Friday, January 19, 2018

Gen III Cold Weather Fleece Jacket – Military – Review



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Today Luke is reviewing the Gen III Cold Weather Fleece Jacket.  Military Surplus for the Win!

...it is a bit weird looking....

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Link : eBay will be your best source for these and will offer you the best prices

Price : $17 - $30.  Depending on vender

Color : Foliage Green – I saw a black version online but I couldn’t tell if it was legit issue or not.

Makers : This one made by Tru-Spec but there are other makers out there including Peckham. Rothco has a version of this but I have read that they are not authorized.  Knock offs in other words.

From what I understand these are offered only to the army and haven’t been served to the Marines.

Primary Insulation Layer: Worn underneath shell layers or worn as an outer garment in cool conditions.

The GEN III High-Loft Fleece Jacket is the primary insulation layer for use in moderate to cold conditions.

Constructed with Polartec® Thermal Pro® material the insulation on the Level III Jacket creates air pockets that trap air and retain body heat providing outstanding warmth without weight. With excellent breathability, the Level III jacket dries quickly with increased warmth while maintaining lower bulk and increased durability than previous systems.

GEN III Cold Weather Fleece Jacket Features:

Polartec Thermal Pro Material Traps Air and Retains Body Heat

Nylon Reinforcements at the Collar, Shoulders and Elbows

Zipper Front and Cord Pull

Stretch-Grid Fleece Side Panels adds Comfort and Breathability

High Collar with Full Zipper-Front and Wind Protection Flap

Two Internal Chest Pockets and Two Outer Side Pockets

Ragland Sleeve for Better Range of Motion

Elastic Sleeve Cuffs

Low Bulk with Increased Durability

VELCRO® brand fasteners for affixing name, rank and insignia

Increased Warmth with Significantly Less Weight than Previous Generation ECWCS

Level 3 ECWCS - Extended/Extreme Cold Weather Clothing System

Color: Foliage Green

With a wind jacket and a good base layer I’m comfortable down to 20F with an outer shell to block the wind.

Very comfy jacket. This is not an outer layer. Wind blows right through it. However when used as an under layer below a wind proof jacket

It is excellent. Where a cold wind is not blowing this is not an issue. This jacket is very light and easy to move around in. Size is true to size.

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Impressions :

This isn’t my favorite fleece jacket in the world but it is certainly different than what you will find on the civilian market.   Warm, breathable, good quality, cheap.


Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Keeps the Snow Out! - Outdoor Designs Alpine Gaiters - Multiyear Review



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Today Luke is reviewing the Outdoor Designs Alpine Gaiters.
Light weight.
Not Bulky.
Keeps the Snow out.



Link : https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001G6O7Q0

Weight : 7.2oz
Price : $34.94
Colors : Solid Black and Green and Black.
Purchased : January 24, 2012

Size : Small, Medium and Large – Prices vary on Size but around $30 - $35 is common

Mine are the small size.  Of course make sure to get the right size for your calf



·       Synthetic
·       Front opening gaiter
·       The gaiters are made of a double layer of breatheable, ripstop, nylon material called "watergate material" which must be a proprietary term. It stands up to the elements very well. The material is somewhat like that used in heavy duty snow bibs or pants without heavy insulation.
·       Fully opening YKK zipper with full length with Velcro storm flap
·       Rubberized abrasion resistant underboot strap
·       Shock cord calf adjustment
·       Ideally paired with leather hiking boots or plastic mountaineering boots
·       Fits calves – 13.5 inches with no issues to comfort

These gaiters are for the purpose of keeping moisture out along with dirt and so on.  These will not protect you from snake bites

These are what I personally use in the winter for snow and so on. I backpack in them, work around the house and so on to keep my pants dry and to keep snow out of my boots. For summer time use if you need a gaiter to keep out debris I would go with a smaller option unless you need the height.

full length gaitrers featuring Watergate fabric. ò Watergate technologies 3 layer rip-stop fabric leg section. ò Double layer rip-stop material boot section. ò Front opening YKK zipper with full length with Velcro storm flap. Security snaps at the top and bottom of the storm flap. ò Dual adjusting, rubberized, abrasion resistant underboot strap. ò Double-riveted boot lace hook. ò 2" wide elastic at the bottom and 1" wide elastic at the ankle. ò Shock cord calf adjustment. Sold in pairs.

Top Leg Section - 9.5" h x 8" w MD: Top Leg Section - 10" h x 8.5" w LG: Top Leg Section - 11" h x 9" w

Review :
Pros :

I hike a lot in woods, and muddy terrain, and these gaiters keep my legs and pants dry and clean. Easy to put on and adjust. The rubber strap holds up really well - not a mark after miles and miles of hikes over rocks etc.

Super easy to get on/off with the front zip and good velcro

 The waterproof fabric is thick enough to protect against brush, yet pliable to be workable.

Not very bulky.

versatile: hiking, snowshoeing, cross-country skying, shoveling snow, etc. etc.

While not insulating they will keep you warmer by blocking the wind

Cons :
The strap under the arch is a bit long for my size 9us boot and leaves a long bit flapping but it can be cut off or tucked under the gaiter.

The zipper tab is a bit smallish so I'll probably add a pull cord, but otherwise perfect.

These are more expensive than some of the gaiters on the market but you are getting very good quality for the price.  With that being said there are plenty of gaiters which are a hell of a lot more expensive.

The strap is a bit hard to tighten; it can be done but it isn’t super easy.  For myself, it’s one and done.




Monday, January 15, 2018

Calling Them Out! - American Standard 198pc First Aid Kit Review



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Today Luke is reviewing the American Standard 198pc Kit which is mainly a first aid kit but with survival components thrown in.

Unfortunately Luke has to call them out....

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Link : https://www.amazon.com/American-Standard-Survival-Waterproof-Approved/dp/B01M2YC9IM

Price : $29.95

Weight : 2lbs 3oz

198 piece kit –

This is part first aid kit and part survival kit

·   Nylon bag - no name zips

Very well rounded kit.  Would certainly cost you more if you were to put this together yourself

Great solution to put in your car or truck, boat for emergencies.

For backpacking and hiking, it is too much but as part of a smaller system this will keep you going for some time.  I carry a small first aid kit and I have been refilling it from this kit here.

Not every component is going to be something that you use like the face mask….but when the time comes you will be glad that you have it.

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Review :

I like this kit as it’s not bad for the price.

Almost all of the reviews on amazon are BS.


Sunday, January 14, 2018

The Best Cookies Ever - Viewer Mail #39





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It's mail time again and as always we are honored and thankful!

You all are the best viewers and these are the best cookies EVER!




Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Final Box and Overall Review - Nomadik Subscription Box



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Today we take a look at the final box from the Nomadik Subscription service.  How does Luke and Susan feel about this service as a whole;

find out now!

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Link : https://thenomadik.com




Sunday, January 7, 2018

Splav Raid 45 Military Pack – Preview



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Today Luke is sharing his thoughts on the Russian Splav Raid 45 Military Pack.

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Link : With this pack you will find this on eBay and from multiple sellers. I haven’t found a source outside of eBay which will ship to the USA.

Weight : 4.18lbs

Price : Around $200 with free shipping – Some sellers will have lower prices but will charge a high shipping fee; no matter what you pay around $200

Sizes : There is a Raid 45 pack and there is a Raid 60

Colors : Olive Green and Black

Volume: 45L
Material: Polyester 600D
Duraflex buckets


Airmesh back - Two layers of foam and a grid of AirMesh for softness and ventilation.
Small version of the Raid 60 pack.

side pockets are not included in the package and are on sale separately!

Removable, height adjustable straps.

Bottom seems to be reinforced.

Includes pack cover

Attachments : There are Side Attachment pockets available for this pack and the Raid 60. Some Raid 60 packs will come with the side pouches. This side pouches offer you 7.5 liters each and they run around $50 and that includes shipping.. If you are buying a Raid pack and the pockets the seller may give you a good deal. It doesn’t hurt to ask.

volume: 7,5 7,5 l
materials: 600D Polyester
accessories: Duraflex®
weight:  7oz

Review :

Pros :

For the price this is a solid military/tactical backpack. The quality is great, the pack has all of the features which you would expect.

Includes a pack cover but if you are going to endure heavy rains I would suggest a waterproof liner inside of the pack-large trash bags work great for this.

Cons :

There is no frame sheet to this pack so if the pack is packed beyond capacity it will deform the shape.  Even then the pack remains comfortable.

The materials are polyester; very good quality polyester but it is polyester nonetheless.  Nylon would be the material I would choose if I had the choice for everyone but the most drive of solider will be just fine with the 600D polyester.

Review :

I purchased this pack with my own money because you all voted and decided that this is what you all would like to see in action.  So far, there are have been two overnight trips with this pack and I like it a lot.  While I am still in the early stages of testing I like what I am seeing here a lot.  It handles the weight of the pack extremely well; up hill, down hill, in the snow and so on; no issues.  In fact, it surprised me how well that it handled the terrain; better than some high cost military packs.

I didn’t know what to expect when it comes to quality but I’m impressed as there are no issues with quality.  I’m not seeing anything yet which would make me think that this pack would fail.

Of course I will keep on with the testing and if issues present themselves I will do a followup video.



Thursday, January 4, 2018

Part 2 Followup - ISSUES - Snugpak Basecamp OPS Air Mat





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This is part two of the Snugpak Basecamp OPS Air Mat w/Built-In Foot Pump review.  Part 1 can be found here;

https://youtu.be/yUfrJgtX3vA



Make sure to watch both parts as this pad developed an issue since the filming of the review.





Link : http://www.proforceequipment.com/product-details.php?id=571&catid=24



Weight : 19oz / just over a 1lb



Price : Retail $79.00



Colors : Olive Coyote and Navy Blue



The Snugpak Base Camp Ops Air Mat with Built-In Foot Pump packs down to almost nothing. It has a valve for manual inflation but it also has a built in foot pump where you can pump it up quickly and easily with just the tap of your foot. It has a non-slip bottom so the mat does not slide around easily. Light and compact, it comes with its own stuff sack and repair kit.



Non-insulated so for colder temps keep that in mind and plan accordingly



3” cushion



Non-slip bottom



SIZE OPEN 72x20x3in | 183x51x8cm

PACK SIZE 5 x 11in | 12 x 28cm

WEIGHT 19oz (550g)

FABRIC TOP 75D Polyester Pongee/TPU

FABRIC BOTTOM 100% Polyester Peach Brushed/TPU





Review :

Very nice product. Good quality

Lightweight for the size

Large; good width and length

Nice storage stuff sack

materials are soft and comfortable; pleasant to have against your skin.



Good solid Valve. Not Cheap or flimsy like some.



Easy to inflate thanks to the pump. Also very easy to release the air and fold it back up

Pump works very well; can be done by stepping on it or by using your hands.



Stuff sack is perfectly sized.



When inflated, it is nice and comfortable.



Thanks to the non-slip bottom this pad does a great job of staying in place. Good thinking Snugpak



Thickness :



Oddity 1 : Didn’t receive a repair kit with my T&E unit



To Sum It Up :



This is a great sleeping pad for people would want a seriously easy to use pad. Super easy to inflate, large, long, comfortable. Great for a side sleeper



This is an initial review based on 3 nights out with this pad.  If anything changes with my further testing an additional video will follow.



Pro Tip : Easily place the included retention strap around the pad, grab with index finger and pull around.. Nice and easy




Part 1 - Snugpak Basecamp OPS Air Mat w:Built In Foot Pump



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This is part one of the Snugpak Basecamp OPS Air Mat w/Built-In Foot Pump review.  Part 2 can be found here;

https://youtu.be/AdJIutgH0rk

Make sure to watch both parts as this pad developed an issue since the filming of the review.



Link : http://www.proforceequipment.com/product-details.php?id=571&catid=24

Weight : 19oz / just over a 1lb

Price : Retail $79.00

Colors : Olive Coyote and Navy Blue

The Snugpak Base Camp Ops Air Mat with Built-In Foot Pump packs down to almost nothing. It has a valve for manual inflation but it also has a built in foot pump where you can pump it up quickly and easily with just the tap of your foot. It has a non-slip bottom so the mat does not slide around easily. Light and compact, it comes with its own stuff sack and repair kit.

Non-insulated so for colder temps keep that in mind and plan accordingly

3” cushion

Non-slip bottom

SIZE OPEN 72x20x3in | 183x51x8cm

PACK SIZE 5 x 11in | 12 x 28cm

WEIGHT 19oz (550g)

FABRIC TOP 75D Polyester Pongee/TPU

FABRIC BOTTOM 100% Polyester Peach Brushed/TPU

Review :

Very nice product. Good quality
Lightweight for the size
Large; good width and length
Nice storage stuff sack
materials are soft and comfortable; pleasant to have against your skin.
Good solid Valve. Not Cheap or flimsy like some.
Easy to inflate thanks to the pump. Also very easy to release the air and fold it back up
Pump works very well; can be done by stepping on it or by using your hands.
Stuff sack is perfectly sized.
When inflated, it is nice and comfortable.
Thanks to the non-slip bottom this pad does a great job of staying in place. Good thinking Snugpak
Thickness :

Oddity 1 : Didn’t receive a repair kit with my T&E unit
To Sum It Up :

This is a great sleeping pad for people would want a seriously easy to use pad. Super easy to inflate, large, long, comfortable. Great for a side sleeper

This is an initial review based on 3 nights out with this pad.  If anything changes with my further testing an additional video will follow.

Pro Tip : Easily place the included retention strap around the pad, grab with index finger and pull around.. Nice and easy




Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Super Warm and Inexpensive - Outdoor Research Military Gloves – Mutant M...



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Today Luke is reviewing the Outdoor Research Military Gloves which are known as the Mutant Mitts!  Very fitting name as you are about to see.

Military Quality
Super Warm
Inexpensive

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Link : Can be found on eBay and some military surplus sites.  Not very hard to find but sizes will come and go.  I didn’t see any smalls while getting ready for the review but they do pop up often

Sizes : Small through at least XXL

Weight : 11.7oz with liner – 7.9oz for the shell- 8.7oz with knit gloves

Price : Prices Range - $35 - $55

Used in the Navy and Marines

Features :

If you know about these mutant mitt gloves, you either have a pair already or you want to own a pair. These are the most superior military issue cold weather mutant mitt gloves that we’ve ever seen. Manufactured by Outdoor Research, a leader in the manufacturing of outdoor gear. The outer shell is made of 330 denier Cordura fabric which makes this glove tough and flexible. The outer shell features a rubber palm, and two Velcro cinch straps (one at the wrist and one at the forearm). The shell and liner are both contoured to the natural shape of a relaxed hand which makes a more comfortable fit. The removable mitten liners are made of Goretex™ which make these mutant mitts waterproof and breathable. Both mitten and liner have a three finger design, so you can use the pointer/trigger finger when needed or keep it with the rest of you fingers for added warmth. Regularly retails for over $150.00, so don’t miss this deal!

Mutant Mitts Details:

NSN: 8415-01-457-4781
Made in USA
Color: Black

The improved cold weather trigger finger mitten is light weight, reduced bulk, hydrophobic, quick drying, and designed with a trigger finger for weapon operation. The mitten is intended to be used in temperatures ranging from -25 to 10°F. The mitten is compatible with the snow camouflage mitten shells and improved glove insert, and replaces the trigger finger mitten shells and inserts.

The design of the mitten allows a left or right handed Marine to fire his personal or crew served weapon. Each mitten has an extended gauntlet to provide continuous protection to the wrist and lower forearm.

From what I understand, these have been discontinued.


PALM:

+ AlpenGrip® palm provides excellent grip
+ 3-finger, trigger-finger design increases dexterity and warmth
+ Boxed construction and curved shape provide insulation and dexterity
+ Seam guard protects thumb seam
+ 1 in.-wide hook/loop Cinch-Straps with shear tabs at wrist and gauntlet
+ Extra long gauntlet for additional protection
+ Removable Idiot Cord attaches mitt to wrist

REMOVABLE LINER:

+ Moonlite Pile fleece with one layer on the palm and two over the back of the hand for compression-resistant warmth

+ Pull loop for easy on/off
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Pros :

Very thick
Very warm – VERY WARM!
Excellent quality – Expedition Level
Excellent price
Removable liner which can be cleaned easily
You can use your own liner gloves; which I often do.
Breathable thanks to the Goretex
Excellent dexterity