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Jul

2010

Alite Boa Lite Leash & Ruffwear Highlands Bed review
Written by Jason Elliot, Cocoa   
Alite Boa Lite Leash
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Mornings are so predictable.  Both alarm clocks alert you to the day - the real one and the fury four-legged alarm delivers a wet reminder of the approaching day.  If only your dog could speak, he would say ‘get up, get up, get up’. You roll out of bed and change into some respectable clothes as your dog reminds you to hurry.  After grabbing the leash you are out the door to greet the day.  Still in a daze and you realize you forgot the poopy bags. Right then, your dog decides it is time to leave a present on your neighbor’s lawn.

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08

Jul

2010

Eagles Nest Outfitters DoubleNest Hammock with Insect Shield review
Written by Jason Elliot   
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Finding the right campsite for a car camping trip is not easy. Even in elbow-to-elbow packed campgrounds, a little room and some towering trees give you a slightly secluded feel. When the sun calls it a night and leaves you with a cool breeze, a crackling fire and a cooler full of brews cap off a day of "roughing" it.

Eagles Nest Outfitters enters the picture and can be the topper to your ideal campsite. The Eagles Nest Outfitters DoubleNest Hammock with Insect Shield can easily be slung between two trees, and let you snooze away a lazy summer day or rest after a day of outdoor adventures.

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05

Jul

2010

Kiwi U-Powered review
Written by Jason Elliot   
Kiwi U-Powered
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You and your iPhone are inseparable. It is your organizer. It's your portable media center. It's your life. The thought of leaving it behind during a backpacking trip is unthinkable.

There is one problem with taking it – its battery will drain before the end of your trip. Kiwi has a solution for your problem. The Kiwi U-Powered is a solar and USB portable charging device. The U-Powered boasts the ability to keep all your mobile devices charges with a capacity of 2,000 mAh. Kiwi supplies 11 connector tips that gives the U-Powered adaptability to most common mobile devices.

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26

May

2010

Stuffitts ShoeSavers review
Written by Jason Elliot   
Stuffitts ShoeSaver
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Clunk...clunk...clunk. The sound of shoes in the dryer is annoying. Plus the high heat from your dryer will put a quick end to a good pair of hiking boots or trail runners. The slow process of air drying is equally annoying.

Stuffitts ShoeSaver, a Marietta, Georgia based company, touts a product that eliminates shoe moisture and odor. Stuffitts are advertised for their ability to eliminate moisture from shoes 8-times faster than air-drying.

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Stuffitts has a simple design with an eastern red cedar-filled inner core. The inner core is covered by a non-cotton fabric which has a foam toecap. Each pair of Stuffitts is connected by a 3-foot strap. Stuffitts recommended replacing the inner core every 6 months.

The simplicity of the design and the positive results are impressive. The Stuffitts were tested on a pair of trail running shoes that soaked in water for over 5 minutes and were thoroughly drenched. After inserting the Stuffitts and waiting a few hours, the trail runners were just slightly moist. Typically, this may take a full day or longer to dry by using air drying.

The only negative with the Stuffitts is the toe cap. For the trail runners used for testing, the toe cap was not able to be squeezed into the shoe's toe box.

Suffitts LogoThe Stuffitts ShoeSaver impressed with its drying ability. It has the versatility to be used for ski boots to fishing waders. Stuffitts retail for $24.95 per pair and replacement inserts are priced at $9.95.


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09

May

2010

Steripen Journey LCD Water Purifier review
Written by Jason Elliot   
Steripen Journey LCD
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The mere mention of ultraviolet (UV) light in any conversation follows with how horrible it is for your skin. Overexposure to UV light can cause serious damage to your skin. Though, UV light has many benefits including its use in the SteriPEN Journey LCD.

SteriPEN, headquartered in the Maine coastal town of Blue Hill, was granted its first patent in 1999 and sold its first water purifying device the same year. Amongst its products is the SteriPEN Journey LCD which has been decorated with several awards including the Best Travel Gadget in 2009 by Travel + Leisure magazine.

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02

May

2010

Petzl Tikka Plus 2 review
Written by Jason Elliot   
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Petzl has introduced this spring the Tikka Plus 2 to its line of headlamps. The Tikka Plus 2 is designed as an all-purpose headlamp and is marketed for use for the outdoors and around the home.

The Petzl Tikka Plus 2 is advertised as lighting up to 35 meters with its 50 lumens white LED. Petzl boasts a 140 hour burn time when the headlamp is set to the economic mode. It comes with a basic elastic headband, but it is compatible with the Petzl ADAPT system, so the Tikka Plus 2 can have multiple mounting options (e.g. bicycle handle bars, helmet, belt, etc.).

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02

Apr

2010

Finis XtreaMP3 review
Written by Jason Elliot   
Finis XtreaMP3
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Just like Jay Leno and Conan O'Brien, water and your iPod just don't get along. Too much wetness and your iPod will meet an untimely death and will send you scrambling to find a replacement.

Finis, a California-based company co-founded by Olympic Gold Medal Swimmer Pablo Morales, has took the rocky relationship of water and MP3 players and made it a happy marriage.

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30

Mar

2010

Gerber Strata review
Written by Jason Elliot   
Gerber Strata
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Every season gives weekend warriors challenges with their gear. You may need to adjust your binding to tame the powder or just crack open a cool Corona after a day with the sun pounding your back on the trails. The key is to find a versatile and compact tool to assist through all seasons and activities.

In response to the needs of weekend warriors, Gerber has introduced the Strata. A multi-plier featuring 13 functions that boasts:

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07

Dec

2009

MSR Miox Purifier review
Written by Jason Elliot   
MSR Miox Purifier
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If you are talking to group of backpackers, there are three subjects that will bring wide ranging opinions, politics, religion, and water purifiers and filters. Some swear by using a water filter and despise purifiers. Others are dedicated to using a water purifier and think that water filtration is an old school technology.

MSR has converted many of the water filtration enthusiasts. The MSR Miox Purifier is the product of the R&D whiz kids at MSR and the U.S. military. The product of their combined effort resulted in a water purification magic wand – alakazam your water is fit for drinking.

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28

Oct

2009

Komperdell Carbon Duolock Trekking Poles review
Written by Jason Elliot   
Komperdell Carbon Duolock Trekking Poles
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The Laurel Highland Hiking Trail is 70-miles of hiking bliss that runs through the Laurel Highlands in Pennsylvania from Ohiopyle State Park to Johnstown. The trails provides for amazing vistas and wildlife viewing.

The Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail traverses through several of Pennsylvania's state parks. To negotiate the ascends and descends while toting a 50 to 60 pound backpack, a light and high performing trekking poles should be on a hiker's gear checklist.

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