Thursday, May 31, 2018

Mountain House Chili Mac vs Backpacker's Pantry Chili Macaroni

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Today for this episode of the Camper's Cafe, Luke and Susie have two products to put up against each other;

Mountain House Chili Mac vs Backpacker's Pantry Chili Macaroni!

The one question that I have is this;

What the heck is that?

Monday, May 28, 2018

Artist Showcase - Andreas Kalani - The Hagen Knife Review

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Today Luke is beginning a new series where he takes a look at custom knives and in this episode his first review is for the Hagen knife from American craftsman Andreas Kalani.

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Friday, May 25, 2018

Before You Head Out - Tent Check - Backpacking Basics

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Before you head out on your next adventure, make sure to perfect a Tent Check to prevent a wide range of potential problems from developing/taking place on your adventure.

This is Backpacking Basics!

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

The US Army’s Next Ruck - MOLLE 4000 Rucksack First Look

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Want to see the latest US Army rucksack before anyone else?  This pack is still in the testing phase but I've been able to get my hands on what should be the final version.

This is the MOLLE 4000 Rucksack!

Monday, May 21, 2018

The World's Biggest Match! – UCO Behemoth Sweetfire Matches Review

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This is the Largest Match in the World....but does bigger mean better?

Hint : This isn't a perfect product.

Today Luke is reviewing the UCO Behemoth Sweetfire Matches.


Price : $5 on the UCO web site.  $11.50 on Amazon

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Stormproof strikeable tip, can be used with included striker in bag, eliminating need for matches.
Made from sugarcane waste - bagasse is a fibrous sugarcane by-product and is used around the world as a renewable bio fuel.
Each Behemoth is 5.5" long.


BurnTime: 15 mins/point
Weight: 0.8oz (23g) each
Dims: 5.5" x 0.75" x 0.4" (14 x 2 x 1 cm) each

Review :

My review for these are essentially the same as with the other stormproof sweetfire fire starters with the exception that this is much, much bigger.  With the longer burn time comes expanded capabilities in nastier, wetter weather.  This is not a fire starter for your average fire but those which involve a great deal of wet material.. Without a doubt there are situations which call for a fire starter like that but for most people it is less likely.

Good addition to any kit

Not waterproof.

Not windproof.

Great for perfect weather conditions.

Car camping


Situations where you can do a better job at keeping them dry

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Friday, May 18, 2018

The perfect Cordage? - Atwood Micro Cord - Review

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Today Luke is reviewing what might be the perfect cordage!
Find out more now with the review of the Atwood Micro Cord.

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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Worth the Cost? - Hilleberg Nammatj 2 - Real World Review

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You all have seen the Hilleberg Nammatj 2 being used throughout the years here with The Outdoor Gear Review and today it is time for the review.

The Question : Is It Worth The Cost?

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Monday, May 14, 2018

DON'T BUY - Military Tent Failure! - Dutch Special Forces 2 Man Tent

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I know how much you all love military surplus so why wait until Wednesday right?  Today Luke has his hands on the Dutch Special Forces Tent and is going to see how well it handles a Thunderstorm!

...there will be problems!


Dutch Military Surplus Special Forces 2 Man Camo Tent

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Cost : $90 tent can be purchased all over the net including ebay and the sportsman guide.

·       Dutch military issue, made in Netherlands
·       Heavyweight canvas in DPM (Disruptive Pattern Material)
·       Room for 2 adults, or 1 adult plus rucksack
·       Fast 1-person setup, in 5 min. or less
·       Heavyweight canvas, vinyl floor
·       Door openings on both sides
·       Multiple Tents zip together
·       102" x 42" x 46"h. 15 lbs.

Friday, May 11, 2018

What Happened? - Return to the Secret Gem - Day Hike Adventure

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A lot can change in 4 years and that is especially true in the backcountry where nature is in control.  4 years ago Lucas and I explored this trail and rightly named it "The Secret Gem" and today, Susan and I return to enjoy it with you all.

The question is....what happened?
What will we find?
Find out now.

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Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Bushcraft Perfect and Ultralight - 180 Flame Wood Stove - Review

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Today Luke is reviewing the 180 Flame Wood Stove.

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Price : $37.95

Weight : 6.2oz on my scale

Material: 304 Stainless Steel

Tough 5 mil plastic pouch can carry water in emergencies

Made in the U.S.A.

Size In Use: 5" L x 4" W x 3 1/4" H
Size Stowed: 5" L x 3 1/4" W x 0.6" H

The design of the 180 Flame incorporates 3 sides for wind screening and heat focusing with an open end allowing ample room for feeding natural fuels into the fire box. When needed, the sturdy sides support heavier cookware than other backpacking stoves. We engineered the 5 pieces of the 180 Flame to interlock together creating a very stable unit with no moving parts which often fail in the field. We've designed a sustainable & durable product that will last you for years. The 180 Flame disassembles quickly stacking into its own clean, compact case with any dirty surfaces on the inside keeping your pack clean.

•          Tip : Start fire and then move the stove to it.  I’ve seen people mentioned that it was hard to start in the stove…..don’t do it that way.

•          Tip : Since you are burning wood, there will be soot; you may want to bring a small towel with you for clean up purposes.

I haven’t seen anyone else mention this but in situations where your fire is dying out and your embers are losing their heat, you can lower the pot supports a few inches which can make warming your coffee or food possible without having to use additional resources and time to get a large flame going again.


Pros :

Price – there are a number of small wood burning stove out on the market like this one and some can be very expensive.  In my opinion the price is right for this stove as it is versatile and easy to use.  It’s not a cheap Chinese stove; made in the use so that higher cost is somewhat justified.  Do know that there are cheaper wood stoves out on the market though.


I’m a fan of the smaller size as it allows those who like to go light and quick a stove which fits their adventure.

Very stable

Fun to use

Smart design.

Folds down small

Made in the USA!

Great for backpacking, hiking, emergency use and so on.

Good wind block; not perfect but good for an average breeze.
Cons :

Slower than a canister stove and that is something to keep in mind.  What type of adventure are you going on; who much time to cook and to boil will you have.

Since this is a wood burning stove, you may not be able to use this in all parks and backcountry locations.  Make sure to check local regs or you might be sorry when you have to pay a large fine.

With my testing, I have noticed some warping of the steel with prolonged use; the good news is that you can easily form the metal back into place.  This doesn’t have any impact on the performance of the stove and it turns out is to be expected.  The company mentions this on their web site and states that this is completely normal.

Monday, May 7, 2018

How to Get a Good Night's Sleep While Camping : Backpacking Basics

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For this episode, I will be going over what to do and what not to do to when it comes to getting a good night's sleep while backpacking/camping. This is Backpacking Basics!

Friday, May 4, 2018

Beach Camping Tips Which You Need To Know

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This episode is all about Beach Camping Tips which you need to know as it will ensure that you have the perfect sandy adventure.

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Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Before You Buy - Hilleberg Nammatj 2 - Pitching Instruction

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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  Hilleberg Nammatj 2 Tent.

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