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WHAT’s IN THE BOX! – Viewer Mail Episode #77

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It is mail time once again and as always, we are so incredibly thankful for our viewers and friends who have taken the time to write and to share with us.

We appreciate you all!

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⚡TEST NIGHT ⚡Kelty Military Field Tent – How Much Rain Can It Handle?

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TEST NIGHT RETURNS with the Kelty Military Field Tent!
In this episodes we will see exactly just how much rain this tent can handle while discovering its strengths and weaknesses.

Quality?
Design issues?
Features?
Cost?

All Topics are covered!
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How to Stay Bug Free With a Tarp – Shelter Options Addons

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In this episode Luke is discussing with you all how to stay bug free while using a tarp as part of your shelter system. He touches upon multiple pieces of gear which can add to your comfort and more importantly, safety!

Always : When setting up camp, take time and clear the area as good as you can; pick up stick, rake leaves as bugs will make their homes under such debris and will also use such as insulation.

Side note : This is one reason why you should think twice before using debris as insulation in a bushcraft situation or survival event. Right time and place folks. More on this in the future.

Options :

Traditional Bivy – open and closeable; bivys have many pros and cons and I have a video discussing these if you are interested in learning more

Bug Bivy :

Tent Body – consisting of poles and mesh and floor inner. If you have a tent already and a tarp, you are set as you can use the body from any tent. There are some companies who make bug tents for specific use with a tarp.

Another example – Catoma Adventure Shelters IBNS (Improved BedNet System)

You may be thinking, why don’t you just bring a tent and the biggest benefit here is airflow; this is especially beneficial for areas where you have high heat and high humidity. With this sort of setup, you will be far more comfortable than being in a tent.

Mosquitoes Net : You can also find mosquitoes net online from many companies; this works but isn’t my favorite option due to difficulty of use in some areas. Being influence by the wind unless you take further action, no floor and so on.

Groundsheet which has been treated with Permethrin – this works for what may crawl its way to you but you will have to treat yourself for the flying variety. This is an option which I’m surprised to see on youtube that no one else mentions. Works very well but in some areas may not be completely bug free especially in areas where you have genetically modified mosquitoes like in Montana.

With these setups, you can piece together lightweight systems which will keep you dry, provide excellent air flow and will keep you bug free. This is more important than ever thanks to the rise of lyme disease. Lyme Disease isn’t to be messed with; you don’t want it so be smart folks!

Systems will vary in terms of weight and also price; it all depends on what items that you piece together.

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⚠️WARNING – Walmart Lithic One Person Tent – Do Not Buy This Tent – ⚠️

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This is the newest tent from Walmart and there are serious problems which you should be aware of. The Lithic One Person Tent and likely the others has issues that you need to be aware of before you spend your hard earned money.

Walmart’s Newest Tent – Lithic One Person Tent Preview
Agenda Free Link Walmart : https://www.walmart.com/ip/LITHIC-One-Person-Backpacking-Tent/742424712

Price : $88.00 – Includes foot print

Weight Claim : 3.7lbs
Weight on my scale :

Materials : 7.9mm 7001 Aluminum Poles, 190T 68D Ripstop Polyester

Doors : 1

Season : 3

Packed Dimensions : 4.72” x 18”

Floor Dimensions : 80” x 37”

Peak Height : 42”

Features According to Company :
FEATURES OF THE LITHIC ONE-PERSON TENT
Weighs only 3.7 lbs or 3 lbs minimum trail weight (tent body, rainfly, and poles).

Packs down to just 4.7 x 4.7 x 18″ so it fits easily inside your backpack without taking up all the space for your other gear.

Stuff sack has pitch instructions printed right on the outside (just in case you forget) and separate bags are included for poles and stakes.

7001 aluminum poles, attachment hubs, and V-stakes provide superior strength while keeping weight low.

Pole design creates nearly vertical sidewalls for maximum livable space in the 80 x 37 x 42″ dimensions.

Tent body, rainfly and floor all have 2,000 mm waterproofing – more than other tents at twice the price.

Raised bathtub floor keeps the water out when the storm is raging and the rain is falling sideways.

Custom footprint is included at no extra charge to protect the tent floor from abrasion and ground moisture.

One huge door offers easy in-and-out and tucks into its own special pocket to keep it out of the way.

Full mesh tent body offers excellent ventilation. The no-see-um material keeps bugs out and allows for counting the stars.

Full-coverage rainfly shields from the storm and creates a large vestibule for storing gear and muddy hiking boots.

Rainfly features two pop-out vents to increase airflow and cut down on condensation when needed.

Interior pockets keep small items off the floor, and a center hook holds a lantern for lighting up the place.

Reflective guy lines ensure you won’t trip over them after the sun goes down.

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Observations :

Height is good but length is rather short. If you are 5’10” and above, your head and heals will touch either end. With your sleeping bag, you will have issues with rubbing the fly and potentially getting your bag wet.

If you are approaching 6’ I wouldn’t recommend this tent due to limited length. I believe that the larger 2 and 3p versions are longer.

Ventilation looks good.

Freestanding

Looks like the tent can be setup with the footprint and with the fly without the body; this is what we will call a hasty hooch setup.

I like that the pitch instructions are printed on the storage bag
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MOLLE Panels? OneTigris Folding Table – Review

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Many have been waiting for the review of the OneTigris Folding Table to go live and today is the day! Pros, Cons, and Completely Agenda Free!

This is the OneTigris Folding Table Review!

Link : https://www.onetigris.com/portable-camping-table.html

Price : $68.00

Weight with Side Panels : 2lbs 11.8oz

Weight without Side Panels : 2lbs 1.oz

Camo : Multicam

Materials : MultiCam® 500D Cordura Nylon, 7075 Aluminum Alloy Frame

Measurements – Setup : 15” tall, 15.7” wide, 22.4” long,

Measurements – Stored : 17” x 5.1”

Measurements Utility Panel : 50.4”x12.6”

From the Company :

An essential item for the outdoors that’s easy to piece together, easy to dismantle for storage, and highly lightweight for efficient carry. The MultiCam® shade camping table is constructed from USA licensed MultiCam® 500D Cordura Nylon fabric with quality 7075 aluminum alloy framing. Outdoor enthusiasts would appreciate the simplicity and affordability of this bit of kit that offers comfort, convenience and excellent taste when you’re out enjoying the wild. We’ve included 2 tool organizers that can be draped on the sides for storing your phone, snacks and other small items, a highly practical feature when cooking outdoor meals or making coffee.

Review Pros :

Onetigris makes an excellent table

Quality is top notch

Fairly easy Setup and break down is easy – it can be a bit awkward with the pulling of the stability bars as they can come apart.

Weight is good but it isn’t ultralight

Review Cons :

Storage bag is right at the point of being too small – without the side panels removed, it’s a good fit but with them, it can be taxing to get it all to fit.

Side panels for myself haven’t been useful and in fact, I have set them up on numerous occasions but never used them. They are so low to the ground that for most people they are going to be hard to use; for tall individuals and older ones, they may not simply not work

Expensive – while I haven’t seen any companies who make a product similar in design to this one, there are folding tables out on the market which are far less expensive. Some less than $20.

Not ultralight and in fact, there are much lighter weight tables out on the market. Tables that are lighter but also much less expensive.

Summary :

Overall I have really enjoyed using this table and in fact, I have received countless emails concerning it. I used it for day hikes, overlanding, and for backpack trips. For backpacking purposes, it is a bit heavy unless you are willing to take this as a luxury item.

Perfect for day camps.

I would like to see a cheaper version of this table that doesn’t have the side panels; speaking of which, my only real issue with this table is the cost; $70 is a lot of money and my question for you all is this;

Is it worth it to you? With TOGR, I am agenda free and it isn’t my place to say whether or not you should spend your money on an item; I share my thoughts, feelings, findings and experiences and you can make up your mind from there.

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Golite’s and My Trail Co’s Return and Demise and Return – Outdoor News

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Remember years ago when the ultralight backpacking gear company known as GoLite closed their doors only to relaunch as My Trail Company a few years later? This is the story of the Rise and Fall and Rise once again of the Company which went on to be known as My Trail Co and how what they have become is far worse than anyone could have ever imagined!

It doesn’t get much lower for this once great company!
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🎖️Overnight Camp in the World’s Rarest Military Tent

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Within nature, it isn’t just men and women who are susceptible to the conditions as life and death are very much an active part of the entire process which makes this world possible.

In this adventure, I stumbled upon an animal which was hurt and dying and I did my best to care for it until it passed away; it was an intense adventure for many reasons.

Additionally, the brutality of nature is presented with a series of high elevation storms with some VERY close lightning strikes.

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The Quilt-like Sleeping Bag – Thermarest Parsec 20F – Review

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It is time to review the Thermarest Parsec 20F/-6C Sleeping Bag which can easily be used as a quilt in warmer weather!

Agenda Free Link : https://www.thermarest.com/sleeping-bags/fast-and-light/parsec-20f-6c-sleeping-bag/parsec-20.html

Price : $369.95 – $409.95 Retail – At the time of filming I found the regular size for $290 online.

Weight Regular with stuff bag : 2lbs 4.3oz Weight of stuff bag : 3.2oz

Sizes : Small – Regular – Long

Colors : Yellow and White – Called White Heat

Included : Bag, Storage sack and compression stuff sack

Regular Pack Size : 10 in x 15 in

Regular Dimensions : Width 31 in X Long 80 in

Fill material :800 Fill Goose Nikwax Hydrophobic Down RDS

Shell fabric :20D Polyester Ripstop w/DWR

Lining fabric :20D Polyester Taffeta

Zipper side :Left

800-fill Nikwax Hydrophobic Down

Integrates bag with a mattress.

Zoned Insulation : Maximizes warmth and saves weight by intentionally placing fill where you need it most. The Parsec places 60% of the fill on top and 40% on the bottom to give the bag an elite warmth-to-weight ratio.

Toe-asis Foot Warmer Pocket: Ergonomic toe box that rapidly warms cold feet in a pocket of warm down.

Quilt and Blanket Loops: Customize your sleep system by layering our quilts or tech blankets for increased warmth.

Responsible Down Standard Certified: Certification that ensures that the waterfowl in the down supply chain are treated humanely.

Additional features: Heat-trapping draft collars, full-length zipper draft tubes, differential cut, snag-free zipper, cinchable hood and external zip pocket.

Pros :

Price : While pricey it is comparable to other sleeping products with similar weights and temp ranges. Cheaper than many offerings from cottage companies – in some cases but a huge margin!

My experiences and this review is based upon easily 30 trips out with this bag; all over the country including CO, VA, NC, TN and even the coast. Used in the summer, fall and winter.

In tents, under tarps and in a bivy once.

Very light weight for a 20 degree bag.

Packs down very small.

Very warm – I’ve tested this bag out into the teens are was comfortable with no additional clothing. I do sleep warm though. Susie has used it as well and was comfortable into the mid 20’s. Naturally everyone is different so you mileage will vary.

Because of the design, you can use this in a large variety of temp ranges.

Can be used as a traditional sleeping bag or flipped backwards and used as a quilt in warmer conditions.

This works incredibly well!

It is a loose fitting sleeping bag which means that it is comfortable and not restrictive. Room for clothing when pushing the temp range. Loose but not so roomy that they’re inefficient.”

Toe box tilted for the natural angle of a relaxed foot allow for an even more customized fit. Additionally, a slick design feature called differential cut allows the down fill to loft more completely and reduce cold spots.

Bag attaches to your sleeping pad so you can toss and turn all night without wodding up your bag. This is a really nice feature – on a recent trip with susie, I woke in the morning and the zipper was in the center of my back and I couldn’t reach it.

The down handles moist/damp conditions without any issues or impacts to warmth.

The oversized draft tubes around the neck/face and zipper area work incredibly well by holding in heat and blocking out cold air.

Excellent loft distribution; It has a 60/40 split with 60% of the down on the top and 40% of the down on the bottom.

The bag has a little zip pocket in which I store the pad straps and an inflatable pillow.

Cons :

Not a huge fan of the compression bag; it does what it needs to do but a simple and lighter compression bag would be my preference. I generally leave the including stuff bag at home and take another that I own instead.

The name of the bag is the Parsec 20F but the EU comfort rating for this bag is 30F and it says so on the bag itself. This is confusing and Therm-a-rest needs to do a better job of explaining this – I know how all about the independent testing protocols but most people do not.

Yellow and white color may show grime over time.

Also, the color isn’t one that I naturally gravitate towards and for those who care about cosmetics may not like this.

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Sky Full of Bombers and Jets – Viewer Mail Episode #76

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Today Luke and Susie are going through some of the incredible gifts that our viewers have sent in and also, we experience a sky full of military planes and jets!

It was awesome!

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Walmart’s New Lines of Outdoor Gear – Outdoor News

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For this episode of Outdoor News, Luke is covering the BIG MOVES that Walmart has taken to capture an even larger portion of the Outdoor Market!

These steps include a Major Purchase and Two New Lines of Products!
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