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Saturday, June 3, 2017

BIG TASTE IN A TINY PACKAGE - FUEL 100 ELECTRO-BITES

Every once in awhile you come across a new product that really surprises you.  This every once in awhile happened to me recently. After receiving some Electro-Bite samples from Fuel 100, I was pleasantly surprised.  These little gems are a new taste, texture, and form in the portable energy recovery market.  

These tasty little morsels come in a variety of flavors including Pumpkin Spice, Apple Cinnamon, Salty Vanilla, Simply Salty, and my favorite, Salty Vinegar.

The lightweight bites are bit larger than a kernel of corn.
No messy thick syrup or gum.  Just pop a dry kernel on the run.  

The texture is very curious...airy, lightweight, 
and crunchy with a mild creamy consistency after you chew it.  The taste and texture are much like a graham cracker.  

Surprisingly delicious! 

Packed with real ingredients to keep you going.

Good stuff!

Although the package reads for endurance athletes, I can assure you that I am no where near an endurance athlete.  However, after trying these during a couple of strenuous hikes, I actually did feel a difference than when I did the same hike without them.  
My energy level seemed to be elevated and I did not feel muscle fatigue like I normally would.  

Since we treat our dogs like our kids, I decided to let them try them as well.  Did they help?  Hard to say.  But I can tell you that they liked the taste because they kept begging for more.

I will definitely be picking up more of these for the summer.  The handy little packets will be great for backpacking, mountain biking, and bird hunting.


Wednesday, November 30, 2016

TAKE THE LEAD - SEATTLE SPORTS SPRINGER DOG LEASH


As a dog owner and dog lover, it's always fun to see new and innovative products for our furry friends.  Recently, I was fortunate enough to encounter an opportunity to test out a unique product from Seattle Sports; The Springer Dog Leash.  Seattle Sports was founded by two brothers in Seattle in 1983.  Today as many of you outdoor enthusiasts may know, Seattle Sports makes some of the best quality, affordable outdoor gear on the market.  

My test subject for this review was our 
four year old black lab Kate.



The packaging is very simple and minimalistic for less waste.


What makes this leash particularly unique is the waterproof and odor resistant clear vinyl piece.  Not only is it surprisingly strong, but it is also has a "springer" property that allows the leash to take the brunt of abrupt dog movements.  


The thickness of the clear vinyl is the same as a 
U.S. quarter and 1" wide.  

The quick release buckle on the handle loop is one of my favorite features of the leash.  

It allows you to easily attach your dog to an object such as a park bench without having to unleash your dog at the collar.

Kate is a high energy dog and being able to leave her contained on the leash while attaching her to an anchor point was reassuring for safety reasons.


The integrated D-ring is very handy for clipping on additional items such as a treat container or poop bags.


The woven nylon material is heavily stitched for superior strength.

The durable leash clip hardware is coated with a quality chrome finish.  The spring loaded, smooth functioning clasp makes for an easy on/off, while the swivel joint keeps the lead from getting twisted.
  

The reflective embossed logo is a nice accessory touch with function.









In this photo, I used the quick release loop and wrapped it around the main lead around my waist.  With it being five feet (60") long, it was more than enough to create a hands free approach and worked perfectly during a running session. 






Some things to consider however is that the clear vinyl has different characteristics than that of a regular full length nylon or leather lead.  With that, it is a bit temperamental in various temperatures.  When it was colder out, the material was much more stiff and ridged than when the weather was warmer.  This made handling the leash a little uncomfortable in your hand.  If you have a dog that has a tendency to pull while on a lead, this is definitely a down side.  If however you are looking for something light in weight, this is definitely the way to go.  Comparing it to our other leather lead (54" and 5.6 oz), the five foot (60") Springer Leash weighs in at only 4.4 oz.  I especially liked this feature while I was running or backpacking.

Overall I really liked this leash.  With Christmas just around the corner, this would be a great gift for the dog enthusiast.  


Here is the link for Seattle Sports' Springer Leash:



Enjoy!

"They motivate us to play, be affectionate, 
seek adventure and be loyal."  
--Tom Hayden








Thursday, November 26, 2015

DAY OF THANKS - REMEMBERING THE MEANING OF TODAY




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