Reviews

Firebiner by Outdoor Element

Posted by on Apr 4, 2017 @ 8:04 pm in Gear Reviews, Reviews | 0 comments

Firebiner by Outdoor Element

We all love a good carabiner. We use them to clip our keys, our camera, our water bottle, or a myriad of other products to our backpacks, to shelves, to fences, to belt loops or to whatever we need at the moment. You want your carabiner to be strong, lightweight and maybe have some other functionality like a bottle opener. The Firebiner is all that, plus it has the ability to make fire easily with patent-pending EverSpark technology. It has a titanium coated stainless steel body: construction rated for a minimum of 50 pounds of gear (not for...

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The Nomadik Outdoors Gear Subscription Boxes

Posted by on Mar 6, 2017 @ 10:45 am in Gear Reviews, Reviews | 0 comments

The Nomadik Outdoors Gear Subscription Boxes

You subscribe: to have outdoors gear delivered directly to your home. Nomadik curates: by seeking out high-end products and testing. Then delivers: every month Nomadik delivers the box to your doorstep. Subscription services are gaining popularity in the shopping world. Last month I told you about Trailfoody, monthly trail food kits. This month I introduce you to The Nomadik, a new startup that aims to keep your outdoors gear closet stocked with products you will need on the trail by delivering subscription boxes on a regular basis....

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Trailfoody Food Kits for Day Adventurers

Posted by on Feb 13, 2017 @ 11:23 am in Gear Reviews, Reviews | 0 comments

Trailfoody Food Kits for Day Adventurers

Having trailfood ready to go, you get out the door faster and get to the trailhead sooner. Wouldn’t you rather be there already instead of futzing around for food? Trail food has to get you to those special places, sure. But Trailfoody believes that taste is part of the adventure too. Each month, Trailfoody selects premium foods that are healthy, have the right nutrient mix for outdoor activities, and also have great taste. Trailfoody is a monthly subscription service that sends you packages containing atisan crackers, dried fruits, energy...

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Urban Canairie Hat

Posted by on Jan 30, 2017 @ 11:59 am in Gear Reviews, Reviews | 0 comments

Urban Canairie Hat

The main reason you get so hot while wearing a regular cotton baseball or military style hat is because those hats actually trap and retain heat from your head, on your head, compounding the problem. The Urban Canairie hat employs an exclusive patented design to keep your head, face and eyes in the shade while minimizing heat build-up on your head. The main functional features of the Urban Canairie hat are an oval, head shaped flat top and a surrounding mesh vent strip that promotes the movement of air around the crown of your head. This...

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Wisport Whistler 35 II Rucksack

Posted by on Jan 10, 2017 @ 12:07 pm in Gear Reviews, Reviews | 0 comments

Wisport Whistler 35 II Rucksack

Part of Wisport’s line of the latest generation of survival backpacks, the Whistler 35 II Rucksack was developed in collaboration with Polish Military Forces and offers a great amount of carrying space in one unified and comfortable to carry body. Wide and ergonomically shaped shoulder straps, together with a padded waist belt help to distribute weight evenly and relieve pressure from your back. The belt can easily be detached from the rucksack enabling different carrying configurations. The expandable main compartment of the Whistler...

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The North Face Chilkat 400 Snow Boots

Posted by on Jan 8, 2017 @ 2:47 pm in Gear Reviews, Reviews | 0 comments

The North Face Chilkat 400 Snow Boots

This waterproof leather utility boot rated to -40F offers 400g of PrimaLoft® Silver synthetic insulation for outstanding warmth and protection in the coldest conditions. The North Face Chilkat 400 Snow Boots‘ impenetrable moisture barrier guarantees dryness and the insulation traps hot air for reduced heat loss and increased warmth. The upper is leather and the lower is waterproof thermoplastic rubber. The TNF Winter Grip outsole and IcePick temperature-sensitive lugs offer excellent traction on ice and snow even without spikes. Finish...

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Traveling with Baggage: A Guide for the Hesitant Hiker by Sarah D. Tiedemann

Posted by on Dec 17, 2016 @ 10:59 am in Book Reviews, Reviews | 0 comments

Traveling with Baggage: A Guide for the Hesitant Hiker by Sarah D. Tiedemann

Follow Sarah D. Tiedemann on her journey from being a nervous wreck to walking cliffside along Kauai’s most perilous trail, snowmobiling through herds of buffalo in America’s oldest national park, and hiking to a windswept summit in the dead of winter. Troubled by anxiety from an early age, Sarah knows just how difficult it can be to step outside your comfort zone. Do you want to travel to places you’ve only dreamt of? Do you want to navigate trails in breathtaking locations? Do you want to try camping, canoeing, zip lining,...

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Pentagon Gen V2.0 3-in-1 Parka

Posted by on Dec 9, 2016 @ 9:55 am in Gear Reviews, Reviews | 0 comments

Pentagon Gen V2.0 3-in-1 Parka

Made up of two jackets — a water repellent outer shell and a warm padded inner liner blouson, the Pentagon Gen V 2.0 Parka provides an excellent solution for even the most demanding cold weather outdoor tasks. The outer shell is Storm|Tex laminated and fitted with a two-way YKK main zipper, concealed storm hood, multiple zipped pockets and a supreme mesh ventilation system. Combined with the fully detachable warm and padded liner blouson, this parka allows for efficient air circulation and offers excellent protections against the...

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North Carolina Waterfalls by Kevin Adams

Posted by on Jul 26, 2016 @ 12:47 pm in Book Reviews, Reviews | 2 comments

North Carolina Waterfalls by Kevin Adams

Third Edition The first two editions of North Carolina Waterfalls sold a combined 65,000 copies. Now, waterfall photographer Kevin Adams is back stronger than ever. This new edition includes 300 full waterfall profiles, in addition to 700 descriptions of others nearby. It adds 400 waterfalls not covered in the 2nd edition, and full color photos now enliven each profile. “I was rebitten by the waterfall bug,” Adams writes. “And I can say with certainty there’s no turning back. The two years I worked on this project were...

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JOBY PowerBand Lightning for iPhone

Posted by on Jul 3, 2016 @ 1:05 pm in Gear Reviews, Reviews | 0 comments

JOBY PowerBand Lightning for iPhone

JOBY energizes smartphones on the go with the JOBY PowerBand for Apple® or Android® smartphones. The JOBY PowerBand’s slim and compact design frees consumers from relying on affixed power sources and works with many smartphone sizes including the Apple iPhone 6, 6S, SE, 6 Plus, and 6S Plus, as well as Android models such as LG G4, Samsung Galaxy Note 5, Samsung Galaxy S6, S7 and Edge+ models, among many others. This versatile power pack provides additional hands-free power needed for smartphones while also providing a solution that will grow...

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Crystal Creek Hydration Bladder and Insulating Sleeve

Posted by on Jun 17, 2016 @ 10:36 am in Gear Reviews, Reviews | 0 comments

Crystal Creek Hydration Bladder and Insulating Sleeve

This durable leak-proof hydration bladder includes an additional insulating sleeve that is ideal for extreme environments. It can also be used as an effective pouch to strap your bladder to the outside of your pack, on your boat, or anywhere there are straps. The Crystal Creek Hydration Bladder is great for hiking, biking, trail running, hunting, and more. The large capacity helps you to stay hydrated on your longer treks, and the positive flow valve gives you hands free rehydrating. Wherever you need access to your water source you’re...

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Mortal Fall by Christine Carbo

Posted by on May 26, 2016 @ 7:30 am in Book Reviews, Reviews | 0 comments

Mortal Fall by Christine Carbo

In Christine Carbo’s exciting suspense novel Mortal Fall, a wildlife biologist’s shocking death leads to chilling discoveries about a home for troubled teens in this haunting and compelling new crime novel set in the wilds of Glacier National Park. Park police officer Monty Harris knows that each summer at least one person—be it a reckless, arrogant climber or a distracted hiker—will meet tragedy somewhere in the rugged confines of the park. But Paul “Wolfie” Sedgewick’s fatal fall from the sheer cliffs near Going-To-the-Sun Road is...

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The UK’s Top Wildlife Hikes

Posted by on May 11, 2016 @ 8:49 am in Book Reviews, Reviews | 0 comments

The UK’s Top Wildlife Hikes

Discover some of the top places in the United Kingdom renowned for their unique wildlife. From Wales to Scotland, England and Northern Ireland, this infographic from Hi-Tek UK is sure to give you some great suggestions for hiking near treasured wildlife.     Infographic courtesy Samantha Pierrie of Hi-Tec UK. Check out their new selection of hiking boots and sports footwear....

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WoolPRO Juno Cool Knit Merino by Merrow

Posted by on May 6, 2016 @ 10:16 am in Gear Reviews, Reviews | 0 comments

WoolPRO Juno Cool Knit Merino by Merrow

The Merrow Sewing Machine Company, based in Fall River, Massachusetts recently launched a new Merino wool clothing company called WoolPRO. They knit and sew everything themselves, and spent several years developing the fabrics for their products. They introduced a new stitch called Activeseam into the textiles market, and created the first branded stitch. Diversifying into wool production with this Activeseam stitch in 2012, and building a knitting and sewing facility to support the development and production of their new products, over the...

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Alps Mountaineering Featherlite Air Mat

Posted by on Apr 19, 2016 @ 12:39 pm in Gear Reviews, Reviews | 2 comments

Alps Mountaineering Featherlite Air Mat

The ALPS Mountaineering Featherlite sleeping pad is one of a series of ultra-lite pads coming from this small company located in rural east central Missouri. ALPS offers performance-oriented packs, tents, sleeping bags, furniture, air pads, and air beds — a good start for those backpacker/campers who love the adventurous life. Since the ALPS Mountaineering Featherlite sleeping pad does not contain any foam, once inflated, all you have is the weight of the fabric and air. If you choose the regular size, your pad will weigh just over one...

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Adventures of a Trail Stooge by Chris Quinn

Posted by on Dec 6, 2015 @ 3:03 pm in Book Reviews, Reviews | 0 comments

Adventures of a Trail Stooge by Chris Quinn

This journal follows Chris Quinn, aka The Esteemed Stooge, Sir Charles Guilons on his thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail in 2013. Starting atop Springer Mountain in Georgia, Sir Stooge makes his way over more than 2,100 miles of earth to summit the beautifully lonesome Mount Katahdin in Maine. Along the way, he meets some great friends: from Tangy and Munchies in Georgia to the silent John in the Wilderness, and all the rest between. Through the beauty of the Earth, the laughs, celebrations, struggles, and pain, Sir Stooge learns some things...

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Merrell Phoenix Mid Waterproof Hiking Boots

Posted by on Nov 13, 2015 @ 12:54 pm in Gear Reviews, Reviews | 0 comments

Merrell Phoenix Mid Waterproof Hiking Boots

Enjoy fleet feet for your explorations with these low profile multi-sport shoes that provide plenty of support and cushioning – without the weight. With a flexible sole and supportive arch shank, this waterproof mid will keep your feet dry and comfortable. A lightweight cow suede/mesh upper with bellows tongue keeps out debris, the waterproof membrane keeps your socks and feet dry, and a sticky sole prevents accidents on a slippery trail. Disclosure: Sole Labz contacted me to try one of several styles of hiking footwear. The one I chose was...

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NiteIze Inova STS Headlamp

Posted by on Oct 14, 2015 @ 11:59 am in Gear Reviews, Reviews | 0 comments

NiteIze Inova STS Headlamp

The INOVA STS Headlamp from NiteIze makes hands free illumination simple, versatile and comfortable. It features an innovative Swipe-To-Shine™ interface that allows for simple access to multiple modes – all with a swipe of your finger. Its lightweight body, high quality woven head strap and waterproof construction makes the INOVA STS Headlamp an indispensable lighting tool anywhere high quality hands-free illumination is needed. Disclosure: Versa Marketing, Inc. contacted me to try one of the NiteIze Innovation brand illumination...

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The Long Start to the Journey

Posted by on Oct 5, 2015 @ 8:51 am in Film Reviews, Reviews | 0 comments

The Long Start to the Journey

A Story of the Appalachian Trail In the winter of 2013 filmmaker Chris Galloway set out to thru hike the Appalachian Trail starting on Springer Mountain, Georgia and walking over 2,000 miles to reach Mount Katahdin, Maine. In the course of his seven month trek, Frost (as he came to be known on the trail) trudged through deep snow drifts on the Smoky Mountain crest, savored a brief Appalachian spring, and battled clouds of mosquitoes in a record-breaking rainy summer. He experienced grief, growth, and triumph, from the joy of getting engaged...

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Blue Flame Footwear Thermal Socks

Posted by on Sep 1, 2015 @ 2:40 pm in Gear Reviews, Reviews | 0 comments

Blue Flame Footwear Thermal Socks

Blue Flame Footwear thermal socks are manufactured from thick, heavy-duty acrylic fibers that have undergone an intensive brushing process, designed not only for warmth but to provide maximum comfort. The brushed acrylic inner provides ultra-soft cushioning while trapping air, preventing the escape of your coveted body heat even at insanely low temperatures. Why Blue Flame Footwear? The warmest part of a flame is the part closest to the energy source, and when hot enough, actually gives off blue light. Disclosure: BBS Hosiery, Inc. contacted...

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River of No Return

Posted by on Aug 7, 2015 @ 2:31 pm in Film Reviews, Reviews | 0 comments

River of No Return

by Isaac and Bjornen Babcock Central Idaho’s Frank Church-River of No Return is a wilderness of steep, rugged mountains, deep canyons, and wild, whitewater rivers. The Salmon River Mountains, located south of the Main Salmon and west of the Middle Fork, are the most massive range, and dominate the Wilderness. North of the Main Salmon River are the Clearwater Mountains, east of the Middle Fork are the Bighorn Crags. The Salmon River Canyon is one of the deepest gorges in North America, deeper even than the famous Grand Canyon of the...

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Green Label Organic T-Shirts

Posted by on Jul 13, 2015 @ 11:42 am in Gear Reviews, Reviews | 0 comments

Green Label Organic T-Shirts

Green Label Organic is a family owned and operated business located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. It was co-created by a long time T-shirt designer and his wife, an organic grower and environmentalist. After learning about the severe environmental impact of conventionally grown cotton, they set out to educate and inform as many people as possible to the importance of supporting organic farming and responsible, sustainable business practices. They offer a colorful collection of 100% certified organic ring spun cotton T-shirts and...

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Nitecore MH12 Flashlight

Posted by on May 27, 2015 @ 1:50 pm in Gear Reviews, Reviews | 0 comments

Nitecore MH12 Flashlight

The Nitecore MH12 is an ultra-compact, high strength USB rechargeable flashlight offering reliability and performance that defies its size and weight. Whether you’re hiking after dark or before dawn, and your headlamp simply isn’t enough, the MH12 just might be your solution. Maybe you’re hiking in a pitch black cave or cloud-covered night. Whatever the darkness, the MH12 puts out plenty of light to handle any situation with its 1,000 lumens CREE LED. It’s also great for safety with its strobe, SOS and beacon modes....

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LifeStraw Go Portable Water Filter

Posted by on May 9, 2015 @ 11:24 am in Gear Reviews, Reviews | 0 comments

LifeStraw Go Portable Water Filter

The LifeStraw® water filter has now been incorporated into a sports bottle to give users access to safe drinking water even when there is no water source nearby. Simply use the bottle to scoop water from any pond, stream or river, and you will have a supply of fresh, clean drinking water. Take the LifeStraw® Go with you when you go hiking, camping, or traveling to areas with poor water quality. Use the carabiner to attach to your backpack, or store in your preparedness kit to ensure access to safe, clean drinking water in an emergency....

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Pisgah National Forest: A History by Marci Spencer

Posted by on Mar 5, 2015 @ 12:21 pm in Book Reviews, Reviews | 2 comments

Pisgah National Forest: A History by Marci Spencer

When George W. Vanderbilt constructed the Biltmore House, he hired forester Gifford Pinchot and, later Dr. Carl A. Schenck to manage his forests. Over 80,000 of his woodland acres became the home of America’s first forestry school and the heart of the East’s first national forest. Now comprising more than 500,000 acres, Pisgah National Forest holds a vast history and breathtaking natural scenery. The forest sits in the heart of the southern Appalachians and includes Linville Gorge, Catawba Falls, Wilson Creek Wild and Scenic...

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Heel That Pain Heel Seats

Posted by on Feb 24, 2015 @ 1:06 pm in Gear Reviews, Reviews | 0 comments

Heel That Pain Heel Seats

Does plantar fasciitis cause you foot pain? Perhaps you can get some relief from the patented Heel Seats manufactured by Heel That Pain of Yorba Linda, CA. Their unique Fascia-Bar™ technology is clinically proven effective with a > 90% success rate. 31 of 32 participants in a double blind clinical trial asked to keep the HTP treatments after the study concluded. Disclosure: Heel That Pain contacted me to try their HTP Heel Seats at no cost to me. My only responsibility was an agreement to complete this review after trying the item. I was not...

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Pisgah Range Paracord Boot Laces

Posted by on Dec 18, 2014 @ 11:27 am in Gear Reviews, Reviews | 1 comment

Pisgah Range Paracord Boot Laces

There are very few companies producing quality paracord bootlaces. One of the biggest flaws is that not a one of them uses authentic military paracord. It is, however, commercial grade cord in “mil-spec patterns” with 7 bi-woven innards. That just won’t cut it. Pisgah Range Ltd. wanted the real 8 tri-woven innards with a manufacturer’s identification thread. They searched extensively to find a manufacturer that could provide them with materials needed to produce the highest grade paracord for their ultra-durable laces....

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Ecosox Bamboo Hiking Socks

Posted by on Nov 13, 2014 @ 8:51 am in Gear Reviews, Reviews | 0 comments

Ecosox Bamboo Hiking Socks

Ecosox hiker socks are made of bamboo and designed for maximum comfort and durability. Padded throughout the foot and with an arch-support to fight foot fatigue, Ecosox bamboo hiking socks will keep your feet feeling fresh. Whether taking a leisurely stroll through hiking trails or trail-blazing yourself, the ultra-soft bamboo fibers will cushion your feet. The moisture-wicking properties of viscose from bamboo help to keep your feet cool in warm weather and warm in cooler temps by absorbing sweat and moisture and pulling it away from your...

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Cross Breeze™ Frame Pack from Outdoor Products

Posted by on Sep 24, 2014 @ 12:43 pm in Gear Reviews, Reviews | 4 comments

Cross Breeze™ Frame Pack from Outdoor Products

The unique, lightweight curved Cross Breeze™ frame system pack from Outdoor Products keeps your back cool while supporting heavy loads by using suspended mesh for maximum airflow. The padded, ergonomically designed waist belt comfortably supports those loads, and articulated, yoke-style shoulder straps with sliding sternum adjusters make for an agreeable ride. Four multi-sized primary pockets will hold all your day-hiking gear including a handy front pocket for quick access to flat items like maps. The roomy interior pocket fits most 2 Liter...

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I Promise Not to Suffer by Gail Storey

Posted by on Sep 4, 2014 @ 1:45 pm in Book Reviews, Reviews | 4 comments

I Promise Not to Suffer by Gail Storey

A Fool for Love Hikes the Pacific Crest Trail   Gail Storey was definitely not a hiker or camper. In fact, Storey liked to say, “I never much cared for nature, or rather, thought it okay as long as it stayed outside.” But when her husband, Porter, leaves his job as a hospice doctor to hike the 2,663-mile Pacific Crest Trail from Mexico to Canada, she refuses to let him go alone—even though the prospect of leaving their comfortable Houston home, hiking twenty miles a day at the age of 56 while popping antidepressants and hormones, and...

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Discovery Along “The Way”

Posted by on Aug 4, 2014 @ 2:26 pm in Film Reviews, Inspiration, Reviews | 0 comments

Discovery Along “The Way”

The Way of St. James, is commonly known by its name in Spanish: El Camino de Santiago. The name comes from any of the pilgrimage routes to the shrine of the apostle St. James the Great in the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia, northwestern Spain. Tradition has it that the remains of the saint are buried in the cathedral. Many take up this route as a form of life pathway or retreat, for spiritual growth. The earliest records of visits to the shrine dedicated to St. James date from the 9th century, in the time of the Kingdom of...

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Wojo Wallet

Posted by on Jul 5, 2014 @ 5:37 pm in Gear Reviews, Reviews | 0 comments

Wojo Wallet

Disclosure: Wojo Wallet, LLC contacted me to try their Wojo Wallet at no cost to me. My only responsibility was an agreement to write this review. I was not pressured to make a positive endorsement. Their tag line pretty much describes it, “When all you need are your credit cards and cash, Wojo is the perfect solution. Cycling, hiking, boating, hunting, skiing, traveling, or a girl’s night out… Wojo is the wallet for you.” Most of us only use 4-6 cards regularly, so simplify your life and carry only what you need. Get rid of your...

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Roqbloq Rugged Outdoor Bluetooth Speaker

Posted by on Jun 6, 2014 @ 10:02 pm in Gear Reviews | 0 comments

Roqbloq Rugged Outdoor Bluetooth Speaker

Disclosure: RuggedTec contacted me to try their Roqbloq Rugged Outdoor Bluetooth Speaker at no cost to me. My only responsibility was an agreement to write this review. I was not pressured to make a positive endorsement. A love for the outdoors and electronic gadgets was the driving force behind the creation of the RuggedTec brand. RuggedTec is based out of southeast Idaho near world class fly fishing, hiking, skiing, and hunting. All of their products are dust, shock, and water resistant for those who love the outdoors. The RoqBloq outdoor...

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