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Rayovac(R) Head Lamp
Well when the Runner and I have conversations on what gear is the
best, we always seem to agree that it is the gear that neither of us own
yet. However I have a great light from Rayovak(R), This companys only model
of head lamp. It has a white light Krypton bulb, 2 blue LEDs and 1
red LED , I got it from Wal-Mart for about $12. With a name brand battery
it will last about 200 hours with the LED and about 3 nights with the white
Krypton bulb on. The red LED is nice in camp or moving about, it keeps from
blinding your buddy and is still hard to see the red coming.
big>Duluth Pack "Standard Shell Bag" (R)
A note from The Ridge Runner:
My Moonlight finally bit the dust (after 3 years of abuse!)and I had yet
to get a new head lite. I bought another expensive one at a major sporting
goods store and RH brought his Rayovac....and my expensive light just didnt
stand up. The Red LEDs werent bright enough, there were NO white LEDs on it
so I was forced to use the Kripton bulb which blinded RH and ruined my night
vision....I was not thrilled. So the next trip we went on, I bought a new
Rayovac like RH's. It was a good buy indeed!I must say I am impressed! it
truly does live up to what I need in a head lamp. On my last solo, it got
nice and wet and still keeps working without a hitch.. I do love the
Black Diomand Moonlight but this light has more features....It will be a
hard choice between the new Moonlight and this one on my next trip!
The Ridge Runner: A couple years ago, I picked
up a nice new Shoulder bag, the Duluth
Pack Standard Shell Bag. The one I have came in Blue and I really
like the way it hangs on me. I have been using various courier bags and a
German Bred bag for my Maxi kit and I thought I would like something a little
more classy. Well I got a big surprise here, it is very comfortable and the
seams are very well stitched. I have used it on and off for the past two years
and it has turned out to be a very well put togeather item. I have used it
for campine, muzzleloading supplys, work gear and low and behold, a place
for shotgun shells! For all of these tasks it stood up and shows little or
no wear. My only complaint is that it is not the least bit waterproof..but
then its canvas so I wasnt really expecting that. I added some camp dry and
stored sensitive items in ditty bags and it worked just fine.
The leatherwork is very fine with a nice leather medalion on the front.
All in all, a natty bag big enough to hold all the essentials.
Outdoor Edge(R) Wedge II
This is the Outdoor Edge
"Wedge II"(R) , I picked up this knife at a local
sporting goods store and it looks quite promising. It has a longer handle
and blade than the Wedge I and seems to be quite rugged. It fills
the hand nicely and the sheath seems secure. First impressions of the knife
include a good solid feel and is very lightweight . The blade reminds me
of the tip of a very fine grade chefs knife and lends itself well to food
prep tasks , skinning and cleaning game. The handle seems quite sticky with
good control characteristics. The jimping on the top of the blade extends
right into the handle material and lends itself well to fine tasks. The edge
is fine and is razor sharp. The overall fit and finish of this knife is quite
nice although the huge "WEDGEII" etching on the blade detracts from
its overall looks. After using this blade for a while I can say it is fine
for a camp knife. for survival, it would do in a pinch but the blade is a
mite thin for heavy chores. it fillets fish nicely and does bring a squirrel
down to its lowest denomination with ease. However, its just not cut out
for shelter building. Combine this little knife with a larger knife
or a sierra saw and you will have a decent rig for the woods.
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