Tuesday, March 3, 2015

EWH Reviews Greenbelly Bars!


I am a huge supporter of "cottage" outdoor manufacturers, the small guys that are turning out interesting products. When I heard about GreenBelly and their desire to enter into the power bar space, I knew I had to give them a try (especially with a flavor like chocolate banana).

Greenbelly is taking an interesting tactic in the power bar space. Their bars give you 33% of your daily nutritional needs so you eat fewer bars for more energy. The also have a good ethos behind the bars, for every one sold, they will donate one to people in need in Georgia.

http://www.greenbelly.co/pages/buy-1-feed-1

So how is the bar?


The bar comes in 2 smaller bars and has a distinctive, rather dry coco taste. I liked the banana parts in the bar and has a pretty standard power bar taste (although a little drier than some).

How did it do on the trail?


Here the bar really shined. There is no doubt that the bar packs a nutritional punch and I was zipping around the trails after eating this bar. 33% indeed!

GreenBelly is kicking off a Kickstarter to take things up the next level. You can see what they are up to and the perks they are offering here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1169741882/greenbelly-complete-meal-on-the-go?ref=nav_search

For more information about GreenBelly go here: http://www.greenbelly.co


Disclaimer:

I received this product for free in order to test it out. My reviews are my own and I will tell you whether I like something or not. That being said, this is the internet, take everything with a grain of salt and learn from it what you can. 

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Reviewing the Buff Bandana via Webtogs!


Buff came to the public consciousness a long time ago thanks to a little show called "Survivor".  It is a bandana PLUS, meaning you can use it as a bandana, neck warmer, head cover-er, bug repeller, etc. There are a myriad of uses for the Buff.

I had various versions of the Buff over the last few years but due to a recent move, I was Buff-less (Buff-aloed if you will). I received the new Buff ("original") and I am happy to report its even better than ever!


(look at how happy I am)

The Buff kept my neck cool on a warm-ish day in SoCal, kept the sun off with its great UPF rating and while I was wearing a hat, the Buff would have made a nice one hat had my other one blown off my head (a distinct possibility in the Antelope Valley).

It also looks cool on the trail:


(strike a pose, there's nothing to it, vogue, vogue)

You really can't go wrong with a Buff and the one I received through Webtogs was great on the trail!

Webtogs is an online outdoor retailer from the UK. This website is AMAZING, so much gear and even though it is in the UK my Buff got to me super fast.  I have no hesitancy ordering outdoor gear from a website which is geared toward customary service, check em out: https://www.webtogs.com/en-UK/ 

Disclaimer:

I was provided this Buff by Webtogs for review purposes and it is up to you whether to shop at Webtogs or not. I get no compensation if you do and its the internet, take everything with a grain of salt and learn what you can from it.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Revisiting The Devil's Chair


If you ask me which are my favorite hikes in Southern California, I would list the usuals like the Verdugos or Monrovia Canyon Park. However, in my heart-of-hearts what really might be my number one choice is hiking to the Devil's Chair in the Antelope Valley.

Why do I like this area so much? Is it the crazy geography caused by fault lines?



Is it the amazing hike through pine trees while simultaneously offering views of the desert?


The hike is all of these things and more. While it is a bit of a jaunt from LA (an hour plus in the Antelope Valley) it is worth the trip for the other-worldly nature of the area. The hike itself isn't too bad, 7.4 miles RT, only about 600 feet in elevation gain but who cares about statistics when you have vistas?




Of course, the point of this hike is to get you to the chair, a piece of rock hanging out in the middle of a canyon surrounded by safety wire, and it is totally worth it!



I really can't recommend this hike enough, get yourself into the Devil's Maw!

For more info on the hike check out this link: http://www.devils-punchbowl.com/


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