Growlerpalooza 2015: Which Travel Growler Is Right For You?

What do you have planned for this holiday weekend? Are you packing your camping gear and heading into the back-country? Loading up the car to get to a family BBQ? Staying at home and enjoying some calm and relaxing festivities?

Any of these can be made better by the perfect beverage.

The folks at Gear Institute want to make sure you have all the information you need to select the best insulated growler to have your favorite brew cold and at your side for your next adventure.

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Check out the full test here:

GROWLERPALOOZA 2015

They tested everything from temperature and freshness to pour-ability, portability and intangibles.

6 different growlers were tested including the Innate 64OZ Craft Growler.

The Innate Craft Growlers are the ultimate in insulated on-the-go convenience. Many breweries offer take away beer in glass growlers that can easily shatter while commuting, but Innate’s premium insulated stainless steel growlers eliminate that risk. Sleek, durable and double wall vacuum insulated with a comfortable two fingered carrying handle; these beauties keep your beer safe and at an optimal serving temperature for you to enjoy on all of your adventures.

Features:
  • Double wall vacuum insulated construction for maintaining beer at optimal serving temperature.
  • Unique two fingered carry or pour handle with integrated lid and a cam bump. Cam bump locks lid in place to prevent it from flipping forward when pouring or drinking.
  • Airtight insulated lid with stainless steel insert to avoid taste pickup.
  • Premium 304, 18/8 food grade stainless steel body.
  • Comes in a 64fl oz [1.9L] or a 32fl oz [1L] size.

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Here is an excerpt from their conclusions:

SO WHO WAS THE WINNER?
When we first branched out to take on this daunting task of standing around and drinking beer all day, we all assumed some clear winners would rise to the top of the list. What we soon found out was that it was situational, and that each of these travel growlers had moments to shine. (Well, except for the brown glass one. That thing is a nightmare).

But, alas – we didn’t spend a day drinking the amazing Banded Horn Brewing Pepperell Pilsner out of these fancy containers just to balk at the end! So here are the goods:

INNATE 64OZ CRAFT GROWLER
The runt of the bunch – and perhaps the least known too – the Innate 64oz Craft Growler excelled in all areas that we tested, and then some. First and foremost, it kept the Pepperell Pilsner cold and fresh, but it also provided an easy pour, and was a cinch to carry in almost every way.”

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Cheers!

Yakima FrontLoader – Singletracks Review

The following review was written by Greg Heil @ Singletracks.com

If there’s one thing I can’t stand when it comes to bike racks, it’s proprietary parts. In the past, if you had a Thule base rack/crossbars you couldn’t run Yakima trays on that rack. Then thru axles came in and messed everything up, and you had to buy an adaptor to use your old trays with your new bike.

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The Yakima FrontLoader tray is here to lay all of my–and your–worries to rest.

First question: what kind of crossbars/racks does the FrontLoader work with?

Answer: it works with almost every kind of crossbar imaginable, without you having to do any complicated reconfiguring. I tested a pair of FrontLoaders using factory crossbars on my Sylvansport GO camper.

Second question: what kind of bikes does the tray fit?

Answer: it fits almost every standard-sized bicycle tire imaginable. The front wheel locking device is adjustable, and has different preset increments depending on your wheel size, ranging from 20″ up to 29″. Mountain bike or road, they’ll all work in this rack.

Note: it probably won’t work with a fat bike, unless perhaps you deflate your tires first–but I haven’t tried that yet.

In Real Life

Installing these trays on my Sylvansport GO was a cinch: I just spun the jaws open, clamped it down on the factory cross bars, and spun them shut. I also purchased locks for the trays (sold separately), and with a full set of locks installed the tray is locked to the rack and the bike is locked to the tray via a cable.2014-01-04-10-yakimaIMG_0016 2015-04-10-yakima-2

Installing the bike in the tray is relatively simple, once you get the hang of it:

  1. Pull the front jaw forward so that the closure is in the open position.
  2. Flip down the red levers on the front jaw clamp, slide it into the correct position for your wheel size (as per the markings on the side of the jaw), and then click the red levers back up into place. (You only have to do this once unless you swap out bikes with different size wheels.)
  3. Spin the big red knob counter clockwise as far as possible (or as far as necessary, once you get the feel for it) to open the jaws up as wide as they can go.
  4. Set your bike on the tray, and put the front wheel on the solid-looking plastic piece.
  5. Pull the front wheel forward into the front arm as much as possible, and push the front arm up on the wheel as much as possible. This will allow the rear clamp to come up as far as possible, making a firm closure.
  6. Ensuring that the bike stays firmly forward in the jaw, spin down the red knob, and tighten it as much as possible. Spinning the red knob down brings the rear clamp up, which creates the final closure and pressure on the wheel.
  7. Finally, lightly strap in the rear wheel to keep it from coming off the rack. You may need to slide the strap closure up or down the tray to make it line up with the wheel.

And you’re done!

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While it took a few words to describe that process, in real life it’s painless, fast, and oh-so-easy. Seriously, the days of removing your front wheel and messing around with a quick release clamp on your fork drop outs are long gone, and I’m so thankful! Not only is it way easier and faster, but you don’t have to worry about backing over your wheel or having enough room in the vehicle for your wheel.

Since the trays were mounted on my camper, I did have some concern about the security of the bicycles when driving down rough mountain roads to reach the campground. Since the camper would bounce and jump over rocks and ruts, it would cause the bikes to sway a bit, seemingly precariously. However, they always stayed put, even after pulling the camper down roads that it probably shouldn’t have traveled down. :)

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Once you do reach pavement again, it’s a good idea to get out and check that red dial. After a lot of bouncing down backroads that dial can loosen up a bit, so just throw a few more twists in it to tighten it back down. Over the course of my test I found this to be less of an issue if I made doubly sure to pull the wheel tight into the front of the rack during the initial bike install (as mentioned above), but it’s not a bad idea to double check the tension on the red knob now and again.

You have to do it less frequently, but it’s a good idea to check the tension of the tray on the crossbars every now and then as well. During my initial tray install I found that I didn’t tighten them down quite enough, so the trays were sliding around a bit on the crossbars. They would never have come off, but for added security I’ve cranked they down as hard as possible, and have had no further issues with them.

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Bottom Line

The FrontLoader is a genius tray design that removes all of the headaches that I’ve previously associated with bike transport trays. Forget about compatibility issues. Forget about removing wheels. Forget about making sure it fits your bike. The FrontLoader just works, and Yakima’s quality construction ensures that it’ll just keep working for years to come!

MSRP: $179 per tray

Thanks to Yakima for providing the FrontLoader for review

CamelBak Alpine Lumbar Technology

Take the load off your back.

IT’S NOT JUST THE WEIGHT OF YOUR PACK—IT’S HOW YOU CARRY IT.

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A top-heavy pack can throw off your balance and leave your neck and shoulders sore. For the most stability, it’s important to carry your heaviest gear—like your water supply—low and close to your body.

CamelBak’s lumbar packs, like the Pursuit and Spire, take the weight off your shoulders and shift it to your hips to create a lower center of gravity—which means a steadier, more comfortable hike. That way, you can forget about your load and focus on the trail ahead.

  1. With the CamelBak lumbar reservoir, the weight of your pack shifts from your shoulders to your hips.
  2. A lower center of gravity gives you more stability on the trail.
  3. Our SV suspended back panel keeps your back cool and well-ventilated, even with a full pack.
  4. The loading pocket makes it easy to zip the reservoir in and out without unloading the rest of the pack.

Alpine Lumbar Technology is available in the CamelBak Pursuit™ and Spire™ packs.

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CamelBak Chute

 

The perfect bottle for the outdoors, offering immediate hydration for any adventure!

The CamelBak Chute bottle comes with a leak-proof cap that delivers a high flow of water without sloshing or spilling. The spout cap snaps into handle to prevent it from getting in the way when drinking.

  • Angled spout provides an ergonomic drink interface that delivers a high flow of water without sloshing or spilling
  • Spout cap snaps into handle to prevent it from getting in the way when drinking
  • Comfortable to Carry: Handle designed to comfortable carry a full liter of water
  • Tether securely attaches the cap to the bottle for easy filling and refilling
  • Half Turn Cap gives you easy access to your water
  • The spout cap threads internally so there is no more drinking off those uncomfortable bottle threads
  • Dishwasher Safe: All parts are top-rack dishwasher safe
  • Durable and leak-proof
  • 100% Free of BPA and BPS
  • Wide-mouth opening is easy to fill with ice and water and a breeze to clean
  • CamelBak® Got Your Bak™ Guarantee: If we build it, we’ll Bak it™ with our lifetime guarantee.

 

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HydratED with CamelBak

“Should I wait until I’m thirsty to drink water?”

CamelBak’s hydration advisor Doug Casa explains why athletes can’t always rely on thirst to tell them when to hydrate.

Find out how much water you should drink:

http://www.camelbak.com/HydrationCalculator

Introducing: GoPro HERO+ LCD

All-in-one awesome + touch display convenience.

Features 1080p60 and 720p60 video, 8MP photos up to 5 frames per second, built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth®, and the convenience of a touch display. Waterproof to 131’ (40m).
Get an exclusive first look now.
Shipping to the U.S. and Canada on June 7. Shipping globally on July 12.

HERO+ LCD

Capture incredible moments and relive them on the spot. HERO+ LCD features 1080p60 video and 8MP photos, plus the convenience of a built-in touch display. Just tap to adjust settings or playback content. Built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth let you use the GoPro App to post to Facebook, Twitter and more. It also lets you preview shots and control the camera with your phone or tablet. Use HiLight Tag to make it even easier to find, view, edit and share your favorite clips. Rugged and waterproof with the ability to power up and record at the press of a button, HERO+ is the easy life capture solution for epic and everyday adventures.

What’s Included:

  • HERO+ Camera with Built-in Touch Display
  • Integrated Housing
  • Built-in Battery
  • Skeleton Backdoor
  • Touch Backdoor
  • Curved Adhesive Mount
  • Flat Adhesive Mount
  • Quick Release Buckle
  • USB Cable

$299.99 –  Available June 7th.

CamelBak KUDU #GnarliestDescent

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