Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Would You Use this Backpacking Pillow? - Sea to Summit Aeros Air and Dow...

Over the last 6+ months I have been testing out this pillow and for backpacking purposes, it is truly amazing!

This is my review of the very lightweight inflatable Sea to Summit Aeros Air and Down Pillow
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Sea to Summit Aeros Down Inflatable Pillow 

What it is : This is a lightweight, inflatable pillow which I purchased back in December of 2021.

Materials : 10-denier nylon top, 20-denier nylon base, Thermoplastic Polyurethane bladder and down.  10D SIL NYLON stuff sack 

Dimensions Compressed : 3.2” x 2.6”

Dimensions Inflated : 13.5” x 9.5” x 4.7” thick  (regular size)

Weight : 2.6oz with storage bag - pillow weights 2.4oz

Versions : There is 3 sizes of the Aeros pillow, Regular, Large and Deluxe

There is also a down-less version of this pillow that is even lighter weight 

Reg - 13.5”x9.5”4.7”
Large - 16.5”x11”
Deluxe - 23”x15”

Price : $60

Colors : Grey with a white top, green with a white top, 

Features :

Lightweight inflatable pillow with a layer of comfortable, quiet down insulation for camping or travel
Multi-function flat air mini valve provides easy inflation, fast deflation and the ability to fine-tune the pressure

Technical fabrics reduce weight, are durable, and will withstand exposure to moisture

Compatible with Sea to Summit camping sleeping mats with PillowLock patches to secure pillow in place
Baffle design reduces migration of down - in other words, it keeps the down in place so that you don’t develop a pocket of down. It’s always spread out

Review Pros :
Very comfortable - feels great on your head and also your face.

Excellent quality - never an issue with leaking 

Plenty big especially if you are seeking a balance of weight and comfort.

Multi-function valve is excellent

Easy to inflate
Easy to deflate and roll up

Valve allows for easy adjustment of firmness

Extremely small when compressed
Very, very lightweight 

Comparable Price to other name brand camping pillows - with that being said, there are plenty of pillows on the market that are much less expensive. 

Review Cons : 
If you are a VERY light sleeper, there is a bit of a noise to the down pillow top that you may hear as your reposition.  

Not the thickest of pillows but when it comes to a camping pillow, most aren’t all that thick. For myself, I find that with a jacket under the pillow, it sits high enough for me to be comfortable. 

Down topper isn’t revolutionary - it’s definitely nice but it doesn’t add a ton of comfort to this pillow. 

For most of my life I have been wadding up a jacket and using that as a pillow.  I can tell you this, this is far FAR more comfortable than that solution and here’s the best news; it adds very little weight to your pack. 

Over the years I have used a number of pillows that were comfortable enough but ultimately I leave them behind.  

That’s not the case with this pillow; I’ve enjoyed using this pillow and for most trips, this is something that I am going to grab.  It’s very lightweight, comfortable to use and I can easily recommend it. 

Who should be interested in this product?  I would say anyone; this is going to be a great addition to any kit and it doesn't matter if you are overlanding or backpacking.  

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Tuesday, June 21, 2022

INSANE Value and Quality BUT - Teton Sports Mountain Ultra Review

This is without a doubt, the best Budget Tent on the Market today BUT....
There is ONE Issue that may change your mind about it.

In this Episode Luke is reviewing the Teton Sports Mountain Ultra Tent
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Teton Sports Mountain Ultra Tent Review 

What it is : This is a 3 season 1 person tent from the company known as Teton Sports.  This is a budget friendly shelter that has truly impressed me;

Weight : 4.4lbs

Materials :
RAINFLY MATERIAL: 66D 3MM Ripstop Polyester 
FLOOR MATERIAL: 150D Polyester Oxford
Pole : T6 Aluminum 
Storage Bag : 66D 3mm Ripstop Polyester

Dimensions Stored : 21 x 5

Dimensions Setup Interior : 80 x 30 x 41 - confirm those measurements with tape measure.

Price : $110 retail (purchased during a sale on the Teton website for $83

Colors : Gray and Silver, Red and Yellow

Versions : 1, 2, 3, 4 person variants 

Features :
One Door
One vestibule 
Overhead pocket

Lifetime warranty
Review Pros :
Top notch quality 

Excellent price, especially for the sale price that I picked it up for, $85. 

Absolutely waterproof

Very sturdy when staked and guyed out.  I’ve had this in winds around 30 mph and it has never had an issue

Excellent ventilation - body features a ton of mesh

Good quality materials for a budget tent -

Large mesh overhead pocket

Lifetime Warranty - this is huge, if you have an issue, Teton Sports will take care of you and that issue. 

 I’ve heard from a lot of viewers over the years, those rare few who have issues have always been taken care of.

Tent has numerous vents including one on the door.

Easy setup and break down

Good pack size

Review Cons : 
The biggest con that i have for this tent is the size; it is small - so small in fact that everyone is going to be able to use it.  

Because of the small size, condensation can form on the inside of the tent body as well as on the fly.  The fly is to be expected but on the tent body is a bit of surprise.  This goes back to the size of the tent; because the inside of the tent is so small, you have fabric close to your body and with the release of moisture from your body as well as heat, condensation can form around you and especially down towards your feet. 
One of the vents can’t be addressed when you are inside of the tent
Somewhat heavy but that is to be expected with a budget friendly tent which uses polyester as the main material.

The Tent Stakes aren’t the best but they work in most situations.  These are of a Shepherd’s hook variation and the issues with them is that they bend easily and spin. 
I wish the storage bag was a bit bigger; storing your tent in the bag at home where you can easily roll everything is one thing…it’s completely different out in the field.

Funny Amazon Review :
“My wife and I are heavy smokers, we got this tent by saving up our Marlboro cigarette points, the tent is great, the storage pocket holds 3 or 4 packs of cigarettes plus my inhaler.”

Summary :
For the money, I can’t think of a better quality shelters; Teton Sports has really impressed me with the Mountain Ultra; I’ve owned older versions of tent and I am glad to say that I can still recommend this shelter.

It’s waterproof, sturdy in the wind, the quality is top notch and the price for this tent makes it hard to beat.  

I have no problem recommending it; way to go Teton Sports.

Stay tuned to my channel for more Teton Sports reviews as I have been working hard for months to test out a number of their products.

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Saturday, June 18, 2022

Taking Shelter - Storm Camping With Budget Gear - Overnight Lightning, R...

Get ready for a wet and stormy adventure!
For this trip, Luke is out for a camping trip with budget camping gear and shortly after making it to camp, thunder begins to boom in the distance.

This is a wet, stormy and foggy trip; get some coffee ready and kick back and enjoy! 

Gear List for this Adventure :
After receiving countless messages from viewers about supporting the channel through Amazon, I have begun using Amazon Affiliate links in the Adventure Videos and if you choose to purchase one of these products via these links I will receive a small commission which will help fund future honest reviews and adventures. 

The channel remains as it always was, 100% Agenda Free with no sponsored videos, no paid reviews, and I don't care if you purchase these products or not; you won't find affiliate links in review videos only in adventures. 

I'm going to do my best to put gear lists into all of my videos since everyone is asking for them all the time.  

Rain Adventure Gear List :

Storm Camp :
Camera Equipment :
- Canon R5 Camera :
- Canon R3 Camera :
- R5 Batteries :
- Canon RF 24-70 2.8 Lens :
- Canon RF100-400mm F5.6-8 IS :
- Canon RF 15-35 2.8 Lens :
- Canon RF 100M 2.8 Macro Lens :
- Canon R5 and R3 Memory Card :
- SIRUI Carbon Fiber Travel 5C Tripod :

Clothing : 
- Fjallraven Zip-Off Pants :
- Oakley Men's Gradient Flak Jacket 03-881 Black Wrap Sunglasses :
- Soloman Boots :
- Arcteryx Conveyor Belt :
- Darn Tough Socks :
- Old Navy Active T-Shirt : 
- Patagonia Men's Micro D Full Zip Sweater : 
- Helikon-Tex Alpha Fleece :
- 5.11 Rain Jacket :
- Outdoor Research Helium II Rain Pants :
- Garmin Instinct Solar GPS Watch :

Gear : 
- Teton Sports Mountain Ultra Tent :
- MLD Groundsheet :
- Teton Sports Altos Sleeping Pad :
- LaFuma GR 40F DSleeping Bag : Discontinued 
- Battery Powered Sleeping Pad Inflator :
- Sea to Summit Aeros Down Inflatable Pillow :

- Aqua Quest Guide Tarp 10x10’ :
- Decathlon Trek 100 70L Backpack :
- 550 Cord :
- Tent Stakes :

- OneTigris Folding Chair :
- SOTO Stove ST-310M :
- GSI Glacier Stainless Steel Pot :
- ISButane Fuel Canister : 
- Nalgene Wide Mouth Bottle :
- MSR Small Cup :
- TOAKS Titanium Long Handle Spoon with Polished Bowl :
- Tasmanian Tiger Modular Pouch Kit : 
- Tasmanian Tiger Mesh Pouch Kit :

- Bigfoot Bushcraft Fire Starters :
- Lighters :

- Peak Refuel Sweat Pork and Rice Meal :

- Nite Ize Lantern :
- PETZL ACTIK CORE Rechargeable Headlamp :
- NiteCore Power Bank : 
- Haven Hammock String Lights :

- Permethrin for Clothing and Gear :

- Bug Repellant Coils :

- Kershaw Cryo II Folding Knife :

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Wednesday, June 15, 2022

Real Review - Does the Radical Design Work? - OneTigris Scaena Tent Agen...

This is it folks, my review of the OneTigris Scaena Tent.
This is one very interesting shelter as it features a design that hasn't been seen before.

In this Agenda Free Review Luke is going to share this thoughts about this tent, the pros and cons, and his experiences with using this tent in all sorts of conditions.
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OneTigris Scaena Backpacking Tent - Review

Colors : Coyote Brown

Fly : 20D silicone Ripstop nylon treated  with 3000mm rating 
Body : 40D silicone Ripstop nylon with 3000mm floor
Poles : 7001 Aluminum
Zippers : YKK

Weight : 5.3lbs

Dimensions :
Stored : 15.5” long x 8” wide
Setup : 6.8’ long x 4.1’ wide x 3.7” tall

5 guy lines
10 tent stakes
Storage bag

Price : $250


This is a 3 season tent, 
2 doors 
2 vestibules

Review Pros :
Very unique design - I’ve never seen anything like it before.  The partial fly, the way that the floor pulls out on one side - it’s unique.
Very well made tent for the money.
The quality is very good with no issues being found with the seam taping, the stitching or so on.
Large tent that offers plenty of space for 2 people and their gear. Users can sit up while inside of the tent.
Plenty of pockets
Ventilation is very good in most situations. Lots of mesh.
Condensation is possible in any tent if the conditions are right for it but with that being said, it is well controlled in this tent and has not been an issue during my testing.
Pack size and weight aren’t bad considering the amount of space that the tent offers. 
I like the colors of this tent - it looks cool. Earth tones for the win. 
Excellent materials - ripstop nylon, aluminum poles - not a delicate polyester.
The Setup and Breakdown of the tent is easy and straightforward and shouldn’t give you any problems. 

Review Cons :
Design : While I have not had any leaking from this tent, it is possible due to the funky design.  That is my biggest gripe with this tent; the fly design is strange and in the end, only creates a problem for the user.

With the internal fly, it behaves just as a 4th season tent does; the fabric blocks wind and keeps out with drafts and with a full fly, these panels could be used to control the amount of airflow coming into a tent to a great degree while blocking out falling and blowing moisture.

Leaking : Ok, I mentioned that I haven’t had any leaking and I have had it out in as heavy of rain events that I think anyone would ever camp in but that doesn’t mean that others haven’t had issues and it doesn’t mean that leaking isn’t possible because it is.

While I was testing this tent out, some of my viewers were as well and this is what we have learned together.

The way that you seal up the door on the side of the tent without the fly will ultimately determine whether the tent leaks in calmer conditions.  It’s all about the zippers; if they aren’t seated just right, water can make its way into the tent.

Because of this, it is advised that you get in the tent from the side with the fly if wet weather is possible, that way you can ensure that the zippers are in the right place.

Also - In very windy conditions, water can be blown between the panels and leaking is possible.  
The quick to deploy hasty shelter is just about worthless. There is no reason to do it other than a bit of sun protection.  It will not keep moisture out because there is no door on one size. 
The single vestibule doesn’t offer all that much space - luckily the tent is larger than your average 2 person tent and makes up for the small vestibule.
Tent stakes are rather small and may need to be replaced depending on the type of soil that you are setting the tent up on. 


In summary, this is a very, very interesting tent from OneTigris and while I love that they are thinking outside of the box, I wish that in this case, the tent featured a full size fly.  That would add true protection to the occupants while providing additional functionality.

With that being said, if used in the correct manner this is going to be a waterproof tent; it’s when the door isn’t zipped shut correctly or if it is extremely windy that you might have some problems.

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