Countdown to Valentine’s Day 2011: Day 1

By Suzanne

With only one week left before Valentine’s Day 2011, you may be finding yourself suddenly in a bind for something special for your Valentine before the big day arrives. You want to find something to show them you care, but not something that screams that you waited until the last minute. I’ll be honest. I am struggling to find something for my husband. So, in an effort to make the last minute rush a bit easier on both of us, I’m going to post a Valentine idea every day between today and the 14th along with why I think it would make a great gift no matter if your outdoor loving Valentine is male or female, the love of your life or your best friend, or just someone you want to do something special for.

Wonder Warmers (Size Small)

First up for Countdown 2011 is the budget friendly Wonder Warmers from Coming in at only $14.95 for a set of two small warmers, they would make a great gift for your Valentine. Combine them with a sweet card and you’ll be good to go. To read more about the Wonder Warmers, go check out my full review on them here.

Reasoning: When you aren’t there to keep their hands nice and warm, the Wonder Warmers are a great stand in to fill the void until you come back.

Stay tuned for tomorrow’s Countdown to Valentine’s Day 2011 idea #2!

Final Update: Badger SPF 30 Unscented Face Stick

Badger SPF 30 Face Stick

During the past few weeks the rain has ceased, therefore I got to spend more time in the sunshine enjoying my favorite activities. I even got to spend some time enjoying the snow (believe it or not, we have snow in Southern California).

The Badger Face Stick has not let me down for protecting my cheeks, nose and ears.

Read about it here.

Jenn K.

Kahtoola MICROspikes

bottom view Kahtoola

bottom view Kahtoola

Review by Arnie P

The MICROspikes were provided by Kahtoola for the purpose of this review.
I am a big fan of light weight traction devices. Over the past several years I have used 4 different types of traction devices. The MICROspikes I got about 3 years ago are still in excellent shape, with no signs of rust or wear. The only noticeable change is that the elastomer is a dull red and not shiny anymore. This review will be about the new MICROspikes I received, but I will be noting any differences I find.  To read more.

MEC Tace jacket

Review by Arnie P

trailhead Blueberry Mountain

trailhead Blueberry Mountain

The MEC (Mountain Equipment CO-OP) Tace jacket was provided for review purposes.

This past month was very good in terms of weather, and three great hiking days to put the Tace jacket through a lot of varied conditions. The three hikes consisted of Bald Mountain/Artist bluff combination, Blueberry Mountain, and Lincoln Woods – all in New Hampshire.  To read more.

Winter Outdoor Retailer News

Today, January 19th is the first day of the Winter ‘show’.  Today is the day that all those lucky attendees get to try out some winter gear.  Many of the outdoor gear companies are there, with with some of their new and cool gear, offering demos, information and usually the opportunity to try things out.  Danielle, and Dave are there, ready to see what’s new.  Starting tomorrow, they will be meeting with the company reps at the Salt Palace in Salt Lake City.  They’ll be posting updates and pictures, so you can see what’s coming.

What they see over the next 4 days, is what we’ll be reviewing, and you’ll be seeing in stores over the next year.   Grab a cup of something warm, and stay tuned!   Check for updates on Twitter: @4alloutdoors  and Facebook:

Check out these cool snowshoes for women!

MSR Women's Lightning Axis Snowshoes Cascade designs has some new technology in their snowshoes line-up.  The MSR Women’s Lightning Axis Snowshoes  has the first bilateral binding adjustment to correct toe in or toe out stride. Their new binding technology called SpeedLock, is designed to set the binding up at home and then at the trail just kick your foot in, adjust the heel strap and you are ready to go.

 Read more about the Women’s Lightning Axis Snowshoes here.

By Jenn K.