Review: Poler Orange Label Ruck & Roll

Originally posted on Carryology.

It’s good to see Poler Stuff focusing on their outdoor travel line and flexing their trail muscles in the Orange Label.  These larger volume bags offer well padded hip belts and shoulder straps and more organizational options, making them a much better answer to day length outdoor adventures than Poler Stuff’s other offerings.  The cavernous main compartments and features like the padded laptop sleeves and internal stretch mesh pockets also make them viable as carry-ons and travel bags. Continue reading “Review: Poler Orange Label Ruck & Roll”

Review: IceMule Pro Cooler

IceMule was developed by founder James Collie as a ultra portable cooler to carry food and drinks comfortably on day hikes. Leave it to a Florida native to see the potential for a cooler that can effectively be worn as a daypack. What we dig about the IceMule Pro is that it’s not a gimmick. It’s a good cooler–it kept a ten pound bag of ice mostly frozen for for three days while we romped around the Olympic Peninsula. Granted, temps never crested 50 degrees, but cold beer is cold beer–and that’s no gimmick. Continue reading “Review: IceMule Pro Cooler”

Review: GRAYL Ultralight Purifier [+Filter] Bottle

Water purification is among the biggest hurdles for those new to camping and backpacking. The need for easy, confident water treatment is paramount to the success of any trip—but the variety of systems and processes that come with them can be overwhelming. GRAYL has attempted to even the playing field with the new Ultralight Purifier [+Filter] Bottle. It’s an entirely self-contained capture, filter, and drink unit that yields 16oz. of potable water in about 15 seconds. It’s appealing on paper—but our field testing developed a bigger story and shined some light on its limitations. Continue reading “Review: GRAYL Ultralight Purifier [+Filter] Bottle”

Review: Greenroom136 Bootstrap

Malaysian manufacturer Greenroom136 has been in the urban carry game since 2011 making some really hardwearing 1000D backpacks, messengers, and travel accessories. While they’ve been busy refining their style over the last six years, my first hands-on experience with the brand was just recently when I got to test drive one of their small Bootstrap bags.

The Bootstrap is a classic and clean city messenger dialed for the active urban lifestyle. It’s worked well for me while running errands, working between meetings at the coffee shop, and while on the go—this has really proven to be a functional EDC messenger bag. Continue reading “Review: Greenroom136 Bootstrap”

Review: Therm-a-Rest Honcho Poncho

Therm-a-Rest currently holds the title for most useful product in my closet–shout out to the Z-lite Sol. I have very high standards of the products that I consistently carry out into the wilderness, so if my bias for insulated ponchos played a little into my opinion of the Honcho Poncho, it certainly exceeded my expectations and is more technical than I suspected.  I got one as a gift in January after researching it extensively on paper, and I’m reporting back after a few field uses that it’s so close to being the real deal. Continue reading “Review: Therm-a-Rest Honcho Poncho”