Friday, June 22, 2018

Backpacking Maine's Coast - Overnight Adventure



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Today The Outdoor Gear Review heads to Maine for an adventure of a life time; the Bold Coast Trail!  11 Miles of beautiful forest and rugged and rocky coast.

One word...amazing!
Another word...Mosquitoes!

Enjoy the adventure everyone!  A special thank you goes out to all of those who made this adventure possible!


Wednesday, June 20, 2018

What's In Your Pack - Cordage - The Most Important Gear



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Today Luke is talking about the importance of cord and why you should always make sure to carry some in your pack.  Day hike, overnight, multi-day; it's Important!

Link to the Micro Cord : https://atwoodrope.com/collections/micro-cord




Monday, June 18, 2018

Speed Test - Versus - Primus Classic Trail Stove - #4



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Today Luke continues his search for the fastest backpacking stove on the market!  This is VERSUS and I'm testing the Primus Classic Trail Stove.

Also, please forgive some of the camera's focusing issues; I was experimenting with a few things back when this was recorded in February!




Saturday, June 16, 2018

How to Overcome Your Fears When Backpacking - The Dark, Bears, Snakes, G...




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For this episode, I will be going over the most common fears which people have in regards to the outdoors and how to overcome them!  This is backpacking basics and thanks for all of the support for this series and the suggestions for addition episodes.




Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Tactical Ready! Sabra Gear Solo Pack – Review




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Today Luke is reviewing the Sabra Gear Solo pack; a strong and practical pack for your daily carry needs.  It looks like the Sting pack but it is in fact, different!



Link : https://sabra-gear.com/products/solo
Price : $209 without a waist belt, $253 with one
Weight : 3lbs

In the past we took a look at the sting pack which is 31L vs the solo which is 21

·   Full 500 D Cordura Construction, both outside and inside fabric.
·   Double layered bottom for reinforcement and extreme durability.
·   Full opening of the main compartment by a super tough #10 YKK zipper, for quick and easy access to all of your gear.
·   All the zippers are with durable and easy to grab zipper pulls, for easy operation when wearing gloves or under stress.
·   Two inner pockets with zippers for easy and secure organization.
·   Two open side pockets for bottles or long objects.
·   Hydration bladder sleeve and two hydration ports.
·   Effective compression system allows flat and tight compression when the pack is not fully loaded.
·   Long compression straps allows carrying bulky items on the outside of the pack.
·   Removable back panel built from a polymer sheet and a 6061 T-6 aluminum rod, provides excellent load transfer, stability, and freedom of movement. Can be bent to fit perfectly to the user's body.
·   Removable emergency pad.
·   Optional removable waist belt for maximum comfort when carrying heavy loads.
·   MOLLE webbing In key areas.
·   Two axe loops.
·   Made in Israel.



Volume:
21 Liter / 1280 Cubic inches

Materials:
Fabric: 500 D Cordura.
Zippers: Highly durable #10 and #8 YKK zippers.
Buckles: ITW Nexus and National Molding buckles and plastic parts.
Webbing: Mil-spec nylon straps and webbing.

Solo without waist belt: 1.4 kg / 3 Pounds

Waist belt: 280 Grams / 10 Ounce

Dimensions cm / inch:

Height - 50 / 19.5
Width - 26 / 10
Depth - 16 / 6




Tuesday, June 12, 2018

There are Issues - UCO Stormproof Sweetfire Review








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Today Luke is reviewing the UCO STORMPROOF SWEETFIRE Strikeable Fire Starter.  It's good but not exactly what the company claims them to be.

This will be the LAST of the UCO firestarters that I will review.



Price : $10 on the UCO web site.  $16 on Amazon

Link UCO : https://www.ucogear.com/stormproof-sweetfire-strikable-matches-20-pack-mt--sm--sfp

Link Amazon : https://www.amazon.com/UCO-STORMPROOF-SWEETFIRE-Strikeable-Starter/dp/B0796V1V6T

Weight : .2oz each

In the past I reviewed the Sweetfire fire starters and for the most part this is the same product with the exception that this features a much larger section of ignition source material.

Made from sugarcane waste — Bagasse is a fibrous sugarcane by-product and is used around the world as a renewable biofuel. 20 individual ‘Points’ conveniently connected & ready to break-off and use. Each Point burns for 7 minutes each. Strikable tip, can be used with striker on box, eliminating need for matches. Infused with vegetable wax, UCO Sweetfire is good for the planet & great for every adventure.

This new Stormproof Sweetfire is not only sweet for your gear collection, it's sweet for the planet. Made from a sugarcane by-product called bagasse, this key ingredient is already used around the world as a renewable biofuel. Each of these match points (there are 20 per box) is infused with vegetable wax to allow for up to 7 minutes of burn time per each point. There's also no need to bring matches to light the Sweetfire as each match point has a strikeable tip that can conveniently be used with the striker on the box.

FEATURES

Made from sugarcane waste — Bagasse is a fibrous sugarcane by-product and is used around the world as a renewable biofuel.

20 individual ‘Points’ conveniently connected & ready to break-off and use.

Each Point burns for 7 minutes each.

Strikable tip, can be used with striker on box, eliminating need for matches.

Infused with vegetable wax, UCO Sweetfire is good for the planet & great for every adventure.

PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS

Package Dimensions: 5.5" x .75" x .4"

Packaged Weight: 4.9 oz. (82 g)

Pros :

split these in half to extend your uses.

Excellent run time

Small form factor.

Lightweight

Good price

Renewable resources

Are they windproof?

Can be ignited with a ferro rod.

They are no longer connected which makes it easier and quicker to use

Cons :

Not really waterproof – only the ignition source if waterproof.

Are they wind proof?

Doesn’t feature a strike anywhere tip

Requires a striker

Summery :


UCO took a good product and improved upon it and in my opinion there is no longer a need for the original sweet fire.  It’s a long running fire starter; it’s not perfect but it’s certainly a product which can assist you a great deal in less than perfect conditions.  There are many fire starters out there on the market with many being much worse than this.




Friday, June 8, 2018

How You Don't Want it to End! - 2018 Epic Road Trip Adventure



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Luke and his TWIN brother Trailblazer head out on their latest road trip adventure but they aren't alone!  Lucas joins the trip as we head northwest along the Canadian border.

Unfortunately this trip doesn't go according to plan.....


15+ States,
Lots of laughs,
Incredible locations,
5,500 miles,
6 days,
some good music,
and more!




Wednesday, June 6, 2018

4+ Year Follow up Review - Snugpak Ionosphere - Worth the Money?



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I've been using the Snugpak Ionosphere tent for over 4 years now and the question is; is it worth the money?  How has it held up?  This is a followup review; 4+ years in the making!



Price : $140 for green version $170 for the tan version on Amazon. Retail is $223

Weight : 3.3lbs / 1520 g.

Colors : Green and Tan

Amazon Link : https://www.amazon.com/Snugpak-Ionosphere-Dome-Tent-Nylon/dp/B06XKTCY9P

This is a product which hasn’t changed much since it was released a long time ago back in 2012 and the truth is, it really doesn’t need to change much because it was such a great product. From the quality, to the functionality to the price, this is one of those rare tents on the market which is well worth the price.

I originally did my review of this tent back in 2013 and have continued to use it over the years and I love it just as much now as I did then.  It’s one of those products that I pull out of my gear storage every few months to use; especially when I’m heading out on the trail with my buddies.  Speaking of which anytime that a friend asks to use a tent or to borrow one, this is one that I grab because it’s lightweight, it’s sturdy, storm worthy and is large enough to work with most people.

So you may be wondering what has changed with this tent since arriving on the market; not much!  Snugpak does off this tent in an additional color; Tan and it looks great!

What many don’t know about this tent is that it is often used in military circles; field shelters, training, jumping and so on. That allows says a lot about the quality of this product and it’s something that I can backup with my own use. This tent has seen more nights out than I can count and with my buddies, double that number.

Think of this tent as a bivy which is the size of a small tent; low profile but that’s large enough for anyone to use.  Also there is enough room for your gear as well.

Thanks to the bug netting, bugs and mosquitoes aren’t an issue.

If you are in a dry location you can use the tent alone as a bug net,

If the weather changes, you can put the rain fly on in about a minute.

There is plenty of room in the interior--so much so that I can actually fit both myself and my pack inside of it.  I’m a short dude, 5’5” or so but this works the same with my buddies who are 6ft, 200 lbs.

If you’re a short person, you can crawl headfirst into the unit and turn around. I can crawl in and turn around, if you are taller or less limber, back into it.

The entrance is very easy to get in and out of It, which can be very helpful if the bugs are out in force or its pouring rain.

The tent rolls up neatly and doesn’t take up much space in your pack.

For the average backpacker or beginner this is one of the best bangs for the buck out there. If you want a no frills, one man tent that you can man pack with ease, this is a great tent.

 DAC TH72M anodized aluminum poles with pre-curved sections, press fit connectors, and color coded for an easy setup.

Setup is simple.

Break down is too.

Quality is very good as this tent continues to live on without any issues. The materials and quality match the price in my opinion. This isn’t a high-end ultralight tent and it won’t perform like one.

Excellent waterproof during heavy downpours and even mild winds around 25mph

Big enough not to feel claustrophobic

Aluminum stakesare strong enough and have taken my abuses very well. They aren’t the best out there by any means but you do get a TON of them!  16 in total!

Works very well when set up in the bed of my truck. This isn’t a free standing tent so I use some ducttape to anchor.  A friend of mine liked this idea and often sets it up in the back of his Toyota Tacoma.

Not perfect;

Could use a mesh pocket on the roof of the tent to hold a light

This isn’t the easiest tent in the world to get into and out of.  If you are over 6ft, it can be comical to watch.

Not free standing

Floor material has held up well but I have continuously used an ultralight ground sheet with it.  This has held a lot.

Condensation is possible with this tent in certain situations.  For me it has never been extreme but noticeable depending on temp and humidity.

Cant sit up in it.



Because of the colors it can be amazing for stealth camping



My advice before buying this tent is to consider the size; will it work for you?  It is a bivy/tent; keep that in mind before you make a purchasing decision.



Most of the complaints that I have seen in regards to this tent come from people who didn’t pay attention to what it was that they were buying.




Monday, June 4, 2018

Hill People Gear People Recon Kit Bag vs Ribz Front Pack!



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This is VERSUS and today we have the Hill People Gear People Recon Kit Bag vs the Ribz Front Pack!



Hill People Recon Kit Bag Link : http://www.hillpeoplegear.com/Products/CategoryID/1/ProductID/5

Ribz Front Pack Link : http://www.ribzwear.com

Recon Price : $95 for all colors with the exception of the multi cam which is $10 more

Ribz Price : $6

Recon weight :0.81 lb
Ribz weight : 11oz

Sizes :
Recon – One fits all
Ribz – small – XL

If you want all of the details concerning these two rigs, check out my reviews;

Recon Review Link : https://youtu.be/3HPgY45Qz8A

Ribz Review Link : https://youtu.be/6IjadcVo9nQ

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Both of these pack offer the user a similar ability to carrying gear on the chest with a few differences. The Recon pack is located directly upon the chest whereas the Ribz pack directs the gear to the sides.

The Ribz pack offers a much larger capacity so with this test I will essentially fill each of these packs up to capacity. Once loaded up it will be time to get to the hiking; 2 miles to see which is the most comfortable.

Before wrapping up this video; I am not certain how much life the Ribz company has at the moment. I had received an email some time back where a viewer said that the Ribz company had gone under. I contacted the company and they stated that wasn’t the case. Before filming this trip, I checked the web site myself and the site did seem to be having a few problems.  They also didn’t have any products in stock.




Friday, June 1, 2018

Elevated Bushcraft Stoves Bushcraft Basics



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Today it's time for some Bushcraft tutorials involving Elevated Ground Stoves.  I have receive a lot of requests for this video so here you go.

Pot Used in Video : https://youtu.be/KBCEhPCRZeg




Elevated Bushcraft Stoves Bushcraft Basics





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Today it's time for some Bushcraft tutorials involving Elevated Ground Stoves.  I have receive a lot of requests for this video so here you go.



Pot Used in Video : https://youtu.be/KBCEhPCRZeg