First look at the Krimson Klover Nordic Snowflake Hat

I am excited to review the Krimson Klover Nordic Snowflake Hat.  Winter has descended on Virginia and I am hopeful that this hat will keep me warm and stylish over the next few months.

Krimson Klover is a company that focuses on using bold colors and using natural materials. Their style is athletic, and for those who love to travel. The mission at Krimson Klover is to “craft apparel that makes you look good and feel good using natural, sustainable fibers and responsible manufacturing with a commitment to supporting women.” 

You can read the rest of my initial thoughts on the Krimson Klover Nordic Snowflake hat HERE.

First look at the MSR Thu-Link Inline Water Filter

High flow water filters are the latest trend in water filtration for outdoor enthusiasts.  MSR is already a leader in the water filtration realm and they are adding to their line up with the new MSR Thu-Link Inline Water Filter.  It is a filter that can be placed directly between the users hydration reservoir and the mouth piece for instant filtration on the go or it can used in camp as a gravity filter.  I will be reviewing this new filter over the next couple of months.   You can read my full initial report HERE.

MSR Dyna-lock Explore Backcountry Poles

Review by Arnie P

MSR Dyna-lock Explore Backcountry Poles

MSR provided the Dyna-lock Explore Backcountry Poles for review purposes


As a regular hiker that enjoys hiking I find a lot to like about the MSR Dyna-lock Explore Backcountry Poles. They are quick and easy to use. For many years I hiked without sticks or poles. I even witnessed other hikers having nasty falls, but still did not believe it could happen to me.

Then near the end of a hike, I turned my body before thinking of the consequences. I was off balance, falling, with nothing to hold onto and I fell hard. From that point on, I used sticks and then poles on all my hikes.

In this review I hope to explain why I think I will like using the MSR Explore poles on all my hikes. I will explain the comfort and the ease of making adjustments. Since I hike year round, I will have that option with the summer and winter baskets that are included with the Explore poles.

Comfort is an important part of enjoying hiking. Comfortable grips prevent the hands from fatigue and pain or sometimes blisters. Sometimes the length of poles need adjusting during the hike as trail conditions change. To continue reading, please click here.