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Badlands 2800 Split Design Backpack

For those who don’t know Badlands BackPacks is a new line just 7 years old but not a new company. The parent Corp is Vortex packs, if your climbing Kilimanjaro you wear a Vortex pack, in fact I believe their pack has been to the summit more than any other. So the company has a solid reputation of making top of the line gear.

Good thing for us we don’t hunt Elk and Deer at 20,000 feet so we just don’t need to pack in so much on our backs. The Badlands brand is targeted toward hunters specifically and the 2800 Badlands pack is a prime example of that thinking in practice. I approached this review with caution, as I get tired of companies slapping Camouflage on products and calling it hunting gear. I don’t like to replace my gear every year. When I buy a piece of gear I will pay extra for it,but only if I truly believe I can get 10 years of service out of that gear. My gear always have to pull double and triple duty as Spring Camping gear, Summer cook outs, vacations, plus be in top shape for the hunts when I will beat on it the hardest. I currently use a Madden Mountaineering 4500 (The numbers are the number of ci, cubic inches) That backpack has been doing its job since the late 80’s and I can say its never had a single problem, but it is designed more toward Sherpa duty than general hunting gear. It’s really a big duffel bag with extra pockets. Russi Mountaineering has bought Madden and it doesn’t even appear that they currently make the pack I use.

badlands 2800 openSo how are the Badlands 2800 different? First of all I must honestly say that when I first saw this pack I was a bit confused. My empty pack didn’t look anything like the pictures I swore there was something missing. That’s because the backpack is a Split Pack and I just hadn’t ever seen anything like it before. The pack takes a normal 2800 cc back pack and breaks it into 4 compartments with a total of 7 pockets. Then it adds in a tension and weight dispersing strap design that allows you to carry heavy material centered on your back for balance: I.E. Elk Quarters. A design obviously thought up by someone who has lost their gear stashing it under a tree while they packed out meat. As most know losing a good backpack is terrible but ALL YOUR GEAR in that pack is a hunt ruining experience.

The two side compartments have two pocket each and inside and outside pocket. The Outside pocket was not only the perfect shape but size for a full size pistol. The zippers were covered with a large molded rubber grip making it easy to open the pockets quickly even with thick gloves on. They used a yellow Aramid thread on all the seams and stress points of the pack. Aramid thread is normally used for bedding down fire barriers or high end upholstery, Aramid is a 110 lb test thread, this allows them to build stronger seams without having to build huge anchor points which make a pack look bad with stitch seams running all over hell and back.

kx032 fabricThe entire pack is made from a material Badlands calls KX032, its more of blend of materials to get a designed effect. There are 3 layers of material that make up KX032 The first is a Waterproof Urethane shell. This breathable material so if you stick something in there that is damp moisture gets out but it doesn’t get in, helps prevent mold from developing in your pack during the off-season. As some readers may of experienced pulling their backpacks out of the closet in the southern states where we use swamp coolers, the basements of midwestern states, or even the garage just about anywhere. Urethane is great for this but its just not tough so they combined it with the second layer, which is a Nylon. The Nylon has been around forever, it seems and when you want something to be strong Nylon is the way to go but the problem for hunters is Nylon sounds like your wearing a pair of corduroy pants on the hunt. Every preformed belts for backpacksmovement, every branch all attempts to snag and makes a scratching noise as you pass by. So Badlands added a third material that is wind proof, waterproof and feels like a soft felt. It absorbs noise well and is hard to making a scratching sound on. I raked a blade across the fabric several times the fabric fairly smooth and very hard to get traction to begin to slice into the top layer. The first 4 –5 rakes didn’t even damage the Real Tree Hardwood camouflage print on the outer layer. Satisfied that the pack wasn’t going to get ripped to shreds amongst the rocks and trees we moved on to a comfort and function test.

comfortable backpackThe size of this pack is perfect for strapping to the front of the 4-wheeler while I head up the mountain for a day or two walk. It didn’t hang over the edge and strapped nicely to our Kawasaki 4-wheeler’s both big and small. The top of the pack has a huge over sown handle built in for to make packing the pack easier or if your dragging it through an Airport it doesn’t have to be on your back to carry it comfortably. The Badlands backpacks have a built in back brace and a preformed back arch support that has not only thick but comfortable padding. The padding is not soft which means the nylon winds up cutting into you anyway on other backpacks, nor is it hard its just a nice shock absorbing pad that holds the shape of your body, which according to them allows better blood flow. Supposedly that is important I will just have to take their word on it as we have no way of proving that fact. I found the pack to be very comfortable even when heavily loaded. We stuck 200 lbs of steel in the pack and I strapped it on and could easily move my arms and didn’t have a feeling of being pulled back or toppling. I believe its rated at 80lbs in case you were wondering.

I found one thing that I would like to see improved on the pack that was the extra D rings sewn to the sides on the front of the backpack. I would of like to see these made out of aluminum or steel. For no other reason than I wanted to cinch a holster to it that requires me to twist the gun to draw and I was afraid eventually I was going to break them using them for something they were not designed for.

Frankly there was not one area design, technology, durability and usability that I didn’t find that this pack exceeded every competitor I have seen or heard of. The company kind of threw a slap of the glove to us to find something wrong with their product as they seem to take great pride in their business and it shows. They are the only company with a “No Fault” lifetime warranty. That means had a seam ripped out when we loaded it with 200lbs of metal. They still fix it for Free. The Pack just has to be fixable. There just isn’t much you can do to cloth that can’t be fixed. I picked on the D-rings for my own personal use but for what they were intended for they would last a lifetime. I know that this backpack will last guy who treats his gear terribly a lifetime, and those who don’t, never need to fear any type of problems. Truly an excellent hunting backpack I would recommend that Stores Call Badlands for Dealer prices. If you would like to just buy one of these great packs ask a local outdoor dealer why he doesn’t stock one for you. Just Click here to find a Badlands 2800 online dealer.

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K5 tactical tomahawk: rugged as stone!

K5 tactical tomahawk possibly one of the most rugged production hawks ever made. They obviously were made to abuse under normal conditions, where other hawks will crack.

At the beginning of my k5 tactical tomahawk review meet Eddie Killian, the owner of K5 tactical. He made two types of his hawk axe. Tactical tomahawk-spike and a hammer poll.

They made from 3/8? 1050 thick high carbon steel. Edges are tempered and hardened. Handle is not, to improve hawk’s hock absorbing ability. Entire hawk is powder coated. 7.5” Axe head, and 3.5” edge face, the entire length is 16,5?. 3 inches of sharpened edge on the beard made for hooking moves. Aluminium handle scales can be easily removed if you want to wrap handle with cord. It comes to you with a special kydex sheath, which is perfect in all ways to use. Easy to carry and to take out fast if needed. Hawk spike model has a 3.5 inches long spike from the center of axe head.

Ok, now let’s test it. Let’s take a hasp, mounted on wood. When you breaching such thing, you have good chances to hit not only wood, but nails, steel, screws, etc. If blade material is cheap, your hawk is going to be a worthless tool pretty quickly. The main idea of this experiment is to attack the wood around the hasp, reduce the material on the sides of the screws, and create a gap to undercut the hasp. On the way in about 3/4? i sheared some of the screws and even broke one. On the next stap I will engage the side of the hasp with the spike, and then wrench up. In result, the upper part of the hasp easily popped off.
Next test of k5 tactical tomahawk will be about penetration force. Let’s take for this a 1” side of a cement block. K5 tactical hammer poll hawk will do this job better, but we decided to use spike. Look at the picture. We did it easily with five swings, how do you like that? There is no such helmet, which can stand it’s brutal force.

After all the experiments the blade looked rather nice. As you can see from photo, only two big rolls, 1/4? and 1/8?. I got them hitting the hasp screws.

After 20 min of sharping and filed the axe head was cleared. You may see the result. It means, you can always repair it and continue to chop wood and bones.

Shock absorption is nice for a solid metal tool. Vibrations are not trancefer to handler and hand. It’s weakness is it’s price. It’s cost is about 200$ and you’ll have to wait about four weeks for shipping. But anyway you can always find k5 tactical tomahawk for sale on different internet forums and buy it for a cheap price. The tool recieved high points after testing. It’s a good thing for most purposes: hunting, breaching, self defence. You will fing it very useful on campings too. If you liked this hawk, buy it, you can’t be wrong.

Super Subsonics

Slow down: For out-and-out accuracy, put away the high- and hyper-velocity ammo and load your favorite .22 with “below the speed of sound” stuff.

This blue grouse was taken with a Remington Subsonic HP. The bullet didn’t ruin a bite of meat.

Subsonic .22s are the loads to shoot for the best accuracy and meat-saving shots on small game. You might think high-velocity .22 Long Rifles, with a shorter time of flight, would drift less in the wind and be more accurate than subsonics. However, because subsonics are slightly slower than the speed of sound, they do not encounter a sharp increase in air resistance; that results in less wind drift and more stable flight.

A Not-So-Simple Explanation
The exact speed of sound depends on the temperature of the air. At sea level with a temperature of 70 degrees, sound travels at about 1,128 feet per second. As temperatures fall, air becomes denser and sound travels slower. When a bullet approaches and first passes this velocity, airflow severely buffets it. The outer edge of this transonic zone, if we go with the 1,128 fps at 70 degrees, is between about 902 and 1,466 fps.

Glen Weeks of Winchester Ammunition says a bullet that does not reach the speed of sound is much less affected by air turbulence. “A shadow graph of a subsonic bullet in flight shows a shock wave being pushed in front of the bullet and flowing around the bullet,” Weeks says. “But as a bullet transitions from subsonic to supersonic, the shadow graph shows the bullet piercing the shock wave and the shock wave actually adhering somewhat to the bullet.” Weeks says the shock wave created at these transonic velocities causes all sorts of turbulence. That turbulence can destabilize a bullet and throw it somewhat off course.

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Verdict: 5.11 Taclite Pro Tactical Pants. Possibly the best pair of casual travel pants evah!

5.11 Taclite Pro Pants: I’ve always been a huge fan of 5.11’s line of clothing. I’ve worn everything from their Covert shirts to their cargo shorts. Their clothing is rugged, well-designed and practical for my free-time activities. Many of 5.11’s products fall under the “Tactical Gear” category, however for us non-tactical people they double as excellent Travel clothes. Read More