June 27, 2016

Starting off the 2012 Gear Review Opportunities with a Celebration of Sorts

The truth be told, I (we) had grand plans and visions for this little celebration.  Our little site gets its 1,000th registered Outdoor Blogger on the directory and we would have a party… HHOOOORAY!!   WHOOPIE!!!

Then, work got in the way.

So, a bit belatedly, we kick off the 2012 Gear Review Opportunity season with a special offering commemerating our 1,000th Outdoor blogger sign-up.  Of course, we now have 1,103 blogs on board, but 1,000 seems like more of a milestone to celebrate.  For your consideration today are 2 great products from 2 great companies.  First up to the plate…

A pair of Magnum Spider 8.1 HPi boots from Magnum – Essential Equipment.

The boots, which took more than a year in development with the aid of American, British and Southern Hemisphere Special Forces personnel, are also the first solid MultiCam® boots to be wear-tested in Afghanistan by actual military personnel. Magnum is now ready to release these boots to the market, where they were officially launched at SHOT Show 2012.

Born with the mindset of speed, athleticism, and advanced technologies, the Spider Collection is built to perform at the highest levels – no matter what your call of duty may be. The Spider family of operators’ boots knows no boundaries, and delivers the very best in performance, comfort, and support.

SPECS are:

Metal detector safe with non-metallic TPU shank

Lace storage system on tongue

M-PACT comfortable contoured sockliner

Fast-rope system with SuperFabric®

Spider outsole with reinforced stabilizers with flexible toe fins to silently grip walls

ion-mask™ protection technology – repels liquids, resists bloodborne pathogens, stays breathable

Full-grain leather / 1650 denier ballistic nylon upper

Helcor Tec-Tuff leather toeguard resists snags and abrasions® leather toeguard resists snags and abrasions

Vent-Guard™ sandproof ventilator technology

TPU exoframe reinforcement for support

Spider Mesh lining for comfort and breathability

Certified to EN 20347:2004 safety standard

Ergonomically designed

 Weight: 21.4 oz.

 Sizes: 7-12, 13, 14, 15; available in medium (D) widths only

MSRP: $200

WOW – that’s a lot of boot! One lucky OBN blogger will be crunching the dirt with a pair soon!

Our next offering comes to you from ECS Cases They have graciously offered a lucky OBN Blogger one of their Loadmaster Footlocker cases.
The word “TOUGH” doesn’t even begin to describe these cases.  As ECS tells the story:

Keep Gear Organized and Secure

Rugged footlocker with sturdy trays protect gear on the move. Whether for military transit or a weekend camping trip, the Loadmaster™  Footlocker from ECS Case delivers. Weather and rough roads are no match for rugged ECS Case designs proven in military deployments worldwide. Factory direct and proudly made in the USA with quality you can count on.

Standard features include:

  • Sturdy, reinforced removable trays
  • Large lower storage area
  • Ergonomic polymer handles
  • Watertight gasket
  • Black field-replaceable hardware
  • Padlock-ready security hasp
  • Automatic pressure relief valve
  • Modular interlocking stacking features allow any Loadmaster™ shipping case            to be stacked on any other size Loadmaster™ shipping case
  • rotationally molded linear low density polyethylene

The case being offered measures 25″ x 17″ x 16″.  I really can’t imagine that there is ANY OBN Blogger who couldn’t put this case to good use!

How’s those two items look to you?

Time to get your comment in for a chance to win and review (and keep) one of these pieces. In your comment, please specify if you can use “BOTH” or mention the one item you’d like to be in for.

If you are new around these parts all you need to do is have an Outdoor Blog on the directory, submit a comment below and you’re qualified. We like the simple things in life.

Now….don’t forget:

Before you pull that comment trigger: Gear Review Opportunity is open to OBN Members with an Active Blog on the Outdoor Blogger Directory. By Commenting on this Entry you confirm you have read the Reviewer Guidelines and agree to the terms and conditions. Comments will be accepted until Sunday at 5 p.m. MST. Winning comment (s) will be selected by the Random Number Generator and announced this coming  Monday on the OBN. Please check back to see if the RNG has shined upon you, we don’t track down winners…

Good Luck! 



  1. 1

    Put me in for the footlocker!

  2. 2

    These look sweet. I will happily put them to the test of a Wisconsin winter.


  3. 3

    Man oh man I’m itching to review those boots! You better throw my name in for both though! I would be really excited to review either product!

  4. 4

    I hope it is finally time for my number to be picked for either of these two great items.

  5. 5

    Cool! Count me in for both, please!

  6. 6

    Just the Loadmaster™ Footlocker for me! Best of luck to all!

  7. 7

    Whoa, would love to have that footlocker!

  8. 8

    I have several long hikes planed in the desert for the spring, I would put those boots through some rough terrian. (I’m in for both)

  9. 9

    Sign me up for both! Those boots look awesome!

  10. 10

    Great stuff to start the year off with. Gear locker me please!

  11. 11

    We would be interested in the footlocker. Looks like a great place to pack camping gear or the parts of a stellar foraging kit. Karen

  12. 12

    Count me in for both the boots and the locker.

  13. 13

    Sweet goods. Count me in for both, please.

  14. 14

    Wow – nice haul. Count me in for both.
    I could be trekking the Ozark woods during spring turkey season in style with those boots…

  15. 15

    Put me in for the footlocker. If i get one more pair of boots the wife might leave me.

  16. 16

    Are you kidding me. With the hiking, hunting, fishing and outdoor gear I got cluttered in my garage, I could use both of these great products. Put me down for both and you’ll get one heck of a review. Thanks OBN

  17. 17

    Put me in for both!

  18. 18

    I’m in for both! I love Magnum boots!

  19. 19

    Don’t put me in the draw, as I have no blog to call my own (which means the RNG will pick my # first- lol!), but I just wanted to say “CONGRATS” on 1,000+ blogs! That’s just outstanding and here’s me raising my mug to 1,000+ more~ CHEERS!!!

    • 20

      Thanks Kari! It was pretty exciting that 1,000 and we’re already headed to 1500—we miss your blog, but we’re glad you’re still around!!

      And you’re right, I have no doubts the RNG will pick your comment first, she (the RNG that is) is humorous like that~

  20. 21

    I would be greatly honored to put either of these items through their paces!

  21. 22

    Put me in for the boots!

  22. 23

    I wouldn’t mind trying out either of them. Heck, that footlocker looks like a nice placee to store those boots.

  23. 24

    Hello Joe, congratulations on reaching “1100″ plus blogs and still growing. Man, I would love to have an opportunity to store some of my “stuff” in that Footlocker. In addition, I would love to use those boots for the rest of my life, since that is how long it appears they will last!

  24. 25

    I’m in for both (fingers crossed)!

  25. 26

    Would love to try both. Thanks.

  26. 27

    The footlocker! Guns, cameras, camping goodies, it all goes in there!

  27. 28

    Please count me in for both, thanks!

  28. 29

    Count me in on both of those sweet deals. I really hope I win those boots, they look awesome. Tight Lines.

  29. 30

    I’m infer both these amazing quality items to review on my site. Thanks, and Happy new year to all!

  30. 31

    Count me in for both!

  31. 32
    brad melville says:

    Wow.. I could make great use of either one.. put me down for both please. Congrats on the 1000 mark, maybe by this time next year it will be two thousand!

  32. 33

    Over a thousand blogs on the Outdoor Blogger Network!? I remember when there were fewer than 100 … Congratulations and thank you to everyone!

    One entry for the Loadmaster, please.

  33. 34

    The footlocker would fit perfectly in the back of my SUV.
    No more crushed fishing and hunting gear.
    And, I might actually be able to find half of it.

    I’m in for that.

  34. 35

    Woohoo! 1,000+ OBN blogs! Both item sound great. Count me in for both.

  35. 36

    I’m an organizational freak! Put me in for that locker!

  36. 37

    Both please! I remember reading about those magnum boots a few months ago. Those beat a pair of Jordans any day of the week.

  37. 38

    2012 will be even better as Trey continues his losing ways and I maintain my momentum. Let’s try for two and congratulations on the milestone, they are always cool to hit and look back at the progress over time.

  38. 39

    If you read the above comment from the Duckman, then you can easily understand why I need to win one of these things very soon! Please include me in both drawings!! Congrats on 1,000!

  39. 40

    Hard to believe OBN broke 1,000 listed blogs so soon. Congrats Rebecca & Joe!

    Sign me up for both!

  40. 41

    I am having a midlife boot crisis and I need the Magnum Spider Boots.
    I also have a lot of baggage that needs to be carted two miles from the parking lot to my hunting position, so I need the Loadmaster™ Case. I will gladly give opinion for these as well.

  41. 42

    Would love to try out that footlocker! Would be perfect for this crazy gear-happy family! :) Thanks!

  42. 43

    Two great looking products. I’d be happy to review them.

  43. 44

    Put me in for the Footlocker. Finally a way to secure gear on craggy AZ four wheel drive roads.

  44. 45

    Count me in for either of those great products!

  45. 46

    BOTH! Chukar hunting or fishing both of those will come in handy!

  46. 47

    Please toss my name in for both.Would love to give em a run through.

  47. 48

    Hello! Would love to try them both out in a New England winter!

  48. 49

    Just need the boots please…….come on random number thingy hit me this time :)

  49. 50

    OBN is one of the only times I hope my number’s up! You guys never cease to amaze.

  50. 51

    Oh, and that was for both items please (sorry)

  51. 52

    I live in brooklyn and have to keep alot of my gear in my car…I think that Loadmaster would come in handy. I’ve seen a lot of broken glass on my street lately.

  52. 53

    I’m in for both!

  53. 54

    hook it up! i would love either one or both.

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