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What Packs Are Your Keepers?

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If you subscribe to this site then you’re probably as much of a gear whore as I am.  A lot of gear comes and goes here at Loadedpocketz but certain packs have been mainstays in my collection.  I’m not talking about closet queens.  I’m talking about packs that have seen frequent use for more than […]

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Gear Diary: Gear Tasting

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Every now and then, I’m going to highlight other sites that I enjoy and find informative. Lately I’ve been watching “Gear Tasting” over at Imminent Threat Solutions.     ITS Editor-in-Chief Bryan Black talks about gear and answers questions submitted in by viewers.  It’s really good stuff that covers a range of topics.  If you have […]

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Mystery Solved on Mystery Ranch Sizing Options

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Mystery Ranch’s sizing options for the 3DAP and other Futura Frame packs are both a blessing and a curse. The Blessing  Rather than offering one size fits all, the Montana-based pack maker offers different sized yokes and waist belts to ensure a proper fit.  Have you grown in any direction since purchasing your pack?  For […]

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Gear Diary: Backpacking Late Bloomer

I’ve loved the outdoors but like a casual lover, my devotion hasn’t been absolute.  We’ve always treated each other well when we’re together but for very short spurts.  Usually no more than a day at a time.  I need to commit and I’m really not sure what I’ve waited for.   Maybe it’s because I’m […]

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Mystery Ranch Street Fighter in Black

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Came across this courtesy of Nathan Ryan from the Perfect Pack Facebook Group…     Too funny.  Clearly, Mystery Ranch fans are getting impatient with the U.S. release date for the Street Fighter in Black.  It’s already available overseas and the original projected date was June and now it’s slipped to August.  Hopefully it won’t […]

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Gear Diary: Arc’teryx, Tenba, and Upcoming Reviews

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Spring is here and every year at this time I look for opportunities to upgrade my layering system.  As many of you know, I’m a huge Triple Aught Design fan and the Stealth LT continues to be my go to Softshell outer layer.  Especially in wet weather.  However, Paul Scheffler and the folks over at […]

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Tactical Home Shopping Network

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5.11 Tactical held their own version of the Tactical Home Shopping Network…       Here’s the video that 5.11 posted to their YouTube Channel highlighting one of their “innovative limited edition tactical products”.    

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Gear Diary: Direct Action and Zulu Nylon Gear

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I had a great conversation with Joel Zaruba from Zulu Nylon Gear last month.  We haven’t heard much from Zulu lately but Joel is making a renewed push to get the word out on his gear this year and I think that’s great because he sells some really awesome kit.  I still use his Mega […]

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Gear Diary: Hogue Knives and GoPro

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I took a little hiatus over the holiday visiting my old stomping ground with the family.  Arizona was unusually cold while we were there, which figured since we were hoping to get a little sun (and warmth) after a rough start to the Winter here in Chicago.  I wanted to take the new Triple Aught […]

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Gear Diary: TAD Legacy and High Loft Fleece Deathmatch

As I mentioned in an earlier post, I took advantage of Triple Aught Design’s virtual Dogpatch Warehouse Sale to snag a 2011 Stealth Hoodie LT for $160.  Wow, what a night and day difference between that model and the 2014 version I reviewed earlier this year. As I mentioned in that review, the 2014 version […]

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