Friday, December 30, 2016

Hammock Basics : How to Prevent Rope Suspension Systems from Harming Trees



Today is a How-To video showing you all how to use rope based hammock straps without damaging the trees.   Simple, Effective, Quick!

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Fire Assist - Magnesium Powder Capsules - Emergency Fire Starter



Today Luke is reviewing the Epic X Supplies Fire Assist - Magnesium Powder Capsules - Emergency Fire Starter

Stanford Outdoor Supply Link :

https://www.stanfordoutdoorsupply.com/collections/fire-starters/products/fire-assist-magnesium-capsules?variant=30885806922

Price : $5.99


·         30 pills per bottle, Pre-filled simple to use capsules.
·         Magnesium is a fine -200 mesh
·         STEP1: Break capsule and pour contents onto kindling
·         STEP2: Hit powder with spark from striker or a flint
·         STEP3: and tinder or flammable material to the resulting flame




Sunday, December 25, 2016

Christmas Campfire Chronicles : Episode 4



You're welcome to join my son and I for a special Christmas edition of the Campfire Chronicles.  Happy Holidays everyone!

Friday, December 23, 2016

Varusteleka Terävä Jääkäripuukko 110 Knife - Review



You all have seen this knife in action for a while now and here comes the review!  This is the Varusteleka Terävä Jääkäripuukko 110 with leather sheath.

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Link : https://www.varusteleka.com/en/product/terava-jaakaripuukko-110-w-leather-sheath/33531?ref=knives

Other Knives Link :

https://www.varusteleka.com/en/group/knives/1197

Price : 54.99 USD with the sheath - $30 with no SHEATH

Leather Sheath – plastic insert – double folded leather

Very strong

Excellent seams and stitching

Snap retention – when walking around camp, it doesn’t have to be snapped – tight enough to keep it secure

Leather belt loop

Very ridged

High scandi grind

Rubber texturize handle

Tacky.  Doesn’t slide around – tough, has lasted my months of use.

Wet or dry, very secure

I like the palm swell

Feels awesome

Full tang

Lanyard hole - Pummel

Sharp spine – finger nail

Fine quality carbon steel, traditional Finnish puukko blade profile with a slight drop point and a practical grind guarantee a razor sharp knife straight out of the box, and it's easy to maintain too. This is the shorter model, blade length 110 mm.

The Jääkäri (or Jaeger for you foreign devils, the name derives from the backbone infantry of the Finnish army) is nothing fancier than a very simple, very practical puukko knife. The Jääkäri is a buddy you can trust to get the job done and you don´t need to be too careful either, these are built for use.

Specs

Steel: Carbon Steel 80CrV2 59 HRC

Blade Length: 4.3" or 110 mm

Blade Height: 1" or 26 mm

Blade Thickness: .157" or 4 mm

Blade Edge: 23 Degree Scandi with micro secondary bevel

Spine Edge: 90 Degree

Handle: Full Tang

Handle Material: Direct Molded Textured Rubber

Overall Length: 9.5" or 240 mm

Weight (w/out sheath) 6.17 oz. or 175 g.

Blade

Traditional and proven functional Finnish puukko profile. The thickness of 4 mm makes this a bit more robust than most old timey traditional Finnish puukkos. The grind is a scandi grind with a tiny secondary bevel, truly the most common type of puukko grind.

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These knives sale VERY quickly so you will need to move quickly if you want one.
Do I recommend it?  Absolutely!  It is everything that a good forest knife needs to be.

Sharp.  Simple.  Rugged.  Inexpensive.

If this version is sold out at the time that you are watching it, I have included a link to the other knives that are for sale.  There are numerous versions including longer ones which you may want to consider.

This is one of the most impressive knives that I have seen and used in a long time.  For the money, I’m not sure if I can think of a better product that would compare to it.  In my book, this knife is trust worthy and I would equally consider it just as good as any Mora!  That says a lot!

Out of the box it does through sparks and mine has done very well but I have seen comments from others whose spine has been slightly rounded.




Wednesday, December 21, 2016

How to Make Paracord Hammock Straps – Inexpensive, Light, and Strong





Today is a How-To video showing you all how to make Paracord Hammock Straps.   Inexpensive, Lightweight, and Strong.

Monday, December 19, 2016

2016 Christmas Giveaway - Enter NOW!



Merry Christmas to the TOGR viewers!  Thank you all so much for making the channel what it is today and for what it will be tomorrow!  Now who wants to win some AWESOME backpacking gear?

Enter to win all sorts of great stuff (full hammock set up, survival knife, etc)!!!

From my family and I;

Happy Holidays everyone!
Thank you!
Be Safe!
Good Luck!


Friday, December 16, 2016

Prandi 3.011.C Axe "German type" - Review





Luke has been on a roll with axe reviews lately so here is another one!  This is the review of the very budget friendly, very impressive Prandi 3.011.C Axe "German type" - Review



Link : https://www.a-prandi.it/en/shop/3-011-c-axe-german-type.html

Cost : €38.30 Euros - 40.57 US + Shipping Which is around $20.00 or so.
“Pran –Di”

Model : 3.011.10.CH

Stats :

Head Weight :

1000gr / 2,25lb

Carbon Steel 1045

Total weight : 3lbs 8oz

Only the blade is hardened, 3 cm. Long.

Hardness value: 51/56 HRC

Extremely narrow blade which goes DEEP into whatever this strikes.  It’s beautiful!  If you’re a blade/axe drok like myself, you will likely agree.  When you show this off to fellow axemen, they all say the same thing!  Wow!

Handle :

60cm / 23,65in Hickory – Custom.  Fat but yet man-sized.

Treated with wax or water paint.  The wooden handle is pressed into the eye and it is fixed by the wooden wedge and the ring steel wedge.

Long Shoulder Hunters Axe Handle.  That is what I call it anyways, every region seems to have a different term for different axe handles.  This sort of handle is also referred to as the California Framer, or the Scout, or the House axe handle.

Typically long shoulders like this go with splitters but it’s not entirely uncommon to see.

Axe "German Type", carbon steel C45/1045, with polished and hardened blade. Varnished ash or Hickory handle, Tampoprinted, protector and lace made of genuine leather.

Made in Italy

Axe "German type", carbon steel C45/1045, with polished and hardened blade. Varnished ash or Hickory handle, Tampoprinted, protector and lace made of genuine leather.

Review :

Shaving Sharp = Scary Sharp!

This is what I call a wood-worker axe; is still an easy-to-use tool but still maintains an angry bite. I’ve brought it camping, split through my winter wood pile, and cleared some Birch in the backyard and I still expect to find many more uses for this exemplary piece of craftsmanship. It works very well, holds a great edge, and I bet that it will continue to do so for a very long time. This thing might even outlive me. Looks great, feels great, and can’t complain about that pricing. Exceeded my expectations, to say the least.

This axe's compact size bestows substantial versatility, allowing it to be used as both a lightweight work axe and a dependable packing tool. The widened blade allows this axe to perform exceptionally well as a cutting tool, while still being able to handle moderate splitting work.

If you’re looking for a great workhorse of an ax, look no further. I’ve been using this axe for the past 4 months and have found it to be an exceptional tool.

heavy enough for all around use and about the right size to put on a pack horse. I like it, the handle is put on right, no worry about it coming loose, and very good steel.

Cons :

The handles are varnished and it’s SLICK!  Almost to the point of being dangerous.  I’ve had a hard time keeping this in my hands which means that I am going to do some work on this handle. Now that I’m done with my initial testing with this axe, I am going to correct this issue and there are multiple ways to go about this.

You could wrap it, you could work with treatments such as linseed oil, or there are low tech solutions;

Pine tar, rosin, dirt on your hands, etc.


Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Random Chat, Lunch, Gear Testing : Episode 8



Join Luke at Lone Wolf Mountain as he tells stories, has lunch, talks about gear and all sorts of random things.

Strength and Honor

Monday, December 12, 2016

Teton Sports Mountain Adventurer 4000 Backpack - Review





Today Luke is reviewing the TETON Sports Mountain Adventurer 4000 Backpack.


                                                                                                                         
Link Amazon :

https://www.amazon.com/Sports-Adventurer-Ultralight-Backpacking-Mountaineering/dp/B016ZXEDCQ

Teton Web Site :

http://www.tetonsports.com/Backpacks/UltraLight/mountain-adventurer4000.htm#.WDnP9qOZNTY

Price : 137.86
Weight : 5.25 lbs (with tarp poncho) 4 lbs (without tarp poncho)
Color : Black with Orange Accents : The black pack is sharp looking, with nice color trim

Stats :

Space : 4000 Cubic Inches / 66 Liters

Dimensions : 27” x 12” x 10”

Torso : Adjustable 15" - 20"

7 total pockets

Includes a full size poncho : combo poncho/rain fly/emergency shelter

The pack is water resistant but not waterproof.  Luckily they include a full poncho!  One funny thing that I noticed with the amazon page; there is a picture of a hiker in the pouring rain with the pack getting soaked…even though this pack isn’t waterproof and a poncho is included.

Initial Thoughts :

If you are accustomed to how I do things, I regularly do what I call are previews.  Essentially a preview is an overview of a product followed by micro-review.  This micro-review includes my thoughts and feelings about the product while the T&E phase is on going.

So far, I have had this pack out for 4 overnight trips and I have roughly 35 trail miles with it. One of those outings was an Overnight Trip which you will find on this channel and it is called the Cliffside Hammock Camp.  That is coming soon. When on this trip, I posted pictures of this pack on Facebook and I noticed a great deal of positive comments about Teton!  They have a very good reputation, for many good reasons.

This pack is described by Teton as Ultralite; it is NOT ultralight, not even close but it is very comfortable.

One thing that I have noticed is that the waste belt rides a bit high.  That’s not a negative, just an observation.

The waste belt is very comfortable and adjustable.  My waste is 32” and it will go down it 28”

How does it handle weight : So far so good.  The heaviest that I have carried in this pack was around 40lbs and it handled it all just fine.

Good size belt pocket.  Just one though.  That is rather interesting as two is common.

Very versatile pack; tons of ways to lash additional gear to the outside of the pack.  To, above the lid and bottom.

Good size sleeping bag compartment but I have found that it’s difficult to access it.  The zipper is very close to the zipper cover flap and that makes it difficult to open.  Is this a deal killer?  No, but improvements need to be made here.  It will definitely slow you down.

Hydration compatible but you can carry bottles as well.  The best of both worlds.

Overall I am impressed with this pack and again, I’m impressed with Teton Sports.  Great quality for the money, tons of features.




Friday, December 9, 2016

Cliffside Hammock Camp - Overnight Adventure



Are you ready to hit the trail and to explore a section of the Pisgah National Forest?  You're about to join Luke for the Cliffside Hammock Camp Overnight Adventure.

Thanks for watching folks!

Happy Holidays.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Outback Swags Pioneer Swag Tent - Preview




Today Luke is Reviewing the Outback Swags Pioneer Swag Tent!



Link : https://outbackswags.com/products/pioneer-swag

Price : $ 299.00 $ 349.00

Pioneer swag has the following specs & features:


·              Heavy duty and Waterproof 12oz Rip-stop canvas
·              7' x 3' floor size, with 31" head clearance
·              PVC vinyl floor with bathtub construction
·              5/16" Aluminum 3 pole system
·              2 inch egg-crate style foam mattress with washable cover
·              Durable fly mesh layer and head flap for ventilation
·              Head flap opening for alternative access
·              PVC vinyl shoe mat
·              2x guy ropes and 8x pegs
·              Four compartment storage pocket
·              11lbs (20lbs including mattress)
·              Bonus canvas carry bag




Friday, December 2, 2016

Cliffside Hammock Camp - Overnight Adventure - INTRO




Who likes adventure?

This is the INTRO for Cliffside Hammock Camp Overnight Adventure.

The Full Adventure is coming soon.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Snugpak Hammock Quilt - Review





Luke reviews the Snugpak Hammock Quilt!



Links :

Snugpak : http://www.proforceequipment.com/product-details.php?id=500&catid=

Amazon : https://www.amazon.com/Snugpak-Hammock-Quilt-Travelsoft-Insulation/dp/B0167IYLJY

Price $50 on Snugpak Web site and amazon

Weight : 39oz

- Made with MicroDiamond Fabric with a Paratex™ Antibacterial treatment

- The Travelsoft™ filling gives great insulation and comfort, reflecting and trapping heat – It’s a polyster fiber.

- Complete with Compression Stuff Sack

- Weight: 39oz / 1100g

- Available in Olive

DIMENSIONS

Length 71"/180cm

Width 43"/110cm

Packsize 9" x 9" / 23 x 23cm

Due to the versatility of the hammock insulation systems, the wide variety of applications and variations in camp set up it is difficult to establish an overall comfort temperature for these items. As a general reference the insulation used is Travelsoft with the similar fill weights to our two season sleeping bags. We would strongly recommend you experiment with your own set up and gradually build up to more extreme temperatures until you are confident of the overall thermal performance.

It's a dark green, with maybe some brown tint to it. It has a nice diamond weave, and overall is pretty nice looking.

Wings are meant to go underneath you mainly to keep it in place, not to add warmth.

Foot box is big, able to fit my buddies size 13 feet.

I’ve tested this down to 37 and was fine but I could tell that I wouldn’t be able to push it much further unless you add an under quilt.  That was with my fleece jacket on and my thermals. And closed cell foam pad.

With a good underquilt you could take this down my estimate of 27.

I will continue to update you all on how it handles temps now that fall is here.

For the price, there is no other top quilt on the market. The next closest competition is from ENO, the spark, and is about $100, more than twice as expensive, and is also rated to only 50 degrees.

Excellent price

Is this quilt the best on the market? Will this be the last quilt you ever own? No, not really. However this is still an absolutely amazing deal for a quilt, and should last for years if cared for

Down quilts work better but are expensive. this will serve the same function and has anti-microbial fabric treatment which is a plus.






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Monday, November 28, 2016

Victor Onekama 23" Hudson Bay Axe - Review



Today Luke is reviewing the Victor ONEKAMA - 23" HUDSON BAY AXE.

As you may know, Luke has been on a roll with axe reviews lately and they will continue into the future with a wide range of products; ranging from the expensive to the inexpensive.  This one here is on the high side when it comes to cost but the quality is terrific.



Link :

https://victoraxe.com/products/onekema-hudson-bay-axe

Price : $205

Generally known as the sportman's axe, the Hudson Bay is the axe historically used by Hunters and Trappers. Compact enough carry while travel, while packing enough punch to get through most jobs.

This 23" fawn footed Hudson Bay axe is the collective effort between Victor and Council Tool. Drop forged in North Carolina by Council, one of America's last full size axe manufacturers, this axe is modeled after their premium line of Velvicut® tools. It's finished with minimal paint and pure linseed oil to condition the wood handle and reduce wear and tear on hands. What results is what you've come to expect from Victor - a classically designed, covetable tool that will live on.

Features

o   Hand painted/stained handle, Ebony stain, Flat Black paint, all-weather top coat

o   Hand honed and polished cutting edge

o   Hand crafted leather sheath with Antique Brass hardware made by Ed Tucker Custom Leather.  I was familiar with this individual but I did look him up and his leather work is amazing!

Specifications

o   Head Type: 2 lbs Hudson Bay pattern

o   Head Material: 5160 grade alloy steel

o   Shaping Process: Drop forged

o   Bit (Edge): Tempered to final hardness of Rc 52-56 within 1" from cutting edge

o   Handle Material: American Hickory; Grade A

o   Hang: Wood wedge with juxtaposed steel wedge

o   Overall Weight: 2.75 lbs.

o   Sheath Material: 100% top grade leather, Antique Brass hardware

o   Our head covers are far above the industry standard with heavy leather and hand pressed leather grommets.




Thursday, November 24, 2016

Big Lost Cove Cliffs - Day Hike Adventure




Happy Thanksgiving everyone!  This is the Big Lost Cove Cliffs Day Hike Adventure.

Enjoy and be well!

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Friday, November 18, 2016

Big Lost Cove Cliffs - Day Hike Adventure - INTRO





This is the INTRO for Big Lost Cove Cliffs, a Day Hike Adventure.

The Full Adventure is coming soon.


Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Random Chat, Lunch, Gear Testing : Episode 7




Join Luke at Lone Wolf Mountain as he tells stories, has lunch, talks about gear and discusses the passing of his Husky.

Strength and Honor

Monday, November 14, 2016

Snugpak Tropical Hammock - Review



Today Luke is reviewing the Snugpak Tropical Hammock.

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Link :

Snugpak : http://www.proforceequipment.com/product-details.php?id=113&catid=

Amazon : https://www.amazon.com/SnugPak-61640-Snugpak-Tropical-Hammock/dp/B001B8C2VU

Price : $31.99 of Amazon. $50 on Snugpak Web Site

Weight : 21oz

Colors : Olive and Coyote Brown

Features :

•       Quality material used to make all Pro force products
•       Tested in the field and used in the toughest environments
•       100 percent designed in the USA
•       9 feet by 4 feet 5 inches wide
•       400 pound weight capacity
•       Includes suspension attachment system
•       Made from lightweight, extremely strong parachute material

Triple nylon stitched seams for durability and strength

Manufactured from lightweight but extremely strong parachute nylon material, triple nylon stitched seams, folds away into its own practical stuff bag, supplied with heavy duty carabiners for easy set up. The Tropical Hammock also comes with a Suspension Attachment System to make setting up and securing around trees quicker and easier. With two steel carabiners for attaching the hammock connects very easily to the Suspension Attachment System.

Review :

Pros – Very strong, can support big guys.
Long and wide.
Fair lightweight
Inexpensive compared to the competition.
Includes suspension system
Trip stitched
Quick deployment

Cons –

Could be lighter weight by replacing carabiners for lighter versions.
Suspension system will bite into the trees unless you take steps to prevent that from happening.
Thoughts – This is a good quality, inexpensive hammock.  Easy to setup, easy to pack away.  The suspension system is very basic and not the best but it works.  I would advice bringing additional paracord when you are out with this hammock to make sure that you can find a good location to throw your hammock up at.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Tarp Basics 101 – The Two Poles Tarp Setup




This is Tarp Basics 101 and today Luke is going over the process of setting up The Two Poles Tarp Setup. More to come!

Monday, November 7, 2016

Packhawk Survival Axe - Head and Handle Package - Review





Today Luke is reviewing the Packhawk Survival Axe.



Link : http://packhawkoutdoors.com/store/#!/Packhawk-Survival-Axe-Head-&-Handle-Package/p/57694034/category=19650229

Price : $78.11 (£63.98) Ships worldwide

Package includes:-Packhawk Axe Head-Sheath-Wire chain saw-3m of 550 Paracord-Cotton Pouch

Technical Specs:OAL: 164mmOAW: 100mmBlade Length: 75mmThickness: 6mmWeight: 400gMaterial: O1/1095 Tool SteelFinish: Traditional Beeswax

PackHawk Survival Axe- Breakdown Handle

A extremely quick to build handle option for our PackHawk Axe, this allows the user to go from the rucksack pocket to a fully useable axe in less than a minute!

Heavy duty steel handle for our Packhawk Survival Axes. Breaks down and fits into the survival axe cotton pouch.

Assembly/disassembly of handle and axe takes less than a minute.

Powder coated for durable, tough finish.

Handle includes:

•       Breakdown Handle with paracord wrapped hand grip.

•       Bolts

Allen Key for assembly/disassembly



Review :

What I love about this is that with very little room being taken up in your pack you have a very versatile tool.  With one setup you have a hatchet.  With another you have an axe.

It’s very easy to put it together and very simple to break it down.

I’m glad that the cotton bag is included but I don’t trust it for my own personally carrying.  I will move this entire kit over to zippered bag which will completely secure each component of my axe system.  You wouldn’t want to take a chance of something falling out of this bag.


Friday, November 4, 2016

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Monday, October 31, 2016

Savotta Kevyt Rajapartioreppu Backpack - Review




Today Luke is reviewing the Savotta Kevyt Rajapartioreppu Backpack, straight from Finland!

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Links :

Varusteleka.com : https://www.varusteleka.com/en/product/savotta-kevyt-rajapartio-rucksack/29347?qref=savotta

Savotta web site: http://finn-savotta.fi/en/tuotteet/kevyt-rajapartio/

Price : $153.99USD / 169.99 eur

Weight : 3.85lbs / 1.75 kg.

Features : Originally designed for the Border Guard, this pack is known as the Light Border Patrol.  It is a compact pack, very simple and versatile.   Very narrow in shape, meant to carry your gear while being out of the way. Perfect for hunting, bushcraft and even skiing.

Aluminium Frame.

Waste belt which can be folded around if not wanted.

25 L

Dimensions: height 50 cm, width 25 cm, depth 20 cm.

19.6” x 9.8” x 7.87”

The total volume: about 25 l.

Materials: 1000D Cordura, metal buckles and 8 mm spiraalivetoketjut.

Ranka: DUR-aluminum.

Color: black.

The product has a five-year material and workmanship warranty.

The Key Flag product, manufactured in Finland

Review :

This is another terrific product from the company known as Savotta!  It’s built to be tough, military grade while being functional.  It also looks awesome in my opinion.

The pack is small but it can hold a lot!  For the last couple of months this has served me while day hiking and with my bushcraft overnight adventure.

I love the external features which allow for the carry of a rifle; attached my 22lr and didn’t notice that it was there.

The waist belt is simple but effect and can be wrapped around the pack when not needed.  Also it can be used to help secure your external loadout.




Friday, October 28, 2016

Battlbox Mission 20 - Unboxing and Discussion




Battlbox Mission 20 Box; the unboxing and discussion begins now.
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Link : https://battlbox.com

Battlbox :  This is the dominating survival subscription box if there is one who can hold that title.  Over the years as Susan and I have taken a look at these type of monthly boxes, there is one that our viewers have been not only asking about but vouching for and that would be the Battlbox.

Each Box is a mission: For example this is Mission #18 which is all about fishing.  You may be wondering if every box

Only for the USA and the 50 States.

4 tiers :

Basic : 24.99  Receive 4-7 hand selected items from survival tools and manuals to emergency supplies and EDC gear.

Advanced : 49.99 Receive 6-10 hand-selected items. Additions includes 2-3 higher value items such as tactical pens, camp stoves, water purification and more.

Pro : 99.99 For the serious professional. Receive 7-11 items. Additions includes 1-2 kickass products such as tents, survival watches and tactical belts.

Pro Plus : 149.99 For the elite collector & big spender. KOTM included in each box, blade brands like Kershaw, Spyderco, Mantis, 5.11, Gerber, SOG, Buck, Fox, and many more.

If you have signed up before 8PM EST on the 3rd of each month, your BattlBox will ship by the 9th of that month, and should arrive no later than the 15th. If you sign up after 8PM EST on the the 3rd, your Battlbox shipment will begin on the following month. For example, if you subscribe on APRIL 2nd, your BattlBox will ship by APRIL 9th. If you subscribe on APRIL 9th, your first Battlbox will ship by MAY 9th.

Yes! It is almost impossible to include enough “cool” gear in each box for the entire thing to be themed, but certain products in each box WILL be themed each month for a different survival or tactical scenario. For us, this is one of the most fun parts of creating each box, and we look forward to sending some of the stuff we’ve found!

The values of the products are all right on par with what I was able to find online.  Good for you guys.  My advice to the company is to keep it real when it comes to the value of the gear that you offer.  It’s easy to add a few dollars on there and you will get busted.  If you list the value, people will check on it.  Countless sub boxes do this and we have busted many of them for going over the top.

The first thing that hit when I opened these boxes is that these are serious monthly subscription boxes.  The gear, the products are all name brand, high quality products and there is no cheap chinese products.

The biggest down fall that we have seen with monthly subscription boxes is that they pack into these boxes a ton of inexpensive chinese junk; that is not the case here with the battlboxes. When you get high quality products you feel like you are getting your monies worth and when you don’t it’s natural to feel like you are getting screwed.

Battlbox has a huge following and a very active forum which I enjoyed spending some time.  One cool thing about the forum is that subscribers can buy, sell and trade unwanted gear if there is something that they don’t need.  This is an awesome function to the site.


Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Terra Peak 55:20 Explorer Backpack - Review




Today Luke and Susan review the Terra Peak 55:20 Explorer backpack.

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Links :

Amazon : https://www.amazon.com/Terra-Peak-Adjustable-Backpack-Mountaineering/dp/B01HNUMLYM

Uk Web Site : http://www.terrapeak.co.uk/shop/4588204118/explorer-55-20-backpack/9350795

Sold on Amazon for $110.99

Cost : 75 British pounds

55L and Extra 20L of storage

 Weight only 4.4 lb (2 kg)

Materials:  FEATURES

- “Terra Pro” polyester fabrics

- Fully adjustable “Pro Mech” back panel

- Hydration system compatible

- Extra 20L of storage under hood and in side pockets

- Lower access to main compartment with divider

- Ice axe and walking pole attachment system

- Zipped map pocket on front panel

SPECIFICATION:

Main Fabric: 600D “Terra Pro” Ripstop Polyester
Trim Fabric: 600D “Terra Pro” Polyester
Air mesh padding

Monday, October 24, 2016

Friday, October 21, 2016

Epic Cross Country Road Trip Adventure - Part 5 - The Finale



Luke and his TWIN brother Trailblazer wrap up their Epic Road Trip across the country!  Thank you so much for joining us on this adventure, we hope that you have enjoyed it as much as we did.

15+ States,
Lots of laughs,
Incredible locations,
5,000 miles,
6 days,
some good music,
and more!

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Olight R50 Seeker Rechargeable Flashlight – Review



For the Flashlight Lovers out there, today Luke is reviewing the Olight R50 Seeker Rechargeable Flashlight!

Links


Price : $120
Specifications:
•       Output / Runtime:
◦                                            Turbo: 2500 Lumens / 2 Minute Burst then down to 800 for 150 minutes
◦                                            High: 1200 Lumens / 12 Minute Burst then to 800 lumens for an additional 130 minutes.
◦                                            Medium: 300 Lumens / 6 Hours
◦                                            Low: 50 Lumens / 50 Hours
•       Peak Beam Distance: 297 Meters 974 ft
•       Peak Beam Intensity: 22,000cd
•       Lens: Double-sided anti-reflective tempered glass
•       LED: CREE XHP-50
•       Dimensions:
◦                                            Length: 5.24"
◦                                            Head Diameter: 1.65"
◦                                            Body Diameter: 1.26"
◦                                            Weight: 8.99 oz (Including Battery)
Runs on 1 x 26650 Li-ion battery (Included)
Waterproof
IPX8 - 2m
Impact Resistance 1 m
1. While being relatively compact and being powered by only one battery, the output is 2500 lumen, and that’s a lot.
2. Build in charger, standard micro-usb socket.
3. A nice present package, a high quality USB adapter with respectable 2A output.
Premium Packing – It feels like you are about to open it up to find a very nice product.

Pros :
Excellent fit and finish.  Very good quality feel to the entire package and product.
The flashlight resembles the Baton series a lot – it is just much larger. I thing the size is optimal to hold in the hand – not too tiny, not too big.
massive silicone cover which feels like it will keep the water out.  I would prefer to see a magnetic charger port but this is good.  Magnetic charging port is great, this is good.  There is a good feeling of the cover setting into place which is nice.  Better than most charging port covers.
The socket is being lit with red light while charging, and green while the charging is complete. You can also use it while the flashlight is on
Large Olight 26550 battery which is larger and offers better performance than my personal favorite battery type, the 18650
When it comes to the beam, there are no artifacts.  Nice throwing power and flooding.
Glow in the dark o ring near the deflector. 
There is a low light indictor which turns red to warn you of low power. 
Convenient to charge in your car. 
Blue bezel looks very nice.
Feels good in the hand.  Good texture.  Doesn’t sleep.
Can use the light and charge it at the same time
Cons :
The battery is a proprietary Olight 26550 battery so you will not be able to go out and purchase one of these from many sources. 
You can use other 26650 batteries but you will not be able to recharge them and from what I have heard they will not be able to power the flashlight on turbo mode.  Luckily additional batteries can be purchased for $17 each. 
While I like the side switch it is easy to turn this one while in your pocket.  Luckily you can lock the flashlight to prevent accidental activation.
step down after 2 minutes to 800 lumens
Naturally it gets warm when running on high.
It is a roller.
No pocket clip

Monday, October 17, 2016

Hanchor Marble Backpack : Preview




Today Luke and Susan are taking a look at the HANCHOR Marble Backpack.

HANCHOR (Hand+Anchor)

Weight – 928 grams = about 2 lbs

Link :  www.hanchor.com

They will ship worldwide for $20 USD

Price in USD - 264.050 US Dollar

Light Weight, Functional, Urban Outdoor Style

The HANCHOR brand was created in Taipei, Taiwan in 2012. We have been designing and hand making bags for outdoor adventures since 2010, and our logo symbolizes a chalked hand with a solid grip on a hold. HANCHOR = Hand+Anchor, both of which keep us on the wall when we climb, and our mission is to design innovative, simple, and high-quality bags to hold your stuff for all your adventures.

MARBLE is a 67 Liter ultralight hiking backpack using high-end material XPAC VX07. MARBLE is suitable for all kind of hiking trips with a roll top closure design and a two-track back frame system, providing comfortable carrying experience.

* Constructed mainly from XPAC VX07 fabrics, YKK water resistant zipper, Roll top closure – fabric is a laminated nylon ripstop/polyester combo that is not as light as Cuban fiber, but claims to be stronger and also waterproof

* Two-track back frame system, adequately ventilated

* Bottom seam bound with thick webbing, helping the pack to stand and increasing the ability to resist abrasion

* Removable hipbelt and Sternum Strap (with whistle device)

* Sides and top compression straps

* Daisy chains design at front for gear carrying

* Front large zipper pocket and two side piockets for quick access

* Two small zipper pockets on hipbelt for small stuff

* Shipped with bungee cords which helps you attaching gear


Backpack Spec

* Top circumference : 39" / Bottom circumference : 41" / Height Fully Unrolled : 36.25"

* Torsos size- Regular (R): 17~19" / Large(L) : 19~21"

Hipbelt  Spec

* Small (S): 27~31" / Medium (M) : 31~35" /  Large (L) : 35~39"


Weight:

* Backpack (includes hipbelt and sternum strap) : 928g = 2lbs

* Vertical aluminum stays: 114g = 4 ounces

* Lateral aluminum stay: 31g = 1 ounce


Suggested limit of comfortable carrying capacity: 20kg – 44lbs

Accessories in the package:

* Removable hipbelt

* Removable Sternum Strap

* Aluminum stays*3

* Long bungee cord*1  / Short bungee cord*2/  String Loop*2




Friday, October 14, 2016

Epic Cross Country Road Trip Adventure - Part 4




Luke and his TWIN brother Trailblazer continue on with their Epic Cross Country Adventure!  This is part 4 of the 5 part series!

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Propper Rifle Case 36" - Review




Today Luke is reviewing the Propper Rifle Case 36".


Link :  https://www.propper.com/bags/gun-cases/proppertm-36-rifle-case.html

Price : $70 on the Propper web site and Amazon

Colors : Black Coyote Olive

Soft gun case

Protect your rifle with the long, padded Rifle Case. MOLLE webbing on the outside offers room for extra storage and accessories, and the large pouch can carry ear and eye protection or ammo.

·              MOLLE compatible webbing for customization

·              Padded on all sides for increased protection

·              Locking zippers

·              Dual exterior pockets sized to fit an 8x12 Pistol Case

·              Dual zippers can accommodate a lock

·              Internal retention system to secure single rifle or shotgun

·              Padded adjustable shoulder strap

·              12.5" H x 36" W x 4" D

·              slotted flap      

Propper also offers a 44" model for $89.99.

The case is fully padded and held up very well during abuse at the range with no concerns for contents during transport, including optics. Another feature that I found useful was the internal retention system - slotted corners and Velcro straps. The lighter contrasting color of the interior was also useful in low light and just in general for finding items that often make their way into an end user's rifle case. I found this to be an excellent case and would highly recommend it.

The lighter colored fabrics allow for putting up and getting out the gun in low light situations


Monday, October 10, 2016

What's in the Box??? - Viewer Mail - Unboxing 16




What's in the Box???

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


Friday, October 7, 2016

Epic Cross Country Road Trip Adventure - Part 3



Luke and his TWIN brother Trailblazer continue on with their Epic Cross Country Adventure!  This is part 3 of the 5 part series!

15+ States,
Lots of laughs,
Incredible locations,
5,000 miles,
6 days,
some good music,
and more!

Part 1 : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eSTn-5D_FGo

Part 2 : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9VxWLotSgWk




Wednesday, October 5, 2016

British Mosquito Tent - Setup and Preview





It's Military Surplus Wednesday and Luke has the British Mosquito Tent!



Link : https://www.varusteleka.com/en/product/british-mosquito-tent-surplus/24666

Price : $28

Weight : 81.2oz / 5lbs / 2301.9g / 2.3kg

A stand-alone insect net. Meant for British field cots, but nothing stops you from throwing a regular kip mat inside. Modern British army surplus, so we're talking about quality stuff for a low price.

Not much to say - you get the complete set needed to erect this and a personal mosquito net too. Measurements on the ground level about 200 x 70 cm, but at 30 cm about 180 x 60 cm. You can throw this on top of a standard field cot and secure it with the provided velcro straps. Weight for the whole package is 1,8 kg.

Used and intact. Can't promise these are totally free of rips or tears, as we really can't be arsed to check each and every one of them individually. The few we did check were in very nice shape and you'll probably get one like that too.

Free Standing

Zipped Entry

1 Cot Mounted Mosquito Net

2 Sets Of GRP Rod Sections

4 Pins

Travel Bag

2'8" x 6', 3' center height.

Olive Drab color


I think this would make for a really cool and really functional system when combined with a tarp setup.  You would roll a Basha tarp right in with the tent.




Monday, October 3, 2016

Sunjack Multi Colored CampLight – Review



Today Luke is reviewing the Sunjack Multi-Colored CampLight!  This is an updated version of the light that he shared years ago and it has some unique features.

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Sunjack Multi-Colored CampLight USB Bulb – Review

Links :

Amazon : https://www.amazon.com/SunJack-CampLight-Daisy-Chainable-Bulb-Lumens/dp/B0131QLQLQ

Sunjack : http://www.sunjack.com/products/camplight-usb-bulb?variant=18853200261

FYI : There are multiple versions of this light available so if you decide to purchase one, be careful and make sure you know what you are selecting.  There 5 versions;

Multi-color which you have here - $14.95

A standard cool white without daisy chain ability - $11

A standard neutral white without daisy chain ability - $11

Cool white with daisy chain ability - $12

Neutral White with daisy chain ability. - $12

Price are $5 cheaper on Amazon than the Sunjack Web Site

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Super bright 8 RGB LED USB multi-colored light bulb

· 15 color choices including Cool White

Weight : 3.4oz with remote

•       Multi-Colored: Over 10 different vibrant colors. White included. Special features including strobe, flash, fade and more. Includes a remote with On / Off Buttons. Super Bright 8 LED USB light bulb with 2700K warm / soft white color temperature, 340 lumens, equivalent to a 40W incandescent bulb, 270 degree beam angle provides wide ambient lighting. Use it to illuminate a tent at night or add lighting to backyard patios, outside campers and so much more.

•       USB Powered: Sturdy 7 foot long USB cord with on/off rocker switch, powered by any USB source including any SunJack Fast Charge Battery or SunJack Solar Kit.

•       Highly durable: Shatter, shock and vibration resistant. Great for traveling and emergency preparedness kits where standard glass bulbs might shatter.

•       Use with Other Daisy Chain Bulbs: The Daisy Chain Color Camplight comes with a female USB extension to allow other Daisy Chain bulbs to be added and "chained" together. String up to 3 bulbs for best efficiency.

Convenient, Safe and Environmentally Friendly - fraction of the weight and size of traditional camping lanterns. The SunJack Camplight takes up less room and adds less weight to any packing or travel bags. No fluorescent gases. No glass bulb. The bulb remains cool to the touch.

Very battery efficient.  With a good quality 10,000mah battery bank you can easily get 6-8 hours of light.

Very long cords, easy to daisy chain them together.

1 remote can direct up to three lights together and independently.

Very good amount of light.

Cons :

Doesn’t seem to be 340 lumens bright.  $250 maybe.

Today Luke is reviewing the Sunjack Multi-Colored CampLight!  This is an updated version of the light that he shared years ago and it has some unique features.


Friday, September 30, 2016

Epic Cross Country Road Trip Adventure - Part 2





Luke and his TWIN brother Trailblazer continue on with their Epic Cross Country Adventure!  This is part 2 of the 5 part series!



15+ States,

Lots of laughs,

Incredible locations,

5,000 miles,

6 days,

some good music,

and more!



Part 1 : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eSTn-5D_FGo




Thursday, September 29, 2016

SurvivalBoxes.com Subscription Box #7 - Unboxing and Discussion





Wait, a video on Thursday?  Today Luke and Susan doing an Unboxing of the SurvivalBoxes.com Subscription Box.  This is box #7.  Grab a cup of coffee and lets see what's inside.

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LINK : http://survivalboxes.com






Monday, September 26, 2016

Battlbox Mission 19 - Unboxing and Discussion



You all wanted more Battlbox so here you go!  This is the Mission 19 Box!
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Link : https://battlbox.com

Battlbox :  This is the dominating survival subscription box if there is one who can hold that title.  Over the years as Susan and I have taken a look at these type of monthly boxes, there is one that our viewers have been not only asking about but vouching for and that would be the Battlbox.

Each Box is a mission: For example this is Mission #18 which is all about fishing.  You may be wondering if every box

Only for the USA and the 50 States.

4 tiers :

Basic : 24.99  Receive 4-7 hand selected items from survival tools and manuals to emergency supplies and EDC gear.

Advanced : 49.99 Receive 6-10 hand-selected items. Additions includes 2-3 higher value items such as tactical pens, camp stoves, water purification and more.

Pro : 99.99 For the serious professional. Receive 7-11 items. Additions includes 1-2 kickass products such as tents, survival watches and tactical belts.

Pro Plus : 149.99 For the elite collector & big spender. KOTM included in each box, blade brands like Kershaw, Spyderco, Mantis, 5.11, Gerber, SOG, Buck, Fox, and many more.

If you have signed up before 8PM EST on the 3rd of each month, your BattlBox will ship by the 9th of that month, and should arrive no later than the 15th. If you sign up after 8PM EST on the the 3rd, your Battlbox shipment will begin on the following month. For example, if you subscribe on APRIL 2nd, your BattlBox will ship by APRIL 9th. If you subscribe on APRIL 9th, your first Battlbox will ship by MAY 9th.

Yes! It is almost impossible to include enough “cool” gear in each box for the entire thing to be themed, but certain products in each box WILL be themed each month for a different survival or tactical scenario. For us, this is one of the most fun parts of creating each box, and we look forward to sending some of the stuff we’ve found!

The values of the products are all right on par with what I was able to find online.  Good for you guys.  My advice to the company is to keep it real when it comes to the value of the gear that you offer.  It’s easy to add a few dollars on there and you will get busted.  If you list the value, people will check on it.  Countless sub boxes do this and we have busted many of them for going over the top.

The first thing that hit when I opened these boxes is that these are serious monthly subscription boxes.  The gear, the products are all name brand, high quality products and there is no cheap chinese products.

The biggest down fall that we have seen with monthly subscription boxes is that they pack into these boxes a ton of inexpensive chinese junk; that is not the case here with the battlboxes. When you get high quality products you feel like you are getting your monies worth and when you don’t it’s natural to feel like you are getting screwed.

Battlbox has a huge following and a very active forum which I enjoyed spending some time.  One cool thing about the forum is that subscribers can buy, sell and trade unwanted gear if there is something that they don’t need.  This is an awesome function to the site.


Friday, September 23, 2016

Epic Cross Country Road Trip Adventure - Part 1



Crank the volume up and join Luke and his twin brother on an Epic Cross Country Adventure!  This is part 1 of the 5 part series!

15+ States,
Lots of laughs,
Incredible locations,
5,000 miles,
6 days,
some good music,
and more!




Thursday, September 22, 2016

ThruNite TN40 Rechargeable (LEO / SAR) Flashlight - Review





Today Luke is returning to the world of flashlights with the ThruNite TN40!  This is a LEO SAR flashlight and the review starts now.

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Link Amazon :

https://www.amazon.com/ThruNite-Rechargeable-Flashlight-Batteries-Included/dp/B01HI7QMLI


Link ThruNite :

http://www.thrunite.com/tn40-rechargeable-led-searchlight/


Specifications

LED: 4xCREE XP-L HI LED with a lifespan of 20+ years of run time.
Runs on: ThruNite Li-ion battery pack (7.2V/6800mAh).
Working voltage: 5V-9V.
Charging current/voltage: 8.4V, 3.5A.
Output & Runtime (Tested with ThruNite 7.2V/6800mAh Li-ion battery pack and for CW. NW parameters is 10% off):
Strobe(1100 lumens /9hrs),
Turbo(4450 lumens/85mins),
High(1780 lumens /2.7hrs),
Medium(580 lumens /9.5hrs),
Low(90 lumens /2.5days),
Firefly (1.2 lumens /57days).
Peak beam intensity: 331200cd.
Max beam distance: 1151m.
Power interface: 1 * DC 5.5mm charging port.
Waterproof to IPX-8 Standard (2 meters).
Impact resistant: 1.0 meter.
Working Temperature: -40℃-40℃.
Dimensions: 173mm (length) x 100mm x 52mm.
Weight: 785g (including battery).
Accessories: Shoulder strap*1, Strap ring*1, AC/DC Adapter*1, Spare O-ring*2, Side switch Cap*1, Tail switch Cap*1, Anti-dust plug*1


Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Monday, September 19, 2016

Go! Outfitters Go Camping Hammock w/ Cinch System – Review



Luke is here with the review of the Go! Outfitters Go Camping Hammock with Cinch Buckle Suspension System.



Links :

Go Outfitters :

http://go-outfitters.com/collections/hammocks-and-accessories/products/the-go-camping-hammock?variant=2036869315

Amazon :

https://www.amazon.com/Go-Outfitters-GCHBK-GO-Hammock/dp/B01788M5FE



Price : $100 with out cinch suspension system.  $130 with the Suspension on the go outfitters web site

$87.40 on amazon for just the hammock. Comes with rope and carabiner if you don’t get the suspension system.

Weight : 58.9oz for the entire system – Hammock, stacks, lines and suspension system.

14.8 for the suspension system straps

44.2oz for the hammock with stakes and lines

Colors : Back, gray, forest green

It’s so long and wide that you can sleep virtually side ways in it which means that you are almost completely flat.  The way that it was designed also means that you can  easily sleep on your side.

11' x 64”

1st hammock in the world to feature our exclusive fabric tensioners that I invented. These manage loose fabric that occurs with larger hammocks.

Material; 70D nylon, 400 lb. weight limit.

Pros :

Very strong, nicely made system

Very long Suspension straps – 15 feet each - 1" wide tree straps

Cinch system works incredibly well and makes setting up the hammock very quick and easy.

Very large hammock, big enough for two people.

These straps and cinch are awesome and easy to adjust! The straps are twice as thick as any other hammock straps I have ever used! The rope on the cinch buckles is 1/8" Amsteel which is crazy strong, other companies only use 7/16" rope. I am confident that these will literally last my entire life! I had another set from a competitor and the thinner straps could slip through the buckle.

Yes, the fabric is breathable, which helps keep the user cool and prevents sweating. It is also is a wicking fabric, which in hotter weather, can actually pull moisture away from the body to the outside of the fabric were it can evaporate. When moisture evaporates, it has a cooling effect!

The material is tightly weaved which prevents mosquitoes from biting through the material on the bottom of the hammock.  That isn’t the case with all hammocks.

Very comfortable

Included ridgeline

Cons :

Heavy System.

Stuff sack is very small.  Almost too small in my opinion.


Friday, September 16, 2016

Epic Cross Country Road Trip Adventure - INTRO



Crank the volume up and get ready to join Luke and his twin brother on an Epic Cross Country Adventure!

15+ States,
Lots of laughs,
Incredible locations,
5,000 miles,
6 days,
some good music,
and more!

This is the INTRO to the Epic Cross Country Road Trip Adventure, the 5 part series begins next week!

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Salomon Forces Speed Assaults - Review



Luke has a new pair of shoes in which he has been testing out; these are the Salomon forces Speed Assaults.  Enjoy the review!

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Link :

http://www.tacticaldistributors.com/products/salomon-forces-speed-assault?variant=12953656775

Price : $159 Retail.  On sale at the time of filming for $119

Weight: 12oz each / 24oz as a pair / 1.5lbs / 680g

Colors : Brown color : Burro – The only color that they are available in at this time.

Sizes : 8 - 13

Tactical Distributors Connection :

TD sent me these shoes to test out and to review and I’m glad that they did.  I have personally been a customer of theirs for years now and have gotten some great kit from them including the Arc’teryx Echo pack when it was steeply discounted!

The shoes was made for warmer weather use so you can go fast and lightweight.


Features :

•       Anti-debris mesh

•       Gusseted tongue

•       Non-reflective materials

•       Sensifit

•       Quick lacing

•       Stretch heel collar

•       Lace pockets

•       Ortholite sock liner

Aggressive treads * 6mm heel to toe drop

welded seems * reinforced toe * Side vents and for draining


LINING MATERIAL

TEXTILE - An abrasion resistant lining that allows for excellent breathability and quick drying.

OUTSOLE:

•       LOW PROFILE * NON MARKING CONTAGRIP®

MIDSOLE

•       INJECTED EVA

SOCKLINER:

•       EVA SHAPED FOOTBED *MOLDED EVA *  ORTHOLITE®



Review :

Interesting Look –

Average Grip –

Not a huge fan of the quick lacing but it’s growing on me.

Very lightweight

Extremely breathable – keep your feet dry

Fast on and off

The collar around the ankle is extremely comfortable and the material is silky smooth.  It feels amazing.

The tongue does a good job of keep dirt and debris from entering the shoe.

Took time to break them in.

A friend of mine works for the Sheriffs department and he swears by these boots and I have to agree.


Monday, September 12, 2016

Winner Announcement - 70k Subscribers Giveaway



Thank you all for making T.O.G.R. what it is today!  Today Luke announces the Winner of the 70k Subscribers Giveaway.

Another giveaway is coming soon!

Friday, September 9, 2016

Bear Wallow Mountain Day Hike Adventure





Join Luke and Susan at Bear Wallow Mountain for some amazing sights and some good laughs.

We hope that you all have a great time with us.


Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Massdrop + Klymit Static V Insulated Ultra Light - Review





Oh yeah, Luke is reviewing a 'Special Edition' sleeping pad made by Massdrop + Klymit. This is the Massdrop + Klymit Static V Insulated Ultra Light Review.

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Link :  Product page link:   http://dro.ps/togr-md-klymit

Price:

Uninsulated version will be $50 and insulated version will be $60. Can also add the pillow on for additional $15.

Specs: Massdrop x Klymit Static V Insulated Ultra Light

Fabric: 20D nylon

Color: Stealth green (top), dark charcoal (bottom)

Insulation: 60 g/m2 synthetic

R-value: 4.4

Inflation: 8-12 breaths

Dimensions, inflated: 72 x 20 x 2.5 in (182 x 51 x 6 cm)

Dimensions, packed: 8 x 4 in (20 x 10 cm)

Weight, pad: 16.9 oz (479 g)

Weight, stuff sack: 0.5 oz (15 g)


Tuesday, September 6, 2016

What's in the Envelope??? - Viewer Mail - Unboxing 15



What's in the Envelope???

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




Monday, September 5, 2016

Friday, September 2, 2016

Propper Summerweight Tactical Shorts Review





Today Luke is reviewing the Propper Men's Summerweight Tactical Shorts.  What do you think about them?



Link Amazon : https://www.amazon.com/Propper-Mens-Summerweight-Tactical-Shorts/dp/B00WELB38Q

Link Propper : https://www.propper.com/proppertm-summerweight-tactical-short.html

Price : Around the $39 mark on Amazon and the Propper web site.

Weight : 10.2oz for the 32 waist

Colors: Black Khaki Navy blue and Olive

94% Nylon, 6% Spandex Ripstop

Built for the brutal heat, the Summerweight Short offers all of the same construction as our Summerweight Tactical Pant with an 11" inseam. 10 total pockets give you storage for all of your necessities. Constructed of durable ultra-lightweight ripstop fabric and mesh lining provide the perfect short to keep you cool.

•       Durable ultra-lightweight fabric wicks moisture away from the body keeping you cool, dry and comfortable
•       Rapid-access lay-flat cargo pockets on upper thigh
•       Additional zip pockets on upper thigh for secure storage
•       Nylon pocket reinforcements
•       Gusseted crotch allows greater range of motion
•       Covert back pocket for ID or handcuff key
•       Hook and loop rear wallet pockets
•       French fly with zippered

Mesh pocket bags for increased breathability

Pros :

Sizing was right on with my pair.  I’ve read that Propper clothing runs small but in my experience it has been right on.

Very comfortable.

Very breathable.

TONS OF POCKETS

Excellent quality

Reinforced clip pocket

The price is perfect!

Cons :

Belt Loops / Zipper Pull

Review :

I really like these shorts! I love the pockets, the typical cargo packets and a zipper pocket underneath it. The pockets are mesh. No snap on these shorts, rather a button. Zipper has a wide clasp.

I like these enough where I will order a second pair.




Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Battlbox Mission 1.2 and Mission 18 - Unboxing



Today Luke and Susan look at Battlbox and their monthly subscription service (Mission 1.2 and Mission 18).

You all have requested (over and over again) that we check out Battlbox so we did! Thank you all for your recommendation.

Want to see something else?  Let us know!

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Link : https://www.battlbox.com

Battlbox :  This is the dominating survival subscription box if there is one who can hold that title.  Over the years as Susan and I have taken a look at these type of monthly boxes, there is one that our viewers have been not only asking about but vouching for and that would be the Battlbox.

Each Box is a mission: For example this is Mission #18 which is all about fishing.  You may be wondering if every box

Only for the USA and the 50 States.

4 tiers :

Basic : 24.99  Receive 4-7 hand selected items from survival tools and manuals to emergency supplies and EDC gear.

Advanced : 49.99 Receive 6-10 hand-selected items. Additions includes 2-3 higher value items such as tactical pens, camp stoves, water purification and more.

Pro : 99.99 For the serious professional. Receive 7-11 items. Additions includes 1-2 kickass products such as tents, survival watches and tactical belts.

Pro Plus : 149.99 For the elite collector & big spender. KOTM included in each box, blade brands like Kershaw, Spyderco, Mantis, 5.11, Gerber, SOG, Buck, Fox, and many more.

If you have signed up before 8PM EST on the 3rd of each month, your BattlBox will ship by the 9th of that month, and should arrive no later than the 15th. If you sign up after 8PM EST on the the 3rd, your Battlbox shipment will begin on the following month. For example, if you subscribe on APRIL 2nd, your BattlBox will ship by APRIL 9th. If you subscribe on APRIL 9th, your first Battlbox will ship by MAY 9th.

Yes! It is almost impossible to include enough “cool” gear in each box for the entire thing to be themed, but certain products in each box WILL be themed each month for a different survival or tactical scenario. For us, this is one of the most fun parts of creating each box, and we look forward to sending some of the stuff we’ve found!

The values of the products are all right on par with what I was able to find online.  Good for you guys.  My advice to the company is to keep it real when it comes to the value of the gear that you offer.  It’s easy to add a few dollars on there and you will get busted.  If you list the value, people will check on it.  Countless sub boxes do this and we have busted many of them for going over the top.

The first thing that hit when I opened these boxes is that these are serious monthly subscription boxes.  The gear, the products are all name brand, high quality products and there is no cheap chinese products.

The biggest down fall that we have seen with monthly subscription boxes is that they pack into these boxes a ton of inexpensive chinese junk; that is not the case here with the battlboxes. When you get high quality products you feel like you are getting your monies worth and when you don’t it’s natural to feel like you are getting screwed.

Battlbox has a huge following and a very active forum which I enjoyed spending some time.  One cool thing about the forum is that subscribers can buy, sell and trade unwanted gear if there is something that they don’t need.  This is an awesome function to the site.


Monday, August 29, 2016

Bear Wallow Mountain Day Hike - INTRO




A Day Hike Adventure is coming soon and this is the INTRO!  Join Luke and Susan at Bear Wallow Mountain for some amazing sights and some good laughs.

The Full Adventure is coming soon.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Tribe Provisions HydeTech Insulated Bottle - Review



Today Luke and Susan are reviewing the Tribe Provisions HydeTech Insulated 20oz Water Bottle.



Price : $15 at the time of filming. Retail is $20

Weight : 11.9oz
Colors : Gray blue green red orange light blue dark blue


•       Stainless steel construction for durability (BPA-free)
•       Double-walled, vacuum-sealed insulation to preserve liquid temperature
•       HydeTech rubberized coating to improve grip
•       Cap loop and carabiner for tote-ability

20 oz. capacity with a 1.75 inch opening

The HydeTech vacuum sealed, insulated water bottle will keep your hot liquids hot and your cold liquids cold for an extended period of time.
Cold liquids will not cause sweating even in the most humid environments.

Food-grade stainless steel is easy to clean and is BPA free.

The HydeTech rubberized coating improves the bottle's grip and feel while also giving it a unique matte finish. Customize your bottle with stickers or sharpie quotes and designs.

Great for sports, outdoors, camping, hiking, fishing, campus life, and daily use. The Hydetech is available in a variety of colors, get one for the whole family.

All Tribe Provisions products come with a 1 year warranty.

Available in 20oz and 34oz sizes.

Draw on the surface

Pros :

Dishwasher Safe

Excellent fit and finish

Love the rubberized surface

Excellent Price

No condensation

Cons :

No instant drink spout
Review :

This water bottle is AMAZING! I put ice water in my bottle and 24 hours later, a large amount of ice was still in the water! At 36 hours, only small amounts of ice remained, but the water was still cold at 48 hours.

Keeps coffee hot all day

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

EKA Nordic W12 Knife - Review



Today Luke is reviewing the EKA Nordic W12 Knife.  An excellent knife for any hiker, bushcrafter or hunter!

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Link EKA : https://www.ekaknives.com/collections/hunting-outdoor-knives/products/nordic-w12

Link Amazon : https://www.amazon.com/EKA-Nordic-W12-Hunting-Knife/dp/B00YPQPI7A

Price : $95 currently on Amazon

BLADE LENGTH: 120 MM  // TOTAL LENGTH: 230 MM  // BLADE THICKNESS: 4 MM  // HANDLE: G10 / G10 Black  // TOTAL WEIGHT: 220 GRAM

Built for just about anything survival, adventure, hunting and wilderness living.

Modified drop point blade

Full tang construction,

Textured thumb grip on blade back for better control.

Ergonomic checkered G10 handles alternative G10 in orange or black to achieve an optimum grip in adverse conditions, assembled with precision machine screws allowing user to complete disassembly for cleaning. Glass smasher and lanyard hole with a 550 parachute cord to avoid dropping the knife and to keep it where it should be.

FEATURES

 - Scandinavian ground blade for extreme sharp edge and durability -  - Pronounced finger guard -

 Field hammer Pommel -

Kydex belt sheath with changeable screws in different position.

EKA knows how to make a very good quality knife and have been making blades since the 1800’s.  Using high quality materials.  Know for strength and design.

Pros :
Nice Grips.    
Very sharp.    
Full Tang makes it great for batoning.
Good thickness, strong.          
Stainless Steel
Fire Steel    
10 year warranty

Cons :
The fire steel could be easily lost.

Who is this for :

Hiker, camper or hunter.


Monday, August 22, 2016

SurvivalBoxes.com Subscription Box #6 - Unboxing



Today Luke and Susan doing an Unboxing of the SurvivalBoxes.com Subscription Box.  This is box #6.  Grab a cup of coffee and lets see what's inside.

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LINK : http://survivalboxes.com

SURVIVAL BOXES are packed with items from the survival elements of Gear, Food, and Water. Plus Survival Garden Seeds!

Every month you will receive:

• Survival Gear - (2-5 survival items or 1 major one)

• Survival Food - 25-year shelf life storable meals and foods (Different entree & food varieties every month)

- 24 hours/1 Day supply of 25-year storable food in every box

***Minimum of 8 servings/2000 Calories in every box***

• Survival Water - Emergency water & water purification

• Survival Seeds - Storable Non-GMO Heirloom seeds (3 varieties per month that will produce renewable food in your survival garden)

• Survival Knowledge Cards - Survival Tips and Instruction

Cost : $39.99 monthly

prepay for 3 months : $116.97

Prepay 6 months : $227.94

Prepay 12 months : $443.88

Shipping : $9.95

Monthly Box :

Boxes will ship around the 7th

Money Back Guarantee :

Cancel or skip a box anytime!  No questions and no hassle!  If you are not 100% satisfied with your Survival Box,  just send it back.

Survival Food :

The company also has a survival box of food supplies which include storable food along with seeds.




Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Newly Listed Gear for Sale



Finally what all the viewers have been waiting for! Luke is selling some gear. This includes gear that you have seen in past reviews and items from Luke's personal collection. If you are interested in something that you have seen him use in a past video and it isn't listed, feel



MULTICAM Duffle Bag - Review




Today Luke is reviewing the Military 'Style' Duffle Gym Bag in MULTICAM.

Link : http://www.militaryclothing.com/military-duffle-gym-bag-multicam.aspx

Price : $50 but is on sale for $30 at the time of filming

Weight : Around 3lbs

•        SIZE in INCHES: Approximately 20 x 11 x 10 (53x28.5x25 cm)
•        Material:600x600D/PVC
•        Main and Shoes Compartment
•        Front zippered pocket and mesh pouch
•        Separate zippered waterproof compartment to store dirty clothes or shoes away from other items




Monday, August 15, 2016

Venture Pal 35L Packable Backpack - Review



Today Luke and Susan reviewing the Venture Pal 35L Packable Backpack.  Like what you see?  A giveaway is coming soon!

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VENTURE PAL 35 L Packable Backpack $ 20.99

Available on Amazon from Venture Pal

Link in description box below

http://www.amazon.com/Venture-Pal-Ultralight-Lightweight-Waterproof/dp/B01BY6UDEQ

About Venture Pal Packable Handy Backpack

The best foldable Lightweight Outdoor Hiking backpack with a stylish look great for day-to-day use or occasional travel.

Also it is suitable to regard as gift for your family or friend or colleague.

COMPACT: Folding into zippered inner pocket to fit anywhere. Unfolds from pocket to backpack in seconds.

LIGHTWEIGHT(11.2 ounces and ROOMY(35Liters): A true space saver. Fold the backpack into its own pocket for storage. To avoid overweight charge, simply unfold from your checked bags and use it as a carry on for your excess baggage.

DURABLE: This Venture Pal Backpack is made with high quality tear and water resistant material, provides extra strength and long-lasting performance with the lightest weight possible. The extra strength provided by the double-layer bottom piece makes it very convenient to carry more load on your journeys. Longevity is further enhanced by bar-tacks at major stress points.

COMFORTABLE: Breathable mesh shoulder straps with plentiful sponge padding help relieve the stress from your shoulder. The length of the shoulder straps is adjustable. The chest strap with a whistle buckle help you lock your backpack in place securely.

MULTI COMPARTMENTS and KEEP THINGS ORGANIZED: This backpack features one main zipped compartment, two zipped front pockets and two side pockets. The main compartment provide enough room(35 liters) no matter if it's a day trip or a week long journey. Two separators in the main compartment are convenient enough to help you further organize things.

DIMENSIONS: Unfold: 20x13x7.5 inches,Fold: 9x8.5x2.2 inches


Friday, August 12, 2016

Full Moon Getaway - Overnight Adventure - INTRO




This is the INTRO for our latest Adventure, the Full Moon Getaway!

The actual Adventure is coming soon.

Enjoy.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Tribe Provisions Single Person Hammock - Review



Today Luke is reviewing the Tribe Provisions Single Person Adventure Hammock.



Link : https://www.amazon.com/Ultimate-Single-person-Adventure-Tribe-Provisions/dp/B00F30OOIG

Price : $30

Weight : 1.7lbs

Tons of Colors : green orange black blue grey purple red,

•        210T ripstop nylon that holds up to 400 pounds
•       Two 10-foot polypropylene lashing paracord cables [cordage]
•       Steel, Spring-Gate carabiners
•       Attached stuff-bag so you never lose the bag

Durable triple-stitched seams

The durable diamond lock rip-stop nylon resists mildew, can be easily cleaned, and won't stretch.
A friend of mine who is 6’2” and 250 loves this hammock

It’s a win.

Pros :

The green color fits in well with the environment
Lightweight
Strong
Ropes are included
Large size
Great price.  You could buy 2 of these for the same price as one ENO.

Cons :
Doesn’t come with straps…but it does come to rope

Review :

I’ve been using this hammock for many months now and it has been a good performer.

The quality is good, the materials are good and it’s strong as well as large.  Plenty of material to get comfortable in.

Used it in the early spring in 30 degree weather and loved it and naturally, we have been using it during the summer months.  Lightweight,

Our daughter spent 5 days recently in one of these and loved it.

This is a great hammock to test the waters of hammocking with.


Monday, August 8, 2016

What's in the Box??? - Viewer Mail - Unboxing 14



What's in the Box???

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

Friday, August 5, 2016

Volcano Grills 3 Fuel Portable Camping Stove - Review





Today Luke and Susan are reviewing the Volcano Grills 3-Fuel Portable Camping Stove.

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Link : https://www.amazon.com/Volcano-Grills-3-Fuel-Portable-Camping/dp/B000FDKXN6

Price : $150.00

Weight : 25lbs

3 Fuel : Wood charcoal and Propane

13 inch diameter

Pros :

Smart Design. – Pops open, ready to go.  Easy to setup
There is shielding to block the wind
Multi-fuels
Multiple cooking aspects (dutch oven optional)
Easy to clean – let it cool, wash with mild detergent and then dry.
Price – With many propane stoves costing $100, at $150 you are getting a very versatile stove.
Steel diffuser plate

Cons :

Very heavy.
Lots of components

Review :

While not the cheapest stove on the market this one has a lot of features which will please a wide audience.

Very easy to set up and use, can use multiple fuels and it is just as nice to use at home as it is to use at your favorite car camping spot.  For prepping and emergency preparedness, this is a great option to consider as well.  Very efficient, easy to clean.




Wednesday, August 3, 2016

British Military Universal Bergen ECM Rucksack - Military Surplus




So this is a very odd military surplus pack!  Today Luke is taking a look at the British Military Universal Bergen ECM Rucksack in DPM DESERT CAMO.



Link : http://www.militaryclothing.com/british-military-rucksack-backpack-dpm-desert-camo.aspx

Price : $79.99

•       Weight : 6lbs on my scale
•       New, Unissued Authentic European Military Surplus
•       ECM (Electronic Countermeasures)
•       1000 Denier Cordura® Nylon IRR DDPM
•       Adjustable Shoulder Straps
•       Back Padding and Adjustable Removable Hip Belt
•       Large Internal Main Compartment with Several Pockets

Straps and Padding 2 External Pockets with Cover and Compression Zippers

British army ECM rucksack. FOR RADIO / ELECTRICAL EQUIPMENT.

FOR RADIO / ELECTRICAL EQUIPMENT.

AND IT HAS :-

LARGE INTERNAL CARGO SPACE
2 SIDE POCKETS WITH FLAPS THAT CAN BE EXPANDED BY UNDOING THE ZIPS
2 LONG OPEN POUCHES
1 WATERPROOF INTERNAL POUCH
ASSORTED STRAPS FOR HOLDING EQUIPMENT IN PLACR
PADDED WAIST BELT FIT UP TO 50" WAIST




Monday, August 1, 2016

GIVEAWAY - 70k Subscribers!!! - Enter Now





Thank you all for making T.O.G.R. what it is today!  As a symbol of our gratitude we are doing a giveaway for one lucky winner!

Make sure to watch the video for all of the details.

Thank you again!




Friday, July 29, 2016

V3 Pocket Bellows - Review - A Must for Your Fire Kit



Today Luke is reviewing the Epiphany Outdoor Gear V3 Pocket Bellows.

Will it become a staple of his fire kit?  Find out now!

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Link Amazon : https://www.amazon.com/Epiphany-Outdoor-Gear-V3-Pocket-Bellow/dp/B00LDSW5BA

Link Pocketbellows : http://www.pocketbellows.com

Price : $11.69 on amazon / $15 on their web site (they will accept international orders)

Weight : .8oz for the bellows / 1.0oz for the bellows and container

Telescoping

Pros :

Easy to use
Lightweight
Strong
Simple design

The pocket bellows also puts some distance between you and the combustion, reducing irritation.

Cons :
Could be longer :D

Review :

This has become a staple item within my fire kit.  Before I began testing this out, I pegged this to be somewhat of gimmick but folks, that was my mistake.  I’m about as experienced of an outdoorsman that there is and I love this tool and that is what it is. A valuable tool! This is purchase that I wouldn’t regret as it’s incredibly simple and incredibly useful.

I’ve used to get my fires going, I’ve used it to bring my fires back to life, I’ve used this to create smokey burns to get rid of bugs.  I have used this to focus heat to boil my water faster.

Buy it!


Thursday, July 28, 2016

Cross Country Invitation - Road Trip Adventure



Luke is about to begin his epic adventure across the United States with 'Trail Blazer!'  Join them both and get ready for the video Series which is coming soon!

9/10 days, 5,500+ miles!

Make sure to follow the adventure on Facebook beginning the 29th!

Facebook Link : https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Outdoor-Gear-Review/281509538652229

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Propper 16x8 Hook and Loop Hydration Sleeve – Review





Today Luke is reviewing the Propper 16x8 Hook and Loop Hydration Sleeve.

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Link Propper : https://www.propper.com/propperr-16x8-hydration-sleeve.html   $22.99

Link Amazon : https://www.amazon.com/Propper-Hydration-Sleeve-Black-Size/dp/B01BIY07ZO   $28.30

Colors : Black Only

Weight : 8.4oz

·        100% Polyester

·        Sized to fit most popular 3 liter hydration reservoirs

·        Padded for additional protection and insulation

·        Lined for water resistance

·        Hook backed and loop faced for attaching to loop fields without limiting additional hook and loop accessories

·        Large open-top compartment allows for easy entry and removal with a secure hook and loop retention strap

·        16" H x 8" W x 1" D

I wish that it had a clip on the inside to support the hydration bladder from sagging as water is removed from the bladder.