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Inov-8 Roclite 295 Review

Are you looking for trail runners or lightweight hiking boots for your next hiking, backpacking or other backcountry trips? Then you could have a look on this short review about the Inov-8 Roclite 295. They might be not supportive like real hiking boots but if you are more towards ultralight hiking then trail runners (also called crossfit or cross training shoes) could be an interesting alternative depending on where you are planning to go.

Inov-8 Roclite 295 ultralight hiking and trail running shoes review

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Observing Northern Lights in Vaasa

Northern Lights are caused by the collision of energetic charged particles with atoms in the high altitude atmosphere. The auroral zone is typically 10° to 20° from the magnetic pole defined by the axis of the Earth’s magnetic dipole. Aurora borealis are named after the Roman goddess of dawn, Aurora, and the Greek name for the north wind, Boreas, by Pierre Gassendi in 1621. Aalto University in Helsinki has also published a study of aurora related sound and electric field effects. 2013 seems to be a great year to observe Northern Lights in Finland.

Observing Northern Lights in Vaasa

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Katadyn Mini Water Filter Review

I was looking for a water purifier which I can take on my hiking, backpacking and packrafting trips which is light and does not need much space and decided to go with a Katadyn Mini + UV SteriPen combination (since the Katadyn Mini is not a solution against Viruses) and here comes a short review.

Katadyn Mini Water Filter hiking backpacking package unboxing

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Jetboil Sol Ti Review

I was looking for a lightweight compact camping stove where I can place my Jetboil gas canister in to save some space in my backpack and which can boil water quickly. After doing some research and reading some camping cooker reviews online, I decided to go for the Jetboil Sol Ti which also won the Outdoor Editor’s Choice Award in 2011 and seems to be a promising camping stove to quickly heat up water or prepare outdoor meals.

The Jetboil stove can heat 0.5 l in 2 minutes and 15 seconds which is equal to 12 liters for a 100g canister. It has a weight of 240 g. The stove can be operated either with the titanium cooking cup or with e.g. a frying pan by exchanging the top piece. The stove also comes with a plastic tripod in order to give the stove a stable position. The stove gives a quite solid impression.

Jetboil Sol Ti ultralight hiking and backpacking stove packaging

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