's experience with the Lifetime Manta Kayak in upcoming blog posts!</p>Jan17 Aug 2011 2:00:00 PMOutdoor Retailer's Show<p><img src="/imagecache/blog/5386150326_df63c1da9b.jpg" alt="5386150326_df63c1da9b.jpg" width="325" height="234" />Last week, Lifetime spent more than&nbsp;three days participating in the Outdoor Retailer&rsquo;s Summer&nbsp;Market Show held at the Salt Palace in Salt Lake City, Utah. From small shops and regional chains, to the largest national and international retailers, Outdoor Retailer attracts thousands of buyers and decision makers that are looking for outdoor specific products, services, brands, fresh idea, and outdoor innovation.</p> <p>With our recent developments in the water sports industry, Lifetime was well represented at the show and was able to show off some new products and designs. We are excited to continue innovating and moving forward in kayak and paddleboard development.</p> <p>While attending the show, I couldn&rsquo;t help thinking about how great it is to be a company headquartered in Utah. Thousands of businesses from all over the world came to this show that was held right in our own backyard. Utah has a great reputation for outdoor adventures, and it is great being part of a local company that makes products that allow you to enjoy all sorts of great outdoor activities.</p>Jason08 Aug 2011 3:14:04 PMAnnual Sales Meeting Reveals LOTS of New Products on Horizon<p><img src="" alt="Rich-and-Vince.jpg" width="169" height="225" />It's been almost a week now, but my head is still spinning from all of our excitement last week! We started the week with a <a href="" target="_self">fantastic 25th Anniversary Event at our factory</a>. Then, immediately after the event, the Lifetime Sales and Marketing Team, lead product engineers,&nbsp;and some&nbsp;leaders from other departments&nbsp;held their annual sales meeting.</p> <p>This conference is a chance for&nbsp;a group of us at Lifetime to communicate, review our progress from the past year, and preview what's planned for our products and business in the coming years.&nbsp;We&nbsp;present and discuss&nbsp;new products, new accounts, manufacturing innovations, international growth, marketing, and more.</p> <p>If I had to sum&nbsp;up this years meeting in&nbsp;one word, it would be: WOW! You won't believe the list of new products we&nbsp;are rolling out&nbsp;soon!&nbsp;While many of the products are still under wraps for a little while longer, I can tell you that some new Lifetime products already hitting or soon to hit store shelves include&nbsp;a Lifetime Paddleboard, a Lifetime Tailgate Table, a Lifetime Adirondack Chair, and a Sit-Inside Kayak!</p> <p>During our two-day meeting, we also participated in a few team-building activities. One of the activities this year was some water-fun in our own&nbsp;kayaks, new paddleboards, and new sit-inside kayak.&nbsp;Any person who hadn't&nbsp;had a chance to test&nbsp;the new products, got the opportunity. Those who tried out the new&nbsp;sit-inside kayak&nbsp;were&nbsp;very impressed with the ease of which&nbsp;the kayak can move in the water. The sleek design really lends itself to speed and ease!&nbsp;</p> <p>The paddleboards also received two thumbs up. Most people were a little apprehensive to try them at first thinking they would tip easily or be hard to balance and paddle. But, everyone agreed that once we were on them for a few minutes and found our "sea legs", it was easy to get the hang of them and they really are quite stable.</p> <p>To truly test and compare our different kayak models, we played a game of kayak rugby/football....&nbsp;Ok, maybe a little bit of everyone's&nbsp;competitive nature that played into that decision too.&nbsp;Jan has explained the basic directions of how to play this game in one of her <a title="How to Play Kayal Football" href="" target="_blank">previous blog posts</a>.&nbsp;As she mentions, it really is a great way to improve your paddling and agility skills.</p> <p>This kayak rugby&nbsp;challenge was yellow <a title="buy a Lifetime Daylite kayak" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Daylite </a>vs. blue&nbsp;<a title="buy a Lifetime Calypso kayak" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Calypso</a>, and check it out, it was caught on film by&nbsp;Lifetime President Richard Hendrickson!&nbsp;To put us all on spotlight&nbsp;he&nbsp;used his&nbsp;head camera to capture video from his perspective (as you will see,&nbsp;even though he's president, we don't go too easy on him).&nbsp;I've included just a brief video clip in this post for you to see a glimpse of the fun.&nbsp; We are planning to edit all of video clips together and create an instructional video on our <a title="Lifetime YouTube channel" href="" target="_blank">YouTube channel </a>for how to play Kayak Rugby so we can get even more people excited about this fun activity to do with our products!&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Long story short&hellip;stay tuned because we are going to be rolling out lots of new Lifetime products in the next few months and throughout 2012!</p> <p> <object width="425" height="349" data=";hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash"> <param name="src" value=";hl=en_US" /> </object> </p>Katie13 May 2011 12:48:00 PMValentine's Day Kayak Winner Announced<p><img src="" alt="manta1.jpg" width="225" height="180" />Happy Valentine's Day!&nbsp; We hope you're doing something special on this day built for romance.&nbsp; We know how <strong>Patrick S. of&nbsp;Hampshire, IL</strong>&nbsp;is spending his day&hellip;celebrating his lucky win of the <a title="about a Lifetime Manta Kayak" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime 10' Manta Kayak</a> built for two (or three) people!</p> <p>Thanks to everyone who entered and made this our most popular giveaway to date!&nbsp; A lot of you were hoping to win your own kayak to continue the activity you've tried before and loved.&nbsp; The rest&nbsp; of you had never kayaked before, but were anxious for the opportunity to pick up a new hobby to share with your significant other.&nbsp;</p> <p>If you weren't the lucky winner but still want to surprise your Valentine, be sure to check out Lifetime's complete line of kayaks in the <a title="Lifetime Store online" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Store online</a>.&nbsp; Lifetime kayaks are built specifically for beginners with a lightweight and virtually tip-proof design, but they also feature all the amenities experienced kaykers love.&nbsp; And, with youth models, fishing models, sailing models and more, there is a Lifetime kayak to fit everyone's needs.</p> <p>Enjoy the rest of your Valentine's day and stay tuned for our March giveaway to start in just a few weeks.&nbsp; It's sure to be a slam-dunk! (Hint, hint.)</p>Jan14 Feb 2011 4:00:00 PMWin A Tandem Lifetime Kayak for Your Valentine!<p><span style="color: #ff0000;"><strong><a title="Winner announcement post" href="" target="_self"><img src="/imagecache/blog/February contest ended.jpg" alt="February contest ended.jpg" width="225" height="180" /></a>This giveaway has ended.&nbsp;</strong></span> Valentine's Day is next Monday and lovebirds everywhere are scrambling to find just the right gift.&nbsp; I'll be the first to admit that most people probably don't think about buying Lifetime products for <a title="about Valentine's Day" href="'s_Day" target="_blank">Valentine's Day</a>.&nbsp; After all, we don't make traditional Valentine gifts like sparkly diamond jewelry, yummy&nbsp;melt-in-your-mouth chocolates, or beautiful long-stemmed roses.&nbsp; And, we only have two or three products that are even red or <a title="Lifetime PINK kids picnic table" href="" target="_blank">pink in color</a>.&nbsp; But, if you think outside the heart-shaped box just a bit, we do have an ideal Valentine gift that's perfect for romantic outdoor enthusiasts&hellip; a kayak built for two (actually three)!&nbsp;</p> <p>Think about it. What better way to bond with your Valentine than to give a gift that the two of you can enjoy together.&nbsp; Sure, depending on where you live, you may have to wait a few months to enjoy it because of the weather.&nbsp; But, once it warms up, you'll love getting to paddle around together enjoying all of the romantic scenery Mother Nature has to offer.</p> <p><img src="/imagecache/blog/manta2.jpg" alt="manta2.jpg" width="225" height="149" />So, this month we are giving away to one lucky random winner a <a title="about Lifetime Manta Kayaks" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Manta&trade; Kayak</a>!&nbsp; Designed to seat up to three people, the 10 ft. Lifetime Manta&trade; Kayak is the perfect multi-purpose recreational kayak. It provides comfortable, balanced seating for solo, tandem, or family fun with a 500 lb. capacity. This kayak pretty much has it all with multiple footrest positions for different sized riders, scupper holes to drain the cockpit area, molded front and rear carry handles, ditty trays and shock cord straps to secure loose items, fishing pole holders, and forward cargo areas.&nbsp; And like all Lifetime products, it is UV-protected so it will not fade, crack or peel.&nbsp;</p> <p>We'll be announcing the winner next Monday on Valentine's Day.&nbsp; So, hurry to enter now for your chance to win this unique gift to enjoy with your Valentine!</p> <p><strong><span style="font-size: small;">How to enter:<br /></span></strong></p> <ul> <li>Send an e-mail to <a href=""></a> with the subject line "February contest".&nbsp; </li> <li>In the email, tell us if you've ever kayaked before and include your full name.</li> </ul> <p><strong></strong></p> <p><strong><span style="font-size: x-small;">Bonus Entries:</span></strong></p> <ol> <li>"Like"&nbsp; Lifetime Products on <a title="Lifetime Facebook page" href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a>.&nbsp; Once you "Like" us (or if you already do), send an email to <a href=""></a> with your full name telling us you "Like" Lifetime Products and you'll receive one bonus entry.</li> <li>Follow us on <a title="Lifetime Twitter page" href="" target="_blank">Twitter</a> @Lifetime365 and retweet to your friends "I just entered to win a tandem kayak for my Valentine from @Lifetime365! <a href=""></a>" to receive one bonus entry.</li> </ol> <p>The contest begins Monday, February 7, 2011 and will end Sunday, February 13, 2011 at 12:00 Midnight MST.&nbsp; We'll announce one random winner on Monday, February 14, 2011.&nbsp; (Each person may only enter once via email, once via Twitter, and once via Facebook.&nbsp; <a title="official terms and conditions" href="" target="_blank">Click here for complete contest rules.)</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p>Jan07 Feb 2011 6:00:00 PMUnique Holiday Gift Ideas for Everyone on Your List<p>If you're like me, the lights are up and the tree is decorated&hellip;but now I need to figure out what to put <em>under</em> the tree for everyone.&nbsp; Sure, Dad can always use a new shirt and Mom can ooh-and-aah over the latest kitchen gadget, but sometimes it's a nice surprise to get them something totally unexpected.</p> <p>So, in case you are still struggling to come up with an out-of-the-ordinary gift idea, I've pulled together a few unique items from Lifetime Products that are sure to make Santa's elves&nbsp; - and your family - smile.</p> <p><span style="color: #339966;"><strong><span style="font-size: small;"><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Kids&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <br /></span></span></strong><strong></strong></span></p> <p><strong><span style="font-size: x-small;"><img style="float: left;" src="" alt="tetherball product.jpg" width="115" height="92" />Portable Tetherball&nbsp; Set<br /></span></strong>You know Lifetime makes <a title="about Lifetime basketball hoops" href="" target="_blank">basketball hoops</a>, but did you know we also make a fun portable Tetherball Set, too?&nbsp; The <a title="buy a Lifetime Portable Tetherball set" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Portable Tetherball system </a>brings another childhood playground game to the convenience and safety of your own backyard with a portable base which makes it easy to move and simple to store.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><span style="font-size: x-small;"><img style="float: left;" src="[1].jpg" alt="151200-lgOverlayLeftMiddleWatermarkLeftTop[1].jpg" width="115" height="96" />Ace Flyer<br /></span></strong>If you have younger ones, then this is a backyard must!&nbsp; The <a title="buy an Ace Flyer Teeter-Totter" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Ace Flyer&nbsp;Teeter-Totter </a>can seat up to seven kids to provide up-and-down and side-to-side seesaw action. With the interactive dashboard, propeller, and spinning wheel, the Ace Flyer will set their imaginations soaring!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="font-size: medium;"><strong><span style="font-size: small;"><span style="color: #339966;"><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Mom&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;</span></span></span></strong></span></p> <p><strong><span style="font-size: x-small;"><img style="float: left;" src="" alt="personal table image.jpg" width="115" height="92" />Personal Table<br /></span></strong>All of us can use a little extra personal space, especially Mom.&nbsp; A <a title="buy a Lifetime Personal Table" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Personal Table </a>has dozens of uses with four adjustable height settings and a folding design.&nbsp; Whether she uses it as a TV tray, a beading table, a coffee table, or a child&rsquo;s craft table, this is one gift she's sure to use for years to come.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><span style="font-size: x-small;"><img style="float: left;" src="[1].jpg" alt="composter" width="115" height="92" /></span></strong></p> <p><strong><span style="font-size: x-small;">C</span></strong><strong><span style="font-size: x-small;">omposter<br /></span></strong>If Mom's been vowing to be more green this year, a <a title="buy a Lifetime Composter" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Composter Tumbler </a>is the way to go.&nbsp; Not only is composting a good green idea for the environment by reducing waste, but it also makes great organic fertilizer for greener grass and gardens.&nbsp; And, Mom will love how easily the Lifetime Composter&nbsp; Tumbler turns on its axis&mdash;saving her the time and effort of turning a compost heap with a pitchfork!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="font-size: medium;"><strong><span style="font-size: small;"><span style="color: #008000;"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><span style="color: #339966;">Dad&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</span> <br /></span></span></span></strong></span></p> <p><strong><span style="font-size: x-small;"><img style="float: left;" src="" alt="kayak.jpg" width="115" height="89" />Kayak <br /></span></strong>Even dads need to have a little fun every now and then and this sit-on-top <a title="buy a Lifetime kayak" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Kayak </a>is nothing but fun!&nbsp; It's great for a beginner since it is almost impossible to tip over, but even seasoned kayakers will be impressed with all of the awesome built-in features like the paddle cradle, a mast receiver receptacle for a sail, and foot wells for leverage when paddling. And, it's perfect for Dad to enjoy with the kids too since it has a molded-in child seat positioned directly in front of the adult seat.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><span style="font-size: x-small;"><img style="float: left;" src="" alt="deck box 1.jpg" width="115" height="92" />Storage Box<br /></span></strong>If Dad is always looking for a way to expand his storage but has limited space available, then a <a title="buy a Lifetime Outdoor Storage Box" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Outdoor Storage Box </a>is just the gift.&nbsp; The weather- and water-resistant seal keeps the interior dry, perfect for on a patio to store pool equipment, outdoor toys, or outdoor furniture cushions.&nbsp; And, it's extra large size and durable construction make it strong enough to double as extra seating, too.</p> <p><br /><span style="font-size: medium;"><span style="font-size: small;"><strong><span style="color: #339966;"><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Grandparents&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;</span></span></strong></span></span></p> <p><strong><span style="font-size: x-small;"><img style="float: left;" src="" alt="4-foot adjustable.jpg" width="115" height="103" />Adjustable Height Table<br /></span></strong>Give a <a title="buy a Lifetime adjustable height table" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Adjustable Height Table </a>and you're sure to see it used at Grandma and Grandpa's house many times.&nbsp; Of course, it's always handy to have around for extra dining space, but they'll love being able to raise it up to the countertop height to use as a buffet table, as extra counter space, as a potting table, or as a quilting table without having to bend over causing unwanted back pain!&nbsp; And, since spoiling grandkids is what grandparents do best, they'll definitely love using it at the lowest children's height for a special kiddie table at family get-togethers.</p> <p><strong><span style="font-size: x-small;"> <object width="193" height="220" data="" type="application/x-shockwave-flash"> <param name="src" value="" /> <param name="align" value="left" /> </object> Cane<br /></span></strong>If someone you know needs the security and stability of a walking cane, then you have to check out the Lifetime Tru-Motion Cane. I must say, just looking at a picture of this cane doesn't do it justice.&nbsp; Take a few minutes to watch this video to see how this adjustable height cane truly provides consistent contact on any surface and encourages correct posture for an upright, confident gait with less energy expenditure.&nbsp; It's definitely different than any other cane you've seen before!</p> <p>You can find these great gift ideas at various <a title="where to buy Lifetime products" href="" target="_blank">retailers nationwide</a>.&nbsp; And, all of these gifts and more are available in the <a title="" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Online Store</a>.&nbsp; Hurry and order soon to ensure your gift arrives by December 25!</p>Jan08 Dec 2010 2:30:00 PMBlack Friday Deals - Up to $200 Off Lifetime Products at Backyards Inc.!<img src=' Lifetime Banner Blog.png' style='width: 223px; height: 234px;' /><br />Black Friday Deals<p>If you're headed out to start your holiday shopping this Friday&nbsp;(Black Friday), be sure to make your first stop at Backyards Inc., the Official Outlet Store for Lifetime Products.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>All six <a title="" href="" target="_blank">Backyards Inc. stores </a>in Utah will be open <strong>9am-3pm the day after Thanksgiving</strong> and will offer some of the biggest deals of the year, including <strong>up to $200 off</strong> select Lifetime products and some <strong>products for less than $15</strong>!&nbsp; Seriously, a table for just $14.99!&nbsp; (Surely one&nbsp; - or even two - people on your list could use a handy Personal Table that adjusts to four different heights...perfect for a child's desk, a microwave stand in a dorm room,&nbsp;a&nbsp;TV tray for dad, a hobby table for grandma, and much more!)</p> <p>Here's a quick list&nbsp;of just a few of the amazing IN-STORE deals you can get during this ONE-DAY&nbsp;SALE with the complete ad below. (In-store prices may vary from online prices.)</p> <p>$200 off - Lifetime <a title="about the Lifetime swingset" href="" target="_blank">10' Swingset&nbsp; </a>(Reg. $599&nbsp; On Sale $399)<br />$150 off&nbsp; -&nbsp; Lifetime <a title="about Portable Basketball Hoops" href="" target="_blank">Portable Basketball Hoop&nbsp; </a>(Reg. $249&nbsp; On Sale&nbsp; $99!)<br />$100 off&nbsp; - Lifetime <a title="about Lifetime Double Shot" href="" target="_blank">Double Shot Basketball Arcade Game </a>(Reg. $299&nbsp; On Sale $199)<br />$74 off - Lifetime <a title="about the Helicopter" href="" target="_blank">Helicopter</a> or <a title="about the Ace Flyer" href="" target="_blank">Ace Flyer </a>Teeter Totter (Reg. $249&nbsp; On Sale $174.99)<br />$30 off - Lifetime <a title="about the kids' kayak" href="" target="_blank">Kid's Kayak with Paddle </a>(Reg. $129&nbsp; On Sale $99.99)<br />$10 off - Lifetime <a title="about the kid's picnic table" href="" target="_blank">Kid's Picnic Table</a> (Reg. $59.99&nbsp; On Sale $49.99)<br />$9 off - Lifetime <a title="about the Personal Table" href="" target="_blank">Personal Table </a>(Reg. $23.99&nbsp; On Sale $14.99)</p> <p>In addition, each store location will have varying in-store specials on overstocked products.&nbsp; With deals this good, one stop and you can check everyone off your list!&nbsp; But remember, these deals will only be offered on Friday, November 26, IN-STORE at Backyards Inc.&nbsp; Happy shopping!<img src=" 500.jpg" alt="thanksgiving 500.jpg" width="500" height="455" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>Jan24 Nov 2010 5:00:00 AMHow to Play Kayak Football<p><a href=""><img src="" border="0" alt="" /></a>Last week, I had the fun opportunity to tag along with the Lifetime marketing and graphic design teams to test the new <a title="buy a Lifetime kayak" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime kayaks</a>&nbsp;on Willard Bay, a lake just north of the <a title="about Lifetime" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime headquarters</a> in Utah.&nbsp; I've kayaked before, but this was my first time trying out the Lifetime kayaks.&nbsp; We were using the <a title="abou the Calypso" href="" target="_blank">Calypso</a> and <a title="about the Daylite" href="" target="_blank">Daylite</a> models, which are identical 8' molds with the exception of the type of backrest and color.&nbsp; Personally, I preferred the Daylite model because the backrest felt more comfortable to me since it came up a bit higher.&nbsp; And, the feature of being able to store valuables inside the backrest is pretty handy, too.</p> <p><a href=""><img src="" border="0" alt="" /></a>As we've mentioned <a title="Family Fun with Kayaks blog post" href="" target="_blank">before</a>, Lifetime kayaks are designed specifically for beginners and are, consequently,&nbsp;extremely stable.&nbsp; In fact, they are so stable that even when the photographer's dog would jump on a kayak, it didn't even begin to tip.&nbsp; Likewise, most of us could easily stand up on the kayaks for an impromptu balance contest without a problem. And, as you can see by the photo, our designer Clint even managed to do a flawless handstand on the kayak!&nbsp; (I can't even do a handstand on the flat, unmoving ground so I didn&rsquo;t even attempt that trick!)&nbsp; Since it was an almost 100 degree day, we&nbsp;soon turned our outing into an all-out tipping war&hellip;and it definitely took a lot of effort and every ounce of strength we could muster to actually tip someone over in the Lifetime kayaks.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href=""><img src="" border="0" alt="" /></a>After we had everyone sufficiently wet from tipping each other, we tested our paddling agility skills and played a game of "kayak football".&nbsp; If you and your friends own several kayaks, this is a super fun game that gives you a great workout and also helps improve your paddling skills.&nbsp; Here are the basic rules&hellip; at least the ones we used.</p> <p><strong>Equipment needed:<br /></strong>Kayaks and paddles<br />Lifejackets<br />1 Floating ball (we used a toy plastic kick-ball)<br />2 "goals" (we used buoys that were marking the beach zone)</p> <p><strong>How to play:<br /></strong>Divide into even teams.<br />Teams line-up against each other like in football and try to get the ball to their own end-zone to score.<br />If you have the ball <em>IN</em> your kayak, you&nbsp;are <em>NOT&nbsp;</em>allowed to&nbsp;paddle.&nbsp; <br />You must move the ball down the "field" by throwing it to another teammate OR skimming it along the water with your paddle.<br />10 second rule - you cannot sit with the ball in your kayak for more than 10 seconds or the other team gains possession of the ball.<br />To score, the ball must touch the goal. <br />Set a point limit and first team to reach it, wins.&nbsp; (We were going to play to 10 but only made it to 5 before we were all exhausted!)</p> <p>Pretty easy rules, but if there is an interception - watch out - it turns into a mad frenzy of waves and paddles! So, the next time you're looking for a new adventure with kayaks, try playing some kayak football... and see let us know how it goes.<a href=""><img src="" border="0" alt="" /></a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>Jan25 Aug 2010 2:20:00 PMFamily Fun with the Kayaks!<p><a href=""></a><a href=""><img src="" border="0" alt="" /></a>I had a family reunion a couple weeks ago. This is not your typical family reunion with cousins you&rsquo;ve never met, let alone seen, before. My extended family is very close-knit and (I hope it&rsquo;s safe to say) we all look forward to the DFR (aka Dixon Family Reunion) every year, truly. My dad and his two siblings take turns planning it each year. This year was my Uncle Brent&rsquo;s turn, so we went to Pineview Dam near Huntsville, Utah. I have about 20 cousins in the age range of 28-35. They all have spouses and, on average, 4 kids each; so our family is pushing close to 60 people. The kids range from brand new babies to 16 years old.</p> <p>As you know, Lifetime acquired the kayak company, Dragonfly Innovation, back in February. I bought two of the blue&nbsp;Calypso kayaks and decided I&rsquo;d take them up to the lake and see what kind of reaction they got. Let&rsquo;s just say, there wasn&rsquo;t a moment where someone wasn&rsquo;t on them. I had to reserve a turn with one so I could try it out myself! Needless to say, they were a hit. The best part about them is they don&rsquo;t tip very easily, unless you use them like my 16-year old brother and cousin who kept rocking and tipping each other over for the thrill of doing it. These kayaks were invented not only with beginners in mind, but <em>for</em> beginners. Kayaks are a great water sport because they don&rsquo;t require a boat to pull it, like a tube but you can maneuver yourself, unlike a regular floatation device that just floats on the water.</p> <p>If you are looking for a fun family sport that&rsquo;s inexpensive and brings everyone together&mdash;kayaking is the way to go!</p>Tonnie 18 Aug 2010 12:34:00 PMNew Kayaks Are Making a Big Splash<p><img style="border: 0;" src="" alt="" width="300" height="200" align="right" border="0" /> We are pleased to announce the latest addition to the <a href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Online Store</a>--(drum roll. Splash!) Kayaks! Lifetime Products is&nbsp;now offering the <a href="" target="_blank">Calypso&nbsp;kayak</a> at an amazing affordable price to fit&nbsp;your active lifestyle and your&nbsp;budget. This 8 ft kayak&nbsp;can accommodate&nbsp;one adult&nbsp;with&nbsp;a spot&nbsp;for&nbsp;one child in the&nbsp;front as well. This is the perfect beginner's kayak because it is designed for stability, not speed. Perfect&nbsp;for paddling around on lakes and ponds.</p> <p>The Lifetime <a href="" target="_blank">Calypso</a>&nbsp;kayak is&nbsp;a one-piece construction of high-density polyethylene plastic--smooth contours with no protruding hardware.&nbsp;This is&nbsp;a durable, lightweight water craft that you can just toss into the back of your vehicle and head for the water. You'll especially appreciate all the handy built-in&nbsp;features like multiple footrest positions, ditty trays, a fishing pole holder,&nbsp;mast receiver, paddle cradle, and cut-out side-carry handle&nbsp;as well as a&nbsp;towing handle that can be attached to front or rear of the kayak. Great for fishing, surfing,&nbsp;or sailing. Personally, I can't think of a more enjoyable way to wile away the hours. Give&nbsp;this kayak&nbsp;a try and&nbsp;I think you'll&nbsp;agree. <img src="" alt="" align="right" border="0" /></p> <p>Like all Lifetime&nbsp;products,&nbsp;this Lifetime Calypso <a href="" target="_blank">kayak</a> is designed for the way you live;&nbsp;handy innovative features that make it durable, easy to use, and lots of fun.&nbsp;Check out&nbsp;our online catalog at <a href="" target="_blank"></a> for more exciting kayak models including&nbsp;youth kayaks and the Sport Fisher kayak.&nbsp; We're sure you're going to be just as excited about&nbsp;our&nbsp;new kayaks as we are!</p> <p>SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: For our faithful blog readers, we will be offering a limited time discount on the products I feature in my articles. Order the 90109 Lifetime Calypso Kayak from&nbsp;the <a title="Lifetime Online Store" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Online Store</a>&nbsp;and enter the following code reference to receive a $30 discount. The code is Calypso30 and will be valid on in the Lifetime Online Store from 08/13/2010 to 08/20/2010. Keep watching each month for great deals on new and innovative products from Lifetime.</p>Charlys13 Aug 2010 10:00:00 AMLifetime Acquires Kayak Company<p><a href=""></a><a href=""><img src="" border="0" alt="" /></a>We've been pretty busy at Lifetime this week and can finally tell you what all the commotion is about.&nbsp; Lifetime is expanding into another new sporting goods industry&hellip;water sports!&nbsp; Fun, huh?&nbsp; Just this week, Lifetime acquired the assets of San Bernardino, CA-based Dragonfly Innovation, Corp. and its kayak products.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>It's a move that just makes good sense for Lifetime.&nbsp; Kayaks you say?&nbsp; Yep, that's right. It's a great way to complement our other sporting goods lineup, which already includes <a title="Lifetime basketball systems" href="" target="_blank">basketball systems</a>, <a title="Lifetime soccer goals blog post" href="" target="_blank">soccer goals</a>, and a <a title="Lifetime tetherball" href="" target="_blank">tetherball set</a>.&nbsp; And, the kayaks work well with our <a title="Lifetime plastics" href="" target="_blank">plastics manufacturing expertise</a>, since they are a blow-molded product.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Lifetime will manufacture the blow-molded kayaks in its <a title="about Lifetime" href="" target="_blank">Utah facility</a>, which means the creation of more manufacturing jobs!&nbsp;&nbsp; Plus, with Lifetime manufacturing kayaks, it's good news for consumers, too.&nbsp; Just as Lifetime transformed the basketball industry with the first complete basketball system packaged in one box, we plan to bring innovation to the packaging of bulky kayaks to make them more widely available for easy mass distribution and retail.&nbsp; Right now you can find Dragonfly kayaks nationally at, Dicks Sporting Goods, Sports Authority and Fred Meyer. But, we'll soon have them available in <a title="" href=";fromflash=true" target="_blank">Lifetime's Online Store</a> and other retailers. <a href=""><img src="" border="0" alt="" /></a></p> <p>As with all products manufactured by Lifetime, the kayaks feature innovative and quality construction at some of the most affordable price points in the industry.&nbsp; Dragonfly kayaks cater to beginners in kayaking and are uniquely designed to prevent tipping. They are available in a variety of sizes and designs, including both youth&nbsp; and adult sizes.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>We'll keep you updated on this exciting new product venture as more news splashes our way!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>admin05 May 2010 1:06:00 PM