Gear

Spot LLC announced another recall of one of their products. You might remember last year when the SPOT Satellite GPS Messenger was having problems transmitting and also got recalled. Now it seems their SPOT Satellite Communicator which comes with the DeLorme Earthmate PN-60w is having similar issues. In the press release, Spot announced that, “in certain incidents, intended messages may not be transmitted, including requests for help or emergency assistance, when the SPOT Satellite Communicator is used at temperatures below 40 degrees Farhrenheit/4.44 degrees Celsius.” It seems that the company manufacturing the communicator substituted a couple of parts that were, “not meeting operating specifications”. Those keeping track will note that is what happened last time also. Here are the full details on the recall including SPOT contact information.
Do you own this axe? If you do you should know that Gerber has announced a recall of it because the knife was slipping out of the handle and lacerating people while in use. So far five people have required stitches. If you currently have one, Gerber says to remove the knife from the axe handle then contact Gerber to receive a free handle cap, which will hold the knife in the axe handle during transport and storage. Maybe I’m just not in touch with my inner lumberjack but I don’t see the improvement of a slip out knife in the handle over a standard axe. I must be missing something there. Gerber Legendary Blades can be reached at (877) 314-9130 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. PT, Monday through Friday. For more info visit gerbergear.com.
Been to etsy.com before? If not then you will discover a huge market of people selling crafty or vintage items. Think of it as a classier version of eBay minus the auction feature. More overpriced stuff but not near as much junk. Hunting around on recently I came upon this cool vintage canoeing manual from 1969 published the American Red Cross. According to the description it, “includes history, instruction, maintenance and rescue info on canoeing.”

How It's Made: Swiss Army Knives
Sunday, 23 January 2011

If you have ever wondered how one of the champs of outdoor camping gear is manufactured now is your chance to find out. Embedded below is a clip from the show, How It's Made demonstrating how Swiss Army Knives are assembled. Some people are so dedicated to their Swiss Army Knives that some get tattooed with them.
There is a new tent company starting up called Heimplanet who recently unveiled their prototype tent design called The Cave. It's unique to other tents in that it doesn't require any poles as the rigid frame comes from 5 air chambers that connect together in a diamond grid shape. The "Round Ground" design offers space for 2-3 persons to sleep and up to 6 persons to sit together. According to the designers, it will take less then 1 minute to set-up which will be good when you are stuck in the rain. No word yet on tent specs including weight or pricing but keep your eye on heimplanet.com over the next year as they expect to release their first product in 2011. Below is a quick promotional video they put together outlining its key features.
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