About Ontario Geardo

We don’t have a massive inventory, plethora of industry connections nor do we even have daily posts. What we strive for at Ontario Geardo is to take the gear that we have, and give it an honest workout. That doesn’t mean shooting it, throwing it off cliffs or dragging it behind trucks. We do our best to use our gear practically, but push it to the furthest extremes that we think civilians can go to see if it will fail. That means punishing our backpacks during endurance challenges like GoRuck, and putting ourselves in controlled survival situations BEFORE reviewing products on our blog.

Write ups that detail performance after a handful of camping trips are useful and we do those here too, they’re called First Impressions Reviews. However when you see an article simply labeled Review, the product we are looking at has been used and abused for over a year if not a number of years. As you know, quality outdoor and military gear is expensive, so we will do our best to make sure you have a clear picture of how the products will perform over the long term.

The reason why we have a lot of this gear is because we all love being outside. From time to time you will find write ups about our outdoor adventures, the gear that we brought, as well as what went well and what could have improved.

Our goal is simply to share experiences with others in regards to the gear that we own, and the adventures we have. We've always been appreciative of the other gear sites that have helped us make informed purchases. Hopefully this blog will be of some use too!

Mike Chan
Founder/Lead Contributor
ontariogeardo@gmail.com 

9 comments:

  1. Hi Geardo,

    We noticed your comments on Soldier Systems regarding the High Performance Socks. We'd like to get in touch with you regarding some testing. Please get in touch with us at contact@appliedorange.com.

    Keep low,

    Applied Orange

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  2. Did you serve? I ask because you look like you used to be in.

    By the way, great blog! I enjoyed reading them. Keep up the good work!

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    1. Nope, I've never served. I think though in regards to the gear that I buy, that I've drawn a lot of inspiration from my friends and family that have. They are a constant source of inspiration and obviously I look up to them a lot.

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  3. Hey, quick question. Read your review on the Block 0 Half-Zip Pullover, and was interested in picking one up myself. When I went to the Steps Inc. page though, clicking the "add to cart" option for it didn't work. Just out of curiosity, how'd you get it? Thanks!

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    1. That's a tough one. As far as I know they are no longer in production. It doesn't seem like Serki is making them anymore either. Are you looking to get that specific pullover? Or do you just want an effictive insulating layer? If you have your heart set on that specific piece, your best bet will be on eBay. Also do searches for ESWCS as well as PCU. It's the exact same thing, with the only real difference being the velcro placement. If you just want something to stay warm, the Patagonia R2 or R3 might be worth looking at. As well, if you are lucky you might find some of Patagonia's PCU level 3 on eBay. For something a little more updated, you can look at the Arc'teryx Atom LT or SV depending on how much insulation you need. If you wanna chat about it more, feel free to shoot me an email at ontariogeardo@gmail.com

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  4. Geardo, Outstanding site! I really appreciate your intel on the PCU garments. Keep up the great work. It's easily the best resource on the web. I'm guessing eBay is the best source for these items. They seem to be getting harder to find. Any other places you recommend?

    Thanks

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    1. Thanks Pete! Ya ebay is probably the most cinsistent place to find PCU. Other places like forums and some facebook groups have them from time to time, but its kinda just luck when they pop up. You can always order straight from Beyond Clothing. And I assume you've already checked out my buyer's guide.

      http://www.ontariogeardo.com/2011/12/pcu-buyers-guide.html

      If you have any more questions, feel free to email me! Ontariogeardo@gmail.com

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