Monday, July 6, 2020

Kelty One Man Field Tent - Real World Review




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This is the review of the Kelty 1 Man Field Tent after almost a year of use! Good, Bad and Improvements which need to be made.



Link : https://www.kelty.com/1-man-field-tent-import/

Price : $200 retail but on sale for $90 at the time of filming at the Kelty web site.

Weight : Kelty Claims : Packaged Weight: 5 lbs. 3 oz. / 2.4 kg but it is actually (on my scale, the tent weighs a good it more at just a bit over 6lbs (6lbs .3oz)

I’ve been testing this tent out since November of 2019 and it is time to pass on my review. I’ve spent a lot of time in this tent and have both good and bad things to say about it. It’s far from perfect but for the money, if you are interested in a tactical military style tent, it is a very interesting option to consider.

There are two version of this pack available – an import version and a made in the USA version.

I’ve discussed this previously and my review is for the import version but should apply for the USA version as well.

Features :

Reinforcement material along mesh seams for pole connections

70D nylon ripstop with 3,000mm coating

70D mesh

2 pole configuration with compact folding size for easy packing

Fly available in MC/ OCP/ ALPINE

Compact folding size for easy packing and saving space

Designed to pack in a cube shape to better fit in a pack

· Dimensions: 31 in x 85 in

Packed Dimensions: 15 in x 11 in x 5 in

Floor: 19 ft2

Peak Height: 43 in


Min Weight: 4 lbs

Packaged Weight: 5 lbs. 3 oz.

Review Pros :

I like the square pack size; I haven’t seen this before and it does fit better inside of a backpack.

The tent is substantial and it is strong – features the thickest floor material that I have seen in a tent

Easy to setup and break down.

Retail price of $200 isn’t bad for a military grade tent. The sale price of $90 is INSANELY GOOD.

Easy to get into and out of.

Dual doors are excellent.

Good size vestibules.

Awning is awesome.

Stakes are good; I’ve bent them but they haven’t broken on me.

Tent looks awesome in my opinion.

Good size; wide enough and tall enough

Check length with tape measure – who is it for?

100% waterproof when vents are closed; has handled 3 days of rain without any leaks. According to Kelty the tent features a 3,000mm hydrostatic head rating….

Includes a foot print

Multiple ways to setup the tent

2 person version available.

Lots of hanging loops inside of the tent

Good zippers

Plenty of guy off points

Review Cons :

The Top Vents flat out suck. Absolutely terrible location and design. The lip allows for rain and snow to enter the tent body. If there is a chance of rain, close those vents or you might be sorry.

Ventilation is exceptionally poor but, thanks to the design all of the moisture that collects on the inside of the fly will run down the walls to the ground. Doesn’t come into contact with the body unless the tent is really shaking.

Moisture will also collect on the walls of the body.

Materials are not breathable and that is true with the fly and the body.

Water repellent coating was strange from the beginning; it left a strange residue on my fingers when I first got it and has begun coming off; where that is the case, there are slight discolorations taking place.

So far this hasn’t affected waterproofness but it is noticeable.

Fixes the Company should make :

They need to be redesigned.

Fly needs additional stake out points on the sides to assist with air flow and ventilation.

Tent body features a bathtub floor but the walls are very high; so high in fact that the fly doesn’t need to always down to the floor. Either raise the fly a bit and keep the high walls or lower the walls for additional air flow and keep the fly the same.

With all of the stake out points, attaching bungie line would make setting up this tent much easier and would provide a tighter pitch.

The $600 made in the USA version of this tent is 100% not worth the money; it has WAY TO MANY problems for $600.

Summary :

There is no telling how much longer the sale price is going to last or whether this product will be on the market for much longer; if you want a good military style tent and can deal with its shortcomings, this is one that I recommend taking a look at.

The overall quality is very good, it’s a tough tent that hasn’t leaked a drop in my testing but be prepared for moisture buildup especially if you seal the tent up in foul weather. If you decide to get this tent I would recommend bringing a towel with you to wipe up moisture as it collects. This will help with keeping drying time in the morning before heading off.

Friday, July 3, 2020

Thunderstorms - Continuing to Explore the Campground - Part 2




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Lightning Strikes and Thunder Rolls with Luke returning to the closed campground to continue exploring the area.

This is part 2 of a 2 part adventure.

Link to Part 1 : https://youtu.be/K3OkXrGpkGE

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

10,000 Lumens of Power - Fenix LR35R – Prototype Preview




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Luke has gotten his hands on a Prototype of an upcoming Fenix Flashlight; the Fenix LR35R!

It offers 10,000 Lumens in a small form factor and in this episode he shares his experiences and thoughts.



Cost : $200

Agenda Free Link : https://www.fenixlighting.com/product/fenix-lr35r-rechargeable-flashlight/

Weight with Batteries and Lanyard : 13.7oz

Who is it designed for : searching, rescuing and law enforcement.

Ratings :

Eco : 50 (80H runtime)

Low : 450 (8.5hr)

Med : 1200 (3h 15m)

High : 3000 (1.5hr)

Turbo : 10,000 9 (1hr 20)

Strobe : 10,000

Max Throw : 500m

LR35R Battery : Two included 21700 rechargeable li-ion batteries

ip68 rated – dust proof and waterproof to 2m

Size : 5.5” long x head 2.0

On/off :

With the light unlocked and switched off, press and hold the switch for 0.5 seconds to turn on the light.

With the light switched on, press and hold the switch for 0.5 seconds to turn off the light.

Output Selection :

In general mode, single click the switch to cycle through Eco→Low→Med→High→Turbo.

Mode Switching :

In general mode, press and hold the switch for 1.2 seconds to enter strobe; single click the switch again to turn back to the last used output in general mode.

Lock/Unlock :

Lock : with the light unlocked and switched off, double click the switch to lock the light, the light will blink twice on Eco to indicate locked status.

Unlock : with the light locked and switched off, double click the switch, the light will be unlocked and activated on Eco.

In locked status, clicking or pressing the switch will activate 2 one-second blinks on Eco to indicate locked status.

Battery Replacement Unscrew the tail cap to insert the battery with the anode side (+) towards the light head, then screw the tail cap back on. Intelligent Memory Circuit

The light memorizes the last selected output of general mode. When turned on again the previously used output of general mode will be recalled.

Intelligent Overheat Protection

The light will accumulate a lot of heat when used on Med, High, Turbo output level for extended periods. When the light reaches a temperature of 65°C or above, the light will automatically step down a few lumens to reduce the temperature. When the temperature drops below 65°C, it will then allow the user for the reselection of Turbo mode.

Low Voltage Warning When the voltage level drops below the preset level, the flashlight is programmed to downshift to a lower brightness level until Eco output is reached. When this happens in Eco output, the battery level indicator blinks to remind you to recharge or replace the battery.

Battery Level Indication With the light switched off, single click the switch to check the battery status, the indicator will last for 3seconds.

Green light on : saturated 100% – 85%

Green light flashes : sufficient 85% – 50%

Red light on : poor 50% – 25%

Red light flashes : critical 25% – 1%

Note : The indicator will display for 3 seconds each time the general mode is switched on.

First switch off the light and plug the USB A socket of the charging cable into an electrical outlet, then connect the USB Type-C socket of the charging cable to the light.

The indicator will display red while charging, and will turn to green when fully charged.

Once charging is completed, be sure to close the anti-dust cover.

Note:

Only Eco output level is available when charging.

The normal charging time is approximately 3 hours and 30 minutes from depletion to full charging.

Recharge a stored light every four months to maintain optimum performance of the battery.


6 Luminus SST40 LED’s with a lifespan of 50,000 hours.

10,000 lumens maximum output; 500 meters maximum beam distance.

Included 2 x 21700 rechargeable Li-ion power batteries.

USB Type-C charging port.

Battery level indication for instant checking of remaining battery level.

Lockout function avoids accidental activation.

Intelligent overheat protection against high surface temperature.

Intelligent memory circuit recalls the last used brightness level.

Premium type HAIII hard-anodized anti-abrasive finish.

Included:

Two ARB-L21-4000P rechargeable li-ion batteries, Type-C charging cable, holster, lanyard, spare O-ring

Warranty:

Limited Lifetime Guarantee from Fenix Lighting USA

Monday, June 29, 2020

European Military - Warrior Assault Systems X300 Backpack






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If you love military surplus and tactical gear, this is a backpack which you should take a look at! This is the Warrior Assault Systems X300 Ruck and it has some very unique features!




Link : https://tacsale.eu/product/warrior-assault-systems-elite-ops-x300-pack-od-green

Price : $319.13

Weight : 6.8lbs approx.

Colors : OD, Coyote, and Multicam

Special Thanks to military shop for making this agenda free review possible. Militaryshop who is also known as tacsale is one of the very few sources that I have been able to find for this pack. They are from Latvia and their site is setup for US shipping and features paypal protection and so on.

Warrior Assault Systems :

About Warrior Assault Systems Warrior Assault Systems is a UK Company with offices in Hereford and manufacturing and warehousing in the North of England. Warrior was established in 2006 with a specific mission; to design and manufacture high quality tactical nylon products, made from the best quality materials, at prices that the average user could afford. Over the years Warrior has been used in combat by some of the best military units from around the globe.

Materials : 500D Nylon fabric features dyed yarns are inherently stain resistant and easy to clean.

Highest quality nylon threads imported from the USA which are treated against both UV and Mildew.

YKK Zippers UTX Buckles MOLLE WEBBING Aluminum frame

25mm (1 Inch ) Breaking Strain: 1200 lbs

Forward : This pack has been on the market since 2015 and has since its introduction earned a good reputation overseas for being a high quality tactical pack.

The X300 is an outstanding medium to long range Patrol Pack.

Features : The X300 was designed with specific input from SF units with a requirement for a strong yet light weight versatile pack which allowed for compartmentalized storage with top and middle opening and exceptional comfort. The requirement was for features such as removable padded belt system variable height Harness adjustment 5 external storage pouches with large main compartment. Narrow design allows for efficient movement in a wide variety of environments ( excellent in Urban Environments Narrow Streets Door Ways Houses etc ). The X300 has 3 x Man Down handles ( 1 x Top Center 1 x left side 1 x right side ) which allows for 2 man rapid extraction of casualty.

Access is via a Helmet friendly Top Opening lid with Claymore Style heavy duty zipped pouch on top side also features map style pocket on the inside. Additional access is via the large reinforced center pocket this features a heavy duty size 10 sealed seam zip which opens into a medium sized quick access pocket ( the flap opens top to bottom ) this main external pocket is lined with a heavy duty air mesh fabric which has a similar zip which opens ( bottom to top ) allowing convenient access to the middle and bottom of the pack.

The entire pack is covered in 1″ Inch MOLLE Webbing which allows the attachment of various pouches to increase carrying capacity.

Size

Main Compartment 23″ x 11.5″ x 8.5″ (600mm x 300mm x 220mm) No 1 Outer Compartment 2″ x 11.5″ x 10″ (50mm x 30mm x 260mm) No 2 Outer Compartment 14.5″ x 10″ x 2″ (370mm x 260mm x 60mm) No 3 Outer Compartment 1″ x 11.5″ x 4.5″ (30mm x 300mm x 120mm)

Capacity : 55 – 60 Liter – To me, it seems closer to the 55L mark.

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Review Pros :

I love the overall design of this pack and in fact, it makes me interested in other products from Warrior Assault Systems. It’s obvious that a great deal of thought and planning has gone into this pack and features elements which are uncommon especially in tactical levels packs.

Good looking pack


Narrow profile

Comfortable to wear; more comfortable than many military packs that I have used – I‘ve easily carried 35lbs without any issues and in fact, noticed the weight very little.

Excellent quality.


Top notch materials

Tons of webbing for customizing and expansion

Lots of pocks for organizing.


Cost in my opinion isn’t a negative as high end materials cost money. You get what you pay for.

Dual access is awesome!

Including rain cover

Review Cons :

My only con is that the waist belt hardware seems to slip when hiking and I’ve noticed that every couple of hours I would have to make an adjustment.

The pack is heavy empty especially for the size; this is because of the high grade of materials.