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32 Best Military Watches in 2020 (Ranked by a Marine)

Military personnel and serious outdoorsman know that the time to acquire and prepare gear is long before setting out on a hike or mission. Speaking of time, how do you plan to keep it in the harshest conditions? Can your current watches withstand submersion, extreme temperatures, and constant abuse? Can

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Best Hiking GPS Systems Side by Side

20 Best Hiking GPS Devices (Handheld) in 2020 Review

Each year millions of dollars are spent searching for lost hikers. Most of the time, this bill is covered by the taxpayers but depending on where you’re lost, you may receive a hefty ($500+) bill for the search and rescue (SAR) teams that were deployed at your distress. In some

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Marine Sniper Aiming Long Range Rifle

15 Best Long Range Rifles in 2020

Interested in getting into long range precision shooting? As a former USMC Scout Sniper and a current US Army contractor, I have qualified and tested many “sniper rifles”. Some of these rifles were fielded to Scout Snipers and Army Snipers, while others didn’t quite make the cut. In this article

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Some of the Best Benchmade Knives

30 Best Benchmade Knives in 2020 (Ranked by Category)

If you’re a knife enthusiast like many of us here at Marine Approved, you likely already appreciate Benchmade’s outstanding craftsmanship and customer service. Being one of the largest and most successful knife manufacturers in the world, Benchmade has a wide selection of knives across multiple categories. While that large selection

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Ultimate Camping Checklist for 2020 (with Printable PDF)

Camping is one of the greatest ways to experience the outdoors. There are endless places to go that feature some of the most wonderful views in the world that you can share with your friends, family, or experience all on your own. Regardless of where you go, or who you

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Some of My Favorite EDC Knives

32 Best EDC Knives in 2020 (Reviews and Buying Guide)

Is a knife a weapon or a tool? That’s been a long common discussion but here at Marine Approved, we have the answer, it’s both! Carrying a knife with you is by far the easiest and lightest way to ensure you’re ready for a plethora of life challenges and no

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Some of the Best Emergency Radios

10 Best Emergency Radios in 2020

The number of natural disasters has been steadily increasing in recent decades and many experts say this trend is likely to continue. From hurricanes slamming into the coast of Florida to torrential rains leaving many Texans underwater, there always seems to be a natural disaster happening somewhere. Unfortunately, these disasters

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25 Best Fixed Blade Knives in 2020 (Review and Buying Guide)

Even if you’ve amassed an arsenal of sharp pointy objects over the years, you’ll need a solid blade that can do it all. One blade to rule them all, no matter the situation, challenge, or environment. You need a quality fixed blade knife. You see, seasoned outdoorsman and survivalists all

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Ultimate Backpacking Checklist (with Printable PDF)

A solid backpacking checklist will ensure you have a safe and enjoyable time in nature. Before we get into the list, I want to point out that there really is not a one size fits all gear list. In the gear checklist below, I’ll include all of the items that

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Marine Holding Headlamps

15 Best Headlamps in 2020 (Hands-on Review)

One thing I learned in the Marines is that there is no such thing as being too situationally aware, and the first step in knowing what’s going on is being able to see what’s happening. Whether you’re hiking on the trail, running, setting up basecamp, or prepping your gear in

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