REVIEW: Manfrotto KLYP+ Case and Set of 3 Lenses for iPhone 5/5S

REVIEW: Manfrotto KLYP+ Case and Set of 3 Lenses for iPhone 5/5S

Pretty excited to review the Manfrotto KLYP+ Case and Lenses for iPhone 5/5S! It’s been a while since my last blog post and I must admit that life has gotten in the way, probably a good thing, of my adventures. Things have been really busy with my photography and I can’t be happier with where life is at the moment! So, for this set of lenses and tripod mount from Manfrotto. I love this setup! I absolutely love it! I’m so happy with the images these lenses produce and I’m really fond of the tripod mount. You can attach your iPhone to almost any tripod mount out there, from big professional ones to small gorilla pods and everything in between. I can’t wait to use these lenses backpacking, since they’re so light and small, compared to my more professional gear. I’ve been getting into timelapse photography lately with my iPhone and the tripod mount is a must for that. Really excited to shoot some timelapses while hiking or camping in some remote locations. Here are a few images I’ve captured with this system so far. The quality is great! And, here is what the system looks like all together. Perfection. We recommend purchasing these lenses from B&H. Here are the links if you want to give us some credit on the sale: Manfrotto KLYP+ Case for iPhone 5/5S Manfrotto Lenses for iPhone 5/5S – Set of 3 For a more in-depth review, check out my photography website:...
REVIEW: Redington Sonic Pro Waders

REVIEW: Redington Sonic Pro Waders

There are quite a few reviews out there already for the Redington Sonic Pro Waders. I guess it was common practice for Redington to send these out free for bloggers to review. Not the case for mine though, I did some research and made the purchase myself. Now, granted, the price point for waders these days has a ton of diversity to it. You can get budget waders for under $100 or go high end and drop over $600. My budget allowed for somewhere in the middle and I ultimately came out with a new pair of the Sonic Pros. I purchased these waders for $300 new. That was two years ago, and the price is still the same for the most part, however, you can find some great deals if you search selectively. Before the Sonic Pro Wader, I had gone through three waders in three years. I’m not sure what the deal is there! I’m not particularly tough on my gear, just bad luck and cheaper waders I guess. These Redington waders were a breath of fresh air though! The most important thing for me is staying dry and comfortable. Being a professional photographer, most of my summer is booked every year, so I spend most of my time on the water in less than ideal conditions. Plenty of winter steelheading, rainy days, etc. These waders have kept me perfectly dry and I have no complaints as far as that goes. I did develop a very small leak in the right foot but Redington replaced the waders for free and very quickly so. Great customer service! I...
REVIEW: North Face Cat’s Meow 20 Degree Sleeping Bag

REVIEW: North Face Cat’s Meow 20 Degree Sleeping Bag

I wanted to review this bag quite a while back but never got to it for some reason. Right away, I loved this sleeping bag! Besides all the regular stuff and what you can find by looking at the bag specs, here is what I like about it: Versatility: This may be one of the most important things about most sleeping bags but nobody ever mentions it. Can I use this bag in various conditions? When it’s 29 degrees? When it’s 42 degrees? If I’m on a trip with varying elevation and varying temperatures? I can’t answer everything for every circumstance, but I will say this bag is quite versatile! I’ve slept in it on nights below freezing, I’ve slept in it in the spare bedroom at home. I’ve used it on backpacking trips, car camping, overnight float trips, and lounging around. I had one night where it was too warm, but that was camping on the river in September with a low of 55 degrees. Easy fix though, just opened the side and kept my feet out. Glow in the dark zipper pull: Yeah, stoked! Easy to use and easy to find in the dark, and that’s usually where you’ll find yourself sleeping. Also, the zipper doesn’t catch nearly as much as some other bags I’ve used. Lightweight & Packable: That should go without saying, however, I wanted to give it a quick mention here. I pack mine with my tent in a large Alps Compression Bag easily. Also, happy to carry a synthetic 20 degree bag in a long, under 3 lbs. You can get the North...
REVIEW: REI Mars 80 Overnight Backpack

REVIEW: REI Mars 80 Overnight Backpack

The REI Mars 80 has quite the reputation, almost a cult-like following. Before buying this pack, I researched it like crazy. And the thing that jumped out at me is this: with how many people rave about this pack, there is not much on the web in terms of personal reviews. Sure, REI has great reviews on the Mars 80 but nothing in-depth. And everything else out there seems to be just a blanket statement or purchase encouragement. I would much rather talk about how I’ve used this pack and what my personal opinion is after owning it for a couple of years. First of all, I’m a pretty big guy. 6’2″ and 220lbs. I have broad shoulders. I have a size large in this pack. The REI Mars 80 is really comfortable. I’ve hiked miles with 55lbs on my back and it’s crazy how it balances and carries the load for you! It’s a pretty big pack but there are so many adjustable options, you can customize it down for a much smaller load. That’s actually one of my favorite features of this pack. I’ve used it quite a bit hunting with a very small load. Strap it down, carry some water, snacks, camera, as well as everything I would need if I’m successful and need to pack out an animal. It’s a joy to wear and really versatile in my opinion. I also really like the multiple access points, yet very streamlined, simple features. You can unzip the entire main compartment when you’re packing up camp, or you can go through the top instead. The exterior pockets...
REVIEW: Keen Gypsum Mid Waterproof Hiking Boot

REVIEW: Keen Gypsum Mid Waterproof Hiking Boot

Before I let you know what I think about these boots, I thought it best to let you know what I use them for. I generally wear these boots for three main purposes: – hiking/backpacking – working outdoors in wet conditions – outdoor photography during the wetter months of the year Many of you know that I am a professional photographer (feel free to check out my photography work at www.joshuaraineyphotography.com). My day job often includes tasks like walking through overgrown fields to photograph an adorable couple, exploring old abandoned buildings during a portrait session, etc. I use these boots during many of the photo shoots I do in less than ideal weather conditions. I also wear them while working around the house/property in the Spring and Fall. Oregon is kind of a bummer if you’re a fan of dry weather. We just don’t get very much of it around here. And lastly, I wear these boots while hiking and backpacking. That is probably the most obvious use but I definitely wanted to point out that these boots are not not just for the trails. Here’s my honest opinion on the Keen Gypsum Mid Waterproof Hiking Boot and what I like/dislike about these boots. First, they are waterproof up to the top of the tongue and I have had no trouble with them leaking. No trouble at all. I’ve tested them by standing in water that covers the top of my feet, for a long time, and my feet “magically” don’t get wet. Walking through puddles, no problem. Crossing shallow creeks on a hike, no problem. Filling your water...
REVIEW: Mountain Hardware LightWedge 3 Tent

REVIEW: Mountain Hardware LightWedge 3 Tent

At just over 6lbs and less than $200, I had to make this purchase. I bought the Mountain Hardware LightWedge 3 for an overnight trip to Indigo Lake. I must say I have not been disappointed! Here are a few things I like about this tent, based on my experience using it. Two pole construction. Obviously cuts down on weight, however, the main reason I’m a big fan of this is because it keeps things simple. It’s so easy to pack, store, and prep for a trip. Everything is super condensed and you only have a few pieces to keep track of. This tent is a wedge so it narrows at the foot box and gives you a bit more room at the entrance. The pole design is very efficient and stays sturdy while keeping the weight as minimal as possible. This tent has a great vestibule. It’s the perfect amount of room to get geared up in, or store a couple of packs, or make coffee in while laying in the tent. Don’t do that though, you might catch the thing on fire. Weather protection. My first trip with this tent was in some 50mph+ winds coming off a high alpine lake. The wind seriously howled that first night! In the tent though, it was perfectly calm. The other people in our group had a teepee style tent with a small opening at the bottom and dirt/sand was blowing into their tent the entire night. Us, nothing. This tent has been tested in a rain room with 1200″ of rain in 24 hours and it didn’t leak (not...

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