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Puffy Kachula Now Live On Kickstarter

Tuesday, December 5th, 2017

Coalatree’s Puffy Kachula is a quilted blanket featuring Primaloft insulation that looks quite a bit like an old poncho liner, except that it integrates a hood as well as snaps around the edge. This allows you to snap two Puffy Kachulas together.

It also features a pocket.

I’m not in love with the color offerings, but you might find something in there you like.

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MDM 17 – Bike Track Modular Plastic Flooring

Thursday, September 21st, 2017

I was walking past Quantico Tactical’s booth and I noticed this flooring sample on one of the tables. For a lot of our readers this is going to seem very mundane, but if you’ve lived in a tent, or worked in a tent, for weeks and months at a time, if you don’t put down some form of flooring, you’re going to be ankle deep in a mess rather quickly. 

Bike Track offers stainable, slip-resistant, 1″ and 2″ thick flooring as well as 2″ ICM flooring which features channels for cable management. That too is a big deal. There’s nothing worse than tripping all over power and data cords, except maybe standing in a mud puddle while you brief the CG.

The HDPE 4′ x 3.5′ panels snap together and can be installed without tools. Even better, they have NSNs.

ORSM 17 – Klymit Armored V Sleeping Pad

Friday, July 28th, 2017

The big story for Klymit's Armored V Sleeping Pad is that one side features 100D nylon with SuperFabric in order to repel tears and holes caused by even the most challenging terrain.

The top side is made from 50D stretch. The Armored V weighs 2.4 lbs and is 23"x72"x2.5", offering 1.6 R value.

ORSM 17 – NEMO Equipment Introduces STARGAZE Recliners

Friday, July 28th, 2017

As soon as I pulled into the NEMO Equipment booth I had a desire to sit down, in one of their new STARGAZE Recliners. Offered in three styles, they are like a chair had a baby with a hammock. You can sit, recline, or swing in any of these models.

This is the STARGAZE Recliner Luxury. This model features a high back and will recline into a very comfortable position. The aluminum frame and hubs, go together quickly. Combined with the nylon waterproof mesh construction, it will support up to 400 lbs. However, it weighs 6 lbs, 12 oz, so you aren't packing this around. Offered in Graphite (shown) and Birch Leaf Green.

Both the STARGAZE and STARGAZE LITE features the same look, but both have a lower back than the Luxury model. They are lighter at 5 lbs, 11 oz and 5 lbs, 3 oz respectively but only support 300 lbs. The difference is because the Huns ar molded plastic, rather than machined aluminum.

Finally, all three chairs incorporate drink holders. Coming Jan 2018.

ORSM 17 – Hilleberg Mesh Tent 1

Thursday, July 27th, 2017

This is Hilleberg's Mesh Tent 1. This one-man shelter is a bath tub design with mesh upper to keep the bugs out. It can be used alone or with a tarp in inclement weather and weighs just 410 g / 14.5 oz and is 83" long. The tapered design is wider at the opening end at 47" and tapers down to 28". Likewise, it is 37" tall at the opening and tapers to 22" at the foot.

ORSM 17 – Kelty Fieldcraft Poncho

Wednesday, July 26th, 2017

This is the new Fieldcraft Poncho from Kelty. This multi-function item is Berry Compliant and can be used as a Poncho, Shelter, Litter, and Hammock. Naturally, users are going to come up with other uses as well.

Constructed from a coated 70D nylon and offered in the MultiCam print, it is reinforced with webbing at the corners, with paracord in pockets for some uses.

Warrior East 2017 – Kelty 1 Man Field Tent

Thursday, July 13th, 2017

Kelty has introduced their new Berry Compliant 1 Man Field Tent. It can be used with or without the rainfly, with the actual tent incorporating mesh sidewalls with 70D ripstop nylon bathtub floor and apex at the top. Two aluminum polls with shockcord make it easy to pitch or strike. The tent has two three-quarter zippered openings while the rainfly incorporates an awning on one side and extra storage area out the other.

Available in Coyote Brown with a 2 Man version on the way.

SJK Nightfall Tents

Friday, June 9th, 2017

The SJK Nightfall 2 and Nightfall 3 tents perfectly complement any overnight backcountry adventure. An external pitch configuration is key to this tent’s versatility, allowing you to pitch it as a traditional double-wall tent or opt for the Fast-Pitch configuration and leave the tent body behind for an extremely light and compact minimalists shelter.

External pitch allows for dry set up in rainy conditions while near vertical walls provide exceptional interior space. The vestibule door can be rolled up out of the way or turned into an awning using two trekking poles for a protected exterior sitting area. Walls, floor, and fly are 40D, 68D, and 66D polyester respectively, while poles are 7001 series aluminum.

Available in 2 (5lbs, 2oz; 31.4 sq ft interior; $149) and 3-person (5lbs, 10oz; 401 sq ft interior; $179) versions. and