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KAMP Sofa by KamKam

KAMP, a foldable sofa, is designed in response to a modern lifestyle for a temporary stay. The seat top can be separated from the bottom and rolled up while the bottom folds easily, making the item mobile and perfect for outdoor ventures or extended travels. 

The designers have made it is possible to enjoy the comfort of a real sofa big enough to comfortably sit two. The seat at the top of the sofa is easily separated from the remaining part of the sofa and then rolled up into a smaller volume more suitable for carrying. The bottom grid-like structure simply folds and fits into a simple bag.

Every part of the KAMP sofa is lightweight, allowing this product to be, in the designers’ own words ‘a foldable sofa, designed in response to a modern lifestyle or for a temporary stay’.

KAMKAM is a design group located in Seoul.

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Defender of Freedom

Case of the Monday (or Tuesday) blues. Take a moment and let your mind free. By now, you would be hard pressed to find someone who doesn't know a bit about this truck and what it stands for. This short isn't about the truck itself per se but more about your wants and desires allow you to do when you give in to them. This is just one person's dream, but it may get your mind jogging about your own. Although, with fall well on its way, we wouldn't deny a trip to the sun and the dunes right about now.

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From Land Rovers to Ferraris | An Exclusive Interview With Amy Shore
 '55 Land Rover 

'55 Land Rover 

  '55 Land Rover 

'55 Land Rover 

We recently came across Amy and her work via discovering her shoot of the '55 Land Rover series. It hit a soft spot in our weakness for Defenders, and we wanted to know more. Looking into her work felt almost (almost) as good as being along for the ride. Here is our exclusive interview. For more photos visit Amy online or find her on Instagram. 

Q. First of all, tell us about this gorgeous Defender. How was the ride?

AS. The ride in the Defender was a tad bumpy to say the least! Lack of seat belts, suspension, roof or doors caused for a rather adrenaline-filled ride, but my, was it fun. Who would have thought being hit in the face with twigs as you drive through a forest would be considered fun?! Talking to the owner, Jason, I felt completely confident that this machine would get me through any water, ice, mud or other obstacle that could possibly get in my way. 

  '55 Land Rover 

'55 Land Rover 

  '55 Land Rover 

'55 Land Rover 

  '55 Land Rover 

'55 Land Rover 

  '55 Land Rover 

'55 Land Rover 

Q. And what about photography? How and why did you end up doing what you do so brilliantly? We've noticed several of your shoots in your portfolio feature fine looking classic cars. Could you tell us a bit about your love affair with cars? How did you get started capturing man's second best friend?

AS. Photographing cars was something that I accidentally fell into. I'm a trained metalsmith and jeweller! I wanted to look into working with classic car restoration and bodywork (panel rolling/beating) and had the absolute pleasure of visiting a workshop doing just that on one of my travels for Petrolicious. My father used to work for Lotus Formula 1 creating models to be tested in the air tunnel and has worked in classic car restoration for many years himself so a love for classic cars has been something I've always known. However, during my second year at University, I suffered a third degree burn to my left hand whilst polishing a piece of metal which put me off slightly...! After finishing my degree, I got asked to photograph my first ever car - a Ferrari P4 replica, for the makers of this beautiful vehicle (friends and previous employers of my father). The images ended up a long way around the internet thanks to automotive photographer Easton Chang posting them onto his Facebook page and a year later, I'm now a car photographer! It's been one incredible and fast year. I still shoot weddings though which I adore - the last wedding I shot, my assistant and I were actually the very last to leave, we enjoy it so much. 

 Porsche 964 Carrera RS Coupe - Amy Shore for Up Knörth

Porsche 964 Carrera RS Coupe - Amy Shore for Up Knörth

 Ferrari Daytona 

Ferrari Daytona 

 Ferrari P4

Ferrari P4

 Ferrari P4

Ferrari P4

Q. Of all your automotive shoots, any personal favourites that have stuck with you? Most memorable ride?

AS. In regards to my favourite shoots, my first with the P4 replica will always be a favourite and I'm forever thankful to that car and its makers. Otherwise, probably a shoot that I shot only last week for Classic Driver with four incredible machines - a Ferrari 250 TdF, a Ferrari 275 GTB, a Porsche 550 Spyder and a Porsche 904. It was definitely a memorable and exhilarating day. My father used to tell my brother and I stories of how he would find the most expensive and rare car in the workshop to eat his lunch in when he was younger. With this in mind, whilst on the shoot I ate my lunch whilst sitting against the Spyder. Other than that, does shooting Pitts Specials performing aerobatics in formation at 2000ft count?!

 Pitts Specials upside-down, mid-air at 2,000ft.  

Pitts Specials upside-down, mid-air at 2,000ft.  

UK. That sounds incredible! From the photos it definitely looks like a memorable ride!

Q. One things we're always curious about is the 'behind the scenes' of such stunning, 'in-the-moment' photography. When you're shooting do you meticulously plan out 'scenes' or just go along for the drive and see what happens?

AS. Behind the scenes, I should probably have more of a set up than I do. A lot of the time, I have total free reign on the shoot and have a rough idea of what the client wants and what I want to achieve but with my style of photography, I try to keep plans as loose as possible and meet my brief as best I can to my style. For the Land Rover shots for example, we drove out to the roughest area we could find.  I then noticed how great the green of the LR against the wet, orange mud looked. We were then driving along a tunnel of trees which looked awesome so I got Jason to stop and let me run out forwards to shoot it. However, some shoots need to be better planned - the Aston Martin shots I recently did needed more planning. We were up at 4am to drive along a set route through the centre of London to make sure we had the best shots before London traffic woke!

 Behind the scenes. 

Behind the scenes. 

 4am Aston Martin wakeup 

4am Aston Martin wakeup 

Q. The 4am wakeup paid off - The Aston looks at home in those photos. Like something straight out of James Bond. So, it sounds like you've dipped your fingers into anything from cars to planes to weddings. Are there any upcoming or dream projects we should watch out for?

AS. Dream projects? Classic Le Mans, definitely. I've never shot outside of the UK yet so would absolutely love to have an opportunity to do so. My ideal kind of shoot would be to be the photographer of a road trip with a small group of classic cars and their owners - photographing not only the beautiful vehicles and they scenery, but the relationships of the owners to their cars, the fun of parking up and eating lunch with one another, laughing with a beer with one another - the whole experience documented. My heart is aching for that experience even as I write!! 

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For a more in-depth look into her works, visit her amazing gallery at Amy Shore Photography, find her on Facebook and follow her stunning Instagram account @amyshorephotography 

All photography courtesy of Amy Shore

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What To Drink: Iceland's Einstök Craft Ales
 Einstök Toasted Porter

Einstök Toasted Porter

Located in the fishing port of Akureyri, Iceland, the brewery sits just 60 miles south of the Arctic Circle. Here, the area is famous for some of the purest water on earth; travelling from rainfall atop the historic Hlíðarfjall Mountain through ancient lava fields to create the perfect foundation for a crisp, refreshing ale. Their most famous brew; The Einstök Icelandic Pale Ale brings together a fusion of American and Bavarian craft with the finest Icelandic water to create the Viking version of the Pale Ale, where robust hoppiness meets smooth malty undertones. They also offer an Icelandic Toasted Porter (with dark toffee and chocolate notes), an Icelandic White Ale, a seasonal Winter Ale and even Arctic Berry Ale. Currently, the beers are only available in Iceland, the UK, New York, California and Florida. As they say however "Fear not, we are working hard to conquer new lands. Drink, conquer, repeat." Get that Viking feel by enjoying it out of our steins. 

 

The Filson Cruiser Patent: Better With Age
 1 Day Old vs 15 Years Old - Better With Age

1 Day Old vs 15 Years Old - Better With Age

In March, 1914, C.C. Filson was awarded U.S. Patent #1,088,891 for his Cruiser Shirt design. It was a time in U.S. history when prospectors braved the frozen hills of the Yukon to seek their fortunes and surveyors worked for days on end surveying stands of timber in the Pacific Northwest.

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Like these early adventurers who sought paths with no guaranteed outcomes, Filson was also an entrepreneur, and his original patent illustrates his inventiveness, his functional design sensibility and his ability to meet and exceed the needs of serious outdoor laborers and sports enthusiasts.

This year Filson celebrates 100 years of the original Cruiser Shirt patent. The Cruiser has gone through many iterations, depending on what it was built for: timber surveying, mining, hunting, fly fishing or work wear. What hasn’t changed is its functional heritage: It has always been — and always will be — offered as a tool to be worn outside.

Get your Plaid Lined Soy Wax Cruiser or our favorite The Mackinaw Plaid Cruiser Jacket

Reblogged from BBB-Mag

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Toyota Landcruiser : Adventuremobile

From the induction of the Landcruiser to the Japanese National Police force in the early 50's to the offshoot into the civilian and industrial sectors of the furthest back countries  and cities around the world Toyota has developed a reliable vehicle. A tool (and toy) that can be taken quite literally anywhere in the world on any type of terrain. Available in a variety of models from short wheel bases to station-wagons or pick-ups there is something available to suit nearly everyones needs; in gas or diesel. Today you will see off-roaders and vintage car enthusiasts still maintaining and modifying some of the first Landcruisers ever off the production line - A huge point on reliability for Toyota.

We've found these vintage promotional videos for the original Landcruisers to be still useful today.

Part 1 of an early 80's video promoting Toyota vehicles in Australia. Photo: Expeditionportal

Part 2 of an early 80's video promoting Toyota vehicles in Australia. Photo: Thinredlinephotography

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The 308 Answer : Guest Post By EatWild
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“What gun should I buy”, is the most frequently asked question that I get as a hunting instructor. “Buy a 308 Winchester” is the best – and shortest – answer that I can give. Read on if you want the long answer.

There are many factors and variables that can determine which rifle is the most appropriate for an individual. I am going to do my best to provide some general guidance on what caliber and rifle you should buy based on these factors and variables.

Shooting

As a new hunter you need to build your confidence and skills as a shooter. The only way to develop your skills and confidence is to shoot, a lot. Seeking out instruction from experienced shooters is a critical starting point to learning the basic shooting principles. Once you have the basics covered, you will need to find the time to practice regularly. Ideally, you must enjoy your shooting experience to ensure that you do practice often.

My first rifle was an ultra-light 30-06 rifle. I was a 14 year old, skinny lightweight. My light 30-06 had a heavy recoil and neither my skinny frame nor the ultra-light rifle absorbed the recoil. I instantly became gun-shy after I shot the 30-06 for the first time. The kick of the recoil and the shocking sound of the bang caused me to develop a flinch. I would pull my head back and close my eyes every time I pulled the trigger. Obviously, this didn’t result in confidence building. I did not enjoy the shooting experience, so I did not practice enough to fix my flinch. As a result, I failed to develop confidence and accuracy.

I only recently started to enjoy shooting. This is largely because I purchased a 7mm–08 caliber rifle a few years ago. This is a medium sized caliber rifle and it is very pleasant to shoot. Because I enjoyed shooting this rifle, I practiced more and began having excellent shooting results – which helped me build my confidence as a shooter. I still fight off those bad shooting habits to this day, but I have definitely improved as a shooter since I have built my confidence by shooting a rifle with less recoil. I still find the recoil and bang of my 30-06 and 300 Winchester calibers shocking; however, I have improved my confidence and skills to absorb the recoil, and ignore the bang, in order to consistently shoot accurately with larger caliber rifles.

Recommendation: I recommend that you purchase a medium caliber rifle to develop your skills and confidence as a new hunter and avoid being beat up by the larger caliber rifles. If you weigh over 180 pounds, and have a bit of girth around your shoulders, you may enjoy shooting a 30-06.

Ammunition

To become a confident shooter you will need to shoot a lot, so affordable ammunition is important. The 308 is the most common rifle on the market resulting in 308 caliber bullets to likely be one of the cheapest ammunitions you can buy. A box of 308 ammo is readily available for less than $20 a box, which works out to one dollar per shot. In comparison, the short mag calibers, and 7mm-08, can be as much as $40 a box for ammunition. A new shooter can easily shoot 10 to 20 rounds each time they go practice with their rifle so this could really add up over time, especially if you start to enjoy shooting and want to spend time becoming an expert marksman or markswoman.

Each caliber of ammunition can shoot several different bullet lengths and weights. The amount of gun powder capacity in each cartridge will vary the speed and trajectory of the bullet. The weight of a bullet is measured in grains. A larger cartridge with greater capacity for more gun power will be capable of shooting a heavier bullet, or small bullets faster. A longer bullet will be more stable over its flight. Each rifle will have a specific bullet weight that will produce the best accuracy and versatility for hunting.

To avoid the discussion and debate on the optimum bullet weight for each caliber, I will recommend the following: Choose a 165 grain bullet weight for the 308 or 30-06; choose a 140 grain for the 7mm-08; choose the 180 grain for the 30-06 and the 300 Winchester if you are hunting Moose and Elk. These bullet weights should give you the best all-around performance.

Recommendation: consider the 308 or the 30-06.

Caliber

The caliber you choose must produce enough bullet energy for the type of game you plan to hunt. Bullet energy is the weight of the bullet multiplied by the velocity that the bullet is traveling when it hits the target. A bullet must have minimum 1500 foot/pounds (ft/lbs.) of energy when it strikes an animal to ensure an efficient and ethical kill. A light bullet, such as a 243, will not have sufficient energy to kill an Elk or Moose at a range of 200 yards. A heavier caliber, such as a 300 Winchester, will impact a deer with 3300ft/lbs. of energy at 100 yard range. At this range there is twice as much energy than is required to kill an animal efficiently. The surplus energy will distribute throughout the muscle tissue and will cause massive flesh damage (blood shot meat). You only need to kill the animal once, and you don’t want to destroy more flesh than necessary. However, at a range of 400 yards, the 300 Winchester would impact a target with 1500ft/lbs. of energy, so it is a practical choice for long range hunting. It is important to pick a rifle that is appropriate to the size of game and the distance that you would expect to find the game.

I use a 7mm-08 caliber for deer and sheep. I could use the 7mm-08 rifle for elk provided I expect to have a shot at an elk at a short range (less than 200 yard). I use a 300 Winchester for all moose and elk hunting. They are larger animals and require more bullet energy to efficiently kill them. I also use my 300 Winchester for sheep hunting because it is an effective long range caliber, and I can expect to only have an opportunity to shoot at long ranges.

My recommendation is to consider the 308 or 7mm-08. The 308 caliber and the 7 mm caliber are ideal deer calibers to a range of 300 yards. They both have enough energy to kill an elk within 200 yards, and likely have enough energy shoot a moose within 100 yards. The 30-06 and the 270 caliber rifle both have plenty of energy to harvest an Elk or Moose out to 300 yards; however, they have too much of a surplus of energy to harvest a deer at short range (less than 100 yards).

Keep in mind that a 300 yard shot requires a high degree of skill and experience. I have never shot at an animal over 250 yard. 90% of the game I have shot has been less than 60 yards away.

The 30-06 is widely considered the most versatile caliber for North American big game. The 270 is widely considered the most accurate long-range shooting rifle. They’re both excellent choices of firearms provided you have the body mass to sustain the recoil.

The 308 and the 7mm-08 are a smaller cartridge than the 30-06 and the 270 and therefore have less gunpowder, produce less bang, and less recoil. If you are primarily going to hunt deer than I recommend choosing one of these calibers and forgo the recoil of the more versatile 30-06. There are also some new 30 caliber short magnum cartridges that produce amazing ballistics. If you are going to be strictly an elk or moose hunter then you must consider the 30-06 caliber the 300 Winchester mag or the 30 caliber short mag. Keep in mind these calibers are not very pleasant to shoot so you may be sore after practicing.

Action

I only recommend purchasing a bolt action rifle. They are safe and reliable. I like a clip, but others prefer a drop plate. A clip allows you to load and unload easily, but you run the risk of losing the clip along the way. A drop plate takes a bit more time to load and unload, but you can’t lose it.

Fit

If you have short arms then you should consider buying a rifle with a smaller stock. Savage Arms and Browning both make rifles that are designed specifically for women.

Stock

You will have a choice between buying a wood stock or a synthetic stock. The wood stock is pretty and heavier than the synthetic stock. The extra weight can be a good thing for a new shooter since it will help absorb some recoil. It is also pleasant to look at, and you should really like your rifle since you may only buy one or two rifles in your lifetime. Wood stocks and blued barrel need to be dried off after every use and should be oiled regular to keep the rifle from rusting. The synthetic stocks are very practical because they are lighter for carrying around all day. The stainless barrel and synthetic stock will not mind getting wet and will require less maintenance overtime.

Summary

The most important factor in choosing a firearm is to ensure that you enjoy shooting your firearm so that you practice more and develop your skills and confidence. If cost is your primary barrier than the 308 or the 30-36 calibers are excellent choices because they both have affordable ammunition. If you weigh less than 170 pounds you should consider the 308 or the 7mm-08. If you weigh more than 180 pounds and you intend to hunt elk or moose regularly than you should consider the 30-06 or the 270 caliber.

Lastly, if you want a wood gun, then I would lean towards the Browning X-Bolt. Browning does a great job of providing numerous and diverse stock sizes; they have some great options for women. If you want a stainless gun with a synthetic stock, than I would check out the Tika T3 Stainless.

Happy hunting!

Eat well and wild.

Article Written Dylan Eyers of EatWild

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Vintage Folding Army Shovel
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An obvious choice for outdoor enthusiasts. We are currently sourcing this Vintage Swiss Folding (aka Army) Shovel. These shovels are reasonably compact, light and seem to be a good place to start when looking for a study, reliable tool that will get the job done.

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