Check out these amazing new products featured in October 2021 issue of American Outdoor Guide Boundless.
For many of us, fall is our favorite time of year.
As the days cool off and the nights get crisp, we gravitate toward campfires and the camaraderie that can be found there. The changing colors throughout the forest provide a simply breathtaking experience too.
There’s a lot of work to be done, given this is harvest season and winter’s coming. But be sure to take some time to get away and just enjoy what Mother Nature has available for us.
Wild Outside Book
Suitable for the younger set, as well as the young at heart, Les Stroud’s latest book takes readers with him on his adventures around the world. In each of the four sections (Prepare, Observe, React, Adapt), he uses stories from the field to teach survival concepts and skills. At a little more than 100 pages, this is a quick read—but it’s jam-packed with great information and entertaining tales from cover to cover.
This new pack from Mystery Ranch is a scaled-down version of its popular 3 Day Pack, built for urban use and functionality. The unique, 3-ZIP design allows top and front access to your gear. There’s MOLLE webbing on the front and sides for a pouch and gear attachments. Empty, the pack weighs 3 pounds and measures 21x12x11.25 inches, with a total volume of 1,650 cubic inches. There’s a floating, padded sleeve inside that fits laptops up to 15 inches, as well as interior dump pockets, two zippered lid pockets and more organization.
The name, RISE, is an acronym that stands for “Rigid Immobilization System for Extremities.” It’s a splint for extremity fractures (straight or 90-degree splint) and can also serve as a pelvic binding. It has dynamic hinges that allow it to collapse for portability and also save space in your kit. Pair the splint with a windlass or ratcheting tourniquet to prevent additional injury before moving a casualty. It’s made of a lightweight polymer that can be easily cleaned.
The Sonoma V2 is a linerlock folding knife that’s designed for hard use outdoors. The rounded canvas Micarta scales provide a comfortable grip. Perfect for backpacking, as well as simple day hikes, it packs light but performs well above its weight class. The Elmax steel blade is 3.4 inches long. When opened, the knife has an overall length of 8.0 inches. The reversible wire pocket clip will keep the Sonoma in place until you reach for it … which you’ll do often.
Taking your canine companion with you on a hike can be exceptionally fun for both of you. However, there’s no reason why Fido can’t handle at least some of his own gear along the way. The Bramble Ramble is a tailor-made pack with two saddlebags. It’s individually sized for your animal. The harness is offered in light gray, tan and red. You’ll need to provide several measurements, including chest, loin and neck; and, in about three weeks, it’ll ship out to you.
The Clyde is a mix of Scandinavian and Japanese influences—with some Persian influences thrown in for good measure. It runs almost 7 inches from end to end when open, with a 3-inch blade made of N690 steel that has a satin finish. It has a linerlock for safety, and the bronze washers provide fast opening.Because of its aluminum scales, the Clyde is very lightweight—just shy of 3 ounces. The wire pocket clip keeps this ergonomic folder handy, and it’s a great addition to your EDC rotation.
While big knives are fun, most common chores can be handled with smaller blades. The Hornero was designed to be an easily carried and often-used fixed-blade knife. Its 3-inch blade is perfect for daily use, and its larger handle provides great ergonomics. The steel is 1095 that’s been differentially heat-treated. It also has a black powdercoated finish. The handle is made of tan and black canvas Micarta. A black Kydex sheath completes the package nicely.
In this DVD documentary that spans about 2.5 hours, viewers tag along with a group of 12 students attending the basic survival course at the Pathfinder School in Ohio. The instructors are Dave Canterbury, Joshua Enyart, Shawn Kelly and Kevin Baxter. Students learn fire-making, knots, shelter-building, navigation and tons of other skill sets—all during a grueling, 100-degree (F) heat wave. They’re pushed to their limits and beyond, digging deep inside to find the resolve necessary to survive in the wild.
With a classic design that’s combined with modern, upscaled materials, Wiley X’s WX Ovation provides excellent ANSI-rated protection—and looks great while doing so. The included side shields can be added or removed, based on the situation at hand. The lenses are available in four colors: Blue Mirror, Rose Mirror, Green Mirror or Smoke Grey. The package comes complete with a zippered clamshell storage case, drawstring bag for the side shields, leash cord with rubber grips and a cleaning cloth.
This multi-tool comes equipped with 10 functions, including pliers, serrated saw, straight knife blade, screwdrivers (flat and Philips), file, bottle opener and more. Each tool locks into place while you use it, so you don’t have to worry about it folding up on your fingers. Push buttons release the tools when you’re finished with them. This multi-tool measures 4 inches when closed and slightly more than 6 inches long when fully opened. It comes with a carry pouch with button closure that can be worn on your belt, keeping the tool at your fingertips.
For those who aren’t aware, tourniquets are once again considered advisable tools in extreme medical emergencies. The SOF model has an advantage in that it’s applied the same way to an arm or leg—unlike other brands that require different methods based on where the tourniquets are being placed. When you’re under stress, you don’t want to have to make complicated decisions, so it’s designed to reduce the chance of failure or accidental release. The fastening system will perform, no matter what the conditions, including even if it’s soiled, muddy or frozen.
Hakim Isler is a decorated combat veteran and a 5th-degree black belt in To-Shin Do. He’s been involved with the martial arts for over two decades. In this new book, he uses ninja philosophies and concepts to break down and teach wilderness survival strategies. Isler covers everything from protecting yourself from the elements and cooling off when overheated to using fire to warm the body and purify water. Ninja are the martial arts equivalent of survivalists. This concept shines through in this manual.
One of the best gifts you can give children is a love of the outdoors. In this outdoor survival manual, Frank Grindrod provides instruction for numerous skills you can teach the kids in your life (and have a great time doing it). Including more than just survival techniques, this book helps foster an appreciation for the natural world, as well as confidence in being able to use the natural resources at hand for survival and adventure.
Spyderco’s latest update to its popular Value Folder series is this new, lightweight model that’s available with a plain, combination or fully serrated, 4.2-inch, 8Cr13MoV stainless steel blade with either a satin or black finish. The black fiberglass-reinforced nylon handle helps keep the knife’s weight down to just 4.4 ounces, even though it measures a full 9.4 inches when it’s open. The linerlock keeps the user safe, and the steel hourglass pocket clip is adjustable to four positions.
Socks can make or break an outing, especially any sort of long-distance hike. This pair is made from merino wool, which is known for being fast-drying, odor resistant and breathable. It provides excellent wicking by drawing moisture away from the skin, and it’s cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Terry loops throughout the interior provide comfortable cushioning all day long. These socks are truly seamless, with an ultra-smooth feel.
A great-quality headlamp can be a wonderful addition to your pack. It allows you to get work done in the dark while keeping both hands free. This model is rated to the IPX7 water-resistance standard (submerged up to 1 meter for up to 30 minutes). It has a white light for illumination, as well as a red light to preserve your night vision and an orange light for map-reading. The Explore 4RC uses a rechargeable battery and provides 400 lumens on the maximum setting. Alternatively, you can dial it down to 200 lumens for regular chores and 10 lumens for subdued usage.