Over the calf moderate compression sock helps recovery during and after exercise. Very thin fabric allows good ventilation. I am quite a fan of compression socks in general and find they are very helpful for recovery after skiing, hiking, or backpacking. They certainly help prevent swelling and muscle soreness in the calves after strenuous excessive. Since I always wear thin socks when hiking and backpacking I was anxious to try these Vim & Vigr compression socks. Constructed of nylon and spandex… Full review
The Para'Kito Mosquito Repellent wristband is highly effective and easy to wear. The brightly colored wristbands are easy to load and adaptable to your wearing needs, like on a chain or around an ankle. I received the Para'Kito wristband with two refills to trial ($19.50). I wore it while hiking at Lake Tahoe and then Mont Blanc and found it to be very effective in cool temperatures and hot. It can also be worn around an ankle. I found it comfortable to wear due to the adjustable velcro strap. So… Full review
Cool one-man tent from Germany. Miltec by Sturm of Germany one-man (berth) tent: This was given to me as a gift and I really like it. It's small, light, and packs down in my backpack just fine. Gives me a little more room than a bivy sack and is very well made. I have not seen any others here in the U.S. yet, but they are offered online. I do not like the fiberglass poles (past experiences) or cheap wire stakes it came with, but both have held up pretty well so far. I have used it off and on for… Full review
The UCO candle lanterns are high quality and I don’t see similar ones made by other companies for sale now. However historically there were all types of candle lanterns. This one I found in a box of camping gear at a garage sale and probably dates to the '70s. It is made from thin aluminum, and the glass globe just slides up (kind of odd glass, perhaps it melted a little at some point?). Still, it works OK. I have tried tea lights in it and they work OK, but are a little dim. It seems to work… Full review
Stays warm for little time, needs boiling. Same experience. They last only for half an hour and then need to be boiled for a couple of minutes (10-15). I also had the same experience with a seller who was lying directly. He stated that it is perfectly sufficient to put it in hot water for five minutes. I asked a few times if this is really true and he answered it is definitely true. If you go skiing and use it to warm the kids' hands, it is actually for one use only in the day. If it was enough… Full review
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