Review – Ozark Trail Collapsible Coffee Drip

Review – Ozark Trail Collapsible Coffee Drip

I got mine at Walmart. I have also seen it at Amazon.  About a year ago we switched to pour over coffee. Over the year I’ve discovered that it doesn’t need to be as fancy as we started out with. We used to purchase the expensive matching filters. And while they are easier for beginners, the cheap regular filters work just as well once you’ve got the hang of it. Some brands are a tad shorter than others which can be irritating. Either way I prefer the unbleached 10cup filters. (Stainless cone filter available here) When we have access to plenty of electricity we get whole beans and put them through a burr grinder before each cup. When off grid, solar power is a premium so we take grounds with us. Either way we’ve been happy with pretty much any Kona blends and recommend Lock’n Load Java when you want more oomph.  In civilization we have a Zojirushi (love them!). At camp we boil water in a simple camp kettle. Both are readily available on Amazon. Previously we’ve used this kettle’s percolator set-up to make our coffee. But then we have to clean it out and start over any time anyone wants tea or soup or anything else. So we decided to bring our pour over cone with us. Naturally it’s porcelain. You know, perfect for the wilderness! However it’s been totally worth it. Having that kettle always only be water makes more of a difference for a family of 6 than I even realized it would. Mom and Dad can make coffee, daughter can make soup, her brothers...
Review – Cast Iron Scrubber

Review – Cast Iron Scrubber

Now that the website is working again, I can post the reviews from our friends In Arizona! They are camping for an extended period and we had the opportunity to send them some gear to test for us.  Stainless Steel Chainmail Cast Iron Scrubber(7×7 size with a hanging ring) I love cooking with our cast iron set. And detest cleaning it after certain meals. After a couple weeks out here I realized it was affecting what we eat. We were eating way more junk food than normal simply because less clean-up was involved.  When we have a big sink with hot running water and a washer in the next room I love using the regular heavy duty dish sponges with a scrubbie side. They get thoroughly rinsed after each use and rotated out daily. I have a ventilated basket just for kitchen cloths and scrubbies. The moment they get too gunked up (such as after cleaning a casserole dish or a pot from spaghetti sauce) into the wash-bin they go. Easy peasy.  But at camp that gunky scrubbie is the bane of my existence. First, water is a premium so I can’t rinse them out as well. Second, food traces bring unwanted pests – and in certain places can even be dangerous. So all our rinse water must be accounted for carefully. Any wet scrubbies and cloths must be dried before being put in a laundry bag or they’ll get super smelly before laundry day. Which then makes it harder to get the entire load clean at a DIY laundromat. I just can’t afford to throw away a scrubbie...
Reviews from 1/2 a world away

Reviews from 1/2 a world away

We had the opportunity to help sponsor an amazing young woman on the trip of a lifetime. An 11 month, 11 country backpacking mission trip. With the help of some manufacturers, we were able to set her up with some great gear for her 3rd world adventures. Here are her reviews of the goods. –Katie As we head into our next country, it was so fun making this video and being able to reflect on this past month and all that was experienced and ways that I was impacted by the people in Pretoria, South Africa. From the kids and staff at the township, to our host and the friendships that were formed. Watch and see a glimpse of what life was like the past month!   The World Race South Africa     Shoutouts!   Okay, so this part is WAY overdue, but so important. There were a lot of people and companies that sponsored me with gear to make this trip a little better so here are some shoutouts to them as well as some awesome gear recommendations- whether you are a future world racer or just someone that has an adventurous spirit and will be traveling soon I highly recommend all of these products!    First of all, huge thank you to Todd Jones for setting this up, you are a great rep for your companies and I am so thankful to you and the extra work you put in to make this happen.    Okay here it goes:    Luci EMRG Light by Mpowered: http://amzn.to/2h9dmqN This is an awesome solar powered blow up lantern that was...
Review – PATRIOT PANTRY COFFEE

Review – PATRIOT PANTRY COFFEE

So, we have some wonderful fans who are spending the next few months camping all over the place in Arizona. They’ve graciously agreed to write some reviews for us. Here is the first one… Patriot Pantry Coffee The package is extremely lightweight and easy to pack.  I made 2 cups with hot water boiled in a standard kettle on the propane camp stove.  We didn’t pack any measuring cups or spoons. So using an actual long handled teaspoon, I measured one very rounded and the other a little shallow. Then I eyeballed 6oz of hot water into each of our 20oz travel mugs    (if you are hiking or backpacking I would recommend these carabiner mugs with measure marks inside).  The coffee blended nearly instantly. It certainly is the quickest way to a cup of coffee. I had two cups made in less than half the time it normally takes us to make one cup.  I took the shallower spoonful. It was a little bland. I realized belatedly that I could’ve simply added a bit more of the coffee to the water. And if it was too much I could’ve added a bit more water. Keep in mind, I was making the coffee before I had the coffee šŸ˜‰ . So, instead I added a bit of the kids’ chocolate powder. It just finished my cup. It was pleasant if not spectacular. Like a cafe mocha I might’ve got at the shop at my high school summer camp. I gave the rounded teaspoonful to my husband. My first sip had an initial bitterness that dissipated quickly. Perfectly drinkable but...
Review – Convoy S3 Flashlight

Review – Convoy S3 Flashlight

The Convoy S3 is an attractive light with great output, decent grip knurling, and some attention to detail that I’ve found lacking in some higher end lights, lately. This medium EDC light comes with your choice of LED emitters. You can choose either a cool white XM-L2 U2 or the more neutral white XM-L2 T6. With your emitter choice you can also pick your maximum lumen output. Options range from 500 lumens to 1100 lumens. The S3 offers an option usually seen on lights from higher end companies like FourSevens and Thrunite; the ability to change the output choices or “group”. In this instance, you get to choose “Group 1”: A 5 mode setup – Low, Medium, High, strobe, and SOS Or, for those who prefer a simpler setup you can choose “Group 2”: The normal – Low, Medium, High arrangement. It sounds simple in the instructions but took me a couple of tries to figure out. Here goes: -Turn on the light with a full “click” of the tail switch. -1/2 press (no click but the light will change) the tail switch, a couple times, until you get to Low mode. -Once there, wait a few seconds and the light will blink once. -When it does, 1/2 press the tail switch and hold for a couple seconds and then release. -The light should still be in Low mode. Wait a few seconds for the light to blink once again. -Turn the light off (full click) for 5 seconds (to bypass the setting memory). -When you turn the light back on, it will be in the other mode. Sounds...
Review – Ganzo G7412 Pocket Knife

Review – Ganzo G7412 Pocket Knife

The Ganzo G7412-OR-WS Axis Lock Pocket Knife – I was contacted by Gearbest.com about reviewing some items from them (look for the review on their Convoy S3 flashlight; Coming Soon). I was surprised when the package showed up from the UK pretty quickly. In the box was the Gonzo G7412 and the Convoy flashlight. Both arrived in pretty basic packaging. I’m ok with that. They were bubble wrapped for protection and packaged well. On to the review… I carried the G7412 for a couple weeks. Now, I use my knife several times a day, for work. I cut everything from cardboard, to thin plastic sheeting. I cut masking and duct tape, electrical sheathing, puncture metal can caps (it’s the only way to open them), and cut masking against metal and concrete. Needless to say, I’m hard on a blade. So, when the Gonzo showed up, I was pleasantly surprised to find that it had an excellent edge on it. Literally “shavin’ sharp”. Seriously, I have the bald spot on my arm to prove it… I put this thing through my usual daily torture and it held up very well for a 440C blade. 440C is good metal but it isn’t exactly tier 1 steel. What I do love about 440C, is the ability to put a great edge on it easily. A quick pass over my DMT fine grit diamond stone and a few passes on the Tandy Leather Strop (at home) or the Lansky Strop I keep in my EDC kit, and the edge is slicing through that pesky 0.3mil plastic like butter. The Ganzo 7412 uses an...
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