Petzl Tikka Plus LED Headlamp

Petzl Tikka Plus LED HeadlampThere is something very appealing about a camping headlamp. Maybe it is just knowing there is this compact source of illumination in your backpack to help keep away the scary unknown of the dark, but for me there is some gadget lust there as well.

This summer, heading out into the field I was unable to track down my old faithful headlamp,  so I stopped at The Elephant's Perch here in Ketchum, ID and picked up a new one. The Perch is one of Ketchum's oldest and best outdoor stores, if you are ever in town I recommend you check them out. I picked out the Petzl Tikka Plus which is just an updated version of my old Petzl. This version has: [Read more...]

Planetary Design Coffee Mugs

Planetary Designs Desk Press

A couple Christmases back I received a Planetary Design Desk Press coffee mug as a present and a good one it was. Certainly not the sort of present that is going to be regifted or accepted with polite thanks. No, this baby has become part of the daily kit and has seen a tremendous amount of use. More coffee than I would like to admit has seen the inside of its stainless steel double walls, gallons of the stuff that have seen my insides as well...

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Freeplay Xray LED Handcrank Flashlight

Freeplay Xray LED Flashlight The Freeplay Xray LED hand crank flashlight is a great emergency light for your daypack or glove box. It only requires a small amount of cranking to power up - approximately 30 seconds for 20 minutes shine time. It also comes with an adaptor for charging it from the wall and the battery can hold a charge worth 20 hours.

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Guyot Designs Squishy Bowl

limesquishybowlThe Squishy Bowl & Cup is fun and colorful camping item by hip company Guyot Designs. Made from food grade silicone these appealing little items are completely flexible &  lightweight. They pack small by squishing them down and spring back into shape for use. Heat and cold have little effect and it is doubtful you will encounter any temperatures so extreme they will create any issues.

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Leatherman Original PST Multi-Tool

Leatherman Original PST Multi-toolThis Leatherman Original had been a standard in my gear collection for quite some time. Amazingly I have had this one for years because multi-tools are exactly the type of outdoor equipment that I always seem to misplace. Somewhere in another dimension is a box with my name on it filled with Swiss army knifes and multi-tools. I did lose the leather case for this one though soon after I got it.

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Katadyn Hiker Pro Water Filter

katadyn-pro-hiker-water-filter-003I've used Sweetwater water filters for years but when my last one wore out I decided to try something new and picked up the Katadyn Hiker Pro.
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