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Timber Ridge XL Padded Zero Gravity chair

Review by Arnie P

Timber Ridge XL Padded Zero Gravity chair

Timber Ridge XL Padded Zero Gravity chair

Timber Ridge XL Padded Zero Gravity chair provided for review.

Timber Ridge XL Padded Zero Gravity chair

The Timber Ridge XL Padded Zero Gravity chair 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. To read more please click here.

Oboz Men’s Bridger Mid B-dry hiking boots

Review by Arnie P

Oboz Men’s Bridger Mid B-dry hiking boots

Oboz Bridger Mid B-dry hiking boots

The Oboz Men’s Bridger Mid B-dry hiking boots were provided by for review.

Oboz Men’s Bridger Mid B-dry hiking boots

This report is several days late. I could not get my gout swollen foot to fit into my boots. The weather has been unpredictable for this time of the year, going from hot and humid to hot and dry, then the next day the temperature drops to 50 F and rain. I was in Harold Parker for three of the Wednesday group hikes. I used the Oboz boots while I planted my garden. Then I had the job of maintaining my yard after a winter that damaged a lot of trees and shrubs. When the rest of the equipment was replaced in the gym, it was time to test my boots again. Also time for the last word on tying the boots. To read more please click here.

 

Oboz Men’s Bridger Mid B-dry hiking boots

Review by Arnie P

Bridger Mid B-dry in the woods

Oboz Bridger Mid B-dry hiking boots in the woods

Oboz Men’s Bridger Mid B-dry hiking boots

The Oboz Men’s Bridger Mid B-dry hiking boots were provided by for review.

It’s been a good month for trying out the Oboz Bridger Mid B-dry hiking boots. What I wear on my feet is my most important gear. Since I have sensitive feet, I stop when problems develop with my feet. There was a lot of good weather, so I hiked in Harold Parker State Forest several times and walked in my community. I go to the gym several times a week and to a few other events. The performance and comfort of these boots is great. To read more please click here.

Oboz Men’s Bridger Mid B-dry hiking boots

Review by Arnie P

The Oboz Men’s Bridger Mid B-dry hiking boots were provided by for review.

Oboz Men’s Bridger Mid B-dry hiking boots

Oboz Men’s Bridger Mid B-dry hiking boots

Oboz Men’s Bridger Mid B-dry hiking boots

The Men’s Bridger Mid B-dry hiking boots come in the colors Sudan, Black, Scotch Brown, and Shale Gray. Sizes available are 7-12 in half sizes, and 13, 14. This boot is available in a normal and wide width. The boot is Mid cut covering the ankle. There is added material at the toe for protection. The heel is rounded which I believe helps my stability on the trail. The top of the boot sloped down toward the heel end of the boot. This helps in putting on the boot. All the lacing loops are raised and are closed except for the top pair. The bottom 2 pair are fabric loops, followed by 2 pair of metal and a fifth pair of fabric. The very top pair are open metal hooks. The upper part of the boots is made with a waterproof, breathable membrane. To read more please click here.

Craft Drama Wool Comfort Zip M

Review by Arnie P

Craft Drama Wool Comfort Zip M

Craft Drama Wool Comfort Zip M

Craft Drama Wool Comfort Zip M

The Craft Drama Wool Comfort Zip M was provided the for review.

In March I used the Craft Drama Wool Comfort Zip M during three or four northeasters in the form of snowstorms. There was a lot of nasty weather to be spending outdoors shoveling snow. I also hiked in Harold Parker and went to the gym. I have been to a few indoors activities where the temperature changed a lot from too cold to too hot. To read more please click here.

Hyperlite Mountain Gear Echo II Ultralight Shelter System

Owner Review by Arnie P

Echo II NH Forest Oct 11, 2014

Hyperlite Mountain Gear Echo II Ultralight Shelter System

I first backpacked in 2005. In 2011, I learned I had back problems. If I were to continue backpacking, I needed to lighten my load. This is how I found the Hyperlite Mountain Gear Echo II Ultralight Shelter System.

My search began for an ultralight tent. I looked for a double wall tent, 1 or 2 person, under 2 lbs, durable, made in New England. Over the years, I have hiked and camped in many areas of the US and eastern Canada. Through experience I have learned what to desire in a tent design. With that in mind, I also wanted this tent to protect me from insects, including tics, and to be good in high humidity at most temperatures. After a lot of INTERNET researching, I found that Hyperlite Mountain Gear, in Biddeford Maine, designed and manufactured tents. They seemed to have what I was looking for in a tent. Since it was an expensive product, I made a visit to the factory. To read more please chick here.