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The Big Gear Show 22 – The LavaBox Portable Campfire

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2022

There’s a new accessory for the LavaBox and it’s called the Over/Under Grill Thingy. It’s probably the best name ever for a product because it does exactly what it’s named.?

It can be configured under the LavaBox to offer clearance or it can be placed atop the LavaBox to be used as a grill.


Dometic Go Begins Rollout, Hydration Jug Now Available

Monday, April 25th, 2022

By far the most impressive gear I saw at last year’s Outdoor Retailer Summer Market was their new Go line of outdoor furniture and accessories.

The whole line is cool, but my favorite is the Hydration Jug. There’s a bit of a joke in the capacity. Their line of thinking was that although other water jugs holds 10 liters, their’s goes to 11.

The HYD-J11 features a 63 mm Nalgene-style opening for easy attachment of water filters and accessories. There’s an additional opening which is big enough to allow access to the interior for thorough cleaning. It’s also constructed from BPA-free, food-grade LDPE.

Finally, the design integrates built-in tiedown guides and removable webbed carry handles. Offered in Ash, Black and Glacier. Unfortunately, the new accessory faucet isn’t out yet but it does come with a spigot.


‘Project Arcwater’ Reigns as 2022 USAF Spark Tank Winner

Friday, March 18th, 2022

ORLANDO, Fla. (AFNS) —  

Senior Master Sgt. Brent Kenney, 52nd Fighter Wing, Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, received the 2022 Spark Tank trophy at the Air Force Association’s Warfare Symposium, March 4.

Kenney’s idea, “Project Arcwater,” is a simple, green, expedited way to save energy and provide drinking water by using solar fabric and environmental water harvesting in an agile combat employment. This will cut the operational energy and logistics associated with operations all around the Department of the Air Force.

It was a close competition as the six semi-finalist teams pitched their ideas to Air and Space Force senior leaders and industry experts during the symposium. As judges deliberated between the pitches, audience members online and in person cast their votes and selected Arcwater as a fan favorite. Shortly after, Arcwater was awarded as the 2022 Spark Tank winner.

The Arc Water system is a simple, green, and expedited way to save energy, provide drinking water, and support contingencies across the world in a small agile package. The project was submitted as part of the Spark Tank 2022 competition. (United States Air Forces in Europe – Air Forces Africa courtesy video)

“It was an amazing experience,” Kenney explained. “Being part of this process was amazing, getting to know all these other innovators and seeing how they are just as passionate as you are.”

The Spark Tank initiative allows Airmen from around the force to put forward some of their best innovative ideas and compete to make it reality.

Kenney created Arcwater to provide a system that aims to significantly decrease the logistics of transporting water and energy needs at off-the-grid locations through solar panels, a water harvester, and AC/heating tool, creating gallons of potable water out of thin air.

According to Kenney, now that Arcwater is the 2022 Spark Tank winner and has support from DAF, it can shift to reaching its full potential.

“Without the support of those that I work with in my office, I would not be here,” Kenney said.

By TSgt Armando A. Schwier-Morales

Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs

Front Runner Expands Off-Grid Travel Accessory Collection

Sunday, December 26th, 2021

Front Runner Outfitters (Front Runner) released its 20-liter Pro Water Tank with Mounting System. Its low profile makes it an easy-to-handle solution for carrying water during vehicle travel and an additional size option to Front Runner’s product lineup.

This 5.3-gallon water tank allows users to free up valuable room on their racks without sacrificing volume or features. The mid-sized tank is appropriately sized for smaller roof rack cargo trays where space is limited, or for adding volume to additional water tanks for larger-scale travel plans. The water tank comes out of the box with a mounting bracket system, lockable tap and the hardware required to mount to a Slimline II roof rack system.

The Tank is made of food-grade, BPA-free polyethylene and incorporates two passthrough holes in the tank body for added structural integrity and easier handling when removing the tank from the rack. A powder-coated steel wraparound bracket provides secure transport and mounts easily to Slimline II roof rack systems with a latch that includes a safety catch.

Both the mounting bracket and water tap are lockable via a small accessory lock that is sold separately. The included tap is threaded and can be swapped with other half-inch threaded fittings to accommodate hoses for relocating the water tap in a customizable configuration.

Sawyer Tap Water Filtration System

Monday, November 1st, 2021

Just because water is coming out of a tap doesn’t mean it is potable. Sawyer makes it easier to ensure you’ve got access to clean water with their Tap Water Filtration System which connects directly to the threads on spigots and faucets*.

It allows you to filter up to 500 gallons per day, with pores no larger than 0.1 Microns, removing 99.99999% of all bacteria (salmonella, cholera, and E. coli); 99.9999% of all protozoa (such as giardia and cryptosporidium); and 100% of microplastics.


*The inline filter fits tap size 17mm to 20mm (11/16″ to 3/4″); hose bibs (garden hose spigot); and some (not all) faucet aerators. Included with the Sawyer TAP filter is a backwash adapter, threaded spigot adapter, dual threaded adapter, tap gauge, and a 2-foot-long extension hose for use in a shallow sink.

Thermos – 32 oz Guardian Canteen

Sunday, October 17th, 2021

The 32 oz Guardian Canteen from Thermos brand features a tethered screw top lid. Constructed of BPA free plastic, the body is over molded with silicon.

Offered in Black, Green, Blue and White.


New Scepter Duramax Diesel Fuel Container Launched at IBEX

Tuesday, September 28th, 2021

MIAMI, OKLA. – Scepter™, a leader in the fuel container industry, has introduced a Duramax 14-gallon fuel caddy meant especially for diesel fuels. Launched during the 2021 IBEX, the Scepter Flo n Go Duramax 14-Gallon Fuel Caddy features a patented pump handle that looks just like the ones used at gas stations. In addition, the dependable container has sturdy wheels, making it easy to transfer diesel fuel to any location.

The Duramax pump handle includes both a spill-proof shut-off and a child lock for added safety. The unit has a flow rate of two gallons of fuel per minute when in the siphon mode, making it ideal for transferring diesel fuel in a variety of situations.

“This Duramax container has two brass shut off valves,” says Melissa Obradovic with Scepter. “There’s one at the tank and one at the hose. This allows for easy disconnect with no fuel spillage. And, the caddy has a dependable 10-foot hose, made out of automotive grade rubber. For ease of storage, the unit also has a hose hanger.”

Holding 14-gallons of diesel fuel, the Scepter Flo n Go Duramax diesel container is ideal for refueling diesel engines in boats, farming equipment, construction and other vehicles using compression ignition engines.

“Our Scepter Flo n Go Duramax Fuel Caddys — available for both gasoline and diesel — have ergonomically-designed, heavy-duty top handles on the containers featuring extra deep handholds for transport,” says Obradovic. “And, molded-in feet keep the container off the floor for increased ventilation and stability.”

Constructed of durable and safe high-density polyethylene, the new Duramax container for diesel fuels will be available after November 1, 2021 on Amazon.com. Visit www.scepter.com for more information.

BCB Exhibiting New Patrol Ration Cooking System at DSEi

Wednesday, September 15th, 2021

BCB International will be exhibiting at DSEI London 2021, where they will launch the newest product in the FireDragon range.

BCB International has been innovating and creating lifesaving products since 1854, when Dr Brown developed a cough medicine that was distributed to the British troops in the Crimean War, suffering in the trenches.

BCB International is a family-owned business and in 1949 Dr Browns Cough Bottle, or BCB Ltd was bought by Deryck Howell. In 1979, Andrew Howell developed the company further and set up BCB International which focused on designing and manufacturing survival equipment.

The company’s driving force, CANEI: Continuous and Never-Ending Innovation, sparked an array of unique survival products including shark repellent, first aid kits, ballistic protective underwear, dubbed ‘Blast Boxers’, camouflage cream and floating body armour.

FireDragon was created in 2015 by Andrew Howell to replace the toxic Hexamine blocks after two soldiers passed away from the fumes. FireDragon is a toxin free, eco-friendly, gel fuel which was taken on by the UK MOD in 2016 and is now used as their primary fuel source in the field.

The newest product in the range, the Patrol Ration Cooking system is an ultralight weight (20grams) cooker which will use varying sizes of the FireDragon, that are now available from 9 gram to 14 to the 28-gram fuel blocks.

The new cooking system is bespoke to the individuals requirements as needed by the user. Each set can include all non-food items such as water purification tablets, spork, waste bag, cooking handle, and toothpicks etc.

Due to the non-toxicity of FireDragon, the fuel can be packed within the ration kit, alongside food with no harmful effects.

As well as being eco-friendly and toxin free, FireDragon burns cleanly and can light even when wet to ensure it can be used in even the most extreme of conditions.

This year, BCB International’s primary focus shifted to develop lifesaving equipment in the battle against the Coronavirus, including an anti-bacterial and anti-viral hand sanitiser, among other protective equipment. Dr Browne’s has come out of retirement and is now the leading product in their Anti-COVID range as 80% proof hand sanitiser. BCB has been working 24/7 since March 2020, working closely with the NHS, police and, with governments around the world, suppling them with their essential PPE needs as well as donating PPE supplies around the world.

Today, BCB International supplies to mainly government departments (including the MoD, police and MoJ) and blue-chip companies in the defence and marine markets in 52 countries worldwide, with 40% exports. BCB’s retail and humanitarian sectors also continue to grow, building relationships directly with consumers and countries who need to survive in the extremes and when affected by natural disasters.

BCB International will be exhibiting a range of their products at DSEI, including but not limited to; camouflage nets, Blast Boxers, Floating Armour Torso System (otherwise known as FATS) and the boat stopping system. FireDragon demonstrations and samples of our Hand Sanitiser can be found by visiting the BCB International stand H2-600.