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Four Roles Over Garment by r3adventures

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

I love to find products developed by someone who had a need. With a design refined over the past eight years, the Four Roles Over Garment (FROG) is the brainchild of Dan Sparks, an Army and FBI veteran who was looking for a multi-purpose garment.


The name FROG came about because it can be used for these four purposes:

Sleeping bag

In the right environmental conditions, It can be worn all of the time, even while driving, which can be very handy for those who are exposed to the elements while in transit. This is possible thanks to the large #10 side zips which give lots of mobility for your arms including operating machinery and using weapons.


The full front zips make for easy donning and doffing as well as ventilation. You can also open it to access any gear that you wear under FROG. There is also an integrated, oversized hood as well as internal hand warmer pocket.


Shown below is the jacket component by itself. As you can see, it’s sized quite generously and can fit over your kit. For additional camouflage, you can drape a Ghillie over it.


There is a waist cinch so that you can tighten the FROG or hike it up a bit. While it looks long with the incorporated extension panel, it is built with enough room that you can take full strides and maneuver over rocks and logs.


The modular design is really cool. The extension panel can be removed based on weather and features grommets for use as a sleeping pad or shelter.


The extension panel can be zipped open to form a shelter or remain closed and crawled into sleeping bag style.


There have been instances where one FROG has been shared between two users with one wrapping up in the jacket portion and the other using the extension panel to keep warm.


The FROG is manufactured by Wiggy’s and insulated with Lamilite. This is a silicone treated continuous filament insulation that can be washed at home in your machine. Lamilite does a great job of regaining its loft even when vacuum packed. While Dan didn’t give me a specific temperature rating for the FROG, another user released that he had used his in wet conditions below 40 Deg F and remained comfortable.


The FROG comes standard in MultiCam but can also be had in a variety of other colors and patterns including OD Green, Black, Coyote, Royal Blue, Purple, MARPAT and even UCP.

Bungees and 550 cord not supplied but it does come with a stuff sack.

Sneak Peek – The Helio Mat from NEMO Equipment

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

The Helio Mat from NEMO Equipment made its debut during August’s Outdoor Retailer Summer Market. This companion to the popular Helio Shower will be available early 2015.


Snugpak Now Offering Ionosphere And Scorpion 2 In Coyote Tan

Monday, September 15th, 2014

Snugpak is now offering their Ionosphere and Scorpion 2 tents in Coyote Tan. Both the Ionosphere and Scorpion 2 both use 5000mm PU material for th efly and flooring, along with DAC Featherlite NSL poles made from TH72M anodized aluminum with pressfit connectors.

Shared features:
• Flysheet is a lightweight 210t Polyester RipStop with a 5000mm waterproof polyurethane coating
• Inner Tent constructed of 190t Nylon with 50D Polyester No-See-Um-Mesh
• DAC Featherlite NSL anodized poles with pressfit connectors
• All DAC Poles are made from TH72M aluminum
• All seams are taped sealed
• Repair Kit included


The Ionosphere is a compact and lightweight 1-person tent with a streamlined low profile design. An included full mosquito net inner can be set up and used on its own, or added to the fly when weather turns bad.

• 1 Doors
• Alloy Stakes (14 + 2 Spare Stakes)
• Available in Olive and Coyote Tan
• Pack Weight 3.34 lbs. (Fly, Inner Tent, Poles, Stakes, Repair Kit & Carry Case)
• Pack size 17”L x 5.25”D inches

Scorpion 2

The Scorpion 2 features a unique Fly-First Pitch Type Design, allowing one to pitch the fly and then attach the inner tent. This means the fly can be set up independently as a shelter.

• 1 Door & 3 Vents
• Alloy Stakes (14 + 2 Spare Stakes)
• Available in Olive and Coyote Tan
• Pack Weight 5.83 lbs. (Fly, Inner Tent, Poles, Stakes, Repair Kit & Carry Case)
• Pack size 17”L x 7.5”D inches

Litefighter – CataMount 2

Friday, September 12th, 2014


Litefighter’s Catamount 2 is a two-person, cold weather combat tent originally designed for Special Forces units who requested a highly stable, backpackable tent for changing mountain weather conditions. The Catamount 2 has the following features:

  • Exoskeleton Design w/ Simple Two-step Assembly/Disassembly
  • Extra waterproofing On Tub Floor And Rainfly Cover w/ Heat-Sealed Taped Seams
  • Spider-Hub Pole Frame System Combined With Wind-Breaker™ End Poles
  • Double Walled Ventilation Design W/ Rainfly Storm Vents To Maximize Airflow
  • X-large Dual Rainfly Vestibule Doors For Easy Access And Equipment Storage
  • Lightweight And Packs Easily Into Military Rucksacks
  • Inner Tent Can Be Removed To Make An Ultra-Lightweight Mountain Hooch
  • The CataMount 2 is available in Coyote Tan 499, Kryptek Highlander, and MultiCam.

    OR Summer Market – Brooks Range

    Monday, August 11th, 2014

    I’ve mentioned the Brooks Range Elephant Foot Sleeping Bag in the past but it remains one of the simplest, yet effective items out there.


    Designed to work in concert with a parka, the Elephant Foot Sleeping Bag covers your feet to offer full, to-toe coverage. It weighs 18 oz and is filled with 8.5oz of 850+ DownTek treated goose down for waterproofness. The 20D shell incorporates a foot box lined with 40D nylon for abrasion resistance yet maintaining minimal weight.

    OR Summer Market – Sierra Designs

    Wednesday, August 6th, 2014


    The Backcountry Bed Duo from Sierra Designs is based on their Backcountry Bed introduced last Summer OR. Essentially, it incorporates a comforter bib into the sleeping bag in a 30 Deg Down or New for 2015, Synthetic model to bring the price down. It incorporates a foot vent and accommodates side, stomach and back sleepers. The new Duo model let’s you bring a friend.

    The Duke’s House – TDY Housing For SF, By SF

    Friday, July 25th, 2014

    The title says it all.

    The Dukes House

    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.