In Tenkara, anglers use only a rod, line, and fly to catch fish. Because it’s such an effective way to fish, Tenkara is growing rapidly in the United States
Kindle Paperwhite Review Reading on the trail is an important activity for many outdoor travelers. Whether it be strictly recreational, survival and plant guides, or trail maps; books certainly have their place in the backcountry. Unfortunately, printed books are bulky and sometimes heavy. Carrying multiple is usually out of the question for obvious reasons, which … Continue reading Kindle Paperwhite Review | Ultimate Outdoor & Survival Resource
Survivorman Les Stroud wanted to create an axe that could do just about anything in the backcountry. The result was the Bushman. Read to learn more.
Many argue the lesser known Source Hydration Systems lead the pack when it comes to hydration bladders. Created by the Isreali military, they’ve since been adopted by armed forces and civilians worldwide.
Shane Sibert’s design for Benchmade, the 162 Bushcrafter is an extremely capable backcountry blade for those who seek a sturdy blade for the toughest tasks.
There’s a reason Nalgene’s are everywhere, that’s because they’re the best value on the market. Whenever I hit the trail, my Nalgene comes with me.
RTIC 30 oz. Tumbler Yeti Killer There’s a reason Yeti tumblers have become so popular recently. That’s because they’re excellent products, but also because they have a fantastic marketing campaign. Many envision Yeti’s tumblers to be the standard in high-end performance, simply due to the fact that Yeti was one of the first to improve … Continue reading RTIC 30 Tumbler
Yeti Coolers are awesome, but they’re expensive. Fortunately, RTIC started making coolers just as awesome… at half the price.
Living out a pack requires the use of a few essential tools to stay well fed. One of them should be the best solo backpacking cookset you can find.
Overview Anyone familiar with the outdoor gear scene knows how perfect titanium implements suit our needs. One of the toughest materials known to man, titanium products boast an extremely high strength to weight ratio. Beyond being durable and lightweight compared to other materials, titanium has a few other admirable characteristics. It’s non-reactive, and therefore non-corrosive. … Continue reading Best Titanium Gear
Most travelers do not realize the utility of data storage on a trek through the wilderness. While it may not seem like a must-have piece of kit to add to your pack weight; just think about the weight gained compared to utility added. You may store emergency medical, contact, and personal information in the event of a catastrophe. Do you enjoy digital media while lounging in your hammock? I’m sure your tablet doesn’t have all the space in the world. eBook enthusiasts, while already carrying a massive library on their device, may never run out of content to read. Personally, I’ve always been disappointed that I couldn’t carry more comics. Depending on your portable music player, carrying a USB flash drive may enable you to bring your entire music library with you.
Anyone enthusiastic about knives knows the Swedes have a way with steel. Back in 1891 Frost-Erik Erson opened the doors to his shop in the village of Östnor. Since then the production of Mora knives has continued in the same place it started, Mora of Sweden. Explorers and tradesmen alike have carried these knives for generations, and for good reason. Today the case is little different, those looking for an effective blade at an affordable price look no further than Mora for their needs.
If you carry a notebook in your travels, you probably have some sort of writing utensil to go with it. While a regular old Bic or Ticonderoga will get the job done, there are certainly better options. Anyone who’s used a cheap ballpoint pen knows how unreliable they can be. Not to mention both pencils and pens are sensitive to the surface you’re writing on. Modern tactical pens can be a pretty impressive addition to your kit for many reasons. There are plenty of tactical pens with all kinds of bells and whistles. But ultimately the best outdoor pen has to handle the elements first and foremost.
A small notebook is an item often overlooked by most trekkers. Once started though, carrying one is a difficult habit to break. I always have a small pad and pen stashed in my pack for those “eureka” moments when a golden thought just happens to strike. Because some of the best ideas happen this way and are soon forgotten, it’s good practice to write them down. Storing information for later can have bountiful effects on the trail. Recording important events, ideas, to-do lists, and trail notes to name a few. Jotting down critical information about your trail route or drawing maps can even make or break your trip.
Columbia River Knife and Tool M16-10KZ 3-Inch Black Folding Knife Overview There are many who credit the emergence of the “flipper” knife to the CRKT M16 Series. Designed by the legendary Kit Carson and modeled after his original tactical blade. These knives are not spring assisted but open with a flick of the wrist. Whether … Continue reading CRKT M16 Series Folder
Overview Taking a refreshing sip from a cold mountain stream is an experience that has become all but impossible in modern times. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency reporting that over 90 percent of the world’s water is contaminated in some way. Consequently, gathering fresh drinking water away from the comforts of civilization has become very … Continue reading Sawyer Mini Filter
Overview Staying well fed while traveling through the backcountry requires a few choice tools, one of them a proper eating utensil. Although it’s possible to carve a stick into some crude instrument, it’s certainly not ideal. Whether you eat freeze dried meals out of the bag or cook your own gourmet camp feasts; sometimes your … Continue reading Light My Fire Titanium Spork
Light My Fire Swedish FireSteel 2.0 Army 12,000 Strike Fire Starter with Emergency Whistle – Black Fail-Safe Fire Starter Technique Join Michael McQuilton of MCQBushcraft as he demonstrates proper ferrocerium rod technique, and the various forms and composites available. You can even purchase some of his handmade firesteels and other natural crafts Here. Specifications Light … Continue reading Firesteels | Ferrocerium Rods
Sportsman’s Axe Overview Few products inspire the nostalgia of a forged Estwing striking tool. Proudly produced on American soil since 1932, it’s not uncommon to hear a construction worker tell you a few stories of that old Estwing hammer that’s been on his tool belt for 20 years. Often times, it was his father’s before … Continue reading Estwing Hatchet
Fallkniven DC3 Whetstone Diamond Ceramic Knife Sharpener Overview Whenever out and about in the backcountry, one’s blade often encounters its fair share of wear and tear. Because one’s blade is their most important resource in the bush, keeping it in good condition is of paramount importance. Whether chipping your edge on an errant swing or … Continue reading Fallkniven DC3 Sharpening Stone
Tenkara Rod Co. Teton Fly Fishing Rod – Package Overview Many backpackers, hikers, and outdoorsmen like to bring along a rod and reel for some casual recreation or extra protein on their trip. And with the ultralight backpacking and hiking trend in full swing; there’s no better solution for for weight savings here than Tenkara. … Continue reading Tenkara Rod Co: Teton Package
While there is no perfect knife, the best bushcraft knife must be able to handle a variety of tasks. Helle Utvaer is a master of all trades.
Overview The rhythmic pounding of hammer and steel has been echoing from the village of Gränsfors for over 100 years. This small forge nestled in northern Hälsingland, Sweden churns out some of the finest working tools in the world; all with only about 30 employees. In order to reach this level of quality, all Gränsfors … Continue reading Gransfors Bruks Forest Axes
Best Titanium Water Bottle Water carrying and storage is one of the most important aspects of the trail. Without water, there is no life. While you could carry a disposable plastic bottle, there are a few advantages of having something a little more high-tech. Titanium, one of the most amazing materials known to man is … Continue reading Vargo Titanium Water Bottle