In Review: Jack Wolfskin Go Hike Softshell & Tech T

A little bit back, we gave you a quick roundup of some options from Jack Wolfskin (you can see that here). Temps are starting to change here in Chicagoland, so thinking about some different layers for heading out on trails (or even grocery store runs) is something we’re doing. Following on from that roundup, we had samples come in for two of the items – the Jack Wolfskin Tech T and Go Hike Softshell.

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In Review: Sea to Summit Stretch-Loc Straps

These days, when I’m thinking of tie-down straps, it’s generally the larger sort for holding stuff down in the cargo basket in the family hauler. That said, there’s still something to be said about being able to tie things down – or simply attach them – on a much smaller scale. That’s where the Sea to Summit Stretch-Loc Straps come in handy.

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Introducing: SOLE Carbon-negative Cork Insoles

Claiming that a product – any product – is carbon-negative is a pretty bold claim. That’s precisely what SOLE is doing with their latest release. It started with a thorough 3rd-party life cycle analysis, and then they did some extra calculations for how much carbon a forest of cork can sequester (you can read more about that here), which then leads to these insoles.

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In Review: Anker Soundcore Life Q35 ANC Headphones

Over the last year and a half, I’ve really come to appreciate how well active noise cancelling headphones can work. First, it was just when I was on the main floor, and blocking out noises from my family as I went about my work day. Now that I’ve relocated to the basement, blocking out the sound from the pipes and furnace is what allows me to focus. I’ve steadily been marking through the Anker Soundcore lineup, and recently have been spending time with the Anker Soundcore Life Q35.

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In Review: MP Magic Waffle Towel

If you recall, it wasn’t that long ago that we told you about the crowdfunding campaign for the MP Magic Waffle Towel (you can see that here). Even though that campaign doesn’t finish until the start of October, we were able to get an early one in to take for a spin (and don’t worry, there are no pictures of me in a towel in this review).

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Introducing Beckett Simonon footwear

While we’ve likely not been giving much thought to nicer shoes and boots – as we’ve not been heading to the office – but that’s going to change sooner, rather than later. Sure, you could head to the department or big box store and get some inexpensive pair, but those are only going to last for a year at most. What about something with higher-quality leather and construction? Those can be spendy, but the crew over at Beckett Simonon look to be able to deliver it at some very affordable prices.

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In Review: Amazfit PowerBuds Pro

Over the last few years, I’ve been fortunate to review a number of different sets of headphones and earbuds. Used to be, those were just for workouts at the gym, but now they’ve become an integral part of my morning jogs, and of course throughout the work day for getting on any number of Teams calls. One of the latest pairs to grace my desk -and ears – are the Amazfit PowerBuds Pro.

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In Review: Swiftwick Pursuit Hike Midweight socks

A few weeks back, we introduced you to Swiftwick socks (seen here), and their joining in with the #HikeUnited initiative. Since that article was published, we’ve been able to spend some time with a pair of the Swiftwick Pursuit Hike Midweight socks, and are here to give you our thoughts.

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In Review: BioLite Alpenglow

Last week, we talked to you about something that I would consider a “standard” camping/emergency lantern, in terms of overall design and the fact that it uses standard D-cell batteries. Today, we’re going to go through something that is very much a modern take on a camping (or backyard) lantern, the BioLite Alpenglow.

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