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Cool stuff we saw this week at Outdoor Retailer Summer 2021 Expo

OR is a major annual trade show for the outdoor industry, similar to what SHOT is for the firearm market. There’s already a lot of overlap between outdoor recreation equipment and self-reliance --- clothing, shelter, stoves, navigation, communication, etc. So much so that, over time, these kinds of shows have evolved to often include vendors specifically marketing to the prepper crowd. It’s been 18 months since we last went to an OR show. It’s cool the show team tried to pull something

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How to DIY wax a Carhartt jacket and (maybe) save money

I love the idea of waxed canvas clothing. It’s waterproof, rugged, and fire-resistant --- but it’s also expensive. So I instead settled on a Carhartt Bartlett jacket in charcoal gray, which has plain duck cloth and no waxing. However, I quickly realized during a snow shoveling session that Carhartts were not very waterproof. Sure the duck cloth weave is tight and is more water repellent than a looser weave, but it still is made out of cotton. So I decided to try waxing the Carhartt mys

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A look at the gear from every winner and runner-up of the TV show Alone

Warning: Contains spoilers for seasons 1-7 A lot of survival TV shows are fake. But one of my favorites is History’s Alone, in which 10 contestants (14 in Season 4) are dropped off in the wilderness and compete to see who can survive the longest while isolated. The show is now in its eighth season, which you can watch on Netflix or Hulu. In the mold of Survivorman’s Les Stroud, contestants operate their own camera equipment. And they are allowed only 10 items to help them survive as l

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Best lantern

Expert review of lanterns when your home or shelter loses light. Best electric, liquid and solid fuel options.

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The trench lighter: a flameless and windproof backup fire option

In our recent blog post on how to make char cloth, we cover a number of the downsides of char cloth as a fire starting material: it’s fragile, and it’s useless if it gets wet. Luckily, there’s a handy device for carrying char cloth that addresses both those problems: the trench lighter (aka a “rope lighter” or a “sailor’s lighter”). A trench lighter works by catching a spark in a charred portion of a rope. The burnt rope then works just like char cloth, turning that spark

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