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Casca – A Blast From The Past

Saturday, May 7th, 2022

We first mentioned the Casca series in 2013 and we like to bring the Casca books up every once in awhile because they were such a big part of growing up in the early 80s. Plus, every time we bring it up, a few new readers discover the series.

Casca is a legendary eternal mercenary who was charged by Christ on Golgotha to fight until the second coming, from conflict up conflict. Exciting stuff, and as a kid, I couldn’t put it down.

Did you devour this book like I did? If so, did you know that the Casca images by artist Darrel Millsap on the cover of every title were based on this photo of author Barry Sadler?

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And, did you know that same Special Forces Veteran Barry Sadler also wrote and performed the song “The Ballad of the Green Berets” which hit Number 1 on the charts in the Spring of 1966? If you’ve ever served at Ft Bragg, you’ve heard that diddy a time or two.

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Although Sadler passed away in 1989 of complications following a gun shot wound, the Casca-series of books carried on and still boast a website dedicated to the series.

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Stuff I Like – Wildfire GORE-TEX Men’s Shoes

Monday, April 4th, 2022

I got a pair of these when Salewa first introduced the Black color. I’ve just bought my third pair on a whim when I saw them in stock at Tidewater Tactical because I was worried they’d stop making them. Much to my relief, I see that Salewa continues to offer this model and color scheme.

You’ll often see me wearing them at trade shows, particulary if it’s wet outside. That’s a pretty good testament to their comfort if I’m willing to walk around all day on concrete in them.

The Wildfire features a GORE-TEX Extended Comfort lining and POMOCA Speed MTN sole which is pretty grippy. Additionally, there is an edging zone at the toe along with lacing down to the toe so you can get by pretty well in a simple climb.

www.salewa.com

Stuff I Like – MTHD Basin Tweave Durastretch Field Pant

Saturday, February 12th, 2022

MTHD is Tactical Distributors’ house clothing brand. Although not well known, it’s very well designed and manufactured from some of the best materials on the market.

I recently picked up a pair of their Basin Field Pants which is made from a durable 4-way stretch fabric called Tweave Durastretch which is a USA-made performance fabric.  The fabric is burly and I was afraid they might be uncomfortable and maybe a bit too hot for hiking here in the mid-Atlantic.

We’ve had some varied weather over the past few weeks ranging from a dry mid-70s to pouring rain in the low-40s and then down into the low 20s, all within a few days. Great conditions to try them out.

Right up front, they are super comfortable. Although I never overheated in the pants, they have zippers on the outer thighs which open to reveal breathable panels lined with mesh to aid with ventilation.

The DWR worked great, shedding the rain as I hiked.

If anything, there too many pockets. However, they are easy to get to and zippers make sure you won’t lose what’s in them. The legs are cut with plenty of room to layer. The knees are articulated and the bottom hem has a snap adjustable opening.

I also like the nylon tape belt loops. They are sleek, yet strong enough to attach lanyards to.

Although I’ve only worn them on a few outings, and once all day, they seem well constructed and the fabric itself is tough as nails. I expect them to last me for a long time.

Offered in Flat Dark Earth and Dark Shadow.

www.tacticaldistributors.com/products/mthd-basin-field-pant-l2

ANETIK – Remix Raglan Tech S/S

Sunday, August 29th, 2021

Turns out, there’s a short sleeve version of the Remix Raglan Tech shirt I wrote about last year.

The moisture wicking fabric is quite comfortable and offers 30+ UPF. Offered with a Grey body and darker or lighter lizard pattern camouflage sleeves. Sizes XS-3XL.

To order, visit anetik.com/collections/2019-mens-shortsleeve-performance/products/mens-raglan-tech-s-s-master-style.

Stuff I Like – Remix Raglan Tech L/S from Anetik

Tuesday, December 15th, 2020

During a recent visit to Phoenix I stopped by a local outdoor store, which I generally do while on the road. Invariably, I run across a hidden gem and this trip was no different.

Just Roughin’ It is located in Scottsdale and caters to the local outdoor enthusiast. Being a small outdoor shop is tough these days and no one who stays in business can afford to stock their store with stuff people aren’t going to buy. They know their customer and they know the local environment. They also host seminars. If you’re in the area, stop by and check them out.

Quite a few things caught my eye as I browsed the aisles, but then I saw something that looked like a combat shirt with lizard pattern sleeves and a grey body.

Appropriately enough, the manufacturer Anetik promises, “comfort in chaos.” Meet the REMIX Tech L/S.

There’s lots to love. The knit fabric offers UPF30+ protection and incorporates what Anetik refers to as VINT Cooling Technology for airflow. It also features Raglan sleeves so there are no seams on top of your shoulders when wearing a pack. Yeah, it’s a lot like a combat shirt and it’s very comfortable. However, it’s nylon so don’t think it’s FR. Great for summers out in the sun. You won’t overheat and it will protect you from UV.

There’s an extra in the layout as well, a quick stash back zipper pocket at the right hem which can be used to stow items when running.

I haven’t had it pill or pull yet, but if there’s a weak link so far in the design, it’s the collar which is narrow and made from the same fabric as the rest of the shirt.

Offered in XS – 3XL. The fabric has some mechanical stretch but get your normal size, unless you want it to fit loose.

anetik.com/collections/mens-collection-2019/products/mens-remix-raglan-tech-l-s-master-style

Stuff I Like – Humangear GoTubb

Thursday, September 17th, 2020

I am a subscriber to Cairn’s monthly subscription box of outdoor gear. Sure, some months I get the package and go, “WTF am I going to do with this?” and pass it off to one of my kids. But that’s generally because I already have something that does whatever that widget is supposed to do. But in August I got something I’d never think to buy for myself, and after having used it on two trips, I’m sold.

The GoTubb by Humangear is great for transporting medication. Cairns sent the GoTubb 3-Pack (Small), the perfect size for short trips. I have used them for supplements and medication. These small containers are self sealing with a slight push but pop right open with a squeeze. They are Food-safe (FDA) and 100% BPA-free, PC-free, and phthalate-free.

GoTubbs are offered in a variety of colors and sizes.

Capacities:
Small – .50 oz. (15ml)
Medium – 2.94 oz. (87ml)
Large – 5.75 oz (170ml)

www.humangear.com/gear/gotubb

Casca – A Blast From The Past

Saturday, May 23rd, 2020

We first mentioned the Casca series in 2013 and we like to bring the Casca books up every once in awhile because they were such a big part of growing up in the early 80s.

Casca is a legendary eternal mercenary who was charged by Christ on Golgotha to fight until the second coming, from conflict up conflict. Exciting stuff, and as a kid, I couldn’t put it down.

Did you devour this book like I did? If so, did you know that the Casca images by artist Darrel Millsap on the cover of every title were based on this photo of author Barry Sadler?

20131019-211742.jpg

And, did you know that same Special Forces Veteran Barry Sadler also wrote and performed the song “The Ballad of the Green Berets” which hit Number 1 on the charts in the Spring of 1966? If you’ve ever served at Ft Bragg, you’ve heard that diddy a time or two.

20131019-212153.jpg

Although Sadler passed away in 1989 of complications following a gun shot wound, the Casca-series of books carried on and still boast a website dedicated to the series.

Stuff I Want – Garmin MARQ Commander

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2019

Every once in a while I will share stuff I love with you. Those are items that I own and use regularly and am happy to recommend to others?.

Today I want to share something I want. Every once in a while I will run across something and go, “I want that.”?. We all do it, regardless of whether it’s actually practical or not. In this case, I believe it’s very practical. However, I can probably get just as much performance out of a watch less than a quarter of the price, and from the same manufacturer.

Garmin’s MARQ line of GPS watches does the same stuff their other ones do, they just look better while they’re doing it. The line is now six deep with variants for sailing, flying, driving, mountaineering, working out and this new tactical model. Each boasts a distinctive case as well as onboard apps.

The Commander boasts a 46mm-wide by 14.4mm-thick Titanium case that is DLC coated. It also has a sapphire crystal, knurled buttons and a tritone black jacquard-weave nylon strap.

Features include dual-format GPS coordinates (military grid reference system or degrees/minutes/seconds), built-in topographical maps, UTC bezel, Night vision goggle compatibility and the Garmin Jumpmaster app.

For when you aren’t off storming the castle, the Commander also embeds all-day stress monitoring, Emails, texts and alerts as well as music storage and streaming services such as Spotify. It also equipped with Garmin Pay, in case you need to pick up some extra gear.

Finally, it will run for 12-days on a single charge in smartwatch mode.

Now, the sticker shock. It’s $1950. But, what the heck. It’s my birthday, and my wife may see this and say to herself, “sure let’s blow a house payment on a watch for my husband.”? Of course, you and I both know that’s not going to happen, but a fella can dream. On the other hand, some lucky guy might get one. If you do, let me know what you think. I can always put it on my “if I ever win the lottery, I’ll get this ” list?

I always recommend that SSD readers source their Garmin systems from our friends at Strohman Enterprise. Joe is a retired Marine and LEO and one of the best guys you’ll know.