What’s in the Box? May Highlight Reel, Outdoor subscription box review - Cairn

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May 21, 2015 | 12 comments

Ever run your phone battery down while on the road? Wish you’d brought a high protein or high energy snack on an adventure? Wondered how to tie a figure eight follow through knot? Then the mix in this month’s Cairn is just for you.

Brunton Pulse 1500

Whether you’re on the trail with a GPS that’s almost out of juice or on the road without a place to charge your smartphone, having a way to power-up your batteries when you’re on the go is always a good thing.

The Brunton Pulse 1500 power pack is a slim, small, barely noticeable addition to your suitcase or your backpack that will help you keep your devices running. Charge it by plugging it into any integrated USB-friendly device or outlet, then charge your electronics by plugging them into the standard or micro USB outputs. All of the charging cords as well as the input and output outlets are designed to neatly fit together, which makes it easy to carry the Pulse 1500 wherever you go.

When the Pulse 1500 is fully charged, it packs enough power to fully charge your smartphone once, and three small lights on the Pulse 1500 make it simple to see how much charge you have left. I can’t see myself leaving on a trip without it anytime soon. Learn more.

Pro-Knot Outdoor Knot Cards

Unless you’re a pro at knot tying, it can be difficult to remember which knot is best for different situations, and how to tie them all. Pro-Knot’s Outdoor Knot waterproof plastic cards are perfect knot tying reference guides for any outdoor enthusiast, and given they measure just 2 ¼ x 3 ½ inches, they’ll easily fit into any pack or bag, even your car’s glove box. The cards cover trying instructions for 20 knots, including essentials like the figure eight follow through, double fisherman’s, prusik, and more. The step-by-step instructions make knot tying a cinch.

 

 

Aloe Up Pro Ultra Sport SPF 30 1 oz. Lotion

If you’re hoping to keep your skin protected from the sun without a greasy mess, this month’s Cairn has a great option for you to try. Aloe Up uses Aloe plants that are organically grown and processed in the USA, and the leaves are harvested by hand. The Pro Ultra Sport SPF 30 sunscreen formula is 35% aloe vera gel by volume, which means your skin easily absorbs it without residue, and it’s highly resistant to sweat and water. Aloe Up’s Pro Ultra Sport provides full UVA/UVB broad spectrum protection, and it’s free of ingredients like oxybenzone, parabens, and alcohol.

 

Kratos Beef Bar (Meat Eaters Only)

If you’re a Cairn subscriber, you’ll remember that when you signed up, you were asked if you’re a meat eater or not, and if you are, a Kratos Beef Bar was included in your mix this month. In Greek mythology, Kratos is the god of strength and power. Kratos Beef Bars are formulated as a healthy alternative to standard beef jerky packages and other related options, which tend to be full of additives and fillers. The bars are made from 100% lean beef and they’re free of gluten, MSG, nitrites, and other fillers.

I’m always looking for ways to get enough protein on my adventures, and after trying the Zesty Pepper flavor from my Cairn, I can’t wait to test out the other three flavors. I could easily see having two at a time as a mid-hike snack.

Clif Bar –Nuts & Seeds (Non-Meat Eaters Only), Berry Pomegranate Chia

Clif Bar’s been on the energy bar scene since 1992. From the original Clif bars to Luna bars, Builder’s protein bars, Mojo bars, Clif shots and more, they’re a well-known fixture in the outdoor community. The Nuts and Seeds bar is a new flavor and was included in the non-meat eaters Cairn this month. It’s the perfect balance of sweet, salty, and little bit crunchy. Almonds, peanut butter, and oats are the most noticeable ingredients, and sunflower and pumpkin seeds help round out the mix.

Berry Pomegranate Chia is also a new flavor, and if you’re a dried fruit fanatic, you’ll love this one. Between the strawberries, cranberries, pomegranates, and chia seeds, you’ll get plenty of fiber without losing out on flavor. The Berry Pomegranate Chia bar is included with all Cairns sent out in May.

 

What are you most excited about in the March box? If you’re not a Cairn subscriber, which item would you most like to try? Leave a comment!


Katie Levy
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Dan
Dan

June 04, 2015

May was my first box. Although it wasn’t overly exciting it was still nice to get a box with some items that I would never have thought to buy. I liked both of the Clif Bars and will eventually get to using the sunscreen. As for the charger, I thought it was neat but figured I would never use it. That is, until I went for a 4-day Yellowstone/Grand Teton trip. That thing was a life saver since all of the pics were taken with my phone. I tent camp, so no generator for constant charging. The Brunton was a life saver and quickly, fully charged my phone and some of my wife’s. I already had a knot card, because it’s awesome, but quickly realized the one you sent had a couple of additional knots than mine (purchased about 5 years ago). Thanks for the great box and I can’t wait for June’s. Also, kudos on the Abilitree partnership. It looks like a great organization to support and I’d expect nothing less from a company like yours.

Jon
Jon

June 04, 2015

The May box was my first box, and was pleasantly surprised to find the Brunton charger, as my regular cell charger was really to heavy to carry around daily; this item went straight into my EDC backpack, and has proven to be indispensable. I loved the Kratos beef bar, pleasantly salty, I’ve ordered the wasabi one to try out too. Knot cards were a real gift, as i was planning to buy that item off Amazon, and took it out of my wish list. Cliff Bar was ok, tasty but a little too sweet for me, and the Aloe sunscreen will see use this summer when i go fishing. overall a great box and looking forward to the next one!

Sandy
Sandy

June 04, 2015

The May shipment was my first box. I really liked the charger and took it with me to NYC, just in case. I didn’t need it but it was good to know it was there. The Lotion went right into my beach bag and I will try it out soon. Cliff bars are ok, the flavors were good, and glad I am not a meat eater and got those instead. The knot tying cards are going to come in handy and they are now in my bug out bag. So excited for June!

Barb
Barb

June 04, 2015

The charger should work nicely when needed.
The Knot cards are great for a refresher course.
Have not yet used the lotion but should work fine.
Got the beef bar and yes a bit salty as others have mentioned.
The Clif bar is a Clif bar.
Looking forward to the next box of surprises.

Betsy
Betsy

June 04, 2015

The May box was my first. Husband tried the beef bar, said it was ok, not great. I used the sunscreen on a kayaking trip and loved how it felt on my skin. The knot cards were cool…I can use them. The charger only charged my phone halfway, but that is still good for emergencies. Would’ve rather had something new other than the cliff bar. Looking forward to the next box!

Dayna
Dayna

June 04, 2015

My first month too! My husband and his brother have been using the knot cards to compete with each other, as usual! I will use it, too, if I can ever get it back. Easy to carry in a backpack or purse. Same as the charger, nice size and great for emergencies. I didn’t even know these existed, so very excited about that gift. And Cliff bars are always a treat. I’m guessing they were new flavors? I ate both of them and loved them. Glad I signed up as a non-meat eater since the beef thing sounded kind of nasty. I eat meat, but figured any meat that came in a box would be gross… Thanks for a great first month!

Samantha
Samantha

June 04, 2015

This is my second box from my subscription. I wasn’t as thrilled with this month. I liked the Cliff bar, which tasted good. The charger was okay and light enough. The Kratos jerky I was excited about, until I tried it. I thought it might just be me, so I tried another bite and then threw it out. Almost like salty dog food. The knot card was fun and good information. The sunscreen is handy and as I always like to have 5 bottles of it around me, it was a keeper. Felt very nice on the skin too. So not my favorite box, but I was still excited to see it.

Barb
Barb

June 04, 2015

This was my first box also! The Brunton charger just as advertised, “for emergency use”. I drained my phone and tried it, only charged it to 25%, but it was enough for an emergency call or two. Took a while to charge though.

The Beef stick was very salty and too spicy for my taste.

I really liked the Clif bar! It wasn’t sweet and was very tasty (although very high in calories and sugar)!

The suntan lotion works okay, but wore off quicker than normal in the water.

The knot card was fun and handy since I can never remember if I go around the tree into the rabbit hole or the other way around!

Overall very satisfied! Now waiting for June!

Danny
Danny

June 04, 2015

My first box was the May box and it had stuff for me and stuff that I can share with some other family members. I work part time in a local state park so the food items come in handy when I’m out in the woods all day or just need a snack in my lunch box. The Brunton charger is great for overnight trips for my phone and the knot cards are going to be great to pass along to my grandson. I was just teaching some of those knots to him last month.

Amy
Amy

June 04, 2015

Was excited as this was my first box and was satisfied but not ecstatic. The charger was nice but if you don’t have your charger cord you are SOL. Sunscreen was nice and goes in my fishing tackle along with the handy knot tying cards… Cliff bar was tasty but agreed with another review in that they are not unique. Beef bar was different and super salty. Overall excited for the next box as it will determine if I keep this subscription up as I love new camping/outdoor gadgets that are new and helpful. Camp On…

Amanda bonney
Amanda bonney

May 27, 2015

I am so glad I signed for this. As my mini review, the charger is fantastoc! Charges from 0 to 100 to store Power in a few hours, but then the device gets charged in 2 or so. Not Bad. I like it for the quick charge. The cliff bar was TASTY. Not too sweet, not too tart. A good mix and not overly crunchy or soft. It was a good flavored bar. The beef bar was a little salty to my but it packed a punch!! Kept me going at my job all day! Drink water with it. The lotion is not bad either! Bout your average lotions but it leaves my skin feeling soft and the lack of chemicals that are toxic for you is better. Love the knot tying card. It’s so going in my bug out kit! And it’s waterproof!

Brice
Brice

May 22, 2015

The most thing, I was excited about was the Brunton Power Charger! It a very great idea especially when people are in the woods and their phone is about to die. People don’t want to miss that award winning shot or a text/call to 911 in a case of a emergency.

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