Gear Review: Condor Titan Elite Pack

Condor Titan Elite

I’ve been using the Condor Urban Go-bag/pack for about 8 years now. Recently, I decided to upgrade, and because all three of my Condor bags have taken QUITE the beatings over the years, I decided to go back to them. I especially was interested in their new “Elite” lineup of gear, and figured I would pay more and hope I…

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GEAR REVIEW: the GORUCK GR1 rucksack

Somewhere in between the Osprey’s and Gregory type packs meant for through hiking, and the Mystery Ranch/5.11/Condor packs that have a more “tactical” look & feel, there lies an area reserved for packs that don’t quite define one as a “hiker”, or as a “military” type, but appeals to both demographics. It’s an area for those that may identify with…

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Gear Review: Schrade SCH501s Pocket knife

A few months back, I came across the Schrade SCH501s flipper at a “big box” sporting good store. I had been looking for a new pocket EDC (every day carry) pocket knife for a while, as my Ka-Bar tanto folder had kinda let me down. More on that later (review inbound soon). I knew what I wanted. A stainless carbon…

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Knives: High Carbon Steel vs Stainless, What’s the Difference?

There’s a lot of talk in the survival community about knives. The opinions on them vary like the weather. But one thing we can all agree on is that they should be made of either high carbon, or stainless steel (unless there is something really super cool out there that’s like, the best of both…cough) So let’s start with high…

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DIY: Wilderness Survival Tin

Survival tins, (AKA “Altoid survival tins”) are a great thing. They give you an opportunity to have a better chance for survival, should you lose access to your pack, and only have what’s in your pockets. They also give you an opportunity to get creative, and really do some real critical thinking, reasoning, and planning. What also makes survival tins…

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Wilderness Survival: Basic Med Kit

Being a first responder, one thing I am really big on is being medically prepared for a situation that may arise in the field. While we should fully comprehend that nobody will be able to be fully prepared for EVERY medical scenario in the field, we should take steps to be prepared for some of the more common ones. These…

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Product review: Sawyer Squeeze Water Filter

There are a few things you will not catch me in the field without: my knife, at least 2 modern methods of starting a fire, and the Sawyer® Squeeze .1 micron water filtration system. When I test gear, I look for 5 things. “does it work” “is it reliable” “how easy is it to use” If it passes those first…

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