Camping Apparel with style

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When your going camping or hiking you still got to look good right? Not only dress with style but dress in comfort and according to the weather conditions. Bring warm clothes for at night or if the weather changes even in the summer. Bring rain gear for that unexpected downpour . Good socks and footwear go hand and hand. So in this article I’ll show quality outdoor clothing with style and at a low price.
A beanie isn’t a bad idea,it keeps your head warm and looks cool on both men and women alike. Mountain Beanie makes a nice Nepal style wool beanie.

Mountain Beanie (Nepal) Sage
Tru-Spec makes a nice stylish breathable boonie for kayaking or fishing and more.

Tru-Spec Military Boonie, TRU GEN 2 OD Green, OSFM
And for the ladies ,this Mountain Hardwear raffia bucket hat, this looks cool and keeps the sun off.

Mountain Hardwear Raffia Bucket Hat (For Women)
Flannel shirts always look tough while in the outdoors. Like this affordable one I found.

Red Extra Heavyweight Brawny Flannel Shirt – 2X-Large

For ladies this Mountain Hardwear ,”Sona Lake”, flannel shirt looks good in the woods.

Mountain Hardwear SonaLake Flannel Shirt – Long Sleeve (For Women)
Columbia makes stylish clothing for the outdoors. Heres a Columbia trail shirt thats perfect for exploring in.

Columbia Sportswear Declination Trail II Shirt – UPF 25, Short Sleeve (For Men)
This retro looking Columbia shirt looks cool for kicking it in camp.

Columbia Sportswear Innisfree Polo Shirt – UFP 50, Sleeveless (For Women)
This mens sweater from Azzuro is nice all year round,not just in the snowy season.

Azzuro Men’s Round Neck Long Sleeve Floral Pattern Pullover Casual Sweater (Size S / 36)
Here is a great women rain jacket by Mossi. Look good and go dance in the rain.

Mossi Adrenaline Turquoise/ Black Jacket Mossi Adrenaline Jacket Turquoise/Black Large
Carhartt makes this ladies beautiful sweater to enjoy your surroundings.

Carhartt Dutton Sweater – Cowl Neck (For Women)
Condor makes the jacket that is warm since it’s filled with down and this is way affordable compared to other big brands.

Condor Zephyr Lightweight Down Jacket, Black, XX-Large

Tactical is all good in the outdoors, with this Summit zero jacket by Condor. Plenty of pockets and weather protection included.

Condor Summit Zero Lightweight Soft Shell Jacket, OD – M

Women enjoy these stretch denim Capris by Carhartt ,match them with a flannel shirt and your set.

Carhartt Curvy Fit Tomboy Capris – Stretch Denim (For Women)
This pair of rugged women’s convertible pants are perfect for hiking trails in style.

ExOfficio Super Nio Amphi Convertible Pants (For Women)
These cute camping shorts go perfect with whatever top or sweater you choose.They are fast drying and moisture wicking.

ExOfficio Super Nomad Shorts (For Women)
Men enjoy these Mountain Hardwear durable upf 50 hiking shorts.

Mountain Hardwear Portino Shorts – UPF 50 (For Men)
And here is some matching shorts for women.Mountain Hardwear makes awesome gear.

Mountain Hardwear Mirada Cargo Shorts (For Women)
Yes wool socks work great in the summer too,and they do keep your feet cool in the day and warm at night.

Bridgedale Hiker Socks – Lightweight, Wool Blend, 2-Pack (For Men and Women)

Columbia Sportswear Merino Wool Hiking Socks – Lightweight, Crew (For Men)

Merrell Siren Sport Socks – Wool Blend, Ankle (For Women)
Gloves sometimes aren’t a bad idea these cool gloves from Grand Sierra have you looking like a star.

Grand Sierra Microfleece Gloves – Touch-Screen Compatible
Hi tec makes top quality hiking boots and shoes. Look cool wherever you go in the outdoors with these “Skamania” mid hiking boots.

Hi-Tec Skamania Mid Hiking Boots – Waterproof (For Men)
Women look fancy in these Asolo rugged hiking shoes.Made out of tough Goretex and a waterproof membrane.

Asolo Bionic Gore-Tex(R) Approach Shoes – Waterproof (For Women)
Merrell also has great quality hiking shoes that look good on your feet.

Merrell Oakbrook Ventilator Hiking Shoes (For Women)

These Columbia outdoor sandals rock. I have a pair and I love them, and they hold up to the abuse. Not to mention they look styling on me.

Columbia Watershot Men US 13 Black Open Toe Sport Sandal
Whether your sitting around camp or hiking to the peak,you’ve got to look good. I hope you’ve enjoyed the selections I chose. Remember to be cool,and stay warm on your next visit to the outdoors. Until next time,here on

Opening Season Trout Gear

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Trout Season is here for most waters in the U.S. It’s a good time to check your inventory and see what you have,what you need ,and what needs replacing. Figure out when your going fishing and how your going to fish. Are you fishing streams or rivers. Maybe a lake or two,are you shore fishing or in a boat or float tube.
With many decisions to make, it’s time to organize.

Start off by checking your poles. A good Fly fishing pole is always kept ready to go. Superfly makes a great combo set for the beginning angler.

SuperFly 4pc Performance Combo 8’6″ Rod
The makers at Quarrow also put out a good ready to go combo set up.This set comes with a nice case to protect your gear.

Quarrow Elite Trout Fly Fishing Combo Kit
If its just reels your after, Ross makes a great affordable reel.The “Flystart” reel by Ross has well built gearing and is just as good as higher end brands.

3M Ross Reels Flystart #3, Black
Another great reel is by a company named Okuma. I bought my dad an Okuma reel that he really enjoys.This “Sierra” model has a smooth roller bearing action.

Okuma Sierra Fly Fishing Reel
Lamson is a higher end reel but here we are able to get closeout prices.The”guru” is for smooth precision fishing.

Lamson Guru 2 Fly Fishing Reel – 5/6wt
Waders are something that get beat up and someday need replacing. I like dry waders rather than neoprene ones. Walmart has a great pair at a low price and the brand Caddis is a great brand as well and is reliable.

Caddis Men’s Northern Guide Breathable Chest Waders
Now Patagonia is probably the most high end brand you can get.We are able to get these at a discounted price.Patagonia is a leader in clothing and fishing gear.

Patagonia Skeena River Chest Waders – Stockingfoot (For Men)
Wading boots vary with people.I like felt boots.These Patagonia boots once again are top of the line at an incredible bargain.

Patagonia Ultralight Wading Boots – Felt Bottom (For Men and Women)
Is that vest looking ratty and time to go or did you just outgrow it.Crystal River makes a low cost vest that does the job. I had one for years.

Crystal River Fly Fishing Vest
If it’s top end you like than we got. The Umpqua vest is supreme out there in the water.It has 11 pockets and is comfortable to wear.

Umpqua Feather Merchants Toketee Fly Fishing Vest (For Men)
For the guys that can’t stay on shore Walmart has a variety of kayaks and float tubes to fish from. You do not have to spend big money to get set up.A float tube is a way I enjoy fishing out on the lake. Classic accessories makes a great tube at an unbelievable price. The “Teton” is awesome.

Classic Accessories Teton Float Tube
Another great tube is the Caddis “Navigator” at another good price and caddis is a quality brand.

Caddis Sports Navigator IV
If you want an angling kayak but don’t want to pay $600 what do you do? You look right here yes Walmart comes through with several reputable models.

Lifetime 1-Man Redfin Angler Kayak, Sandstone
Lifetime makes nice kayaks at lower prices.This “redfin angler” comes with a rod holder and a good storage. All you need is your fishing gear.
The Sun Dolphin “green excursion” is another nice angling kayak that doesn’t tear the pocketbook.It’s a ten foot kayak with plenty of storage and ready for the water.

Sun Dolphin Green Excursion 10′ Sit In Fishing Kayak With Bonus Paddle
For those of you that like a sit on top kayak, I haven’t forgot about you. Emotion kayaks makes this badass “Stealth Angler” .It has storage and two rod holders in the rear.

Emotion Kayaks Stealth Angler Kayak
For the spincast and bait fisherman there are plenty of things you may need before you head out for the season.First let’s look at poles and I’ll give a few recommendations.I usually get a Daiwa or Shakesphere pole. They are of great quality and hold up to the heavy beating. I personally like the Shakespeare “ugly stick” It is pretty much unbreakable while fishing,just don’t slam your car door on it. For the novice or someone that just wants to grab and go fishing,this has all you need to catch trout. And it’s affordable.

Shakespeare Complete Trout Spinning Kit
If your going hiking,or backpacking get a telescopic.It folds up small to attach to your pack.

Shakespeare Durango Telescopic Spinning Rod
I use an “ugly stick” light rod when I fish for trout in creeks,streams,and other wilderness areas I go to.

Shakespeare Ugly Stik Lite Casting Rod
Daiwa like I said makes excellent fishing equipment. I have a nice Daiwa for trout fishing.I love their reels too, they are so smooth.

Daiwa D-Shock B Freshwater Spinning Combo
Do you need a net? Wetfly makes a great rubber net that is fish friendly,meaning it is easier on the fish when handling it.

Wetfly Rubber Net with Wooden Handle – Small
Whether your fly-fishing or spin casting in the mountains carry a creel to put your fish in while your walking the river or creek.

Berkley Extra-Large Fishing Creel
How about a great fishing hat. I always wear a boonie. It keeps the sun off me and I can dunk it to stay cool.

Boonie Outdoor Cap Washed Cotton – Khaki
So get out there and enjoy the season,but remember to have everything you need. When you fish a river or sit on the shore of a lake you got to have the right gear to get the job done. Join me again here at to cover my experiences of the outdoors and to get recommended quality gear at low prices.You don’t have to get the most expensive gear to have a good time.


Camping checklist



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It’s that time of year again to get ready for summer camping. Whether your going alone, with friends,or family,you have got to have the right gear you need. What you bring depends on a lot of factors. Location and climate play a roll. Always prepare for rain and cold weather even in the summer while camping. So bring rain gear and cold weather clothes. A tarp isn’t a bad idea either ,it can be used as shade or a rain shelter to cook under etc. The amount of people who are going does affect how much and what you bring. Pets also need gear too. Car camping let’s you bring more gear of course than if you were backpacking your gear into a site via a trail. Any recreational activities being enjoyed also determine what gear to have. A kayak or fishing pole may be on the list to take with you. So I have devised a list of basics and a few cool items to take with you on your next trip into the outdoors.
1. A tent. Pick a tent that fits the number of people you plan on having in your tent with you. I always get one a little bigger than my headcount in my family to have some storage .
This Sundome 6 Person Tent is the one I have for my family and I. We really like it and we are happy with the quality of Coleman tents. Ours has lasted for several years now. If you need a smaller tent they have a Coleman Sundome 2-Person Dome Tent  which is smaller but also works well if your hiking.  For those big families that all want to sleep together you need an 8 to 12 man tent like the Ozark Trail 21′ x 10′ 3-Room Instant Tent with Awning, Sleeps 12, Red

Ozark Trail is Walmart’s brand. It is great quality at a low price. I have a 2 person Ozark Trail tent I use for backpacking that I love.
2. A good sun canopy is great to have. You can use this to cook under if it rains if you have to.  A canopy has saved several of my trips in the past. They are also great to rest at the end of the day under and have a cold drink in the shade. The Trademark Innovations Lightweight and Portable 10’x10′ Canopy Tent Is affordable and available in several colors.
3.Sleeping bags vary on climate and user preferences. Coleman,Tetonsport,and Kelty  make quality bags at reasonable prices compared to other high end bags. My wife uses the Coleman Brazos 75″ x 33″ Rectangle Sleeping Bag Navy/Beige 2000004419 its a 30 degree bag and works well in the mountains in the summer.

Coleman Heritage 84″ x 40″ Rectangle Sleeping Bag Navy 2000008710 This bag is a bigger bag for tall or wider people like me. I really like Coleman bags ,Lanterns and tents. They have been a family tradition for me since I was a kid.
3. A sleeping pad or an air mattress really makes the night more comfortable both in warmth and hardness on the back and neck. The INTEX Pillow Rest Classic Full Bed Inflatable Airbed Air Mattress w/ Pump is a brand I use and is affordable and has lasted me for several years.If your backpacking or just want a pad rather a mattress the ALPS mountaineering pad is great. Pads are expensive and range how light you want one to carry.

ALPS Mountaineering Summit Sleeping Pad – Regular
4. A pillow. Bring one you don’t mind getting abused. I like to use a flannel pillow case.
5. A multitool like the LEATHERMAN 832132 Multi-Tool, Silver, 12 Tools can handle all sorts of projects around camp or on the trail. I even take mine fishing with me.
6. A knife. I usually bring several with me camping for different needs. The Morakniv Clipper 840 Knife – Straight Edge, Fixed Blade

This is a great knife for bushcraft meaning ,doing things around camp. The Mora knife is from sweden and was made as far back as the 1800’s. It is used by their military still today. The carbon steel blade can be used with a flint to start a campfire. I also bring a big survival knife ,which is military issue, for large jobs and protection. K-bar has been making combat knives forever.The United States Marines recognize a superior knife when they see one. The Ka-Bar USMC Serrated Edge Knife 5018

And lastly I bring a good fillet knife for preparing the fish only. Keep your knife sharp at all times. This knife comes with a sharpener which makes it easy.

7. A good axe is needed  to chop kindling for the campfire and do other tasks around camp.This axe really gets the job done. Condor makes excellent knives and axes. Especially primitive bushcraft knives.
8. A backpack. Whether you need a daypack for short walks around the lake or a 55 liter hiking pack,High Sierra has got you covered. They make quality packs at low cost.

high sierra daypack 4

High Sierra
9. A camp chair. I have a nice big guy chair that I love. I was tired of the other chairs I had that were uncomfortable.Coleman in general makes good quality chairs.

10.Headlamps and flashlights. A good headlamp like the Coleman 2000021027 Axis HP LED HeadLampkeeps it bright while you do chores or hikes at night. As far as a flashlight ,I like Cree type lights ,the technology is brighter than LED lights and is compact. Lumintop has a great variety of lights to choose from.

And top of the line 800 lumen super bright cree light from Nitecore,it’s more expensive but superior to all cree lights.

11.Lanterns. By far the Coleman lantern is the best propane lantern out there for camping. It is an icon of the outdoors. The propane lanterns are a lot brighter and last longer than battery powered lanterns. The propane bottles can be interchanged with the Coleman camp stove as well. This one has a nice carrying case. Also bring extra mantles.

12.Water filter and water tablets. The Sawyer water filter is the one I have and I’ve drank river water for a week while hiking and love it. Sawyer makes a great product at inexpensive prices compared to other filter systems.

13.A stove.  A great camping stove like the Coleman 2 Burner Triton Series Stove 2000012034 gets things cooked fast. It has two burners to do the job. A Coleman griddle fits the stove perfect, to make pancakes and other delicacies. The one I’ve had for years has done the job well.Don’t forget extra propane bottles and matches.
14.Camp fire grill. I use the Camp Chef Lumberjack Over the Fire Grill to cook meals in my skillet or grill meat.It folds up easy to take with you. I like to wrap mine in a trash bag so I don’t make a mess in the car while traveling.
fish fry
15. A skillet,pots,and pans. My Camp Chef 20″ Lumberjack Skillet really is nice and home cooked meals in camp. An iron skillet lasts forever. Remember to not clean it with soap you can use sand or salt and water to clean it with a scrubber. I also preseason it each time after cleaning with cooking spray and heating it up on the camp stove.
16.A Dutch oven is another great method of camp cooking. It is like a camping crockpot. The Camp Chef 10″ Deep Dutch OvenI have ,I really like and I make all kinds of recipes in it. Cookbooks are available for Dutch oven cooking like this book I have; The Wilderness Guide to Dutch Oven Cooking . Follow the same process to clean and season just as the skillet. And don’t forget your food ,and drinks your going to bring. Put that on a separate list.
17.Kitchen accessories like paper towels ,cutting board,cooking utensils,ziplock bags, aluminum foil,a can opener/corkscrew,pot scrubber and camp soap are good to have in camp.A good coffee pot is absolute like the Stansport STN11230B Enamel 8-cup Coffee Pot With Percolator & Four 12-ounce Mugs . Splurge a little and bring some starbucks ground coffee. Nothing like a cup of joe lakeside.
A cooler is another item necessary on the outing. I bought a Coleman 54-Quart Steel Coolerand I love it.The cooler is made out of steel belted radial tire material and it keeps the ice cold for 5 days. I have had it for 7 years and nothing is broken,The thing is tough. Mine is stainless ,but they come in several colors all steel. All you need is the Ice.
owens river camp
18.A camping table set is an awesome thing to have. Everything you need to eat with is all there for the entire family. Both Stansport and Coleman make a great set. The enamel stone finish is tough.

19.Personal items like toilet paper,shampoo,toothbrush and paste,lip balm,sunscreen and insect repellant are just a few items to take.Don’t forget any medications you may need.A good first aid kit is essential to any outdoor adventure.

20. A camera or camcorder works ,most people use their phones nowadays.
21.Binoculars come in handy in the outdoors.Get a good pair and you won’t be sorry. They can be used to enjoy the beautiful scenery or view wildlife.

22. Maps,guidebooks,magazines and books are nice to take along.A notebook ,pen and pencil are nice to write memoirs. A sketchpad is a great idea,to draw the surroundings. Don’t leave your camping reservations at home either.
23.Pet needs. Pets have to have things too like toys,pet bed,food,a leash Maybe a stake ,and water.
24.A good radio to listen to music or the weather conditions is a sound idea.
25.If you have kids then you might want to invest in these.I have them and they work great to keep in contact with my son while he plays close to camp.

Motorola MS350R – 35 Mile Range Talkabout 2-Way Radios, PAIR

26. A deck of cards,games,water toys,kites,and a hacky sack bring enjoyment to camp.There is nothing like a good hack and a cold drink at the end of the day.

Hacky Sack – Alie (Colors Will Vary)n

At night a star gaze map,hot cocoa, glowsticks for the kids,and S’mores really are a big hit.Don’t forget a coat hanger or a marshmallow roasting stick.
27.Clothes and footwear. Remember to always bring warm clothes and rain gear to the mountains even in the summer.A good jacket will keep you warm at night.

A good sweater or sweatshirt is also a great idea. Bring pants and shorts,but don’t forget the swimwear. Wool socks are a good choice even in the summer they work fine. I wear Long underwear at night to sleep warm. A good hat is hard to beat. Ballcaps work great. A beanie also keeps you warm at night. I love my boonie,it keeps the sun off me.
river trail 7
Fishing Hunting Bucket Hat Boonie Outdoor Cap Washed Cotton Military Safari Summer Men – Land Camouflage
Footwear is a personal choice, but I prefer hiking shoes. They protect my feet and give me a good footing on the rugged terrain.  Merrell makes great footwear and is lower in price than other great brands.

I also bring a solid pair of outdoor sandals. They do me just fine. They are great around the water and I’ve even worn them swimming.

28. Recreational items are needed depending on the type of activities your going to enjoy on your trip. I always bring Fishing gear when I go camping.Walmart seems to have the best prices on fishing poles and tackle. I rarely spend over $30 for a rod and reel and I catch just as much fish as the guy next to me with the $200 set up. Don’t forget the powerbait and lures.

Daiwa D-Shock 2-Piece Spinning Combo 7′ DSK30-2B/F702M

29. Kayaks and Canoes are a great way to explore the water while on a trip. Walmart has nice kayaks at low prices that won’t cost $800 plus out of your wallet.Remember to always wear a life jacket.
Lifetime, 9’8″, 1-Man Boyd Sit-Inside Kayak, Yellow, with Bonus Padded Seat Back

30. Mountain bikes are also popular in the outdoors. There is nothing like zipping around the trails on a bike in the woods. Take a backpack along and a water bottle. Don’t forget to wear a helmet.

26″ Mongoose Men’s Maxim Mountain Bike, Green
So whether your going a week ,or going a weekend you have to make a checklist to see what you have and what you need. Don’t be unprepared in the outdoors. Put things together early and you’ll be glad you did. Your next journey outdoors awaits. Until next time here at