Bindle Bottle video review
25 May 2018

Review: Bindle Bottle

Just about everyone has one (or several!) or has at least seen the stainless steel, double-walled vacuum-insulated water bottle. There is no shortage of them on the market nowadays. But despite the numerous companies making them, there is very little variety in the function of the bottle. You almost always

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Kukri knife from the author's collection. Nóż kukri z kolekcji autora.
13 Apr 2018

What’s the Benefit of a Kukri Knife?

The kukri (pronounced koo-kree) is an intimidating curved blade knife/weapon that originates in Nepal. Shown below is a photo of a a traditional kukri, along with a secondary knife commonly carried along with the kukri, and a sharpening tool. The kukri’s main feature is the curved blade that resembles a

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Boker Blacklist Video Review
16 Feb 2018

Boker Blacklist Fixed Blade Review

Some knives are tailor-made for one role. This is not one of them. Boker’s Blacklist fixed blade can do just about anything an outdoor enthusiast could ask for. The combination of the sweeping blade and great ergonomics make for one of the more versatile fixed blades on the market today.

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09 Feb 2018

Maxpedition Debuts New Entity Line of Gear

Maxpedition has taken the next step in modern, low-visibility tactical equipment. About two years ago I wrote about Maxpedition’s release of the Advanced Gear Research line of packs and pouches and how it was a trend for tactical companies to invest more in lower-profile, civilian-style equipment. While the AGR gear

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02 Feb 2018

Gerber Releases New Line of Fishing Tools

It may be winter, but it’s never too early to think about getting your boat in the water or pulling on your waders for a day of fishing. And for those anglers who need something to lessen the hassle of managing lines, retrieving hooks and processing fish, Gerber has heeded

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Ron Hood's Survival Basics
26 Jan 2018

Ron Hood’s Survival Basics Video

Those of you who have been reading this site for a while now know that I have written about and enjoyed a couple other Ron Hood survival videos. Read our review of “Ultimate Survival Guide” and “Advanced Survival Guide.” His videos are not only funny but full of useful information

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08 Dec 2017

Top Gifts of Gear for the Holidays 2017

As you long-time readers know, I’m the guy with the gear who actually uses it through my role as a Search and Rescue member. Throughout the year I do video reviews of gear I’ve purchased or been given to test, so watch for those here on this site. Here’s a

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24 Nov 2017

Testing the ‘World’s Best Fire Starter’ by Lightning Strike

Now that it is mid-November here in the Pacific Northwest we are starting to have some truly cold days. Last weekend we had a hard freeze so I knew that would be a good time to test this fire starter and tinder that Lightning Strike Fire Starter sent us as

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Danner Tanicus Sage Green Dry Non-Metallic Toe boot
28 Aug 2017

Step With Certainty: A Buyer’s Guide to Boots

A great pair of boots can be the difference between a mountaintop view and a slow limp to the car. While looking pretty is always nice when shopping around for new gear, when it comes to your feet, performance should always come first. Here we explore some things to look

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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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