Mar 16, 2021
"Affordable, Great Company, Great Box, Always Exciting Gear Received - Recommend!"
Awesome box, awesome resources. I really love my subscription. It's not only affordable, but has had some amazing gear worth well more than what we pay for the box. Gave one to a friend for Christmas this past year, and he loves it too. They definitely put thought into the gear that they choose, it's not just a bunch of old granola bars like other boxes I've heard. Also, check out what they're doing with "Gear Up Give Back" to repurpose used gear and support those less fortunate, definitely a company I'm proud to support!
Oct 17, 2020
I wanted a box to help get my outdoor gear up to snuff for camping beyond the car. I thought this box would be a nice addition to my gear line since I dont have all day to browse around REI. Here is the deal, I have had Cairn for about 5 months now and its SUUUPER hit and miss. You get more than the total value of the box each time, but some of the stuff isn't functional or quality enough for most folks. I was super salty over getting a collapsible bowl and mini containers. Wtf am I gonna use teenie tiny containers for while camping? Paperclips? Smh. Their is zero personalization, even though you fill out a survey thing. The energy bars they include in each box straight up suck. This isn't a box its more a cardboard mailer. I also was sent a water resistant fanny pack, which would have been cool, but since its not water proof, I have no use for it either in my kayak or SUP. Too ugly to wear anywhere. I have got some cool things tho. The firebiner is super cool(even though I already had one), a got a nice trash pack and poo shovel, as well as a super nice sleeping bag liner(which i actually needed). The solar light is rad as well and I had used it a bunch since getting it. Cairn has higher quality boxes beside the $30 one. One of my friends swears by the more expensive option. I may try it out soon as well. Out of the 5 boxes I've had, I've been miffed about 2 of them. Usually at least 1 thing is good. 1 good item for $30/month isn't too great a record.. Its a bummer they don't add camp food instead of whack energy bars...which are consistently gross. As a company, they have a pretty cool return your old gear program and discounts on high end gear. The box is frustrating because they have SUCH quality stuff in their "store", but this box is midrange camp stuff. I'm probably going to upgrade from the basic subscription, but im a bit worried since there isnt much consistency in quality/value.
Jan 17, 2020
Absolutely disappointing. Each box has a total value of less than $12. You will receive 2-3 items. The photos of boxes shown are fake and most of the positive reviews are either fake or maybe very old when more items were sent. Come on, I can get a granola bar at the store, I don't need to spend $20 for one.