Saturday, December 28, 2013

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Viewer Sent Items - Unboxing 1 -



Merry Christmas Folks!  Today we are doing an unboxing of some awesome items that a viewer has sent in.  Thanks for joining me.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Moisture / Condensation Build Up : Questions and Answers

Question:

Yo Luke how do you handle moisture build up in a bivy? Condensation seems to be a big issue maybe you can address this issue. Even in a tent during winter. How do you avoid frost an moisture build up while inside asleep


My Response (Answer):

In the winter moisture is always an issue but there are things you can do to limit it. With a bivy it's all about keeping your breath out of the bag if at all possible. A synthetic fill sleeping bag will be key if you can't because you will stay warm even with the moisture build up. But, with the sleeping bag make sure it isn't too warm for the conditions you are in. If you sweat some condensation will form on the walls. Can't really avoid that. Also make sure that your clothes are absolutely dry before you get in the bag. Dry socks are important to. Make sure you have a barrier separating you from the ground. More than just the material of the bivy. 

Vent at the top of the bivy as well as the bottom if at all possible. 

Some build is likely no matter what.

End of December : Overnight Adventure Gear Loadout



Our next Overnight Adventure is coming up...Here's the Gear Loadout.

Monday, December 23, 2013

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Military Surplus Score - Swedish Military 35L Rucksack with Steel Frame



Today we're taking a look at the Swedish Military 35L Rucksack with Steel Frame.  This is another awesome Military Surplus item that's perfect for backpacking and bushcraft.

Link : http://www.sportsmansguide.com/net/cb/new-swedish-military-35l-backpack-with-frame.aspx?a=951884

Friday, December 20, 2013

Deal Hunting Series : Site 3 -



We're seeking out deals and in this new series we are heading to http://www.theclymb.com

Thanks for watching.

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Thursday, December 19, 2013

Military Surplus Giveaway II -



It's time for another giveaway so make sure to subscribe, comment and enter for a chance to win. I promise, it will be a good one!

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Thrunite T10 LED Flashlight Review




We've been testing this little flashlight out for over a month now and it's time for the ThruNite T10 FlashLight Review.

LINKS :

http://www.amazon.com/Thrunite-Keychain-flashlight-lumens-waterproof/dp/B00A1ZUFSG/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1383746278&sr=8-1&keywords=thrunite+t10

and

Thrunite: http://www.thrunite-store.com/merry-chrismas-thrunite-t10-115lumen-cree-xp-g-led-r5-flashlight/

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Pant Material and Shoes : Questions Asked, Answers Given

The other day I had an individual write in and this is what he had to say;

"Hi Luke. I really enjoy your youtube vids. I would like to ask your opinion on hiking pants. I am just getting into hiking, so I don't plan on spending a bundle on most of the gear (just yet), but I certainly want the right boots/pants. The boots I can handle, but I am clueless on what kind of pants will not chafe me raw. Any insight would be appreciated."

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My answer to him is this;

"Hey there XXXXX,
How are you brother?  Thanks for the kind words.

As for hiking pants, well there are a lot of different types and lots of different fabrics.  It goes without saying that Cotton is a bad choice.  "Cotton Kills" & "Cotton: Fabric of Death."  Plus, hike ten miles in jeans and you'll never walk the same....ever again!!!

For the average pant I would say go with something nylon.  Lightweight, fast drying and fairly cheap.  You may come across a nylon blend and that is fine too.  Normally it's a blend with spandex.  Can't go wrong there.  That will cover you during the 3 seasons.

When it comes to the 4th season, nylon is still a good choice but layering becomes important.  You can look for a softshell pant or even a heavy material such as the G1000 from Fjallraven.  In other words, you need the right tool for the job.

When it comes to boots, there are a lot of options.  Some lighter than others, some with waterproof liners, some more breathable.  I typically say that there isn't a one pair fits all solution when it comes to shoes and boots.  On dry days I want something lightweight and breathable.  If it's going to be a wet one, I want something with a gore-tex (etc) liner.  If it's going to be really cold, I want something insulated.  If it's cold and wet, insulated and waterproof.  See what I mean?

I hope this helps my friend.
Luke

Friday, December 13, 2013

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Action Cam and Gear Test



Today we're testing out the Drift HD Ghost Cam as well as the Howies Airman Wool Wadded Ventile Jacket. Thanks for watching.


LINK for the Jacket : http://www.howies.us.com/mens/clothing/jackets/airman-antique-bronze.html

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Howies Airman Wool Wadded Ventile Jacket - Preview



Today we're taking a look at the Howies Airman Wool Wadded Ventile Jacket. Going into testing now!

LINK for USA : http://www.howies.us.com/mens/clothin...

- 100% L24 Ventile® Cotton outer
- 100% Wool Wadding inner
- Naturally wind and showerproof
- Breathable
- YKK AquaGuard® water repellant zip
- Velcro adjustable cuffs
- Bungee adjusters at hood and hem
- External zipped chest pocket
- 2 zippered side pockets
- Articulated arms
- Made in Portugal

Saturday, December 7, 2013

The Next Outdoor Fitness Video...

The next video inline for our Outdoor Fitness series focuses on nothing but pullups. Simple.  Powerful.  Here's a special move that I learned a while back. Definitely DON'T TRY IT unless you have the right setup and you're strong enough to do it (seriously!!!!!)

Outdoor Fitness : Episode 1 : Pushups



Episode 1 in the Outdoor Fitness Series. Nothing but Pushups.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Deal Hunting Series : Site 2 -



We're seeking out deals and in this new series we are heading to

http://www.sierratradingpost.com.

Thanks for watching. ...

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Viewer's Choice December 2013



Alright folks, it is time to vote on the gear for our next Overnight Adventure and we have more than a few options;


We'll start with Bivys first;

Black Diamond Tripod


Black Diamond Big Wall Hooped Bivy


USMC Gore-Tex 


USMC Improved Bivy


And of course, no Bivy at all is an option.  

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Here are the Tarps if you don't want to vote on a Bivy;

Siltarp1


USMC Field Tarp


Granite Gear White Lightning


British Military BASHA

There is an option for no Tarp if you wish for us to use a Bivy.
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Lastly we have the backpacks;

Black Diamond Infinity 60L


Gregory Z45L


Osprey ATMOS 65L


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I will select the location and sleeping pad/bag based on weather conditions at the time.


Wednesday, December 4, 2013

After the Camp : Freezing Rain Overnight Adventure II -



Thank you for joining us for After the Camp : Freezing Rain Overnight Adventure II. We'll discuss the trip, the gear and share some bloopers.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Updated Review of the Optimus Crux Stove with Terra Cook Set.



An Updated Review of the Optimus Crux Stove withTerra Cook Set.

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Optimus Crux Stove With Terra Cook Set $79.95 Amazon -UPDATED

Set includes: Crux stove, pot, lid that doubles as a fry pan, mesh storage bag, and neoprene sleeve for on-trail storage.

 Perfect cook system when ultralight and small size are critical Total kit weight = 238g / 8.1oz Smallest cook system available UItra Light -

Total kit weight = 238 g / 8.1 oz [stove] 2.54 oz; [cookset] 5.6 oz Ultra Compact - Smallest Cook System available

Ultra Versatile - Each piece can be used independently 10,200 BTU Crux Lite Burn time: Up to 60 minutes at high maximum output, using 8 oz canister Crux Premium blend of 70% butane, 30% propane. 4oz canisters run around $8. 8oz around $11.

Boil time (1 L / 34 fl. oz of water):
Down to 3 minutes depending on climate, altitude, etc Used countless times for all types of trips. Multi-day hiking trips in high elevations. All day hiking trips and even cycling trips. Used in single digit temps. Posts are aluminum. Easy to clean. They are not nonstick. Review: This is a great addition to your pack and with it's light weight and small form factor you won't even notice that it's there. Highly dependable. Good price. I prefer this over alcohol stoves that I have used for years.