Sunday, March 29, 2015

Viewer's Choice : Custom Knife Project

Today you get to help the community decide which knife we are to customize;
Either the Becker Bk16 or the Ka-Bar Mark 1.  Pictures of these knifes are below:

 The first blade pictured is the Becker BK16 which is a high quality bushcraft oriented knife.

The second blade is the Ka-Bar Mark 1 and is a remake of the original USN Mark 1 that was issued to the Navy during the days of World War 2.  This isn't a bushcraft knife but rather a fighting knife.

Please remember that the knife that receives the most votes will be customized and will be given way in a future contest to one lucky winner.

Friday, March 27, 2015

SunJack Waterproof LightStick - Preview

Today we are taking a look at the SunJack Lightstick!  It's a 5200mAh battery bank, it's a light-stick and it's awesome!


3 Brightness Levels + Emergency Flash. Ultrabright 350 Lumens on Max.   pure white light
Waterproof to 6ft Depth
Up to 46 Hours of Lighting on One Charge
Charges up to 3 Smartphones

Mode 1, low power light.
Mode 2, medium power light.
Mode 3, high power light.
Mode 4, flashing/intermittent light.

5200mAh power bank charges up to 3 smartphones. Ultrabright 350 lumens equivalent to a 40 Watt incandescent bulb. Waterproof to 6ft Depth. Product comes with one year warranty.

Weight : 7.85 ounces

Measurements:  10½"x1½”

Includes two lanyards which can be used to attach to packs and so on in different ways.

the end pieces of the LightStick are beveled, not round, so the LightStick won't roll away when it's placed on a flat surface.

 To recharge the battery with the 5V/1A charger took about 4½ hours

I tested the battery life at the highest illumination level, and the light was on for 5¼ hours before the battery died.

The LightStick has an IP68 rating. International Protection Marking codes, also known as IPX codes, classify and rate the degree of protection provided against the intrusion of dust and water by mechanical casings and electrical enclosures. The IP68 rating implies that the LightStick is dust-tight and safe for continuous immersion in water up to 3 meters deep (note that the manufacturer limits the depth to 6 feet). I tested the water-tightness in a sink filled with water. The LightStick worked fine even under a few inches of water, while I learned that it actually floats unless it's being held underwater.

When charging a device you can use the light as well but only on the low setting.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

How To Clean : 20 Liter Heavy Duty Water Container

Today I'm going over how I went about cleaning the 20 Liter 5.2 Gallons Heavy Duty Water Container to get it ready for use.


Monday, March 23, 2015

Solitude - Overnight Adventure - TOGR

This is the Full Length Overnight Adventure : Solitude.  I hope that you all enjoy it.  Strength and Honor!

Friday, March 20, 2015

Solitude - Overnight Adventure - INTRO

This is the INTRO for Solitude, the Overnight Adventure!  This is the introduction to Lone Wolf Mountain which is the testing ground for The Outdoor Gear Review.  The full length video is coming soon.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Snugpak Endurance 40 Pack - Preview

Today we are previewing the Snugpak Endurance 40 Pack.


The Endurance 40™ by Snugpak™ is based off its Stamina 40" rucksack platform and design. The main, and noticeable difference, is a MOLLE webbing on the front and both sides. The Endurance 40™ still has a Hydration Sleeve as well as a routing port for the drinking tube and the storage pocket on the lid. It also has contoured and heavily padded chest straps faced with textured high wicking fabrics. The top lid zippered compartment is a great place to store those essentials that need to be easily accessed. The bottom compartment also houses a roll away rain cover. The Endurance 40™ is a great pack for those who have always liked The Stamina 40™ and Rocket Pak™ but always wanted the availability to attach additional pockets for various things.

Velcro™ Strips for Flag & Unit patches as well as for Name and Rank tapes
Padded shoulder straps with an adjustable sternum strap
Hydration System compatible
Roll away waterproof cover
Durable yet pliable 500-denier nylon construction, strong enough to withstand multiple trips into the field - This is a good material for most people.  If you are a soldier and you’re going to be abusing your gear, you may want to look at a pack that’s made from a heavier nylon.
Over 150 MOLLE attachment points
Weight : 3.3 lbs
MAIN COMPARTMENT DIMENSIONS: 19.00" x 11.00" x 9.00"

Three colors: Olive, Black and Coyote

The MSRP: $129.00

This is a frameless pack and for some that may be worrisome but with it being a 40L pack, you won’t be putting that much weight into it.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Outdoor Fitness : 30 Minute Full Body Workout

Well my friends, many have asked for another Outdoor Fitness video and today, you've got one!  This is the 30 minute Full Body Workout.  It's time to move your body so that you can go do the adventures that you truly want to do.  Feel good.  Look good.  Get out there!

Thursday, March 12, 2015

ThruNite MCC-4 Universal Charger - Preview

Today we are previewing the ThruNite MCC-4 Universal Charger.



-LCD display for battery voltage and charging status

Four Channel Charger for rechargeable batteries and will work with a wide range of different types;

22650, 18650, 17670, 18490, 17500, 17335, 16340( RCR123 ), 14500, 10440

Intelligent identify Li-ion, Li-Mn, Ni-Cd and Ni-MH rechargeable batteries
3. Auto run a reasonable charging mode basing on different batteries
4. LCD shows details about charging for every channel
5. Auto cut off when full charged

Dimension: 155mm× 99mm×36mm

What’s in box

1 x MCC-4 battery charger
1 x charging cord
1 x car charging cable

 What I like :

The ability to power this charger from an AC source and DC 12V power socket is a great feature thats just adds to the usefulness of this charger.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

MOLLE II 100 Round Utility Pouch - Preview

It's Military Surplus Wednesday and today we are taking a look at the MOLLE II 100 Round Utility Pouch.

NSN: 8465-01-532-2397
You can attach these to packs, vests, etc.  Very versatile.

They come in multiple colors and camo patterns;

coyote brown, ACU Digital, woodland Camo, multicam, and so on.

When it comes to purchasing one of these, check with your favorite military surplus store or web site.  I got mine from eBay and I go two of them for $10.  Price wise on eBay it will vary greatly.  Some will sale them as a set, some will sell them singly.  Some are very expensive, some are cheap.

Look around and get the best deal possible.

Specialty Defense Systems

Measures approximately 6.5"H x 5"W x 3"D

Plastic sidewalls keep pouch rigid when filled

Monday, March 9, 2015

Snap Shot Preview : March 2015

This is the Snap Shot Preview for March, 2015.  It's a look at what to expect for the rest of the month of March and beyond.

** We will have an overnight adventure as soon as the weather improves.

** Multiple videos showing of Lone Wolf Mountain and videos in regards to the projects taking place there.

** Axe Restoration

.. Kerosene Lamp Restoration

** Customization Project:  I’m thinking a Becker BK16 or Mark 1.  You all will get to vote on on which we will do.

**  I will be doing a giveaway of that knife when it’s complete.

** A new Outdoor Fitness video

** SunJack Waterproof LightStick

** How to clean the 20 liter water container that I recently showed off.  I’ve bene receiving some videos on how to go about washing it so i will show that process.

** Two products from Snugpak ; The Endurance pack and the Stratosphere bivy

** The Freedom hammock from Yukon Outfitters

** RAVPower 15,000mAh portable charger

** A video comparing Neutral White and Cool White flash lights

** Vanquest IBEX-30 Backpack

** Alpen Survival Belt System

** An EcoVida Microfiber Travel Towel

** An inexpensive camping stove option

** Task Lab TaskOne Multi-tool iPhone case

** I’m sure that there will be more as I’m constantly coming up with ideas.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Viewer's Choice : March 2015 - Overnight Adventure

My friends it’s time to get back into the wild and today you will be able to vote on the gear that we use for this trip.  Pack, Tent, Sleeping Pad, Sleeping Bag.  This will be our first trip out to Lone Wolf Mountain.


Deuter 65 + 10 Aircontact

The North Face Terra 45

Eberlestock Terminator

Arc'teryx Echo

Gregory Savant 58

ORC Combat Tent

Nemo Switchblade

Golite Shangri-La 3

Mountain Hardwear Hunker 1

Sleeping Pads: 

Thermarest Ridgerest Solar

Thermarest Prolite Plus

Sleeping Bags:

Eberlestock Reveille

Mountain Hardwear Tioga

Marmot Sawtooth

ThruNite MINI TN30 Flashlight - Review

Today we are reviewing the ThruNite Mini TN30 Flashlight!



Amazon US:
Amazon CA:
Amazon Germany:
Amazon UK:
Amazon JP:
Official store:

Versatile Applications -- EDC, law enforcement, security, emergency, medical services, camping, duty light and self-defense
And the turbo mode is simply outstanding but after about 5 minutes the head becomes too hot.

- Portable compact flooder with high-quality beam from orange peel reflector.

- The brightest LED flashlight with three Cree XM-L2 LEDs driven by four 18650 batteries.

- Sustainable turbo mode up to 3200 lumens

-Advanced electronic metal switch with low voltage indication for silent operation.

- ThruNite ITC (Intelligent Temperature Control) technology to prevent possible light damage from overheating.

- Six modes: firefly, low, medium, high, turbo and strobe.

- Reversed polarity protection system prevents damage to the light.

- Ultra clear tempered glass lens with anti-reflective coating.

- Aircraft grade aluminum body structure with knurling for firm grip.

- Premium type III hard anodized anti-abrasive finish.

- Memory function to set any mode (except for firefly, turbo and strobe) for immediate use.


- LED: Three CREE XM-L2 with a lifespan of 20+ years of run time.

- Runs on: 4 x 18650 (ThruNite 18650 3200mAh).

- Working Voltage: 10.5 - 17 V.

- Working Temperature: -20℃-40℃.

- Output mode/Runtime*: Strobe (3200 lumens/234 minutes),

Turbo (3200 lumens /120 minutes), High (1900 lumens / 190 minutes),

Medium (435 lumens / 15 hrs ), Low (40 lumens / 123 hrs), Firefly (0.4 lumens/98 days).

- Peak Beam Intensity: 17640cd.

- Max beam distance: 265m.

- Impact resistant: 2 meters.

- Waterproof to IPX-8 Standard (1.5meters).

- Weight: 384.3g(without batteries).

- Dimensions: 125.8 mm in length x 64 mm in diameter.

Accessories: Holster x1, Spare O ring x2, Spare Switch Cap x1, Battery Carrier x1 (inside the flashlight).

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

20 Liter 5.2 Gallons Heavy Duty Water Container - Preview

Today we're previewing the 20 Liter 5.2 Gallons Heavy Duty Water Container.


There are other manufactures of cans just like this and for many the price is very similar.  You can find them a bit cheaper on eBay but it’s impossible to know what has been in them and what they were used for.

Available in UN Blue, Black, Tan, Olive Drab Green

This was made by LC Industries in Hazlehurst, Mississippi  LC Industries is absolutely a government contractor that hires mostly disabled folks.

made in the USA

Seamless all-plastic construction.
Lightweight and super tough.
You'll have water wherever you go.
Capacity of 5. 2 U. S. gallons.
Single carrying handle and screw top cap.

The hole is big enough to put you hand in and if you live in a hot environment, you can put ice in it.

Heavy Duty Water Containers are just the ticket with seamless all-plastic construction; they are lightweight and super tough so you'll have water wherever you go. With a capacity of 5. 2 U. S. gallons, these cans feature a single carrying handle and screw top cap that stays securely in the closed position. The small spout makes it easier to fill water bottles, and a vent provides great airflow for easy pouring. Manufactured from food-grade materials, they will not add taste, odor, or any chemicals to the water.

Compare to Sceptor Containers. 18 3/4"H x 13 1/2"W x 6 3/8”D.  Same dimensions as 5 gal steel Jerry cans, but better.

Around 6lbs empty but almost 50lbs when filled with water.  1.1 liter is 2.2lbs.  2.2 x 20 = 44lbs.  Add the weight of the can = 50lbs give or take.

They fit in standard military jerry can holders and have a single handle

These are exact productions of what many have used while in the army, right down to the Property of US Government   Perfect for car camping, hunters and even emergency backup needs.

These won't dent or rust. Replacement caps and gaskets are available

The lid offers several options for filling and pouring.

I’ve been using mine for a number of weeks now when I go out to work on Lone Wolf Mountain.  Incredible strong and durable.  I do recommend washing them when you get one to help with the plastic taste.

If you want a pour spout, you can find these online if you’re interested.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Vargo Titanium Triad XE Multi-Fuel Stove - Review Update

In this episode, I’m updating the review for the Vargo Titanium Triad XE Stove.

In this video I won’t be going over the specs or product details as that has been done in the previous review. If you are interested in that information, there is a link in the description box below to that video.


In the past I reviewed this stove primarily in regards to the alcohol stove and the base plate and in this Review Update I’m returning to speak about solid fuel performance.  Does it change my review?  Let’s dive in and find out.

To get to the point, the Triad XE as an Alcohol Stove is very poor all the way around and the Triad XE as a solid fuel stove is just as poor.

In the end, being light weight is this stove’s greatest asset but it performs so poorly you might has well leave it at home and build a solid fuel stand out of rocks.  Now that is what I call going ultralight!

 The biggest glaring problem with this stove when being used as a solid fuel stove is the tripod design.  The legs make this prone to tipping over.  Depending on the the pot that you cook with, it can be even worse than you imagine.

When you are say boiling water, I would have to watch it extremely closely make sure that the boiling vibrations didn’t cause the pot to fall over.

The legs are stiff, very hard to move especially when your hands are cold.