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by Denis J.
Wed Feb 24, 2016 11:51 am
Forum: Other Weapons
Topic: Stainless bushcraft-type knife
Replies: 18
Views: 1271

Re: Stainless bushcraft-type knife

I may be biased as its the knife I use & love, but I think the Fallkniven F1 would fit your needs extreemly well. The laminated stainless steel gives a good combination of sharpness & durability and the knife wieghs in at 150 g (6 oz). Combine it with the zytel sheath and I think you have a good too...
by Denis J.
Mon Nov 09, 2015 7:19 pm
Forum: Other Gear
Topic: Allright Zombie Squad, I need help! (Stove)
Replies: 10
Views: 1129

Re: Allright Zombie Squad, I need help! (Stove)

From what I've seen of it, I'm honestly not sure there is a white gas stove that will fit in something like the Yugo mess kit. Assuming you are looking at white gas for winter use, the most compact winter stove I've heard of is the Kovea Spider (here's a great review ). This is a remote canister sto...
by Denis J.
Fri Nov 06, 2015 12:07 pm
Forum: Other Gear
Topic: Watches for long-term survival off the grid
Replies: 80
Views: 9221

Re: Watches for long-term survival off the grid

You can often find these for $150 or so here in the US. They'll be grey market. But many of the websites that offer grey market watches offer warranties of their own (e.g. Amazon, Jomashop, etc.). For example, areatrend.com has it for $144.99 . Here's a coupon code for 10$ off: MWRP510. I got mine ...
by Denis J.
Fri Nov 06, 2015 11:45 am
Forum: Other Gear
Topic: Watches for long-term survival off the grid
Replies: 80
Views: 9221

Re: Watches for long-term survival off the grid

I've heard nothing but good things about the Seiko automatics. I was doing some watch shopping for my son's birthday recently but at some point got sidetracked and am now considering picking up a Seiko SKX007 dive watch for myself. One big advantage to this model over the Seiko 5 is that it is a Div...
by Denis J.
Tue Nov 03, 2015 2:08 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Knife/fire steel rig
Replies: 22
Views: 1311

Re: Knife/fire steel rig

For a simple, low cost option I cut down a disposable pen & taped it to my sheath: https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-2n8gL7ZNXOY/UE1w3qy1erI/AAAAAAAAAbw/s__2e8yf62Q/s400-Ic42/sheath_unwrapped.JPG To make it look nice, and give me some extra cordage just in case, I wrapped it in paracord: https://lh...
by Denis J.
Mon Nov 02, 2015 5:48 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: FREE Spot Gen3 = McMurdo Fastfind 220 might be better...
Replies: 28
Views: 1710

Re: FREE Spot Gen3 Satellite GPS Messenger + free shipping.

Just remember that you are getting a reduced lifespan though (at least that what it appears to be). Assuming the site is correct and there are 4 years of battery left you would be paying $41 a year vs. $47.50 a year at the price I found for a new stock model with a 6 year battery (not sure what they...
by Denis J.
Mon Nov 02, 2015 5:07 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: FREE Spot Gen3 = McMurdo Fastfind 220 might be better...
Replies: 28
Views: 1710

Re: FREE Spot Gen3 Satellite GPS Messenger + free shipping.

moab wrote:I assume a 220 would work just as well as a Ranger on land. Just without the rugged case?
I would think so. As near as I can tell from the manufacturer's site they are pretty much the same device, just with different cases.
by Denis J.
Mon Nov 02, 2015 4:48 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: FREE Spot Gen3 = McMurdo Fastfind 220 might be better...
Replies: 28
Views: 1710

Re: FREE Spot Gen3 Satellite GPS Messenger + free shipping.

Oh, another thing is that PLBs don't typically have user-replaceable batteries and, from what I've read, the replacement costs are typically not much less than picking up a new unit (with whatever technological advances happened over the original unit's life). Therefore most consider the PLB's batte...
by Denis J.
Mon Nov 02, 2015 3:51 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: FREE Spot Gen3 = McMurdo Fastfind 220 might be better...
Replies: 28
Views: 1710

Re: FREE Spot Gen3 Satellite GPS Messenger + free shipping.

From what I've found , the Ranger is basically a 220 geared towards the wilderness user (with a more rugged, impact resistant case). However, I've picked up a couple things of looking at these things over the years. One is that PLBs are sometimes discounted because they are older stock. The battery...
by Denis J.
Mon Nov 02, 2015 2:57 pm
Forum: Family Prep
Topic: Child ID bracelets?
Replies: 14
Views: 2107

Re: Child ID bracelets?

I like Road IDs too. I have the interactive version of the dog tag style one for my son who is diabetic & the regular one for myself for when I'm out & about without any other ID on me (running, hiking, etc.). That said, my brother-in-law had a good solution with his young ones when they were out in...
by Denis J.
Mon Nov 02, 2015 2:48 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: FREE Spot Gen3 = McMurdo Fastfind 220 might be better...
Replies: 28
Views: 1710

Re: FREE Spot Gen3 Satellite GPS Messenger + free shipping.

From a cost perspective, the PLB seems to win out even with this deal. Locally, I can get a McMurdo Fastfind Ranger which has a 6 year battery for $285. Given the SPOT's increased annual fee of $150, the SPOT will cost me $900 over 6 years (plus a bit for the batteries) ... more than 3 times the cos...
by Denis J.
Fri Oct 24, 2014 11:39 am
Forum: Disasters in Current Events
Topic: Terrorist Attack in Canada - Ottawa In Full Lockdown
Replies: 61
Views: 3363

Re: Terrorist Attack in Canada - Ottawa In Full Lockdown

From the CBC article, Ottawa shooting: Where did Michael Zehaf-Bibeau get his gun? : Investigators say the Winchester .30-30 calibre rifle used by Michael Zehaf-Bibeau in this week's Ottawa shootings on Parliament Hill may be a critical piece of evidence as they try to reconstruct his activities pri...
by Denis J.
Wed Oct 22, 2014 5:18 pm
Forum: Disasters in Current Events
Topic: Terrorist Attack in Canada - Ottawa In Full Lockdown
Replies: 61
Views: 3363

Re: Terrorist Attack in Canada - Ottawa In Full Lockdown

A CBC reporter tweeted that "police sources say the gunman ... used a high powered 30/30 sporting rifle." I noticed this on CBC's Live Blog for this incident.
by Denis J.
Wed Oct 22, 2014 5:09 pm
Forum: Family Prep
Topic: Bite Guard
Replies: 4
Views: 1087

Re: Bite Guard

I had one for a while before I got braces to sort my TMJ out, and I just brushed it with toothpaste in the morning after I got up. If I recall correctly, I was warned against using hot water because it could cause the heat could cause the guard to deform (I just used cold water, just like brushing m...
by Denis J.
Tue Oct 07, 2014 4:09 pm
Forum: General Firearms Discussion
Topic: Ruger Gunsite Scout
Replies: 40
Views: 3167

Re: Ruger Gunsite Scout

From the little I've read, the MVP will likely come with a pinned 5 round mag in Canada. You could purchase 10 round LAR pistol magazines for it though. Also, regarding the GSR, I thought I also read that the Canadian version doesn't have the flash suppressor, but instead has a slightly longer 18" n...
by Denis J.
Tue Sep 30, 2014 10:55 am
Forum: Handguns
Topic: Bear and feral pigs whilst running
Replies: 101
Views: 5449

Re: Bear and feral pigs whilst running

Where do people keep getting the idea that I'm suggesting they abandon bear/pepper spray? I didn't. I simply talked to some questions you raised. As to the desire of having a firearm to backup the spray, while I wouldn't try to dissuade someone who is more comfortable with one, I wouldn't say it is...
by Denis J.
Mon Sep 29, 2014 12:34 pm
Forum: Handguns
Topic: Bear and feral pigs whilst running
Replies: 101
Views: 5449

Re: Bear and feral pigs whilst running

TL;DR- Some people who spend a lot of time in bear country suspect that the statistics on the efficasy of bear spray may be skewed, in that the bear attacks defeated with the spray may have been for show only on the bears part rather than an attack with real intention of causing harm. I don't think...
by Denis J.
Wed Sep 24, 2014 12:07 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Sleeping bag + Wool blanket = awesomeness
Replies: 19
Views: 2815

Re: Sleeping bag + Wool blanket = awesomeness

I have a synthetic overbag ( MEC Penguin rated at +15C (60F) by itself) and have used it over my -7C (20F) bag in full on winter conditions. It does work good & so far has kept me warm to around -15C (5F) or so. As far as the condensation goes, when using the combination I do have noticeable condens...
by Denis J.
Wed Sep 17, 2014 11:11 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Looking for a freeware "get home" route planner for windows
Replies: 9
Views: 936

Re: Looking for a freeware "get home" route planner for wind

Another option that might be worth trying is using Garmin BaseCamp with maps from OpenStreetMap (there may be other, free map sources out there too).

I've personally never used this combination, but I have used BaseCamp with free topo maps for plotting waypoints for back country trips.
by Denis J.
Mon Sep 08, 2014 11:51 am
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: 1 man tent, 2lbs = $200. The Catoma Raider.
Replies: 18
Views: 3263

Re: 1 man tent, 2lbs = $200. The Catoma Raider.

At that price point, I think there are a couple options out there for lightweight, one man shelters. One would be the Tarptent Contrail . It weighs in at under 2 lbs (27.5 oz, according to the manufacturer) and is listed at $209. Tarptent has some one-man designs that look better to me (specifically...
by Denis J.
Wed Sep 03, 2014 10:41 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: smallish SUVs with decent towing
Replies: 38
Views: 2812

Re: smallish SUVs with decent towing

I have a 2009 Traverse and, as mentioned, to get the full tow capacity you should get the tow package (and to be covered under warranty if towing more than the 2000). I don't recall all the specifics now, but I remember from when I was buying that after market modifications won't necessarily do the ...
by Denis J.
Wed Jul 23, 2014 2:12 pm
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: GLBT issues in the PAW
Replies: 137
Views: 5051

Re: GLBT issues in the PAW

I think the safety is really an illusion of safety. Rather like walking under streetlights, it may deter some of the more casual shitbirds, but it's still a segregated area with (typically) only one entry/exit. While there may be an aspect of illusion in the security of such places, I'd argue there...
by Denis J.
Wed Jul 23, 2014 12:01 pm
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: GLBT issues in the PAW
Replies: 137
Views: 5051

Re: GLBT issues in the PAW

From the statistics I've seen, 1 in 4 North American women will be sexually assaulted in their lifetime. Having places like washrooms & change rooms segregated by gender makes a lot of sense. Gender segregation creates a safe place at these times when women will tend to feel more vulnerable. It help...
by Denis J.
Wed Jul 23, 2014 11:17 am
Forum: Other Weapons
Topic: heaviest blade YOU would carry on the trail/backpacking
Replies: 35
Views: 2968

Re: heaviest blade YOU would carry on the trail/backpacking

Personally, I consider 1 pound to be heavier than I want to go (I had been considering a Becker Companion at one time). For what I carry hiking & backpacking, I go with the Fallkniven F1 which is a very capable & durable knife which weighs in at 150g (6 oz) ... it has a 3.8" long, .18" thick blade. ...

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