Thursday, April 18, 2013

BAD Gear: Bad Ass Dad T-Shirts

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About American Apparel Fitted T-Shirt

For stylish weekend comfort anytime, guys will want to live in our Fitted T. Made of ultra-fine, combed ring-spun cotton, that gets softer with each washing. Lightweight for summer comfort or winter layering. Grab attention with this vintage fit that loves to hug skin. (Size up for a looser fit).

Fuck that noise...this shirt will make your arms look huge, and your gut look small, and make you look generally bad ass. All the chicks and milfs will want to touch you, and all the hipster dads will runaway from you in fear. Git er done.

4.3 oz. Ultra-fine combed ring spun cotton
Vintage fit (size up for a looser fit)
Made in the U.S.A.
Size Chart

Size Chest Length Sleeve
Small 36" 28" 14.5
Medium 40" 30" 15"
Large 44" 30" 15.5"
X-Large 48" 31.5" 16"
2X-Large 52" 32.5" 17"
Measuring Instructions:

Raise your arms slightly and measure around your body. Be sure to measure the fullest part of your chest/bust, keeping the tape parallel to the ground.
Measure around your waist where your pants usually fall. Keep one finger between the tape and your body to ensure an accurate fit.

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Thursday, April 11, 2013

BAM Gear: Chariot Cougar 2 Stroller+Bike Trailer

So what happens when you want to do outdoorsy shit with your kids, integrating them into your outdoorsy healthy lifestyle - mainly because you're legally not allowed to leave your kids at home while you go and enjoy the great outdoors... Well, you go out and buy an outdoorsy stroller thing. Now, you may be ask yourself "why did BAD buy another stroller when he already has the BOB duallie?" Well let me ask you this - can the BOB duallie take your kids fucking skiing? Can you attach the duallie to a dirt bike or ATV or even a horse? No, and neither can the Chariot Cougar 2 - but it can attach to a mountain bike. 

That's one of shortfalls of the BOB duallie - is that there is a lack of options for converting it into an bike trailer. In terms of bike trailers, there are much much more cheaper offerings; however, I always say - buy the best you can afford. We owned a CCM (canadian tire special) bike trailer prior to this and when compared with the Chariot 2 the construction is night and day as is the materials used. Is the chariot worth $800 + $100 (for the bike attachment)? I don't know. It technically functions the same as a $100 bike trailer - but you won't get the oohs and ahhs from the hottie moms nor be the subject of jealousy for the lululemon-wearing dads. I do have to admit, its like the Range Rover of bike trailers - it gets your kids from point a to point b (just like a Kia Sportage would), but it gets them there with adjustable suspension, roll cage frame, 5 point harness, sunshades, integrated helmet space, load carriage, and so on. 

Yes I know I`m a bit tongue and cheek on this piece because I`m of two minds on it. I do know the Duallie is the cat`s meow mainly because it did offer great off-roading capabilities with that as a single purpose push stroller. The Chariot is mean to be dual role - push, pull. So there are some tradeoffs I think. I`ll get to those in a moment. 

But for now, here are the specs as posted on their site:
• Multi-Sport Capabilities
• Aerodynamic Design
• CAS™ Suspension
• Adjustable Handlebar
• Anodized Aluminum Roll Cage Frame
• 3M™ Reflective Material
• Five Point Child Safety Harness
• Partial Window Venting
• Weather Cover
• Sunshade
• Tinted Windows
• Padded Seating
• Shoulder Harness
• Integrated Helmet Space
• Back Wheels with Quick-Release Axle
• Parking Brake
• VersaWing™ Technology
• Patented ezFold™
• Click n’ Store™
• Rear Storage
Number of Children:1 or 2
Weight capacity (kg/lbs):45 / 100
Starting configuration:CTS Ready Chassis
Weight (kg/lbs) :12.7 / 28
Shoulder width (cm/in):59 / 23.2
Sitting height (cm/in):67 / 26
Dimensions (cm/in LxWxH):118 x 80 x 107 | 46.5 x 31.5 x 42
Folded dimensions (cm/in LxWxH):107 x 80 x 28 | 42 x 31.5 x 11
Height w/o handlebar (cm/in):85
Handlebar heights (Low/High, cm|in):93/107 | 36.5/42
Door pass through (cm/in):80 / 31.5
Wheels:20" aluminium spoked
* Weight include handlebars.
Ok so let`s hit up some of these points. I`ll start with the storage. Unlike the BOB where the storage is underneath the seat, the chariot places their storage bin on the rear-side. This facilitates ease of access. it`s long enough to store the bike attachment when not in use. It also has webbing so you can, for example, attach your BAK`s bike and carry it if they`re too tired to ride the last 10kms. Oh, and the Chariot is a whole 5-6lbs lighter than the Duallie. For those of you in the army or humping shit all day, you know that oz = lbs when it comes to load carriage. 
The next thing I`d like to highlight is the longness of it. It sits at 118cm`s whereas the BOB duallie is at 148cm`s. For those of you with shorter trunk space, that extra foot can be used for things like a 2-4 or a 6er of Keith`s India Pale ale. In terms of width there`s only 2cm difference. For handlebar height, the BOB is not adjustable at 102cm while the Chariot is adjustable for your height-challenged to the height-enhanced. Sorry, if you`re a dwarf, you might as well ride in the damn thing and get snow white to run you around. Just for reference, the handlebars are set to my midriff area - I can use my fatty stomach to push the stroller while I drink my 2-4 of Keiths - er I mean, my nalgene bottle of water...For anybody who cares, that`s the Arc`teryx LEAF Bravo jacket. And yes it is the shit.

So, there are rear-axle parking brakes actuated via a push-poll toggle made of anodized aluminum. Push in to set it, pull out to unset it. Use your feet, your hands, or make your kid do it.

OK, moving on is what the CTS terms as their CAS or adjustable suspension. Much like the adjustable forks on your Rock shox, you can adjust it for weight or smoother ride or stiffer ride. Either way, there`s a nice ruler measure thingy, that you can slide the adjustable shocks for. This is mainly for your kids`comfort and in no way a safety thing. Just set it to the stiffest, and let your kids go AHAHAHAHAHAHAHhahahahahahaaha...

OK, let`s talk harnesses. If you`re just moving one kid, put them in the middle. If you have two kids, SxS them. The padded seat-belt cover hides the snap buckles. So the question is, is it any roomier than the Duallie. I think they`re about the same. The Duallie was a bit more compartmentalized so that each had their own sunshade, and sitting area - in case of duelling sisters. This one, well, they`s gonna fight. Some ear biting`s gonna happen bros so be forewarned.

Actually its not bad at all, my eldest BAK is almost 5 now, and although she prefers to be running and gunning on her own, when she`s pooped after the first 5kms, its a good place for her. The cool thing about the Chariot is that it integrates various levels of protective coverings, weather coverings, sunshades etc. This prevents the bugs from flying into their teeth when on a bike ride - something the Duallie could not guarantee. From this pic, you can see that they fit in there nice and cozy.  Rain or shine, BAM goes jogging with this thing, and she says its better than the Duallie for its lightness and its weather protection from inclement weather. Now, if you're doing trails that are wet and muddy, make sure you use the cover unless you want your kids to eat mud..
The bike attachment pieces are infinitely better than the Canadian tire special one, using stainless steel versus what was probably aluminum or some cheap bendable metal. The hitch arm is made of aluminum, and is mounted to your bike via Quick release on the bike`s axle. An extra tall safety flag and an approved reflector kit is also included. 

So what are few of the things I don`t like. Because its a 4 wheeler its not as maneuverable as the tri-wheel Duallie. It also uses a dense solid rubber on the front tires versus the air-pump bike tire kind. I can see this being an easy-wear item. Although it folds nice and flat, its not a one-handed operation - meaning you can`t be holding your infant and tearing this shit down at the same time. There`s a few edges to be weary of lest you pinch yourself or some shit.

Duallies are being sold at the 7 bills marks, and this is being sold at the 8 + 1 Benjamins mark. For an extra 2 Bs you get dual use. Think about it this way... The chariot integrates weather protection, whereas the Duallie requires a 80 dollar piece of plastic which is an afterthought design.

My recommendation, between the Duallie and this...get this one. Like I said, you can put ski`s on it.

Monday, April 8, 2013

BAD Gear: Loadout - Guns, Gear

So some of you probably do all sorts of cool shit like climbing mountains, or riding bikes, or make clay figurines of astroboys. I, when I do have time away from work, try to get loaded on tac courses. Most recently I had the opportunity to take an advanced carbine course with Earl Green of PLGT. He is good peoples, as is his training. We went through a ton of rounds and I came away with a few good notes and lessons learned. But thats not what I really wanted to post about. I'd like to post more about the guns, gear - cause thats what you guys and girls want to see.

These are just my thoughts, and in no way should you do as I do. You gotta do what works for you.

First thing - Get a good gun. Train with what you use the most, and most likely to use. I brought two, one for backup - and indeed I needed it, as my first gun shit the bed after the first hundred rounds due to sheared off bolt lugs.

So I normally use an AR as a primary. I brought two - the first being my NEA PDW, and the second being a Stag Carbine.

My secondary is a G17 with a threaded barrel and a Streamlight TLR-1 light with XS Tritium Big Dots. For mags I use a combo of Pmags and Lar15. The Pmags are like butter so silky smooth, and the lar15 has the capacity for 20 rounds when done up properly. Of course you always download by 2 if loading full 30 rounds. For optics I generally use Aimpoint - H1/T1 or the PRO. Sometimes I might even mount an ACOG.

For this course I used the PRO and it is good (I wanted to see if it would handle the snappiness of a PDW). The Aimpoint PRO stands for Patrol Rifle Optic. It's basically an enhanced M2 with a QRP2 mount prepackaged. For the pricepoint, you should be asking yourself...WHY THE HELL NOT. I will review this awesome piece of kit another time.

Ok so the rest of the gear - the nylon, and the kydex. For holster I use a safariland SLS thigh rig that rides high near the junk. Safariland is by far the best choice for everything in my opinion. I do not like trigger-finger-actuated holsters.

For kneepads the most comfortable ones I have ever used are the
Arc'teryx ones. For gloves, I wear whatever tactical ones I have lying around, Oakleys, Blackhawk, Outdoor Research - whatever. This particular course I used HellStorms. They worked. I've resigned myself to the fact that gloves - like boots - are sacrificial pieces of kits, no sense in babying them. Just use the shit out of them, and get new ones.

On my armoured CIRAS I have a bungee pouches for AR mags, and a couple of pistol mag pouches from 5.11. I also have a Med pouch for my trauma kit that includes QC and other blowout kit. I also have a TQ sandwiched into my admin pouch. Easy access.

Regarding boots - My go to are the Lowa Desert Zephyrs. I've used these in the desert, in the tropics, in the urban, and they are the shizzle for course-work.

So the Wx for the course was a mix of inclement and fair weather. Most of the time, the Arc'teryx LEAF Alpha was used to sheer off the rain and the wind. I wore this jacket both under and over my armour. Of course, wearing the Alpha over the armour made me look like the Michelin man, but whatever, this isn't a fashion show. Because of the mixed Wx, when it was warmer and the rain ceased, it's quicker to take the jacket off than to take off the armour, then the jacket, then putting the armour back on. It gave me no problems at all for accessing waist workspace tools.

My Sling recommendation - BFG Vickers sling for carbine. For PDW that is 7.5" I would go with a MS2 or MS3. But that BFG Vickers is very versatile and works great. What I do is mount the forward point on the "inside" of the gun, while the rear mount would be on the "outside" part of the butt stock. This actually gives me more space to do transitions, and easier too.

This is stuff that I use normally anyway, so its not like I'm trying this kit out for the first time. What I would recommend is to use what you have, spend the extra money on ammo, optics, and training. Then buy the kit as you "need" it.

OK so what didn't work. Shitty ammo. Don't buy shitty ammo. That's it. There is that question about the PDW that screwed the pooch, but thats a direct result of using steel casings in a high-pressure gun. The warranty guys said that it was actually a metallurgical fault of the bolts they manufactured a batch of, after sending me the new one, it seems to be fine.


Full Disclosure: Unless noted, Bad Ass Dad has not been compensated in any means to review this gear. It is all his own, procured through pro-channels, retail, or issuance.