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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Review: 12 Survivors Fixed Blade Knife

Knives are an absolutely essential piece of gear, but when I saw the 12 Survivors Fixed Blade Knife for the first time, my first reaction was one of skepticism.  “A fixed blade knife, in plastic packaging, made by a survival company?”  If I had to put a finger on it, my personal Bear Grylls stigmas and …

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Review: Hama Katoomba 150L Vario Side Sling-Bag

Just looking at the Katoomba 150, you can tell there is more than meets the eye. This DSLR camera sling bag offers a sturdy build from quality materials combined with a clever design, making it perfect for your next adventure. Specs The main compartment is where the magic is. Spacious enough for your DSLR and …

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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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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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Camping Footwear Review: Bokos Sandals

This spring I’ve been testing a unique pair of sandals from Bokos, a small company started by two brothers in Minneapolis. While the distinctive styling may turn some heads, it’s the details that make these sandals truly unique. Bokos Sandals feature one-piece construction, which the company claims provides extreme durability. I haven’t worn mine long …

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Review: ENO DoubleNest Hammock

When it comes to outdoor equipment, Eagles Nest Outfitters, or ENO, has got leisure covered.  I have recently joined the masses and taken ownership of an ENO hammock, a nice adult crib to hang in the trees. Paired with a set of sturdy Atlas Suspension Straps, the worries of the modern world float away in …

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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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Review: Tubbs Xpedition Snowshoe

Tired of being stuck inside because your favorite trails are still covered in a blanket of snow? Hit the trail with Tubbs Xpedition Snowshoe! Specs Designed for backcountry use, the Xpedition is loaded with features that will get you where you want to go, no matter how deep the snow is. The Pro-Step frame is …

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Review: Tubbs FLEX ALP Snowshoe

Just because the meteorologist called for a few inches of snow does not mean you have to abandon your backcountry weekend plans. During a recent winter snowstorm that sent the balmy South into a deep freeze we hit the trail to try out the Tubbs Flex ALP Snowshoes on the snowy slopes of the highest …

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