Author Archives: Coy

CreekKooler 30 Qt cooler

CreekKooler Follow along as I test the limits of this interesting cooler concept called the CreekKooler.  Basically a floating 30 qt  cooler you can pull behind a canoe or kayak, freeing up valuable onboard space.  You can read all about the maiden voyage by clicking here.

Coy Boy

Ottolock bike lock: Final Update

Ottolock bike lock I kept waiting for something exciting to happen before submitting my last update but alas, living in a small town in rural Alabama did not afforded any such opportunity. Also, once the weather turned cold I did not ride a whole lot so there were fewer opportunities for theives to strike.  To read the rest of my final thought please click here.

Coy Boy

Tailwind Nutrition Final Update

Tailwind Nutrition I used the Tailwind Nutrition for several long day hikes, and a couple of overnight hikes. I only used it on one long ElliptiGo ride, I kept busting spokes on what seemed like every other ride and finally sold it. So while not an ultra runner or athlete by any stretch of the imagination, my goal was to find out how well it helped me maintain my energy and if it would keep me from having cramps afterwards. I am pleased to say it did a very good job for both. To read my final thoughts please click here.

Coy Boy

HydraPac Stow 1L Update

I have been using the HydraPac Stow 1L while overnight backpacking as well as while day hiking for exercise.  It has worked well but I did find it more difficult to get in and out of the side water bottle pockets on my backpack and from the water bottle pockets on my waist pack or vest. To read the rest of my update please click here.  

Coy Boy

Final Update: SOL Escape Pro Bivvy

SOL Escape Pro Bivvy I wanted to establish what I consider the lower limits of the SOL Escape Pro Bivvy.  I’m not talking about survival either, just how cold I could  manage without risking making myself sick.  After testing it down to 36 F I believe I found my limit.  Put it this way, I will not be trying it in anything colder than this unless I’m in a true survival situation.  On the plus side, I was surprised at just how warm I was able to stay on a very windy and cold night.  To read the rest of the update please click here (and scroll down).

Coy Boy

Update: SOL Escape Pro Bivvy

SOL Escape Pro bivvy I wanted to test the SOL Escape Pro Bivvy at the lowest temperature it was recommended but this did not happen for several weeks after receiving it. Then I had to work when it did finally drop to 50° F. Fortunately, it was even cooler the next night and I was able to go on a short overnight hike. The following will be a pretty detailed report of how the bivvy worked as the temperature dropped during the night.  To read all about it please click here.

Coy Boy