Do you wish you were James Bond? Me, too! Whenever someone pulls out a pen, do you secretly assume it shoots poison darts? Me, too! Unfortunately for us, a pen is usually a pen and a watch is usually a watch…until now.

The Kingii wearable straps onto your wrist like a watch, but it has a life-saving superpower. We sent one along to St. Barthes with an EDGEtv product tester. Here’s how it went down…

Screw the CO2 cartridge into the black tube. Then screw on the black cap.

Mountain bikers/cyclists will recognize the CO2 cartridges as the same type used for quick flat tire fixes.

Strap it on just like a watch.

Make sure the fit is snug and that there is no space between your wrist and the Kingii.

Also, snap down the locking clasp.

You’ve fallen overboard. You’ve wiped out at Mavericks. Your inflatable alligator popped. Whatever happened, you’re sitting at the bottom of the sea and could use a little lift.

With a bubbly grin, you get all 007 and pull the lever on your Kingii. Pop! Fizz! A bright orange balloon inflates and starts pulling you to the surface the way a hot chick leads you to the jacuzzi.

Enjoy the ride! Wave at the little fishes.

If you’re running out of air, by all means, help the little balloon to save your life by SWIMMING.

How cool do you look? Surfacing like a Navy Seal, all calm and collected. They were laughing at you before, but they ain’t laughing now. You just rose from the sea like Neptune, man.

Those bikini babes on the boat? They’re seeing you in whole new light, and they like what they see.

Don’t mind me, I’m just packing my awesomeness back into the Kingii and reloading the CO2 cartridge, NBD.

Say, can you pass me a beer?

Our product tester was impressed with the ease of operation and the comfort of the Kingii. He said it surprisingly stayed out of his way whilst swimming and paddling. Reloading the balloon was a breeze.

Kingii is NOT a Personal Flotation Device (PFD), nor was it designed as such. Rather, it is an extra precaution for folks doing anything around the water, from surfing and kayaking to partying on a houseboat. Each Kingii comes with a built-in whistle and compass so you can alert people of your distress and track your location in open water.

Crystal Bullard, CEO of Kingii, says, “Our newest Kingii unit…takes into account feedback from our initial Indiegogo backers and early adopters, and we are excited to share it.”

Not a bad thingamajig for peace of mind, plus it should have an extra appeal for those of us who prefer things shaken, not stirred.

Kingii Product Review

About The Author
- Jeff McElroy is a Ventura and Mammoth Lakes-based writer. His surf/coast-inspired short story collections, CALIFORNIOS and CALIFORNIOS 2 have received awards and accolades within the boardsport and literary communities. He writes about adventure athletes and the wild places for EDGEtv Network. When he's not writing, he's surfing, backpacking, snowboarding, and trail-running with his wife and Jack Russell Terrier.

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