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Outdoor Gear Reviews

My experience in the outdoors runs deep.  Come check out some of the gear I have reviewed and see if it may aid you in your future adventures.

Lems Primal 2

While minimalist shoes are slowly gaining a foothold (oh look, a pun), there still aren’t that many out there.  I have found I really like the Primal 2 shoes by Lems.  They are incredibly ligh…
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Bobble Coffee Press

As you may have picked up, I am a huge fan of a good cup of coffee.  Whether I’m in transit in a hotel, some best forgotten place in Afghanistan, or backpacking through the mountains… Whi…
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Sea to Summit XBowl

The XBowl by Sea to Summit is a pretty clever bowl.  The XBowl lays flat when not in use, allowing for it to take up very little space in your pack.  The bottom also doubles as a cutting board.  It…
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Aeropress Coffee Maker

The Aeropress Coffee Maker brews up an amazing cup of coffee.  It is incredibly simple to use with 4 parts and nothing to break.  I have used this almost daily since mid 2015, from backpacking in th…
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The Running Light!

The Running Light…   …is a light…   …for running.  In fairness, the name does tell the story.  This light I have found is not that good for trail running.  Reason being,…
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DeepDish Plate

The DeepDish Plate by MSR (Mountain Safety Research) is a plate…  …that is deep.  Think of a cross between a bowl and a plate.  This does lend itself to use while camping or backpacking…
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Snow Peak Spork

Sometimes, when you are out backpacking through the mountains, you just can’t be burdened with a spoon and a fork…  You obviously need a Titanium Spork.  The Snow Peak Titanium Spork is …
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Gore-Tex Socks

Hiking with wet feet is not fun…  And, while I do love the magic that is Gore-Tex, and own some Gore-Tex lined boots, I am not always wearing them.  These Gore-Tex Socks by Rocky are a great o…
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Deuter Junior Pack

The Kids Junior Backpack by Deuter, unlike most kids packs, is designed from the ground up for little ones.  There is plenty adjustment for children’s small frames, and the internal volume isn&…
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X7 Hatchet

When your 5 year old son wants an axe for Christmas…  You compromise with a Hatchet.  I (my son) have had this X7 Hatchet by Fiskars for over a year now and continue to be impressed with it. …
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Deuter Schmusebar!

I don’t know how to pronounce the name of this backpack, but it is awesome all the same…  When you have kids (or nieces / nephews), it is hard to find a pack that is actually made for lit…
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Hario MSS-1B

Fresh ground beans are key to a good cup of coffee.  And from Afghanistan, to the high Sierra’s this little coffee grinder performs.  The Hario MSS-1B (I don’t know what that means) make…
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The Kastmaster Lure

I have enjoyed fishing since I was a child.  I have fond memories of using the Kastmaster Lure, by Acme, when I was about 10 years old.  These lures are wonderful and durable.  I’ve used them…
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The SteriPEN Classic

There are a number of ways to purify water.  Most rely on a form of filtration or the use of chemicals.  The SteriPEN takes it in another direction, using light.  The SteriPEN uses ultraviolet ligh…
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The Tritan Spork

When I think of Sweden, I think of Volvos.  Well, the company Light My Fire makes some pretty innovative outdoor / backpacking equipment.  One of their (arguably less innovative) products is the Tri…
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The KUKPO Frother

If you have seen my video on Epic Backcountry Coffee, you can see that I will go through great lengths for some good bulletproof coffee while out backpacking.  Regrettably most milk frothers are made…
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The fireSLEEVE

When I’m backpacking and want to light something, a fire or stove, I just want to light it…  Keep your bow drill and ferro rod, I want some fire now.  And what does that?  A simple Bic …
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The Nalgene Cantene

No one wants a ton of water bottles banging around in their backpack.  But at the same time, don’t we want a larger amount of water available to us, say at our campsite?  This is where the Nal…
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16oz Nalgene Bottle

Being dissatisfied with how water bottles invariably get destroyed, by the hard use that my kids put them through, I have settled on the 16oz Nalgene Bottle.  Whether they are taking them to school o…
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