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Ausangate Alpacor® Performance Hiking Socks – Gear Review


As hikers and backpackers we have experienced merino wool in many types of clothing especially our socks. The most common is Merino is wicking, quick drying, and antimicrobial. There is a new sock contender in the market. The entire line of socks are made from Alpaca yarn. Cleverly named Alpacor® the Ausangate sock company is adding new fibers to the sock industry.

What is Alpaca yarn and how is it different from merino wool?

The obvious would be that the yarn comes from an Alpaca and not a sheep. They both grow fibers that can be farmed to create many different types of products. Just like merino wool they are antimicrobial natural fibers that comes from a renewable resource.

What is Alpacor®?

Alpacor® Yarn was created by using a  unique patented process for the yarn itself and the yarn manufacturing process. This process blends the unique alpaca fiber with other natural and synthetic fibers.

Testing the socks!

Many of you have figured out by now that I am a big fan of socks and sock technology. This may seem weird to you but keeping your feet dry comfortable and comfy is extremely important when in the outdoors. Especially if you are on longer adventures. When Testing socks I have several factors that I examine to determine if I will wear the socks again and if I will like them or not.

Determining Factors:

  • How comfortable they are without shoes or  boots
  • How comfortable they are with shoes or boots
  • How Quickly or slowly they dry
  • Do they prevent or create blisters under normal daily life conditions
  • Do they prevent or create blisters under hiking and backpacking conditions
  • How badly do they stink after any use.

 The Results!

After wearing the socks during the Hell Hike and Raft adventure as well as a few times since then as every day socks I am comfortable providing a truthful review on these socks. They are very comfortable with the right amount of stretch but also allowing for a snug fit. They are not the fastest drying socks on the market but they also do not claim to be. While wearing them in both hiking boots and trail runners I found that they allowed my feet to breathe and did not leave my feet and socks soaking wet post hike. They did not leave any unwanted blisters or hotspots after wearing them.  Overall they are a great quality sock and I am excited to see how Ausangate continues to refine and grow their current sock lines.

To learn more about Alpaca yarn and Ausangate socks please visit the Ausangate website.

 Full Disclosure: The Ausangate Socks used in this review was provided to me by Ausangate as part of the Hell Hike and Raft product sponsorship and was provided at not cost to me. This did not influence my review in any way. The views and opinions expressed on this blog are purely my own and were not guided in any manor.

WOJO Wallet Review and Giveaway!

The Wojo wallet is a light weight compact wallet that keeps all of your cards and cash together when you are out for an adventure. You could be climbing a mountain, fishing for the big catch, or even just camping for the weekend. The wallet is made up of two bands that provide a place for your cards, cash, and key. The card holder can snugly hold one or hold up to twelve. The Wojo wallet even floats if it is accidentally dropped into still water. The wallet is made from silicone and neoprene that keeps the wallet sturdy and light enough to float. Wojo1

Luci® Outdoor Inflatable Solar Lantern – Gear Review

Luci2At first I was not really sure what to expect when I was told I was going to be sent a Luci Inflatable solar lantern. After using it on several road trips in the past few months I have come to really like it. It is light weight, packable, and very easy to use.  The Luci Inflatable Solar Lantern by MPOWERD is made out of a durable plastic and is waterproof.

The Luci Outdoor inflatable solar lantern utilizes LED lights to provide two levels of brightness and an emergency flashing setting. To charge you simply have to place the lantern with the solar panels facing the sun. A lithium ion battery powers the lantern to provide you with hours of light for your vehicle, campsite, or emergency situation. It has a handle on each side that can be used to hold the lantern or  to hang it in your tent, RV, or house.  The Luci weighs in at only 4 ounces and collapses down to a height of one inch. The Luci pumps out a fantastic 65 Lumen of white light.

Pro Tips – How to Pack a Backpack – Guest Post

Packing your backpack for your next adventure is a simple task that can have a big impact on how you feel miles into your trip. Just follow these simple rules and you’ll be able to hit the trails in comfort.

General Rules
Place the heaviest items toward the bottom of your pack
Place lighter items toward the top of your pack
Make sure the weight is centered with heaviest items close to your spine.
Keep frequently accessed items at the top for easy access

Cool Projects to Fund, Follow and Check Out – Father Nature Outdoors Integrated Camping Blanket

I am always looking for cool new projects and products that are being crowd funded. Today I wanted to share with you all a really neat new concept. Its not a quilt its not a sleeping bag but instead its a Integrated Camping Blanket. So what does that mean? Lets have the experts at Father Nature Outdoors tell you. Roll that beautiful product footage!

The Specs

  • Outer shell: Ripstop Nylon. Durable, breathable, lightweight.
  • Inner lining: Nylon. High thread count nylon for smoothest and softest lining material for our blanket.
  • Filling: Superloft Synthetic Fill. Water resistant with best insulation value for synthetic options and a down-like feel.
  • Temperate Range: 30 degree extreme. Perfect for three seasons.
  • Size: 210cm by 135cm (widest), 82″ x 53″. Flared design makes it applicable for a range of body types.
  • User Size: Current design best for users 6’2″ and under, 200lbs and under.
  • Stuff Sack Size: 12″ x 8″ Nylon Stuff Sack. The sack needs to hold up as well as the blanket.
  • Weight: .95 kg, 2lbs 2oz The weight is the perfect medium for warmth vs. functionality.
  • The Clasp: Current quilts and blankets on the market offer a few different options for securing your blanket. FNO has chosen to provide optimal comfort and simplicity by offering the olive clasp.


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