Xtenex Laces – It just makes sense.

Many athletes who have a relationship with shoelaces understand the importance of comfortable of shoe fit and ability to easily slip on and off. More than athletes can enjoy Xtenex, but casual shoe wears that desire comfort as ease of use. Xtenex Laces are made with 100% polyester, fitting, and tapered shoe lace which are available in different lengths and colors.

Xtenex shoe lace is made with a tapered hybrid knot design for a locked in hold. With this design, shoes will stay fitted as the tapered knot design will enhance proper fit for the shoe and prevent it from slipping off during races and while being active. Also, Xtenex shoe lace enhances comfort by allowing for the natural
swelling of feet providing exceptional fit for athletes and sportsmen.

Nevertheless, Xtenex shoe lace are available in different lengths, making it fit for all kind of shoes and for different shoe sizes. Young children will also find it useful and very comfortable, easy to use and help extend the life of a pair of shoes.

Features of the shoe lace include:

  • 100% polyester
  • Comes in different colors which give you variety of options to choose from
  • Comes in different length choices
  • Converts footwear to pull on/slip off ease
  • Designed for sports or casual footwear
  • Easy to use
  • Enhances comfort by allowing for the natural swelling of feet
  • Fashionable and attractive
  • Less Aggressive Moderate Fit
  • Long lasting and durable, making it economical
  • TAPERED Hybrid Knot design for a Blocked in Hold


The above characteristics coupled with the feedback received has proven beyond doubt that Xtenex shoe lace is the best when it comes to proper shoe fit as well as comfort slipping on and off.

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Cairn Box, Is it worth it?

After receiving the Cairn Box for 3 months, we can safely say that Cairn Box is worth the subscription charge. By receiving items monthly, you are able to try new equipment from different manufacturers that can improve you’re hiking and backpacking experiences.  To learn more please visit the Cairn Box website by clicking on the icon below or watch our recent YouTube videos reviewing the contents of each box.

Packing for Kilimanjaro.

While packing it’s important to know the climates that you’ll be hiking through and packing layers for each. 
At the base of the mountain will be hot and humid, while the higher elevations at base camp will have higher winds with temperatures dropping as low as 15 degrees. Check with your guide before leaving, different seasons will have different weather patterns and temperatures.

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Planning for Kilimanjaro.

Here is a quick checklist to complete while planning for a Kilimanjaro trip.


  • Save For The Trip: The total cost for the trip will depend on the adventures you plan while in Africa.  It is common for somebody climbing Mount Kilimanjaro to take additional trips to the Safari and Zanzibar Beach.

Hiking Kilimanjaro: $1500-$2500

Safari: $900-$2500

Airfare: $1300-$2000

Travel Insurance: $200-400

Tips: $300-400

Rental and New Equipment Purchases.

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Preparing for Kilimanjaro.

With so many miles on my boots, preparing for Mount Kilimanjaro should of been an easy task. But after a recent accident while skiing in Lake Tahoe my progress was greatly set back. With a hairline fracture in my tibia, forcing me to be on crutches for 2 months and rehab for an additional 2 months.  My fears of reaching the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro grew with every passing day.

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Youth Backpacks for the Young Adventurer.

Recently, we received a request to find and review children’s backpack suitable for backpacking adventures.  A couple things that we kept in mind  during our search was cost, functionality, and similarities to an adult backpack. The problem with a children backpack is outgrowing the backpack in several years, leaving the backpack with minimal use.

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Keen has made some changes to their dependable Targhee II Mid design that we became to love. The new design changes the boots appearance and weight but has not changed the expected performance.  

When first trying the Targhee II Mid – TAC boots,  they felt a little wider than the standard Targhee.  This could be due to the fact these are brand new compare to the miles upon miles of trail Targhee  original boots has seen. Immediately after lacing the boots, the Keen TACs provided that familiar feeling and we’re ready to hit the trail.

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Columbia Base layer – With Omniheat

The Columbia base-layer with Omniheat is an excellent option for the cooler nights on the trail. Most backpackers carry a base-layer for cool nights and days with temperatures below their comfort levels. By adding a base layer to your pack, you can remove the need for another pair of warmer pants that will add additional weight for clothing seldom worn during a trip. By using the Columbia Omniheat, you can reduce the additional bulk created by other heavyweight base layers.

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REI Half Dome 2 Plus – Review

REI Half Dome 2 Plus

In the never ending quest to find the best and lightest shelter types and methods, I started with the REI Half Dome 2 Plus. When I first discovered the REI Half Dome 2 Plus, it had the key features that a beginner backpacker feels are necessities; large vestibules on both left and right doors, a large rain fly that covers the entire tent with the addition of multiple pockets for all the extra unnecessary things I carried. Continue reading REI Half Dome 2 Plus – Review

Hennessy Hammock Review

The Hennessy Hammock is one of the top manufactured hammocks on the market. The benefit of purchasing the Hennessy Hammock is having all the key features included for your next camping trip. But having the additional features does come out a small price that is well worth it.

The Hennessy Hammock comes in a variety of options such as the ultralight, Explorer and Jungle models that provide Hennessy’s Velcro entry and traditional zipper closure. Included with the Hennessy Hammock is a polyester square rain-fly, ridge-line, no-see-um bug netting, polyester webbing and hammock.

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