Gear Category

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 [...]

Field Gear: Fighting And Survival Load

Trial & Error When it comes to load bearing equipment, there are tons of options. You can go old school with the belt and suspenders setup or "upgrade" to a chest rig or maybe go all out and get a plate carrier with enough armor to stop an RPG round. Any of those options are a good choice depending on the mission at hand. If you were in a high threat [...]

Long Term Survival Kit

Survival The human body needs a specific amount of calories and water to survive. We need shelter and warmth to protect against the elements. Roll all this into one kit and you get a long term survival load. The kit that I have put together is based what I've learned from my own training and my memories of long term camping trips with my family. Be [...]

Russian Camouflage – Partizan M Suit

I'm going to start this post with a honest confession, I'm a camouflage addict. I love researching camo patterns, love buying them and love using them in the field. This addiction has been with me for years now and I don't expect it to end anytime soon! In my search for the best camo patterns for my region, I'm starting to see that the Russians have [...]

Enhance Your Kit – Add Body Armor

  Humans have been using it since the beginning of time to protect themselves for attack on the battlefield. Body armor has come along way since the days of the knights and now is finally a sensible addition to your survival strategy. It doesn't matter if you consider yourself a prepper, survivalist, concerned citizen, etc. We all have the same end [...]