Camelbak Forge Premium Travel Mug 16 OZ

A few months ago I got this cool new mug from Camelbak. I had been looking for a nice insulated travel mug to bring with me to school or work. This thing did just the trick. In this post I’ll go over the features of the mug and my experience with it.

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Here is a quick video from Camelbak that goes over the Forge.


  • One-handed self-sealing lever
  • Leak-proof closur
  • Lock-open button for frequent sipping
  • Arms flip up for easy cleaning
  • Vacuum insulation stays hot 4+ hours
  • Impact cap
  • CamelBak® Got Your Bak™ Guarantee: If we built it, we’ll Bak it™ with our lifetime guarantee.


I have been using this mug for a couple months now and I really like it. There are a few main features, which has made this my favorite mug, the one-handed self-sealing lever, easy to clean, the auto lock feature, and the vacuum insulation.

The one-handed self-sealing lever is one of these mugs greatest features. It just allows the mug to be carried with such ease. I can just carry the mug in one finger or have it hanging by a carabineer or something attached to your back. You don’t have to worry about it leaking either; it has a really nice leak proof seal.

The mug is super easy to clean. When you take the top off and press the button the arm flips up and you can easily access every thing you want to clean. You can also just throw the lid in the dishwasher. It’s recommended that you hand wash the main part.

I don’t know about you, but I am a clumsy person always knocking my stuff all over the place so having an auto-locking lid is really nice to stop spills. If you want to vent your beverage it has a lock open feature too.

The Vacuum insulation is really nice. Camelbak says it will keep your beverages hot for up to four hours. I usually have my first mug of coffee or tea gone within an hour but with the travel time to school or work it has always been kept really hot and while drinking it has stayed hot.

Overall I would really recommend this mug to anyone that is looking for a new travel mug, it’s a great color the green one, keeps your beverages really hot, and its just easy to take care off.

Purchase at REI, Backcountry, or Campsaver  (Least Expensive at the time this was written)


Outdoor Retailer Show

It was another great year the Outdoor Retailer Show. I saw a lot of fun products this year.  One of the biggest trends I saw was pack-ability.  One of the cool new product that focused on this were some new boots from Teva.  

This new boot line is called the Liffty Collection. My favorite boot in this collection is the Chair 5. This boot is super light but doesn’t sacrifice any warmth the weight of this boot is nearly half the weight of other boots on the market.  It has 250 grams of 3M Thinsulate™ LiteLoft™ in a removable liner.  This is super nice, you can remove the liner and sleep with it in your sleeping bag and not have to worry about cold boots in the morning.  These shoes pack down to the size of regular shoes so you don’t have to worry about have loads of extra space when you are traveling. http://www.teva.com/

There were loads of awesome packs at the show to be seen. Including the Karve from Osprey.  This is designed for winter sports. It has a really sleek, slim design that allows for easy lift riding and dynamic riding. It has storage for shovels, probes, and offers convenient carry options for boards and skis.  It comes in three sizes, these are the sizes in storage capacity in liters, 16 L 11 L and 6 L. http://www.ospreypacks.com/

Another cool pack that I saw was the Gambler from Camelbak.  This is another super sleek minimalist pack designed for carrying the bare essentials when sidecountry skiing or snowboarding.  It is designed to carry shovel, avalanche probe, base layers, snack, phone, wallet and keys. http://camelbak.com/


Minimalist running area has seen some awesome improvements for the winter season. Vibram FiveFingers the pioneer of minimalistic footwear has unveiled a cold weather and water resistant running style, the Lontra.  This new style is ideal for cold and wet weather running, trekking, and general outdooractivity.  It features features a water repellent laminated polyester upper with micro fleece liner for warmth and comfort. A snug fitting Neoprene heel cuff and a sewn‐in fleece footbed provide more thermal protection. Fully tapped seams and a gusset tongue ensure water resistance. http://vibramfivefingers.com/

Base layers also saw a lot of great improvements.  180s is introducing a new thermal performance technology, QuantumHeat™.   180s QuantumHeat™ uses thermal performance technology to convert body heat, moisture and natural infrared rays into thermal energy. QuantumHeat includes smart moisture management fibers that work to continuously absorb 100 percent of sweat every two seconds, as well as a technical fabric composition that delivers warmth and freedom of movement without bulk. http://www.180s.com/

Helly Hansen Base Layers now have a new fiber weaved in the garment called LIFA®.  These fibers are  softer and more efficient at keeping the skin drier for longer durations.  Unlike polyester alternatives, LIFA® pulls sweat away from the skin and moves it to the exterior so the skin stays notably more comfortable during high-intensity activities. http://hellyhansen.com/


The child carrier area also saw a great improvement.  The Piggyback Rider (a standup child carrier)  released just lastsummer saw a complete product line overhaul. Weighing less than three pounds and the size of a rolled towel, the Piggyback Rider® is the first and only child carrier that allows you to comfortably carry a child up to 60 lbs at your back. With the ease of a standard backpack, the Piggyback Rider® provides a shoulder mounted foot bar for your child to stand on, integrated grab handles for your child to hold, and a safety harness to secure your child. The new product line now includes features such as a day pack for the adult who is carrying and a hydration pack for the child and the carrying adult. http://piggybackrider.com/

This was a very small percentage of the new products that were shown at the show.  There are so many innovations being made daily in our field.  Look up your favorite brands and check out some of the new stuff they released.  Most of these products will be released in the latter end of 2012.

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Gear Trader: local way to buy/sell your gear

I recently found this totally awesome site for selling/buying pre-owned outdoor gear called Geartrader.com. Wanting to learn more about the site, I emailed the website manager and voila his reply:

“Essentially we provide a platform for people to sell their outdoor gear and buy new and used outdoor gear.  It’s a marketplace for outdoor gear.

This is how it works if you want to sell some gear.
1. Take a few photos of your gear
2. Goto www.geartrade.com/sell
3. Upload the photos and complete the listing process
4. When your item sells we send you an email with shipping instructions.

Once you ship the item and enter a tracking number we mail you a check in 9 days. We handle all the customer service and payment processing so you don’t have to pay paypal fees or processing fees. We also do not charge image or listing fees like ebay. We charge a flat rate of 12% only after the item is sold.  If you don’t sell your gear, we do not charge you.”

Sounds like a good system?  Best part?  Made in the USA, that’s right Geartrader.com is operated right here in the USA so we support the local economy all while buying and selling gear.  Love that.

Click here to check them out. Geartrader.com  Best part two?  To set up an account is free.  Can’t beat that.  We love good deals and to pass them to onto you.  So we even gave them a little space on our site.  Happy Gear Trading!

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