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Cairn Subscription Box Review – March 2016

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Cairn is a subscription service that delivers outdoor gear every month. They bill their service as “Your Monthly Box of Outdoor Discovery.” The trees are finally waking up down here in the South, and I am ready to get back out into it!


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The Subscription Box: Cairn

The Cost: $25 per month with discounts for 3-, 6-, and 12- month subscriptions

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: US for free, internationally for an additional price

Check out all of our Cairn box reviews!


When I signed up for Cairn, they asked me to do a huge questionnaire for customization purposes. It asked questions about the types of outdoor activities I like, and I chose hiking, camping (car), backpacking, and yoga. They had loads of options, though, like rock climbing, moutain biking, fishing — just about everything I could think of! They also asked a few lifestyle questions (kids? dogs?) plus basics like t-shirt size.

All this leads me to believe that contents may vary from subscriber to subscriber, so if you subscribe but get different things, please let me know!


This is the info card that came in the package, listing out all the contents.



Hydaway 21 oz. Collapsible Bottle – Value $20

I’ve received dozens of water bottle in subscription boxes before, but I’ve never received one like this! It collapses to fit in your pocket! This is brilliant for day hikes, but it’s also brilliant for just running around in general, too.


Skratch Labs Fruit Drops Energy Chews – Value $2.45

These are yummy, and a clean source of simple carbs for use during prolonged exercise. I don’t think my exercise ever gets prolonged enough to need these, but they are good to have for the kids.

Skratch Labs Exercise Hydration Mix – Value $1.95

The flavoring for both these Skratch Labs products comes from only real fruit, so that’s good. This drink mix is also full of simple sugars and electrolytes. This is another one I will keep on hand for the children!


Nite Ize Inova Squeeze Light II – Value $4.99

This is the perfect mini flashlight for your keychain, belt loop, or anywhere else you can attach it! This is super lightweight, rugged, and powerful.

Aloe Up Pro Ultra Sport SPF 50+ – Value $10.95

This looks like a great sunscreen for outdoor adventures! It’s non-greasy and won’t run into your eyes. It’s also waterproof for up to 80 minutes.


Hooray! The Cairn envelope is back!


This month’s extras include (clockwise from left) a coupon for 25% off your first order from Skratch Labs, a coupon for $250 off a kayak from Oru Kayaks, and a coupon for 20% off Hydaway. Score!

Verdict: We love our Cairn subscription! We have discovered so many new and useful products for our camping and hiking adventures through Cairn. I have noticed the value of products in my Cairn subscription has gone down a bit lately, but it is still much higher than the cost of the box. This month’s package has a value of about $40, which is great for a $25 box!

Do you subscribe to Cairn? What are your outdoor activities? What did they send you?

Written by Anna Rodriguez

Anna Rodriguez

Anna has been a fan of subscription boxes since joining Birchbox in 2013, but didn’t become a true addict until discovering subscriptions she could share with her children. Her favorites include Kiwi Crate and Fab Kids.

All views in this review are the opinion of the author. My Subscription Addiction will never accept payment in exchange for a review, but will accept a box at no cost to provide honest opinions on the box. This post may contain affiliate/referral links. If you buy something, MSA may earn an affiliate commission. Read the complete My Subscription Addiction disclosure.


  1. Thanks for the review! Just a heads up… The sunscreen in the box is a 1 oz sample size. The full size 4 oz retails at 10.95.

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