Not just hydration, but COLD hydration!

All summer, it was HOT here. As in record breaking hot at times. Hot and dry. So dry we broke the state record of acres burning in wildfires, a record set in 2004.

If I had 3 words to describe this summer, they’d be hot, dry, and smokey.

Its ironic that I only finally get this new item now, in the cool fall after the heat and actually after a Long record breaking wet season as well.

Thus is the irony of life!

I’d been wanting a vacuum insulated water bottle for a long time after a buddy got one early this summer. It’s been really annoying going out all day and my water gets warm, when his stayed cold and iced. I can put ice in the bottles I usually carry, but the sweating and condensation is epically annoying.

Unfortunately a lot of these bottles are Really expensive… Took me a while to find something I liked, that I can afford.

Stumbled upon this at wally world this week. Tal Hydration Ranger Pro;

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It is stainless steel, vacuum insulated, copper lined in the vacuum area, (I wondered what good that does, turns out according to another brands advertising literature, that its supposed to conduct heat transfer more efficiently.).

Large top opening for filling/ice, and a nice caped drinking opening that is amazingly similar to my CamelBak Chute, my favorite water bottle.

Not sure if its paint or powder coat, but it seems thick, time will tell how durable it is.

Also similar to the Chute is the carry loop, but this one is bigger(great) and fantastically, its hinged, and folds out of the way making it much narrower when not hanging it. Also allows it to hang fully vertical not angled.

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My only complaint so far is how tall this sucker is… I wanted a liter/32oz. bottle. Astoundingly They don’t make one!

They do a 26oz and a 40oz . This is the 40. They are all bigger than equal volume uninsulated bottles, obviously, but these things are overly tall for their diameter…

I’m actually guessing this is on purpose, so that they fit, for diameter, in water bottle pouches, and automotive(etc) cup holders..

The 26 was already taller than I’d want, but less capacity than I need (want)… So I bit the bullet and I opted for the 40. Will probably get used to it fast but so far its a little intimidating to pack/carry.

One nice thing about 40oz, and maybe this was their idea, is that you can get a full 32oz drink in it, and have room for ice.

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The claim is 24 hours cold, 12 hours hot… we shall see.

Honestly I’ll be Happy if I get half those times. But some somewhat scientific(timed anyway) tests will be done. (eventually… 😉 )

So far I’ve used it a grand total of once, and it had my tea as icy as it started, more or less, for 4 or 5 hours.

So far, I’m extremely happy. Especially since it only cost me $17. 🙂

Will try to do a usage review after a week of two, we’ll see how its holding up.

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Categories: Alaska-Life, Bottles, Camping gear, EDC, Field gear, Food, Food Gear, Hydration, New Gear, Summertime, weather and seasons | 1 Comment

A.L.A.F.F.

A new category of entries/posts for the site!

AKs’ A.L.A.F.F.

Amazing Lost And Found Files; I figured these occurrences needed a name, considering how often it tends to happen. And how interesting, amazing and even hilarious myself, and a few other tend to find it.

I apparently lost my vintage silver lighter turned gum case for about 8 days.
And I didn’t know it til the 8th day, this last Monday!!
I needed gum to transfer to/refill another case and couldn’t find it, realized I hadn’t seen it since Sunday the 7th.
From the pocket dump pic I had from that day being dated late that night I thought at least it had come home… But I couldn’t find it at home, in a bag, or the truck.. After 3 searches.
Then I realized that the time stamp was from the re-sizing of the pic… And remembered that I’d taken the pic when I laid out gear the night before. So maybe it didn’t come home. Two obvious places to search, and the only places I’d been really, we’re church and a buddies truck.
The truck I wouldn’t have possible access to till probably this coming weekend, wrote that off knowing if it was in it, it would probably still be down the seat, and safe, or knowingly set aside as probably mine, and still safe if it’d been found.
Figured if it was left at church, this last weeks cleaning should have found it if someone else hadn’t, and either way it’d probably be on a foyer table or in the lost and found; Stopped at church on my way to work Monday evening and found it on top of the lost and found box.
Yippppeeeee!! 😀 😀
Afterwards I vaugely remembered having it out at church and laying it down on the pew with my phone once, maybe twice. Uhuh… must be getting forgetful… lol.
Categories: EDC, Lighters, Lost And Found, Lost Items

EDC Update Summer 2019

Been a LOT going on this summer, and I do have things to post, but no time to do it. Lots of catch up posts this fall probably.

Until then, a few pocket dump pics to catch up that archive, and a few pics of other things thrown in, sort of a teaser. 🙂

Categories: Adventures, Alaska-Life, Daily-cary-log, EDC, Field gear, knives, Lighters, Multitools, New Gear, Outdoors, Pocket knives, Summertime

EDC from spring of 2019

Carry gallery updates from the past couple months.

Categories: Alaska-Life, Daily-cary-log, EDC, Just Plain Fun, Life-Philosophy

All chained up.

Rearranged and consolidated pocket watch chains yesterday. I only need two, one for the watch and one for the knife on my double Albert setup.

Had one, a bronze one already setup for that. Added the new black chrome one as the second. This setup with a Nightize S-biner hanger works great.

The biner fits over the snaps on my leather vest. Just snap a snap through the big biner, and it dissappears, but holds the chain ends giving the single or double prince albert chain attachment point.

Then cut, splice and reassembly, netted me a bracelet, which I wore all day, and really liked. Simple and classy-ish, but didn’t drive me batty. Two main strands with a third linking them.


Then the left overs got me a neck chain–which I have no idea what I’ll do with– yet.

And two big clasped utility/watch chains, which I also have no current use for… I’ll think of something.

If you look close the bracelet has 3 different chain sizes/styles, the necklace 2, and both utility chains are different…

I actually had a lot of fun doing these! The opening and closing of the rings and links was a bit tedious, but still fun.

Categories: Customized, Decorating, EDC, Fabrication, Jewelry, key-chains, Modifications, New Gear, Pocket Watches, Re-purpose, Recycle, Repurpose, Watches

Puppy time?

For a while now I’ve been using this old quartz crystal key chain, that I’ve had since I was a kid, as the fob on this watch.


Few days ago I happened to think of some jade figures in our curio case, that I hadn’t seen for forever (case is in a terrible place foractually viewing what’s in it) so I went and got one out, moved it to a table in the den.

The figures belong to Mom, something my brother got her for Christmas or a birthdaysome 25 years ago, so I made sure she didn’t mind.

Occurred to me with the captive loop it’s tail makes it’d make a nice keychain fob. She said she wouldn’t mind that either…

Wasn’t sure I wanted to bang around a chunk of jade with my keys though..

Getting the watch out yesterday morning and it was sitting there, dawned on me that it’d be a great watch fob. 10 minutes to kill later and I’d made a chain for it.

Here is a better view of the color on the figure, that gorgeous deep rich green.

Possibly a Husky, but looks more like a Malamute to me… 🙂:)

I remember they were carved by a local artist, but I’ve no idea who.

Dont worry about the other fob suddenly out of a job, I’ve got another pocket watch on the way. Will just have to decide which fob goes where.

Categories: Customized, Decorating, EDC, Just Plain Fun, Modifications, Pocket Watches, Watches

A bit of spring.

Snows almost gone, been 40Fs to 50Fs days, 20Fs nights for a while now; A FAST spring, we’re smack dab in the middle of break-up, otherwise known as mud season.

Upper 50s, low 60s in the sun yesterday, so I blew off the homestead chores and made my yearly spring run up to a favorite river spot. Odd since it’s about exactly one month earlier than usual…

Mom went along, we made a day of it looking at river access roads, seeing what was open what wasn’t, planning a picnic day in the next couple weeks. Fun times, semi-off roading.

Bit icier that it usually is when I’m there, good ice shelf (10″ ish thick) left on the sand bar, and in the river. River much lower than it should be, this low snow year showing itself.

Categories: Adventures, Alaska-Life, Backcountry, GetOutdoors, Good Times, Outdoors, Spring, weather and seasons, Winter

EDC, 1-1-19 to 3-1-19

Thanks for looking,

See you again in a few months! 🙂

Categories: Adventures, Alaska-Life, Daily-cary-log, EDC

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