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Oct 26, 2016

Review: Lever Gear | Toolcard

Money clip for minimalist travelersI have been on a minimalist kick for the last year. I finally admitted to myself that I tend to travel with too much stuff. Take my wallet for example, I recently went through it and found receipts from six months ago, an expired national park pass, and some cash I didn't think I had. As such, I was excited to work with Lever Gear and test the new Toolcard on some of my recent trips.


Specifications:
  • Dimensions: 3.27” x 2.09” x 0.40” (w/ clip)
  • Weight:1.3 ounces (w/ clip)
  • Hardness: HRC 50
  • Material: 420 Stainless Steel
  • Finish: Black Nitride QPQ
  • Price: $35.00

Sep 12, 2016

Review: GSI Outdoors Pinnacle Camper

We have been running the same GSI Outdoors Glacier Cookset and Cascadian Tableware set since 2010 with great success. Although the two sets are not sold together, we found them and our 10" Pinnacle Frypan to nest perfectly together, fitting nicely in our 4Runner's kitchen drawers. Our only complaint with the setup was the tendency for the stainless steel to have hot spots, resulting in uneven cooking.

Contrast this with the aluminum construction of our Frypan, which produced even cooking, and we often found our Glacier set relegated to boiling water. It didn't make much sense to keep lugging around a set that didn't fit the way we cook. Ultimately, after a conversation with GSI Outdoor's design team, we decided to take the plunge and start cooking with their recently updated Pinnacle Camper setup.

Specifications:
  • Size: 4 Person
  • Weight: 3 lbs. 10 oz.
  • Dimensions: 9.10'' x 9.10'' x 5.80''
  • Material: Non-Stick Coated, Hard Anodized Aluminum, Clear Polypropylene, Nylon 6-6, Silicone
  • Included: 3 L Pot, 2 L Pot, 2 Strainer Lids, 9 Frypan, 4 14 fl-oz insulated mugs, 4 14 fl-oz bowls, 4 7.5 plates, 4 Sip-It Tops, Folding Pot Gripper, Welded Sink.
  • Price: $139.95 - Amazon.com

Jul 14, 2016

Review: Tamron SP 15-30MM F/2.8 Di VC USD

Nikon D700, 15mm, f/11, ISO 400, 1/100 sec
I had the pleasure of spending a total of four weeks, over the last year, traveling with Tamron's new SP 15-30mm f/2.8 Di VC USD lens. The lens, which was officially announced in February of 2015, was immediately received with excitement because, like the SP 24-70mm f/2.8 that came out before it, the SP 15-30mm was the first lens in its class to incorporate image stabilization into a fast f/2.8 aperture. The lens is

Specifications:

  • Mount Type: Nikon F-Bayonet
  • Maximum Aperture: f/2.8
  • Minimum Aperture: f/22
  • Format: FX (Full Frame)
  • Max Angle of View: 110°
  • Min Angle of View: 49°
  • Lens Elements: 18
  • Lens Groups: 13
  • Diaphragm Blades: 9
  • Min Focus Distance: 11in. (0.28m)
  • Filter Size: N/A
  • Approx. Dimensions DxL: 3.9in x 5.6in
  • Approx. Weight: 38.8 oz. (1,100 g)
  • Price: $1,199.00