JEEP LIFE AND THE GREAT OUTDOORS
"Not all those who wander are lost"
One of my favorite knives of all time is a Kershaw. Specifically the Kershaw Blur, which happens to still be in production in case you want to pick one up. My Blur has literally been to hell and back with me and although I am a guy that believes in taking care of my stuff, it's never failed me when I needed it...and that says something for the build.
Well, this weekend I added a new Kershaw to my pocket, and this thing is SEXY! It looks great and functions even better! Meet...The Launch 1. Kershaw's new automatic. Made right here in the USA the CPM154 blade is durable, strong, and sharp! The CPM154 powdered metallurgy blade steel has more uniform distribution of carbides. That process keeps it resistant to water and corrosion, and helps keep it sharp for a long time of use. Don't get me wrong, like everything else...take care of it if you want it to last.
I love the feel and finish of The Launch 1. There's a finish that Kershaw calls their BlackWash finish that gives the blade a tough, take on whatever life throws at it kind of look. The handle is an anodized aluminum that looks beautiful and feels good in the hand. The clip is a standard reversible left/right pocketclip, and the push button release sits low to make that "accidental" opening tough to do which makes this a perfect work orientated, daily carry!
Remember, laws vary from state to state so you may not be able to purchase one where you live. You can probably just double check your state's law by googling it, and feel free to write your local politicians and let them know how stupid it is if you can't buy one in your state.
The Kershaw Launch 1 is a beautiful, affordable daily carry that you can beat up, brush off, and know that it will be there for you ready to go when you need it again. Don't forget the best part...the Made In The USA label that we all should be looking for when we buy.
Today I woke up with a heavy heart. The things we do as a human race to each other for our own benefit sometimes is a bit baffling and sad. To hurt someone that doesn't deserve it for the sake of liberating yourself is not liberation at all. The actions we do effect us, even when we may not think so. Large or small those actions will start to chip away at our belief system and define our imperfect hearts.
We live in a time where as bad as the world is out there...most Americans have never seen war. They have never had to sacrifice the things that have to be sacrificed in war. They have never fought, they have never lost, they have never won a war. Most have never and will never feel the effects of its victory or defeat first hand, and that's a good thing.
The downside is this...It all plays a role in what we think is acceptable for the way we behave, more specifically...the things we do to each other...the way we treat each other. If you have been to war, you gain a perspective on human behavior that will guide you through your own actions. You'll have an understanding that most only think they have.
The first...it can get very vicious very fast. One step leads to another and before you realize it you're down a path you never thought you would go down in you're own behavior.
The second...nobody escapes the casualties of war. Win or lose doesn't exist, only the degree of loss does. At some level, there's always a price to pay. Lastly...never go to war if you're not willing to lose or take everything. There's only one way to survive war. It's harsh, it's ugly, and it absolutely changes a person forever.
We live in a time more than ever where we as people do all sorts of horrible things for all sorts of horrible reasons. We also live in a time where more than ever in recent history do we need to unite as Americans and take and stand for not only what is right, but for our freedom that has come at such a cost.
My heart is heavy this morning not because the world out there is so relentlessly cruel, rather the man I sometimes have to become to live in it.
1 Corinthians 13:13 - And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
There's no doubt that the a fastback top on a Jeep Wrangler Unlimited looks tough! It's weird how one small angle adjustment changes the entire look of the Jeep. Anyway, I've been a fan of this type of top from the first time I've seen them and Quadratec is now offering one that more than covers the check list for me! The Adventure Top S is a newer addition to the Quadratec line and for a starting price of $599 bucks, I can't see why anyone that wants a fastback soft top would go anywhere else.
The install is a breeze. Anyone can spend a couple hours slowly following the easy to read instructions and have their new Adventure Top S on all for the comfort of their own driveway. Made from durable 24 oz. Antimicrobial Black Diamond textured Sailcloth Material is both mildew and UV resistant. Double stitched with tough marine grade polyester thread that’s UV protected, resistant and heat taped seals to prevent leaks. The Windows (including the rear) are DOT approved and feature a 31% dark tint and are removable & replaceable.
The door surrounds are very cool. Not only do they give the strength the top needs to remain frameless, they are made from aluminum and have a retro kind of look to them that is nothing short of sexy.
When you get the top model of the Adventure Top S, you'll get the EZ Fold sunroof feature. Let me tell you...the bi fold design is WAAAYYY better than the traditional single hinged system. The difference in opening and closing is just awesome, definitely worth the cost. I would even consider it a "must have" type of feature.
It's really nice to be able to carry your entire top with you ready install it on a whim. The Adventure Top S goes from full soft top to safari top to open aired driving in a matter of a few short minutes and I was able to try them all out easily while taking a single road trip. Like every top I've owned however, including the factory top, I did get some leaking. It wasn't bad though and I'm pretty convinced it's more of a Jeep issue than an every top out there issue.
GOBI rack owners, guess what. Yup, the Adventure Top S works with the GOBI Stealth 45 rack easy/peasey! Good for us, good for Quadratec AND good for GOBI! A true win/win/win.
If you're looking for a new top, give the Quadratec Adventure Top S a try! Also, check out a full line of Quadratec products at: www quadratec.com
I happen to be a full time softtop guy. I live in Southern California and if it isn't raining...I at least have my windows out. That said, I have owned hardtops and the worst part about them is storage! Like the rest of us Jeepers I was just searching around the Internet looking at Jeep stuff and came across this Quadratec hardtop storage cart.
My routine is pretty simple. I wake up, scroll through some social media, check some news and get to writing. This morning I came across a meme from Kate Iwata, a FB friend. It was a simple map with one single line scrolled across it.
Live Life by a Compass not a Clock. Maybe this is that profound, or maybe I'm just sensitive to learning this lesson today, but WOW! Think about it...Live Life by a Compass not a Clock, Live Life by a Compass not a Clock
I might take that literal, because I love to outdoors, I love getting away from the craziness man has created and of course, I love to explore. To me there's just something so magical about being one small little branch in a giant world full of lush unknown, unseen, forrest. That may not be you though.
Look at the saying as a metaphor. A representation of a bigger meaning. To Live Life By a Compass not a Clock is freedom. It means to live your life as you want to, not as you have to. Now that doesn't mean blow off responsibility by quitting your job, hitting the open sea and hunting treasure or anything. It means to seize the moment, live for today, spend time enjoying life instead getting through to the next weekend or holiday. Have fulfilling relationships, be defined by our heart and character, love God and each other and always strive to be the best you can be.
Next time your at lunch with a friend try spending the entire time NOT checking social media or texting someone else! Or...the next time your at your kids little league game, be present! Work and that other stuff will be there to take care of later, but that game won't be. There's a saying I heard a long time ago...I've never met a man on his death bed that used his last breath to say "I wish I would of spent more time at the office."
So, here's the question...what is freedom to you? What would life look like living it by a compass and not a clock?
KC Hilites have been around for a long time. In fact, they are the first name that comes to mind for lights for most of us. That black and yellow KC brand is a staple in the OffRoad community and come on...we've all seen the smiley face covers, right? What about today's market though? In an industry flooded with OffRoad lighting options, does KC Hilites still stand out?
I decided to give them a try. Now, I have had lots of lights throughout the years and up to this point, I've thought...might as well just buy the cheapest set. From my experience they all seem to look and last the same. (A lot of these lights even come from the same factories). Well, one thing is for sure, there's no mimicking KC's iconic look.
I went with the 6 inch Pro-Sport With Gravity LED G6 Pair Pack System. I loved the look and it's all in one system gives you everything you need to have you lighting up the nighttime trail from start to finish in no time.
When I first opened the box and had one of the lights in my hand, I knew right away that this was a high quality product. The look, the feel all stood out from anything I've tried in the past. This light was big, stylishly aggressive looking, and well made. I couldn't WAIT to get them on my Jeep.
The install was a snap! It only took about 20 minutes, and that was set up and clean up included! The wiring harness is plenty long enough and the is easy to install. On one end you connect the harness to your battery's positive and negative terminals, on the other end plug in the switch and lights and you're done. Don't forget to connect the ground wire and even though it's pretty easy to figure out just by looking at it, follow the instructions anyway. Take a look at the tech specs straight from KC...
-2x 20W Gravity® LED G6 Optical Inserts
-6" Polymax Housing
-Durable Polycarbonate Lens
-Spot Beam or Driving Beam (SAE & ECE) Patterns
LIGHT PERFORMANCE(PER LIGHT)
-Raw Lumens: 2,452 lm or 2,104 lm
-Compliance: Driving beam meets SAE J581 & ECE-R112
-Lux @ 10 Meters: Spot- 2,150 lx, Driving- 1,310 lx
-Candela: Spot- 215,000 cd, Driving- 131,000 cd
-Beam Distance (Meters): Spot- 972m, Driving- 724m
-LED Source: CREE High Power LED
-Amp Draw: 1.67A
-IP Rating: IP68
-Product Dimensions: W - 6.25" x H - 7.00" x D - 4.54"
Parts Included in Pair Pack system
-(2) 20W 6" Gravity® LED Pro-Sport Lights
-Wiring Harness with 2-Pin weather proof connectors
-(2) ABS Stone Guards
-30A LED Switch
Gravity® EXTREME OUTPUT AND EFFICIENCY
Gravity® Pro-Sports are powered by our G6 LED optical inserts to deliver 2,150 lx @ 10m using only 1.67A per light. KC's patented Gravity® Reflective Diode system aims LEDs into precision reflectors, capturing all light to project it forward.
AVAILABLE BEAM PATTERN AND ADVANTAGES
Spot Beam- Provides focused bright light for maximum forward distance and high speed visibility.
Driving Beam- SAE & ECE street legal beams provide added peripheral visibility while reaching further than stock lights.
ADJUSTABLE MOUNTING FOR ACCURACY AND PRECISION
Universal adjustable mounts allow for easy mounting to bolt holes, also precise vertical and horizontal aiming of lights for consistency.
STRENGTH & DURABILITY
Using a Race-proven steel housing combined with our IP68 rated Gravity® G6 LED optical insert for an extremely strong and durable light to tolerate the harshest terrains.
I LOVE my new KC Hilites! I think I've finally found the stand out brand that I've been looking for in lighting. If you're looking for an upgrade that will look great AND be something that serves a purpose check out the entire catalog from KC Hilites. They have something for everyone!
I can't wait to hit the trail and see what my new lights can really do...more to come I'm sure.