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Granite Rocx The Cascade

rated 4 of 5 stars The Cascade is an all-in-one convenience pack that delivers on many levels. There is ample storage and multiple compartments to store everything you need, including a cooler that attaches to the outside of the pack. Perfect for day trips to the water or the mountains, the Cascade is a pack that can be used year round, regardless of where you go. Who: Granite Rocx is a company based in Lake Tahoe, Nevada, that specializes in making functional and unique backpacks that are perfect for any day trip. Full review

ECWCS Gen II Brown Bear Jacket

rated 5 of 5 stars 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 '80s. 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. Whereas 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

Camp Chef Pie Irons

rated 4 of 5 stars 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

Belleville Mini-Mil TR102

rated 4.5 of 5 stars 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. Its durable leather upper combined with a custom Vibram sole makes it an exceptional boot, perhaps the first of its 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:… Full review

Jeep 3-Room Screen Combo Dome Tent

rated 3.5 of 5 stars 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

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