Monday, May 30, 2016

LifeTowel - Microfiber Travel and Sport Towel - Preview

Today Susan is taking a quick look at the LifeTowel Microfiber Travel and Sport Towel.  Also she will be detailing a giveaway which is coming soon.


Links :

Life Towel Web Site :

Individual Towels :

Towel Set :

Single Towel Product Details


Size / Weight:
Small-16” x 32” 2.5 OZ - $12.97
Medium- 20” x 40” 3.8 OZ - $14.97
Large- 24” x 48” 5.4 OZ - $16.97
X Large- 30” x 60” 8.3 OZ - $18.97

Royal Blue / Grey Edge Stitching
Storm Grey / Red Edge Stitching
Berry Purple / Grey Edge Stitching

Hang Loop Type

Snap Loop

Friday, May 27, 2016

Viewer Mail - Unboxing 11

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, May 25, 2016

French F1 Commando Tent - Setup and Preview

Today Luke is setting up and previewing the French F1 Commando Tent!


Link :

Price : $39.95 plus shipping

Weight : 6lbs

Material : Nylon

Details :

The French F1 Commando Tent is one of the most widely used military tents and it still meets the needs of soldiers and civilians today. Most military tents of this size are constructed using shelter halves, whereas this tent is a one-piece complete nylon flysheet. This will mean that you will be able to assemble this tent quicker, it will provide more uniform shelter, and you'll have a better nights sleep while resting in it.

When these tents were designed, they were built to be a complete system that could be packed in a small carry bag. This system includes the poles, the flysheet, tent stakes, and guylines. You will be able to put these tents in their carry bags into your rucksack and when you are ready to deploy them, you'll truly appreciate how easy they are to set up and maintain. The features of this tent are unlike any other military tent of this size, with the most prominent being you will be fully enclosed once you are inside of the tent. There will be protection from insects, mosquitoes, and other pests that would impact a good night sleep when you need it most.

·         Authentic French Army F1 Commando Tent System

·         Mesh Ventilation Windows on Top of Both Doors

·         Mesh Ventilation with Covered Side Awnings For Maximum Comfort

·         Collapsible Tent Poles, Pegs, Included

Used condition.

Material : Nylon

Monday, May 23, 2016

VSSL Supplies Survival Kit - Review

Today Luke is reviewing a survival kit known as the VSSL Supplies. Will it be worth its high cost?  Find out now!


VSSL Supplies – Survival Kit Review :

VSSL Link :

Amazon :

Price : Retail $110. On the web site.  $80 on amazon

Weight : 18 ounces (1 pound, 2 ounces).

Materials : Whether you plan to be out for a few days or a few hours, having critical supplies in a compact weather-resistant case is an essential part of preparation.

Each VSSL unit is 9" long by 2" diameter made from seamless extruded military specification anodized aluminum.

Contents :

·         Dual mode (static and SOS) LED 'flood' beam lantern light, illuminates a large area (batteries included)

• Compass (oil filled)
• 4 hour pure Canadian beeswax candle
• Razor blade
• 6 Aquatabs® water purification tablets
• Wire saw (high tensile, 60lb working strength with handle straps)
• Aluminum beadless emergency whistle
• Waterproof matches
• Tinder Quik® fire starters
• Fishing Gear
• Signaling Mirror
• Marine grade rope (250lb breaking strength)
• Reflective trail markers
• P38 military GI Type can opener
• First aid supplies
• VSSL priorities of survival and instructions


Pros and Cons :


Impressive quality. Excellent materials.  Great Engineering.

Self contained system.  Tightly packed. Well organized. Lots of supplies included

Water tight container.  Tough.

Good quality compass.  Accurate.  Oil filled.  Not water. Smooth.  A little slow but that’s ok.

Good quality flashlight.  Works well.  SOS feature is nice.

VSSL sells refills for everything in their online store so you can refill if needed.  You can use your own supplies as well.

Flashlight : The LED flashlight on one end runs for 20 hours, or up to 40 hours in a flashing S.O.S. mode.


Very limited first aid kit.

Uncommon battery type for the flashlight.

Another flashlight negative : If on/off button is easy to trigger inside of your pack.  If you are carrying this container, I would recommend not having the batteries installed as it doesn’t take much to turn it on.  In a survival situation, pulling out your container to use the flashlight only to discover that the batteries are dead could be catastrophic.  Store the batteries elsewhere in a safe, secure location.

Weight : With this container weighing more than 1lb, it is heavy.  You will notice this in your package.  It is large.  For the ultralight crowd, you aren’t going to like this.

Biggest Complaint : I appreciate the features of the VSSL but they limit one very important aspect to the container itself.  This holds lots of supplies, has a flashlight, has a compass, can hold water….but it can’t be used to boil water.  This is a huge negative in my eyes.  HUGE!  Yes this does come with a few water purification tablets, but what are you going to do when you run out of those?  Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to boil water inside of this container?  Due to the compass at one end and the flashlight at the other, you cannot place this container in the fire.  That is my biggest issue with this container.  Yes a compass is important but being able to boil water is even more so.  I rather be lost in the woods with drinkable than a compass.  With a bit of knowledge and knowhow, you can determine direction in other ways.  I’d like to see this change being made in the future.  I rather have a container which I can boil water in and a guide explaining how to determine direction instead.


In general, no I wouldn’t.

I love the look of this product, the fit and finish is awesome.  The contents are great quality too but would I recommend it?  Nope.   The fact that you can’t boil water in this container is a huge negative to me.  Price is also a huge negative.  You could build your own kit for much, much less and it would be more useful.  Speaking of which, building your own kit is vital in my opinion.  Each piece needs to be hand selected.  You need to know how to use each aspect as well.  When you build your own kit, you are more likely to understand how each component works and functions.

Very weak first aid kit.

If you built your own kit, would it be as nice and compact?  Unlikely but looks aren’t all that important when you are trying to survive.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Viewer Mail - Unboxing 10

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, May 18, 2016

Swiss M84 Canteen and Cup - Military Surplus

Military Surplus Wednesday is here and Luke has the Swiss M84 Canteen and Cup!

Link :

Price : $7.95 plus shipping

Materials : Aluminum and Polymer  Plastic

Details :

The Swiss M84 Canteen with Cup is a complete drinking system that was previously issued to soldiers in the Swiss Army. Like virtually all Swiss military gear, this canteen with cup is a high quality canteen system that is unique. Each M84 canteen comes with the correct aluminum cup which nests at the bottom of the canteen providing support and protection for the canteen when not being used.

The Swiss M84 Canteen is a complete drinking system from the Swiss Army. Originally adopted in 1984, this canteen saw service for over two decades before being replaced by the current generation canteen system. Consisting of two parts, one being the nearly one liter plastic canteen and the other being the aluminum cup that nests at the base of the canteen.


·         Authentic Swiss Army Canteen

·         Polymer Canteen Holds 0.8 Liters

·         Aluminum Canteen Cup

·         One of the Best Military Surplus Canteen Deals

Monday, May 16, 2016

Vinsic 20000mAh Ultra slim Power Bank Review

Today Luke is reviewing the Vinsic 20000mAh Ultra slim Power Bank.


Power Bank, Vinsic 20000mAh Ultra-slim Power Bank

Link :

Price : Retail : $89 but it is currently $40 on amazon

Numerous colors : Pink, white, gray, and gold.

Ultra-slim design with a hard plastic & aluminum alloy construction

Built-in figure LED indicator, easy to know the remaining capacity.

10 times for iPhone


Capacity: 20000mAh

USB Port: 2 x USB

Input: 5V, 2A

Output1: 5V 2.1A

Output2: 5V 1A

Package includes

1 x Vinsic® 20000mAh Power Bank

1 x USB Charging Cable

Cons : You can’t charge other devices while charging the bank

Overheating issues: during my tests, I didn’t notice any overheating issues.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Aqua Quest Hooped Bivy - Preview

Today Luke is previewing the Aqua Quest Hooped Bivy and it's going into testing now!


Link Amazon :

Link Aqua Quest :

Price : $100 - $199.95 depending on site

Colors : Green and Orange

Capacity: 1-2 Person

Weight (Complete Kit): 2.4 lb / 1.1 kg

Waterproof rating: 10,000 mm

Breathability rating: 3000 gr/m2/day

Packed Size (Uncompressed): 16 X 6 X 5 in / 40 X 13 X 13 cm

70D RipStop fabric

PU coating

Heat taped seams

‘No-see-um’ inner mesh

Clear TPU outer window

Head section air vent

Batwing Stiffeners to elevate foot bed

Extra wide shoulder and foot areas

Accommodates anybody up to 6’6” (2 m)

YKK zippers

Included: Bivy, 1 lightweight collapsible shock cord pole, 5 lightweight aluminum pegs, storage sack

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Inexpensive Ultralight Ground Cloth - Review

Today Luke is reviewing an Inexpensive Ultralight Ground Cloth.


Link :

UL Ground Cloth

Shipped as a Duo Size - Can be cut in half for two solo sizes at less than 1.2oz ea.

60" X 96" (5' X 9') 2.4oz


Very WaterProof - Even more than Silnylon and most other LW WP Fabrics and Tyvek

Ultra Light Weight, Inexpensive and Effective

• SHIPPED AS ONE LARGE DUO SIZE - Cut it into two singles or any shape to fit a floorless shelter footprint

• A trimmed 28" X 7' solo size will weight less than 1oz

• This UL Ground Sheet is fairly quiet and is NOT crinkly or noisy.

• Clear - Similar in feel to a thin Mylar plastic- pretty tough for a .5oz/sq/yd material

• Plenty tough for many nights of use

• Film is used in food industry to shrink wrap food .

• Tough and safe vs lower quality chemical laden PVC style wrap

• Clear color to see sticks and stones underneath

• Can be cut into tent shape footprints.

• Punctures and little tears can be mended with duct tape for a pretty long service life

Monday, May 9, 2016

Klean Kanteen Wide Mouth 64oz Bottle - Review

Today Luke is reviewing the Klean Kanteen Wide Mouth 64oz Bottle.


Link :

Price :$27

The 2.125" stainless steel threads work with standard hiking and water filters

Made from recyclable food-grade stainless steel that is durable and reusable

Comes with a stainless steel loop cap for use with a carabiner or the flip d-ring cap is available as a separate accessory.

Dishwasher friendly and easy to clean - no special brushes required

Product Dimensions: 6 x 3 x 3 inches ; 12.8 ounces

Dishwasher-safe, eco-friendly, high-quality stainless steel water bottles from Klean Kanteen offer a great alternative to plastic and lined metal bottles. Constructed of food-grade #304 stainless steel, Kleen Kanteen bottles are BPA-free and 100 percent recyclable. An all-stainless steel interior, 18/8 stainless caps, and stainless steel threads mean the bottles won't retain or leach flavors, so you get a fresh, clean, crisp drink every time. Because Klean Kanteen bottles are constructed of food-grade stainless steel, they're not coated with a plastic or epoxy lining like aluminum bottles.The new wide mouth line of bottles have an opening more than two inches in diameter, which makes filling, pouring, and cleaning the bottle a cinch, and the universal thread design works with most standard backcountry water filters without an adapter. With the Klean Kanteen Wide, you have even more earth- and body-friendly choices. They come in five sizes, ranging from 12 to 64 ounces, and all come in pure, shiny brushed stainless steel. The wide bottles are shorter and more compact than Klean Kanteen Classic bottles but incorporate the same slim design, meaning sizes up to 27 ounces fit in most cup holders. They also come standard with the Stainless Loop Cap, which works seamlessly with the S-Biner, so it's a snap to clip it right onto a shoulder strap or pack. Easy filling, pouring, and cleaning Doesn't retain or leach flavors

Friday, May 6, 2016

Two Wolves - Overnight Adventure

It's time for another Overnight Adventure!
Join Luke has he faces the cold, the snow and the wind with winter's last hurrah.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Ohuhu Stainless Steel Wood Burning Stove - Review

Luke is back with a review of the Ohuhu Stainless Steel Wood Burning Stove!

Amazon Link :

Price : $21.99

Crafted with high quality stainless steel which can stand high temperature and weight.

Pot stability - 3 arms pot support system creates a stable cooking platform and distributes heat evenly.

Free & Easy-to-get fuel - can simply use twigs, leaves, pinecones and wood as fuel.

Compact and lightweight with carrying bag [5.3" x 5.3" x 3", 400g / 14.2 oz] - can simply be tossed in a bag without worry.

Environmentally Friendly: No fuel canisters, no chemical emissions.

Camping Stove can use either firewood or solid alcohol to cooking.

With the right materials, you can have a solid fire going in less than 40 seconds.

With any stove, a wind screen will be of a value on windy days.

Pros :

It’s fairly small but holds a large amount of wood.

Carry bag will go a long way to keep soot from getting all over everything.

Burns very cleanly.  Very little smoke.  Lots of heat.

Burns to ash if you allow it to burn long enough.

No batteries to charge like some stoves.

Easy to mashup/clean

Will work with a wide range of pots

Great little stove for backpacking, emergency use and even survival

Sturdy.  No issues with stability

Cons :

Some parts to this stove are thin and you need to be careful with them.

Some small pots or cups may not work on this stove.

There is an alcohol component to this stove but to be honest, I haven’t gotten around to using it.

I wouldn’t carry this whole thing to burn alcohol in.

Excellent for backpacking, car camping, kayaking and so on.  Good build quality.

Excellent price.  It really shows you what you can get for a low price.

Water boiling with perfect conditions in less than 3 minutes

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Random Chat, Lunch, Gear Testing : Episode 6

Join Luke at Lone Wolf Mountain as he tells stories, has lunch, talks about gear and then pulls out the Mosin Nagant for a little target practice.

Strength and Honor

Monday, May 2, 2016 Subscription Box #3 - Unboxing

Today Luke and Susan are doing an Unboxing of the Subscription Box.  This is box #3.  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 : $9.95

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.