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UTG Ranger Field Bag – Item of the Day

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Every day I bring you an item on Amazon that I personally use or has been purchased by many members of the audience and I have researched enough to recommend.

Today’s TSP Amazon Item of the day is the UTG Ranger Field Bag.  Long time followers of The Survival Podcast will know I have been recommending this bag for years.  And I will tell you this is the best value large bag I have found so far.

This is my go to as a luggage bag when I fly on airplanes.  It is so much more convenient than a roller as you make your way though what ever shuttle bus hell exists between you and your rental car.

It is huge as well, bigger than I think most people expect, in fact there are a few negative reviews about it being “too big”, sigh, really!  One even said, “the picture makes it look smaller”, um, it is a picture with no other object for scale, face palm moment I guess.

The dimensions of the bag are 35.00″ x 13.00″ x 12.00″ and it really carries a lot of gear.  I did manage to kill one, after many many airline trips where I used it to carry t-shirts.  I am talking tight packed, rolled shirts, over 150 pounds of them!  Even then it beat the shipping charges I would have paid to mail them ahead of time and send the unsold ones back home!

The failure is was at the one point this bag could use some improvement.  There are four rubber feet on the bottom.  When thrown (think airline employees) and heavily loaded sooner or later they tear off and eventually that wears the bag out.

Used as a vehicle kit bag, and set down vs. thrown (ie the way you handle gear when you actually own it), they are extremely long lasting.  I’ll be honest this is not a bag like John Willis at SOE Tactical Gear would build, however, old John doesn’t make a bag anything like this one.  In fact I can’t find anything quite like this bag when you factor in all the compartments and the comfort of carrying it along with the durability.

I use this bag for my vehicle based bug out kits and air travel mostly.  I have talked to the guy who fills my CO2 tank about this bag too.  For you home brewers the best place to get CO2 tanks filled is a airsoft store by the way.  The guy I use has a store and a huge play area for paint ball and airsoft both.  He said about half of all players tend to use this bag for their gear, due to capacity, longevity and comfort of carry.

So if you have need of a large capacity duffel give the UTG Ranger Field Bag a shot.  I think you will be quite happy with it.

Remember you can always find the TSP Item of the day by just going to TspAz.com and by shopping at TspAz.com anytime you shop online you help support TSP and the work we do here no matter what you buy.

P.S. – This video reviews three UTG Bags, the third one is the UTG Ranger Field Bag.  It does a good job of showing you all the features and how big it really is.  You can jump to about 6:40 if you just want that review.

By the way the second bag reviewed the UTG SWAT Responder Range Bag was an outstanding range bag, with huge capacity for such a small bag.  I still have one I bought before I even started TSP, I now use if for my blow back airsoft hand gun gear.  Sadly UTG stopped making it.  UTG if you are listening, two things.  1.  Bring Back the SWAT Responder Range Bag and 2.  Loose the feet on the Ranger Field bag, it would make a great product even better.

Monoprice Releasable Cable Ties – Item of the Day

cabeltiesEvery day I bring you an item on Amazon that I personally use or has been purchased by many members of the audience and I have researched enough to recommend.

Today’s TSP Amazon Item of the day is something I feel no one should be without.  They just do too much, for too little cost to not have some.  They are Monoprice Releasable Cable Ties and at only seven bucks and some change for 100 pieces they are a steal.

Get a few bags and do the following.  Make up bundles of about 20-30 a bundle.  Just use one tie to hold the rest together.  Put a bundle in your BOBs, put one in every glove box of your vehicles, put some in your garage where you can see them and just grab them, etc.  Heck I keep half a dozen as part of my EDC, you don’t even notice them in a cargo pocket until you need them.

The key is the releasable part!  We even use these for keeping gates closed on our low fences for our ducks.  I keep a few tied on top of various fences all over the property, so if you need one there is always one close by.   They are very strong and stay flexible a long time.  They tend to last about 1.5-2 years if in direct sun before becoming brittle.  Otherwise they seem to last forever.

I use them for many other things as well.  I use them to tie up new seedling trees for say a month until they stiffen up.  Since you can remove and reuse them it is cheaper than plant tape.  I use them to tie 4 large hog panels into a square and make an on the fly animal pen.  There is no limit to how useful these things are.

Sure they are kind of small at 6 inches, but you want 18 inches?  Put three together and when you don’t need that any more take them apart.

So just how versatile are cable ties in general, okay I am going to tell you a story, I am NOT SUGGESTING THAT you do it, it is just what happened.  Many years ago when I was in the Army I had two friends, Brad and Dean.  Dean was the one that owned a truck and he was a “character” to say the least.

Dean would just toss Brad or I the keys anytime we needed his truck.  One day we wanted to run to the PX, so Dean tosses Brad the keys.  In we jump and to the PX and back we go, beer run of course.  Brad is a typical guy from Southern Louisiana so he bends speed limits till they break.  We get back an Dean says, “oh yea, I should of told y’all to take it easy until the new tie rod gets here”.

Brand and I get down and look and see that fricken Dean had used 4 tie wraps to hold a broken tie rod together.  As in it had broken in two and he tie wrapped it back together.   For those that don’t know, the tie rod holds the front searing brackets to the frame so you can turn.   Kind of an important function!  So Brad almost kills Dean but later we laughed about it, because when you are 20 you are stupid!

That has always stuck with me and while I would not replicate it as a “temporary repair”, I would replicate it with great care and driving very slowly to get a vehicle to safety in a similar situation.   Trust me and if you don’t keep cable ties in your preps, start doing so and the best ones for flexibility and usefulness are Monoprice Releasable Cable Ties.

Remember you can always find the TSP Amazon Item of the day by just going to TspAz.com and by shopping at TspAz.com anytime you shop on Amazon you help support TSP and the work we do here no matter what you buy.

P.S. I have brought this item back a few times, the reason is simple, if I made a list of the top 5 most useful things on my homestead, I am sure it would change over time, but these would never fail to make the list.

 

 

 

Anker Astro E7 26800mAh Portable Charger – Item of the Day

Every day I bring you an item on Amazon that I personally use or has been purchased by many members of the audience and I have researched enough to recommend.

Today’s TSP Amazon Item of the day the Anker Astro E7 26800mAh Portable Charger.  I have tried a lot of back up power packs and this one is my current favorite.  This product has a great value to price ratio, coming in at 59.99 with free shipping on prime.  It currently has over 840 reviews on Amazon with 4.5 stars overall.

Frankly, Anker is just a stellar company, they build high quality products and back them with a great 18 month warranty, though I have never had the need to use said warranty.  Next is the power capacity of this particular power pack, 26800mAhs is enough power to charge a

  • iPhone6s 10 times
  • iPad Air 2.5 times
  • iPad Mini 3 times
  • Samsung S6 6.8 times

To put that in perspective I get an easy 24 hours of light use with my iPhone and it still has quite a bit of battery on it.  And if you are in a grid down you minimize use to critical needs, that means this should keep your coms up with your iPhone for a good two weeks.

To me your phone is your lifeline.  It brings you news, it lets you call for help, communicate with loved ones and more.  While I have a generator and several battery banks in my home I am not always in my home.  So I always keep one of these in my pack fully charged as a final back up on power needs.  I recommend you consider the Anker Astro E7 26800mAh Portable Charger for your own needs.

Remember you can always find the TSP Amazon Item of the day by just going to TspAz.com and by shopping at TspAz.com anytime you shop online you help support TSP and the work we do here no matter what you buy.

P.S. – This is an encore item I featured very recently.  I am featuring it today because in the wake of Harvey the need for back up cell phone power is pretty obvious.  I highly recommend pairing this item up with the Anker 24W Dual USB Car Charger.  By keeping these two items in your car and charging your phone with the second port you will always have plenty of power.

This solution is the one I personally rely on after evaluation of many different options.

 

Morakniv Companion Heavy Duty Fixed Blade Knife – Item of the Day

Every day I bring you an item on Amazon that I personally use or has been purchased by many members of the audience and I have researched enough to recommend.

Today’s TSP Amazon Item of the day is the Morakniv Companion Heavy Duty Fixed Blade Knife.  This knife is one of the most popular bush crafting and outdoors knives in the world, for two reasons, it is damn good and it is stupid cheap.

I generally am of the school of thought that you can have great quality or a cheap price but not both, this knife is an exception to that well proven general rule.  There is a lot to love about this little knife but lets start with the price tag of $18.95, yep under 20 bucks.  I have talked to more than one knife maker who has said, “I can’t buy the material to make a knife that good for 20 bucks”.

Now don’t get me wrong this is not a Patrick Roehrman custom by a long shot but for 18 dollars I feel you are getting a knife that could easily sell in the 40-60 dollar price range and no one would complain.  This knife a thick, 1/8-inch (3.2mm) carbon steel blade with a slightly blunter 27 Degree edge angle for high load capacity and maximum sharpness resistance.

The Companion HD has an extra large ergonomic handle with a soft high-friction grip. The classic scandi grind combined with high quality carbon steel makes the knife easy to resharpen. Mora knives made from high carbon steel achieve high hardness, sharpen easily and are exceptionally tough.

High carbon steels are preferred in applications that demand durability and can be easily re-sharpened when needed.   The back of this bade also throws an awesome shed of sparks off a ferro rod!

This knife is basically the beefed up version of the Mora Companion MG which sells for $11.68 and while this knife is a good value as well, I definitely recommend spending 6 more bucks and stepping up to the Companion Heavy Duty.  While the two look very similar to the eye the Companion Heavy Duty is suitable for tasks like breaking bone and batoning wood where I feel you are asking to much if you do these things with the lighter version.

So check out this knife today.  I feel everyone should have a few Mora knives in their collection and this one is at the top of my list of recommended ones.

Remember you can always find the TSP Item of the day by just going to TspAz.com and by shopping at TspAz.com anytime you shop online you help support TSP and the work we do here no matter what you buy.

P.S. – If you read the very few negative reviews of Mora knives including this one most involve the knife rusting.  These knives are made of CARBON STEEL and if you let it get wet without cleaning, drying and oiling it, yea it will rust.  I actually see little value in a shinny blade for a working knife so I accelerate the patina process on mine with vinegar, in today’s show segment on the item of the day I will tell you how to easily do that and why you would want to.

 

 

 

Catahoula Manufacturing Tarred Bank – Item of the Day

cmitwineEvery day I bring you an item on Amazon that I personally use or has been purchased by many members of the audience and I have researched enough to recommend.

Today’s TSP Amazon Item of the day is one of my go to essentials for BOBs, Vehicle Kits and around the homestead, and frankly everywhere.  It is Catahoula Manufacturing #36 Tarred Bank Line.  Let me say that any size bank line by Catahoula Manufacturing Incorporated (aka CMI) is fine, if you want heavier or lighter stuff there are many options, check here.

I personally recommend that you get at least one 550 foot roll of #36 because it is such a good bang for the buck.  At 30 dollars with free shipping it isn’t just a monetary value either.  As a pack item you are talking about a spool that weighs only a pound and yet gives you 550 of 320 pound tensile strength line.  Tarred line is the best go to as a twine and binder for everything from “red neck repairs” to setting traps, building survival structures or fishing with limb lining or trot lines.

The key here is ONLY BUY Catahoula Manufacturing Line.  Most bank line is in a word, shit, it isn’t tarred line just because the label says so.  CMI is the only manufacturer I trust when buying this stuff online when I can’t inspect it by hand prior to purchase.

Look I know it sounds obvious but the entire point of tarred line, is that it is well, tarred.  Let me explain a bit further.  Tarred doesn’t mean it is black, or it has some trace bit of a tar like substance on it.  No it is supposed to mean that the twine is fully impregnated with tar.  It should be sticky, you should smell tar when you open it, get it tarred.

You know how they say you can’t push a string?  Well if it is a tarred string you should easily be able to push a foot or so of it.  Again, get it, tarred!

The point is that this twine doesn’t unravel and it holds both in knots and in wraps, the tar is what makes that happen.  That way the part you red neck reparied stays put till you fix it right, or you lean to doesn’t fall on your head, or that big catfish doesn’t yank it off the sapling you used for a limb line set.

Most so called bank line or tarred line has little if any tar on it.  CMI, is the real deal.  So consider adding some Catahoula Manufacturing #36 Tarred Bank Line or other sizes of it to your preps.  Again it is something I consider an absolute essential.

Remember you can always find the TSP Amazon Item of the day by just going to TspAz.com and by shopping at TspAz.com anytime you shop online you help support TSP and the work we do here no matter what you buy.

P.S. – Yes the prepper/survivalist/bushcraft world is enamored with parachute cord.  Yes I do think it has its uses, but it can’t come close to the versatility, usability and bang for the buck good tarred line gives you.

 

 

CamelBack M.U.L.E. – Amazon Item of the Day

muelEvery day I bring you an item on Amazon that I personally use or has been purchased by many members of the audience and I have researched enough to recommend.

Today’s TSP Amazon Item of the day is the CamelBack M.U.L.E.  What exactly does M.U.L.E. stand for, well that would be “Medium to Ultra Long Endeavors”.  This is my go to pack and it has only gotten better over the years, I bought mine over 7 years ago, I am still using it, it is still in great condition.

In fact the video below is from a short hike we did in Arkansas over 6 years ago.  I mean this is SO LONG AGO, I Have an iPod in the electronics pouch vs. an iPhone!  I mean really I have been though 3 iPhones in those 6 years and I still have the same pack.

I will say this pack doesn’t have massive cargo capacity but is is plenty for EDC and basic trail emergency gear on short hikes.  It excels for mountain biking because it is not over sized.  My number one use is wearing it while working on the farm in our 100 plus degree heat, so I stay hydrated and do not pass out.

If you want a larger capacity for cargo check out the CamelBack H.A.W.G. – Which stands for “Holds A Lot of Water and Gear”.  It is basically an up-sized version of the M.U.L.E.  Unless I am taking a major hike or spending an over night or something like that I prefer the lighter and smaller format of the CamelBack M.U.L.E.

I personally feel that the CamelBack concept as a whole has saved many lives over the years and prevented likely 10 of thousands of cases of basic heat exhaustion and trips to the ER for heat stroke.  In my days in the military, especially in Panama and Honduras, the number one injury I witnessed was what is called a “heat casualty” and it always came down to insufficient hydration.

If you are in the market for a top quality hydration solution and want to be able to carry a nice amount of gear along with it, take a look at the CamelBack M.U.L.E. today.  It isn’t the cheapest item in the category but for a pack that has lasted 7 years and is still going strong, as often is the case you get what you pay for.   At 80 bucks with free shipping, this pack is worth every cent.  And hey that is less than I paid for mine, so many years ago.

When I first got this Dorothy liked the idea but thought is was “too expensive”, so she bought some cheapo hydration back pack, (the kind with no cargo space) from Academy for herself.  It failed, she bought another.  At that point I had, had enough and ordered her a M.U.L.E. and of course I paid extra to get it in red for her.  Where that second cheapo is I know not, likely in a land fill somewhere, but her red CamelBack is still in service.

Remember you can always find the TSP Amazon Item of the day by just going to TspAz.com and by shopping at TspAz.com anytime you shop on Amazon you help support TSP and the work we do here no matter what you buy.

Here is my video from 2009, this pack is slightly faded from the brutal southern sun but still going strong.

MagLite LED 3 D-Cell Flashlight – Item of the Day

magliteEvery day I bring you an item on Amazon that I personally use or has been purchased by many members of the audience and I have researched enough to recommend.

Today’s TSP Amazon Item of the day is the MagLite LED 3 D-Cell Flashlight.  I absolutely love this light for so many reasons.  The only thing that would make it better is if it came in a 4 cell model.  For some reason (perhaps over driving the LED) they do not make a 4 or 6 cell version of this light in LED, though you can get those in incandescent.

I was very excited when the first version of this light came out, until I got one, bluntly it sucked.  It would start out bright and fade over time, turn it off and wait it would be bright again for say 30 seconds and start fading again.

I was pretty much done with LED tech from MagLite at that point.  Then I heard they fixed the issues which was related to heat build up of the bulb in gen one.  I gave them another try and now I own over a half dozen of these.  There is one in the door of both vehicles, one in my night stand, one near the front and back door, and two in our black out kit.

This light is rugged and it just works, and you get very long battery life with the LED light.  I actually carry its little brother, the MagLite 2 C-Cell LED Flashlight in our BOBs as this one is a bit big for that application.

As always I am big on quality to value ratio.  I am a guy taht will spend 500 dollars on a one of a kind knife, I am not cheap but an item like this isn’t something you have one of, you have many of them.  They are not just a source of light but also a HIGHLY effective impact weapon, especially when you use the light to blind an attacker just before dropping the hammer on his nose with the handle.  In the end the MagLite LED 3 D-Cell Flashlight is a hell of a value.

For the ones you keep in your car you may want to add the Bust A Cap Glass Breaker and it can break more than just glass, I am just sayin.

Remember you can always see the TSP Amazon Item of the day by just going to TspAz.com and by shopping at TspAz.com anytime you shop on Amazon you help support TSP and the work we do here.