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Streamlight ProTac HL-X | A 1,000 lumen EDC flashlight

Streamlight ProTac HL-X | A 1,000 lumen EDC flashlight

The ProTac HL-X packs a stout 1,000 lumens in a durable EDC package.  I find it to be just the right size for an EDC flashlight that you can wear on your belt or have in your pocket. For starters, the ProTac HL-X comes with two CR123A batteries and a nylon pouch/holster for the flashlight.  The pouch has a Velcro strap to […]

Spyderco Shaman: The big brother to the smaller Native knife

Spyderco Shaman: The big brother to the smaller Native knife

I’ve had the pleasure of reviewing the Spyderco Shaman folder and am pleased with to give it a nod of approval. The Shaman doesn’t try to reinvent the wheel and has all of the features that Spyderco fans appreciate but packaged in a new style. Specifications  Overall Length: 8.25″ (210 mm) Blade Length: 3.58″ (91 […]

Gerber Airlift Folding Knife: Is it worth the $20?

Gerber Gear has long been a household name for knives, multi-tools, and other equipment. They are a brand that every military servicemember is familiar with, and one that every Exchange store on post carries. From my experience, their gear is sometimes a hit-or-miss but I always find a use for whatever it is. One of […]

Joe Rogan Experience features Delta Force Veteran Pat McNamara

Joe Rogan, stand-up comedian and legendary color commentator for the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) also hosts a wildly popular podcast series. Millions of viewers around the world tune in to The Joe Rogan Experience to see his high-spirited, in-depth, no-bullshit interviews. On any given episode, his guests are the world’s premier mixed martial artists, fellow […]

Merrell Moab 2 Mid GTX: One year update

Merrell Moab 2 Mid GTX: One year update

I have worn these Merrells Moab 2 Mids on various terrain and in various conditions for 0ver a year now. They fit just as comfortable now as they first did fresh out of the box. These boots have performed exceptionally well and continue to do so regardless of whether I find myself trekking through mud, sand, or […]

BluShark NATO straps: Step up your watch game

BluShark NATO straps: Step up your watch game

Before you expand your collection of wristwatches, you should widen your collection of watch straps. Often times, the experience of adorning a new watch strap equates to the experience of buying a new watch. There are plenty of different strap options available: leather, stainless steel, nylon, rubber, suede, cloth, etc. My particular favorite type of […]

ESEE-6 fixed blade: The ultimate wilderness survival knife

ESEE-6 fixed blade: The ultimate wilderness survival knife

The ESEE-6 is one of the best survival knives you can own. This shouldn’t come as a surprise as all products put forth by ESEE Knives/Randall’s Adventure & Training have been met with nothing but high praise. The ESEE lineup is exactly what we want our gear to be, not just made in the USA, but the […]

Petzl ACTIK Headlamp: Capable of all of your adventuring needs

Petzl ACTIK Headlamp: Capable of all of your adventuring needs

Petzl specializes in two categories: vertical environments and headlamps. This isn’t a surprise as the inspiration for the Petzl company began nearly a century ago when Fernand Petzl was exploring the Dent de Crolles in France, one of the deepest known cave systems in the world. Petzl dedicated himself to developing the technical gear required to […]

Hydro Flask Adventure Bundle: Make yourself a friend

Hydro Flask Adventure Bundle: Make yourself a friend

I doubt anyone is unfamiliar with Hydro Flask, but just in case you are, they are one of the most popular bottle manufacturers on the market.  Hydro Flask makes numerous bottles for hydration, coffee, beer, and even food.  They also offer bottle customization, boasting that they have 183,456 unique combinations of sizes, colors, and lids available. […]

Petzl Sm’D RL Twist-Lock Carabiner: A step above all other carabiners

Petzl Sm’D RL Twist-Lock Carabiner: A step above all other carabiners

As I and other writers have illustrated in previous reviews, Petzl is one of the premier gear manufacturers for climbers, mountaineers, and adventure seekers. The company was founded by the late pioneer Fernand Petzl who manufactured his own technical gear in order to explore some of the deepest known cave systems in the world. Today, the Petzl […]