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Gear Review: Cairn Box – May Edition

May 26, 2015

A few weeks ago, we were playing around on Facebook (Like us here!) when we saw an ad for a product called Cairn. It’s another monthly box service (if you’ve heard of StitchFix or BarkBox, you get the gist), only it caters towards the outdoorsman.

We were instantly intrigued. I signed Matt up for a 3-month subscription as a surprise, and waited excitedly for the package to arrive. Our first one arrived just in time to take with us on a camping & climbing filled Memorial Day Weekend (more details on that to come!)

Here is what was in our box:CairnBoxMay


1. Brunton Pulse 1500 | Value: $30


This is a portable battery pack for charging your phone or any other electronics you may bring with you camping. The packaging says that it can take a phone to a full charge once, but we used it right out of the packing and took Matt’s iPhone from dead to 46%.

The best benefit of the Brunton Pulse is its size: it’s so small, and only weighs 2 oz. This will be a staple we keep in our packs for those times when we need more juice so we can keep taking photos!


2. Clif Bar – Berry Pomegranate Chia | Value: $1.25 ($15 for a pack of 12 bars)


This is delicious, a welcome change to the standard Clif Bar lineup. The bar is really tasty and will definitely be a go-to flavor for us in the future. (Normally we’re Chocolate Chip or Peanut Butter)


3. Kratos Beef Bar | Value: $3 ($36 for a box of 12 bars)


This a great and tasty option for a high protein snack. A bit expensive at around $3 each but it tastes MUCH better than any comparable high protein snacks Matt has tried before. And at less than 100 calories it is a much better option in Matt’s option than Clif Builders Bars which can be between 250 – 300 calories each.


4. Pro Knot Outdoor Knot Cards | Value: $5


This is handy to keep around for a refresher on knots you may have forgotten how to tie. It’s compact and waterproof, so you can throw it in your pack and practice your knot tying skills around the campfire to pass the time.


5. Aloe Up Pro Ultra Sport SPF 30, 1 oz. Lotion | Value: $12 for 4 oz.CairnSunblock

I really liked this stuff! We wore it on our faces the whole weekend we spent rock climbing, and it was the only part of our bodies that were exposed to sun without getting burnt. (Seriously, I’ve got a weird tan line on my calves now.) The lotion went on smoothly, didn’t smell weird, and didn’t run when we sweat. Pretty impressive.


Additionally, there was a Cairn sticker and an envelope with coupon codes for the items that were in the box, so if you really liked something, you can buy it again.

Another cool thing is their Point System: For each box you buy, you get 25 points, and whenever you review the product for them, you get an additional 25 points. After you accumulate 250 points, you get a free box!


The Gist:

Cairn is definitely worth the money. It costs $25/month, but if you subscribe in bulk you can get a discount. The May box had a value of approximately $42.

Cairn works to get items from a mix of well-known brands and newcomers – meaning you can really experiment and try new things out. Each month seems to feature one major item (May was the battery charger, April had a Hydroflask cup!), with some other small items. To see what they’ve had in previous boxes, click here.

If you’re interested in trying out Cairn, visit their website here, and be sure to put us as your referral!

Cairn Referral Code

When you get to this part of registration, put in this information!


Looking at the contents of the box, which items would you want to try?



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