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Recently I had the opportunity to ski on the new for 2011 K2 charger skis. I spent 3 days at ski Purgatory skiing in a variety of conditions and I believe I got a good feel for these amazing skis. The Chargers I used measure in at 174 CM long, with tip, waist, and tail measuring 122-74-106. This season rocker is all the rage and all of K2’s new AMP series (including the Charger) has some degree of rocker.

For the past several weeks I have had the opportunity to review a pair of Magnum Precision Ultra-Lite WPI CT boots. I won the boots in a contest on Outdoor Bloggers Network. As part of the contest I had to agree to test and review the boots.My Pair of Magnum Boots. Hiking along the Saline BayouWhen I first opened the boots I was a little disappointed. The boots I received where not the same as the boots pictured in the

For the last week or so I have been carrying around a Gerber Crucial Multi-Tool. The folks at OutdoorPros.com were kind enough to send me one to review. I admit that I haven’t been able to take the tool on any outdoor adventures…but then again the tool seems to be more of an everyday multi-tool then a backpacking tool.At first look the Gerber Crucial is a very attractive tool. The charcoal and green colors are unique and give the

Some time ago I tested a new Anti Stink Technology from Agion Active. By participating in this gear test I was automatically entered into a contest to win an all expense paid vacation through Glacier Guides to Glacier National Park. In order to win I have to get the most votes on my Agion Active Profile Page.As I write this I am in third place with 370 votes. I need more then 140 votes to take the lead. The contest

Katadyn Hiker and Inlet Tube. (output tube not shown)I have to say…I love my Katadyn Hiker Micro Filter. I have been using my Katadyn Hiker for more than 3 years on a wide variety of backpacking and overnight kayaking trips. Any time I know fresh water will be available on the trail…I throw it into my bag. My filter has processed countless gallons of water without a single filter change. Katadyn claims it can filter up to 200 gallons of

While preparing for an October backpacking trip I came across an advertisement for Bridgeford Ready to Eat sandwiches. I decided to order some and give them a try. I ordered three different flavors: Honey Barbecue Beef, Honey Barbeque Chicken, And Italian style.Not that long ago my wife’s grandfather gave me some military MRE heater packs. These heater packs are supposed to warm your “ready to eat” meal in 10-15 min. Since Bridgeford Ready to Eat Sandwiches were originally created for

The worst shoe I have ever bought. The North Face Padda “Amphibious running Shoe” is described as ”a must-have for athletes who require a stable shoe for kayaking, or rafting.” Now I enjoy my fair share of kayaking and rafting. And so I bought a pair of Padda shoes to wear mostly as a water shoe…but also considering its “amphibious” nature… a casual tennis shoe. Well that was a mistake. The North Face Padda does not perform well as

For a little more then a year now I have been wearing a pair of Vasque Clarion GTX boots anytime I go hiking. These boots have been my vehicle to the top of Texas, Enchanted Rock, Sierra Blanca, Mount Livermoore, and Hermits Peak. They have taken me down into Carlsbad Caverns, Devil’s Hall, and Palo Duro Canyon. I have carried as little as 5 pounds and as much as 45 pounds with these boots on my feet. Throughout all these

Last weekend the family and I headed back to Mount Livermore to see if we couldn’t make it to the summit this time. If you have been following the blog then you know our last attempt was plagued by thunderstorms. This weekend was the exact opposite. Saturday turned out to be a beautiful day and my family took advantage of yet another open weekend at The Nature Conservancy’s Davis Mountain Preserve. Madera Canyon Road below the pipe gate.Once again we drove

We recently bought the Deuter Kid Comfort II backpack child carrier. We bought this pack to carry our 6 month old daughter on our frequent hikes. The Kid Comfort two has brought our family closer together and our daughter seems to love riding in it. Anytime we put her in the pack she smiles real big and begins to kick her feet in excitement. She is constantly looking in every direction on our hikes and has not fussed or become upset. (UPDATE: