Condor Summit Soft Shell Tactical Jacket was working very good during snow and rain. When I washed it for just 2 times, it lost it’s waterproofing abilities. I don’t say that I was wet, but top layer was wet and cold. New jacket had water repellency and water drops were simply falling off the jacket.
I decided that I need to try to restore it’s water repellency. I have found the Nikwax after a small search. This looks like the best solution to restore waterproof abilities of your clothes.
Instructions and use are very simple. Just wash your clothes using NIKWAX Tech Wash and then apply Nikwax TX Direct Waterproofing Spray.
Here is the result, my jacket is water repellent again.
Highly recommended! Restores water repellency effectively. The only drawback is the vinegar smell of the jacket 🙂
Weather is often changes unexpectedly. You may walk out of the home when sun is shining and it is warm outside. But then cold wind blows and it starts to drizzle. That is when light packable jacket may help you and save your day.
This 5.11 jacket is inexpensive, lightweight and packable. It is made of very thin nylon. Packable into its own hand pocket.
5.11 Packable Jacket is just about $30. It is good to have it in your EDC bag or glove compartment of your car.
There are microphone loops at both shoulders.
There is one document pocket at chest and two hand pockets.
All zippers are from top manufacturer – YKK®.
Advertised as rain and wind resistant. It is wind resistant but not water resistant, my shoulders were wet after just 5 minutes of light rain. But I think you can’t require more from inexpensive windbreaker, can you?
You can have the best multi-tool at home but you only have what is with you. Swisstech Micro-tech 6-in-1 Multitool can be simply attached to your keys. It will always be with you, in the office, in a car or somewhere on the street.
This is 6-in-1 multitool with following tools:
2. Wire Cutter
3. Wire Stripper
4. Sheet Shear
5. #2 Flat Screwdriver
6. #2 Philips Screwdriver
And also, there is 1/8 inch ruler on each screwdriver. Living in Europe I would rulerin centimeters 🙂 They have inch ruler on both screwdrivers, they could use one for centimeters…
This is very handy tool which you can always have with you, highly recommended!
It is inexpensive and you can get one for you and one for your friend 🙂
Columbia Men’s Watertight II Front-Zip Hooded Rain Jacket Review
If you are looking for lightweight windproof, waterproof and breathable jacket which is available in neutral colors, one of the good choices is Columbia Men’s Watertight II jacket. It is packable, it has hood, very nice and simple jacket.
You can see that Columbia’s Omni-tech feature really works:
You will find more photos on Amazon. There are many colors available:
Oxyled MD50 is a powerful and inexpensive flashlight. It comes in hard plastic case with 18650 rechargeable Li-ion battery and charger. But Oxyled MD50 Flashlight can be used with 3 regular AAA batteries.
First of all, I am not sure it can be attached to your gun because it has moving parts (the flashlight is zoomable). But it looks like very nice everyday carry flashlight.
Oxyled MD50 flashlight uses Cree LED with a lifespan of over 50000 hours.
Battery which comes with the flashlight is really good and you will not need to charge it often.
The flashlight can be used in different situations. Head of the flashlight can be pulled out to focus the beam or to use as flood lense. When used in flood lense mode you can clearly see everything happening around, really cool feature.
One of the easily activated feature is three brightness levels plus Strobe and SOS.
IPX-6 waterproof, can work even under rain.
But the on/off button stopped working after just several months of use. Cannot recommend it.
Condor Summit Soft Shell Tactical Jacket Review: Rain and Snow
There are a lot of soft shell jackets available on the market. Condor and Rothco jackets are the most popular ones. They have very similar look, materials and price. But there are some differences between them.
I have chosen Condor Summit Soft Shell Tactical Jacket and really happy with it. I will try to give you as much info as possible in this review.
It is warm, breathable, water resistant and windproof.
Let’s have a closer look at all features of the jacket. It has Teflon coating, YKK zippers and breathable shell technology:
Condor Summit Jacket has a lot of different pockets.
2 shoulder pockets with two 4″x4″ (10x10cm) shoulder patch panels:
2 chest pockets:
Left Forearm Pocket
2 internal pockets:
Huge back pocket (very handy when you need to take off your gloves, for example):
Another nice feature is underarm ventilation:
Here are photos which illustrate what happened after 2 hourse of light rain and one hour of heavy rain:
Jacket was dry inside. The material of the Condor Summit Soft Shell Tactical Jacket works very good, you can see lots of water drops on the jacket but it is not wet. Only small areas of the outside layer were wet.
Here are several photos to show what happened to this soft shell jacket after several hours of wet snow:
Outer shell was mostly dry. Good result.
Highly recommended soft shell jacket. High-quality and inexpensive.
Rothco Fleece Watch Cap Foliage Green (8460) Review
Rothco Fleece Watch Cap Foliage Green, manufacturer code: 8460.
This cap is very warm and soft. But be careful because it is pretty big and may not fit you. I felt that it is too wide and doesn’t cover my ears properly. Also, it is not wind proof, made of pretty thin fleece.
This cap is simple, comfortable, inexpensive but doesn’t have any special features. But if you have big head, it will be perfect choice for you.
Nighttime can be pretty scary when you are lost outside or searching for someone in the dark. The traditional method of finding your way around would be to use a flashlight, but this requires you to use one of your hands to hold it. Since you cannot see 100% clearly with a flashlight, you will need to use your hands to feel around so that you know where you are going. This is similar to how a blind person finds their way around because they cannot see anything and must use their sense of touch to know where they are. However, it doesn’t have to be this complicated for you. There is a simple tool that seeing people can use which will allow them to find their way around in the dark more clearly while keeping their hands free in the process. This tool is called a headlamp. It is basically a head strap with a light attached to the outside of it. The way it works is you put the strap around your head and the light shines outward right in front of you. This means whichever direction you are facing, the light will shine in that direction and you will get to see what is in front of you with the convenience of not having to hold anything in your hands.
Petzl is one of the well known manufacturers of headlamps. Petzl headlamps are priced little higher than regular headlamps but you get what you pay for.
Besides being a hands free device, there are other advantages to having a headlamp in a survival situation. For one thing, Petzl Tikka XP 2 headlamp is lightweight and can easily fit into any emergency supply kit. Plus this new model has LED lighting, which is brighter and shine at a much wider radius than flashlights. They also use less battery power and are even rechargeable with their lithium battery (Petzl Accu Core).
Petzl Tikka XP 2 can be used with regular AAA batteries:
Petzl Accu CORE Rechargeable Lithium Battery can be purchased together with headlamp or separately:
It can be charged 300 times using included charger, after this it will still work but the battery’s capacity is about 30% lower than initially.
This means you don’t have to keep running out to the store and buy new AAA batteries like with the older models. But since this headlamp is generally used for survival purposes only, chances are you won’t be using the battery power often unless you are in an emergency situation. The most common emergency situation for requiring a headlamp would be when your car breaks down in a secluded area, like in the woods or the desert. Instead of just waiting around your car hoping someone will pass by, you can walk to the nearest town and get help. The headlamp will be the perfect tool in this situation because it will help you find your way in the dark and signal to anyone nearby that you are there. If your headlamp is fully charged, then you will have over 4 hours of battery life in Maximum mode and 35 hours in Economic mode before needing to recharge again. This gives you plenty of time to find help before it is too late. You can also connect Petzl Tikka XP 2 headlamp to your PC and personalize your lighting using OS by Petzl.
Petzl Tikka XP 2 has five lighting modes (three continuous and two blinking) and Wide Angle lens with open-close feature, allowing you to choose between a long distance focalized beam and flood beam proximity lighting.
Red light will preserve your night vision or to become a blinking light for safety purposes:
Just remember when you go shopping for a headlamp, make sure you buy one that is durable and water resistant. If you are outside in an emergency situation then chances are it will be raining, which only makes finding your way in the dark much more difficult. Don’t worry though because headlamps are very inexpensive. One of the most expensive models is $60, which is an affordable investment for a tool that could be the means of your survival. Therefore, it is definitely worth the money.
This is good, inexpensive and lightweight plate carrier from Condor.
Drag handle is available, so it will be easier to evacuate casualty from battlefield.
– Genuine Crye Precision MultiCam Material
– Accepts up to 10 1/4″ x 13 1/4″ plates
– Easy Access to ballistic plates with pull down flaps
– Adjustable/detachable cummerbund with pockets for soft armor
– Adjustable in girth and height
– One front map pocket with snap, hook & loop closure
– Heavyweight webbing over the entire vest for modular attachments
– Loop panel on the front and back for patches
– Made in the USA
Size: Waist Size: 30″- 50″ Adjustable
Holds M or L ESAPI Plates (Up to 10″ x 13″ Plates)
Color: MultiCam, Black, Tan
Plastic buckles on shoulders are not very comfortable
This plate carrier is good when you need something for rapid assault missions. It will hold two armor plates of Medium or Large size.
The materials and sewing are good. Condor Outdoor Cyclone Lightweight Plate Carrier is a high-quality product made in USA.
You can attach lots of different pouches to this plate carrier and configure it for your mission.
It is possible to attach radio pouch on one shoulder and CAT Tourniquet Pouch on other shoulder. Or you can attach different pouches.
Cummerbund has pockets for soft armor. Soft or even hard armor on sides is very important when driving a car, for example. You can attach pockets for side armor plates if you think that enemy can have rifles.
Also, cummerbund accepts MOLLE pouches, so you can attach First Aid Kit, for example.
You can attach magazine pouches on front side of the Condor Outdoor Cyclone Lightweight Plate Carrier.
It is possible to attach your favourite patches on front or back velcro panels. Velcro panels are in Multicam too.