Cairn December 2016 Subscription Box Review

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Cairn is a monthly subscription box for those who love spending time in the outdoors. Each month, you can expect to receive 3-6 cool products that will help you enjoy your time in the outdoors even more. Subscriptions cost $25 each month, but the cost goes down with longer subscriptions. Cairn promises that the total retail value of the items in each box will exceed $35. Subscribers receive free shipping on their subscription boxes. Cairn tries to assemble their boxes with some basics in mind, such as gender and interests. As such, it’s possible that not everyone who subscribes will receive the same box that I did.

Cairn has great packaging! I love the inspirational quote on the box, “Get Outside. Feel Good Inside.” Yesterday, my family went hiking for the first time in too long, and it felt fantastic. Yes, it was cold, but we’re all happier and healthier whenever we get outside and get dirty. This morning, my two-year-old asked if we could go on another hike today. I love it!

Alas, we don’t have a lot of peaks in central Texas, but I know I’ve felt this way when hiking up mountains in other parts of the country. It doesn’t matter how long or how difficult a hike is – somehow, once you’re at the summit, it all seems worth it (and you want to ascend another peak ASAP!)!

Here’s everything in my Cairn December 2016 subscription box. Note that we originally had this labeled as January 2017, which appears to be wrong.

A compartmentalized stuff sack, a zipper replacement, utensils and a yummy trail snack.

I love this inspirational photo from Iceland! Although I’ve never been there, I’d love to visit sometime! I’ve heard that they offer nice extended horseback riding journeys there.

I appreciated the curator’s notes about each of this month’s featured products.

I also appreciated receiving discount coupon codes for product reorders.

Gobi Gear’S 20L Compartmentalized Stuff Sack ($23.99) is made from Cordura ultralight 30D ripstop nylon. Weighing in at just 2 ounces, this stuff sack has a 10″ diameter and is 16.5″ long. It’s secured with a drawstring closure at its top.

Inside the stuff sack, you’ll find four compartments, perfect for organizing all of your gear. Now, when you open the stuff sack, you’ll be able to locate all of your stuff with ease. Neat!

Fix ‘N Zip’s Medium Black Nickel Replacement Zipper Slider ($10.99) brings new life to old gear and can be a real asset on the trail. You can use it to fix an assortment of different types of zippers – all without tools or sewing!

Human Gear’s Go Bites Duo ($7.49) is a .78 oz set of nylon flatware that snaps together for added versatility. Not only can you use the utensils individually, but you can also snap them together either for storage or for an extra long utensil (9.1″ long).

Playhard Give Back’s Karmakandy Trail Mix (on sale for $3) is a delicious combination of raw almonds, dried cranberries, banana chips, peanut butter cups and protein bites.

The protein bites were made from honey, cashews, almond butter, walnuts, dark chocolate, flax seeds, chia seeds, blueberries and a number of other delicious ingredients. They were awesome! I would take this along with me on my next hike happily.

I loved my second box from Cairn! I thought all of the included products would be useful to just about anyone. I know my family will enjoy using them daily, both on our adventures and at home. This month, the value of the box well exceeded the $35 minimum value promised, which is great. I can’t wait to see what they come up with next month!

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  • Kolbi

    This was your January box you received? Others seem to have received this same box for December 2016. I haven’t received my box yet but now I’m not too hopeful.

    • Brandy

      It looks like it was our error and it was the December box. Thanks for pointing it out.

  • Deb

    We had those same items in our December box – also our #2 box.