Monday, April 27, 2015

Arc’teryx Alpha FL 45 - Preview




Today we are previewing the Arc’teryx Alpha FL 45 pack.
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http://arcteryx.com/product.aspx?language=EN&model=Alpha-FL-45-Backpack

$239.00

Ultralight and highly weather resistant 45 litre climbing pack suited to fast and light alpine, ice, rock and ski mountaineering routes. Alpha Series: Climbing and alpine focused systems | FL: Fast and Light.

unisex

One Size
0.65 kg / 23 oz
33 L
45 L max
Activity:
Rock Climbing / Ice Climbing / Alpine Climbing

FULL FEATURE LIST

Technical Features
Weather resistant
Durable
Zippers & Fly Configuration
WaterTight™ external zippers
Pack Pocket Configuration
Main compartment pocket
External zippered document pocket with key clip
Pack Design & Construction
Reflective white interior makes it easier to see items inside the pack
Dual haul loops/carry handles permit hauling or clipping off at a snow anchor
Rigid, formed backpanel provides support and structure while remaining comfortable against the back
Fully seam-sealed for water resistance
Pack Suspension Configuration
Arc'teryx AC² (Advanced Composite Construction) suspension system
Adjustable, removable sternum strap
4 cm/ 1.6 in webbing hipbelt
Thermoformed shoulder strap
Pack Loading & Closure Configuration
RollTop™ closure
Extendable collar with drawcord for additional capacity
Large, webbing pull-tabs for quick and easy, glove-friendly access
Pack Compression Strap Configuration
Top compression strap
Pack Attachment Configuration
Two ice axe loops
Four integrated side lash points
Includes bungee front attachment system for carrying campons or additional items
Six integrated front lash points
MATERIALS

N400r-AC² nylon 6 ripstop is durable and lightweight
N70r-HT
N100mr-HT
HyPUR-cel® Foam
HD 80 foam back panel
Burly™ Double Weave
N400r-AC² nylon 6 ripstop

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Thermarest Marpad Pro-Lite 3 Sleeping Pad - Preview



Today we are taking a look at the Thermarest MARPAD Pro-Lite 3 Sleeping Pad.
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$95.00 on Amazon plus shipping

http://www.amazon.com/Thermarest-Marpad-ProLite-3-MarPat-Olive-Regular/dp/B00BTFZJ6K

Marpat and Coyote Brown Color

Type: Self inflating
Length : 72 inches
Width 20 inches

rolled size: 11"x 4.1"

Thickness: 1”
Weight: 1lb 8oz

Three season use

Made in the USA

The grip dot bottom keeps the mattress from slipping on unconventional terrain.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Marmot Ultra Kompressor 22L Pack - Preview




Today Susan is previewing Marmot Ultra Kompressor 22L Pack.

$89.00

http://www.amazon.com/Marmot-Ultra-Kompressor-Black-2/dp/B0007R6ADC/ref=sr_1_4?s=sporting-goods&ie=UTF8&qid=1428855048&sr=1-4&keywords=marmot+kompressor

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Available in three colors: black, blue and light green.

One size fits all.

Feature List
Perfect for Lightwieght Day Hiking
Hydration Port and Clip for Hanging Reservoir
Removable Closed-cell Foam Back Sheet
Lid Pocket w/Mesh Pocket w/Key Clip
Dual Tool/Trekking Pole Attachment
Removable Webbing Waist Belt
Water Bottle / Gear Pockets
Airmesh Shoulder Straps
Airmesh Back Panel
Front Mesh Stash Pocket
Compression Straps
Daisy Chains
Sternum Strap
Durability Without the Weight
Highly Compressible
Main Materials
70d 210T 100% Nylon Ripstop
Lining Material
135d 100% Polyester
Volume
1350ci » 22 liters
Weight
1lbs 2.7oz (530g)
Reinforcement Material
210d 100% Nylon Double Ripstop

Friday, April 17, 2015

Yukon Outfitters Carbon Point Dry Pack - Preview and Test



Today we are taking a look at the Yukon Outfitters Carbon Point Dry Pack.  This is a Preview and Test!
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http://www.yukon-outfitters.com/en/catalog/product/carbon_point_dry_pack_MG684BLKGR

$100.00

25L Dry back pack.
This is a backpack

The Carbon Point Dry Pack is purpose built for safely storing all of your high end gear in the worse of conditions.  Great for biking to work, hitting the trail, or a day on the water.

Dry pack designed for every day carry
Welded Seams with Watertight Roll Top Closure
Outer quick grab pocket and mesh side pockets for easy access to gear
Main compartment with laptop sleeve and organizational pockets
High visibility lining to help quickly locate gear
Ergonomic padded shoulder straps and air flow back panel offer all day comfort
Airflow design keeps your back cool and dry

Specifications:
Height: 21 inches
Width: 12 inches
Depth: 7 inches
Capacity: 25 Liters
Weight: 1.5 pounds
Material: PU + Nylon + 210D TPU
You can roll the top and attach it in many ways.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

An Introduction to the Bivysak.com Subscription Box




Today we are taking a look at the Bivysak.com Subscription Box.
What's inside?  How much does it cost?  Let's find out.

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LINK : www.bivysak.com

Today we are doing an uboxing of the very first bivysak box.  Just in case you haven’t heard of it, I’ll touch upon the details for you.

Bivysak is what I call a subscription box; you pay a monthly fee and your receive so many boxes full of goodies a year.

Some subscription boxes that you may have heard of before are loot crate,

The Bivysak box subscription price is $24.99 a month and you receive 4 bivysak boxes a year at the beginning of each season; spring, summer, fall and winter.

When you sign up, you do get to enter in your size information so that if clothing is included in the box, you will get the right size.

The company was started by three guys, Joe, Eric, and Conor;

This box is the very first one that they have released and it was the December release.

Our plan is to have 1 premier item in each box and 4-6 additional mid range items.  As you can see in the winter box the pullover is the premier item but we have several other nice accessories as well.  We really want to make sure this is a good value for the customer while making it exciting for the to try new items.

Your BivySak contains items like a wicking T-shirt, trail and camping nutrition for the Summer, a new pair of running socks and a light windbreaker for the Fall, light weight and specialized cooking and eating implements for the Winter, and sunscreen, lip balm, flashlights, and accessories to help you stay connected in the Spring.These are the types of things you will find packed in your very own BivySak each season!

Monday, April 13, 2015

FRESHeTECH All-Terrain Sound Bluetooth Speaker



Today we are reviewing the FRESHeTECH All-Terrain Sound Bluetooth Speaker.

http://www.freshetech.com/products/all-terrain-listen-to-music-everywhere

$84.95

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rugged
weatherproof
bluetooth

perfect for white water rafting, mountain biking, and of course hiking.

Can be connected to most bluetooth devices and when paired with a phone, you can answer calls.  Has a mic on the bottom.

Rechargeable Lithium Battery
Fully Charges in 90 minutes via Micro USB
12 hours of continuous playing
Waterproof
Bluetooth 4.0
Tested Ruggedized Durability
Industrial Strength Clip
Control Buttons: Skip, Back, Pause/Play, Answer/End Calls, Volume +, Volume -
Built-in high quality microphone for speaker phone conversations
IPX5 rated:
The package includes: ALL-Terrain Sound®, Detachable Suction Cup, Charging Cord, 3.5mm Auxiliary Cord, Instruction Manual

Review :

I’ve had the All Terrain Speaker in my possession for about a month now and has seen lots of use.  Snow, Ice and heavy downpours it has continued to work.  I’ve had zero issues when it comes to moisture affecting this device.

Very good battery life.

Quick to charge.

Light weight but a bit awkward.  The speaker is large in shape but easy to carry. 7.5oz

It’s also easy to control during the day but difficult at night when making quick adjustments to the audio.  I would like to see different colored buttons.

The clip is very plasticky and while it hasn’t failed during my testing it does bend a great deal and doesn’t inspire the greatest of confidence.

When it comes to audio quality; very clear but with little bass.  It’s loud but not super loud and I would have a hard time hearing the audio in winds over 20 mph.

Connection strength to the Bluetooth isn’t as strong as some of the other bluetooth speakers that I have tested but it’s adequate. Because this speaker is waterproof, the additional shielding is likely to blame.

So what is my verdict: All in all this is a great speaker. Good quality, slightly awkward form factor but it is light weight.


Friday, April 10, 2015

Lone Wolf Mountain Project 1 : Temporary Fencing




Today Susan and I are working at Lone Wolf Mountain on a temporary fencing project.  Thank you for joining us.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Mammut Creon Light 32 - Preview




Today we are taking a look at the Mammut Creon Light 32 liter pack.



http://www.mammut.ch/en/productDetail/251002470_v_3196_45/Creon-Light.html

Retail price : $159.95

Salso Iron Color Red.
Dark Spirit Iron Green.

Comes in three sizes;

25L
32L
45L

 2 lbs. 2 oz.; 32 liters

The 4 STREAM system eliminates all the disadvantages of existing air space suspension systems: rising hot air can escape upwards, the balance point is closer to the body & packing is easier

The 3-level back system can be easily adjusted to suit the length of the wearer's back. Height-adjustable lid with internal and external pocket

Side zip access to the main compartment. 1 large stretch front pocket. 2 stretch side pockets. 2 pole carriers with tubular sheath. Pocket on the hip belt

Lateral compression straps, can also be tensioned at the front to carry gear. Hydration system compatible


Sunday, April 5, 2015

Viewer's Choice : April 2015 - Overnight Adventure





Before you are the voting options for our next Overnight Adventure.

Packs : 

Black Diamond Axis 33

Mammut Creon Light 32

Gregory Savant 58

Arc’teryx Alpha FL 45


Shelters :

Snugpack Ionosphere

REI Cirque 2p

Golite Shangri-la 3p

Nemo Losi 2p

Marmot Titan 2

Stoves : 

Canister Stove
Fire
Alcohol 

Solid Fuel