Wednesday, August 10, 2022

This Price is REALLY Hard to Beat - OneTigris Featherlite UL Quilt - Review


Interested in seeing a budget friendly Quilt that you can use in the warmer months?

This is the OneTigris Featherlite UL Quilt which can be used on the ground or in a Hammock; Luke's Agenda Free Review begins now!
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OneTigris Featherlite UL Top Quilt

What it is : This is a lightweight, highly compressible 3 season quilt that is also very budget friendly. The company focuses on this being used in a hammock but in truth it works just as well on the ground.

Agenda Free Link OT https://www.onetigris.com/us/featherlite-ul-top-quilt.html

Agenda Free Link Amazon : https://www.amazon.com/OneTigris-Featherlite-Ultralight-Sleeping-Quilt/dp/B07TX14FQJ

Temp Rating : 41F

Materials : 20D Ripstop Nylon outer shell with 380T polyester pongee lining, and SEE polyester filling

I did some searching to learn more about the SEE polyester insulation and couldn’t come across any information.

Available Colors : OD Green outside and black inside

Available Sizes : One

Size Measurements : 6.5’ x 2.8’ wide

Measurements Stored : 13.7” x 7.8”

Weight : 2.4lbs for quilt and bag - bag weighs 3.1oz

Price : $83 on the OT web site, $76 on Amazon
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Features :

Hook and loop clasp system
Vertical and horizontal baffles
Enclosed foot box
Drawstring at the top

My Testing :
I’ve been testing this product out since the spring and have been able to use this in temps down to 38f.

With warm clothing you can use this down 40f or even lower. With that being said, for lower temps a good sleeping pad with an higher r rating will be needed or if in a hammock, a good underquilt will be required.

Talking about clothing, at 40f, you’ll likely want a long sleeve shirt, some thermals, good socks, and hat. If you run cold, you might even want a jacket.

Review Pros
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Very good quality especially for the money - no issue when it comes to the construction
Perfectly Suited for summer time use.
Very warm with temps down to 50F
Insulation does a good job of lofting
Quilt materials are comfortable against the ski, silky.
Weight is very reasonable for an $85 quilt with synthetic insulation
Quilt is compressible - packs up well.
Looks awesome (subjective)
Versatile as you are able to cover up as much as you like or uncover as needed.
Can be used in a hammock or on the ground
Foot box is warm and comfortable.

Review Cons :
The Nylon Stuff sack that comes with this quilt is close to being complete garbage. While the size is good the compression straps and the related hardware is of the poorest quality. The straps themselves come loose and I have given up on using them. The hardware holds tension but as soon as you take the tension off, the straps will come out of the hardware.
If the back closures are in place, this is going to be tight for larger individuals. Luckily for most people since this is a warmer weather quilt won’t have to worry about even fooling with the closures.
Speaking of the closurers, if they are in place, it can be difficult to get into and out of the quilt.

Summary :
For the money, this is a really good warm weather quilt. Works great in a hammock or on the ground, the overall quality is very good.

Make sure to check the measurements to ensure that it is going to work for you.

Storage bag pretty much sucks….but gets the job done.

In the end, I can easily recommend this quilt, for the money it offers a good value and warmth capability.
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Tuesday, August 9, 2022

What Were They Thinking? - NatureHike Gabled Tail Tarp Vehicle Awning Kit


Today Luke is going over his thoughts and impressions of the NatureHike Gabled Tail Tarp Awning Kit.

My Questions is this;

Why is this so Expensive?

This is a Tarp Awning kit that can be used with your vehicle, while out camping, with your RV and so on.
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NatureHike Gabled Car Tail Tarp

What it is : This is an awning kit that can be used with your vehicle, while out camping, with your RV and so on. According to the company this is designed for 4 - 6 people.

Agenda Free Link NH Web Site : https://www.naturehike.com/collections/best-sellers/products/naturehike-outdoor-truck-canopy-sun-shade-portable


Agenda Free Link AliExpress : https://www.aliexpress.com/item/3256802745310525.html

Price : Retail price according to the NH web site is $286. On sale at the time of filming for $200.

AliExpress price is only $105 which is a massive difference.

Size Setup : 232.3 (19ft 4”) x 133.9” (11ft 2”)
Storage Size : 26.8” x 6.7” x 6.3”

What’s included :
- 86.6in galvanized iron tube canopy pole x2
- 74.8in galvanized iron tube canopy pole x1
- Ground stakes x9
- Guy Lines x7

Materials :
Unfortunately the NH site contradicts itself as far as the materials go. They state that the tarp is made from a 150D Oxford and they also state a 50D encrypted Oxford cloth fly and iron tube poles
3000mm Hydrostatic Rating

Weight : 13.2lbs

Impressions :
Quality - stitching, construction?
Setup
Stakes? Are they long enough?
Size?
Shape?
Issues?

Materials Impressions :
With this being made from an Oxford cloth which is a polyester, there is a very cheap feel to the material. For $300 retail, I would be upset with the purchase; that’s a premium price for a very cheap material.

For the sale price of $200, it’s still a hard sale especially when you can pick this up on AliExpress for $100. $100 for the poles and an Oxford cloth tarp, that makes a lot more sense to me.

By the way, if you aren’t familiar with Oxford cloth, I’m happy to tell you a bit about it. It is most known for being a material that clothing such as shirts is made from. While oxford cloth use to be made from cotton, it is now made primarily from polyester.

You will find that most outdoor products that are made from Oxford cloth to be on the cheap side; I’ll be frank, the biggest pieces of $hit are made from this material and in general, I would recommend staying away from Oxford cloth products; not all products are going to be garbage but a lot are and you have to be careful with what you purchase. Again, not all Oxford clothing products are going to be bad, but most are!

Oxford tents and tarps are generally exceptionally inexpensive; for an example, you can purchase massive tarps for $40 or so…which makes the price of this setup a problem. If this was made from nylon, I could see the $200 making sense, but for an Oxford material, this seems highly overpriced. The Aliexpress price seems much more reasonable.
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Saturday, August 6, 2022

Kicked Out and Rained Out - Coast Bound The Movie - Overlanding and Back...


In this TOGR Movie, Luke and Susie are hitting the road with no plans and ultimately arrive at the Coast of NC.

This is the Coast Bound Movie which includes every single part of Susie and I’s Spring 2022 Road Trip.

In Part 1 we drive across the state in our Ford Transit Van and camp in a variety of places along the way!

In Part 2 we backpack and camp next to an Active military base! You like fighter Jets Right?

Then in Part 3, Susie and I continue our overlanding adventure but this time, in the Rain and Wind.

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Wednesday, August 3, 2022

🕷 SPIDER - $64 for a Winter Capable Stove? - South Korean Kovea Spider S...


This is a Multi-Season Canister Stove from the South Korean company known as Kovea!

In this Agenda Free Review Luke is going over his Pros and Cons and what he likes and doesn't about this fairly expensive stove.

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The Korean Kovea Spider Stove 

What it is : The Spider stove from Kovea is an iso-butane system that was designed for use in not only warm conditions but cold conditions as well.

This stove can be inverted, it will run on liquid gas and guess what, it really works well!

Kovea
Haven’t heard of this South Korean company before?  You may not have heard of them but you likely have used or in the least seen one of their stoves and didn’t even know it. 

This company makes stoves for other companies as well;

MSR is an example.  Snow Peak is too.


Weight :
Full Kit - 7oz 
Just the Stove - 6oz

Cost : $66 on Amazon at the time of filming.  The price of this stove has gone up over $20 in the last year or so….

Materials : Primarily Stainless steel 

BTU’s : 5,633 BTU’s

What’s included :
Stove - Storage bag - Ignitor

Features

Foldable legs
Adjustable flame all the way down to simmer
Anti-flare tube
Low center of gravity makes the stove very stable

Cold Weather Use :
An incredible viewer sent this stove in for testing, Michael, thank you brother!  It was right at the end of winter here so my testing in the cold has been rather limited; I did get it out into the low 20’s for a camping trip and roared when the fuel can was inverted.  In cold temps, the hose is rather stiff.

The stove features a pre-heat loop that is close to the burner head and that allows the stove to run on liquid gas in cold conditions.  It heats the liquid fuel and vaporizes it.

You fire up the stove, turn it to low, allow the pipe to warm for around 30 seconds, invert gas can and you’re good to go. 

It has to be lit in when in the normal position; if you attempt to lite it when inverted you will experience a fireball….you don’t want this.

Note : Not all stoves with a similar design can be inverted; do not invert a stove that you specifically do not know was designed to be inverted.  If you do, you’re going to have a very bad day.

Pros so Far :
Excellent quality stove
Very good design - speaking of which, this is a product that hit the market in 2012 and it hasn’t changed in any sort of meaningful way.
Very reliable so far
Very good performance - I have yet to be in a situation where I could complain and that’s in cold weather as well as warm conditions. 
Very stable - locking legs are awesome
Cold weather performance has been excellent with my limited use.
There are a number of adaptors that can be purchased so that different types of fuel can be used - for an example, there is a Butane adaptor and a propane bottle adaptor.
Excellent adjustability - you can simmer or go all out. 
Stove folds up small enough

Cons so Far :
The Kovea web site is shockingly scant when it comes to

Piezo Ignitor is a weak point; I’ve seen plenty of reports of people having issues, I’ve seen videos on YT of individuals having issues….have I had problems getting the stove to ignite with this?

Yes, it simply isn’t that good.

Tip : Add a bic lighter to your stove kit and if anything, use the included Ignitor as a backup…

Tip : Go flow on the stove, get the Ignitor directly to the burner head and go.  That gives the best chance of ignition.

Not the lightest stove - there are systems out there that weigh much less. 

Rather poor wind resistance. 

BTU’s on this stove are a bit low when compared to the competition.  Does that really make a difference?  No, when you are out in the field on your adventure, you will not notice a minute longer to boil. 

Pot supports aren’t exceptionally grippy 

Small head doesn’t provide the best for cooking meals; stoves with a larger head will spread the heat over a larger area.  

Included instructions are in Korean which needs to be corrected for safety reasons.  
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