JEEP LIFE AND THE GREAT OUTDOORS
"Not all those who wander are lost"
Patagonia has climbed to the top of the outdoor gear industry. Products for every activity give them a wide selection of footwear, clothing, and gear.
I recently picked up what I hoped to be the perfect daily carry/day pack by Patagonia and this beauty do not disappoint. I absolutely love it!
The Atom Sling 8L is a very stylish, single sling bag with a waist strap and plenty of room for everything you need for a day on the trail or all your junk you can't fit in your pockets when you leave the house every day. With many color combinations to choose from, there's a perfect match for everyone. Take a peek at the specs:
-Strong, lightweight, body and base are made with 100% recycled polyester, all with a DWR (durable water repellent) finish
-Teardrop shape positions load behind the shoulders
-Single-strap design makes getting to your things simple—just spin it around front
-Zippered main pocket has internal zippered mesh pockets
-Convenient zippered pocket on the shoulder strap is lined to protect valuables
-Breathable, moisture-moving 3-D spacer mesh pads the shoulder strap and back panel to keep you cool
-Adjustable buckles lash items to the exterior
-Body: 7.5-oz 450-denier 100% recycled polyester plain weave. Base: 7.85-oz 450-denier 100% recycled polyester ripstop. Lining: 200-denier 100% polyester. All treated with a DWR (durable water repellent) finish
-297 g (10.5 oz)
For just shy of $50 bucks the Atom Sling 8L is just about perfect. I haven't left mine behind since I bought it.
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Let me start with telling you how much I LOVE my soft top. The first thing I did when I bought my Jeep back in 2011 was put the hardtop up on Craigslist because I didn't want it sitting around taking up space, never getting used.
That said, a lot of folks have been asking me about which hardtop I like best. I honestly didn't even have an opinion at first, but the question kept coming so I thought it was time to roll up my sleeve and get to researching.
I looked at every possible hardtop option I could find out there. There were some great ones too. However, when the dust settled...DV8 Offroads Ranger FB was what stood alone.
At just over $2,800 bucks, the DV8 Ranger FB looks great and works even better. Things like noise level, temperature installation, and the way it seals to my Jeep were all factors in choosing what I think is the best hardtop on the market. The DV8 team made my experience so great, I'm looking into what else of theirs I want and as you guys know...I always search for the Made in the USA lable first, and this top has it!
From every angle this top looks great! The slightly thicker than factory manufacturing serves as functional, but as far as design goes gives a tough, rugged, "high end" look that stands alone.
The interior side of the DV8 Ranger FB hardtop is lined with a thick beautiful headliner that feels as good to touch as it looks to the eye. It works to keep the outside noise from coming in and acts as an insulator to keep the tempure inside the Jeep way controllable.
The only downside is one of those love/hate things. It is a two piece top. That means the front comes off, just like the freedom top from the factory with one small difference. It's a two piece top versus three. That makes it a bit chunky to remove. I'm a pretty big guy so I had no problem, but can see how it would take some effort for someone smaller. That's a very tiny downside compared to the upside for sure! The two piece versus three piece happens to creates an amazing seal!
I had, actually almost everyone else I know has, a leaking problem with my Jeep. Mine happens to be HUGE! After the install, I've eliminated at least 90% of the leaking. THAT IS AMAZING! My leaking was very extreme so that leads me to believe most leaking will totally be eliminated! Well worth a little extra elbow grease to remove the sunroof portion, wouldn't you agree?
Once that portion is removed, you can see it's very open, I was very happy with how open actually. I've gone from always liking to be topless whenever possible to thinking, hmmm...I may not even need to remove the top any more, well with the exception of those beautiful summer months of Southern California.
It's worth mentioning that my experience with the folks over there at DV8 Offroad was perfect! They were so nice and helpful. They also have some wonderful install tips that will assure the best fit and seal as possible. Make sure you ask them if you're not a pro at this already. Trust me, they want their customers to have the best experience possible.
So I wanted to let a little time pass out of respect for the folks that personally knew Sam Falkner, his family and loved ones before I wrote a small tribute.
When someone passes, all sorts of feelings run wild. From sadness to anger to celebration of the life of the one that passes. All of these are necessary I suppose. Necessary for US to deal with the loss. The one that passes though...they would love to see the impact they leave behind as positive, loving and selfless. I'm sure Sam would love for everyone to celebrate his passing by continuing to impact the world with the passion and sense of cause Sam had. As long as the people that loved Sam are alive and continue to share Sam with the world, Sam is here.
The Jeep Life that Sam has committed so much of himself to represents goodness and love. It represent passion, selflessness and character. Sam loved that lifestyle so much because as a man, he also was representation of those things. So the greatest tribute we could give Sam -TeraFlex- Falkner is a tribute of carrying on the Jeep Life.
I wanted to let a little time pass out of respect for the folks that personally knew Sam Falkner, his family and loved ones before I wrote a small tribute. I'll start with this...
1979 ~ 2016
Samuel Mark Falkner, 36, beloved husband, son, brother, grandson, uncle, nephew, cousin and friend was called home on February 15, 2016 due to a sudden illness. He was born to goodly parents, Mark & Sidnee Falkner, on July 28th, 1979. Sam married his sweetheart, Lyndsey Adams, May 17th, 2006 in Eagle Mountain, Utah and sealed in the Timpanogos, Utah Temple on August 22nd, 2009 for time and all eternity with their family. Sam and Lyndsey are the proud parents of Kenzie (13), Kierra (11), Gracie (7), and Ammon (3) Falkner.
Sam was a loving family man. He was universally loved and respected by all that had the privilege to know him. Sam loved and lived life to its fullest. Family, Jeeps, motorcycles, movies and friends all filled his life. Sam's passion for the open trail was nourished by his career with the family business, Teraflex. He had a heart the size of a lion with the softness of a teddy bear. The smiles and laughter that he brought to those around him will be missed. Spending mere minutes with this great man left you with the impression that you had been friends for a lifetime. He was a faithful Home-Teacher, Elder, and most recently a Young Men's Leader in the LDS Church. Sam was a gospel scholar by its application more than the written words and a humble man of Christ. Sam will be greatly missed, but we have a smile on our face as we remember him and the faith and values that he stood for.
Sam is survived by his parents, wife, children, siblings; Benjamin (Kimberly) Falkner, Brittany (Niel) Lund, Mindy (Gregory) Buckway, Ian (Melissa) Falkner, and Alie (Jaren) Crane, grandparents; Don (Mary) Falkner, Charles (Karla) Alvey, and Colleen (Alvie) Carter, and 7 nephews and 6 nieces.
I have never personally had the chance to try Wilco's products, but every time I watch this video I think...these guys have to be good right? What I have seen looks great and whenever you have a company full of people that live the life of the outdoor and off-road enthusiast, it can only lead to great things for their customers.
Check them hem out at: https://www.wilcooffroad.com/
When I started CoolGuyStuff.tv it was share a passion for the things I love. One of the things I love most...my Jeep! It's not just the vehicle though, although it is very cool, it's the fun that it brings, it's the friendship, the exploration, the sense of adventure, and of course...it's the stuff! There is so much creativity and craftsmanship behind some of the products built for jeeps, I wish I had the skill to do what some of these things that these artists do. Now I'm a couple years in, the site is larger than I could of imagined it being, and although it maybe on a larger scale...it's still just me and some friends sharing our passion for the Jeep life.
TeraFlex is a brand built around that same idea. They capture the lifestyle of a Jeeper then build it into their brand in a fun, positive, interactive way. They also make some of the nicest Jeep parts on the market, so when we need anything...they are one the first on the list to look at. We use their lifts, we have their bumpers, and now we added the heavy duty JK tire carrier kit. This is a beauty too! It looks SO good installed, but like everything else with TeraFlex the quality craftsmanship brings a functionality that sets it apart from the crowd.
The Carrier is designed to carry up to a 37” tire through just about anything you can throw at it by spreading the weight of that giant tire to more than just one hinge point, and with Scott behind the wheel...we need products our built tough. Keeping the tire mounted to the tail gate also gives instant access to the cargo area just like the factory carrier. (I prefer that way more than the rear bumper tire carrier), and with weight always being an issue on the trails, the aluminum material used on the main component keeps that weight down and the strength up. Throw in the Hi-Lift Jack mount, CB antenna mount, gas and water mounts and you have one capable carrier. The install is easy, and once it's on...it's like the Jeep was designed with this kit in mind. For $750 bucks, this kit will bring design, function and peace of mind that your expensive wheel and tire is safe and sound right where it sits.
Honestly, I do have one big regret about the kit. We bought it to install on our Rubicon with the 37's, it looks so awesome and works so smoothly, I only WISH we would of picked up two. One for the Rubi, and one for the expedition Jeep!
There are times when I need to escape. Especially this time of year. Just for a bit at least. A time to collect myself, to find my balance again. Sometimes I just need put my life back into perspective. I need to put the fact that we are only a blip of time in an eternity into perspective. There's something about taking a moment to see how big this world is and how small we are hats humbling.
It's important to have these times. It's important to simplify so we don't get consumed with ourselves. So we don't spend our lives chasing empty answers to questions that don't really matter. We reflect to learn, and we learn to apply. So let's apply the lessons we know are true to our lives.
Try not hurting the people around us with the things we say and do. Try being kind and start putting selflessness in front of selfishness. Try building people up versus knocking them down. Let's spend our few short years living our lives to the fullest! Give more than we take, love more than we hurt, and let's start to search for the answers that DO matter...the ones that make us better.
There's no better escape than to jump in my Jeep and get out and find a quiet piece of nowhere to get perspective. If you drive one, you know exactly what I'm talking about. If you don't...maybe give one a try.