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
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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

 

12/26/13

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12/23/13

Lifeproof iPhone 4/4S Case Review

I recently got an iPhone and have been looking for the prefect protective case for it. I was interested in finding a hard-core heavy-duty case to protect it from my heavy use. I came across Lifeproof at the outdoor retailer show and thought they would be a perfect case to try.

Features

  • LifeProof’s CrystalClear double anti-reflective (AR) coated camera-grade glass lens delivers the sharpest eight megapixel images possible, with perfect camera flash operation.
  • With LifeProof, HD videos
  • LifeProof’s ClearVoice system takes full advantage of the iPhone 4S microphone and Siri voice activation while in the case.
  • LifeProof’s patent-pending Sound Enhancement System (SES) improves the bass and mid-frequency speaker response by utilizing the back of the case as a sub-woofer for a richer, fuller sound.
  • LifeProof ensures the optimum performance and reception of the iPhone 4S dual antenna design.
  • LifeProof’s ultra-flat screen protector makes operating and interacting with the iPhone 4S highly responsive without the need of a separate screen protector.
  • Unlike other cases, LifeProof’s open screen face allows unrestricted sweeping hand gesture interactions, compatible with the new features of the iOS.

I have been using a lifeproof case on my phone for about two months now. It has created the perfect amount of protection that I have needed while not hindering the features of the phone that I use. In this review I want to go over a few things, waterproof/dust/shockproof features, slim and sleek design, camera grade glass, and the armband and bike mount accessories.

The Lifeproof case provides optimal protection from water and drops. The polycarbonate frame is the main part of this case that absorbs the shock. There is also a elastomeric inner-layer that also absorbs shock. Waterproof seals are on all the ports and openings; it has an O-ring to protect the phone for water. It is really nice to have the ease of mine that nothing terrible is going to happen to my phone if I drop it. My boss got here new iPhone 5 a few months ago and hasn’t put on a protective case hers and she cringes every time she drops it. I have had many friends shatter their screens on their phones from drops, this just gives the peace of mind I need.

I love the freedom of being to be able use my phone wherever not having to worry about dropping it in water or getting it dirty. I use my phone while I am in the hot tub, in the pool, and in crazy dusty environments. Last month in March I visited the Holi, Festival of Colors. This is a super crazy environment for electronics and such. Every hour they throw colored cornstarch in the air so it creates a crazy dusty environment. Most smart people put their phones in plastic ziplock bags, but many people don’t. I saw a lot of people using their phones just open with no protection. I even saw some of my friends not able to use their phones because too much dust had gotten inside. My phone was fully protected, when I took off my case later to see in anything had gotten inside, I found zero dust inside the case. This case give overall some of the best protection for you phone on the market.

The Lifeproof case is extremely slim an super sleek it doesn’t add very much bulk to your phone at all, when measured from the center of the phone it only add 1.5 mm to the size. Before I got the Lifeproof I had an Otterbox on it. Although it created really great protection for the phone it made it super bulky. I have been super impressed with the difference in weight between those two cases, with the Lifeproof on you can’t really tell the difference in weight. A couple times a few people have asked me how did you get a green iPhone, not realizing that it was a case So it cool to see how slim the case is made.

I am an Instagramoholic, taking pics with my phone all the time. It has been really awesome to have a case that doesn’t affect the image quality from the camera. The double anti-reflective coated camera-grade glass lens provides crystal clear images. You can take the case up to 6.6 ft underwater so you can get some fun images. I got some super cool pics while I was at the festival of colors too, so its great not to worry about dust or water while taking pics.

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There are lots of cool accessories available for the Lifeproof. The main two I have been using are the armband and the bike mount, with mainly being the armband. The armband has been great for going on hikes and working out. It has a quick release for easy access of the phone. It is easily adjusted for different arm sizes. If is fairly comfortable compared to most, it has a good amount of padding which is really nice.

The bike mount is great. It works really well. I actually found another use for it. When I am not using it on my bike I use it in my car on my cup holder. It has been great to use my iPhone as a GPS and music player no hands access is great. You can use the mount like a GoPro mount for you iPhone to take video while on your ride.

I have also been using the dock adaptor too. Without it, you have to use the apple cable that came with the phone. When I go to the gym its great to be able to plug in the phone at the treadmill so I can listen to music while working out while not worrying about power.

I would defiantly recommend this case to anyone looking for amazing protection for your iPhone. It offers great protection from water, drops, and dirt while not hindering the features of your phone.

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12/31/12

Clif Bar turns 20

Clif Bar this year has been around for 20 years. To celebrate they have introduced a new bar GARY’s PANFORTE. Watch Gary tell the story of how it began.

Clif Bar also invites you to “Share Your Epiphany” on Facebook by sharing your life-defining moments. Five grand prize winners will receive a $5,000 donation to their favorite nonprofit, with 20 additional winners receiving a month’s worth of CLIF Bars. Enter here

One of my new reviewer Nancy Bangerter gave it a try, here are her thoughts.

My first impression of Clif Bar’s GARY’S PANFORTE was “Wow, is this really a fruit and nut enery bar?”

I  have tried many of these type energy bars and come away thinking “Not my cup of tea”.

Well,  Clif Bar delivers with this new limited-edition energy bar.

This bar has been 20 years in the making inspired by the flavors of the traditional Italian Panforte a must have in the Italian people’s diet.

GARY’S PANFORTE does not disappoint, it delivers with its organic ingredients, not only is it sure to please your taste buds, it will deliver the energy needed to climb that mountain, surf those waves and hike those trails or cycle through the country side.

It packs a wallops of flavors guaranteed to please your taste buds, the fruit and nut combination is an amazing blend of 23 ingredients, with sweet figs, pears, citrus peel and nuts such as walnut, hazelnuts and pistachios.

The spices used remind me of a Christmas fruit cake on steroids.  I’m not a fan of fruit cake at all but after tasting GARY’S PANAFORTE CLIF BAR add me to the list of fruit cake enthusiasts.

Not only is it a mouth full of  watering flavor, the texture of this energy bar is soft and chewy. No worries about chipping your tooth on this bar.

I found this energy bar to be very filling despite it only contains 260 calories.  Not like some energy bars so full of sugar you want to eat the whole box.

It has 5 g of protein, and 3 g of fiber, perfect for slow carb digestion and sustaining energy.

It won’t spike your sugar level and keeps you feeling full longer, which is definitely an added bonus for those trying to maintain or lose weight.

GARY’S PANAFORTE will be available on store shelves nationwide beginning in June and will be available until supplies last.

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