Saturday, August 30, 2014

Friday, August 29, 2014

Seal Skinz Waterproof Trail Hat - Preview & Test





Today we are taking a look at the Seal Skinz Waterproof Trail Hat.



http://www.sealskinz.com/US/waterproof-trail-hat-black

$50.00 on their site but prices to range at other retailer sites.

Comes in two colors - Black and Olive Green

Use : I’ve begun testing this hat out already and I’m impressed just as I was with the Seal Skinz Socks that we showed off previously.  After four night hikes, roughly 45 miles worth of trail time in all sorts of rainy conditions, I can tell you that this hat is waterproof.  I’ve used this in dense fog with light mist, light rain to heavy down pours and stayed 100% dry.

Most of the nights the temps were in the 50’s and it was perfectly comfortable.  When the temps got to the mid 60’s I did notice that my noggin was getting a little hot and that’s because this hat does had a thermal rating of 3.  In other words, it’s meant for that range in between the hottest of days and the coldest and that does seem to be accurate.  In other words it wouldn’t be breathable for the sunniest of days or warm enough for the coldest ones either.

When it comes to noggin protection, I am not a big fan of hoods, I like hats especially if i am with some friends and there is talking involved.

The definitive technical bush or trail hat is soft enough to fold with an adjustable brim also provides excellent sun protection.

Totally waterproof, breathable and windproof
Adjustable brim can be worn down or up to suit
Detachable chinstrap and a mesh lined interior for a comfortable fit
Folds up nicely.
Very light weight : 1.9oz or 53.86 grams
Material composition:

Outer Shell: 100% Nylon
Micro-pourous Membrane
Inner: 100% Polyester

Breathable
Durable
Flexible
Waterproof
Windproof

The Sealskinz Waterproof Trail Hat is built for the wet and the warm to protect you from whatever nature has to throw at you. The hat is waterproof, windproof and breathable and features a mesh lining for added comfort.

The Sealskinz Waterproof Trail Hat has many other features including an adjustable and detachable chinstrap and an adjustable brim which can be worn up or down. The hat comes in two colour options: Black or Olive.

The Sealskinz Waterproof Trail Hat can be folded down and it fits in your pocket. Plus with the help of the adjustable brim, it will always maintain its shape when worn. This hat is comfortable and practical and is great to take on your adventures.

Features

Waterproof, windproof and breathable
Mesh lined for added comfort
Available in black and olive
Adjustable and detachable chin strap
Adjustable brim can be worn up or down
Thermal rating: 3

Pro-Tip : In a pinch you can use this hat as a bucket!

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Czech M60 Rucksack - Preview





It's military surplus Wednesday and we are looking at the Czech M60 Rucksack.
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http://www.keepshooting.com/czech-m60-rucksack.html

$9.95
Two front pockets.
Decent amount of space.
Draw string
Good size rucksack
flip cover
Straps do not come attached.
You can bend the buckles so that they will not come loose.
Nice stitching.

The Czech M60 backpack is a medium sized pack made from canvas. With the brown colored canvas, design style, and aged appearance the M60 will be super popular with customers who desire a vintage rucksack.

The Czech M60 backpack is a great vintage pack from the Czech army. Designed to carry a typical load out for soldiers, the pack has plenty of room for daily carry items and is suitable for field use.

Features:

Internal compartment has a divider giving you two separate storage areas
Two large exterior rear pockets for storing frequently used items
Drawstring closure of internal storage area ensures reliably closure - no zippers that can break
Canvas shoulder straps included or can also use Czech Army Y-Straps if you want leather
Multiple D rings for attaching equipment
Specifications:
Dimensions: 17" W x 19" H x 7” D
Military Origin Czech
Construction Canvas
Condition Very Good
Weight 3lbs

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Monday, August 25, 2014

Sunjack Camp Light - USB Bulb - Preview





Today we are previewing the Sunjack Camp Light USB Bulb.


Price : If you are Amazon Prime Membership you can pick one of them up for $5.

Otherwise it is $20.


http://www.amazon.com/GigaWatt-Inc-SJCL4-SunJack-CampLight/dp/B00KGGBQEW/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1407345173&sr=8-1&keywords=Sunjack+camp+light

http://www.thesunjack.com/product/camplight/
$15 on their site with a sale of $9

Super bright 8 LED USB light bulb
340 lumens, equivalent to a 40W incandescent bulb
7 foot long USB cord
270 degree beam angle
Powered by any USB source
This 4 Watt USB LED light is bright and ultra portable at just over 3.5 ounces. A fraction of the weight and size of traditional heavy lanterns, use it for camping, reading, or any task that requires an even distribution of light. Highly durable - shatter, shock, and vibration resistant. Will fully illuminate a tent at night. Power it from any standard USB source - compatible with all USB wall plugs, USB batteries, and laptops.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Quick Response : Preview VS Review




Five Minutes or Less!  This is a Quick Response video in regards to Previews and Reviews.  There is a big difference between the two and we're going to discuss it now.

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Viewer’s Choice : August Overnight Adventure - VOTE NOW




Viewer’s Choice : August Overnight Adventure - VOTE NOW
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Packs :
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Mammut Creon Light 32 liter



Gregory z65 Packstorm


Black Diamond Axis 33 Backpack

Black Diamond  Speed 55 Pack

Zpacks Arc Blast 50

Arc'teryx Alpha FL 45


Mystery Pack


Tents :
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Hyperlite Mountain Cuben Fiber Flat Tarp with Bug Mesh

Nemo Switchblade

Nemo Obi Elite

Hennessy Hyperlite Asym


Mystery Tent



Sleeping Pads :


Nemo Zor sleeping pad

Thermarest Xtherm

Pacific Outdoor Equipment Peak Elite AC

Thermarest ridge Rest Solar

Big Agnes Double Z

Mystery Pad

Sleeping Bags :
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Marmot Minimalist Aspen 40 degree

Jacks R Better Shenandoah quilt

Thermarest Tech Blanket

Katabatic Gear Alsek 


Mystery Bag

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Winner Announcement - Czech M85 Backpack - Giveaway





It's time to announce the Winner of the Czech M85 Backpack.

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Want to know more about the M85 pack?  Check out this preview video. : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WbD7PMlnRB0

http://www.keepshooting.com/czech-m85-backpack.html

$10

The Czech M85 Backpack is a large pack that has approximately 35L of storage capacity. With integrated shoulder straps and a small carry handle, the M85 backpack is capable of multiple carry options.

Just in from the Czech Republic, we've got brand new M85 Backpacks from the Czech army!

Features:

Storage Capacity of Approximately 35L
Integrated Shoulder Straps and Top Carry Handle
Name Tag Window
Large Internal Compartment
Two Internal Button Closed Side Pockets
Specifications:

Dimensions: 20" H x 15" W x 6" D
Water Resistant Exterior
Surplus Unissued Condition
These bags are really awesome! You can carry a large amount of gear and not worry about it getting wet. At the price these bags sell for, this is a great piece of gear to take into the woods with you or build your own bug out bag.

Military Origin Czech
Construction Vinyl
Condition Surplus Unissued

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Monday, August 18, 2014

Boker Plus Automat Kalashnikov 101 Folder Knife - Preview




We are taking a look at the Boker Plus Automat Kalashnikov 101 Folder Knife!

Retails for around $70 and come in two different colors.  The Coyote and Black.

Can be found for less  than $40 on Sierra Trading Post at the time of the making of this video.

Polymer handle scales
Clip down pocket clip
Glass breaker

Recurve drop point blade

Finger choil

4 inch 440 stainless blade
Features thumb disc

Fully ambidextrous

Nice smooth lockup - bronze phosphor washers make it smooth
liner lock

 Matched gimping on the blade and handle

Traction on the back for dagger grip

Just under 10 inches

Stone washed finish on the blade

Comes with an alan wrench to adjust the grips and a small wrench to remove the pocket clip.

Overall length: 9 7/8"
Blade length: 4"
Weight: 6.4 oz.
Blade material: 440C
Handle material: Fiberglass reinforced nylon

Super Sharp!
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Friday, August 15, 2014

Extreme Ultralite Backpacking Towel - Preview and Test





We are taking a look at the Discovery Trekking Outfitters Extreme Ultralite Backpacking Towel.

http://www.discoverytrekking.com/ultralite-backpacking-towel

Ultralite Mini 19" x 19": $16.95 USD
Ultralite 34" x 28": $24.95 USD  - This is the one that I have here 3.2 oz
Ultralite Large 34" x 58": $39.95 USD



Over the years I have used all sorts of town, microfiber, sham, towels, and so on

Normally one expects a really great towel to be thick and absorbent. This Ultra-Light towel wicks moisture from the skin and dries 4x faster than other towels. It does not “absorb” water like a conventional towel. Instead, it pulls moisture around the fibers, distributing it across the surface of the fabric where it quickly evaporates.

The Towel only weighs 2.8oz and its ultra light-ness makes it perfect for those who are conscious of their gear’s weight. The fabric actually contains Silver (silver chloride)

Silver Chloride is very common in bandages and wound healing products and is even used as an antidote for mercury poisoning.  Interesting little fact there.  Essentially silver chloride keeps the towel from becoming nays over time.  It prevents bacteria and fungi from growing on it so that you can continue to use it over a long period of time without having to wash it.  Ultimately this boils down to a perfect product for distance backpackers.

Silver discourages bacterial growth so the fabric doesn’t get the moldy or musty smell one associates with damp towels.

Polygiene Recycled Silver Salt, which is Eco-Friendly and safe. This is not a surface treatment, it is permanently bonded to the fibers and it does not contain any chemicals. It is pure silver that has been micro-encapsulated in the yarns. It lasts for years, and is safe and natural - this means the towels stay fresher between washings.

These Ultra-Light Towels are made in North America by Discovery Trekking Outfitters Ltd.

Blocks up to 93% of UV rays

Wicks moisture 3 to 4 times faster than regular towels

Recycled silver in towel fibers prevents bacterial-growth
Made in Canada and the USA

The fabric is 100% polyester. It’s the design (knit) of the fabric that gives it such effective moisture-wicking. Rather than sucking the water into the fibers (such as you would experience with natural fibers), the moisture is pulled “around” the polyester fibers and spread across the surface of the towel, which is why it can dry out so fast.

Used by outdoors fanatics as well as the military.

34" x 58" large Extreme towel, as well as the regular 34" x 28" regular and 19" x 19" mini, in our best-selling silky extreme fabric.

Plenty of colors : Moss, Navy, Dark Blue, Charcoal, Sage, Red, Royal blue
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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Mil-Tec Sturm - 3 in 1 Digital Compass - Preview




Today we are previewing the Mil Tec Sturm - 3 in 1 Digital Compass.

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http://www.keepshooting.com/mil-tec-digital-compass.html

$30.00

The Mil-Tec Digital Compass is a modern full featured digital compass. Each compass comes with a lanyard, window mount, and two triple-A batteries.

This multiple mode digital compass includes modes for temperature, time, and compass. Light weight and compact, this digital compass belongs in your hiking kit for your next trip to the woods.

Designed to meet the needs of both novice and advanced hikers, this compass deserves a spot in every outdoor enthusiast's gear bag.

Features:

Temperature Mode - How cold it is? You can now tell easily while hiking.
Time Mode - Leave your watch at home, your compass tells time.
Compass Mode - Perfect for navigation.
Weighs only 3.8oz with batteries.
Includes lanyard, window mount, and 2 AAA Batteries

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Monday, August 11, 2014

Big Agnes Double Z Sleeping Pad - Preview





Today we are taking a look at the Big Agnes Double Z Sleeping Pad.
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http://www.rei.com/product/873463/big-agnes-double-z-air-sleeping-pad

$79.95 - $109.95

$79 for the Regular size

$109 for the Long

4 inches of thickness!!!

Pad features an internal stabilizer construction to distribute weight evenly for a smooth, comfortable feel
2-piece valve allows for 1-way valve inflation and quick deflation

R-value equals 1.5; most sleeping pads we sell range in R-value from 1.0 (minimally insulated) to 9.5 (highly insulated)

Nylon ripstop top and bottom stand up to frequent use on backpacking trips
Stuff sack and repair kit included (repair kit is concealed in a small pocket on the inside of the stuff sack)

Each Big Agnes Double Z Air Sleeping Pad is individually inflated and tested to ensure there are no leaks

35°F/ 2°C - for colder temps combine with a closed cell pad
Tapered cut

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Friday, August 8, 2014

LighterBro - Lighter Sleeve - Preview



Today we are looking at the LighterBro Lighter Sleeve.

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LINKS:
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Silver : http://lighterbro.com/product/lighterbro-silver/

Gold Titanium : http://lighterbro.com/product/lighterbro-gold/

Limited Edition Flame : http://lighterbro.com/product/flame/

Limited Edition Money : http://lighterbro.com/product/lighterbro-money-limited-edition/

Lanyard : http://lighterbro.com/product/premium-lanyard/

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Limit is for the first 50 people to use this code.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

After The Camp - Up In The Clouds




This is After the Camp and today Susan and I are discussing the Up In the Clouds Overnight Adventure.  Kick back, relax because it's a long one!

Monday, August 4, 2014

Black Diamond Spot Headlamp - Preview




This is the Black Diamond Spot Headlamp Preview.

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Note: the 2013 model has 90 Lumens, the 2014 model offers 130 Lumens and about the same battery life.

Both are great choices, although for the extra few bucks go ahead and get the 130-Lumen model. When you comparison shop, be sure which Lumen rating you're buying).

If you are interested in this head lamp, please know that there are two version of this on the market at this time.  There is a 90 lumen version which I have here and there is an updated 2014 version.  The difference between the 2013 and the 2014 versions is the lumens (90 v. 130) and the advertised distance of the light (70m v. 75m).

Based on what I have seen in reviews, the 90 lumen model may be the better choice when it comes to performance and ease of use.  We will review the new model in the future.


Price : On Amazon the price varies on the color but you're looking to pay around $35 dollars.

If you shop around you can find these for cheaper.  Take a look at Sierra Trading post, that is where I got mine and with a discount code I picked this up for $17!!!

Comes in many colors, green, lime free, red, black, grey, blue
uses 3 AAA batteries which are included.

Improved with 90 lumens of light output, the full featured Spot is the light to own if you can only have one

1 triple power LED spotlight, 2 single power white LEDs, and 2 single power red LEDs emit 90 lumens (max setting)

Settings include full strength in distance and proximity modes, dimming, strobe, red light vision, and lock mode

Protects against splashing or sprayed water from any angle (IPX4)

It can be locked so that you don't turn it on by accident when in your bag or in your pocket.
Has battery power indicator (BPI) shows how much juice is left Green, yellow, red
Can be worn across your chest as a harness if desired.

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Friday, August 1, 2014

Thrunite 2014 TN12 Flashlight - Preview




This is the Thrunite 2014 TN12 Flash Light Preview.
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LINKS :

ThruNite : http://www.thrunite.com/thrunite-tn12-2014-cw/

Amazon : http://www.amazon.com/ThruNite-Flashlight-XM-L2-Output-Lumens/dp/B00I1WVRBK

$49.00

Thrunite has updated their original compact, high-output 1x18650/2xCR123A light -- the TN12, first released in 2011 - with a new model for 2014.

I spoke with Thrunite about the 2014 update and their main focus was quality, performance and a great price.  The new TN12 for 2014 builds on the previous 2011 model, and introduces new features consistent with other lights in this 1x18650, 2xCR123A/RCR class -- like the dual-switch interface. It is also one of the best deals in this class (by MSRP), for the feature set.

Similar flashlights would be the Fenix PD35 and the Nitecore P12.

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