Our picks for the best gear of last year.
Prepare for the cold! We run done our picks for the best base layers around.
The Paddle Junkie crew spent 4 days wandering the halls of the Salt Palace in Salt Lake City to find the coolest gear released at the Outdoor Retailer trade show. This is what we found.
7 Guys, 6 Days, 150+ pieces of Gear... More fun than could be imagined.
Our top picks from all our reviews of 2011.
Friday, May 28, 2010
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Once you pick up one of these you know it is more than your average lighter. A gentle press of the button flips the cover open and two adjustable bright blue jet flames instantly appear. This will definitely light your cigar or campfire with ease. The jet flame reaches about 2 inched tall and sets fire to anything in its path. Windproof and works in incredibly well in wet conditions. Get wet kindling going in seconds. A fuel gauge and a cigar punch are ingeniously built in features.
For the more serious cigar fans Xikar has a line of cutters and containers that are equally impressive. The teardrop shaped cutters are razor sharp and come in a wide variety of handle materials and colors. These strong compact cutters clipped a 50 ring gauge cigar in two like there was nothing there. If you have a taste for the exotic, you have to check out the Fossil Mammoth Ivory Cutters. The small travel humidor is durable and light, holds at least 5 cigars and is completely waterproof to make sure they stay safe and dry on the trek in.
I will have my Xikar lighter in my pocket on my next trip into the woods. I know I will have fire no matter what Mother Nature throws at me. I will also have perfectly maintained stogies clipped with surgical precision. Possibly a bit unnecessary I admit, but well worth the added ounces in my pack.
Friday, May 14, 2010
Thursday, May 13, 2010
The Forest Service will re-open the Kekekabic Trail and associated trails to public use beginning May 5, 2010.
Also beginning Wednesday May 5, 2010, campfires will be allowed any time of day ONLY in designated fire grates in developed campgrounds.
On all other Forest System lands, roads and trails, within the boundaries of the Superior National Forest, building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire or wood/charcoal burning stove continues to be prohibited. The prohibition on campfires, charcoal and wood-burning campstoves includes the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.
Gas and propane stoves are permitted anytime of day in any area of the Superior National Forest, including the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.
Forest managers are making this change in response to recent precipitation and green growth in northern Minnesota which has decreased fire danger in many areas. Conditions in the Arrowhead Region continue to contribute to high fire danger and the need to reduce potential human-caused fires.
Previously, due to extreme fire danger across all of northern Minnesota, the Forest Service had prohibited campfires, charcoal and wood-burning campstoves in all areas of the Superior National Forest and the Chippewa National Forest and closed the Kekekabic Trail system. Restrictions on the Chippewa National Forest have since been lifted.
For additional information, please contact Superior National Forest at 218-626-4300