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Lowa Innox Ice GTX Mid hiking boots

Review by Arnie P

Lowa Innox Ice GTX Mid hiking boots

Lowa Innox Ice GTX Mid hiking boots

Lowa provided the Innox Ice GTX Mid hiking boots for review purposes.

Lowa Innox Ice GTX Mid hiking boots

To me, the boots I wear hiking or backpacking are the most important piece of my gear. Since I do not carry a spare pair of boots, I depend on the boots I am wearing to complete each hike. I have been partial to natural materials like leather and wool, but I have to admit that the synthetic Lowa Innox Ice GTX Mid hiking boots have changed my mind.  During this period, I was doing the same activities as the last period, except the temperatures experienced were as low as 0 F. I have worn these boots everyday with few exceptions.  To read more please click here.

 

Yaktrax Run

Review by Arnie P

Yaktrax Run in Harold Parker Forest

Yaktrax Run in Harold Parker Forest

Yaktrax provided the Run for review purposes.

Yaktrax Run

The latest snow arrived overnight and it was still snowing in the morning. With predictions of the snow turning to rain by noon, I was not inspired to do anything. As the morning progressed, the snow stopped falling and temperatures remained in the mid 20’s. I knew a few ice spots remained from a previous storm. When the snow stopped falling, there was 4-6 inches of snow on the driveway. This was the perfect time to put the Yaktrax Run on before leaving the house. I use a snow scooper to push the snow off the driveway. The extra traction made this a slip free job. I really liked the feel of the carbide spikes. I could feel that the carbide tips were there, but I was still comfortable. I felt stable and confident pushing the snow over the several icy spots.  To read more please click here.

GSI Outdoors Javamill

Review by Arnie P

GSI Outdoors Javamill

GSI Outdoors Javamill

GSI Outdoors provided the Javamill for review purposes.

GSI Outdoors Javamill

I have been using the GSI Outdoors Javamill for over a month with good results. I have been using it at least once in the morning and sometimes during the day. I only went to a coffee shop once this month.

The adjusting took several days since I was only making one cup a day most of the time. My criteria is the amount of coffee sediment at the bottom of my empty cup of coffee. My setting is coarser than the pre-ground I buy. I do that because the filter on a French mill is not as fine as a paper filter.  To read more please click here.

Lowa Innox Ice GTX Mid hiking boots

Review by Arnie P

Lowa Innox Ice GTX Mid hiking boots

Lowa Innox Ice GTX Mid hiking boots

 

 

Lowa provided the Innox Ice GTX Mid hiking boots for review purposes.

Lowa Innox Ice GTX Mid hiking boots

A great month for testing the Lowa Innox Ice GTX Mid hiking boots. It was the boots against the terrain and they won every time. In addition to weekly 2 hour hikes at Harold Parker forest, walks to the senior center, and walks to my shopping center, the boots got a workout at my gym, going up and down stairs, and using a ladder.  To read more please click here.

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.

Description

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.

GSI Outdoors Javamill

Review by Arnie P

GSI Outdoors Javamill

GSI Outdoors Javamill

GSI Outdoors provided the Javamill for review purposes.

GSI Outdoors Javamill

 

The GSI Outdoors Javamill is a hand operated coffee grinder. It is compact when in transit mode. The see-through materials allow for viewing most of the parts. The lightweight Javamill takes up a small amount of space. It fits in my hand and is easy to store in a pack.  To read more please click here.