Cabelas Boundary Waters II Roll-Top Dry Bag Review

Cabelas Boundary Waters II Roll-Top Dry Bag Review

Handy Features: One of the most heavy-duty bags of its kind This bag is actually waterproof, unlike some other dry bags on the market This bag features a practical loop, which is very handy for connecting a strap to.  The loop is not necessarily to be trusted if the bag is very heavy. These dry bags come in a variety of sizes Drawbacks: This bag is not squirrel-proof Tips: When hanging this bag from a tree while backpacking in bear country, hang it at least 10 feet out from the tree trunk and 5 feet down from the branch (link to bear article) When hanging this bag from a tree as mentioned above, use a thin, slippery rope as opposed to a rough or thick rope: red squirrels can easily climb down thick and/or slippery rope Overall Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars It’s worth it to fork over the extra cash when purchasing a dry sack, as there are several products on the market that could only be described as “wet sacks.” These devious totes prey on the unsuspecting consumer by masquerading under the misnomer “dry sack.”  Buyer...

MSR Blacklite Gourmet Cookset Review

MSR Blacklite Gourmet Cookset Review

Handy features: The Panhandler™; a helpful gripper that serves each pot and pan and makes for easy storage Each pot and pan fits neatly into each other for minimal storage space This set is very lightweight and does not weigh down your pack The pack towels that come with the set are amazing, they’re like the ShamWow towels.  We use one for washing the dishes and the other for soaking up all the moisture afterward so we can pack the set away soon after use. The grooved bottoms of the pots and pans help prevent them from slipping off your camp stove The handle on the lid flips down for easy storage, and stays up while in use. Drawbacks: A large drawback that we have noticed is that the nonstick coating flakes off the pots and pans fairly easily.  After we used this set for a few solid weeks there were a significant amount of scrapes. We were not able to use this set after owning it for a couple of years. Tips: Make sure to only use plastic or wooden utensils to prevent flaking Allow the pack towels to dry thoroughly before repacking to prevent mold (this is fairly obvious, but an easy mistake to make if you’re in a rush) Keep the pot/pan gripper in it’s handy cloth pouch while in storage to prevent flaking of the pots and pans MSR makes handy fold-up utensils such as serving spoons and spatulas that fit inside the set Overall Rating: 3 out of 5 stars For other cookware options, check out the links below: <A HREF=”http://ws.amazon.com/widgets/q?rt=tf_ssw&ServiceVersion=20070822&MarketPlace=US&ID=V20070822%2FUS%2Fwilderwaypoi-20%2F8003%2F147ce94d-4431-4332-bf74-d09eceb49361&Operation=NoScript”>Amazon.com...

MSR Dragonfly Camp Stove Review

MSR Dragonfly Camp Stove Review

Usability: As with many camp stoves, the MSR Dragonfly is designed to be easily portable. Although this stove is fairly lightweight, it can still heat up water or food nearly as well as a regular kitchen stove. One of its most notable features of the MSR Dragonfly is that it safely holds most of the camping pots that are designed for hiking or backpacking (“up to 9″ maximum diameter,” according to MSR). This stove separates itself from the rest with its simmer feature and its stability. Setup is not too difficult; it comes with simple directions. Just unfold the stove, connect the tank, light and turn it on. The small explosion when first lit may spook some, but it doesn’t take long to get used to it. This is a rather loud stove, but it does give one the sense that it is giving all it has to heat your food or water. Perhaps it even lessens the curiosity of creatures that happen across the scent of your food! This stove also has a wonderful feature that allows you to heat your food anywhere from a light simmer to a rolling boil. Some of the cheaper stoves do not have this feature, and it definitely allows one to cook a wider variety of meals. A nice feature of the MSR Dragonfly is that it burns multiple fuel types (white gas, kerosene, unleaded auto fuel, diesel, and jet fuel). This may come in handy if you find yourself out of your regular fuel type. I recommend white gas for its cleanliness; other fuels have been known to clog the stove. Durability This stove is somewhat pricey, but high quality and quite durable. It is made mostly of metal and all of the folding parts are stable. Even with a little rough use this stove should keep on heating up your dish. However, I would recommend picking up the spare parts kit that has all the general parts that do wear out over time, such as bushings. MSR makes a nice little package for most of their stoves that are not too much money and they will definitely pay for themselves if you end up needing it in the middle of the woods. Overall, I wouldn’t worry about breaking this stove unless you run it over with a car or drop it off a cliff. Practicality Camp stoves in general are very practical for the backpacker or hiker. The Dragonfly seems to give you all the benefits of a kitchen stove in a fairly small package, folding up to about 1/3 its working size. It does all that one can ask for in a small backpacking stove and then some. I would recommend this stove if you plan on spending a significant amount of time in the wilderness. What’s in the Package Stove, small pack of tools, manual, carrying case, wind and heat shields and the pump (gas tank not included) Buy the MSR Dragonfly camp stove from backcountry.com MSR DragonFly Stove One Color, One Size Simmer a temperamental sauce over a small flame or quickly melt snow over the torch-like setting on MSR’s DragonFly Stove. This compact, liquid-fuel stove covers all your camping stove needs. MSR’s dual-valve design provides a wide range of flame control. The DragonFly Stove supports larger pots or frying pans for any gourmet cooking you attempt on car-camping trips or overnight backpacking adventures. The DragonFly Stove runs on a variety of fuels, as well, which enables you to slay the hunger dragons quickly. Fold this camping stove into a two-liter MSR pot for easy, safe storage. *Fuel sold...