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TYBELT Premium Reviewed

Posted on Nov 23, 2015

When it comes to gear, survivalists always look for gear that can perform more than one function. A heavy-duty leather belt can double as a strop. Belts made from 550 paracord can become emergency cordage. A nylon and polyester webbed belt can easily be turned into a strap or tourniquet. Not long ago, I received a webbed multi-purpose TYBELT from BBM Equipement. Let’s have a closer look at this belt and what it can do…

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Superfeet Trail Insole Reviewed

Posted on Nov 22, 2015

If you wear boots a lot and your feet, knees and back hurt, it is a safe bet to look at your footwear first to find relief. Especially if you wear budget footwear. In some cases, simply swapping out the insoles can remedy the pain. Over the last few weeks, I’ve had the opportunity to put quite a few miles on the Trail Insole from Superfeet while trying them out, and now it is time to share my experience…

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Survival Frog Fire Laces Reviewed

Posted on Nov 21, 2015

Many preppers and survivalists have long since replaced their bootlaces with paracord. You can always tell because the ends of the laces are melted to keep the fibers from unraveling instead of factory-produced ends. Survival Frog has come out with an interesting and innovative alternative to those homemade paracord bootlaces by combining 550 paracord with factory-covered lace ends made of mini ferrocerium rods and calling them Fire Laces. So let’s have a closer look…

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G2 5″ Folding Firebox Stove Reviewed

Posted on Nov 19, 2015

The 5″ Folding Firebox Stove has been a popular go to packable camp stove for many outdoor enthusiasts for some time. With the hugely successful Kickstarter program and recent release of Firebox Outdoors’ second generation stove, the G2 5″ Folding Firebox Stove, we’ve been given the opportunity to have a closer look at one of the prototypes and give it a spin…

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Taidea Technology Whetstones Reviewed

Posted on Nov 13, 2015

There are many methods for sharpening knives from electric grinders and belt sanders to manual sharpening systems and lightweight field sharpeners, each with a different set of pros and cons depending on the situation. Today, we’ll be looking at the line of double-sided whetstones from Taidea Technology. So let’s see how well they stack up…

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Schrade SCHF51 and SCHF51M Knives Reviewed

Posted on Nov 8, 2015

New for 2016, Schrade has just released their much anticipated SCHF51 and SCHF51M Frontier fixed-blade knives with a design profile based on their highly regarded SCHF36 that won Blade Magazine’s People’s Choice of the Year in 2015. Today I’ll be putting both of these new blades through a series of basic bushcraft tests, so let’s get on with it and see how well they fare…

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Survivor Filter Personal Water Filter Reviewed

Posted on Nov 1, 2015

When it comes to emergency preparedness for survival in both outdoor and urban environments, one of the most important things to consider is hydration. Clean potable water is vital to our survival, but it is not always available in an emergency situation. We may need to look to unsafe sources for that water. Today, I’ll be looking at the Survivor Filter personal water filter to see how well it can fill that need…

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GSI Outdoors Glacier Stainless Cookset Reviewed

Posted on Oct 27, 2015

Any good long-term survival plan considers a way to boil water and cook food. But when you think of outdoor cookware, the lightweight packable variety is probably at the top of the list. Cookware capable of sustaining a medium to large-sized family may or may not have been a consideration, unless you’ve camped out of the back of a car before. Today, I’ll be looking at the Glacier Stainless Cookset MD from GSI Outdoors to see if it would fill that niche. So let’s see how well it holds up…

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Bushcraft Essentials Bushbox Stove Set Reviewed

Posted on Oct 25, 2015

There are many compact multi-fuel stoves to choose from these days. Some are known to take up a lot of space in your pack, while others can be stored inside a small pot, or further broken down into a small packable kit that can easily fit inside a cargo pocket. Today, I’ll be going over the Bushbox Stove Set from Bushcraft Essentials. Read on and enjoy…

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People Socks Merino Wool Socks Reviewed

Posted on Oct 23, 2015

When it comes to survival footwear, some people often put a lot of thought into their boots, but do they put as much thought into their socks? Probably not if they are wearing cotton. Wool socks have a lot of advantages over cotton, especially on multi-day trips. Today I’ll be looking at Below Zero Merino Wool Socks made by People Socks, so let’s dig in…

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Condor CTK242-8 Primitive Bush Knife Reviewed

Posted on Oct 19, 2015

I am a big fan of Matt Graham and have been for some time. His primitive survival skills and profound connection with the land have always impressed me. I saw a video of Matt using his custom bush knife a while ago and I was blown away. He was using it like a hand drill to bore a divot in a fireboard, and then I saw him in another video boring a small hole in some kind of gourd or bamboo shoot. I’ve never seen anyone use a bush knife so gracefully before…

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Ribz Front Pack Reviewed

Posted on Oct 12, 2015

The concept of a front-accessible pack is nothing new, and some manufacturers have taken them to the next level. Over the last few months I’ve had the opportunity to try out the RIBZ Front Pack and integrate it into my gear rotation. Now that I’ve spent some time using it, I am finally ready to share my experience…

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Schrade SCAXE10 Hatchet Reviewed

Posted on Oct 10, 2015

I’ve been pretty happy with the quality and performance of Schrade’s SCAXE2 Survival Hatchet and SCAXE2L Survival Axe, each perfect for budget-strapped campers, preppers and survivalists who need a small hatchet or hand axe for processing wood. Then Schrade let me take their upcoming full-tang hatchet, the SCAXE10 for a spin…

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Hennessy Hammock Jungle Explorer Zip Reviewed

Posted on Sep 29, 2015

The popularity of hammock camping has really grown rapidly over the years. Especially with the advancements in durable lightweight materials. You just need some sizable trees capable of supporting the weight of a hammock and you’re good to go. Today, I’ll be going over the Jungle Explorer Zip from Hennessy Hammocks. They were designed with some of the buggiest jungles on the planet in mind, so let’s have a closer look…

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Endless Sun Solar Apollo 6 USB Solar Charger Revie...

Posted on Sep 24, 2015

With all of the electronics out there, there will always be a need for an efficient and cost effective method of providing renewable power in the field to run our flashlights, communication and navigation devices, GoPros, and even small tablets for reading and entertainment. Today, I’ll be looking at the Apollo 6 USB Solar Charger from Endless Sun Solar and reviewing its capabilities. So let’s dig in…

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Kurgo Baxter Dog Backpack Reviewed

Posted on Sep 19, 2015

When it comes to survival when SHTF, many consider planning for bugging out. However, what do you do with your dog? Alternatively, if you take your dog on trails, hunting, or just on long walks, who carries what they might need in an emergency? Just like you, your dog needs an EDC too. Today, we’ll be looking at the Baxter Dog Backpack from Kurgo…

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