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 [...]

Train For The Fight

Train For The Fight
There's more than a few ways to get in shape and everyone has a different opinion of what "in shape" looks like. For me it's pretty simple, I want to be strong, but lean, I want to be quick, but still retain my endurance. So after years of weight training and power lifting, I decided to switch it up and try something new, a training style that gives me [...]

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 [...]

Eating Healthy Made Simple

Diet is arguably the most important factor in maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Controlling what we put in our bodies can be a real struggle, especially when you are bombarded by terrible food choices on a daily basis. Fast food ads on TV, frozen dinners and quick meals are easy but bad for our bodies. As I've grown older, I've found out the hard [...]

The Grey Man Concept

There's tons of articles on the interwebs talking about the Grey Man, how to stay low profile post SHTF and blending in. Each article states pretty much the same point, wearing your tactical gear in the middle of a SHTF event will probably get you killed and at the very least, robbed of all your cool guy kit. Second point that people make is that [...]

Chapstick – 20 Uses For Survival

A tube of Chapstick might not look like much, but it has multiple uses in the field. Chapstick is a cheap addition to your survival kit, evac gear or your primary ruck. I've found it handy in more than a few situations which makes it a must have item in my gear. Let's discuss a few uses for the all mighty Chapstick. 1. Moisten skin and lips 2. [...]

Budget Bushcraft Gear

What does bushcraft mean to you? For me, it's pretty simple. Trim the fat, all the Gucci gear and roll with just the basics for survival. When you talk basics, you know you have to cover your shelter, fire, water and food. That's it, anything more in regards to gear is not essential. When you cut out all the nice to have items, one is then forced to [...]

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 [...]

Quest For Friction Fire – Part 1

When it comes to primitive survival skills, you can't get more technical than fire by friction. Just because our ancient ancestors mastered this art, it doesn't negate from the level of skill one needs to get that ember turned into a blazing fire. In our day, there are more than a few ways to make fire, all depending on how lazy you're feeling at the [...]

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 [...]