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Cairn Outdoor Subscription Box Review + Coupon – September 2017

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Cairn September 2017 Outdoor Subscription Box

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.

Cairn September 2017 Outdoor Subscription Box

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Cairn September 2017 Outdoor Subscription Box

The Subscription Box: Cairn

The Cost: $29.95 per month with discounts for 6- and 12- month subscriptions

LIMITED TIME DEAL: Now through 9/24, use coupon code MSA20 to save 20% off your first month of Cairn when you sign up for a 6-month subscription!

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 September 2017 Outdoor Subscription Box

Cairn September 2017 Outdoor Subscription Box

Cairn September 2017 Outdoor Subscription Box

Cairn September 2017 Outdoor Subscription Box

Cairn September 2017 Outdoor Subscription Box

Cairn September 2017 Outdoor Subscription Box

Cairn September 2017 Outdoor Subscription Box

Cairn September 2017 Outdoor Subscription Box

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.

Cairn September 2017 Outdoor Subscription Box

As usual, we get a logo sticker. I’ll be adding it to my growing collection!

Cairn September 2017 Outdoor Subscription Box

Cairn September 2017 Outdoor Subscription Box

Cairn September 2017 Outdoor Subscription Box

Cairn September 2017 Outdoor Subscription Box

Cairn September 2017 Outdoor Subscription Box

Nectar Polarized Coltic Sunglasses – Value $34.99

First up this month we have this awesome pair of sunglasses from Nectar! I’ve been seeing this brand in my social feeds here and there and was stoked to see a pair, and in a color I would normally wear! I’m loving the matte finish and classic wayfarer shape. I normally wear a slightly wider set of polarized sunglasses, but the shape of these isn’t throwing me off or anything. They’re very lightweight, and the hinges are tight so they don’t just loosely fall open. Including a microfiber pouch was a nice touch, and it doubles as a cleaning cloth (at least for a couple of uses). Bonus, Nectar is partnered with BeeCause, so a portion of every sunglasses sale is donated to help expand the shrinking honeybee population around the world! So I get to look sharp and also save the dang world. Win/win!

Cairn September 2017 Outdoor Subscription Box

Cairn September 2017 Outdoor Subscription Box

Cairn September 2017 Outdoor Subscription Box

Cairn September 2017 Outdoor Subscription Box

Cairn September 2017 Outdoor Subscription Box

Cairn September 2017 Outdoor Subscription Box

PackTowl Nano in Blue Mountain – Value $9.95

Up next this month is a PackTowl Nano with a pretty cool mountain print! I’ve received PackTowls in a few other camping boxes, but had never seen one with a print before. At first I was a little skeptical because I assumed the print might affect the absorbency of the towel, but after a quick test it seems to perform just as well as the blank one I have. I took one of these on a recent trip to Idaho and it came in super handy. While it’s not large enough to dry off from a shower, it’s certainly enough to dry off wet hands or face, or to quick dry items before packing them up. It dries out quickly too, and is really easy to just clip onto your pack after use. It’s nice to have a few on hand!

Cairn September 2017 Outdoor Subscription Box

Cairn September 2017 Outdoor Subscription Box

Cairn September 2017 Outdoor Subscription Box

Cairn September 2017 Outdoor Subscription Box

Zealios Sun Barrier SPF45 Single Use Packets – Value $9.95

This was a new-to-me item, but I think it’s a great inclusion. This SPF45 sunblock goes on smooth and dries clear, and it barely feels like you’re wearing it since it’s oil-free. It’s rated waterproof for 80 minutes too. I’ve never actually seen single use packets of sunscreen, but I feel like it’s a really smart idea! Backpackers are always looking to cut weight, so rather than carrying a big bottle of sunblock that you will barely use, you can just pop a couple of these in your ditty bag. I put a couple of these in my disc golf bag and the rest in with my camping gear. I know I’m going to put them to good use!

Cairn September 2017 Outdoor Subscription Box

Cairn September 2017 Outdoor Subscription Box

Cairn September 2017 Outdoor Subscription Box

Cairn September 2017 Outdoor Subscription Box

Cairn September 2017 Outdoor Subscription Box

Buddy’s Nut Butters Honey Peanut Butter – Value $1.50 (buy a box of 10 for $15)

Buddy’s Nut Butters Cinnamon Raisin – Value $1.50 (buy 3 jars for $21)

I actually received these in July and LOVED THEM. Here’s what I had to say then, with a little update at the end:

Finally this month we have two packets of Peanut Butter from Buddy’s Nut Butters. These would be perfect to have as a trail snack and they both pack a ton of flavor. I just ate the Cinnamon Raisin one and it was truly delicious – think cinnamon raisin toast that’s been slathered in your favorite peanut butter. The Honey Peanut flavor was pretty much just standard peanut butter, but still very tasty. I like that they were in single-use packets, and that they were both made from simple ingredients. No crazy preservatives or anything like that to be found.

I was excited to see these again and before I started photographing the contents I told myself to hold on to these for a hike I have planned at Dolly Sods. No surprise, I couldn’t resist and ended up eating both of them as I was shooting this box.. 😀

Verdict: Cairn was awesome for me this month! I’m actually wearing the sunglasses as I write this, and wishing I had more of those nut butter packets to nom on.  This month’s value adds up to $57.89, a real deal for the $29.95 investment.

What do you think of Cairn this month? Did you get similar items, or maybe different colors in your sunglasses?

Written by Andy Cosnotti

Andy Cosnotti

Andy is a professional photographer and a vinyl record collector. He loves coffee, gin, craft beer, and playing disc golf. Getting mail is one of his favorite things and he buys a new record every week but tells his wife it’s much less often.

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11 Comments

  1. I got this box as my July box–totally understand some people feeling underwhelmed, I gave my sunglasses to my boyfriend but love the towel and nut butters. I actually am thrilled with my September box! I got a Klymit sheet to go over my Klymit Static V pad (they said it fits other pads as well), as well as an anti-itch stick, and lip blam and gear repair patches (meh).

  2. I love Cairn. Box worked for me even though it had repeats, for which Cairn offers profuse apologies and a “points” which basically amount to a free box. The sunglasses aren’t my favorite– the last pair I got from that brand broke after three days of use. But they’re comfortable, function and will be great to stash in the glove box. The nut butters went to a family member in boot camp, since I can’t eat nuts. The sunscreen rocks! Very handy to stash in a travel dop kit, river bag, and back pack, and one is enough for the well covered hiker on a three day trip. The towel, also a repeat, was welcomed– the last one had served as a cooling neck rag, facetowel and bandana on a raft trip before a wind storm stole it away in the night. I’m a big fan of Cairn and hope they stick around.

    • I’m pretty sure that brand comes with a lifetime guarantee for the sunglasses–did you reach out to them at all?

  3. I cancelled Cairn. The sunglasses are made in China. The “helping bees” motto of the sunglass company seems to be covering up the fact that the glasses are made by people who make 10 cents an hour. And the quality isn’t there.

  4. I got this same box too and only really liked the tiny towel. My husband said he’d try the sunglasses out but didn’t care for them, so now they’re “back-ups”. Put the sunscreen up for swap, nut butters are okay.

    I have hiking and backpacking at the top of my list, so I was hoping for some great lightweight usable items. Maybe next month?

    • Not feeling the individual packets of sunscreen? I was thinking that’d be a nice weight saver for a quick weekender!

  5. Sunglasses are critical in the fall and winter while hiking and skiing, too, surprisingly. The reflection of the sun off of the snow is blinding at times.

    • Totally agree, I wear sunglasses year round and keep a spare lens for my snowboarding goggles for extra sunny days.

  6. Looks like a good pack/box. You answered my main concern about the towel–how quickly it would dry. The Nectar glasses are good. I’ve got a pair of blue-light blockers and those are holding up well, so this is a very tempting box knowing everything will be used and be of a good quality.

  7. I haven’t been too impressed by Cairn the past 2 months. The pack towel is pretty cool, but sunglasses in the Fall? I guess I am sunglassed out. And the nut butters are okay, but we just got them last month so I wish they would come up with some more variety. I got the exact same box that you got. They have the whole “customization” thing, and I don’t really feel like they have been customizing the boxes for anyone lately.

    I only have hiking and camping on my profile, so I really only want things I can take hiking or camping. Anyway, I love the concept of their box but I am just ‘meh’ this month.

    • Ahh, bummer! I actually wear sunglasses year-round so it didn’t occur to me that these might not hit the mark for some.

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