Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Carinthia Micro Tent Plus (Eberlestock Micro Condo Tent) - Preview

Today Luke is previewing the Carinthia Micro Tent Plus which is more commonly known as the Eberlestock Micro Condo Tent here in the States.


One-Man tunnel tent with integrated mosquito-net.

749,00 euros or $854.00 (eberlestock price is $899)

NATO Stock Number: 8340-41-000- 2527.

Link Carinthia :

Link Eberlestock :

Dimensions: 34 x 106" [Enough interior space for one man and a backpack]

Weight: 1800 g / 3.9lbs

Can be used as a bivy

Includes poles, no stakes which you will need.

Full-length awning

GORE-TEX® Gas Permeable Technology is a unique three-layer laminate, absolutely waterproof and extremely breathable. Unlike the GORE-TEX® Membrane, that is used for clothing, GORE-TEX® Gas Permeable Technology is air-permeable As a result, our bivy bags can be closed completely, providing absolute weather protection along with great comfort.

Five loops on the back hold the insulating mat in place.

Bivibag - tent one soldier

Bivibag Micro Tent is actually a tent for one soldier. For its useful properties associated with small size in a collapsed state and low hmostostí it is used mainly by members of special units

The bag has an unfolded shape of the tunnel with the opening over the entire length by means of two fasteners

Special double flap covering the zip opening and makes it waterproof

Taped seams prevent water seepage

The bag is waterproof up to a height of water column 10000 mm

On warm nights can keep the lid open zip and ensure good ventilation, with integrated mosquito net prevents access of mosquitoes and other vermin. Mosquito Net has a separate closure

The five tabs on the bottom prevents undesirable shifts in the terrain the insulating mat


unfolded: length 270 cm, maximum width 75 cm, height 43 cm

in a collapsed condition: length 35 cm, about 12 cm

Material: Gore-tex, including special modifications, which provides coverage in infrared light

Water resistance: 10.000 mm water column

Weight: 1800 g

Color: olive green RAL 7013 (upon special order, the upper part of the German Army camouflage pattern)

NSN (NATO Stock Number / NATO Stock Number):


Packing Size: 13.7" x 4.7”

Monday, June 27, 2016

My Favorite Gear - Optimus Crux Stove

This is the second video in a new series in which Luke will go over his favorite pieces of gear and next up is the Optimus Crux Stove.

:: Updated Review ::

Friday, June 24, 2016

Winners Announcement - LifeTowel Giveaway

Today Luke and Susan are announcing the winners of the LifeTowel Giveaway.  Will you be one of the lucky winners?
Find out now!

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

You can find all the product information on their website at

For sale on Amazon

Thursday, June 23, 2016

VOTE NOW : Viewer's Choice : July 2016 - Overnight Adventure

It's time to vote for the July Overnight Adventure.
Look on the right side of the page to vote on the next Overnight trip!

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Savotta Jääkäri Backpack - Review

Today Luke is reviewing the Savotta Jääkäri Backpack, straight from Finland!


Link :

Price : $171.89

Shipping to the US: $10

Weight : Weight roughly 2 kg (4.5lbs)

Varusteleka - I asked the company directly how to pronounce this and they said that it was difficult even for them to say it.  haha  According to them they have an American customer who said ‘where’s the liquor’ and now it’s a running joke.  The truth is, it does sound like that. Var-nose-the-liquor

Finnish outdoor/military surplus supplier


They do have a physical store in Helsinki…one day I would love to see it!

This site accepts orders from around the world and is literally top notch.  Also they have a bit of sense of humor which you will find on their site.  I personally like this a lot.  They don’t know this but I did a bit of research about them once they contacted me to see what sort of reputation that they had and I was immediately impressed with what I learned.  I contact Savotta, the makers of this pack and told them that I was from the US and that I was interested in some of their products.  They recommended Varusteleka.

They are highly regarded and review on the net.

Easy returns so if you have issues, varusteleka is there to make things right.

They can process and ship all over the world.  When you go to the site, on the top right you will see a link that says country, click that, click your country and the prices will adjust so if you are from the US, you will see the price in USD.

They can process CC payments and in the future paypal will be accepted.


The "Jääkäri" (Jaeger, traditional prussian name for fighting infantrymen and a title still proudly used in the Finnish military) is based on Savotta's famous "Kevyt Rajapartio" (Light Border Patrol, a daypack developed in the late 90's for our border troops), but just like the Modular LJK was a step up from the original LJK so is the Jaeger a step up the evolutionary ladder from the Light Border Patrol. The basic starting point is still the same, a narrow, medium sized pack that doesn't interfere with movement in tight spaces or heavy woodlands.

The main changes include the swapping of all old metal buckles for quality ITW Nexus Delrin plastic buckles, the addition of PALS webbing to all sides of the back and deleting ye olde thermos flask holder for a modern hydration bladder pouch. On top of that the updated lid and strap construction makes overpacking and compression far better than before. The end result is a high quality modern daypack that performs equally well in daily urban use as it does on 24-48h or longer hikes and missions.


Dimensions approx 55 x 27 x 20 cm, volume roughly 30 litres (not counting overpacking). Weight roughly 2 kg.

Large main compartment, covered by a tightly shaped flap and waterproof drawcord collar.

Attachment points for utility straps on the bottom. Excellent place to lash a sleeping mat or bag to.

Hydration bladder mesh pouch on the inside against the back. Fits a Source WLPS bladder perfectly.

Hydration tube or antenna ports on both sides of the top of the pack.


The fabric is the same PUR coated waterproof and extremely tough MILSPEC 1000D Cordura used to make Finnish military M05 gear! All hardware is military grade too, the buckles are made by ITW Nexus and zippers by Kroko of Belgium. The materials, construction and attention to detail are all top-notch!

Made by Finn-Savotta Oy, made in Finland

This is the real Savotta stuff right here, made right here in Finland!

Saturday, June 18, 2016

GIVEAWAY - Propper Expandable Backpack - Enter Now

Happy Father's Day to all of the dads out there!  Folks it is time to enter the Propper Expandable Backpack Giveaway!

It's open to everyone, no matter where you live and it couldn't be any easier;

1. Be subscriber to TOGR

2. Comment on how you customize your own packs

Good luck everyone, the winner will be announced soon!

Link to Propper Expandable Backpack Preview :


Link Propper Web Site :

Link Amazon :

Details :

1000D Cordura® Nylon

Expandable for additional capacity

MOLLE compatible webbing for customization

Two external front pockets with organization within

Internal key retention clip

Zippered side pockets expand to accommodate a bottle or phone

Padded adjustable shoulder straps and adjustable sternum strap

Dual access rear compartment with loop field for CCW access or laptop storage

Hydration system compatible

Large interior pockets for organization

Contrast lining provides enhanced visibility

19"H X 13"W X 9"D (expandable an additional 2" in depth)

Friday, June 17, 2016

Big Agnes Insulated Air Core Ultra Sleeping Pad - Review

Today Luke is reviewing the Big Agnes Insulated Air Core Ultra Sleeping Pad.


Link Big Agnes :

Numerous Sizes / Prices / Weights
Petite : 20x66 / $89 / 20oz                          
Regular : 20x72 / $99 / 21oz                    
Long : 20X78 / $109 / 23oz
Wide Regular : 25x72 / $129 / 25oz                                                                                  

Temp Rating : 15F

Only available in this orange color  :   This is a 3 – 4 season backpacking sleeping pad which off

·        Light and compact three season pads
·        Built-in advanced heat reflective technology
·        Antimicrobial treatment inside the pad prevents microorganism growth
·        Minimalist I-Beam construction reduces weight and provides consistent stability and comfort
·        Larger outer chambers keep you comfortably cradled in the middle of the pad
·        WRM HL™ - Ideal for sleeping pads, this durable, high-loft synthetic insulation provides exceptional warmth with minimal weight and bulk
·        New double rip-stop improves tear strength and durability by 25%
·        Aviation grade TPU lamination technology for ultimate durability
·        High volume valve allows for efficient and easy inflation and super-fast deflation
·        One way inflation valve with micro air pressure adjust button
·        Quick deflation valve
·        Repair kit included

Like the Air Core Ultra, the Insulated Air Core Ultra has been redesigned to offer unparalleled comfort at an incredible price. A smooth sleeping surface, larger outside tubes, high volume valve for faster inflation and quick deflation, durable rip-stop nylon top and bottom, insulated top and bottom,

Synthetic insulation and reflectivity take this sleeping pad down to 15F

There is a non-insulated version of this pad as well that is good down to 35F and it will save you around 2oz of weight if you are interested in that.

Pros :

Light weight.
Reflects heat.
THICK! 3 ¼ inches

The outer baffles are thicker than the inner baffles and this helps to keep you centered in the middle.  I toss and turn and these outer baffles help me to stay on the pad.

One way valve is awesome.  You blow in and no air escapes.

Easy to adjust the amount of air that you want.

Deflation valve really works well.  Very quick to release air.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Propper Expandable Backpack - Preview

Today Luke is previewing the Propper Expandable Backback which is currently in testing.  Stay tuned for a giveaway so you can have a chance at winning one.


Link Propper Web Site :

Link Amazon :

Details :

1000D Cordura® Nylon
Expandable for additional capacity
MOLLE compatible webbing for customization
Two external front pockets with organization within
Internal key retention clip
Zippered side pockets expand to accommodate a bottle or phone
Padded adjustable shoulder straps and adjustable sternum strap
Dual access rear compartment with loop field for CCW access or laptop storage
Hydration system compatible
Large interior pockets for organization
Contrast lining provides enhanced visibility
19"H X 13"W X 9"D (expandable an additional 2" in depth)

Monday, June 13, 2016

Terävä Skrama Bush Knife (Varusteleka) - Review

Today Luke is reviewing the Terävä Skrama Bush Knife from!  Straight from Finland.  Dual Grind.  Hardcore!

Link Knife :

Link Varusteleka :

Price : $83

Weight : 1.1lbs

The Skrama, which is made in Finland and available only from Varusteleka, is designed to be an all-around wilderness blade for campers, bushcrafters, woodsmen etc.

While I was trying out different grips, I noticed that the balance point lies right where the handle starts. This makes it easier to do finer cutting tasks, despite the large overall size of the knife.

The Skrama is a heavy, long blade bush knife for wilderness use - a tool that chops firewood and whittles up some tinder too! If you're taking just one knife into the bush, let it be this. This is the complete package with leather sheath included.

Skrama - as in Scramasax or Seax, a short, single edged sword popular in the Middle Ages. Much like the Scandinavian Leuku it doubles up as a tool and weapon.

Blade length: 240 mm, width 46 mm, thickness 4 mm.

Edge angle: 25° at the root for whittling, the rest of the blade is sharpened to 34° for heavy duty chopping.

Full length: 430 mm.

Blade material: Carbon steel 80CrV2, 59 HRC

Grip: Moulded rubber, rough texture for a good grip.

Weight (without sheath): 525 g. 18.5oz

Friday, June 10, 2016

Testing Grounds 2 - Overnight Adventure

Testing some gear.  Listening to the coyotes.  Thunder.  Lightning.    This is the Overnight Adventure Testing Grounds 2.

Enjoy my friends, another is coming soon!

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Nitecore HA20 Headlamp - Review

Today Luke is reviewing the Nitecore HA20 Headlamp.

Will it get a favorable review?

Find out now!


There are multiple package deals that you can find on amazon.  At the time of filming they all run around $44 and include two rechargeable batteries

1. Max Output: 300Lumens
2.Max Beam Distance: 110M / 120 Yards
3. Max Beam Intensity: 3050Cd
4. Max Run time: 160 Hours / 6.67 Day
6. Reflector: SMO
7. Battery: 2 × AA
8. Special Modes: Location Beacon, Slow Flashing, SOS
9. Beam color: White Light
10. Length: 90 mm / 3.54 in
11. Head Size: 24 mm / 0.94 in
12. Weight: 61.4 g / 2.17 oz


1. Nitecore HA20 Unibody die-cast, lightweight and rugged

2. Dual-source headlamp with CREE XP-G2 LED and two F5 red LEDs

3. Powered by two AA batteries for a maximum output up to 300lumens

4. High efficiency circuit board provide up to 160 hours runtime

5. Integrated "Precision Digital Optics Technology" provides extreme reflector performance

6. Five brightness levels and three concealed special modes to select from

7. Red LEDs provide constant/flashing illumination

8. Displays battery voltage with red light(accurate to 0.1V)

9. Features intelligent memory effect

10. Innovative Single button two-stage switch is remarkably user-friendly

11. Tilting mechanism provides 90 degree vertical movement to eliminate illumination blind zones

12. Featuring Advanced Temperature Regulation (ATR) technology to dynamically adjust output performance based on its internal temperature

13. Nylon headband

Package Content:

1. 1 x Nitecore HA20 Headlamp
2. 2 x EASTSHINE EA23 2300mAh AA Rechargeable Battery
3. 1 x EASTSHINEEB182 Battery Case
4. 1 x Spare Waterproof O-Ring

In addition the flashlight has a police flash mode. When the flashlight is on press the button down for 1 second to start this mode. Pressing 1/2 of the way down then cycles to the other specialty modes.

* SOS mode to signal for help.

* Pulse location mode which is a bright burst of light every 2 seconds so rescue worker could find you.

* With the flashlight off you can press the button down for 1 second and two red LEDs will come on at 16 lumens.

* If you press down ½ of the switch travel with the red LEDs on then the red LEDs will flash off and on.

It has a drop resistance of 1.5 meters or 4.92 feet. It is also waterproof and submersible to IPX-67 which means to a depth of 1 meter for 30 minutes. It is also dust resistant. Just make sure that you properly reinsert the battery cap and snap it in properly. I show that in my video. My only minor complaint is that snapping the cover on is a little tough and you really have to make sure that you have inserted the batteries perfectly before the cover will close properly.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016 Subscription Box #4 - Unboxing

Today Luke is doing an Unboxing of the Subscription Box.  This is box #4.  Grab a cup of coffee and lets see what's inside.



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.

Monday, June 6, 2016

The Skeeter Beater - Magnetic Screens - Review

Today Luke is reviewing a product known as The Skeeter Beater which are magnetic screens for your vehicle to protect you from mosquitos and bugs.


Link :

Price : Varies

Friday, June 3, 2016

Testing Grounds 2 - Overnight Adventure - INTRO

Testing some gear.  Listening to the coyotes.  Thunder.  Lightning.    This is the INTRO for Testing Grounds 2.  The actual Adventure is coming soon.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Olight S1 Baton 500 Lumen Flashlight - Review

Today Luke is here with a review of the OLight S1 Baton Flashlight.

Amazon Link :

OLight Link :

Price : $49.95
Weight : 1.7 oz
Battery : 1x CR123A or 1x RCR123


Cree XM-L2 LED. Maximum light output up to 500 lumens.

3 standard modes: 8 lumens, 80 lumens and 500 lumens.

2 special modes: 0.5 lumen moonlight mode and a 10Hz strobe mode.

6061-T6 aluminum alloy body with anti-scratch Type-III hard anodizing

PMMA TIR lens with a 90% light transmittance rate

Low standby current below 10uA

Body material: 6061-T6 aluminum alloy structure, Type III hard anodizing

Stainless steel pocket clip, stainless steel flashlight bezel, stainless steel binder ring

Dimensions: Length: 61mm, Diameter: 21mm

Weight : 30g (excluding batteries)

Color (body + clip)black,(BEZEL+ side switch binder ring)blue

Operating voltage: 2.5 to 4.2V

Luminous Intensity: 3000 cd

Max beam distance: 110 meters

Waterproof: IPX8

Included Items:

1 × Flashlight

1 × lanyard

User manual