Camping

Trayvax Ration is a portable kitchen for outdoor camping and more

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NEWS – We’ve reviewed several Trayvax wallets over the years, but their latest product is quite a bit different in a good way. It’s the Trayvax Ration portable cooking kit which is designed to hold your cooking gear, utensils, and food in a rugged, built-to-last powder-coated steel box. The Ration features a dedicated compartment for …

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Pull Start Fire Pull String Firestarter review

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REVIEW – As an Eagle Scout and father to a scout, to me the idea of a firestarter that works by just pulling a string felt slightly insulting a first. Fire making is an essential scout skill, after all! Then I looked back at all the times I’ve been in difficult or near-miserable situations where …

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These folding titanium utensils will make your spork wielding friends jealous

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NEWS – Carrying a spork in your EDC means you’ll always be able to grab a quick meal without relying on one-use plastic cutlery. But is there a better alternative to a spork? Check out these unique folding eating utensils from Esbit. They are made of titanium, so they are lightweight and they will never …

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LIFESABER is a multi-tool for the outdoor Jedi

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CROWDFUNDING NEWS – Can you believe that I’ve NEVER been camping – EVER? Well, there was that one time when I was probably 7-8yrs old and our neighbors put up a tent between our yards and invited us to sleep in it one night. My 5yr old sister started crying within 15mins and that was …

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Just dip the Hydralight 2-in-1 Flashlight and Lantern into a glass of water and let there be light!

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NEWS – How many times have you experienced your first blackout of the stormy season and can’t find a flashlight that works either because the batteries are dead or because it needs batteries and you forgot to buy some? I ask this question because I have more than a dozen flashlights around the house and …

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Shake your way to a healthy campfire snack

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NEWS – If smores give you a bellyache and fire-cooked hot dogs don’t please your palate, check out the Traditional Shake and Pop Outdoor Popcorn Popper from Wabash Valley Farms for your next campfire snack. My son and co-reviewer, Mason, just like his grandfather, needs a daily dose of popcorn. In fact, these guys opt …

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The SHIFTPOD lets you camp (glamp) in style and ease

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NEWS – I’ve never been camping because bugs, no showers, no flushing toilets, dirt, bugs, and bugs. But if I were ever to cross that activity off my bucket list, I’d consider it if I had one of these ultracool SHIFTPODs to sleep in. The SHIFTPOD looks like an Airstream camper and a tent had …

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Rescue GoCLIP Yellow Jacket and Mosquito Repellent review

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REVIEW – When enjoying the outdoors it is almost inevitable that you will have to deal with the biting and stinging pests with whom we share the outdoors. There are many options that may be tried to combat these flying and crawling menaces, but they all have their disadvantages. The Mosquito GoCLIP and Yellowjacket Repellent …

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Start your next campfire with a pull of string

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NEWS – Campers, hikers, and other outdoor warriors know that it’s important to have the basic survival skills and gear when they are on their adventures. Water, food, shelter, and fire are probably the four main things you need. But if you’re not in the same category as someone who signs up for the show …

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Bear Bowl is a cooking pot that fits in your pocket

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NEWS – Backpackers and hikers will be interested in learning more about the Bear Bowl which is a cooking vessel that folds down into a pocket friendly package for easy light weight and minimal carry. The Bear Bowl comes in three sizes that range from 32 ounce capacity for the Baby Bear Blue size, up …

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Outdoor Vitals Rhyolite Lightweight 45L backpack review

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REVIEW – Camp Palawopec, in the rolling hills of Brown County, Indiana, is my son Mason’s happy place. But he’s had gear issues the last two summers, so this year he’s trying the Outdoor Vitals Rhyolite Lightweight internal frame 45L backpack. Mason’s first year at camp, a sneaky raccoon unzipped his large canvas duffel and …

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Stay toasty warm on your next camping trip with the Alice heated sleeping blanket

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Winter in the southern United States is an unpredictable season.  For example, temperatures were in the upper 70s a couple weeks ago, and this week we had snow and ice and temperatures in the low 30s.  You never know what to expect weather-wise, which can make it difficult for those outdoorsy-types who camp year round. …

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