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GSI Outdoors Pinnacle Backpacker Cookset Reviewed

Posted on Jun 14, 2016

It has been a while since I reviewed the ultralight Pinnacle Soloist from GSI Outdoors. An ultralight cookset sized perfectly for one individual. But what if you are traveling in a group of two or more? A single larger cookset can be easier to deal with and lighter overall. Today, I’ll be looking at the Pinnacle Backpacker Cookset also from GSI Outdoors to see how well it can fill that niche…

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Schrade SCHF55 Frontier Fixed Blade Knife Reviewed

Posted on Apr 21, 2016

I’ve been a fan of Schrade and Brian Griffin-designed blades ever since the SCHF9 that I reviewed a couple years ago. Then again with the SCHF42 that I reviewed just last year. This time around, I’ll be putting Schrade’s latest Griffen-designed blade, the SCHF55 to the test…

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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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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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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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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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7 tips to surviving winter hammocking

Posted on Oct 6, 2015

Winter camping brings significant challenges that differ from summertime, but the rewards can be well worth it. Waking up after a snowfall to a brilliant white winterscape, sipping hot tea to fight off the encroaching cold and getting lucky enough to see the dazzling Aurora Borealis are just a couple of magical experiences you can only find when you brave the winter weather. With the right preparation, winter camping can be both a memorable and pleasant experience. And to top it off, we won’t just be tent camping, we’ll be hammock camping.

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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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ThorFire LED Camp Lantern Reviewed

Posted on Sep 18, 2015

There are many LED camp lanterns and work lights available today, each with different features and functionality that set them apart. Today, I’ll be looking at the rechargeable LED Camp Lantern from ThorFire designed with some features that would be very attractive to preppers and those living off the grid. So let’s dig in…

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Bushcraft Essentials Fire Piston and Char Cord Rev...

Posted on Aug 20, 2015

The ability to create fire is one of the most important skills to master when it comes to survival, and man has been creating tools to make building a fire easier and more reliable since the beginning. Today, we’ll be giving the Bushcraft Essentials Fire Piston and Char Cord t try, so let’s get started…

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Estwing Sportsman Machete Reviewed

Posted on Aug 18, 2015

As a compulsive gear junkie, I am always looking for new stuff to try out. On a recent trip through Home Depot to look at some hatchets and axes, I ran across some cool stuff and what I thought might be a new machete by Estwing called the Sportsman Machete… And I just had to give it a try for myself. After reaching out to Estwing, they graciously responded with one to show you, so let’s give it a go…

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Schrade SCAXE9 Locking Saw Axe Reviewed

Posted on Jul 28, 2015

Humans have always been looked for effective ways to lighten their load and reduce the volume they need to carry. Multi-functional gear can often fill that void. Today I’ll be going over Schrade’s new 18-inch combination axe and 12-inch folding saw, the SCAXE9 Locking Saw Axe. Read on to see how it fares…

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Schrade SCHF45 Leroy Fixed Blade Bowie Knife Revie...

Posted on Jul 8, 2015

I just received Schrade’s latest chopper, the SCHF45 Leroy the other day… Last year it was the release of their massive recurved blade, the SCHF28 Little Ricky that had everyone talking. Now with the release of the enormous 16-1/2-inch SCHF45 Leroy Fixed Blade Bowie Knife, it takes Schrade’s big-blade designs to a whole new level. Is it a knife, or is it a beast? Read on for the answer to that question…

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Old Timer Copperhead Series 2143OT Fixed Blade Gut...

Posted on Jun 10, 2015

I have been reviewing so many bushcraft, survival and tactical knives lately, I thought it would be nice change of pace to review a hunting knife. In particular, I opted for one that was geared toward field-dressing. That is when I ran across the Old Timer Copperhead Series 2143OT, a stainless steel fixed-blade knife with a gut hook. Read on for more about it…

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Schrade SCHSH1 Telescoping Folding Shovel Reviewed

Posted on Jun 6, 2015

One piece of equipment typically considered invaluable by military personnel, but is often overlooked by preppers and survivalists is a collapsible folding shovel. Schrade has engineered a rugged alternative called the SCHSH1 Telescoping Folding Shovel for their 2015 lineup. It is compact, lightweight and worthy of a closer look. Read on to find out just how good it really is…

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Schrade SCHF42 Frontier Fixed Blade Knife Reviewed

Posted on May 24, 2015

Schrade’s SCHF42 Frontier Fixed Blade Knife is one of the latest additions to their 2015 Frontier Series lineup. Designed by Brian Griffin, this full-tang 1095 high carbon steel blade with grivory handle slabs and a premium leather sheath is certainly on track to be one of their most popular models of the year. Read on to see how well is stands up to the challenge…

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