JEEP LIFE AND THE GREAT OUTDOORS
"Not all those who wander are lost"
I was reminded once again how awesome these seat covers were yesterday, after they came out of the washing machine for the first time. (no dryer) They have been on for almost a year and have been through desert sun, lots of dirt, and a couple really heavy thunderstorms, that I was totally unprepared for. I figured they would look good after a washing, but hey came out looking new again! I am so glad! I hate nasty seats. Anyway, I figured we are getting kind of close to the time of year we anticipate taking the top off again and a good seat cover review might just come in handy for some folks!
The elements are brutal on the interior of my Jeep. The sun dries and discolors, the dirt turns the seat brown and it never comes clean. Even the water stains left from getting into the...always fun river pass are impossible to get rid of. All you can do is try and keep the seats covered.
In the past, I've always went for the neoprene seat cover. Two reasons... One, because of the cost. A few hundred bucks and you're good for a couple years. Two, I hate when the seat cover doesn't fit tightly around the original seat. The neoprene covers always fit the best...well, until now!
I decided a few weeks ago with summer coming, I needed a good seat protection option for those of us that are looking. This time, I wanted to go with something different. Something..."higher end". So, I searched and searched and found what seemed like a good choice. Trek Armor!
Trek Armor makes a very impressive cover that is actually nicer looking than the original factory interior! Lots of color options, and really easy to install. In fact, I installed them in the parking lot in front of the store in about 25 minutes.
Made from a waterproof backed polyester, these covers are super durable. The military inspired design, of course the zippers are going to be extra heavy duty. The strap on storage system allows you to add storage as needed, and one of my favorite features is the front pocket. It's perfect for you wallet and smartphone when the doors are off. Last, but certainly not least, there are no weak plastic hooks, no Velcro, and no elastic straps that eventually stretch out. It fits tight, and ties down with paracord.
These seat covers are easily the best I've ever used, or even seen really. They will set you back a pretty penny though. About $550 bucks for the entire set, but hopefully the three year guarantee that Trek Armor gives against fading will at least set your mind at ease before dropping the cash.
I saved the best for last...These seat covers are 100% MADE IN THE USA!
Check out www.trekarmor.com to locate a dealer.
LEATHERMAN: THIS AIN'T YOUR DADDY'S MULTI TOOL Check out their new Tread multi tool for the wrist! Crazy design and if this thing works...pure awesome! I can't wait to try it out.
I love my Jeep, but Jeep mods are apart of the life right? Well, for the first time I am honestly a little nervous about this next mod...It's so perminate!
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Sounds official right? Well, I'm going for the full interior/exterior treatment tomorrow on my 2011 Unlimited and I'm pump...and scared!! I do love the look of my Jeep, but it's time for a change. I can't wait to show you guys the process and hopefully have a "GO TO" guy for everyone!
If you have done the process or want to, hit me up! I want to hear either your experience, or what you came across in researching it all.
Goodbye green Jeep...you've been good to me!
From the time I bought my first Jeep in the early 90's until my current 2011 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited, there has always been something missing. Year after Year as this American off road icon rolls out, and I seem to have the hit same concern. Hoping nobody steals my stuff! We all love stripping down the top and doors right? Well then, I am sure at some point we have all came to the same crossroad...backpack or risk it??
A few weeks back I came across a website that literally sold me on their product in about 30 seconds. This thing is exactly what I've been wanting all these years! Sure, there are products that give secure storage out there, but this one is so much more! check them out at: www.jeepbackbone.com and you'll know exactly what i mean.
So, what is it? The BackBone is an all aluminum tread plate with a nice thick powder coating and a very secure locking system that encloses the area behind the rear seat. Plus a whole lot more!
The BackBone is a complete racking system as well. Step by step, you can add on a cargo rack, for the days you pack heavy. There's a custom rear windshield, that will enclose the area behind the rear seat to keep the dirt and weather out. But, what really sold me...the adventure rack! I love kayak fishing, so a way to get my kayak to the water without a big, bulky, rack that can't be removed is REALLY interesting to me. The adventure rack can be used for just about everything too. Surfboards, kayaks, even some lumber from your local Home Depot...easy-peasy with the adventure rack add on!
When installing the Jeep BackBone two things came to mind. One, the way it locks down is brilliant. Here's how it works. Now, this is the dumb down explination for folks just like me so bare with me. Anyway, a sliding bar is attached to the diamond plate deck lid on each side. When locking it down you simply slide one side under the Jeep lip, and tighten the other side. As you tighten one side the other side locks in. Simply loosen that same bolt, and the opposite unlocks and slides out for removal. Safe and easy!
Lastly, I want to tell you guys how great the company is to worth with. If you read some of my other posts you'll know how important customer service is to me! In fact, it's the difference of making a purchase or not.
Another chance to get Wundersocks on some new feet and out on the trail, another new Wundersocks lover and convert. Welcome to the family!
Recently, I headed out on a hike with a friend. The morning was crisp so I decided to try out my new Wundersocks. After an hour on the trail, the temperature started heating up and I was a little nervous my feet would too. Last thing you want on a hike is hot feet. But to my surprise, not only did the socks not sweat, they were cool and comfortable the entire hike. Compared to a thin running sock I typically wear, the Wundersock had a natural fit on my feet for the day. We hit some pretty rocky trails with steep inclines and my feet felt great. The natural feel and cushioned sole of the sock made for a great day on the trails.
Look at that sweet old worn blade I carry everyday with me. It's my favorite. Everyone should have one. Especially if you spend any time outdoors. As a tool... I'd say it's the most important in your tool bag. So, what is it we need to look for in a knife?
When it comes to buying a knife the world is your oyster! You can spend as much as you want and get just about anything you can think of. I however, want to talk practical. I want to talk reasonable. Let's take the angle that everyone needs to afford it, it's easy to use and handle and built tough enough to last.
The Kershaw Blur. This thing is tough as nails! I've used mine all over the world in all kinds of situations and it's never failed me.
Here are the specs:
It opens with ease being assisted, and I've never had the clip screws even loosen. It's been through mud, sand, dirt, water (salt and fresh), dropped, thrown, scrapped up, banged up, survived it all! I've always been able to just pick it up, clean it off, give it an occasional sharpening and be on my way for another adventure.
For well under 100 bucks this thing is the PERFECT daily carry!
Recently, I fell in love with Wundersocks. I was so amazed at the difference they made in my hike, I absolutely had to scream it from the mountain top! Anyone that would listen...I was telling.
Well, since my conversion to "Team Wundersock" I have put a lot of miles on my feet, and my Wundersocks are always leading the charge.
CoolGuyStuff.TV has teamed up with Wundersocks to give out five different pairs to five different readers of the site. My idea, let's get some folks to get outdoors to give these socks a workout, then hear about it.
The first one is in, here's what Eric Campbell had to say...
Wundersocks are awesome! I would give them 10 out of 10 for the day I used them. I used them on a cool day in cold water. They were worn under my waders while duck hunting the Kern Wildlife Refuge in Southern California. The air temp was around 40 degrees with a water temp around the same. I spent a solid 8 hours in the water and did not get COLD or WET! With most socks my feet will sweat. Not in these socks. They kept my feet cozy warm and completely dry. I highly recommend MM Wundersocks.
I love it! Thanks Eric for trying them out and I'm glad you loved them! Enjoy.
If you didn't catch it, you should! There's nothing better than a Jeep (especially The Brute) and the heart of adventure!