Putting Outdoor Research’s Supercharger pants to the Test

Call me obsessive or call me thorough (or both if you like) but I really feel it necessary to put new gear to the test before I write up a review. That’s why for more than three months I’ve been putting four items from Outdoor Research to the Val in Real Life test. That test has taken me and these …

Gear Review: Cobrabraids

One of the products you’ve probably noticed around in the last couple of years are the various offerings of parachute cord that come in the form of keychains, bracelets, and whatnot. Well, many months ago I agreed to test and review Cobrabraids brand parachute cords through the Outdoor Blogger Network. The unusual nature of this review though was that it …

Big Service from Big Agnes

Ah dear readers, let me put you in the way back machine… ok, only back to April but it seems like really a long time ago. As you’ll recall, our Big Agnes Flying Diamond 6 met with some adversity in Death Valley. Granted, it was user error, but adversity nonetheless. You would expect your tent being blown pancake-flat would result …

Gear Review: Petzl Tikka xp2 Headlamp

Ok, so this may not be much of a review. It’s more of a love-fest with my new headlamp. Some ladies like jewelry but if you want to make a outdoorsy girl happy, give her something she can really use. 😀 I picked up this headlamp after reading about it in some outdoor magazine or another, after my frustration with …

Granola Review: iPhone Otterbox

This was not a product I actually intended to review when I bought it but after putting it through its paces the last few months I thought my iPhone OtterBox deserved a shout out. A tale of abuse… Clearly I spend a lot of time outdoors and in a variety of environments. I do not take it easy on my …

Gettin’ Joggy with it: GeoPalz Pedometer

Sorry, couldn’t resist a really bad pun. But, in truth, George has been getting joggy/jiggy with his new GeoPalz pedometer. Seriously, the kid has been walking, wiggling, skipping, and jumping his way all over town to watch his activity count soar. The backstory… We happened upon this handy little gadget as part of a giveaway at Outdoor Blogger Network. It’s …

Pillow Talk

Sleeping in a tent doesn’t mean you must be uncomfortable as the uninitiated might think. In fact, getting a good night’s sleep is not only perfectly achievable, it’s crucial to having a groovy trip. Well-rested campers are happy campers. This little post is not about all of the ins-and-outs of satisfying tent sleep, however. Today’s focus is about resting your …

Home Sweet Home: The Big Agnes Flying Diamond 6

At long last, I’ve jotted down my thoughts on our new tent. Parting is such sweet sorrow… We here at Camp Granola have had many a wonderful outdoor adventure with our much-adored REI Geomountain 4. It’s been with us nearly as long as Fred has and she has sheltered us from some pretty intense weather over the years. So before …

Let the camping begin…

Ah Spring! Like the birds, flowers, and trees, we humans reemerge from winter, ready to get out and play. Campgrounds fill up with a wide array of campers, from minimalists to pack-the-whole-housists. (I’m looking at you RV bus!) You may think that a criticism but it isn’t entirely. I’d much rather see people having a good time out in the …