Brunton Restore

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Brunton Restore, Image courtesy of Brunton

Have you ever been on a backpacking trip and have your phone  die halfway through the trip, or maybe have your camera batteries die and miss some great photo opportunities? And possibly even worse, have your GPS die and get lost?  Well Brunton has just the device to cure this problem.  Enter the Brunton Restore  otherwise referred to as the Restore throughout the rest of this review.  The Restore is basically a solar powered charger built onto a heavy duty rechargeable battery.  The Restore’s battery can also be charged via a computer USB 2.0 port or through a car power outlet before heading outdoors. To read more please click here.

Coy Boy

Kelty Cosmic Down 20

Kelty says the bag has a zipper draft tube with anti-snag design and it lives up to that claim.  read more

GOLITE Amp Lite Trail Runners Final Update

Shoe in both colors available Trail runners or hiking boot alternative? How about both. I have posted the final installment in my review of these unique shoes and I invite you to follow the link below to read the entire review.

Dave (the turtle) Wilkes

Got Snow? Need to get out and FLEX?

Are you snowed in?  Here in Northern New England, we’ve had some great snow this year!  Makes you want to get out and FLEX those muscles!!  I’ve been using a pair of Tubbs FLEX ALP snowshoes, and getting some exercise, and getting rid of cabin fever.  Check out the review HERE.

Piles of snow in Maine

Piles of snow in Maine

Men's FLEX ALP Snowshoe

Men's FLEX ALP Snowshoe

Countdown to Valentine’s Day 2011: Day 3

Countdown to Valentine's Day 2011: Day 3

Countdown to Valentine's Day 2011: Day 3

By Suzanne

For those of you who have been following 4AllOutdoors this week, you might remember my last Countdown post, Day 2, in which I eluded to a bit of luxury in the next post. Well, here you have it.

Merino Wool.

Yes, that’s right. You, my outdoor loving friend, should really check this out. Buff, the “original multifunction headwear”, released a luxury Buff to their lineup last year and it is dying to be worn by your fashion loving Valentine. Or maybe just the outdoor lover who could use a little sprucing up. (Remember their old, gross headgear piece of choice? Ew. You have to get rid of that.) For those of you who have been living under a rock and have yet to experience a Buff for yourself, the Buff is a super convertible, really long tube of material, merino wool in this case, that easily converts from a neck scarf to an ear warm to a hat to and balaclava and so much more. If you haven’t done so already, you need to go check out the reviews that we have done of Buffs over here.

The idea here is pretty straight forward. For the lady or lad in your life who seemingly has it all, a merino wool Buff, especially in a lovely shade of pink or red, will show them you care by keeping them safe and warm during the bitter cold of winter and by giving them a super easy to pack extra layer no matter what the season. Is your Valentine purely platonic? Then the idea stays the same. As we all know, staying safe in the great outdoors means being prepared for anything. The Buff is lightweight, durable and very easy to stash in a pocket  of your pack or even in a purse for a night on the town.

Coming in at under $35, you can give your Valentine merino wool and look like you spent a fortune. Only you’ll know you didn’t.

Countdown to Valentine’s Day 2011: Day 2 Countdown to Valentine's Day 2011: Day #2 By Suzanne

It’s official. We have less than a week before Valentine’s Day 2011. Yesterday I kicked off the final week with a countdown and some ideas for last minute gift ideas for the special outdoor person in your life.

Today’s suggestion is another budget friendly idea sure to please the nature lover. It’s a two part suggestion.

First up, for those of you with a romantic inclination this year, I’d recommend checking out Elemental Herbs’ All Good Lips (read Danielle’s full review here). If you haven’t figured out why yet, the purpose would be so that they (he or she) can take care of their smackers before you come around to lay one on them. With how much smooching goes on during Valentine’s day, it’s best to be prepared! So even if you already have something in mind, it wouldn’t hurt for you to pick up a tube of All Good Lips so that at least your lips are ready.

Second up is an idea for those of you who are more platonic, but still keeping within the same line as the first idea. If your Valentine is your partner in crime, your trail buddy, or just an all around awesome person to hang with, they likely have complained about aches and pains at some point while you’ve known them. For those folks, I’d check out Badger Balm’s lineup of products, which includes the Sore Joint Rub (check out the review posted here). And here is why I think it’s a good idea that useful yet thoughtful. For all those times that they’ve stuck with you through thick and thin, you don’t want them to hurt in the process. Showing you care about their well being, even if you might find it cheesy, is definitely a sign of a true friend. So cheese it up!

Both products are super affordable at under $10 each (unless you splurge and get the big Badger rub for a whopping $13).

Tomorrow I’ll be adding a piece of luxury for your outdoor friend to the list. Intrigued? Check back to see my next pick!