1. Geiger Rig Hydration Systems
The award-winning pressurized GEIGERRIG Hydration System allows you to spray water to hydrate, share, clean, cool, etc.–anything you need. The pressurization enables convenient in-line plug-and-play filtration for on-the-go access to natural fresh water sources. When you are done, simply flip your Hydration Engine inside out and place it on the top shelf of the dishwasher for easy cleaning and drying.
Made with Ballistic Nylon material that was built to handle anything you can throw at it. Put it to the test buy one today.
2. Platypus Gravity Works
Using revolutionary Hollow Fiber technology and a little physics, the Platypus CleanStream™ microfilter system treats 4L of water in less than 2.5 minutes – all without a single pump stroke. Need a lot of water? Just refill the Dirty side – even before the Clean side is empty and you’ll be automatically refilling as you go. A quick-disconnect fitting allows for easy removal and filling of the Dirty reservoir and back flushing for optimal performance is as easy as changing the height of the reservoirs. It’s lightweight enough for two, and efficient enough for a whole group. Learn more about this awesome filter system.
LifeStraw is the award-winning personal water filter, designed to provide you with safe, clean drinking water in any situation. An ideal water filter for hiking & camping, travel, emergency preparedness & survival, the LifeStraw makes contaminated or suspect water safe to drink. LifeStraw surpasses EPA guidelines for E. coli, Giardia, and Cryptosporidium oocysts, rigorous standards for water filtration. Learn how you can buy a LifeStraw and donate clean water.
4. Purify Cup Filter
PurifiCup eliminates more than 600 kinds of bacteria, providing you safe and clean drinking water worry-free. PurifiCup is a portable water filtration system perfect for travelers or for outdoor enthusiasts such as hunters, hikers, campers, boaters and anglers. PurifiCup’s world-patented design uses a silver membrane filter to eliminates up to 99.99% of bacteria, parasites, and pathogens such as E.coli, giardia, crypto, etc. Read my review of the PurifiCup and add one of these to your backpackers emergency kit today.
5. Humangear capCAP
capCAP is the civilized 2-in-1 accessory cap for Nalgene, CamelBak, and other popular wide-mouth drink bottles. Most wide-mouth bottles are easy to fill and clean, but the standard opening is too big to drink from easily without spilling.
capCAP offers the best of both worlds. Drink spill-free through the small spout, and then clean and fill easily with the large cap. The rubberized small cap (available in green or blue) is easy to grip, even with gloves on. Slim down all those wide mouth bottles this holiday season with a capcap.
6. Jetflow Hydration
Jetflow Hydration System, simply attach your favorite beverage’s bottle directly to the hydration system, and you’re ready to hit the trail. There is no bladder to clean and maintain. And because you’re drinking directly from the beverage bottle, you’ll enjoy clean, fresh contaminate-free water or sports drinks. Made in USA.
Read this awesome review and get your Jetflow Pack today!
7. Camelbak All Clear UV Bottle
CamelBak All Clear™, is a powerful UV purification system. All Clear uses proven UV technology that turns any tap or clear natural water into potable drinking water in just 60 seconds. Fast, effective and backed by the Got Your Bak™ Lifetime Guarantee, CamelBak All Clear maximizes UV exposure for drinking water you can trust.
The All Clear UV Purification System is perfect for Aid Workers, International Travel and Backcountry Travel. Check out the CamelBak website for more tech specs and watch it in action!
We all like to draw our water from nature when camping or hiking, but even a stream that looks clean may not be. Microorganisms most often come from animal and human waste and are spread by water run-off. SteriPen utilizes the latest in UV filtration technology to kill those harmful organisms allowing you to drink harm free water. Check out the entire line of SteriPen Products today.
9.”The Original” Klean Kanteen Water Bottle
The original 18/8 stainless bottle designed to be the healthy alternative to polycarbonate and lined-aluminum reusable bottles. From the onset; free of BPA, Phthalates, lead or other toxins. Today, our Classic line continues to be revered by many for its iconic place in history and for it’s durability and prolonged performance.
The Classic is safe and toxin-free, and doesn’t retain or impart flavors. No matter how many times it is filled, or what is put into it, these Kanteens keep drinks fresh and clean tasting. With a variety of cap and color options. Check out the entire Klean Kanteens today!
10. Vapur Anti-Bottle Element
The Element is a performance water bottle created for running, climbing and even the most extreme sports. The widemouth of the flip-top SuperCap equips it for even greater gulp-ability. With a stronger, integrated attachment clip built into the cap, the Element hangs on tight during high adventure and variable ground. The lightweight, portable, ultra-durable design of the Element makes it a favorite of both urban and outdoor runners. Check out the entire line of Anti-Bottles now!
Is the backpacker in your family always looking for the latest technology to hit the trail with? Here are some ideas to help gear up your gadget geek.
1. Goal Zero Solar Chargers and kits.
Keep talking, emailing, surfing, and always stay moving. The Goal Zero Switch 8 Recharging Kit is an ultra-lightweight power supply and foldable solar panel that recharges smartphones and USB gear anywhere. It’s the perfect pocket-sized companion and won’t weigh you down, only charge you up so you always stay connected. This is just one of the many options that Goal Zero has in their tool kit. Everything from charging small stuff to keeping your base camp charged and running. Check out all of their products now!.
2. Spot Gen3
When your adventures take you beyond cell service, SPOT Gen3 lets family and friends know you’re ok or sends emergency responders your GPS location, all at the push of a button. Add this rugged, pocket-sized device to your essential gear and stay connected wherever you roam. Long live adventure. The Spot products range from simple tracking devices for your vehicles all the way up to a GPS phone. Check out the entire product line here.
3. New Trent PowerPak Xtreme
The PowerPak Xtreme acts like a tank without feeling like one. Weighing in at just 9 ounces, it’s a heavy-hitter with 12,000 mAh of charge capacity and dual USB ports. Designed by the adventurer, for the adventurer. The PowerPak Xtreme was built for extreme conditions and environments. The PowerPak Xtreme is waterproof when submerged 3 feet for up to an hour. This device can easily handle impact and drops of up to one meter. To learn more about this device and the other products by New Trent check out The New Trent site today.
4. Hit Case
Turn your iPhone 4 and 5 into a fully waterproof and drop resistant case. It keeps out the dust and can be submerged to depths of up to 30 feet. The case can be mounted to several different mounts created specifically for the Hitcase. It can also fit onto any standard tripod head with a simple included attachment. Great for capturing your adventures while hiking, backpacking, kayaking, and so much more. View the entire line of Hitcase cases and accessories today.
5. BioLite CampStove
Cook your meals with nothing but the twigs you collect on your journey, eliminating the need for heavy, expensive, polluting petroleum gas. Quick to light, fast to boil and easy to use.
Converting heat from the fire into usable electricity, the BioLite CampStove will recharge your phones, lights and other gadgets while you cook dinner. Unlike solar, BioLite CampStove is a true on-demand source.
To learn more about how the technology works and to see their entire line of products visit their website today.
6. GoPro Cameras
Capture all your adventures with this high definition light weight nearly bombproof camera system.
Born from a passion to capture your adventures from your perspective. The GoPro line of cameras are the most advanced lightweight adventure cameras on the market. Driven by adventure there are attachments and mounts for almost every scenario you can dream up. Check out their entire line of cameras today.
7. Black Diamond ReVolt rechargeable headlamp
The Black Diamond ReVolt rechargeable headlamp is the perfect for the adventure geek that is always on the go. Recharge virtually anywhere that can charge USB devices. Everything from your desktop, laptop, solar panel, wall socket, or vehicle will work. You can also choose to use standard batteries if you are in a pinch.
1 TriplePower LED, 2 SinglePower white LEDs, and 2 SinglePower red LEDs provide whatever level of brightness you need. 12 hr. burn time on max setting with rechargeable batteries 70 hr. on max setting with alkaline batteries. Check out all of the tech info.
8. The Power Pot V
Need to juice up your mobile device? Use this clever multi-use put to make dinner and charge your devices. Charges cell phone in 60-90 minutes. Just as fast as your wall outlet. Use to power any USB handheld device. Works over any heat source (including open flame). See the entire product line and tech specs at the Power Pot Website.
9. Aquapac Waterproof Camera Cases
The Aquapac waterproof camera cases are built with shooting photos in mind. The cases allow for full functionality of the cameras while inside the cases. they can even be used underwater.
The cases also protect the cameras from dust, dirt, and sand. They however will not protect the camera if dropped on hard objects such as the ground.
Aquapac waterproof cases will work with most DSLR and point and shoot cameras as well as camcorders. Find out which case works with your camera on the Aqupac website.
10. E-case waterproof mobile device and tablet cases
Designed to accommodate the latest smartphones and tablets. E-case guarantees protection from threatening environmental conditions without sacrificing use of your device. And like all our cases, lash points let you tether it to your apparel, pack or PDF for security whatever the adventure. Find the right case for your device today.
Keep your favorite backpacker’s camp kitchen stocked with all the coolest light weight gadgets and gizmos. These are a few products that I have used on my many travels.
1. Guyot Designs Squishy Bowl & Cup Set
Made of flexible food grade silicone (temperature resistant to 400 degrees F), innovative Guyot Designs Squishy Bowls retain their shape even after being folded and compressed for efficient packing. This 2-Piece set includes a 16 oz bowl and a smaller bowl (6 oz) that can also serve as a cup. The 2 bowls nest inside each other and clean up easy with soap and water. The full weight of the Squishy Bowls set is a mere 5 ounces! The Squishy Bowl set comes in various colors. Check out this fantastic review. To see what colors are available they can be purchased here.
Do you have a backpacker or hiker in your family and struggle for ideas on what to get them? Here are 10 food suggestions for their holiday gifts.
1. Epic Bars
Epic bars are free range meat bars. The best way to describe them is they are just like a Clif Bar but all meat. They are not jerky but instead a moist tasty meal in a bar. They have three epic flavors. Bison Bacon Cranberry, Beef Habanero Cherry, and Turkey Almond Cranberry. To learn more about Epic Bars and where to buy them check out their website.
2. Scratch Labs Hydration Mixes
A fantastic drink mix that will not only hydrate you but also give you some flavor if your tired of drinking plain ole water. Skratch Labs uses all natural ingredients: cane sugar, dextrose, sodium citrate, real fruit, citric acid, magnesium citrate, calcium citrate, potassium citrate, ascorbic acid (vitamin C). There are several different variations based on activity. They have awesome flavors such as Orange, Lemon Lime, Tropical and a new Hot Apple Cinnamon Mix.
Check out my review here and visit the website for purchasing info. (more…)
An email and a letter confirmed that the first #omnigames will be held in Park City, Utah. The #omniten members from the first three seasons will all fly in to Salt Lake City on the 6th or 7th of January and we will leave to go home on the 11th of January. Season four the newest group will be doing their own thing but also be able to join in on the #omnigames also? That is what we have heard anyway from the season four members. Nothing has been confirmed by Columbia yet. We have been told to bring our winter gear and that more will be provided to keep us in hue he spirit of #tryingstuff. Lots of conversations are going on between the #omniten members as to what will be going on. We are all in agreement that we know nothing and that the suspense is not only killing us but also making things exciting. There are also reports from some of the seasons that their travel plans have been set up already.
As we wait for more information we are all training in our own ways to prepare for a series of games that we have no idea what they are or what will be involved.
More to come.
I woke up early with great excitement to go hiking. Not only was this my first hike in Arizona it was my first hike with fellow #Omniten-ers Dave of WildernessDave.com and Heidi of bananabuzzbomb.com. I have known both of these fine folks for awhile through social media, I had met Dave on our #omniten Rogue River trip, but this was my first time meeting Heidi. This was my first hike with them and from the Twitter chatter it was going to fun.
We all started watching the weather earlier in the week and decided that we would not let the rain stop us. Arizona ended up having record rainfall that started on Thursday and we were hiking that following Saturday. It continued to rain with very strong winds as I drove out to our meeting spot.
I pulled in to the First Water road turn off and Dave and Heidi pulled in very shortly after. As Dave and I were discussing whether or not to take both vehicles all the way back to the trail head my Jeep decided to play a nice little prank on me. I am not sure if the wind blew the door shut or if I shut it but either way my Jeep proceeded to lock the doors with the keys in the ignition and running.
Photo Credit Hedi – bananabuzzbomb.com
As Dave and I were discussing which window would be cheaper to replace if knocked out a ranger drives past. We wave him over and ask if he has anything to help unlock the Jeep. He had lent out some of his tools not to long prior and they never returned. He did however have two wedges. Using the wedges and some creative thinking on Dave’s part we managed to get the door unlocked. This whole ordeal only set up back about 20 minutes.
Back on the road we headed down to the trail head and got our stuff together and headed off into the rain. The first bit of the trail was flat which was a nice starter section to allow us to chat and to find our pace. The mountains were glowing green a green I had never seen before. We hiked a little further and came across our first obstacle. A quick moving but shallow runoff stream. We all crossed without any problems. My Columbia Master of Faster Shoes kept my feet nice and dry.
The rain had let up and the wind died down creating perfect hiking weather. We managed to get in a few more miles before we hit Boulder Creek. As we got closer to Boulder creek we noticed in the distance a series of waterfalls. We were hoping to get over there and check them out. As we came round a bend we found that Boulder Creek was not a creek but instead a raging creek.
The swollen Boulder Creek
We found a shallow place to cross however it was still almost knee deep in places. There was no avoiding getting your feet wet so we all just stepped in and safely crossed. The water was chilly and moving quickly. Heidi and I both said that we had gotten a little bit disorientated by the quick moving water and the light colored rocks in places. Once across we duped out our shoes and headed up the mountain to check out the awesome water falls. We found a nice little place to stop to have lunch and Dave says “Anyone care for a hot beverage?” as he pulls out his JetBoil.
Hot Beverages provided by “Adventure Dave” of the “Adventure Dave Experience”
Always time for a product plug.
Out view from our lunch spot.
We enjoyed a fantastic snack of Epic Bars, Backpacker Pucks, Coffee, Cider and other goodies. Dave goes scrambling up the mountain to take a closer look at he waterfalls. Heidi and I decided to pass on this little adventure. A few minutes later he yells saying that we have to come up and join him. Heidi and I both were a little leery about climbing up, but we were very happy we did in the end.
Looking back at our lunch spot and Boulder Creek
ts always a good time for gear testing #tryingstuff!!
A close view of the waterfall.
We scrambled back down picked up our gear and headed back towards Boulder Creek. The water levels had gone down some but the water was still moving quickly. We crossed the creek again without any issues. Overall it was a fantastic day with great people.
In order for you to have happy trails you gotta get out and hike.
Several weeks back the #omnicollective was sent a very vague email that simply stated that we need to keep the days of January seven through eleven open for an adventure. The use of the tag #omnigames was used several times and there was also mention of needing an up to date passport.
The #omnicollecive has our ideas but in all honesty we have no idea what’s going on. The excitement is almost to much to bear.
There was a hint to something being sent out but that was almost a week ago. What I can tell you is that all 30 #omniteners have been invited to the #omnigames. Hopefully whatever has been sent out will provide us with some information.
Like always more to come and happy trails.
While working at Backwoods in overland park I met a gentleman named Matt who was introduced to me as the Backpacker Puck guy. I had no idea what they were talking about at first but every now and again he would stop in give us samples of his line of meal bars.
He describes them as a mixture of 9 to 12 ingredients both wet and dry. They will always have a nut chopped or in butter form and a fruit. There are several savory flavors that include: Chocolate Cherry, Peanut Butter Banana, Pumpkin Spice, and his latest flavor Apples and Cinnamon. He is always working on new flavors and mixtures. He has stated he is looking into some type of a Pistachio Puck.
The pucks are incredibly filling and dense but moist enough that they fall apart. Each puck has incredible flavoring. The thing that sets them apart is that unlike many of the other bars is that they are low in sugar and sodium. They pack a high calorie punch as well. Averaging around 450 calories per bar. They also pack a whopping 27% of your daily fiber. All of which are fantastic for adventures of any kind.
Make sure you take a look at the packaging because he has some fantastic instructions on each puck.
“Recommended for people who want to rock out hardcore!!”
“Recommended for people who want to defeat fear!!!! Enjoy the Power”
I am very excited to get out on the trail and give these pucks a true workout. If you would like to know more information about the Backpackers Pucks or to order them check out the Backpacker Pucks Facebook page. Matt is currently working on a website in which you can order directly from the site. At present he is taking orders directly through messages and emails via the Facebook page.