Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Hiking Boots vs Work Boots

Editors Note: Continuing with a long series of guest posts, here is one on boots!

For individuals who appreciate hiking, a standout amongst the most critical bits of hardware is their hiking boots. They are intended for the express reason that is hiking. Work boots are developed for a specific user and it is used mainly for different kinds of occupation such as construction, chemical plant, engineering, etc.

Although both work boots and hiking boots look similar but It’s very ideal to know the features that set a hiking boot apart from the shoes that you wear while working. Below are the key differences in hiking and work boots.


Work boots are usually accompanied with a steel toe or composite toe for an ultimate protection from falling objects. It is one of the most popular and trusted forms of safety foot wears. Also, some work boots are designed to be slip resistant because working with oil surfaces or wet and slippery outdoors can be dangerous.

There are a variety of steel toe work boots and choosing the best one that suits you requires some research and experience. An ideal work boot can keep you safe and make you feel more comfortable on your job.

Whereas in hiking you are dealing more with a rocky environment than a construction or chemical site where something heavy can fall on your feet. That’s why safety is not one of the key features of hiking boots.


Weight is the most important distinction in work boots vs hiking boots. There are increased hazards in working in a construction site that is why adding a significant weight in the work boots is sometimes a requirement.

However, hiking on a trail has a lot of dangers such as trips and abrasion that is why a lighter material for hiking boots is usually used. A lightweight hiking boot can in any case offer a lot of help and be a ton less demanding on the feet over less rough trails


Hiking boots have some degree of flexibility because these boots are developed to endure long distances. It is also engineered in that way to adapt to uneven ground. Also, lug soles are usually associated with hiking boots in order to increase stability and traction. On the other hand, work boots have a rubber outsole that can provide slip-resistance, but not as much as hiking boots can offer.

Comfort and safety are the most important features that you need to look for when choosing shoes. Whether it is for hiking or for your work, choosing a foot wear should ensure comfort when using while reducing foot fatigue. Besides fashion, you should also consider the function that these shoes can bring to you. Keeping your feet in good shape should be a top priority when finding the right shoes for you. Investing in good safety shoes can be really worth an investment because these shoes can bring a great impact on how you work in your workplace.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Choosing the Correct Flashlight Beam

Editors Note: Here is a great guest post on flash light beams, a much overlooked aspect of flashlights.

What's the Better Hiking and Camping Flashlight Beam: Spot or Flood? Picture this, you're preparing to go on a hiking trip with your kids and packing your gear. You've got your tent, sleeping bag, cooking utensils and have space for just one flashlight. What do you choose, a flood beam flashlight which is ideal for shorter distances, or a spot beam which is good for longer distances? Tom Williams with Flashlightlab.com recently found out. In my experience, choosing the right type of flashlight beam pattern can be the difference between a great hiking experience and a nightmare. But one is not always better than the other. The better choice actually depends on a few factors which I have detailed below.

Geography and Topography

If you live in the Northeast you are likely to spend time camping in the woods, but if you live in the Southwest you are more likely to spend a day or night in the desert. Each of these topographies has different elements which make the need for the proper flashlight beam critical. Areas that are heavily wooded like the Appalachian Mountains, Canada, and Maine are best navigated with a flood beam flashlight. Due to the number of obstacles (like trees and hills) in front of the flashlight user, a spot beam flashlight would be prevented from effectively viewing items in the distance. In wooded areas you really only need about 20-30 yards of light output to cover the visible foreground between trees. Areas with less elevation changes or obstacles like the desert are best navigated with a spot beam light. The lack of obstacles around the camper means you need more time to see potential hazards in the distance. A spot beam flashlight will give you about 75-125 yards of distance which is enough for most terrains.


There is normally a connection between the size and weight of a flashlight, and the light pattern output. Generally, flood beam flashlights are larger in size but not always in weight. To create a wide flood beam pattern, you need a large reflector and lens to scatter the light over the most ground as possible which means larger flashlight designs. Conversely, a spot beam pattern needs a smaller reflector with steep angles to keep the light output tight. This means spot flashlights are usually smaller in overall size, both lenght and diameter.


Weight also has a similar connection to the beam pattern. Generally, spot beam flashlights require more battery power to cover longer distances. More batteries means more weight. Flood flashlights while larger, tend to require fewer or smaller batteries which means lower weight.

Flood vs Spot Decision Guide

If you are still unsure which flashlight beam is better for your trip, use this simple guide.

- Use a Flood Beam to get more ground coverage. If size and weight are of concern, use a combination beam which lowers size and weight but lowers ground coverage.

- Use a Spot Beam to get greater distance. As you can see, choosing the right flashlight style for your hiking or camping trip is not as simple as just filling a spot in your pack. You need to be aware of the topography, terrain, and geography of the path you are following as well as the space you have to spare and weight you want to carry.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

How to Choose the best Ghillie Suit

Editors Note: Here is a guest post on ghillie suits! Enjoy!

Before even thinking about buying a simple piece of ghillie suit or camo clothing, you need to know precisely the characteristics of the area where you are planning to hunt, thus besides scouting looking for the best places to set your blinds and decoys as well recognize the best areas to find a good catch, you also need a deep recon of bushes features.

To do that you need to visit the area on the same season and same hours you are planning to go out hunting; once on the bushes, try to figure which is the dominant color, how much green and brown there is and which are the predominant tones; be careful to evaluate shadows with different light intensities since the landscape colors change depending of the hour, then you'll probably need a different camo at dawn and dusk.

Recon is the best way to find out which color and pattern is the best for your camo outfit, afterwards you will be able to choose the best ghillie suit or outfit well on your closet or the store. But remember to think like your prey, that means: don't focus your camouflage only on eyesight sense but on all senses.

Almost all your potential preys have keener senses than yours and they will be able not only to see you but smell, hear and feel your presence much before you are aware of them, thus if your camo is focused on defeat eyesight, you have done less Be smart when choosing your hunting camouflage than half the job!

First thing to do is to wash all your clothes before each hunting trip using neutral odor soaps otherwise you will be announcing your presence since your first step on the bushes. Remember to neutralize as much as possible all man made odors using baking soda and try to be as quiet as possible, so your boots, clothes and coat must be "noise free". Remember not to wash your ghillie suit unless very much needed. The more leaves and grass that sticks to your ghillie suit, the better.

With the above in mind, remember also to be prepared for weather changes. On this regard clothes layering is the best solution since you may add or remove clothes layer depending of local climate conditions, however remember to add camo to every single clothing layer, otherwise you will be showing your position when there's need to add/remove layers which are not properly camouflaged.

In addition you must be prepared for snow conditions, specially on the mountains where a day may change from non-snowy to snowy in just minutes and then you will be spotted against the white landscape miles away, unless you are prepared with winter/snow conditions camo, not only for you but also for your rifle, backpack, tent and so on.

Once again, if snowy you'll probably will need several clothing layers, so be sure to have at least a couple of white coats to blend your shape with the surrounding white.

Finally a few words about face painting. The key here is asymmetry! Don't try to paint your face just like make up, instead use asymmetric, random patterns to break your shape and render you undetectable; remember, regarding face painting, the most asymmetric and aleatory, the best and once again, be prepared for snow, that means to have how to clean or cover your face quickly when snow starts, otherwise your face will be a very visible dark spot on the white landscape and every single animal on the area will be aware of your presence and will run away!

As it may be seen, it's not just a matter of buying nice ghillie suits or camouflage clothes, but an art mastered with time, patience and practice.

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