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Rockagator Hydric Series 40L Waterproof Backpack

Rockagator Hydric Series 40L Waterproof Backpack

Being an avid hiker as well as a writer for The Loadout Room, I’ve had the opportunity to test out a variety of unique backpacks. Rockagator brings another one to the table with their Rockagator Hydric Series Original Waterproof Backpack. The premier feature and ultimate sales pitch behind this bag is its waterproofness, warranting an in-depth breakdown in this review. […]

Enlightened Equipment on backpacking quilts vs. sleeping bags

Enlightened Equipment on backpacking quilts vs. sleeping bags

If you’re an avid hiker or backpacker, you probably know a thing or two about the ultralight community. The ultralight concept is simple; the basic idea is to keep everything lightweight, use multifunctional gear, and limit what you don’t need. In other words, you keep your gear as absolutely minimal as possible without endangering yourself. […]

The Stanley Master Flask: A bold flask for bold adventures

The Stanley Master Flask: A bold flask for bold adventures

Ever buy yourself a fancy flask only to immediately regret your decision when it leaked all over? Well, the new Stanley Master Flask lives up to its name and doesn’t disappoint. The Master Flask is one of the most robust flasks available on the market. It is capable of being a worthy companion and accompanying you on […]

Therm-a-Rest Z Lite Sol

Therm-a-Rest Z Lite Sol | The lightest most compact closed cell sleeping pad

There are few things as pleasurable in the wilderness as a fresh brewed pot of coffee and a comfortable good night’s sleep.  When it comes to comfort, a quality sleeping pad makes all the difference in the world.  With that said, today we will be doing a first impression overview of the Therm-a-Rest Z Lite Sol. […]

ESEE-3 MIL Fixed Blade: Practical and fully capable

ESEE-3 MIL Fixed Blade: Practical and fully capable

ESEE knives are popular amongst Loadout Room writers. From the SERE instructor to our editor, ESEE knives receive a lot of praise and for a good reason. I have owned an ESEE 6 for years, but I only recently got my hands on the ESEE-3 MIL, and it certainly does not disappoint. The ESEE-3 MIL may be the smallest out of […]

Omega announces reintroduction of the 321 movement used in Apollo moon landings

Earlier this week, Omega announced their Caliber 321 movement was is in production. The 321 movement most famously powered the various Speedmasters used in the Apollo missions, including the Speedmaster ST 105.012, the first watch worn on the moon. This announcement clearly wasn’t done on a whim as 2019 happens to be the 50th anniversary […]

Yeti Rambler Lowball: The best campfire companion a man can ask for

Yeti Rambler Lowball: The best campfire companion a man can ask for

The quarrel between Yeti and the NRA made the news roundup several months ago and spurred quite an outcry from the pro-gun community. It began when the Yeti revoked their discounting program for the NRA. The NRA publicly denounced Yeti’s business decision and some NRA supporters proceeded to shoot or blow up their Yeti coolers in protest. Both […]

The story of the world’s first G-Shock watch

The story of the world’s first G-Shock watch

In 1980, Kikuo Ibe was a watch designer and engineer for Casio. Years later, he would later be known as the innovative mastermind behind G-Shock watches. The story of the world’s first G-Shock begins with Ibe at his workplace where he accidentally dropped the watch his father gave him. He would witness the watch hit the […]

Photo of the day: My first shots with my first camera

Photo of the day: My first shots with my first camera

Getting out on the road and exploring what is out there is what piqued my interest in photography. More specifically, I realized that point-and-shoot cameras, as well as cellphone cameras, were inferior and incapable of snapping those awesome photos you see in magazines or social media. However, it is worth mentioning that smartphone camera technology […]

Spyderco Double Stuff: A good field sharpener goes a long way

Spyderco Double Stuff: A good field sharpener goes a long way

I would be preaching to the choir if I told you how significant of a tool a knife is for EDC, go-bags, or survival applications. What I seldom see talked about instead are sharpening options for the field. Some argue that a field sharpener isn’t necessary because a quality knife shouldn’t dull so quickly between […]