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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Gear for Gifts: Backpak Buddy
07 Dec 2016

Gear for Gifts: BackPak Buddy

With essential supplies in a user-friendly package, a BackPak Buddy is a great tool that can help keep you alive and nourished if things go wrong on your next adventure. A friend of mine in my SAR team recently started BackPak Buddy. Each buddy contains 15 feet of 550 paracord,

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Search and Rescue Notes: Volume 1
21 Nov 2016

Search & Rescue Notes: Volume 1

I was recently involved in the search for a missing hunter in Curry, County, Oregon. The man had gone missing on October 14, and at the time of this post is still missing. The man’s son tried to find him and also became lost, but was rescued several days later.

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Wild Hedgehog Tactical Med Kit
10 Nov 2016

Top Outdoor Gifts for the Holidays

Know an outdoor enthusiast, wilderness worker or tactical pro? These items will be perfect for stuffing their stocking or putting under their tree! For the Utilitarian CRKT  Homefront A problem that has plagued many users of folding knifes is that they are difficult to clean after hard use in the

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Vanquest FATPack
08 Nov 2016

Year with the Gear: Vanquest FATPack 7×10

There are some pieces of gear that you stay impressed with even after having it for a while. It still surprises you, and still performs as advertised even after picking up a bit of range time and breaking in. When I first received the Vanquest FATPack 7×10 medical pouch, I

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31 Oct 2016

Gear For Gifts: Top EDC Gifts for the Holidays

Looking for gift ideas for someone that needs good gear each and every day? We’re going to be posting a lot of cool items over the next few weeks to point you in the direction of gifts that any outdoors person or survivalist would love to have. Heck, forget giving

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Fox Cutlery Njall Knife Review
13 Oct 2016

Video Gear Review: Fox Knives Njall

It’s nice to enjoy the finer things in life. For drivers, it could be English cars. For foodies, French wine. For outdoorsman, Italian Knives. The Fox Knives Njall is designed by Jesper Voxnaes and made in Maniago, Italy. It is a beautiful and uncompromising piece of equipment. The blade is

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