Monday, March 27, 2017

What's in the Box??? - Viewer Mail - Unboxing 20 & 21

What's in the Box????????

Today we're looking at some viewer mail that was sent in to The Outdoor Gear Review.  As always we are honored and thankful!

BTW, Susie is in this episode!

Friday, March 24, 2017

True Utility Connect Everyday Carry Bag - Review

Today Luke is reviewing the True Utility Connect Everyday Carry Bag.  Is it worth a purchase or is it a failure?  Find out now!

Connect EDC Link :
Price : $26.09 USD
Colors : Olive and Black

True Utility is based in England so it keep that in mind folks from America if you decide to purchase one of these pouches.  There will an additional time needed for shipment and possible additional fees for shipping.

Product Reference: TU910B

From the Man. : This everyday carry bag is packed full of features for all of your everyday needs. It's water and rip resistant made from 100% Polyester and the Nylon stitching is rot proof. The bag features:

            12 Elasticated Compartments
            8 Utility Pockets
            4 Easy Pull Zip Cords
            3 Cushioned Inserts
            1 Internal Swivel Hook
            1 Paracord Loop
            Clear Storage Window (for credit cards/ID)
            Earphone Storage Pocket
            Large Mesh Pockets
            Magnetic Front Pouch
            Shoulder Strap
             Belt Loops

Material: Polyester
Length: 215mm
Width: 150mm
Height: 50mm
Weight: 182g / 6.41986

Impressions :

It’s made from a lighter material than some other EDC’s we’ve tested, so it’s slight less durable but weighs less so consider your needs when picking small bags. Overall I think it’s nearly perfect though, my only suggestion would be to add velcro to the front for an ID or Morale patch, and maybe some MOLLE connections. Certainly not deal-breakers though.

I like the high-viz orange interior.

I like the belt loops, good idea.

Cons :

I wish that the front pocket was able to completely unzip as it feels very limiting with the setup that is present.  This pocket feels tight when compared to the other side.

No MOLLE attachment so you can’t easily mount this one a pack.

I would like to see this pouch being slightly wider as I feel that it’s big enough, but only barely.  Just a bit bigger would make a difference.

I like the key chain clip but would like to see more of these to secure odd pieces of gear.

Not sure why this pouch has the id compartment.  It would never replace my wallet so I’m confused as to why it is present.  I would rather see an additional pocket or some additional webbing here.

The ear plug pass through are interesting but I don’t know if I would ever use that feature.

The snap for the front pocket doesn’t feel very secure to me and would like to see a stronger version of this in the future.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Monday, March 20, 2017

Teton Sports Deer Hunter 0 Sleeping Bag - Review

Today Luke is reviewing the Teton Sports Deer Hunter 0 Sleeping Bag.  Can it handle temps down to that temp?  Find out now!

Amazon Link :

Teton Link :

Price : Retail $89 but can be found a bit cheaper on Amazon at the time of filming

Stated Specs : 
Size 90" x 39"
Size (packed) 38" x 9.5" x 9.5"
Pack Weight 8.5 lbs
Temp Rating 0°F
Shell Canvas
Liner 100% Brushed Poly Flannel
Fill SuperLoft Elite™ 4-Channel Hollow Fiber
Zipper Left or Right Zip
Storage Three Roll up Compression Straps
Color Brown

- Double-layer construction entire width and length of bag increases warmth and durability
- Heavy-duty canvas shell resists water
- Sturdy no-snag two-way zippers with metal pulls
- Full-length zipper baffle reduces drafts
- Right- and left-hand zippers let you zip together two Deer Hunter bags
- Rated for cold temperatures
- Mummy-style hood keeps head or pillow off the ground

Review :

Pros :
- The large size means comfort!  Lots of wiggle room to sprawl out any way that you want to.
- The flannel fabric is awesome!  Feels great against the skin. Very soft.  Also if feels thicker than other similar products on the market.
- Excellent quality.  Very good zippers.  Good stitching.
- Built in compression straps are a plus
- Very durable
- Outside material is water resistant. That doesn’t mean that you should sleep in the rain with it but if you are in a damp environment, it will serve you well.  Also good for damp mornings in your tent

Cons :
Not really suited to take you down to 0F.  When the temps dropped into the upper teens, I woke up a few times chilled and that is due to the design.  This isn’t a close fitting sleeping bag like a mummy bag so any space that is around you is known as dead space.  In other words, since this bag is so big and will be away from you skin, it won’t keep you as warm as a sleeping bag would.  With some good thermals this bag will take you comfortably to right at 20F or at least, that is the case for me.  Every human body is different and just how warm they sleep will be different too. Keep that in mind.

Since the bag is so wide, the drawstring baffles are useless unless you have 3ft wide shoulders. Cold air seeped past my shoulders all night, no matter my sleeping position with the drawstrings pulled as tight as possible and my head buried underneath.


The Flannel isn’t truly cotton flannel, it’s polyester.

I’ve seen reports of the red coloring from the flannel coming off on peoples clothing.  I haven’t had that issue but I wanted to mention it.  If you order one, keep that in mind.