Sunday, December 31, 2017

Best Forest Jacket - Fjallraven Greenland Jacket - Review

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Oh yeah, today we are looking at the excellent Fjallraven Greenland Jacket.


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Cost : Retail is a Whopping $225 but you can find these on sale ever so often.  They also appear on Sierra Trading Post from time to time for around $100.

I purchased mine from eBay in 2016 for around $50 and it was used.  That is generally how I can afford Fjallraven gear.

Weight : 1.63lbs for medium

Colors : There are 6 current colors being offered by Fjallraven but you will find even more that have been discontinued around on the net.

Mine is Called Uncle Blue

Variants : There are a lot of different variants of this jacket which Fjallraven offers;

There is the Greeland jacket which you see here, there is the Greenland Winter Jacket which I will show off in the future, the Greenland Down jacket, The Greenland No. 1 Down jacket, the Greenland No.1 Special Edition, the Greenland Winter Parka…and I think that is it.

Sizes : XS – XXL

The jacket is made from wind and water resistant G-1000 Original with double layers of fabric over the shoulders and yoke. The hardwearing fabric also effectively ventilates out moisture when you are active. For extra protection against wind and water, the jacket can be impregnated with Greenland Wax, which will also increase its lifespan. It has a fixed, snugly fitting hood and a two-way zipper with press buttons at the front. It has two chest pockets with flaps and two spacious top-loaded pockets lower down with extra hand pockets behind that are accessible from the side. The sleeve cuffs can be adjusted with press buttons.

·       Outer material: G-1000® Original: 65% polyester, 35% cotton
·       Gender: Male and Female sizes
·       Weight: 740 g in size M

Pockets : 4 item pockets and 2 hand pockets – 1 small hidden pocket on the inside of the jacket – won’t fit a modern phone unless it is very small.  It would hold my son’s iphone 5 but not my wife’s iphone 6s

Start with Cons because the list is short but at the same time very important :

-       PRICE – Very, very expensive.  So expensive that most will skip it.
-       Waterproofing isn’t a quick and easy process
-       For a waterproof layer I would definitely go with something else.
-       Sizing with Fjallraven is often all over the place.  I have had to return many of their products because of sizing issues. This jacket is a small and fits perfectly. I have had other small jackets and I couldn’t wear them at all.

Pros :

Excellent Quality – will last you years of abuse – will last forever with normal wear

Variety of colors

Tough material

Can be made waterproof….just not easily

Fairly lightweight

G1000 material is fast drying, breathable resistant to the wind

Slightly large in Size but that a Good thing for me – I’ve seen some people say that the sizing is off but it is right on with the small size which I am wearing.   Large enough for layering….which you want it to be.

Versatile – worn by itself in mild weather or layered for colder conditions.  In a good dry snow, it performs great.

YYK zippers and good quality snaps

Looks good but doesn’t make a fashion statement.. I have heard from some that Fjallraven is a fashion brand but I can’t agree from my own personal experiences. I have worn Fjallraven gear for years and years and have made a lot of progress with getting the brand known in the US – never have I had someone say; “Luke is that Fjallraven”  In most cases I get asked “what are you wearing”

Review : This is a rough and tough jacket which I absolutely love especially for the price which I got it at.  Would I spent $225 on it?  Doubtful because I am a working man and I don’t have that level of money to spend on a jacket. This is a jacket which you all have seen me wear over the years and I love it.  As a shell to block out minor winds, to block out a dry snow and for forest work, it’s fantastic! It’s comfortable.  Looks good and isn’t what I would call trendy.  No one that I know has ever heard of this brand.  Because of the materials I know that it can take my forward charge through the woods without any fear of destroying it.

Friday, December 29, 2017

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

There Aren't Enough Words - Viewer Mail #38

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It's mail time again and as always I am honored and thankful!

You all are the best viewers!

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Winter Snow Overnight Adventure - Merry Christmas!

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It's Christmas....
This is my gift...
Snow has fallen with more on the way....
The temps are cold....
Winds are picking up....

The Lone Wolf Heads Out!

This is Luke's latest Overnight Adventure; Winter Snow!

Thank you all for making this a tremendous year.  Stay warm, stay safe and enjoy your time with your friends and family. Know that you are appreciated.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

ALPS Mountaineering Zephyr 1 Person Tent

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We have done the Test Night and the Setup video and now it is time to go over all of the details concerning the ALPS Mountaineering Zephyr 1 Tent.

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Tuesday, December 19, 2017

What the Heck Sportsman Guide? - U.S. Military Surplus Assault Pack Review

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For years I have been a customer of the but that very well may change after purchasing this product and seeing first hand just how dishonest that they can be.  This is what they call the US Military Assault Pack which they claim is military surplus...which is a straight up lie!

This pack is a piece of .....

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Cost : $60

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Improvements! - Nomadik Subscription Box - November

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Nomadik Subscription Box - November

Susan and I know how much you love seeing these unboxings so here is another one!  This is the Nomadik October Box; the unboxing and discussion begins now....


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Thursday, December 14, 2017

24 Hours in the Forest - Overnight Adventure - 4k

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Join Luke for 24 Hours in the Forest; an Overnight Adventure which shows just how dramatically things can change in a short period of time!

Another Overnight Adventure is coming up soon; Christmas Eve!

Gear List :

Splav Raid 45 Pack with Expansion Pouches

Sierra Designs Convert 2 Tent

Mountain Laurel Designs Ground Sheet

Snugpak Basecamp OPS Air Mat with Pump

Snugpak Basecamp OPS Air Pillow

MSR Rocket Rocket 2

UGQ Bandit Quilt

Mountain House Meal

Toaks Titanium Spoon

Mountain Laurel Designs Titanium Mug

USGI Stainless Steel Cup

Kifaru Ultralight Pullout Bas for Organizing

Sunjack Light Stick

Woolly Merino Wool Long Sleeve

Marmot Sweater

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Where are the Handles? - Mountain Laurel Designs Titanium Mug

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Remember the review for the Mountain Laurel Designs Titanium Mug?

Remember that the mug didn't have any handles?

Let's talk about that for a moment.

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Sunday, December 10, 2017

Very Good Quality But Not Perfect! - My Trail Co Storm UL Jacket - Review

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Today Luke is reviewing the My Trail Co STORM UL JACKET.  Very Good Quality but Not Perfect!

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Price : $100 retail but often on sale for $69 – At $69 this is a bargain that you shouldn’t skip
Sizes : Small – XX Large
Colors : Black Blue Fire Red
Weight : 10.oz Medium Size

A few years back I spoke of the company known as Golite and how the company was one of my favorites and that I was saddened to see it go under.  Well a number of years have passed and Golite has returned with a new name, some new products and with a new direction.  When I was contacted by My Trail to do this review, I was happy to take a look at the newly formed My Trail.

By the way, the company was originally known as My Trail Co (company) which I didn’t think sounded very good….good news, they are dropping the Co part!  Smart Choice.

Weight: 10 oz

Shell: Ripstop nylon Interior Coating: Waterproof/breathable polyurethane Exterior Finish: Durable water repellant [DWR] Seams: Fully-taped waterproof Zippers: Watertight

Sleeve Cuffs: Adjustable with velcro closures

Hood: Adjustable with drawcord closure Hood Garage: In collar Armpit Vents: Large double-zippered Hand pockets: Watertight zipper closures Hem: Adjustable drawcord

Included: Storm flap

To the review : I have a history of giving very honest feedback on products not only so that the viewer can make an educated decision but so that companies can make better products.  With that being said, on to the review, starting with Pros!

Pros :

Nice looking jacket!  The cut is flattering.

Lightweight – even more so than the precip jacket

Easily adjustable

Waterproof – Used for multiple months now and it is indeed waterproof.

Long Pit Zips with two zippers for positioning – longer than most jackets at this price point

Overall good quality

Lots of pockets including interior pockets which a lot of rain jackets are missing

Hood can be stowed when using the jacket as a wind block which is a nice feature

Cons :

Nylon rain gear will hold in a bit more heat and body moisture than goretex…but goretex can cost hundreds of dollars

Going back to quality - but there I noticed a lack of proper gluing with some of the Velcro (right and left cuffs).  That is the issue issue that I have found with this jacket.

Suggestions : I would like to see a stuff sack included with the jacket.  In other words, a quick way to compress the jacket in your pack would be nice.

I would like to see a lined guard behind the top of the zipper so that you don’t feel it press against your skin when wearing certain styles of clothing

Summed up Review

This is a great rain jacket which is perfect for a misty walk around the lake or in your pack when you are hiking Cathedral Lake in Colorado.  The price is excellent.  The quality is very good and it will keep you dry from the rain.  Do keep in mind that with any piece of rain gear, if you sweat in it, it will bottle up some of that heat and moisture.

Compared to the competition, the Storm is just as good as the offerings from Marmot with their Precip Jacket and others.  The difference is in the cost where the Storm is $30 less expensive for the same materials and even more features.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

The Backcountry Day Hike - (4K) Canon Vixia GX10

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Join Luke in 4K with his latest adventure into the backcountry of Western North Carolina.  A pleasant hike along with a good lunch in the middle of nowhere....and some of the coldest water ever!

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Wait, How Much???? - Italian Military Inflatable Mattress

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Today Luke has the Italian Military Inflatable Mattress which is one of the best Military Surplus Bargains on the internet today!   Will you want one....or maybe two?

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Price : $15 for TWO OF THEM

Genuine Italian Military Surplus rubber-wrapped canvas Air Mattresses puts a layer of cushy comfort between you and the hard, frozen forest floor. You don't even have to deploy your lungs to fill it. Included canvas hand pump picks up that slack, so you can work on catching some zzzzz's. The real surplus deal, here for BIG BUCKS OFF!

·              Durable canvas Beds wrapped in rubber
·              Beds are easy to collapse and tuck away
·              Multi-chamber construction increases support and distributes weight
·              Beds are 78"l. x 29"w. overall
·              Includes 1 canvas hand-model Pump that compresses to 1" thick

Key Specifications

·              Item Number: 680148
·              Bed Material: Canvas, rubber wrapped
·              Color: Desert Tan
·              Size: 78"l. x 29"w. overall, 63"l. bed chambers, 15"l. pillow chamber

Review :

Very odd to inflate

Comes with tons of hand pumps which fold down to rough 1”  - they require a connection piece so that it can be used to inflate the pad – without it is useless.  You could make your own with parts from lowes.

Takes a while to deflate
Has pillow

Perfect for car camping, overlanding, hunting.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Howto Setup the ALPS Mountaineering Zephyr 1 Person Tent

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Being able to see how easy a tent can be pitched is very important to the purchasing process.  With that in mind, here is how to setup the ALPS Mountaineering Zephyr 1 Tent.

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Friday, December 1, 2017

Ultralight + Super Comfortable + Good Price - Granite Gear Crown2 60 Pac...

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Today Luke is previewing the Granite Gear Crown2 60 Backpack.

Please note that this pack was seen in the Flash Flood - Halloween Special - Ghost Hunt Backpacking Adventure.

Link to that video :

Granite Gear Crown2 60 Pack Information

Link Men’s :

Link Women’s :

Price : $199

Weight : 2lbs 4oz without the top.  2lbs 10oz with the top

Colors :

Dried Sage

Highland Peat and Black

Versions : Men’s and Women’s

Available in 3 torso sizes:

Short Torso = 15-18inches
Regular Torso = 18-21inches
Long Torso = 21-24inches

Hydration compatible

·              Inside dimensions 23.5" X 13" X 8"
·              Cu In 3660
·              Short Torso Weight 0.90 Kg / 2.0 lbs. Torso Length = 15" to 18"
·              Regular Torso Weight 0.96 Kg / 2.12lbs. Torso Length = 18" - 21"
·              Long Torso Weight 1.0 Kg / 2.25lbs Torso Length = 21" - 25".
·              V.C. (Vapor Current) mark 2 Frame with 35lb (15kg) load rating
·              dual density shoulder harness with load-lifter straps and removable sternum strap
·              Re-Fit fully adjustable (from 28 - 40in), dual density hip belt
·              Dual large hip belt pockets with DWR treated zippers
·              Roll-top main compartment opening with centered dual strap and singular buckle for quick access and easy compression
·              Removable lid has a compartment with DWR treated zipper
·              Hydration port & internal hydration sleeve
·              Large side stretch woven pockets
·              Stretch mesh front pocket
·              Side and front compression straps
·              100D High-tenacity nylon with NeverWet liquid repelling treatment
·              210D High-tenacity ripstop nylon with NeverWet liquid repelling treatment

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

$25??? - Excellent Quality, Excellent Price! - HQ Issue Reverse MOLLE Ba...

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Today Luke is reviewing a small military style pack which has really impressed him; the HQ Issue Reverse MOLLE Backpack!

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Weight : 1.8lbs

Price : $25.00

Colors : Black, Olive and Coyote,

Based on the classic MOLLE packs you've seen throughout history. It features a durable 600-denier polyester shell, ventilated mesh back panel, and contoured shoulder straps for comfort. Get yours here for LESS!

·              Constructed from 600-denier polyester for lightweight durability
·              Ventilated mesh back panel
·              Contoured shoulder straps for comfort
·              Reinforced carry handle for easy transport
·              4 quick-release compression straps
·              Main compartment accepts up to a 2.5L hydration bladder (not included)
·              Covered dual hydration portholes
·              Soft touch-fastener lining won't scratch your gear
·              Dimensions are 10" x 8" x 17"h.
·              1,360-cu. in. (approx. 22 liters) capacity
·              Imported

Order today!

Key Specifications

·              Item Number: 641080
·              Dimensions: 10" x 8" x 17"h.
·              Weight: 1.8 lbs.

Capacity: 1,360-cu. in. (approx. 22 liters)
Country of origin: China

Review :

This is a small pack which is perfect for a day hike.  Perfect for your EDC needs, carrying a handgun for carry and conceal and so on.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Chasing the Sun - Day Hike + Photography + Stealth Camp Scout

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Join Luke for a multi-aspect adventure where he is chasing the sunrise, doing some photography and scouting out for his next Stealth Overnight Adventure!

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Friday, November 24, 2017

That's a Lot of Gloves! - Texas Good Gloves - Viewer Product Showcase

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This is episode 3 of the Viewer Product Showcase and tonight we have some Gloves....gloves of all types from Texas Good Gloves!

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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

High Route Gear RectangleLight Food Bag – Review

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Today Luke is reviewing the High Route Gear RectangleLight Food Bag which is an excellent way to carry food and can be used as a bear bag as well!


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Price : $30

Weight : 2.9oz

Colors :  Gray, Black and Blue

The RectangleLight Food Bag is perfect for a 2-3 day trip or a simple over-nighter. The simple design allows for easy access to your food and other consumables.

Xpac is a great fabric. While we are familiar with Dyneema Composite Fabrics (DCF) aka Cuben Fiber, we felt that the fabric lacked long term durability. DCF is a great material but while Xpac weighs slightly more it is FAR more durable. We wanted a storage/food bag that could be ultralight but still be scraped on rocks and dropped from trees. Xpac’s laminated and reinforced construction allows for that level of durability.

·              Made with durable X-Pac VX21 Fabric
·              Water-Resistant
·              YYK weather resistant, inverted zipper.
·              Weight: 2.9 ounces
·              Dimensions: 12 inches x 6 inches x 6 inches
·              Volume: 432 cubic inches (7 Liters)
·              MADE IN THE USA

Pros :

Excellent quality.

Looks to be handmade

Well thought-out and designed.

High quality materials-name brand zippers

It is weather resistant,

Easy to use as a bear bag

I keep a large thick plastic bag inside for trash along with lots of line and a carabineer for bear bag usage

Cons :

There is no logo or label on the bag and I have on multiple occasions who made it.  On a gear testing trip a week ago I was having lunch along side of the trail and had a hiker pass, we talked and he asked about my food bag…unfortunately I couldn’t tell him who made it as there isn’t a logo or label and I couldn’t remember it.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Simple! - Mountain Laurel Designs Titanium Mug - Review

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Today Luke is reviewing the ultralight and simplistic Mountain Laurel Designs Titanium Mug.

 Solar Eclipse Bushcraft Overnight Adventure :

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Cost : $30

Weight : 1.4oz

at 475 ml, the MLD Titanium Mug makes the perfect UL drinking cup or cook pot for overnights and quick trips where you only plan to rehydrate a meal or two! Go Super Minimalist: Carry no stove and use a tiny twig fire to heat it up quick!

Small + Light + Strong

• Thanks to our custom thin-walled design, MLD Titanium pots and mugs are the lightest Ti cookware available
• Great for fast solo overnights when you only plan to rehydrate a meal or two
• Just the right size for “Dip-Zap-Slurp-Go” with a SteriPen UV purifier.
• Individual cup for drinks from the communal boil pot
• Beefy rolled rim for easy finger grip and setting securely on a mini caldera cone. Aluminum Foil makes a great lid if needed.
• Emergency back up boiling cup to purify water. Just the right size to store a “Ten Essentials” kit inside.
• We just love its small size – PERFECT for kids to have their own mug. We carry one for each little one and heat the hot chocolate in the big pot before serving all around.
• Stores in the MLD Titanium Pot – and most pots larger than 500 ml.

HEIGHT: 3.5 in | 90 mm

WIDTH: 3.2 in | 82 mm

Pros :


Perfect size for coffee or hot chocolate.

Extremely light weight

Strong. – it has seen a lot of use and abuse without any issues.

Can be used for boiling where not all titanium products can be.

Cheaper and lighter weight than the MSR Titan Cup…but the Titan cup does hand butterfly handles.

Fits inside of other cups and pots; those over 500ml so you an additional titanium pot, you can have a full light weight cookkit; pot and cup.

Cons :


MLD seems to be a bit confused as to what the weight of this product is as they state on the listing page two different figures; 1.2oz and 1.3oz.  According to my scale, neither are correct as it is 1.4oz.

This is small; 475ml but that is filled to the brim so you will be boiling less if you decide to boil in the cup.  The small size isn’t con really because this is a cup, not a pot.

Pricey! – At $30 it is roughly $8 more expensive than many comparable products….but most comparable products are twice as heavy.  Something to think about.


Review :

I love this cup and it makes for a perfect addition to my backpacking kit.  I use it with a 750ml pot and I have all of my needs covered.  It is pricey but the weight savings are important to me.  Now with that being said, they may not be that important to everyone.  To a thruhiker, it will be.  To the average short distance backpacker, the weight won’t likely be that important.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Will It Leak? - ALPS Mountaineering Zephyr 1 Person Tent - Test Night

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It is time for another episode of Test Night!

Join Luke in the backcountry as he puts the ALPS Mountaineering Zephyr 1 Person Tent to the test.

Will it Leak?

A special thank you goes out to for making this video and review possible.

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

For The Right Price - Aqua Quest West Coast Combo - Review

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Today Luke is reviewing the Aqua Quest West Coast Combo!

Tarp + Bivy/Tent;

It's all about the price....


Aqua Quest West Coast Combo

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Price : $300 for the combo but can be purchased as each individual components if desired. ($160 on amazon)

The Bivy : $160. ($80 on amazon)

The Tarp 13’ x 10’ King Defender : $170 retail.  $100 on Amazon

Weight : Total weight around 5lbs (4lbs 14oz)

Just in case you don’t know, Aqua Quest is known for making some of the best Tarps on the planet; very strong and feature rich.

 With this setup here, it is called the West Coast Combo for a reason; namely that it is perfect for west coast conditions; namely hot arid climates.

For serious storms and tons of rain; there are better options out there.


•       Capacity: 1-2 Person
•       Weight: 2.33 lbs / 1060 g
•       Set-Up: 87 x 35 x 39 in / 200 x 90 x 100 cm
•       Width at Shoulders: 35 in / 90 cm
•       Height at Shoulders: 24 in / 60 cm
•       Width at Feet: 25 in / 65 cm
•       Height at Feet: 8 in / 20 cm

Packed: 17 x 6 x 5 in / 44 x 15 x 12 cm


•       3 walls of ‘No-See-Um’ insect proof mesh
•       Batwing stiffeners keep the foot section elevated
•       Waterproof floor (double coated nylon with heat taped seams)
•       2 internal mesh pockets
•       Overhead loop for hanging a light
External loops for rolling up the mesh door or hanging small items

LG Guide Sil Tarp

•       20,000 mm hydrostatic resistance
•       Weight: 1.9 lbs / 860 g
•       Packed Size: 12 x 6 x 2 in / 30 x 15 x 5 cm
•       Total Area: 12.6 x 9.8 ft ( ca. 130 sq. ft) / 3.91 x 2.95 m (ca. 12 sq. m)


•       40D RipStop fabric
•       Non-toxic dual Silicone & PU coating
•       Reinforced stitching
•       Heat taped seams
•       16 reinforced webbing loops around the perimeter

1 top center loop


Monday, November 13, 2017

What a Mistake! HaHa - Sunjack LightStick Mini Powerbank – Review

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Up for review is the Sunjack LightStick Mini.  Watch now to find out why this product has Luke shaking his head.  What a Mistake.....

Link Sunjack Web Site :

Link Amazon :

Price : $30

Weight : 4.5oz with lanyard

Light : 350 Lumens

Battery Bank : 2.600 mAh battery bank

Mini Technical Specifications

• Waterproof LightStick – a rugged, portable lighting solution complete with internal powerbank.
• 2 brightness levels + emergency flash (350 lumens on brightest setting)
• IP68 Waterproof to 6.5 feet depth

durable ABS  body, no glass, shock resistant.

• Full charge in 5 hours from the wall, provides up to 60 hours of light on lowest setting.. Highest setting is around 5 hours.

Red SOS Mode

• 2600mAh internal battery charges up to 2 smartphones
• Unit Dimension: 6" x 1.5" x 1.5" (15.25cm x 3.8cm x 3.8cm)
• Unit Weight: 4oz / 113.4g
• Packaging Dimension: 6" x 2" x 1.75" (15.2cm x 5.1cm x 4.5cm)

Pros :


Sunjack makes excellent quality lightsticks; some I have had for years now and they continue to work flawlessly. A few years back I received a knockoff from a company; don’t remember the name of it but it didn’t work very well.  The point of this is; Sunjack continues to offer excellent quality products and that is true with the LightStick Mini.

Good amount of light on all three settings.

It isn’t 360 degrees of light so you can hold it, work and not blind yourself at the same time.

Great for backpacking; use around camp at night and then charge your phone.

The interface works; but it is a bit clunky as you have to click to switch modes and to turn it off.  Not a con, just clunky.

Makes for an excellent emergency light source and battery bank.

Makes for a great work light too.

Excellent size; not too big, not to small.

Weather resistant; I’ve used this one in light rain without any issues and the regular size model has seen rain, snow and bitter colds.  Handled all conditions without any issues.  I don’t expect this model to have any issues either but I will update if something comes up.

Tail cap is secured to the stick so you won’t lose it

You can use the light and charge your device at the same time. Only the lowest setting is available.

Considering that the full size stick is offers more modes and a larger battery bank, you would expect these sticks to be further apart in regards to price but they aren’t.  The mini is only $10 cheaper than the regular size.

Because of the shape of this stick, it doesn’t stand very well and will roll easily.

the red "SOS" signal is NOT correct -- it blinks 3 short, 2 long, 4 short and then repeats this pattern. In Morse code this is "SMH" not "SOS".. For me, it’s not a deal breaker; to be honest, I don’t care at all.

SMH stands for; shaking my head.. FAIL!

SOS is

3 short, 3 long, 3 short.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

That's Awesome! - Viewer Mail #37

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It's mail time again and as always I am honored and thankful!

You all are the best viewers!

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Alpine Aire Sides : Apples + Peaches + Trail Mix + Guacamole Review - Ca...

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It's time for Camper's Cafe where Susan and Luke try out backpacking foods from all around the world.  Up for review today are some side items from Alpine Aire;

Apples, Peaches, Trail Mix and Guacamole Dip.

Three of these we love and one of them.....

Well, you have to watch and see for yourself.

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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Slightly Confused - Nomadik Subscription Box - October

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Nomadik Subscription Box - October

Susan and I know how much you love seeing these unboxings so here is another one!  This is the Nomadik October Box; the unboxing and discussion begins now....


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Sunday, November 5, 2017

What Should We Review Next - Vote Now - Help Decide

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It is time to vote on the product that we will get in to review next.  The following options have been suggested by you all; thank you very much!

Head over to;

Remember, every dollar helps to support the channel!

Cast your vote on the right side of the page and once the voting ends I will purchase the product and will get it in to show off and review.

Friday, November 3, 2017

Now That is Different! - Fenix TK25 R&B (Blue/Red) Flashlight - Review

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Today Luke is reviewing the Fenix TK25 Red and Blue Flashlight!  This is certainly....different!

Link Fenix :

Price : Retail $120 but prices vary all over the net; At the time of filming, I saw them for around $90.

Weight : 7.1oz with 18650 battery

NOTE : On amazon I have seen a couple of listing which the reviewers state that the flashlight that they received were knockoffs so make sure that you are purchasing an authentic product.  I have also seen a warning about fraudulent sellers on the Fenix web site which you should check out.

Battery life is dependent on a 3,500 mAh Battery

·              Uses Cree XP-G2 S3 and XP-E2 (red & blue) LED’s with a lifespan of 50,000 hours

·              Powered by one 18650 rechargeable Li-ion battery or two 3V CR123A Lithium batteries

·              Free switching between white, red and blue lights

·              Compatible with AER-03 remote pressure switch

·              Reverse polarity protection, to protect from improper battery insertion

·              Tactical tail switch for momentary activation

·              Functional tail switch for output selection and strobe activation

·              Made of durable aircraft-grade aluminum

·              Premium type III hard-anodized anti-abrasive finish

·              Toughened ultra-clear glass lens with an anti-reflective coating

·              Titanium pocket clip

·              Very versatile light with multipurpose applications. Hunters will find it useful with the red setting for a “kill light”, the blue setting for map reading and movement at night, and the white setting for going in and setting up before dawn or withdrawing after dark.


Pros :

Excellent fit and finish

Excellent quality

Excellent battery life

Innovative design

No glitches

Cons :

It is pricey but you are getting your monies worth

No battery included

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Flash Flood - Halloween Special - Ghost Hunt Backpacking Adventure

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This is the next overnight adventure which is one part backpacking, one part ghost hunt and another part facing a flash flood situation.

Ghost Hunting!
Flash Flooding!
Strange Technical Issues!

The Adventure begins now!!!

Have a safe Halloween everyone, ENJOY!

Monday, October 30, 2017

How to Setup the Sierra Designs Divine Light 1 FL Tent

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Being able to see how easy a tent can be pitched is very important to the purchasing process.  With that in mind, here is how to setup the Sierra Designs Divine Light 1 FL Tent.

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Link Amazon :

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Halloween Special Ghost Hunt Backpacking Adventure

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This is the INTRO for the next overnight adventure which will *Hopefully* go live on Halloween.  I'm still in the process of editing this adventure and with Youtube and the Monetization issues, the video may get delayed.  Either way, it's coming up soon!

Ghost Hunting!
Strange Technical Issues!

The Adventure is coming soon!

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Simple and Easy - How to Fix Tent Mesh – Quick Instruction Guide

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This is a simple and easy how to video in regards to fixing tent mesh.  There are plenty of ways to go about this but this is by far the easiest.

Link :

Accidents happen and that is exactly what happened to me.

One night while out on an overnight adventure, I was sleeping away on top of a beautiful mountain when I was awaken by a very loud sound;. in my half awaken state, I grab my head lamp, turn it up to full power and I shine the light through the mesh of my tent to see what was causing the disturbance.  It was a deer kicking a piece of metal in the forest next to me.

Instead of watching the deer for a period of time I should have been paying attention to what the headlamp was doing to my tent as it was melting the mesh due to the intensity of the light.


Now that I have damaged the tent mesh it is important to fix it so that it continues to function as it should; in other words, to keep the bugs out!

The Repair Kit :

There are many options out there when it comes to repairing tent mesh but this happens to be my favorite as it doesn’t involve using a glue kit as the repair mesh has an adhesive side.  This is from MSR and this is their Mesh Repair Kit and it runs around $7 for 4 3inch patches.. If you purchase these on Amazon, the price is almost double.

The picture of the mesh makes it look brown but it is in fact black.

•       An on-the-move repair kit for your tent
•       No glue required
•       4 self adhesive patches for Quick field repairs

Adheres to nylon and polyester mesh

To Fix :

Note : Since the patches are 3 inches in diameter, you can cut these down to a size which you need to make your repair.. If you do so, make sure to round the edges so that it’s less likely to be pealed off.

Cleanse area with a bit of alcohol and a rag. If the mesh is dirty these will come off over time so clean it. If it’s a rip or cut in the mesh, remove all loose threads and bring the edges together on a flat surface. Place the patch and start with pressure in the center and rub in a circular motion.  After that, you are done!

If the mesh is melted or if you have a hole in the mesh, it will require additional work and product.

Start by cutting the melted part out and place the mesh on a flat surface.  Place the patch over the whole and put pressure on the patch around the existing mesh of the tent.  Since the mesh is missing due to the hole, the outside of the material is going to sticky so I am going to flip the material over and place another patch on the other side.  This way there won’t be any sticky surface area for dirty, debris or tent material to get stuck to.  This is also doubling the strength of the repair which means that it will be less likely to fail in the future.

Monday, October 23, 2017

That Price.... - The Heat Company Heat 3 Smart Gloves – Review

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The most EXPENSIVE gloves that I have ever worn.

Also the Warmest.

All in all excellent quality.

These are the Heat Company Heat 3 Smart Gloves and this is my review.


Link :

Price : $164.77

Sizes : 6 to 12

Colors : Many colors to choose from on the site

The Heat Company, manufacturer of the Heat 3 Smart Glove which is the #1 selling glove for outdoor activities in Europe with over 60,000 plus sold annually. It was designed together with Austrian and German SOF teams to meet their requirements.  I'm very excited to be able to announce that this wind-proof, water-proof, breathable, Primaloft One insulated one piece mitten/glove and complimentary hand and foot warmers are now available in North America.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

I Can't Thank You Enough! - Viewer Packages #36

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It's mail time again and as always I am honored and thankful!

You all are the best viewers!

By the way, the First Aid Kits are from American Standard; not what is stated in the video.  Whoops!  ;D


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Black First Aid Kit Link :

Friday, October 20, 2017

The Best Outdoor Match? - UCO Titan Stormproof Matches Review

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The Best Matches EVER?

Perfect for backpacking?  Bushcraft?  Survival?

Find out now!

These are the UCO Titan Stormproof Matches


UCO Link :

Amazon Link :

Price on Amazon : $8.44

Price on UCO : $9.99

Weight Per Package : 3.1oz

Weight per Match : .1oz

5 matches : .5oz

4.1” long

When your outdoor adventure demands ingenuity as a survival skill, pack the Titan Stormproof Match Kit. The beefiest, longest-burning windproof and waterproof matches available, Titan matches incinerate the competition. Over four inches long and boasting a burn time of up to 25 seconds, each meaty match will fire up in the harshest of conditions, and will relight after being submerged in water.

These are the Titan version, there is a small version of these available

These are serious weather matches for when you need to get a fire going.  You wouldn’t want to waste these lighting a candle but rather when it’s cold, wet and you want to release some immediate heat

Pros :


Ready for bad weather


Will strike when wet

Light weight


Wind proof

Stay lit underwater

Very beefy Matches – very thick (1/8 of an inch)

Cons :


Smells like polyurethane

Possibly too long for some people.  If they are too long for you, there is a smaller version out there.


Recommendation :

Perfect for prepper, Hiker, camper, hunter, emergency,

Funny Comments :

While getting my ducks in a row for this review I came across some funny statements made by individuals who have used these matches.

One individual stated that he should have never lit one of them in his house next to his smoke alarm as receive a promote visit from the fire department.

Another individual stated that he lit one in his home and now his house absolutely stinks like these matches.  A follow-up comment to that was this; why would you like one of these in your home unless you wanted to burn it down.

Can satisfy your inner pyro!

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

She's Back! - Moose and Guns Ep 2 - Pumpkin Spice!

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She's Back!

Are you ready to find out what happened to Moose and to learn of what was done to fix her?  Was she fixed?

This is the 3rd episode of Moose and Guns and it features a pistol which is a ton of fun to shoot!

Make sure to stay tuned for the next episode as something is changing on Moose!

Monday, October 16, 2017

Eat Your Coffee - Viewer Product Showcase - Coffee Bars

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This is episode 2 of the Viewer Product Showcase and tonight we have some Coffee.....which you eat!  You all saw this product in our Bears and Hammocks Overnight Adventure and now it is time to go over all of the details for the Coffee Bar!

If you have a product which you would like to have featured on the Viewer Product Showcase, shoot me a message to learn how the process works.

More coming soon!

Link :

6 pack 14.99

12 pack 29.99

3 Flavors:

Mocha Latte

Coconut Mocha

Caramel Macchiato

Also available on Amazon and select retail locations throughout the US

The Eat Your Coffee Bar is a caffeinated energy bar infused with a full cup of real coffee (no synthetic caffeine). Every bar is made with whole ingredients and is organic, vegan, and gluten-free.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

I Didn't See This Coming! - WOW - Viewer Packages #35

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It's mail time again and as always I am honored and thankful!

You all are the best viewers and I'm absolutely blown away!



Friday, October 13, 2017

Bears and Hammocks - End of Summer Backpacking Adventure

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Going back to 2015, an event took place which could have ended Luke's life; join Luke and Susan as they return to the Sandy Flats Shelter to discuss what happened!

This adventure has it all;

Snakes!  Bears!  Hammocks!   Susie!   Little Water!   Laughs and more!

Oh yeah!

Strength and Honor.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Finally A Comfortable Military Pack! - Varusteleka Särmä TST RP80 Reco...

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Today Luke is reviewing the Särmä TST RP80 Recon Pack from Varusteleka. This is a product that a lot of you have been asking about and I've finally got all of my testing done.  A special thank you goes out to the Patreon supporters for voting and selecting this video to go to up today.


Link :

Price : $443.99USD

Weight : 8.1lbs / 3700g

Capacity : 80L when fully expanded / 85 liters when you factor in the 2.5 liter bottom pockets

They, in collaboration with Finn-Savotta Oy, developed the RP80, an 80 liter sustainment pack which is designed to be tall and slim. This design distributes weight closer and above the wearer’s center of gravity and spine, and also allows unrestricted arm and elbow movement when skiing; a must for Nortic and Arctic users.

Adjustable carry system for user heights 5.2 to 6.5

Top loader with bottom zipper access, optional space divider inside.

Vertical design allows unrestricted arm movement when skiing.

PALS webbing for attaching pouches and gear.

MILSPEC materials, 1000D Cordura and DUR-aluminium.

Made in Finland and Estonia.


Max. dimensions 85 x 37 x 25 cm + bottom corner pouches.

Total volume 80 liters.

Weight 1700 g.

Drawcord divider inside, top compartment height 60 cm, bottom compartment height 25 cm.

Roll top closure with added security/compression strap.

Zippered bottom flap with two security/compression straps.

Two large baggy bottom corner pouches. Volume approx. 2,5 liters per pouch.

Two 75 cm long compression/tie down straps on each side.

Hydration bladder compartment inside.

Two horizontal tie down straps inside against the back.

Carry handles on the sides and lower back.

A seamless, uninterrupted 7 x 22 PALS matrix goes around the whole upper half of the bag.

Two vertical attachment point straps along the back.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

How to Setup the Big Agnes Happy Hooligan UL2 Tent - Nice and Easy

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Being able to see how easy a tent can be pitched is very important to the purchasing process.  With that in mind, here is how to setup the Big Agnes Happy Hooligan UL2 Tent.

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Monday, October 9, 2017

Backpacking Purchase Guide - Backpack Anatomy - Backpacking Basics

For this episode, I will be going over all of the features and functions of the modern day backpack.  Do keep in mind that all packs are different and your pack or the pack that you are considering may have or may not have every feature mentioned here or it may have additional features which aren’t available on this pack. In this video, I will be cover the most common of features and functions.

While backpacking materials and technologies have evolved over the years, the general design hasn’t so for most systems, these terms will be relevant.

Friday, October 6, 2017

End of Summer Hammock Backpacking Trip - The EVENT - INTRO

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It's Overnight Adventure time and I am excited to present to you all, the INTRO for the End of Summer Hammock Backpacking Trip!

Snakes!  Bears!  Hammocks!  Susie!  Oh yeah!

The Full Adventure goes live next Friday!

Strength and Honor.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Inexpensive and Strong 4 Season Backpacking / Bushcraft / Bug Out Shelte...

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It has become increasingly clear to me over the last couple of months that there are a lot of people who are seeking out inexpensive shelter options which offer full protection and are of good quality.  A shelter system for backpacking, camping, bugging out and even bushcraft doesn’t have to be expensive and this is one of those options.

More to come!


Video Links :

Tarp Video :

IBNS Video :

Military Surplus Adventure :

Bushcraft Overnight Trip :


2 Components –

Catoma IBNS and British Military Basha Tarp

Total Cost : Will vary depending on where you purchase and condition :

Should easily be able to put it together for around $120 give or take.

Total weight of the system minus guy lines and stakes will be around 4lbs

This system provides full bug protection and full weather protection at a decent cost.  With the proper knowledge on tarp setups, you can enjoy the full benefits of a tent setup but with the variety and versatility of a tarp.

Small Form factor.


Catoma Adventure Shelters IBNS (Improved BedNet System)


Height : 26”

90” L x 33” W

Cost : Purchased on Amazon these run $100 new but you can easily find used military surplus on ebay for around $60.

** If you purchase used, make sure the quality is good.

70 Denier Ripstop Nylon

•      Currently under contract with US Army and Marines
•      Embedded Permethrin insect protection
•      Self supporting and sets up in seconds
•      Packs down to 13" x 13" x 3"

Has been tested and excelled in many climates around the world

Base Tent for Wolverine and Armadillo Fly systems • Weighs less than 2 lbs. • Sets up instantly and packs down in moments. • Use in the field or on a cot using the built-in attachments. • Floor is made of heavy duty 75D ripstop, exceeding mil-spec toughness.

98600 - Burrow IBNS - Coyote Brown - Import98627 - Burrow IBNS - Coyote Brown - Berry Compliant Made in USA

NSN: 3740-01-543-5652

The Improved Bed Net System (IBNS) was originally designed to fit securely onto a military cot with webbing and side release buckles on all four corners. After initial fielding, we were informed that Marines liked the product so much that they were deploying it in the field as well. In response, we ruggedized the design, creating the capability to add a rainfly. We have since delivered hundreds of thousands on contract. After yet another round of improvements, we are proud to re-introduce the Burrow™ IBNS with enhanced capability, more user friendly features, and improved parts and fittings.

The Burrow’s instant deployment and cot compatibility make it an efficient, fast-access shelter to protect users from insects and a great shelter for medical patients in the field. It is EPA registered and has Permethrin bonded to the material for insect repellency. The Burrow is supported by a strong and ultra-light .134” diameter pultruded fiberglass rod which winds through the shelter, expanding it to its given shape. When the rolled up Burrow’s cinch strap is removed, the shelter is released and snaps into shape automatically. No assembly or set-up is required.

Can be turned into a tent with some rather pricey additional purchases.


British Military Basha Tarp :

Price : Around $50 from the UK and that should include the shipping fees.  Typically these sale for around $25 plus $20 for shipping.

This British DPM Basha/Tarp is superb piece of kit as it lightweight, highly packable and strong.

woodland DPM and latest MTP multicam versions

A lightweight, robust shelter sheet featuring a fully tape-seamed hem and reinforced suspension points and attachment loops. It also has press studs attached so you can attach more than one together making a supremely versatile shelter sheet.

    Compact & lightweight

    PU Coated Ripstop Polyester

    British DPM

    16 x suspension points

    2 x mosquito net suspension points

    Weight: 2lbs 5oz

   Measurements:8’3” x 6’11”

Monday, October 2, 2017

So Close but.....Hydroblu Clear Flow Water Bottle and Filter Combo - Review

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Today Luke and Susan are reviewing the Hydroblu Clear Flow Water Bottle and Filter Combo.  Has it earned our seal of approval?

Find out now!

Link Official Web Site :

Link :

Price : $21.95

Weight when Empty :

Easy to collect water

Easy to clean

Pros :

Easy to use; couldn’t be any easier.

No issues even when drinking from questionable water sources.  We’ve carried these bottles all around the state of Colorado as well as NC; have drank from rivers, lakes, ditches and creeks without getting sick.

Pulling water through the bit valve isn’t all that hard.  It does take some sucking power but it isn’t overly hard.  I’ve certainly used filter which are much harder.

Fits easily in the side pockets of backpacks.

Lightweight when empty

Cons :

There was a plastic taste with the initial draws but it dissipated after use.

Had some issues with leaking unless the lid was screwed on exceedingly tight. This seems to be a common issue which I have seen mentioned with other online reviews.

you can only fill the water bottle about 75% because the filter decreases the total space.

I mentioned that it is easy to get water from the straw for us but I have seen countless reviews which stated the opposite.

While we haven’t had any issues with the water filter coming detached from the straw it does seem like an area of weakness.  I would like to see the filter screw into the straw

There seems to be some confusion at Hydroblu on how much water that these bottles can filter.  Their web site states 1,500, the amazon listing states 1,000.

Who is it for :

Backpackers, hikers, preppers, emergency use, mission and aid workers and so on.

Anyone who needs clean water.

Advice to the Company :

Pay attention to the details – is this a 1500 liter or 1000 liter filter?

Quality control is very, very important.  There are a lot of issues which we have read about online.  Leaks, filters coming loose from the straw, etc.

The reviews on the web site seem to be a combination of positive reviews taken from amazon and those which might be completely fake.  Some of the reviews are duplicates of each other but with different names being used.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Best Custom Sheath? – Yellow Hawk Custom Kydex - Viewer Product Showcase...

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This is episode 1 of the Viewer Product Showcase and tonight I'm featuring a sheath from Yellow Hawk Custom Kydex.  Could this possibly be the best custom sheath that Luke has ever seen?

Find out now!

If you have a product which you would like to have featured on the Viewer Product Showcase, shoot me a message to learn how the process works.

More coming soon!

Link :

Yellow Hawk Facebook :

Yellow Hawk Youtube :

Cost : Will completely depend on what you are looking for and what bells and whistles that you choose.  Price-wise these are comparable to other custom makers but there is a difference between many and Yellow Hawk – The Quality!

What it is :

Each sheath is handmade to order which means that they are 100% customizable.  They are able to make sheaths for most knives but not every knife is a good fit so talk with the owner to get some feedback.

I like the fact that this company is going to communicate with you each step of the way as the sheath is made.  In fact, they like to text to have direct and quick communication.  You aren’t going to find that with most sheath companies.

With this company, each sheath is going to be different because each sheath is made specifically for the client.  I like that!  No generic forms, everything is custom.

45 degree cross draw tek lok belt clip

Web Site Thoughts

Who would you rather have build your custom sheath? A computer programmer or insurance salesman who has only been doing it part time for a few years because he needs some extra money, or a U.S. Army Special Operations Veteran who does this full time.

My thoughts :


I have to be up front and honest, I’m not the biggest kydex fan in the world, I suppose that you could say that I am more old school;

I like for the stock of my rifle to be made from wood and I like the sheath for my knife to be made from leather but this is f---ing awesome!  This is by far the best craftsmanship that I have seen as far as custom kydex sheaths go and I have seen plenty.

Excellent features – fire steel / flashlight

Multiple ways to carry

Light weight

Very solid construction – nothing feels flimsy

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Tips For all Levels of Backpacker - Hiking and Backpacking Tips - Part 1

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This is part one of our three part Backpacking Tips series!

If you have a tip which you would like to share with others, comment down below so that others can share your experience.

More Coming Soon.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Budget Friendly and Awesome - Swedish Army Mess Kit with Trangia Stove –...

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Today Luke is reviewing the Swedish Army Mess Kit with Trangia Stove and he is going to tell you how to purchase it for a much lower price than what you will find it for in the USA.

By the way, it's AWESOME!

Link :

Price : $22.99

Weight : 2.2lbs

What is Included:

·         Swedish Issue Trangia Burner - Free from any defects

·         Swedish SPRIT 35 Bottle for fueling your Trangia Burner

·         Swedish Army Trangia Burner Windscreen

·         Reproduction Swedish Mess Kit

Why this is an excellent buy :

These cook sets are absolutely awesome because they are so versatile.  You can run the alcohol stove or you can use this as a wood burning system.  Here in the US, these cooksets are expensive and are typically found on ebay for well over $100.  Even outside of the US, these are commonly sold for over $30 but with $25 shipping charges.

A combination of an aluminium mess tin and an alcohol stove. Perhaps not a state of the art plasma-cooker from outer space, but virtually indestructible, affordable and very effective. The mess tin is new production, made by Mil-Tec, rest is Swedish army surplus.

The small accessories pack into the mess tin and the holder slides over it. The cooking process is very simple and the system is quick to set up:

Take the mess tin out of the holder

Inside the holder there are two metal wire thingies. Open these so that when you put the mess tin back into the holder, the tin won't go all the way down. Don't put the tin in just yet.

Take the burner cup out of the mess tin, unscrew the cap, pour in some fuel, place it on the bottom of the holder (under the wire thingies) and light it by holding a burning match over it.

Put whatever you want to cook into the mess tin and slide it into the holder over the burner cup. The wire thingies should hold the mess tin over the burner.

If the instructions seem hard to understand, don't worry - when you get the product, you'll be able to figure all this by yourself. If not, you should not have been allowed to play with fire to begin with.

Further instructions:

This is an alcohol cooker. Few countries sell pure alcohol for normal people, but there are lots of denaturated sorts made exactly for this use. We recommend either Marinol or Sinol. Marinol has a more neutral odor, but Sinol is available from us.

NO FUEL IS INCLUDED - the small, EMPTY plastic bottle is for your convenience as normally fuel is sold in unwieldly big containers. It's up to you to fill it.

The burner cup and fuel bottle are meant to be transported inside the mess tin. It's a good idea to put them into a small resealable plastic bag before putting them into the tin, as denaturated alcohol will make your food taste real bad, and it's a nuisance to get it off.

Always use the lid when cooking things. Makes stuff cook much faster and keeps you from looking like a dolt.

The wire handle has a small notch on the top to facilitate hanging the mess kit over a campfire, for example.

1.     Fill your Trangia burner with alcohol from the alcohol flask that comes with this set. For best results we recommend using denatured alcohol.

2.     Adjust the metal support posts in the windscreen to support your mess kit.

3.     Light your Trangia burner.

4.     Place windscreen over your Trangia burner.

5.     Mix your meal in your mess kit, and slide it into the windscreen.

6.     Prepare to enjoy your hot freshly cooked camp meal.

7.     Make sure your Trangia burner is cool before putting cap on to protect the rubber o-ring.

The windscreen has the three crowns which means that this is legit Swedish military


In a pinch you can use these stoves with a wood fire but I wouldn’t recommend it unless you absolutely have to.  High heat remove the finish

Monday, September 25, 2017

It Makes Luke Angry! - Bannock Multigrain Berries & Cream - Camper's Cafe

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Welcome to the next episode of The Camper's Cafe where Luke and Susan review the latest and greatest in backpacking/camping meals.

Today we have a meal from Bannock; Multigrain Berries & Cream.

While it tastes good it makes Luke Angry....find out why now!

Thank you for joining us for this review and a special thank you to PrepareWise for making this review possible.

Link :

Friday, September 22, 2017

Colorado Day Hike Gear Load Out - What I Carried and Used

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You may have seen some of Susan and I's day hikes in Colorado and in this video I will be going over all of the gear which I personally carried and used on those hikes.

This will answer many of the questions which you may have had but if you have more, feel free to email me;

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Budget Friendly Bushcraft Blanket - Swiss Heavyweight Blanket

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Today Luke is discussing the Swiss Army Heavyweight Wool Blanket.

Is it the perfect Bushcraft blanket at a budget friendly price?

Decide for yourself now in this quick video!

Link Heavy Weight :

Link Light Weight :

Price :
Heavy – $32.99
Light - $24.99

Original Swiss Wool Blankets have a long history of being some of the best wool blankets ever made but after all of these years they are hard to find and if located, they are very expensive.  Paying $160 for one is very common place.

Dark taupe with burgandy

Beautiful copy of the Swiss Army Blanket. We had these extra heavyweight ones made. Hand sewn white cross on each end. 70 percent wool. Measures 60" x 84". Weighs a very nice 5.9 pounds. Shades of brown will vary a bit.

Hardly ever has there been a blanket that is more famous and sought after then the Swiss Army Blanket. For 20 years we sold the original stock from the Swiss Army until it was completely sold out worldwide.  So... using the precise original specifications we re-created these beautiful blankets at a very affordable price.  70% fine wool with a white stitched cross. Measures 60 x 80 inches and weighs a whopping 3.9 pounds.

Somewhere a couple years back during my clothing / blanket research I stumbled on an article that referenced studies the Wehrmacht conducted on wool content in uniforms during the war. If memory serves they found that they could get down to around ~70% wool content before they had any significant change in the insulative qualities of their wool uniforms.

As it stands, that made the 80/20 blends a pretty easy buy for me, and a significant savings over shelling out for the 100% wool Italian blankets. Your mileage may vary.

Review :
Excellent Quality blankets at a terrific cost
Tightly woven
Very warm

Slightly scratchy against the skin with a military surplus smell which makes sense considering that these are coming from a military surplus provider

I would recommend washing these by hand in the tub a few times with some fabric softener and lanolin.  You can even add some eucalyptus to the mixture for a natural bug repellant!

Once you wash it, let it air dry.  Don’t throw this in the dryer unless you want to shrink the hell out of it.

These make excellent bushcraft and truck blankets.  Get one, wash it, treat it to make it softer at a terrific value.

Monday, September 18, 2017

What Happened to Moose? - Moose and Guns Ep 2 - Sig 522

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What Happened to Moose?
This is the second episode of Moose and Guns and it features one of the best 22LR rifles ever made!  

Friday, September 15, 2017

Real Bushcraft! - Great American Eclipse Bushcraft Overnight Adventure

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You are invited to join Luke for the Solar Eclipse Bushcraft Overnight Adventure.  The Tools.  The Skills.  The Solar Eclipse.

This is Real Bushcraft and the Adventure Begins now!

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Unbeatable Price - Swiss Woodsman Axe - Review

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It's Military Surplus Wednesday and we are taking a look at an Unbeatable, Inexpensive Axe; the Swiss Military Woodsman Axe!

Link :

Price : $27

Weight : 4lbs 11oz – Substantial!

Handle : 20”  Ash Hardwood

Blade : 4.5” blade


For the price, this is one of the best axes on the market!  It’s a heavy duty, two handed tool which could easily fit into the inventory of any outdoorsman.

For bushcraft needs, I have to admit, this is rather heavy.  If you are trekking around with a 5lb axe I’m impressed!


Thoughts :

Since I haven’t sharpened this axe I can’t give you a review and I may get to that in the following months.  I wanted to show you all what this axe is and how it arrives to you as there is one very important aspect to it that may be a deal breaker for some;

Swiss axes and hatchets will arrive to you dull….duller than a freaking spoon! If you can’t sharpen an axe blade, I’m sure that you can find someone to do that for you.

They were issued like that back in the day so the user could use it for splitting or give it an edge for finer work.  The benefit is that when you sharpen the head yourself, it will be at the angle your hand naturally sharpens and it will be easier for the user to touch up every time. Everyone has their own particular angle that feels best, so sharpening is always consistent.

Something to keep in mind is that this is a $26 axe which means that it’s perfect for a basic beater tool. Keep it behind the seat of the truck, take it with you on your next hunting trip, etc.

Handle is smooth enough but a bit of work will take it to the next level.  Some sanding and coating of some oil will go a long way.

Tip :  Give it a rubdown with beeswax/oil mix or linseed oil and sat it beside the wood stove for it to absorb into the handle.

For $26 I think that this is a heck of a bargain.  There are a few sites selling these but they are much more expensive.  For a project axe, a beater axe, this can’t be beat.

Monday, September 11, 2017

My Colorado Gear Load out - Backpacking the Rockies (Plus Tips)

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So you may have seen the Overnight Adventure to Cathedral Lake in Colorado which was EPIC in every way and in this video I will be going over all of the gear which I personally carried and used.

This will answer many of the questions which you may have had but if you have more, feel free to email me;

I will have a video up next week where I will go over my Day Hike Load Out which I carried.

Links :

Cathedral Like Overnight Adventure :

Arc Blast Backpack :

Katabatic Gear Alsek 22F :

Big Agnes Insulated Air Core Ultra :

MSR Pocket Rocket 2 :

I have other videos for some of the other products so search the channel if you want more information.


Backpacking the Rockies - Colorado Gear Load out


Packs :                   Zpacks Arc Blast                        

Sleeping Bags :      Quilt – Katabatic Gear Alsek 22F                                  

Sleeping Pad :        Big Agnes Insulated Air Core Ultra                        

Stove :                    MSR Pocket Rocket 2

Pot :                        Toaks Titanium Pot 750ml with bail handle.

Cups :                     Titanium Cups – One is from MSR and the other is from mountain laurel designs

Silverware :            Titanium Long Spoons (2)

Power Kits


Head Lamps : One Extra Batteries

Battery Banks for Phones : Anker

Charging Cable



First Aid Kit with Ibuprofen (sinus pills)

Knives – pocket Knife

Bug Spray

Pack Cover – Mine is a cheap pack cover which I got from amazon years ago.  Purchased on amazon years ago for $10.  Works perfectly. It’s from Orange sport I believe.



Water bottle : Hydroblue – Review coming soon.

And a 1 liter Bottle

Backup water treatment tablets

Clothing :


Extra Socks (2)

Long Johns (2)(?)

Puffer Jackets (2)

Rain Gear (2 sets)

Convertible pants -




Hat – Seal Skin



Shoes – Vasque Mantra 2.0



Mountain House Dinner

Mountain House Lunch

Real Turmat Oatmeal

Breakfast (?)

Packit Gourmet Chicken salad

Instant Coffee


Had to rent a bear canister

Bear bags aren’t allowed or aren’t useful above the tree line.


Sunblock cream for face, ears, neck.

Maps loaded on All Trails App. Downloaded so I can use off line with GPS.

Had paper map backups along with a compass!  Very important especially when going off trail like Susan and I did.  Please do not go off trail unless you are very proficient with route navigation, map reading and location acquiring.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Too Kind - Lots of Gear! Viewer Mail #34

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It is mail time again and hopefully I can actually get this video up's a long story involving Youtube....anyways, as always we are honored and thankful!

Friday, September 8, 2017

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Next Generation Military Sleeping Pad! Savotta Sleeping Mat - Review

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Today Luke is reviewing the Savotta Sleeping Mat which is essentially the next generation of Military Sleeping pad!

Link :

Price : $54.99

Weight : 2.11lbs / 960g / .96kg

Now, if there's something the Finnish army can do right, it's the sleeping gear. Our kip mat is the best one we've ever seen, to be honest. These are made by the official army contractor, Savotta. You can see from the price you've got quality coming.

Admittedly a traditional sleeping mat is OK, but if you want to take it a few steps further, try this:

Length :  74.8 inches

Width : 39.3 inches

Dimensions when Rolled : 19.6” x 8.66”

Thickness : Just shy of being ¾ inch thick

Skirts :

Fabric : 210D Nylon PU Coated

Anti-Skid : Rubber Coated bottom

The 1,2 cm thick foam keeps cold away and cushions just enough.

25 cm wide foldable extensions on both sides and a 20 cm long one on the foot end. These are super - you won't touch the wet ground even if you slip while asleep...

...which is unlikely, thanks to good friction on the top of the mat.

Length 190 cm (+ 20 cm), width 50 cm (+ 50 cm), weight 1 kg.

Elastic loops to secure the mat - you won't be needing extra straps to keep this rolled. You can also use the loops to secure the mat to the rucksack, like some of us did in the army. If you did this wrong, the mat constantly banged against the back of your helmet, which is something that god fairly annoying on a long tab.

Made of very high quality materials. These are meant to work in Finnish weather conditions, which are very cold when they're not otherwise wet and nasty.

The workmanship is also top notch, and to the best of our knowledge fill the army requirements. Well OK, you wouldn't expect any less from a kip mat this expensive.

Compared to self-inflatable mats, the advantage of a "traditional" foam mat is the impeccable durability and ease of use. These won't mind if you happen to shove them into something sharp.

Founded in 1955 Finn-Savotta, or just Savotta, is known for their simplistic and extremely rugged designs. For decades Savotta has been the go-to supplier of hiking gear for the Finnish civilian market and combat gear and tents for the defence forces.

Monday, September 4, 2017

She Won't Even Try It! - Kalakalle Fish Cock - Camper's Cafe

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Wait, Wait....what is it called? Today for this episode of the Camper's Cafe, Luke eats a Finnish speciality while Susan watches in disgust!  Not really...but close.

Kalakalle Fish Cock, 182 g, canned

4.99 USD

Link :

Price : $4.99

A traditional Finnish delicacy in canned version, 5 years of shelf life and does not contain cock! If "Fish Cock" doesn't automatically mean food to you, it's a Finnish speciality - fish baked inside rye bread. This is a perfect snack or trekking food, always ready to eat and contains enough energy to keep you going and enough high quality protein to keep you in shape.

Foreign people might wonder why the excellent delicacy is called fish cock and, well, it's a wonder for us too, since this food originally comes from Savo, a remote location in the middle of Finland known for inbreeding and incapacity to form sentences that mean anything. In Savo, fish cock means food and flying fish cock a train.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Thank you! - Fire Starting Kit - Patreon Winner Announcement

This is the 3rd of 3 videos which has gone live today and this is the Fire Starting Kit Winner Announcement for Patreon Donators.  Did you Win?

The other videos involve the announcement of a winner of a Giveaway  for all of the viewers (Dutch Military Pack) and there is a new giveaway beginning today so make sure to enter that one.

This is a way for me to give back to you all; thank you all for the support.

Was It You? - Dutch Military Rucksack - Viewer Winner Announcement

This is the 2nd of 3 videos which has gone live today and this is the winner announcement of the Dutch Military Rucksack.  Did you Win?

The other videos involve the announcement of a winner of a special Patreon Giveaway and there is a new giveaway for all viewers beginning today.

This is a way for me to give back to you all; thank you all for the support.

FREE GEAR!!!! - Three Piece Giveaway - ENTER NOW

This is the 1st of 3 videos which has gone live today and this is a new giveaway for some great outdoor gear! Enter Now!

The other videos involve the announcement of a winner of a special Patreon Giveaway and there is the winner announcement of the Dutch Military pack as well.

This is a way for me to give back to you all; thank you all for the support.