Monday, February 18, 2019

Hitting the Road with the Eberlestock Bandit Pack H31 - Hiking Test





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It is time to get the Eberlestock Bandit Pack out and do some hiking with it.



Is it going to be comfortable?  Are there going to be problems?

Find out now!



Eberlestock Bandit Pack (H31) – First Look



Link : http://www.eberlestock.com/store/bandit-pack


Friday, February 15, 2019

Man Challenge Accepted - Viewer Mail #53




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This is Viewer Mail episode 53!

Phil, I accept your Man Challenge and we am thankful for the kindness that you and David have shown us.

Let's do this!


Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Can I Recommend It? - 5.11 Insulator Jacket - Review




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This is the jacket that everyone has been asking about recently, the 5.11 Insulator Jacket!  To cut to the chase, it's awesome but 5.11 as a company isn't and the question is, can I recommend this product?

Find out now!



Link : https://www.511tactical.com/insulator-jacket.html

Price : Retail $130 - $50.00 – I don’t know if 5.11 stuff is always on sale or not but it has been at this price for the last two months at the time of filming.

Colors : Sheriff Green

Size : Small – 2XL

START : I really like this jacket but there is a huge reason why you may not want to purchase it or anything else from this company and I will address shortly.

62% nylon / 38% polyester fabric

Versatile thermal protection
RAPIDraw™ pockets
DWR treated exterior
62% nylon / 38% polyester
Low-profile chest pockets
Performance fit stretch panels
100 gm Primaloft® Silver lining
2-way YKK® front zipper

Stretch side panels which allow the jacket to stretch with your movements

Pros :

First off, this jacket looks awesome!  I love it and so do many of you as I have seen the hundreds of comments concerning it.

Excellent quality

Very warm – I’m comfortable down to the mid 40’s with this jacket with only a t-shirt.  Add a good insulation layer such as a merino wool sweater and I’ve rocked this down to around 15F.

Comfortable. – Warm – Easily adaptable to temp ranges
Accurate fit.
Adequately packable
Very well thought out jacket.
Excellent zippers.
Easy of access to your front carry and conceal.
Plenty of pockets
No obnoxious branding
Excellent value for the money with the sale price.

Cons :

The collar is just ok in my opinion.  It never gets on my nerves but I find that I am having to adjust it from time to time as it has a tendency to stick up and touch my face.  This is VERY small con and doesn’t impact my thoughts on this jacket at all but I want to mention it.

Terrible Customer Service


Monday, February 11, 2019

The New Eberlestock Bandit Pack H31 - Preview





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Today we are looking at one of Eberlestock's newest packs, the H31Bandit!  This is a preview with Trail Testing and the Review coming up soon.

Eberlestock Bandit Pack (H31) – First Look

Link : http://www.eberlestock.com/store/bandit-pack
Price : $129
Weight : Weight: 2 lbs 5 oz

Colors : Lots of colors and camo patterns; black, coyote, military green and so on.

Total Volume: 935 c.i. / 15L

Dimensions main bag: 18"h x 9"w x 7"d

The H31 Bandit is a great little every-day-carry pack.  Its laser-cut MOLLE panel allows you to rack on accessories and provides a place to quickly lash one bulky items outside of the main bag. Open the front-loading zipper and you'll be surprised at just how much room there is in such a small pack. Insert either a 2L or 3L Source Hydration Bladder, and this becomes the perfect day pack. Open the top zipper compartment, and inside you will find a key hook, mesh storage pocket, and a third magazine type pocket.

At just over 2 pounds, this is a minimalist's dream. Whether you’re an outdoorsman who is into biking, running, snowboarding, hiking, or want to be prepared with an SBR compatible, EDC pack, choose the Bandit.

This is part 1 of a three part series with this pack.  This is the preview, the next video will involves some actual testing with this pack and the 3rd will be the review once I’ve learned all there is to learn concerning it.