Prometheus Design Werx SHADO 24L Backpack Review

Prometheus Design Werx SHADO 24L Backpack Review

The SHADO 24L has hands down been one of the most pleasurable EDC bags I have used in the last few years. I had the first version of this bag and it didn’t check too many of my boxes. With the new 24L of this bag PDW has perfected the EDC pack. Everything from the back panel to the interior organization, this pack has almost everything I need in a perfect day bag. It carries extremely well and has enough room for everything in a days load-out. There is not much extra room in this bag when I have it loaded with a days worth of gear, however I can fit everything I need. The SHADO is not made in the US. I know this can be a turn off for many people and even myself. I love to see companies take the time and effort to produce here in the US, although I do think for the $200 msrp this bag is one of the best options you can get. It comes loaded with features, compartments, pockets, and removable options you would expect to see on a $400 bag. I really think at $200 this is one of the best bags you can buy.

I have posted a video review of this bag on Youtube for better viewing angles and a hip-belt explanation. If you want to checkout that video follow this link ——- PDW SHADO 24L Backpack Review



  • Invista Cordura® 500D

  • Custom Milled 500D Nylon/Spandex 

  • 70D Nylon Ripstop

  • Nylon Mesh

  • Multiple Density Closed Cell Foam

  • YKK Reverse Coil Zippers

  • Nylon Tape & Webbing

  • HDPE

  • Custom Made Color Matched Nylon Trims and Hardware 

  • 3mm Cord & Saddle Zipper Pulls

  • Shock Cord

  • Nylon Hook & Loop


  • 24L / 1465 cubic inches

Approximate Dimensions:

  • Height: 20"

  • Width (max): 11"

  • Width (min): 9"

  • Depth: 7"

Approx. Weight:

  • 61.125 Oz. 



On the very front of the SHADO there is a zippered admin pocket that is backed with soft Velcro. The SHADO comes with a highvis admin panel which is awesome. This gives you the option to have the pocket just be a larger storage compartment or section it off to hold all of the gear you want to be able to grab quick. In this pocket I always keep my keys, wallet, Leatherman raptors, multi-tool, knife, flashlight, pens/pencils. It is great having a solid way to organize these items in an easy pocket. I have noticed that a few times when trying to unzip this pocket the “D ring” right below the zipper can tend to get in the way if it is laying up. If down, the zipper can be unzipped very easily even when the pocket is full.

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Hammock vs Tent: Which One is Better for Camping?

Hammock vs Tent: Which One is Better for Camping?

Camping and comfort do not go hand in hand. Surviving in an outdoor environment can never be extremely comfortable. However, you can make practical choices to ensure that your expedition is decently comfortable.

While camping out, you will either use a pop-up tent or a hammock. These two have been consistently at war because some people will prefer one over another.

We will here try to illustrate and pick all the critical points of distinguishing between a hammock and tent and tell which one is more suitable.

A hammock is easier in setup however, a tent takes a toll on you while spreading it and setting it up. But this is not the only difference between the two. Let’s take a comprehensive look on all the major differences.

#1. Price

The best tent will cost you somewhere between $200 to $500. This does not include the cost of the accessories. On the other hand, a high-quality hammock will not cost you more than $60. So, cost wise, the clear winner is a hammock.

#2. Size & Weight

Typically, an entire tent set-up weighs approximately 2 lbs at the least. Hammock, on the other hand, has a maximum weight of 2 pounds. Plus, it can fit in your hand after folding.

Tents don’t work without accessories. You might want to keep these accessories to the minimum, but the ones that are direly needed will have to be there.

You have to carry poles, rain fry, a sleeping pad, footprints, vestibule, and stakes. With a hammock, you will only need a suspension system that goes with it. Admittedly, it is easier to pack a hammock, but at the same time, it is a cheaper option as well.

#3. Comfort

When it comes to comfort, most people will gladly choose a tent over a hammock. People have different sleep positions that are not feasible when you are floating on a piece of cloth, tied between two large trees.

Some people claim that sleeping on a hammock is right for your posture and more comfortable. However, not everyone will agree to that since we are not accustomed to resting in a floating condition.

With a nice sleeping bag installed inside a tent, the campers will find this option way more comfortable. Tents are spacious and can accommodate more people, whereas hammock can make room for two at the most.

You can purchase a tent will a capacity of 6 also, if you are going on a family camping trip and take along your sleeping bags. In case of a hammock, you will first have to find multiple trees in one location to set it up.

People with back pains are not suggested to use a hammock which camping. This will react aggressively and may stimulate pain.

As far as comfort is concerned, a tent is a clear winner in this situation.

Other Details

Both hammock and tent work pretty well in different situations. It depends on where you are planning to use either of them. So, there are other few things that you should know.

  • If you are germophobic and don’t like uninvited crawling insects to enter in your sleeping space, then you will appreciate hammock which takes a level up while sleeping and keep insects away. You cannot enjoy such luxuries in a tent.

However, the concern here is to find a pair of strong trees that can hold a hammock and bear your weight. It could be challenging unless you are deep in some forest.

In such situations, a tent can be an irreplaceable option because it has to be established on the ground. You don’t need any specific space settings. 

  • While the tent seems to be a comfortable option, they don’t work exceptionally well on rougher terrains. Wet ground is one of the biggest challenges with tents because they will make you feel uncomfortable throughout the night.

Hammock and tents have their fair share of goods and bad. It all come down to your perception and criteria of making decision.


They both are the winners. As we mentioned before, both of these things have some good and bad attached to it. You cannot separate the usage of a hammock or a tent based on their pros and cons. It comes down to personal comfort and selection.

If you pick up the point of comfort, then some people find sleeping in a hammock comfortable enough to take it to a camping trip.

In case of cost, size or weight, a hammock enjoys the lead because it is highly affordable, less in weight, and the size is also manageable.

There is no end to the argument on the superiority of a pop-up tent or a hammock. At the end of the day, after knowing the strengths and shortcomings of both the options, you have to decide which option works well for you.

Hestra Ergo Grip Active Glove Review


When winter comes to Colorado and you want to still enjoy the outdoors having the right gear is very important. Some of the best gloves I have used to date are the ones in this review. Normally I use a very light weight North Face glove for almost everything, however I have recently picked up these Ergo Grips from Hestra and will never look back. Below is some history of Hestra.

“About the company

Hestra - one of the world's leading glove brands”

The family business Martin Magnusson & Co. was founded in 1936 and is now run by the third generation of Magnussons. Both design and development is done at the headquarters in the small town of Hestra.

Our gloves are manufactured in our own factories and we personally buy all leather, fabric, wool and other materials. This gives us control of the production chain and ensures a high level of quality. Several of our models are handmade by some of the most experienced glove makers in Europe.



Exclusive outdoor glove with Ergo Grip construction creating pre-curved fingers, minimal excess material, and seams positioned for optimal grip. Durable goat leather on the palm, upper section made of windproof and breathable Gore WINDSTOPPER© Breeze.

Article number: 32950 Color: 861700

Outer material

Proofed aniline goat leather

GORE® WINDSTOPPER® Breeze Windproof and breathable. 100% polyester.


Brushed polyester Durable lining which is brushed for a softer feeling and containing more air for better insulation. 100% polyester.


Reinforcement at index finger

Leather pull strap with velcro


  • Durable goat leather on the palm,

  • Upper section made of windproof and breathable Gore WINDSTOPPER© Breeze.

  • Brushed polyester Durable lining which is brushed for a softer feeling and containing more air for better insulation


The key feature on these gloves is by far the “Ergo Grip.” At first I thought this feature was not needed as I had never had gloves that were shaped to hold items easier and never felt like I needed. After using the gloves for a couple months now I am in love. The gloves hold a pre-curved shaped to allow your fingers to actively grip items with ease. Even when bringing these gloves down to the park on a snowy winter day, I had found the gloves to preform perfectly while throwing the ball for Breck to fetch.



The Goat leather used on the palm of the glove has broken in nicely and now even moves better than before. The leather is soft yet gives a surprising amount of grip as well. Ever stich on the Ergo is in line and feels perfectly placed. The craftsmanship on the glove is truly amazing.



The outside of the glove is made with a breathable but Windproof Gore-Tex lining and feels like a good compliment to the goat leather palm of the glove. It allows for great movement and space for the knuckles to move as well.


The Ergo grip is not fully waterproof which is somewhat of a downside, for that you will have to spend another $60 for the Ergo Grip Outdry. I opted for the normal version because if I needed anything more heavy duty and waterproof I would move up to my Hunters Gauntlet CZone. For what I have used the Ergo Grip for the wind proof lining has been plenty to keep my hands dry and warm. I had used them one time while building a snowman and after about an hour of picking up heavy, wet snow my hands started to get wet. If you really need a fully waterproof glove I suggest upgrading to the Outdry version.

The gloves secure with a Velcro strap and a stretch collar for easy on and off. Using the Velcro was very easy and it gives a great feel when strapped up.


The gloves not only preform well but they look the part as well. I like the looks as I feel it blends the line of a functional but fashionable look with the tan palm.


  • Goat Leather Palm

  • GoreTex Windproof Lining

  • Ergo Grip

  • Velcro Closure

  • Amazing fit

  • Great Craftsmanship


  • $$

  • Not 100% Waterproof


Overall, I think the Ergo Grip Active glove from Hestra is by far my favorite do-everything glove. It moves like a dream and is lightweight enough to wear almost anywhere. The windproof lining does an amazing job keeping the cold air out and as long as you’re moving and not messing with water your hands will stay warm and dry. The gloves come in at $110 which is not cheap but I believe to be an amazing deal for this nice of a product. I will be looking to get more gloves from Hestra in the future.