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.
Sunday, January 30, 2011
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
...to be continued....
Monday, January 17, 2011
The Kawasaki Special Fixed Blade Stag is a faithful reproduction of an original design by one of Japan's most respected bladesmiths, Akihisa Kawasaki. That, unfortunately, is where legend and reality start to diverge in a hurry. The VG-10 blade has a random pattern stamped along the top to try to replicate the look of marks left by an ancient forge press. The bolster and trim on the sheath are both adorned with similar engraving. The Stag handle material gives the knife a rustic and classic feel, but is the only authentic piece on the knife. Sadly, none of the character and soul of the traditional techniques have made it into this production knife. From materials to workmanship this knife left me wanting more.
For a $240 knife from Seki City, "disappointed" is a massive understatement.
Friday, January 14, 2011
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Bertucci has designed and built a line of field watches with the outdoors enthusiast in mind. Rugged and accurate, you can't ask for a whole lot more. I gave the A-2T Vintage a try and I am thoroughly impressed. The matte titanium case is waterproof to 100 meters, and nearly unbreakable. Utilizing a classic military design, the bars/lugs are solid and integrated into the case so you have no chance of popping a pin and losing the watch. The Swiss made movement keeps perfect time. I have been checking it against the official US atomic clock, and it has been right on for over a month.
The watch came with two bands to choose from, the green 2-ply nylon (pictured) and a grey Tri-Dura that feels like suede. Simply slide one band out and the other in, no need for tools of any kind. Also included was a Pro-Guard, a high performance elastomere dial guard that also slides on without tools, that adds even further durability to an already tough watch.
Bertucci produces 10 watch models with countless color and band combinations, so you can find the one that fits your needs and style. Every watch available has been built for the woods, but are cool enough for the street.
Sunday, January 9, 2011
Saturday, January 8, 2011
The F33P fish finder fits comfortably in your hand and has a lanyard so you can wear it around your neck for easy and quick viewing. The display gives you just the right amount of information for a back-country canoe trip. Some of the functions include depth readout, sensitive setting, back light, fish alarm, fish depth indicator, bottom contour detector, fish location indicator, and weed detector. For me this is more than adequate in canoe country. The ease of use and the simplicity of the Hawkeye F33P makes this a must have on any fishing trip.
Model Number F33P
Unit Dimensions 1.5”H x 2.8”W x 4.3”D
Display Window Size 1.5”W x 1.8”H
Display Type VirtuView Liquid Crystal Icon
LCD Backlighting Green LED SoftGlow
Power Requirement 4 x ’AAA’ Alkaline Batteries
Battery Life 30 Hours Continuous Use
Units of Measure Feet & Meters
Depth Range Max. 99.9 Feet (30.4 Meters)
Depth Range Min. 1.5 Feet (.5 Meter)
Depth Readout Increments .1 Foot/Meter
Sonar Sensor Type Floating, Trollable, ShootThru
Sonar Sensor Cable Length 35 Ft (10.7 M)
Sonar Sensor Frequency 200 khz
Sonar Beam Angle 25 Degrees
Wednesday, January 5, 2011
So, if you want to hunt for hidden caches and share the adventure online with your friends, the eXplorist GC is a perfect tool. Plus, if you find yourself off the beaten path and maybe even a little lost, it will help you find your way home too.
Tuesday, January 4, 2011
The video is over 11 minutes long, but the first few kids featured are well worth the watch...
Sunday, January 2, 2011