JEEP LIFE AND THE GREAT OUTDOORS
"Not all those who wander are lost"
My favorite mad scientist of expedition is at it again folks! This time he compares the differences between rooftop tents versus ground tent. Although, I happen to only agree with some of the points being made, it is entertaining and it makes you think for sure. That is always a good thing!
For the record...If I am financially able, I will NEVER leave my rooftop tent camping style again! I absolutely love it.
I have been a fan of KEEN Footwear for years. For my foot, there isn't anything even close to the fit and comfort. A nice wide toe and with the perfectly shaped insoles sets KEEN apart. So, when I wanted to get some boots that would hold up to things like dirt, mud, water, snow, grease and grim from working on the Jeep, all of my DIY projects at home, hitting the trails, hiking in all weather, AND and occasional night out in a pair of jeans and a t-shirt the choice was easy...KEEN!
The Rainer Mid WP is the perfect boot for all occasions. Designed with work in mind, the full leather uppers are 100% water proof, the soles exceed the standard for non-slip, the soles were design to cradle your foot in a way that helps prevent fatigue when your on your feet all day, and last but certainly not least, the toes of the boots are crush resistant. I know, I know, who the heck knew this much design was boot into a boot? It's actually pretty interesting stuff if you get into it and it makes for the perfect versatile boot for working and playing hard.
Ok, before I get all the hate emails from hardcore hikers, let me say this. These boots are no joke. They are serious protection, and Keen takes building all of those features into them very serious as well. That said...I probably wouldn't be hiking 20 mile trails in them, they are a bit heavy for that. (Keen does however make some nice hikers specifically for that occasion as well). Don't get me wrong, for the folks that put a few good miles in at a time, they are great!
Check out the specs:
- 100% Non-metallic construction
- Compression molded EVA midsole
- KEEN.DRY ™ waterproof breathable membrane
- Left and right asymmetrical composite toe
- Meets or exceeds ASTM F1677-96 Mark II non-slip testing standards
- Meets or exceeds ASTM F2412-11 and F2413-11 I/75 C/75 EH standards
- Oil and slip resistant non-marking rubber outsole
- Removable metatomical dual density EVA footbed
-TPU stability shank
-Waterproof leather upper
-Weight: 28.1 oz. per boot
I absolutely love these boots! The designers at Keen sure know how to win fans...and customers. Don't get me wrong, there are some great companies making great footwear out there, but I know that a Keen is always the first place I shop.
Keen makes a lot of great footwear for men, women and kids. Check out their full line at:
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I saw this video the other day and thought i'd share it. I guess the question is...are they worth it? Maybe I'll try some and let you guys know soon. In the mean time, if you have them...shoot me a message and tell me what you think.
I can't be the only guy that loves getting the Jeep out for a drive in the rain. I love it! It's so peaceful. I know, I know, what can I say?? Jeepers are a different breed I suppose. If you drive one, you know exactly what I'm saying.
When I'm heading down a mountain road or the coastline of PCH and the rain is coming down, it's like the world is being washed of all of the junk that builds up through time. Literally, the sky literally looks more blue, the air really smells more fresh on the other side of the storm, I love it. It's a reminder of how we need to do the same. Maybe not a physical bath, although some...ehh, not a bad idea, but I mean we need to cleanse ourselves from all the ugly junk that gets built up in our hearts and minds from day to day.
If we continuously strip our hearts down to simplicity and selflessness, if we wash away anything that keeps us from loving, our skies become more blue, our air becomes fresher. We are happier. We make the people we love happier. When we get back to the core principles of being selfless and loving, when we keep life simple, we by default become happier.
Well, the rain is coming and I can't wait to get out in it! A Jeep ride in the rain is my "chicken noodle soup" for my soul.
This one is easy folks. For $40 bucks you no longer have to open your Jeep door with a broken heart. Yup, Quadratec makes a set of four entry guards for your JKU.
Made from black TPE (thermo plastic elastomer) you know these guards will last for year to come. A diamond plate finish gives the guards a textured look, plus catches some of that mud from the bottom of your boot before it hits the carpet. A peal and stick 3M tape allows you to easily install the guards right over the sills, just a quick wipe down needed, and Quadratec even provides the wipes.
If your looking for an easy way to protect and keep your entries looking sharp, try the Quadratec Entry Guards. (Don't forget the holidays too! What a great, inexpensive gift for any Jeeper).
I have been carrying the Spyderco Para Military 2 for about a month now. I use it at some point every day. It is absolutely beautiful! I love the handle, I love the size, and I love the weight. You know what I love the most though? Yup...that's right...the MADE IN THE USA label! It is the perfect daily carry. Here's a quick peek at the specs:
length overall 8.281 " (210 mm)
blade length 3.438 " (87 mm)
blade steel CPM S30V
length closed 4.812 " (122 mm)
cutting edge 3.078 " (78 mm)
weight 3.9 oz. (111 g)
blade thickness .141 " (3.5 mm)
handle material G-10
Now the Para Military model has been in the Spyderco family since 2010. Since then however, the G10 handle has been narrowed, there's a slightly thinner profile, and there's a new Bushing Pivot System that keeps the opening and closing of the blade smooth and fluid. The ergonomics make the Para Military 2 really comfortable in the pocket and in the hand, and I am amazed how sharp the blade is and how sharp the blade is staying after all the use.
If you guys are looking for a good knife for your daily carry, something to through in your pack, or a sharp work knife, give this one a look! The Spyderco Para Military 2 is a great option and don't forget...made right here in Golden, Colorado U.S.A.