It was a bit unusual in Maine this past winter. We had plenty of snow, and at times too much. So much that ice fishing derbies were cancelled. Not much ice most of the winter, since the snow never melted off and re-froze. That’s great in a way, but not so great when it comes to reviewing ice gear. I had the opportunity to review the Hillsound Trail Crampon Pros, and found lack of ice made that difficult. Check out what I found so far HERE.
Maine in the winter is cold, snowy and long. Sometimes getting outdoors isn’t very easy to do. I enjoy snowshoeing, and don’t mind the snow. I’m not crazy about bitter cold and ice though. Hillsound may have provided some relief from the ice – now if they could do something about the cold. The Trail Crampon Pro’s offer some very aggressive ice crampons that make being outdoors less slippery and much more enjoyable. Follow along for my initial thoughts, and then check back next month for a follow up. Click Here to read on.
But where is our snow?
I received the LOWA Maine GTX boots for review purposes, and am anxious to try them out. We really do need some snow, and hopefully will have some before too long. The boots look like high top sneakers, but are designed for wearing in the snow and cold. With uppers made from Waxed Cotton Canvas/Polyester/Full Grain Leather and a lining that is waterproof and includes GORE-TEX®, I am very curious as too how they will do. Click HERE to read more about them.
I’ve been checking out the GFB – Gluten Free Bar over the last month or so. I’m impressed with the thought that has gone into these bars, and the taste. The healthiest food in the world probably won’t get eaten if it doesn’t taste good. Read about what I’ve found while eating them. Check out my review HERE.
GFB was provided for review purposes.
Not sure how many of you are as frustrated as I am (and sleepy) because it gets dark so early, and stays dark so long. Here in Maine, its pitch dark by 4:30 pm, and still dark at 7:00 am. Not only does this cut into my outdoor time, it makes doing anything outdoors more difficult. Have you ever walked a mostly black dog in the dark? She’s off leash and hard to spot, that’s for sure. Thankfully, the COAST FL70 Headlamp has rescued me from stumbling around in the dark. I wear it while walking the dogs, while trying to see into dark spaces and keep it with me while driving in bad weather.
Layering has been long recommended as a way to maintain appropriate body temperature, no matter what the weather conditions throw at you. These new Baffin Inferno base layers, might just be the perfect solution! So far, I’ve found them to be comfortable and ‘just right’ as far as temperature control. Our weather has been a bit warmer than usual, but I’m sure that’ll change soon – it is Maine after all. To read the first part of my review, with description, click HERE.
Baffin provided the Inferno Top and Bottom Layers for review purposes.