Give the gift of #Stanleyness this Father’s Day

I spent most of my youth being involved in scouts. This also meant that so were my parents. Weekly meetings, weekend camp outs, summer camp, and so much more. If your dad was anything like mine he always needed at least two cups of coffee in the morning before anything could happen. One of the great things about camping with Scouts of any age you can take some of the comforts of home. Read More….

YKS Adjustable Beam Focus LED Headlamp – Gear Review

The YKS Adjustable Beam focus led headlamp is a powerful little light with a small price tag. This Ultralight headlamp weighs in at only : 2.6oz and is very comfortable to wear. You might even forget you are wearing it at times. It has four modes a high, low, emergency flashing and sos mode. So what makes this headlamp different than many others on the market you ask. The differentiator is its adjustable beam.
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Outdoor Products Shasta Weather Defense™ 30L Day Pack – Gear Review

The Shasta Weather Defense™ Backpack by Outdoor Products is a great all around pack. It is tough, weather proof, comfortable and you can pack up to 30 liters of your gear into it.

Outdoor Products for whatever reason is a highly overlooked brand of gear that should not be anymore. A stigma has been assigned to the brand simply because of the stores that the products are sold in. Just because the brand is sold in a general big box location as compared to one that is more focused should not matter. Read More….

Jambu Tundra – First Look

I really like testing new technologies especially when it pertains to footwear. The Jambu Tundra is a new shoe that is full of innovative tech. Fit for a trail running shoe but strong enough to be considered for long distance backpacking. So a mesh shoe is not considered new tech however the traction on this pair of shoes is something I have never seen before and I have tested and looked at my share of outdoor footwear over the years.

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Sunjack Waterproof Lightstick – Gear Review

I have  spent some time over the past few weeks testing out a flashlight battery pack called the Sunjack Waterproof Lightstick. I do not consider myself a prepper but I do have collected some things for safety and survival purposes that I keep on hand in my vehicle and my  home. Coming from the Midwest where in the winters it was common to lose power due to ice having an extra battery pack and flashlight always came in handy. Read More….

Ahnu Men’s Mount Tam Air Mesh – First Look

Over the past few weeks I have been testing out the Ahnu Men’s Mount Tam Air Mesh shoes. Ahnu has been overhauling their shoe designs to allow the shoes to be worn in the city, but be rugged enough to hold up to anything the trail might throw at them. The Mount Tam Air Mesh shoes have the Numentum® Hike system.  “This platform provides stability, security and comfort for spending all day on your feet whether you’re hitting the trails or walking around in a city.” Read More….

United by Blue The Ultimate American Sock – Bison Down Socks – Gear Review

In the middle of winter it seems that I can never keep my feet warm. Also if you have been reading my blog for a while you will know that I really like my footwear and socks. The past several years we have seen a big surge of small cottage companies who are making socks. High performance socks are being made from more than just standard wool. We are all familiar with the synthetics and Merino Wool but Alpaca Wool and Bison Down are latest additions. The newest product to hit the shelves is made of Bison down. Yep! BISON! United By Blue has come out with the The Ultimate American Sock. These socks have been gaining popularity following after the completion of a successful Kickstarter Campaign.

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The socks are 100% made in the United States. One of the coolest things is that United By Blue does is that it shares the journey of the socks.

The Journey
Philadelphia, PA: Socks and packaging are designed
North Dakota: Bison down collected from ranchers
Uxbridge, MA: Bison down blended with American Merino Wool, combed, carded and spun into sock yarns
Osage, IA: The Ultimate American Socks are knitted and packaged

Everything from packing materials to the socks themselves lives up to a high standard that United By Blue has for all of its products.  Made from 56% Merino Wool, 24% Bison Down, 18% Nylon, and 2% Spandex these socks will keep even the coldest of feet warm.  I have had to take off the socks on several occasions because my feet were getting too hot.

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United by Blue claims that the socks are “Softer than cashmere and warmer than wool, we created a sock from Bison down that will keep your feet warm and dry all winter long.” They do exactly as advertised and they are incredibly comfortable. One thing I will warn you is that you will want to wash the socks before wearing them. I found them to be a little itchy for the first couple of times worn but after several washes this has since gone away. Also you may want to wear a thin sock liner if you are prone to having itchy skin.

Washing and Drying Tip: Wash in cold water and do not use bleach or fabric softeners. Hang dry is preferred but drying on low without a dryer sheet is will keep the socks from wearing out quicker.

At present the socks come in several different colors and two sizes. The socks sell for $38 and will begin shipping in March 2015. To learn more about these socks please head over to the United by Blue website.

Full Disclosure: The Ultimate American Socks used in this review were provided to me by United by Blue at no 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.

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