I switched from an automatic drip maker to pour-over. I realized that the cost of a truly decent drip maker was just not worth it. So far I'm liking it better. I'm not really interested in going any further - pre-ground is good enough for my tastes. The dripper is a Sea To Summit X-Brew … Continue reading Coffeeology 101
I have two headlamps at this point. The first I bought was a cheap, apparently generic one while then I got a Fenix model for my wife to use. Bottom line: buy cheap and you'll end up buying twice. This model can be had for about $25 on Amazon and seems to be a generic … Continue reading About headlamps
A great budget-friendly constant light source for your selfies and more. 10K Ring Lights website I ordered the 10" Selfie Ring Light w/ mini tripod model 1 (there's a different tripod style available) a few weeks ago and it arrived today. As with everything else I've posted on this blog I have no relationship with … Continue reading 10k Ring Lights
Solid if imperfect. I call it a keeper. Tethered cover, piezio ignition, flame height adjustment, and lock and stand to use it hands free. Single jet that will light and burn even if held upside-down. I got it as a backup should the igniter on my camp stove fail. Issue: won't light in the lowest … Continue reading Gear review: Blazer PB-207 Pocket Micro Torch
Daily wear 5 years and one replacement sole later. I wear these instead of the motorcycle gear brand boots for a simple reason: the motorcycle gear brand boots are really designed that you only wear them when riding and change out for walking about. Don't and you'll truck the sole off in a year.
Reliable. Separate power and mode switches. Two-direction pocket clip. USB-C recharging port with dust cover. Con: Fenix cheaps out on the nylon belt sheath; I just use the pocket clip to attach it to my Leatherman Wave sheath. The smaller part of the barrel is 1" Tail cap switch for on/off, button near the head … Continue reading Gear review: Fenix PD36R rechargeable flashlight
Solid multitool. Lacking a lock for the internal tools, but that was corrected on the new model.
Rectangular type bag. Due to my weird body proportions the mummy type don't fit - women's are too tight in the shoulders and men's are too tight across the boobs. Only one photo as it's just a sleeping bag.
Packs small, little pillow but works fine for me. Includes a pillow slip case integrated into the storage pouch. It officially self-inflates but I prefer to blow a little more air into it for the desired firmness. In the slip case
Lightweight inflation option for the REI Flash sleeping pad. Has a double-ended drawstring closure to either pack in its integrated pouch or use as a dry bag. Packed in its pouch Open it, blow into it to inflate, then twist closed. Compress to inflate. Cleavage optional.