Trail Review: A Jaunt in Rocky Mountain National Park

 

One of the best parts about having a Monday through Friday, 9-5 job is the spontaneity that hits on a Friday night at 9pm when I realize I have two whole days to explore without obligation. The open road calls … Continue reading

Outdoor Retailer: Solar Power Going Big

 

What’s the tech craze in the outdoor gear industry these days? Well, it seems that solar-powered gadgets are certainly stealing the spotlight! When at the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market, we’ve noticed an increasing amount of solar-powered devices, solar-power chargers, and solar-power … Continue reading

Review: Wazoo Mountaineer Survival Kit Bracelet

 

On the outside, it may look like a simple paracord bracelet… but when you look closer, an incredible array of survival equipment is literally at your fingertips with the Wazoo Mountaineer Survival Kit Bracelet.  Boasted as “the most complete wearable … Continue reading

Collapsible Water Bottles from Hydrapak: A Backpacking/Hiking Solution?

 

Hikers and backpackers of our world are always looking for ways to save space and shave ounces from their gear.  Not only that, but we have generally become much more focused on purchasing and possessing items that will provide the … Continue reading

Outdoor Retailer: “Super-Charged” Solar Phone Cases from Secur

 

Technology of the future? It sure seems that way at Outdoor Retailer 2014! Secur has a new line of solar-integrated battery cases for smartphones in development–and they aren’t afraid to show it! This new technology allows smartphone users to charge their … Continue reading

Outdoor Retailer: Get Your Gear Fix On! (Day 2)

 

Every year, the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market attracts thousands of exhibitors, vendors, buyers, and industry representatives to Salt Lake City for four full days of intense tradeshow interactions. The Summer OR is a place where new brands are often launched, … Continue reading

Outdoor Retailer: SteriPEN’s 2015 Lineup

 

The Outdoor Retailer Summer 2014 show is certainly underway!  Many companies have begun to unveil new and modified lines of products, including SteriPEN, an innovative brand that specializes in UV water treatment devices.  Here are some of the new updates … Continue reading

Review: 12 Survivors Fixed Blade Knife

 

Knives are an absolutely essential piece of gear, but when I saw the 12 Survivors Fixed Blade Knife for the first time, my first reaction was one of skepticism.  ”A fixed blade knife, in plastic packaging, made by a survival company?” … Continue reading

Trip Report: The Cathedral Spires, South Dakota

 

When passing near the Black Hills of South Dakota, the Needles east of Sylvan Lake is easily one of my favorite locations to stop and hike!  In fact, it would be a shame to not stop in the Black Hills … Continue reading