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Survival Hax – Tactical LED Pen

Survival Hax – Tactical LED Pen

We recently had the opportunity to test out the Survival Hax – Tactical LED Pen.  This device is a nice little survival tool.  It has a bright LED flashlight at one end; a strikeable flint / fire-starter in the middle of the pen; and a hard carbide-tip sleeve that screws over the pen-end of the device. The flashlight is a lot brighter than you would expect from the size.  I’ve had several small LED lights over the years and this…

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Wilderness Survival

Wilderness Survival

Wilderness survival skills can be very important if you plan to go on an extended hike, camping trip, or expedition. Knowing about the environment you’re going into can help you prepare in the event that you need to survive in the woods. And while these skills are important, the things that will truly save your life are willower and attitude. One of the biggest impediments to survival is how we handle the discomfort and stress of living outdoors. Sometimes in…

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My POLE ish Horseshoes

My POLE ish Horseshoes

My family and I had the recent pleasure of testing out a set of My Pole-ish Horseshoes (MPH). If you’ve never heard of the game…don’t feel bad…neither had we! But as it turns out, this game is a blast for kids of all ages (see the picture of my “product testers” below ;-). Here’s a summary of what we found… Construction / Durability: This set is unlike many others in that it’s built to last. The pieces are easy to…

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Illuminet

Illuminet

Over the past few weeks, my kids and I have had a lot of fun testing the Illuminet.  What is an Illuminet (you ask)?  Well, it’s a gadget-studded bug net that’s built to withstand the great outdoors.  If your next adventure is taking you to a beach, campground, mountains, or lakes – this handy toy is versatile enough to keep all of your campers busy.  And it’s durable enough to last for many more adventures down the road. The cool…

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Survival Hax Self Inflating Sleeping Pad

Survival Hax Self Inflating Sleeping Pad

Product Test: Survival Hax Self-Inflating Sleeping Pad This product review conducted an in-depth review of the Survival Hax Self-Inflating Sleeping Pad.  We inflated and compressed the pad for several cycles and tested it thoroughly.  Even our 70 pound golden retriever took part as he pounced and rolled on the pad when unsupervised! How does a self-inflating sleeping pad work?  Most are made of a foam pad in a nylon or polyester shell.  When the pad is uncoiled, the foam expands…

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Eureka Silver City

Eureka Silver City

Eureka Silver City Product Review The Eureka Silver City is an outstanding piece of gear for your next camping or backpacking trip. Having used Eureka military-issue tents, my expectations were high for this product…and Eureka came through again! This sleeping bag review is based on my side-by-side evaluation of the Silver City, as compared to my old trusty flannel-lined bag. But before I delve into the review, here are the stats for the product:   Silver City (Long) Dimensions 87”x34”x22”…

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Orion GoScope 70

Orion GoScope 70

Orion GoScope 70 Telescope Review This Orion GoScope 70 Review comes directly from the end-user…my 11 year-old son. From the parent perspective, I like the fact that: It gets used much more than our older telescope It folds up nice and compact and can be stored under a bed or in the closet It’s nice spotting scope and clear images make it very user-friendly for junior astronomers. This telescope has everything a beginning astronomer needs. It is a 70mm refractor…

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Geocaching

Geocaching

Geocaching is the modern-day treasure hunt that is loads of fun for kids and adults. This camping game provides hours of excitement as you trek through the woods looking for the hidden canisters. Unlike an ordinary hike or a backpacking trip, there’s the thrill of pursuit as you follow your GPS and the clues given for each cache. Geocaching a great group activity and is the ultimate hide & go seek. Individuals and organizations have hidden thousands and thousands of…

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Garmin Rino

Garmin Rino

If you’ve ever been lost in the woods, than add the Garmin Rino to your wish list! I’ve been using the Rino 110 for over 7 years now on hunting, camping, and military expeditions. It’s one of the coolest gadgets that I own. And truth be told, my parents got it for me because of my propensity for getting lost in the woods?! The device combines all the benefits of a medium range FMS / GMRS radio and a full…

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Camping Tents

Camping Tents

A Buying Guide When looking at all of the camping tents out there, think about how you plan to use it before you rush into a quick purchase. If you plan to go on a few family campouts a year you might opt for a larger, heavier tent than if you plan to hike the Appalachian trail. You’ll want to look at things like the material, weight, and dimensions to see if the tent will accommodate your whole group. Do…

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