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By Robert Allen

After almost two years of testing the Warbonnet Blackbird XLC hammock, we have come to the conclusion that this is the best hammock system on the market for the money. I personally bought one of these a couple of years ago and have tested it in almost every kind of weather imaginable. This hammock is just about as bomb-proof as you can get for a lightweight piece of sleep gear. Various SIGMA 3 instructors have also purchased it and used it all over the country, they have all come back with the same conclusion. Amazing!

We are proud to announce that we are the first company to ever offer their products outside of the direct manufacturer. Warbonnet is American Veteran owned and each product is hand made, so you can be assured that they are quality and not foreign junk. I was so impressed with the product after buying it at full retail price and testing for two years, that I contacted the owner and told him we had to sell them. He finally agreed to let us sell his Warbonnet Blackbird XLC to SIGMA 3 customers. As many of you know our store only sells products that our instructors own, have tested, and wholeheartedly believe in. I have to admit that I didn’t like the idea of hammocks at first because I’m a stomach and side sleeper, so I was hesitant to spend money on something I wasn’t sure I would be comfortable in. After years of using them though, I’m a total convert from tarp and tent camping. I almost never use any of my other shelter equipment anymore after using this system.

The Best Hammock

The Blackbird XLC is a larger up-graded version of the Blackbird.  It has all the same standard features as the Blackbird such as choice of suspension, built-in bug netting, shelf/footbox, but in addition the XLC is about 12″ longer having a hammock body roughly 132″x 63″ with an overall length(ridgeline length) of 111″ which gives you about 11 inches of tarp overlap at each end of the hammock if using an eleven foot tarp. The XLC is rated for a user up to 7’0″.  The netting is fully removable, you have the option to purchase an optional winter Topcover that can be used in place of the netting in winter time, the Topcover is a breathable fabric matching the hammock body, it will trap about 15 deg of heat compared to the outside air temps, so it is particularly useful for those that do lots of cold weather camping. Like the hammock fabric itself, the Topcover made of breathable fabric that has a DWR water “resistant” treatment, it will shed light moisture, but is not waterproof and is not a replacement for a tarp. The thing we probably best about this hammock is the convenient built in shelf you can put gear in out of your way. Watch the video for more details.

Color: Olive green
Weight capacity: 400 LBS
Item weight (webbing/buckles): 2 lb. 7oz.
Item weight (whoopies): 2 lb 4oz.
Fabric: 1.7oz/70D Nylon (x2)
Price: $200

The Best Hammock Tarp

I have probably owned 30 different tarps over the years as a survival instructor and I can honestly say that the warbonnet superfly tarp is my favorite. It weighs only 1 lb 3 oz and packs up to the size of a pop can. Even if you don’t like hammocks you’ll love this tarp if you like camping on the ground.The reason I like it so much is because it has doors that fold down on both sides and it makes it a 4 season tarp. It blocks out the wind, rain, and snow no matter what kind of weather conditions you find yourself in. When weather is nice I like to fold up one side to enjoy the views and when the weather is bad I batten down the hatches and close in all the sides. For the weight and pack-ability it can’t be beat. It is just like having a floor-less tent and still all the advantages of a tarp. There are certainly cheaper options available, but we guarantee that after you try a tarp with the doors you won’t want the smaller versions available. Warbonnet offers a tarp that is the same size and price as the ENO profly, but it doesn’t have the doors. In comparison with other tarp makers, they are about the same price as the rest. In fact, ENO offers a Housefly tarp that is the same as the superfly, but after testing we found it wasn’t near the same quality. You can see that in our video below when we tested them both in the snow. The ProFly tarp collapsed under snow weight and the superfly held up because of extra tie outs.

Item weight: 1 lb. 3 oz.
Ridgeline Length: 11’0”
Width: 10’0”
Fabric: 1.1oz/30D 2000mm NeverMist™ Silnylon
Price: $130

 

Other Brands:

There are numerous other brands and options available out there and we have tried almost all of them. I’ve personally owned the ENO hammocks, Hennessy, Grand Trunk, and Snugpak hammock. The blackbird xlc is by far and away a much better hammock system than all of them. Clark hammocks is also an option but they are substantially more expensive for a system that has a smaller tarp, no shelf, and doesn’t lay quite as flat.

BUY ONCE CRY ONCE!

You could certainly find cheaper hammocks, as there are numerous systems out there available but our philosophy is to buy the best and only spend the money once. We guarantee that if you like hammock camping, you will upgrade your system in the future and end up spending way more money in the long run. One of our main jobs as survival instructors is to test gear and we test a lot of it. We never put our name behind something that we don’t absolutely love and our reputation is the most important thing to us. You know that we are biased in this review because we are selling the hammock, but I can assure that this hammock is amazing and I give you my word you will love it.  After years of testing, I can assure you I have never had a better nights sleep in the woods. Thank you for supporting SIGMA 3 Survival School and I hope that one day you get to try out this amazing piece of gear and like it as much as I do!

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SIGMA 3 has just launched our new Escape and Evasion kit for SERE. This kit includes all the low tech spy type gear you will need to get away from illegal detention. We as Americans are at huge risk of kidnapping by ISIS, the Cartels, and other threats globally. So because we are targets we must prepare by not only getting equipment but learning how to use this equipment.

 

SERE training is something that everyone who travels needs, especially women and people who are at higher risk for captures. This kit will enable you to get out of the most common restraints, pick locks, get out of handcuffs, and much more. The SIGMA 3 Escape and Evasion Kit includes:

  • Bogota Lockpicks Titanium
  • Covert Saw
  • Universal Handcuff Key
  • Diamond stick
  • Compass
  • Credit Card Multi Tool
  • Handcuff and Lock Shim
  • Kevlar Cord
  • Ranger Fire starter
  • P51 Can Opener
  • Convenient Pocket Carry Case

Cost: $115

Purchase the Urban SERE Kit

Other items that might be useful to add to your kit for further protection:

Boot Lace Handcuff Key

Road Spikes or Caltrops

Zipper Pull Handcuff Key

Tactical Pen

If you have plans to travel to any hostile countries or continents, then you need this kit for your safety. Watch this video below and I’ll explain the uses of all these items and why they are essential for kidnapping survival.

The best bushcraft knife for under $75 is by far and away the Mora Bushcraft knife. There are a lot of good blades on the market for the money and I have tried most of them. But I still keep coming back to this one knife. In fact, even though I have several high end custom survival knives, I still find myself carrying a Mora Bushcraft knife at many of our survival courses. It is always in my go bag as a backup knife to my main survival knife set as well. It’s just a handy setup to have around. Figuring out the best bushcraft knife can be a difficult task for the beginner and we are taking all the homework out of it for you. Trust us, we have beat the hell out of this knife in dozens of survival courses and we have yet to see one fail! They aren’t the toughest knife on the market, but they are the best wood cutter and best bushcraft knife for general uses.

For less than $75, you get the best bushcraft knife from Mora, a good firestarter, and a sharpening stone built right onto the blade. It’s an all in one survival kit on your side, because if you have a knife you can build anything else that you need with it in the wilderness. Survival and bushcraft is about improvising tools from the local landscape around you and the most important tool to do that is a good blade. Now many companies have tried to reinvent the wheel with all these fancy survival knives that have come out in recent years. But the simple truth about survival knives is that you don’t have to have a super steel, but you do need to have super good design. And the Bushcrafter fits the bill in all respects! The Mora is so good because of its comfortable handle design and a very well designed blade.

The Scandinavian style grind on the Mora is designed to fly through wood. It is a flat grind that is somewhat similar in its cutting efficiency to a chisel. It was simply designed to cut through wood easily and efficiently. This makes bushcrafting chores a breeze and time is money in the bush. Your knife should do the task quickly and should cut through the wood easily. That is the single most important thing a knife has to do when you have several bushcraft chores.

The best bushcraft knife is also a high carbon steel which is good for making fire with a flint and charred tinder. You always go with high carbon steel for survival and not stainless. Never get a stainless steel blade unless you plan to be in or around the water all the time. The high carbon blades just have to many advantages to not use them over the stainless versions. The knife also comes with a fixed belt loop and a swinging dangler belt loop for either type of carry. The belt loops detach quickly and a very secure in their construction. It comes with a great sheath, but there are also a lot of options to upgrade your sheath through custom kydex making companies such as Grizzly Kydex

The diamond sharpening steel does a great job on quickly putting an edge on the high carbon steel. And since it is conveniently located on the sheath, you will always be sure to have a sharpener when the task is needed. A dull blade is a dangerous blade, so always keep your tools sharp. And don’t forget knife safety when doing bushcrafting. The blade should never be cut towards any body part. Never carve on your legs or over the tops of your palms. You never know what could happen. I always say the best knife safety learning always comes from cutting yourself really bad one time, and you will never do it again. Don’t learn the hard way, practice safe methods. So be safe and get yourself a Mora knife for our survival classes today! As they are definitely the Best Bushcraft Blade for our courses. SEMPER PARATUS!

Here is an independent review on the Mora Bushcraft knife:

TheTruthAboutKnives.com

If your interested in purchasing one of these blades then make sure to check them out at our Survival Store

Buy Your Mora Bushcrafter Now!

 

 

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After a years worth of work and organizing, we have finally opened the online survival store. We have teamed up with a professional distributor to help us stream line completing sales and getting the product to our students and customers. SIGMA 3 instructors are not professional retailers so we wanted to team up with the right people to deliver the products in the most professional manner possible so our customers are as happy as possible. We wanted a system that was already streamlined. So the people we work with are extremely professional and your products will be delivered in a timely manner, consistent with your expectations. No mom and pop operation is running the store, it’s a company with a worldwide reputation for delivery and retail logistics. But most of the products on the store are SIGMA 3 tested and approved by our cadre. And we will be doing tons of testing videos on these items to show you what we think about them. No BS assessments on the quality of products via our youtube videos. We will let you know what your paying for!

 

Some of the new items we will be featuring:

Our Top knife pic for under $65:

Our favorite economical hammock:

The best stainless steel canteen on the market:

Upcoming items:
-More military and tactical gear
-Custom SIGMA 3 apparel including: T-shirts, patches, hats, SIGMA 3 dog tags, stickers, and much more! In other words, lots of swag to come.

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The store is not the end all and be all of survival gear yet, we are working to add new products everyday. But our goal is to have a line of survival gear that everyone can afford and can be proud to own. Quality comes first, and cost second. We will have a wide range of prices and quality of gear to give you the most options for your bushcraft budget! Not only will we have lower priced options on survival gear, but we will also be providing very high end options for the best of the best in survival gear! The equipment we sell is only equipment that SIGMA 3 believes in and we won’t sell an item we don’t feel is very good or worth putting our name behind. Our reputation for training is more important than selling the most survival gear. We want you to be assured that if you buy something from the SIGMA 3 Survival Store, that you will be satisfied with the product and that it is the quality that you can count your life on. For a reasonable price!

 

Thank you for supporting the school all these years and we look forward to servicing your survival gear needs. You can count on SIGMA 3! If you support SIGMA’s endeavor to spread self reliance all over the world, then please support our store. All the funds from the sale will go improving training and the distribution of free survival info via our blog and youtube channel. The more you support us, the more free info we can provide you.
If you have a product suggestion for us to add to the store, please contact us and let us know what it is.

Thanks,
Robert Allen
President
SIGMA 3 Survival School

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