The only experience I’ve had with water hydration packs was while sharing one with a few friends hiking in the Tongass National Forest near Juneau, Alaska. We were saving the water in my water bottles for cooking, since it would be easier to manage once we got to camp. The hose leaked, the mouth piece was chewed up, and I questioned the last time it was cleaned. I didn’t let it ruin the amazingness of the hike, but it did leave a bad taste in my mouth. Continue reading
The life of a gadget can be quite rough in KevinsPocket. Constantly being yanked out at every beep or vibration, flying out of a doorless Jeep in the woods, falling onto a rocky hiking trail, or being exposed to the elements to post a crucial tweet are not uncommon occurrences. I’ve trusted OtterBox in keeping my iPhones safe for the last three and a half years, and despite needing to have my 4S defender case replaced twice under the warranty, I’ve made the investment in otterbox’s new Armor Series iPhone 4S case. Continue reading
I, regretfully, haven’t owned a ride-able bicycle in many years. When my interest in mountain biking began growing recently; I started talking to friends (who ride often) to get their insight on bike types, brands, and where I should begin; one of them made my decision quite simple, and traded me this beauty for a 6 pack of beer. Continue reading
Whenever I research buying a new vehicle, or selling one that I already own, resale value is of huge importance. I want to know how much of my initial investment will be recoup-able should I ever need to sell it quickly. When I purchased my first iPhone in July of 2009; I assumed that when it was replace, it would join the other pocket communicators in my nightstand junk drawer. I was wrong. Continue reading
Sleeping outside is like sleeping in a 5 million star hotel – granted you have a good tent (and a clear night of course.)
I headed to REI a few weeks ago after receiving my 2010 dividend and a sweet 20% off any item coupon. I had no idea what I was going to buy… but knew I would find something awesome in that store, as I usually do. Continue reading
Have you ever been so ridiculously proud of your genius solution to an innovation dilemma… That it physically hurt when it didn’t work out?
The Great Adventures of Kevo: Part II, Machubamba; required some pre-trip techie planning to assure full use of GPS tracking while exploring South America. The most obvious and necessary problem to figure out was power. Any explorer who has taken advantage of GPS tracking apps on their iPhone knows how great they work, and how they suck the life out of the battery, especially if you set the screen bright enough to be able to see where you are while outside! The goal was to find an external battery or alternate charging method that would extend GPS (and overall) usage time and allow the device to remain in it’s OtterBox protective case.
Next to the janitor size collection of keys, trusty zippo lighter, faux leather money clip/wallet combo, and some blue fuzz, lives an otter box defended 16GB iPhone 3GS.
KevinsPocket has held quite an array of pocket communicators over the years; from text messaging minions to web surfing finger flyers.
The first device did not have a permanent home in KevinsPocket, but always accompanied the keys to the family minivan when on loan from MomsPocket. With an impressive 17 button setup and retractable antenna, the Nokia’s small footprint left ample space for other things to be stowed away (like guitar pics and tennis balls!) MomsPocket didn’t care for fancy covers or charms (remember those) but the zebra print clad Nokia that lived in a FriendsPocket will never be forgotten.
The first text message ever sent from KevinsPocket came from an oddly shaped motorola and was, more than likely, received by that unforgettable Nokia. This led to the never fully-answerable question: What can be done from KevinsPocket?
The i60c brought push to talk, the i710 added a color screen with wallpaper, and the Chocolate (complete with Super Mario Brothers ringtone) supplied the first camera to KevinsPocket.
The move to “smart” phones added email management and web browsing while on the road playing gigs and during adventure traveling… After 4 pearls, and a curve… The iPhone 3GS found a comfortable place among the oddities that can be found in KevinsPocket…