Friday, May 29, 2020

⚠️WARNING - Walmart Lithic One Person Tent - Do Not Buy This Tent - ⚠️

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This is the newest tent from Walmart and there are serious problems which you should be aware of. The Lithic One Person Tent and likely the others has issues that you need to be aware of before you spend your hard earned money.


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Price : $88.00 - Includes foot print

Weight Claim : 3.7lbs
Weight on my scale : 4.2lbs 
Materials : 7.9mm 7001 Aluminum Poles, 190T 68D Ripstop Polyester

Doors : 1

Season : 3

Packed Dimensions : 4.72” x 18”

Floor Dimensions : 80” x 37”

Peak Height : 42”

Features According to Company :
Weighs only 3.7 lbs or 3 lbs minimum trail weight (tent body, rainfly, and poles).

Packs down to just 4.7 x 4.7 x 18" so it fits easily inside your backpack without taking up all the space for your other gear.

Stuff sack has pitch instructions printed right on the outside (just in case you forget) and separate bags are included for poles and stakes.

7001 aluminum poles, attachment hubs, and V-stakes provide superior strength while keeping weight low.

Pole design creates nearly vertical sidewalls for maximum livable space in the 80 x 37 x 42" dimensions.

- Tent body, rainfly and floor all have 2,000 mm waterproofing

- Raised bathtub floor keeps the water out when the storm is raging and the rain is falling sideways.

- Custom footprint is included at no extra charge to protect the tent floor from abrasion and ground moisture.

- One huge door offers easy in-and-out and tucks into its own special pocket to keep it out of the way.

- Full mesh tent body offers excellent ventilation. The no-see-um material keeps bugs out and allows for counting the stars.

- Full-coverage rainfly shields from the storm and creates a large vestibule for storing gear and muddy hiking boots.

- Rainfly features two pop-out vents to increase airflow and cut down on condensation when needed. - Interior pockets keep small items off the floor, and a center hook holds a lantern for lighting up the place.

- Reflective guy lines ensure you won’t trip over them after the sun goes down.

Observations :

Height is good but length is rather short. If you are 5’10” and above, your head and heals will touch either end. With your sleeping bag, you will have issues with rubbing the fly and potentially getting your bag wet. If you are approaching 6’ I wouldn’t recommend this tent due to limited length.

I believe that the larger 2 and 3p versions are longer.

Ventilation looks good.

Freestanding Looks like the tent can be setup with the footprint and with the fly without the body; this is what we will call a hasty hooch setup.

I like that the pitch instructions are printed on the storage bag

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

MOLLE Panels? OneTigris Folding Table - Review

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Many have been waiting for the review of the OneTigris Folding Table to go live and today is the day! Pros, Cons, and Completely Agenda Free! This is the OneTigris Folding Table Review!

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Price : $68.00
Weight with Side Panels : 2lbs 11.8oz
Weight without Side Panels : 2lbs 1.oz
Camo : Multicam
Materials : MultiCam® 500D Cordura Nylon, 7075 Aluminum Alloy Frame
Measurements – Setup : 15” tall, 15.7” wide, 22.4” long,
Measurements – Stored : 17” x 5.1”
Measurements Utility Panel : 50.4”x12.6”
From the Company :
An essential item for the outdoors that’s easy to piece together, easy to dismantle for storage, and highly lightweight for efficient carry. The MultiCam® shade camping table is constructed from USA licensed MultiCam® 500D Cordura Nylon fabric with quality 7075 aluminum alloy framing. Outdoor enthusiasts would appreciate the simplicity and affordability of this bit of kit that offers comfort, convenience and excellent taste when you’re out enjoying the wild. We’ve included 2 tool organizers that can be draped on the sides for storing your phone, snacks and other small items, a highly practical feature when cooking outdoor meals or making coffee.
Review Pros :
Onetigris makes an excellent table

Quality is top notch
Fairly easy Setup and break down is easy – it can be a bit awkward with the pulling of the stability bars as they can come apart.
Weight is good but it isn’t ultralight
Review Cons :
Storage bag is right at the point of being too small – without the side panels removed, it’s a good fit but with them, it can be taxing to get it all to fit.
Side panels for myself haven’t been useful and in fact, I have set them up on numerous occasions but never used them. They are so low to the ground that for most people they are going to be hard to use; for tall individuals and older ones, they may not simply not work
Expensive – while I haven’t seen any companies who make a product similar in design to this one, there are folding tables out on the market which are far less expensive. Some less than $20.
Not ultralight and in fact, there are much lighter weight tables out on the market. Tables that are lighter but also much less expensive.
Summary :
Overall I have really enjoyed using this table and in fact, I have received countless emails concerning it. I used it for day hikes, overlanding, and for backpack trips. For backpacking purposes, it is a bit heavy unless you are willing to take this as a luxury item.
Perfect for day camps.
I would like to see a cheaper version of this table that doesn’t have the side panels; speaking of which, my only real issue with this table is the cost; $70 is a lot of money and my question for you all is this;
Is it worth it to you? With TOGR, I am agenda free and it isn’t my place to say whether or not you should spend your money on an item; I share my thoughts, feelings, findings and experiences and you can make up your mind from there.

Monday, May 25, 2020

Golite’s and My Trail Co's Return and Demise and Return - Outdoor News

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Remember years ago when the ultralight backpacking gear company known as GoLite closed their doors only to relaunch as My Trail Company a few years later? 

This is the story of the Rise and Fall and Rise once again of the Company which went on to be known as My Trail Co and how what they have become is far worse than anyone could have ever imagined! 

It doesn't get much lower for this once great company!

Friday, May 22, 2020

Overnight Camp in the World's Rarest Military Tent

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Join Luke today for a military surplus adventure in the World's Rarest Military Tent!

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

The Quilt-like Sleeping Bag - Thermarest Parsec 20F - Review

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It is time to review the Thermarest Parsec 20F/-6C Sleeping Bag which can easily be used as a quilt in warmer weather!

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Price : $369.95 - $409.95 Retail – At the time of filming I found the regular size for $290 online.
Weight Regular with stuff bag : 2lbs 4.3oz

Weight of stuff bag : 3.2oz
Sizes : Small – Regular - Long
Colors : Yellow and White – Called White Heat
Included : Bag, Storage sack and compression stuff sack
Regular Pack Size : 10 in x 15 in
Regular Dimensions : Width 31 in X Long 80 in
Fill material :800 Fill Goose Nikwax Hydrophobic Down RDS
Shell fabric :20D Polyester Ripstop w/DWR
Lining fabric :20D Polyester Taffeta
Zipper side :Left
800-fill Nikwax Hydrophobic Down
Integrates bag with a mattress.

Zoned Insulation : Maximizes warmth and saves weight by intentionally placing fill where you need it most. The Parsec places 60% of the fill on top and 40% on the bottom to give the bag an elite warmth-to-weight ratio.
Toe-asis Foot Warmer Pocket: Ergonomic toe box that rapidly warms cold feet in a pocket of warm down.
Quilt and Blanket Loops: Customize your sleep system by layering our quilts or tech blankets for increased warmth.
Responsible Down Standard Certified: Certification that ensures that the waterfowl in the down supply chain are treated humanely.
Additional features: Heat-trapping draft collars, full-length zipper draft tubes, differential cut, snag-free zipper, cinchable hood and external zip pocket.
Pros :
Price : While pricey it is comparable to other sleeping products with similar weights and temp ranges. Cheaper than many offerings from cottage companies – in some cases but a huge margin!
My experiences and this review is based upon easily 30 trips out with this bag; all over the country including CO, VA, NC, TN and even the coast. Used in the summer, fall and winter.
In tents, under tarps and in a bivy once.
Very light weight for a 20 degree bag.

Packs down very small.
Very warm – I’ve tested this bag out into the teens are was comfortable with no additional clothing. I do sleep warm though. Susie has used it as well and was comfortable into the mid 20’s. Naturally everyone is different so you mileage will vary. Because of the design, you can use this in a large variety of temp ranges.
Can be used as a traditional sleeping bag or flipped backwards and used as a quilt in warmer conditions.
This works incredibly well!
It is a loose fitting sleeping bag which means that it is comfortable and not restrictive. Room for clothing when pushing the temp range. Loose but not so roomy that they’re inefficient.”
Toe box tilted for the natural angle of a relaxed foot allow for an even more customized fit. Additionally, a slick design feature called differential cut allows the down fill to loft more completely and reduce cold spots.
Bag attaches to your sleeping pad so you can toss and turn all night without wodding up your bag. This is a really nice feature – on a recent trip with susie, I woke in the morning and the zipper was in the center of my back and I couldn’t reach it.
The down handles moist/damp conditions without any issues or impacts to warmth.
The oversized draft tubes around the neck/face and zipper area work incredibly well by holding in heat and blocking out cold air.
Excellent loft distribution; It has a 60/40 split with 60% of the down on the top and 40% of the down on the bottom.
The bag has a little zip pocket in which I store the pad straps and an inflatable pillow.
Cons :
Not a huge fan of the compression bag; it does what it needs to do but a simple and lighter compression bag would be my preference. I generally leave the including stuff bag at home and take another that I own instead.
The name of the bag is the Parsec 20F but the EU comfort rating for this bag is 30F and it says so on the bag itself. This is confusing and Therm-a-rest needs to do a better job of explaining this – I know how all about the independent testing protocols but most people do not.
Yellow and white color may show grime over time.
Also, the color isn’t one that I naturally gravitate towards and for those who care about cosmetics may not like this.

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Sky Full of Bombers and Jets - Viewer Mail Episode #76

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Today Luke and Susie are going through some of the incredible gifts that our viewers have sent in and also, we experience a sky full of military planes and jets! It was awesome!

Sunday, May 17, 2020

Walmart’s New Lines of Outdoor Gear - Outdoor News

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For this episode of Outdoor News, Luke is covering the BIG MOVES that Walmart has taken to capture an even larger portion of the Outdoor Market! 

These steps include a Major Purchase and Two New Lines of Products!

Friday, May 15, 2020

Thunderstorm Cold Rain Day Camp Adventure

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Thunderstorms are approaching and the Lone Wolf hits the trail! In this adventure, there is an incredible waterfall followed by lunch in an 1800's era church!

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

The Truth About Sleeping Bags and Quilts : When, Where, Why and Why Not

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This episode of TOGR is all about Sleeping Bags and Quilts and why you may want to choose one over the other. 

When it comes to putting together your sleep system, you will have a decision to make between two main systems; sleeping bag or quilt. Everyone knows what a sleeping bag is but a quilt may be more of a mystery to some; a sleeping bag is a bag full of insulation which arounds you on all sides. It offers zippered access either on the top or on one of the sides and can includes a hood. Not all sleeping bags do though. 

A quilt is much more minimal; it’s a bag which only offers three areas of insulation; top and sides. They do not have zippers nor a bottom and will require for your sleeping pad to do all of the work with keeping you warm. Additionally quilts don’t have a hood and are in many ways like a blanket which lays on top of you.

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Handmade Knife! Viewer Mail Episode #75

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Today Luke and Susie are going through some of the incredible gifts that our viewers have sent it!

Check Out This Handmade Knife!

Monday, May 11, 2020

Solo Stove Lite & 900ml Pot Combo - Agenda Free Review

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Today Luke is reviewing the Solo Stove Lite & 900ml Pot Combo.
What are the pros and cons?
Is it worth your hard earned money?

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Price : $105 on Amazon
Weight Kit : 17.6oz (just over a pound in other words)
Weight of Stove : 8.3 oz
Weight of Pot : 8.6oz
Weight of Storage Bags : .5oz
Sizes : Multiple Sizes available for the stove and also for pots – but they aren’t available in kits.
Individual Costs Lite Stove : $65
Individual Costs 900 Pot : $35
Materials : Both are made from 304 Stainless Steel
Height of Stove : 5.7”
Width of Stove : 4.25”
Stove Features :
Gasifier Stove
The Lite operates on small twigs and sticks, or an alcohol burner, to fuel the fire while the air intake holes on the bottom pull air in towards the fuel source. While air is being pulled in, the double-wall construction allows air to be heated up and fed through the top vents providing an extra boost of pre-heated oxygen, creating a secondary combustion. With this, you’ll get a hotter fire with less smoke!
Pot Features :
Easy to use lid with a rubber coated lift tab (lockable in the upright position)
Pour spout for easy pouring
Double fold out handles
Volume markings in oz and mL
Black nylon stuff sack with drawstring
Stove Review Pros :
Excellent quality
Very efficient
Produces very little smoke even with damp materials
Easy to use and fun as well.
Reasonable size; not the smallest when it comes to gasifier stoves
Gasification process can begin quickly but it will depend on the dryness of your materials.
Enough storage bags are included so that there is very little noise when carrying the system together and you don’t have to worry about the inside of the pot getting dirty nor your gear.
I’ve had no issues in terms of quality with the storage bags
Stove Review Cons :
Pot supports are slick and I have had issues with sliding pots; with this stove, having it on flat surface is very important.
The biggest con for this stove is price; yes the quality is excellent, the design is excellent, it is efficient but there are many gasifier stoves on the market today with many of them being less than $25.
This is a natural aspect of all wood burning stoves; it takes work and it takes time. Do you want to collect fuel and feed the stove; that is up to you. Such stoves are much slower to use than your average canister stove and that needs to be considered; for myself, when I am on the trail, there are times where I want to wake up, pack up, boil water for coffee and go but that isn’t going to happen with such a stove. You will have to collect unless you did so previously and take time feeding the stove until your water is ready to go.
Another con for such stoves is that efficiency will vary depending on numerous factors; you aren’t guaranteed to boil water at a certain time nor will you have a consistent level of heat throughout your cooking experience. It can be difficult to achieve a consistent hot flame.
Can be tricky to light – matches make this easier. If you materials aren’t bone dry, a fire starter will make your life easier; a cotton ball with Vaseline works well.
While the stove is efficient it will leave your pot very dirty and you need to be prepared for storing this in your pack.
You could always do the soap and water treatment trick for easier cleanup but you are making the pot slick which doesn’t bode well with an already slick system.
In windy situations, a wind screen is recommended as performance of the stove will be hindered in adverse conditions.
Weight : this isn’t going to be as light weight as some canister stoves and a can of fuel.
Pot Pros and Cons :
Works well with the Solo Stove Lite; nestles without any issues
pour spout relieves steam as well as pouring liquid
Overall I really like the design of the pot and there isn’t much to complain about.
Handles can become hot, so be careful.
Good lid grab tab
Summary :
All in all I really like the Solo Stove Lite; it’s a high quality product and is one of those which I have no problem recommending. The price is a bit high and this is not a product that is going to be for everyone and it will never replace the place of a canister stove.
Good for backpacking, camping, kayaking trips and even emergency use. Not well used for long distance hikers or those who want to go light and quick. Those in wet environments may not want to consider a different stove type.

Friday, May 8, 2020

Riding Beyond the Barricade - Adventure

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Due to pandemic which is raging across the planet, roads are closing to prevent the spread of the virus; while they are closed, they become an incredible source of adventure!
In this episode you will be presented with; Tunnels! Waterfalls! Incredible Views! And more!

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Slanted Tarp with Support - Large Bushcraft Tarp Setup

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Large Tarps are awesome for multiple reasons including that they can be setup and can provide exceptional levels of protection against wind, snow and rain; something that smaller tarps can’t offer easily.
In this episode, Luke is going over the Slanted Tarp with Support with more setups on the way.
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Monday, May 4, 2020

The Camp Chair That I Use - OneTigris Folding Camo Chair

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Luke is finally ready to share his review of the OneTigris Multicam Folding Camo Chair!  This is one of the most asked about products that his viewers have seen him using and he's here to go over the pros and the cons in this Agenda Free Review.

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Price : $70 from the OneTigris web site.  $115 on Aliexpress…..which is way to high in my opinion.

Color : MultiCam

Weight : 2.2lb/1kg

USA licensed MultiCam® 500D Cordura Nylon fabric of durability and dirt/water/scratch resistance

7075 aluminum alloy frame weighing only 2.2lb (1kg) with 264lb (120kg) weight capacity

Foldable frame with detachable fabric

2 side pockets for holding your phones, snacks and other small items

2 utility loops for clipping on outdoor mugs, folding knives, water bottles, etc.

3.5” by 5.5” patch panel at the back for customization with morale patches and name patches

Dimensions : Setup – 22.4”*19.6”*25.6”/57cm*50cm*65cm

Folded –13.7”*4.7”*3.9”/35cm*12cm*10cm

Review Pros :

Excellent quality chair

Easy to setup

Easy to break down


I like the camo

Works well inside of a truck when overlanding, inside of a hot tent or around a camp fire

Good weight limit

Good height for average height individuals

Review Cons :

Price is high – chairs with the same design can be as inexpensive as $20.  They aren’t made from Cordora but are strong enough

Storage bag is a little small

Question :

With similar products on the market, is it work the price to purchase this chair for the camo and for the higher end materials?  That is a question which only you can answer.

Friday, May 1, 2020

On the Edge of Civilization - Flat Top Mountain Day Hike Adventure

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Finally Susie is able to get out with Luke for a day hike adventure on an old mountain trail which promises some incredible views!

Thank you all for joining us for this trip!