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Gear Review: Cairn Box – September Edition

September 29, 2015

Wanna know something amazing? Now that we are hanging out in North Carolina on a long term basis, packages arrive so much faster! Which means we now get our favourite monthly gift so much sooner! Yes, it’s time for another round of “What’s in this month’s Cairn box?!”


BlackStrap Daily Tube | Value: $20 | Web


One thing we learned living in Alaska, is there is always a need for a facemask. Which is why we are of the mindset that you can never have enough. BlackStrap’s version is made of a single layer fabric with UPF 50+ and claims to be antimicrobial and breathable – always important on a sweaty activity. What I really love about this is the design – it features art submitted by Cairn adventurers highlighting cairn stacks! Also made in the USA, which makes me feel all the more patriotic as I explore our country’s wilderness.

Epiphany Outdoor Gear V3 Pocket Bellows | Value: $15 | Web


OK this is cool. The Pocket Bellow is a tool to help increase the amount of oxygen available to a fire. Meaning, it can help you start a fire all that much faster. The design is lightweight, comes in a handy packing tube, and the company offers several YouTube videos to help make sure you’re proficient in the tool before using it in the field.

Knowing what you’re doing is always so nice, right?

A really cool thing I want to point out about this company is that they’re a Family & Veteran owned small business located right here in the USA. You can tell they’re a small operation focused on putting out great survival products and have some other cool things on their website that would be great to add to any Survival Bag.

Skout Organic Raw Pumpkin Seeds | Value: $6.50 | Web


Black pepper bbq raw pumpkin seeds – a combination I didn’t see coming but I like surprises. Coupled with the fact that it is organic, non-gmo, and packed with nutrients, these are easy to throw in a backpack to snack on during a high-intensity adventure (or after kickboxing class – just sayin’)

Whisky Run Butter Stick Lip Balm | Value: $3.50 | Web


I must confess – I am addicted to lip balm. I keep one in every bag & backpack I own, stash one in every vehicle I own, and have them strategically placed around my house to where I am no less than 5′ from reach. But it’s only a problem if you admit it’s one, right? RIGHT?

Anyways, I gave this a try as soon as I saw it in the box. It went on a little chalky at first, but softened as I applied it. Once on, it makes my lips feel buttery smooth and I can’t stop rubbing them together. Super cool to note: it’s made of organic and all-natural ingredients meaning I can look at the label and be like “yeah I know what those things are.”

UST Brands Compass Carabiner | Value: $3 | Web


I’ve always thought things like this were cool, holding my water bottle to my pack and helping me make sure I can get my bearings. Best part is, this one actually knows which way is North (I tested!)

Mike Putnam Photography Greeting Card | Value: $3 | Web


This is my favourite thing in this months box. I love stationary, and am a bit romantic about sending and receiving mail. Mike’s art is beautiful and now I’m stuck with the hardest decision on who to send this card to! You can totally mail things to yourself, right? I’m allowing that as long as it comes from my future self offering sage advice on stocks to buy.


The Gist:

Cairn is definitely worth the money. It costs $25/month, but if you subscribe in bulk you can get a discount. The September box had a value of approximately $51.

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  (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 this info in the boxes!



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