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Survivor Filter Pro Reviewed

Posted on Feb 25, 2016

Hydration is one of the most important considerations when it comes to emergency preparedness. Clean potable water is vital to our survival, but it is often not readily available in most outdoor and urban environments. In an emergency situation, there may be a need to look at unsafe sources for water that only boiling or a quality filter can render safe to drink. Today, I’ll be looking at the Survivor Filter Pro water filter to see how well it meets the need…

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Tough Tepko Whetstone Reviewed

Posted on Feb 21, 2016

All knives need sharpening at some point. One method for sharpening them that has been gaining popularity lately with collectors and enthusiasts alike is the whetstone. I was recently contacted by Tough Tepko to review their new two-sided #2000/#5000-grit whetstone and report my findings…

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DayOne Response 10L Waterbag Reviewed

Posted on Feb 18, 2016

When the water stops flowing, most people will have to travel to get it. However, bottles, buckets and bags are not the most convenient methods of carrying water beyond a short distance. Today, I’ll be having a look at the 10L Waterbag from DayOne Response to see how well it can meet that need in addition to its ability to treat water…

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RZ Emergency Filtration Mask Reviewed

Posted on Feb 15, 2016

Filtration is not just for water… Harmful airborne pollutants and particulates are sent into the air during a fire, building collapse or natural disaster. Today, I’ll be looking at the M5 Emergency Filtration Mask from RZ Industries to see just how well they work…

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The goTenna Reviewed

Posted on Feb 11, 2016

Communications are one of the most undervalued, and often overlooked aspects of a good emergency preparedness plan. Cell phones, Internet and landlines are simply not reliable, especially in a grid-down situation. While, there are many options, there isn’t any magic solution that can cover all situations. Today, I’ll be taking a hard look at the goTenna. Is it is all media hype, or can it augment your current emergency communications solution…

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ALTAI MFH100-S Hiking Boot Reviewed

Posted on Feb 2, 2016

I received a pair of ALTAI’s waterproof MFH100-S 6″ Hiking Boots along with a pair of MFM100-S 6″ Military Boots quite some time ago, and I have had the opportunity to wear them for some time now. While these boots are very similar, I felt they deserved more than a notable mention. As a result, much of the article will be nearly identical…

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4 Direction Bushcraft Fire Kits Reviewed

Posted on Feb 1, 2016

There are dozens of tinder materials that work well for starting fires outdoors. While some work better than others, one of the more popular in bushcraft circles has got to be fatwood, the resin-impregnated heartwood of pine trees. Today, we’ll be looking at a few fire starting products including their Fatwood Firesteel, 1lb. Premium Fatwood and One Time Fire bundles from 4 Direction Bushcraft…

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Food and water storage on a tight budget

Posted on Jan 24, 2016

The idea of getting started in prepping, and more specifically food and water storage can be a bit overwhelming. There is so much to learn and so much to consider, especially if you are on a tight budget where every dollar matters. Sure you can purchase a little of this and a little of that, building up your cache over time. But is that really the best way?

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Seahorse Protective Equipment Cases Reviewed

Posted on Jan 10, 2016

When it comes to protecting your important equipment during transport, whether it be electronics, camera equipment or firearms, there are many options available these days, each with a variety of things to consider. Today, I have the opportunity to go over the SE1530 from Seahorse Protective Equipment Cases to see how well it fares…

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Fenix HL10 Headlamp Reviewed

Posted on Jan 6, 2016

In addition to having a high-powered flashlight in my EDC and bug-out gear, I also like to keep a quality headlamp and at least one lower-powered flashlight that utilizes a commonly available battery like AA or AAA in my gear bags as well. Today, I’ll be looking at the HL10 Headlamp from Fenix to see how well it fits into the plan…

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Big Agnes Insulated Q-Core SL Reviewed

Posted on Dec 31, 2015

Air pads and mattresses are typically considered a luxury items in the bush, but roughing it can be a especially difficult for those not used to it. Simple amenities like sleeping on a thick lofty pad can have a huge impact, not only on your psyche, but also on the level of rest and recovery that you can achieve. Additionally, in cold weather some pads can provide a much needed insulative barrier preventing loss of heat through conduction. Today, I’ll be looking at the insulated Q-Core SL from Big Agnes to see how well it stacks up…

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ChyRoseKnives – The Knifemakers Series

Posted on Dec 28, 2015

For the third installment of of the Knifemakers From Around the World series, we crossed the big pond to talk with Adrian Etheridge of ChyRoseKnives. He is a knifemaker out of the UK specializing in custom handcrafted knives. So let me introduce you to Adrian…

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Edge Pro Apex Knife Sharpening System Reviewed

Posted on Dec 21, 2015

Who doesn’t love a wickedly sharp blades? The problem is that there are so many ways to get there, each with a long list of pros and cons. Personally, I to shy away from any sharpening solution that might reprofile a blade’s edge unless I mean to do so. If I purchased a blade with a particular grind, only sharpening methods that would allow me to retain the factory-ground profile would interest me. Today, we’ll be looking at the Apex Knife Sharpening System from Edge Pro that allows you to do just that. So let’s take it for a spin…

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Steel Will Druid 265 Reviewed

Posted on Dec 19, 2015

In this article I will be reviewing Steel Will’s Druid 265. It is part of their 2015 lineup, and definitely one of the knives that I was most excited to review before the new 2016 blades were released into the wild. It is a rugged fixed-blade, compact, lightweight and extremely comfortable to wield. So let’s get to some of that bushcraft stuff…

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Inside Bannock Flat Bread

Posted on Dec 8, 2015

The other day I was watching a video on making bannock bread and I thought that I would share some interesting facts, cooking methods, recipes and a few ideas on how to prepare it. I hope you find this information useful…

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Estwing Black Eagle Tomahawk Reviewed

Posted on Dec 5, 2015

When it comes to tactical and extraction-style tomahawks built for delivering punishment, there are many to choose from, some more devastating than others. A few months ago Estwing sent me a Black Eagle Tomahawk so I could give it a spin and put it through its paces. Let’s see what this thing can do…

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