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Fifty Sense: Common Sense Ideas for Thriving after 50
Fifty Sense: Common Sense Ideas for Thriving after 50

Review: McNett

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For over 30 years, McNett Corporation has manufactured and marketed the finest specialty products for outdoor, diving, watersports, fishing and travel enthusiasts. Their hard goods line and accessories, including care and maintenance products, are known worldwide by consumers and original equipment manufacturers.

The McNett on-staff product development team coordinates field testing in the most extreme conditions; from the rugged Pacific Northwest to the high altitude extremes of Nepal to the jungles of the Amazon Basin. They even called us when they were thinking of introducing a new product to get consumer feedback.

Aqua Mira Treatment Drops

This product has been our favorite for water treatment for years. It is ideal for backpacking trips and group water treatment. This popular chlorine dioxide kit treats up to 120 quarts (30 gallons) of water yet slips easily into a shirt pocket. Liquid drops are easy to dispense making even large container water treatment a quick process. Long shelf life (4 years) is unaffected by partial use of bottles. We love how it actually makes the water taste a tiny bit better, no iodine flavor, yea! We recommend this even if you are carrying a filter, for you never know when the filter will stop working.

When we were trekking in Nepal, we were using the strongest filter available. After a week, we noticed a little grey fuzzy growing in the inside of our water bottle. After treating it with Aqua Mira, the fuzzy was gone. That is when we switched to using chemicals!

Gear Aid Soloist Kit

We love how McNett says, "Out in the field there are only two types of people: do-it-yourselfers and go-homers. And you can't be a do-it-yourselfer without the proper tools like the ones in this Soloist Field Repair Kit. With Gear Aid, anyone can be a master of gear repair."

This Soloist Field Repair Kit, compact and ultra light, contains the absolute minimum repair essentials to keep you going. It even comes with instructions and a gear repair manual. It only weighs 2.5 ounces but contains 1 Seam Grip 1/4 oz Adhesive, 1 Quick Attach, Tensionlock Buckle, 1 2" x 50" Duct Tape, 2 Cable Ties, 4", 2 Cable Ties, 8", 1 Dark Blue Tenacious adhesive Patch, 3"x10",1 Nylon 420D Patch 4 x 6, and 1 No-See-Um Patch, 4 x 6.

It also include a sewing kit with 1 Bobbin #69 Olive Green, 2 Safety Pins, 1 Sewing Needle, #18, Chenille, and 1 Sewing Needle #16, Yarn. It has a bright orange patch on the bag to make it easy to find in your pack

Outdoor Sewing Kit

Even though this is called an outdoor sewing kit, we take it traveling with us. You can use this specialized kit to perform high quality surgery on your tents, jackets, sleeping bags, packs, either at home or in the field. With Gear Aid, anyone can be a master of gear repair.

We love the high quality threads and needles to repair all sorts of fabrics, safety and straight pins, a button, thimble, and even a seam ripper to open seams cleanly, something no multi-tool can accomplish. All this comes in an orange plastic tube that is easy to open but stays securely shut, and even has an expert repair guide with sewing tips.

Revivex Down Cleaner

Revivex Down Cleaner has worked incredibly to restore both my down sleeping bag as well as a few of my down jackets. If you have ever tried to wash a down item, you quickly discover you now have a product that is half the size and softness.

Revivex down cleaner is a specialized commercial grade formula that cleans without detergents and preserves the natural oils in down. Therefore, the items are restored to their softness and fluff that we have grown to love with down softness.


The Aquamira filtering system is a water bottle that uses a long straw with a filtering system that filters and cleans the water by the time it reaches the mouth piece. It is so easy to use, simply fill the bottle and drink.

There is no pumping necessary which can be quite painful for arthritis impeded hands. In addition, the bottle's protective cap prevents contamination of the drinking spout. Perfect for mild outdoor activites. Replacement filters are available.


...Fiftysense Product Review Panel

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