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Backpacking, Backpacking Stove, Camp, Camp Stove, Camping, Motorcycle Touring, Uncategorized, Vlog, Vlogging

Kovea LPG Propane Adaptor

The Kovea LPG Adaptor is one of those Items that curiosity and camp “GEEKNESS” drove us to purchase.  The Kovea adapter allows us to run our canister gas type backpacking stoves off standard Green Coleman type 16.4oz/465g cylinders of 100% propane – the typical standard propane canisters that everyone uses for camping stoves and lanterns for car camping and backup use.

At a not so inexpensive price point (Under $25) using the Kovea adapter in theory will recoup you’re investment quickly by using cheaper more widely available Propane vs Isobutane.

Our intention is to run this little gem through the paces starting low and slow.  Speed in our camp is never a huge priority – unless your pitching a tent or packing/unpacking in the rain.  If you like to play with fire and please be careful – the Kovea LPG Adaptor might be worth a try.  Minimally the Kovea will provide you with a backup fuel source that is available much more widely than Isobutane.

The Kovea hooks up in seconds – fits well –  is solid and looks good.  We had no trouble starting up the stove and running a very generous flame.  Still the jury is out if the Kovea LPG Adaptor will work in the long run for all the LPG applications we have in mind.  For now – until further tested – the Kovea LPG Adaptor remains in the luxury/mystery camp kitchen accessory category for now.

Links to our video content are available on Facebook.  The Kovea LPG Adaptor can be purchased from Amazon as we did.

We at VADV Adventures are always on the lookout for innovative, inexpensive and lightweight gear for MotoVloging, Backpacking, Motorcycle Camping or applications where the preferred form factor is small, packable and lightweight.

From the Manufacturer:

  • The kovea LPG adapter has any camping propane small tank input and a lindal valve output
  • The LPG Adapter simply threads onto the camping propane canister and your stove or stove’s input end threads onto the LPG Adapter
  • The Lindal Valve output rests closed
  • All Kovea Products sold in the United States are in English Packaging. If you receive a product in Korean packaging please contact customer service, return product, and report seller. They are not authorized to sell Kovea products in the United States.
  • Kovea will not honor any warranties with products purchased from unauthorized resellers.
  • The kovea LPG adapter has any camping propane small tank input and a lindal valve output
  • The LPG Adapter simply threads onto the camping propane canister and your stove or stove’s input end threads onto the LPG Adapter
  • The Lindal Valve output rests closed
Backpacking, Backpacking Stove, Camera Gear, Camp, Camp Stove, Camping, Motorcycle Touring, Uncategorized, Vlog, Vlogging

Morakniv Companion Fixed Blade Outdoor Knife with Carbon Steel Blade

There has been tons of reviews on the Morakniv Companion and for the price point on this carbon steel fixed blade knife (Under $20) – you cannot go wrong.

The Morakniv Companion does come in stainless and carbon steel versions and we chose the carbon steel version.  In the knife world carbon steel is preferred because carbon steel is easier to sharpen and is a sharper blade vs stainless.

The marketplace is full of more expensive and sometimes collected and coveted knives.  If your looking for a quality inexpensive blade to do general camp kitchen or camp chores in a fixed blade knife –  The Morakniv Companion will get the job done and more. Bottom line – just buy it.

Links to our video content are available on Facebook.  The Morakniv Companion can be purchased from Amazon as we did.

We at VADV Adventures are always on the lookout for innovative, inexpensive and lightweight gear for MotoVloging, Backpacking, Motorcycle Camping or applications where the preferred form factor is small, packable and lightweight.

From the Manufacturer:

  • Fixed blade outdoor knife with 4.1-inch high carbon steel blade
  • Limited lifetime manufacturer’s warranty; Made in Sweden
  • Patterned, high-friction grip makes the knife comfortable to hold and easy to handle
  • Blade length: 4.1 inches (104 mm);
  • Blade thickness: 0.08 inch (2.0 mm); Overall length: 8.6 inch (218 mm); Weight w/ sheath: 3.9 oz. (110 g)
Backpacking, Backpacking Stove, Camp, Camp Stove, Camping, Uncategorized, Vlogging

GSI Outdoors Collapsible Java Drip

 

We at VADV Adventures are always on the lookout for innovative, inexpensive and lightweight gear for MotoVloging, Backpacking, Motorcycle Camping or applications where the preferred form factor is small, packable and lightweight.

The GSI Outdoors Collapsible Java Drip (or any other similar) pour over collapsable coffee drip unit is one of those items I would consider a luxury (Under $20).  Given that other options are available for coffee drinkers in a even smaller form factor (like instant coffee) the buyer for a “Collapsible Java Drip” must love really good coffee and relish in the process of making the best camp coffee possible – and we do.

We see all these camp meal options in general that revolve around quick, instant, freeze dried meals and drinks that require you the chef to have complete control over you’re water boiling skills.  We understand some people would like to spend time in camp doing things other than cooking. We understand the weight factor for backpacking that might prompt you to gravitate towards a more lightweight meal or drink. Then we have the preservation factor and what foods will spoil at higher temps and which don’t – even indefinitely.

Regressing back to the coffee maker …. we like to mess with cool cooking gear and we like to make quality coffee.  This is the motivation for getting the GSI Outdoors Collapsible Java Drip.

Given so many on the market how does the GSI differ?

  • The GSI is more sturdy than most and has a cover.
  • Coffee filters can be placed inside the closed unit in a nice handy package.
  • The cover can be used as a small plate or coaster for your coffee cup.

We use the GSI Collapsible Java Drip as the base of our cook kit.  This acts as a cushion or durable impact resistant base to protect potentially expensive “Titanium” cooking gear.  Everything related to cooking is in one bag !!  The GSI goes in the cook sack first then in our case a rag or koozie – then the cook set – and on top we put a stocking cap for cold weather mornings making that first cup of Joe.  The gear is all padded then – remember we have hard bags on our motorcycle.  We like the GSI Drip.

Links to our video content are available on Facebook.  The GSI Collapsible Java Drip can be purchased from Amazon as we did.

From the manufacturer:

  • 4 Filter capacity brews 1-12 cups of coffee
  • Collapsible silicone bellows design expands from 1-Inch high, 5.6-Inch diameter disc to a sturdy, full height drip cone
  • Unique, fit-ring design centers drip cone over mugs, cups and wide mouth water bottles for stable spill free brewing
  • Weight 4.8-Ounce
  • Includes collapsible 4 drip cone, snap-on cover

 

Backpacking, Backpacking Stove, Camp, Camp Stove, Camping, Klymit, Motorcycle Touring, Uncategorized, Vlog, Vlogging

Klymit Cush Inflatable Pillow & Seat Cushion

 

 

We at VADV Adventures are always on the lookout for innovative, inexpensive and lightweight gear for MotoVloging, Backpacking, Motorcycle Camping or applications where the preferred form factor is small, packable and lightweight.

The Klymit Cush Inflatable Pillow & Seat Cushion is my choice first for a sleeping/pillow solution.  Klymit is a sleeping pad manufacturer and I would check out those too – I got one !!

Being that I am a bit of a fidgety sleeper to say the least – I had no great hopes for any “Blow-Up” pillow to tell you the truth.  I went through my tent bag filled with whatever phase and that didn’t work well at all.  The price point for the Klymit Cush Inflatable Pillow (Under $15) was worth a try.

Well here is the “Rest” of the story ….

Starting off the Klymit Cush Inflatable Pillow packs very small – about half the size of my shaking clenched fist !!  It inflates in no time and is slip resistant.  I use it cradled into my Down Mummy Bag head section and pull the sleeping bag drawstring a bit to help keep the pillow in place.  This method should be universal with all mummy type bags.

Well to my surprise using the Klymit Cush Inflatable Pillow provided a much improved comfort level while sleeping.  The Klymit is also modular where you can fold over the pillow to different thicknesses for reading or simply staring out the tent door.  The Klymit’s best attribute is that it stayed in place without slippage and did remain in its position in the mummy sleeping bag the entire night.  This was due to the help of the drawstring head section on my sleeping bag.  I really never plan to sit on it – why would you??

The Klymit Cush Inflatable Pillow comes in several colors and I got the blue !!

Links to our video content are available on Facebook.  The Klymit Cush can be purchased from Amazon as we did.

 

From the Manufacturer:

  • COMFORTABLE PILLOW: The versatile design can be used either as a sit pad to protect from cold, wet, hard surfaces, or as a lumbar support in for long days in uncomfortable seats
  • COMFORTABLE SLEEP: Patterned to fit in a mummy bag’s hood, the ergonomic design minimizes pressure points and features ear pockets for side-sleeping comfort
  • Use it at single-layer thickness, or double – even triple – it up for more comfort while sitting or taking a quick afternoon trail nap. Need a custom sit? Just adjust the air pressure.
  • COMPACT DESIGN: Fits perfectly inside the hood of your sleeping bag; ULTRALIGHT: Packs down to pocket size and inflates with just a breath or two
  • RUGGED MATERIAL: The lightweight 75D polyester material provides superior tear, puncture and abrasion resistance. WEIGHT: 2.89 Ounces; INFLATED SIZE: 29 x 9 x 1.5; EASY-TO-USE push valve allows for quick inflation and deflation

 

 

Backpacking, Backpacking Stove, Camp, Camp Stove, Camping, Motorcycle Touring, Vlog, Vlogging

OUTAD Windproof Foldable Camping Stove

We at VADV Adventures are always on the lookout for innovative, inexpensive and lightweight gear for MotoVloging, Backpacking, Motorcycle Camping or applications where the preferred form factor is small, packable and lightweight.

The OUTAD Windproof Foldable Camping Stove is a relatively inexpensive (Under $25) stove that comes to the game with a surprisingly durable – quality product.  The OUTAD runs off of Isobutane and is widely available – you can buy an adapter to run off butane or propane.

Performance was excellent and the Outad is a TORCH.  Components are machined aluminum with a solid feel.  The attached windscreen according OUTAD will withstand a 38-45 mile-per-hour (MPH) wind.  There is no way we will be cooking anything in that high of winds.  The unit is free standing (which we like) and does not have a start button or piezo switch and that is a plus in my camp.  The stand is wider and more solid that most and will not flop around while in transit.  The included box is adequate however has no cool factor. 

We love this stove and look forward to testing my OUTAD Windproof Foldable Camping Stove further  in the field. Collectively we will be utilizing different gas options and use of the adapters that are available.  The group will update you on our findings.

Links to our video content are available on Facebook.  The OUTAD Stove can be purchased from Amazon as we did.

From the Manufacturer:

  • SAFE-BROAD COMPATIBILITY: High density 13.8 inch gas line with 7/16″ lindal valve tank connection.
  • COMPACT AND PORTABLE : Weighs only 9.7 ounces, and Come with carrying case for enhanced portability. Perfect Design is suit for ultralight camping and backpacking
  • EASY TO USE, VERY STABLE DESIGN: 360 degree wind deflector can withstand 38-45 mile-per-hour (MPH) winds.
  • STURDY STAINLESS STEEL DESIGN :Our Camping Stove can stand high temperature and weight , and feels very solid – You can Boil 1L of water in 2.5min.
Camera Gear, Motorcycle Touring, Tripod, Vlog, Vlogging

Ulanzi ST-01 Aluminum Metal Universal Smart Phone tripod mount.

 

We at VADV Adventures are always on the lookout for innovative, inexpensive and lightweight gear for MotoVloging, Backpacking, Motorcycle Camping or applications where the preferred form factor is small, packable and lightweight.

The Ulanzi ST-01 is a good solid (Under $15) option for holding your smart phone for shooting video or stills.  We appreciate how the unit cradles our iPhone w/o worry of scratching.  The clamp is compatible with standard ball head screws so the Ulanzi ST-01 can be utilized with a variety of grips and tripods.  After use the unit compresses down to it’s smallest size and does not vibrate or rattle during transit.  It’s darn pretty too !!

Links to our video content are available on Facebook.  The Ulanzi ST-1 can be purchased from Amazon as we did.

From the Manufacturer:

  • ALUMINUM METAL CNC MADE—-Matal Quality ,You can use this Phone Tripod Mount for your whole life ,even to the next generation.
  • SIMPLE and SECURE for your Smartphone—-Easy on, easy off’ any smartphone without tools. Screw / Cold Shoe design for a solid phone tripod mount adapter for your phones
  • 3M-Backed Rubber Pads—-Your Phone is well protected by 3M-backed rubber pads and nothing contacts your phone’s screen. Mounts on any standard tripod (1/4-20) and also stands on its own (tripod not included).
  • UNIVERSAL COMPATIBLE —–The ST-01 Fits any smartphone from 2.1″ to 3.7″ wide, with or without a case: Compatible with Apple iPhone 7 Plus 6s Plus and 6S Plus, Samsung Galary S7 J7,HUAWEI P9 Plus,OPPO R9s HTC One X, Google Nexus ,Sony Xperia Z and many other brands and models.
  • Serious Quality for serious smartphone photographers and VideoMakers—-Perfect for Smartphone Vlogging Filmmaker Video maker on your tripod and slider.
Backpacking, Backpacking Stove, Camera Gear, Camp, Camp Stove, Camping, Motorcycle Touring, Uncategorized, Vlog, Vlogging, Water Filtration

Hydrapak Seeker 2L

We at VADV Adventures are always on the lookout for innovative, inexpensive and lightweight gear for MotoVloging, Backpacking, Motorcycle Camping or applications where the preferred form factor is small, packable and lightweight.

The Hydrapak Seeker 2L is available in 2L and 3L sizes.  The big plus is the Hydrapak Seeker is fully compatible with the Katadyn be free water filters.  The bang for the buck (Under $20) is the dual purpose of use as an ice pack or you can fill it with hot water (max temp 60° C / 140° F) to keep you warm without harm to the unit.

Links to our video content are available on Facebook.  The Hydrapak Seeker 2L can be purchased from Amazon as we did.

From the Manufacturer:

FEATURES

  • Ultra-light water storage solution for camping, hiking, or any backcountry adventure
  • Fold or crush to collapse down and pack into the included 4×4 in. storage bag
  • The flexible design makes it so light and compact, you’ll forget it’s in your pack
  • Attach to your pack or hang with top and side tie-downs
  • External capacity gauge allows you to track your hydration intake or measure out the contents
  •  The 42mm screw cap makes it easy to fill and the rigid rim allows for easy pouring
  • Backcountry water filter compatible, the Katadyn® BeFree™ Filter (sold separately) screws on to the top allowing you to filter more water at camp
  •  Made of ultra-durable, abrasion resistant TPU & RF welded seams for superior durability and elasticity
  • Can be frozen or filled with hot water (max temp 60° C / 140° F)
  • Top-rack dishwasher safe
  • Safe and reliable, 100% BPA & PVC free

SPECIFICATIONS

Capacity:
2 L / 70 fl oz

Weight:
78 g / 2.7 oz

Dimensions:
250.5 mm / 11.25 in x 135.5 mm / 5.3 in

Material:
Thermoplastic Polyurethane; HDPE

Camera Gear, Camping, Motorcycle Touring, PEDCO, ULTRAPOD

Pedco Ultrapod Ultralight Tripod

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We at VADV Adventures are always on the lookout for innovative, inexpensive and lightweight gear for MotoVloging, Backpacking, Motorcycle Camping or applications where the preferred form factor is small, packable and lightweight.

The Pedco Ultrapod Ultralight Tripod is a very inexpensive (less than $15) solution for mounting a compact camera for use as a stand alone tripod/camera or with the included strap the Ultrapod can be used as a selfie stick camera mount utilizing yes – a stick !!

VADV Adventures will be producing a video to demonstrate the merits and limitations of the Ultrapod featured on our youtube channel.  VADV Adventures purchased the Pedco for use in producing video content for the youtube channel.

Links to our video content are available on Facebook.  The Pedco Ultrapod Ultralight Tripod can be purchased from Amazon as we did.

From the Manufacturer:

The UltraPod™ I is a small, lightweight portable camera tripod, injection molded from fiberglass reinforced nylon with aluminum threaded components. It features sturdy, fold-out legs, a unique ball and socket camera mount assembly, and a strong VELCRO® brand ONE-WRAP® fastener for securing to tree limbs, railings, pack frames, or other similar objects. Folds to a compact 4″ length that fits easily into a shirt pocket. The feet of the UltraPod are covered with non-slip vinyl, preventing the tripod from moving. Designed for use with compact cameras, remote flashes, video lights, etc.

  • Fits any camera with a tripod socket
  • Unique ball and socket camera mount assembly positions camera at any angle
  • Molded from fiberglass reinforced nylon with aluminum threaded components
  • Compact and lightweight
  • Fold-out legs with non-slip vinyl feet
  • Removable VELCRO® brand ONE-WRAP® fastener
  • Made in the USA
  • Maximum Safe Load: 3 lbs
  • Pan Adjustment: 360 degrees
  • Tilt Adjustment: +/- 90 degrees
  • Angular Adjustment: +/- 20 degrees
  • Dimensions (folded): 4″ x 1″ x 1.25″, 10.2cm x 2.5cm x 3.2cm
  • Weight: 2 oz., 57g

 

Backpacking, Backpacking Stove, Camera Gear, Camp, Camp Stove, Camping, Motorcycle Touring, Tripod, Vlog, Vlogging

Unigear 600D Dry Bag Solution

We at VADV Adventures are always on the lookout for innovative, inexpensive and lightweight gear for MotoVloging, Backpacking, Motorcycle Camping or applications where the preferred form factor is small, packable and lightweight.

The Unigear 600D Dry Bag 5L has become a part of my every day carry (EDC) collection  – It is my “Man Bag”.  I originally purchased the Unigear 600D Dry Bag 5L as a strap on pack solution for my motorcycle enabling me to carry a few more items outside of my saddlebags and still remain waterproof.   This worked out great and I put on several hundred miles with the Unigear 5L attached to my bike and even got compliments along the way of my genius motorcycle pack application – and it matches my bike !!

Uses are many and I have some Ideas for you !!

  • iPad or Tablet protection. ( I use the Unigear 5L every day for this).
  • Gym clothes bag  – won’t stink up your car !!
  • Gear compartmentalization.
  • Dry Bag for water related sports or activities.
  • Camera Gear Bag.

I plan to get another Unigear 2L and 10L – Why?  Well I am going to use one for my cooking gear mostly and the 2L unit (Red) for a first aid kit !!.  The trick to using the Unigear 5L or any other size with electronics or similar is you need a padded liner of some sort – I use Koozies, Towels and Stocking Caps !!  The uses are really endless.  I love the Unigear 5L.

Links to our video content are available on Facebook.  The Unigear 5L can be purchased from Amazon as we did.

From the Manufacturer:

  • LIGHTWEIGHT and DURABLE: Offer proven protection for everything from river running to motorcycle touring; Suitable for quick submersion, protects valuables from dirt, dust, sand and water
  • WATERPROOF GUARANTEE: Provides waterproof protection for your phones, camera, clothes, and documents from Water, Sand, Dust and Dirt
  • SHOULDER STRAP: Comes With an Extra Long Removable and Adjustable Shoulder Sling for Easy Carry and Transport
  • PERFECT SIZE: Different sizes meet your all needs to stay dry and still being able to easily carry. Roll top provides you an adjustable function
  • PACKAGE: Waterproof/snowproof/dirtproof universal size touch friendly phone bag fits all smartphones up to 6 inches diagonal size, credit card, wallet and money