Coming down in buckets. A rare summer thunderstorm in ‘Nado. The lightning began about 6am and has lasted all day. Incredible to look North towards the Del then South at the NavSpecWarfare base and not see a single solitary sole anywhere on the beach or in the water. That is except for me of course! On any other Saturday in mid July it would be jam packed.
I bought this Black Diamond Bullet pack a couple of years ago for my wife. It keeps a 100oz Camelbak close to your back and it has just enough room left over for a couple bottles of Super Man along with the requisite day hike essentials.
The best thing about this pack is that it nestles perfectly against the spine and rides like a champ. Add a Nite Ize clip on iPhone case to the shoulder strap and it is perfect. I like it so much I stole it from her and I am not giving it back. I did try to replace it but I can’t find another one anywhere. I am still looking.
Anyway, if you are looking for a good day pack this is the kind of thing I would recommend that you track down. No more, no less.
Kuiu continues to head in the right direction and at a price that does not include the middle man. This new Ultra NX gear is light. Ultra light in fact. The jacket and pant set weighs just 17 ounces. If they are as good as Jason says they are in terms of water/wind proofness and breathability then they will be must have items.
Now, based on the product description, these are not tissue paper delicate but they are not brush buster high durability pieces either. You keep these in your pack, pull them out when you need them, and then put them back in your pack when the weather clears.
At this time Verde and Vias camos are the only color choices but I expect that if they sell well then Major Brown or maybe a nice multi-purpose shade of gray will be added to the mix. That is what I want.
Get more information on these directly from Kuiu.
Get more info about it here.
This may not be major news to you but me and the Chief are pretty damn happy about it. The 6 and 9 inch original Boxerjocks went away a couple years ago to be replaced with something we didn’t like nearly as much. And the new ones didn’t have a working fly.
Well, apparently, we were not the only ones that were upset because UA has brought them back (including the working fly). That’s a good thing because they are my favorite grundies and the ones I have been wearing for years are finally beginning to show some wear.
Check them out here.
Speaking of snakes. Internet generated phony pic or not that is a BFS and I am happy to see that it is now in pre hatband slash cowboy boot condition. I don’t know this guy but I do know his cousin James and he says it is legit. I figure that is 12 to 13 feet which is 12 to 13 feet too big in my opinion.
Yet another reason to steer clear of the state of Texas.
Me and Kenny. Kind words and good advice from a football legend meant a lot to me as a coach, father and a man.
I was a Ken Stabler fan long before I ever met him. He was playing at Alabama the same time my dad was at Missouri and he was a big time NFL Quarterback with the Raiders when I collected every Topps football card made for the 1976 season. Along with Terry Bradshaw, Fran Tarkenton and Bob Griese, he was one of my favorite pro QBs. He was a fierce competitor and always seemed to find a way to win. I admired that and still do.
He was a hell of a nice guy. Didn’t put on airs. Was a lot of fun to talk football and life with. I am glad I knew him and will miss him.
My deepest sympathies go out to his family especially his daughter Kendra and grandsons Jack and Justin.
Interesting but keep in mind – This gear list was for a guided horse pack trip so let’s remember a couple of things. Brendan doesn’t have to worry about the overall weight of his pack nor does he have to include things like medical, survival, cooking, and food because the outfitter did. A 3200 cube pack would not have been big enough if it had been a self sustained human powered trip of the same number of days.
The video brings up another point which we have discussed here before. Where exactly does the Kenai Jacket fall in a tight, minimalist system? If it is an insulation piece then why also carry the Super Down Jacket and Pants in your pack? If it isn’t an insulation piece then why carry it at all? And why carry both the Guide Vest and Kenai Jacket in addition to the Super Down top? Reminds me of two things. An argument I had years ago on Monster Muleys about the Sitka Gear 90% Jacket and a disease Reed Thorne calls redundatitus.
By the way, with regard to making both a hooded and unhooded version of the Kenai, wouldn’t it make more sense to make one jacket with a detachable hood?
I have been looking for something to replace my REI Active Stretch Half Zips because they stopped making them. They are kind of a smooth on the outside fleece on the inside technical sweatshirt that does double duty as an expedition weight base and light middle layer insulation for high activity or extreme cold. I have 4 in different colors and love them. They are the half in my 3.5 layer clothing system.
From the newly released Kuiu 2015 catalog – This Peloton 200 Zip T looks very much like my REI favorites but it is made of a new synthetic yarn called Primeflex from, of course, Toray. Kuiu makes several different models with varying weight but this is the one I am most interested in right now.
What I need it to do is add warming insulation, be exceptionally comfortable, wear like iron, cut the wind and breathe like a champ. Easy right? No it’s not which is why I have been having a hell of a time finding a replacement since REI started putting profit over product offering and getting rid of some really good items (you can thank former banker slash REI CEO and new Obama best buddy Sally Jewell for that paradigm shift).
The Peleton 200 comes in the two Kuiu camo flavors as well as Major Brown and Graphite solid colors.
Let’s see if this works.
The snakes are out of hibernation. Actually they have been out for a couple weeks but I saw this article in the newspaper and I thought it would be a good time for a post. They tend to show up and are very active once the temps reach and stay above 80 degrees.
While I still believe the most appropriate use for anything that slithers on its belly is to be worn as a belt, boots or hat band I have become more tolerant over the years. I like to hike at night. I prefer to let my eyes adjust and walk the trails without using a flashlight/headlamp but there are certain times of the year here when that is ill-advised and now is one of those times. Case in point is our tourist walking his dog at night with open toed sandals.
Everybody always wants to know what to do if they get bit and my answer has been pretty much the same for as long as I can remember. Stay calm and go to the hospital or call 911 and meet the BRT at the trailhead so they can take you. If you are way back and you know that it is a hot bite (venom has been injected versus the many bites that are dry or without venom and you will definitely know) then you might seriously consider pushing the oh shit button and having the good guys come to you.
Anyway, be diligent and don’t put your hands or feet anywhere without looking there first. Also, keep an eye on those low branches. I have certainly seen them there too.
A French Police EC-145 and crew shuttles resources into the scene of an airliner crash. I have never flown in this type but I am told by knowledgeable sources that it is an excellent helicopter for public safety/emergency services work.
Nice looking bird and that SAR Tech out on the skid has the best seat in the house.
I have heard about these, I think I even stopped by their booth at SHOT for a short time but I have not looked closely at the system until now. See the target, squeeze the trigger and hit the target every time. It is impressive. Check out this YouTube Video on how it works.
Need a rifle that will consistently drive tacks into moving targets out to a mile away? Trackingpoint bolt action and semi-auto rifles will do it. This is the future boys, for better or worse, and you can have one for just $49,000 (their top of the line model). The Ipad for your scout partner to simultaneously see what you are seeing through the scope is extra.
Here is another YouTube video on their new AR model.
Just about the time I begin to complain about not having anything to write about something drops out of the sky and lands on my head. Today it came from the dead bird people in Canada and it is pretty big. Arcteryx footwear.
It is big for two reasons. First, I don’t think Arcteryx, arguably the finest outdoor gear manufacturer in the world, has ever made footwear. Second, take a look at what they are offering and you will see that it is special. Unique. Maybe even revolutionary. Watch this Youtube video and you will have to agree that they have pushed the concept of a hiking boot up a few levels.
Are they as good as they are different? I don’t know because I have not used them yet but we are talking about Arcteryx here so I have a high degree of confidence in guessing that the answer is yes.
2015 Jeep Jamboree – Jeep shows off seven new concept vehicles. These may never make it into production but they are fun to look at and provide lots of ideas for you aftermarket folks. Here are the two I liked most.
Pretty cool, huh?
6 miles into a 10 mile hike something under my right shoe felt amiss. I figured I had either stepped in something or my Montrail Hard Rocks had finally given out on me. It was the latter. Bummer. As you know these are my favorite trail shoes.
I am not giving up on these yet. I am going to peel the tape off, clean them up real good and smear on a healthy slab of Shoe Goo. We’ll see how much farther I can go with them but I am glad I still have one new-in-the-box pair of these left.
Why do I like these particular trail shoes so much? Two reasons set these discontinued Montrail Hard Rock shoes apart from anything else currently on the market. The interior of the shoe is made of a thick high density foam with a sturdy outer fabric. It holds up very well and provides excellent support/padding. Second, is the rock shield that runs the length of the midsole. That’s what makes hiking many long miles on extremely rocky trails, like the one pictured above, possible without coming up lame the next day. Light weight is wonderful but structure is very important too.
Hike on my friends and always have a plan B.
I have been using soft side coolers for many years on the beach and at sporting events here in the valley of the sun. My favorite up to this point has been from Polar Bear Coolers. The only complaint I have ever had with them is that the zippers are not as durable as the rest of the product and they are prone to failure after a few years of regular (about 75 days a year) use.
Yeti has made quite a splash with their big hard sided coolers and they have been well received by high end users in the market. I do not use them (I prefer Canyon Coolers from Flagstaff because I think they are a much better value) but I know many people that do and while they all grumble about the price they do say they are very happy with the performance.
Yeti has a new soft side cooler product called the Hopper and it looks like something I will be very interested in. It is made with heavy duty materials (they call it Dryhide Shell which is supposed to be similar to what is used in whitewater rafts) and big beefy self sealing zippers like you find on high quality dry suits. The Hopper comes in two sizes, 20 and 30 (I assume that refers to Liters but Yeti is notoriously bad at accurately describing the capacity of their coolers), and they are expensive but I am betting that they are very reliable.
If you have a need for a soft side cooler, appreciate high end design/materials and want it to last for a long time then you should take a serious look at the Yeti Hopper. I am going to.
There is an issue with DWR (Durable Water Repellant) coatings that is effecting the entire outdoor clothing industry. Patagonia is not only discussing the problem openly and candidly on their Cleanest Line blog but they are also putting their money where their mouth is by leading the effort to find a remedy. That is responsible leadership and I want them to know that I appreciate it.
Here is the article.
Love these new chest rigs from GunfightersINC. They remind me of the ones the old tankers and fighter pilots used to wear but instead of leather these are made of Kydex.
The straps are more radio harness like so everything looks like it stays close and handy where it belongs with no flopping around. The gun is right where you can get to it, even when wearing a pack. Well done.
Check their website for color combos and gun model availability.