Category: Outdoors

Best Garden Hose For Everyday Use

Best Garden Hose For Everyday Use

Are you tired of dealing with a hose that is always kinked and looking for the best garden hose (with a reasonable budget)? Garden hoses are one of those products where spending slightly more can save you a lot of headache and money in the long run. We’ve found cheap hoses to kink and burst open more often than a high-quality rubber hose. The time savings alone from having fewer kinks makes the upgraded hose worth it!

In a hurry and just want our recommendation on the best garden hose? We like the Craftsman 50′ Rubber Garden Hose from Amazon.

What Makes The Best Garden Hose?

Let’s take a look at what we considered when looking for the best garden hose.

  1. Relatively affordable, we understand price and quality tend to be related but at a certain price point, it makes sense to pick a cheaper and replaceable option. Our budget was $1 per foot of hose length.
  2. Easily obtainable, we want our selection to be available regardless of location.
  3. Long lasting, we’ve all had hoses that last less than 2 years. We want a minimum of 5 years out of our garden hose.
  4. Kink resistant, the amount of kinking a hose has is often related to how easy it is coil when you’re done. The easier it is to coil, the more likely it is to kink. We think the rubber used in the Craftsman 50′ Rubber Garden Hose is the right balance.
  5. Warranty, the Craftsman hose comes up with a lifetime warranty. The details are included with the hose but Craftsman is known for having a fast and easy warranty process.

Why We Think The Craftsman Rubber Garden Hose Is The Best

We think the best garden hose is the Craftsman rubber garden hose. It hits on all of our all of our requirements.

  1. It’s relatively affordable the 50-foot rubber hose and the 100-foot rubber hose are both less than a dollar per foot.
  2. You don’t have to go to a specialty store or site to find this hose. It’s available at Amazon, Ace Hardware, Sears, and many other retailers.
  3. Rubber hoses are designed to be more durable and last longer than the typical garden hose. Your average garden hose is made of vinyl and reinforced with a radial cord – these are prone to kinking, cracking, and splitting.
  4. The Craftsman rubber garden hose is sturdier than a lightweight, flexible garden hose. It does take a little more force to maneuver but overall the durability and fewer kinks are worth it.
  5. As we mentioned above, Craftsman has a nice warranty program and this hose comes with the longest warranty period you can get – lifetime.

What’s The Best Hose Length

When it comes to hoses, bigger isn’t always better. However, we like to err on the side of slightly too large than too small. There is nothing worse than having to straighten your entire garden hose to reach all the areas of you’re working on. Our general rule is to look at the max distance you want to extend your hose to and add about 20% – 30% to it. For example, if you will typically be extending your hose to 25 – 30 feet, we’d recommend a 50-foot garden hose.

Get yours here Craftsman 50′ Rubber Garden Hose or the longer 100-foot Craftsman Rubber Hose (Amazon).

Time Away From Technology

Time Away From Technology

Even though we gain a lot from technology and the connectivity it provides, we need to make sure to unplug every so often and ground ourselves in the physical world. I spent most of the day, yesterday, doing just that, on a 6-hour hike an hour outside of the city.

There are lots of ways we can ground ourselves and reduce stress & anxiety but I find hiking to be one of the best. I think the combination of fresh air, total quiet, and the constant vibrations you get from each step up and down the mountain do wonders for our minds. It gives us a chance to quiet our minds and focus instead of trying to absorb as much content as possible. To top it all off, you experience a great sense of accomplishment as you take your final steps to the summit to enjoy that magnificent mountain views.

To help you plan some time away from technology, I’ve made a quick checklist below.

Unplugged Technology Checklist

  • Get outside
  • Plan for a minimum of 3 hours without using any technology. (If you need to use your phone to take pictures, set it in airplane mode before you leave)
  • Try to do something that physically connects you to the world such as walking, hiking, running, swimming, etc.
  • Get away from the city noise

If you’re new to hiking be sure to take a look at our thoughts on the best daypack. A quality daypack is a must have for any hiker.

In summary, the way I like to picture our lives, stressors, and information overload is to imagine a bucket filled with water, the bucket represents our capacity for stressors and information while the water represents the actual information and stressors. Every day we are filling that bucket higher and higher with only a little bit leaking out, eventually, the bucket will overflow and when it does, we experience increased anxiety and stress. Now imagine the time we spend unplugging as taking the bucket and pouring a bit of water out, by doing this we reduce our stress and make room for the next wave of stressors to come in.

The Best Daypack For The Weekend Warrior

The Best Daypack For The Weekend Warrior

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A lightweight, high-quality daypack and hydration pack is a must-have for any hiker. Aside from keeping you hydrated, the perfect daypack should have enough storage, convenient access, comfort, and stand the test of time. Today we’ll show you why we think the TETON Sports Oasis 1100 Hydration Backpack does all that at a reasonable price.

This daypack comes with plenty of zipper compartments (three), easy access side pouches, and stash space. Its 1,100 cubic inches create the perfect size for day trips but could also be used for summer overnights. One of the things we love about this daypack is the included hydration bladder, which is an FDA-compliant food grade bladder with triple-heat sealed edges, a 2 inch opening for easy filling and cleaning, kink-free sip tube, and twist-lock cushioned bite valve.

Key Features

  • Ventilated shoulder straps
  • Cushioned back support
  • Adjustable athletic cut
  • Bungee strap system – this can be used to secure just about anything reasonably sized
  • Butterfly compartment – we use this for jackets and towels
  • Built-in reflectors

This is easily the best daypack under $50 – it even has a built-in whistle with the chest strap! Here’s a video from TETON to show you how it all works.

Oasis 1100 Hydration Daypack