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How To Take Care of Your Axe

How To Take Care of Your Axe

Posted by on Apr 7, 2014 in Kit, Outdoors, Resources | No Comments




This is a short tutorial explaining the basics of how to take care of your Axe. Your Axe is one of your most important and versatile tools, and as such should be well looked after. With a simple bit of basic maintenance, your Axe will remain in a good safe condition and will hopefully last […]




PCS Lightweight Thermal Windproof Smock Review

PCS Lightweight Thermal Windproof Smock Review

Posted by on Apr 1, 2014 in Kit, Reviews | 4 Comments




British Army PCS Lightweight Thermal Windproof Smock – quick review. Specification The British Army has invested heavily in it’s new PCS (personal clothing system), and the thermal windproof smock is part of the ancillary items, envisaged to provide additional warmth to the basic system. The thermal smock is designed to be a replacement for the previous […]




FAQs – What do I pack for camping?

FAQs – What do I pack for camping?

Posted by on Mar 24, 2014 in Kit, Outdoors, Resources, Uncategorized | No Comments




I am often asked by friends and people who are perhaps new to the outdoors; ‘what sort of things do I take camping’. So as part of the regular #RedMatter blogging challenge, I thought I would write a short piece explaining some of the more important basic items that you will always need; Without a […]




5 things I don’t leave the house without

5 things I don’t leave the house without

Posted by on Mar 11, 2014 in Kit, Resources | No Comments




This is a quick post to talk about the top 5 things that I never ever leave the house without.. Whether simply going to the shop, to work or further afield, these 5 items are always with me. 1. Multi Tool Gerber BG Compact Nice compact small multi tool contains a knife, saw blade, screw […]




KarrimorSF Predator30 Rucksack Review

KarrimorSF Predator30 Rucksack Review

Posted by on Mar 4, 2014 in Kit, Reviews | No Comments




I had been  looking to replace my EDC (every day carry) rucksack for the past year or so, as my old and trusted Karrimor Spike25L was pretty much worn out after 14 years of almost everyday use. Though it had served me well, the lining was inevitably gone, a zip was on its way out, and […]




Effective Clothing Layers for the Outdoors

Effective Clothing Layers for the Outdoors

Posted by on Dec 13, 2013 in Kit, Outdoors, Resources | No Comments




Layered clothing – the theory Much has been written and discussed over the years about the importance of using ‘Layered’ clothing system when facing the elements. It is clearly important to have a robust and flexible approach with the right clothing layers for extreme conditions, where there is a need for insulation, protection from wind/rain, […]




Buying Gore-Tex Army Surplus gear online

Buying Gore-Tex Army Surplus gear online

Posted by on Nov 29, 2013 in Kit, Outdoors, Resources, Reviews | One Comment




This is a fantastic ‘guest blog’ post, which explains the tips and tricks needed when buying Gore-Tex (especially Army  Surplus gear) online. This has been kindly written by a true industry expert,  not just in marketing outdoor products online, but also with first hand experience of working with the direct sale of army surplus gear […]




US Navy Gore-Tex Parka Review

US Navy Gore-Tex Parka Review

Posted by on Oct 17, 2013 in Kit, Reviews | No Comments




Over the years, I have purchased and used a good range of Military Surplus clothing and equipment due the cost effectiveness when compared with equivalent civilian outdoor products, and also importantly for their general ‘tried and tested’ hard wearing quality. Last year I stumbled across a US Navy Gore-Tex Parka whilst browsing at a militaria […]




My Favourite Rucksacks for Outdoor Use

My Favourite Rucksacks for Outdoor Use

Posted by on Sep 26, 2013 in Kit, Resources, Reviews | 2 Comments




I am often asked why I have so many different Rucksacks – by friends, family and colleagues. So I thought I would explain this by summarising my favourite top 5 Rucksacks (in no particular order), whilst also hopefully touching upon my reasoning behind the different load carrying variations. Over the years there have been many […]