21 Aug 2017

Video Review: TacPack Subscription Box Review

Subscription boxes are all the rage for people who have a bit of extra cash, crave some new gear, but don’t want the hassle of figuring out what they should buy. Box companies have become pseudo-Santas with monthly or quarterly deliveries with a mystery box of (hopefully) quality and usable

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18 Aug 2017

Video Gear Review: ABKT Phantom Spector Review

This was a knife I wanted to like. Right out of the box, the American Buffalo Knife and Tool Phantom Spector folding knife flipped right open in my hand to reveal a shaving sharp 4-inch 8cr13mov tanto blade attached to a silky smooth ball bearing pivot. Sure, the pocket clip

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Search and Rescue Notes Volume 2 Shadowfox
28 Jul 2017

SAR Notes Vol. 2: The Subject Who Did It Right

Sometimes there are people who aren’t prepared for things to go wrong. And sometimes there are people who are ready for just about anything. This is a story of the latter. One recent July morning, I answered a callout to help search for a missing hiker who had been separated

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CRKT Rune Tomahawk
26 Jun 2017

Video Review: CRKT Rune First Impressions

CRKT and Ryan Johnson at RMJ tactical have produced yet another awesome tomahawk. The Rune is new for 2017 and with its short size and sharpened spike is designed to be a tactical breaching tool. But all blades have wilderness functionality to them, so I wanted to see if this

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CRKT Ruger Pen
19 Jun 2017

This CRKT-Ruger Pencil Could be Mightier than the Sword

A good writing utensil is a small but important piece of gear for a search and rescuer. SAR people are constantly taking notes for coordinates, subject descriptions, team lists, gear inventories, map doodles, and anything else we can fit in our notebooks. Such utensils must be durable, for as soon

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Pocket Shot Video Review
12 Jun 2017

Gear Review: The Pocket Shot Circular Slingshot

Summer is here and that means many of us are camping out, cooking on the grill, and playing games while the hot dogs are over the fire. Chances are there’s a kid at a campsite somewhere trying to hit a something with a slingshot. I’ve had The Pocket Shot in

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SOC Sandpiper Bug Out Bag
22 May 2017

Video Gear Review: S.O.C. Bugout Bag

It’s a pack I see a lot in airports across the country and for a good reason. The S.O.C Bugout Bag (ours is in the foliage green color) is a big backpack that can carry a lot of gear and take a beating. While it’s a popular option, there are

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25 Apr 2017

Video Review: Mechanix FastFit Gloves

Any outdoor chore will need a good set of gloves for all the hands-on dirty work ahead of you. You can go without the covers, but your hands will thank you for the lack of splinters and cuts if you choose to protect them. I’ve used plenty of utility gloves

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CRKT Tecpatl
03 Mar 2017

CRKT Adds New Knives to Forged By War Program

Columbia River Knife and Tool has a reputation for taking designs from custom knife makers and manufacturing them at affordable prices while still maintaining a high level of quality. Their blades are used the world over by outdoorsmen, first responders and members of the military. We wrote about two of

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10 Jan 2017

Lessons from the Storm of 2016

In December of 2016, a rash of winter weather swept across Oregon, bringing thick bouts of freezing rain and snow to Lane County. The ice piled onto roads, trees and power lines causing massive power outages and hazardous road conditions. Tens of thousands of people were without lights or heating

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