Reviews

Review: Disciple Extended Ops tactical pack MK II

I have been on the  lookout for a smaller pack -smaller than my existing 80 litre rucksack. I had bought this on sale and red was the only colour available. A brightly coloured pack is not very suitable when trekking out in the wilderness, trying to observe the flora and fauna around you as in …
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Review: Hohner Golden melody 10 hole diatonic harmonica

Its been a while since I played a harmonica, around 30 years at least. I remember the black Hero harmonica that dad had. In fact most of my friends who had harmonicas had Heros’. Its quality was pretty good and I was surprised to find out a few days back that it was/is made in …
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Review: Zebra 12cm billycan

I currently have 4 cook pots that I use when trekking or camping. I use them at home quite often too! The Vargo Ti lite mug The Snowpeak Trek 900 Titanium The Montbell #3D Titanium cooker The Zebra 12cm “Billy Can” The Zebra has been my latest acquisition, and my first stainless steel cook pot …
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Review: Trangia meth burner

  Having owned the Bushbuddy, and being very satisfied with it, I had no intention of getting another backpacking stove, particularly a spirit burner as I had been coming across information on the Net that getting meths in India is difficult if not close to impossible. Besides, here it is also an “offence” to carry …
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Review: Lowe Alpine TFX Tundra 65 + 15

Buying a backpack for me was a big decision. It was big because I was buying it online so I had no idea how big, heavy, or well balanced the pack would be. True there were specifications and dimensions, but this was my first pack and I had no idea what to look for, or …
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Review: Bushbuddy Wood burning stove

My Bushbuddy stove is one of my oldest camping accessories. I somehow never got around to reviewing it even after owning it for more than two years. In the space of that time, a few other reviews, an interview with its maker and other pictures on various forums have cropped up. This was however not …
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Review: Mountain Hardwear Lightpath 2

Ever since I got my Lightpath 2 tent (by Mountain Hardwear) I’ve wanted to pitch it, so when I got the opportunity to do so at our office retreat at Sattal Christian Ashram I jumped at the opportunity. Unfortunately time was short and I had to pitch and strike my tent (and trek to and …
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Review: Clikstand, Windshield for the Trangia burner

I’m out for a post lunch walk in Landour, Musoorie. Its good exercise, an opportunity to breathe the fresh mountain air and walk through the misty monsoon clouds enjoying the sound of the rain drumming away on my new leaky Tumi umbrella. I’ve always loved the rain and am making the most of it this …
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Review: Pacsafe eXomesh rucksack lock

Buying the best backpacking gear is expensive, so keeping it safe is a priority. Backpacks or rucksacks are not secured as easily as a suitcase is. Suitcases can be chained or tethered by means of a cable/chain and padlock, but how do you do that for a backpack? If you loop a reinforced chain or …
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Review: Glock Entrenching Tool

An entrenching tool ( e-tool for short)  is a compact digging tool which is a good thing to have in your backpack. It can be used for a variety of purposes, -digging a toilet pit,  digging a shallow trench around your tent to channel off rain water, digging for roots, mundane construction projects or to …
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