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Portable water filters

A portable water filter is a must have if there is any doubt about the quality of the water source.  This could be hiking, backpacking or a camping trip. With so many portable water filter options on the market, narrowing it down to just one can be a daunting task.   Do you need a filter[.....]

Bug out location flashlights

It is just a flashlight, so what is the big deal?  The big deal is, walk into a remote cabin that does not have electricity, it is nighttime, a flashlight is the first thing you will reach for.  The beam of light is reassuring that everything will be ok. With trusty light in hand you[.....]

Medium ALICE Pack

Military surplus is one of the greatest things since sliced bread. The gear may not be in the best of condition, but for the most part it certainly is not junk. If you know something is going to get used, stained, or otherwise run through the wringer, why buy new? Starting in the early 2010s,[.....]

Maxpedition Condor-ii hiking

The Maxpedition Condor II is one of my favorite go-to and overnight warm weather packs. Over the decades I have accumulated a wide assortment of backpacks. How long I will be gone determines the pack I use. Regardless if it is just a couple of hours or all day, there are certain features of Read More…


While reviewing the Thrunite Archer 2A flashlight, I kept asking myself, “Why is Thrunite trying to squeeze 500 lumens out of two AA batteries?” With the Thrunite Archer 2A, it steps down from 500 lumens to 75 lumens. That is a pretty big jump. What niche does the flashlight try to fill? Read More…


Ice fishing in northern Lake Champlain have shown Vermont Fish and Wildlife biologists that muskie stocking and restoration in the Missisquoi River have succeeded. Vermont ice fishermen Ryan Carpentier and Gage Honsinger each caught mid-February muskies at two spots in Missisquoi Bay. Read More…