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Update: Coros LINX helmet

The Coros Linx smart cycling helmet is working great.  I was a little skeptical at first but after using it for over 100 miles I find myself looking forward to using my helmet for a change.  The app part is also improved with a couple of much needed recent updates.  To read the rest of the update please click here.

Coy Boy

First Annual Holiday Gear Guide

Hello Loyal Readers!  Welcome to our first ever Holiday Gear Guide.  We feature products that we have used over the past several months and some of our favorites from our gear closets.  Check out our reviews of cool new items from Thunberbolt Sportswear, GSI and more.  Click here to read on!

Final Update B.Redi Salsa

B.Redi Salsa Relleno

B.Redi Salsa Relleno before cooking

I have used the B.Redi Salsas over the past couple months while out backpacking and they are awesome!  My backpacking partner is my 11 year old daughter with a discriminating palate, and even she loves it.  The salsa is easy to make, provides great flavor and generous portions.  Read on for my full review.

Update: Slumberjack Lapland 20 F sleeping bag

slumberjack lapland 20 F I have used the Slumberjack Lapland 20 F on four overnight trips so far.  I don’t have a lot of new information to add to what I already reported after the first overnight hike but I was able to use the bag in cooler weather.  So I’ll just cut to the chase and focus on that night. To read the rest of the update please click here.
Coy Boy

Yaktrax Run

Review by Arnie P

Yaktrax Run

Yaktrax Run

Yaktrax provided the Run for review purposes.

Yaktrax Run

The name Yaktrax

The company was named after the sure footed Tibetan Yak. The design used was inspired by the observations of a Sherpa striding across snow and icy surfaces in the Himalayas.


The Run consists of the traction part and 2 fabric straps to prevent the Run from detaching while in use. The toe strap is adjustable and ties in with the performance strap which is in the transverse direction of the shoe. The traction for the ball of the foot is 6 carbide spikes. There are also 12 smaller covered spikes on the inside. The heel consists a diamond pattern of 1.4 mm steel coils. There is reflective material on the removable toe strap and the “Y” label on the heel.  To read more please click here.

Princeton Tec Helix Backcountry Rechargeable LED Lantern

This reviewer received the Princeton Tec Helix Backcountry Rechargeable LED Lantern for review purposes.  From here on out I will refer to it as “the lantern”.  Due to a planned vacation up north, I was unable to complete the initial review before I got a chance to utilize the lantern in the field. Click here for Full Review