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 of the wash 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 seatcover. 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 my origional seat. The neoprene covers always fit the best. Until now!
I decided a few weeks ago, summer was coming and I need to review some good seat protection options 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 option. 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 insure the zippers are extra heavy duty, and the strap on storage system allows you to add storage as needed. One of my favorite features is the front pocket. It's perfect for you wallet and smartphone when the doors are off. Lastly, 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. The Trek Armor seat covers will set you back a pretty penny at 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.
For years Leatherman has been the go to multi tool in the industry. There truly was nothing better. 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??
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!
Today President Obama took to the airwaves for a very important speech on cyber security. As he was convincing the American people on things being under control the Twitter and YouTube accounts of the U.S. Military's Central Command were hacked by ISIS. Ironic? More like disturbing. The threats to our American Soldiers to "WATCH YOUR BACKS", the support of ISIS, a Sunni Muslim Terrorist group, and a couple of hate filled videos..."O Soldiers of truth go forth," and "Flames of War Isis Video."
Centcom released this statement. "We can confirm that the Centcom Twitter and YouTube accounts were compromised earlier today. We are taking appropriate measures to address the matter. We have no further information to provide at this time."
This brings so many questions to the surface. Is there ever any real privacy left? Or, is our sprint to full time connectivity a bad way to go? Not to mention the questions about our own government not taking action, or not even acknowledging the fact that extreme Muslim Terrorist groups are a problem. Things are wild, and we are definitely entering a time where this kind of terrorist act is bound to happen here on our soil.
So, what can we do? There are a few things actually. Stop taking privacy for granted. Stop assuming our information isn't out there for the taking, and start protecting it. Read the things we agree to online. Demand privacy as a consumer by placing your money with companies that can be trusted (BlackBerry). Turn off wifi when you're not using it on your devices. Keep the GPS off until you need actual directions. Encrypt stuff when ever possible. Simple stuff like that. Remember, companies like Google are annoying with their over reaching ways...but they aren't the problem. We need what I call "scumbag protection", and although the simple things aren't full proof, they will almost always do the trick.
Another thing we as Americans can and should do...demand our 2nd Amendment rights. The right to bare arms. The best way to assure our safety, DO NOT OUTSOURCE IT. Now, we do want to make sure to be responsible. So, make sure you take the actions needed to be safe and educated. Stick with the basics. Remington and Mossberg make great affordable shotguns. The Springfield XD family is a perfect handgun for reliability, accuracy, and affordability. All those are easy to use and easy to take care of.
I think the biggest thing we can do to make a difference in all of this is to be educated and aware! Be aware of what's going on. Don't ignore it thinking if you don't see it, it doesn't exist. Don't fall for the bait and switch tactics that sometimes are tried by media, and unfortunately our own government. Go on living in happiness, go on taking advantage of all the great things our country has to offer, just be aware while doing it. Just educate yourself on what's going on out there.
Tonight there has been a "cyber attack" on our country, tonight more than ever we need to stand up for freedom, stand up for ourselves and each other, tonight we need to decide that we are Americans, and united we stand.
This year's CES was the biggest so far. Over 200,000 people...over 2 million net square feet. What an event!
One of the first places I visited was the Goal Zero booth. I found them for the first time at last year's CES and loved them. (Check out the gear I reviewed, it's definitely worth a look).
This year there were a couple things that peaked my interest. One of the best...the Venture30 battery pack.
This rugged battery pack gives you all the drop, bang around, scratch it up protection you'll need in one cool looking waterproof casing. The Venture30 will charge up the iPhone (or whatever device you use) a couple of times per charge, and can be recharged through an outlet or one of Goal Zero's solar panels.
For someone like me, who loves getting off the grid and using my iPhone 6 Plus for plenty of picture taking, it is the perfect companion.
Now, I can't say I've actually been able to give it a try yet, but if the past is a sign of the future...we are going to have another great product on our hands from Goal Zero.