SCORE 18 MSRP: $139
I remember when I climbed Mt. Mckinley in 1971 each of us brought two paperback books and by the end of the trip we had read our books and everyone else’s as well. These books were bulky and frequently pretty heavy. Times have changed. Flash forward to 2010 when I traveled to the far north barren lands near the Arctic Circle. I brought my Kindle reader and it worked great. In the land of the midnight sun I could keep increasing the size of the font as it got darker and because it never got completely dark I was able to read without a flashlight far into the night.
On our recent trip to the Boundary Waters both my wife and I used the Kindle extensively and as a result it needed to be charged once. That is one more time than on my far north trip. Keep in mind I’m talking about the reader that uses e-ink not a back lit reader like the Kindle Fire. An e-ink reader is incredibly energy efficient and can contain more reading material than a person could probably read in a year. Whether it is your favorite Robert Service poem or Jack London short story there is no reason not to have it on your next trip. In addition I had the owner’s manual to every gadget I own and the canoe guide to the BWCA. These readers keep improving in leaps and bounds. The challenge however is to find one that is not an energy hound. A Kindle reader using e-ink technology fits the bill.
FINAL EVALUATION: Excellent - Bring you entire personal library into the field. The fact it was a gift from my son makes it extra special.
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