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.
Recently I acquired this new folding Charcoal Chimney. It is the first of its kind, its very surprising that no one has made a folding chimney before. It fits in a standard 12 inch dutch oven and is very compact in comparison to its counter parts. I am going to go over the features then the experience I’ve had so far.
I Recently acquired the WindPro II. A long, long time ago I use to have the original WindPro and used it a lot. But more recently I have been using my MSR Pocket Rocket for backpacking trips and my main stove. I had been missing the wider stability and the more control this stove has.
If you've been hiking you know the pain and suffering that can come from rocks, sand, and stickers getting into your trail shoes; blisters, chafing, and ruined socks are common maladies. However there are a great number of low-to gaiters known as scree gaiters that are designed to block all that stuff and more, keeping your precious feet intact.