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[Released] Locus Gear ‘Djedi DCF-eVent Dome’ Shelter

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The shelter that some of us have been waiting a few years to see hit production has just been launched!

The team at Locus Gear, just a matter of a few minutes ago (around 10 pm, PST, GMT-8), updated their website to debut the Djedi DCF-eVent Dome 2 person shelter!

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They are releasing it in two versions, with and without a front mesh inner door.

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Kora ‘Xenolith Sweater’

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Greetings Adventurers!

Six months ago I received a new garment called the ‘Xenolith Sweater‘ from Kora, a UK based company that specializes in high-end garments – primarily for those who are doing expeditions and epic adventurers in some of the most awesome places that we humans go here on earth.

I have previously reviewed the Kora ‘Shola 230’ Leggings and the Kora ‘Shola 230 Zip’ Top, with the latter of the two being, by far, the most popular of the two garments. I have often responded to folks wanting to know my thoughts about the Shola 230 Top with: “the Kora Shola 230 Zip is the best warmth to weight ratio top garment that I have used“. I did ding the 230 Zip in a few ways but gave it significantly more praise than counter praise. It is an amazing lightweight layer 1 or L2 thermal garment for the typical day to day conditions that I face here in the Redwoods of Northern California. Likewise, the 230 leggings have been my go-to thermal bottoms since I got them.

Over the last, almost two years now, I have tried to stay devoted to putting the test to Yak wool products, from Kora as well as other companies trying to make a go at making Yak wool garments. This has not been easy. A lot of these garments made from Yak wool are hella expensive, often times a third or more expensive than their appropriate counterparts in the Merino wool market. It has also not been easy because I have encountered more than one company making Yak wool garments that have just turned out to be horribly disappointing in the durability world of things. And lastly, in the things that have made it hard to do long-term garment testing on Yak wool products is the simple fact that there is not a lot of them on the market.

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Knee Pillow, The Making Of

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Greetings Adventurers!

Here is a video on how to make a Knee Pillow, for those who are side sleepers and suffer from knee-on-knee pain at night.

The product used to make a Knee Pillow is the Klymit Cush which are usually around $13 bucks over on amazon.

The heating iron that I use is about $6 bucks, also available on amazon.

It should take you about 2 minutes to make a Knee Pillow, most of that time waiting for the iron to heat up.

I have been using an identical version of the Knee Pillow I make in this video for over a year without any failures.

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Sawyer Select Water Filters and Purifiers

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Greetings Adventurers!

Our good friends have introduced a new series of bottled water filters and after some initial use of them I wanted to share a bit about them. They are being branded as “Select Water Filters and Purifiers” with the term “Select” being part of their new “Select Foam System“, which means that beyond just the Sawyer filter on top of the bottle, these new filters have foam filters inside of them!

Through the use of Foam Adsorption Technology, in partnership with a company called Foamulations LLC, the combination of the foam filters and the Sawyer filter provides a double whammo on protecting you from unsafe water!

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My ditty bag setups

I have kept the same ditty bag setup for years, but I do not think I have ever done a dedicated video on them, so, here is my video!

Some of the products in my ditty bags:

Had a few people ask for links to some stuff in my ditty bags, so here are the links for a couple of the items.

Thanks!

 

Favorite Gear of the Year, 2017

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Wow winter season is fast approaching and it is time for my Favorite Gear of the Year for 2017.

A few of the items are going to be fairly long term gear, having used them for a season or two, or more, yet I still consider them the best-of. Similarly, some of the gear is going to be pretty new pieces for me, things that I just started using this year but that have impressed me enough to highlight them.

This article will not be just about gear. Down towards the bottom I will share some of my favorite videos, website, things I am looking forward to trying next year, and some honorable mentions. Please do not forget to read the disclaimer at the bottom of the article. And a special thank you to those folks who have joined my patron page this year!

Anyway, with all the mumbojumbo out of the way, here are my picks for the 2017 season!

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