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Member Journal — 5/23/22

This week: my guide to evaluating knives; Chaparral early thoughts; and a new EDC gear org setup. You must be a member to read the rest of this article. (Already a member? Log In.)

Black Diamond Memorial Day Sale

Really good deals on headlamps here if you need to grab some. The Spot Lite 200 for a small compact light that has a red light is a favorite of mine. The Wiz is ideal for kids. The Storm models are great for those who need to make it through some rough weather conditions. And for me, the Flare is the ultimate for an emergency bag. I can’t even count...

REI Anniversary Sale

Some good deals on Black Diamond headlamps (big fan of those, though Black Diamond’s sale has slightly better pricing depending on shipping and taxes for you) and hiking shoes (I snagged some Salomon XA’s) — also a bunch of merino gear is on sale and that’s a good enough reason for me to grab another t-shirt. ★

Benchmade Mini Adamas

I have to confess, I’ve always been interested in the Adamas lineup of knives. They have a very simple premise: “tank-like construction you can trust your life with.” These fall under Benchmade’s tactical section of knives, but are well loved by a lot of people. They come in a few variants: autos, fixed blade, and two sizes of folders. Of all of these...

Tom Bihn Road Buddy Pre-Order!

I love the Road Buddy series. My review is here. Know that I still use these bags to this day, and refuse to let people borrow them. They are excellent bags. Pre-order for 36 is here. Pre-order for 60 is here. Get some! ★

Mystery Ranch Bop

Mystery Ranch sells two small bags call the Bop and Big Bop. These are a hybrid bag which come with a shoulder strap to use the bag as a small shoulder bag, but also MOLLE attachment on the back of the pouch so that you can use them as a dedicated pouch. I snagged the standard Bop in Coyote to give it a go as a pouch which can be pulled out and carried...

Member Journal — 5/16/22

This week: fitness trackers and anxiety; Zoid bags; HPG backpack for your chest; and shipping advice. You must be a member to read the rest of this article. (Already a member? Log In.)

GSHOCK GA2100

This watch is affectionately called the Casioak, or derisively called the Royal Broke — pick your pleasure — the real name is GA2100. There’s some watch enthusiast snark there, in that it feels like it was styled after the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak line of watches. But, the truth here is that this might be the best watch value out there, who gives a...

GORUCK GR1 Field Pockets in Multicam Tropic

GORUCK just dropped some GR1 Field Pocket in Multicam Tropic — a favorite of mine — and they are not USA made which means the price is nicely set at $50. (They also released Multicam Black and Black at the same price.) I think this is the best size of these GORUCK makes, and I have a ton. Also, pockets in camo are super fun, so indulge. Find them...

Member Journal — 5/9/22

This week: what makes a great pocket knife; some new workout shorts; and a cargo liners for cars I love. You must be a member to read the rest of this article. (Already a member? Log In.)

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