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GingerBear

GingerBear

Rancho Mirage CA

GingerBear's Bio

Oh lord. Another place I need to add some stuff about me...? Geez...!

OK. I'm a Ginger, I'm a bear. I like outdoorsy stuff (and outdoorsy guys). I'm big and bearish.

I love my Subaru - takes me places I want to go.

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GingerBearwrote a review of on April 26, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

The original PlatyPreserve was red in color and had images of wine bottles and glasses on the package, suggesting you had something a little adult in the container.

No more! Now you have an "incognito" way to take your wine (or other adult or non-adult beverage) to the beach or part or concert or camping trip or ... where-ever! AWESOME! GET SOME!!

NOTE to Platypus - or Backcountry - package as a 4 pack! I bought the original as a 4 pack (on sale) and they're perfect!

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GingerBearwrote a review of on April 26, 2019

The Wine-Skin for the new millennium!
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Oh Platypus PlatyPreserve where have you been all of my life...?!?!?

Perfect for taking along your favorite adult beverage (or even non-adult bev) with you to the remote camp-site, the concert, the beach the __________...!

I bartend at private parties sometimes and make a HUGE drink mix of Cosmo Martinis (vodka, cran, lime juice, triple sec)... I make so much and usually will have about a cran bottle left over of the mixed drink. Now I can just drain into the PlatyPreserve and never worry about storage!

I can take them along on camping trips (sit around a campfire with a martini? yes - it's Glamping!) And it's easy to keep these filled bags in the fridge (or freezer?) for quick on-the-go trips... safe for beaches and pools, as there is no glass to break! Since they seem to be freezable, you can even use them as an ice pack in the cooler!

They say to just rinse them out and use no soap. Sorry - I gotta use a bit of dish soap and shake-shake-shake to clean and then rinse-rinse-rinse and let air dry. The fold flat and store.

The possibilities are nearly endless! Frozen Margarita anybody? Other slushies?? Yes please!

These are awesome! And yes, get the 4 pack so you can have a variety of varieties to take along!

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GingerBearwrote a review of on April 24, 2019

Awesome mini-stake with a lot of uses.
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

These are some awesome stakes for camping - and for just hanging at the beach or the park or .....

I use these stakes with my camping furniture - chairs, tables etc.. As long as your furniture has a hole in one of the feet, this is a great stake for tacking down the table or chair to keep it from blowing over if the wind kicks up or if somebody bumps against it.

They're small and fit through most tent stake holes. Get a bunch of them on sale - or find a package of them on sale, and you can't go wrong.

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GingerBearwrote a review of on April 24, 2019

Not the best but far from the worst
3 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

OK. First off - the mesh material is going to be scratchy. It's not a soft-feel material or fabric but a woven/molded plastic mesh.

The frame work feels solid and should hold up over time. I have other camping chairs that I prefer over this one because of the fabric material of the chair. This ALPS chair does sit lower than many others. And the backrest is a bit more reclined - somebody mentioned if fells like a Lazy-Boy chair. Good analogy.

If you have hip or back or other joint problems and getting out of a chair can be a bit hard for you, stay away. You'll need help to get out almost every time.

Folds up small and compact and the gear pocket (cooler?!?) in one arm and the cup-holder in the other are bonus features that all chairs SHOULD have.

The bag is bigger than the folded chair (at least mine is) and so it's easy to pack the chair up and store away. Other chairs I've had over the years barely fit back in the storage bag.

Overall, a decent chair - maybe a B-minus. Not the most comfy, but should hold up over time without issue - as long as you don't beat the chairs up too much.

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GingerBearwrote a review of on April 24, 2019

Pretty good pillow for camping....
4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

It has a nice feel and "puffs up" pretty well, once you take it out of the storage bag. Not really FIRM, but firm enough.

When rolled up and stored, it's about the size of a football. The pull string for the bag can probably be used with a strap to attach to a back pack, but I'm more of a car-camping kind of guy (OK, SUV Camping) so size is less of an issue for me.

I bought the "regular" size and it's a decent sized pillow - but nothing you'd ever mistake for your own pillow in your bed (or in the hotel!)...about the size of most "back support" pillows or attachments for a chair.

Rolls up pretty small and will take a while after unpacking to reach full "fill". The fabric cover (a poly/cotton blend?) is not bad feeling against the skin and is comfy overall. It's poly-fill (like most home pillows) and so it will feel the same - just smaller.

For the review that mentions "shredded" in the machine - THESE ARE NOT MACHINE WASHABLE. Even says so on the label.. The ONLY time you can wash it in a machine is in one of those BIG INDUSTRIAL washing machines (front load) you'd find at a laundromat. This is not something you'd want to put in your own home machine. Just put it in a sink of soapy water and then wring and rinse and wring and air dry or tumble dry (NO HEAT) ...

You could spend a bunch more money on a fancier pillow, but why bother? This is a great pillow for the price... It could be better (sure, what can't?) but is probably one of the best options out there, especially if you get it on sale (less than 7 bucks?!? SOLD!). I bought two.

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GingerBearwrote a review of on April 24, 2019

A decent compact pillow, but ....
3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

... but it's not as comfy as the listing (or most of the other reviews) would have you believe.

It does fold up/roll up pretty small, but not really small; it's about 1/2 size when rolled up, maybe 1/3 of the size.

The foam bits inside will expand once you stretch it out, but it take time to reach fullness. And even when fully expanded, the foam bits are not a solid mass, so there will be some flattening of the pillow when using it. It's also a good idea to pull the pillow out first, before you set up your tent, and before you roll out your sleeping pad and bags, giving the foam bits time to fully expand and give you the most "full" feeling. The fabric cover is a soft flannel type material and is comfy against your skin.

Mostly comfortable, easy to pack, and a good deal (on sale).

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GingerBearwrote a review of on April 24, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

As the title suggests - this is a LOW chair. So if you have back issues or issues with your hips or legs and getting up from a seated position, this is NOT the chair for you.
It is a very comfy chair - as mentioned in other reviews. It's got a great backrest angle and is comfortable. And it's great to use inside your tent, as a place to sit and pull on socks n shoes or just look out at life and nature. It's a perfect height for being inside the test for sure.
I found the chair to be very comfortable for sure. So did my dog, as it was a perfect height for him to jump up or down from and it's a great height.
Yes, like others, it would be nice if there was a cup holder or even one of those "gear pockets" that hang on the armrest to put your phone or ____ in.

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GingerBearwrote a review of on April 22, 2019

A good basic table for any use
4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I was in a rush to buy a camping package for a weekend trip. I'd "given up" on camping when I'd gone the "glamping" route with a big RV with all the features. Then I got rid of the RV (and all the stuff I'd had) and want to be able to pack it all in my Subaru. This table fit the bill perfectly. As mentioned in other reviews, it's a fabric table, so it's not perfect for a hard surface table top. But there are 4 cup holders and the gear pouch on one side.

The table folds to the size of a camp chair and stores in a bag. Just stack it with the camp chairs and you're all set.

The straps on the side are meant to give the table top more structure - by pulling it taut. It works in theory, but not as well in practice. The table top still has flex. So top-heavy or topple-prone items will still topple.

The leg structure is solid in feel and should hold up when to years of use. A great feature is that the table feet have holes in each foot, which means you can take a slender tent-stake and "lock" the table to keep it from being blown over in the wind. A good feature.

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