Category Archives: TGR Survival Gear Reviews

5 Unique Battle Belts for Your Consideration

HSGI SureGrip belt and S.O. Tech Viper belt

A battle belt is the modern equivalent of a soldier’s webbing. It’s a great platform for mounting your gear. You can carry water, rations, a first aid kit, magazines and a sidearm on this wonderful piece of kit. It can be light or heavy. Battle Belts can be worn with or without suspenders. The suspenders could be low-profile ones that go easily under body armor, or heavily padded – even with a yoke.

I like to wear my gear on my waist, carrying the weight on my hips rather than my shoulders. This is why I have my belt loaded with a plethora of gear on my Battle Belt. But my belt can take it, because it’s an HSGI SureGrip.

Grizzly Cooler 60 Review

Grizzly 60 Cooler

Grizzly Coolers are handmade in the US and are at the top of the food chain for heavy-duty coolers, fitting name.

For those of us that live in the outdoors and really use our equipment we know that there is truth to the axiom “you get what you pay for” .  If you spend days at a time away from civilization, be it hunting, fishing, camping, motorcycle riding, mountain biking, etc.. you have probably been through a few coolers in your life.  The cheap ones break, they need to constantly have fresh ice added to them, both of which are a major pain if you are in the middle of nowhere or just don’t dealing with hassles and are one of those “do it right and be done with it types” here is a cooler for you…

Blue Force Gear Helium Whisper – MOLLE Attachment Evolution

After the slight trouble I ran into with the Ten-Speed  mag pouches on the BELTminus, I went with a different design. However, I was quite impressed with both the strength and the lightweight nature of the Ten-Speed products. Feeling that they simply needed a firm platform, I placed them on my old Spartan II armor carrier. These two pouch sets replaced a Condor Kangaroo triple mag pouch.

Specter Gear MOLLE / PALS Compatible SIG P226 / P220 Modular Tactical Holster

As I’ve mentioned before, the SIG P226 is my favorite handgun. It’s as reliable as a Swiss watch and as enduring as the marathon runner. It fits well in my hand, especially the slide release, which is much further back on the slide than other pistols. I’ve tried to find a suitable replacement for the SIG, but so far, it’s been a fruitless search.

A pistol is pretty useless if it’s not on your hip (or ankle), so let’s look at a couple of options for carrying a P226. When going concealed, I enjoy the Galco Summer Comfort holster. It’s not terribly expensive, fits the SIG like a glove, and requires minimal break-in. I’ll do an article on it later.

But what if you’re going for open carry?

Condor Rapid Assault Chest Rig

Everyone is trying to find a good way to carry and use their gear as effectively on the range, on the field, or for bugging-out. The biggest issues with this dilemma are weight distribution of gear and the ability to add on to the existing rig or vest, making it more personal for the end user and giving them greater sense of control. Being a smaller guy, lugging around bigger vest with lots of equipment isn’t the most ideal situation for me, so I decided to give the Condor Rapid Assault Chest Rig a chance. I’m glad I did.

Bates Tactical Sport Composite Toe Side Zip Boots

I first learned the value of a good pair of boots when working long shifts in outdoor security. Standing on pavement and concrete for hours on end is tough on feet. Doing it in the blistering heat or freezing cold is even more unpleasant.

See, I started an article with a personal story that had nothing to do with Iraq.

BELTminus by Blue Force Gear

As I spend more time carrying my gear in the woods, I find myself drawn to a belt-and-suspenders type of setup. There’s a place for chest rigs, but bulging pouches stuffed with magazines (and everything else under the sun) can be a drag. The weight slows you down, saps your strength and reminds you how out of shape you are. Lots of gear on your chest can also press in on your rib cage, making labored breathing on the trail more difficult.

Camouflage: Fashion or Function?

I’ve seen a fair number of camouflage patterns in my travels. Of course, most were in Iraq. In late 2007, I got to see the Air Force unit I worked with transition to a ridiculous digital tiger-stripe affair called the Airman Battle Uniform. This abomination looked even worse than the US Army’s ACU, which is saying something.

In contrast, the Romanian Army’s camo (which was in fact a copy of the British pattern) seemed effective in a brown environment. The same could be said of the DCUs worn by the Georgian contingent in FOB Delta. The Kazakhstani troops there wore an interesting pseudo-desert pattern based on our 80s six-color pattern. Of course, they wore the traditional white-and-blue horizontal undershirt of the VDV.

Triple Aught Design – Ranger Jacket LT

Twelve years ago, I bought a Croft and Barrow suede leather jacket.  I’ve worn it in several different countries, including Iraq and Nepal. In southern Iraq, it served as a blanket when I had to shiver to sleep on an army cot in an unheated metal box during the winter. I’ll never throw this thing away, because it has extreme sentimental value for me. However, it’s no longer my favorite jacket. That falls to the Ranger Jacket LT by Triple Aught Design.