AGAINST ALL ODDS: A Tale of Two Bivvies

SOL (Survive Outdoors Longer) has come out with their newest offering to the bivvy market—the Escape Pro Bivvy. Although SOL is not new to the bivvy market, the newer Pro series makes some subtle changes to the existing line-up. Throughout the warmer season, I used the Escape Lite Bivvy, so I could evaluate two options…

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AGAINST ALL ODDS: Stranded With a Vehicle

If you drive through a remote area, whether the terrain is wooded, desert, mountainous, or flat, think ahead about what could happen if you had a vehicle malfunction such as a flat tire or overheating. Are you prepared if you have to stay out an entire night in your car or truck? The truth is,…

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AGAINST ALL ODDS: Survival Travel: Fighting Back!

Fighting back against an attacker may be as simple as grabbing something close by and utilizing it—fast! Most big cities worldwide have crime. Situations with locals preying upon obvious tourists often end in some sort of physical conflict. This could be an encounter with a casual pickpocket or overaggressive local where you have to fight.…

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AGAINST ALL ODDS: From Trash to Survival Gear

No matter where we go in the wilderness, trash is strewn across the forest floor and in waterways: tin cans, plastic water bottles, clothing, foam, paper, and many other types of rubbish. Sadly, there is no place in the world immune to humans who litter or, as my old friend Ron Hood called them—the humis…

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AGAINST ALL ODDS: Shomer-Tec Travel-Ready Gear

A company that has caught my eye over the last couple of years claims to specialize in “merchandise for those looking for law enforcement and military products, as well as spy and revenge products.” This got my attention, and soon I was talking to Jeff from Shomer-Tec about some of these items. Previously, I’d seen…

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AGAINST ALL ODDS: Hobo Stoves

Campers, backpackers, hunters, and outdoorsmen alike are using small, portable devices to heat up dehydrated food, boil water, cook, and even keep warm with. These devices are known by many names and are sold commercially or home-made. Variously called twig stoves, natural fuel stoves, backpacking stoves, and bio-stoves, they are made by a plethora of…

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AGAINST ALL ODDS: TOPS Slingshot and Bug-Out-Bag

Well-known knife company TOPS Knives has brought back childhood memories with one of their newest products. President and designer of TOPS Knives, Leo Espinoza, had some fond memories in mind when he decided to make his own slingshot—again. Much like he did as a kid, Leo wanted to make a new slingshot on a larger…

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Against All Odds: Pine Fire All-natural Fire Starters

Pine Fire Shop started out as Pine Fire Fatwood in 2014 with mainly fatwood. The company often appeared in online videos showcasing their fatwood products and reviewing other outdoor gear they believed in. When they came back after a short hiatus in late 2016 as Pine Fire Shop, the business was more focused on fire…

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Against All Odds: Survival Trees of the Eastern Woodlands

Being able to identify basic trees in wilderness areas you frequent is beneficial for survival. The British Thermal Unit (BTU) is a standard unit of energy that is used to measure the amount of thermal energy necessary to raise the temperature of one pound of pure liquid water by one degree Fahrenheit. Wood should be…

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Against All Odds: Improvised Survival Gear

In every corner of the world that I’ve explored, I’ve found garbage or junk of some sort. Even in places I was sure were considered “pristine wilderness,” there was trash. Finding junk worthy of survival is a practice all its own, but finding it is just the beginning. At the same time, common everyday items can often be turned into survival gear by using a little ingenuity.

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