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The 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.
Out 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
- OUTDRY UPPER
- TECHLITE MIDSOLE
Techlite FluidFrame technology
- OMNI-GRIP OUTSOLE
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.
The 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…)
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 TheGearHouse.com. 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 2||Specifications|
|Trail Weight||2lb 2oz|
|Packed Weight||2lb 10oz|
|Fast Fly Weight||1lb 11oz|
|Packed Size||6″ x 19″|
|Floor Area||28sq ft|
|Vestibule Area||7sq ft|
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.
Recently I had the opportunity to test out the The Big Agnes Fly Creek UL 1 Tent and the bigger brother the Big Agnes Fly Creek UL 2. The tents were provided to me on loan from Chris over at TheGearHouse.com. In full disclosure I did not pay for the tents they were loaned to me for testing and then returned shortly after the review.
The Fly Creek UL 1 is a great little tent. It sets up and tears down quickly. Weighing in at a packed weight of two pounds three ounces puts this tent at one of the lightest on the market. It packs down into a very small package so you can tuck it away in your pack. One thing I would recommend is to not pack the poles and stakes with the tent when you pack it up in your backpack.
My only issue with the tent is size. I am not a huge person, but found it a little hard to change clothes or maneuver around the inside of the tent without bumping the sides. I had plenty of room to sleep and did not feel claustrophobic once i laid down. I do understand it is a 1 man tent and if you do not mind small spaces you can’t beat the weight of the tent for the space you do get.
Tech Specs of the Fly Creek UL 1
| Fly Creek UL1||Specifications|
|Trail Weight||1lb 14oz|
|Packed Weight||2lb 3oz|
|Fast Fly Weight||1lb 6oz|
|Floor Area||22sq ft|
|Vestibule Area||5.5sq ft|
View of the inside of the Fly Creek UL 1 with rain fly on and off.
Big Agnes Fly Creek UL 1 set up with rain fly on.
Overall its a great backpacking tent. Sturdy light weight and all around great tent. I would honestly consider purchasing this tent if it had a little bit more room. Do you have this tent or have you used one before?
To learn more about this tent check out TheGearHouse.com for more information.
Happy Trails and Happy Camping.
This past weekend I got to experience testing out my first ever front pack. The pack that I was able to test was a RIBZ Front Pack. Before I get into the review let me take a brief moment to explain what a front pack is.
A front pack is a bag or pack that allows for easy access to important equipment from the persons waist or chest. These have become very popular in Europe however they are quite new to the outdoors in America. The front pack not only provides ease of access to your essential gear but it also provides a counter weight if worn with a backpack.
The RIBZ Front Pack uses a unique harness system to allow for the weight distribution allowing the pack to be comfortable as a stand alone or used in addition to any backpack. It also allows for the weight in the RIBZ Front Pack to be distributed comfortably and even. One thing about the RIBZ Front Pack is that the harness system can not be removed to be used with a backpack. (more…)
The Haeleum clothing line is a technical line of clothing that provides the wearer with UV protection, fast drying material, and insect protection. The shirt that was provided to me is made of 100% Natural Stretch DrýTru Polyester 50 UPF Sun Protection and the Insect Shield technology lasts through 70 washings.
What is Insect Shield?
Insect Shield® products provide long-lasting, effective and convenient personal insect protection. The durable protection provided by Insect Shield apparel and gear is the result of years of research and testing. In July 2003, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency granted registration of Insect Shield Insect Repellent Apparel—the first-ever, EPA-registered insect-repellent clothing. The EPA has granted Insect Shield extended durability claims for its apparel registration, through 70 washings. Insect Shield apparel and gear products combine the patent-pending Insect Shield process with a proprietary formulation of the insect repellent permethrin—resulting in effective, odorless insect protection that lasts the expected lifetime of a garment.
What I thought of the shirt.
My first impression is that it did what was advertised. It was light weight, comfortable and dried quickly. I honestly can not disprove that it protected me against UV rays or bugs. I typically lather on the sunscreen and bug protection before my hikes and apply several times throughout depending on the length and how much I sweat. On the other hand you would not find me placed in a box full of bugs to test it either. I was only able to test it a few times before winter hit and all the bugs died off so I do not feel I was able to fully test the product to provide a realistic opinion on its durability as well as its bug protection.
Full Disclosure: The Haeleum shirt used in this review was provided to me by Haeleum at no charge however 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.
The PurifiCup® filtration system is quite honestly the easiest system to use to filter water that is currently on the market today. It is also incredibly fast. PurifiCup® has hit the market in the past year hard and they are getting lots of attention in the press as well as on the Internet. In my opinion PurifiCup® has gotten all this attention because of its ease of use, ease of storage, and its use of nano-silver to filter the water.
To set up the system follow these easy steps.
- 1. Take off the two white lids by unscrewing them and set them aside.
- Pull the filter system and the smaller cup out of the larger cup.
- Place the wide side of the filter on top of the smaller cup.
- Fill the larger cup from a stream or water source. One thing to remember is to try to fill up the larger cup from running water and or try to keep as many big debris from getting into the cup. Make sure you only fill it to the fill line.
- Place the larger cup on top the filter system and push down.
- Enjoy the clean filtered water. (more…)