News from the Trenches - Army & Outdoors United States
  1. Why do ghillie suits work?
    Why do ghillie suits work? A “ghillie”, “yowie” or “wookie” suit (yep, they sound like fun, eh?) is a type of camouflage clothing worn to mimic the...
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  2. Everything You Need to Know About Army Boots
    Everything You Need to Know About Army Boots People choose combat or tactical boots for a bunch of reasons. Sometimes it’s a very practical choice...
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  3. A Brief History of Military Flight Jackets
    When you see a bomber jacket, what do you think of? Some may think of the military origins, others may think urban fashion, rebellion, sports or p...
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  4. A Primer on buying a Torch / Flashlight
      There are a few things to consider when choosing a modern handheld torch or headlamp. Battery type and run time Light output and beam distance...
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  5. An Introduction to Ammo Cans
    Ammunition boxes are made to store and transport varying calibers of ammunition. Most of them are made from steel and include a rubber gasket arou...
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  6. Emergency Kit Basics - Survival Kit Series
      Emergency survival kits come in a variety of shapes, sizes and colours. From a bunker with a years supply of food, water and equipment to a credi...
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  7. Meals Ready to Eat - Survival Kit Series
    Food for fighters As long as there have been organised military forces, there have been food rations to keep the collective fighting machine firi...
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  8. Bootcamp - Boot Care
    Your boots will treat you well if you treat them well. Good boot care keeps them waterproof, stops them from falling apart, and stops them smellin...
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  9. Bootcamp - The anatomy of a boot
    Modern boots are complex systems. They aren’t just a wad of leather you strap onto your feet. Well, some of them are, but you should avoid those. ...
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  10. Water Purification - Survival Kit Series
    Photo by livewildphotos / CC BY Water purification The water in New Zealand is pretty good. Mountain streams and rivers are a fairly safe bet fo...
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  11. Sleeping Bag Basics - Survival Kit Series
    A decent sleeping bag is an essential piece of kit, both for outdoors and for travel. If you’ve got a really good quality sleeping bag, you can ge...
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  12. Enter the world of Army Surplus
    Walking down the road, you notice something in the window that catches your eye. Perhaps it’s that decent pair of boots you’ve been looking for. M...
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