Platypus Origin 9 Hydration pack Update

Pack from behind So how has this pack performed over the last month? In a word “Great”! I have posted the second of three installments to this review and invite you to read it here.

http://4alloutdoors.org/reviews/packs/platypus-origin-9-hydration-pack/

Dave (the turtle) Wilkes

Final Update: Tech4o Accelerator Pro Plus Watch

TECH4O Watch Another month has gone by and I have been enjoying the Tech4o watch during my fitness walks, hikes, and walks at the beach. I am very familiar with the settings/functions now and I rarely need to reference the manual. 

Read my final update on the Tech4o Accelerator Pro Plus Watch here.

Jenn K.

Aquapac Waterproof Camera Pouch a last look

Review by Arnie P

attached with HMG 2011 Windrider straps

Aquapac camera pouch attached with HMG 2011 Windrider straps

I am so glad that the Aquapac compact camera pouch (021) can be used in dry conditions as well as wet ones. As mentioned in my last report, my new backpack is smaller and I am finding the Aquapac compact camera pouch may provide some of the space I lost when going to a much lighter and somewhat smaller backpack. My plan is to put into the Aquapac compact camera pouch a lot of the smaller items that I want have access to while hiking as well as items that need to be kept dry.  To read more.

Ther-A-Rest Alpine down blanket a last look

Review by Arnie P

Alpine blanket with woman's Prolite

Alpine blanket with woman's Prolite

This has been a productive month for me in terms of improving my gear situation.  I did receive, from Therm-A-Rest, the snap kit which consisted of 4 male snap tabs and 4 female snap tabs.  The instructions call for mounting the tabs directly onto the air mattress to correspond with mating tabs on the blanket.  Since I was really pleased with the way the Alpine was secure at the foot end of the blanket, I decided that I would not use snaps on the end.  Then I thought of making a strap consisting of a matching set of snaps attached to something.  My wife had a piece of 7/8 in wide quilt binding tape in her sewing supplies.  I cut a piece 18 ½ in long and sewed the snaps on with nylon thread.  It was not very pretty, but it was good enough to try.  My plan was to use the strap for the middle set of snaps on the Alpine blanket.  It seemed to work well when I tried it on my air pad in the house.

To read more.

Benchmade Mini-Barrage Final Update

This award winning knife has been a very welcome addition to my gear on the trail and everywhere in between over the past three months.  It has been able to handle everything that I have thrown at it.  From some high mileage backpacking trips to coastal saltwater, sand and mud.  Click here to see my final update on the Benchmade Mini-Barrage.  Be sure to check out the entire review if you haven’t had a chance to do so yet.

-Kaleb R.

 

Geigerrig Rig 1200 camo

Author using Rig 1200 on a hot afternoon day hike

Author using Rig 1200 on a hot afternoon day hike

Looking for the best hydration system in the world.  Well according to several reviews and awards, the Geigerrig hydration system fits that bill.  I will be testing the Rig 1200 which features the 3 L engine (bladder).  I have to admit, after one hike I am impressed.  However, this test will cover several months so be sure see how it works out over an extended period of time.  But for now, I leave you the first installment which can be read in full here.

 

Coy Boy