September 2015 Cairn Box Review

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It’s September, and the first few weeks of autumn are finally here! Whether you’re sad to see summer go, eager to get fall adventures underway, or both, this month’s Cairn is full of little treasures that’ll help you make the most of whatever you’re getting into.

BlackStrap Daily Tube Face Mask

Face masks are, in my opinion, among the most underrated pieces of outdoor apparel available. You can protect your neck from the sun, keep out a chill, keep stray bugs away, or, if you’re hot, dunk it in water to keep your skin cool. They’re ideal for all sorts of adventures. And this month, Cairn subscribers get to try out a face mask featuring art submitted by a fellow subscriber.

Founded in 2008, BlackStrap Industries initially sold only three products aimed at snowsports enthusiasts. Now, the company employs seven people and with products like beanies, balaclavas, hoodies, and face masks, among other products, in an incredible array of patterns and colors. This version of BlackStrap’s Daily Tube is breathable, quick drying, and provides UPF 50+ sun protection. It’s the perfect way to keep the fall chill of your neck.

Epiphany Outdoor Gear V3 Pocket Bellows

Ever tried starting a fire with wet wood, or in less than ideal conditions? Oxygen is the key to getting and keeping a fire going, but it’s not always easy to get enough of it where you need it. Thanks to Epiphany Outdoors, it might be easier than you think.

File this addition to the September Cairn under, “stuff you didn’t think you needed, but won’t leave home without in the future.” Epiphany Outdoor Gear’s pocket sized bellowing tool helps you funnel oxygen directly into a fire while staying at a safe distance from the flame. The Pocket Bellows is a new and improved version that extends out to 20 inches, then collapses down to 3.5 inches for easy storage. Take it with you the next time you need to start a fire with wet wood, and take a look at the packaging in this month’s Cairn for a coupon in case you need a backup.

Skout Organic Raw Pumpkin Seeds

When it comes to finding good trail snacks, there are plenty of options, but not everything you can eat on the trail is necessarily good for you. The family behind Skout Organic decided they were fed up with trail snacks packed with artificial ingredients and decided to create their own collection of munchies born from healthy, organic, natural ingredients.

Named after co-founder Jason Pastega’s yellow Labrador, the company’s been making delicious trail snacks since 2008. I got to sample the jalapeno salsa raw pumpkin seeds, and they’ve got the perfect balance of crunch and spice to make snacking on the trail interesting. They’re also great to drop in salads, on pasta, and on top of a nice, warm bowl of soup. The best part? They’re certified organic, gluten free, non-GMO, and pack a high protein punch with 10 grams per serving.

Whiskey Run Butter Stick Lip Balm

All lip balms are the same, right? Not exactly. Some lip balms contain ingredients that can be harmful, some don’t protect your lips from the sun, and some just plain don’t moisturize your lips.

The team behind Whiskey, Ink & Lace, the parent brand of Whiskey Run, believes in creating products using carefully researched ingredients that don’t contain harmful chemicals. The company sources ingredients from organic and sustainable suppliers. The result? A line of personal care products for active people you can count on being full of good stuff. Despite a light white residue left behind after application, the Butter Stick Lip Balm will keep your lips moisturized and protected from light sun while you’re playing outside.

UST Brands Compass Carabiner

Keeping track of where you are in the woods is essential, and even if you’re in familiar territory, getting lost is always a possibility. Having tools that will help you navigate in an emergency, or just in general, is always a good thing.

UST Brands has manufactured and sourced survival equipment for nearly 80 years; you could say they know a thing or two about emergency preparedness outdoors. The Compass Carabiner included in this month’s Cairn, a liquid filled compass the easily attaches to your backpack or belt loop, is one of many small, but vital survival tools the company has available. But a compass isn’t any good if you don’t know how to use it. Be sure to brush up on your navigation skills and take your Compass Carabiner on your next adventure.

Mike Putnam Photography Greeting Card

A little bonus item from Cairn this month! Photos are one of the ways we capture memories, remember moments, and ensure we never forget a particularly special sight or place. A picture is worth a thousand words, as the old adage goes, and in some cases, a picture is worth much more than that.

Photographer Mike Putnam has a passion for capturing the glacier covered mountains, alpine lakes, forests, rivers, and wildflower meadows of Central Oregon on film. Based in Bend, he specializes in capturing the beautiful backcountry and wilderness areas that surround Bend and creating artisan large format fine art prints of the region’s stunning landscapes. In addition to fine art-quality prints, Mike also shares his work on greeting cards like the sample in this month’s Cairn.

 

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.


Katie Levy
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8 Responses

Jacob
Jacob

November 01, 2015

I just got these Cairn boxes as a birthday present and I have got to say that this idea is awesome, it provides for companies that are just starting or smaller companies a chance to get out to the public and grow. I have never heard of any of these products in this months box but all of them work very well and I am sure I use them many times(except the pumpkin seed cause those were gone in about 10 seconds) I am very excited for the boxes to come in the following months, keep up the good work

Tim
Tim

October 26, 2015

Went camping with the family this past weekend. We had 8 adults and 10 kids. I pulled out my bellows to get the fire started and everyone laughed at first and then were truly amazed at its ability to start a fire. The wood was a bit wet and this bellows still performed like a champ. All weekend long I was called the “Bellows Man” and any time the fire needed to be started or get it blazing again I was called. Everyone was asking about where I got it from and I was able to give a “plug” to this great company.

Abby
Abby

October 15, 2015

I have used every piece of equipment that came in the box minus the card. I have been wanting a Buff for awhile and here came this beauty. I love multiuse items. It was a little warm to wear on the 80* day but I should have dunked in water to keep me a little cooler. The bellows is a neat piece of kit. Another multiuse item. It helped me get really damp wood burning. The pumpkin seeds were awesome. The perfect seasoning on them. I had the jalapeño salsa bag. They had just the right amount of spice without being too hot. I’m a spice weeny. The lip balm was nice but felt a little thick at first application. I know the spf works as I slightly burned my face but my lips were fine. The compass works. It points north. It’s nice to have a back up to my bigger compass. Also the carabiner can be used for multiple other things. All I all this is a great box!

Kevin @ Cairn
Kevin @ Cairn

October 09, 2015

DavidE, great use of the bellows!

IronMike & Caroline, we send out the review email to subscribers about 2 weeks after boxes have landed. Send a note to orders@getcairn.com if you haven’t seen it yet.

Jeremy, thanks for sharing and the kind words!

Jeremy
Jeremy

October 02, 2015

I continue to be impressed with the boxes I receive. Do I use everything? Well, I have tried or used almost everything. And whether I love all the products or not, this is a great way to see and try what is available. On top of that, I have always felt like the value is there and I’ve gotten my money’s worth. I appreciate all the effort that goes into each box, and the great customer service I have received. I also love knowing that these boxes provide work for individuals with disabilities. Thank you again.

Caroline
Caroline

October 02, 2015

Ditto on IronMike’s comment – I didn’t see an email come through with a link to review September’s box.

IronMike
IronMike

October 02, 2015

When do we get the email which contains the link we click to review products and get 25 points?

DavidE
DavidE

October 01, 2015

The carabiner compass has proven to be useful recently, and I liked the pumpkin seeds a lot. The pocket bellows will be an addition to my camping kit, though more as an extendable pole than as a bellows. I’ve used this kind of thing to help put up ropes and tarps and to retrieve clothing from nettles and other thorny plants after a high wind.

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