Friday, January 29, 2021

Winter Camping on the Snowy Mountain - No Tent Overnight Adventure


Fresh snow blankets the forest and the Lone Wolf heads out for a camping adventure. This is Luke's next Winter Overnight Adventure, thank you all for joining for this trip.

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Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Very Interesting! - Jack Wolfskin Gossamer II Tent - First Look


Now folks, this is a cool tent; think of a large two person Snugpak Ionosphere and that is what you got with the Gossamer II Tent from Jack Wolfskin.

In this preview, Luke is taking a look at this tent, going over his thoughts and impressions before beginning his field testing.

This is going to be very interesting!
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Monday, January 25, 2021

Before You Buy - Litefighter Catamount 2 Military Tent


Today Luke is setting up the Litefighter Catamount 2 Military Tent and as you know, the Setup process is very important when it comes to the purchasing of a tent; 

how easy or how complex will it be?
I'll be honest, I didn't expect this.....

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LiteFighter CataMount 2 Military Tent - First Look

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Saturday, January 23, 2021

Winter Snow and Ice Truck Camp - Burgers, Beans and Drinks


It's cold outside, snow is falling and the remote mountain road is covered in ice and in this adventure, Luke is winter camping in the Truck (Drifter) in addition to cooking up some awesome burgers and BBQ Beans. Some drinks may be involved....
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Wednesday, January 20, 2021

The Upcoming Surgery - Random Lunch and Chat


In this Random Lunch and Chat, Luke is sharing details concerning an upcoming surgery and what possible interruptions to the channel that you could expect. 

Also, he'll share some info about a special tent that he has recently begun testing out and the odds are it will interest you!
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Monday, January 18, 2021

Wow, That Was Unexpected! Opening Your Gifts! - Viewer Mail #84


The generosity of our viewers continues to blow us away; thank you all for the kindness which you have blessed us with. 

This is Viewer Mail Episode #84!

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Friday, January 15, 2021

Blizzard in the Mountains - Military Surplus Overnight Adventure


The first STRONG Winter Storm of the season is on the way and it's cold, Really Cold and it's only getting colder.

It's Windy, Really Windy!

As the temperature drops rapidly a FLASH FREEZE takes place and heavy snow begins to fall.

This is a Military Surplus Winter Storm Overnight Adventure!
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Wednesday, January 13, 2021

🔥 Finnish Wood Stove 🔥 - Savotta Grumpy Stove - Real World Review


Luke is back with another 100% Agenda Free Review of a wood burning stove from the company known as Savotta!

This is a high quality wood burning stove with some personality but there are some cons...

Find out what they are in this review.
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Availability : If you are interested in this stove and you live in Europe, they will be easy to locate. If you are in the USA, it will have to be imported.

I ordered this from scandinacianoutoor.com with my own money as I am Agenda Free. I ordered it from this site even though it says that it can be exported to the USA or Canada.

Price : $41.50

Weight : 10.oz with bag

“Welcome to the Dark Side of Savotta....Or should I say, Grump Side?”

Forward : Some years back Savotta brought to the market a series of collapsible wood burning stoves and while the designs weren’t overly original they did have a unique factor;

Emotion!

Each stove in the series has a different face, one is happy, one is grumpy, one is big and bad...

Previously I reviewed the Happy stove and today, I am here to show you the Grumpy version. In the future, I will show you to larger Big and Bad version.

Dimensions Setup : 5.5” TALL, 5.5” wide with the pot supports

Dimensions Folded : 6.25 x 6”

A compact and light wood stove. The grumpier version.

A while ago Savotta struck gold with their cartoon-like but 100% practical Happy Stove. That guy would just smile at ya even through the worst flames. Well, here’s his cousin with some anger management issues!

Seriously, though, a wood stove is a clever choice for hiking. All you carry is the stove and a pot - you simply gather its fuel from your surroundings. Thanks to the non-hinged strucutre the stove is light despite its durable stainless steel material.

Storage bag included - made of Cordura 1000D with polyurethane coating

Material: 0,5mm Laser-cut stainless steel.

Additional images display the previous version, but as you can probably believe, this stove does exactly the same tricks.

Forward :

What we have here is one of Savotta’s Hobo stoves and it has some personality….literally.

With a hobo stove, the benefits are many but so are the negative aspects too…

For an example, the fuel is free and it virtually all around you. You can burn sticks, twigs, pine cones, paper and so on. Of course, all of those materials mean little they are soaking wet….

The twig stove comprises 7 laser-cut stainless steel components: three side walls, a bottom, a “happy face” and cooking support in two sections. Once clicked into place, the stove is ready for use. The design of the stove is aimed at a good weight/durability balance. Despite its lightness, the stove can support the weight of a normal coffee pot or a mess kit. The twig stove is supplied with a protective bag made of 1000D Cordura. Once packed in the bag, the twig stove fits into a really small space.

Pros :

Setup : For an experienced user like myself, I can set this up in roughly 30 seconds and rock and roll. There is a flip side to this, if you aren’t familiar with stoves like this, it might give you a little trouble....more on this soon.

Design is good - the ash plate protects the ground while the stove still offers good oxygen allowance for your fire to burn efficiently. Also, the way that the stove goes together is just as good as many of the top names out there and is better than some of the collapsible wood burning stoves out there.

There are some bad ones and in fact, I recently reviewed one of them and that was the Small Lixada wood burning stove.

Included pot supports - you would be surprised at how many stoves don’t come with these and their efficiency suffers greatly because of it.

Packs down flat which means that it can easily fit just about any place; backpack, pocket, chest rig, etc.

Light weight.

Good size for one to two people and with small to medium size pots, pans and cups.

Due to the size, it is good for high heat and also simmering

The gauge of the stainless is good; it is thicker than some while being thinner than some others. It’s a good balance of thickness and strength while keeping a good weight.

Free fuel…..which saves you money.

Fun to use

Easy to clean up.

Very stable - can be setup on just about any type of surface and it doesn’t have to be completely flat like with some similar stoves.

Cons :

While not complicated by any means, the setup will take a bit more work and attention the first couple of times that you use it. You might have it come apart or have to work to get everything to connect and fall into place correctly.

Pricey for a Hobo Stove…but you are getting an awesome form factor and great quality in addition to a very well thought-out and good performing stove. I should mention that this isn’t the most expensive of folding wood stoves; emberlit is a good bit more expensive for an example. They are much cheaper versions as well.

No matter how easy it is to clean up, a wood burning stove is still going to be a bit messy. This shouldn’t bother anyone but I mentioned it just in case it hasn’t dawned on you.

Another inherit aspect to a wood stove like this is that it does require attention until you are done cooking whereas a canister stove for an example require much less.

Stoves like this take work and attention; more so than some other stoves and that needs to be considered. Plus, while fuel is free it has to be collected and it has to be dry enough to burn.



Summary :

When it comes to a good hobo stove, there are countless options out on the market. You can make your own for virtually nothing or you can purchase one. There are a ton of stove options on the market with many being less expensive. While this one has emotion there are other companies who are copying this now such as OneTigris and personally I find that to be a bit disappointing as I would like to see them staying original while focusing on improving the designs of their existing wood burning stoves in general. So far with those that I have used and review, they aren’t very good.

Monday, January 11, 2021

Forget The Teton Sports Scout! - Decathlon Forclaz Trek 100 70L Backpack...


Today Luke is reviewing what has become his favorite budget friendly backpack; it's feature rich, the quality is excellent, the price is very fair and it easily surpasses products like the Teton Sports Scout!

Also, it features a truly unique adjustment system that will allow for virtually anyone to wear it and to adjust it effortlessly.

Are there any issues? Find out in this Agenda Free episode!

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Decathlon Forclaz Trek 100 70L Backpack Review

Agenda Free Link : https://www.decathlon.com/products/mens-mountain-backpacking-rucksack-70-l-trek-100-easyfit-309851

Price : $120

Color : Mahogany

Sex : This is the Men’s version but there is are women’s versions

Weight : 4.2lbs

Capacity : 70 liters (4271.7 in³)

Versions : There are multiple variations of this pack available – 50L, 60L and even 90L

Dimensions - Height: 25.6" Width: 11.8" Depth: 11.8"

- Materials -

Zippers : YKK
Main fabric :100% 600 denier Polyester cationic
Bottom Fabric : Polyamide base
Lining : 100% Polyester cationic
Yoke :100% Polyester cationic
Webbing : 100% Polypropylene
Rain cover : 100% Polyester cationic
Coating : 100% Polyurethane

How to Adjust Easyfit system :

Our patented Easyfit system allows you to adjust the height of the back and tightness of straps at the same time by pulling on a single strap (on each side).

1. Put on your bag

2. Fasten and tighten the belt

3. Pull the straps (upward) And you're done!

Review Pros :

The quality of this pack has been excellent with my use and at no point have I had any issues even when in remote areas in the middle of winter storms with very cold conditions.

Excellent price – for the money these in my opinion easily beats out lower cost backpack options such as the Teton Sports Scout 3400. Speaking of which, the Scout 3400 runs around $70 and I would highly recommend looking at this pack when compared to it; this is substantially a better product and is worth the additional dollars.

Plenty of space.

Plenty of pockets for organizing.

I like the color combination

Dedicated sleeping bag pocket with divider.

Front access is smartly designed and features dual zips which is an awesome idea; you can unzip from the bottle without having to detach the lid. Zippers are very secure; have never opened on their own.

Includes a rain cover – gray, not brightly colored?

The gray color is neutral and therefore uses less dye. The component is made of BITON: this process allows us to lower our carbon footprint and reduce the consumption and water pollution in comparison to the colored models. These small measures demonstrate the commitment of Forclaz to improve the environmental impact of its products.

10 Year Warranty

Excellent adjustment system – fully adjustable in every way that a user would want.

Slanted water bottle pocket – easy to access and easy to put your water bottle back into.

Good size hipbelt pocket – it’s actually usable and is fairly large. Large enough to hold even a large size phone

Review Cons :

My only real con for this backpack is slight and deals with the harness padding; it has taken roughly 3 good hiking adventures for it to soften up; initially it was firm and rough...noticeably rough.

Summary :

For the money, this is one of the best backpacks that I have tested and for value oriented individuals who have a budget around $100, this is the pack that I would easily recommend. As I mentioned before, it is better...substantially better than lower cost options such as the offerings from Teton Sports. When you compare the two packs, it is a night and day difference in terms of feel; the materials are strong, the pack is better made, it’s a smarter design that feels unique where as most of the products from Teton Sports for example feels copied and pasted from many other companies.
All in all, I’m very impressed with this pack and it is one that I would have no problem grabbing for just about any trip. It’s not the lightest backpack but it is feature rich, well thoughtout and comfortable. The EasyFit suspension is excellent and actually works and it doesn’t cost you any time to make adjustments.

Saturday, January 9, 2021

Leaking? NatureHike Cloud Up 2 with Snow Skirt - 4 Season Tent - Test Night


In this episode of Test Night, Luke is testing out the NatureHike Cloud Up 2 tent with Snow Skirt in a lot of rain;

Will it leak during his tests?

Will there be problems with condensation?

Is this inexpensive tent really a 4 season tent or is that just marketing BS?

Find out in this Agenda Free episode!

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Wednesday, January 6, 2021

Next Generation Military Tent - Litefighter Catamount 2 Military Tent - ...


In this episode, Luke is discussing the Next Generation of Military Tent, the Litefighter Catamount 2! This tent is going into testing now and in fact, the Test Night Episode will be coming up very soon I promise you this, it is going to be a wild ride!

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LiteFighter CataMount 2 Military Tent - First Look

Retail Price : $553

Camo : OCP 


Setup Impressions
Easy especially for a 4 season tent. I will touch upon this in more detail with the Before You Buy Episode which will be coming up soon. 

Potential Issues
Let me ask my cold weather experienced friends what potential problem that they see with this tent; pause and comment down below. This is a real issue that can be a pain in ass. As snow falls, if the poles are warm enough, snow will melt and refreeze and when you go to breakdown the tent the poles are locked into place and have to be melted to come a part. It doesn’t sound like a problem but it can be in certain circumstances. External, weather exposed poles can be a nightmare in certain situations. I have plenty of experiences with such setups and having poles that have froze together can be a major hinderance. 

Quality
Everything here looks to be excellent; seams, poles are substantial, stitching, seam tape Tent appears to be very solid, lots of guy points so the tent can be anchored in bad weather. 

Includes snow anchors as well as stakes Two doors is awesome 
Heavy as h*ll.

Large too! This will take up the main body of most backpacks

Storage bag is awesome; it is what I refer to as burrito bag style as you basically wrap the contents and cinch.

Can be setup without the inner, with and also without a groundsheet as well. 

From the Company :
The CataMount 2 has been extensively tested by Natick Labs, The US Army Cold Regions Test Center (CRTC), and used by units in Alaska, Europe, and the Northern United States. This mountaineering tent is ideal for units who train and fight in cold weather conditions, and need a proven lightweight shelter to protect their soldiers against the elements. Our CataMount 2 Cold Weather Tent includes a 70D nylon inner tent, a 30D nylon rainfly cover, nylon floor but I’m not certain what the denier rating is, an all-in-one aluminum pole frame, ten ground stakes, an accessory kit, fabric repair patches, a tent pole repair splint, four tent guy-outs with molded tensioners, a waterproof visual user guide, an accessory kit bag, pole bag, waterproof groundsheet, and a tent carrying case. 

NSN : 8340-01-685-4246

Those are my initial impressions; I will have a Before you Buy episode detailing the setup process and also at least one, possibly two Test Night Episodes will be coming up to test waterproofness and moisture/condensation control

Monday, January 4, 2021

Camelbak Duty Gloves - Camelbak Vent Military Gloves


This is the lightest tactical glove ever made by CamelBak and yet like most Camelbak Specialty Series Gloves, they are tough + durable and offer excellent grip.

By the way, I almost forgot to post this video, that is why there are still leaves on the trees. :D
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Friday, January 1, 2021

1 Inch of Ice - Day Camp In the Snow and Ice Covered Forest


In this Cold Winter Adventure Luke is out for a Snowy and ICY trek deep in the remote forest. Along the way, Luke explores the mountains alone and sets up a Day Camp in the ice and snow! Lunch, Coffee and a view which has to be seen to be believed!

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