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Nite Ize GearLine Organization System – Gear Review

GearLineThe Nite Ize Gear Line Organization System is a light weight creative way to keep things organized.  I have found them useful for keeping things organized in my tent hanging it from the loops at the top of the tent where a gear loft might attach. I find it useful to keep my glasses and other important items off the tent floor. They are also super hand to hang pretty much anything anywhere. In your vehicle, garage, house, and so many more places. The possibilities are endless.

The GearLine Organization System is made of high quality, wear-resistant webbing, the Gear Line Organization System features sturdy S-Biner double-gated carabiner clips in alternating sizes, each attached to its own individual sturdy loop, along with Gear Tie Reusable Twist Ties on each end.


The Skeeter Beater – Gear Review

Ever think of a time you needed to rest while driving or even wanted to camp in your vehicle? Most of the time you would want to roll down your windows to let in the cool air but there are always pesky bugs flying right in. The Skeeter Beater solves that problem with a quick easy to set up and effective product.

The Skeeter Beater is a bug net that connects to the outside of your vehicle with magnets that will not hurt the paint. It allows to you to have the windows rolled down or keep the doors open(on some vehicles) while keeping the pesky bugs out. There are 10 different sizes to fit most vehicles. The Skeeter Beater is compatible with wide range of vehicles that span from RVs all the way down to cars.  They also have several different colors to choose from.











They are super simple to use and set up quickly. The best part is they work great. A perfect gift for any outdoor enthusiast, road tripper, or car camper. With a cost of around $45 it is well worth the investment. Keep in mind that the cost does vary depending on your vehicle make and model. They stuff into a provided stuff sack and can be put in your vehicle without taking up any room at all. They can fit behind the seats, under your seats, or even in your glove box.  I keep mine in my Jeep all the time now and try to find every opportunity to use them.

To learn more about The Skeeter Beater head on over to their website, Facebook, and follow them on Twitter.

Full Disclosure:  The Skeeter Beater used in this review was provided to me by The Skeeter Beater at no charge.  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.

Columbia Men’s Bugaboot™ – Gear Review

boots The Columbia Men’s Bugaboot boot was given to a few of the #omniten guys to test out during the #omnigames. I was one of the lucky guys who got a pair. A very comfortable medium weight super warm water proof boot.

We were told by Columbia that we would be given a pair of boots but I honestly had no idea which ones we would be getting. I had done some research before the #omnigames to see what was out there. I was honestly rather skeptical about a “lifestyle” company who also makes boots. I will say that I am very particular about boots mostly because I have found more that I do not like wearing than I do like to wear. I have owned several pair of Columbia shoes like the Conspiracy and the Master of Faster. Both of which are comfortable and fit great. (more…)

Columbia TurboDown – Gear Review


On the first day of the #OmniGames in January Columbia unveiled a brand new type of insulation and products that use that insulation.  The new insulation is called TurboDown. A mixture of Columbia’s Omni-Heat Thermal insulation and premium down.  If that was not enough they then added their Omni-Heat thermal reflective system. Below you can see how the products are layered and a short explanation of of the technology behind it all. (more…)

Gear Review – Gateway Front pack

Gateway-frontpackThe Gateway front pack by Seek Outside is like having a fanny pack but instead of having the belt attach around your waist the pack connects to your backpack.
Plenty of room for a drink, snacks, camera, and maps.

There is a drink holder compartment with a pocket and a zippered section that is divided with a small organizer inside.

My first impression was that it was smaller than some of the other front packs that I have tried and it was also not incredibly easy to use.  The pack came with no instructions and when I contacted the company about it they sent me to a video of a guy wearing the pack and talking about how great it was. Nothing was said other than you just hook it up or something to that affect.   The product is not water proof but it is made up of ripstop nylon so it does have some water resistance to it. It seems rather durable and could hold up to some heavy use.

Overall I would not see myself using something like this but it might be good for on the go parents or someone looking for a a little extra storage space and quick access to gear.

To learn more about the Gateway front pack by Seek Outside you can visit their website here.

Full Disclosure: The Gateway front pack used in this review was provided to me by Seek Outside at no charge as coordinated by Deep Creek PR 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.

Gear Review – Columbia Conspiracy™ OutDry Shoe

ConspiracyOut of the box and directly onto my feet. The Columbia Conspiracy™ OutDry Shoe is comfortable light wight and an all around great shoe. These trail runners are made for adventures both on and off the trail.  Built with Columbia’s OutDry water proofing and the Techlite midsole.  I had no idea what to expect when trying on these shoes. I honestly did not expect much as I am not a huge fan of shoes that ride low on my ankles. I was very impressed with how sturdy they where and provided enough stability for just about any kind of activity you can think of. I have hiked and did a little trail running in them. They are also great for out and around town or even for daily wear. The tread on them is grippy enough for trails but still works great on pavement.

Lets Get Technical


  • OutDry patented waterproof breathable construction
  • Breathable sandwich mesh upper
  • Protective rubber screenprint
  • Protective wrap
  • Asymmetrical lacing alleviates pressure on the top of foot
  • Techlite lightweight cushioned midsole
  • Techlite FluidFrame multidensity underfoot support for smooth foot transfer
  • TPU shank
  • Omni-Grip non-marking traction rubber
  • Weight: size 9, ½ pair = 10 oz/283.5g
  • Imported


    Sandwich mesh
    Techlite FluidFrame technology
    High traction non-marking rubber

To learn more about these fine shoes and the awesome technology used please head on over to the Columbia’s Website.

FULL DISCLOSURE: Columbia sent me these shoes to review at no charge, but my views and opinions are my own.

Gear Review – Columbia Powerdrain Cool™ Shoe

PowerdrainThe Columbia Powerdrain Cool™ Shoe This hybrid lightweight shoe is designed to allow you to go from trail to water and back again. It features the Omni-Freeze ZERO technology.

Lets get right to guts of these shoes. They are light weight, breathable, sturdy, fast drying, and super comfortable. I find myself wearing them around the house because I had forgotten I still had them on.  I also find that I wear them more around the house and in the yard than I do actually on trails or doing awesome adventuring. I suppose spending time in the back yard could be considered an adventure since it now looks like a jungle. (I need to mow but its simply to hot to be bothered by such work). (more…)

Gear Review: Big Agnes Fly Creek UL 2


In an earlier post I took at the Big Agnes Fly Creek UL 1. The Fly Creek UL 2 is identical in shape form and function. The only real differences you will notice is the size. The UL 2 gives you a considerable larger living space. The tent was very easy to set up and it did so very quickly. This tent was provided to me on loan from Chris over at In full disclosure I did not pay for the tents they were loaned to me for testing and then returned shortly after the review.


Tech Specs of the Fly Creek UL 2

Fly Creek UL 2Specifications
Trail Weight2lb 2oz
Packed Weight2lb 10oz
Footprint Weight5oz
Fast Fly Weight1lb 11oz
Packed Size6″ x 19″
Floor Area28sq ft
Vestibule Area7sq ft
Head Height38″
Foot Height24


On the inside there was enough room for myself and all of my gear plus I still had room under the vestibule.  This tent was much easier to get into and out of than the UL 1. I was also had more room to change clothes and felt less inclosed like I had in the UL 1.  One thing you do get with the larger space and more fabric is more weight. Even then the weight is only an additional 7 oz of total packed weight.


A look at the Inside of the Big Agnes Fly Creek UL 2


Fly Creek UL 2 set up with rain fly.

Overall this was a great small roomy light weight tent that I will be taking with me on my John Muir Trail in July. To learn more about the Big Agnes Fly Creek UL 2 you can visit the Big Agnes Website.  Do you have this tent or have you used one before? I would love to hear what you have to say.

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