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Petzl Myo: Best Headlamp "Bang for the Buck"
April 07, 2014 - I've been using the Petzl Myo XP headlamps for about a decade now. Every day. They've never failed me. I think it's high time I promote them in detail. (I've mentioned them in a lights summary, but sheesh.) This is a bombproof, featherweight little light. For around $80. It's powerful. And it has many easy-to-use features and se...  > Read Article | Go to Website

George Herter: a biography would be nice...
December 27, 2013 - I'm thinking that it would be neat to see a biography of George Herter, the founder of the mega mail order outdoor sports catalog. I wonder if any of his relatives are alive and might be interested in such a project. The story of his company and his work would be fascinating, I would think. He -- or his designers -- designed...  > Read Article

OYB Retro Pannier -- Modified Vintage Swiss Army!
April 09, 2013 - [$59 postpaid in USA for ONE pannier. The postage part is about $10, so the pan part is $49. Internat'l customers pay excess postage.] Presenting the Original OYB Classy Retro Pannier! Dang, they're sharp. The base cases I use to create this pannier are high quality, rare, vintage Swiss military surplus in very g...
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Sweet New Lights (for Bikes) -- Cheap!
May 16, 2012 - Personal lighting is booming like crazy right now. And, yeah, a lot of it on the dirt-cheap side is coming from Hong Kong. Dealextreme.com is rockin' the big firepower for little money like it always has. I recently picked up a jillion-lumen "Fandyfire" Cree stick light for,...  > Read Article

The OYB 7-Way Bag!
January 16, 2012 - [$60, postpaid in US. They are used and usually have a hole somewhere -- about 50% grade.] The OYB 7-Way Bag is ready for action! This unique bag has 7 ways it can be used or carried. The bags are rare but they are used -- about 50% grade. About half used-up. They usually have a hole somewhere that you might wan...
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Bike/Action Lights Set-up & Tips
November 16, 2011 - Here's the bike light combo I've been using for a few years: *Headlamp; *Sticklight, floody-type, with bar-mount; *Red blinky tail-light; *Big ol' Spotlight. My set-up seems pretty good to me. Of course, I really do need a Spot-type sticklight, but whatever, I've been making-do with the Big Ol' Yeller. I use these lights ...  > Read Article | Go to Website

Have an Edge? Sheath it!
April 19, 2011 - I have a folding knives and sheath knives and they're happy as they are. My kitchen knives don't have it bad, being mostly in a block or on a magnet strip. But I've come to see that all of my other bladed tools are in a bad way, to put it bluntly, which is what they become. My saws, chainsaws, axes, hatchets, rasps, files: NO...  > Read Article

Super-Versatile Rucksack: "Field Operator's Action Pack"
March 02, 2011 - [$59 shipped in the USA. Non-US orders pay excess postage -- ask.] The wholesale manufacturer, Fox, calls this its "Field Operator's Action Pack" for its in-house name, but retailers can call it what they like. "Action Pack" seems pretty good. I haven't settled on my name for it yet. I use such packs as carry-on luggage and for ...
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Rio Grande Rucksack 25L
March 01, 2011 - [$35 postpaid in the USA. Non-US orders pay excess.] This is a strong, simple, long, narrow daypack. Good for action-wear -- like mtbiking and XC skiing. Light weight. Key Features: Constructed of rugged tactical polyester. Padded back panel with built-in ventilation channels, large main zippered compartment, 2 side...
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Snowshoe Time of Year!
January 31, 2011 - OK, the XC skiing is turning on fire right now with worldclass conditions. But we're also about to be pounded with supposedly a foot of snow tomorrow. That will bring on two wonderful more things: backwoods tele and snowshoeing. As regards snowshoes, I have 2 pair. One is my usual Michigans, which I really like, 14 x 48. They'...  > Read Article

Roadkill Fur Fashion...
December 16, 2010 - I like fur. It's gorgeous, highly functional, lasts decades (far longer than a meal, to be sure), accepts top spot on the eco-chain, and is sustainable (unlike plastic) and humane in multiple respects, including when harvested in the wild (and possibly when farmed animals are kept in good conditions). But it seems like th...  > Read Article

A Wall of Outdoor Sports
November 24, 2010 - I've long wanted to put up an outdoor sports tool display. Why keep all that beautiful stuff hidden away? I only get to enjoy it, visually, when in the workshop, in the garage... C'mon! I made one years ago, before kids, out of 2x4's and nails and Martha said she liked the concept -- except for the execution. So I finally STO...  > Read Article

Idea: Classy Multi-pocket Vest? Pivoting Blazer?
November 02, 2010 - I'm thinking of offering a line of improved, versatile clothing items. Martha already goes to the best thrift stores in the Midwest on her wool-sweather mission for her LazyGal.com fabric art biz. I'd just have her add a few items to the list of things she's looking for. She already shops for me and the kids, as it is. W...  > Read Article

DIY Trashcan Packbasket
August 18, 2010 - I shoulda got a picture of this but I didn't. Our upnorth friend Bill Perkins used to be the local Scoutmaster and he ended up doing a lot of picking up and hauling of stuff, for both campouts and community events. He made something that made the pick-up and haul chore a lot easier. He took a big plastic trashcan and bungiec...  > Read Article

What's Your Handy Customized Pack Rig?
June 22, 2010 - I'm starting to think that a handy trail-pack rig would be a fishing vest with a Camelbak pack over top. What I really like is access to stuff while on the go. Things like snacks, camera, phone, binocs, map, compass, GPS. Plus water, of course. I used to rely on my fannypack with bottle holsters, but I get tired of rotating t...  > Read Article

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