Cairn Box: May 2017 Review
The May 2017 Cairn box arrived earlier than we expected and weighed more than a typical delivery, so we were very intrigued. Upon opening this box, Kim became just about as happy as could be. She has hoped for a hammock for a couple of years, but we just never got around to buying one. What a great surprise in this box!
Serac Hammock and Treehugger Straps
- We were so excited about this, and it arrived just in time for a trip to Rocky Mountain National Park. We camp a lot in the desert, where trees aren't easily found, so we were thrilled to have a chance to take this straight to a forest and hang between some big trees.
- It packs small, similar to other hammocks, and is made of some tough but soft material. The straps pack into a separate bag, just as small.
- Cairn got us an additional foot of strap length on these, so they'd work well on those big PNW trees. This came in handy in RMNP, with their fat trees.
- The set-up was intimidating at first, but it's surprisingly simple - wrap the straps around the tree, and loop into place to lock. The hammock attaches with two hefty caribiners. Hop in and relax! An important feature is that the straps are kind to the trees - they don't cut into the bark or damage the trees, based on the ones we used. Serac believes in the Leave No Trace principles and designed their straps according to that.
- After having a good opportunity to swing in this, we honestly love it. The hammock is sturdy, well made, and a fantastic lightweight option to toss alongside our camping gear. It's a great place to hang out with a beer and just relax after a day of hiking.
Clifbar Whey Protein Bar
- This dense, high protein snack bar came in Peanut Butter Chocolate flavor, and provides a hefty kick of protein on a long hike.
Natrapel 12-hour Wipes (from Adventure Medical Kits)
- Nobody likes hiking and being mobbed by bugs... these wipes are a great thing to pack along, in case you come under attack. They are Deet free, and use a Picaridin formula. This is some formula that works just as well as deet, but keeps your skin and gear safe. We packed these along to RMNP, but luckily, were not swarmed by any bugs. Regardless, these wipes seem extremely convenient and will be a regular in our hiking packs from now on.
A new feature in the May box, was the Cairn Scout newsletter. This is a cool addition to the boxes - it is like a little newspaper, with stories and features about your box of items. Of course, we still got the regular Cairn sticker.
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We have received some amazing stuff in our Cairn boxes, such as a Cotopaxi backpack and our Luminaids, lots of trail food to try out, and some very useful gear - water filter, utensils, bug spray, sunscreen, sunglasses, water bottles, and more! We don’t receive anything from them for free, we are regular subscribers, and we love the stuff we get in a surprise box of goodies every month!