What's in the Box? August Highlight Reel - Cairn

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August '15 Highlight Reel

It’s the last full month of summer, and if you’re working on squeezing a few more adventures in before autumn hits, everything in this month’s Cairn will be a helpful addition to your pack. With items that’ll help you see in the dark, survive short-term emergencies, and stay fueled, there’s plenty of fun for every Cairn subscriber.

LuminAID PackLite 16

When you're camping or backpacking, it can be incredibly relaxing to be at the mercy of Mother Nature's rhythms, including sunrise and sunset. But when you need a little extra light around camp without adding too much weight to your load, LuminAID has just the ticket.

Founded by two graduate students in an effort to help light the way for aid workers in post-earthquake Haiti, the company makes a handful of products that help you see what you're doing in the dark. The LuminAID PackLite 16 provides 65 lumens on the extra bright setting, takes 7-10 hours of sunlight to charge, is waterproof up to one meter, and it floats. The PackLite 16 folds into a small rectangular shape that makes it easy to drop into your pack, and inflates into a lantern to help diffuse the light. It's a new and improved version of the original, and given it weighs in at 2.9 oz., you'll want to consider leaving your traditional lantern at home.

The Pocket Outdoor Survival Guide

Have trouble figuring out how to deal with getting lost on a trip? Not sure what to do when you're injured in the middle of a hike? Tuck The Pocket Outdoor Survival Guide from this month's Cairn into your pack on your next trip and you'll be equipped to handle a variety of short-term survival situations.

Adequate training and preparation is essential to dealing with unexpected emergencies, but sometimes things happen that we're not ready for. If the worst happens, this handy little book can help you figure out what to do next. The Pocket Outdoor Survival Guide is packed with 144 pages of survival tips, preparation pointers, survival kit essentials, instructions on building shelters, and many more useful tidbits.

Omnibar Mango Curry Beef (Meat Eaters Only)

Subscribers were first introduced to Omnibar back in the December 2014 Cairn, and if you've been a subscriber since then, you'll be stoked to see another one in this month's box. The folks behind Omnibar still believe in creating snacks that give adventurers sustainable energy via the high protein grass fed beef from the company's ranch in Montana. Unlike traditional energy bars, meat is the base, which makes Omnibars both calorie dense and packed with high quality protein.

If you specified you're a meat-eater, you're going to love the savory and sweet Mango Curry flavor. The bar combines grass fed beef, dried prunes, almonds, organic oats, and more to keep you fueled.

Kate's Real Food Grizzly Bar (Non-Meat Eaters Only)

Immediately after tasting the Kate's Real Food Stash Bar in April 2015's Cairn, I bought two cases of them. They're absolutely phenomenal, and non-meat eaters get to try the Grizzly Bar in this month's delivery. 

A delightful combination of dark chocolate, honey, dried fruit, creamy peanut butter, and crunchy rice nuggets will keep you fueled for hours. With 360 energy-packed calories in every bar, these are ideal for adventures involving a whole lot of calorie-burning effort. I'm still partial to the Stash Bar, given it tastes like a peanut butter cookie, but the Grizzly Bar is sure to please.

Qancha by Nazqiz

One of the best things about being a Cairn subscriber is the opportunity to try new things, and to be exposed to products new to the market. Nazquiz was founded in 2013 by a Peruvian entrepreneur hoping to bring Peruvian snacks to the United States and beyond. The company’s main product, Qancha, is an air toasted corn snack made from a variety of corn that is prolific in the Peruvian Andes. It is then toasted, seasoned, and packaged in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Though it makes sense to assume the Qancha snack might look like popcorn, it doesn’t. The texture is more akin to a sunflower seed with the outer shell still attached, and the kernels themselves are whole. They’re delightfully crunchy and taste like corn, which makes the little kernels great to eat alone. They’re also ideal for topping salads and soups with.

 

Think you’d give any of these products a try if you’re not a subscriber? If you are, what’s your favorite item in this month’s box? Sound off in the comments! And subscribers, don’t forget to look in the box for an envelope full of coupons. Our highlight reel author may or may not have already used her coupon for Kate’s Real Food.


Katie Levy
Katie Levy

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13 Responses

Abby
Abby

October 15, 2015

I like the luminaid. I haven’t really gotten to use it yet. Going camping in the Smokies soon so I will try it out there. I must be the only one who liked the omnibar. I want to buy the sample pack to see if I like any of the other flavored. It is definitely different. Fruit leather and beef jerky had a baby. It took a few bites to appreciate the flavor and textures. It’s not for everyone. The survival guide was ok. Good read for someone just starting outdoor activities. However the authors insistence on air search and rescue is inaccurate, at least in my region. He made it seem that is the first thing that is done. I worked for 911 for almost 4 years and we have asked for a helicopter for search and rescue only once (THP). And I now work for a helicopter air medical service. We don’t do search and rescue and I’m pretty sure none of the other ones in my area do either nor do they have the equipment or hoists for it. Oh and I love the Qancha!

Kim
Kim

October 14, 2015

Used the LuminAID while camping at a festival this weekend. It was not only useful but a huge hit with campers around us! One person recalled seeing it on Shark Tank and was just ecstatic to see it in use. We will be using this a lot!

Kevin @ Cairn
Kevin @ Cairn

October 09, 2015

Jessica, glad to hear you enjoyed the collection this month. Just a quick note, the LuminAID is intended to be used as a lantern and the inflatable air bladder does float but the real reason is to disperse light from the LEDs.

David Klingensmith, I would think that the majority of products would work very well for wheelchair-adventures. Check out our other month’s collections @ www.getcairn.com/pages/insidethebox

Lance, thanks for the comments and suggestion on improving the LuminAID!

DavidE
DavidE

September 15, 2015

I like the Lumin Aid light – I’ve used it at home and camping now, and I will keep it in my gear bag. I probably won’t use the survival guide, but it will be a nice gift for someone. The bar was yucky and the Quancha wasn’t to my taste but it had a nice texture and added crunch to a meal.

Bill
Bill

September 14, 2015

Glad to see that I wan’t alone in my opinion of the Omnibar. I’d have to be really, really hungry to want to eat that again. The Luminaid is a nice addition to my gear. I’ve already got a couple of Luci lights and I’ll see how the battery life compares. The Qancha went great with beer.

Lance
Lance

September 14, 2015

The Luminaid definitely made the box for me. The Grizzly bar was good but pretty heavy. The Quancha was great but in the end corn is still just corn, not going to do much but fill you up. Unfortunate that the Survival guide was a bust. Brought the light and grizzly bar this past week with me on section J of the PCT in Washington and could have probably sold 20 or so of the lights while out there. Cool product for sure. Love the solar charge and weight. Only way it could be improved is a bigger loop for clipping on the back of your pack.

Keep them coming!

Cheers!

David Klingensmith
David Klingensmith

September 08, 2015

Out of curiosity could any of the gear and items have potential use for adaptive(wheelchair) pursuits? I understand that food and lights are pretty universal could a majority of the other items be used by a wheelchair outdoorsman?

Jeremy
Jeremy

September 01, 2015

I have to agree with the comments on the Omnibar. It was barely palatable. From the texture to the taste, I just didn’t find it enjoyable. I’ve enjoyed the Survival Guide. Yes, the information is basic in some cases, but it doesn’t mean the information is unimportant. It is a handy little book. And I love the Luminaid. I just spent a week camping and hung it to light the tent. Yes, I still have my headlamp, but for the minimal weight, it was great to have along. Overall, another great box.

Jessica
Jessica

August 31, 2015

I’m not quite sure about the light just yet. I like it, but I don’t feel that it replaces the headlamps I already use. I like that it’s floatable, but I’m not entirely sure how I’ll end up using that. The Qancha corn was great. I enjoyed every kernel and will definitely be looking for some to put in my pack. The taste was spot-on the texture was as expected. The Omni bar made me want to change my status to non-meat eater. The texture was awkward, the flavors were overwhelming and overall I could only handle 2 bites—1 to try it, 2 to give it a second chance—assuming that maybe I got a weird bit of it. The Survival Guide will make a great stocking stuffer for a young outdoor enthusiast—not something I would have purchased for my own collection. Thanks for the opportunity to try it all.

sherry
sherry

August 30, 2015

The Luminaid light is fantastic – I will be getting these for friends for Christmas stocking stuffers! The Qancha corn was also awesome! I usually don’t like corn nuts but these were fantastic. The Omni bar was OK. By itself, it is way too much flavor. However, chopped up and mixed with rice it turned into decent backpacking food.

Susan
Susan

August 27, 2015

Absolutely love the light. I’ll be ordering another one for a friend. Didn’t care too much for the Qancha corn snacks.

Katie @k8tlevy
Katie @k8tlevy

August 27, 2015

Jen, my thoughts exactly on all counts! Love the Qancha, they’re super unique. And the LuminAID rocks!

Jen
Jen

August 27, 2015

I hate corn nuts.. Can’t stand the smell or taste or texture… I luv luv LUV the Qancha and need more… I plan to use as a snack, in my million dollar granola, over yogurt in soup n salad and in a beer bread Nd cherrry corn corn scone…

As for the light… Been wanting one of these .. Luv…

Survival guide in my pack now… Thank you!!

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