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Gear Review: Fieldline Tactical Alpha OPS Internal Frame Pack – Second Use

pack 2I have always heard that in order to get a true feel and assessment of a restaurant that you should give it at least two dining experiences at the establishment. Why shouldn’t the same be true for gear?

I thought about the first experience I had with the Fieldline Tactical Alpha OPS Internal Frame Pack. Perhaps I just bought a bad one, though I dislike the thought of that. To me, when it comes to a quality item, every one of the lot should be the cat’s ass when you pull it off of a store’s shelf. But there were so many positive reviews that I read about this pack, so many super-duper videos about it on YouTube. Maybe it was the proverbial crap item of the lot. Maybe I had too much weight in it. Maybe it was made on a Monday or a Friday. Maybe this is what was foretold in the Mayan Calendar. Maybe it came into contact with Kryptonite. I finally talked myself into giving it yet another try. Continue reading

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Bug Out 1, Phase 2: The Hike

If you missed Phase 1, you can find it HERE.

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The hike started off as all other hikes I have ever done. I stood there with a heavy pack and gobs of motivation. I took another look at my strip map, got my bearings, and mentally noted my initial turn which I called Check Point 1 (CP1). I ensured that I had informed Jackie of my route, and we decided that we would establish check points at all the turns that I had to make or, in the cases of long stretches of roads, notable land features or county roads that intersected; and that I would text which check point I was crossing. We established this for safety reasons and so that progress could be tracked as well as data compiled (speed of movement, rest breaks taken, etc.) to aid in future events. Continue reading

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Bug Out 1, Phase 1: Preparation

After doing some research on the net of what gear everyone considers the “must haves” or “at a minimums,” I began to gather my supplies.  It was a frustrating endeavor as there were many different opinions of what is needed.  Some sites state that you have to have this particular fire starting tool that is guaranteed to start anything on fire within a few strikes (I chose a lighter instead), while another went nearly so far as to tell me that if I don’t have this booklet of 101 survival skills, I will die cold and lonely, with only the sounds of buzzards being heard as I drift off into eternal damnation…luckily they will provide me the booklet for $20.00…small price to pay for salvation I guess.

I have always been an amateur survivalist, relying on commercials and unrealistic reality shows to guide me in my pursuit of outliving cockroaches after the bombs fall, so gathering the gear took very little time. All I really needed to do was to go out to the garage and dig it all out of boxes, blow the dust off, and do a quick inventory.  Continue reading

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