I have been a passionate outdoorsman and SCUBA diver for many years. Living the leave no trace lifestyle before it was trendy.
Nalgene Wide-Mouth Water Bottle - 32 fl. oz.
Long time heavy hitter
These bottles have been the standard of nearly every hiker I’ve ever met. Practically indestructible and mate with several water filters to prevent spills and wasted water. Only issue I have ever seen is a broke cap and the cap leash snapping. Pick a color you like because you will have it a long time!
Neos Navigator 5 Boots
I wear a 14 wide shoe. The XXL fits me. I have owned a couple of these and in my line of work it’s literally the best $100 winter purchase. I get the one with the studs (stable ice). They normally last me well over two years with daily winter use. I have been outside in a snow storm with running shoes in them blowing the driveway and my feet are comfortable and not slipping around due to the studs. The better you mind the studs the longer the overboot will last. Careful on tile floors tends to be slick but hands down the best purchase I’ve made for winter time. Hiking boots and sneakers with the insert work very well.
Thule Thule 871xt Thule Roof Rack Fairing (38-Inches)
Annoyed with the whistling and straps flapping down the highway?? This fairing is your new best friend. Definitely cuts down on any whistling. Never payed much attention to the fuel gauge to see if there was an improvement in mpg but I did like how it cut down on noise. One drawback is that it’s design and the hulivator design don’t play nice together. Hulivator wraps around the bar and leaves no place to secure the fairing. Can use it with a hulivator but your going to need to get a bar by itself for the fairing. Any other accessories that I’ve thrown at it have been flawless.
MSR Fuel Bottle
Made of all aluminum these little bottles are very handy and take up little to no weight when empty. I prefer to use the little ones to cook with to save table space and build up pressure faster. Never had an issue with these bottles. The walls are thick enough that they won’t easily be pierced and the paint is pretty durable so you won’t have to worry about minor bumps and scratches.
MSR Pocket Rocket Stove
Stove will literally fit in the palm of your hand! Great backup or for the ultra light hikers a good reliable option! Requires compressed gas cylinders that are not refillable but that requires less effort to cook due to not having to build up pressure like this units bigger brothers. Little less stable if using with larger pots or pans but if your looking to cook something small for yourself or a small group this little guy will work out well!
Camelbak Crux Water Reservoir
Absolutely love the camelback line of water reservoirs. They are space saving in most aspects and give them a little squeeze with some of your gear and its like drinking from a fountain while on the trail. Make sure you turn off the valve if you attempt to pull that trick or you might not have any water left when you need it lol!
Stream2Sea 32 Ounce Eco Tint Suncreen SPF20
Great sunscreen for yourself and the environment but the 32 oz isn’t a wise choice unless your offering it to a large group. 32oz will last a long long long long time! The normal 3oz will last 2+ months with proper daily application. Normal chemical sunscreen takes 1oz per application where this product only requires about the size of a pea and there’s plenty in this size. Container is made from recycled milk jugs containing 97% recycled plastic.
Jetboil Jetboil Cooking System
Really like the design and ease of use of the JetBoil cooking systems. They have great versatility if you invest and get the pot, frying pan and the coffee press. The coffee press I think is my girlfriends favorite accessory but she won’t admit it! Love how all the components fit into the cup to save space in a pack or if your out kayak camping. Very easy to setup and use!
Stream2Sea 32 Ounce Nourshing Body Lotion
This product has more than just after sun use in my household. I have a tendency to have dry skin especially my elbows. It works great for dry skin regardless if its during the winter or due to sunlight. I highly recommend if your someone with dry skin to use this product. It will also help you apply their mineral sunscreen if you tend to have dryer skin to apply this first. Just like majority of Stream2Sea products it will last far longer than you’d typically expect. All of their products are super consintrated so little bit goes a long way. If your an eco conscious person, this product line is for you. As with all their products they use sugarcane resin with all tubes and recycled milk jugs on these 32oz containers.
MSR Dragonfly Campstove
I’ve owned this stove longer than I can remember! It’s great for cooking for a group or just yourself. The legs make a great base for any cooking pan or pot. Will burn nearly any liquid fuel. To use other fuels you just change out the jet and pump up the tank and get cooking. Recommend sticking to white gas due to their being less residue on the bottom of your pots and pans vs using a dirtier fuel. Simmers well and very reliable. Has never let me down!
Stream2Sea Conditioning Shampoo and Bodywash, 1oz
Great little container of shampoo and body wash. Excellent for traveling. I prefer the 32 oz for at home and 6oz for normal traveling. Does not contain Sodium Loral Sulfate so better for the environment and this product will biodegrade in less than 7 days in freshwater. Packaging is made with sugar cane resin making it completely free of petroleum.
Outdoor Research Crocodile Gaiters - Men's
Great for backpacking or day hikes! Protects your legs from thorns and other undesired pokes and also great when its muddy. I often will wear them on the motorcycle as well to protect the lower portion of my pants if theirs a slight rain shower that isn’t worth pulling out all my rain gear.
Stream2Sea Mineral Sunblock with SPF 20 UVA/UVB
Best mineral sunscreen that I’ve come across. Only one active ingredient which is Titanium Dioxide. Most of the ingredients are naturally derived so your not slathering a ton of chemicals on your body. Crazy fact is that typical chemical sunscreen is detectable in your urine in 30 minutes after applying and actually works inside your body vs outside of it. This product will leave a sight white sheen look to your body but protects you from many questionable chemicals while protecting you from the suns rays!
Stream2Sea 32 Ounce Shampoo & Bodywash
Daily use item in my house! Does not contain Sodium Loral Sulfate. Don’t make the mistake of using to much! Will not suds up like most products on the shelf due to not having the Sodium Loral Sulfate but will leave you clean. This product is also eco friendly because it biodegrades in fresh water within 7 days! The 32oz comes with a nice pump and pop top option. Bottle is made from 97% recycled plastic from old milk jugs.
MSR Pocket Rocket Deluxe Stove
Great little stove. Very light weight and portable. Has limitations but depending on how you use it most don’t mind it. Not a good stove to cook large pots with but odds are if your going to do that your going to go and grab its bigger brother the dragon fly. If your looking to just cook up something quick for one or two people than this is your stove of choice. Stove will literally fit in the palm of your hand its that compact. Uses compressed gas cylinders so no pumping and will simmer pretty well. Only drawback I’ve seen with the simmer is that it having a small footprint it will not heat up the pain evenly if you don’t move it around or pay attention while cooking. Super easy to setup and use. Don’t know if it still holds the title of the lightest backpacking stove still but it’s held that title for a long time!
MSR Fuel Bottle
I use these with the Dragon Fly stove from MSR. I like to bring the small 11oz to use for cooking and then refill with the larger ones. I always use white gas with them and the smaller bottle requires less pumping vs the bigger bottles when they get low. When fuel level drops, the hand pump needs to be pumped more often and it is frustrating to cook with. My advice is use the lower volume bottle to cook because it is easier to build up decent pressure for the stove to operate properly.
Final Straw 2.0
This is the most recent version of the FinalStraw! Comes in a variety of colored cases and two colors for the straw(silver and a rainbow). I personally have several of these straws. Version 1.0 was a great initial product but the 2.0 has been a great improvement on the straw. The original (1.0) was nice but felt like you were sucking thru a coffee stirrer. Big change on the new version they increased the interior diameter and the inner tubing is a lot stronger and doesn’t kink when left in case awhile. New 2.0 is as good as a typical fast food straw. You will not be disappointed with the new 2.0! Case is smaller on the 2.0 vs the 1.0. When it comes to cleaning a scrub brush but no drying rack on the 2.0 vs the squeegee and drying rack on the 1.0
Jetboil Coffee Press
This review is for the coffee press for JetBoil. I don’t drink coffee but my girlfriend can’t live without it! She has used it on a couple occasions and was pretty content on the results. Only drawback we have found is that its a little tricky to get it completely clean without a decent amount of water to get all the grounds out. If left in the JetBoil to long the coffee appears to leave a slight stain. Functionality and ease of use it beats bringing a perkulator. Pointer is take your time when your pressing it. If you press to fast you’ll end up with a lot more grounds.
Stream2Sea Conditioning Shampoo and Body Wash
One of Stream2Sea’s first products and they really knocked it out of the park. Don’t make the mistake of using to much. All of their products are good for you and all the ingredients are listed and not hidden by words like “fragrance” or other typical key words. Stream2Sea is all about transparency and most of their ingredients in every product are natural ingredients often a variety of teas. Don’t be surprised when you first use it, It will not foam up like other products but will leave you very clean. I have sensitive skin and all Stream2Sea products don’t irritate my skin or make my eyes burn.
Jetboil Jetset Utensil Kit
If you really enjoy your JetBoil and like ultra light utensils but don’t want to give up on size this little kit is right up your alley. I really like how it collapses on itself and also gives you a full size fork and spoon. Spatula works well when using it with the JetBoil frying pan, as long as you don’t leave it on to long.
Stream2Sea Sun and Sting Relief Gel
Fortunately or unfortunately depending how you look at it I haven’t been able to test this products Sun relief properties. However, it does work great on insect and other irritations. My girlfriend will sometimes get a mild rash when handling our pets and as soon as she rubs Stream2Sea’s relief gel on it the irritation is gone. I always have Stream2Sea’s suncare products nearby. If you use Stream2Sea’s sunscreen properly you’ll be fortunate like me and only use this for itch relief. I have had a friend who went out and got burnt due to not using any suncare products and she said that this product was amazing!
Stream2Sea Nourishing After Sun Body Lotion
This product has more than just after sun use in my household. I have a tendency to have dry skin especially my elbows. It works great for dry skin regardless if its during the winter or due to sunlight. I highly recommend if your someone with dry skin to use this product. It will also help you apply their mineral sunscreen if you tend to have dryer skin to apply this first. Just like majority of Stream2Sea products it will last far longer than you’d typically expect. All of their products are super consintrated so little bit goes a long way. If your an eco conscious person, this product line is for you. As with all their products they use sugarcane resin with all tubes and recycled milk jugs on the 32oz containers.
Stream2Sea Leave-In Hair Conditioner
This leave-in conditioner is one of my girlfriend’s favorite daily use products. I think the cherry lip balm is the only thing that beats this product in her eye. I was fortunately blessed with a beautiful scalp so it is not covered with much hair. How ever I have used it on my ghoatee when it’s feeling dried out. It really works well on her hair and my facial hair. Made with mostly organic ingredients. If you look at the bottle the first 5 are all organic. It’s a great product and feel good that your not harming the environment or yourself.
Stream2Sea Sunscreen for Body SPF 30
Stream2sea is plain and simply awesome! Starting off it is biodegradable in under 28 days! It doesn’t absorb into your body causing any health concerns, and majority of the ingredients are plant based. Third party tested safe for all aquatic life. Tested on bait fish it had zero effect on eating behavior! Where typical sunscreen either caused them to stop eating or die. It will leave a slight film on your body which is unnoticeable if you have pale skin. I prefer the tinted, blends with my skin tone the best. If I’m out on the water I will use the untinted(this one). Unlike typical sunscreen it acts as a shield and stays on your skin vs absorbing into your body like typical sunscreen. Which has been found that some of the main ingredients are endocrine disruptors. 3oz bottle with daily application will last one person around 2 months if applied correctly! Makes it cheaper than the typical sunscreen. All tubes are made with sugarcane resin and bottles out of recycled milk jugs. Neither the containers or products contain any petroleum products!
Coleman Evanston Screened 8 Tent
Great camping tent. Absolutely love how the screen room helps keep the bugs out of the main room. I’ve stayed in this tent for over a week and I couldn’t have been happier. It is a solid 6’ tall inside. I’m 6’ and had no issues with standing up or getting changed. The light colors are great at keeping the tent cool on hot days. A queen air mattress will only take half of the floor space. Packing shows it will hold 2 queen mattress and I’m sure it will. Easy to erect with only 3 poles.
Jetboil 1.5 Liter Cooking Pot
This JetBoil pot is really handy for preparing food for more than one person. Last I knew it came with two options. One with a stove and one just the pot. I purchased just the pot because I already had the mug style cooking system. This has been used by me far more frequently than just the mug. The flux ring on the bottom helps speed up cooking. With that said keep an eye on the bottom because if you let it go to long it will burn your food in that spot. Did that once but just using typical cooking observation and it hasn’t occurred since. Pot is compact enough that it doesn’t take up much space. I often will fill it with food or utensils to optimize the space.