Lightweight, recyclable water bladder. This hydration bladder system is much lighter than other brands. If you hoist some of the other companies products you can see why many people opt not to use them. I have had this for two years of biking, hiking, and kayaking and it is still going strong with no signs of wear or fatigue. Over the years I have had bad experiences with other bags getting gross from the use of anything other than just water. I trained myself to stay away from any mixes or sport… Full review
Small, readily available via pocket or strap fixed for your defense in the woods or the street. This unit has a clip fixed to the spray canister allowing it to be as available as a pen or small pocket knife. The unit sprays up to 10 feet when the wind is favorable. I carry the unit all the time, just in case... Sparky 2000. As noted, don't allow children or idiots to get their hands on this unit. But for you the law in most states will allow the unit to be useful if needed as the spray will disallow… Full review
Lightweight, inexpensive down throw, can be converted into many things—a DIY dream. The Double Black Diamond quilt is the brand name of the "Costco Quilt" that people talk about in the DIY forums. I received two of these as a gift. From what I understand Costco sells them from anywhere from $20 to $35 depending on the year, and apparently they aren't always available. I had them bookmarked on Amazon for around $50, but they are also showing up as currently unavailable. This is a light, rectangular… Full review
This blister treatment works like a dream to protect and heal any blister. They are not as effective when walking with wet feet or swimming while they are still on. In those circumstances it is best to add a waterproof covering over the Compeed. For long hikes, more than a day, I always carry a good supply. I have used these on many hikes where extended walking time has resulted in even well worn in boots rubbing a bit. They provide a good cover across the whole blister and have different sizes… Full review
A self-adhesive blister prevention/treatment that also works for calluses and corns. More expensive than Moleskin for blister prevention, but about as good as it gets for treatment of open blisters. I'd recommend having a few of these along when breaking in new boots or in the first aid kit on longer hikes and ski tours. Great stuff. For the first half of the backountry ski season this year I had something funny going on with my right little toe — it would start hurting like hell after a few hours… Full review
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Demo Day: Wild Animals, Fire, Gear!
Demo Day at OR didn't disappoint, with leaping pillars of fire, life-sized polar bears, talking salmon, and new outdoor gear from Kahuna Creations and Nargear. Read more
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