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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.


Peak Design Slide and Clutch First Look

10549869_1504317036453220_148348344_nI have been playing with the Peak Design Slide and Clutch system. I to be honest have not used the clutch much but it is super easy to connect to the camera and then use. It is comfortable to shoot photos with while the camera is securely attached to you hand. Out of the two products the slide is my favorite so far. The ease to adjust the strap lengths is simply unmatched by any other product I have owned in the past.

Peak design has some great camera gear that allows you to capture all the right moments by providing straps, clips, and various other accessories that are designed for photographers of every level and every application. (more…)

Big Agnes Super Scout UL 2 First look.

I had ordered a Big Agnes tent from Chris at The Gear house and like always kept me notified the entire way of when it was ordered from Big Agnes and what not. He sent me an email saying that he accidentally ordered the wrong tent. I asked him which one he ended up ordering and what the cost difference would be. I had actually ordered the Big Agnes Scout Plus UL. I decided to chance it and just roll with it. The difference in price was roughly $50. I was not sure what to expect honestly. I set it up the other day and took a few photos.

Big Agnes Super Scout UL2 Front

Looking at the front of the tent with the vestibule door shut.

Front of the tent with the vestibule door open.

Front of the tent with the vestibule door open.

A look inside the sleeping area of the tent.

A look inside the sleeping area of the tent.

My first impression of the Big Agnes Super Scout UL 2 is that it is a neat super light tent that sets up easily and quickly. Weighing in at just over two pounds this tent will not break your back. This two man tent truly feels like a two man with plenty of sleeping room. With the additional space of the vestibule you can store all of your gear in a dry area. I am also pretty sure that you could keep Sasquatch in there to keep you company or to be your security system.

I am incredibly excited to get this little tent out and give it a proper testing.  Have you used this tent? I would love to hear your comments.


RuggedTec RoqBloq Outdoor Bluetooth Speaker – Gear Review

photo 3The RuggedTec RoqBloq  Outdoor Bluetooth speaker quite honestly blew me away. I was not really sure what to expect when I pulled it out of the box. Many of the other outdoor speakers I have used in the past sounded like they were stuck in a tunnel and their battery life did not meet expectations. the RoqBloq will give you eight hours to rock out and does so with fantastic sound quality.

This little speaker can be connected to your smart device with Bluetooth or via a headphone jack. the RoqBloq comes with the connection cable so no need to hunt one down.  It also comes with the USB charging cable. To get a full charge it can take between 6-8 hours of charging from a wall socket and longer from something like a computer. A charge will last eight hours. I am not able to say that the battery lasts exactly eight hours however It does last for a long time. None of that gone in an hour stuff like many rechargeable products. (more…)

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