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CamelBak Arc 4 Hydration Belt – Product Review

| May 1, 2013 | 0 Comments

Iv’e been running pretty regularly since early January and I’ve used the waist mounted bottle system from CamelBak called the Arc 4 Hydration Belt about a dozen times since then. The Arc 4 features four convenient 8 oz. snap-in bottles that are easy to remove and replace while maintaining pace. The ‘baskets’ that hold the bottles in place are very intuitive as well as […]

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Training for the Iron Warrior Dash

| April 1, 2013 | 0 Comments

Recently, I participated in the Iron Warrior Dash (IWD), a 15-mile off-road obstacle course. In early January I suddenly had the urge to start running again. No, this wasn’t a New Year resolution, just a coincidence that I suddenly felt the desire to begin running again. The weather here in Texas was pretty mild and running is a great […]

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Exercise = Amonia Stench? What’s Going On?

| January 24, 2013 | 0 Comments

I’ve recently started running again, trying to work my distance up to 15 miles so I can compete (I use the term “compete” loosely) in the Iron Warrior Dash in March. The Iron Warrior Dash is a 15.2 mile off-road run that features 25 obstacles along the way, not including the varied terrain, elevation changes […]

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Roof Rack Tune Up?

| January 18, 2013 | 0 Comments

Need to tune up your roof rack this winter? Check out the deals in the ACK Outlet. We have a HUGE variety of discontinued and open box items that are just waiting to be put in service to aid in your next adventure. Almost all of these are first quality items that are in an […]

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Selling the house and grabbing the dogs…

| January 17, 2013 | 1 Comment

I’m selling the house, grabbing my wife and the dogs and hitting the road, living large in my SD Mirage 4 Tent…this thing is ridiculous…51 square feet, over 6 feet of headroom, 4 doors a giant vestibule and a screen room…

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Kelty Cache Box: Keep Electronics Safe

| January 11, 2013 | 0 Comments

Check out the new Cache Box Electronics Storage Boxes from Kelty. They are designed to accommodate everything from iPads and other tablets and e-Readers to smart phones and cameras. Available in three sizes; small, medium and large. The inside of the boxes are filled with straps, dividers and pockets to keep everything organized and secure. While not specifically designed to […]

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Therm-a-Rest Sleeping Bags? Yes Sleeping Bags…

| January 10, 2013 | 1 Comment

You read that right, Therm-a-Rest, the kings of the sleeping pad have just released a new line of sleeping bags and they are stout. From the 750+ fill goose down 0°F Altair (Read:Really Warm) to the 40°F Regulus Blanket they’ve got you covered…literally. The general premise behind the line seems to be warm, light and […]

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Boat Pinned? Learn the Z-Drag

| December 16, 2012 | 0 Comments

Boat pinned in fast moving water? Learn the Z-Drag System. With a length of rope, a few carabiners, and a couple of slings you can quickly set up a simple system to free a pinned canoe, kayak or raft. Tie a loop in the end of your throw bag and attach this to a central […]

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Camping this weekend? Be prepared…

| October 27, 2012 | 0 Comments

Are you heading out for the weekend? Maybe a few nights at a State Park, or a couple of days at a hike-in-site.  Be prepared. Take a quick and simple inventory of your gear and you can make sure that you have a relaxing weekend. Water First Aid Lights Insect Repellent Rain Gear/Rain Canopy Camera […]

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Dry Down? Yes Dri-Down!

| January 31, 2012 | 0 Comments

A couple of weeks ago I attended the Outdoor Retailer Winter Market to get a glimpse at what was coming down the pipeline in new gear and new technology. There were several things that caught my eye this year and one of the most interesting was Dri-Down. Most of us know that down is by […]

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