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Cairn Box: July 2018 Review

Cairn Box: July 2018 Review

The July Cairn Scout let us know that we should head for some "Fresh Terrain" and explore some new spaces. The box outfitted us with one item that will definitely be joining us as we hit some very new terrain in August, and go explore Yellowstone National Park. Until then... here's a quick run down of what we got in this box!


  • The box was a little bigger than normal this month, so we immediately began imagining what might be tucked inside. Kim quickly grabbed a pair of scissors and got right into the box. A big, bright green bottle appeared under the packing paper, and I went straight to the sink to wash it. The bottle came in my favorite color, and almost immediately became my new daily use bottle. (Sorry, Kim...)
  • Upon opening the bottle, I discovered that a little strainer was included, so you can easily have fruit infused water on the go. This is new to our collection of bottles and is a very cool feature. I love lime and lemon water, but really hate buying the big plastic bottles that land in a recycling bin. This bottle really solves that problem. I've already gone to the store to pick up some fresh limes and lemons, and have been consistently using this bottle with delicious fruit infused water.
  • We left for a trip out to the desert the morning after we got this box. The desert temps were in the high 90's the entire time we were out there, but this insulated bottle kept my water ice cold and fruity and refreshing the whole time. The twist off lid is a little different, too, but the drinking mouth is very comfortable and works great. It also stayed sealed and leak proof, even when it was laying on the tent floor all night.
  • I love this bottle, and have been using literally since I got it out of the box. And couldn't have gotten any more lucky with it coming in my favorite color.

  • A one year subscription of the Gaia GPS service was included in our box. We haven't signed up for this service yet, but we're thinking it may come in handy on that trip to Wyoming next month, as the territory will be new to us. Having access to offline maps, including topo, road, and satellite, could be very handy in a place where cell phone service will likely be non-existent. We look forward to trying out this subscription and putting it to use in many places!


  • We took this bar along on the weekend desert adventure and Kim tried it out for a lunch / snack. The texture was a bit different - it seemed to be that "power bar" consistency, but with little bits of puffed rice or something. It was soft and chewy, but with a little bit of crunch. 
  • The flavor was the hard part for us. Neither of us are big fans of vanilla flavoring, and Kim doesn't love lemon flavored snacks. Combined, the two flavors provide a really unique taste - it's a strong vanilla flavor, with a light lemon flavor. I'm sure some would love this refreshing flavor, but for us, it just wasn't a favorite. We'll likely try a different flavor and find the bar much more enjoyable! 
  • This little bar packs a whopping 21 grams of protein and it is very filling. This is definitely more of a meal replacement than a snack bar, and would really keep you going on a long hike when you need a small, lightweight lunch to pack along.

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