Ketzal Bags was formed after founder, Miles, completed a trip from California to Patagonia. While touring South America, he went canyoneering in Nicaragua, off roading in Columbia, mountain climbing in Gauatemala and rafting in Honduras. Participating these diverse activities, Miles realized that he needed a way to keep the things that he reached for time and time again close to hand.
Ever since YETI first dropped their rotomolded cooler in 2006, cooler manufacturers have been looking for ways to regain market share. Unfortunately, many of these companies are producing inferior look-a-likes that are only marginally better than the old ABS plastic coolers of yesteryear. That's not the case with Gnarwhal. What's a "Gnarwhal"?
Old worn out sleeping bags are some of the most uncomfortable things on the planet. I know this because I’ve used the same sleeping bag for over ten years. That’s why I was extremely excited when SJK sent me their new Wheeler Lake sleeping bag to test out. It’s not a radical new product, but it does come with some perks especially if you are tall.
Enter Ursa Minor Vehicles.
I recently had the opportunity to help my close friend John install his new J30 Ursa Minor Camper onto his Jeep. Normally I don’t associate an opportunity with heavy lifting, but I’ve long been curious about the J30 camper. I’ve seen a few in person and as a mechanical thinker, I’ve always wanted to know how they were assembled and what makes them tick.
It’s currently June and in Wyoming, that means the snow has finally stopped falling and it’s time to head for the mountains. Luckily for me, it’s only a thirty minute drive to the Wind River range, but I have been meaning to visit Flaming Gorge since passing it on the way to Moab last year. I thought this would be the perfect trip to tryout Slumberjack’s new, Nightfall 2 tent.
Having spent a fair amount of nights in an inappropriately insulated sleeping bag, I set out to do some research before replacing it with something more comfortable. As it turns out, selecting a proper sleeping bag is much easier than it looks. It really boils down to three determining factors: temperature rating, type of insulation, and size. Here is what I learned.
The world of coolers has changed substantially in the last few years. Many advancements have been made in both ice retention and functionality. In this fast growing genre (where many companies appear to be nothing more than clones of other brands), once can see how difficult it can be to innovate and stay ahead of the curve, but it isn’t impossible.