Monday, September 30, 2019

Small + Powerful But Not Perfect - Olight Baton Pro Review - EDC - 2,000...

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Luke is here with a review of the newly released Olight Baton Pro flashlight and will be going over his pros and cons and even an odd glitch which he experienced with this EDC light.

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Saturday, September 28, 2019

Overnight Mountain Camp Out - Skillet Cooking - Tarp Camping

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Join Luke in the Mountains of North Carolina for a night in the woods featuring a skillet, some bushcraft skills, a tarp and sleeping on the ground!

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Corpsman Assault Add-on Pack - Interesting Design!

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Like military surplus?  If so, you are going to like this as this is an awesome system which can be used for any purpose.  This is the Corpsman Assault System and in this video I am focusing on the Corpsman Add-On pack.

Where to Buy : eBay is your Best bet

Price : These generally go for around $120 on the open market but they are rare and sellers will often exploit that.  For an example, there is one for sale on eBay right now with the corpsman pack and they asking $550

Weight : 3lbs 12oz

Rarity : This are fairly uncommon when it comes to the civilian/military surplus market.


Overview :

The Corpsman Assault System (CAS) is an SL-3 component of the Pack, Assemblage Medical, TAMCN C53322E, which includes Class VIII supplies and is managed by Program Manager, Supply and Maintenance Systems. The CAS design is government-owned and replaces the Corpsman Assault Pack (CAP) of the Individual Load Bearing Equipment (ILBE) Pack System. The CAS is part of the Family of ILBE.

Features :

The CAS is a modular/scalable medical first responder bag system tailorable to casualty expectations and mission duration.Components:The CAS consists of four bags: the medical assault pack, a medical sustainment bag, a medical thigh rig, and a modular medical pouch. It also includes reconfigurable internal components: a narcotics pouch, two medium pouches, two large pouches, two small reversible pouches, two medium reversible pouches, two elastic panels, a double pocket panel, a stacked pocket panel, and a triple pocket panel.

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Fenix LR40R USB-C Rechargeable 12000 Lumen Flashlight

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Today Luke is reviewing a POWERHOUSE of a Flashlight;

12,000 Lumens of Power!

This is the Fenix LR40R USB-C Rechargeable Flashlight

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Price : $356.00 – At the time of filming on sale for $269.95

Weight : 1lbs 8.6oz

Power : 12,000 Combined Lumens

Purpose : The Fenix LR40R is a high-performance rechargeable flashlight that combines a spotlight and floodlight to blast a max 12000 lumens 2100 feet (700 yards). Quickly charge this flashlight’s battery pack in as little as 3.3 hours via the USB Type-C port, or use the discharge function to charge your other devices. A battery level indicator lets you know the status of your batteries. Extremely small for a flashlight with this much power, only 6.1” long, this flashlight is the perfect tool for exploring and search and rescue.

What about night hiking?  For night hiking, this is the ultimate flashlight; when the level of flood that this light provides, it’s like hiking with headlights; I’ve never experienced anything like what this flashlight provides in that regards.

Battery : Fenix ARB-L37-12000 rechargeable Li-ion battery pack,

Length: 6.1” (154mm)

Width: 3.2” (80mm)

Height: 2.0” (51mm)

Four blue lights on: 100% – 80% - Three blue lights on: 80% – 60%

Two blue lights on: 60% – 40% - One blue light on: 40% – 20% - One blue light flashes: 20% – 0

The broad beam contains 18 Cree XP-G3-S4 LED lights. The spotlight mode contains 1 Cree XP-L-HI V3 LED light. The flashlight works with the included Fenix ARB-L37-12000 rechargeable Li-ion battery. The battery has a capacity of 12000mAh and works up to 92 hours / 4 days.

Flood light

Turbo: 11000 lumens (45 minutes) - High II: 6000 lumens (2 hours) - High I: 3000 lumens (2 hours and 50 minutes)

Medium: 1000 lumens (7 hours and 15 minutes) - Low: 350 lumens (22 hours and 44 minutes)

Strobe: 3000 lumens - SOS: 350 lumens


High: 1000 lumens (7 hours) - Medium: 350 lumens (22 hours and 30 minutes)

Low: 150 lumens (44 hours and 31 minutes) - Eco: 60 lumens (92 hours and 18 minutes

Pros : 

Second level flood adequate for walking and seeing the ground. It's like hiking with headlights in front of you.

Distance of flood light is excellent. You can see close and far.

Throw is going to be the less used of the modes for most people and situations

Highest level of flood is extremely hot even after down shift.

Doesn't create much heat for lower levels which one would use most of the time

Entire flashlight will get hot with the head being too hot to touch

Throw mode is only useable for long distance illumination.

Can use both modes at the same time.

Excellent search and rescue tools

Stainless steel side switches - excellent

12000 combined lumens, not 12000 per mode which is disappointing. When you read the package and see those figures and turn it on for the first time it is a bit of a let down and that's because it is only 6000 per mode.

Definitely heavy for backpacking but when handheld it’s not bad at all.  It doesn’t wear you out or anything like that.

Excellent battery life

Can run on one or more 18650 batteries in an emergency situation

Battery level indictor

USB discharging function, backup for digital devices as you like. When discharging, you can still use this light in Eco and Low levels on Spotlight mode.

Lockable by holding both buttons

If you want to do night hiking and want to see all of the trail; 100% of it this is the light for the you as the output is amazing

USB-C Charging - The Type-C USB fast charging system only takes 3.3 hours to get a complete charge.


Throw isn’t all that impressive in terms of brightness.  Yes it throws a long distance, far further and brighter than your average flashlight but I would like to see it being even stronger.  That is in my opinion the only real con other than the flashlight features a total of 12,000 lumens but that is combined and there isn’t a single mode which will over you true 12,000 lumens

With gloves on you are going to do some fiddling around searching for the buttons

Initial versions of this light featured incorrect SOS flashes but this has been addressed

With flood on, you will barely notice the throw beam.

Monday, September 23, 2019

3+ Years Late - Q & A - Ask Me Anything - Part 8

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This is Part 8 of the Question and Answer Series....
it might be almost 4 years late but later is better than never!

Friday, September 20, 2019

You Can't Burn That Susie! �� Viewer Mail Episode #64

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Today Luke and Susan are having some fun as it is mail time and look at what was sent in by some very generous viewers!

We are speechless and thankful!

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Before You Buy - Zpacks Duplex with Flex Freestanding Kit and Trekking P...

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Today Luke is setting up the Zpacks Duplex Tent which is one of the lightest tents that he has ever used and he is doing so with the Flex Freestanding Kit; the Setup process is very important when it comes to the purchasing a tent; how easy or how complex is it?

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Monday, September 16, 2019

Budget Hot Tent Challenge - Black Orca Smokey Hut - Part 1

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This is the Hot Tent Challenge!

Over the last couple of weeks, I have had a number of viewers writing in and asking about Hot Tents and this got to me to thinking about doing a budget challenge to see what we could come up with.  With this series, there is going to be multiple parts as we go through the creation of our setup.

Part 1 involves a setup, overview and initial impressions of the tent which I decided to base the challenge around.

This is a budget friendly hot tent made by BLACK ORCA and it is called the Smokey HUT Tent.

Part two will be to test out its waterproof abilities to learn if anything needs to be addressed before moving on to the next step.

Part 3 will be the installation of a stove jack.

With Part 4 we will locate and install a stove.

Part  5 Lastly it will be the adventure with the stove itself.


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Friday, September 13, 2019

Worth $265? - Maxpedition Ironstorm Adventure Travel Bag 62L - Review

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What does a high quality travel bag look like?  Find out now with the Maxpedition Ironstorm Adventure Travel Bag 62L!


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Price : $265 retail; Less than $200 at Lyonstactical at the time of filming.

Weight : 5.4 lbs.

Colors : Black, Grey, Coyote

From :

-Former Dallas area police officer

-Lyons Tactical & Survival stocks over 50k tactical & Survival items (you could mention a few general categories such as bags, footgear, bushcraft, etc.)


The Ironstorm is a comfortable pack designed for adventure travel. It can be carried in three different orientations depending on the user's preference: by the side handle, by the shoulder strap or by the backpack straps. The main compartment is lockable and has an internal compression bib inside for securing contents during travel. Dividers are also located in the main compartment and can be zipped up or down for additional gear organization. The Ironstorm has a padded compartment dedicated for a 15" laptop or tablet on the exterior of the pack, making it easy for the user to access while on-the-go.


Volume: 3780 cu. in. | 62L    Overall size: 15 (L) x 11 (W) x 26 (H) in | 38.1 x 27.9 x 66.0 cm

Top slip pocket: 5.5 (L) x 0.5 (W) x 11 (H) in | 14.0 x 1.3 x 27.9 cm   Tech compartment: 13.5 (L) x 2 (W) x 24 (H) in | 34.3 x 5.1 x 61.0 cm

Laptop pocket: 10 (L) x 1.5 (W) x 15 (H) in | 25.4 x 3.8 x 38.1 cm   Tablet pocket: 10 (L) x 0.5 (W) x 10 (H) in | 25.4 x 1.3 x 25.4 cm

Main compartment: 13.5 (L) x 9.5 (W) x 25.5 (H) in | 34.3 x 24.1 x 64.8 cm   Sternum strap maximum length: 8 in | 20.3 cm


Pros :

When you receive this bag is flat and compressed for shipping purposes and is deceptively small. Once you open it up, I found it to be impressively spacious.

Lots of Space  Excellent organization options  Extremely well thought-out  Excellent quality.  

Can be worn as a backpack which is excellent for traveling; at the airport, you pick up your bag, put it on your back and get to your vehicle.  It works very well.  It’s not the most comfortable backpacker and it wasn’t designed to be but for the purpose of hauling for short durations, it’s excellent.

Offers a large amount of space

Very tough bag; stronger and more durable than your average civilian pack. Also much better quality than you run of the military tactical style travel bags that are out on the market.

I wouldn’t say that it is military grade but if it was, it would weight at least 10lbs and would be overkill for most people. Without a doubt, strong enough for outdoor use, travel use, law enforcement and so on.

Footlocker design is very handy.

Lots of storage options, pockets and so on.                 Lots of ways to carry

Light weight compared to many packs of this size                Excellent option for traveling use as long as the size fit your needs.

Excellent clam shell design – opens up and you are presented with all of you gear/clothing and so on.

I like the zipper pulls and the internal compartments, they come in handy for separating clean and dirty laundry for the trip home. Also like that the shoulder straps removed

Believe it or not, this pack is also hydration bladder compatible!             Excellent should harness system 

Review Cons :

Can be a bit pricey-but you pay for quality so scratch that from the con list!

There are many zippered access points on this pack and only the main portion of the pack is lockable.  I mention that for those who find that to be an important feature; I personally do not.

While technically the pack is the dimensions stated by the company, I have found that it is only to the measurements which absolutely stuff to the point where the zippers are stressed. Maxpedition states a width of 11” but it’s actually a few inches shy of that unless crammed and stretched full.

Summary :

This pack is ready to serve whatever needs that you have; may it be travel, photography/filming trip, hunting trip, etc

It’s an excellent quality pack and features some truly excellent designs/features. Can easily hold a weeks’ worth of clothing and other gear including my laptop and so on. 

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Rarest Military Tent in the World - Nemo Coda 1.5 SE

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What you are about to see is the rarest military tent in the world and also, it is one of the most expensive.

The design of the tent alone is different than anything that you have ever seen before and this is the Nemo CODA 1.5 SE Military Tent and after 5 years, I finally have one to share with you all!

Product : Nemo CODA 1.5 SE

Government Price : $1300

Market Price : $2000

In 2006 Nemo began adapting their shelter technologies for military appilications which went on to be adopted by specific branches of the military such as the special forces.  This line of products was known as Shield and is a sum of over 10 years worth of development with the U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research, Development, and Engineering Center and the U.S. Special Operations community.

With the gear and products which they ultimately released and have been adopted, they have taken on very specific and also very limited roles with the US military;

Numerous tents and shelters were released and I have been shown and demonstrated the use of many of these products including the;

Advanced Linking Combat System which is a highly advanced shelter featuring cutting edge gore-tex material.

·       Switch Blade 1P SE
·       Tanto SE
·       And so on.

All of which are truly next generations shelter systems especially when you compare them to what has been used and is currently being use by the military.  This is especially true with the Advanced Linking Combat System which officially holds the crown for being the most expensive military tent ever made!

This tent and all of the Shield products were never for sale to civilians; only to the government.

With that tent, while being both VERY RARE and also the most expensive military tent for the US government to purchase, there is the CUDA 1.5 SE tent which is the focus of this video.

It is WAY rarer than the already extremely rare ALCS tent and on the open market can fetch prices higher than that of the ALCS.

The Coda 1.5P SE from NEMO Equipment’s Shield line is currently a component of the NSW issue PEPSE (Personal Environmental Protective Survival Equipment) kit. - Naval Special Warfare

Where does Shield stand today?  That is a good question as all Shield products have been removed from the Nemo web site but there remains a Shield page which is still which states More Info Coming Soon.

All three doors feature an additional zipper track that allows vestibules to be attached or removed. An optional Linking Panel connects using the zipper track over the side doors to complex two or more Coda™ tents together, either facing the same direction, or 180 degrees opposed for better security.

The thing I love about this shelter is its versatility. That 1.5P in the name denotes one man plus his equipment. It features three doors, one on each side and one in front as well two vestibules, a side vestibule and a front vestibule. You take as much shelter as you need along for the haul, whether its just you, or you and your equipment, or you, your buddy and equipment.


Price : The ALCS tent cost the government over $2000 and the CODA was a fair bit less expensive and that is due to the fact that it does not incorporate the specialized gore-tex material but rather, common nylon.

Friday, September 6, 2019

�� Backpacking the Never Summer Wilderness - Backpacking Adventure

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This is Susan and I's big adventure for the year and what an incredible trip it was!  3 days in the Never Summer Wilderness in Colorado with nothing but the high elevation mountains and the Moose to keep us company!

2 mountain passes.
3 alpine lakes.

Also, this makes for an incredible Four Pass Loop Alternative.

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

�� How to Repair a Leaking Tent - Fixing a Military Tent ��

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Luke has a problem with a leaking military tent and he is going to show you all how to go about fixing it using the easiest of methods for seam sealing!

There is no process which is as easy as this!


What you will need;

Seam Grip
12ml curved syringe
Acid Brush
Paper towels

Monday, September 2, 2019

Klymit Maxfield 2 Tent First Look Preview

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There has been so much interest in the new Maxfield tents from Klymit that I am doing a preview which isn't something that I do for many products.

In this episode, I will discuss my initial impressions now that the tent is in testing and will go over the tent; inside and out.

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