In This Issue
- Backpacker’s Pantry Organic Yakisoba Noodles
- All-Ett SoftTech Nylon Wallet
- MyCharge AllTerrain Portable Device Charger
Backpacker’s Pantry Organic Yakisoba Noodles
A vegetarian Option for backpackers that offers organic ingredients.
- Vegetarian meal option.
- Organic ingredients.
- Dry weight is 4.1 ounces.
Bring a skillet with your cookpot if you want to be able to cook this meal without a mess, and some extra spices to really make this meal tasty. I spent two years of my life eating a modified vegetarian diet (vegetarian and no dairy). While in search of dehydrated meals that were suitable for my needs this was one of the meals that I found and I decided to try it out on a trip. Directions per label call for one cup of boiling water and ten minutes to rehydrate the meal, add included organic olive oil to a skillet on medium heat (this may require removing the skillet from the heat frequently depending on your stove, or you can easily burn the noodles leaving a very hard to clean skillet) and fry noodles for additional five to ten minutes. The noodles were still somewhat crunchy, the vegetables were chewy, and the overall taste was bland. I really wished that I had brought some extra spices or some sriracha chili packets to add some flavor to this dish. I decided that needing to bring a small skillet with me in addition to my cook pot was not worth the weight addition and looked for one pot meals only after that. I tried cooking this meal again at home and found that the addition of spices like red chili flakes and salt made the flavor much better. This meal has 410 calories, 13 grams of fat, 1200 mg of sodium, 62 grams of carbohydrates, 5 grams of dietary fiber, 8 grams of sugar, and 11 grams of protein according to the label.
All-Ett SoftTech Nylon Wallet
Ultra thin, flexible, and lightweight wallet made to eliminate the problems associated with a traditional leather billfold.
- Holds up to 24 cards.
- Divided cash and receipt pockets.
- Lightweight ripstop nylon.
- Weighs .4 ounces.
- Material wicks away moisture, is fast drying, very thin, and tough.
I have had so many wallets in different designs and eventually decided to stop using all of them with an exception of a few. When I received this wallet for testing I was enthusiastic to see if it could accomplish what the company’s slogan (“End wallet butt”) said on the box. The material is a really light and soft ripstop nylon. The cards sit side by side in the wallet, top row, bottom row, right and left sides. This makes the overall height and width a little larger than my last wallet, but it also allows the wallet to flex a bit when I sit down. The inside of the card slots has a rubber strip near the front of the opening to aid in keeping cards from sliding out. I haven’t had anything fall out of the wallet so far despite only using a few cards in each slot. I really like the divided pocket for carrying cash and receipts. It is deep and has plenty of room for cash. I did find that the softness of the wallet makes it a little more work to insert receipts than I have with a traditional billfold. This wallet is not hot in my pocket, it doesn’t bother me after wearing it all day, and it is so light. My only concern is that sometimes I go to pull it out of my pocket and I can’t tell which side of my pants I put the wallet in because it hardly feels different from my other empty pocket (this could be bad on laundry day). This is the SoftTech Nylon Original model. There are other models available from All-Ett including leather models. This model is available in three colors, black, pebble brown, and beryl Blue.
MyCharge AllTerrain Portable Charger
This portable charging system is small, charges quickly, and meets IP68 Military standards.
- Rapid recharge via included usb cable.
- Rubber exterior.
- 3000 mAh battery.
- 2.1 Amp input and output.
I’ve been using this portable charger for the last few weeks. I have taken it with me to work, on trips and camping. I get about two full recharges on an iPhone 4, and I am able to charge while I am using my phone. My wife’s iPhone 5s gets a little less than two charges out of the MyCharge. There are two ports built into the MyCharge, one is standard sized USB, and the other is Micro-USB which is where you plug the cable in to recharge the device. You can charge the MyCharge while you are charging your phone, which could come in handy if you were short of outlets and needed to charge both. You can also charge the MyCharge from your laptop’s power supply while you charge your phone from the MyCharge. Pro Tip: If you want to look like the ultimate “Tech-Nerd” you need to have as many portable electronic devices sitting around you all at once, you could throw in some headphones and a camera and then you may be recognized as a full on “Tech-Junky.” All jokes aside, this is a good solution for short two-day trips to keep your phone or other USB chargeable devices charged. Weight on the MyCharge is 3.9 ounces which make it a little heavy to be considered an ultra-light solution. The size is comparable to other chargers on the market like the Kodiak mini charger, but it has a larger charge capacity with higher output of amperage as well as meeting a greater rating for shock, dust, water, and temperature resistance.