falcon pack
15 Dec 2015

The Maxpedition Falcon III is a Pack for All Seasons

Overview The Maxpedition Falcon III is an update to the company’s popular Falcon II backpack. While the main upgrade is the pack’s expanded size of 28 liters, some modern touches make the Falcon III a versatile outdoor and tactical pack. This bag is at home in a variety of environments

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axe on stump
26 Oct 2015

Axe vs. Large Survival Knife: The Battle of Big Blades

I’m a big fan of fixed blade knives. I carry one hiking (a Gerber Prodigy in case you’re wondering) and it’s an essential part of my SAR mission kit. They’re handy for anything from prying to cutting rope and webbing. They also serve well for survival tasks such as shelter

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bolt bag
09 Oct 2015

Move Fast with the Bolt Bag from 215 Gear

The Bolt Bag from 215 Gear is a solid, USA made bag that works as an E&E pouch on a MOLLE pack or bag. It can also stand alone as a get home bag for your vehicle. Construction The Bolt Bag is made of 500 Denier Cordura Nylon and is

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215 pry tool
05 Oct 2015

This Pry Bar from 215 Gear Puts Power in the Palm of Your Hand

Understanding the 215 Gear EDC pry tool first calls for a look at how small, one-piece tools became an item many view as essential for every day carry. One piece tools now flood the market in a variety of shapes and sizes. Some are simply carabiners with a hex driver

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helicopter rescue
24 Sep 2015

9 Simple Ways to Make Sure You Get Rescued

You can spend hundreds of hours training and preparing yourself for disaster or emergency. You can have a good plan and route and backups for both. But then there’s the time when Murphy’s Law kicks in and things start going south. From there, your best option may be to hunker

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MOHL system
14 Sep 2015

The Vanquest MOHL System is an Expert Solution to a Tactical Problem

The expert team at Vanquest has done it again. They’ve given us a lightweight way to attach existing MOLLE gear and other items to a hook and loop surface that doesn’t require any new purchases. We put it in the hands of our gear tester to see how it works

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Falconer backpack
03 Sep 2015

We Put the Vanquest Falconer-27 Pack To the Test

This is a well-built 27-liter backpack that offers the user near limitless options for organization with a plethora of webbing, cord, and hook and loop options. It thrives in a variety of environments and is well suited for day hikes and daily commutes. Need to get out of town quick?

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Vanquest FatPack
03 Sep 2015

Check Out the First-Aid Solution Used by Professionals, the Vanquest FATPack 7×10

Don’t trust your first-aid and rescue supplies to anything less than the best. We test out the latest from the gear professionals at Vanquest, the sturdy and versatile FATPack 7×10. Rick is a member of Eugene Mountain Rescue, a specialized team in the Lane County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue

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Bear in a river
01 Sep 2015

3 Tips for Surviving a Bear Encounter

Outdoor adventures always carry the chance for close encounters with a wild animals. Most don’t require any preparation or defensive measures, but some do. In areas known as bear country, there are measures and precautions outdoorsmen must take to ensure they come out of the situation alive. What Gear Prevents

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forest fire at night
07 Aug 2015

Bugging Out When Disaster Strikes: 5 Questions You Must Ask Right Now

It starts like a normal day, then a report of a wildfire comes in. In less than 12 hours, it grows to thousands of acres in size and forces people to evacuate their homes. Shelters are set up and people’s property and possessions are at risk. What do you do?

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