Grangers Down Care Kit Review

Grangers sent me their Down Care Kit and I gave it a try in my home washing machine. This product was a breeze to use and only took one wash cycle!

Meet Wash + Repel.

For this review, I tested Grangers’ Down Care Kit on my North Face Thermoball jacket before going outdoors on a photography shoot.

USE:

⛑ This solution has been specially designed to restore loft while cleaning and proofing down insulation in your favorite outdoor garments.

PRICE:

$17.47 – includes formula and three dryer balls

MY REVIEW:

My overall experience with this Down Care Kit was a good one. As I used this product, I was reminded how much I tend to neglect cleaning my outdoor gear, especially my down jackets and sleeping bags. With Grangers’ Down 2 In 1 Kit, I now have no excuse.

The first thing I noticed about the kit were the unique dryer balls that are included in the box. They add some excitement to a seemingly dull and boring washing process. The dryer balls look cool, feel great in the hand and you can juggle them while you wait for your washer load to complete its wash cycle.

Seriously though, this kit was very simple and straight forward. After pulling the bottle and the three dryer balls out of the box, I followed the clear instructions on the back of the box. In summary, the instructions on the box are as follows:

  • 2 caps of liquid per jacket or 3 caps per sleeping bag
  • Place item into washing machine and run a 30 degree Celsius cycle (86 degrees Fahrenheit) with slow spin
  • Tumble dry on low/medium for best results

I let the washer do its job and then my wife tossed the jacket and the dryer balls into the electric dryer. Although the instructions also mention to periodically check the garment and separate the down to avoid clumping, we missed that step. The jacket still turned out just fine out of the dryer, but I could see where this would be important with a larger, outdoor product such as a sleeping bag.

Here’s a quick list of features listed on the Grangers website:

  • Specially formulated to clean all down and down-filled articles
  • Maximizes breathability
  • Powerful cleaning
  • Durable water-repellency
  • Bluesign® approved

PRO TIP:

When I last checked, this product was no longer available on the REI website. However in the United States, you can pick it up for a few dollars less on Amazon.

RATING:

👍 Easy to use with a washing machine

👍 Instructions are easy to follow.

👍 Adds water repellency to down insulated clothing

👎 A discrepancy exists between the instructions on the box and the instructions that are published on the Grangers website. This has to do with the amount of liquid to use in the washing machine. I chose to fill only one cap for this test and review which worked out great.

SPECS:

  • Volume: 10 fluid ounces
  • Sustainability: Meets Bluesign® criteria

Grangers’ Down Care Kit. An awesome way to maximize the performance of your insulated down clothing in an easy-to-use, washing machine compatible liquid. Head on over to their site  now and check ’em out.

➳ Grangers provided equipment and associated materials for this review. All photos are a courtesy of LaGuardia Adventure Photography. That’s me!

OtterBox Elevation 64 Growler Review

Otter Products gave me the Elevation 64 Growler for this review and I’m also disclosing up front that I am a part of #TeamOtterBox and am an #OtterBoxEmployee. I do my best to get past any biases I have toward Otter Products brands in these reviews and I also write reviews for other outdoor brands.

One thing that I have learned from this particular review is that I should always have extra water with me in the car, on the field and out in the wilderness. I often have neglected having extra water with me due to weight in my bag or just due to sheer laziness. I will no longer head out for an adventure without extra water.

Read on if you want to hear how my experience was with the Elevation 64 Growler.

The Elevation 64 Growler is great for carrying extra water during long excursions and keeps it ice cold for a long period of time. The same would be true for keeping hot drinks hot, all day long. However, I only tested cold water in the Growler for this review.

USE:

⛺️ Outdoor overnights, car camping, sporting events and cross-country road trips. Oh yea, I almost forgot –  take it to your local pub and get it filled up with your favorite beer!

PRICE:

$69.99 (64 ounce) Available in stainless steel

MY REVIEW:

My overall experience with this rugged OtterBox Growler was a great one. I put this growler to the test on a four hour hike in the Colorado outdoors and during multiple lacrosse games as a bottle re-filler for my son’s team. I guess you could call me the team water boy.

The first impression that I received during unboxing was good. The packaging was simple, yet stylish and the directions were easy to follow. Honestly, it’s a growler, so the most helpful instructions were how to keep it clean.

The growler came with their basic screw-in lid and has a plastic loop on the top. I found that even upside down in my bag for an extended period of time, the lid did not leak at all.

On the outside, the stainless steel finish glistens in the sun and looks pretty cool. However, I would prefer some additional color options because I can’t stand how stainless shows fingerprints. This is just a personal preference.

Here’s a quick list of features listed on the OtterBox website:

  • 100% stainless steel for years of use and abuse
  • Internal copper lining maintains ideal temp
  • Screw-on, leak-proof lid — not a drop is lost
  • Sweat-resistant design, leaves no rings
  • Keeps liquids cold up to 7 days
  • Backed by OtterBox Limited Lifetime Warranty

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PRO TIP:

Get rid of those ugly fingerprints by periodically rubbing a light coat of Orange Glo furniture polish on the outside of the growler. This works great for preparing it for pictures. Unfortunately, I didn’t get a chance to do this before the photographs I captured.

RATING:

👍 Lightweight, rugged design.

It is amazing how long it keeps water ice cold!

👎 One color.  The stainless steel color is nice,  but it shows those ugly fingerprints. It would be better in some trendy, powder coated colors. Realtree camo would also be a hit in the outdoor market (hint, hint).

SPECS:

  • Height:
    11 Inches
  • Volume:
    64 Ounce

The OtterBox Elevation Growler. Fill it up and enjoy cold or hot drinks for days! Head on over to their site now and check ’em out.

➳ Otter Products, LLC provided equipment and associated materials for this review. John LaGuardia is an employee of Otter Products. All photos are a courtesy of LaGuardia Adventure Photography.