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Ultimate Z Dome Splitter – SOG Jungle Primitive Review

“That’s not a knife… this is a KNIFE.”

Meet the SOG Jungle Primitive.  This frickin’ HUGE camp knife/saw/machete/hammer just might be the ultimate Zombo dome-trimmer.  And that’s why this bad boy is strapped to the outside of our B.O.B. (bug-out bag, for you non-prepper types).

Sporting a hardcased-black, 9.5″ 3Cr13 steel blade (15.3″ overall length), full-tang and digital patterned Kraton grip, the SOG Jungle Primitive is larger than your standard survival fixed-blade, but shorter than your standard machete.  The Jungle Primitive’s 15″ length and overall profile is reminiscent of the camp knives and Bowie knives of frontier days.  SOG augments this traditional big knife design with a pull-saw along the spine, serrations near the bottom of the blade, and a hammer butt.  The Jungle Primitive also features cleverly positioned lanyard holes than can be used to lash the knife to a pole, creating a formidable spear/poleaxe.  Overall, the length and heft of the Jungle Primitive lend well to most chopping tasks for which one might use a machete, including the evacuation of undead cranial cavities.

We’d point out one caveat: the way in which the pull-saw spine is beveled does NOT lend well to sawing branches thicker than an inch or so, as the belly of the blade is too thick to allow for sawing much more than an inch deep.  That said, it is useful for sawing smaller wood, especially if the user is trying avoid unnecessary chopping to preserve the blade in a survival situation.

While we’ve yet to decapitate any undead with our Jungle Primitive, we have completely demo’d a 10′ long x 6′ thick x 12′ high hedgerow, comprised of 1-2″ stalks, in about 3 hours using only the SOG Jungle Primitive.  While the SOG blade needed a bit of sharpening to restore the razor edge, the 3 hours of simulated jungle clearance left it no worse for wear.

If you still need convincing to go out and pick one of these up for your disaster preparedness/zombie apocalypse kit, check out the video below, posted by YouTube user RhodiesNeverDie, where he chops through what looks like an 8-inch diameter, hardwood log with the SOG Jungle Primitive.  Thanks to Rhodies for sharing; his video convinced us.

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Gear Review: Audio-Technica ATH-AD700 Audiophile Open-air Dynamic Headphones

Pros:

  • Very comfortable
  • Open-air construction
  • HUGE soundstage
  • Crisp, clear highs
  • Well-defined, clear, non-booming bass
  • Excellent construction, fit and finish
  • Affordable at street price of approx. $100

Cons:

  • HUGE cans – size & unique look can be off-putting to some
  • Loose fit
  • Poor noise isolation
  • Sound leakage due to open-air design
  • Requires amp & EQ for deep bass
  • Underwhelming mids

Overall Impressions:

The Audio-Technica ATH-AD700 Audiophile Open-air Dynamic Headphones are an affordable, comfortable, and clean-sounding entry level “audiophile” headphone with massive soundstage.

The AD700’s sport a lightweight honeycomb aluminum casing and magnesium frame. The perforated aluminum is an eye-catching wine color, while the frame is a metallic-champagne color.  The headphones feature a unique, self-adjusting “3D Wing Support Housing” that automatically adjust to fit to most head sizes.  This winged design provides the most comfortable extended earphone wearing experience we’ve had yet.  The auto-fit function works well, especially with larger heads.  Those with smaller heads may find the fit a bit loose, but you won’t be running in these giant headphones, so no worries.  The comfort is definitely enhanced by the velvet-clad ear cups which seem to breathe much better than the standard faux-leather ear cups of most headphones.  This airy feel is compounded by the open-air design which allows air circulation around the ears.

The AD700’s feature MASSIVE open-air style cans.  While most studio-monitor headphones (read: less than portable) are large, these AT’s are enormous.  That said, we’re fairly sure their size and open-air design contribute to the remarkably large soundstage (e.g. the perceived distance and placement of individual sounds in relation to your head).  Be aware, however, that the open-air style of these cans give them little to no sound isolation and a huge amount of sound leakage.  Anyone sitting in the same room will be hearing what you are hearing and vice versa.

The large-aperture 53 mm drivers with neodymium magnet systems and CCAW voice coils provide crisp and clean highs, adequate mids, and well-defined but shallow bass. We would not recommend these headphones straight out of the box to dubstep fans listening straight out of their iPhone.  Coupled with a headphone amplifier and some EQ, however, the bass is very clean and quite deep.  We personally feel that the ATH-AD700’s are at their best when paired with instrumental music with strong vocals, e.g. Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep.”  We have also found that AD700’s work amazingly as gaming headphones due to the massive soundstage and crisp, clean imaging.  No need for surround sound or other enhancement with these cans.

You can find the Audio-Technica ATH-AD700’s on Amazon.com for around $100 (MSRP $159.95).  We’d encourage anyone thinking of spending $100 on a gaming headset to consider the ATH-AD700’s as a superior alternative.

Stay tuned for our further impressions as we’ll be updating this review after further experience with the Audio-Technica ATH-AD700s.

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