Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Luke reviews the Snugpak Hammock Quilt!
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
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.
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.
Monday, November 28, 2016
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.
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.
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!
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
Wednesday, November 23, 2016
Monday, November 21, 2016
Today Luke is going over one of his favorite pieces of gear, the Golite Shangri-La 3 (Pyramid 3) tent.
Friday, November 18, 2016
Wednesday, November 16, 2016
Monday, November 14, 2016
Today Luke is reviewing the Snugpak Tropical Hammock.
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
• 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.
Pros – Very strong, can support big guys.
Long and wide.
Inexpensive compared to the competition.
Includes suspension system
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.
Friday, November 11, 2016
Wednesday, November 9, 2016
Monday, November 7, 2016
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.
• Breakdown Handle with paracord wrapped hand grip.
Allen Key for assembly/disassembly
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.