Do The Sinister – Bargain Priced Nike Smoke Green Wind Breaker Spotlight

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** BECAUSE IT CAUGHT MY EYE – NIKE WIND BREAKER **

… not exactly review worthy, but as the title says – ‘always keep an eye out’ as you never know where and what you’ll find !!!

… quite literally trawling what I prefer to call a ‘flea market’ with my family, I’d only gone along on the promise of hot coffee and breakfast I found this !!!

Not something I’d either go look for, nor even consider off the shelf – but, in what I’d describe as a very dark ‘sage green’ I spotted this on one vendors table. A like new Nike Windbreaker.

Made from 100% Polyester, and exceptionally lightweight and easily stowable, with its two large front YKK Zippered pockets and sculpted hood – for a mere £1 ($1.26/€1.15) I quickly snapped it up without deliberation. Especially as it was in faultlessly exceptionally brand new condition…

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Trenches – Crye Precision LWF ™ ‘Light Weight Fleece’ Jacket in Multicam

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Trenches – Crye Precision LWF ™ ‘Light Weight Fleece’ Jacket in Multicam

Crye’s LWF (Light Weight Fleece) landed upon my desk late yesterday and as such I thought I’d take the time to run up a quick over view.

First impressions, I’d certainly argue this is one of Crye’s better made, more solid and robust entries to their growing catalogue – and, assertively gives the likes of its Arc’teryx and Beyond Clothing equivalents a real run for their money.

It’s a generously sized garment, and whilst a fitted cut, it would comfortably accommodate a base layer or tee, however I’d encourage dropping up a size if you plan to wear this over either a combat or field shirt.

To put that in perspective, at 6ft and proportionately sized – this, in large fits perfectly, when worn with a tee. More than long enough in the arms, Crye have taken every…

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Through Silver in Blood – ATRG’s interview with The Reptile House

Through Silver in Blood – ATRG’s interview with The Reptile House

… good news, draw yourself a cold drink or hot coffee for that matter and get reading.

Why ATRG are back, not long after my S23 interview with another installment, with none other than The Reptile House !!!

Why should you read this, well – we interviewed the TRH a few years back upon his return, but predominantly discussed Plastic Deth, and subsequently PTW blasters and further collaborated on some gear pieces …

I digress, what’s really important here, is this is seminal piece behind one of the leading sites on Airsoft, MilSim as well as Gear and Blasters, but a truly personable insight into than man with his finger on the pulse of current zeitgeist – it’s a compelling read, and as I enjoyed it thoroughly so I thought I share it too …

You can read it all here: https://atrg836615659.wordpress.com/2018/06/10/the-reptile-house-interview/

Last but not least, another pro turn from Dan at ATRG, his content right now has been crushingly good, and this serves as an excellent entry point – S23

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Troops of Doom – Inside an S23 ‘Day Sack’

Troops of Doom – Inside an S23 ‘Day Sack’

It’s the weekend, so I thought I’d do a quick bag (day sack) dump before getting geared up for another whole new week …

I’ve been using my surprisingly vacuous LondonBridge Trading 8000ain MultiCam ‘Tropic’ …

This carries:

• 1 x Jetboil Flash

• 1 x Patagonia Lvl 5 Soft Shell

• 1 x Patagonia Lvl 4 Wind Shirt

• 1 x SureFire, LLC 6P Classic Blk

• 1 x MRE Spoon

• 1 x Oakley ‘Gas Can’ Glasses

• 1 x Gerber Gear ‘Suspension’ Multi Tool

• 1 x Noble & Blue M05 Field Note Wallet w/Sharpie and IR Cymalume

Patrol Incident Gear FDT gloves

• 2 x Nalgene 1 ltr Bottles

• 1 x AeroPress (fitted with Percolo Stainless Steel Filter)

• 1x Gsi Outdoors ‘Java Mill’

• Assorted Storacell holders

• 1 x Neck Gaiter

… what’s in yours, have an awesome Bank Holiday weekend – S23

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• x 1 S23 ‘Plastic Deth’ sticker

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• x 1 S23 ‘S23 Deth’ Skull

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Feel the Darkness – ATRG’s S23 Interview

Feel the Darkness – ATRG’s S23 Interview

**NEW INTERVIEW UP FROM ATRG**

I’ve made it no secret that I’m genuinely a big fan of good friend Dan’s new blog ATRG, so much so I’ve encouraged many of you to check the excellent and consistently solid work he’s published so far …

Well, it’s all down hill from here on in, he asked me for an interview (just kidding, this was a pleasure and honored to make a guest appearance)

More relevantly he asked some thought provoking questions and it certainly solicited some earnest answers – you can read it all here: https://atrg836615659.wordpress.com/2018/05/21/interview-andy-s23/

*footnote, more importantly go follow his Instagram and Facebookpages, lots of really cool stuff on there, and subscribe to his blog, it really is a relevantly fun read – S23

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• x 1 S23 Beer Mat sticker

• x 1 S23 ‘Rated Plastic Deth’ ESRB sticker

• x 1 S23 ‘Plastic Deth’ sticker

• x 1 S23 ‘Mas Grey’ NSW sticker

• x 1 S23 ‘S23 Deth’ Skull

• x 1 ‘Mystery’ sticker variant A*

• x 1 ‘Mystery’ sticker variant B*

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… Who’s Buying – Tacbelts UK Incremental Update

… Who’s Buying – Tacbelts UK Incremental Update

… in a short but sweet update, rather than redux our original Peace Sells … Tacbelts Spotlight – I thought I’d get out and get some quick photographs of my new S23 patches from Tacbelts and as they’re so good I put in a third order. The man is a machine, this too was turned around in true ‘speed metal’ fashion and arrived only a mere day after the two S23 patches had dropped.

Blend In

As you can see, the first S23™ Callsign perfectly blends in against the Wild Things Soft Shell Tweave in Multicam™.

Needless to say perfectly equal and laser cut straight with tight and tidy stitching the 3M Solar IR backer peaks through the stenciled font perfectly. Bound to MilSpec Hook, it securely attaches to your chosen Loop Velcro attachment point …

The Thin Blue Line

So, to say I’m impressed doesn’t quite cut it, these are far beyond superb, so pleased in fact I immediately reached out to Andy at Tacbelts UK for a very special third piece. Not so much for fun, but a special requirement for at work, when on duty. It was to be a UnionJack with the ‘Thin Blue Line‘ through it …

… and drawing inspiration from images of SOF and in particular 75th Rangers I opted for Hook bordering so I could switch between the ‘Hi-VisPhotoluminescent side and the more subdued ‘3M IR Blackout‘ on the reverseside …

Suffice to say he’s knocked it out of the park again and I’m sure he’ll be in receipt of requests for more of these very soon …

… staggering to think, such is his ability to visualize the customers brief and subsequently realize it and get it shipped within a mere few hours is truly testament to not only his professionalism, but commitment to customer satisfaction, I’ll be wearing this with no end of pride.

Last but not least the second patch ordered from Tacbelts is possibly the most stunning of the pair, in Multicam™ and with ‘Night Glow’ bordering – whilst this will provide for a more covert visual signature – when attached to bags and cargo it’ll be quickly located with a flash of my trusted Surefire, LLC 6P Blk …

Naturally, I’ll urge you to go give Tactbelts UK a follow over at their pages here at Tacbelts UK FB and Tacbelts UK IG account too …

I’ll leave you with a few more shots of his stunning patches – S23

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• x 1 S23 Beer Mat sticker

• x 1 S23 ‘Rated Plastic Deth’ ESRB sticker

• x 1 S23 ‘Plastic Deth’ sticker

• x 1 S23 ‘Mas Grey’ NSW sticker

• x 1 S23 ‘S23 Deth’ Skull

• x 1 ‘Mystery’ sticker variant A*

• x 1 ‘Mystery’ sticker variant B*

* (*whilst stocks last)

Överkill – Kifaru Urban Zippy Pack Spotlight by No.1 Jimmy Pie

Överkill – Kifaru Urban Zippy Pack Spotlight by No.1 Jimmy Pie

Funnily enough, today marks the 3rd year anniversary of my very own ‘Pie Slicer’ from Jim over at No1. Jimmy Pie Knives

Needless to say, after three years of work, use and abuse – with a little care and maintenance it’s going as strong as ever …

Albeit it’s picked up what I think is some rather fetching patina …

Now, I’ve been meaning to get Jim on the blog for quite sometime, however, if not quite found the angle I was after – and he is a very busy man. In between cups of coffee he’s found toiling away crafting exquisitely functional knives, related accessories and ephemera in his incredible workshop hidden, somewhere in the depths of leafy suburbia …

I know this much, Jim is exceptionally well thought of, not just by me, or his customers and legions of fans but his contemporaries within the industry.

He’s forged, or should that be ‘carved’ a reputation through his intimate dialogue of photos of knives, axes and hatchets, often modified and detailed to bespoke customer requirements – and, have been seen subsequently across the globe in the hands of outdoorsmen, every day carry enthusiasts, hiking community as well as Law Enforcement and Military too …

I’ve got my own, and plan a second (I blame you Jim for sending that phot) – but what has attracted many, is through his visual diary you often get a unique insight into how they are made, processes he’s developed and learnt. It’s a very affirming process, and even from a customers point of view, gives you a real personable account of your knifes creation …

Anyhow, on with this posts topic – Jim, like many of us, comes from a background of gear collecting, and as such, having more than a passing interest knows what works and what doesn’t – I’d noticed he’d been shifting a few pieces of Cordura and suspected it was for a higher purpose …

Enter The Kifaru Urban Zippy

Jim recently picked up a brand new Kifaru Urban Zippy, this model in Ranger Green.

In his original post he had this to say:

Little Bag, big capacity, I honestly don’t think I’ve owned a ruck in this size range that packs this much in with room to spare.

He went on to further explain and evidence with some great explanatory photos too:

I can still fit in my hammock or a set of base layers, the rear pouch is still empty too …

Better yet, Jim gave a run down on what he was packing too, giving not only example of the packs capabilities – but many of the things you should consider carrying on a leisure hike and or short stay out camping …

He explained:

… it lets you get to it all easily too, great design by Kifaru.

External Lid Pocket

Small Fixed Blade, Ruck Cover, External Lid Pocket – Spare Large Kifaru Pouch

Internal Lid Pocket

First Aid Kit

Main Pocket

• 1Ltr Nalgene Bottle

• Jet Boil PCS

• MRE

• GoreTex Bivvy

• Triple Aught Design Scarf

• Kifaru x 4 Pockets (Wash Kit, Brew Kit, Fire Kit, Snacks)

Left Side Zipper

• Shelter Kit

• Folding Saw

• Cordage

• Bungees

Right Side Zipper

• Tarpaulin

Outside Pockets

• 1 Ltr Nalgene

• Large Fixed Blade

Rear Pouch

• Empty (as you can see the pack is vacuous with room for much more despite its diminutive size)

Encouragingly, Jim is always keen and enthusiastic to engage questions solicited from followers and made the following poignant remarks. When asked about not having a proprietary ‘waist belt’ he explained:

It does have a simple waist strap, nothing padded, and you’d be correct, I wouldn’t want to do a full days hike with it as it is – but a light bimble (walk) and an overnight wild camp, it’d be fine …

The proof however, will be in the pudding as they say, when I get out and test it properly.

Further praise was evidenced by Jim:

… this feels perfect, in the 25ltr range, it’s been a while since I’ve had a Kifaru in my life, maybe three years, very happy to get one back …

With regards to the unique and innovative design, the side pockets:

It’s a damn neat idea!

Quick access to the bottom of the bag or the internal mesh pouch, genius and cool as f**k !!!

As he’d sent over additional phot’s for this very article he parted out with this great line:

The real game changer I think with a load like this is the internal frame …

You can keep up with Jim here over at No.1 Jimmy Pie Instagran and check our more from Kifaru here: http://www.kifaru.net/

He also sent over this stunning exclusive photo – showcasing his incredible craftsmanship alongside his Kifaru Pack – S23

**RESTOCKING STICKERS – GET EM’ BEFORE THEY’RE GONE**

Restocking stickers, back by popular demand and now with

an all new additional variant sticker – get em’ here: http://s23familia.bigcartel.com/product/s23-familia-stickers

**NOW WITH MORE NEW DESIGNS**

Plaster your ‘Blaster Cases’ stocks, kit and gear or even coffee mugs with hard wearing S23 Familia Sticker pride

Each Sticker set contains:

• x 1 S23 Ranger Diamonds sticker

• x 1 S23 Beer Mat sticker

• x 1 S23 ‘Rated Plastic Deth’ ESRB sticker

• x 1 S23 ‘Plastic Deth’ sticker

• x 1 S23 ‘Mas Grey’ NSW sticker

• x 1 S23 ‘S23 Deth’ Skull

• x 1 ‘Mystery’ sticker variant A*

• x 1 ‘Mystery’ sticker variant B*

* (*whilst stocks last)