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Mountainsmith x The Real Hiking Viking – 2021 Zerk 40 Backpack

Wednesday, May 12th, 2021

I purchased the Zerk 40 when it was first introduced a few years ago on Indiegogo. Co-designed with The Real Hiking Viking, a renowned thru-hiker with thousands of hiking miles under his belt, it offers 40 L of lightweight load carriage.

Overall, the 2021 version is functionally the same. The biggest change from that first model is new materials. They’ve switched to 210D Extrema nylon and 100D nylon x span 840D stretch mesh.

It features a roll-top closure with SR buckles for security with a single strap over the top to help control the load. That strap is also long enough to stow a bear canister. Inside, a removable laser cut frame sheet (EVA Atilon) allows for rigidity and airflow.

The outside features five mesh pockets, dual pockets on either side for water bottles or snacks, and a large rear pocket. Bag size adjustments can be made at either side via a diagonal strapping system as well as via the bungee cord at the rear.

The harness is very comfortable with wide padded straps which almost form a vest front. There are two mesh pockets on either strap as well as a sternum strap with integrated whistle. The removable waist strap is just that, a strap, rather than a full hip belt normally found in packs, but the pack is intended for lightweight through hiking.

You can see the full features here:

I have configured the Zerk 40 as my “get home” bag and it accompanied me on every road trip. The colors are subdued enough to not stick out but also not look like a walking surplus store.

Vertx Expands Its Offering with 2021 Bag & Pack Line

Thursday, April 22nd, 2021

Cincinnati, Ohio – Vertx®, a leading manufacturer of concealed carry bag and packs, announces the release of 11 of its most popular bags in an array of 10 new colors and 15 modern color combinations for everyday carry. New colors are now available for purchase at and through distributors. Customers can find their nearest dealer using the Vertx® store locator at New colors are limited edition and only available while stock lasts. Full color offering is listed below. 

VTX5085 Tourist Sling: Colonial Blue/Tumbleweed, Canopy Green, Mojave Sun/Cinderblock

VTX5031 Essential 2.0 Sling: Mojave Sun/Cinderblock, OD Green/Reef

VTX5008 Dead Letter Sling: Colonial Blue/Tumbleweed, Heather OD, Heather Tarmac/Galaxy Black

VTX5041 Transit 2.0 Sling: Canopy Green, Heather Reef/Colonial Blue, Ranger Green/Shock Cord, Tumbleweed/Smoke Grey

VTX5011 Commuter 2.0 Sling: Mojave Sun/Cinderblock, Heather OD/Smoke Grey, Heather Reef/Mojave Sun, Toy Soldier/Tumbleweed

VTX5076 Commuter XL 2.0 Sling: Reef/Mojave Sun

VTX5080 Last Call Pack: Heather Tarmac/Galaxy Black, Reef/Colonial Blue, Toy Soldier/Tumbleweed

VTX5036 Ready Pack 2.0: Heather Reef/Colonial Blue, OD Green/Smoke Grey, Toy Soldier/Tumbleweed

VTX5016 Gamut 2.0: Canopy Green, Heather Reef/Colonial Blue, Heather Tarmac/Mustard Grass, Toy Soldier/Tumbleweed

VTX5018 Gamut Checkpoint: Heather OD/Galaxy Black, Mojave Sun/Cinderblock, OD Green/Smoke Grey, Reef/Colonial Blue

VTX5022 Gamut Overland: Mojave Sun/Cinderblock, Toy Soldier/Tumbleweed

“Building on our expansion into outdoor colorways in 2020, this year our goal was bring more color and texture into the line,” said Denny Bogard, GM/VP of Vertx. “Adding variety in both color and fabrics gives our end users even more options for blending in in the field.”

Vertx packs and bags answer the call with current, globally inspired stealthy styling and multiple color and silhouette options. Ingrained in the Vertx® D.N.A., customers can expect lightweight durability, concealed carry ready features and low-profile styling in every pack in the Vertx® line. From Rapid Access pull tabs for lightning-quick deployment of critical tools to smooth mesh pockets that give you a snag-free view of your kit, every aspect of these designs has been requested, vetted and proven by real-world end users. Quiet zipper pulls eliminate annoying jangling while tenacious VELCRO® Brand loop panels ensure your gear will be exactly where you expect it. Adjustable padded shoulder straps conform to your size and changing clothing layers and semi-rigid load stabilizers and impact-absorbent closed cell foam panels provide support and print-proof protection from prying eyes. With loads of pockets to accommodate everything from admin tools to IFAKs, water and other gear, you’ll find a place for everything needed for a successful excursion, and a few surprises you’re sure to appreciate.

Sneak Peek – Black Triangle Denim

Sunday, March 21st, 2021


Available 3/24. A year in the making. Black Triangle denim. Made in Los Angeles by PRISUM.US // 5 standard pockets // 5 non standard pockets // Full details on

Grayman Kato Tablet Mini-Messenger by H4 Civilian Lab

Sunday, March 7th, 2021

Meet the Grayman Kato tablet mini-messenger from H4 civilian lab series.

– large removable velcro cover on the front
– secure and handy large, locking front-buckle
– fast-grab padded/quilted tablet pocket on back
– modular MOLLE web field can double capacity

Check it on

Grey Ghost Gear – 40% Off Messenger Bags – Today Only

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2021

Grey Ghost Gear Wanderer Messenger Bag on sale today only!

One of Grey Ghost Gear’s most iconic EDC bags are on sale until midnight tonight. The Wanderer Messenger Bag is a waxed canvas laptop bag that is a real solid concealed carry bag for those who choose the carry off the body. There is a hidden zipper pocket on the back for holstered pistols. It can accomodate laptops up to 17 inches. The rest of the bag is exactly what you’d want in a commuting bag in the messenger style, with plenty of easily accessible pockets for your mags, pens, lights, and other essentials.

Grey Ghost Gear Wanderer Messenger Bags

During Grey Ghost Gear’s Twisted Tuesday sale the Wanderer Messenger Bag with an MSRP of $134.99 drops to $80.99 with the addition of free shipping. Check them out at



Arrowhead Tactical Apparel

Friday, February 26th, 2021

Arrowhead Tactical Apparel has developed a line of clothing intended for concealed carry of firearms.

Their designs incorporate a Patent-Pending Carrier Retention Waistband which supports holstered sidearms. It is used in conjunction with an internal retention belt that adjusts to secure an IWB holster (1.5″ or 1.75″ holster clips recommended).

The line includes:

Standoff Concealment Hoodie

Although this garment doesn’t support the weight of the firearm like the others, it’s a great layering piece to wear with them in order to help conceal. The hoodie features a Pass Through Pocket for Concealed Draw.

Carrier Sweatpants

The Carrier Sweatpants include ATA’s removable Carrier Rapid Clasp Retention Belt.

Carrier Joggers

In addition to the Carrier Rapid Clasp Retention Belt, the Joggers feature Zippered Rear Pockets (with internal magazine pouches) and Hip-Mounted Knife/Tool Pockets.

Carrier Shorts

The Carrier Shorts feature a Zippered rear pocket and deep hand pockets along with a Breathable mesh crotch gusset.

Each product is offered in several colors, sizes Small – 2XLarge.

EPIC Shoot 2020 – Unity Runners Clutch Belt by Vertx

Friday, November 13th, 2020

Vertx has expanded their Clutch Belt line with a Runner’s model.

It features three cells made from two-way stretch with Hypalon wings. Either of the larger cells will fit most pistols or radios. The middle cell fits a magazine, TQ, or similar. Note, the cells are different sized than the full belt so some accessories won’t work with the Runner’s model. However, it does come with 3 sticky-sided hook strips for securing tools and accessories inside the cells.

Offered in It’s Black and Ash Grey with an adjustable webbing waist strap that closes via a G-hook.

I tried it on and didn’t have enough girdle for it to sit in front while moving around. You’ll probably want to cant it off to the side. It did however, fit nicely under my light jacket.


Tuesday, October 6th, 2020

PRSM will be the last chapter of designing and developing low vis apparel, specifically low vis pants. The PR01 pays homage to, but redefines all the other styles I’ve designed and produced over the past 4 years. (V2 / V2X / SD1) As the original owner and founder of #brandwedontspeak, my goal is simple, to pick up where I left off. If you know the history of (V2 / V2X / SD1) then you know who PRSM is.

PR01’s are now open for pre-order and are currently in production.