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Klean Kanteen: The Insulated Water Bottle That Works

For some reason, Hawaii has been obsessed with that insulated bottle brand that starts with an H and ends with a K. You know what brand I’m talking about. Thing is, that brand of water bottle always seems to break down on on me. Yup, I’ve never had a Hydro Flask last longer than three months. I’ve even sent back for replacement bottles (read the very bottom for more information on said replacements), only to have the replacement bottle then break down. And by break down I mean it no longer will maintain insulation as promised. In other words, they sucked.

Enter Klean Kanteen. Klean Kanteen renewed my faith in the insulated water bottle market.

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10 Useful iPhone Apps for Hiking and Outdoor Enthusiasts

The Apple App Store offers mobile consumers the opportunity to access a library of apps that allow you to do a wide range of things, from farting-on-command, to finding a nearby restaurant, to even translating foreign languages. But are there any apps for the outdoor enthusiasts? Sure, of course there is. There are a ton. However, one of the problems of such a vast library of apps is sorting through the bunch and finding the ones that are best for you. I might not be able to tell you which apps are best for you, but I can surely share with you some of my favorite hiking/outdoor apps for the iPhone. Here are ten:

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Download Exploration: Hawaii iPhone Wallpapers (Series 1)

Some of you may have noticed the new Exploration: Hawaii logo. Yep, we’ve got a fresh new logo! And now, we’ve got some fresh iPhone 5 (and 4/S) wallpapers for you to use. Each of the four designs are super fun, featuring the iconic views from the Kahekili-Manamana trail, a totally stoked Hawaiian turtle, and of course the Happy Face Spider. We’ve got two versions of the Happy Face Spider wallpaper, one of which features the Exploration: Hawaii motto: Stay Rad, Hawaii. Download links are at the bottom of the post. I hope that you enjoy!

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Kahtoola MICROspikes and a T-Shirt

Kahtoola, the brand behind the popular MICROspikes, sent me a tee and some stickers. Thanks guys! MICROspikes were designed by Kahtoola as portable ice traction gear. Think lightweight and easy to put-on crampons. Considering these were made for icy terrain, why would I even mention this product on Exploration: Hawaii. Hawaii isn’t really known for snow, sure, but local hikers have adopted the use of MICROspikes when hiking the muddy terrain of the Koolau Mountain Range and other trails throughout Hawaii.

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Wake Up, We’re Here – The Great American Misadventure

A few weeks ago I posted about Kenji Croman’s awesome Kickstarter Project, Chasing Waves. Well, here’s another Kickstarter project for you to drop some cash on. Trust me, it’ll be worth the 20+ bucks. John Hook and the Analog Sunshine Recorders (ASR), a collective of local Hawaii photographers dedicated to the art of analog (non-digital) photography, plans to travel 3000 miles across America over 18 days to create a 64 page book of roadtrip goodness.

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