Thursday, March 6, 2014
The great Campfire Chic provided all of us bloggers with some Keen Dura Zone socks for our recent campout. As you can see from the packaging, these socks are tough. How tough? 15x stronger than steel. Whoa, better not take these through an airport metal detector ;)!
I tried out a pair during a recent camping trip and aside from their strength, these things really are soft and felt good on a hike. It is kinda weird to have a right and left sock
but it makes sense, after all the seems will fall differently on your big toe versus your little toe so why not have have the socks stitched to the way your feet really are rather than one size fits all? Do you want more seem action? Of course you do! The bottom seem is on the bottom of the socks so you won't get rubbing or "hot spots" on your feet.
I have a pair of boots that, while great, often cause my big toes to feel "hot" and sometimes blister. I have tried many a pair of socks while hiking, some with more padding, some with less but on the short hike I took with these guys, my dogs were not barking. They felt really good (all that wool went to a good purpose) and no issues with my boots. I think I am sold on these socks.
Double bonus? They are guaranteed for life so if Superman bends the steel, Keen will replace them for ya. I think that is a pretty sweet insurance policy.
I was provided these socks in order to review them. I try to review things as honestly as possible but its the Internet, take everything with a grain of salt and try to learn from it what you can. I don't get any compensation whether you buy this stuff or not.
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
This is Part Duex of the Great SoCal Tweetout! Check out Part Un Here!
Once we got back from Los Pinos Mountain, it was campout time for the Tweetout!
We set up some tents:
And checked out some great gear complied by several of us from companies like Keen,
and also via Kickstarter!
(how does it blow up?)
(still not sure)
Then campfires (supplied by the awesome efforts of Zac and Alex), some drinks and banter.
Woken up by insanely loud woodpeckers it the morning, we broke camp and then when on a brief hike
which led to some nice meadows
After we got out of the camp we hit up the Lookout which is a biker bar that overlooks Lake Elisnore. for some grub.
What a great weekend and great peeps!
If you want to read the blogs of all of us SoCalers, check out:
The SoCal Hiker: http://socalhiker.net
Campfire Chic: http://campfirechic.com
California Through My Lens: http://californiathroughmylens.com
OP Adventures!: http://opadventureteam.com
Shoestring Adventures: http://shoestringadventures.com
Rock Grrl: http://www.rockgrrl.com/blog/
Posted by Peter Flanigan at 9:00 AM
Thursday, February 27, 2014
Tracker, Tracker, Tracker, you are a sleeping bag. Tracker, Tracker, Tracker, your weird texture makes me love you. Tracker, Tracker, Tracker, will you be my only sleeping bag?
I must suffer from a bit of brain damage because right now I have 3 sleeping bags. One a warm weather bag, one an old zero bag and one a new zero bag which I loathe (here new bag, want to eat an apppppple?) Teton wanted to remedy the situation by introducing me to the Tracker +5 bag.
At 4lbs, this bag will not be winning you an ultralight awards but for car camping, it will get the job done. It is made of some sort of space age material that feels unlike any down/synthetic sleeping bag I have ever owned. It really feels like a down quilt for astronauts. There is no other way to describe it.
This bag, while traditionally mummy shaped, also has some other bells and whistles to it that distinguishing it from other bags. For example, an interior pocket for you to store some late night chocolate snacks.
No need to get up, they are right there by your face!
The bag was also pretty comfortable in the shoulder/foot areas. I move around a lot so being able to do so, while not feeling confined is definitely important. I think the Tracker has a bit more room over that other mummy bag of mine (the one I would like to go play in traffic) and while its not a free-for-all in there, there definitely seems to be more room.
The bag is rated to +5F and as we all know, these ratings can vary wildly amongst bags. I would put this one solidly in the 20 degree range, which for most campers is probably as cold as you want it in any event. How did it perform in the field? Let's ask our intrepid reporter some questions!
Well it looks like he is having a pretty good sleep so the Tracker does it's job.
Overall, this sleeping bag does what it is supposed to, keep you warm and the sasquatches away from you due to its space age materials.
I was provided this sleeping bag in order to review it. I try to review things as honestly as possible but its the Internet, take everything with a grain of salt and try to learn from it what you can. I don't get any compensation whether you buy this stuff or not.