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5.11 Aurora

5.11 Aurora Shell Jacket | Elemental protection

The annual SHOT Show is usually populated by booths showing more of the same, “A little newer, lighter and more expensive” was my answer when questioned what the theme this year was.  5.11 Tactical, however, dropped a lot of new products.  I was invited to their Las Vegas retail store for a media meet-and-greet and was […]

The Next Generation of Patrol Wear has Arrived: Blauer FlexHeat Detail Pants

The Next Generation of Patrol Wear has Arrived: Blauer FlexHeat Detail Pants

FLEXHEAT™ DETAIL PANTS Blauer has hit it out of the park with the next generation of cool-weather patrol pants, the FlexHeat Detail Pants. Skip the old-school pants that don’t move with you and leave you cold.  Switch to Blauer’s FlexHeat Detail Pants and discover comfort and warmth you didn’t know was possible. Best Uniform Pants I’ve Ever […]

Carhartt, Hurley Launch Product Collaboration Designed To Outwork The Water

Carhartt, Hurley Launch Product Collaboration Designed To Outwork The Water

Why did Carhartt and Hurley – two brands with a long history of making purpose-built gear – join forces to #OutworkTheWater? When considering approximately 71 percent of the planet’s surface is covered with water, and nearly every person in the U.S. is within range of an ocean, lake, stream, pond, or creek, it starts to make […]

5.11 Peninsula Insulator Packable Jacket-It’s All in the Name

5.11 Peninsula Insulator Packable Jacket

5.11 Tactical is showing their creative mind with the Peninsula Insulator Packable Jacket. This lightweight and comfortable jacket has some interesting features. The Primaloft® Black Series Insulation gives an extremely comfortable ride while maintaining warmth. The body is insulated at 100gm and the sleeves at 80gm; enough to keep you comfortable in most conditions. The […]

Outdoor Retailer

Outdoor Retailer Snow Show 2019 | Recap

Another January in the books and two major trade shows attended. Like last year, I attended SHOT Show in Las Vegas with the crew from the Loadout Room. And then flew directly to Denver for Outdoor Retailer the following week. Two weeks living out of a 5.11 suitcase and backpack in various AirBnb’s but I’m […]

vidda pro

Photo of the day: Vidda Pro Trousers from Fjällräven

Whenever I attend Outdoor Retailer, I usually have an agenda. Searching for innovative new products but never overlooking bombproof existing items. Mainly to improve something I’m working on for the Loadout Room. As I delve into the Overland space, I’ve found a few personal items of mine that require improvement. A rugged pair of trousers […]

5.11 Tactical Defender Flex straight pants

5.11 Tactical Defender Flex straight pants

There is a time and a place for everything, including the clothes you are wearing. Sometimes you wear a Tuxedo, and sometimes it’s BDUs, and other times its a more casual approach. We often joke about the predictable mall ninja clad in range gear for going to the mall. A lot of us like the […]

Maintaining Down Products with Grangers Wash + Repel

Now that winter is upon us…well, it’s upon me, it’s time to talk about maintaining our warm weather gear. And nothing wins the war on insulating better than goose down. It’s insulation to weight ratio is second to none. And with the ability to compress down to a fraction of its lofted size, it’s my […]

Illuminate Down Hoody

Outdoor Research Illuminate Down Hoody: Three season versatility

When referring to tents and sleeping bags, the 3-season label excludes winter. With regards to Outdoor Research’s Illuminate Down Hoody, I’m excluding the summer season. Fall, Winter and Spring are the seasons this jacket excels in. This versatile down jacket makes for a perfect stand alone outer jacket in the cooler months. And a cozy […]

Winter Clothing & Footwear Recommendations from a Military Survival Instructor

Winter Clothing & Footwear Recommendations from a Military Survival Instructor

Not wearing proper clothing or layering correctly while traveling in a snow-laden environment could lead to cold injuries and death. As a survival instructor for the military, I find myself in these environments often and teach others how to effectively travel in them. In the lists below I will note the things that I typically […]