Peek inside our Trailspace goodie packs

Wondering what community members Patman and Tamerlin get for writing January's most helpful gear reviews? Besides the obvious glory, that is.

This month's reviewer goodie packs I just boxed up include: a Trailspace Trail Runner Cap, Ibex Zepher Skull Cap with Trailspace logo, stickers, Trailspace pint glass, Nalgene waterbottle from REI, and an assortment of bars from ProBar, Clif, and Olympia Granola. Yum.

Next month we'll name the February winner(s). It could be you and your review recognized.

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giftogab
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February 17, 2012 at 9:55 a.m. (EST)

I am going to start writing NOW! Cool stuff, for sure!

alan
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February 17, 2012 at 10:30 a.m. (EST)

nice swag

gonzan
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February 17, 2012 at 10:50 a.m. (EST)

Man, I am really jealous of the Ibex Merino cap!

Rick-Pittsburgh
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February 17, 2012 at 1:14 p.m. (EST)

Gonzan said,

Man, I am really jealous of the Ibex Merino cap!

That makes 2 of us. I've been wanting one ever since I first caught wind of them.

Holy heaping schwag Batman... I mean Patman !!!

Congrats again to Patman and Tamerlin.

Well deserved. 

Patman
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February 17, 2012 at 2:28 p.m. (EST)

woo-hoo!

Howard Hayden
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February 17, 2012 at 2:33 p.m. (EST)

Such attractive goodies, especially the Trailspace hat!  But I am amazed that you would include a glass which is made of a very heavy and breakable glass! Peter Whittaker carries a small titanium bowl and a titanium spoon on all of his foreign travels in order avoid illness from improper washing of utensils in 'suspicious places'.  At least, Trailspace should promote the use of a metal cup which can be re-heated over a stove or available flame, with protected handles to prevent burned fingers; even a simple lid to keep in the heat. For many years I used Sierra Cups and still do....but on hikes, titanium cups work just fine. REI sells all of this stuff, too!  Thanks for sharing information for the outdoor enthusiasts and the Boy Scouts.

Patman
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February 17, 2012 at 3:51 p.m. (EST)

Howard,

I’m not privy to the authoritative thought processes leading to the strategic configuration and subsequent lading of said parcel. However, I suspect that the functional relevance to geographic location, within the purview of the distributer, indicates that the glass container be used in a more forgiving environment than most trails and/or backpacks. I further suspect that the vessel may best be used to temporarily contain a chilled mixture of H2O, CH3CH3OH, C2H5OH, CO2, C2H6O and a few other compounds and carbohydrates.

Just playin…….

Thanks,

Patrick

giftogab
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February 17, 2012 at 5:49 p.m. (EST)

I would proudly sit at my kitchen table swilling Guinness from that Glass knowing that the material with which it was made, heavy though it may be, is the primo material from which to sip the fine nectar of the homeland!

Rick-Pittsburgh
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February 17, 2012 at 5:55 p.m. (EST)

Mine is really good friends with Sam Adams. :)

Tom D
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February 17, 2012 at 6:35 p.m. (EST)

I happen to have one of the Trailspace glasses and they are quite nice. However, what gave anyone the idea it was intended for outdoor use? It is a beer (or other appropriate beverage) glass, not a Sierra Cup. Also, what part of "free" don't you understand? If those of you who got one are offended by it, please contact Alicia for my address. Carefully wrap them and send them UPS, please. I have plenty of shelfspace in my kitchen.

Also, for those of you unclear on the concept of the use of this particular item, perhaps we could put on a Webinar or post a video on YouTube explaining the difference between glass and metal drink containers and their uses.

btw, while I mean no disrepect to Mr. Whittaker, I lived and traveled in South America on and off for several years and never once got sick from eating or drinking anything. I have however gotten food poisoning several times-once in Honolulu, once in Merced (bad seafood both times) and at least once here in LA (not sure why) and carrying my own titanium cup around would have prevented exactly none of that. It also would not have prevented the HAPE or pneumonia I had twice.

MoZee
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February 17, 2012 at 6:42 p.m. (EST)

 I'll have a Guinness and a Sam Adams then a Long Trail Triple Bagger.

Cheers!

Wish I was wearing one of those merino caps while I was enjoying those.

I bet we'll be seeing some outrageous gear reviews now.

Let the games begin. (insert one of those smiley faces, semicolon something)

giftogab
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February 17, 2012 at 7:18 p.m. (EST)

Tom D said:

I happen to have one of the Trailspace glasses and they are quite nice. However, what gave anyone the idea it was intended for outdoor use? It is a beer (or other appropriate beverage) glass, not a Sierra Cup. Also, what part of "free" don't you understand? If those of you who got one are offended by it, please contact Alicia for my address. Carefully wrap them and send them UPS, please. I have plenty of shelfspace in my kitchen.

Also, for those of you unclear on the concept of the use of this particular item, perhaps we could put on a Webinar or post a video on YouTube explaining the difference between glass and metal drink containers and their uses.

btw, while I mean no disrepect to Mr. Whittaker, I lived and traveled in South America on and off for several years and never once got sick from eating or drinking anything. I have however gotten food poisoning several times-once in Honolulu, once in Merced (bad seafood both times) and at least once here in LA (not sure why) and carrying my own titanium cup around would have prevented exactly none of that. It also would not have prevented the HAPE or pneumonia I had twice.

 My glasses in my cupboard are all pints like this. One of my favorite is the one given to me last year at Red Rock Rendezvous. To add a Trailspace to that would be epic! Sit around, take a sip of whiskey from the RRR glass and then a swig of Guinness from the TS glass.....HEAVEN....I cry, HEAVEN!

Alicia
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February 17, 2012 at 7:37 p.m. (EST)

I'm glad Patman understands the nature and proper use of a pint glass. I'm sure he will put his to good use with whatever liquid he prefers après-backcountry outing.

I do think a Trailspace Sierra Cup would be kind of cool, among many other items, but we've got what we've got and I'm sure Patman and Tamerlin will put the current crop of goodies to good use.

Enjoy!

Bill S
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February 17, 2012 at 9:43 p.m. (EST)

I once had a genuine Sierra Club cup (what they were called before it got shortened to "Sierra" cup), complete with "SIERRA CLUB" stamped into the bottom. Actually half a dozen of them at one time. I never had one of the originals that had "SIERRA CLUB OF CALIFORNIA", though, nor the special occasion ones. I picked all of them up during backpacking trips into the Sierra, about 2-3 days behind a Sierra Club High Trip in each case. Sierra Club used to have these trips, sometimes with up to 100 people. Gear was carried on mules, so the participants carried only a day pack and their Sierra Club cup. We could just dip the cup in the stream to enjoy a cold, refreshing drink. No one ever got giardiasis or any other disease in those days.

Sometime in the 1960s or 1970s, the Sierra Club realized that those huge trips, along with the Base Camps and several other types of trips, were doing significant environmental damage, quite out of character for what had become the world's largest conservation and environmental organization. So trips of that nature were discontinued, even though they dated back to when John Muir founded the Sierra Club in the late 19th Century (1892).

Somehow, over the years, my collection evaporated. I gave some away, but some just got lost during moves and when my mother decided I wasn't going to come back home to claim all the junk, er, treasures. Wish I had somehow preserved the ones with the logos. I do have several of the generic ones, including a titanium one. But they just are not the same, especially the knockoffs made in Asia. Some of those aren't even the same shape that use to hang so nicely on one's belt.

trouthunter
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February 17, 2012 at 10:27 p.m. (EST)

You mean I wasn't supposed to take my Trailspace glass backpacking?

I have put forth quite a bit of effort to offset the weight of the glass by cutting ounces from my pack in order to take it along since I was under the impression that was the intended purpose.

I sanded approximately 1/4 of the Vibram sole off  my boots with a belt sander, cut the handle off my toothbrush, removed the top 1/3 of my Smartwool socks, used a  biscuit cutter heated with a propane torch on my Ridgerest (the cutouts make great drink coasters), made a smaller hydration bladder out of a quart freezer bag and duct tape, I put my Cliff bars in the dehydrator sans wrapper along with half a bottle of Dr. Bronners on a fruit roll tray.

So far I have cut more than enough to carry the glass, but I need to cut more weight to allow for the beer.

I was thinking maybe it is possible to dehydrate my white gas...I can't believe no one else has thought of that.

Move over Jardine I have beer to consume.

trouthunter
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February 17, 2012 at 10:29 p.m. (EST)

....or I could get a Sierra cup.

Callahan
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February 18, 2012 at 1:54 p.m. (EST)

Do I see a snifter of Jamesons under that shirt

denis daly
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February 18, 2012 at 5:45 p.m. (EST)

Some nice swag and another reason to write reviews..

skibum12
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February 20, 2012 at 4:51 p.m. (EST)

I'm going to write more now.  That looked sooo gooood!  I just got notified that my Backpacking Magazine 2012 Gear Review has also just been mailed.  Drool.......

Guyz
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February 28, 2012 at 9:04 a.m. (EST)

Trouthunter said:

I sanded approximately 1/4 of the Vibram sole off  my boots with a belt sander, cut the handle off my toothbrush, removed the top 1/3 of my Smartwool socks, used a  biscuit cutter heated with a propane torch on my Ridgerest (the cutouts make great drink coasters), made a smaller hydration bladder out of a quart freezer bag and duct tape, I put my Cliff bars in the dehydrator sans wrapper along with half a bottle of Dr. Bronners on a fruit roll tray.

Mike you almost rolled me off the couch with the bisquit cutter on the ridgerrest.

second gear
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February 28, 2012 at 11:18 a.m. (EST)

I was a happy recipient of a review reward.  I LOVE my trailspace hat; in fact, look at my avatar, and you will see it on my head :)

Thanks Trailspace for such a fun place to interact!

Alicia
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February 29, 2012 at 8:31 a.m. (EST)

second gear said:

I was a happy recipient of a review reward.  I LOVE my trailspace hat; in fact, look at my avatar, and you will see it on my head :)

Thanks Trailspace for such a fun place to interact!

 Thank you, second gear. I'm glad you're enjoying your Trailspace hat.

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