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October 7, 2015Gear Tasting

Gear Tasting 10: Splitting Wood, Chest Rigs and Ancient MRE’s

Gear Tasting 10: Splitting Wood, Chest Rigs and Ancient MRE’s

Gear Tasting 10

In this episode, Bryan shares a first look at what might be a more efficient method of splitting wood. He also offers his insight into chest rigs and his favorite MRE company.

Also included in this episode is a comparison between a current XMRE and an 11 year old issued MRE. Fair warning, we opened the 11 year old Chili Mac with Beef to determine if it was edible.


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  • Vinny

    Hi Bryan,

    It’s better if you use a mallet (small sledge) and smaller lengths of wood.



  • bullitt4686

    I have been very happy with my Mayflower APC and Haley Strategic D3 with MMH.  On SWAT call outs with this rig, I don’t have to wear a battle belt anymore.  Easier to get in and out of a vehicle as the large IFAK kit I would carry in the back of the battle belt would always get hung on something.  I agree, even my kit is purpose driven, but so much easier to access the stuff you need to.  I have been through a Voodoo and a Condor (plate carriers) and believe me, you get what you pay for.  Buy once, cry once.  The Voodoo lasted about a year, the Condor a little over a year, but the Mayflower has been going strong for a good solid 3…

  • JtothaK

    Dude – Re: splitter.  Small sledge or hatchet in one hand while holding wood to be split in other.

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