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.

Timber Ridge XL Padded Zero Gravity chair

Review by Arnie P

Timber Ridge XL Padded Zero Gravity chair
Timber Ridge XL Padded Zero Gravity chair

Timber Ridge XL Padded Zero Gravity chair

Timber Ridge provided the XL Padded Zero Gravity chair for review.

I continued to use the Timber Ridge XL Padded Zero Gravity chair during this period for reading, using a laptop computer, meditation, and naps. The weather improved in this period but the humidity remained high and uncomfortable. I also received a couple inquiries I will explain further. The first inquiry asked me if I thought this chair was good for their back. That is a question I cannot answer. I can say that I had back issues about 15 years ago. There are chairs and beds that are not comfortable for me, however I did not experience any back problems when using this chair. What I know for sure is that it worked well for my back.

The Zero Gravity arrived in a cardboard box with minimal markings and shipping information. The packaging comprised of a cardboard box, a thin plastic bag covering the chair and two Styrofoam blocks for secure transportation. glue and tape to hold the cardboard box together.

I slid the chair out of the box. I then picked up the chair from the back, the armrests slid down part way. I stepped to one side of the chair, and while holding the top of the back of chair, I applied a slight amount of pressure on the armrest until the armrests were sloping slightly upward toward the front of the chair. This is the normal chair position. I sat in the chair, checked that the locking mechanism under the armrests were released, put my feet on the front part of the chair near the floor and pushed forward to move the chair into the reclining positions. In the extended position my head was higher than my feet. The locks are easy to apply and as a recliner the chair can accommodate a wide range of positions.

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Timber Ridge XL Padded Zero Gravity chair

Review by Arnie P

Timber Ridge XL Padded Zero Gravity chair
Timber Ridge XL Padded Zero Gravity chair

Timber Ridge provided the XL Padded Zero Gravity chair for review.

Timber Ridge XL Padded Zero Gravity chair

This period has been hot, hazy and humid. Hot here is high 80s to high 90s. Along with a humidity of 85-90%. I will look at the cup holder, and how I used the Timber Ridge XL Padded Zero Gravity chair.

Being left-handed, I noticed the mounting hardware for the cup is on the right side. The cup holder mounting bracket is mounted on a support arm. It appears the support arm on the right and left side are the same. This is not a big deal, but having the option of a cup holder on the left would be nice for left-handed people and those who have lost use of their right hand.
I can position the cup holder in two positions, vertical for the sitting position of the chair and tilted for when the chair is in recliner mode.
The inside diameter and height of the cup holder is about 3.5 in (8.9 cm). There is a slot on the cup holder to accommodate cups with handles.
I looked around my house and found only two cups that did not fit the cup holder. One was an old style Dunkin-Donuts plastic coffee cup, and the other was a clear plastic cup that was a little too big. I also tried cups and water bottles of various heights. I had a handless coffee cup that was 11 in height and a water bottle was also about 11 in (27.9 cm) height and it held a Liter of fluid. I would not want to use cups more than 11 in (27.9 cm) high in this holder.
I am a left hander that can use my right hand for this kind of maneuvering. I have tried using the cup while sitting and while in the extended position. I had no problems.To read more please click here.

 

Timber Ridge XL Padded Zero Gravity chair

Review by Arnie P

Timber Ridge XL Padded Zero Gravity chair
Timber Ridge XL Padded Zero Gravity chair

Timber Ridge XL Padded Zero Gravity chair provided for review.

Timber Ridge XL Padded Zero Gravity chair

The Timber Ridge XL Padded Zero Gravity chair arrived in a cardboard box with minimal markings and shipping information. The packaging comprised of a cardboard box, a thin plastic bag covering the chair and two Styrofoam blocks for secure transportation. glue and tape to hold the cardboard box together.

I slid the chair out of the box. I then picked up the chair from the back, the armrests slid down part way. I stepped to one side of the chair, and while holding the top of the back of chair, I applied a slight amount of pressure on the armrest until the armrests were sloping slightly upward toward the front of the chair. This is the normal chair position. I sat in the chair, checked that the locking mechanism under the armrests were released, put my feet on the front part of the chair near the floor and pushed forward to move the chair into the reclining positions. In the extended position my head was higher than my feet. The locks are easy to apply and as a recliner the chair can accommodate a wide range of positions. To read more please click here.

Oboz Men’s Bridger Mid B-dry hiking boots

Review by Arnie P

Oboz Men’s Bridger Mid B-dry hiking boots
Oboz Bridger Mid B-dry hiking boots

The Oboz Men’s Bridger Mid B-dry hiking boots were provided by for review.

Oboz Men’s Bridger Mid B-dry hiking boots

This report is several days late. I could not get my gout swollen foot to fit into my boots. The weather has been unpredictable for this time of the year, going from hot and humid to hot and dry, then the next day the temperature drops to 50 F and rain. I was in Harold Parker for three of the Wednesday group hikes. I used the Oboz boots while I planted my garden. Then I had the job of maintaining my yard after a winter that damaged a lot of trees and shrubs. When the rest of the equipment was replaced in the gym, it was time to test my boots again. Also time for the last word on tying the boots. To read more please click here.