Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Budget Friendly Bushcraft Blanket - Swiss Heavyweight Blanket



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Today Luke is discussing the Swiss Army Heavyweight Wool Blanket.

Is it the perfect Bushcraft blanket at a budget friendly price?

Decide for yourself now in this quick video!

Link Heavy Weight : https://swisslink.com/swiss-army-reproduction-heavyweight-blanket.html

Link Light Weight : https://swisslink.com/swiss-army-reproduction-blanket.html

Price :
Heavy – $32.99
Light - $24.99

Original Swiss Wool Blankets have a long history of being some of the best wool blankets ever made but after all of these years they are hard to find and if located, they are very expensive.  Paying $160 for one is very common place.

Dark taupe with burgandy

Beautiful copy of the Swiss Army Blanket. We had these extra heavyweight ones made. Hand sewn white cross on each end. 70 percent wool. Measures 60" x 84". Weighs a very nice 5.9 pounds. Shades of brown will vary a bit.

Hardly ever has there been a blanket that is more famous and sought after then the Swiss Army Blanket. For 20 years we sold the original stock from the Swiss Army until it was completely sold out worldwide.  So... using the precise original specifications we re-created these beautiful blankets at a very affordable price.  70% fine wool with a white stitched cross. Measures 60 x 80 inches and weighs a whopping 3.9 pounds.

Somewhere a couple years back during my clothing / blanket research I stumbled on an article that referenced studies the Wehrmacht conducted on wool content in uniforms during the war. If memory serves they found that they could get down to around ~70% wool content before they had any significant change in the insulative qualities of their wool uniforms.

As it stands, that made the 80/20 blends a pretty easy buy for me, and a significant savings over shelling out for the 100% wool Italian blankets. Your mileage may vary.

Review :
Excellent Quality blankets at a terrific cost
Tightly woven
Very warm

Cons
Slightly scratchy against the skin with a military surplus smell which makes sense considering that these are coming from a military surplus provider

I would recommend washing these by hand in the tub a few times with some fabric softener and lanolin.  You can even add some eucalyptus to the mixture for a natural bug repellant!

Once you wash it, let it air dry.  Don’t throw this in the dryer unless you want to shrink the hell out of it.

These make excellent bushcraft and truck blankets.  Get one, wash it, treat it to make it softer at a terrific value.




Monday, September 18, 2017

What Happened to Moose? - Moose and Guns Ep 2 - Sig 522



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What Happened to Moose?
This is the second episode of Moose and Guns and it features one of the best 22LR rifles ever made!  

Friday, September 15, 2017

Real Bushcraft! - Great American Eclipse Bushcraft Overnight Adventure




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You are invited to join Luke for the Solar Eclipse Bushcraft Overnight Adventure.  The Tools.  The Skills.  The Solar Eclipse.

This is Real Bushcraft and the Adventure Begins now!

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Unbeatable Price - Swiss Woodsman Axe - Review



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It's Military Surplus Wednesday and we are taking a look at an Unbeatable, Inexpensive Axe; the Swiss Military Woodsman Axe!



Link : https://swisslink.com/new-swiss-military-reserve-woodsman-axe.html

Price : $27

Weight : 4lbs 11oz – Substantial!

Handle : 20”  Ash Hardwood

Blade : 4.5” blade

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For the price, this is one of the best axes on the market!  It’s a heavy duty, two handed tool which could easily fit into the inventory of any outdoorsman.

For bushcraft needs, I have to admit, this is rather heavy.  If you are trekking around with a 5lb axe I’m impressed!

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Thoughts :

Since I haven’t sharpened this axe I can’t give you a review and I may get to that in the following months.  I wanted to show you all what this axe is and how it arrives to you as there is one very important aspect to it that may be a deal breaker for some;

Swiss axes and hatchets will arrive to you dull….duller than a freaking spoon! If you can’t sharpen an axe blade, I’m sure that you can find someone to do that for you.

They were issued like that back in the day so the user could use it for splitting or give it an edge for finer work.  The benefit is that when you sharpen the head yourself, it will be at the angle your hand naturally sharpens and it will be easier for the user to touch up every time. Everyone has their own particular angle that feels best, so sharpening is always consistent.

Something to keep in mind is that this is a $26 axe which means that it’s perfect for a basic beater tool. Keep it behind the seat of the truck, take it with you on your next hunting trip, etc.

Handle is smooth enough but a bit of work will take it to the next level.  Some sanding and coating of some oil will go a long way.

Tip :  Give it a rubdown with beeswax/oil mix or linseed oil and sat it beside the wood stove for it to absorb into the handle.

For $26 I think that this is a heck of a bargain.  There are a few sites selling these but they are much more expensive.  For a project axe, a beater axe, this can’t be beat.




Monday, September 11, 2017

My Colorado Gear Load out - Backpacking the Rockies (Plus Tips)



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So you may have seen the Overnight Adventure to Cathedral Lake in Colorado which was EPIC in every way and in this video I will be going over all of the gear which I personally carried and used.

This will answer many of the questions which you may have had but if you have more, feel free to email me;

theoutdoorgearreview@gmail.com

I will have a video up next week where I will go over my Day Hike Load Out which I carried.



Links :

Cathedral Like Overnight Adventure : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=snwN5TMCWy0

Arc Blast Backpack : https://youtu.be/KAhACnXj8vA

Katabatic Gear Alsek 22F : https://youtu.be/zWexIdxgN3g

Big Agnes Insulated Air Core Ultra : https://youtu.be/6u8Ag61-wZI

MSR Pocket Rocket 2 : https://youtu.be/hAO4zgAmIFQ

I have other videos for some of the other products so search the channel if you want more information.

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Backpacking the Rockies - Colorado Gear Load out

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Packs :                   Zpacks Arc Blast                        

Sleeping Bags :      Quilt – Katabatic Gear Alsek 22F                                  

Sleeping Pad :        Big Agnes Insulated Air Core Ultra                        

Stove :                    MSR Pocket Rocket 2

Pot :                        Toaks Titanium Pot 750ml with bail handle.

Cups :                     Titanium Cups – One is from MSR and the other is from mountain laurel designs

Silverware :            Titanium Long Spoons (2)

Power Kits

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Head Lamps : One Extra Batteries

Battery Banks for Phones : Anker

Charging Cable

Misc

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First Aid Kit with Ibuprofen (sinus pills)

Knives – pocket Knife

Bug Spray

Pack Cover – Mine is a cheap pack cover which I got from amazon years ago.  Purchased on amazon years ago for $10.  Works perfectly. It’s from Orange sport I believe.

Water

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Water bottle : Hydroblue – Review coming soon.

And a 1 liter Bottle

Backup water treatment tablets

Clothing :

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Extra Socks (2)

Long Johns (2)(?)

Puffer Jackets (2)

Rain Gear (2 sets)

Convertible pants -

Shorts

Shirts

Underwear

Hat – Seal Skin

Beanie

Gloves

Shoes – Vasque Mantra 2.0

Food

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Mountain House Dinner

Mountain House Lunch

Real Turmat Oatmeal

Breakfast (?)

Packit Gourmet Chicken salad

Instant Coffee

Snacks

Had to rent a bear canister

Bear bags aren’t allowed or aren’t useful above the tree line.

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Sunblock cream for face, ears, neck.

Maps loaded on All Trails App. Downloaded so I can use off line with GPS.

Had paper map backups along with a compass!  Very important especially when going off trail like Susan and I did.  Please do not go off trail unless you are very proficient with route navigation, map reading and location acquiring.


Sunday, September 10, 2017

Too Kind - Lots of Gear! Viewer Mail #34



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It is mail time again and hopefully I can actually get this video up now....it's a long story involving Youtube....anyways, as always we are honored and thankful!

Friday, September 8, 2017

The Solar Eclipse Bushcraft Overnight Adventure - INTRO



This is the INTRO for The Solar Eclipse Bushcraft Overnight Adventure.  The full adventure is coming next week!

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Next Generation Military Sleeping Pad! Savotta Sleeping Mat - Review



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Today Luke is reviewing the Savotta Sleeping Mat which is essentially the next generation of Military Sleeping pad!



Link : https://www.varusteleka.com/en/product/finnish-sleeping-mat/17334

Price : $54.99

Weight : 2.11lbs / 960g / .96kg

Now, if there's something the Finnish army can do right, it's the sleeping gear. Our kip mat is the best one we've ever seen, to be honest. These are made by the official army contractor, Savotta. You can see from the price you've got quality coming.

Admittedly a traditional sleeping mat is OK, but if you want to take it a few steps further, try this:

Length :  74.8 inches

Width : 39.3 inches

Dimensions when Rolled : 19.6” x 8.66”

Thickness : Just shy of being ¾ inch thick

Skirts :

Fabric : 210D Nylon PU Coated

Anti-Skid : Rubber Coated bottom

The 1,2 cm thick foam keeps cold away and cushions just enough.

25 cm wide foldable extensions on both sides and a 20 cm long one on the foot end. These are super - you won't touch the wet ground even if you slip while asleep...

...which is unlikely, thanks to good friction on the top of the mat.

Length 190 cm (+ 20 cm), width 50 cm (+ 50 cm), weight 1 kg.

Elastic loops to secure the mat - you won't be needing extra straps to keep this rolled. You can also use the loops to secure the mat to the rucksack, like some of us did in the army. If you did this wrong, the mat constantly banged against the back of your helmet, which is something that god fairly annoying on a long tab.

Made of very high quality materials. These are meant to work in Finnish weather conditions, which are very cold when they're not otherwise wet and nasty.

The workmanship is also top notch, and to the best of our knowledge fill the army requirements. Well OK, you wouldn't expect any less from a kip mat this expensive.

Compared to self-inflatable mats, the advantage of a "traditional" foam mat is the impeccable durability and ease of use. These won't mind if you happen to shove them into something sharp.

Founded in 1955 Finn-Savotta, or just Savotta, is known for their simplistic and extremely rugged designs. For decades Savotta has been the go-to supplier of hiking gear for the Finnish civilian market and combat gear and tents for the defence forces.


Monday, September 4, 2017

She Won't Even Try It! - Kalakalle Fish Cock - Camper's Cafe



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Wait, Wait....what is it called? Today for this episode of the Camper's Cafe, Luke eats a Finnish speciality while Susan watches in disgust!  Not really...but close.

Kalakalle Fish Cock, 182 g, canned

4.99 USD



Link : https://www.varusteleka.com/en/product/kalakalle-fish-cock-182-g-canned/27360

Price : $4.99

A traditional Finnish delicacy in canned version, 5 years of shelf life and does not contain cock! If "Fish Cock" doesn't automatically mean food to you, it's a Finnish speciality - fish baked inside rye bread. This is a perfect snack or trekking food, always ready to eat and contains enough energy to keep you going and enough high quality protein to keep you in shape.

Foreign people might wonder why the excellent delicacy is called fish cock and, well, it's a wonder for us too, since this food originally comes from Savo, a remote location in the middle of Finland known for inbreeding and incapacity to form sentences that mean anything. In Savo, fish cock means food and flying fish cock a train.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Thank you! - Fire Starting Kit - Patreon Winner Announcement



This is the 3rd of 3 videos which has gone live today and this is the Fire Starting Kit Winner Announcement for Patreon Donators.  Did you Win?

The other videos involve the announcement of a winner of a Giveaway  for all of the viewers (Dutch Military Pack) and there is a new giveaway beginning today so make sure to enter that one.

This is a way for me to give back to you all; thank you all for the support.

Was It You? - Dutch Military Rucksack - Viewer Winner Announcement




This is the 2nd of 3 videos which has gone live today and this is the winner announcement of the Dutch Military Rucksack.  Did you Win?

The other videos involve the announcement of a winner of a special Patreon Giveaway and there is a new giveaway for all viewers beginning today.

This is a way for me to give back to you all; thank you all for the support.

FREE GEAR!!!! - Three Piece Giveaway - ENTER NOW




This is the 1st of 3 videos which has gone live today and this is a new giveaway for some great outdoor gear! Enter Now!

The other videos involve the announcement of a winner of a special Patreon Giveaway and there is the winner announcement of the Dutch Military pack as well.

This is a way for me to give back to you all; thank you all for the support.

Friday, September 1, 2017

Close to a Disaster! - Sierra Designs Divine Light 1 FL - Test Night



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Very Close to a Disaster!

During this episode of Test Night, Luke pushes the Sierra Designs Divine Light FL 1 Tent to it's limits!

Do Not Attempt to do this yourself on purpose as this is dangerous!

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Link Sierra Designs : https://sierradesigns.com/divine-light-1-fl/

Link Amazon : https://www.amazon.com/Sierra-Designs-Divine-Silver-Lining/dp/B01N1PV9TF

Price : Retail is $320 but I have seen this tent as low as $270 on Amazon and Campmor.

Packaged Weight: 3 lbs 5 oz / 1.50 kg

You can drop 6oz of weight by using trekking poles.

A foot print is available for an addition $30.  I prefer to use a sheet of light weight plastic instead.

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Features

Non-free standing

Single Wall Hybrid

·         Wider Ceiling Than Floor = More Livable Space
·         Full 360 Degrees of Ventilation
·         Trekking Pole Compatible
·         Out of the Way Gear Storage
·         2
·         J-shaped door with waterproof window panel
·         10" awning coverage over side doors
·         Reflective guylines and guyout loops
·         Awning Vestibule
·         Interior mesh pocket
·         Hybrid Double/Single wall construction
·         DAC aluminum poles
·         Fully taped seams (PVC Free)
·         Night Glow included



2 doors. 1 vestibule

·         Vestibule Area: 6.20 ft2 / .58 m2
·         Floor Area: 17.10 ft2 / 1.59 m2
·         Peak Height: 45.5" / 115.6 cm
·         Dimensions (L x W): 88" x 30" (Head) / 26" (Foot) // 224 cm x 76 cm (Head) / 66 cm (Foot)
·         Packed Size: (L x W): 14" x 5.75" / 35.56 cm x 14.6 cm
·         Number of Guylines: 4
·         Stake Type Quantity: 11 DAC J-Stakes
·         Number of Poles: 3 (2 vertical poles, 1 footbox pole)
·         Pole Type: DAC NSL / DAC Pressfit
·         Fly Fabric: 20D Nylon Ripstop, Silicone/1500mm PE, FR CPAI84
·         Floor Fabric: 30D Nylon Ripstop, WR/3000mm PE, FR CPAI84
·         Body Fabric: 15D Nylon No-See-Um Mesh

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Impressions :

This tent is very much different in terms of design than most tents on the market as it has very sharp angles and almost vertical walls.  This design offers the camper with a lot of useable space for themselves and their gear.

Pros :

Can use trekking poles to save some weight if you use them
Setup is exceptionally easy.
Ventilation is amazing
Plenty of space inside of the tent to sit-up, to move around, and for gear.
Large vestibule does a great job of protecting your gear;
The porch is awesome for storm free nights
Taped seams
Fully waterproof floor

Cons :

the high profile and vertical walls will need to be of a concern in bad weather.  With that being the case, PRO TIP : Pay extra close attention to staking out this tent as it is especially important.  If you do a poor job of staking this tent out, it may punish you for that carelessness during a storm.

Condensation does build on the walls and a towel maybe needed before the night is through in extreme cases.

Secondary door doesn’t have a protective flap over the zipper and during driving rain, water will leak into the tent.

Because of the high profile this tent may not be best used in very windy environments.

Since this is a non-free standing tent it will best be used in areas where the ground isn’t overly rocky or hard.

Pro Tip :

Make sure to zip the tent up when you are packing the tent up. This way when you go to setup the tent in the future you won’t have to worry about creepy crawlies getting inside during the setup process.

I really like this tent so far with my testing.  It’s very versatile, lightweight, spacious, and it’s very good quality.


Thursday, August 31, 2017

So HOT That It Can Melt - Olight H2R Nova Headlamp and Flashlight – Review



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Today Luke is reviewing the Olight H2R Nova Headlamp.  A device which becomes so hot that it can easily melt plastic and ignite charcloth.

Also there are a few more issues to discuss.



Link :  https://www.olightstore.com/led-flashlights/headlamps/olight-h2r-nova

Price : $89.95 on Olight and on Amazon

Weight :

Battery : 18650 – rechargeable 3,000Mah Bat included

Rechargeable : Via magnetic usb charge base

6 Modes – Turbo High Medium Low Moonlight Strobe

Options : Available in Cool White as well as Neutral White

Lockable by hold and click in moonlight

Double click for turbo

Triple click is strobe

Lens Type : Diffused - provides a wide beam to light up a work area or a path through the woods/house.

Headlamp and Flashlight Review?  I’m sure you are wondering, why did I say both?  That’s because this headlamp is very versatile and it can be used as both;

A very powerful headlamp and a very powerful flashlight

Aluminum Construction

Gradual switching of the modes

Low battery warning – light blinks once perminute when running low on power

Lumens and Run Times vary depending on the version that you get;

2300 lumens for 1 minute and then steps down to 750lm

LEVEL 1 (lumens)

2300

Run-time LEVEL 1

2300 lumens(~750lm) - Cool White

2000 lumens(~750lm) - Neutral White

1h50m (1m)

LEVEL 2 (lumens)

600

Run-time LEVEL 2

600 lumens - Cool White

550 lumens - Neutral White

2h30m

LEVEL 3 (lumens)

150

Run-time LEVEL 3

150 lumens - Cool White

140 lumens - Neutral White

10h

LEVEL 4 (lumens)

30

Run-time LEVEL 4

30 lumens - Cool White

27 lumens - Neutral White

50h

LEVEL 5 (lumens)

1

Run-time LEVEL 5 (moonlight)

1 lumens - Cool White

1 lumens - Neutral White

45 days

Strobe

No

SOS / BEACON

Yes

TECHNICAL CHARACTERISTICS

Waterproof and drop

IPX8 – Waterproof to 2 meters.

Drop resistant to 1.5

Weight: 6.14 oz. (Including Battery and Strap) (174 g)

Length (mm / in)

110 / 4.33

Head Diameter (mm / in)

25 / 0.95”

Body Diameter (mm / in)

23.2 / 0.91”

Led

Cree XHP50

Packaging

Custom plastic enclosure.

Use

everyday carry , car, camping, fishing, household, EDC, general use, fishing, climbing, cave exploration, outdoor activities, house activities

Package Contents

Flashlight Olight H2R x 1

pocket clip x 1

head strap x 1

silicone mount x 1

customised Olight 18650 3000mAh x 1

Magnetic Charging Cable x 1

EVA Pad (replacement of the magnet)

Single-sided Adhesive Replacement EVA Pad

instruction manual x 1

Pros :

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Awesome design!

Very bright

Excellent quality

Not too large, not too large

Uses 18650 batteries.

Can easily go from headlamp to flashlight.

Can be attached to your backpack straps, to your pants, pocket, etc.

Great beam balance – it throws and floods.

When charging, there is an indicator – Green for when it is fully charged, Red for Charging

Easy to hold light, fits good in the hand.

The switch is angled and is comfortable to use and switch levels.

Overall tons of good features, good solid performance out of the light, and you can get a few good minutes of 2500 lumens.

Cons :



I’ve discovered that this headlamp isn’t compatible with all 18650 batteries, some it will work with and some it will not.  What it is that makes the difference, I don’t know.  Olight claims that their batteries are customized but I don’t know how that has been done specifically.  They look no different than any of my other 18650 batteries.

There are a lot of pieces and components to this light and it would have been nice if the company would have included at least a carry bag to keep everything together.  Some of Olights other products come with such cases.

Odd stepping between levels – I would like to see a 1000 lumens mode as it is hard to tell the difference between 600 and 300 lumens.


Wednesday, August 30, 2017

How Much Is the Khard? - Arc'teryx Khard 45 vs Vanquest IBEX 30 - Vesus ...




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Today for this episode of Versus, Luke is comparing the Arc'teryx Khard 45 to the Vanquest IBEX 30 pack in a comfort test.

Both packs are similar but there are major differences in price!  Major, Major Differences!

Thank you to the viewers for suggesting this test and video!

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Prices :

Khard : $479.00 is the average price for this pack

IBEX : $190.00

Weights :

Khard : 4.1lbs

IBEX : 3.25lbs

Space :

Khard : 45Liters

IBEX : 30Liters

Materials :

Khard : 500D Cordura

IBEX : 1000D Cordura

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Test :

Hike 2 miles with each pack

25lbs of weight


Monday, August 28, 2017

Ozark Trail Tents - What You Need To Know Before Purchasing - Buyer Warning



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This is a TOGR Product Alert in regards to Ozark Trail Tents.  Before you purchase one of these tents or before you take you Ozark tent on the trail, you need to watch this video.  It might just save your life...seriously.

Ozark Customer Service Number : 1-800-325-4121

Ozark 1-Person Backpacking Tent Review Link : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yU-Bn4m3Hb4



Link : https://www.walmart.com/ip/Ozark-Trail-1-Person-Backpacking-Tent/55208709

Price : $25

Weight : Around 3lbs with everything included

Color :  Yellow and Tan

Ozark offers multiple tents which they refer to as 1 Person Backpacking Tents;

The model number is Model# W796.1

Just in case that you don’t know, Ozark is a brand which is most commonly associated with Walmart but it can be found on other sites including amazon.  The pricing is definitely better on Walmart!

This brand is recognized for making very inexpensive, beginner-level backpacking gear and their quality is known for being so-so.

I attempted to locate the official Ozark web site to get further information about their products and the company but I’m not sure if I found it or not.  I located one site called Ozark Trail Tents . com and that was one of the fishiest looking sites that I have been on in a long time.  The fact that it had a popup with an animated character which was speaking to me didn’t help.  It reminded me a lot of the desktop babe from the 90’s!

•      Stuff sack dimensions: 22.5" x 4" x 4"
•      Carry weight: 3 lbs
•      Setup dimensions: 96" long x 48" wide at the front of the tent, tapering to 24" at the foot
•      Center height: 36" at the front of the tent, tapering to 22" height at the foot
•      Sleeps 1
•      Mesh window at front of tent and vent at foot provides ventilation
•      Easy to set up 2-pole design
•      Setup time: 5 minutes
•      Lightweight poly taffeta floor keeps weight to a minimum
•      Taped wall seams for weather protection

Includes 1 organizer pocket

Materials : While I am not entirely sure, I believe that is made from polyester.  Whatever it is cheap, doesn’t breathe at all.



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Friday, August 25, 2017

High Road - Military Surplus Overnight Adventure



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Sometimes things don't work out as you have planned and you have to roll with it!  This is the Full Adventure for Luke's latest Overnight Adventure; High Road - Military Surplus Overnight Adventure.

I hope that you all have as much fun with this trip that I did.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Moose and Guns - Mossberg 590AL LE - Ep.1





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This is the first episode of Moose and Guns!  Join Luke and his 1986 Military M1008 CUCV (D30) truck while we have a good time with the Mossberg 590AL LE at Lone Wolf Mountain.



Link to Old Video : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p1mSjGZz_TE




Monday, August 21, 2017

The Most Expensive Military Tent in the World Nemo The ALCS 1P SE



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What you are about to see is the most expensive tent used by military forces in the world and without a doubt, the most expensive 1 person tent of all time!

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 Nemo The ALCS 1P SE (advanced linking combat system)

Link : http://shield.nemoequipment.com/product/?p=ALCS+1P+SE+Gore+%28Coyote%29

Became available 2012 and is still in use today.

Nemo apparently has been working within the military contractor community for over a decade in regards to the development of tents, sleep systems, weapon bags and so on.

This considered to be the most advanced tent ever made for the modern warfighter.

Weight : Almost 9lbs for the system

Features :

Four Season tent made to handle strong winds and snow loading

Made for quick erection…….

Can be adapted to different environments thanks to the available camo covers

Capacity1P

Minimum Weight 7 lbs / 3.2 kg

On the Fly Weight N/A

Trail Weight N/A

Floor Dimensions94 x 35 in / 239 x 89 cm

Floor Area23 sq ft / 2.1 sq m

Vestibule Area10.4 sq ft / 2.2 sq m

Interior Height39 in / 99 cm

Number of Doors2

Frame DescriptionEaston Reverse Combi

Packed Size20 x 8 in / 51 x 20 cm

Shell FabricGore-Tex® W/B Shelter Fabric

Vestibule Fabric40D PU Nylon

Fly FabricN/A

Canopy FabricN/A

Floor Fabric70D PU Nylon Taffeta

Color Coyote

Using a recently unveiled, jointly developed, and totally unique GORE-TEX® fabric, NEMO has designed a Berry Compliant, lightweight, linkable, four-season, freestanding, individual shelter system that is waterproof, breathable and flame retardant. Coupled with outstanding signature protection, ALCS™ 1P SE, GORE-TEX® (Advanced Linking Combat Shelter™) gives the Warfighter state of the art performance, concealment, and protection from the elements. Single wall construction combined with minimal componentry and a single connected pole frame allows for significant weight reduction and faster erect and strike. And the innovative linking capability provides a “buddy-team” benefit while still allowing for self-sufficiency in combat environments. An optional ICC™ (Interchangeable Camo Cover™) allows you to adapt your ALCS™ shelter to different operating environments.

I have spoken with Nemo about this tent and they weren’t able to discuss it in very much detail.

What they did state was this;

The ALCS, like many of our military products, was designed with feedback from Special Operations Forces and is still in current use with SOF (Special Operations Forces).  The tent was designed to provide full light blocking capabilities as well as the ability to link two shelters together to enable communication.  We partnered with Gore to develop fabrics that would meet the requirements of this shelter.  The ALCS also has optional covers called the ICC that allow the camo pattern to be changed to meet the current environment.

Covers include : MARPAT Desert, MARPAT Woodland and MultiCam and each is roughly $250 each.

Other camo patterns for the US ARMY are said to be in development for the new US Army patterns

Want to purchase one, good luck!  This are very rare.  So rare in fact that nemo wouldn’t tell me how many of these have been made.  Ever so often you will find these popping up for sale online on auction sites, craigslist and so on.  They are only for sale to government agencies and can not be exported to other countries due to the sensitives involving the technology used in the design.

With a little searching, I found one listing for the tent which was sold on ebay a few years back.  I also found a listing on gear trade which was sold.

I have used this tent a number of times and I can tell you that it is bad ass but that doesn’t mean that it is worth the cost.  Not even close.  Yes, it has some cool features but for the average joe, they mean absolutely nothing….but of course, it wasn’t developed for the average joe….

Something to think about.




Sunday, August 20, 2017

Viewer Showcase Invitation - Lets See Your Products



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If you are a viewer of the channel and have a product which you make/sale, I would love to show it off in a new series called The Viewer Product Showcase.  This is a way for me to help you all get some screen time so that others can learn of your product(s).

Email : theoutdoorgearreview@gmail.com




Friday, August 18, 2017

The Next Military Surplus Overnight Adventure - High Road - INTRO



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Sometimes things don't work out as you have planned and you have to roll with it!  This is the INTRO for Luke's latest Overnight Adventure; High Road - Military Surplus Overnight Adventure.

Full Adventure coming Next Week!


Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Oh So Mini! - Särmä TST CP10 Mini Combat Pack - Review



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Today Luke is showing off a pack which you likely haven't seen before.

This is the Särmä TST CP10 Mini Combat Pack and it's from the creative minds at Varusteleka and Savotta which automatically means Top-Notch Quality.

The pack is small, comfortable and virtually built-proof;
made to complete Finnish MILSPEC standards!

Grab a cup of coffee, get me one too and let's get started!

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Särmä TST CP10 Mini Combat pack

(Sar-ah-ma)

Link :  https://www.varusteleka.com/en/product/sarma-tst-cp10-mini-combat-pack/53612

Price : $90.99

Weight : 1.5lbs

A smaller, lighter, sleeker variant of our full blooded Särmä TST Combat Pack. 10 liter volume, lots of PALS on the outside, a flat zippered pouch on the back, hydration bladder compartment on the inside, tie down straps against the back and a large mesh pocket on the inside of the panel lid.

•      Dimensions 36 x 24 x 11 cm. Volume 10 litres. Weight 700 g.
•      3L hydration compartment, designed for the Source WLPS.
•      Tie-down straps with SR buckles for a 200 round PKM ammo box or radio.
•      Large mesh pocket inside the zip flap.
•      A small flat pouch on the outside, for cleaning kits and the like. D-ring attachment point inside.
•      PALS webbing on the bottom for securing gear, perfect for 1" utility straps.
•      PALS webbing on all three sides for attaching pouches, tie-downs and gear.
•      Strong carry handle with tube/wire/antennae velcro ports on the sides.
•      The shoulder straps are intentionally minimalistic for the lowest possible profile. They do not interfere when shouldering a weapon and can easily be upgraded with added padding if desired.
•      The shoulder straps have PALS webbing for attaching a sternum strap or hydration tubes.
•      40 mm Tri-Glide buckles in the lower corners for attaching hip belt (belt not included)

Finnish MILSPEC materials

Made of the same materials and hardware (1000D Cordura, webbing, ITW Nexus buckles etc.) that are used in the production of the Finnish military M05 combat equipment. High quality, NIR compliant etc.

Varusteleka Särmä TST

Särmä TST is our own family of specialized military gear. All Särmä TST stuff is made in co-operation with Finnish military manufacturers, the most important thing for us is high quality MILSPEC grade materials and construction. This is kit that you can trust to really take a beating!


Monday, August 14, 2017

Is a $25 Tent from Walmart Waterproof? - Ozark 1 Person Backpacking Tent



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Is a $25 Tent from Walmart Waterproof? Is Ozark a brand which you should consider purchasing?  Are they worthy of your hard earned money?

Found out now!

Ozark Customer Service Number : 1-800-325-4121

Ozark 1-Person Backpacking Tent Review



Link : https://www.walmart.com/ip/Ozark-Trail-1-Person-Backpacking-Tent/55208709

Price : $25

Weight : Around 3lbs with everything included

Color :  Yellow and Tan

Ozark offers multiple tents which they refer to as 1 Person Backpacking Tents;

The model number is Model# W796.1

Just in case that you don’t know, Ozark is a brand which is most commonly associated with Walmart but it can be found on other sites including amazon.  The pricing is definitely better on Walmart!

This brand is recognized for making very inexpensive, beginner-level backpacking gear and their quality is known for being so-so.

I attempted to locate the official Ozark web site to get further information about their products and the company but I’m not sure if I found it or not.  I located one site called Ozark Trail Tents . com and that was one of the fishiest looking sites that I have been on in a long time.  The fact that it had a popup with an animated character which was speaking to me didn’t help.  It reminded me a lot of the desktop babe from the 90’s!

•      Stuff sack dimensions: 22.5" x 4" x 4"

•      Carry weight: 3 lbs

•      Setup dimensions: 96" long x 48" wide at the front of the tent, tapering to 24" at the foot

•      Center height: 36" at the front of the tent, tapering to 22" height at the foot

•      Sleeps 1

•      Mesh window at front of tent and vent at foot provides ventilation

•      Easy to set up 2-pole design

•      Setup time: 5 minutes

•      Lightweight poly taffeta floor keeps weight to a minimum

•      Taped wall seams for weather protection

Includes 1 organizer pocket

Materials : While I am not entirely sure, I believe that is made from polyester.  Whatever it is cheap, doesn’t breathe at all.




Friday, August 11, 2017

The Grottos Ice Caves and Independence Ghost Town - Mini Day Hikes




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The main purpose of our trip out west was to film the Overnight Adventure at Cathedral Lake so that we could share that experience with you all but we also wanted to share some of the other hikes that we went on.

This wraps up our Colorado Series and we would like for you to join us on some of our on camera and off camera adventures.




Wednesday, August 9, 2017

NOT an ALICE PACK - The Woodland NATO Combat Rucksack



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Don't call it an ALICE pack because it isn't....but that doesn't mean that it isn't similar.  This is the NATO Woodland Combat Backpack.



Link : https://swisslink.com/4076-nato-woodland-backpack.html?search=NATO%20Woodland%20Backpack

Cost : $45

NATO Woodland Backpack

NATO woodland backpack, used but in very good condition. Made of high quality nylon, this pack has 1 pocket on each side, 3 front pockets and padded backpack straps.

These are very popular with those who are looking for a good quality real Military Backpack a bit different then a med Alice Pack. These are made for NATO and are Woodland Camo not like the standard olive drab Medium Alice Pack.

Update : Apparently this pack was used by Turkish Forces.

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Monday, August 7, 2017

Sierra Designs Divine Light 1 FL Tent - Preview



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Today Luke is previewing the Sierra Designs Divine Light FL (feather light) 1 Tent!  Finally, a design that's Different!

Coming up soon; TEST NIGHT!



Link Sierra Designs : https://sierradesigns.com/divine-light-1-fl/

Link Amazon : https://www.amazon.com/Sierra-Designs-Divine-Silver-Lining/dp/B01N1PV9TF

Price : Retail is $320 but I have seen this tent as low as $270 on Amazon and Campmor.

Packaged Weight: 3 lbs 5 oz / 1.50 kg

You can drop 6oz of weight by using trekking poles.

A foot print is available for an addition $30.  I prefer to use a sheet of light weight plastic instead.

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Features
Non-free standing
Single Wall Hybrid


·         Wider Ceiling Than Floor = More Livable Space
·         Full 360 Degrees of Ventilation
·         Trekking Pole Compatible
·         Out of the Way Gear Storage
·         J-shaped door with waterproof window panel
·         10" awning coverage over side doors
·         Reflective guylines and guyout loops
·         Awning Vestibule
·         Interior mesh pocket
·         Hybrid Double/Single wall construction
·         DAC aluminum poles
·         Fully taped seams (PVC Free)
·         Night Glow included

2 doors. 1 vestibule

·         Vestibule Area: 6.20 ft2 / .58 m2
·         Floor Area: 17.10 ft2 / 1.59 m2
·         Peak Height: 45.5" / 115.6 cm
·         Dimensions (L x W): 88" x 30" (Head) / 26" (Foot) // 224 cm x 76 cm (Head) / 66 cm (Foot)
·         Packed Size: (L x W): 14" x 5.75" / 35.56 cm x 14.6 cm
·         Number of Guylines: 4
·         Stake Type Quantity: 11 DAC J-Stakes
·         Number of Poles: 3 (2 vertical poles, 1 footbox pole)
·         Pole Type: DAC NSL / DAC Pressfit
·         Fly Fabric: 20D Nylon Ripstop, Silicone/1500mm PE, FR CPAI84
·         Floor Fabric: 30D Nylon Ripstop, WR/3000mm PE, FR CPAI84
·         Body Fabric: 15D Nylon No-See-Um Mesh

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Impressions :

This tent is very much different in terms of design than most tents on the market as it has very sharp angles and almost vertical walls.  This design offers the camper with a lot of useable space for themselves and their gear.

Pros :

Can use trekking poles to save some weight if you use them
Setup is exceptionally easy.
Ventilation is amazing
Plenty of space inside of the tent to sit-up, to move around, and for gear.
Large vestibule does a great job of protecting your gear;
The porch is awesome for storm free nights
Taped seams
Fully waterproof floor



Cons :

the high profile and vertical walls will need to be of a concern in bad weather.  With that being the case, PRO TIP : Pay extra close attention to staking out this tent as it is especially important.  If you do a poor job of staking this tent out, it may punish you for that carelessness during a storm.

Condensation does build on the walls and a towel maybe needed before the night is through in extreme cases.

Secondary door doesn’t have a protective flap over the zipper and during driving rain, water will leak into the tent.

Because of the high profile this tent may not be best used in very windy environments.

Since this is a non-free standing tent it will best be used in areas where the ground isn’t overly rocky or hard.

Pro Tip :

Make sure to zip the tent up when you are packing the tent up. This way when you go to setup the tent in the future you won’t have to worry about creepy crawlies getting inside during the setup process.

I really like this tent so far with my testing.  It’s very versatile, lightweight, spacious, and it’s very good quality.


Friday, August 4, 2017

Cathedral Lake Colorado - Overnight Adventure




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Join Susan and I as our adventure to Colorado continues with the Overnight Backpacking Trip to Cathedral Lake (EPIC)!  This was the main reason our trip and we hope that you all enjoy the experience with us.




Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Swiss Link Wool Bushcraft Blanket



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Today Luke is discussing the Swiss Link Wool Bushcraft Blanket.

Is it the perfect Bushcraft blanket at a very fair price?

Decide for yourself now in this quick video!

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Link : https://swisslink.com/military-surplus-blankets/new-wool-charcoal-grey-blanket.html

Price : $35
Weight : 4.6lbs

Very beautiful charcoal grey colored wool blanket. Comes in at 4.6 pounds, and measures in at 64"x 90" with 80% wool / 20% polyester

Durable Whipped Edges

The wool is soft and isn’t course in the least bit.
                 
The size of these blankets are perfect in my opinion as they are wider as well as longer by a few inches when compared to the average military surplus wool blanket

When it comes to quality, it reminds me an Italian Officers Blanket except it’s about a $100 cheaper, larger and is new!

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

How to Setup Big Agnes Slater UL2+ Tent



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Today Luke is going over the process for setting up the Big Agnes Slater UL2+ Tent.

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Link : Outdoor HQ : https://outdoorhqshop.com

outdoor HQ is an online outfitter who has a strong focus of offering products that they have personal experience with.  That's an interesting twist in the world of online stores.

Price : $389.95

Colors : Gray and Green is the most recent color.  Other options are available with older models.

Features :

based off the immensely popular Fly Creek series

The Slater UL2+ is named after Slater Creek where a number of kayakers made the first descent on the falls in 2007.

Material : [fly, floor] silicone-treated nylon ripstop (1200mm coating), [body] nylon ripstop, polyester mesh

Seasons            3-season

Sleeping Capacity        2-person

Minimum Trail Weight 3 lbs. 1 oz.

Fly / Footprint Pitch Weight     1 lb. 4 oz.

Packaged Weight         2 lbs. 15 oz.

Packed Size      5 x 19 inches

Floor Dimensions         96 x 59 / 51 inches

Floor Area        37 square feet

Vestibule Area  8 square feet

Peak Height     40 inches

Number of Doors          1 door

Number of Poles           1 hubbed poleset

Pole Material    Aluminum DAC Featherlite NSL

Pole Diameter   9 millimeters

Canopy Fabric Ripstop nylon/polyester mesh

Floor Fabric      Coated ripstop nylon

Rainfly Fabric  Coated ripstop nylon

Ultralight          Yes

Design Type    Semi-freestanding



Reduce weight and save energy while you backpack deep into the backcountry with the Big Agnes Slater UL 2 Plus 2-Person 3-Season Tent. This tent weighs in at less than three pounds, offers superb protection from the elements, and is easy to set up when you arrive at your campsite after a long trek.

It features solid ripstop nylon walls (with small mesh vents) that offer a little more warmth, strength, and durability than mesh, without adding more than a few ounces of weight. Throw in a silicone- and PU-treated ripstop nylon fly with fully taped seams and expedition-style coverage, and you have a tent that pushes the boundaries of a traditional three-season shelter.

To keep your gear safe from mild winter to summer, the Slater has a vestibule and a nylon door to seal out the elements all year long. Setup's as breezy as an afternoon ridgeline, thanks to a super-simple hub pole design that features Featherlite DAC aluminum poles that offer stability without any excess weight, and the guylines and webbing are reflective to save you embarrassment, and misfortune, of tripping over your tent in the middle of the night. If you're looking to shave even more weight in the summer, pick up the Slater footprint and bring just the fly and footprint for a light and quick setup option. For three-plus-season camping, it's tough to make a better bet.

•      Incredibly lightweight, breathable tent that's perfect for the trail

•      Tough ripstop construction withstands abuse and has waterproof treatment

•      Featherlite DAC poles add stability and support without weight

•      Large vestibule has plenty of room for your gear

•      Mesh vents let cool, fresh breezes blow in

Multiple storage pockets and gear loft help store smaller essentials




Monday, July 31, 2017

ILBE Assault Pack vs FILBE Assault Pack - Versus Ep3



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This is the 3rd episode of Versus!!!  With this series Luke puts two products up against each other to see who will be the victor!  Today we have FILBE Assault Pack vs the ILBE Assault Pack!

Who will win?

Friday, July 28, 2017

Independence Pass Colorado - Road Trip and Day Hike Adventure




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Join Susan and I in Colorado for our Road Trip and Day Hike Adventure.  This is part 1 of a Three Part Adventure Series.

Next week is the Overnight Adventure to Cathedral Lake (EPIC) and the week after is the multiple Day Hike adventures video.

Thank you all for making this adventure possible; Grab some coffee and come along for an adventure!




Thursday, July 27, 2017

VOTE NOW : Viewer's Choice - The Next Overnight Adventure



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It's time to vote for the next Overnight Adventure where you get to choose the type of trip, the gear and so on.

Head on over to:

http://www.theoutdoorgearreview.com/

and vote on the next Overnight trip!


Wednesday, July 26, 2017

One of My Favorites - Savotta Minijääkäri - Review



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



Link : https://www.varusteleka.com/en/product/savotta-minijaakari-backpack/55400

Price : $108.99

Weight : 1.70lbs

Colors : Black and Green

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Despite the name this is actually a proper sized 20 litre day pack, simple in construction and appearance. A roll-top closure means there are no zippers to fail and rain doesn't fall into your stuff. All straps, buckles, stitches and so on are tough as nails, so you can really push yourself through anything and the pack will be your trusty companion.

The main compartment is simple with just one zippered pocket on the inside of the flap for valuables, and a kangaroo pouch for a hydration bladder or 13.3" laptop. The pack has elastic passages for the hose (or headphone cord) on both sides at the top. Anything else you want to pack separately goes easily on the outside thanks to the PALS webbing: even the carrying straps have PALS for pouches you want to keep really easily accessible, or just for a sternum strap.

When you're not carrying a full load the flap folds down to a compact size, and side compression straps reduce the bulk further. The volume is there when you need it, but barely noticeable on your back when you don't.

The flap has a 13 x 5 cm velcro base for a name patch or morale stuff.

Specifications

general

•       Height: 45-55 cm (adjustable)

•       Volume: 18-22 litres

•       Width: 26 cm

•       Thickness: 17 cm

•       Weight: 775 grams

details

•       Valuables stash: 15 x 25 cm

•       Kangaroo pouch: 25 x 37 cm

•       1000D polyamide with PUR-coating (Cordura)

•       Delrin buckles

•       Single PALS slot durability: over 100 kg

•       Warranty: 5 years (materials and workmanship)

Care

•       Brush off dirt

•       Wash by hand with mild detergent

•       Talk gently to your backpack on every Sunday

Made by Finn-Savotta Oy

Founded in 1955 Finn-Savotta, or just Savotta, is known for their simplistic and extremely rugged designs. For decades Savotta has been the go-to supplier of hiking gear for the Finnish civilian market and combat gear and tents for the defence forces.

Today Savotta operates two factories, one in Karstula, Finland, where they make all their tents and metal components and one in Estonia where they do about 50% of their sewing.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Test Night - Big Agnes Happy Hooligan UL2 Tent



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Welcome to another episode of TEST NIGHT!!!  Up for an evening of T&E is the Big Agnes Happy Hooligan UL2 tent!



Link : http://www.bigagnes.com/Happy-Hooligan-UL-2

Price : $379.95

Weight : 3lbs 9oz for the complete package

-               Ultra light two door, two vestibule back packing tent
-               Storm flaps on vestibule zipper
-               All mesh body is great for star gazing and ventilation
-               Media pockets located above sleeping area enable clean ear bud cord routing from phones or other devices
-               One fly vent
-               Velcro tabs connect fly to pole structure providing perfect pitch and extra stability
-               Ready to pitch; with pre-cut guy lines and tensioners attached to fly
-               Reflective guylines and webbing on tent corners
-               Easy grip zipper pulls
-               2 interior mesh pockets, 2 media pockets & 8 superlight aluminum J stakes
-               Gear loft loops included
-               Footprint - sold separately
-               Fast Fly setup available
-               Fits Wall Gear Loft - sold separately
-               Fly and floor are silicone treated nylon rip-stop
-               Fly and floor have 1200mm waterproof polyurethane coating
-               Tent body is polyester mesh
-               All seams taped with waterproof, solvent-free polyurethane tape (No PVC or VOC's)
-               DAC Pressfit pole system with lightweight hubs
-               Ultralight plastic clips attach tent body to pole frame
-               Hub pole design

This is the preview and this tent is going into testing now. There will be a how to setup video coming up soon, and there will be a Test Night video before the review goes live.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Morning Drive with Moose and Viewer Mail Explosion #33



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Today Luke and Susan are out for a drive in MOOSE and have some viewer mail to go over.  As always we are honored and thankful!




Friday, July 21, 2017

LOTS Of POWER!! - Anker PowerCore+ 26800mAh Battery Bank – Review



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Today Luke is reviewing the Anker PowerCore+ 26800mAh Battery Bank!



Link Amazon : https://www.amazon.com/Anker-PowerCore-Portable-Capacity-PowerPort/dp/B01K6TA748

Price : $82.00

Weight of the Bank : 1lb 5oz

+ PowerCore+

PowerCore+ is our flagship series of portable chargers, built using only premium materials and the most advanced charging technology.

Make sure your charger is as advanced as your phone.

•     10 iPhone charges, 7 Galaxy S7 charges and multiple charges for other tablets and devices
•     Almost Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 and PowerIQ combine for serious speed
•     Qualcomm Quick Charge input for super-speed recharge (wall charger included)
Premium matte aluminum finish offers durability and style

Qualcomm QuickCharge support (this one supports QC 3.0 on the Green port)

- Med-High Amperage charging on all ports (Each port can push up to 3A)

The charge indicator button is divided into 10% increments

Charging Time with wallcharger : Around 7 hours

Pros
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Lots of Power – This is what I use for extended road trips
Multiple Charging Ports
Fast recharging for the size of the bank
Quick charging for specific devices
Nice design
Easy to power level
Can charge multiple devices at once

Cons :
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Heavy
Slick
Expensive
The included charging cable is so-so quality.  A lot of people have had issues with these; it’s common.
Comparable to similar sized battery banks

Note : I have experience an odd glitch with this device roughly two months back.  I hit the battery level indication button and I took a glace at it but my attention was called by my wife susan so I didn’t get a good look at what it was.. Once I was done talking with her, I hit the button again and this time it wouldn’t light up at all.. It wouldn’t charge any devices either. I connected it to the charger and nothing happened. Came back some time later and everything was working once again.. I remember specifically that the device was not empty as I saw that it was stating that it was around half full.  I haven’t had that issue again with my 4 months of testing.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

French Military Rubberized Duffle Bag





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It's Military Surplus Wednesday and today Luke is taking a look at the French Rubberized Duffle Bag.



Link : https://swisslink.com/packs-bags-pouches/french-rubberized-duffle.html

Cost : $16.00

French Army issue duffle - rubberized. Made of a heavy duty rubberized material. Has backpack straps to make it easier to carry with a heavy load. Used in good condition. Measures 21" x 36"

Impressions :

This is a large size, rubberized duffle bag which is water resistant; perfect for a car camping adventure or even a flight.  I have a few friends who will fly with their backpacking gear by putting their gear inside of large size military duffle.

Perfect truck bag; throw it behind the seat with some JIC gear and food.

Hunting bag!

Something to keep in mind is that this is a military grade duffle bag; it’s not made from low strength nylon like the one that you can purchase at Walmart.  This is a duffle that was made to be handled roughly.

If they’re tough enough for the armed services they’re tough enough for anything you might throw at it.

They’re well built, rugged, and will hold all your gear.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Colorado - A Three Part Adventure Series - INTRO



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Starting next Friday is the Three Part Adventure Series from Colorado!

- Road Trip from NC to Independence Pass CO.
- Overnight Adventure to Cathedral Lake (EPIC)
- Multiple Day Hike Adventures

This is the INTRO for the series, the Full Adventures are coming soon.

Friday, July 14, 2017

LumberJack Beef Jerky - Camper's Cafe



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Today for this episode of the Camper's Cafe, Luke and Susie have some LumberJack Beef Jerky to munch on!

Link : https://www.facebook.com/Lumberjackbeefjerky/

Phone : Call (865) 640-4750

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

The Perfect Bushcraft Pack? - Italian Military Combat Rucksack



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It's Military Surplus Wednesday and today Luke is taking a look at the Italian Military Combat Rucksack.  Is it the Perfect Bushcraft Pack?  Find out now!



Link : https://swisslink.com/packs-bags-pouches/italian-nylon-backpack-camo.html

Cost : $60.00

Weight : 4.5lbs

This is one of the best packs we have had! Excellent quality nylon. Super padded back piece over a rigid spine support, padded kidney strap, padded backpack straps. The pack measures 26" high, 12" wide and 10" deep, has two side pockets that are 15" long, 6" wide and 3" deep. Used in very good condition. Very Limited quantities!

Impressions :

A pack with a frame for this price?  That’s impressive.

Excellent quality pack; it’s a rare one that I haven’t seen before and trust me, I have seen a lot of military surplus over the years.

They really should show off the under side of this, crazy padded with a built in rigid frame that's curved to keep gear from hitting you in the back. Just amazing quality all around, the inside is a huge bucket for all your gear with a heavy duty drawstring on top, and massive side pockets. The pads for your back are insane, fell as I could trek forever/anywhere with this.

Monday, July 10, 2017

MSR Pocket Rocket 2 vs Optimus Crux Stoves - Versus Ep3



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It's time for an episode of Versus!

This time we have the MSR Pocket Rocket 2 vs Optimus Crux Stoves.

Which shall be the winner?

Friday, July 7, 2017

Big Agnes Happy Hooligan UL2 Tent - Perfect for Two - Preview



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Today Luke is previewing the Big Agnes Happy Hooligan UL2 tent!
Coming up soon; TEST NIGHT!



Link : http://www.bigagnes.com/Happy-Hooligan-UL-2

Price : $379.95

Weight : 3lbs 9oz for the complete package

-               Ultra light two door, two vestibule back packing tent
-               Storm flaps on vestibule zipper
-               All mesh body is great for star gazing and ventilation
-               Media pockets located above sleeping area enable clean ear bud cord routing from phones or other devices
-               One fly vent
-               Velcro tabs connect fly to pole structure providing perfect pitch and extra stability
-               Ready to pitch; with pre-cut guy lines and tensioners attached to fly
-               Reflective guylines and webbing on tent corners
-               Easy grip zipper pulls
-               2 interior mesh pockets, 2 media pockets & 8 superlight aluminum J stakes
-               Gear loft loops included
-               Footprint - sold separately
-               Fast Fly setup available
-               Fits Wall Gear Loft - sold separately
-               Fly and floor are silicone treated nylon rip-stop
-               Fly and floor have 1200mm waterproof polyurethane coating
-               Tent body is polyester mesh
-               All seams taped with waterproof, solvent-free polyurethane tape (No PVC or VOC's)
-               DAC Pressfit pole system with lightweight hubs
-               Ultralight plastic clips attach tent body to pole frame
-               Hub pole design

This is the preview and this tent is going into testing now. There will be a how to setup video coming up soon, and there will be a Test Night video before the review goes live.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Large ALICE Pack - Review



It's Military Surplus Wednesday and today Luke is reviewing the famous Alice Pack!   More coming soon!

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Alice :
Two Sizes.

Not really used any longer.  You might see them in training situations but that is about it.

You can find them all over the internet, ebay and military surplus sites.

Prices vary but less than $100 is very common.

All of the parts can be switched out and replaced.

Frame can be used on its own for different hauling possibilities.

Aluminum frame.

The Large ALICE Pack with Frame has long been the standard for comfort and durability. officially adopted by the military in 1973.  The medium sized ALICE can be used without the frame but the LARGE is meant to be used only with the frame.

ALICE stands for;

All-Purpose Lightweight Individual Carrying Equipment

The pack features a large main compartment with a cinch closure, an interior radio pocket, six external pockets, padded kidney belt and waist strap. The padded shoulder straps are the wider camouflage version designed to better distribute the additional weight that this pack can hold. Pack must be used with ALICE frame (included).

Issues : The biggest issue with the ALICE pack is that when they are packed full, the weight will pull away from your body.

Technical Information:

•      Main compartment: 13" X 22" X 8" (over 2200 cubic inches of space)
•      Radio pocket: 10.5" X 11" X 5.5"
•      Three top pockets: Hold 2 M16 magazines
•      Lower side pocket: 5.5" X 9" X 2.5"
•      Lower center pocket: 8.5" X 9" X 2"

Total capacity: 3800 cubic inches

Water-resistant nylon with 2-strap top flap
9" x 3"w. shoulder pads
Lower and upper back pads
Exterior measures 22" x 20" x 14"h.
Weighs a sturdy 6 1/2 lbs.
USA made

Designed for longer trips and heavier loads up to 70 lbs. Same construction and features as medium pack plus three additional 3" x 7" x 1" external pockets and larger 20" x 20" x 8" main compartment. Complete includes pack, frame, shoulder pads and kidney pad. Cannot be used as a backpack without the frame and shoulder pads.

ALICE packs can be used with or without a frame but the external frame definitely helps balance the load – otherwise, these packs get pretty center-fat.

What’s bad about ALICE?

The pack can be uncomfortable especially with heavy loads and some of the straps for lashing gear to the bag get in the way. The old style of metal strap adjustments make closing the compartments a bit tedious. There is no easy access pockets for things like water bottles although with the external frame, you can rig something up pretty easily.

Built with rugged materials designed to withstand the rigors of extreme conditions. The large storage compartment is great for hauling bulky equipment. People who demand the most from their equipment will appreciate the toughness of this bag.

While in use with military forces in the US, it would be common to hear of a soldier referring to his ALICE as Old Faithful.  Not elegant by any means but it will get the job done!

Story of my ALICE Pack : This is not the ALICE pack that I grew up with as I had a medium size pack that my Unlce who was a marine gave me.  I carried that pack everywhere I went and it never let me down.  When I got old enough to drive, I had a chevy corrisca which had a faulty lock on one of the doors.  One day I had the back in the back seat, thought that the doors were locked and came back to find that I was mistake and it was stolen.

Alice Tips :

The large ALICE Pack is just that, large and if features a large center area for gear.  I have found that it really helps to pack your gear into sacks and then load up the pack.  It makes organizing simple and gear acquisition very quick




Sunday, July 2, 2017

What's in the Envelope??? - Viewer Mail - #32



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What's in the Envelope????????

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

Friday, June 30, 2017

After the Camp - Backroads - Military Surplus Overnight Adventure



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This is After the Camp for Backroads; the Military Surplus Overnight Adventure.  Luke discusses the trip and the gear in detail.

Strength and Honor

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

FILBE vs ILBE Military Rucksacks - Versus Ep2





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This is the second episode of Versus!!!  With this series Luke puts two products up against each other to see who will be the victor!  Today we have FILBE Rucksack vs the ILBE Rucksack!

Who will win?

Monday, June 26, 2017

Test Night - Big Agnes Slater UL2 - Setup Ventilation Storms



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This is Test Night and the Agnes Slater UL2 will be facing some strong storms and heavy rain!

Find out now how it performed!

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Sunday, June 25, 2017

What's in the Box??? - Viewer Mail - #31



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Now that's a big box...

What's in the Box????????

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

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Backroads - Military Surplus Overnight Adventure



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This is what everyone has been waiting for; the FULL Adventure for Backroads; a Military Surplus Overnight Adventure.  I hope that you all enjoy it!

Strength and Honor

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Klymit Cush Recon Seat Pad / Pillow - Review - Light and Inexpensive



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Today Luke is reviewing the Klymit Cush Recon Seat Pad/Pillow.

Light and Inexpensive



Link : https://www.klymit.com/cush-recon-seat.html

Price : $17

Weight : 2.89oz

Color : Coyote Brown / Blue and Gray and Camo

Depending on where you look, you may see it listed as the Cush Inflatable Pillow and Seat Cushion

Rugged, light and compact, the Cush Recon is versatile, mission-ready comfort that easily transitions from backcountry to ball game. It wraps precisely around your head and fits right into your sleeping bag’s hood with an ergonomic deign that cups the ears and minimizes irritation at pressure points. Use it at single-layer thickness, or double or triple it up for more comfort while sitting or taking a quick trail nap. The Cush packs down to the size of a wallet, weighs just three ounces and inflates with just a single breath.

More Information

Price         $16.95
Weight    2.89 oz / 82 g
Dimensions             29" x 9" x 1.5" / 74 cm x 23 cm x 3.81 cm
Pack Size                  4.5" x 3.5" x 1" / 11.43 cm x 8.89 cm x 2.54 cm
Inflation  1-2 Breaths
Fabric      75D Polyester
Warranty                  Limited Lifetime

Review :

Light weight.
Comfortable especially as a pillow.
Works as a seat but do be careful where you decide to lay it.
Cut cutouts are very comfortable for sleeping
Material is so-so in comfort; easy to throw shirt over it.
Fits well in the hood of your sleeping bag
Easy to inflate.
Easy to delate.
Materials doesn’t absorb water.
Easy to wipe off if used as a seat.
You can go from sitting on snow or a wet log to sleeping instantly.
Very friendly price
Firm when inflated fully.  Release some air to make it softer.
I little slick; can be corrected with some seam sealer.
When used as a pillow, you can fold it to get the thickness that you need.

Monday, June 19, 2017

OutdoorsmanLab Ultralight Sleeping Pad - Review



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Today Luke is reviewing the OutdoorsmanLab Ultralight Sleeping Pad.



Link : http://outdoorsmanlab.com/outdoorsmanlab-ultralight-sleeping-pad-w-air-support-cells-bl/

Amazon : https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01M08KJBI

Price : $46.95 + Shipping

Color : Blue Orange Green

•      Ultralight sleeping pad weights ~14.9 oz (440g) and packs down to 9″x2.75″x2.75″.
•      Great comfort, support, and warmth with spot-cell air channel to limit air flow and better support.
•      Easy-to-use air valve allows for quick inflation (in 10 – 15 breaths) and deflation (in seconds!)
•      Durable, waterproof, abrasion resistant with Ripstop 20D Nylon fabric and extruded TPU Lamination
•      Easy pack and go with included nylon stuff sack that can fit even in your pocket.
•      LIFETIME WARRANTY – Fully warranted against defects in materials and workmanship with a lifetime guarantee.

I noticed on their web site that it states that with this product you receive a Life Time Warranty but on the Tag which is attacked to the carry sack, it says that you have to register for a 1 year Warranty.  From what I have seen, you do get a Life Time Warranty.

-Thoughtfully designed air cells provide great comfort and support for a great night of sleep

-Isolated air channels to limit air flow and provide warmth even without insulation (R-value 1.3 ~ 1.5)

-Inflated Size: 73 inch x 21.6 inch x 2.2 inch.

Large air valve for easy inflation / deflation in seconds.

Super small packaging, easy to carry with included carrying bag

Pair with other OutdoorsmanLab gear such as OutdoorsmanLab sleepng bag and OutdoorsmanLab backpacking tent for great outdoor adventure experience.

Pros :

Small Size
Light weight.
Comfortable.
Good Quality especially for the price.
Excellent price.
Excellent air valve.
Easy and quick to inflate.
No issues with quality
No issues with air leakage
Rolls up easily
Quick to deflate

Their customer support seems to be excellent based on what I have read online.  They seem to respond quickly and will replace their products if issues arise.

Cons :

Not the thickest of pads; if you have issues with your hips and you may want to go with a larger, thicker sleeping pad.

While insulated do keep in mind that this is not the warmest pad on the market.  My estimated range is temps down to 40F

Could be thicker, there will be times when moving around that you will feel the ground below you.  I find it comfortable but for larger individuals, you amy want to look at thicker options

No patch kit is included




Friday, June 16, 2017

Backroads - Military Surplus Overnight Adventure - INTRO



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This is what everyone has been waiting for; this is the INTRO for Backroads which is a Military Surplus Overnight Adventure.  I hope that it gets you excited for next week as that is when the full adventure goes live!

Strength and Honor

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

ILBE Assault Pack - Review



It's Military Surplus Wednesday!!!!  Yes, it's back and to start off Luke is reviewing the ILBE Assault Pack!   More coming soon!

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Monday, June 12, 2017

Wise Cheesy Lasagna - Camper's Cafe



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Today for this episode of the Camper's Cafe, Luke and Susie have some Cheesy Lasagna from Wise Outdoors.

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Link Amazon : http://www.midwayusa.com/product/3226738872/wise-food-long-term-25-year-4-serving-cheesy-lasagna-freeze-dried-food

Price : Prices range from $6 - $18

Note : There is at least two different versions of this meal which you will find online; this one which doesn’t have any meat in it and there is a version which has sausage.  Make sure to read the fine print before you purchase if you decide to purchase.

Sizes : There are multiple sizes available for purchase.  We have the 9.7oz which is 4 servings but you can find 6oz 2 servings which have the meat as well.

Note : The 6oz 2 person serving bag can be made like traditional freeze dried meals by adding water to the bag.

I tried looking for some information about the Wise Company but couldn’t find much online.  I even spoke with one of their reps and they couldn’t tell me anything about their history.  Strange.


Friday, June 9, 2017

Big Agnes Slater UL2+ – Light and Warm - Preview



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Today Luke is previewing the Big Agnes Slater UL2+ tent.  Within the next week or so you will see a How to Setup Video and then it will be TEST NIGHT time!

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Link  Outdoor HQ : https://outdoorhqshop.com/products/h154-187329-slater-ul-2-person

Outdoor HQ is an online outfitter who has a strong focus of offering products that they have personal experience with.  That's an interesting twist in the world of online stores.

Price : $389.95

Colors : Gray and Green is the most recent color.  Other options are available with older models.

Features :
Based off the immensely popular Fly Creek series

The Slater UL2+ is named after Slater Creek where a number of kayakers made the first descent on the falls in 2007.

Material : [fly, floor] silicone-treated nylon ripstop (1200mm coating), [body] nylon ripstop, polyester mesh


Seasons            3-season
Sleeping Capacity        2-person
Minimum Trail Weight 3 lbs. 1 oz.
Fly / Footprint Pitch Weight     1 lb. 4 oz.
Packaged Weight         2 lbs. 15 oz.
Packed Size      5 x 19 inches
Floor Dimensions         96 x 59 / 51 inches
Floor Area        37 square feet
Vestibule Area  8 square feet
Peak Height     40 inches
Number of Doors          1 door
Number of Poles           1 hubbed poleset
Pole Material    Aluminum DAC Featherlite NSL
Pole Diameter   9 millimeters
Canopy Fabric Ripstop nylon/polyester mesh
Floor Fabric      Coated ripstop nylon
Rainfly Fabric  Coated ripstop nylon
Ultralight          Yes
Design Type    Semi-freestanding

Reduce weight and save energy while you backpack deep into the backcountry with the Big Agnes Slater UL 2 Plus 2-Person 3-Season Tent. This tent weighs in at less than three pounds, offers superb protection from the elements, and is easy to set up when you arrive at your campsite after a long trek.

It features solid ripstop nylon walls (with small mesh vents) that offer a little more warmth, strength, and durability than mesh, without adding more than a few ounces of weight. Throw in a silicone- and PU-treated ripstop nylon fly with fully taped seams and expedition-style coverage, and you have a tent that pushes the boundaries of a traditional three-season shelter.

To keep your gear safe from mild winter to summer, the Slater has a vestibule and a nylon door to seal out the elements all year long. Setup's as breezy as an afternoon ridgeline, thanks to a super-simple hub pole design that features Featherlite DAC aluminum poles that offer stability without any excess weight, and the guylines and webbing are reflective to save you embarrassment, and misfortune, of tripping over your tent in the middle of the night. If you're looking to shave even more weight in the summer, pick up the Slater footprint and bring just the fly and footprint for a light and quick setup option. For three-plus-season camping, it's tough to make a better bet.

•      Incredibly lightweight, breathable tent that's perfect for the trail
•      Tough ripstop construction withstands abuse and has waterproof treatment
•      Featherlite DAC poles add stability and support without weight
•      Large vestibule has plenty of room for your gear
•      Mesh vents let cool, fresh breezes blow in

Multiple storage pockets and gear loft help store smaller essentials




Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Sterno vs M71 Swiss Military Stove - Versus Ep1



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This is the first episode of Versus!!!  With this series Luke puts two products up against each other to see who will be the victor!  Today we have Sterno vs the M71 Swiss Military Stove!

Who will win?

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

How to Fold the MSR Pocket Rocket 2 Stove - Quick Response




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Luke has been asked to show how the MSR PocketRocket 2 canister stove is folded, so Brad, here ya go brother!

Have a question that needs answered in the form of a video, let me know!

Monday, June 5, 2017

Dutch Military Rucksack Giveaway - ENTER NOW



This 1 of 3 videos which has gone live today and this is a new giveaway for an awesome piece of Military Surplus; the Dutch Military Rucksack. Enter Now!

The other videos involve the announcement of a winner of a special Patreon Giveaway and there is the winner announcement of the Pathfinder Knife kit as well.

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Boker Plus Kalashnikov 101- Patreon Winner Announcement



This 1 of 3 videos which has gone live today and this is the announcement of a winner of a special Patreon Giveaway.

The other videos involve the winner announcement of the Pathfinder Knife kit and there is a new military surplus giveaway as well.

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Winner Announcement - Pathfinder School PKS Knife Kit



This 1 of 3 videos which has gone live today and this is the winner announcement of the Pathfinder Knife kit.

The other videos involve the announcement of a winner of a special Patreon Giveaway and there is a new military surplus giveaway as well.

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