Category: Reviews

Review: TSG Dawn Flex Helmet

Functionality ★★★★★ The Dawn Flex Helmet from TSG is not your ordinary helmet. Unlike most helmets which come pre-molded from the factory, the Dawn Flex uses what TSG calls “FlexTech,” which makes the outer shell flexible so it forms to...

Review: Cotopaxi Luzon Backpack

The Luzon 18L Daypack is as unique as the adventures you can take it on. The designers at Cotopaxi decided that, like snowflakes or fingerprints, no two bags should look the same. So rather than letting a robot decide what...

Review: Korkers Devil’s Canyon Boot

I first saw these boots while cruising the show floor at IFTD 2014. They were the first BOA integrated wading boot I’d seen so they caught my eye. Korkers sent a pair for testing, which I’ve been doing for about a month or...

Review: Salomon X Ultra Mid 2 GoreTex Women’s Hiking Boots

I picked these boots up to get me through a five month trip consisting of hiking, backpacking, car camping, backcountry camping and even horseback riding, and I was blown away by how such a clean-looking, no-frills, inexpensive boot performed. Functionality ★★★★...

Review: SPOT Global Satellite Phone

I tested the phone on a ranch in the rain, under heavy clouds, when the sky was clear, as well as under structures (like an awning). Even in the middle of nowhere in Oklahoma without any cell phone reception, this...

Review: The Jetboil MiniMo

So, you’re an outdoor enthusiast and you’re used to cooking on a large camp stove. Perhaps a Coleman. Great products. Good choice. But, lately, you’ve been thinking about doing some backpacking or just going lighter in general. Solution: the Jetboil...

Review: Liquid Force, the one PFD to rule them all

I spend a fair amount of time on the river, mostly floating with some alcohol involved—legally of course (and no glass). Here’s my thoughts on this jacket. Functionality ★★★★
 This vest is incredibly comfortable and easy to use. The air-prene fabric on...

Review: JOBY Action Jib Kit

We picked up a drone the other day and wanted to get some cool shots of it in action. So I thought what’s a better way to do that than to use the Joby Action Jib Kit? So we got...

Lifestraw: A Must-Have for Backpackers

A relatively new product, Lifestraw is generating a great deal of buzz with backpackers and outdoor lovers, particularly those for whom minimalist hiking is no less than a religion. This lightweight device filters contaminated drinking water making it perfectly safe...

Review: Yeti Tundra 125

Yeti coolers are, perhaps, the most coveted coolers on the market by avid outdoor enthusiasts. When you have one, EVERYONE notices and drools just a little. Why? Because, simply put, they’re a solid investment for any camper, hunter, or weekend...

Review: Selfie on a Stick (Wired)

  We have all become aware of the newest trend in phone photography, the selfie stick. You might think it’s absolutely ridiculous or the best thing that ever happened to your life, but it’s actually becoming a very common go-to...

Review: Shark Classic Clip Watch by Freestyle USA

Functionality ★★★★★ The Shark Classic Clip Watch Style:FS84861 is not your average watch. It has these unique features: 100 Meters Waterproof Displays Time/Day/Date  2 Alarms Heat Timer Chronograph Night Vision Backlight HydroPushers Nylon Strap With Quick Clip Not to mention the Shark Clip is...

Review: Star.21 Fitness Band

Functionality ★★★★ The Oaxis Star.21 is a fitness band that allows the user to track calories, sleep, and fitness goals. It helps kickstart a healthy lifestyle and cultivates long lasting habits. The bracelet is synced via bluetooth with an app called LifeBalanz that...

Review: Audio Technica SonicFuel ATH-CKX5iS

  Functionality ★★★★ These earbuds are the runner’s perfect companion. At first those odd (tail-like?) protrusions, called C-tips, might just seem like a weird gimmick, but combined with the 360° rotating eartips, there’s no way these things are coming out unless you want...

Review: Women’s Thule Guidepost 65L Backpack

Functionality ★★★★ Adjustment was a key focus in the designing of this bag. Not only does the Guidepost have a thickly padded, pivoting hip belt that comes in three sizes, but also padded shoulder straps with three different width settings. The...

Review: Ryders Caliber Sunglasses

Functionality ★★★★ When I first put on the Ryders Caliber sunglasses, I immediately noticed how bright they made everything. The lenses are advertised as brown but when you put them on, they tint your world in a shade of yellow which...