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Cairn Subscription Box Review + Coupon – March 2020

Cairn Subscription Review March 2020

Cairn is a monthly subscription box that sends members outdoors, adventure, and fitness gear. Cairn’s goal is to enrich your outdoor adventures by connecting you with best-in-class products. 

This box was sent to us at no cost for review. (Check out our review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)

About Cairn

The Subscription Box: Cairn

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

COUPON: Limited Time Only! Use code MSA20 to save 20% off your first box when you sign up for a 6 or 12-month subscription! .

Check out our review of the “Hammock Collection” welcome box to see what will be included.

The Products: Outdoor gear, including apparel, nutrition/energy products, skincare, and other essentials to keep you prepared and comfortable on your adventures.

Ships to: The US for free, Canada for $5, and internationally for $10

Cairn March 2020 “Happy Camp” Review


Last month’s Cairn box had me dreaming of warmer weather to get out there and use the camping gear I was sent. Now it’s a hint warmer (come on already, Spring!), and the front page of the Cairn Scout encourages us to hit the wilderness with the items in this month’s items in tow. Well, folks, I suppose there are some adventurers out there who are carrying on with camping, hoping the isolation of the wild is a safe place right now, but for the time being I’m staying home. Perhaps setting up my tent in my back yard will be in order soon!

This edition of the Scout gives its usual shout out to the quarterly Obsidian upgrade, charitable initiatives, a list of products in your subscription, a community feature, and more.


EcoVessel Transit Camp Mug, 12 oz – Estimated Value Approx. $22 (similar mug found here for $21.95)

Cairn subscribers are the first to receive the not-yet-launched Transit Camp mug—exciting! It’s a redesign of a pre-existing EcoVessel model, updated to have a non-slip bottom (love it), a new look, and to have the latest temperature retention technology. I never fail to be impressed with temp retention technology and wasn’t sure how it could possibly improve, but I’m thrilled to give this mug a spin. I often use insulated mugs when drinking coffee, tea, or even water at my desk because I am a slow enjoyer of beverages, so it’s a nice treat when the temp can be maintained over long stretches. For me, the true test of if a travel mug is a great one, is if it fits in my Outback’s cup holder. This one sort of does—it’s a bit precarious but if I’m careful I don’t think I’ll have any accidents. I also like that the lid has rubber around it so it seals securely in the mug. I don’t expect any leaks!


Basecamp Playing Cards – Retail Value $9.62

I’m more pumped than I ever thought I could be over a deck of cards! Playing cards are something everyone should have in their junk drawer, even if you go long stretches without using them, right? Up until this month’s Cairn box came I would have been hard-pressed to locate a deck, but now more than ever, when my family is largely stuck inside just wishin’ and hopin’ we can remain inspired and entertained in the coming weeks of social distancing, these guys are welcome. They’re pretty, they’re water-resistant (def important for camping), they come in a nice tin, and each card has a thought-provoking question—some silly and some serious—so they double as another type of game.


Honey Stinger Gluten-Free Organic Waffles – Buy 2 boxes of 6 variety packs for $17.49

Aww yeah, my husband and I are all about the Honey Stinger waffles. They have fueled us through several half marathons (and in his case, full marathons), and we have to practice major discipline to avoid eating them between workouts. For those familiar with stroopwafels, Honey Stingers are basically those but marketed as exercise fuel. And, honestly, they’re my favorite form of it. We are die hard chocolate fans in all its forms so that is our favorite flavor, but Cairn sent me four flavors I’ve never tried before so we’re excited to try ’em! My husband Guy consumed the Wildflower Honey flavor during an intense interval run and he said the flavor was really subtle and nice, not overly floral.

Verdict: March’s Cairn box gets two thumbs up from this lady! I love and will use all three things I received. It’s hard to pick a favorite but I will say I wouldn’t be disappointed if Cairn sent Honey Stingers more often because I really do love them so much.

This box costs $29.95, including free shipping, and the contents add up to $37.62 (using an estimated cost for 4 Honey Stingers). I’m cool with this value, especially because I know I’ll get great use out of all three items, and because I was tickled by the surprise of receiving the cards and Honey Stingers! 

To Wrap Up: 

Can you still get this box if you sign up today? Based on their subscription model, your items may vary based on your survey responses and boxes you have received in the past. 

COUPON: Limited Time Only! Use code MSA20 to save 20% off your first box when you sign up for a 6 or 12-month subscription! .

Check out our review of the Hammock Collection welcome box to see what will be included.

Value Breakdown: This box cost $29.95 + free US shipping, but I estimate it contained $37.62 worth of product. That comes down to a value of approximately $12.54 per item.

Check out all of our Cairn reviews, and learn more about our readers’ favorite fitness boxes.

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What do you think of Cairn this month? Did you get any of the same items as me?

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Written by Christen Russo

Christen Russo

Christen is a smile collector, outdoors enthusiast, and appreciator of soggy French fries. Her favorite subscriptions involve eco-friendly products and clothes, nature supplies, stationery, and coffee. She can be easily won over with a good sheet of stickers.

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Comments (9)

  1. That is so funny, I received almost the same items. Ecovessel mug, playing cards but one honey stinger waffle and a packet of coffee provisions collagen MCT mix!

  2. @Sharon, you’re the first person I’ve found who received the January box this month as well – I thought I was the only one! It’s a super downer seeing all the reviews of the happy camp box – Cairn even focused solely on it on their social – and then get something entirely different.

    I didn’t mention winter sports at all in my profile, just hiking/camping/photography/etc. Either their supply chain ran out or they figured insoles would work well for hikers/backpackers?

    • That is so disappointing! I just poked around their website and social and couldn’t find anything about sending the Jan box to some people for March. I’ll be curious to hear what you get next month!

  3. I’d be so upset if I paid $30 and got some bagged waffles, cards and a mug. I’d rather spend the $30 on a yeti and call it a day.

    • “Bagged waffles”—lol! So funny to think of them that way (and you aren’t wrong!), I just love them so much that I was happy to see them. In my mind it was mostly about the mug, and the cards + fuel were bonuses, but I know what you mean.

  4. Wow, this is not the box I got in March. Even the theme is different. Not one item in common. They must really customize for profiles. You think the snack would be the same though.

    • Wow, Sharon, I’m surprised to hear that even the theme is different. What did you receive? I have seen evidence of the customization in past months, but I’m not sure what I might have indicated in my account profile that would dictate these specific items being chosen for me. Maybe it’s just general themes (like, because I have camping ranked high on my hobbies, they sent me the camp box vs. someone who may have indicated mountain biking higher on their list, etc.). Either way, thanks for reading!

      • I received an IQ Bar, Ski Wax, and a really nice pair of insoles. I can’t remember the theme name right now (I’m at work). Maybe it’s because I put skiing as a favorite in my profile, so I got a winter themed sports box…? That’s interesting.

      • Curious—that’s what I got in my January box (and I have snowboarding listed as a top hobby). I have the insoles in my running shoes and love them. I never did get the chance to use the wax on my board, though I accidentally discovered it’s kind of nice as hand moisturizer haha!

        Here’s my review of that box in case you’re interested in taking a look:

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