One of the benefits of being a blogger with a big focus on the outdoors are the new products that show up on my doorstep. Two in particular this spring have caught my fancy. And both are being offered as part of a giveaway.

New Spring Product Review and a Giveaway

The Grayl water bottle in action

The Grayl Water Bottle

It doesn’t get easier or faster than using the Grayl water bottle. With just one press over only 15 seconds you can filter and purify a litre of water, whether it be from a tap with dodgy water in India or a stream with questionable water in the mountains.

The filter removes 99.999% of viruses (including Rotavirus and hepatitis A), 99.999% of bacteria including E coli and salmonella, 99.999% of protozoan cysts including giardia and crytosporidium along with particulates, many chemicals and even some heavy metals.

The Grayl water bottle weighs just 309 grams, uses BPA free materials and the filter cartridge is good for 300 uses. You can buy replacements. The water bottle/filtration system comes in four colours and retails for $Cdn59.95.

I love it.

New Spring Product Review and a Giveaway

It doesn’t get any easier than this

The CasusGrill

If you love the taste of BBQ food you’ll want to get your hands on the CasusGrill. Created in Denmark, the grill is made from 100% biodegradable products including CasusGrill bamboo charcoal briquettes, insulating lava stones and cardboard packaging. There is no need for aluminum, steel or propane.

The Casusgrill offers a very safe option in the backcountry.

Here’s why. The lava stones are so insulating that the cardboard never lights on fire as there is no spark or flame, just heat. And even when the inside of the grill is 400 °F, the outside part of the grill remains cool enough that you can pick it up and move it.

For grilling purposes you get at least an hour at about 400 ºF. The grill begins to cool down every hour after that, faster under colder and rainier conditions. Typically it takes three hours to completely cool down but while it’s cooling you can still grill veggies, hot dogs, roast marshmallows or just keep your hands warm.

New Spring Products Review and a Giveaway

There’s room to cook veges with your steak

Using the grill is a snap. Briquettes take five minutes to heat up. Plonk on your piece of meat, fish, seafood or veges and cook as you normally would. Once you’re finished throw water on the grill to kill any embers and dispose of in the garbage or better yet compost it. The grills are very reasonably priced at two for $Cdn 19.99. You can buy them online though around the beginning of July you should be able to find them in organic grocery and camping stores across much of Canada.

This product won the “Best Non-Food” in the GFS Show in Vancouver.

New Spring Product Review and a Giveaway

It’s easy to set up this grill

Spring Products Giveaway

If you’d like to win both the Grayl water bottle and TWO CasusGrills leave a comment on this post telling me where you’d like to take these products this summer. The contest closes on May 24th at 6 PM MST. A winner will be randomly chosen and will have 24 hours to return my email before the next winner is picked.

***Thank you to all who entered. Glenn Gudermann is the winner.***

Leigh McAdam

Author of Discover Canada: 100 Inspiring Outdoor Adventures
Co-author of 125 Nature Hot Spots in Alberta
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Leigh McAdam

Leigh McAdam is a Calgary based writer, author, photographer and social media enthusiast with over 57,000 followers. Her blog: HikeBikeTravel is frequently cited as one of the top travel and outdoor adventure blogs in Canada. Author of Discover Canada: 100 Inspiring Outdoor Adventures Co-author of 125 Nature Hot Spots in Alberta

Join the discussion 23 Comments

  • Nicola Ross says:

    Leigh, I want to take the grills home! I want to take the water filter on my hiking trip in Portugal this September.

  • Karen Choy says:

    I plan to do Rockwall this year and the water filter would be so awesome. As for the grill, I would like to take that on a picnic at Edworthy Park. Thanks. Love your blog.

  • Dori Ross says:

    I plan to take a trip up the Saint Lawrence River (Quebec City to Blanc Salon and across to Newfoundland) by camper van, bike, hike and ferry with my sister (and hopefully some or all of my other 3 siblings will join us for part of the trip) this summer. The voyage is one that my grandfather, one of the last independent fur traders, wrote about in his 1907 journal (now a book called In Quest of Fur, written by Philip E. Smith). My grandfather traveled by dog sled up the coast of the Saint Lawrence River and by dory across the Strait of Belle Isle to Newfoundland (dodging ice burgs during the crossing). I could definitely use the cool Grayl water bottle and CasusGrill during our adventure through history.

  • GLENN says:

    Winning these items would be the perfect excuse to get out there. I’d like to head up to Tobermory to see for myself all the beautiful views other people have been posting.

  • Simon C says:

    Leigh
    – Water bottle to Ivvavik in July and Nunavik in August.
    – Grill for the backyard

  • Vicki says:

    I’d love to take the Grayl water bottle and the CasusGrill to the Eastern Sierras. They sound great.

  • Jan Smith-Bull says:

    My favorite place is Algonquin park and both the grill and the water bottle would be great additions to my gear for a paddling trip! I’d use the grill the first night and the water bottle every day. Great ideas – happy hiking, biking and paddling!

  • Elizabeth Kinakin says:

    I would love to test this water bottle out on the Cape Scott trail and use the Casus grill for all my camping trips!!

  • Linda says:

    I’d love to take this to the lake with the family this summer.

  • Charles Shoemaker says:

    Leigh,
    After Burningman, my family hopes to hike a few days along the John Muir Trail and spend some quality time on tiny little Heart Lake. The Water filter and grill will be perfect!
    -Charles

  • Kim Matthias says:

    Hello Leigh,
    Wow what great little gifties left at your door! Thank you for sharing. I love reading of your adventures! Im headed to Banff with my dog, hiking trails where my dog and I are allowed to go at end of May then hiking Mt. Robson with a friend in July. After that just local Fraser valley hiking and camping until i can sneak in other getaways! Usually it is just my dog and I.

  • Marsha says:

    I would take the water bottle and the grill to the Rockies this August, when we make our annual pilgrimage from the prairie to the mountains, to hike .

  • Lana L'Heureux says:

    I would take the water bottle and grill w/ us to the western glacier park in Montana in July. Love how lightweight the bottle is and can actually filter a litre! Would also take the bottle w/ me on our Scotland treks coming up in September! ????

  • Carleigh Olsen says:

    I love to take these on my backpacking trip to Havasu Falls in Arizona this August! The water bottle is a great idea and I love how easy it would be to work and how light it is! ????

  • Brady Olsen says:

    I love the look of that stove. It would be cool to try out and use while camping this summer!

  • prit says:

    Leigh,

    love your blog. saw you on the morning news too.

    – Water bottle to Ha ling peak this time. I couldn’t finish it last year..and to Hawaii end of the year
    – Grill for the backyard. we just moved with bigger backyard.yay!

  • Andra says:

    With retirement just around the corner in a few weeks, I am looking forward to going where ever, when ever. I have camping and backpacking plans in place so far and the Grayl water bottle would come in handy. I would use the grill on my deck for the days when I feel like just staying home.

  • Judith says:

    i’d love to take this camping with me over the summer in Vermont!

  • I would love to take these cool new products camping at Lake O’hara, if I can ever get through on the phone. It is my daily ritual from 8:00 am to 8:30 am… sigh. Plan B will be to take them to a random campsite in the Sparrowhawk Tarns area, which is beautiful! Just realized you can get a permit to random camp there. I would send lots of amazing photos!!!

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