REVIEW – Wilderness Equipment Bushranger

ITEM:    Bush Ranger Daypack

MANUFACTURER: Wilderness Equipment

DESCRIPTION:

A simple, no-frills 43L top loading daypack, made of 1000 Denier cordura.

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REVIEW – Source Commander 5L

ITEM:   Commander 5L Hydration Pack

MANUFACTURER:         Source Tactical

DESCRIPTION:

A small combination hydration pack with inbuilt facility to carry 3 litres of water in a bladder, and 5 litres of cargo capacity. This is the little brother to the Assault 10L reviewed previously.

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REVIEW – Wilderness Equipment Jagungle

ITEM:    Jagungal Pack

MANUFACTURER:           Wilderness Equipment

DESCRIPTION:

An internal framed, 48L technical day-and-a-half pack, comparable to the military concept of a 3-day pack. The Jagungle (I believe it’s pronounced Jer-Jungle) is intended as a heavyweight daypack, for such outdoor professional such as outdoor guides, search and rescue teams and others who carry heavy but compact loads such as canyoners and climbers.

It’s essentially a full-size alpine style hiking pack scaled down to a daypack size package.

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REVIEW – Source Assault 10 Hydration Pack

ITEM:      Assault 10L Hydration Pack

MANUFACTURER:      Source Tactical

DESCRIPTION:      A small assault combination assault pack with inbuilt facility to carry a 3L water bladder and 10L of cargo capacity.

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REVIEW – First Spear Exigent Circumstances Pack

ITEM:    Exigent Circumstances Pack

MANUFACTURER:           First Spear

DESCRIPTION:

New kid on the block, this is First Spear’s offering of an Assault Pack that can be worn attached to combat body armour, or stand-alone with shoulder straps.

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REVIEW – KATHMANDU SELF-INFLATING MAT COMPACT 38

ITEM:      Self Inflating Mat Compact 38

MANUFACTURER:      Kathmandu

DESCRIPTION:

A lightweight self inflating sleeping mat, suitable for 2 or 3 season use.

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REVIEW – Kifaru Woobie

PRODUCT:      Woobie (Poncho Liner in the American vernacular)

MANUFACTURER:      Kifaru

DESCRIPTION:

A lightweight, poncho liner. Made of two-tone material (grey/green). Weight is approximately 600g. Size is 66×84 inches unfolded (approx. 167x213cm). Paracord loops are placed on the corners and spaced strategically around the liner. A stuffsack is built in to the woobie.

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REVIEW – Merrell Intercepts

ITEM:      Intercept Lightweight Trail shoe

MANUFACTURER:      Merrell

DESCRIPTION:

A lightweight, low profile trail runner.

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REVIEW – Crossfire DG-1 Sniper Pack

ITEM:   DG-1 Sniper Pack, 60L 3-day Assault Pack

MANUFACTURER:  Crossfire

DESCRIPTION:
A 60L, top loading pack that can be loaded for day trips, as a 3-day pack or similar. Designed by Ian Maley of Wilderness Equipment fame.

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I Don’t Like People: Whitsunday Great Walk, Conway National Park, Oct-Nov 07

Situation:

Overlooking the backpacker mecca of Airlie Beach in sunny North Queensland, The Whitsunday Great Walk meanders over the Conway Range.  According to the Queensland Parks and Wildlife website about this walk, there is the chance wander through majestic rainforest, splash through seasonal creeks and overlook the coastal townships, watch for the flash of the Ulysses butterfly and the haunting call of the wompoo fruit dove. There are a selection of tracks throughout the area, for different time spans and abilities. For the great walk, meandering through Conway National Park for about 30 klicks, and intended to take 3 days, there is two main camps: Repulse Creek and Bloodwood. Both camp sites have self-composting toilets and water tanks.

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