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Barry Farm Cheddar Cheese Powder

rated 5 of 5 stars Cheddar cheese in powder form with flavor comparable to boxed mac and cheese or cheesy popcorn. Good base for cheesy trail dinners. I would recommend for both making freezer bag meals or provisioning pot meals. Whether you make individual dehydrated meals in a bag or like to mix up dinner in a pot for the whole crew Barry Farm's Cheddar Cheese Powder is a great start to making a delicious cheese sauce on the trail. They sell a lot of it for flavoring popcorn, but it isn't intended to be used as… Full review

GCI Outdoors PackSeat

rated 4.5 of 5 stars GCI Outdoor's Packseat Portable Stool is a fairly lightweight seat that spares a camper from sitting on the ground, pointy rock, or wobbly log. The Packseat is best used for base-camping, trip canoeing, or hiking (when you don't care how much weight you carry). This reviewer finds the Packseat to be the best $20 he's ever spent on camp “furniture.” I had seen the Packseat at my local Dick's Sporting Goods a few months ago. As my canoe trip to the Boundary Waters approached, I began to think… Full review

ZonePerfect Fudge Graham Bar

rated 1 of 5 stars If you consider artificially flavored Soy Protein Nuggets as a real food, and your choices lie between starvation and eating ZonePerfect's Fudge Graham Bar, then there is a 50/50 chance you might be able to choke down this "nutrition" bar (nutrition being a relative term here). September 30 update: After reading my review on the Fudge Graham Bar, my friend Carrie bought me a ZonePerfect Strawberry Yogurt Bar—she insisted this flavor of bar is much better (Please note, this is the SAME Carrie who… Full review

Water Wizard for River Runners

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Although designed primarily for river runners, this chemical treatment product works equally well for hikers and campers who need to settle the dirt and sediment out of water before filtering it or treating it for drinking. Follow the directions by adding the appropriate number of drops of the Water Wizard solution to muddy water, stir briskly, and within a minute or two the result is clean, clear water. The Water Wizard solution is actually polyaluminum chloride which has been in standard use for… Full review

EnerPlex Kickr IV

rated 5 of 5 stars A rugged and very lightweight solar charger that folds up small and doesn't take up much space in my pack. It charges well even if it is overcast, and it will even charge a tablet. It is flexible and extremely durable. It has been a lifesaver on multiple occasions! I had been in the market for a small and portable charging solution for a while before I saw the Kickr IV from EnerPlex. The Kickr IV is a very simple fold-out solar panel wherein lies it beauty. It only has one output which is a 1.2A… Full review

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