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MerkWares Pocket Super Shelter Updates

We first mentioned the MerkWares Pocket Super Shelter almost 2 months ago. The shelter has now moved past the crowdfunding stage and is making strides toward entering production. In fact, MerkWares just released a video update that shows a sample Pocket Super Shelter will become the production version.

The improvements include new tie downs, an improved snap system to replace the hook and loop closure, and an easier to set up ridge line configuration. The video above shows the changes in detail. Stay tuned for pricing and availability information.

Check out the rest of MerkWares offerings at EmberLit.com.

Gadsden Dynamics Triple-G

The Triple-G, or Gadsden Grab ‘n’ Go, from Gadsden Dynamics looks different than just about any other piece of gear you’ve seen. This versatile kit is part bail out bag, part bandoleer, and part chest rig. It’s compact, versatile, and exactly the kind of thing you might want to pack with your “truck gun”.

The Triple-G is basically a panel with two rifle magazine pouches. The rifle mag pouches are the same tight fitting, open top design found on most of Gadsden Dynamics’ gear. The pouches are separated by a short gap that is the key to how the Triple-G can be folded into a compact package that is barely larger than the two magazines it can hold.

It has straps that allow it to be used as a compact chest rig or a bandoleer when it is unfolded. When it is folded, the straps and magazines are completely contained inside so it presents a low profile appearance. It looks innocuous enough when folded to not draw undue attention and it is small enough to easily fit inside a bug out bag or similar bag.

On top of all that, it is made by hand in the USA and costs $40.

Check out the Triple-G at Gadsden Dynamics.

Wndsn Telemeters: Official Manual

Maybe you’ve read about Wndsn XPD’s telemeters on these pages and thought they looked cool but wondered if you would ever be able to to figure out how to use one. I suspect that is a pretty common sentiment because Wndsn just released a new manual called Wndsn Telemeters: Official Manual.

The manual includes basic instruction on using a telemeter which is actually relatively simple. It also includes instruction for a number of more advanced uses of their telemeters.

  • Extending the Scales
  • Measuring Latitude for Celestial Navigation
  • Powers of 10 and Scale Jumps
  • Measuring Angular Size
  • Measuring Size Instead of Distance
  • Resection: Triangulation, Trilateration, Triangulateration
  • Resection Error Margins
  • Small-Angle Calculations
  • Accuracy Estimations
  • Calibrating Device Resolution

Even if you don’t have a telemeter, you may want to consider a book like this. You can even use the back cover as a telemeter!

Wndsn Telemeters: Official Manual

Wndsn Acrylic Telemeter Pendant

You’ve seen Wndsn’s incredible low tech calculation tools on these pages before. They have created a variety of tools that calculate distance based on trigonometry, convert between MOA and MILs, and more… all without the need for moving parts or batteries.

Their newest tool, the Acrylic Telemeter Pendant is based on a Viking design. It allows the wearer to determine distance based on sighting objects of a known size while holding the pendant a specific distance from their eye.

This is one of Wndsn’s first acrylic tools and it has a unique feature that takes advantage of this optically clear material. There is a slot in the Telemeter Pendant that is sized to accept miniature glow sticks. The glow stick illuminates the markings on the Telemeter Pendant, allowing it to be used in low light.

Wndsn Acrylic Telemeter Pendant at Wndsn.com

Mossy Forge Tomahawks

Mossy Forge is a blacksmith that hand forges a variety of different tomahawks with some interesting shared features. Their tomahawks are often forged from reclaimed materials like 5160 leaf springs or quality vintage metal tools. Their designs also tend to have deep relief cutout behind the beard of the tomahawk (the lower part of the cutting edge) that lightens the tomahawk and allows the user to choke up for controlled cuts or carving.

They are probably best known for their Viking Axe (previously known as the Goshawk). This is a hammer poll tomahawk with a curved cutting bit. It is has a distinctive, deep beard that allows the user to grip high on the haft, behind the cutting edge. The Viking Axe features a lugged head that gives it more surface area to engage the haft. It available with a number of different haft lengths, wraps, and sheath options as are many of Mossy Forge’s tomahawks.

You can check out Mossy Forge on Etsy.

Izula Sheath Upgrades from Sagewood Gear

Sagewood Gear just rolled out two new sheath upgrades for the popular ESEE Izula. The Izula comes with a molded plastic sheath that is functional and durable but has limited options for attaching it to your belt. The new Vertical Carry Belt Loop and Scout Straps work with this original sheath so you don’t have to replace it altogether.

The Izula Vertical Carry Belt Loop is designed to attach to the hard plastic Izula sheath and provide a more comfortable ride on your belt by dropping the sheath below the belt line. It is constructed from 9oz Wickett & Craig leather. It attaches to the sheath via included Chicago screws and features a fold-over, dropped belt loop with 24 DOT Mil Spec Button Fasteners.

The Izula Scout Straps attach to the Izula’s original plastic sheath and allow it to be carried horizontally on the belt – AKA Scout Carry. Scout carry often places the knife’s handle very close to the belt so Sagewood Gear has thoughtfully included spacers in the design that make the handle easier to grasp. These straps is also constructed from 9oz Wickett & Craig leather and features the same 24 DOT Mil Spec Button Fasteners.

Kit Badger: To Build A Fire

Ivan at Kit Badger just wrapped up his To Build A Fire series in which he pockets a firestarting tool and then jumps into freezing cold water before trying to start a fire. I was present for the filming of one of these videos and it was as miserable as it looks on camera.

I suggest you watch all of the videos in this series, but if you can only watch one, watch the wrap up:

The series graphically shows several lessons learned with the main one being that just because you can light a fire in ideal conditions, doesn’t mean you can light one when you actually NEED one. It also highlighted the attributes you should look for in a firestarting tool – something that requires as little dexterity as possible and buys you time.

Crowdfunding – MerkWares LLC Pocket Super Shelter

If you are at least mildly familiar with the term “bushcraft”, you are likely also familiar with Mors Kochanski – one of the great figures in the bushcraft world. He developed the Super Shelter concept which was a compact shelter that could be built in the woods with tools and know-how for surviving cold weather. What if a similar shelter could be built with no tools and very little know-how?

Merkwares LLC, makers of the excellent Emberlit Stove, have developed a new shelter called the Pocket Super Shelter. It is designed, when coupled with a small fire in front of the shelter, to actively heat the occupant. It accomplishes this feat with a clear plastic front (towards the fire) and a reflective liner. The clear plastic front acts like glass in a greenhouse while the reflective material, which is more durable than mylar, reflects the heat of the fire onto the occupant.

The shelter comes vacuum packed into a very compact package and can be compressed effectively after it’s first use for continued use. The material used in construction,¬†Heatsheets proprietary Silver Lining™ Technology, is more durable than the typical mylar space blanket or tube shelter.. It sets up with 4 stakes and a single ridge line tied to anchor points.

Check out the Pocket Super Shelter on Kickstarter.

ITS Tactical TourniQuick

ITS Tactical’s new TourniQuck is a pouch designed to carry, fully cover, and even deploy CAT and SOF-T tourniquets. It makes use of a similar one-handed pull-to-deploy design found on ITS Tactical’s ETA Trauma Kit Pouch. When the user pulls the red marked (included red Velcro ONE-WRAP) loop, the outer surface of the pouch breaks away and unfurls the tourniquet fully so that it is immediately ready to place around a limb.

The TourniQuck can be mounted a number of ways including vertically or horizontally on a belt, vertically on a backpack strap, or vertically on PALS webbing. It is made in the USA.

TourniQuick on ITSTactical.com

Sneak Peek: Wild Hedgehog Tactical and Ryker Nylon Collaborate on the EDATK

Wild Hedgehog Tactical assembles and sells a variety of trauma and first aid kits. Ryker Nylon makes the AFAK (Ankle First Aid Kit), an ankle pouch designed to carry essential aid items. It sounds like a match made in heaven to me.

These companies have teamed up to offer the EDATK or Every Day Ankle Trauma Kit, a fully stocked version of the AFAK. It features components like the SOFT-Wide Tourniquet, HyFin Chest Seals, and Celox Rapid hemostatic gauze and weighs in at 1 pound fully stocked.

The EDATK is designed to be carried on the ankle discreetly and comfortably anywhere from the trail to the office. Each compartment is individually secured so that items won’t be lost during high activity.

Stay tuned for pricing and release information. The release date should be closer to the end of this month.

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