Cairn Outdoor Subscription Box Review + Coupon – August 2017
Cairn is a subscription service that delivers outdoor gear every month. They are inspired to enrich and expand the outdoor experience by fostering connections among those who create and enjoy it.
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The Subscription Box: Cairn
The Cost: $29.95 per month with discounts for 6- and 12- month subscriptions
Coupon: New subscribers, buy the three Summer Collection boxes and get the September Collection box for free! No coupon required, just use this link!
The Products: “A recurring delivery of outdoor related products sent to your doorstep! Get introduced to new brands and products, including gear, apparel, nutrition/energy, skincare, and more.”
Ships to: U.S. for free, Canada for $5, and Internationally for $10
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Cairn Scout! Featuring all the info we’re used to – full descriptions of each item, coupons from manufacturers, a look at the next Obsidian box, tips for using your new gear, and more. It looks like it’s printed on easily recyclable newsprint too.
As usual we get a logo sticker. I’ll be adding it to my growing collection!
Outdoor Element Firebiner – Value $14.95
First up this month we have this multi-use carabiner from Outdoor Element! Originally a Kickstarter project, the Firebiner is a 10-in-1 EDC survival tool rated to safely hang up to 100 pounds! The fire wheel is the real standout feature here – I’ve never seen one on a carabiner before. They included 2 extra ferro rods in the packaging, so depending on how often I need to use it, I should have spark action for quite a long time. I love the little safety blade – perfect for cutting cord or fishing line. Of course, it’s got a bottle opener, and it’s super light at just an ounce. On the Kickstarter page they show one of these clipped to a camp stove – amazing idea. This is a no-brainer addition to my pack!
Honey Stinger Gluten-free Wildflower Honey Waffle – Value $1.49 (buy a box of 16 for $23.84)
Next, we have this delicious little snack waffle from Honey Stinger! I really enjoyed this little treat – it tastes exactly like Golden Grahams! The honey filling layer is pretty thin, but you don’t need much. It’s gooey and mixes well with the softness of the waffle. I confess I ate this on set and will have to invest in some more for my next outing… or just to have around the house.
Opsak by Loksak 2 Pack – Value $9.98
I’ve actually had several Loksak products over the years, and was excited to see these at the bottom of my box! The Opsak differs from the Aloksak in that it has an FDA approved film that allows the bag to be odor proof – a pretty exciting feature for a lot of backpackers and campers. I was a little amazed to see that it’ll hold boiling water as well. You could pre-pack dehydrated meals and use these as your cookware.. Genius! They are BPA free and waterproof to 200 feet also. I haven’t tested the odor blocking ability of these Opsaks just yet, but I’m going to Idaho for the eclipse and doing some backpacking in the Sawtooth range, and these are both coming with me! Included on the back of the info card is a recipe for some delicious camp chicken.. Long-time Cairn subscribers may notice some callbacks to past boxes 🙂
Light My Fire Grandpa’s Fire Grill – Value $20.36
Finally this month we have this interesting camp grill tool from Light My Fire! Grandpa’s Fire Grill is an adjustable, collapsible, stainless steel grill clamp that works with any old stick lying around camp! Just pop your food into the grill, secure shut with the clip at the end, twist the arms around a stick, and you’ve got the ability to grill up virtually anything. You could easily fit a full sized chicken breast and a couple of veggies into the grilling area. This seems like a very well made, lightweight tool. It weighs in at 3.7 ounces, so pretty negligible in the long run, depending on how light you’re planning to go. For me personally this is a miss just because if I’m backpacking I’m not making fires for most if any meals, but I’m going to put this into my car-camping kit. Maybe it’ll grow on me and I’ll be convinced to bring some grillables on a long hike!
Verdict: Cairn was pretty great this month! I loved the waffle, I’m definitely going to get use out of the Opsaks and Firebiner, and while it wasn’t a perfect item for me, the grill is a pretty sweet item that I’m looking forward to at least testing out. This month’s value adds up to about $46.78, which is about 1.5 times the $29 investment, so I’m happy with that. All in all, I think Cairn put together another well-curated set of items here and I’m looking forward to what they come up with next month!
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