GEAR: Badass Moms Bring Order to Our (Pool Day) Lives

GEAR: Badass Moms Bring Order to Our (Pool Day) Lives

It’s no small miracle to get the whole fam (including me) where we need to go with the stuff we need to have. When I’m in charge I follow Emily’s checklists but the trek to the pool resembles a Mog Mile reenactment, the kids and I worn for the part…
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GR1 aka the Most Badass Diaper Bag Ever Built

GR1 aka the Most Badass Diaper Bag Ever Built

I get the question a lot from dads about what's the best diaper bag. There's an aura of desperation, as if they're hoping I'll unlock the wisdom of some talisman that can protect them from Lilly Pulitzer paisley hell. As I work for you and aim to…
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Off-Leashing at the Beach with Monster

Off-Leashing at the Beach with Monster

We're all going to the same beach, Monster just wants to get there faster. A Labrador on a leash at the beach is about the same thing as taking your kids to Disney, putting them on leashes, and not letting them ride any of the rides o…
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Service First Story 001: Stop The Bleeding

Service First Story 001: Stop The Bleeding

Trauma medicine - how a first responder should treat someone hurt or injured - has evolved rapidly based on lessons learned in the post-9/11 wars. One example is that yes you should use a tourniquet sooner - it stops the bleeding to save a life. But…
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Proving the Challenge Pants

Proving the Challenge Pants

Last fall I met Alex in the throes of GORUCK Selection. None of us told him this at the time, but 23 hours in, he was performing well as most candidates were long since showered up and warm. It was clear he had trained his ass off. The mile…
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The Simple Pant Explained

The Simple Pant Explained

Blue jeans are a good look when they don’t put diamonds and sparklers all over ‘em. Simple and classic is better, and I’ve been a Levi’s 501 wearer for a long time.       But my 501’s get wet and they’re twice as…
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Kit Bags Explained

Kit Bags Explained

Just imagine you’re a new recruit with an Army green duffel bag full of stuff they made you buy to start Basic Training. You show up in your bus, and you’re immediately greeted by a shark attack of Drill Sergeants. “Get off my bus," they scr…
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Remembering Our Roots & the Original Go-Ruck

Remembering Our Roots & the Original Go-Ruck

My “go-bag” in Iraq was more the size of a GR2 than a GR1. It was big, heavy, and full of lots of stuff I would need if our vehicle got disabled and we needed to fight for our lives. When I moved to Cote d’Ivoire, West Africa, I took that inspirat…
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Shooter Rucks and Rule #1 Firearms Co.

Shooter Rucks and Rule #1 Firearms Co.

If you’re in Special Forces, you get good at customizing your gear and making it yours. For different missions, you set your gear up differently. That’s the idea behind the Shooter Rucks. The interior of the rucks is lined with VELCRO® friendly “B…
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GR1: Baghdad Meets NYC, The Story

GR1: Baghdad Meets NYC, The Story

I placed an ad on Craigslist NYC for a “backpack designer”, and a couple called the Wookey’s in Montana replied with a link to their website and a “we can do that.” They had recently set up a design studio after working in manufacturing forever, a…
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Behind the Scenes of Selection 018 (Part 2)

Behind the Scenes of Selection 018 (Part 2)

And then there was one. I learned early on in my Army days that you can’t stop Father Time. Just keep your head focused on the task at hand while the sand flows south, and embrace whatever comes at you. It’s their game, their rules, and you’r…
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Behind the Scenes of Selection 018 (Part 1)

Behind the Scenes of Selection 018 (Part 1)

BELLBROOK, OHIO, USA HOME BASE OF GORUCK SELECTION 018 Annually, we run an event called GORUCK Selection. It’s the only event that we recommend you NOT sign up for. It’s 48+ hours and it’s patterned after Special Forces Assessm…
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