Category: Expedition Gear

Field Tested: Sea to Summit Spark SpI

In our everyday parlance, and certainly within the scope of marketing hyperbole, superlatives get tossed around with almost indifferent frequency. The word light has been augmented by a bevy of hyphenated prefixes like super, hyper, and the much over-used, ultra. In many cases the products awarded these descriptors fail to deliver on the promise. Not just a braggadocious misuse of the word, the Sea to Summit Spark SpI sleeping bag genuinely warrants the application of the most supreme superlative––uber.

At 348 grams, the Spark SpI is if anything, uber-light. The perfect solution for anyone needing the lightest sleeping bag for mild weather usage, the Spark SpI redefines minimalist gear, not just in size and weight, but also with regard to performance and features. Within the realm of lightweight sleeping solutions, this is about as good as it gets.

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Category: Expedition Gear

A Motorcycling Classic: Aerostich Combat Touring Boots

If you’re doing everything right and the stars align in your favor, your head will never touch the ground. Even when you are doing things right, your poor feet touch the ground all the time, and unless they’re properly protected, this could spell doom for your motocycle riding days. Proper boots don’t just enhance the riding experience, they protect your most vulnerable of appendages, your legs and feet. Within the pantheon of great adventure boots, none are as storied as the Combat Touring boot from Aerostich. Manufactured by famed Italian masters of footwear, Sidi, the Combat Touring boot is a motoring legend.

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Category: Expedition Gear

Hands On: ICEdot Crash Sensor

Like many people, I travel alone more often than I probably should. My solo forays into the backcountry on my mountain bike or motorcycle are essential to my sanity but certainly push the limits of personal safety. This compels me to bring along a couple of important tools, namely a cell phone and a Spot GPS tracker. These devices make me feel warm and fuzzy, but what happens if I stack myself in an unconscious pile and can’t make a call or push the help button on my Spot? I now have a solution for even that ugly scenario––the ICEdot Crash Sensor.

ICEdot is a multi-layered emergency ID and notification service aimed at outdoor enthusiasts prone to travel alone. At the core of the system is a database allowing users to file a secure online profile complete with important medical information and emergency contacts. This information is attached to a unique user ID number which is located on rubber bracelet or sticker placed on a helmet. First responders access the user’s information by entering that ID number into a smartphone’s text messaging field.

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