Gear Category

Rocky S2V Substratum Hiker Review

A good pair of boots is truly worth its weight in gold. Whether you're a grunt in Afghanistan or hiking in your local forest, the comfort of your feet is top priority. I've owned more than a few boots throughout the years, New Balance, Merrell, 5.11 and others. All of which were good, but not quite what I was looking for in regards to quality. Then the [...]

Choosing A Survival Knife

Choosing a survival knife is probably one of the biggest decisions you will make when it comes to survival gear. Make the wrong choice and you will regret it, I can guarantee that! Make the right choice and you will have a companion you can rely on when the chips are down. The choice isn't easy to be sure, there are many fish in this sea and sometimes [...]

Long Range Patrol Kit

The word long range patrol probably conjures up images of Rangers in Vietnam, creeping behind enemy lines, ambushing VC, taking intel and leaving a trail of bodies in their wake. The Rangers were professionals in the art of the Long Range Recon Patrol (LRRP), but they were not the first. The concept of sending reconnaissance teams patrolling deep [...]

Gear Review – Sawyer Mini Water Filter

When it comes survival, there are few things you can't live without, good clean drinking water is one of them. Whether you are out on a day hike or a longer trip, you need a water filter, no way around it, unless you feel like boiling all your water, which I personally try to avoid unless absolutely necessary. I've gone through more than a few filters [...]

Gear Review – Trangia Cookset

Trangia Cookset - Go Light When was the last time you weighed your gear? If you have a fully loaded kit, one designed for long term sustainment, I'm betting it probably weighs over 60lbs and after a full day of humping that around, you're probably sick of it. My kit, excluding weapons and ammo, weighs in at 70+ lbs. For a day out, it's not a big deal, [...]

DIY Shelter – British DPM Basha

DIY Shelter Shelter is one of those critical aspects of survival you cannot ignore. Apart from fire, you have to have shelter in order to stay warm and dry. There are more than a few options for shelter on the market, most obvious of which is the classic tent. I remember the tents we used when I was a child, sure they seemed to work fine but in the long [...]

Field Repair Kit – Staying Operational

Field Repair Kit Here's the scenario, you and a friend are out in the field for a few days, on a recon mission,  checking out a new training site deep in the mountains.  At the end of day one, you break out the shelter and proceed to setup a small campsite. In the process of shelter setup, you notice a large 4x4 inch rip in your shelter. The rain is [...]

Knife Review – Condor Bushlore

Condor Bushlore - Introduction It's a rare occasion when I find a knife that handles any task I throw at it. The Condor Bushlore is one of those rarities. I have a fairly large collection of blades and each one has their pros and cons. The LMF II is limited by it's hard plastic handle which I managed to break, the Ontario RAT-5 had issues with the finish [...]

LifeStraw – Review & Reality Check

Background It's been a few years since the LifeStraw hit the market. At the time, there was no product like it, the concept of a filter straw was new and to be honest, pretty cool.  I saw the same ads you probably did, pictures of kids in Africa drinking out of mud puddles and I figured that if it worked out there, it would work for me. So long story [...]

Ontario RAT-5: Field Test & Review

Choosing A Primary Knife There are few basic tools that we all need in our survival kit. A good blade is one of those. These days, the amount of options on the market are almost mind numbing. It's easy to get lost in the different models and types. There are serrated blades, drop point blades, tanto blades and the list goes on. In the end, you have to [...]