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