dare2b Caliber II Jacket Review

dare2b Caliber II Jacket Review

in Apparel, Cycling by Don Martens

I recently received a Caliber II Jacket from Dare 2b For the past two months I have worn the jacket while cycling. I am accumulating miles in preparation to join on RAGBRAI, the great bicycle ride across Iowa. This jacket priced around $80 has quickly become a staple of my cycling gear and is an excellent choice for the money spent. 

Rugged Shark® Tidal Wave – Lightweight Drainage Moccasin

Rugged Shark® Tidal Wave – Lightweight Drainage Moccasin

in Apparel, Fishing & Hunting by Carl H. Martens

The Tidal Wave maintains the comfort of the traditional hand sewn moccasin construction, while enhancing performance through H2FLO-VENT™ technology, a new, lightweight outsole system which circulates air, and drains water for total foot comfort. Designed for boaters, anglers and water sports enthusiasts, this boat oxford style is made with waxy full grain leather, mesh inserts for optimum breathability, and non-corrosive metal hardware. 

Ruff Wear Performance Dog Gear in for Review

Ruff Wear Performance Dog Gear in for Review

in Apparel, Backpacking & Camping by Carl H. Martens

Ruff Wear’s mission is to build performance product to enhance and inspire outdoor adventures for dogs and their human companions.  That’s an excerpt from their website about their mission…you can read the rest of their mission from founder Patrick Kruse here.

We received the Palisades Pack and the Singletrak Pack to test out and review.  Upon receipt of these packs, my initial thought immediately went to the rugged construction of the packs.  I was extremely impressed with the fabrics and hardware used in the construction process to produce such high quality packs.  I recall that one of my first thoughts was my desire that Ruff Wear produced a pack for humans…unfortunately they do not.  I was envious of the gear that my dog would get to utilize.  The two packs really are constructed exceptionally well. 

Woolmark Embarks on Global Sportswear Strategy

Woolmark Embarks on Global Sportswear Strategy

in Apparel by Carl H. Martens

07.13.2011– As part of a three year strategy to penetrate the global sportswear market, Australian Wool Innovation (AWI), owner of the Woolmark brand, have employed the services of US based sports industry veteran Stan Mavis to help grow awareness and demand for Australian Merino wool within the sports apparel sector.

“I couldn’t pass up this incredible opportunity to be part of this major initiative at AWI. Australian Merino wool is an amazing natural fibre with over 10,000 years in the making. When you combine this tremendous heritage with the latest in innovation and technology, it creates a truly unique sport apparel opportunity and I am excited to be part of it.” 

Maui Jim Freight Trains Sunglasses Review

Maui Jim Freight Trains Sunglasses Review

in Apparel, Optics by Evan Faassen

Maui Jim Freight Trains sunglasses is part of Maui Jim’s new MauiFlex memory metal collection.  They feature a durable, bendable, and lightweight frame made of MauiFlex memory metal in a classic, double-bridged aviator style with a modified rectangle shape.  The glasses have rubber temple tips for comfort and are equipped with lightweight, impact-resistant Maui Jim Maui Evolution Polarized lenses for superior optics and glare protection. 

Life of Luxury No More

Life of Luxury No More

in Apparel by Carl H. Martens

Two years ago, I rescued a female Australian Shepherd/Border Collie mix whom I named Bailey.  From day one, she has been my little princess.  She has my heart.  I was fortunate that she came already house-broken and trained.  She has been a gem.

Wet Electronics? Drop It In. Dry It Out.

Wet Electronics?  Drop It In.  Dry It Out.

in Apparel by Carl H. Martens

What is a Bheestie?  Pronounced, ‘be-ste it is a noun meaning:  a servant who draws and carries water.  OK, but what is a BHEESTIE Bag?  Designed by two sisters, The BHEESTIE Bag is an innovative product that gets the wet out of a cellphone, iPod, watches, cameras, etc.  The outdoors will get you wet from sweat, rain, or humidity and if you’re wet, there’s a chance your electronics gets wet as well.  Wet electronics can cause damaging corrosion/malfunction.  The BHEESTIE Bag helps protects your electronics from this damage. 

What is a RUNNUR?

What is a RUNNUR?

in Apparel by Carl H. Martens

Let’s face it, the fanny pack was and is a great idea, it just isn’t very cool to wear one these days. Enter the RUNNUR product. It is designed to carry all the essentials I.D., cash, credit cards, phone, mp3 player, sunglasses, water bottles, and more.  

Oboz Yellowstone Womens Hiking Boot Review

Oboz Yellowstone Womens Hiking Boot Review

in Apparel, Backpacking & Camping by Emily Stidman

I’m not an avid hiker, but love to get out whenever possible.  My friend Carl gave me the opportunity to test out the Oboz Yellowstone womens hiking boots.

Right off I was impressed that these boots have such an excellent grip.  A majority of the trails that I have been on include crossing paths with slippery rocks and passing through creeks, however the boots maintained a steady grip.  The boots also did a great job of keeping most of the water out.  They got a little bit wet, as to be expected when completely submerged underwater, but dried quickly. 

point6 Merino Wool Socks in for Review

point6 Merino Wool Socks in for Review

in Apparel by Carl H. Martens

Unfamiliar with point6?  Get familiar.   Founded by Patty and Peter Duke, the same pioneers that first introduced merino wool to the outdoor industry when they created the company Smartwool.  Now, 16 years later with the sale of Smartwool complete and in the past, the Dukes have set out to expand and improve on their last business venture.  The poin6,  website boasts, “once you’ve experienced point6, your socks life will never be the same again.”  With a statement like that it caught our attention and as such we contacted point6 in order to review some of their merino wool socks engineered specifically for hiking and skiing. 

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