OUTDOOR GEAR, GADGETS & GOODIES


 GSI OUTDOORS “MICRO TABLE”

GR-GSI OUTDOORS-PORTABLE TABLE

I found this table to be a big asset in my camp kitchen, a handy, positionable work station for prepping and serving meals. It was also very handy as a mini deck on my sea kayak, providing a convenient platform for laying out fishing rigging gear.

The GSI Micro Table features shock cords and folding legs for a steady surface for cooking at a campfire or handy work platform on the deck of kayak. It also provides a low-level table for inside your tent as well. 

DETAILS: Constructed of flame and heat resistant anodized aluminum and designed to hold 20 lb. The table unfolds and locks forming a 15.5” x 11.25” platform. The unit weighs under 2 pounds and collapses down to 15.5” x 2.375 x 3.25” )GSI Micro Table

 

 MICROLITE 500 FLIP LOCKING, FLIP-TOP VACUUM BOTTLE

GEAR-GSI-MINI THERMAL BOTTLE
Versatile cap secures contents while offering both drink spout and wide-mouth access.

 I filled it with boiling water, put it outside at -3F; after three hours it was still hot enough to blister the roof of my mouth. That’s heat retention at its best!  Glacier Stainless Microlite 500 Vacuum Bottle by GSI Outdoors – DETAILS:  Vacuum-insulated bottle provides 8 hrs. heat and 16 hrs. cold retention; 1/3rd lighter than traditional designs; Weight- 7.9 oz.; thin, 2mm walls; 18/8 stainless steel, Push-button, flip top cap locks closed for transport-locks open for easy drinking.GSI Microlite 500

GSI’s DUKJUG MULTI-COMPONENT  WATER BOTTLE 

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Yet another great, reliable product from GSI Outdoors  is their 100% BPA-free, and recyclable poly-propylene plastic water bottle that doesn’t retain odors or tastes. The Dukjug Water Bottle holds 32-fluid ounces of liquid while offering a few special and very useful features: it has a recessed section of the cylinder that allows the user to wrap a few feet of duct tape around the bottle for handy emergency use…and doubles as a bit of protection to bare fingers in cold weather. A firm grip and additional insulation is also provided by a movable silicone mesh collar grip around the bottle, too.

A cam-designed lid provides easy leverage for the cap, even when wearing gloves, and the flexible straw that folds away under the cap makes sipping easy, too. Dukjug Water Bottle

ECO-VESSEL: BIGFOOT TRIPLE INSULATED WATER BOTTLE –

GEAR-STRAINER TOP THERMO BOTTLE

Another great thermal bottle that keeps liquids hot for a very long time! The strainer cap insert holds back ice, tea leaves and such when drinking or pour.  The narrow spout coupled with the wide-mouth opening makes it an all purpose beverage/food vessel.

DETAILS:  45 oz/ 1.3 liter -TriMax® stainless steel, triple insulation technology, vacuum insulate; tested to keep liquids cold 36 hours/hot up to 8 hours; dual use leak proof top wide opening/easy filling and small opening/easy drinking; interchangeable tops available; 18/8 premium stainless steel; no BPA, no phthalates, no liners; dual use top – interchangeable with flip spout lid; sturdy carrying strap; never sweats; recyclable.EcoVessel thermal bottle

  LOWFAT “MILK MAN”

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Tastes like actual milk, especially if mixed up the night before – or allowed to ‘mellow’ for a few hours before drinking.

This is the BEST POWERED MILK EVER!  In all my years of backcountry camping, it has been a cold glass of milk that I’ve craved throughout the adventure – and a nearly insurmountable challenge to find a palatable sip of moo juice in powder form.

Well, I’m here to proclaim, Marron Food’sLow Fat Milkman” with the kiss of cream.” is everything all other dry milk products aren’t and more! The secret is the cream added back into the dry formula – creating a much tastier milk.

DETAILS: Milkman® contains 5 percent milk fat before adding water, which reduces it to 1/2 percent milk fat once mixed. 3.44-ounce packets of mix are proportioned to be mixed with one quart of water; then served chilled for best taste. Low Fat “Milk Man”

MPOWERD’S LUCI OUTDOOR-INFLATABLE SOLAR LANTERN

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I have one snugged under the bungees on my kayak deck. I also have one tucked in the visor of my car (to recharge, just place it solar cell side up on the dash). It’s an incredibly versatile outdoor light source.

The MPOWERD LUCI LANTERN is basically a blow-up, sun-powered, waterproof utility light that can be used by a wide range of outdoor enthusiasts – anywhere a soft and reliable light may come in handy. It’s a quick charge and can be stowed with the solar panels exposed for constant re-powering throughout your trek. Even when compressed it can be attached to your kayak deck and used as a running light. It’s a bright, diffused glow that provides ample light around camp or in your tent.

gear-luci-light-2DETAILS: Weight: 4 ounces; diameter: 5”; standing fully inflated at 4.5” tall; Ten LED
lights = 65 lumens of light covering a ten 
square foot area. Solar panels- 8 hours at full  charge; up to 12 on the lowest (bright) setting. ON/OFF button is bull’s eyed in center of the solar panel side (opposite the inflation nozzle side). Completely waterproof (and it floats); it can be stowed on the deck of a kayak solar panel side up thereby keeping it charged and serving as a deck running light when turned on.MPOWERD Luci Lantern

FLASHING ROADSIDE EMERGENCY DISK (FRED)

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Magnetic base, waterproof, and it floats – perfect for maritime use.

I’m a firm believer in multi-purpose gear. These “roadside” LED flasher/flares also function well in the marine environment (Think safety lights on your watercraft!).

Wagan Tech’s Flashing Roadside Emergency Disk (FRED) is shatterproof, extremely bright, remains cool to the touch. FRED uses bright LED bulbs that have a life span of over 50,000 hours and are resistant to shock and are extremely bright. The base has a strong magnetic backing and a flush fitting hook.The ease to display/attach lights handy light for watercraft.

Its polycarbonate case is surrounded by a Thermoplastic Elastomer (TPE) wrap making the FRED Light shatterproof, with a non-slip grip:

FRED LIGHTS COMBO
–  15 LEDs (12 Red, 3 White);

     –  9 Flash modes;
     –  3 white LED worklight;
     –  Full 360 degree visibility (can be seen up to  a mile radius);
     –  Dust and waterproof;
     –  It floats. FRED Lights

 

“PRACTICING GOOD JUDGEMENT”

Adventurer’s Guide to Making Critical Decisions

…is a definitive book on what goes into making good decisions, particularly those that affect your outdoor adventure. Written by well-known and respected kayak instructor and lecturer, Wayne Hordowich,  Practicing Good Judgment should be in everyone’s outdoor adventure library.  Here’s an overview as presented on the back cover of this new book:

BOOK-PRACTICING GOOD JUDGMENT

It seemed like a good idea at the time” is one of my favorite sayings because I have used it more than I would like to admit. Said in another way, “Good judgement is learned through experience – and experience is gained from bad judgment.”  You can re-invent the wheel or choose to learn some lessons from others who have made good and bad choices. Practicing good judgment is a skill that can be developed if you have the right tools.

 

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