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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

HydraPak Stow 1L

HydraPac Stow 1L Follow along as I put the new HydraPak Stow 1L bottle through the paces.  It is not listed on the Hydrapak website yet and it came without instructions but it’s basically a collapsible water bottle .  If I needed instructions on how to use something like this I probably should just stay out of the woods….  to read my Initial Thoughts please click here.

Coy Boy

Tailwind Nutrition

Tailwind Nutrition Follow along as I see how I like Tailwind Nutrition.  It was developed by ultra endurance racer Jeff Vierling as an all-in-one formula to combine hydration, caloric and electrolyte replacement during ultra race events. He was frustrated with the available drinks, gels, and bars that caused stomach issues to the point of hurling in a trash can at the end of his first Leadville 100. After testing several combinations he came up with the current formula with the intention of using it as his secret weapon, only other athletes saw his results and wanted in on the action.  To read the rest of my first impressions please click here.

Coy Boy

SOL Escape Pro Bivvy

SOL Escape Pro Bivvy I’ll be reviewing the SOL Escape Pro Bivvy for the next few months so follow along to see how it fairs as part of my sleep kit.  In a nutshell the SOL Escape Pro Bivvy is a stand alone 50 F sleeping bag or it will add 15 F warmth to a sleeping bag. It is waterproof but said to be highly breathable.  Testing will reveal how it actually performs.  To read my initial thoughts please click here.

Coy Boy

Final Update High Sierra Tokopah 6.0

high sierra tokopa 6.0 The High Sierra Tokopah has been a faithful companion on all my bike rides save my recumbent which has a seat that wouldn’t allow me to wear the hydration pack.  So, I only rode the recumbent twice all summer. But that’s neither here nor there as far as how the test went.  To read the report including my final thoughts please click here.

Coy Boy