<![CDATA[WILDFound - Outdoor Gear]]>Tue, 12 Jan 2016 07:50:01 -0800Weebly<![CDATA[Wise Camping Food Packs Review´╗┐]]>Sun, 10 Jan 2016 20:58:00 GMThttp://wildfound.weebly.com/outdoor-gear/wise-camping-food-packs-review
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Food, Water, Shelter: The big three most people spout off when conversing about needs of survival. The WISE Company makes products with two of those needs in mind. For backpacking there exist a bittersweet trade-off in terms of quality vs weight. Food is needed, actual palatable good tasting food is preferred. I decided it was time to try out an MRE and see what I thought about it. Ramun noodles will just have to wait. I was given three survival packs of food from WISE to try out so here's what I think.  

The Taste Factor:

Before getting into the tastes of the packs I want to state my outlook of food. I see food more as energy than as a pleasurable meal. Though I love good food when hiking I see food more on the logistic side of things. 

That said I thought the foods were pretty decent. I definitely felt the proportion size was right on. There are 2 servings per pack but eating the entire pack felt right for me, remember I'm a 210 lb. guy... It was the perfect amount to re-charge and not feel sluggish on afterwards. If you're going to pack your own spice/flavorings you could touch up the taste a bit but I found them appealing for the most part, I'll rank them up below:
1 star- Lousy                                          
3 stars- It was decent                                            
5 stars- Spa for the tongue

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For dehydrated food/MRE type food I really couldn't complain about any of the meals, I was slightly let down by the pasta alfredo but yet again it wasn't bad; just o.k. The chili-mac pack was pretty good though the noodles weren't grade A. I actually was surprised and really liked the teriyaki chicken. If I was prepping up for a nice long hike and wanted to save a good quick meal for the last day's dinner, definitely the teriyaki pack. I struggled with giving it 4 or 5 stars but decided 4 was probably a fair judgement just below the knock your socks off grade. 

What I'm looking for:

Besides price point I wanted a compact lightweight food that was easily packable for those longer treks into the backcountry. Being a father of two most of my hikes are day hikes and most of the camping trips are in state parks with my kids. But, on those trips that I'm backpacking or really wanting less cook and prep time in camp and more of hiking or fly fishing the backcountry streams this would fit the bill. They are very light (just under 6 oz.) and pack very well being non-boxed durable flat packs. You grab a weeks worth of meals is a small pack easily. It gives Ramun a run for the money.  

Prep Time and Ease

To make a pack you first take out the Oxygen absorber pad and boil up some water. The pack has a good seal that is almost too good. If you have a knife it's no problem to open but the "tear easy" tabs weren't very easy to open. Once open simply add boiling water, mix well,  and zip up the pouch. It took me about three minutes to get everything together (not including boiling water). In 15-20 minutes you have your meal ready to eat. 
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Nutritional

If you want the exact numbers on each pack you can click here for that

Nutrition wise (no pun intended), the packs are middle of the road. I like the amount of carbs in the hiking pack. Though I haven't tried them out the granola/oats breakfast packs are higher in the protein and carb department which is needed in a high energy morning meal. The meals with any meat included are high in protein and carbs, (not a bad thing on strenuous treks) but also contain alot of sodium (51% DV in chili-mac). I'm not a foodie but I tend to glance a little at labels and these are far from bad but not your necessarily the healthiest meal that could be made either. I'm not sure how you could make a meal have a 7 year shelf life and still appeal to all the facets of meal balancing so no scruff on the WISE company there. It's energy, it's survival, it's convenient for the outdoor adventure be it fly fishing the backcountry or trekking the Appalachian. A- rating in my opinion. 

The Goods and Bads

  • Easy to make
  • Very Packable and light
  • Pretty decent flavor
  • Can be saved and stocked up
  • Incredibly long shelf life
  • Good nutritional value for the average active person
  • Not the easiest to open, need knife
  • Lower in calories than MRE's
  • Low in breakfast diversity

Price of Meals

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 I hate to say this is worth this or that's worth that because money is all relative. Some may think the price is right and others not so much, we're all different here. For me personally (financially strapped) I would back off of the meals for regular camping. If you're not on a multi-day hike, save money and go with what you can make on hand. If you're backpack/fly fishing the upper peninsula of MI and must cover ground during each day to make it out, the price with lightweight ease is starting to look pretty good. Even for someone like me. 

One cool product I found (They do more than just food) is the 2 week survival backpack. You get the food for a couple weeks journey as well as the pack to carry it. I'm the type that actually somewhat enjoys the planning and prepping for outings so maybe not for me but for someone who would rather pay and be done this may be of interest:

The WISE company has a pretty large selection of products. If you're an outdoorsmen/sportsman you may find that this could be your camping emergency stash, maybe you keep them in your glovebox, maybe the hunting cabin needs an emergency prep supply, or maybe your looking at survival situations for when disaster strikes. They fit all those needs. If you buy the bulk kits (6 months to a 12 month supply) you may have a good practical emergency food source always ready. Click the red link below to see what I mean.
That's about all I could think of for reviewing a meal ready to go. If you want to more know about the WISE company and food storage let me hear about it in the comments below. 
​Stay Wild!
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<![CDATA[GoPro: A different point of view]]>Fri, 03 Oct 2014 01:54:55 GMThttp://wildfound.weebly.com/outdoor-gear/gopro-a-different-point-of-viewI'm not going to go through all the features of the GoPro camera... sorry. They are versatile, meant to be beat on, meant to show your creative point of view of whatever is you love and want to share; And the shots picked up are beautiful.

You don't have to be a pro...

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These things really are for everyone. Most people don't base jump, or jump dunes on their dirt bike, or swim with dolphins, this camera isn't just for those types. I was lucky enough to scoop up a used GoPro Hero 3+ (the silver edition) for just over $100. Definitely worth the investment. 

To be fair, my fly fishing, hunting, kayaking, and hiking adventures were on my mind when purchasing the product. But I'm finding more application outside those categories than I  previously thought. 
Find number 1: They're flat out a great camera. There is no zoom but for up close capturing the moment they play ball.


Time Lapse Madness

Third Eye (not blind)

Not the band, the 90's are well behind us. (I still dig them though) Another useful find is the GoPro app plus the camera itself. You can see a live preview through the app which helps you line up your shot or change any setting wirelessly on the go. The GoPro puts off it's own wifi signal to connect to the app, so you could use it anywhere. I use it to help me out with watching the kids. Heres a story:

The kid's are in the backyard playing and I have to cook dinner, I don't want to corral them inside if I don't have to; We have a small kitchen. So I use this app and rig my GoPro up outside to make the perfect nanny cam to keep an eye on my kids while I'm cooking up some mac and cheese. It also has sound so the faintest whimper or cry and I'm flying to the scene to see who stole which toy.

The double edged sword is the delay in the wifi, it's generally about 3-4 seconds behind the action. Which means I'm not completely in on the action but it allows me to here the scream and quickly hit the record button to get the crime completely caught on tape in 1080 HD. The eye in the sky never lies...
You either love these or not, and if you don't love them then your probably not human because they are AWESOME! I can set the time lapse to different intervals and capture cool landscapes or clouds or whatever I want.

As a science teacher I can now not only hypothetically explain concepts, I can shoot my own. You want seed germination in action; you got it. I can even que up the "hipster" music to get the kids to stop playing on their smartphones and dig on some science! Boom! 

Below is 3 hours of football practice in 17 seconds. 

Slow motion

Slow motion basically makes the most mundane things cool again. It takes a little math and know-how.
Once I figured out that videos generally play at 30 frames per second I was off to the races. The camera shoots at different frame rates depending on the resolution of the video. I like 960, it's pretty clean video and it shoots up to 120 fps. This means you can slow things down to 25% speed without getting the choppy looking footage.

Check out what I did below. I'm pretty sure it's the only video on youtube with juggling and fly fishing working together as a combo. No not at the same time...

An all around family cam

I'm sure we all remember lugging around the larger cameras, even some on shoulder still. For what you do with your family give this camera a shot. The quality is great, the size is awesome, the durability is even awesomer-er. The real value of this type of camera is definitely the mounting ability. 

You can add perspective to whatever activity your doing. It's one thing to video your child going in and coming out of the water slide on vacation but to grab the emotion of the scene (your kid's face). This camera captures the ride from the inside of that very same water slide. Check out the little vid I came up with from our family's mini-vacation to myrtle beach. 
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