Product reviews of commercially available gear

Review: Coffee Wick Fire Starter

We all know the basic components of a fire being tinder, kindling and fuel. Each component is designed to slowly catch the next stage on fire. The fun part is how do you get your first flame going and keep it going long enough to get the whole thing up in a blaze. This is... Read More »

Review: Idaho Survival Fire Stick Fatwood Ferrocerium

Fire can be made in many ways and with many tools. The simple creation of a spark and catching it on an easily burnable material is one of the older methods. A good example of such would be flint and steel, and a modern twist on that is the quite popular ferrocerium rod. This spark... Read More »

Review: Merkwares Emberlit Sprongs

When it comes to outdoor utensils there are a multitude of items that we typically carry. Some of those are for creating fire, others are for setting up our tent. When dinner time rolls around the most critical are the utensils we use to create and consume our meals on the trail. For many of... Read More »

Review : Fox Outfitters Firefly Headlamp

“How anyone can camp without a headlamp escapes me…”, a simple Gear Whore truth. Flashlights are a necessity while camping, in your everyday carry kit or in the garage, but when you actually have to work on something, and you need light, a headlamp is a must. In the last few years there has been... Read More »

Review: Fox Outfitters Vine Hammock Straps

Hammocks are one of those simple things that make any camping experience just that little bit more comfortable. Finding that perfect spot, with the perfect view and lounging about certainly makes the day. Having the right hanging equipment certainly makes the experience easier to enjoy. Such equipment needs to be very adjustable, have good grip,... Read More »

Review: Exotac fireSLEEVE rugged lighter

The gift of Prometheus is an immortal piece of edc gear. A gear whore without fire is no gear whore at all. This is probably why we all own many various tools that employ many different methods to start fire. Many of us employ the modern miracle of the Bic Classic lighter. This nearly universal... Read More »

Review: Exped SynCellMat5

I’ve been spending a lot of time on sleeping mats lately, as evidenced by my long term review of the perennial and excellent Exped Synmat7.  Wanting variety, and backup, and because I’m a gear whore, I purchased the Exped SynCellMat5 from REI a few weeks ago. *Note: Living 8 miles from the REI flagship store is... Read More »

A Month on the Exped Synmat 7

A Month on the Mat: A long term review of the Exped Synmat 7. Last month I packed my stuff, fit what I could into my Fiesta hatchback, and moved to Colorado.  It’s going to be my base of Gear Whoring operations while I train for my 2016 Appalachian Trail thru hike.  Now, as most could... Read More »

Review: Cha-O-Ha EDC Card

Credit cards are a universal item in peoples pockets today, but outside of helping your buy the things you need what do they do? The answer is, not much other than being a fancy piece of plastic with a magstripe and numbers on it. Their major contribution to the edc landscape has been to provide... Read More »

Review: MSP Core M4 Stove

Bigger is not always better and size does matter, but it’s just a matter of what size do you need. Last time when we reviewed a stove from we said something similar about the Core 4 Bio-Reactor Titanium Ultimate stove. It seems that this comment was taken to heart because a little while ago... Read More »

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