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Stuff I Like – Outdoor Research Ferrosi Hooded Jacket

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

Outdoor Research makes a great line of outdoor clothing but my favorite piece is the Ferrosi Hooded Jacket.

It’s a great lightweight jacket, I often wear in Virginia’s Spring and Fall. I wear it alone as well as with various underlayers like the Patagonia R2 gridded fleece. It’s a stretchy softshell with a DWR treatment and does well in light rain. There are two zippered handwarmer pockets as well as a single Napoleon pocket at the left chest. The left handwarmer pocket also serves as a stuff sack. Additionally, the hood is adjustable. Recently, they’ve added thumb loops to the design, and I like that feature for when the temperature drops.

The reason I like the Ferrosi most, is the fabric. While they won’t tell me the origin of the material, they do share its content. It’s comprised of 86% nylon, 14% spandex 90D stretch woven ripstop for the body and hood, with Cordura 91% nylon, 9% spandex 120D stretch woven shoulder caps and lower sleeves. That sleeve material is pretty robust.

If comfort and performance didn’t convince you, perhaps OR’s Infinite Guarantee might do the trick. If their product fails to meet your needs at any time, they will replace it.

While the Ferrosi Hooded Jacket is available in a wide variety of colors, mine is in the Mushroom/Walnut combination seen above. The Ferrosi features a standard fit and is available in sizes Small – XXLarge.


Bravo Co Worldwide – War Rug Print Daypack

Monday, March 27th, 2017

Fewturing a paintjob inspired by Afghan war rugs, I’ve been wearing this daypack from Braco Co Worldwide to several trade shows.

At first glance, everyone comments on the Sierra Block 1’s non-military appearance. That is, until I take it off and show them the intricacies of the pattern. There are tanks and planes, AKs and RPGs galore.

The shoulder straps are quite comfortable. In addition to the main compartment theres a dedicated laptop compartment for MacBook Pro 15” amd an ingenuous security pocket on the back panel which fits my iPad like a glove.

– Internal large mesh organization system
– Multi functional horizontal/vertical skateboard/compression straps
– Paracord knotted zipper pulls
– Air flow foam (open cell) back padding
– Base compression strap system
– Duratuff™ MOLLE mount extension on bottom of bag
– Interchangeable MOLLE strapping system
– Adjusting side pocket
– Easy access center pocket
– Small organization front pocket
– Dual top load pocket

The Sierra Block 1 is made from a combination of Weatherproof 840 denier Nylon with a dark blue 210 denier Oxford Nylon lining.

Get yours at bravocoworldwide.com/collections/war-rug/products/sierra-block-i-natural.

Stuff I Like – The Barracks Buddy from Atlas 46

Sunday, March 26th, 2017

Summer camping season is upon us and for my family, that means family camping in a Taj Mahal and summer camp for the boys. These are more expeditionary in nature than the one man shelter outings we do in Winter, so we take a lot more stuff. Especially, with mama in tow. One of those things we always include is the Barracks Buddy by Atlas 46.

The patented Barracks Buddy was one of the first products developed by John Carver under his 5 Seas Engineering and Trading brand. The Barracks Buddy is a great accessory for keeping gear handy when you are staying in tents, or barracks with bunks.

I use it to keep lots of things handy but because it can be hung vertically or horizontally, I’ve even used it to line dry swimming trunks and towels.

Crafted from 50″ long x 2″ wide webbing with a full length 550 cord tacked along the length to allow you to attach gear but the coolest part is the disc-style hook buckle which weaves into the 550 and can be nailed or screwed into a wall for permanent installations.

Features and Benefits
– Four hook set up to hang anything from clothes to bags to boots
– Loop hangers allow for variety of hanging options: on hooks, over rods, etc.
– Lower loop can be used to adjust the overall hanging length
– 2″ Mil-Spec nylon construction with reinforced stitching
– Hand crafted in the USA

The Barracks Buddy is available now in Black and Coyote, for the military crowd who will deploy with it as well as several other colors for the rest of us. It’s in USA and comes with storage bag.

It’s one of the handiest gadgets we take for multi-day outings.


Casca – A Blast From The Past

Sunday, March 26th, 2017

I like to bring the Casca books up every once in awhile because they were such a big part of my adolescence.


Did you read 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?


And, did you know that 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?


Although Sadler passed away in 1989 of complications following a gun shot wound, the Casca-series of books are still being produced.

Stuff I Like – Kuhl Strand Cap

Sunday, March 26th, 2017

Last week, I was wearing one of the hats seen in the photo and a friend asked me about it. While I’ve been known to wear a cool hat when I get one, my own hats are a different kind of Kuhl.

Most often, if you see me wearing a hat, it’s a Kuhl Strand Cap modified with a Velcro pile patch embroidered with the SSD logo. I really like the fit of this runner-style cap which accommodates earpro quite nicely. Additionally, it’s easy to tighten the fit of the cap during high winds thanks to the cam buckle.

I’ve been wearing Kuhl caps for many years and they come in several models including the Strand, Uberkuhl, softshell Renegade and Renegade. Kuhl also offers Women’s models. They are available in a variety of colors which change through the seasons so you’ll need to check their site for availability.


Stuff I Like – Platypus Polo Blazer from Platatac

Friday, December 9th, 2016

If you’ve seen me around trade shows, I often wear a softshell sport coat I bought from Nau many years ago. As it’s getting a little long in the tooth, and Nau no longer makes it, I’ve been on the lookout for a replacement for some time. Earlier this year, I was speaking with my friend and Platatac founder, Ben Cox, during SOFIC, when he presented me with a Platypus Polo Tie. We talked about the Platypus Polo line and he mentioned that he was working on a Blazer. I told him I was in as I had been searching for a good travel Blazer to replace my old one for quite awhile. A few weeks ago, I received a parcel from Australia and in it was one of the first Platypus Polo Blazers off the line.

There are two things I like about it. First, is the generous cut, which leaves ample room for concealed carry, or layering. The second thing I like about the Platypus Polo Blazer is the material selection. It’s made from a DWR treated, 4-way stretch offering a high level of wind and water resistance while maintaining high breathability. That little bit of mechanical stretch is great when you’re doing more than just standing around and it doesn’t hold wrinkles when taken out of luggage, but rather looks great right after you put it on.

Platatac has released the Blazer and is offering two FREE Platypus ties, like the ones I have, for the first 20 Blazers sold.

-(DWR) Treated for water resistance
-Wind resistant
-Generous cut to allow for concealed carriage of firearms
-Notch style lapel
-Single vented
-Half lined interior
-Two interior pockets (1 zippered for passports and other important items, 1 with button closure)
-Shock cord loop for headphone routing
-Welted hand pockets with flap covering
-Single welt breast pocket
-Three non-kissing functional cuff buttons
-Softshell 4-way stretch DWR treated Nylon/Spandex blend

Offered in Navy Blue, sizes Small – XLarge in a generous cut.

Get yours at www.platatac.com/platatac-platypus-polo-club-blazer.

Stuff I Like – ‘Eagle Facing West’ by Jay Mach

Tuesday, September 20th, 2016

Recently, a friend recommended that I read Jay Mach’s ‘Eagle Facing West’ based on my interest in military history. At 254 pages, this Kindle book is a quick, yet engaging read.

I grew up fascinated with the Vietnam war and remember the mountains of data presented by the National League of Families and others alleging that US POW and MIA personnel had been left behind by our government in Southeast Asia and were still being held captive up into the mid-1980s. ‘Eagle Facing West’ takes this concept one step further and supposes that a core group of “Keepers” had survived to this day and were being kept alive by the Vietnamese and forced train their personnel and serve as analysts. The men who are the main focus of this novel, craft a plan to escape using modern technology and end up with some very capable assistance thanks to an escape signal captured by US overhead imagery. Intrigue ensues with a rogue politician attempting to bury their existence.

Right out of the gate I’m going to tell you that Jay Mach is a pen name. I now know who is behind the book but I won’t tell. What you need to know is that Mach is actually a team made up of a former congressional staffer and a military insider. The duo has close ties with the US Special Operations Forces community and US Air Force pilots. Boy, does it show. To be sure, it’s a technothriller, but elements of the story carry a degree of plausibility. On more than one occassion, my jaw dropped as I saw details which are not common knowledge. I give it two thumbs up!

Download your Kindle copy from www.amazon.com.

Introducing The BRAVO “War Rug” Collection

Sunday, August 28th, 2016

Many of you may know Berto from his DEFCON endeavors but he dabbles in a lot of stuff including the BRAVO line of photography bags. He created the line with his partner for the best reason ever; necessity. They just couldn’t find the camera bags they were looking for. As you know, Berto has a serious creative streak and for his latest run, came up with the War Rug pattern based on Afghan prayer rugs festooned with the weapons of Jihad. Add it up and you’ve got great functional designs and a great looking bag. I first saw the pack at an event in Utah in late Spring and wanted to buy one from him right there but it was a prototype. I’ve got to say, the pack that arrived in the mail doesn’t disappoint. He’s also offering MultiCam Black for the more traditionally minded.


Los Angeles-based BRAVO is back with the second drop of their latest collection for the latter half of 2016 and as per usual, it delivers. This new pack of goods — the “War Rug” collection — strays from the normal program just a bit with the addition of a towel created in collaboration with Beech Brand.

The “War Rug” collection consists of some of BRAVO’s best offerings including the Sierra Block I backpack and the Range tote bag, as well as the aforementioned towel. Each piece boasts a very meaningful Afghan war rug print which blends ancient traditions with the tools of modern warfare as it has impacted the region throughout history. By incorporating scenes and paraphernalia that surround the rug maker’s’ lives, symbols of war have come to figure prominently in their craft. The BRAVO war rug print design juxtaposes images of events and dynamics that profoundly affect and alter the world we live in.


In addition to the overall striking nature of the print, each piece boasts BRAVO’s high benchmark of quality found throughout all products. Both bags are comprised of highly durable materials: a weatherproof 840 denier nylon in the case of the Sierra Block I backpack; and a cotton/polyester blended textile for the Range tote. Both bags also feature extra strength nylon straps, Duratuff ™ compound material and other features that ensure your bag makes it through hell and back.

Now, as for the towel created in collaboration with Beech Brand, this “War Rug” towel improves upon the functionality traditional beach towels thanks to the brand’s Beech Shield technology. Beech Shield is a revolutionary antimicrobial technology that helps to prevent the growth of of a wide array of odor and stain causing bacteria, fungi, mold, mildew, and algae. It’s designed to stay activated for up to 100 washes and is environmentally friendly, so don’t hesitate to run it through the rigors of beach life.

The BRAVO “War Rug” collection is available now at www.bravocoworldwide.com.