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QuickTop Shelters

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

Many use pop up sun shelters but they are prone to breakage. Recently, I was introduced to QuickTop Shelters during a trip to Maryland. I was impressed with the durability as well as the good looks of these shelters. They are available in solid colors as well as printed covers. Available in 10′ x 10′ or 10′ x 12.5′ they would be great for trade shows.


QuickTop Shelters are Made in USA. In fact, they’re manufactured right outside of DC and you are going to start seeing them everywhere. Already, sports teams are purchasing them for their durability. I recently had a chance to visit their factory and see everything this company does. They build pieces of kit that are used by virtually everyone in the military. These QuickTop Shelters are based on technology designed for the frames of Decon Shelters. Not only are they strong and durable, but they are also easy to set up as you can see in this video.

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SJK Hunting partners With Outback Outdoors To Test And Evaluate For Fall 2014 Hunting Gear

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

With over 80 years of combined hunting experience, Outback Outdoors contributes extensively to the SJK Hunting design process.

BOULDER, COLO. - SJK Hunting (formerly Slumberjack), manufacturers of outdoor gear since 1957, is partnering with Outback Outdoors to test, evaluate, and provide feedback for a brand new line of hunting gear, launching for fall 2014. With decades of experience and hundreds of successful hunts, Outback Outdoors brings a priceless amount of knowledge to the SJK Hunting product design and development process.

Providing real world testing and feedback, Outback Outdoors helps SJK Hunting hone designs and vet features to create the most cutting edge hunting gear available. A collective of highly skilled and experienced hunters who spend much of the year creating video of their hunts for a regular segment on the Sportsman Channel, Outback Outdoors is an ideal partner for this collaboration.

“We’ve been making outdoor gear for over 50 years so when we set out to create a line of dedicated hunting gear, we already knew what works well for backpacking and camping,” said Russell Rowel, Vice President of SJK Hunting. “Since hunters have very specific gear needs, we wanted to get as much input as possible from highly experienced backcountry hunters. That’s why we partnered with Outback Outdoors. They have the knowledge, experience, and passion to help us create some of the most functional hunting gear on the market.”

Outback Outdoors is a team of three experienced hunters and outdoorsmen, including Trevon Stoltzfus, Adam Wells, and Dave Beronio. Blending a passion for the hunt with a desire to bring a fresh perspective to the world of hunting videos, this team of hunting industry professionals spends hundreds of days each season hunting, filming, and now working with SJK Hunting’s new line of hunting gear.

SJK Hunting’s new for 2014 line incorporates proven hunting features and functionality into every product. Lightweight materials, durable construction, cutting edge Kryptek camouflage, and an extensive amount of input from the highly experienced team at Outback Outdoors combine to create some of the most cutting edge backpacks, treestand bags, and accessories available.

SJK Hunting launched their first ever line of hunting specific backpacks, treestand bags, and accessories at the annual SHOT Trade Show in Salt Lake City on January 14, 2014. Retail availability is scheduled for summer 2014.

The World’s First Sleeping Bag Hammock – Bison Bag

Sunday, May 25th, 2014

Bison 1

The Bison Bag is a combination sleeping bag and hammock currently up for funding on Kickstarter. The Bison Bag is made from 170T polyester with a pu coating. Rated for 55 degrees, the filling is polyester microfiber 220gsm.

A #5 double head zipper allows the user to close up the bag while they’re inside. The final product will come with nylon cord and carabiners for mounting. Weighs 2.5 lbs and stows into a bag measuring 16″ x 8″ x 8″. If funding is successful, will initially be available in Forest Green.

Update From The Field: NEMO’s Targa SE Mobility Bag As Part Of The PEPSE Kit

Monday, April 28th, 2014

This is an announcement from NEMO Equipment regarding the recent fielding of their Targa SE as part of the US Navy SEAL PEPSE kit and the feedback they’ve received during its use.


Late last year, it was announced that NEMO’s Targa SE tactical mobility sleep system would join the brand’s Coda 1.5P SE AirSupported shelter as part of the SEAL’s PEPSE Kit. With product delivered and fielded in January, NEMO followed up with Naval Special Warfare’s R&D Manager of Cold Weather and Mountain Survivability Systems, John Barklow, to see how the bags are performing.


Targa SE was developed with testing and feedback from NSW. Designed specifically for cold weather, Targa SE allows the operator to live and work out of the bag, wearing his load bearing gear as required during tactical cold weather operations. The bag, rated to 40 degrees on its own, is designed to keep the operator warm to near zero temperatures when worn in conjunction with the issued layering system. A jacket style center zip allows easy access to essential chest gear; a drawstring closure at the foot allows the lower leg portion to be lifted and cinched for movement; the waist drawstring can be cinched to configure the bag like a parka; and a stowable, insulated hood, wind collar, and redundant center snaps ensure versatility and warmth.

Recent reports from Kodiak state that the bags have been performing well and when integrated with issued clothing and supporting gear, have been successfully used in temperatures down to 0 degrees Fahrenheit.


“Targa SE is the most functional and efficient sleeping bag that has ever been fielded to SOF. The design process consisted of building the sleeping bag around an operator wearing standardized issued gear and the limitations inherent with that gear, such as limited range of motion and oversized torsos,” said John Barklow.

The Berry Compliant Targa SE is currently offered in Coyote color, MultiCam and Kryptek Yeti, filled with PrimaLoft synthetic insulation. For sales inquiries, please contact Cam Brensinger at

Warrior West – Litefighter Systems – Sneak Peek Catamount 2

Thursday, April 24th, 2014

The Prototype Catamount 2 is a 4-season shelter for 2 occupants.


The Catamount utilizes an exoskeleton design with the the frame consisting of three separate poles. The inner tent and fly can be connected via clips and used together or separately.

Designed for cold weather use, it’s Currently in testing with a National Guard unit. These will be available Summer 2014.

Warrior Expo – Armageddon Gear

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

For those of you unfamiliar with Armageddon Gear, it’s a small business run by SGM Tom Fuller (USA, Ret). A longtime member of the Ranger community, Tom retired as the Sergeant Major of the Army Marksmanship Unit. As you can imagine, he is a precision rifle shooter and has come up with some very cool products related to that endeavor.


But the thing that caught my eye is his Personal Use Sleep System Pad (you figure it out). Designed initially for troops in Alaska, it utilizes a radiant heat barrier that helps mitigates radiant heat loss. In fact, when placed in between a Soldier’s bivy sack and sleeping bag, they’ve measured an 80 Deg F internal temp after one hour in a -28 Deg F ambient air environment. That’s impressive.


To do this, Tom went out and looked for the right insulation for the job. He’s a pretty smart guy and he did two other things with this pad that aren’t offered on other models. First, he integrated a side release buckle strap system that integrates directly with the exterior of the rucksack. The 1000D Cordura exterior combined with closed cell insulation construction of the pad means it won’t get a hole while attached to the pack. Additionally, he incorporated a strip of non-skid material on the pad so you won’t slide off in the middle of the night.

Berry Compliant, the PUSS Pad is available in a variety of colors.

NEMO Cosmo Air + Pillowtop Sale

Saturday, April 5th, 2014


NEMO is running a special on the Cosmo Air + Pillowtop 1P. Get both pieces for 60% off the regular price. Quantities are limited, however more will be back in stock in late June at the same sale price.

Slumberjack – Thermal Cloak First Impressions

Friday, March 28th, 2014

Slumberjack revealed their SJK Tactical Hunting Gear line during SHOT 2014. The line includes packs, insulated tree stand bags, and tents, all made from durable, lightweight materials in Kryptek camouflage.

Thermal 1

We recently got a hold of a product in the upcoming line, the SJK Tactical Thermal Cloak. The Thermal Cloak is designed to offer protection from the elements as well as act as a personal blind. Tactical hood styling allows the wearer to maintain peripheral vision and hearing. The fabrics used are waterproof and seam taped to repel wind, rain, and snow, while 160g of synthetic insulation keeps the wearer warm. The bottom of the cloak is open to allow the wearer to feel the edges of their tree stand to ensure proper footing. The cloak can also be cinched up around the wearer’s knees for increased mobility. The arm ports are self-sealing (via magnets) that allow for the wearer to move into a firing position. The front zipper and hand warmer pocket help regulate temperature.


The 160g of insulation cloak keeps the wearer warm, and the fleece around the collar area is a nice touch that adds a bit more comfort to the cloak.

The arm ports are spacious, and secure using magnets. This is a nice feature for when trying to stay quiet, although the position of the magnets does leave a bit of open spacing for cold to get in. There are also front-side handwarming pockets to help regulate temperature.

The hood features a rear elastic retention band for adjustment. This is a nice feature as it allows the user to tailor the hood to the size they require, so as to maintain peripheral vision and for comfort.

The bottom of the cloak features split sides that secure with magnets like the arm ports. They quickly and quietly separate when mobile, and snap back together when stationary. There are also cinches with loops to raise the bottom of the cloak to knee level if additional mobility is required.

Thermal 6

The Thermal Cloak utilizes a front side zipper. This is also supported by magnets like the arm ports, so that the user can quietly secure the front opening without manipulating the zipper, and/or maintain ventilation when wearing the cloak.

Thermal 12

The Thermal Cloak also comes with its own stuff sack.

Functionality wise, the Thermal Cloak fulfills its purpose well. It keeps its wearer warm, and is designed to operate as quietly as possible, as expected from a product meant for use when hunting.

Expect to see the SJK Tactical Hunting Gear line available later this year.

Aesent – The World’s Most Comfortable Tent

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014


Aescent is a company that currently has a project up on Kickstarter: ‘The World’s Most Comfortable Tent’. The ‘World’s Most Comfortable Tent’ is a 4-man domed tent with an integrated 6-inch inflatable base attached via zipper access. The inflatable base is designed using an intertwining system of tubes, which limits the ability of air to be unevenly displaced, unlike traditional air mattresses built using a bladder-like construction. The tent is also designed so that it can be used without the mattress, for such times when weight conservation is a must. The tent is still in the prototype phase, and the finalized design is planned to include the addition of internal storage pockets and high-grade aluminum tent poles.

Extreme Outfitters – Recon Sleeping Systems Blowout Sale

Sunday, March 9th, 2014

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