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Stanley Clip Grip Mug! PDF Print E-mail

I don't know about you, but I am thoroughly addicted to caffeine, namely coffee. Until I have those first few sips, I am a total zombie. 

The first step is admitting you have a problem, right?

Stanley Mug

Well, to help keep my caffeine problem going, I use my trusty Stanley Clip Grip Mug. I first saw this in December of 2008 when I was at a cold, wet, nasty cyclocross race in Portland, Oregon. Needing warmth and caffeine, I saw this mug and knew it would provide both (well, once I added the coffee). Sure enough, it kept my coffee warm, which kept me warm and ready to spectate and heckle the elite 'cross racers that afternoon.

Upon my return to Buffalo, I brought my Clip Grip Mug to work at the shop and I immediately saw the mug envy of my co-workers grow. Sure enough, we started stocking the Stanley Clip Grip Mug soon after, much to the delight of those looking for warm/hot beverages.

Mug inside

Not only will this mug keep your coffee, tea, or hot chocolate hot because of it's double wall insulation, but it'll also keep your soup/chili/stew warm when you're on the go or on the trail. The stainless steel interior doesn't retain flavors/funky smells, plus it won't rust, and the lid is also leak proof. This is nice because the clip allows you to clip the mug to a pack/messenger bag, or put it in said pack/messenger bag without the worry of your beverage/soup/chili soaking everything inside. Oh, and the stainless steel lining is also BPA free.

It clips!

This mug will also keep your ice water/iced tea/iced coffee/cold beer cold in the summer time on those brutally hot days. Take it to work, to a bike race, to the ski hill, kayaking, canoeing, camping, the coffee shop... Seriously, this thing rules and goes anywhere. I have used it for all of these activities and it has never let me down. 

Come check them out at the shop, and add one to your holiday gift list/gift giving list! Don't just take my word for it... Greg, our Service Manager, uses his day in and day out, at the shop and beyond!

Greg Stanley Mug

(Greg loves his Stanley mug!)

A Sick Backpack For All Occasions PDF Print E-mail

Good gear is not hard to find if you know where to look. Indispensable gear made in the USA, however, can be a bit tougher to track down.

MW Rambler Bag

(Sniped from the Mission Workshop website, this pic shows how sleek and simple the Rambler looks.)

Well, let me introduce you to the Mission Workshop Rambler backpack. Made in the USA and one piece of indispensable gear that I can't live without. I picked up mine in 2010 and it has gone pretty much everywhere any time I've needed to carry anything. I have used it to carry my stuff on bike commutes and errands, day hikes, back and forth to the ski resort, business trips, vacations, as my carry on bag, back and forth to bike races... Come to think of it, I can't think of a time that I needed to carry stuff and didn't use my Rambler in the last three years. Once, I even filled it with ice and beer and headed over to my friend's going away party.

With an expandable main compartment, the Rambler can double in size by opening the main zippers all the way. Plus, it has separate storage areas in front and behind the main compartment so you can carry TONS of stuff (such as groceries, rain gear, or ice and beer...). I have never had to worry about having enough room to carry anything since buying this bag. It can be used as a traditional "flap top" pack or roll top pack, ensuring that everything inside the bag stays put and is protected from the elements. 

Expanded Roll Top

(Check out the Rambler in expanded roll top mode... Fits your groceries, laundry, work clothes, rain gear, a dust buster... Pretty much anything you need!)

Speaking of the elements (rain and snow are also a reality here in Western New York), the fact that the Rambler is water proof allows me to carry my stuff wherever and know that it won't get wet. After all, no one likes a soggy lap top or putting on wet work clothes after a rainy bike commute.

Did I also mention that this bag is super durable? Mine has been dropped, dragged, kicked, splashed with mud and muck and dirty snow filled with rock salt, and it still keeps on ticking. And it's made in the USA. Mission Workshop also guarantees their bags for life, so if anything ever fails as a result of materials or workmanship, Mission Workshop will repair or replace the bag free of charge. Or, if you're extra hard on your gear and it gets torn up because you took a tumble down the side of a volcano, you can send it to them and they'll get it fixed up (they just won't cover the costs). I myself have blown out two different zippers on my Rambler on two separate occasions. I contacted Mission Workshop, sent my bag in both times, and both times they fixed it and sent it back so I could keep on rambling (do you see what I did there?). 

Throw in a sternum strap and the ability to purchase a waist strap (for added stability and versatility), and this bag can do almost anything and go almost anywhere. 

Pick up a Rambler for your adventures, or give one as a gift for that person you know that "has everything." 

My Rambler pack in action!

(My Rambler pack in action as I rode to the "start" of the B2A Epic Ride in April of 2013. I carried a change of clothes, sneakers, a jacket, a few beers, extra water bottles, and a few other random things which saved my day after a serious bonk around mile 80.)


Written on November 21 2012
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