Wet T-Shirt Contest: Moisture-Wicking Shirt Guide

Photos by Michael Grey No matter the season, weather, or environment, one survival principle is constant: Keep yourself and your kit dry. Why? Dampness can kill. Consider: Anyone who’s ever exercised knows a sweat-drenched cotton shirt doesn’t exactly dry quickly — especially if it’s left in a gym bag. Aside from building a nice “stanky” collection of jock-itch inducing bacteria, a wet cotton shirt can cause hypothermia in even mild weather thanks to the convective cooling action of the wet clothing against your skin. So what can you do? Invest…

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RECOILweb: Concealed Carry Options for Running & Hiking

Editor’s Note: The following article was originally published in Issue 11 of CONCEALMENT, and appears here in its entirety with permission. For more articles on guns, training, and gear, go to RECOILweb.com. Figuring out ways to carry concealed can be intimidating in and of itself, but add an activity, like running, and many people opt to go unarmed. The easy option is to not carry the gun, but you don’t have to sacrifice safety for comfort. In this article, we lay out several options for carrying while running, hiking, walking, or working out.…

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New: Zenbivy Light Bed

Sleeping bags are great for camping and backpacking, but there’s a reason we don’t sleep in them at home every night — they’re far more restrictive and stifling than a loose quilt. Mummy bags are especially tight-fitting, while rectangular bags offer more room. Last year, Zenbivy developed a system that blends the features of a quilt, rectangular bag, and mummy bag into one modular sleep system. Based on feedback from the original Zenbivy, the company has created a second model that offers reduced weight and a zipperless design. The new Zenbivy Light…

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Review: BioLite HeadLamp

This week, BioLite snuck out a Kickstarter campaign to launch their new low-profile HeadLamp to the public. A company mostly known for impressing the ultralight camping crowd with its smart backpacking stoves, BioLite has decided to show some attention recently to lanterns and other outdoor lighting products. We had a feeling that a lightweight headlamp was bound to come, and our suspicions were confirmed with a pre-release peek at their first entry to this segment. The campaign fired up late at night on September 17th, and was funded almost immediately. The HeadLamp’s crowdfunding campaign…

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Flame On: Portable Stove Buyer’s Guide

The world may have changed significantly since the time a hairy guy in a loincloth struck a couple of rocks together and discovered fire, but the power of controlled combustion to sustain us is the same as it was so long ago. And, the use of fire as a way to prepare food hasn’t changed all that much either. Pots, pans, and ovens are modern adaptions of ancient technology, as is the stove itself. What’s changed are the materials, mechanisms, and fuels that make cooking far more convenient and safe.…

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New: Terrain 365 Element Knives

Last week, we learned about the launch of a new knife brand known as Terrain 365. Our interest was piqued when we read that the brand began as a collaboration between ABS Master Bladesmith Michael Vagnino (of MV Knives) and experienced gear designer Patrick York Ma (of Prometheus Design Werx). But the statement that really made us want to know more was the announcement that these new blades are made from a “proprietary rust-proof super alloy known as Terravantium”. According to the announcement, Terravantium is a dendritic cobalt alloy. This material is non-ferrous and non-magnetic. Terrain…

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