By Jackets/Midlayers

It’s a tent, it’s a jacket, it’s a sleeping bag? It’s actually all three and it’s called a JAKPAK. After first reading about this jacket on Soldier Systems I was instantly intrigued. Not being a stranger to small tents (I packed a Snugpak Stratosphere until it was stolen) the idea of this multipurpose item had my interest. With a lot of people getting interested in light weight hiking a design like this was bound to happen someday.

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Altama Hoplite Sage Green

By Footwear

From all United States airmen I have had the chance of speaking to they have all say the same thing. The issue boots aren’t comfortable. Not only this but they always seem to be restructuring there uniform requirements so who knows if a few months down the road if sage will be the official boot color. Thankfully these come in both tan and sage.

Altama sent me these boots and I have been struggling with writing this review. On one hand I see a lot of great features, and the build quality is superb. However they have a few shortfalls one is weight and the other is the angle the foot bed slopes downward. More on these later.

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Blackhawk Warrior Wear Black Ops Boot

By Footwear

The Blackhawk Warrior Wear Black Ops Boot (That’s a mouthful to say) is a waterproof breathable boot manufactured by Blackhawk. The boots have a running shoe feel to them that require little to no break in time. The Black ops boots are not your grandfathers boots and do not have any discomfort out of the box.

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By Lights/Lighting Implements

The Petzl TACTIKKA XP is a multi brightness headlamp with several wide angle colors that can be popped in. This allows you to meet the lighting discipline of your mission while going hands free. The TACTIKKA headlamp runs on 3 AAA batteries with a max stated run time of 120 hours on low.

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Gear Keeper Retractor Lanyard

By Miscellaneous

The following review is on a product by Gear Keeper. The retractor lanyard system is very versatile in mount methods and forces to extend. It allows you to attach an item like a flashlight, multi tool, keys etc to your person. Once attached you can extend the cord by pulling the item to use it. This helps minimize loss of essential small kit items. They even make retention systems for firearms. The one being reviewed in the article is the 9oz of force Heavy Duty Snap Clip model. This model allows the Gear Keeper to be attached to a D-ring or other similar item.

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5.11 Rush 24 Pack

By Packs

The following review is on the 5.11 Tactical Rush 24 pack. I am no longer going to school but sometimes need to drag my laptop pens and paper around for work or this site. This bag was chosen for the amount of organization it affords the wearer. The bag was designed and tested by Kyle Lamb of VTAC.

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SHOT Show 2010

By SHOT Show

In 2010 I attended my first SHOT Show. SHOT Show is an extremely large firearms, police, military and outdoor convention hosted every year. This year it was in Las Vegas, Nevada. Unfortunately I was attending for a different reason then this site this year so there aren’t as many pictures as I would hope. However I will be attending next year and will be sure to take more photo’s.

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Oakley Factory Pilot Glove

By Gloves

This review is on the Oakley Pilot Glove, or as it is often referred to as, the SI Assault Glove. The Pilot Glove is a warm weather glove designed with breathability, comfort, and tactile feedback in mind. The glove allows you to operate a weapon system without really knowing they are there. This helps when operating safeties, bolt catches and other controls. The lack of bulk and shape of the glove also slow down fatigue in the hand.

Pros and Cons

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