SHTF blog – Modern Survival

Gear Review: Dynamis Alliance LoPro Belt Review

Finally, A low-profile belt I can hide stuff in! If there’s one thing I love, it’s good beer. If there’s a second thing I love, it’s hiding stuff. I saw this belt online months ago and couldn’t wait to get my hands on one. By J. Bridger, contributing author to SHTFblog I’ve been on the search for the perfect belt for a long time. I have a 5.11 riggers belt that holds up my pants, but the buckle is so obtrusive, I hate the way it looks when I wear…

Gear Review: Alien Gear Cloak Tuck 3.0 IWB Holster

When deciding to carry a sidearm, the choice of what holster to use can be just as important as what sidearm to use. Every holster draws differently depending on the sidearm being used and the person using the holster. This becomes even more important when deciding on a concealed carry holster because if you are ever in a situation where you need to draw that sidearm you need to be able to do so efficiently and effectively. By Tinderwolf, contributing author Many of my friends have complained about different aspects…

Gear Review: The Answer Nalgene Bottle Water Filter System

I’m going to open this article up with a blanket statement, but I’m going to stand behind it: I would be positively amazed if you, dear reader, did not have a Nalgene water bottle taking up residence within 100 feet of you right now. Nalgene has risen like a BPA-free phoenix from its original humble beginnings as shatterproof laboratory containers to its current status as a brand name that defines an entire genus of rugged, brightly-colored dihydrogen monoxide containment apparatus. Simply put, everybody and their moms possess, utilize, and adore…

Tops BOB Knife Review

As hard as it is for me to say this, I think I’ve finally found a knife that I like better than the Ka-Bar Becker BK-2. The BK-2 is an awesome knife. It’s a workhorse and of the few smaller knives out there it’s one that you can actually chop and pry with that has some effect on what you’re hitting. Check out a comparison of the BK-2 and a couple of other knives here. I’ll use the BK-2 as a comparison here because this is probably one of the knives I’ve used most…

Gear Review – The Crovel Extreme II

If you’ve never seen the Crovel before it’s an amazing piece of gear that is made in the USA. Basically it’s a military e-tool on steroids with some cool additions.  First, it’s heavier than an e-tool. This can be both good and bad and I’ll come back to this in a moment.  Second, it has some cool additions such as a pry bar and an attachment point where you can add in some serious heavy duty hardware to break concrete, rocks, or whatever needs to be broken. By Jarhead Survivor, a…

Three Excellent Survival Knives for Under $100

Outdoorsmen love knives.  The reasons for this are varied, but for me it’s because of the utility they offer.  If all you have is a good blade and the right skill set you could potentially survive in the wilderness for a long time. How so?  Let’s think of the Rule of 3’s for a moment and see how a knife could help. Rule of 3’s You can survive 3 minutes without air You can survive 3 hours without shelter (in inclement weather) You can survive 3 days without water You…

Compare and Contrast of Wool Blanket and Poncho and Poncho Liner

For various reasons I don’t keep a sleeping bag in my Get Home Bag or my everyday hiking kit.  Today I thought I’d talk about other options than having a sleeping bag permanently stored in your kit. First of all I think the best choice a person could make for a serious bug-out is a good sleeping bag, especially up here in the Great White North.  Having said that, keeping a sleeping bag in your pack all the time has two disadvantages:  1.)  They’re relatively heavy and 2.)  If you…

Gear Review: USMC ILBE Arcteryx Military MARPAT Assault Pack

You can think of this as Part 2 of the Tango Main Backpost  I did earlier. After ordering the small Arcteryx Military Assault Pack that went with my ILBE Tango Arc’Teryx Main Backpack I waited with anticipation for it to show up.  It arrived arrived a little over a week ago and all I can say is wow!  I love this pack. First, this is a smaller pack than I usually carry of the bug-out variety (I’m not comparing this to the Tango – but to other but-out bags I’ve…