2mm Dyneema Guyline – Rated 1,000lbs

In a previous post I compared the weight, cost, and strength of various types of popular cordage in an effort to provide as much information as I could about the types of cord I own and have used. I’d like to update that article now to include a new cord that I have recently purchased, […]

Keychain Multi Tools Revisited

I recently had a peculiar customer service experience with the makers of the Screwpop keychain tool. I had lost the original 1/4″ hex nut driver that came with the tool and had tried to replace it using a standard 1/4″ hex nut driver that I had spare (already owned). To my utter amazement it didn’t […]

The Loudest Whistle in the World?

I was recently contacted by Howard Wright, CEO of All Weather Safety Whistle Co. and inventor of the Storm Whistle regarding my safety whistles decibel testing blog post. He had enjoyed the whistle comparison and tests and was so confident about his whistle being the loudest in the world, he offered to send me some […]

Safety Whistles | Decibel Testing

A few months ago I wrote a mini review of the UST JetScream whistle which, if you recall, I was a little disappointed with. As part of that review, I performed a very unscientific comparison of the loudness of the JetScream to other whistles that I own. By unscientific I mean, just how it sounded […]

Small Pens for Backpacking

I like to take notes and keep a trail journal while I’m hiking, so having a reliable pen or small pencil handy is a must for me.  For the longest time I’ve carried a standard #2 pencil cut down to size so that it fits along the spine of my Rite in the Rain notebook, […]

Toying with Titanium | Alcohol Stove

I’ve always been curious about all of the titanium products that are on the market and targeted at ultralight backpackers like myself. Until now I’ve resisted the urge to buy any of them. However, armed with a recent REI gift card I decided to bite the bullet and see what Ti is all about. I’ve […]