Thursday, September 9, 2021

Forced To Hunker Down in the Tent - Big Storms - Heavy Rain and Lots of ...


In this overnight adventure, Luke is in the high mountains and after he sets up his tent upon the Balds, he can tell that there has been a shift in the weather and rain and storms are coming.

With these building storm cells, TOGR faces heavy rain and lots of thunder and lightning.

Get ready folks, this is a wild ride!

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:: Gear List for this Adventure ::
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The channel remains as it always was, 100% Agenda Free with no sponsored videos, no paid reviews, and I don't care if you purchase these products or not; you won't find affiliate links in review videos only in adventures.

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Gear List for this Adventure :

Camera Equipment :
- Sony A7S III : https://amzn.to/3eZM7zb
- Sony 35mm 1.8 Lens : https://amzn.to/3BFs8iZ
- SIRUI Carbon Fiber Travel 5C Tripod : https://amzn.to/3BEahZX
- Batteries : https://amzn.to/3geFtG5
- Rode VideoMic Pro Plus Mic : https://amzn.to/3iZMqMO

- GoPro 9 : https://amzn.to/3lURML6
- GoPro Batteries : https://amzn.to/3jPJba9
- GoPro Wind Cover : https://amzn.to/3AtoN58
- Manfrotto Small Tripod : https://amzn.to/3CypfkB

Gear :
Susie’s Pack - Gregory Kalmia 60 : https://amzn.to/3h7AneS
Luke’s Pack : Sabra Gear Synergy 60 liter Ultralight Backpack : https://sabra-gear.com/products/synergy
ZEROGRAM El Chalten Pro 2.5 Person : https://amzn.to/2YnP1rY
MLD Ultralight Groundsheet : https://mountainlaureldesigns.com/product/ul-ground-cloth/
Thermarest Xtherm Sleeping Pad : Thermarest XTherm Sleeping Pad : https://amzn.to/3vcsEBr
Decathlon Forclaz Air Short Trek 700 Sleeping Pad : https://www.decathlon.com/products/trekking-air-mattress-short-trek-700?adept-product=trekking-air-mattress-short-trek-700&variant=8110424653935

Katadyn BeFree 3.0L Water Filter : https://amzn.to/3kWx77j
Granite Gear Zipsack 12L Food Bag : https://amzn.to/3yNYCVH
Toaks Long handle Spoons : https://amzn.to/3vcItrL
Matches : https://amzn.to/2QNgMH3
Tasmanian Tiger Modular Pouch Kit : https://amzn.to/3grXq4m
Tasmanian Tiger Mesh Pouch Kit : https://amzn.to/35qSqXc
Soto Windmaster Stove : https://amzn.to/3q0bDIQ
Toaks 750ML Pot with Bail Handle : https://amzn.to/3ywOpOw
MSR Small Cup : https://amzn.to/3f8U4T0
TOAKS Titanium Long Handle Spoon with Polished Bowl : https://amzn.to/3vcItrL
Boundless Voyage Titanium 600ml Cookset : https://amzn.to/3hHmHZd

Kershaw Cryo II Folding Knife : https://amzn.to/2Sej6aD
USB Qooltek 60LED 7W Light Strips : https://amzn.to/34awT4J
USB Fan SmartDevil : https://amzn.to/3yYYpje
Anker 20,000 mAh Battery Pack : https://amzn.to/3oNSKsg

Luke’s Clothing :
Old Navy Active T-shirt : oldnavy.com
Propper Summerweight Tactical Shorts : https://amzn.to/34cp26p
Oakley Men's Gradient Flak Jacket 03-881 Black Wrap Sunglasses : https://amzn.to/2WcOGYm
Arcteryx Conveyor Belt : https://amzn.to/3i3CRfb

Kershaw Cryo II Folding Knife : https://amzn.to/2Sej6aD
Spyderco Delica 4 Knife : https://amzn.to/3iMNuCx

Fenix HM65R-T Headlamp : https://amzn.to/2QEatFF
Nite Ize Lantern : https://amzn.to/3fCFbHN

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Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Japanese VS America - SOTO Windmaster Vs MSR Pocket Rocket Deluxe


In this episode of TOGR, Luke is comparing what many believe to be the Best of the Best when it comes to backpacking stoves.

In one corner, we have the SOTO Windmaster and in the other, we have the MSR Pocket Rocket Deluxe.

Which stove is lighter, which one is faster and which features a better design?

Find out in this head to head battle.

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——— Soto Windmaster ————


Price : $65

Weight with 4flex supports : 3.1oz 

BTUS : 11000
Includes Ignitor -

Burn Time : Approx 1.5 hours with an 250g gas canister

Dimensions :4” Tall, 5.7” wide

Windscreen
Designed for wind resistance; concave burner head sits close to your pot or cup.

Regulator : Pressure regulator maintains stove's fast boil times even in cold weather & with low fuel.  - While I haven’t tested this stove in conditions below 40F so far, I have used it with a canister that is low on fuel and it performs better than the MSR Pocket Rocket Deluxe.  

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——— MSR Pocket Rocket Deluxe ————


Price : $70

Weight : 2.9oz

BTUS : 10,400
Includes Ignitor -

Burn Time : Burn time (MSR IsoPro) per 227-g - 60 minutes

Dimensions : 3.5” tall - 3.75” wide

Windscreen : Improves wind resistance and combines with simmer control for excellent cooking versatility; wind-blocking burner lip.

Regulator : Pressure regulator maintains stove's fast boil times even in cold weather & with low fuel. Susie and I have used this stove around the country in a wide variety of conditions; hot, freezing cold, high elevation, low elevation and so on; the regulator works well but in all situations with the exception of low fuel canisters - we’ve had rather poor performance with a canister that is getting close to being empty.

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Results

Boil Time of 500ml of Water : Stated in the Video

Thoughts on Size : While the Soto is slightly larger and heavier I feel that the weight and size is justified in that it offers a more stable platform to cook/heat.

Ignitor Thoughts : While no Ignitor is perfect I have had more issues with the MSR Ignitor than the Soto, in fact, I have been in situations where I simply could not get the MSR to ignite.  I’ve never had the Soto not fire up.

Cook : Both stoves in general are awesome for boiling water for meals and for cooking.  You can easily adjust both, you can simmer, you can do what you want.

Adjuster : I have never liked the MSR adjuster; it is very loose and when I first received this stove after buying it, I thought that it may be broken as it was so loose.  A friend of mine has the stove too and his is just as loose.  The Soto adjuster in my opinion is better as there is a bit more resistance to it while not being too stiff.

Size and Weight : There is virtually no difference with these two stoves - the Soto offers wider pot supports which makes for a slightly more stable cooking experience if you are using large pots/pans.

Overall Run Times : While I haven’t thoroughly tested this aspect, overall run times are going to be within the same ballpark based on the BTU rating of each stove and the information which both companies have stated. For 99% of users, they won’t notice a difference in burn times.  For those who analyze every single detail, they might.

Which Stove Would I Choose
I like both stoves but after spending a substantial amount of time with each, I like the Soto better. Again i haven’t tested this stove in cold conditions so I will be updating my review and may even do a cold weather vs episode. 

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Monday, September 6, 2021

The Value of this Tent is Insane - Best Military Tactical Tent - LiteFig...


This is the LiteFighter 1 military tent and it is one of the most versatile shelter systems (both military and civilian) out on the market today especially when you consider just how easy it can be converted to a 4 season winter tent.

The Value of this tent is going to BLOW YOU AWAY!

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Best Military Tent - LiteFighter 1 Individual Shelter System


Agenda Free Link : https://litefighter.com/product/litefighter-1-individual-shelter-system/

Price : From LiteFighter $334 for Coyote Brown, $346 for OCP Camo - surplus price ranges $100 - $200 on eBay.

Weight : 4lbs 12oz for the entire kit minus the groundsheet

Colors :
Coyote and OCP Camo

Materials :
Fly : 40D Nylon Ripstop 5000mm PU
Body Mesh : 40D Poly Knit Mesh (Permethrin Treated)
Body Floor : 70D Nylon Ripstop 5000mm PU
Poles : Ghost Bone Ballistic Fiber with spider hub and all-weather shock cord. New ballistic fiber pole frames are lighter, stronger, flexible, and most importantly wind resistant.

Old Poles : Aluminum Pressfit w/ All Weather Shock Cord

Measurements :
Packed : 6” x 16”
Setup :

Versions : 1 person and 2

Uses : On the Ground or on a US Military Cot

Setups : In addition to traditional setups with the body and the fly, one can setup the tent with the fly and the groundsheet and leave the body behind

Single door

Freestanding tent with only the door needing to be anchored

Season :
3+ season tent. Because this tent is military grade it has been designed to be stronger than your average backpacking 3 season tent. Taking those points into account and combining this tent with the genius LiteFighter Cold Weather Kit (windbreaker) and you have a robust 4 season shelter system that is capable of handing fairly strong winds and snow loading.

For the worst of winter conditions, a true double wall 4 season shelter would be recommended but for 3 - 4 season hybrid, this tent is incredibly functional.

Review Pros :
One of the Best Bang for the Buck tent systems out on the market today

Military Awesome shelter system
Love the camo and the colors
Excellent quality
Easy to setup and breakdown

As for the tent being waterproof, I have had two versions of this tent; one that I purchased from eBay and one that I got directly from Litefighter. The eBay version stated it was new but I did have some issues with leaking from a single hole above the door; I seam sealed it and the problem was solved. The tent could have been used….you know how eBay can be.

The model that I got from the company hasn’t had any issues and remains exceptionally waterproof even in heavy down pours from thunderstorms.

I’ve had this tent in winds around 40mph with no issues.
Snow loading around 6” with no issues

Ventilation is very good with this tent.

Condensation can develop on any tent and this is no different but the body does pull away from the fly well enough and the ventilation is good enough that it hasn’t been an issue during my year around testing.

The Bug mesh has kept the bugs out

Weight is a good for a 3+ season tent - Yes it is almost 5lbs but you have to remember this is a military product. Nuff said. Complaining about the weight of a military product is like buying a Chrysler and then complaining about it breaking down…..these aspects go hand in hand.

It’s a very versatile system that can be setup in numerous ways.

Price - for a military tent the pricing isn’t bad at all. From the company it is fair and in the form of surplus, it is fairly inexpensive; surplus price ranges $100 - $200 on eBay.

With the cold weather kit, this tent can be made to be even more capable and the use can be extended into the 4th season. It really works well and is one of the smartest products that I have seen in a long time. My review on that is coming up next week.

Review Cons :

Summary :
After testing just about every single US military tent that is available, this is my choice for the best of the best. It features the most civilian of designs while being exceptionally strong and capable.

It’s highly waterproof, very stable in wind and with the cold weather kit, it makes for an excellent 3+ season tent.

For those who like tactical products and for military personnel, this is the tent that I recommend; it is a far better product than anything that predates it. It is currently being utilized by US military forces and can be easily recommended.

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Friday, September 3, 2021

Heavy Rain and Flooding - Storm Camp - Tropical Storm Fred


Tropical Storm Fred approaches Western North Carolina;
this is the fight to save Lone Wolf Mountain from major flooding which ensues with the arrival of the storm.

Our thoughts are with those who perished and were affected by this storm.
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:: Gear List ::
After receiving countless messages from viewers about supporting the channel through Amazon, I have begun using Amazon Affiliate links in the Adventure Videos and if you choose to purchase one of these products via these links I will receive a small commission which will help fund future honest reviews and adventures.

The channel remains as it always was, 100% Agenda Free with no sponsored videos, no paid reviews, and I don't care if you purchase these products or not; you won't find affiliate links in review videos only in adventures.

I'm going to do my best to put gear lists into all of my videos since everyone is asking for them all the time.

For this trip, here are the big items that I used.

Gear List :

Camera Equipment :
- Sony A7S III : https://amzn.to/3eZM7zb
- Sony 35mm 1.8 Lens : https://amzn.to/3BFs8iZ
- SIRUI Carbon Fiber Travel 5C Tripod : https://amzn.to/3BEahZX
- Batteries : https://amzn.to/3geFtG5
- Rode VideoMic Pro Plus Mic : https://amzn.to/3iZMqMO

- GoPro 9 : https://amzn.to/3lURML6
- GoPro Batteries : https://amzn.to/3jPJba9
- GoPro Wind Cover : https://amzn.to/3AtoN58
- Manfrotto Small Tripod : https://amzn.to/3CypfkB

Clothing -
Old Navy Active T-shirt : oldnavy.com
(Orange) Marmot Minimalist Rain Jacket : https://amzn.to/3wuGWh7
Fjällräven Vidda Pro Ventilated Pants : https://amzn.to/3ytuwYw
SCARPA Men's Kailash Trek GTX Hiking Boot : https://amzn.to/342zFcd

Gear -
Big Stone Fully Waterproof Duffle Bag 90L : https://amzn.to/3jAqKak
Klean Kanteen 64oz Stainless Steel Water Container : https://amzn.to/3vrjd09
Fenix HM65R-T Headlamp : https://amzn.to/2QEatFF
Nite Ize Lantern : https://amzn.to/3fCFbHN

OneTigris Folding Chair : https://amzn.to/3yr40Po
Wenzel Sleeping Pad : https://amzn.to/389W2i1
Teton Sports Pillow : https://amzn.to/3vnigH6

Rake :
Shovel :
Pickaxe :

Aqua Quest Guide Tarp 10x10’ : https://amzn.to/342ZiJY
550 Cord : https://amzn.to/3ujrtia
Green Elephant Poles : https://amzn.to/3ssRwnX
DANCHEL OUTDOOR Forged Steel 16inch Tent Stakes : https://amzn.to/3iZ7fIh
Military U.S. G.I. Bug Net Green : https://amzn.to/3D11MIQ

Toaks Long handle Spoons : https://amzn.to/3vcItrL
Matches : https://amzn.to/2QNgMH3
Tasmanian Tiger Modular Pouch Kit : https://amzn.to/3grXq4m
Tasmanian Tiger Mesh Pouch Kit : https://amzn.to/35qSqXc
Soto Windmaster Stove : https://amzn.to/3q0bDIQ
Toaks 750ML Pot with Bail Handle : https://amzn.to/3ywOpOw
TOAKS Titanium Long Handle Spoon with Polished Bowl : https://amzn.to/3vcItrL

Kershaw Cryo II Folding Knife : https://amzn.to/2Sej6aD
USB Qooltek 60LED 7W Light Strips : https://amzn.to/34awT4J
USB Fan SmartDevil : https://amzn.to/3yYYpje
Anker 20,000 mAh Battery Pack : https://amzn.to/3oNSKsg

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