American Survival Guide|March 2021

It’s amazing how things get their start; for instance, how a seed gets planted and nature takes its course, not fully knowing what the outcome will be.

In this case, one could say it’s taken decades for Tuff Possum Gear to come to full fruition. The Missouri Ozarks’ Jayberry Miller follows in the footsteps of his father— camping, hunting, fishing, hiking, digging up herbal roots and trapping. History repeats itself in his love of the outdoors, and he’s the “engine” that powers Tuff Possum Gear.

In 2012, at the age of 13, he began making projects with the help of his mom, just as his grandmother did for his father decades earlier. In 2015, Miller started making products with quality fabrics such as Cordura 500D nylon and ripstop. And in 2017, he dedicated himself to making trustworthy gear for adventure-minded folks by launching Tuff Possum Gear. Here are some of Miller’s Tuff Possum Gear products.


One of the principal figures of the period known as the “Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration,” Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton was an Irish explorer who led three British expeditions to the Antarctic.

The Shackleton EDC Satchel was designed for those adventurers who “go and do.” It’s an over-the-shoulder, messenger-style satchel made of bombproof Cordura 1,000D and 500D nylon. Some important features include the Pouch Attachment Ladder System (PALS) inside panel, which is a grid of webbing (invented and patented by United States Army Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center) that’s used to attach smaller equipment onto load-bearing platforms such as vests and backpacks. This allows for modular organization using MOLLE, hook-and-loop or even belt clip-equipped pouches and gear. There are two pockets on the interior of the front panel for additional organization.

A 1/8-inch-thick, padded back panel provides some comfort when the satchel’s resting against the hip and ribs. The comfortable shoulder strap is made with an adjustable, 2-inchwide length of durable webbing. The weather flaps at the top of the side panels can be secured together with a side release buckle. They, and the ITW Cobra side release buckle on the main flap, have been saviors on a couple of outings for which I had my Canon DSLR and it was sprinkling.

As an avid hiker/backpacker, I’m more accustomed to carrying weight equally on both shoulders. The Shackleton EDC Satchel is the second of its kind I’ve used in the last few years that features a single shoulder strap. I do appreciate the convenience of fishing out gloves or my hiking gaiters without having to stop and take off a backpack. The adjustable ITW Cobra buckle closure is an added plus. One-handed access and adjustments were appreciated—all the more so the longer I used it. I was able to adjust the satchel on the fly without having to stop. Every 10 minutes, I found myself shifting the weight and even switching shoulders (I guess I’m still a newbie at this carry method).

The slip pockets on each end of the satchel were convenient and secure because of their depth. The wide shoulder strap was helpful in providing overall comfort. Another nice feature is that because of the back padding and the satchel’s size, the Shackleton EDC Satchel can be used as an insulated seat on a cold log or boulder.

Shackleton EDC Satchel


• Material: Cordura 1,000D and 500D nylon

• Dimensions: 12x9x4 inches

• Pockets: 2 interior, 2 side

• Shoulder strap: 2 inches wide; adjusts from 36 to 60 inches long

• Weight: 1 pound, 3 ounces

• Available in black, Coyote Brown and Ranger Green

MSRP: $150


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