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Is Cairn Right For You?

Updated October 25, 2021 | Verified Since 2021

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Cairn is an outdoor subscription box, delivering best-in-class gear to your doorstep on a monthly basis. This box will be your guide for discovering hot, new outdoor products that you didn’t even know you needed. In addition to new amazing gear, you'll get access to exclusive brand promotions, Adventure Upgrades, and earn Cairn Points to redeem for apparel, free boxes, and gifts for friends! What are you waiting for?

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Cairn Reviews

Cairn “Fueled For Fun” September 2021 Review + Coupon
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Cairn “Fueled For Fun” September 2021 Review + Coupon

This month’s box felt well-rounded and fit well with the September theme “Fueled for Fun”. The pot and handle feel unique, although I’m counting them as a single item since you really can’t use the pot without the handle. I’ll never turn down a Stasher bag, and the snack size of this one is ideal for on-the-go snacks for surfing or hiking. The Four Sigmatic coffee packet was a welcome surprise, although a full bag of coffee would have made this box feel more complete and more in line value-wise. I always look forward to receiving my Cairn box each month – I think they’ve finally inspired me to get more comfortable with backpacking!


Cairn “Long Days, Longer Adventures” August 2021 Review + Coupon
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Cairn “Long Days, Longer Adventures” August 2021 Review + Coupon

Part of what makes Cairn worthwhile, in my opinion, is the surprise it brings each month, and how the items inside can help fill gaps in your gear library. And I’m happy to see that since they’re acquisition by Outside Magazine earlier this summer, the boxes feel more tightly curated and diverse. Is it always the most thrilling box? No. Is it useful? Yes, absolutely. I was happy with the snack included this month, and the My Medic kit was something I needed. Frankly, even if I already had a thorough first aid kit, I’d still be happy to receive these supplies. The Blister Blocker will last me a while, too.


Cairn “Sunny Sustainability” Review + Coupon – July 2021
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Cairn “Sunny Sustainability” Review + Coupon – July 2021

The theme for the Cairn July box is “Sunny Sustainability” and includes eco-friendly items that are perfect for the beach. Check out our review to learn more!


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HappyCamper
HappyCamper
"Affordable, Great Company, Great Box, Always Exciting Gear Received - Recommend!"
Mar 16, 2021
Awesome box, awesome resources. I really love my subscription. It's not only affordable, but has had some amazing gear worth well more than what we pay for the box. Gave one to a friend for Christmas this past year, and he loves it too. They definitely put thought into the gear that they choose, it's not just a bunch of old granola bars like other boxes I've heard. Also, check out what they're doing with "Gear Up Give Back" to repurpose used gear and support those less fortunate, definitely a company I'm proud to support!
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LeAnn
LeAnn
Feb 28, 2018
I have been a member for 3 months and the first two months were great. The first box I new what I was getting and I was excited it came with the day pack, bottle and/or camel pack cleaner and the snack bar. It was great! Second box I got the head lamp, collapsible bottle (which is great for the cleaners I got in the previous box) , and the snack bar. At this point I was think how great Cairn is and decided to pay for 6 months. Then my third box (February 2018) I was getting excited because I saw some (7) unboxings and they had the life straw in them and this beeswax stuff. I was thinking great I love how they keep building on past boxes. So when I received my box I was like wth it was a slightly different from my first box (bag, utensils, zipper fix, and snack bar) I felt like they ran out of stuff and just threw something together. Definitely regretted paying for 6 months. I am hoping it gets better and I totally loved my first two boxes but 2 out of the 3 boxes being the same; come on. I know Cairn is better than that and I have hope for future boxes.
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contrabandit
contrabandit
Oct 17, 2020
I wanted a box to help get my outdoor gear up to snuff for camping beyond the car. I thought this box would be a nice addition to my gear line since I dont have all day to browse around REI. Here is the deal, I have had Cairn for about 5 months now and its SUUUPER hit and miss. You get more than the total value of the box each time, but some of the stuff isn't functional or quality enough for most folks. I was super salty over getting a collapsible bowl and mini containers. Wtf am I gonna use teenie tiny containers for while camping? Paperclips? Smh. Their is zero personalization, even though you fill out a survey thing. The energy bars they include in each box straight up suck. This isn't a box its more a cardboard mailer. I also was sent a water resistant fanny pack, which would have been cool, but since its not water proof, I have no use for it either in my kayak or SUP. Too ugly to wear anywhere. I have got some cool things tho. The firebiner is super cool(even though I already had one), a got a nice trash pack and poo shovel, as well as a super nice sleeping bag liner(which i actually needed). The solar light is rad as well and I had used it a bunch since getting it. Cairn has higher quality boxes beside the $30 one. One of my friends swears by the more expensive option. I may try it out soon as well. Out of the 5 boxes I've had, I've been miffed about 2 of them. Usually at least 1 thing is good. 1 good item for $30/month isn't too great a record.. Its a bummer they don't add camp food instead of whack energy bars...which are consistently gross. As a company, they have a pretty cool return your old gear program and discounts on high end gear. The box is frustrating because they have SUCH quality stuff in their "store", but this box is midrange camp stuff. I'm probably going to upgrade from the basic subscription, but im a bit worried since there isnt much consistency in quality/value.
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Kathi konrad
Kathi konrad
Apr 20, 2015
Got first box today. Pretty disappointing. The value seems inflated and the cup they included was pointless. What is the reason of filling out a profile if they aren't going to pay attention to it? My boyfriend and I are hikers and a cup without a lid is rediculous on a hiking trail. He really wanted a box for himself and wanted to like this one. We will see what happens next month but if it doesn't improve ALOT we're done. You would think on a first box they would want to wow you to keep you hooked.
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bakorders@gmail.com
Jan 18, 2020
Absolutely disappointing. Each box has a total value of less than $12. You will receive 2-3 items. The photos of boxes shown are fake and most of the positive reviews are either fake or maybe very old when more items were sent. Come on, I can get a granola bar at the store, I don't need to spend $20 for one.
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ssteges22@gmail.com
Aug 5, 2016
First box... not going to lie I had really high expectations for this subscription box- maybe too high? I have seen photos of previous boxes and it seems like they are 'hit or miss' for me this was a miss. I filled out my preferences with camping as a primary interest and biking secondary. I see from the products I received they must have focused on the biking, so I will be adjusting my preferences. (I'm not a biking manic that needs fancy gels or sunscreen) I'm hoping next month will be a more fun selection :) The box included: Point6 Ultralight 3/4 Crew Sock 2skin Anti-Chafing Gel Surface Dry Touch Sunscreen Run Gum Sampler Pack
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moonzot
moonzot
Dec 28, 2015
Love this one. Have never been disappointed. Have been getting boxes for about 6 months an they are always a treat
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