New Sportsmans Guide HQ catalog showed up today. This has rapidly become my favorite source for military surplus stuff. It isnt always the cheapest, but they do get some cool stuff from time to time that I dont see anywhere else. I didnt see anything truly exciting, but I do like these:
2 New U.S. Military Canteens with Covers, Coyote – Water that I carry on me is usually in a CamelBak or a Platypus soft bottle . But, for stowing some extra water in the vehicle for a roadtrip or for leaving at a camp site or rally point I really like these. You can sling ‘em in a hurry, they have a pocket for water purifier tabs, and the canteens themselves are soft enough to squeeze out any air inside to reduce noise. These are great for leaving a ‘stash’ somewhere. Again, $20 for a pair of new ones.
As an aside, water that I store in vehicles or elsewhere where they may sit for quite awhile I leave in it’s original packaging. I may leave an empty canteen with the sealed bottles of water, but I try not to store water long term in something that I filled myself. Why? Honestly, it’s probably overkill but I’d rather that the water have been bottled in the reasonably sanitized and sterile environment of the bottling plant rather than the not-exactly-surgically-clean environ of my kitchen.
However, for just throwing some extra water in the back of the truck for a roadtrip or long summer day, I definitely like these military 2-qt jobbies. If you really wanna go nuts, fill them halfway, freeze em, then fill them the rest of the way when you leave. Keeps things deliciously cold in August.
We’ve hit the stage of seasons here where its 20 degrees in the morning, 60 during the day and then back to 40 at night. You really have to dress appropriately for this sort of thing. But, more importantly, it’s proof that its time to start wrapping up the winter goodies and putting them away for the year. I definitely need to tune up the bicycle and start riding to the shop in the mornings…especially if I can get Nuke to behave himself and run alongside without getting under the wheels or yanking me off the damn thing.
I didnt spend nearly as much time outdoors last year as I should have. I think I went hunting once, went fishing once and that was about it. I really need to get out more.