This is an old school fibre pile jacket made for extreme cold weather. It's not pretty, but it works! I purchased this item a few years ago to replace my old Borglite Pile jacket from the early 80’s. I usually wear wool, but for travelling north of the tree line I often wear pile. Pile should not be confused with fleece; they are not the same. Were as fleece resembles brushed flannel, fibre pile is more like wool shearling. However, because pile does not have a windproof backing it breathes much… Full review
Works surprisingly well When I was a kid, there were a couple of these things at a cabin my family had. I wasn’t ever allowed to use them, so of course they fascinated me.I bought one at REI a short time ago and used it while car camping (it would be too heavy to carry) to make grilled cheese sandwiches over a campfire. It worked really well. The instructions said to butter the bread before putting it into the iron. Instead, I heated the iron over the coals and then used a stick of butter… Full review
This "military" boot is a minimal boot designed to give the user enhanced ground feel and flexibility, while providing enough protection to keep the foot injury free in harsh environments and/or rough terrain. It's durable leather upper combined with a custom Vibram sole makes it an exceptional boot, perhaps the first of it's kind to achieve such high performance. Minimal Boots and the Belleville Mini-Mil TR102: The Ultimate Review (The original review can be found on my blog: chasingyourmind.blogspot.com)… Full review
Many people love to camp. Some will use tents, while others will use a camper. If you have a Jeep, a compromise between these two approaches is to use a Wenger three-room tent. This tent attaches to the Jeep and provides a stable object to hold the tent in place regardless of the wind. It also permits you top use the back of the Jeep, and you can access a table and storage area without leaving the tent. Thanks to the fact that everything is color coded to tell you where it goes, setting up this… Full review
Ultralight, half ounce AAA flashlight with 96 Lumens. This is one of the world's smallest and brightest mini flashlights. 2.5 inches long 11 grams, (0.4 ounces) Uses 1 AAA battery High 96 Lumens (55 min), Med 22 Lumens (4 hrs), Low 1.8 Lumens (50 hrs) To lend you some perspective, a big D-cell Maglite only puts out 27 lumens, which is roughly the ITP's medium setting. The low setting (firefly) is perfect for times when you don't want to disturb anyone, such as packing up early at a shelter,… Full review
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