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Maxpedition

Maxpedition is a company based in California, which has been producing Military Specification nylon gear for almost fifteen years. They are committed to self-improvement and optimization of their product, which is obvious from their products they have created so far. They use only the materials of the highest quality, as well as the high-class craftsmanship. Since 2003, Maxpedition has been working on expanding their offer, so nowadays they produce a wide variety of products. In addition to bags and packs, they also offer a variety of pouches, pockets, traveling essentials and accessories, CCW bags, as well as a range of morale patches that can be added to your bag, backpack or even jacket.

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All of the products created at Maxpedition are high-quality and durable, and some of their offer is as follows:

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Backpacks – Maxpedition backpacks are created so that they fit, and even exceed military standards of durability and quality. In addition to high quality and waterproof materials they are made of, strong zippers you can choose between several types in a variety of colors and sizes – there are folding, double-strap and single-strap backpacks.

Belt packs – belt packs are also produced out of sturdy, waterproof materials and enriched with high quality zippers or Velcro, depending on the model. They come in a variety of shapes, sizes and colors, and they can be used for a variety of purpose and carrying all sorts of items.

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Gear bags – Maxpedition also provides a variety of gear bags for all purposes. Just like the rest of the products, they are also made of water and abrasion resistant nylon, covered with additional Teflon protection and equipped with high-quality zippers, Velcro and buckles. They are practical and allow good organization of the equipment, so they are ideal for the cameramen, photographers and all the people who have a lot of parts of the equipment to carry around.

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Gun cases – since Maxpedition produces the bags and cases that exceed the military quality, these company’s gun cases are the best choice for carrying your weapon, If you are a devoted hunter, you will certainly find a model for any gun or guns you may have, and you can be sure that it will be safe and undamaged if you carry if in a Maxpedition gun case.

Duffel bags – duffel bags are made for the adventure lovers and they are ideal for the outdoor activities. All of the models are equipped with water and abrasion resistant fabric, additionally protected with Teflon – which provides not only more resistance, but easier maintenance as well.

Briefcases – if you do want to have a non-standard and non-formal briefcase, Maxpedition is the right choice. Again, their briefcases come in a variety of shapes and sizes; there are also several different models and several colors to choose from. Due to the waterproof material they are made of, you can be sure that any important documents or electronics you carry inside will be safe and well protected.

Laptop, iPad and tablet bags – Maxpeditionprovides plenty of models of bags and cases for protecting and carrying your laptop or iPad/tablet. There are shoulder bags and backpacks for carrying a laptop, as well as cases and small shoulder bags for safely carrying a tablet or an iPad.

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All types of pouches and wallets – Maxpedition produces firm and durable pouches you can carry on your belt, and where you can safely keep any valuables such as your phone, compact camera or money. If you prefer carrying money in a wallet, there are several models to choose from, and they are not only durable and high quality, but also very stylish.

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Ka-Bar Becker BK-2

Choosing a knife for outdoor activities is not simple, and every experienced outdoorsman knows that it is usually necessary to have a set of different knives intended for different outdoor tasks. Smaller knives are usually intended for lighter tasks, usually related to fishing, camping and hunting, while bigger and heavier knives are used for more demanding tasks, such as cutting tree branches or even chopping smaller pieces of wood. What characterizes Ka-Bar Becker BK-2 is that it is a knife we can say is “in the middle”. It is not as small as traditional small outdoor knives, yet it is not bulky and large as those intended for heavy tasks.

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The first thing to be noticed about the knife is its design. It is well-designed and simple-looking, with total length of 10.5inches, out of which 5.5 inches is the length of the blade. When you pick up the knife, the first thing you will notice is its weight. Since it is designed to be somewhere between the small and the large outdoor knives, it is noticeably heavier than the other knives of the same or similar size. The handle of Ka-Bar Becker BK-2 is not only beautifully designed, but it is also ergonomically shaped, so it sits perfectly in hand and enables you to operate the knife with ease, safety and comfort. It is made of Grivory, which is the main resentment the users have about this knife.

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However, this material is the ideal choice for a knife like this, because it makes the handle lightweight, yet very durable and tough. Other than ergonomic design, there are no any sharp edges on the handle, which makes it even more comfortable for handling and operating. All the hardware is deep inside the handle, which adds to the knife’s durability.

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ka-bar-bk2_03-1024x664When it comes to the blade, it is ¼-inch thick, durable and sturdy. It is made of 1095 high-carbon steel, and has a powdercoating which is heavily textured. Even though the knife is well-designed and looks as beautiful as a knife canlook, do not let the looks fool you – the blade of this knife can perform a variety of tasks and it can endure more extreme conditions than other knives of the same category. Despite its size, it can be used for splitting wood, and you can even use it to collect a stack of wood for a campfire. On the other hand, you can also use it to make wood shavings you need for starting the fire.

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Other than preparing wood for the fire, you can also use this knife for all sorts of food preparation, no matter if you have done the hunting yourself or you need to open a can of food.

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In addition to cutting, chopping and carving, this knife can be used for another type of activities. It has a large pommel which can be used for hammering or for crushing things. In addition to the handle and blade unusually sturdy and tough for the knife of this category, Ka-Bar Becker BK-2 also comes with a sheath made of plastic and nylon. It is simple in design, very lightweight, and just like the knife – it is very sturdy as well. When you place the knife inside the sheath, there is no rattling, the sheath fits perfectly and you do not need to worry that the knife will fall out of the sheath. Additionally, there is a drain hole on the sheath to keep the knife dry.

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To sum up, if you are looking for a knife that can cover most of your needs as an outdoors man, then Ka-Bar Becker BK-2 is the right choice for you.

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Atax Knife

If you are a person who enjoys outdoor activities such as camping or going on various expeditions, you know the importance of the right gear and the tools that can help you survive in nature. Not to mention the situation when, due to a misfortunate event, you find yourself in need of surviving in nature on your own. In situations like this, a proper piece of equipment can be of utmost importance and provide you with great help.

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In case you intend to get yourself the most useful piece of survival gear you can imagine, you should definitely get Atax Knife.

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Atax is not only a knife, it is much more. It can be used as an axe, a wire cutter, range finder, compass, inclinometer, hammer and much more.  If you could have only one piece of equipment with you in the event of surviving outdoors, Atax would be the best choice you could make.

Despite being a multi-purpose and multi-functional piece of survival gear, Atax is only 5.5” long and 4.5” wide. It has a ¼” thick blade, made of 1095 tool Steel. In addition to being compact in size, it is also very lightweight for such a useful and versatile tool, and it weighs only one pound.

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Here are some of the possible uses of the Atax Knife:

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An axe– this is one of the primary uses of this tool. It can easily be added a handle in order to deal with chopping wood or even with heavy animal limbs.

A knife – since Atax is a form of a knife, its blade can be used for various kinds of cutting. It is also useful as a skinning tool, because it is designed so that it prevents puncturing the skin while working through the tissue.

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A hammer, a wrench and a wire cutter– the back side of the Atax knife can be used as a hammer, no matter if you need to pound nails or break nuts. In case you do not need to pound nails but you want to remove them, Atax is also equipped with a wrench you can use for this purpose. Just below the hammer there is a wire cutter – which you can use for cutting all sorts of fences and even barbed wire.

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A compass and a clock– the Atax is equipped with several graphics, one of which can help you determine the time of day or the direction. You will need a twig and the sunlight to determine the time of day, because it works on the principle of the solar clock, while adding a drop of water will help you determine the direction as well.

A rangefinder – one of the graphics on the Atax knife is used for range finding, which is especially useful for hunters or hikers.

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Looking through the viewer and reading the range will tell you about the distance between you and the observed object.

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Tops-Atax-Multi-Use-ToolIt can also be used as the assistance for bow hunting. You can launch the arrows through the rangefinder, but you can also attach a sling shot rubber to the Atax and use it for launching arrows.

An inclinometer – Atax is equipped with an inclinometer, which can help you estimate any danger from avalanche or even approximately determine your latitude.

A survival kit holder – under the Atax’s grip, there is a small compartment you can reach when you unscrew the grip.

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In summary, the Atax Knife is the most versatile survival tool on the market, and no matter if you need it for the outdoor activities, long expeditions or even as a help around the house – it is definitely a piece of equipment you must have.

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Katadyn Pocket Water Filter Review

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Even people who live in modern, first world countries are aware of the fact that providing clean and drinkable water is a huge problem in many parts of the world. With pollution, natural catastrophes and lack of care for the Earth, this is slowly becoming a problem even in developed societies.

The Katadyn Pocket Water Filter can resolve a number of drinkable water supply issues, and one of its advantages is definitely that it is applicable to outdoor activities such as camping, trekking, hiking and other activities that require spending time in nature where you are far from clear water sources, as well as in situations when people need to survive in nature due to the unpredictable circumstances.

The Katadyn Pocket Filter works as a water filtration system, and it is able to filter particles up to 0.2 nanometers. It is intended to remove all parasites, viruses, bacteria and fungi from water, without using chemicals, boiling, UV power – or anything other than their filtration system.

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Knowing that the smallest known virus in the world is 25 nanometers and the Katadyn is able to filter particles up to 0.2 microns, we can say that the bar is set high for the water filtration system and technology.

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The Katadyn filtration system is rated for up to 13,000 Gallons of water. Meaning it is long lasting and guaranteed to filter harmful protozoa and other bacteria. The Katadyn water filter is the ONLY water filter to have a 20 year warranty.

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The bottle holds 750 ml of water at a time, and there are two models: LifeSaver 4000 and LifeSaver 6000. The difference between the two is that the first one gives you 4000 liters of clan water before the filter needs to be replaced, while the second one gives you as much as 6000 liters. This makes the LifeSaver Bottle ideal for long expeditions and for unpredictable situations that require survival in nature.

LifeSaver Bottle is very simple to use. First, you need to unscrew the base of the bottle and dip it into the water source, such as stream, river, lake or even a puddle. After this, replace the cap and pump the piston on the bottle several times in order for the water to pass through the filter. After doing this, you will have clean water which is safe to be consumed. When the filter is near the end of its usability, there will be more pumps needed to filter the water. When the water stops flowing through the system, it is time for changing the filter. This is a mechanism created on purpose, in order to prevent the users from drinking water that has not been filtrated.

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Since LifeSaver Bottle holds 750 ml of water, it means that it is not too big for being carried during outdoor expeditions. It can be stored in a backpack or attached onto it, or you can carry it in the side pocket of the backpack. Having a bottle like this during expeditions or in survival situations is much more practical than carrying water supplies in usual bottles, because it is not only lighter, but it also provides you with security that you will not use up the water supply any time soon.

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Mountainsmith Morrison 2

Choosing a tent is not any easy task, no matter if you are an experienced camper, or you are just entering the world of connecting with nature and sleeping outdoors. If you are a beginner in camping, or if you are more experienced but simply want a multi-purpose tent you will be able to bring to almost any terrain, we recommend Mountainsmith Morrison 2. It is created by Mountainsmith, a well-known manufacturer of outdoor and camping equipment with long tradition of manufacturing high-quality products. This is a well-designed and very comfortable tent, intended for two people and ideal for camping, backpacking trips, motorcycle tours, paddling trips and much more.

When it comes to the outer design of the tent, which is the first thing to be noticed, it is well-though, simple and good-looking. It is made in combination of light green and grey, which makes it quite stealthy on several different types of terrains you can use for camping. It is a free-standing tent with four corners, and very easy to be set up. It comes with two doors, which can be zipped-off almost entirely and provide you with fresh air and the view. On the other hand, if you need some additional warmth and less ventilation, there is an option of zipping up the nylon panel on the door.

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 The size of the tent is 92″x56″, which makes it spacious enough for two people. It is 43 inches high at peak, which allows plenty of head room for a tent. The tent comes with several pockets on the inside, intended for storing smaller items. The inner design is quite unusual, since the pockets on either side of the tent are placed on the opposite sides to each other. Also, the zippers on the doors open on different sides from one another. It is most probably intended for the campers who want to sleep in head-to-toe position, and it is ideal for this kind of sleeping arrangement.

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Setting up Mountainsmith Morrison 2 tent is very easy and suitable even for camping beginners. It is designed to have two poles with two master hooks on the top, and the poles are color-coded which makes the set-up even easier. There are also cord adjusters on the tent, which make it easier to tighten everything down for the final set-up.

The weather resistance of this tent is quite high, considering the materials used for making the tent’s floor and walls. The tent withstands the moisture very well, so it is suitable to be used when it is raining, or in case the ground is wet due to previous rainy weather. Since the tent has nylon panel on the doors that can be zipped up, it is also possible to withstand the wind and the cold weather, since it keeps the warmth and does not let the cold inside. Also, the nylon panel helps minimizing splash in cased of heavy rain.

Mountainsmith Morrison 2 tent is made of thick and durable polyurethane material, which makes it a bit heavy, but it provides high durability. Naturally, in order to maintain its durability and extend its life span, it needs to be properly dried out and stored, just like any other tent.

GG11_MountainSmith_Morrison_445x260Another great advantage of this tent is its price-value ratio. For the price of around $180, you will get a durable tent that has a lot of great features and which can be used in different weather conditions and temperatures. Therefore, if you are looking for a high-quality and multi-purpose tent, which is also affordable, we strongly recommend buying Mountainsmith Morrison, because it can meet most of the campers’ needs.