Knives are tools. They can be used to cut open packaging, sharpen a firestick or cut steak at dinner. Helle is a Norwegian knife company that creates amazing knives, and I am fortunate enough to be reviewing their Bleja knife. It is one of two folding knives that they make. Click HERE to read the rest of my initial thoughts on this sweet knife.
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Owner Review by Arnie P
Hyperlite Mountain Gear Echo II Ultralight Shelter System
I first backpacked in 2005. In 2011, I learned I had back problems. If I were to continue backpacking, I needed to lighten my load. This is how I found the Hyperlite Mountain Gear Echo II Ultralight Shelter System.
My search began for an ultralight tent. I looked for a double wall tent, 1 or 2 person, under 2 lbs, durable, made in New England. Over the years, I have hiked and camped in many areas of the US and eastern Canada. Through experience I have learned what to desire in a tent design. With that in mind, I also wanted this tent to protect me from insects, including tics, and to be good in high humidity at most temperatures. After a lot of INTERNET researching, I found that Hyperlite Mountain Gear, in Biddeford Maine, designed and manufactured tents. They seemed to have what I was looking for in a tent. Since it was an expensive product, I made a visit to the factory. To read more please chick here.
I reviewed the SAXX Quest 2.0 a while back and really liked them. So we approached SAXX to see if we could review their a pair of underwear from their BlackSheep Merino Wool line up. I was the lucky writer that was selected. I am looking forward to this review – click HERE for my initial thoughts on the SAXX Blacksheep Boxer Briefs.
Testing at the Wildlife Management Area
There is a wildlife management area located just north of where I live. Each year thousands of tundra swans, snow geese and other waterfowl gather on the man-made lake there to await the perfect time for their journey north. I just checked. 70,000 snow geese were counted today. (How do they make those counts?) More are expected tomorrow. They come every February, congregate on the lake and eat the leftover corn from surrounding fields. One day in late March, one of the geese sounds the call, and they are all gone. Woosh! Like that! Off to their breeding grounds in the tundra. I tested the KEYHOLE Hands-Free Carry System for Cameras and Binoculars by Backcountry Solutions to view the snow geese and ducks at the lake and surrounding ponds.
The The KEYHOLE Hands-Free Carry System for Cameras and Binoculars by Backcountry Solutions was tested by the reviewer while driving and hiking. It was found to be comfortable and allowed easy, quick access to the binoculars. To read the review, please go here.
I have used the Epson ProSense 57 watch for over 400 miles worth of adventuring and it has performed well. It is easy to operate and does a nice job of tracking my hiking and running activities. Durability seems solid. The only nit pick is the battery life. Click HERE to read my full update.
I have used the Dripo Cold Brew Coffee System over the past couple months to make my morning coffee and my husband has taken the Dripo system backpacking and car camping. The system took a little bit to learn, but once I figured it out, I had great cold brew coffee. Click HERE to read my review.