Sanuk Rasta Sidewalk Surfers

Several months ago I noticed an ad for a pair of Sanuk shoes in Outside magazine and I was instantly drawn to find out more. Shortly thereafter I got a chance to pick up a pair of Rasta Pouch shoes at Outdoor Retailer and I’ve been rocking them hard ever since! Right off the bat …

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Salomon Quest 4D GTX Hiking Boot Review

The “quest” for the perfect backpacking boot has led me down several paths.  First was a pair of Merrell boots; I thought those boots were great because they didn’t slip or rub on my heels.  Still, by the end of an 8-mile hike in Canyonlands National Park (the Needles District) I was limping.  My pinky …

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Pack Piñata Dry Bear Bag Review

In south Florida the only animal I have really had to worry about stealing my food is the occasional raccoon, but with my spring break and summer plans in bear country I figured I couldn’t go wrong investing in a bear bag system. Enter the Pack Piñata by Pacific Outdoor Equipment. This high quality waterproof …

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The Latest Camping and Hiking Tech from Outdoor Retailer

We got a chance to see thousands of camping and hiking products at the Outdoor Retailer tradeshow in Salt Lake City, UT last month and one thing was clear: there is some serious technology behind the latest and greatest outdoor gear. Some of the booths felt like science labs with experiments and demonstrations showing warmer, …

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FreeWaters Sandals: Magic Carpet Review

Don’t you just love the summer? Even though it may feel like the season is nearly over, there’s still officially another month on the calendar which means I plan to stay in flip flops for at least another 30 days. Good thing I found the Magic Carpet sandals from FreeWaters this year – this is …

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Bamboo Water Bottle @ Outdoor Retailer 2010

The Bamboo Bottle booth had a ton of buzz around it at Outdoor Retailer so we decided to see what was up. The Bamboo Bottle Company produces exactly what you’d expect: bamboo water bottles. Or, sorta. The water bottle is actually made of glass and is wrapped in a bamboo cylinder. We gotta admit though, …

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Geocaching GPS for Kids

Earlier this month we traveled to Salt Lake City for the Outdoor Retailer trade show and came across a ton of new camping and hiking products to share. The geomate.jr is a simple, kid-friendly GPS unit that’s designed to make geocaching easy (based on the logo we suspect the geocaching.com folks are heavily involved in …

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Jacket + Tent + Sleeping Bag = JakPak

Here’s a new camping/hiking product you may not have seen before: The JakPak. Although the name implies a jacket backpack, this thing is actually part jacket, part tent, and part sleeping bag. Waterproof and breathable fabric make this a super versatile 3 season jacket where the “sleeping bag” folds down and the “tent” comes out …

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Hi-Tec V-Lite Snowflake Chukka 200i Review

The Look The V-Lite Snowflake Chukka 200i is, in my opinion, the best looking boot offered in Hi-Tec’s Winter 2010 outdoor insulated footwear lineup.  Although I’m not usually a brown shoe wearer, I chose the honey/sable/taupe color, and it’s actually working for me. Hopefully next year this boot will be available in some combination of …

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GPS Enabled Footwear

Now I’ve heard of almost everything. GTX Corp was recently awarded three patents that cover GPS location devices embedded in footwear. Although it appears most of the applications are in running shoes for now, it’s not much of a stretch to imagine hiking boots with integrated GPS chips in the near future… The GTX technology …

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Garmin Colorado 400t GPS Review

These days it’s rare for me to head out for a hike without a GPS unit in tow and over the past few weeks I’ve been putting the Garmin Colorado 400t through its paces. The Colorado 400t is a rugged, high powered, and full featured GPS that’s ready for any adventure you can dream up. …

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GearPods Backcountry Emergency Survial Kit Review

Here’s a super cool product for 2010 that we’re filing under why-didn’t-someone-think-of-this-before: GearPods. GearPods is essentially a modular adventure gear system that’s perfect for outdoor activities like hiking, mountain biking, kayaking, or even trail running. The “pods” are interlocking tubes that sorta look like those vacuum tubes they use at the bank or Home Depot …

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Yosemite Sam Wants His Beard Back!

Here’s a cool gift idea for anyone who will be spending time outdoors this winter: The Beard Head. This machine-washable, wool/acrylic face mask should keep your head and face warm in all but the most blustery conditions. There are several color combos to choose from including “viking,” “pirate,” and “lumberjack.” I vote for a new …

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