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Final Update: Princeton Tec Axis Headlamp

Princeton Tec Axis

At the finish of the Great Mississippi River Levee Run with my wife and daughter

I have used the Princeton Tec Axis headlamp ultra-running on the Mississippi River Levee, car camping and hiking and it has performed superbly.  The headlamp has proved to be durable and the axis lighting knob is a great feature that allowed me to customize how much light I needed for my activities.  Click HERE to read my full thoughts.

The KEYHOLE Hands-Free Carry System for Cameras and Binoculars by Backcountry Solutions

The KEYHOLE Hands-Free Carry System for Cameras and Binoculars by Backcountry Solutions

I was not familiar with Backcountry products before reviewing the KEYHOLE Hands-Free Carry System for Cameras and Binoculars by Backcountry Solutions. When I first read about the hands-free system for carrying binoculars, my first thought was “Yes, please!” I am a hiker and a birder. When I walk through the woods, I usually carry field glasses with me. I hate the feeling of having a binocular strap handing around my neck. It feels like I am being pulled forward and down. In fact, I usually carry my binoculars with the strap slung over my shoulder. That is not a secure method of transport, I know. I was excited to give the The KEYHOLE Hands-Free Carry System for Cameras and Binoculars by Backcountry Solutions a try.

The KEYHOLE Hands-Free Carry System for Cameras and Binoculars by Backcountry Solutions is basically a harness you wear over your shoulders. The keyhole system is where the binoculars (or camera) are attached to the harness. A bracket screws onto your binoculars at the tripod mount. One end of the bracket slips through the keyhole to secure the binoculars. The harness has two buckles in the front, which is how you take the system off and put it on.

Read the initial review here.

Update on the Salewa Mountain Trainer Boot

Salewa Mountain Trainer Boot

Salewa Mountain Trainers after 50 plus miles of use

I have put over 50 miles on the Salewa Mountain Trainer Boot in the past month exploring the swamps and forests of the Southeastern United States. The boots eat up muddy and rooty trails with ease and provide plenty of ankle protection.  Read on for my full thoughts by clicking HERE.

Update on the Salewa Pedroc Jacket

Update on the Salewa Pedroc Jacket

Styling the Salewa Pedroc Jacket while walking Mia at the Woodlands Conservancy

I did not have to search for Winter in the Southeastern United States this year and I didn’t need to search for opportunities to use the Salewa Polartec Pedroc jacket.  I used it during a 130 mile run from Baton Rouge to New Orleans, for wintery hikes at the Woodlands Conservancy and while camping in national forests in Louisiana and Missippi.  Click HERE to read my full update.

Final Update LOWA Aerox Mid Boot

Final Update LOWA Aerox Mid Boot

A beautiful winter day for a walk in the Jean Lafitte Swamp

I have put over 200 miles on the Lowa Aerox Mid boots while hiking and backpacking in the Southeast, and they have performed well.  They are old tennis shoe comfortable but can still tackle most trail conditions with ease.  Click HERE to read my final update.

Review Craft Drama Wool Comfort Zip M

Review by Arnie P

Craft Drama Wool Comfort Zip M

Craft Drama Wool Comfort Zip M

The Craft Drama Wool Comfort Zip M was provided for review.

Craft Drama Wool Comfort Zip M

The Craft Drama Wool Comfort Zip M is a base layer long sleeve top with a half zipper and a collar. There are bands of ribbing along the outsides of the sleeves and vertical bands on the front and back of the shirt. The location of the vertical bands are right and left of center. The shirt is a solid color with the ribs being lighter. The collar fits well around the neck. I find the height of the collar perfect. The fit around the neck is snug but not tight. The zipper extends down to the sternum on me. This shirt is long for me as it extends about 8 in below my waist. Please click here to read more.