This pack is specifically purposed for day hiking through the mountains with photographers in mind. It is very roomy and comfortable and built to last forever. With the addition of an optional top pocket plus judicious use of straps, it is possible to use it as an overnight pack. The unique design of the Mindshift Rotation 180 Pro places it in a class by itself compared to all other photo day hiking packs. Basic Specs: 2287 cubic inches + 200 cu in extra with optional removable top pocket. 3.5 lbs… Full review
A great knockoff Trangia Mini stove without the pots from China. If like me you are finding the escalating cost of fossil fuels for your stove not to your liking this little beauty is well worth consideration. Here in New Zealand a canister of butane for a Jetboil can be as high as $17 in the more remote areas. Butane is quick and easy, alcohol is slower and dirt cheap. This Alocs stove comes with a fuel proof cap, a simmer top and a pot stand which the stove fits inside, all in a small mesh bag,… Full review
It ruined my phone: DO NOT PURCHASE THIS CASE I used it twice and it worked okay. It wasn't easy to use the phone like they claim it is. The third time I used it I sealed it exactly how you're supposed to and noticed water was getting on my phone. I think it was condensation being that the phone is electronic and it gets hot. If you're going to use this around water you shouldn't. You need to get one of the hard huge cases because this pouch is so thin I didn't even think about it. The design is… Full review
Not enough capacity to be useful. To even do the little it is capable of it must be sitting properly in relation to the sun — not at all useable when moving. Talk to anyone that knows just a little about solar and they can tell you this is useless junk. It is irresponsible to sell junk like this. A power bank can be useful: I recently carried one 12,000 mah unit on the Inca Trail. Worked great for the 4 days. Full review
Quality portable folding solar chargers sold direct via Amazon. Four models available, two models evaluated. Powerbanks also available (not evaluated). Let me preface by saying solar charger wattage ratings are based on Maximum Output on a clear cloudless day at moderate temperatures. In many areas of the world, this is the exception rather than the rule. On average, solar panels produce a fraction of their rated Maximum Output. My suggestion is to learn what input wattage the device(s) you want… Full review
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