The WP Extreme Cold Weather Glove were provided by Sealskinz for review purposes. Sealskinz is “a Great British company”. I love the motto of the company “Necessity – The mother of invention.” Their product line consists of hats, gloves and socks. They were the first company to use a three-layer patented technology in their hats, gloves, and socks.
These gloves have a tab to help when putting on the gloves. There is a strap with hook and loop design to secure the gloves once on your hand. To read more about the Sealskinz WP Cold Weather Glove please click here.
MSR provided the MSR Dyna-lock Explore Backcountry Poles for review purposes.
In my last update of the MSR Dyna-lock poles I will dig deeper into the differences in using summer and winter baskets. I hope to show why the more you use these poles the better you may like them. I will explain the reasons that caused the annoying things that happened on the trail.
I will explain how my poles become an extension of my body while hiking. The hiking conditions I encountered during the test period forced me to make a choice between wearing traction may depend of the confidence I have in my poles to prevent me from sliding and falling.
The MSR Dyna-lock Explore Backcountry Poles were provided by for review purposes.
The New England weather is crazier than ever but hiking with the MSR Dyna-lock Explore poles made it easier and safer. The ground being frozen during this period was constant. The snow cover varied from near bare to about six inches of snow. Most Wednesdays I hike in Harold Parker forest with a group of hikers for at least two hours. With about 35 miles of trails there is a lot of variety. I also did some local walks.
In this update I will relate my experiences with the baskets. There are adjustments to make my hiking more efficient. I show you why I like the locking mechanism of the Dyna-lock Explore Backcountry Poles. To me there is nothing better than quick and easy, especially when it is 20 F.
I have not seen that much difference in poles weights for most good poles. These poles are a couple ounces lighter than the ones I have used for many years and I can’t tell the difference especially in winter with the extra weight of clothing. To read more please click here.
MSR provided the Dyna-lock Explore Backcountry Poles for review purposes
As a regular hiker that enjoys hiking I find a lot to like about the MSR Dyna-lock Explore Backcountry Poles. They are quick and easy to use. For many years I hiked without sticks or poles. I even witnessed other hikers having nasty falls, but still did not believe it could happen to me.
Then near the end of a hike, I turned my body before thinking of the consequences. I was off balance, falling, with nothing to hold onto and I fell hard. From that point on, I used sticks and then poles on all my hikes.
In this review I hope to explain why I think I will like using the MSR Explore poles on all my hikes. I will explain the comfort and the ease of making adjustments. Since I hike year round, I will have that option with the summer and winter baskets that are included with the Explore poles.
Comfort is an important part of enjoying hiking. Comfortable grips prevent the hands from fatigue and pain or sometimes blisters. Sometimes the length of poles need adjusting during the hike as trail conditions change. To continue reading, please click here.
Timber Ridge provided the XL Padded Zero Gravity chair for review.
I continued to use the Timber Ridge XL Padded Zero Gravity chair during this period for reading, using a laptop computer, meditation, and naps. The weather improved in this period but the humidity remained high and uncomfortable. I also received a couple inquiries I will explain further. The first inquiry asked me if I thought this chair was good for their back. That is a question I cannot answer. I can say that I had back issues about 15 years ago. There are chairs and beds that are not comfortable for me, however I did not experience any back problems when using this chair. What I know for sure is that it worked well for my back.
The Zero Gravity arrived in a cardboard box with minimal markings and shipping information. The packaging comprised of a cardboard box, a thin plastic bag covering the chair and two Styrofoam blocks for secure transportation. glue and tape to hold the cardboard box together.
I slid the chair out of the box. I then picked up the chair from the back, the armrests slid down part way. I stepped to one side of the chair, and while holding the top of the back of chair, I applied a slight amount of pressure on the armrest until the armrests were sloping slightly upward toward the front of the chair. This is the normal chair position. I sat in the chair, checked that the locking mechanism under the armrests were released, put my feet on the front part of the chair near the floor and pushed forward to move the chair into the reclining positions. In the extended position my head was higher than my feet. The locks are easy to apply and as a recliner the chair can accommodate a wide range of positions.
Timber Ridge provided the XL Padded Zero Gravity chair for review.
Timber Ridge XL Padded Zero Gravity chair
This period has been hot, hazy and humid. Hot here is high 80s to high 90s. Along with a humidity of 85-90%. I will look at the cup holder, and how I used the Timber Ridge XL Padded Zero Gravity chair.
Being left-handed, I noticed the mounting hardware for the cup is on the right side. The cup holder mounting bracket is mounted on a support arm. It appears the support arm on the right and left side are the same. This is not a big deal, but having the option of a cup holder on the left would be nice for left-handed people and those who have lost use of their right hand.
I can position the cup holder in two positions, vertical for the sitting position of the chair and tilted for when the chair is in recliner mode.
The inside diameter and height of the cup holder is about 3.5 in (8.9 cm). There is a slot on the cup holder to accommodate cups with handles.
I looked around my house and found only two cups that did not fit the cup holder. One was an old style Dunkin-Donuts plastic coffee cup, and the other was a clear plastic cup that was a little too big. I also tried cups and water bottles of various heights. I had a handless coffee cup that was 11 in height and a water bottle was also about 11 in (27.9 cm) height and it held a Liter of fluid. I would not want to use cups more than 11 in (27.9 cm) high in this holder.
I am a left hander that can use my right hand for this kind of maneuvering. I have tried using the cup while sitting and while in the extended position. I had no problems.To read more please click here.