The folks over at Green Guru sent us the Spinner Recycled Bike Tube Backpack a few months ago. We decided to do a long term test on this unique backpack, because we feel that only after a bit of time do you really get a feel for a pack.Unique you ask, well the Spinner has quite a few things that set it apart from other companies offerings. The first and most obvious is that it is made from upcycled bicycle inner tubes and recycled performance fabrics made from post-consumed water bottles. In fact every product that Green Guru offers is made from a combination of recycled materials. I dove a bit more into their story and this use of recycled materials stems from their love of the outdoors and the accompanying realization that a lot of the gear they used was not exactly made in the most eco-friendly ways. Instead of sitting on their laurels they did something, and now offer some great products that also have low environmental impacts. This is a huge plus in our opinion here at Blue Ridge.Alas I digress, back to the pack. So I put this pack through its paces. Daily commutes to work, hikes, overnight trips, a gear pack, you name it I used the pack for it. After all this abuse, it doesn’t look a bit worse for wear. This thing is tough. The inner pockets of the pack have plenty of organization so if you’re OCD like me this thing is right up your alley. I never found a problem stashing all my gear and belongings in this pack on hikes or short trips. At 1268 cu. in. of space it has room for everything you can imagine.I can’t say this is the lightest pack I have ever worn. The recycled tubes make for a heavier feel, but as I mentioned earlier this is also the cause of its durability. At $99.95 this pack is at a very competitive price point. Many other companies offerings are much more than this, and are not nearly as environmentally friendly as Green Guru.Bottom line: This pack helps you experience the outdoors, and doesn’t come with the accompanying guilt of less environmentally friendly offerings.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Billy Joel performing in Jacksonville, Fla. in 2007.The Piano Man is going to be in a permanent New York State of Mind.Billy Joel announced Tuesday that he will be performing monthly concerts at the newly renovated Madison Square Garden starting in January for as long as there is demand.“Playing The Garden is an experience that never gets old,” the singer/songwriter from Long Island told reporters during a news conference while reminiscing about first stepping on stage there 35 years ago. “If you have a great audience you usually have a better show.”The partnership with the venue, dubbed Billy Joel at The Garden, was termed MSG’s fourth franchise after the New York Knicks, Rangers and Liberty professional sports teams.Joel, who performed a total of 46 shows at MSG, including a run of 12 in 2006, recently played a surprise charity concert at The Paramount in Huntington before he announced he’ll play The Barclays Center in Brooklyn on New Year’s Eve.He had previously announced four upcoming dates at MSG: Jan. 27, Feb. 3, March 21 and April 18. MSG officials said Tuesday that he’ll also perform at the venue on May 9, his 65th birthday, with future monthly performance dates to be announced.“Billy, having you as our music franchise feels a little bit like having the pope as your parish priest,” said James Dolan, executive chairman of The Madison Square Garden Company and CEO of Cablevision Systems Corp. “We look forward to so many unforgettable nights next year and beyond.”Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who was also on hand for the announcement, noted that Joel—best known for hits such as “The Ballad of Billy the Kid,” “Only the Good Die Young” and “Movin’ Out,” which was turned into a Broadway musical—will be honored by President Obama this weekend at The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.“Billy tells the New York story because Billy is the New York story,” Cuomo said. “Billy Joel is truly one of New York State’s great treasurers.”Ticket prices range from $64 to $124, according to the Ticketmaster website.