Leah R. Fielding

Apr 09

Patagonia Black Hole Duffel 60L Review

Patagonia Black Hole Duffel 60L Review

The best question about the Patagonia Black Hole Duffel – 90L is where I haven’t taken it. So far the Black Hole has been on the river, camping in Utah, road trips to the city, overhead compartment in planes, huts trips in the mountains and more.2233914-p-MULTIVIEW

So let’s start with the basics: durability. This duffel is tough as nails. I beat my gear up but this bag is weather resistant and stands up to outdoor…

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Apr 02

Anatomy of a Camera Backpack

Anatomy of a Camera Backpack

Whether adventure or action sports photography is your hobby or profession a lot of planning goes into getting the perfect shot, especially packing your camera backpack. Here are some tricks of the trade for staying organized and protecting your precious camera gear in the great outdoors.


7d_1_xlThe Canon 7D is a prosumer body that almost has it all. An 18.0-megapixel CMOS sensor, ISO from 100–6,400,…

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Mar 22

TSL Symbioz Snowshoe Review

TSL Symbioz Snowshoe Review

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis winter I’ve had the opportunity to check out the new TSL Symbioz Snowshoe. I do a lot of snowshoeing for work, both as a hiking guide at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health and for my Yoga Adventure programs: Frosty Snowshoe, Toasty Yoga. What I love about snowshoeing is that it’s a gateway into actually enjoying winter. In my opinion, many people who don’t love winter, would change their…

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Mar 22

Featured Recipe: Gluten Free Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls

Featured Recipe: Gluten Free Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls

Words and recipe by: Jordie Karlinksi
Gluten Free Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls from thefitnut.com

Craving peanut butter cups? These will do the trick!

Everything about them is so satisfying! The rice chex mix cereal give them a nice airy-crunch, and of course the peanut butter-chocolate combo is a classic.

I make these more than you should know…and as a matter of fact, I’m eating one as I write, right now.


But that is just because they are so delici…

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Mar 11

Black Diamond Compactor Ski Pole

Black Diamond Compactor Ski Pole

As I perfected my splitboard kit, I searched high and low for a perfect pole. Most don’t collapse small enough, and stick dangerously from my pack while I shred. Others are generally a heavy addition to my pack which is already loaded with my camera, probe, shovel, snacks, etc. Then the Black Diamond Compactor Ski Pole came into my backcountry experience and changed everything. And they aren’t…

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Mar 11

The Best Girls Adventure Trips

Backcountry Babes Whether you and your gals are looking to learn a new outdoor skill or simply experience a new outdoor adventure, …

Feb 27

There’s a lot of cool water bottles and vessels out there right now. But in my humble opinion none are as functional or high performing as Klean Kanteen’s Vacuum Insulated Stainless Steel Bottle & Mug. And yes, a water bottle can certainly be high performing. Let me break it down for you.Klean Kanten Vacuum Insulated Bottle & Mug

The Overview

Not only does this vessel pull triple duty as a thermos, mug and water bottle, but the double-walled construction and vacuum insulated interior keep hot liquids hot for six hours and cold liquids cold for 24 hours. And since it’s the do-all, drink-everything-out-of-me bottle the 100 percent stainless steel ensures easy cleaning and that lingering flavors won’t stick around.

The Klean Kanteen Vacuum Insulated Bottle & Mug comes in 12 oz, 16 oz and 20 oz sizes so everyone can have their perfect size.

The Test

I’ve been able to spend a couple days now with Klean Kanteen’s Vacuum Insulated Stainless Steel Bottle & Mug and can I say: it’s the best drinking vessel I’ve ever come across. My favorite attribute is indefinitely the fact that my coffee or tea will stay hot for nearly an entire work day. I didn’t really believe this claim when I was reading over the product description, but I quickly learned that Klean Kanteen wasn’t exaggerating. My coffee, even with the Cafe Cup drinking hole open, stayed hot or very warm from 8 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. It’s incredible. Conversely, the bottle keeps liquids refreshingly frosty for longer than I could keep track of. The bottle fits into just about every cup holder including the narrow tray in my car.

Purchasing the separately sold Cafe Cup is an absolute must if you really want the Vacuum Insulated Bottle & Mug to perform to its full potential. The leakproof Stainless Loop Cap is great for outdoor activities and gym time.

The Rating
4.75 (out of 5)

Design: Considering it’s the do-all vessel with performance and durability to spare, I’d say the design behind the Vacuum Insulated Mug & Bottle gets top marks. My only comment is that a lightweight rubber or plastic bottom may make this bottle even more versatile. The stainless steel bottom seems like it’d be slippery when trying to place the bottle on say a rock, snow or ice surface. +.75

Style: Sleek and understated, the Vacuum Insulated Mug & Bottle flies under the radar with cool colors like moss green and black. +1

Performance: It does just about everything a bottle/mug/thermos is capable of and it does it really well, aka keeping liquids hot or cold for extended periods of time. +1

Durability: It’s made of stainless steel, need we say more? +1

Innovation: The double-walled, vacuum insulation is not necessarily new. Thermos companies have been making their products with similar technology for some time, but Klean Kanteen’s use of this technology as an ultra-versatile product is creative and beneficial for active people on the go.

The Stats

  • Insulates hot food or beverages up to 6 hours
  • Insulates iced drinks up to 24 hours
  • Durable, double-walled construction
  • High-performance vacuum insulation
  • Large opening (external threads) accommodates ices cubes
  • Compatible with most backcountry water filters
  • No BPA, phthalates, lead or other toxins
  • Made of 18/8 food-grade stainless steel (no liner needed)
  • Electropolished interior does not retain or impart flavors
  • Rounded corners are easy to clean with no hard angles where dirt, germs or bacteria can stick
  • Lifetime Warranty
Klean Kanteen Vacuum Insulated Stainless Steel Bottle & Mug Review There’s a lot of cool water bottles and vessels out there right now. But in my humble opinion none are as functional or high performing as…
Feb 26

Altai Hok Ski Review

Altai Hok Ski Review

The Overview

The Altai Hok is described as the love child between a backcountry ski and a snowshoe. It is a short wide ski with a fully integrated climbing skin under foot and enough length to be fun going down hill. They’re designed to ski where ever and whenever.

Altai ski’s are inspired by the people of the Altai Mountains, the origin of some of the earliest written records of skiing exist.…

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Feb 26

Klean Kanteen Vacuum Insulated Bottle & Mug for the lady on the go

Holding cold liquids for 24 hours and hot liquids for six hours, Klean Kanteen’s Vacuum Insulated Bottle & Mug is the ultimate, all-time vessel.  Perfect for water, coffee or even soup, this handy three-in-one bottle comes in three convenient sizes  (12 oz., 16 oz., 20 oz.) and features a durable double-wall construction to stand up to your active life’s demand.

Bamboo Bottle Co. for the environmentalist

Bamboo Bottle is not only constructed in environmentally sound ways, but it actually helps the plant. The more bamboo grown, the better.  Bamboo releases 35 percent more oxygen than equivalent strands of trees. And it can sequester up to 12 tons of carbon dioxide from the air per hectare. The bottle features a protective bamboo shaft which encases a glass bottle, which is a sustainable product, a nut to secure the bamboo shaft to the screw top. It’s quite easy to assemble and dissemble for cleaning. The only downside to this product, is that it’s quite heavy, but in our humble opinion the environmental impacts drastically outweigh a couple of ounces.

Vapur Anti-Bottle for the multi-sport enthusiast

The Vapur Anti-Bottle resembles a hiking/biking water bladder. And like a hydration-system bladder the Vapur anti-bottles are compactable making the the perfect do-all sport vessel. The Vapur Element Eclipse and Microfilter go a step further though, they actually roll up into a 3 x 1.5 inch cylinder making it the ultimate day hiking or camping essential. The screw-on cap not only ensures the cap is never lost, but its carabiner feature ensures the rolled-up vessel stays in place and that the vessel that the can be secured to a belt loop or backpack strap for easy accessibility. The new Vapur Microfilter makes this ultra-versatile design even more useful as this new, compact filtration system purifies 99.9999% of bacteria.

Clean Bottle the Square for the clean freak

Clean Bottle’s the Square not only unscrews from both ends for easy cleaning, but its less traditional shape prevents the bottle from rolling away when dropped. Clean Bottle donates 10 precent of profits to cycling and eco-friendly charities.

CamelBak Glass Eddy for the pragmatist

It’s no secret that drinking out of glass bottles is both healthier and better for the environment because its a sustainable material. CamelBack has created the ultimate utilitarian water bottle in the Glass Eddy. The bottle holds 25 oz of liquid and the CamelBak “Big Bite” sip cap ensures there’s no tipping required. The silicone sleeve adds extra protection and all the bottle’s components are top-rack dishwasher safe.

Top Picks: Coolest Water Bottles Klean Kanteen Vacuum Insulated Bottle & Mug for the lady on the go Holding cold liquids for 24 hours and hot liquids for six hours, …
Feb 19

Ladies who backflip

I found a couple awesome videos of ladies backflippin’ to keep you on your toes this lovely Wednesday.