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Tuff Possum Gear Multipurpose Survival Scarf

Even the most basic scarf can be used in a lot of different ways but Tuff Possum Gear has added a couple of unique features that really earn the name Multipurpose Survival Scarf (MSS).

Their MSS is constructed from diamond ripstop nylon that is sewn into a tube with a closed end. The interior of the tube is lined with high visibility orange fabric so that they entire scarf may be turned inside out to serve as a visual signal. This closed end tube format allows the MSS to serve not only as a scarf but also as a number of other items like:

  • a bag for gathering materials
  • a sling bag when tied with cordage
  • a pillow
  • a pre-filter for water purification
  • a head covering
  • and lots, lots more…

You can check out the Multipurpose Survival Scarf at the Tuff Possum Gear store.

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They’re Finally Here! UW Gear Bleeder and GP Pouches

UW Gear has been refining their Bleeder and GP pouches for at least 2 years and now they are finally available. They let the cat out of the bag today in a video.

These new pouches are both similar in size and construction. They are MOLLE/PALS compatible and fit well on UW Gear chest rigs. Both pouches feature UW Gear’s tuck tab closure system and sewn in drainage hole. While the GP is basically just a straight-forward pouch, the Bleeder pouch has a number of additional features like a webbing pull strap to remove contents, side webbing for attaching tourniquets or shears, and loop material for identifying the pouch as containing medical contents.

These new pouches are not on the UW Gear website yet but they can be ordered by contacting UW Gear directly. See the video above for details and visit UWGearInc.com.

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Warrior Assault Systems Polymer 5.56 Mag Pouch

Warrior Assault Systems’ Polymer 5.56 Mag Pouch is available from Chase Tactical. This polymer magazine pouch is PALS/MOLLE compatible and compatible with many common 5.56 magazines. It can be rotated and locked into 12 different orientations. Tension/Retention is adjustable and the pouch is available in Black or FDE.

ChaseTactical.com

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Sagewood Gear Universal Axe Sheath

There are a number of universal axe sheaths/masks on the market but many of them leave a lot to be desired. They often fit poorly which is dangerous with a sharp axe or they are difficult to install/remove which is also dangerous with a sharp axe.

Sagewood Gear’s Universal Axe Sheath is different. It is not as universal as some axe masks since it is actually available in sizes for many common axe bits. The various available sizes, coupled with the unique adjustable paracord retention strap and closure allow the end user to fine tune the fit to their specific axe.

The Universal Axe Sheath is made from 9-10oz Wickett and Craig Leather. The paracord retention strap can be protected from wear with a piece of included heat shrink wrap.

SagewoodGear.com

Review: Outdoor Research Frostline Cap

I spend a lot of time outdoors in the winter. Some of that is by choice doing things like snowshoeing or hiking. Some of that time is not by choice doing things like clearing snow off our driveway which we accomplish with a 74″ snow blower mounted to the rear of one of our tractors. If you have ever cleared snow with a tractor mounted snow blower (with no cab), you know that you end up covered from head to toe with snow as the wind swirls and shifts. This means that you not only have to deal with cold temperatures, you also have to deal with lots and lots of moisture. You are soaked in short order.

The above situation, coupled with a warmer than average year in which we have seen plenty of wintery mix, wet snow, and more than our share of winter rain sent me on a quest for a hat that was warm, purpose built, breathable, and that would shed water. Any time I am looking for a technical, outdoor-oriented cap, I start at Outdoor Research.

Here is what I needed from the cap:

  1. It had to have a synthetic outer shell to help shed moisture.
  2. It had to be warm.
  3. It had to work with a head lamp since it gets dark around 3PM here at the height of winter.

The Outdoor Research Frostline hat seemed to fit the bill and then some. I purchased one before the worst of the snow flew and I have been wearing it almost daily since. This hat is a serious multi-tasker and has done exactly what I have needed.

Dealing with Precipitation

This hat seems purpose built to deal with winter precipitation. The outer shell is constructed from breathable and water-resistant 30D Pertex Endurance fabric. After almost a full season of wear, water still beads and rolls off of mine. There can be some slight seeping at the seams when the cap is getting absolutely soaked but it is more than enough to keep my head dry in most conditions.

The Frostline also has a really well designed flip down brim. It is held up with a magnet and stiffened with a relatively soft foam (like what OR uses in many of their hat brims). The brim is short and flips down at a very severe angle which is great for keeping sun out of your eyes and channeling the water running off your hat away from your face.

Warm

This cap is warm. The Pertex Endurance outer is lined with pile fleece that has good loft and wicks well. The fleece lines the hat completely including the bottom of the flip down brim and the ear flaps (which can be folded up and secured on top of the cap when they aren’t needed).

The Frostline also has a built in facemask that tucks away inside of one of the ear flaps in a zippered compartment. It is easy to access with gloves (though putting it away is a little bit of a pain) and does a great job of keeping your comfortable when the air is so cold and dry that it hurts to breath. There is very little exposed skin when the face mask is deployed.

Works with a Headlamp

This may seem like a weird requirement for a headlamp but it gets dark very early in my area. Many caps with brims just don’t work well with headlamps. The Frostline is different. When the brim is up, it doesn’t get in the way at all. When it is down, the angle is severe enough that you can still place your headlamp above it without shadowing.

I have Outdoor Research dealers near me but none of them had the Frostline in stock for me to check out. I was able to pick up mine at Amazon on sale for about $20 less than I could find it elsewhere: OR Frostline on Amazon.

This cap has become my go to for cold weather outdoor activities and I especially like the fold up ear flaps for use with over the ear hearing protection! I like it so much that I may pick up a second one. Even my daughters have asked for their own Frostline cap.

TOPS Knives High Impact Axe – It’s Not Small

The High Impact Axe was one of TOPS Knives’ most talked about new deigns coming out of the SHOT Show this year. Just seeing this axe in hand doesn’t really convey its size. You need to see it compared to some of TOPS Knives’ other axe/hatchet offerings. It is not small!

Stay tuned for release dates and details.

TOPSKnives.com

SOLKOA Survival Systems (S3) Hill People Gear Kit Bag Based Survival Kit

Hill People Gear’s (HPG) Kit Bag has had potential as a carriage option for survival kits since its introduction and now, years later, we are starting to see that concept come into its own… at least in a pre-packaged sort of way. SOLKOA Survival Systems (S3) is well known for their high quality survival kits in a modular format and soon they will be offering an entire modular kit pre-packed into the HPG Kit Bag.

These kits are not available yet but you can view other S3 modules on their website: www.fast-fire.com

Gadsden Dynamics Custom Wasp Rig

Have you ever looked at an offering from a gear maker and wished you could make changes or additions? Not every gear maker can accommodate those types of custom requests but Gadsden Dynamics can. They recently posted an image of a custom Wasp Rig that features the addition of shot shell loops across the lower portion of the rig.

If you would like to customize a Gadsden Dynamics product, get in touch with them at GadsdenDynamics.com.

Snake Eater Tactical IWB Mag Pouch Glock 42/43

You may already be familiar with Snake Eater Tactical’s IWB Magazine Pouch. These versatile mag pouches make use of elastic and hypalon construction to fit a wide variety of magazines. While they work just fine for shorter magazines like the Glock 43 (see our review), users requested a shorter version and Snake Eater Tactical delivered.

Snake Eater Tactical now offers the IWB Mag Pouch Glock 42/43 which is essentially a shortened version of the original pouch. As the name implies, it works with Glock 42/43 magazines but also with a wide range of other subcompact magazines.

www.SnakeEaterTactical.com

Forward Controls Design CNF (Castle Nut, Forward Controls)

Forward Controls Design (FCD) has a knack for taking something good and making it just a little bit better. Their new CNF is a prime example. It is an improved castle nut that is machined from billet 4140PH steel and black nitride processed. It features 4 notches for staking (instead of just three) so that at least three of the notches will be accessible when the castle is torqued. The notches are also deeper, allowing for more secure and consistent staking.

FCD always does a good job of explaining the rationale behind their designs so be sure to check out the CNF at ForwardControlsDesign.com for more details.

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