NEW BALANCE COUNTRY WALKERS: SOLEFUL STRUT

New Balance Men’s Country Walkers Pros: Attractive, earthy look is non-trendy classic.  Size-appropriate – my size thirteen, triple-E feet are pleased.  NB’s overall stability, Abzorb cushioning and otherwise comfy fit suited to uneven terrain, gravel, grass or concrete.  Non-marking soles grip without tracking-in excessive muck. Cons: Longer than expected break-in.  Stiff cushioning in Achilles area takes some

NOW I LAY ME DOWN TO SLEEP. . .AT THE BOULDERS PLEASE!

The Boulders Resort and Golf Course Pros: Elegant, flawless pampering, great golf ( if that’s your thing) Cons: Starts expensive and stays that way I’ve stayed at The Boulders only once, but once was enough to make a very pleasant memory. The Boulders Resort in Scottsdale, Az is a 5-star Waldorf-Astoria Resort. As mentioned, I was only there once – for two nights, but

VINTAGE AND WORKS GREAT

Alladin Stanley® Vacuum Bottle Pros: made to last, and it does Cons: heavy for arthritic hands My vintage, American made, Alladin Stanley® vacuum bottle is a well-made, dandy of a vaccum bottle. My dad carried a glass lined thermos bottle in his lunch box for years so my experience with the Alladin Stanley vacuum bottle was limited,

DID I REALLY WRITE THAT OUTLOUD? TIFOSI SUNGLASSES

Tifosi Women’s Lust Wrap Sunglasses Pros: Super stylish – super fit ( which is, of course, completely subjective when it comes to something as individual as eyewear). Cons: One-size doesn’t always fit all Webster Handy College Dictionary – definition of  a “slut”: “1, a slovenly woman. 2, a promiscuous woman. 3, a female dog. ”  I gave myself the safety net

WHATSA MATTER – GETTIN’ COLD FEET?

Rothco Nordic Gear Lectra Sox Pros: Definitely keep your feet warm Cons: Remembering fresh batteries My Norwegian grandfather would probably laugh me out of hunting camp – ‘ Oh ufda! ‘lectric socks?  Ha-ha-ha!’ Well, Oregon winters may not get near as cold as Norway, but I’m not wearing caribou or sealblubber-lined boots either! Consider: It’s 5:30 A.M., dark still, quiet and cold. I’d love to walk into the house

HOLY VESUVIUS! THAT’S A LOTTA LAVA!

Hwy 242 – McKenzie Pass Byway Pros: Scenery you’ll see no other place on Earth Cons: Hairpin turns,  vehicle-length limits It would be unlikely you would find yourself in this environment much after nightfall, for there are no hotels encouraging you to ‘stay and play’, no restaurants advertizing their dinner specials, or even a gas station with a soda machine.  In

PENDLETON – THE NAME SAYS IT ALL!

Pendleton Plaid Blanket with Leather Carrier Pendleton Camping Blankets Pros: Extremely well-made, lasts for years Cons: Pricey, and not easy to find the blanket dimensions on their website I’ve written reviews lately on camping gear, such as my Coleman PerfectFlow 1-Burner Stove, and Coleman Chest Cooler. I’ve even mentioned sleeping bags I own, but ironically, never use. First let me say, I am not claustrophobic – elevators, vehicles,

EAT YOUR NOODLES – OUTSIDE WHENEVER POSSIBLE!

Coleman Perfect-Flow 1-Burner Model # 2000004124 Pros: Ridiculously easy to assemble, instant flame Cons: Wish the base were just a bit deeper for greater stability Ramen Noodles, camping and my Coleman PerfectFlow 1-Burner were simply meant for each another – like Timmy and Lassie, or Donald Trump and hairspray. I recently posted a review on Coleman Chest  Coolers, including a picture of an impromptu campout from

TOPEAK’S “EXPLORER TUBULAR RACK WITH SPRING”: IT’S TWO BICYCLE RACKS IN ONE (“TRUNK-BAG” AND “SPRING-CLIP”)

Topeak Explorer Tubular Rack (with Spring) Pros: Currently costing about $40, this Topeak “Explorer” rear rack is exceedingly rugged, versatile and handy. Cons: None for me. [But certain consumers might require a somewhat lengthier (alternatively available) Topeak model.] In my prior review I discussed Topeak’s MTX trunk bag DXP. In this present review I’ll focus on Topeak’s compatible

HOW COOL(ER) IS THIS?

Coleman 70-Qt. Xtreme Cooler ( Blue) PROS:  Does exactly what it’s designed to do – plus CONS: None    Okay, so it’s not a beautiful picture – but it’s authentic, representing my 56-Qt. Coleman Chest Cooler (among other Coleman camping items, like the one-burner stove and propane cylinder).  What’s not showing is my Coleman tent, lantern and folding chair.