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.

Link Sierra Designs : https://sierradesigns.com/divine-light-1-fl/

Link Amazon : https://www.amazon.com/Sierra-Designs-Divine-Silver-Lining/dp/B01N1PV9TF

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 : https://www.msrgear.com/tents/mesh-repair-kit

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 : http://www.theheatcompany.com/en/gloves/heat3/heat-3-smart

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


Red First Aid Kit Link : https://www.amazon.com/First-Aid-Survival-Kit-Standards/dp/B01NGZ3EUH

Black First Aid Kit Link : https://www.amazon.com/American-Standard-Traveling-Waterproof-Emergency/dp/B01M2YC9IM

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 : https://www.ucogear.com/titan-stormproof-matches-25pk-mt--tsm1?returnurl=%2fsearch%3fq%3dtitan

Amazon Link : https://www.amazon.com/UCO-Stormproof-Burning-Waterproof-Windproof/dp/B0114MIM7A

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 : www.newgroundsfood.com

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 : https://www.varusteleka.com/en/product/sarma-tst-rp80-recon-pack/53979

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.

Link : http://www.bigagnes.com/Happy-Hooligan-UL-2

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 : https://youtu.be/HhqjJQnK3eQ

IBNS Video : https://youtu.be/z2GxUduNY44

Military Surplus Adventure : https://youtu.be/TRuwQsWs6rs

Bushcraft Overnight Trip : https://youtu.be/WWYIxqseAh0


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 : http://hydroblu.com/index.php/products/filters/clear-flow-personal-water-filter.html

Link : https://www.amazon.com/Clear-Flow-Water-Filter-Emergency/dp/B01CT5PUJE

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.