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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Product Review: Insulated Static V Sleeping Pad from Klymit®

One of the many things I learned to appreciate as a Marine was my foam sleeping pad. About 3/8 of an inch thick, and made of rubberized foam, it’s no big secret that it’s pretty useless, unless your main objective is to use all of its 24×72 dimensions to just keep your sleeping bag off the dirt. Rolled up, it…

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