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First look at the Montane Viper Hoodie

First look at the Montane Viper Hoodie

Montane Viper Hoodie

Fall and winter are my favorite seasons. I like the crisp temperatures, blue skies, and the opportunity to try out new fleeces. This year I will be using the Montane Viper Hoodie – a lightweight hoodie with POLARTEC Thermal Pro Fabric.  You can read my initial thoughts HERE.

First look at the Lander Cairn Lantern + Power Bank

First look at the Lander Cairn Lantern

Lander Cairn Lantern + Power Bank

Lights are essential to our daily lives.  We need portable lights during emergencies to light the way or while camping to see who is going to win the next hand of UNO. Lander has invented the Cairn Lantern + Power Bank to help make portable lighting accessible no matter where you are.  I will be reviewing the Cairn Lantern + Power Bank over the next couple of months.  You can read my initial thoughts HERE.

Final Update – Xero Shoes TerraFlex

Final Update - Xero Shoes TerraFlex

Climbing up the Walls of Jericho to find the source of the waterfalls

I have continued to use the Xero Shoes TerraFlex on my hiking adventures since my last update.  They have been used while hiking rocky hill trails in the Bay Area of California and back here in the Southern parts of the United States.  I have put over 200 miles on the shoes and they continue to look great with just some wear on the triangle shaped lugs on the sole.  For my final thoughts please click HERE.

Final Update on the Gregory Paragon

Final Update Gregory Paragon

Backpacking in Big Basin

Life has been hectic, but I have been able to use the Gregory Paragon pack on two more backpacking trips since my last update – a week long trip with Big City Mountaineers in California and a long weekend trip along the Alabama-Tennessee border.  The Paragon has performed spectacularly – comfort is top-notch; the pack is durable; and it can swallow all my gear including a bear canister and over a week’s worth of food.  You can read my final update HERE.

Final Update – CGear Sandlite Mat

CGear Sandlite Mat

Relaxing on Pensacola Beach

After a summer’s worth of use the CGear Sandlite Mat has become a staple in my outdoor adventure kit. I have used it while car camping, backpacking and on trips to the beach.  It is the perfect size for me to lay out camping gear or to use as a sitting pad on any surface. Click HERE for my final thoughts.

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

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. To read more please click here.