12/24/14
Techni Ice ice pack

Techni Ice ice pack

Techni-Ice

Techni Ice ice pack

Techni Ice pack for keeping your food and drinks cold, or used as a heat pack in emergency time

 

I went camping this weekend for the  first time this summer, and had the chance to check out some cool new gear I picked up over the winter and have been waiting like crazy to use.  Everything from the Goal Zero Speakers to the North Face Summit Series jacket that kept me warm at 33 degrees the first night and the wind and sun off my arms while I was cutthroat fishing.  I had a wonderful time with family and my dogs in the Western Wasatch mountains, and got to evaluate some good gear.  One of the most impressive of these was the Techni Ice ice pack!

Okay so there is no actual ice in this ice pack, its a sheet of Polymer, wrapped in a super secret Textile, then covered in Plastic to seal the deal.  When I first opened the package I was sceptical about the flat, paper sized sheet, but when I soaked the sheets and wrang them out a bit it started to make more sense.   They filled up and I froze them for about 10 hours before we left ( you’re supposed to give it 24 hours for a proper charge.)  I used 3 sheets for a full size cooler and it kept all of its contents totally chilled for 3 days with them still being solid when I got home.  I can only imagine if I used it with a full charge and another sheet or two.

I got these while talking to a gentleman at an outdoor show and in true Aussie style he challenged me to find a better way to keep my food and brew cold while also not having to worry about bulky ice cubes that melt.  You can cut the sheets up and use them in smaller coolers and even in lunch size snack boxes, and use them over and over and over again these things rock!!!

Pros: Stays frozen for days, Flexible when frozen, Does not melt, can be cut to size, Re-Usable for years, can keep fish and game cool if you’re in the field, can be used as a heat pack to treat swelling or keep food and drink warm, can be used as cold pack as well. They really nailed it with this pack, the mess is less and that works for me!!!

Cons: Can’t find any yet, i’ll update this if I do but this is a solid product and I look forward to seeing what the Life Saving Coolers and other products can do.

 

 

12/10/14

The North Face Verto Micro Hoodie

The North Face Verto Micro-Hoodie

New North Face Micro HoodieHere we have the new, lightweight windbreaker by North Face.  I got this jacket last month and figured I would give it a good go before I made my decision and reviewed it, so here it is.  I got pretty excited about it after trying it on my first time. It was very well fitted around my waist and cuffs, and I liked how the hoodie covered more than just my forehead.  I was going camping so I set it aside and moved on, until the Mighty May Utah Snowstorm of 2014.  I pulled it out on my way to work one day when it was raining and found how useful this jacket really is, the 800 fill goose down insulation kept my core happy and the Flashdry technology and my body dry.  So far so good

  • The body of the hoodie contains 800-fill-power goose down that is extremely warm while remaining highly compressible
  • Pertex® Quantum® GL body fabric is incredibly soft, windproof and boasts incredibly high strength-to-weight ratio, completely protecting your core
  • Interior material features stretch nylon with FlashDry™ for superior moisture management so you stay dry and comfortable from the inside out
  • Close-fitting hood fits snugly and goes easily under helmets; extra insulation makes the difference between being chilled and conquering the cold
  • 2 zippered front pockets sit high on torso for pack and harness compatibility
  • The North Face Verto Micro Hoodie packs into its own pocket for easy stowage
  • The North Face Summit Series™ apparel is designed and tested for use in harsh environments
12/3/14

Buff High UV Protection Buff Review


Features

  • Built-in stretch gives this gear versatility; wear it climber style or as a bandana, hairband, helmet liner, headband or scarf
  • Special knitting process yields improved UV protection, with a UPF 20+ rating
  • Highly breathable CoolMax polyester draws sweat off the skin and dries quickly; in turn, you stay dry and comfortable
  • Seam-Free™ construction means there are no irritating seams or hems, making it ideal to wear under a helmet or other headwear
  • Washable, colorfast and it dries in minutes!

Purchase at REI, Campsaver, or Backcountry