Outdoor Retailer: “Super-Charged” Solar Phone Cases from Secur

Technology of the future? It sure seems that way at Outdoor Retailer 2014! Secur has a new line of solar-integrated battery cases for smartphones in development–and they aren’t afraid to show it! This new technology allows smartphone users to charge their devices anywhere using advanced photovoltaic cells built into a sturdy case that attaches to the …

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Outdoor Retailer: Get Your Gear Fix On! (Day 2)

Every year, the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market attracts thousands of exhibitors, vendors, buyers, and industry representatives to Salt Lake City for four full days of intense tradeshow interactions. The Summer OR is a place where new brands are often launched, incredible progress is made for existing brands, and investment decisions are made. Not to mention, …

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Outdoor Retailer: SteriPEN’s 2015 Lineup

The Outdoor Retailer Summer 2014 show is certainly underway!  Many companies have begun to unveil new and modified lines of products, including SteriPEN, an innovative brand that specializes in UV water treatment devices.  Here are some of the new updates and details about the current line of products that SteriPEN will officially include in its …

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How to Make Hammock Camping More Comfortable: 5 Tips

Over the course of my years of camping and backpacking, I’ve heard many reasons why people shy away from hammock camping as a reliable alternative to the traditional tent. To this very day, many people still scoff at the idea of hammocking instead of tenting. However, this mindset is gradually changing, with more and more …

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Review: ENO HouseFly Rain Tarp

I don’t know about you, but I LOVE sleeping in a hammock.  If you’ve yet to try it, I highly suggest that you give it a go!  Although you battle cold air once in a while, I find that sleeping in a hammock becomes more and more comfortable with every night. Even more than hammocking, …

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Review: IceMule Classic Cooler

Overview The IceMule Classic is an adaptable leak-proof cooler for outdoor enthusiasts.  Whether you are heading out on the rivers of Wisconsin, camping at a state park in Georgia, or off-roading in Colorado, the IceMule suits a variety of different recreational lifestyles! (Check out a video review of the Ice Mule here.) Quality/Durability The IceMule …

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Roundup: Black Creek Trail Articles and Resources on Tripleblaze

Throughout the past few months, Tripleblaze has been able to develop and publish a variety of articles about one of Mississippi’s best-kept backpacking secrets: the Black Creek Trail.  This 42-mile trail was an unexpected surprise to us as a scenic, remote, and little-traveled route for winter backpacking and hiking in the Southeast. Recently, we’ve made …

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Interview: Caving Resources and Information for the Upper Midwest

We have had the incredible opportunity to correspond with Jennifer Redell, Cave & Mine Specialist for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, about caving activities in the Upper Midwest as a form of recreation.  As caves continue to see more and more activity, her expertise has proven useful in providing us with additional resources and …

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Review: Grand Trunk Travel Pillow

You’re out camping in Yellowstone National Park.  It’s getting late, and the fire is burning down to some glowing embers.  As the conversation softens, your eyelids also begin to grow heavy, and you think of your cozy tent off in the corner of the campsite.  Lucky for you, a warm sleeping bag and a soft …

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Review: Purinize Water Purifer Solution

Purinize.  Heard of it before? Water treatment products have taken huge strides forward in the past five years in terms of technology, innovation, and effectiveness. Purinize is one of these new products that offers an intriguing twist to water treatment.  It is the only water treatment solution that I have heard of that touts itself as …

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Review: Gobi Gear’s Hoboroll

Have you ever been frustrated when packing for a camping, backpacking, mountain-biking, or hiking trip?  Maybe you’ve had issues figuring out what to pack, how to organize it, or where to put it all? As recreationalists, we are always looking for a way to travel with less weight and size to our luggage.  I believe …

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Interview: Understanding Cave Closures and White-Nose Syndrome

Jennifer Redell is a Cave & Mine Specialist for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) and the Bureau of Natural Heritage Conservation.  The photos included here are from caving activities of guided groups in Southeastern Minnesota that demonstrate ethical caving activities in areas free from White-Nose Syndrome. Tripleblaze: In 2013, what caused an increase in cave closures (permanent/temporary) throughout …

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Review: Granite Rocx Tahoe Backpack

Are you a commuter, student, or hiker that could use a dependable daypack? Look no further than the Granite Rocx Tahoe! The Tahoe is a casual 35-liter pack that combines simplicity of design with fantastic functionality.  It is the only pack in its class that includes a cooler, bottom straps, and the ability to hold …

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