The winner of the ESEE-5 contest recently uploaded a video to youtube that contains footage of him testing out some rain gear, and seeing how other bits of his kit worked in the rain: including using the ESEE-5.
If you enjoy bushcrafting/outdoors videos, check this one out and make sure you subscribe to his channel and leave him a comment!
If you read my post yesterday, you’ll have noticed that I had my sights set on the Optimus Crux Weekend HE cook system. They happened to have one at the store today when I was browsing and decided to go ahead and pick it up.
I have big plans for this thing and it’s going to get used A LOT. I have a couple options when it comes to eating lunch at work: bring something to cook in the microwave and eat at my desk (since they forgot a break room when they built this building!??) or go out and get fast food.
With this, I plan on bringing more stuff that I can cook on the stove, soups, pastas and whatever else. Then I can go to one of the nearby parks, sit down under a tree or on a bench and have a hot meal not only away from the office, but it will likely end up costing me less in food. At least that’s my justification for spending $80 on the thing!
It’ll go camping/hunting/hiking and what not as well, but I think the frequency of use I have planned for it of at least 3 or 4 days a week should really prove whether this little guy is as good as the reviews I’ve been reading on it.
I have been wearing the ESEE5/M5 kit for a while now during numerous activities. This past Saturday I got my first real opportunity to not only wear it for an extended amount of time, but wear it while hiking, minor rock scrambling, sitting, kneeling, etc. I think the kit will work nicely for how I am intended it to be used, but it’s going to require some modification.
I had initially used some paracord to tie the bottom part of the M5 bag to my leg so it didn’t flop around. Good idea in theory but it has some issues. In order to keep the pack stable, it has to be tied on tight enough to not move, but not so tight as to cut off circulation. The pack also has to come off, if getting into the drivers seat of a vehicle with a center console. Being able to quickly fasten and unfasten the leg cinch would be a plus.
I will be replacing the paracord with a length of webbing and a side-release buckle. I figure while I am making that, I am going to redo how it clips to my belt. I’ll remove the clip plate back from the ESEE-5′s sheath and fashion some quick release belt loops out of webbing and buckles that will allow the pack to hang at the same location as the clip plate, but offer more flexibility and comfort at the belt. The clip plate is uncomfortable with a tightly fastened belt.
The M5 has a place for your belt to run through it, but I don’t like how high that puts the knife handle.
The combined weight of the ESEE-5 and the M5 (including it’s contents) are also making me consider adding a removable baldric style shoulder strap, not so much to help with weight distribution, but to help keep my pants up!
This week I bring to you the Turley Knives model #16 “Dogwood Creek” bushcraft knife. I’ll let the pictures do all the talking here. Click the picture below to see the entire gallery.
I was browsing around BushcraftUSA, and came across this awesome post about the belt that was found with Ötzi and one of the uses it’s thought the belt had. The post then goes into detail on how to recreate the belt with modern materials.
Looks like a great way to carry some tools and things around camp and elsewhere. Check it out!
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