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New Brand Spotlight: Snugpak

New to Harry’s this spring is a brand called Snugpak. Snugpak is a company based out of the U.K. and they produce top of the line sleeping bags, duffles, and other outdoor gear. Snugpak was started by a couple in the U.K. in 1977. The first product was an insulated body warming suit that could be worn under a dry suit. These days Snugpak is still an independent company, but the board of directors and made Snugpak an internationally known brand. The high quality workmanship and materials has landed Snugpak several government contracts and the products are used on every continent.

The Snugpak sleeping bags are really something! We are carrying 7 different styles, all with different ratings so there is surely one to fit your needs. The Snugpak Travelpak 1 is great for tropical climates or warmer weather. The temperature rating is 45°F to 36°F and is made with breathable, moisture wicking materials. One of the coolest features of this sleeping bag is the built in mosquito net to cover your face at night, keeping away any unwanted pests. Another great feature would be how easy it is to transport. The sleeping bag can be rolled up in to an easy to carry bag.sleeping bag

Other great products from Snugpak include their All Weather Survival Shelter and Jungle Hammock with Mosquito Netting. The shelter will come in handy when the weather becomes unpredictable out in the wilderness. Good against rain and snow. If you want to camp with just the bare minimum than the jungle hammock is a good choice. Super lightweight and easy to carry, all you need to do is find two trees to tie the hammock to. The mosquito net will protect you from all of those pesky bugs while you are sleeping.

If camping and hiking aren’t really your thing then Snugpak also makes duffle bags perfect for traveling. Check out the Subdivide Black Roller Travel Bag. With several compartments on the inside, it’s easy to keep all your stuff organized. The rolling feature makes this bag great for airports.duffle bag

All in all, if you are looking for high quality outdoor gear Snugpak is the way to go!

Fox Tactical Excursionary Hydration Pack Review

Check out our review of the Fox Tactical Excursionary Hydration Pack! This hydration pack not only has room for a bladder, but has several other compartments for the other gear you need. Another great feature is the MOLLE compatible webbing, allowing you to attach a variety of pouches to the pack. Hydration packs are extremely convenient and great to have. Check out all of our gear at Harry’s and for more great product reviews, check out our Youtube channel .

 

A Guide to Camping Essentials

We’re finally seeing some warm weather here in the Midwest and if you’re anything like us, warm weather and sunshine means being outdoors. Camping is a great activity that you can start in the spring and continue doing until the fall hits (as long as you dress warm and bring enough blankets). It’s also a great activity for families from an economical standpoint as it’s very reasonable and also loads of fun. From a timing standpoint, you can camp for a weekend easily or for longer if you have more time off!

Over on our website, we carry products from two brands in particular that will get your camping supply

NDUR Camping Stove

started! NDUR and Snugpak are both great for camping and could also be used for hiking, hunting and survival as well.

At an extremely reasonable price, NDUR has a compact lightweight camp stove available for $22.95. It even has an adjustable flame that allows you to bring water to a rapid boil or simmer something, allowing you to make a mean camping meal!If you have a bigger budget to spend on camping gear, take a look at Snugpak’s Sleeper XpeditionSleeping Bag designed to be used in up to zero degree temperatures, this sleeping bag will keep you warm no matter what time of year you decide to adventure in!Snugpak Xpedition Sleeping Bag

Choosing the Best Hiking Backpack

Spring is the perfect time for hiking and whether you are just starting out with a short 4 hour hike or planning a 3 day trek, you are going to need a pack suitable to hold your gear.

Choosing the right the hiking pack is very important and your comfort level depends on it. We have put together a list of factors and features that you need to consider and look for when choosing your perfect pack.

1) Size- The size of the pack is going to depend on how long your hike is going to be. Make a list of all the gear you are planning on taking with you, that way you can estimate how much space you are going to need for your gear.

2) Weight- The weight of the pack is important. You don’t want something that is too light and may break, but you don’t want something that is overly heavy. Remember, you still need to fill the pack with gear and YOU are going to be the one carrying it.

3) Material- The material of the pack is important. Some materials are tougher and more water resistant that others, so think about how much and what type of gear you are bringing.

4) Comfort Features- Being comfortable while hiking will make your trip way better. Padded shoulder straps are always nice and thicker straps usually are more comfortable. Many packs can come with a waist strap, which helps even out the weight of the pack across your body. Waist straps can also come with padding. Manufacturers are also including padding on the back of the pack, so you can be as comfortable as possible.

5) Other Optional Features- Packs with rain covers are a great idea, especially if you are hiking during an areas rainy season. If you are doing an overnight hike, a pack with a specific “sleeping bag holder” would be useful. This ensures you have a specific spot for your sleeping bag and helps keep your gear organized. Another optional feature to look for would be a pack with a hydration bladder pocket. This feature is really a personal preference, ‘Do you want to carry a water bottle?’ or ‘Do you want to drink your water hands-free?’

We have also come up with a list of hiking packs that we feel are great options for hikers.

1) Advanced Mountaineering Tactical Backpack- What’s not to love about a tactical backpack with 4,000 cubic inches of space? This backpack prides itself on being large enough to hold all of your items while still remaining comfortable enough to carry on long hikes. This one is a definite must have, especially at a sale price of $84.99!

2) Advanced Multi-cam 3-Day Combat Pack-If you have a larger budget, this hiking pack is a great price at $119.99! This pack has enough room to carry equipment for 3 days worth of camping or hiking including a hydration pocket, MOLLE attachments, and a padded backing.

3) Looking to start out small? This Khaki Military Tactical Transport Pack is small enough to carry comfortably but large enough to carry all of your necessary equipment. This backpack is even water repellent and will keep all of your supplies dry despite rainy conditions! Perfect for anyone just beginning to hike as a hobby, this pack is only $49.95.

4) Condor Outdoor Compact Assault Backpack; this pack comes in a bright red, features multiple pockets for plenty of storage, a built in hydration pocket, and adjustable shoulder straps. Extremely affordable at $59.95!Advanced Mountaineering Tactical Backpack

5) Rapdom T-Rex Tactical Backpack-At 2,298 cubic inches, this pack is designed to haul all of your stuff for your adventure that can last a day or more including a hydration reservoir, multiple pockets, and is a great pack for the price. This is a quality pack at a good price of $134.95!

If one of these hiking backpacks doesn’t meet your needs, take a look at all of our Bags & Packs at Harry’s!

Hiking Boots : How to Choose the Right Pair

Warm weather means spending more time outdoors and we’re all ready for that! One of our favorite things to do during the spring and summer is go hiking. Here’s a great list of what to look for if you’re in the market for some new hiking boots!

1)   Comfort: Make sure you take the time to test out different boots in the store, walking around to see how the boots feel. Make sure the boots have enough support, while still having enough cushion for your feet. You also want to make sure that your feet are comfortable, yet secure in the boot. If the boots are too loose, then your feet will slip around in the boot. If you are walking downhill this means your toes will slide to the top of the shoe or boot causing great discomfort. The same can also be said if the boot is too small. We have known plenty of hikers that have lost toenails from getting the wrong size boot!!!

Hiking Boot

 

2)   Water Resistance: Hiking on outdoor trails brings lots of different types of weather and terrain. You definitely don’t want rain that you encounter halfway through the hike to make your boots squishy, wet, cold, and uncomfortable. Buying a waterproof boot will keep your feet dry and warm if you encounter some sudden showers or if you’re hiking through puddles, creeks, or streams.

3)   Weight: Although there is some contradictions on whether lightweight boots are best for hiking or heavy duty boots that provide good support. In this case, it’s probably going to be best to go with what you find most comfortable! Just keep in mind that a heavy-duty boot, although providing good support, will add weight as you are hiking long distances.

4)   Sole: The sole of your boot is one of the main characteristics that will tell you how long a boot will last. The deeper the grooves on the sole, the longer the tread will last. If the treads are thin, they will likely wear out quicker and need to be replaced more frequently.

5)   Lastly, the material of the boot is something to take into consideration. Leather hiking boots tend to last longer, but are generally heavier than their nylon or canvas hiking boots.

Head on over to Harry’s to look at our hiking boot selection. Here’s hoping for some sunny days coming here in Metro Detroit so we can break in our new hiking boots!

Introducing Reebok Military Boots!

As many of you may already know, the very popular line of Converse boots has been discontinued. No need to worry, though, Reebok will carry boots that are very similar to the discontinued Converse styles so if you had a favorite Converse boot, make sure to take a look at the new Reebok boots!

Reebok Women's Rapid Response Side Zip Boot Reebok will carry various different styles of boots including military boots, tactical boots, and uniform boots for law enforcement officers, EMT’s, and security guards. Some of my favorite styles include the Reebok Rapid Response Military Boot featuring a composite toe boot that is airport friendly, lightweight, and protects your foot like the comparable steel toe boots.Reebok Men's Rapid Response Side Zip Composite Toe Boot

There is also a comparable version of the men’s rapid response boot for women. The Women’s Rapid Response Boot features many of the same characteristics as the men’s boot including being airport friendly and having a convenient side zipper. There are many other Reebok boots available at Harry’s, take a look and order a pair today!

 

Top Ten Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas!

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and we here at Harry’s are ready to help you find the perfect Valentine’s Day gifts for that special someone in your life. Here are our Top Ten picks for Valentine’s Day gifts!

 Top 5 Gifts for Guys

1.) Every guy needs a great multi-tool, the Leatherman Wingman Stainless Steel Multi-Tool is affordable at $32.99 and has needle nose pliers, wire cutters, a combo knife, serrated knife, multiple screwdrivers, and more.


2.)For the adventurous guy, an affordable and thoughtful gift would be one of our hydration packs, the MOLLE Compatible Tactical Hydration Pack holds up to two liters and can be used with smaller MOLLE Compatible pouches. This would be perfect for springtime runs or even working out at the gym.
3.)If you are looking to replace a watch, look no further than the Smith and Wesson Commando Watch; durable and water resistant, this is a great watch for everyday wear.
4.)An affordable gift for a handy man is this Military Style Canvas Tool Bag, great for storing and transporting tools and made of heavy duty cotton, at a great price of only $10.99!5.)It’s still winter and getting your partner a new winter coat would put a big smile on his face! The Carhartt Men’s Extremes Active Jac is arctic lined for cold weather conditions and water repellent. This gift is more of an investment for the future at $99.

 Top 5 Gifts for the Ladies

1.)All girls like purses and what’s better than a vintage style purse that’s cute and affordable? The Cotton Canvas Vintage Pistol Belt Purse in Black is a steal at only $18.99 and has lots of room to store stuff!

2.)If you’re looking to buy a great pair of winter boots that will keep your significant other warm, the Columbia Women’s Ice Maiden will keep her warm and are waterproof.

3.)If you’re partner is into fashion, the Women’s Soft Pink Digital Camo T-Shirt is a perfect choice and very affordable at $8.95!

4.)If you or your family is in the military, a great gift to keep your wife warm is a military insignia fleece blanket; we carry them in U.S. Navy, U.S. Army, and U.S. Marine Corps. These are extremely affordable at $18.95!

5.)Another great gift for keeping the women warm is a Military Inspired Parka that is not only fashionable but warm as well as waterproof! A great deal for a winter coat at only $79!

The History of the Tuskegee Airmen

Each year we celebrate Black History Month during the month of February in both the United States and Canada. An important group of veterans who fought in the Second World War are the Tuskegee Airmen. Not only were they fighting the German Nazis, they were also fighting prejudice in their own homeland.

After being rejected for air service during World War I, groups of young African ATuskegee Airmenmericans with an interest in becoming pilots fought for the opportunity during the Second World War. African American college graduates were allowed to train at Tuskegee and these men then comprised the Tuskegee Airmen.

After receiving encouragement from the first lady, Eleanor Roosevelt, they were sent overseas earning an impressive combat record. This was a huge step for African Americans in the fight for civil rights and to show other African American men and women that anything was possible for them. Three of the Tuskegee Airmen Pilots even went on to become generals in the United States Army.

Check out Harry’s for some great Military Memorabilia!

Bug Out Bag Gear – Top Ten Items for Doomsday Preppers

If one of your New Years Resolutions this year was to  start prepping, then take a look at this list of the top 10 items you’ll need to start your collection!

Survival Water Filtration Device

1)    One of the most important items for our body is fresh drinking water. Key for survival packs is to include a water filtration system. This Katadyn Mini Ceramic Water Filter is small and compact which will make it easy to carry and pack in your survival gear backpack.

2)    This Zippo Fire Starter will allow you to keep warm no matter what weather you encounter and it’s small compact size allows you to easily tote it with you in your survival gear pack.

3)    Along the same lines as the Fire Starter, this Survival Blanket will keep you warm on cold nights. This blanket is lightweight, reusable, waterproof, and can be folded to fit in your pack for storage and carrying.

4)    In case of an emergency happening to you or someone you are travelling with, make sure you have a First Aid Kit handy. This Military Olive Drab Large First Aid Kit contains everything you will need in case of an emergency.

5)    Doomsday Preppers often carry some type of weapon for various uses. This 11 Inch Junge Survival Knife Kit contains two separate knives, an 11 in. larger knife and a smaller throwing knife as well as a few other survival accessories. Again, this is compact enough to be stored within your survival pack.

6)    To ensure that you never lose track of where you are, make sure you pack a compass in your survival kit. This Multifunction Solar Powered Digital Compass is great because it can be re-charged using solar power so no matter what you encounter, you will be able to continue using this compass.

7)    Because you will never want to be in the dark, pack a Solar Powered Lantern with you. This Solar Powered Lantern can be re-charged and has two different modes including one that will save energy.

8)    Known for its multitude of uses, Paracord is one of those things you should never leave off of your survival pack checklist.

Paracord

 

Pretty much anything you can imagine, you can use Paracord for including making a hammock, gear repair, decoration, security, belt, boot laces, tying food from a tree, etc.

9)    The Shark Safety Whistle is imperative to a survival pack emitting a loud whistle that will assist you in search and rescue operations as well as outdoor and personal safety.

10) Last, but definitely not least, you will need a tactical backpack that will hold all of your survival equipment. The Rapid 96 4 Day Tactical Backpack has padded shoulder straps, a padded back, and is MOLLE Compatible so extra pouches can be added for additional room.

If you’re looking for any other survival items on your shopping list, stop by Harry’s Survival Gear section, guaranteed to fulfill all of your needs!

Military Acronyms Decoded- Understanding Military Lingo

Being a military wife, I have had many conversations at the dinner table where I find myself asking, “What does that mean again?” a million times. Anyone who has watched a movie based on the military, have friends in the military, or have even served in the military themselves will say that they have the military has it’s own language, made up of many different acronyms.

Having lived on a military base, it’s a wonder I made it home those first few days after I moved there. Lucky for me, they actually labeled secure zones “Restricted area” and there were guards who were quick to point you on your way if you drove to a spot where you were not allowed access. Most places allowed civilians if you knew what the acronyms stood for, NEX also known as the Navy Exchange is a great place for tax free shopping!

Some of these more common military acronyms will help you keep up during your next chat with your military friends.

-AD: Active Duty

-APO: Army Post Office

-AWOL: Absent Without Leave (I think this one is self explanatory, you DON’T wanna go AWOL)

-BDU: Battle Dress Uniform (Working Uniform)

-CO: Commanding Officer (Also known as the “boss”)

-CONUS: Continental United States

-DOD: Department of Defense

-LES: Leave and Earning Statements (Military pay stub, this requires a degree in military language to read)

-MP: Military Police

-OCONUS: Outside Continental United States

-PCS: Permanent Change of Station (Moving time!)

-USA: United States Army

-USCG: United States Coast Guard

-USMC: United States Marine Corps

-USN: United States Navy

If you have a military member to grab a gift for, be sure to stop by Harry’s Military Gifts section!

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