Expedition Trailer Shootout

My wife and I recently decided that we were going to purchase an ‘expedition trailer’ (aka ‘off-road trailer,’ ‘recreational trailer,’ and ‘camping trailer’) to expand our road trip capabilities. We wanted a simple off-road capable trailer with rooftop tent capabilities, as opposed to hard shell and ‘pop up’ camper trailers. Now, as it turns out, …

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Ammo: XM193 vs XM855

XM193 and XM855 are 5.56x45mm rounds that are used with the AR-15 platform. Most commonly, they are used by the US military in M4 and M16 rifles and carbines, but they are also two of the most popular 5.56 rounds among the civilian market (likely because of the military adoption). That’s about it for your history …

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Sirennet SNDL3

Picture yourself driving down a two-lane freeway. It’s dusk, headlights just came on, and you’re cruising at about 80mph, just enjoying the music and looking forward to getting home from your long road trip. You notice a shadow in the adjacent lane about 150 ft ahead. You flick on the brights and give a wide …

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Walking in the Clouds

For the first time in my life, I woke up to a low visibility fog settled just outside my window. There’s something magical about it. It makes every known path a new mystery.

Baofeng UV-5R: A $30 Beast

I just added a new radio to the stable, and because it was only $30 I bought one for the wife as well. The Baofeng UV-5R series (5R+ pictured) is a substantial bang for your buck. I do not usually take kindly to cheap imported equipment, especially electronics, but this radio has proven its value …

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RigCast Restart

It’s been nearly 10 months since RigCast boarded up its windows and locked the doors. In that time, I completed a GoRuck Challenge, completed a Tough Mudder, sold a home, moved across the country, built a new home, married my best friend, and joined a new SAR team. Today, I have officially reopened the doors …

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Updates for the Bak Roll-X

Bak Industries quietly updated its Roll-X bed cover recently. Here are the changes: The large plastic hand fasteners (connecting the cover to the rails) have been replaced by standard nuts. There are now four fastener points connecting the cover to the rail, improved from the previous generation’s two fastener points. Rails now have channels which …

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Where is RigCast?

At the time of this post, RigCast is a hobby authored and maintained by one person, myself. Many friends and family provide gear for me to test, test gear themselves, and even give me feedback for write-ups and R3s, but as of today, I am the only one with RigCast authoring & administration credentials. I …

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ASU Solar Panel Install Timelapse

Arizona State University recently installed solar panels over the University Services Building parking lot. I captured the 2 months of construction and condensed it into a 5 minute time-lapse.