Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Czechoslovakian Mess Kit - Preview

It's Military Surplus Wednesday and today Luke is previewing the Czechoslovakian Mess Kit.

Link :

Price : $9.99

Weight : 1.15lbs.

Czechoslovakian Mess Kit

Great European Military Item

•      Genuine European Surplus
•      Czech Aluminum Mess Kit
•      3 Piece Set
•      2 Pots With Handles
•      Like New Condition
•      Newly manufactured mess kits would cost a lot more.

Great survival, camping, outdoor and hunting item.

handles stay cool while cooking. 2 pots w/ fold away handles. Nest all together. 4 x 6 1/2". 1.15lbs.

Con : My only complaint about the lid is that there's no way to use it as a pan without carrying a small pair of tongs, I might try and drill a few small holes so I can jerry rig a stick for a handle when I need it.

camping kit or bug-out bag :

The larger of the two pots has a height of approximately 3.25 inches and a diameter of 6 inches while the smaller of the two pots has a height of approximately 3 inches and a diameter of 5.25 inches. Each pot has a folding handle. Additionally, the small pot fits inside of the big pot for easy transport.

Monday, March 28, 2016

Backpacking Basics : Water Purification Backup

This is Backpacking Basics and Luke is going over the importance of having a Water Purification Backup.


Humans need roughly 2 liters of water on average per day.  When out backpacking this increases depending the the type of stresses you are putting your body though.  I’ve been on trips where my friends and I would consume almost 4 liters of water each!

Under extreme conditions an adult can lose 1 to 1.5 liters of sweat per hour

Humans can only go 100 hours without water at average outdoor temperatures

If it’s cooler, you can go a little longer. If you are exposed to direct sunlight, it’s less.

At least 60% of the adult body is made of it and every living cell in the body needs it to keep functioning.

Bacteria, protozoa and viruses

Never fully rely on a primary source of purification or filtration because eventually, all methods fail eventually.  Possibly the product or you will make a mistake.

Carry with you a means of purifying water so that you don’t become sick and ill.

Filters can spring a leak and contaminate water that has already been processed.

Electronic means can break or batteries fail.


backup methods include :


Chlorine dioxide

Aquamira Drops

MSR Sweetwater Drops

Polar Pure

Potable Aqua

Katadyn Micropur

Household Bleach (2 drops per quart of water)

Friday, March 25, 2016

Winter Storm Jonas - Multiday Adventure

A Winter Storm Warning is issued.

A State of Emergency is Declared.

A Lone Wolf Heads Out!

I hope that you all enjoy the adventure.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Propper U.C. Pack - Preview

It's Military Surplus Wednesday!  Today Luke is looking at the Propper U.C. Pack which is a smaller version of the USMC FILBE Corpsman Assault Pack.


Military Clothing Link :

Price : $99.99 from Military Clothing . com

$109.99 from Propper . com

Colors : Black, Coyote, Olive

Weight :  Approx. 3lbs

Materials :
1000D Cordura® Nylon

SBS Zippers - You may not have heard of this brand before, but I can tell you that they are just as good as YKK.

Now you may be thinking that this looks like the USMC Corpman pack which I showed off some time back and you are absolutely right, this is VERY similar.

Compare the Two packs.

The USMC Corpman pack is MUCH MUCH MUCH more expensive.  As high as $400!

Details :

Inspired by the Marine Corps Assault Back, the Propper U.C. Pack keeps you prepared. It’s designed to be customized inside and out, allowing you to add the additional pouches and accessories you need when you’re on the move.

You can purchase all sorts of pouches and add ons for this pack not only from Propper but other companies as well.

and so on.

Also this pack here is a great candidate for the Kifaru Pulls.

Monday, March 21, 2016

Friday, March 18, 2016

Winter Storm Jonas - Multiday Adventure - INTRO

This is the INTRO for Luke's latest Multi-Day Adventure!

A Winter Storm Warning is issued.

A State of Emergency is Declared.

A Lone Wolf Heads Out!

The Adventure is coming Soon!

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Biolite Rechargeable Wood Burning Stove - Review

Today Luke is reviewing the Biolite Rechargeable Wood Burning Stove.  Kick back folks, this will take a while.


Link :

MSRP $99.95 -

Four fan speeds to control the flame size, from rapid boil to campfire feel

In 2012 a company called Biolite launched a product called the camp stove which was a wood burning stove each produced electricity so you could essentially charge your phone through the burning of wood.

This isn’t a replacement for the original stove as it doesn’t generation electricity.  What this stove allows you to do is control the amount of heat that the stove produces and it does this through the fan which you can control the speed of.

Likes :
Burns wood fuel completely to ash.
Good built Quality.
Easy to Clean.

Dislikes :
Burns wood very quickly requiring constant wood replenishment
Not very good for cooking, boiling water, etc.
Not good for backpacking.
Not very good for car camping either.
Can create a lot of smoke.
Chore to continue to feed fuel to.
Large size.

There are other stoves out there that work better for less.

Weight 1.60 lbs (725 g)

Dimensions :

Unpacked: 8.25 x 4.50" (21.01 x 11.43 cm)
Packed: 7.75 x 4.50"(19.70 x 11.43cm)

Battery Charge Time :
Battery charges extremely fast; I was able to get a full charge in less than 2 hours.

Battery Duration :

Turbo | 8 hours
Boil | 16 hours
Simmer | 25 hours
Campfire | 30 hours

In The Box :
Stuff Sack
Recharging Micro-USB Cord

1-year limited warranty

Monday, March 14, 2016 Subscription Box - Unboxing

 Today Luke is doing an Unboxing of the Subscription Box.  Grab a cup of coffee and lets see what's inside.


Survival Boxes contacted me to see if I would like to checkout what they offer and I said, absolutely!  So what I received is an example of a typical Welcome Box - the first box a subscriber will receive.

SURVIVAL BOXES are packed with items from the survival elements of Gear, Food, and Water. Plus Survival Garden Seeds!

Every month you will receive:

• Survival Gear - (2-5 great survival items or 1 awesome one)

• Survival Food - Delicious 25-year shelf life storable meals and foods (Different entree & food varieties every month)

- 24 hours/1 Day supply of 25-year storable food in every box

***Minimum of 8 servings/2000 Calories in every box***

• Survival Water - Emergency water & water purification

• Survival Seeds - Storable Non-GMO Heirloom seeds (3 varieties per month that will produce renewable food in your survival garden)

• Survival Knowledge Cards - Survival Tips and Instruction

Cost : $39.99 monthly

prepay for 3 months : $116.97

Prepay 6 months : $227.94

Prepay 12 months : $443.88

Shipping : $8.95

Monthly Box :

Boxes will ship around the 7th

Awesome Money Back Guarantee :

Cancel or skip a box anytime!  No questions and no hassle!  If you are not 100% satisfied with your Survival Box,  just send it back.

Survival Food :

The company also has a survival box of food supplies which include storable food along with seeds.

Friday, March 11, 2016

Viewer Mail - Unboxing 9

Today we're looking at some viewer mail that was sent in to The Outdoor Gear Review.  As always I'm honored and thankful.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Sunjack Heat Bank - USB Hand Warmer + Powerbank - Review

Today Luke is reviewing the Sunjack Heat Bank which is a Hand Warmer + Powerbank.  While getting ready to review this product, Luke stumbles upon a few things which are very interesting.  Watch now to learn more.

Sunjack Link :

Amazon Link :

Price : #39.95

SunJack Heat Bank keeps you warm and your mobile devices charged. This little device weighs only 0.6 lbs, has a dimension of 4.1 x 2.8 x 1.8 in. Rounded design and smooth surface make it fits perfect in your hand. Device heats up from both sides, and reaches 122°F; keep you warm when it gets cold. 7500mAh battery capacity and simultaneously charge and discharge make it a great powerbank. Specification: Battery Capacity: 7500mAh Input: 2A Max Output: 2A Dimension:4.1 x 2.8 x 1.8 in Weight: 9.6oz. 0.6 lbs

 Charging Time: 2A/5 hours Surface Temperature: 122°F +/- 41°F when heating What is in the box: Heat Bank Charging cable Strap User Manual. UPC: 743724208474

7500 mAh battery capacity; charges your mobile devices 3-4 times, or provides heating for 4 hours.

Smart temperature detecting system: device automatically stops heating when surface temperature reaches 122°F-heating stops after an hour to save battery.

Device can be charged and discharged simultaneously. 2A input fast charge, works great with the SunJack panel

To protect your safety and the device, it has temperature protection, over charge and discharge protection, short-circuit protection, over current protection, over voltage protection and over wattage protection.

One year hassle free warranty

As soon as you activate the warm mode you can feel it heat up.  At first it seems warm but not hot but it doesn’t take long for that to change.  In about 15 minutes I noticed a dramatic increase in terms of heat.  HOT! So warm in fact that I wouldn’t want this being pressed tightly against my skin.

For camping purposes, this is an interesting option and I would likely recommend it if you could adjust the amount of hear that it releases.  122f is too hot for my liking.  Would love to have the ability to select half of that and extend the battery life.

For sporting events, sitting around a fire, working outside in the cold for a job, situations like that, I can see a need for this device,

I wish that you could charge a device while using the heat function.  That would be nice.

it lasts about 3 or 4 full charges for my iPhone

On a side note, I noticed that a lot of the reviews on amazon are from unverified customers and this made me suspicious so I started checking out the reviewers and I noticed something.  Most of the reviewers who were not verified have similarities.  Most of these accounts reviewed the charger along with some sort of enhancement pill.   For example, a lot of the individuals who reviewed the hand warmer also reviewed a product called Alpha Male XL.  The female accounts reviewed a product for larger breast size. Or a dietary supplement.

In other words these are accounts created to review products.

Friday, March 4, 2016

Testing Grounds - Overnight Adventure

This is Testing Grounds, an Overnight Adventure in which Luke is testing out some budget friendly gear (common-man/woman).

Snow.  Bitter Cold.  Strong Winds.  Good Times.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016