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Eddie Bauer – Flying Squirrel Sleeping Bag

Tuesday, April 19th, 2016

In our quest to share as many zipper less sleeping bags as possible to our readers, we present the aptly named Flying Squirrel from Eddie Bauer.

The materials are top notch.  The shell is a 20D Pertex® Ripstop nylon shell and it features 850 fill Stormdown® insulation.  I allow like the crossover flap design which goes way down to knee level making it much easier to get in and out of.

For tactical use, it’s got one glaring issue; the color. Pimento and Black aren’t perfect, but the concept is awesome. I bought one of these 40 degree bags for one of my sons and he’ll be taking it out this weekend for a test drive. He’s already used it for a night in the couch and really liked how well he could vent, but I want to hear how it works put for a night in a hammock.

How About A Zipperless Sleeping Bag?

Monday, March 21st, 2016

Yep, it’s been done plenty of times, a sleeping bag with no zipper.  But the Nozipp uses magnets to keep the bag closed in cold weather, yet allow you to get right out without snagged zippers.

Additionally, the Nozipp boasts a “Comfortable Temperature Range” of 15°F to 65°F  because of the overlapping flaps design which allows the user to vent the bag in warmer weather yet snuggle up with double insulation over the torso.  That versatility also allows for extra room inside the bag when needed, like to keep gear warm.

Check it out on Kickstarter or

Eagles Nest Outfitters CamoLink Sleep System XL

Tuesday, March 8th, 2016


If you’re looking for a turnkey hammock shelter, the CamoLink Sleep System XL from ENO may be the one for you. I’ve used ENO hammocks in the past and really like them, but then I’ve had to piece together the other items needed to go from hammock in the backyard to actual backcountry shelter.


This kit, available through Tactical Distributors incorporates the CamoNest XL Hammock, Atlas Camo Suspension System, Guardian Bug Net, ProFly Camo Rain Tarp, and a set of tarp stakes.


The CamoNest XL hammock is made from a breathable 70D nylon taffeta, yet will accommodate up to 400 lbs. The material is also pretty quiet unlike some nylon shelters. The XL hammock is 9’4″ X 6’2″, making it their largest model. The ENO Camo ProFly is made from the same material. While ENO’s hammocks are offered in a wide variety of colorschemes, in this instance, it’s in a forest digital print rich with earth tone greens and Browns.

Old Grouch’s Military Surplus – Poncho

Tuesday, February 16th, 2016

It seems the US military has slowly gotten out of the poncho business which has dried up their availability on the surplus market. Instead, we see import models which don’t quite live up to US-GI quality. Yet, demand remains. Old Grouch’s has found a new manufacturer to offer American made ponchos to their customers. They’ve also made some updates to the design.

The poncho is a multipurpose item that can be used for a wide variety of applications. Not least of which, is as a garment to keep you out of the weather. I don’t know how many nights I’ve slept underneath a poncho hooch, one of the lightest and most versatile shelters I ever used while in the Army. There are so many ways to pitch it. It’s an item that belongs in everyone’s toolbox.

Thanks Thumpy!

Trip Tarp

Thursday, January 28th, 2016

Trip Tarp is a factional aide memoire for backpacking. Made from lightweight nylon, it is printed with a listing of the 10 essentials for backpacking. Since it’s a tarp, it can be used for a variety of applications such as a ground cloth, shelter and equipment cover.

-7′ multi-purpose tarp with concisely curated list of backpacking gear
-Category-specific Flex-Zones™ for easy, organized gear sorting
-Hints, tips, and best practices for wilderness travel according to category
-Lightweight, weather-proof 70D ripstop nylon
-Weighs 8.8 oz.
-4 corner tie-downs, 4 edge grommets for use as solo, kitchen or emergency shelter
-Developed by a professional backpacking guide

Prototypes available now from

OR – NanoHeat Blanket from Adventure Medical Kits

Monday, January 11th, 2016

This is the new NanoHeat Blanket from Adventure Medical Kits.  It reflects 80% body heat and is water and spill proof yet has a soft hand unlike traditional space blankets.  Silver on one side and green on the other.  Shipping next month.

OR – Grand Trunk Introduces Krytek Patterns To Hammock Line

Thursday, January 7th, 2016


Hammock maker Grand Trunk has introduced Kryptek Highlander, Yeti and Typhon to their line.

OR – Selk’Bag Introduces RealTree Xtra Bags

Thursday, January 7th, 2016

Selk’Bag  offers sleeping bags you can wear as a garment, complete with arms and legs. They’re also great for sleeping.  While they’ve offered eat he tines in the past, this year they are introducing two models in the RealTree Xtra Camo pattern.

The Pursuit model is the lighter of the two and the Instinct will perform down to 21 Deg F.  Both use a water resistant micro fiber face fabric to keep the noise down and for comfort.  Also, both models are sized M-XXL.