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LIFESAVER Jerrycan Product Review

A robust and portable water filter capable of delivering up to 20,000 litres of clean water for group use. The LIFESAVER jerrycan holds up to 18.5 litres at any one time and is designed to support those with a greater demand for clean water such as groups expeditions, people embarking on overland travelling or those setting themselves up for off-grid living. The LIFESAVER jerrycan was designed to store and carry dirty water, once water is cleaned there is risk of recontamination. With the jerrycan, just filter water when you want to drink it.

Filter watered can be used for drinking, washing and cooking. No need for bad tasting chemicals such as chlorine or chlorine dioxide.

LIFESAVER technology

LIFESAVER microbiological water filters use ultra filtration technology to filter out viruses, bacteria, cysts and parasites from contaminated water sources. LIFESAVER water filters meet an adaption of NSF Protocol 231 based on recommendations of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). LIFESAVER bottles filter bacteria to a minimum of Log 6 (99.9999%), Viruses to a minimum of Log 4 (99.99%) and Cysts to a minimum of Log 3 (99.9%).

LIFESAVER jerrycan Independent Test Certificate

Specifications

Effective against:

VIRUS REDUCTION* > 99.99% (Log 4)
BACTERIA REDUCTION* > 99.9999% (Log 6)
CYST REDUCTION* > 99.9% (Log 3)
FILTER MEDIA Ultra Filtration (UF)
CHEMICAL REDUCTION Optional activated carbon filter removes chlorine, taste and odour
DRY WEIGHT 3.9kg / 137 oz
VOLUME OF WATER FILTERED** 10000UF: 10,000 L / 2,650 US Gallons

20000UF: 20,000 L / 5,300 US Gallons

INITIAL FLOW RATE** 10000UF: 3 L/Min @ 0.6 bar (g)

20000UF: 4 L/Min@ 0.6 bar (g)

JERRYCAN STORAGE CAPACITY 18.5 litres
REPLACEABLE CARTRIDGE YES
WARRANTY 2 YEARS

* Tested by BCS laboratories issued 9/02/16 based on an adaption of NSF/ANSI P231 Protocol. These units are tested with two different types of water to challenge the filtration capability beyond the standard use. All figures quoted are taken from the stressed challenge phase of the test imitating sewage contaminated water.

**Volume of water filtered by the jerrycan and flow rates dependant on the composition and turbidity of the feed water.

I love it, why, because it is the answer to water purification for the weekend, the week or longer, as once filled and pumped you simply have to turn the tap on and you have clean clear fresh water.

Next to my shelter at the BOSS was a dirty beck which had hardly any flow at all. Yes I put that water into the Lifesaver Jerry Can and many of us drank from it without any problems at all.

Of course the cleaner the initial “dirty water” is, so to speak, then the longer the filter will last. So try and select your source, but have confidence that if you have no choice but to take water from a dirty source the Lifesaver jerry can will do the job and literally save your life.

http://www.iconlifesaver.eu/lifesaver-products/lifesaver-jerrycan

Hybridlight Hybrid Solar Headtorch Review

This is a first for me, and I cannot understand why others have not done oft this. It is such a simple idea, a solar powered head torch, it’s light, very well made and ideal for preppers, survivalists and all outdoorsy types in fact.

It is so comfortable to wear that I quite ofter forgot I was wearing it. The beam of light is perfect to navigate in the dark and in the woods too, and being waterproof is of a bonous for us here in the UK lol.

It now has a place in my glove box as I am trying to see how long a full charge lasts, but it may by futile as they say a charge lasts for years.

Product Description

Hybrid SOLAR Rechargeable: Charge using the detachable solar panel outdoors or indoors under incandescent lighting or by connecting via a USB cable for rapid charge

Compact and Lightweight: The perfect comfortable Headlamp to wear for hours. Rotates 120 degrees vertically

75 Lumen LED

Long run time: 25 hours of light on one full charge guarantees you will never run out of light. Even when you’re out for weeks

Durable and water resistant: Perfect for Biking, Hiking or working under the bonnet of your car

Holds a charge for years: Always ready when you need it. Perfect for any emergency

https://www.thesolarlightcompany.co.uk/hybridlight-hybrid-solar-headtorch/

 

 

 

LIMITLESS EQUIPMENT PREMIUM SURVIVAL CORD REVIEW

MORE THAN JUST PARACORD.

FIRECORD / SURVIVAL CORD is a great upgrade to standard paracord increasing its utility without additional bulk. Perfect for anyone interested in the outdoors: Adventurers, preppers, walkers, hikers, DofE, military and scouts.

NEED TO MAKE A FIRE? Simply remove the core, fluff it up and it will catch a spark – even after being submerged in water!

MADE WITH OUR UNIQUE REFLECTIVE TACTI-GLOW Sheath. We wove strips of highly reflective material in the sheath. This reflects at night so it is easy to find, yet is tactical and discreet during the day.

 Additional cores of

FIRE MAKING TINDER: Always be able to make a fire using tinder, even in bad conditions.

COPPER WIRE: Make snares etc.

WOVEN NYLON FISHING LINE: Fishing, sewing, medical etc.

 Awesome hardwearing Reflective Black TACTI-GLOW Sheath.

 7 strand core. Minimum guaranteed tensile strength of 550lb / 250kg. Highest quality – extremely tear resistant and strong.

 No elasticity. This cord does not stretch.

 25 ft.

LIFETIME WARRANTY! LOVE IT OR YOUR MONEY BACK! We want to make sure you have a great experience with our awesome equipment. If you have any questions at all about our gear we are on hand to help.

The team at Limitless Equipment has spent tens of thousands of hours all over the world teaching survival and adventure training. Our background gives us a focus on detail and quality that you can only get from time spent in the field.

We use premium materials to make products that can be relied on when it really matters.

Let’s be honest, what more is there for me to say?

This product is a must for every prepper, survivalist or in fact any outdoor person. My best advice is to make a pair of boot laces with this super paracord.

That way you have a fishing kit, a snare kit, fire tinder oh! And you unbrakeable laces too.

NOW you can get a 10% discount on the Survival kit cord and tactics glow bracelets on Amazon.com (USA) and Amazon Europe using the code you get from signing up at www.limitlessequipment.co.uk

LIMITLESS EQUIPMENT MARK 1 Survival Kit Review

THIS IS THE MOST COMPLETE KIT AVAILABLE ON THE MARKET. MADE WITH PRIDE IN THE UK BY LIMITLESS EQUIPMENT: SUITABLE FOR SURVIVAL TRAINING, PREPAREDNESS, EDC, ADVENTURE AND MILITARY USE.

Contains 2m of TACTI-GLOW reflective survival cord. This is a unique versatile cord by Limitless Equipment with added cores of waxed jute tinder, copper wire and braided fishing line.

CONTENTS:

  1. Metal container: Water purification. Cooking. Digging. Reflector signal. Make char cloth for tinder

  2. X 1 Emergency Whistle and fire striker

  3. X 1 Water resistant red LED: Save your night vision

  4. X 2 Mini Chemical Light stick: 8 hours emergency light

  5. X 2m reflective TACTI-GLOW Survival Firecord: 7 strand. 550lb

  6. X 1 Wire steel saw: cutting wood

  7. X1 Sheet waterproof paper

  8. X1 Pencil

  9. 1m copper snare wire. 0.8mm diameter

  10. X1 Sewing kit: Needles, thread, buttons, threader

  11. X 2 safety pins

  12. X 1 #10 Scalpel

  13. X 2 Ranger bands. X 1 large. X 1 small

  14. X 1 Water carrier

  15. X 2 NATO Oasis water purification tabs. (1 ltr per tab)

  16. X 1 Sachet sugar: Energy. Morale

  17. 2 gm petroleum jelly in vial: Add to tinder for extended flame

  18. X 1 Alcohol swabs: Wound cleaning. Disinfectant. Tinder

  19. X 1 Gauze pad (8X6cm). Wound dressing. Tinder. Etc

  20. Fish hooks ready tied to nylon. Size #10

  21. X 4 #4 non toxic split shot

  22. X 8m 6 lb fishing line

  23. X 1 Fishing lure (maggot). Natural colour

  24. X 1 Tampon: Tinder. Wound dressing. Etc.

  25. X 2 stock cubes .

  26. X 2 salt sachet

  27. X 1 20cm square tin foil: Cooking. Signalling. Etc

  28. 1m Dental floss

7x10x4 cm 180 grams

When I showed preppers at the recent BOSS this fantastic survival tin they where amazed at how much kit was contained within such a small tin and how well priced it was, I mean just try and buy all the contents seperatly as well as a container for them for £10.

This is something for your glove box, BOB, GHB, EDC, it’s the complete emergency survival solution that you can always have with you anywhere anytime. Don’t forget to pack it in you’re suitcase for holidays and buiseness travel as failing to prepare is preparing to fail.

You can get yours on Amazon

https://www.amazon.com/LIMITLESS-EQUIPMENT-MARK-Survival-Kit/dp/B01N7SKU47?SubscriptionId=AKIAILSHYYTFIVPWUY6Q&tag=duckduckgo-d-20&linkCode=xm2&camp=2025&creative=165953&creativeASIN=B01N7SKU47

The Luvele Dehydrator Review

The model I reviewed is the Luvele Flow Food Dehydrator, 250w, with 5 trays costing £42,95.

Dehydration is the process, where 90% of the original moisture in meat, fruits, and vegetables are removed so that the food stays intact for at least a month without any refrigeration.

In the past food was dried under the sun by cutting it into thin slices. However, nowadays with the advancement of technology, These devices which are available in the market and can help to simplify the process of dehydration.

Dehydration’s most important benefits include:

No chemicals and preservatives.

No colors, flavors or additives.

The taste is concentrated as it dehydrates well. You get the natural taste, which tastes good.

The size of shrinks to half of its size and thus can be stored easily In the freezer for months.

All the nutrition like vitamins and minerals are preserved due to dehydration.

It also allows you to save money by purchasing a large qantity at the same time.

As a prepper who would not like to dehydrate food so that it can last for an extended period of time?

As a non-prepper who would not like to dehydrate food so that it can last for an extended period of time?

It makes sense, it makes food last longer and it tastes fantastic.

So far, I’ve used the dehydrator to make a couple of batches of each of:

Apple chips (thin apple slices)
Beef jerky I made my own marinade.
Bacon bits, bought from local shop as (bacon pieces and cut thinly by me)

Here’s a tip from the internet, Slice your meat while it’s slightly frozen. That way you can make thin slices (about a 1/4 inch thick) without cutting off your finger, or worse, swearing.

Here is the recipe I used for my first ever dehydrator beef jerky.

200ml soy sauce

2 tsp salt

2 tsp garlic granules

2 tbsp ketchup

1 tsp pepper (if u like use chilli)

thinly sliced beef

Simply, Mix all the ingredients in a big bowl. Put the meat inside and let it stand overnight.

Then place it in the dehydrator making sure each piece is not touching another.

The fruit I simply slice thinly and place again in the dehydrator.

So what do I think, well, the taste is decided by me, the amount produced is never enough for me as I love it and will eat it until all is gone.

As a dry survival food it is the best, and if added to main meals it simply uplifts them into another food sensation.

Look dea listener just buy one and see for yourself.

https://luvele.co.uk/collections/food-dehydrators

The Highlander Portable Toilet Review

The Highlander Portable Toilet has a sturdy tubular steel frame and a moulded plastic seat that clips on top to hold it all together.

After use the frame and seat fold flat for easy transportation and storage. The waste disposal bag is held firmly in position by an inner plastic ring that fits inside the toilet seat.

This product has been described by buyers as the flattest fold away portable on the market.

The Highlander Portable Toilet is supplied with 6 waste disposal bags and replacement bags are also available.

(Note: the Highland Portable Toilet can also be used with the Bog in a Bag Spare Bags – the advantage being that they contain an absorbent pad that gels liquids and masks odours.)

What can I say, excuse the pun. The truth is it works, it’s as simple as that, but for me that was not the point.

For me the point was it provides a normal slice of life that matters when out in the woods for the weekend. It returns respect to the ladies and is easily accepted by the kids.

Why bother squatting or leaning against trees or being stung or otherwise, as when you must you must go so why not make it as normal as possible.

It folds up and packs flat, if you run out of the disposal bags, buy some more or simply us any plastic bag from supermarket ones to bin liners.

Dimensions when folded flat: 50cm x 34cm x 5cm (20″ x 13″ x 2″)

Dimensions of the moulded plastic seat: 33cm x 33cm (13″ x 13″)

Height of seat above floor: 36cm (14″) (a standard toilet is about 41cm (16″) high)

Max recommended user weight – 90kg
Order your here

http://www.purpleturtle.co.uk/acatalog/Highlander-Portable-Toilet-1066.html

The Coast HP5 Tactical LED Torch with 121 Lumens Output Review

The Coast HP5 Tactical LED torch delivers a lot of light from a small package!

Select between a high-output setting of 121 lumens and a low-output setting of 41 lumens. The Fingertip Speed Focus Control provides superior beam consistency from spot to flood, with no dark rings typically associated with focusing torches.

The beam pattern gives you a great focused spot with a maximum beam distance of 78 meters, while producing an outer ring of floodlight that allows you to see a broader area.

The Beam Lock System fixes your beam preference in place with a twist of the focusing bezel. Built tough, with an impact-resistant, lightweight aluminium casing that resists rust and corrosion.

Tactical Features

Coast Tactical torches are identical in function to their standard counterparts, however, they incorporate a high powered strobe setting and they lack the signature Coast “Red Ring.” Opting instead for a less flashy black ring. Additionally, the Coast logo and model are left as outlines instead of being filled in. The result is a high quality aluminum body torch that is suitable for police or other tactical duty.

Backed by Coast’s 5 year warranty.

Additional Product Details
The Coast HP5 Tactical comes complete with a holster, lanyard, batteries and is presented in a gift box.

Technical Details

Type: Professional hand held torch
Operating Modes: High / Low / Strobe
Luminous Flux: From 41 to 121 lumens
LED: LED light chip
Focus: Fingertip speed focus
Optics: Flood beam to bulls eye spot
Beam Range: 78 m
Batteries Required: 1 x AA alkaline (included)
Run Time: 4 hours 30 minutes (high), 6 hours (low)
Overall Length: 120 mm
Head Diameter: 27.5 mm
Barrel Diameter: 20 mm
Weight: 88 grams (including batteries)
Colours Available: Black
Body Material: Aircraft grade aluminium
Switch Type: End cap – push button
In-Built Technology: Cyclone™ heat sink system
Other Technology: Beam lock system – twist head to lock focus
Environmental: Water and shock resistant
Warranty: 5 years
Regulatory Compliance: CE / RoHS

Packaging and Contents

Supplied in retail packaging and includes:
Coast HP5 Tactical LED torch x 1
Durable nylon pouch x 1
Lanyard x 1
Duracell AA alkaline battery x 1

So what do I think, firstly I have to say that I am pleased to see such build quality in a small flashlight. I like the fact that it comes with a good quality lanyard and a good quality nylon belt pouch both designed to stand up to abuse and I would say both are essential anyway.

For example the belt pouch loop closeure uses velcro as well as a snap button and that’s over kill but it means my Coast HP5 will never fall off my belt.

By putting your thumb through the lanyard and around your hand and holding the Coast HP5 in your fist you have a firm grip and total control of the beam and by using trhe slightly crenelated back end of the flashlight you have an effective self-defense aid too.

The beam is adjustable and locked in position by using the focusing bezel another fantastic idea.

For a small flashlight I found that it performed extremly well and did the job I wanted it too, for me it comes into it’s own in the urban environment as it is concealable on your belt or within your hand when you need it most.

The strobe light is another usefull aid, in fact it could be life saving in an attack senario, as it will temperarily dissorientate an attacker giving you the opportunity to fight or flee.

Overall it’s a thumbs up for the Coastal HP5 in everyway.

http://www.torchdirect.co.uk/

The Bobble & Bobble Water Filter Bottles Review

Meet bobble, a stylish and very smart way to make every drop of water you drink better. bobble is a fun, reusable bottle that filters water as you drink. when water passes through the ingenious carbon filter, chlorine is removed from ordinary tap water. makes water taste better. crisp and clean. bobble is a beautiful alternative to single-serve plastic water bottles, which harm the earth (and your wallet).

Each replaceable bobble filter equates to 300 single-serve bottles. after 1 year, you alone have removed thousands of bottles from the environment, simply by filtering the water from your tap. bobble is BPA free, and free of Pthalates and PVC. drink up!

The bobble sport,is a smart new take on the original bobble. bobble sport is sport-lifestyle ready, and holds 650ml.

Bobble sport uses the same ingenious replaceable carbon filter as the original bobble. The filter removes chlorine from tap water. It makes water taste better, crisp and clean. enjoy bobble sport.

So do I like it? Well NO, I love it and take it with me everywhere I go. I certainly take it with me into hospital as that way I can actually drink the water from the water jug left on the bedside table.

Interestingly the nursing staff noticed my bobble bottle and said when you want a refill please let us know.

I also am now able to enjoy simple tap water without the smell and the taste of well what ever it is, it’s not of fresh water is it.

I recommend the bobble bottle simply for everyday use cheers.

http://www.waterbobble.uk/

The Coast HP5 Tactical LED Torch with 121 Lumens Output Review

The Coast HP5 Tactical LED torch delivers a lot of light from a small package!

Select between a high-output setting of 121 lumens and a low-output setting of 41 lumens. The Fingertip Speed Focus Control provides superior beam consistency from spot to flood, with no dark rings typically associated with focusing torches.

The beam pattern gives you a great focused spot with a maximum beam distance of 78 meters, while producing an outer ring of floodlight that allows you to see a broader area.

The Beam Lock System fixes your beam preference in place with a twist of the focusing bezel. Built tough, with an impact-resistant, lightweight aluminium casing that resists rust and corrosion.

Tactical Features

Coast Tactical torches are identical in function to their standard counterparts, however, they incorporate a high powered strobe setting and they lack the signature Coast “Red Ring.” Opting instead for a less flashy black ring. Additionally, the Coast logo and model are left as outlines instead of being filled in. The result is a high quality aluminum body torch that is suitable for police or other tactical duty.

Backed by Coast’s 5 year warranty.

Additional Product Details The Coast HP5 Tactical comes complete with a holster, lanyard, batteries and is presented in a gift box.

Technical Details

Type: Professional hand held torch Operating Modes: High / Low / Strobe Luminous Flux: From 41 to 121 lumens LED: LED light chip Focus: Fingertip speed focus Optics: Flood beam to bulls eye spot Beam Range: 78 m Batteries Required: 1 x AA alkaline (included) Run Time: 4 hours 30 minutes (high), 6 hours (low) Overall Length: 120 mm Head Diameter: 27.5 mm Barrel Diameter: 20 mm Weight: 88 grams (including batteries) Colours Available: Black Body Material: Aircraft grade aluminium Switch Type: End cap – push button In-Built Technology: Cyclone™ heat sink system Other Technology: Beam lock system – twist head to lock focus Environmental: Water and shock resistant Warranty: 5 years Regulatory Compliance: CE / RoHS

Packaging and Contents

Supplied in retail packaging and includes: Coast HP5 Tactical LED torch x 1 Durable nylon pouch x 1 Lanyard x 1 Duracell AA alkaline battery x 1

So what do I think, firstly I have to say that I am pleased to see such build quality in a small flashlight. I like the fact that it comes with a good quality lanyard and a good quality nylon belt pouch both designed to stand up to abuse and I would say both are essential anyway.

For example the belt pouch loop closeure uses velcro as well as a snap button and that’s over kill but it means my Coast HP5 will never fall off my belt.

By putting your thumb through the lanyard and around your hand and holding the Coast HP5 in your fist you have a firm grip and total control of the beam and by using trhe slightly crenelated back end of the flashlight you have an effective self-defense aid too.

The beam is adjustable and locked in position by using the focusing bezel another fantastic idea.

For a small flashlight I found that it performed extremly well and did the job I wanted it too, for me it comes into it’s own in the urban environment as it is concealable on your belt or within your hand when you need it most.

The strobe light is another usefull aid, in fact it could be life saving in an attack senario, as it will temperarily dissorientate an attacker giving you the opportunity to fight or flee.

Overall it’s a thumbs up for the Coastal HP5 in everyway.

http://www.torchdirect.co.uk/

 

The Posse EDC Bag Review

The Posse is a conceal carry shoulder bag that can be worn on either shoulder. This is a great option for a concealed carry bag for men and women. It is small enough to carry the essentials while travelling or everyday excursions.

The back of this concealed carry pack has a pouch with a loop field for use with conceal carry holsters, secured by a strapped button and D-Ring for easy access.

If you are lucky enough to be legally able to carry firearm there is divider with a loop field in the main compartment of the Posse that can be easily accessed through self-healing zippers.

3V Gear Posse EDC Sling Pack

The 3V Gear Posse EDC Slingpack is made to survive everything from urban jungles to fierce desert warfare, the 600 Denier PVC backed polyester shell will hold up to the severest of action and adventure.

The compact POSSE EDC was designed to move with its wearer having padding in all the right places, multiple pockets for quick & easy access and ambidextrous shoulder sling.

Features:

Front pocket: 8″ x 8″ x 1″ with divider, keeper, elastic mag loops, drainage grommet

Front slip pocket: 6″ x 4″ with elastic mag loops and keeper pocket

Main compartment: 11″ x 8″ x 4″, front and back divider, internal zippered pouch for keys

Rear pocket: 6″ h x 8″ w with internal loop field for CCW, button closure

Overall Dimensions (full): 8″ W x 11″H x 5″ D

Approximately 416 cubic inches

Shoulder strap: Ambidextrous. Integrated 2″ webbing and buckle, can be concealed in rear

Carry handle: 1″ webbing with neoprene padding Rugged 600 Denier PVC backed polyester construction

Weight: 1.6 lbs

Firstly I have to say that at $29 it rocks.

I mean look at what you get for that, even with the inability to carry a firearm in the UK, the POSSEE EDC is simply one of the best priced EDC options around but do not let it’s low price put you off it’s fantastic build quality, they say you get what you pay for, well in this case you get more than you pay for I love it.

I take it with me everywhere as my go to EDC bag.

I even take it into hospital with me and why not? I mean you never know. If it is not on me it is beside me in the car.

I use the molle attachments to afix items I will like to have with me if SHTF, for example, a self defense spray, a grenade survival kit, two para-cord bracelets, a whistle, torch in a pouch, now all of these can be removed and put on my belt which would be my intention anyway, but at least they are where my EDC bag is and it is with me.

I also like the strap that ges around yur waist which prevents someone from ripping it from your shoulder.

Get one, get one, I say they are the mutts nuts.

http://3vgear.com/index.php/3vgear-posse-edc-sling-pack.html



 

The SaveAqua Tap Review

SaveAqua products are designed to promote personal hygiene and preserve water in locations where it is scarce. Using a SaveAqua tap is easy as any available plastic container can be converted into an efficient water dispensing device.

SaveAqua products are designed to assist with personal hygiene, washing dishes, or any other task where water conservation is important.

Due to their portability, SaveAqua taps have a wide variety of applications.

SaveAqua taps excel in outdoor environments such as camp grounds, back country camping, and even potential emergencies.

Though the primary advantage of the SaveAqua tap is its portability, it is also very simple to use and it is environmentally friendly.

SaveAqua taps are great for maintaining hygiene in the outdoors, including for use during sports team events, daycare and school field trips.

Create your own washing station in places where built in water infrastructure is lacking to encourage hand washing in order to decrease the spread of germs.

This small simple idea is saving water every time it is used and that has to be a good thing has it not?

The SaveAqua simply works with any plastic container even open top ones like water butts, buckets and even IPA’s it has a rollerball on the end just like a roll on deodorant which allows just enough water out and when the roller stops rolling so does the water simple eh!

It is ideal for hand washing etc. it is simple to attach the best way to show you the great benefits of the SaveAqua is to direct you to the link below and their videos, as I think you will love the SaveAqua as much as I do.

https://www.saveaqua.com/documentation.php

 

 

 

The TAC-BAR Review

Choosing the right food for your mission can be just as critical as choosing your gear. Tac-Bar is ultra compact, leaving more room in your pack for mission specific items.

When under stress or on the move, your body requires proper nutrition in addition to calories. Contained in the vacuum sealed pouch is a ready-to-eat food ration with 2,500 calories and 100% of 15 daily required vitamins and minerals. No other ration or MRE can boast these facts. The right fuel for your body will keep you on point and safe.

There is a serious purpose to every feature of the Tac-Bar system. The Ammo can is deployable in any theater; its designed to work with existing gear and rugged enough to effectively deploy by land, sea or air.

We’ve done some radical testing to make sure your rations are just as safe as your ammo. We can custom package large orders in metal flight cases to your spec, just send us an email.

Additionally, the matte black Mylar bag won’t give away your position. There are no ez-open notches for a reason. We found during field testing that many pouches opened unintentionally, which can be an issue since no one wants fowled gear in your pack or valuable food wasted.

Water in the field can be a real problem whether in urban or wild environments respectively. For example, in an urban environment you may need to refill your water from an unknown source.

If you ingest some harmful bacteria and come down with some nasty gastrointestinal problems, you’re putting yourself and your team at risk because your distracted and under performing.

Each Ammo can comes with 10 Aquatab tablets for the purification of 10 liters of water. Finally, the ammo can holds 3 liters of water for water collection and treatment. Follow the Aquatab instructions included with each Tac-H20 packet.

THE PREPPER’S BUG-OUT BOX

Food and water is at the top of every preppers list. Our USA made ammo can contains five days of fortified tactical food rations and water purification tablets for the treatment of ten liters of water. This bug-out-box can be used to collect and sterilize three liters of water.

FORTIFIED EXPEDITION FOOD

Tac-Bar is the most compact and fortified with vitamins and minerals food ration available today. There is no other food ration that offers as many calories, vitamins & minerals in such a small ruggedized package capable of surviving any expedition.

It all sounds great doesn’t it? but.

To begin with for me it was what does it taste like, and with a slightly lemony flavour, not bad at all, and the more I ate the more I liked it.

Each “Hard to open” pouch contains a block of Tac Bar which has score marks on it to show breakfast, lunch and tea, but you can eat it all in one go if you want, I found that eating nothing all day except the three Tac Bar pieces I felt full, satisfied and did not feel hungry at all.

For me that is something as I am a big eater normally.

One interesting way to have the Tac Bar is dissolved in a hot drink, simply boil water and put some Tac Bar into it and stir until an oatmeal-like consistency is reached and eat within 12 hours.

Tac Pac have made the effort to include the full daily recommended intake of 15 vitamins and minerals; no other ration has this ability.

Truthfully, no one wants to eat the same food every meal over the long term, but even if you make Tac-Bar a part of your extended survival plan, you’re going to remain more healthy and strong by providing your body with what it needs.

Additionally, using real food ingredients is simply not done in other food rations. Tac Pac use real honey, coconut, oats and pure whey protein isolate; no other ration goes through this effort and food cost.

The Tac Pac comes with 10 puritabs to purify 10 litres of water and the ammo can holds 3 litres of water, by using the included Aquatab water purification tablets, it’s possible to collect and sterilize water inside the ammo can. Follow the Aquatab instructions included with each Tac-H20 packet.

You even get a Tactical Belt with your Ammo box, what more could you want in a survival ration.

http://www.tac-bar.com/

The UK Legal Carry Pocket-Buddy Review

Now before I start, please repeat after me “an everyday carry pocket knife is a tool, not a weapon.”

In fact, a knife (or cutting blade) is the first ever tool made by humans, evidenced by stone versions that are over 2.5 million years old.

We had a need back then. and I say we still do today. However, things have changed a bit since that time. Today’s society immediately connects the idea of a knife with a threatening weapon rather than a tool.

This is media hype and sensationalism, as they will never let the truth get in the way of a good story.

I have carried a pocket knife for over 50 years and never once thought of using it as an offensive weapon, it was, is and always will be a tool.

To me an EDC pocket knife should be used like a key, a pen, or a mobile phone.

Well, not literally. You’re not going to make a long-distance call on your Swiss Army Knife are you?

The purpose of my EDC knife is to effectively perform everyday tasks in which a sharp blade is necessary; opening packages or envelopes, cutting strings or tags, and other small chores.

There are endless possibilities and they will become apparent once you have convenient access to one.

For a UK Legal EDC pocket knife, you are only allowed up to a 3″ cutting edge and non-locking blade. Sometimes a bit shorter. Any longer and you’re in a different category of knife, and breaking UK knife law, any shorter and the knife is more or less useless.

Recently I was sent the Grizzly Bushcraft Pocket Buddy to review. The company says it is (in our opinion) one of the nicest EDC/Legal Carry knives around.

It is perfect for everyday carry. Includes: Belt Clip Thumb Opener Finger Opener Heavy Duty Construction Thick Blade

Not your average pocket knife Blade under 3 inches Unlockable folding blade

And all this for believe it or not only £12.99. So what is it actually like at being a pocket EDC knife.

Yes, carrying your EDC knife on your belt is legal but it can also be kept in a pocket but still readily available.

However in an “office type scenario” belt-holstered pouches don’t mix.

This is where the pocket clip comes in as well as in-pocket carry options. The Grizzly Bushcraft Pocket Buddy is ideal in all these situations.

A simple sharp blade should be all you need for an EDC pocket knife, allowing you to make clean precise cuts.

You’re not Crocodile Dundee, folding knives are much more compact and easier to carry on your person.

Let’s focus on small jobs and tasks – not sawing down a tree.

Firstly it comes razor Sharpe out of the box and easily slices unsupported A4 paper sheets like butter. But how does it perform in the real world of EDC tasks?

The first task was to make feather sticks and it was simply easy with little or no effort.

One test I gave it was to dress a rabbit and like any other sharp blade it did the job, however my problem with non-lock knives is the tendency they have to close on the users fingers, well I must say that the Grizzly fills me with confidence as the opened blade is very stiff and feels secure and never once felt like it would fold on me.

I have used it for “carefully” cleaning under my nails, scraping Birch bark, opening letters and a parcel, cutting a bubble pack open, cutting fishing line, whittling, cleaning mud from my boots, digging a splinter out of my hand, opening an MRE, cutting washing line, trimming some flowers, cutting paracord, scoring a joint of pork, opening a pack of bacon, digging ball bearings out of chip board, so as I say small simple every day tasks made possible by the UK legal EDC Grizzly Bushcraft Pocket Buddy.

OH! did mention its great build quality and it cool look? I really do love this little addition to my EDC and at this price why not get a couple and have one in your BOB or GHB too.

http://www.grizzlybushcraft.com/collections/survival-kits/products/pocket-buddy-legal-carry-knife

Paracord Bracelets and Fire Starters from the Friendly Swede Reviews

The Friendly Swede Paracord Survival Bracelet with Stainless Steel D Shackle – Adjustable Size Fits 7″-8″ (18-20 cm) Wrists

Available on Amazon

9″ (23 cm) Premium branded extra-beefy paracord survival bracelet with stainless steel D shackle. One spare screw in small sealed plastic bag included

Adjustable size ideal for those with 7″-8″ (18-20 cm) wrists

Disassembled length approximately 10 ft (3 m), multiple colors/patterns available to help you survive in style

This product is covered by The Friendly Swede’s Lifetime Warranty

The Fire Starter with Whistle (2-pack)

Whether you’re going on a camping trip, a leisurely hike, or preparing for the end of humanity, a fire starter is an essential piece of survival gear in case calamity strikes.

Fire starters have the advantage over matches because they are waterproof, are difficult to break and last over a thousand strikes while taking up relatively the same amount of space as a box of matches.

You’ll receive two fire starters in this package, one black and one orange, stored in a plastic case. Each fire starter measures 3″ x 3/4″ x 3/8″ and weighs 1.25 oz and includes a lanyard with cord cinch so you can tie, wear, or carry it.

Starting a fire is straightforward. Scrape off the protective black coating on the flint rod to reveal the shiny metal underneath.

Then hold the striker at a 45 degree angle to the rod and strike downward quickly to create some sparks. Be sure to have a small bowl of dry tinder ready to catch the sparks as they fall.

Once the tinder is lit and starts to smoke, blow gently to add oxygen and watch the tinder erupt into smoke and flames. Add your dry kindling and you’ve got yourself a fire ready to keep warm, provide light and cook up some game.

The Fire Starter with Paracord

The Friendly Swede Magnesium Fire Starter block is top ranked by thousands of customers.

The Firestarter is an essential piece of any prepper/survival/outdoor kit – It is waterproof, durable and easy to use.

Never leave home without one!

The applications for Paracord are endless. They can be used for securing nets, tents, shelters and cargo, lashing poles together, repairing straps or belts and much, much more.

Assembled, the Paracord is 9.5 inches long. Unraveled, it is a generous 2 x 51 inches long.

Easy to hold when using the scrape tool.

This product includes a sharp knife and is therefore not suitable for children. This product is covered by The Friendly Swede’s Lifetime Warranty which you can register for on the website.

These paradord and Magnesium Fire Starters are top quality but you know they are not top price at all check them out and you will be pleasantly surprised that’s for sure.

https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_2?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=The+Friendly+Swede+++The+Fire+Starter+with+Whistle+(2-pack)+&rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%3AThe+Friendly+Swede+++The+Fire+Starter+with+Whistle+(2-pack)+

EOG “Weatherproof” 3-Piece Fire Starting Kit Review

Epiphany Outdoor Gear sent me the most incredible fire starting kit I have ever seen, in fact I would say it is one of the best survival fire lighting products I have seen this year.

Product Purpose: While many of our competitors offer effective dry condition fire starting kits, our Pocket Bellows “Weatherproof” Fire Starting Kit provides users with the tools necessary to start a fire in soaking wet conditions and at higher elevations.

Since fire starting requires 3 things: an ignition source, fuel, and oxygen; we developed the Pocket Bellows “Weatherproof” Fire Starting Kit around these requirements. These tools will give users peace of mind in wet weather conditions and makes fire starting in dry conditions nearly idiot-proof.

Product Description:

The Pocket Bellows “Weatherproof” Wet/Dry Weather 3-Piece Fire Starting Kit weighs just 2 ounces and includes a 1” x 5” heavy-walled tube, water resistant carrying case. The 3-pieces include:

EZ Ignite: Our ferrocerium rod w/ magnesium-core flint striking tool is a fail proof ignition source that produces a shower of fiery hot embers in all weather conditions

Baddest Bee Fire Fuses (8-pack): Our 100% organically waterproofed, easily ignitable, long burning cotton tinder torches. When ignited with a flint striker, match, or lighter, Fire Fuses produce a 3”-5” fire starting flame for up to 5 full minutes.

V3-Pocket Bellows: (extends to 20” & collapses to 3.5”): Equally effective as the V2-Pocket Bellows but with half the collapsed length as the V2, this bellowing tool compresses and focuses extra oxygen directly into the heart of a fire.

The by-product of this extra oxygen is a significant amount of extra heat which is the key to overcoming wet firewood.

Precautions
The Pocket bellows has the ability to create a 4 foot flame in seconds.
To avoid injury, always keep a reasonable distance between you and the fire.

Never position yourself downwind or above a fire while using our bellows.
Remember that Fire is Dangerous and should be treated as such!

These bellows are not toys and should not be used by unsupervised children or by individuals who have not been trained in fire safety!

Don’t inhale fire through the bellows, the tip of the bellows closest the fire may be hot (go figure) – let it cool before collapsing/touching,

Tips
Use the driest tinder and kindling available. The wetter the fuels used to start a fire, the longer the fire takes to reach optimal burn temperatures.

Look for dead & dry pine needles/cones that may be stuck hanging in trees or hiding under tree canopies and if necessary shake and pat dry materials found on the ground.

Like most worthy survival techniques, the “Base of Coals” Wet-Weather
Fire Starting Technique requires practice to get a feel for how a fire reacts to additional oxygen.

Be sure to watch their detailed instructional video a few times and practice bellowing a fire when you have the opportunity to start a fire.

After mastering dry fuel fire ignition, practice wet fuels by intentionally dampening fuels and bellowing these damper fuels.

When starting a fire with a Pocket Bellows, use very light exhaled breaths until you see the “Glowing Heart” begin to grow with each exhale.

Then slowly increase the strength and length of your exhales. When the “Glowing Heart” is the size of your fist, you should begin strong exhales.
It is like riding a bike, once you’ve done it, you will never forget the
“Glowing Heart”.

Take care to not mistreat your bellows. The bellows is designed as a precision collapsible tool and will break if mistreated.

Take care to clean dust/dirt from the bellows before collapsing to keep the bellows collapsing slides in good working order.

The bellows is not a fire poker and should be kept at least 6 inches from a fire’s flames. If you use it as a poker, you will warp the bellows internal slide mechanism.

EOG Benefits

Unlike other fire starting kits that leave you high and dry in wet conditions, our award winning, market unique fire starting gear provides you with the tools to overcome the most difficult of fire starting environments.

V3-Pocket Bellows
(Collapses from 21″ to 3.5″ / Weight 0.75 Ounces)

Oxygen is nature’s gasoline and is the key to wet weather fire starting. Our lightweight, collapsible fire bellowing tool, the Pocket Bellows, compresses and focuses oxygen directly into the heart of a fire.

The by-product of this extra oxygen is extra heat which is the key to starting a fire with soaking wet fuels in wet conditions.

Baddest Bee Fire Fuses

(Hexamine & Petroleum Free)
Our 100% organically weatherproofed, highly ignitable, long burning cotton tinder torches. When ignited with a match, lighter, or the smallest of sparks from a striking tool, Baddest Bee Fire Fuses produce a strong, breezeproof fire starting flame in the most difficult of fire starting environments.
EZ Ignite
(Magnesium embedded Ferrocerium Striking Tool)

Our magnesium imbedded ferrocerium striking tool is a fail proof ignition source that produces a shower of fiery hot sparks in all weather conditions.

Coupled with our Baddest Bee Fire Fuses, EZ Ignite will produce a flame with “one strike” every time (also works great on dry forest floor tinders).

Well my friends that is the technical stuff but do they work in the real world.

Well there was only one way to find out.

Firstly you MUST watch their video on how this fire lighting system works as it is the only real way to understand how they work together.

This system is totally amazing in how it produces fire and not just a flame either but a roaring fire. The video shows it lighting a fire with wet fuel so could I do that too.

I went out one rainy day and collected my tinder and fire wood and back in my garden I immersed it in a bucket of water, just to make sure it was wet.

Now I found this very difficult to get my head around, I mean lighting a fire with wet material that was built into a tee-pee shape already.

It took me three attempts to understand how to use the bellows and produce an aggressive fire.

Imagine being on the wind swept hills, a wet valley or even on a wind and rain lashed beach and knowing that you could start a fire without dry material, this is a completely new survival fire lighting method that will not only make your life easier but it will save lives too.

It is amazing, I was amazed and still am when I use it to start a fire and you will be too. Go to http://www.pocketbellows.com/ and order a set you will not regret it.

The Snugpak Sleeper Extreme Review

If you are honest you will admit to being cold, very cold and bloody freezing at some time during your outdoor experiences and this whilst you were in your sleeping bag too.

In fact some people I know have come to accept a level of discomfort during a night out due mainly to the cold.

I know I have felt this way many times however a sleeping bag I recently reviewed has changed all that for me.

The Sleeper Extreme is a step up from the Sleeper Lite, providing you with extra warmth on those colder nights. Robust and durable with a soft touch finish, this is an ideal introduction to Snugpak’s performance range and comes in a manageable pack size.
Great for enjoying general camping and when using a car to carry your kit around.
Compression stuff sack included for compact carrying.
Left handed zip style.
Measures 30cm x 26cm when fully compressed.
Temperature rating: Comfort : -7°c, Extreme: -12°c
Highly siliconised synthetic fibres give a soft touch finish and prolonged lifespan compared to traditional hollowfibre filled products.
Mummy shape for retention of body heat.

Colours Available are Olive,Onyx and Black.

It Weights 2100g

Its measurements are length 220cm Width (Chest) 75cm Width (Knee) 65cm Width (Foot) 38cm Pack Size 30cm(L) x 26 cm(W)

The Temperature Comfort: Range is -7°c Extreme: -12°c Barcode Sleeper

I have had the pleasure of using this sleeping bag many times this year. It is very well built, I think it looks great and you know when in it, it works extremely well, in real terms it does what it says on the tin.

To be honest it is quite bulky when in its stuff sack, but to me that was and is not a concern as it will be in my BOV.

I have used it in car camping and it is so easy to get into and out of, the zip works like a dream and it does not feel claustrophobic at all, unlike some sleeping bags that seem to confine movement and are not nice to use.

I have slept in it in a hammock and was warm as toast and again with its generous size it did not restrict movement at all.

I have slept in it at home with the heating turned off and it was too warm and I had to unzip it during the night. Possibly due I think to there being no wind chill factor in the house.

The soft touch finish is quite a luxury and simply adds to the feeling of total comfort, when in it I feel lucky. A strange thing to say I know, but it exudes confidence in the user and provides a great nights sleep.

The Snugpak Sleeper Extreme is for the price £44.95 extremely good value and I know it will not let you down when it matters.

Where ever you use the Snugpak Sleeper Extreme, inside, outside, in a shelter, under a tarp, in a tent, a hammock, or in your BOV you have the confidence that it will keep you warm and in comfort and for me that is all I ask of any sleeping bag.

You can order yours at http://www.snugpak.com/military/sleeper-extreme-1973

The SURVIVAL WATCH Review

SurvivalWATCHTM is the ONLY paracord survival accessory to offer an emergency whistle, a fire-starter with flint rod and scraper, 12+ ft of 550-lb paracord, a time-piece/watch, plus a compass!

High Quality Survival Watch for Outdoor Enthusiasts

Being prepared for the outdoors is now as simple as fastening a survival cord bracelet or watch to your wrist.

No outdoor accessory offers the same flexibility and quality as our SurvivalWATCHES and paracord bracelets for sale. Lightweight and durable, a SurvivalWATCH or paracord bracelet is a clever, cost-effective tool that has it all.

Life-Saving Features

SurvivalWATCH is a multi-functional survival accessory that differs from all other similar products on the market.

These paracord survival watches and paracord survival bracelets are hand-made, innovative accessories no outdoor enthusiast should be without.

Each of these SurvivalWATCHES includes the following features:

12 + ft. of 550-lb nylon paracord material

Magnesium flint-rod & scraper

150 dB whistle

Recreational compass

Copper & stainless steel time-piece

Choose Your Color

Whether you’re looking for a camo survival watch, camo paracord bracelet or black paracord bracelet,

our range of subtle, earth-tone products won’t disappoint. Our paracord bracelet accessories are available in the follow colors:

Black

Camo

Olive Drab

Flat Dark Earth

Endless Outdoor Uses

In a survival situation, a paracord watch band or paracord wristband serves limitless purposes. SurvivalWATCHES can start fires, alert nearby rescuers, map out directions, and more.

The nylon paracord material used to fabricate our watches and parachute cord bracelets is both heavy-duty and versatile. With 12 + ft. of material to work with, the uses for our survival bands include but aren’t limited to the following:

Replacing broken boot laces

Setting traps

Weaving fishing nets

Making fishing lines

Making shelter

Making weapons

Etc. As I know you will be able to find loads more uses than these.

So what do I think of it, well the truth is I like it very much, because it means that I only need the Survival Watch and not a separate paracord bracelet.

Even if you do like to wear your favorite time piece, what is wrong with a spare, a back-up just in case you need one.

It is very easily kept in or clipped on to your back pack/EDC/BOB.

The compass does work and when tested against my own watches electronic compass and a prismatic one it faired very well indeed and would at the very least provide a basic direction of travel.

The watch works very well and with its large face it is easy to read even in low light conditions.

For me though the most impressive feature of the survival Watch is the flint and the Magnesium flint-rod, and this is because it is so easy to use and it works so very well.

Having a fire starter on my wrist could make the difference between life and death. I recommend the survival Watch.

Order yours Survival Watch here http://www.survivalwatch.com/

The HyperGear Dry Bag Review

I was sent the 5ltr. and the 10ltr. HyperGear Dry Bags to review. Now thinking back to the old days when I used a black rubbish bag to keep my gear dry it occurred to me, what is wrong with that.

A black rubbish bag does the job, and yes to an extent I have to say that it does. However it has a limited life as it is prone to rips and holes and at that point it becomes a wet bag.

What you need is the ability to keep electronics, clothes and other kit dry no matter what weather you experience and even if your back pack falls into a stream, river or lake.

Firstly I must state that dry bags are not designed to be submerged, they are designed to stay above water and yes even on water but will still keep your kit dry.

Packing your back pack using a dry bag is simple place the dry bag into your pack and simply pack as normal then seal the dry bag and your pack, job done.

The HyperGear Dry Bags are very durable and strong. To ‘lock’ the bag, it has to be folded tightly and firmly three times and secured with the clip to create an airtight seal.

The material HyperGear uses is rubber-like and it’s very soft and comfortable to carry. The joints of the bags are constructed by melting the material and joining together.

This creates a seal that keeps out water.

The HyperGear dry Bags are very easy to clean with a damp cloth. The HyperGear site states that the material used does not melt, fade or warp even after exposure to direct sunlight, resistant to moulds, tear proof and pliable.

Well do they really work, I set out to find out and as the new seeded lawn needed watering I placed the HyperGear Dry Bags on the ground and totally hose pipe attacked them from all angles top and bottom as well.

Then I opened the bags and the newspaper, toilet roll and the compressed light-load towels were completely UN-damaged and totally dry. So yes they do work and very well indeed I have to say.

OK it was like a heavy shower and I thought so what how can I further test them, and in an unusual way that they were definitely not designed for.

So with a roll of paracord and the two Hyper Dry Bags I set off for Ripon canal and a popular lock.

My idea was to tie the bags onto the paracord and lower them into the lock as it was filling. If you have not seen a lock fill before, then imagine thousands of tons of water rushing into a confined space, it becomes very turbulent almost violent at times.

Once the lock had filled I pulled the bags out of the water and opened them and the newspaper, toilet roll and compressed towel were of course as new. I am very impressed with the HyperGear Dry Bags as they simply do what it says on the tin.

You can order yours here http://waternlife.com/

The Danish Endurance Compression Socks Review

These fantastic socks have been tested and recommended by top athletes and ultra hikers

They really boost performance during training and speed up recovery after exercise

They are even Swiss MST IV tested to ensure optimized compression

They are designed and produced in the EU

They are also ideal for all sporting activities, during air travel or longer periods of standing

DANISH ENDURANCE are high quality compression socks developed by athletes for athletes! DANISH ENDURANCE compression socks provide the optimal support during all training activities such as cycling, running, triathlon, fitness, gym, soccer, rugby or hiking.

DANISH ENDURANCE will increase the flow of oxygen rich blood from your heart to your legs.

The better the flow of blood the better your muscles will be able to perform at a high level.

When using correct graduated compression socks your legs will be prevented from swelling up, you will experience more energy and less muscle stiffness and experience a faster recovery after performance.

The fibers used are of the best possible quality to ensure perfect comfort. When getting a pair of DANISH ENDURANCE compression socks you get a perfect training partner that helps you perform your best.

Material: 65% Polyamide, 20% Elasthan, 15% Lycra.

Have you ever thought of wearing compression socks? I have to say, I thought that they looked somewhat medical and were for those elderly with bad circulation or for long flights. As the old saying goes, though, you shouldn’t knock it til you’ve tried it. I am impressed and love them.

Why use compression in the recovery process? Compression helps increase blood circulation, increase the flow of fresh oxygen to your muscles and aiding in the overall recovery of your muscles. Compression is also proven to help reduce calf cramps, Achilles issues and pulled muscles.
My circulation in my legs is somewhat less than ideal and with the Danish Endurance Compression socks that has really improved a lot. I used to get calf pain when walking but not any more.

My water retention swelling has also gone down too which is great news.

With Christmas coming why not drop a hint to who ever and get your order in.

http://waternlife.com/danishendurance.html

Kamprite Oversize Tent-Cot with Rainfly Review

This oversize tent-cot with rainfly from Kamprite features a steel frame with fiberglass flex rods and metal zippers. It weighs only 38 pounds and can hold up to 350 pounds. This tent cot is perfect for solo campers who don’t want to waste time with a conventional tent. The durable metal frame holds you safely off the ground while the cot provides you with a comfortable place to sleep away from gravel or rocks.

Make sleeping under the stars all the more exciting by including this portable and lightweight covered sleeping cot in your camping gear. The green tent bed features metal zippers and a durable metal frame that can withstand weights up to 350 pounds. Set up the camp cot at any camp grounds in only a matter of minutes.

What 38lbs, I will never manage to carry that, I can hear you all say. OK, yes it is 38lbs but it is not designed to be carried at all.

The Kamprite Oversize Cot is for the BOV and the BOL. It is for the fisherman, hunter and camper.

It will hold up to 350lbs and it is totally waterproof with the rainfly, what more could you want in a sleep system.

Lying on stones roots and uneven ground is no longer necessary as the Kamprite Oversize Cot now affords you complete comfort and protection from the elements, and even the flying, creeping and climbing bugs too.

You will have enough to contend with when the SHTF so why not treat yourself to a sleep system that gets you off the ground, keeps you warm and keeps you dry.

Kamp-Rite, are the World Leader in Off-the-Ground Camping Gear.

Get yours at http://kamprite.com/

Escape/Travel
Belt Review

 

With
the introduction of the new Escape/Travel Belt, both the operative
and the regular traveler just gained a lot of options.
Whether
you travel in the world’s most hostile regions or just pursue your
daily activities, you can now increase your survival odds if your
situation suddenly turns south.This innovative new belt is
designed to be discreet and look ordinary. It’s made of 1.5″
webbing, so it doesn’t look too tactical or military and will fit
through standard size belt loops. But its ordinary looks conceal
some very un-ordinary features.The Escape/Travel Belt’s
unique buckle conceals and securely holds a non-metallic Handcuff
Key

and a Ceramic
Razor Blade

(both are included).
The
versatile design of the belt’s interior provides dozens of access
points to its many discreet elasticized compartments, which are
ideal for stashing currency or whatever small items you require.
The
belt even comes with some pre-deployed tools included in
compartments in the rear of the belt: a second non-metallic
handcuff key (with a lanyard for easy removal) and 4.5 feet of
Kevlar®
Survival Cord
.
The entire belt – even with all of the included tools – is
completely non-metallic.Available in 3 sizes: Medium (28″
– 30″), Large (32″ – 42″), XL (44″ – 52″).
Color: black. Made in USA.
I
have put these extra items into the belt because not only do I
consider that I will need them but also because they are also
non-metallic.
10
Cable ties
2x
10’s of Biox Aqua Tablets
2x
Folded zip-lock bags
2x
£10 notes
Bag
of my everyday OTC medicines
4x
co co codamol pain Tablets
It
is now what I consider to be complete, however as with all kit
things will be replaced and or removed as I finely hone it to work
best for me. Please remember that your belt will be filled with
what you decide you need with you and that is the way it should
be.I really love it because of the items carried secretly within
in and being non-metalic I can even take it on holiday with me and
that too fills me with a greater level of confidence that should
something go wrong I have the means to help me out of a stick
situation.
I
also like the fact that not one of my friend even noticed that
this belt was any different to any other that I or they had worn.
In fact I had to mention the belt before they said so what, it is
just a belt. Their comments changed when I showed them what was
hidden in the belt and all of thought that it was a cool must
have.
Far
be it for me to disagree with them. The belt also preformed very
well when I took it into the shower with me and soon dried out
later with no shrinkage or loss of structure at all.
Yes
if you want an all round basic/normal belt with a covert capacity
then this is the one for you.

 

Luci EMRG
review

 

Luci EMRG is a
lightweight (only 2.5 oz.), all-in-one lantern, flashlight and
emergency light.

 

This revolutionary
multi-purpose product, which provides up to seven hours of light on a
full charge and retains 95 percent of its charge per month when in
off mode, is always ready to use which makes it ideal for use in the
event of a power cut or emergency.

 

Its features include
a safety flasher and a high visibility red and white S.O.S. flasher
along with an ultra-bright flashlight setting and lantern mode for
diffused room lighting.

 

Extremely compact,
waterproof and durable, Luci EMRG is especially useful for blackouts,
car breakdowns and extreme weather conditions such as hurricanes,
floods, earthquakes, tornados in fact any man-made or natural
disaster, which make it ideal for we preppers and survivalist too.

 

Powered by
renewable, clean, free solar energy, Luci EMRG is a safe alternative
to traditional off-grid lighting, candles, kerosene, gas light and
battery power, making it versatile and safe enough for outdoor and
indoor use.

 

Additionally, the
product floats on water, is fully submersible and lasts up to 10
years without ever having to buy or change a battery.

 

Luci EMRG

 

4 settings: bright,
super bright, flashing, and red & white S.O.S.

 

8 hour charge
provides up to 7 hours of bright light

 

10 x 10 feet of
lighting

 

4 LED lights

 

2.5 ounces weight

 

Luci EMRG is the
most affordable and versatile product yet, and that’s part of our
overall strategy as a socially conscious company,” said Chief
Business Development Officer and Co-Founder John Salzinger.

 

MPOWERD sells
globally to both the developed and developing world, and high-volume
sales from markets like the U.S. allow us to both reduce costs and
create higher quality, more affordable products for those otherwise
forced to rely on dangerous fuel sources like kerosene and firewood.”

 

Luci
EMRG retails for $9.99 and is available at online at
https://www.mpowerd.com/
along with retailers such as Amazon, Nordstrom and Eastern Mountain
Sports (EMS).

 

About MPOWERD

 

As a socially
conscious, award-winning consumer products company, MPOWERD Inc.,
creator of the Luci inflatable solar light, develops and manufactures
game-changing personal clean energy products for use by people living
and playing on and off the grid.

 

MPOWERD is a
Certified B Corp committed to transforming people’s lives and
protecting the planet by making its products available and accessible
the world over.

 

Having
had the original Luci light for some years now, the Luci EMRG is a
very exciting addition to their product list and it is even better
for our purposes as it now has the ability to provide signals for
rescuers to hone in on. Well done MPOWERED. https://www.mpowerd.com/
The GO ID
Personal Emergency ID Kit Review
Whether you are on a
solar trip into the wilderness (not a good idea by the way), and you
have an accident or medical emergency and are unable to communicate,
or you are part of a group on a wilderness trip having had an
accident or a medical emergency and are unable to communicate and the
other group members are not aware of any medical condition you may
have,
I
would say you are in deep do-do. Imagine if any of the above did
happen to you and you had the GO
ID,
which
is visible to the rescuers or paramedics, now you know that they will
be able to treat your medical condition and or take it into account
when giving you treatment for something else.
The
GO
ID
is
designed for everyone so that they can carry a warning to medical
personal that they suffer from illness or allergies or medical
implants.
The GO>ID
MISSION:
To empower people
with an emergency ID they can set & forget.
To provide financial
assistance to organizations which provide life-saving emergency care,
especially those lacking basic equipment to serve their communities.
5% of our profits
are donated to first responder organizations.
What’s in the
Package
Metal
GO>ID

— Comes in several colours and 3 types of metal.
Silicon
ID Cover

— Each ID comes with a matching silicon cover. The cover keeps your
information safe and discretely hidden when you attach your GO>ID
your shoe, key ring, zipper pull, etc.
Hook
& Loop Fasteners (2 loops, 1 hook) “Velcro”

— Thin and strong, easily attach your GO>ID to your watch.
Laser
Labels (3)

— Laser-specific labels are perfectly suited for your laser printer
— and they’re waterproof and permanent.
Inkjet
Labels (3)

— Inkjet-specific labels are perfectly suited for your inkjet
printer — and they’re waterproof and permanent.
Clear
Label Over-laminate (2)

— An added layer of protection for your ID label so you can take it
anywhere!
Zipper
Hook

— Clip or hang your ID in any easy to find location, like a zipper
pull, belt loop, keychain, etc.
Resealable
Bag

— Keep all of your ID Making Kit materials together for later use
in this handy resealable bag.
Protected
by GO>ID Sticker (1)

— They want everyone to know that you are protected with the GO>ID!
Reflective stickers can also help prevent night-time incidents.
When
you’re in need, first responders will need all the information they
can get.

GO>ID is the personal emergency ID which gives essential
information to first responders, even if you aren’t able.
You
can easily change your personal information as your situation
changes. Just print your personal medical ID label on your own
printer and you can … Go>Anywhere!
Alert first
responders with two of the most recognized emergency symbols in the
world — the star of life or the letters “ID”. Each GO>ID
comes with both symbols.
GO>ID is the
first ID you can easily wear wherever you want: on your watch, on
your shoe, on your backpack, your zipper pull, cell phone … any
place you can imagine.
GO>ID enables you
to carry more important information than most other medical IDs —
up to 250 characters.
There’s no chip or
battery so, unlike many devices, it won’t lose power or wear out.
The included ID
Making Kit makes it easy to print your custom labels and assemble the
GO>ID for how you want to use it.
GO>ID is designed
to protect your information and allows for anonymity while on the go.
Your personal information stays hidden and discretely out of the way
— either under your watch or in the included silicon cover.
The unique alert tab
lets first providers know you have important information for them.
The ID is
lightweight and comes in several colours and materials. The lightest
weighs less than a sheet of paper (1oz)!
The GO ID Personal
Emergency ID Kit’s contents are provided and made by you, and all you
need is a computer the internet and a printer.
I firmly believe
that the GO ID will save further lives and provide a level of
confidence and reliability that has not really been available to us
in the UK before.
You would be foolish
in fact many would say reckless to ignore the GO ID. I have decided
to include the GO ID as part of my EDC and if out in the woods I will
transfer it to my outer clothing for peace of mind.
You
can get yours at http://go-id.org/
The
Valley Food Storage Review
I bet you’re
asking yourself “Why should you get Valley Food Storage food over
this other company’s food?”
This
question can be answered with one word – Quality!
When they prepare
our foods, they take great care in making sure what you get is only
the best out there. Taking the time to find the best ways to make
sure your food lasts as long as possible is also one of our top
priorities.
Several companies
will tell you their food will have a shelf life of 25 years.
But wait, how can we
be sure that’s true?
Did they really make
their food, and then sit around for 25 years to test their foods
shelf life?
The
answer is probably not.
By doing a little
research we found that almost all food storage companies will use
ingredients that are known to spoil after just a few short years;
making the food you bought utterly useless.
Packaging
your food
Long-term food
storage requires a focus on the proper containment to keep foods safe
for longer periods of time. The proper processing and handling to
ensure viability is also necessary.
When it comes to
this step, there are a number of factors that need to be considered
in order to ensure the quality and longevity of the food.
Moisture Content
Microbe presence
Nutrient Breakdown
Chemical Additives
Stability of
ingredients
They make the extra
effort of making sure that all these factors are addressed properly.
Moisture
Content & Microbe Presence
By using the
revolutionary process of Nitrogen Flushing, they are able to address
2 issues right off the bat. Nitrogen flushing displaces oxygen in the
packaging, which is one of the bigger issues when it comes to food
storage.
Oxygen along with
Moisture allows bacteria (“Microbes”) to grow and mould your
food, break down the oils, and spoil the contents of the package.
We also check that
the food we put in to each package contains less than 5% moisture
(the ideal shelf stable food should have less than 7%).
Most food storage
companies don’t always check this part of the process as it takes a
lot more time to ensure it’s done properly; their food often will
contain up to 20% moisture in it.
This
is the company’s commitment
Along with our
individualized commitment to the long-term viability of our foods,
Valley Food Storage has a commitment to how healthy and nutritive
these products are for you.
We don’t add any
chemical preservatives, which can alter the taste and the nutrient
value to your food in a negative way. We guarantee your complete
satisfaction and you can hold us to it.
Well
that is what the company says, but what do I say?
I was sent two meals
and each pack says they provide 5 servings, well to be honest if you
combine them with other food say meat or fish and veg they will do
exactly that very easily indeed.
But if you are on
your lonesome and starving then it is common sense to eat the whole
pack yourself.
To cook these meal
simply measure out five cups of water tip the contents in, stir and
boil for 15 to 20 minutes done.
The two I tried were
the Irish Pub Cheddar Potato Soup and the Mango Habanero Chili
The Irish Pub
Cheddar Potato Soup is one of those delicious meals that warms you
from the inside out. It is one of the best soups around.
I really liked this
one and did have it all myself, round the camp fire you could try
adding hot dog sausages or any tinned meats for example and that
would certainly bulk it out and reduce the amount of cooking required
to fill you up.
The Mango Habanero
Chili is some of the most flavourful and hottest tasting chili
around. Sure to warm you up in any situation.
Now with this one I
was a bit dubious as I am not a lover of hot chilies, but again I was
happily surprised and ate the lot, well I did let Julie have some and
even she enjoyed it and that is a complement indeed.
Valley Food Storage
have a sure fire hit with these very tasty meals they are filling
easy to store and light enough so you want to pack them for your
wilderness adventures.
It is also great to
see a meal that has five servings in it, as this allows you to carry
a selection of their meals for your party and spread them throughout
your back packs.
I really like these
meals and will be buying more for my trips out and about.

 

The Enspire Body Cleansing Towel Review

Enspire manufacture a pre-moistened towel, in essence a shower in a pouch that is used by the US Forest Service Firefighters, Phoenix, Dallas and Austin fire depts. and have just received orders from the Fairfax, VA EMS group.
And they see their use expanding too many companies that have people in the field exposed to toxins and other elements.
Enspire® Body Cleansing Towel was created by a serviceman serving in the Far East and was unable to shower for days.  He returned home and the Enspire towel was created.   Currently the towel is sold by the USMC company store in Okinawa and has been presented to other USMC company stores.
The Enspire towel provides a portable freshness when you don’t have access to fresh water for a shower.
Each HUGE, 24” x 48” pre- moistened towel is individually packaged and will fit perfectly into your emergency kit, gym bag, hiking backpack and more.
Enspire Towels are alcohol free, fragrance free and safe for use on both children and pets.  Each wipe is enriched with soothing Aloe and made of a durable fabric that will not fall apart while in use.
They are actually strong enough to be used as an improvised sling or bandage in an emergency situation.
Only one wipe is needed to clean the whole body and can be disposed of after use.  Ideal for use by Military, Medical, Preppers and survivalists, Outdoor Sports, Camping, Boating, Traveling and more!
Each towel is proudly made in the USA.
Portable, packaged individually
Fragrance Free, safe for children and pets
Enriched with soothing Aloe
Durable fabric will not fall apart during use • Can be used as improvised bandage or sling • Alcohol Free • HUGE, 2’ x 4’ Wet Towel • Disposable
Ideal for Military, Emergency Kits, Medical, Outdoor Sports, Construction crews, Camping, Boating, Traveling and more.
If you have any thoughts of wet wipes then forget them.
The Enspire Body Cleansing Towel is the solution to survival hygiene problems, using it will reduce water usage, with it you can wash easier and even inside a tent/shelter.
It does not take very long at all for the average survivor to begin to basically stink, now being a solo survival may not be a problem but as we all know when in a group offensive smells can make for an uncomfortable experience over all.
I have to say also that survival hygiene is not only about not smelling, but in my opinion it is more important than that, it is about maintaining good health and over all cleanliness which will contribute to you chances of coming out the other end in good health, alive and well.
It seems very simple to me that the clear solution to survival hygiene problems is the Enspire Body Cleansing Towel and you can order yours at http://enspireproducts.com/
Biox Aqua Tablets Review
A powerful water treatment in convenient tablet form for
when travelling in areas where safe drinking water may not be available.
Once dropped into a water bottle, the tablets take effect
immediately, killing a wide spectrum of bacteria and pathogens. Perfect for
treating water sourced from rivers, wells and yes even taps. 
Add one tablet to one litre of water in a bottle.
If the water contains visible dirt or particles strain the
liquid first through fine cotton or t-shirt material.
If the water is suspected to be heavily contaminated or
contain Crytosporidium or Giardia add two tablets to the water.
Let the water stand for 10 minutes, or where heavy
contamination is suspected 40 minutes before drinking.
Dose rates and contact times vary with temperature. One pack
treats up to 30 litres of water.
Once treated with Biox Aqua water will be safe to drink for
24 hours. After this period water should be discarded.
If you are looking to reduce the weight of your backpack
then here is one solution that you may want to consider.
The Biox Aqua is one of the most effective water
disinfectants on the market today and they are safe and easy to use. By not
having a water filter and just carrying these tabs you would of course save
weight but not in any way put yourself at risk when it comes to treating
sourced water before drinking.
Using the Biox Aqua water treatment tablets means that you do
not need to light a fire and boil water to make it safe to drink.
I think the big question is what does it taste like and the
answer is, there is no nasty aftertaste or water colouration and it tastes very
nice and refreshing to be honest.
Now another great use for the Biox Aqua tablets is the
purification of emergency stored and collected water, for example, if you have
filled the bath full of water for an extra water source during an emergency, or
if you have a big rain butt full of rain and roof run off water.
If this is the case do not treat the full bath or butt but
simply take the amount of water you really need then treat it.
Please remember to cover these extra water sources to help
prevent any or further contamination.
I really like these Biox Aqua Water Treatment Tablets, order a pack and try them for
yourself.
Sharp Shooter
Keychain Review
This is the only
self-defence device that is patented and legal in all 50 states in the U.S.

Easy to learn
Deploys quickly – speeds of 60 to 150 miles an hour
Consists of 550 tested paracord, this will last for a long time.
Retention ring to prevent the device from falling out of your hand, and prevent
the device to be pulled out of your hand.
Durable shaft to grasp and also transfers the force away from the retention
ring if an attacker were to get a hold of the keys.
4 in 1 Device
Short distant impact device (similar to a kubaton)
The cord can be used for choking or blocking
Flailing similar to the nunchaku
Most importantly has the ability to shoot out unlike a kubaton or nunchaku/
goes from a short range device to a long range device.Voted Best Versatile EDC Gear of 2014 by social media Facebook & Instagram
Comes with Free Instructional DVD and a 1 year guarantee and your money backNote: This product is patented, no resale or duplication is permitted. Any
duplication of this product is not a Sharp Shooter and you may be jeopardizing
your safety -Robert Moran/Inventor Patent No. US D558, 446 S

Bushido Productions Product Warranty
We are dedicated to your complete satisfaction and are confident you won’t find
better quality self-defence keychain so we offer a full 1 year money back
guarantee for your complete satisfaction. Our goal is to ensure your safety and
make you feel safe and happy with your purchase. If you don’t like your device
in any way simply return it for an exchange or full refund within 1 year.
That’s our guarantee! – Grand Master Moran
So what do I think?
This is a superbly
designed and very well made self-defence tool. OK, it is illegal here in the UK
but it is not in the USA and in I would imagine many other countries as well.
I fail to see why we
as law abiding British citizens are denied the right to be able to defend
ourselves against society’s low life. Surely it is a human right to be able to
defend ourselves, as to do otherwise are we not simply bending to violence and
threat? And in real terms standing on a high ledge just waiting to be pushed
off?
The Sharp Shooter
can of course be used offensively, but so can a rolled up newspaper, kitchen
knives, and bricks and of course the oldest weapon of them all the human body.
I would rather be
judged by 12 than carried by 6. Therefore I am as a responsible adult simply
preparing for the what if, event by carrying the sharp shooter.
After all it is just
a very well made key ring with some paracord attached to it. If it is totally
legal to carry a bunch of keys on a chain as truckers and bikers do then how
can it be illegal to carry this sharp shooter key ring?
I now have a Key
Smart in which my keys are held, not unlike a Swiss Army knife, this makes the
keys totally silent by the way and stops them from catching on clothing and or
wearing holes in my pockets.
I cannot advise you
to carry the sharp shooter, I can only bring it to your attention and leave it
to you the responsible preppers and survivalists that I know you to be.
The least you can do
is go to their website and check them out
http://www.bushidoproductions.com/
The KeySmart Review

KeySmarts goal is to save the world from bulky, annoying
keys

 

Are you constantly annoyed with thigh poke, key jingle, and
damaged pants, Mike set out to design a solution to the bulky key ring. 



After months of prototyping, testing, and redesigning,
KeySmart was born. 

 

The frame was crafted out of aluminium to be
ultra-lightweight, and the hardware was milled from stainless steel to
survive anything life threw at it.
After launching on Kickstarter in early 2013, KeySmart was
one of the most popular products ever launched.  Mike quit his job to take
KeySmart on full time and has been making happy customers ever since.
The KeySmart changes your bunch of keys into a Swiss Army
Knife looking EDC item.
It does this by allowing the user to dismantle it simply
with a coin for example and to rebuild it with your keys placed between the two
aircraft aluminium quality handles.
The keys fit over two stainless steel posts one at each end
which allow the keys to swivel in and out.
When you have put the KeySmart back together you can chose
how tight to make posts as of course if too lose the keys will swivel on their
own and if too tight one key can bring another with it. However I find this to
be a good thing to be honest as it is my choice how I tighten it and not the
maker.
I have found the KeySmart to be a great solution to the ugly
noisy bunch of keys normally found hanging from a key ring, it is also now not
a painful problem when carrying keys in my trouser pocket as there are no sharp
points to dig into my leg.
I have the Sharp
Shooter Keychain from http://www.bushidoproductions.com/index.php which normally has a bunch of keys on the
ring at the end but now I have the KeySmart on the end instead of the bulky
keys and as it is just as heavy, in fact slightly heavier with the KeySmart it
does just the same job but now it does it silently and that is for me an
unexpected bonus. The keySmart comes in different sizes from a 5 key holder to
a massive 100 key holder and even comes with a USB flash drive connecter as an
extra.
There are 8
different colours and a titanium version as well.
There are also different attachments that you can buy to
individualise your KeySmart from a Multi-Tool Card, Card Sharp, Nomad –
Minimalist charge cable, money clip, glow fob etc. etc. To be honest only your
imagination will limit what you can attach to the KeySmart.
It is of course now part of my EDC and you can get yours
from http://getkeysmart.com/

 


StrikeFire Fire Starter and Sporks Review
A variation of the old flint and steel concept, ferrocerium
rods produce larger, hotter, and more sparks than their predecessor.
First, why not just use matches or lighters? They’re
easier to use and cheaper, right? Well, I do recommend keeping a few lighters
and matches on hand, but no, they aren’t always easier to use, and they aren’t
cheaper either.
Consider lighting a fire after falling into water, or after
your lighter or matches have been in the rain.
Wet lighters and matches don’t work, while ferrocerium rod
fire starters like the StrikeFire are impervious to water, and will easily
start fires while wet. You can buy waterproof matches and lighters but they
will cost a lot more overall.
Be aware that while waterproof matches may be waterproof,
the rough surface they come with to strike on often isn’t.
Before we can compare the cost between a StrikeFire and
matches/lighters, we have to know how long a StrikeFire lasts. We get roughly
12000 fires form the large strikefire before it needs to be replaced.
There is a medium version that lights 3,000 fires.
They both produce temperatures of 3,000 degrees Celsius, the
sparks from a StrikeFire will light a huge range of natural and man-made
tinders, including gas and petrol camping stoves.
The StrikeFire is a new British made product using the best
ferrocerium rod available, a hardened steel scraper and reflective paracord
lanyard.
The strikefire
Titanium Spork
What do you get when you cross a lightweight titanium spoon
with a lightweight titanium fork? The ultimate eating utensil for preppers and
survivalists alike the spork.
With a spork you have twice the weight savings—not only is
titanium light, but you need only carry a single utensil cutting the weight you
carry even further
Titanium leaves no metallic smell or taste and will not
rust.
It is also non-corrosive, non-magnetic and hypoallergic
Weight 17 g
The Strikefire
Stainless Steel Spork
A genuinely useful spoon paired with a more than adequate
fork and knife. Made of virtually indestructible stainless steel, these sporks
are much less prone to snapping than plastic sporks. Being able to substitute
three utensils for one is a real bonus, allowing you to scoop, prong, cut and
lift virtually any forms of foods you may encounter, in either the great
outdoors or the concrete jungle.

The BEST
SURVIVAL BRACELET Review

The Best Survival Bracelet or BSB as it is know is an
extremely well thought out idea of exceptional quality, in fact it even has a
US PATENT PENDING US 20130213089 A1 it is that good and innovative.
This very well made paracord bracelet is all you need to
start a fire anywhere as it is not only a source of paracord but it
incorporates a 1” ferrocerium rod, a scraper and tinder in the form of jute
strands woven into the top of the bracelet.
So what is jute anyway, well Dictionary.com defines ‘jute’
as:  “a strong coarse fibre used for making burlap, gunny, and
cordage that is obtained from two East Indian plants of the linden
family.”  
The plants grow 10-12 feet high and have long, serrated,
tapered, light green leaves and small yellow flowers.  Since ancient
times, jute has been grown and processed in the Bengal area of India and
Bangladesh.  
Along with its many industrial uses, jute twine is one of
the best fire tinder’s it is great to have available in your pack or emergency
kit as a very reliable firestarter. 
Jute twine when dry, can be pulled apart into many fibres
to create a ‘bird nest’ that starts very easily with fire starting tools such
as fire steel, Magnesium rod, matches, or lighters.
The scraper roughly ½” x2” can be used in many different
ways, you can have it engraved, you could have an edge put on it, paint it,
polish it etc. In an emergency it can be used as a reflective signal
device. 
To start a fire all you have to do is unpick the jute
which runs along the top or outside of the BSB select the length you want and
then tease the strands apart and rub them between the palms of your hands to
further rough them up form a nest and then introduce a spark.
The ferrocerium rod which also acts as a toggle closure
for the BSB is captive on the bracelet so you will not lose it when using it.
As with all fire making you must gather enough dry tinder
and fuel before you attempt to light the jute. I have found once the nest is
alight (which is an instant ignition by the way) I use Birch bark to increase
the heat and then the smaller twigs and build up from there.
Now the best bit about the BSB is starting fires does not
damage the BSB at all, as you simply re place the used jute by threading it
back through the original loops simply and effective.
The BSB is a real asset and a must for the serious
prepper and survivalist as even if you run out of jute the BSB will continue
lighting fires for you anyway.
I love it and with jute costing pennies it is a fire
starter for life.
Order your BSB at http://www.paracordist.com/
CHILD’S PPE
Review
For those of you who have purchased a Pandemic Quick Kit
from
http://www.contagionsurvival.com/pandemic_quickkits.htm
and if not WHY NOT, they have come up trumps with the CHILD’S PPE
protect your children with this Personal Protective Equipment combo designed to
cover their entire bodies.
At last there is a whole family solution for protecting your
loved ones from Ebola and other contagions too.
WARNING Around the
world these one piece protection suits are selling very fast indeed.
Mr Todd West, GM 0f First Aid Global, LLC said “I
actually had to buy the last 500 Tyvek suits in small size.
Personal Protection for children has been difficult to
procure until now. Tyvek suit, face shield and mask and much more and I fits
most children.
1 Face Shield with
attached Surgical Mask
that ties around the back of head and neck and fits
any size. Mask is cool and comfortable to wear and features soft, latex-free
ties.
Breathable and roomy pleated facial pockets for superior
comfort over extended periods of wear time. Shield provides a clear, plastic
wrap-around that protects eyes and face from contaminants.
1 Small Tyvek Suit
with elastic wrists and ankles and attached hood. Can be gathered-up to fit
most children. Tyvek is composed of high-density polyethylene fibres.
It is strong and breathable, yet it won’t allow liquids to
penetrate. We are one of the only sources for size small.
1 Pair of Blue Bootie Shoe Covers
1 Earloop face mask for additional coverage
2-pair of Small Nitrile Gloves
1 Bio-hazard disposal bag to discard soiled suit
4 PAWS Antimicrobial Wipes
1 Emergency Light-stick
So guys I suggest you order your now http://www.contagionsurvival.com/pandemic_quickkits.htm
Pandemic Quick Kits Review
These handy Pandemic Quick Kits are designed for fast and
inexpensive protection from Contagions when you or your family members have to
leave your safe zone.
Simply discard the entire suit when you return to insure
that no contaminants enter your home. Not meant for close continuous patient
contact.
Contents:
Coveralls w/Zipper
Adhesive tape to seal ankles/wrists
Shoe Covers
Hair Net
Goggles – splash-proof and anti-fogging
N95 Medical Respirator
Latex Gloves 2-pair
Bio-Hazard Disposal Bag
PAWS Antimicrobial Hand wipes – 4
Buy our inexpensive Pandemic Quick-Kits by the bulk and
supply your family or even your entire neighbourhood.
Doctors, Dentists and Medical Technicians wear these
disposable Coveralls to protect their clothing from splash and bacteria.
We still recommend a complete Contagion Kit, but for fast,
everyday use, these packs are inexpensive to store and convenient to use and
discard.
As this life saving kit only arrived this Thursday I have
not had too much time to play with it, but I felt it was important enough to
open the pack and try on the contents.
Firstly it is obvious that whoever designed this kit knew
what they were doing as they have thought of everything in fact this is a
complete pandemic kit and you should all have one for each member of your
family or group as an aid to bugging out or to be worn if and when you have to
travel through an Ebola hotspot.
The one piece suit is a one size fits all and is very easy
indeed to put on, and with the shoe covers on and my ankles and wrists taped I
did feel protected and I have to say it was very comfortable to wear.
Now combine that with the goggles which are splash-proof and
anti-fogging the N95 Medical quality Respirator and the Latex Gloves of which
there are 2 pairs and I really did feel safe and confident that if I had to
enter an area where people had contracted Ebola or any other contagious disease
pre-or post SHTF that it would provide me with the protection I would need.
The kit also comes with a hair net to tuck away long hair
for example PAWS Antimicrobial hand wipes which kill 99% of germs on the skin
while removing dirt and debris.
I have no idea how they can produce such important and
necessary kit for such a low price and then offer discount for bulk orders.
This is just what we in the prepper and survivalist
community have been looking for, something that really works at an affordable
price.
At Just $11.95 each
which at today’s rate is £7.47 they are amazing value and top quality
I cannot recommend this kit highly enough and I must really
thank Todd West, GM
Of First Aid Global, LLC who pulled out all the stops to get
a Pandemic Quick Kit to me.
You can order yours directly from the company
Survival Slingshot Review
What the website says
In a survival situation, you never know what you will face
or how long before you get home. You must be prepared for anything and have
equipment that you will realistically have on your person should you need it.
The Survival Slingshot is designed to be a vital tool for survival, hunting,
camping, archery and fishing.
Active, not passive survival
When it comes to finding food from game, we believe having a
active approach is a critical compliment to more passive means. For example,
you may well be able to set a snare but end up with nothing to eat. With a high
powered slingshot, if you can see it, you can hit it.
Every Survival Slingshot is capable of shooting standard
arrows which opens up larger game to be targeted. We have seen full sized deer
taken with our standard 25LB bands. Slingshots never run out of ammunition
allowing you to use the included shot ammo or rocks that you can pick up.
Your ultimate back up 
The patented Survival Slingshot has a watertight hollow
handle which allows you to store a generous eight cubic inches of survival
items to give you a wide range of capability for survival. It folds down to a
compact size to store and weighs only two pounds. Every model includes a
compass and the integrated rail system allows you to customize your slingshot
any way you may need.
What I say
Firstly let me say that I am totally impressed in every way
with the Survival Slingshot, it is very clear to see that a great deal of
thought went into its design and make up.
For example, you can simply turn your survival slingshot
into one that fires arrows by attaching a whisper biscuit.
You can also mount a tactical LED torch so you can hunt in
low light or even in the dark. As you know, many game animals are nocturnal so
hunting at night can be very productive.
With the light attachment, you can now find your quarry,
feather, fur or fish at dusk, early dawn and late into the night.
Simply a silent food
provider.
I would say that small game and fish are what will keep you
alive when you need to hunt for food. Having set many traps and snares in the
past I can tell you that although it may seem easy to snare and trap game, in
truth it takes an awful lot of practice and is a somewhat hit and miss method
of feeding yourself.
With the Survival Slingshot you have 25 pounds of pull and
the extra ability not only to shoot steel ball bearings but arrows as well
The Survival Slingshot is designed to be robust and to
simply work in any survival situation. It comes with a compass built into the
inside of the screw cap of the handle storage space which by the way is big
enough for a small survival blade, lighter, matches, puri tabs, and other
survival bits and pieces, in fact what you store in the waterproof handle is
your choice.
Made from aerospace grade aluminium alloy and high strength
steel you can see why it comes with a lifetime warranty.
Most survival kits include the basics like wire for snare
wire, fishing line, hooks, split shot, but with the Survival Slingshot you have
a survival kit that not only stores your survival kit but it can produce food
for a meal as well, not that is a survival kit.
However as with all kit you must do what doctors and lawyers
do, practice, practice, and did I say practice.
When you can hit what you are aiming for consistently then
and only then you are able to hunt small game and fish for food. Remember it is
illegal to hunt with a bow and arrow in the UK. So please only take game with
the steel ball bearings and simply only target shoot with the arrows.
This is not a toy, in my opinion it is a silent weapon, and
you should treat it as just that a weapon as it has effective range of 250+ Yards.
The Standard Models ship with one
container that contains, matches, weights for fishing, fishing hooks, pins
and needles, fishing line, thread, swivels and an
ammunition container with roughly 40 rounds of steel shot.
Overall the
Survival Slingshot wins on many fronts, from a survival kit to a silent hunting
system. It is light enough to carry all day and it folds up and can be stored
in a pocket. With a small survival blade stored in the handle I know I could
survive just with the survival slingshot www.survivalslingshot.com
175lb Jaguar Crossbow Rifle
With 175lb draw weight this bow will launch a bolt
at blistering 245 fps and that is impressive.
Specs:
Durable Fiberglass Limb
Aluminium Barrel
Foot Stirrup
12″ Power Stroke
6 Arrow Quiver
Red Dot Sight
Black Padded Shoulder Sling
Safety Goggles
4 Aluminium Bolts
245 FPS
35.25″ Length / 26″ Axle-Axle
Can Fit Our 4×32 Scope
This is an excellent crossbow for the money. No, it’s not
super expensive but it’s not supposed to be. At 175 pounds, this crossbow is
the most powerful weapon you can buy in the UK without a license.
Maybe you’re a new prepper looking for a quiet defence weapon
that is still available in the UK or you just want to see if crossbows are as
much fun as they seem on those TV shows.
Crossbows have been around for over 2,000 years and have a
long history of use for both hunting and warfare.
Because crossbows are potentially dangerous weapons, anyone
new to crossbow shooting should seek out professional instruction to learn the
proper techniques. When learning how to shoot a crossbow, always do so on a
range specified for the purpose.
Never aim crossbow at anything you don’t plan on shooting
and always practice safe storage and shooting habits. If you are planning on
using your crossbow for hunting purposes, be sure to check with your state’s
regulatory board to learn about crossbow hunting laws. Here in the UK it is
illegal to hunt with a Crossbow.
Step 1: Loading and Cocking
To ready your crossbow for shooting, follow these steps:
Place the crossbow on its stirrup on the ground
Put your foot fully and securely through the stirrup
Using a cocking aid or both hands, pull the bowstring evenly
upward to the cocking mechanism
To ensure proper setting, always cock your crossbow string
in the same place. If necessary, mark your string while it is resting on the
stock to ensure you are cocking consistently
Place the string in the cocking mechanism and ensure that it
is secure by listening for a popping or clicking noise. Do not let go of the
string until you are certain it is firmly in place
Place a bolt in the appropriate groove. If the bolt is
placed correctly, one of the fletchings should be resting in the grove and the
end of the bolt should be against the string
Before lifting the bow, ensure that both the automatic and
manual safety are on
Step 2: Firing the Crossbow
Once you are ready to fire your crossbow, get ready to aim.
Keep in mind that most crossbows are designed to fire at targets that are 20,
and at the most, 40 yards away. Dry-firing your crossbow can damage it, so
always make sure a bolt is fitted properly in the groove before planning to
fire.
Place one arm below and along the crossbow to steady it,
placing this lower arm on a flat surface to steady it
Secure the crossbow by placing the butt against your
shoulder
Place your finger on the trigger
Most crossbows are equipped with some sort of sight, so use
your sight to aim at the target
Once you are lined up and ready to fire, release the safety
and apply even pressure with your finger to squeeze the trigger
Conclusion
Firing a crossbow can be a
rewarding hobby and add a new challenge to hunting. Whenever you are handling a
crossbow, keep in mind that it is a dangerous weapon and not a toy, so you
should use caution and take the appropriate safety measures.
Survival Slingshot Review
In a survival situation, you never know what you will face
or how long before you get home. You must be prepared for anything and have
equipment that you will realistically have on your person should you need it.
The Survival Slingshot is designed to be a vital tool for survival, hunting,
camping, archery and fishing.
Active, not passive survival
When it comes to finding food from game, we believe having a
active approach is a critical compliment to more passive means. For example,
you may well be able to set a snare but end up with nothing to eat. With a high
powered slingshot, if you can see it, you can hit it. Every Survival Slingshot
is capable of shooting standard arrows which opens up larger game to be taken.
We have seen full sized deer taken with our standard 25LB bands. Slingshots
never run out of ammunition allowing you to use the included shot ammo or rocks
that you can pick up.
Your ultimate back up 
The patented Survival Slingshot has a watertight hollow handle
which allows you to store a generous eight cubic inches of survival items to
give you a wide range of capability for survival. It folds down to a compact
size to store and weighs only two pounds. Every model includes a compass and
the integrated rail system allows you to customize your slingshot any way you
may need.

Snugpak Response Pak Review

When travelling light it pays to have all your essentials in
one place and the handy Response Pak has a place for just about anything.
With multiple inside and outside pockets, including a main
compartment and two side pockets, it carries a wide range of items, from
cameras to first aid kits and it will easily accommodate all of your essentials
and will always be ready when you are.
The Responsepak can be used as a ‘quick grab’ bag with the
heavy duty handle on top, or can be worn as a bum bag via the 46 inch waist
strap.
The Snugpak Response Pak is a perfect choice when you
are travelling light. The Response Pak is a small holdall designed to carry
your essentials when you need to carry them all in one place.
It has a place for just about anything and comes with
multiple inside and outside pockets, therefor allowing you to carry a wide
range of items, from cameras to first aid kits.
Features of the Snugpak Response Pak
Multiple Pockets
Clip Fasten
Shoulder Strap
Colours Available Black, Olive
Weight 440g
Dimensions 36cm x 14cm x 22cm cm
This is what I
managed to fit into mine:
First-Aid-Kit
Write in the rain pad and pen
Elzetta MF60 Tactical LED torch
Gerber Drop Point Remix
Resquick orange signal sheet
Two survival blankets
An emergency poncho
A multi-tool
The ultimate Compact survival Kit
The EDC Fire Kit
My medication
The survival straw
It is like a tardis inside and very well made indeed, I
really like the bum bag idea as it leaves your hands free for other tasks.
This sort of Pak would be the one that I would keep my
personal survival kit in so if I lost my backpack then I would still have the
kit I need to survive on my waist.
Ilumni Meals Review
I took with me to the Bushcraft Show some great tasty meals
from a company called ilumni.
 ilumi! Has been
cooking up nut-, gluten- and milk-free foods for nearly a decade in beautiful
County Durham. Their team of chefs and nutritionists are creative and
allergen-savvy: they know which ingredients are safe, and how to combine them
to create delicious meals you can trust.
After all, food is one of life’s great pleasures – but you
can’t enjoy anything until you’re 100% confident it’s safe.
And from this springs their mission is to create delicious,
colourful, deeply flavoursome foods that their customers can trust, to make
them accessible and convenient, and to spread the word about eating for
wellness to the wider community.
All of ilumi products have a 12-month shelf life from the
day of their production. They will always endeavour to make sure that you get
at least 4 months remaining shelf life when you buy from us.
All of their products have been designed to be stored at
room temperature, so they can be safely kept in your cupboard, bug-out-bag or
back pack. Once the pouch or tray has been opened, the food is best heated and
eaten straight away.
You can keep the pouches and trays in the fridge if you
wish, but they don’t recommend freezing them.
ilumi’s absolute guiding principle is to make food that
tastes great for everyone to enjoy. Nut-, gluten- and milk- free shouldn’t mean
free from taste – and with ilumi, I can promise you it doesn’t.
To accomplish this, they craft our recipes by focusing on
what delicious flavours go in, not what has to be taken out.
Taking away compromises the taste, which they don’t allow!
They make everything from scratch in their own kitchens, controlling the entire
process to make it allergy-safe.
And lastly, they cook their meals in modern space-saving
pouches in a pressure cooker to naturally preserve all those fabulous flavours
(which also conveniently means they don’t need refrigeration).
So whether you’re eating at home or out and about, and
whatever your taste preference, they have got something delicious for you to
try.
These meals are the tastiest MRE’s I have ever eaten they
rock with flavour, they are filling and very moreish indeed.
The meals I tried were Beef Meatballs in Tomato Sauce,
Kerala Chicken Curry, Tom Kha Gai (Thai Chicken Soup),
Sweet Five
Spice & Chilli Pork
, Zaatar Chicken. They really excited my
taste buds as I have never tasted such flavours before nor such tender meat
from an MRE. I just love them.
The flavours are very subtle, delicate almost I would say,
but you can certainly tell the difference between different meals that’s for
sure.
The only addition I can see is perhaps to add some rice
which would be
And at £3.75 for a 275g pouch they are not going to break
the bank either. You owe it to your taste buds to get some of these meals and
try them out. You can get yours at http://www.ilumiworld.com/

RITN Review

In spite of Rite in
the Rain’s durability, it is totally recyclable as standard paper, which is
untrue of synthetic, or poly coated papers. Simply recycle Rite in the Rain as
you do other white or printed papers.
Rite in the Rain
All-Weather Writing Paper is a patented substrate created for use in outdoor
writing situations. Since this paper is designed for use in extreme conditions
it is manufactured with the most durable yet recyclable components available.
This being said, the wood fibres we utilize for Rite in
the Rain
are purchased from FSC Certified sources. By doing this it insures
our product is manufactured with high environmental and social standards and
practices.
WHAT IS RITR IN THE RAIN?
Well it is patented, environmentally responsible,
all-weather writing paper that sheds water and enables you to write anywhere,
in any weather.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
This 100% recyclable wood-based paper sheds water, moisture,
dirt and grime and myriad of other substances allowing you to continue to write
on your notepad or copier paper. Ensure your project stays productive and
insure your data!
DO I NEED A SPECIAL PEN?
A pencil works best. A pen that will work in wet
environments will also work fine on RITR. Using a pencil or all-weather pen, Rite
in the Rain
ensures that your notes survive the rigors of the field,
regardless of conditions.
CAN I COPY OR PRINT?
Yes! Copy and laser print your own all-weather forms and
documents on Rite in the Rain Copier and Laser paper.
We also have, Weatherjet, an ink-jet version, available.
After a year of running a notebook through its paces I was
impressed however a simple 30 second test you can do yourself will impress you
more.
I took one Rite in Rain notebook paper and one sheet of
ordinary note pad paper. I put them both into a bath of warm water but in
around 30 seconds the ordinary paper was really a mush when I tried to pick it
up, while the RITR paper was totally unaffected and without even drying it I
was able to write on it, I placed it back into the warm water for a minute and
the writing was perfectly readable and un-smudged.
That is marvellous I hear you say, but how often do we have
a warm bath in the woods, well that is very true, so I took the RITN notebook
and placed it in a local stream that was of course cold water and after a
minute I removed it and again wrote on the paper and once again put it back
into the cold water for another minute, the result was of course totally
readable and un-smudged as well.
This RITR paper is really amazing and really does work even
having been submerged, which meant that any previous notes will not be
destroyed if it falls into the water and even if it does the product is not
affected in any way and is useable just like new.
OK it was not mean to be submerged just be able to RITR so I
got my lad to direct the garden hose at me on sprinkler, i.e. rain and as I
knew all was well and I was able to write without any problem at all.
Having waterproof
paper is one thing but how do you write on it?
Well what you need is a tactical All-Weather Pen, it writes
at any angle, upside down and even under water as well.
The ink is permanent and in face was the pen used on all
manned space flights, so you just know it will work well.
And it is perfect for use on RITR notepads and paper.
It also offers itself up as a tactical pen as its
construction will withstand a high impact strike, I know this because I was
jabbing it into wooden pallets without any problem at all. Refills are very
easy to get for this pen and together they rock, so if you are fishing,
hunting, prepping or surviving the RITR paper and the all-weather pen are an
absolute must for your BoB and prepping kit.
Escape & Evade Wrist compass Review
The Escape & Evade® Wrist Compass provides the
wearer with a convenient way to get immediate bearings and move out. Designed
to be worn on a watch band or other wrist band (not included), but also able to
be hung from a paracord lanyard. The flip-top housing protects the compass, and
also keeps it in a non-reflective carrying capacity when not used.The Grade AA cushion-mounted compass is liquid filled, and remains luminous
after exposure to sunlight, or even from a red lens micro LED. Submersible and
water resistant. A great backup to traditional compasses, GPS, and watch
compasses that use power and calibration to function. Get one on and get
moving.
FEATURES:
Grade AA
Luminous
Protective flip-top shell
Able to be worn on a lanyard
Cushion-mounted compass is liquid-filled
Fits most sports watchbands
Working temperature range of -20 degrees F to 120 degrees F
Water resistant to 100 ft (30 m)
Made in the USA
I have tried this compass against a Silva and also my watch compass and it is
accurate to a fault, I really love it.
I have not been down to 30ft with it yet but it still works
having been left underwater overnight so that is good enough for me.
The Mule Light
Review
What Makes UVPaqlite Products Brighter?
Glow-in-the-dark intensity (brightness) depends on the
particle size; generally, the bigger the particles, the better the
glow. Our products use patent pending large crystals of
strontium aluminate making them brighter, charge faster, and even
glow longer than other glow items available.How Do the Crystals Charge?
Strontium aluminate is a photo luminescent phosphorous material,
it absorbs photons (electromagnetic radiation) & UV rays
to charge. It does NOT require direct or indirect sunlight to charge.
It will charge well in low level indoor light conditions.

Your Eyes Should Be Adjusted to the Dark.
Our products work best when your eyes are fully adjusted to the dark
because the light diminishes over time. When your eyes are fully adjusted
to the dark a little light goes a long way.
For example the light is measured at 39,000m immediately
after charge
, 1245m at 10 minutes, and 226m at
60 minutes
.  It continues to be visible by the human eye
more than 24 hours after the initial charge. When
your eyes are adjusted to the dark, 226m -3m of light still
provides a functional light source
.You can find glow in the dark items all around: stars on the ceiling, toys,
frisbees, water bottles, stickers, clothing, and most recently emergency exit
signs. All of these products utilize different glow-in-the-dark powders to
achieve different levels of brightness and cost.
Basically, you get what you pay for when it comes to glow in
the dark. These differences can be seen when comparing the glow in the
dark items bought in a pound shop to the glow in the dark
exit signs like those installed in public buildings, and the products we
make.
What is the Mule Light? The Mule Light is a hybrid
light. It combines the brightness & efficiency of LED lights
with the reliability & simplicity of glow in the dark. The Mule
Light uses a high intensity LED flashlight & a U.V.Glostik made from
enhanced glow in the dark crystals to create this hybrid light. It
is designed to conserve battery life and reduce waste caused
by disposable glow sticks.
How does the Mule Light work? The Mule Light works in
energy saving cycles:
4 second bursts of light from the flashlight every 2 or 4
minutes keeps the glow in the dark crystals at a super bright level
allowing users to maintain a glow stick illumination for 300 – 600 hours. It’s
simple…how do you keep glow in the dark at really bright level? You
keep recharging it with a light source.
How Does Hybrid Technology Conserve Battery Life? The
Mule Light turns on & off in timed intervals. Four seconds ON – turns OFF
for 2 or 4 minutes. During those 2 or 4 minutes your batteries are not
being drained, the lighting is coming from the glow stick.  Read the
scenario below for more understanding.
This product is mind blowing in the way it works, it is simply
the best light source I have ever used that illuminates an area without
blinding light and also attaches to any product or bit of kit that you need to
locate in the dark.
I also intend to review this product on youtube.
100% Satisfaction Guarantee
We understand that night vision is very different for every person that is
why we offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee. If you’re not satisfied with our
products just email us at uvpaqlite @ gmail .com
CRT S-MINI HIGH POWER (8 WATT!) MULTI-STANDARD Review
The CRT Mini Export
(8 Watt) Mobile Multi Standard CB radio.
This is an Ideal
beginner’s radio.
The radio is Compact
and with only the basic functions needed for simple two way communication.
This radio is ready
for the change in July 2014 when AM mode of operation is allowed on CEPT (mid
band) frequencies
Multi standard so
you can use it all over Europe.
 80 Channels
Mode: AM/FM
4 pin Mic socket in front panel
Blue Display Channel
AM/FM selector
Volume button
Manual squelch
Direct Access Channel 9 and 19
RX/TX led
UP/DOWN button
Internal loudspeaker
Jack plug for external speaker
Mounting bracket
Power lead
26.965Mhz to 27.405Mhz CEPT
27.60125Mhz to 27.99125Mhz UK
Multiple Bands
8 Watts Output Power
AM/FM Operation
Size APP
150x140x41mm
This is the CB radio
for the beginner, is has AM and FM and an 8watt output. It is very simple to
set up and use and will provide you with post SHTF communications for free.
Ok the usual
transmission distance is between 5 and say 20 miles but today on the A61
between Harrogate and Ripon I was talking to Joshua 0171 in Valentia Spain. As
the saying goes the skip was right at the time.
CB radios are free
to use and you do not need a licence or even need to register it. As long as
you have a method for recharging a car battery then you will have all the power
you need to send and receive messages.
This in very basic
terms is how to operate a Citizens band or CB radio. Citizens band
radios provide safety and company on the road, and can be more reliable than
cell phones. In order to operate a CB radio you will need a CB radio,
familiarity with 10 codes and a pseudonym. You should follow the steps:
Tune into one of the
40 channels. Chanel 19 is the preferred drivers/calling channel used by
truckers and channel 9 is the emergency channel. The CB’s range is 5 to 20
miles depending on time weather and location. You may occasionally pick up skip
conversations from 100’s or even 1000’s of miles away as I did today
Make sure the mic
control is set to maximum listen for a break in the conversation to press the
microphone transmission button and say break to let people know you are using
the channel. Listen for clearance and begin speaking.
Tip: use the signal
meter to gauge reception and distance.
Familiarize yourself
with CB jargon including the many 10 codes which are abbreviations used by CB
operators i.e 10-4 means affirmative; 10-2 means receiving well; 10-3 means
stop transmitting. Create a handle or on air pseudonym i.e. “the wingman”.
Keep your
communications brief. Close transmissions by taking your thumb off of the
microphone button.
Turn the squelch
knob up to cut off the noise from a channel that’s not transmitting. The more
you turn it up however the more stations you will lose starting with the most
distant.
I will be starting a
prepping/survival/CB radio page on FB and I will be organising training events
to not only test you’re prepping and survival skills but comms as well.
The TaskOne Review
Protection with function. TaskOne G3 is the ultimate iPhone case for the outdoorsman, gadget
lover or handyman.Built with aircraft aluminium and tough polycarbonate, the TaskOne G3 provides
22 different tools as well as 2 kickstands and a universal mount for attaching
reciprocating saw blades. Large, aluminium buttons make tools more accessible
and convenient to use.
Thicker, stronger
U-bands not only provide more protection for your phone, but also a sturdier
grip for when you need your tools. New modifications allow the bottle opener,
Allen wrench and knife to be locked in place during use and in storage.The new TaskOne G3 will come in all black with a choice of silicone-rubber
accents. The new silicone accents add more than just style, they also provide
bump and shock protection.
The TaskOne G3
transforms what it means to be a phone case.
That’s OK but how
does it operate, in other words is it any good?
Firstly please watch
the video that comes with it and you will informed unlike yours truly who
attempted to review it without doing so, silly me.
Protection with function. TaskOne G3 is the ultimate protective case for your smartphone.
Built with aircraft aluminium and tough polycarbonate, the TaskOne G3 provides
22 stainless steel tools built right into a tough aluminium and polycarbonate
enclosure, why choose a boring, useless case when you can have protection AND
function with TaskOne G3. Large, aluminium buttons give you easy access to the
tools.
Polycarbonate,
aluminium and silicone rubber U-bands provide superior protection for your
phone. The Stainless Steel tools give you access to everything you need at a
moment’s notice.Tools included in the TaskOne G3:
2.5″ Knife with
serrations
1.8″ saw blade
Pliers with wire
cutters and 3-6mm Hex screw cut outs
5″ ruler
(1/8″ graduations)
6 Allen wrenches
(1/16″, 2.5, 3, 4, 5, 6mm)
Dual spoke wrenches
Wire stripper
Small and large
flathead screwdrivers
Phillips screwdriver
Universal
reciprocating saw-blade mount
Dual landscape and
portrait kickstands
Bottle opener
If you have an
Iphone then this is the ultimate accessary for you, as by carrying your phone
around with you, you will always have a set of tools to help you out when
needed. I have to say that it does impress me a lot however I would like to see
a survival version with an LED and a magnesium rod.
But that is just my,
and this is not a survival version, but what I would classify as for everyday
use in an urban setting and that is no bad thing.
Just imaging a
multi-Tool that you can also use to call someone how good would that be?
The Breathing
Mobile Washer Review
Product Overview
It is lightweight and made from
durable plastics with a sturdy wooden handle – it will not rust away
ever.
Easy to dismantle and reassemble for packing or stowing – portable washing
system!
Powerful cleaning action – pushes AND pulls waster through the clothing – will
actually pull out residual detergent left by electric washers!
Gentle on fabric, controlled agitation and easy to use
Sturdy enough for large items (Comforters, Sleeping bags, rugs and
blankets)
Perfect “GREEN” product with less water, detergent and electricity
used.
Great uses for the “Breathing” Mobile
Washer
EMERGENCIES: Natural disasters that knock out electricity
– you can continue to stay fresh and clean with the Breathing Mobile Washer.EQUIPMENT FAILURE: Washing Machines breaks or it is too
costly to repair – use this fast, efficient and cost effective alternative.
CAMPING/BACKPACKING:  Pack light and don’t worry about
smoky, fishy or dirty clothes – wash them on the spot.CARAVANERS Skip
the hassles of laundromats and stay someplace scenic (and off the beaten
path?). “The BreatherTM” washes efficiently with minimal
amounts of water. Your clothes remain fresh and clean, and you can enjoy that
special spot you found just a little longer.LAUNDROMAT USERS:  Why not just forget about
dragging your laundry all over the place, waiting in line for machines and for
your clothes to wash.  Wash in the privacy and comfort of your own place
and save your coins for a better purpose.GREEN ENTHUSIASTS:
Super way to save resources with water and electricity, but also saves
money by saving the resources.DELICATES / HARD TO CLEAN ITEMS: Trust the Breathing Mobile
Washer to gently clean hand washed items or put it to the test with large
comforters, sleeping bags, blankets, rugs etc.  The unique pulling action
lifts dirt.SEA MARINERS:
Need to freshen up on that long trip but you have a minimal amounts of fresh
water? With “The BreatherTM,” clothes can be washed in as
little as 1 1/2 gallons of water in a 5 gallon bucket.MILITARY We
have sons and daughters throughout the world that often find themselves in
situations where there are no laundry facilities. “The BreatherTM”
can ease their load by helping them maintain clean clothes.
Having tried it in the back garden I am very impressed with it indeed
It is very easy to use and gets really great results every time which is all
you could ask from a stick and some plastic. It is so simple to use and it just
does what it says on the tin. Get yours from http://breathingwasher.com/

The Ultimate Paracord Survival Bracelet Review


This bracelet far exceeds my expectations in every way. It
is very well made I mean the quality is superb you can tell that it is meant to
last and that a great deal of thought has gone in to its design.

If it looks rather deep there is a reason for this you see
built within this paracord bracelet is a well thought out survival kit.

The kit is sealed in a waterproof flat plastic tube and
includes the following

2 fishing hooks

1 artificial fly

Braid

1 Safety pin

Snare wire

2 quick release swivel clips


3 split shot


2 Puritabs


2 pieces of easy fire tinder


Just the basics but enough to put food in your belly and
that is what I want any survival kit to do.


With this survival kit and some basic survival knowledge and
in a survival situation anyone could provide food for themselves.


Having more than one hooks is really useful as if you put
different baits on different hooks increases the chance of catching something
to eat.


Remember to catch fish you must go were the fish are, so
fish under or near structures under over hanging trees is a great place as fish
wait there for falling grubs and insects etc.


If you have no luck fishing on the bottom (ledgering) then
float you line down the river or float in on top of the water in a pond etc.


Night lines (illegal) pre SHTF can be used, this is absent
fishing but you must fix it tightly to the bank and check it regularly.


Please consider getting one of these paracord survival bracelets,
they are under £20 and well worth the money.


Simple email your requirements and you will receive a very
fast delivery indeed. lastchancesurvival@hotmail.com


BugGrub Limited
Review
We are the UK’s premier supplier of edible bugs and bug
related products, all delivered from our UK stock.
We only buy from
suppliers who can prove the origins of their bugs.
We only select the
best edible bugs from both farms and professional bug hunters.
All bugs are
regularly lab tested to inspect for disease or parasites prior to
manufacturing.
We fully comply with
UK import regulations and follow the CVED import process for POAO.
We believe
Entomophagy is here to stay, as a more sustainable source of protein.
Safe to Eat
Tested and tested again for your safety
All bugs are regularly lab tested to inspect for disease or
parasites prior to manufacturing and then passed veterinary checks at the
Border Inspection Point prior to arriving in to the UK.
Healthy
Bugs are low in fat and high in fibre
Edible insects contain high quality protein, vitamins and
amino acids for humans. Check the nutritional values here on the.
Sustainable
Insects have a high food conversion rate
For example, crickets need six times less feed than cattle,
four times less than sheep, and twice less than pigs and broiler chickens to
produce the same amount of protein.
UK stock
All stock delivered from the UK
All products available to order on our website are held in
our UK warehouse ready to be shipped. Out of stock items will have an estimated
delivery date shown.
Gerber Remix
Tactical Clip Folder, Serrated Edge Pocket Knife Review
Off the success of
our popular Remix Series, the Remix Tactical folding clip knife marries a broad
three inch serrated tanto blade with Gerber’s iconic Remix handle design.
It’s a tactically inspired, tip-up pocket carrier with
class. A newly designed thumblift provides stability and safety while cutting.
Made with a slim, lightweight handle and a blade that opens with one hand, it’s
an ideal choice for your everyday carry knife.
Features:
Tanto Blade
Tip up Pocket Carry
Newly Designed
Thumblift
One Hand Opening
Lightweight but
Strong
Blade Material:
7Cr17MoV Stainless Steel
Blade Length:
3.0″
Closed Length:
4.86″
Weight: 4.6 oz.
Handle Material:
Composite G10
Mobile Solar
Chargers Review
Portable Chargers
with Solar back up
Portable
rechargeable battery packs with added solar back up.
Range from 3-14
phone charges per recharge
Recharge from mains
usb, PC usb and also trickle charge in direct sunlight, giving extra charges
from a given capacity.
Retain power for
months, constant recharge in any direct sunlight
Is a solar powered
phone charger really useful in the UK?
Recharge via mains
usb, PC, Car usb and in addition, Solar
Hold charge for
months, even when in a pocket
Any direct sunlight
will trickle charge the battery.
Get more charges per
given capacity and very useful in an emergency
Yes, these are all portable rechargeable batteries or power
banks, with the addition of solar back up for when you are ‘off-grid’ or to
increase the number of charges you would get from a standard power bank, since
they will all recover some charge when in direct sunlight.  Although it is
true that the brighter the sunlight (not obscured by glass or shadow) the
faster the solar panel can convert energy, the solar battery charger just needs
direct sunlight  to trickle charge the inbuilt rechargeable battery
charger.
By using solar power to recharge the battery pack when not
being used, (rather than just a solar panel charger) these devices act as a standalone
portable phone charger or Power Bank to make sure you’re never left with a flat
mobile phone battery in an emergency.
In the UK especially, the solar panel needs to be seen in
context, they are not nuclear reactors, but they will re-charge the power bank
over time, on a daily basis, most people will plug the charger into their PC
whilst at work, or the mains overnight. All our power banks retain at least 80%
of their charge for months.
What’s the best solar charger for my needs?
We have a select range of 3 tried and tested (they have been
to Everest Base, up Kilimanjaro and across the Atlantic) solar portable
chargers.
Both the MSC Executive and Traveller have a 6000mah grade A
battery, giving at least 3 charges of a standard mobile phone, without any
solar input. The Executive has a 250ma solar panel (i.e. 10 hours of sun should
recover 2500mah of power) and the Traveller has a 150ma solar panel, but dual
usb output to charge 2 devices simultaneously. The choice is really in the name
and what you will use it for, i.e. Travel are more gentle use!
  If you need a real ‘Power Station’ for a couple of
weeks off grid or to have portable power to charge tablets and laptops, then
the Safari mobile solar charger would suit. It has a very large 23000mah
battery (14 + phone charges) and an efficient solar panel to recover between
10-20% aday, giving ongoing power, depending on what you are charging. It is
the size of a Tablet and will recharge from the mains in only 5 hours.
  In reality most people will charge them up on the
mains or USB/PC and view the solar as a very handy addition to these portable
power packs. All our mobile chargers come with the most common adapters, but
obviously accept your own usb charging lead.
A large misconception about solar energy is that it can only
be converted when it is sunny outside. This is actually not the case. Although
it is true that it works better when it is bright outside, it only needs direct
sunlight to work. Whether it is rain or shine, solar energy can still be
sourced as long as it is during the day. Although we have developed the Lithium
battery almost as far as we can, Solar technology is in its infancy, as an
example the ‘Executive’ charger’s solar panel has increased in efficiency by
40% over 6 months.
All of our solar chargers have a power pack attached to it
enabling them to work as a standard Power Bank, even if they never see the
light of day.  Don’t hesitate to ask us which will be more suited to you.
Take a look through our solar chargers and if there are any
questions that you have about them or how they work we will be more than happy
to answer them. Just contact us at and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.

 

The ilumi story
Welcome to the world of ilumi! We’ve been cooking up nut-,
gluten- and milk-free foods for nearly a decade here in beautiful County
Durham. Our team of chefs and nutritionists are creative and allergen-savvy: they
know which ingredients are safe, and how to combine them to create delicious
meals you can trust. After all, food is one of life’s great pleasures – but we
know you can’t enjoy anything until you’re 100% confident it’s safe.
And from this springs our mission: to create delicious,
colourful, deeply flavoursome foods that our customers can trust, to make them
accessible and convenient, and to spread the word about eating for wellness to
the wider community.
Our cooking methods
At ilumi, our absolute guiding principle is to make food
that tastes great for everyone to enjoy. Nut-, gluten- and milk- free shouldn’t
mean free from taste – and with ilumi, it doesn’t.
To accomplish this, we craft our recipes by focusing on what
delicious flavours go in, not what has to be taken out. Taking away compromises
the taste, which we don’t allow! We make everything from scratch in our own
kitchens, controlling the entire process to make it allergy-safe. And lastly,
we cook our meals in modern space-saving pouches in a pressure cooker to
naturally preserve all those fabulous flavours (which also conveniently means
they don’t need refrigeration).
So whether you’re eating at home or out and about, and
whatever your taste preference, we’ve got something delicious for you to try.
Our promise to you
Food is one of life’s great pleasures, but you can only
truly enjoy your meal if you’re totally confident that it is safe for you to
eat. At ilumi, we go to unprecedented lengths to give you this confidence.
We create all our own recipes, using only the ingredients
needed to make them taste great, with no unnecessary additives. We carefully
source every ingredient from trusted and tested suppliers, and we make all our
meals in our own purpose-built, high-quality kitchens. Our highly trained and
experienced team tastes and tests every batch we make before we deliver it to
your door for you to enjoy.
We’ve been safely making food this way for nearly a decade,
but don’t take our word for it: the British Retail Consortium audits us every
year, and we hold their highest level of accreditation.
Diet & lifestyle
Many people have told us that despite their expectations,
being diagnosed with a food allergy can actually be a positive thing. When you
begin to pay attention to what you eat, you develop a relationship with food
that goes beyond just nourishment or pleasure – instead, food becomes a path to
wellbeing in mind as well as body. Which is exactly what we believe here at
ilumi, and the reason we take such care with the dishes we create.
If you’ve had symptoms of food allergy or intolerance for a
while, you’ll already know why you need to avoid the allergens that are making
you unwell. This might be a simple change, or it could mean a whole revamp of
your diet and your lifestyle. We’re here to help with dedicated, expert advice.

 

The Powermonkey Review
Now introducing the luminous edition of our
powermonkey explorer.  Use the sun’s rays to charge the luminosity and
then find it in our bag or tent at night with ease!
** GREY version comes with free limited edition Zip travel
case  – While stocks last**
From the heart of Africa to the Hardanger Glacier, the Apple
approved powermonkey explorer portable charger has proved to be an invaluable
piece of kit, providing essential power in the most remote locations.
Incorporating the solarmonkey solar charger, the powermonkey explorer lets you
charge wherever, whenever.
The powermonkey explorer is not just for adventure travellers.  Compatible
with the majority of smartphones including iPhone and BlackBerry, mobile
phones, iPods, MP3 / MP4, PDAs and portable games consoles,
the powermonkey explorer is a portable charger for your 5V devices –
giving you 96 hours of standby on your mobile, 40 hours on your iPod, 5 hours
on your games console, 48 hours on your PDA and 6 hours on MP3/MP4 players.
Make sure your powermonkey explorer’s got full power at all
times by charging one of three ways: via the included universal mains charger,
via USB or via the included solar panel.
The solar panel draws power from the sun and coverts it into
handy power to charge your device. The powermonkey explorer features
state-of-the-art MPPT (Maximum Power Point Tracking) technology which enables
more efficient charging of the powermonkey battery unit in low light
conditions.
The kit includes a useful Velcro strap, enabling the
solarmonkey to be attached to a rucksack or tent – perfect for charging the
powermonkey battery unit when you’re out and about in the sun.
Ultra compact, tough, powerful and works with iPhone &
Made for iPod approved, the powermonkey explorer is water resistant and made
from rubberised casing so can take whatever life throws at it, yet it remains
the lightest, most versatile portable charger available today.

 

Travel mobile
solar charger review
Premium robust dual
usb solar charger
Travel charger for
all phones including iPhone, Samsung, Nokia and all 5v Tablets including iPad
6000mah rechargeable
battery gives a phone at least 3 charges before recharge
Will recharge from
mains usb, PC, Car usb or trickle charge from direct sunlight
Holds charge for
months
With a 6000mah
battery, you should get 3-4 full charges on your average phone, even without
the help from the solar panel, before it needs a re-charge itself.
The MSC Traveller has
an efficient solar panel that will trickle charge the device when in direct sun
light if needed.   For everyday use, just plug it into the mains or
PC and it will recharge in a similar time to a phone.
This portable solar battery
is very simple to use, just connect your mobile phone or mp3 player, with your
devices usb charging lead, hold down the central button for a few seconds and
away you go.
It has sophisticated
electronics and safety circuits for protection and to control the charge and
re-charge.
If you need accessories
including usb mains/car adapters or additional usb leads, please order before checkout.
The unit comes with its own micro usb charging lead.
Product Features
High Capacity
6000mah Lithium-Polymer battery
Multi-charging
capabilities: Mains, car charger, USB or Solar
Compatible with most
popular mobile phones, iPhone, Blackberry™, Nokia™, iPad, Digital Cameras, PSP,
ND, PDA, Mp3/Mp 4 player, GPS, Bluetooth headsets etc.
Robust and stylish
rubberised case design
Single Reversible
charge/discharge micro usb lead
Simple one button
operation
DC Input Port
Dual USB Output
Ports
Remaining power leds
Solar charging led
Multiple protection
charge/discharge and overcharge/undercharge
Technical specification
Solar energy
transfer efficiency: 17% Solar panel 5v/90mA
Polymer Lithium-ion
Battery
Capacity 6000mAh
/22.2 wh
Input : Micro micro
usb DC5v/1000mA
Output 2x USB 5V/2100mA
Working Temperature
-10C to + 55C
Charging time about
5 hours via USB mains
Charging time from
solar about 45 hours
Cycle Life >500
cycles
Weight 178g
Dimensions 130 x 76
x 16mm
Compatible with most
popular mobile phones, iPhone, Blackberry™, Nokia™, iPad, Digital Cameras, PSP,
ND, PDA, Mp3/Mp 4 player, GPS, Bluetooth etc

THE ultimate Emergency Survival Fishing Kit

I have a great letter to read to you from Mal Vango the
General Manager at Survival Supplies UK.
He writes:- A few years of angling when I was younger told
me that I’d be lucky to catch anything with most of the fishing kits on the
market unless I was very lucky or plopped my hook and line into a particularly
rich source of fish.
“I talked to friends who were very keen anglers, I planned,
purchased and built the best kit I could build at the most reasonable price I
could. It was no mean feat to negotiate the best prices, but I eventually put
together a kit for under twenty quid that I felt would catch fish. I tested it
and, sure enough, it caught me enough fish that I could live on.
I gave my experimental kits to angler friends who also
managed to catch fish with the gear. The final test was to give kits to friends
who had never fished in their lives … and they caught fish. I was satisfied and
launched the kit on EBAY. The lit sold and the feedback was great (just take a
look at the genuine comments on THE ultimate Emergency Survival Fishing Kit).
One or two people made suggestions about how it could be
improved and I incorporated them. The kit contains equipment you won’t find in
any other fishing kit … yet! No other kit contains a Trot Line or as many
weights hooks and extras.”
I have to say Mal that this really is one hell of a kit, it
is not only very comprehensive in its contents, it is very well constructed
with its eleven individually sealable compartments full of everything that you
need to catch fish, but on the box there are very useful hints and tips front
and back. Attached to the kit in a 100% water proof pouch is an A4 folded sheet
containing Equipment notes, The best places to look for fish, Bait information,
Examples of how to tie fishing knots, How to build a Trot Line, How to gut and
clean fish, Cooking fish and much more.
For this sort of money I expected a kit with a few of the
usual fishing items, you know line, hooks, and weights perhaps a float and not
much more.
In fact I was initially totally taken aback with this kits
quality and I can clearly see that it was designed with a great deal of thought
and effort by someone who wants to provide only the very best products he can.
Mal mentions in his letter that the kit contains equipment
you won’t find in other kits well I agree Mal, as I have never seen such a
range of artificial baits and lures in any kit let alone one of this size.
But you have cracked it mate with the inclusion of a fishing
net, and key ring led, snare wire, light anywhere matches, button compass,
light sticks, eye hooks, disgorger, and more, and more, and more very well
thought out items.
Although I have not yet fished with this kit I really felt
that you should know about it first. I will soon be reviewing the THE ultimate
Emergency Survival Fishing Kit and I can’t wait to catch my tea.
You can get one for yourself at www.survival-supplies.co.uk
The Mule Light
Review
What Makes UVPaqlite Products Brighter?
Glow-in-the-dark intensity (brightness) depends
on the particle size; generally, the bigger the particles, the better the
glow. Our products use patent pending large crystals of
strontium aluminate making them brighter, charge faster, and even
glow longer than other glow items available.How Do the Crystals Charge?
Strontium aluminate is a photo luminescent phosphorous material,
it absorbs photons (electromagnetic radiation) & UV rays
to charge. It does NOT require direct or indirect sunlight to charge.
It will charge well in low level indoor light conditions.

Your Eyes Should Be Adjusted to the Dark.
Our products work best when your eyes are fully adjusted to the dark
because the light diminishes over time. When your eyes are fully adjusted
to the dark a little light goes a long way.
For example the light is measured at 39,000m immediately
after charge
, 1245m at 10 minutes, and 226m at
60 minutes
.  It continues to be visible by the human eye
more than 24 hours after the initial charge. When
your eyes are adjusted to the dark, 226m -3m of light still
provides a functional light source
.You can find glow in the dark items all around: stars on the ceiling, toys,
frisbees, water bottles, stickers, clothing, and most recently emergency exit
signs. All of these products utilize different glow-in-the-dark powders to
achieve different levels of brightness and cost.
Basically, you get
what you pay for when it comes to glow in the dark. These differences can be
seen when comparing the glow in the dark items bought in a pound
shop to the glow in the dark exit signs like those installed in public
buildings, and the products we make.
What is the Mule Light? The Mule Light is a hybrid light. It combines
the brightness & efficiency of LED lights with the
reliability & simplicity of glow in the dark. The Mule Light uses
a high intensity LED flashlight & a U.V.Glostik made from enhanced glow in
the dark crystals to create this hybrid light. It is designed to
conserve battery life and reduce waste caused by disposable glow
sticks.
How does the Mule Light work? The Mule Light works in energy saving cycles:
4 second bursts of light from the flashlight every 2 or 4
minutes keeps the glow in the dark crystals at a super bright level
allowing users to maintain a glow stick illumination for 300 – 600 hours. It’s
simple…how do you keep glow in the dark at really bright level? You keep recharging
it with a light source.
How Does Hybrid Technology Conserve Battery Life? The Mule Light turns on & off in timed
intervals. Four seconds ON – turns OFF for 2 or 4 minutes. During those 2
or 4 minutes your batteries are not being drained, the lighting is coming from
the glow stick.  Read the scenario below for more understanding.
This product is mind
blowing in the way it works, it is simply the best light source I have ever
used that illuminates an area without blinding light and also attaches to any
product or bit of kit that you need to locate in the dark.
I also intend to
review this product on youtube.
100% Satisfaction Guarantee
We understand that night vision is very different for every person that is
why we offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee. If you’re not satisfied with our
products just email us at uvpaqlite @ gmail .com

 

Rapid 2 – Two
Person Tent Review
The Rapid 2 can
accommodate up to 2 campers. It’s easy to pitch, with an umbrella action that
pulls it up in one swift move. The Rapid 2 is ideal for summer camping or
festivals. It folds down easily, fits into a backpack, and comes with an
integral groundsheet to keep you dry and warm. Buy today and start enjoying the
outdoors.
Additional Information
Color
Green
Size
Outer – 130 x 210
x 90cm (L x W x H)
Fabric
Outer – 190T
Polyester with PU coating Sewn in 120gm² Polyethylene groundsheet
Seasons
2 seasons
Fire retardant
Yes
Number of people
2
SKU
TT008
Weight
2.1600
Brand
Yellowstone
Outdoor Camping
This quick pitch
tent pitches in a matter of seconds, all you have to do is peg it down!This fast pitch tent in green comes with an impressive 2000mm hydrostatic head,
taped seams and an integrated polyethylene groundsheet – protecting you from
the elements and unpredictable British weather.This 2 person tent offers plenty of sleeping space for 2 campers and has an
easy access door and rear vent for increased ventilation – perfect for hot
weather!Supplied in a 68cm x 3cm carry case and weighs just 2.16kg.
  • 2000mm hydrostatic head and taped seams
    for waterproof protection
  • Quick pitching design, remove from the
    carry bag and peg it down
  • 2 person capacity with easy access front
    door
  • Eye-catching bright green – easy to spot
    at the camp site
  • Includes pegs for pegging the tent down
Overall I would have
to say that this inexpensive entry level tent does what it says on the tin, it
will protect you from the elements which is all you can ask for.
But it also offers
more I feel, firstly there is the ease with which it is set up literally in
seconds, there is plenty of room say for one person and kit or for two but
perhaps topping and tailing would be the order of the day.
It is not too heavy
and will pack into or onto most backpacks without a problem or could simply be
carried by hand in its carry bag.
I will soon be
reviewing this tent for my new youtube video channel so keep tuned for
information.

 

The Austrian
Pup Tent review
This army surplus
tent comes packed in two halves, to be issued to separate soldiers in the field
and it Includes all tent pegs and poles waterproof neoprene backed nylon
material and is an olive green colour.
  • The two halves button together to make 1
    tent and it was designed for 2 people to share the weight – ‘buddy system’
    each man carries half a tent each – 1 set of poles & half
    the pegs.
  • You then simply button the 2 halves
    together to make the tent and use the cord loops to peg down and then
    button the ends to close the doors
  • I think it is a great survival item and it
    is also very cheap. Its size is approx. 66 inch from pole to pole length
    and 32 inch from the pole to the tapered ends / doors
  • This tent does not include a ground
    sheet, so therefore I would use it as an A-frame shelter or a debris
    shelter and plan to use vegetation on the ground to prevent ground chill.
  • I would also recommend piling soil or
    sand around the bottom edge of the Pup tent which will help seal the base
    which will also help trap heat, the soil used will in turn leave a small
    trench which would drain off any excess rainfall which you could then
    collect if required.
I have to say that I
was impressed with it, although it is a cheap make do type of shelter it does
what it says on the tin and that is all I can ask. OK I improved it with the
soil and the vegetation base but would you not agree that everyone will improve
their shelter if they can? You can always buy a ground sheet for a few
quid but then that is even more weight to carry around.
Weighting around
1.4kgs complete it is 5′ 10″ long 4′ 7″ wide and 3’6″ tall. I do
see it as an emergency or survival shelter that would keep you dry and safe if
the need arose and when shared between two would be useable for hiking,
fishing, mountain climbing, and of course survival and prepping. Combine that with
a price of around £20 it is very easy to see the attraction in this low price
entry survival system.
At £14.99 it is
really worth a punt from http://www.fieldleisure.co.uk/

The LuminAID
Review

The LuminAID is a solar-powered, inflatable light. Charge it
on the go and inflate to create a lightweight, waterproof light.
The LuminAID Light packs flat, is highly portable, and is water-resistant. Take
it with you on your next trip or adventure to light your path ahead!
PRODUCT
LuminAID is a portable solar-powered light that packs flat and inflates to
create a lightweight lantern. Portable, lightweight and sustainable, the
LuminAID provides up to 16 hours of LED light, although ideal for recreational
use outdoors including camping, backpacking, expeditions and festivals it will
solve your emergency lighting problems when SHTF.
Hook it on your backpack to take with you on your next
adventure and use the LuminAID in a tent or as an outdoor light. The re-charge
time is 7 hours and LuminAID can be recharged up to 500 times
WEIGHT
3 ounces / 85 grams
DIMENSIONS
12.5” L x 8.5” W (when deflated)
BATTERY CYCLE LIFE
Hundreds of recharge cycles, designed to last multiple years of continuous use.
STORAGE & BATTERY FUNCTION
The LuminAID can hold a full charge for over 4 months. Before storing for an
extended period of time, it is best to make sure the battery is fully charged.
We also recommend charging every 1-2 months to keep the battery at optimum
condition.
Live
Fire Emergency Fire Starter
Live Fire is another one of the innovative products that are
made in the USA. It is a great emergency fire starting tinder that will easily
catch a spark from a Ferro rod and will burn long and hot. It is 100%
waterproof and wind resistant which makes it super reliable when you need a
fire fast!It can burn for many hours and is ideal for fire lighting and when you
have got a fire going simply shut the lid and you have it for next time. Burn
times will obviously vary on how far the lid is open and how much is burning at
any one time but from test they have achieved 27 minutes to many hours.Features:
  • Waterproof
  • Windproof
  • Lightweight
    – Sport Size: 15g – Original Size – 26g
  • Compact –
    Original Size:7.75cm x 3.5cm x 1cm
  • Adjustable
    flame size
  • Burns
    extremely hot
  • Pine
    Scented!!
  • Multibuy
    discounts factored in
​Caution should be observed as the tin can get hot when in
use.
PARACORD COILED LANYARD FOR SECURING TACTICAL KIT
REVIEW
KIT ALERT!!
This item is a WOODLAND CAMO coiled
paracord lanyard primarily used for the securing of any tactical kit you can’t
afford to lose. The coiled lanyard can be used to secure your KNIFE, TORCH,
MULTI TOOL or KEYS
directly to your person, webbing or kit belt.
The gated clasp can clip easily on to a belt loop but for
extra security or to suit a variety of personal kit it can also be clipped to
the paracord coil itself forming a loop to secure to larger webbing straps or
wider kit belts.
Contains WOODLAND CAMO paracord covered coil, Each
end has a solid 14mm spilt ring, one of which is attached to a spring gated
lobster swivel clasp for easy fastening to clothing, webbing, kit belts etc.
The lanyards length is approximately 25cm (at rest) to
100cm (fully stretched).
And delivery is FREE
When it arrived it was obvious to straight away that it was
a quality made Paracord Lanyard, and being sprung it always returns to its
original shape and length, in other words its coiled size does not stretch with
use.
To prove this I hung a plastic bag with a bag of sugar in it
from the lanyard overnight next morning all was well as it returned to its
usual coiled length. I would hazard a guess that it was not designed to have 2lbs
of weight hung from it, but it passed that test with flying colours.
So what is it designed for? Well it will attach to most bits
of survival and prepping kit, here is a list of items that could be attached to
this impressive Paracord Lanyard.
Survival Knives
Multi-Tools
Torches
Wallets
Fire lighting tools
Compass
GPS
Keys
EDC
Air Pistol
This is not of course everything but it gives you an idea
why you should buy one.
I have mine fitted to a UK Legal Carry folding knife and it
works like they were meant for each other
You can order yours here Type PARACORD COILED LANYARD into
Ebay and you will find tham at the top of the page at £6.50 from nicayu
FireDragon Gel
Fuel 250ml and 1Litre
BCB Introduce their new all-weather gel biofuel made from
UK sourced ethanol which can be used in multi-fuel outdoor cooking stoves,
barbecues as well as indoor ethanol fireplaces.
They formulated and developed the FireDragon gel
to help people who venture in the great outdoors cook their rations and boil
their brews quickly, safeguard their health, while protecting the environment.
This new  fuel is
non-toxic, non-drip and made from 100% natural ingredients including ethanol
sourced from UK grown grain stocks.  It is easy to light, burns cleanly
and research shows that it boils quicker than meths.
The FireDragon Gel fuel is an ideal companion for
all outdoor pursuits. Whether in driving rain, the freezing arctic or searing
heat, the fuel will perform in extreme conditions.
FireDragon Gel is supplied in two
sizes: 250ml and 1 L.
 Features
  • Made
    from 100 % Natural Ingredients
  • Easy
    to Light
  • Quick
    Boil
  • Non-Drip
  • Clean
    Burn
  • Colourless Flame
  • All Weather
  • Non-Toxic
  • Only
    pay postage on your first bottle
So how well does it work?
Code: CN336C
The Land Shark
How It Works
The Land Shark is constructed of a micro-thin layer of
aluminized film laminated to a resilient, composite reinforced, ripstop
material. The aluminized coating reflects up to 80% of radiated body heat. The
tightly-woven ripstop reinforcing seam construction resists tears and
punctures, even from boots and sticks. The Land Shark is completely windproof,
waterproof and acts as a vapor barrier.
Heat Retention
A micro-thin layer of aluminized film reflects up to 80% of
radiated body heat – highly effective in combating hypothermia on land or in
the water with a life vest on.
Vapor Barrier
Land Shark is completely windproof and waterproof. This
barrier prevents body oils, waste and blood from exiting the bag when used in
water.
International Orange
Land Shark’s eye-catching colour is visible to search &
rescue teams from miles away. In water, it provides more than 20 times the
visibility of a person in just a life vest.
An Instant Shelter
Simply cut a Land Shark along the seams and prop up its
sides to create an incredibly visible, waterproof shelter, which also protects
from the sun’s rays.
Features
Reversible – Orange/Camo
The International Orange colour makes an excellent emergency
signal, readily visible to search & rescue teams from great distances.
Digital Camo provides visual masking for avoiding detection.
Composite Reinforced, Ripstop Material
Strengthens Land Shark reducing punctures and tears, even
while user is wearing heavy boots.
Aluminized Film
Combats hypothermia and eliminates infrared emissions for
stealth and evasion from high-tech, body heat detection equipment. The
aluminized material is also radar reflective for search aircraft, search &
rescue teams and high speed vessels moving at night over water.
550 Paracord Drawstring
Used to create a hood or to close the shelter entirely for
maximum protection and body heat retention. In the water, the closed bag helps
prevent water ingestion in heavy seas.
Sea-Dog® Clip and Survival Whistle
Integral tether easily links multiple survivors together
during a survival situation at sea. Creates a larger target for search &
rescue teams to locate on open water, as well as a whistle to attract attention
from great distances.
Don’t get caught outside (or floating in water) without a
Land Shark Instant Survival Shelter!
“Find Shelter” are the two words that will keep you alive if
you’re stuck outdoors this winter waiting for help. Exposure can become
life-threatening hypothermia in minutes. It can start innocently enough: A
drive in the country, a walk in the woods, a backcountry ski trip or even
falling overboard on a fishing or boating trip. It could even be a common
winter experience: Your car stalls, you get lost, or snowed in.
Outdoor survival experts agree: If you’re going to
survive, you’d better find shelter FAST!
Even walking around will build up a sweat. Pretty soon
you’re shivering. Suddenly, the conditions are ripe for hypothermia – the
involuntary loss of core body heat. Windy, wet conditions, including
perspiration, can quickly turn exposure into fatal hypothermia – even in mild
temperatures. Hypothermia can kill in temperatures of 65-degrees
Fahrenheit.
Your best defense is to find shelter that’s warm, dry and
out of the wind. Survival experts also warn against building a shelter that
requires anything more than minimal effort, because it will only work up a
chilling sweat and hasten the onset of hypothermia. Stored in its water, vapor
and grease-proof vacuum sealed pouch, the ultra-lightweight Land Shark Instant
Survival Shelter measures only 6” x 8” x 1” and weighs a mere 22 oz. (0.623
kg.).
When needed, it opens to a windproof, waterproof,
heat-retaining and roomy 38” x 80” (96.52 cm x 203.2 cm) thermal cocoon that
provides full body coverage, even over heavy outerwear and boots. It then
protects you from exposure and helps you maintain a life-sustaining core body
temperature until help arrives.
So what is it like to use?

TBS Boar Folding Pocket Knife – Polished Black Micarta
– Perfect EDC Knife Review

 

OUR PRICE: £49.95
TBS Boar Folding Pocket Knife.The TBS range of knives are made from top quality European materials and are
built to last. We have selected some the best steels for the job, the highest
quality handle materials and some great leather work to bring these impeccably
made knives to the market.The Boar Folding Pocket Knife – There was such a natural progression for us by
making a folding knife and we think we have done an excellent job with the Boar.
It has some great qualities and is a perfect carry for anyone that  wants
a high quality, every day carry, pocket knifeWhen it came to the non-locking pocket knife version of the Boar we decided to
offer it exclusively in 14C28N Sandvik Steel as, quite simply, it requires
less maintenance. This is important for a knife that will be in your pocket the
vast majority of the time picking up all sorts “pocket fluff” and
salt from perspiration.
We also, quite deliberately, did not put a thumb stud (or
similar) on the EDC as this makes it a much more user friendly product in many
more Countries of the World where, to carry a knife all the time, it needs to
be a product that needs to be opened two handed. Obviously this makes it a much
more useful knife for travel but in all cases you should check local laws and
by-laws prior to visiting or purchasing in your chosen country.The blade has a full “Scandi” grind to it that is wickedly sharp
straight out of the box. There are big benefits to having a proper Scandi grind
to a knife and these are mainly to do with edge maintenance. A Scandi grind
essentially means that the whole bevel of the knife is the edge (there is no
secondary bevel) so when it comes to sharpening life is made very simple. When
sharpening you can simply place the entire knife on the stone, roll it up onto
the bevel and you will always achieve the correct angle for sharpening; MUCH
easier than a knife with a secondary bevel!Main Features:
  • 14C28N
    Sandvik Stainless – 2.5mm thick
  • 70mm
    length blade
  • 100mm
    length handle
  • Polished
    Black Micarta, Curly Birch, Matt Black Micarta, Turkish Walnut, Tiger
    Stripe Micarta (Limited Edition)
Paper Shower Review
When you need a
“shower on the go”, chances are you have been using traditional wet wipes.
While these are good for a quick wipe of your hands and part of your face, they
are not ideal for a complete body wipe.
It was these usage
limitations of wet wipes that led Dr Jim Bahcall to develop a unique concept
for “freshening up” when soap and water are not available: The Paper Shower.
Paper Shower is a unique body wipe that combines an oversized wet towelette
with an oversized dry towelette.
The wet towel is
fully saturated with specially formulated water-base solution. The wet and dry
towels are large and wet enough to provide you with a complete body wash. The
soft durable dry towelette is used to absorb any excess water, dirt and/or
sweat, leaving your skin clean and fresh.
So how do Paper
Shower body wipes stack up to traditional wet wipes?
Paper Shower
Traditional Wet
Wipe
Cleansing
Formulation
A water-base
solution with soap, skin moisturizer and very low alcohol content. This means
your skin will not become dry after usage
Contains very
little water but has a high alcohol content. This means they not only dry out
super fast when you are trying to use them but they also dry out your skin
Durability
Made of a thick
durable, yet soft, fabric which will not tear or fray during usage
Thin and easily
torn
Size
Both wet and dry
towelettes are
10″ x 12“
A typical wet wipe
is only 4″ x 6″
Uses
Paper Shower is
big and wet enough to provide a full body wash
Too small and not
wet enough for anything more than a hand and face wipe
Scents
Both Paper Shower
-Original and Fresh are unscented
Wet wipes are
typically highly scented
If you are looking
for a wipe that can wash your entire body leaving you clean and dry with no
overpowering scent then Paper Shower is the sure winner.
Combination of a Wet and Dry Towelette
Paper Shower – Original is a unique body wipe system that
leaves you clean and dry
Designed to provide you with a refreshing body wipe when on
the go when soap & water aren’t available
Wet towelette is low in alcohol to eliminate the drying out
your skin
Perfect for the traveler, commuter, camper and
hiker
. Is great for kids on the playground or when spending time at
the beach.
Towelettes Size: 10” x 12”
The Life Straw
LifeStraw has been featured at The Museum of Modern Art in the New Year and
Tate Modern in London for its unique design and has received multiple awards,
accolades and top-tier coverage worldwide.
So what is it and how does it work?
LIFESTRAW GO
LifeStraw Go is an innovative new personal water filter, which enables you too
easily and safely transform contaminated water to crystal clear drinking water.
With LifeStraw Go you no longer have to be concerned about
your local water source. LifeStraw Go can filter a minimum 1,000 litres (264
gallons), considerably more than alternative water filters.
The Go filter does not require any batteries or contain any
chemicals. Furthermore, LifeStraw Go’s filtering efficiency is unique.
The hollow fiber membrane technology allows Go to transform
even highly contaminated water into clean and safe drinking water.
SPECIFICATION
• Filters a minimum of 1,000 litres of water
• Removes 99.9999% of waterborne bacteria (>6Log10 reduction)
• Removes 99.9% of waterborne protozoan parasites (>3Log10 reduction)
• Reduces turbidity, filtering down to 0.2 microns
• Dimensions: 235mm x 80mm
• Weight: 225 grams
• Good storage capacity – 670 ml
• Produced of high quality food grade plastics meeting the standards of US FDA
CFR
• Raw material of the bottle: Tritan (BPA free)
• Raw material of the valve: Food grade silicon
So simply put you can drink through the Life straw directly
from a contaminated water source.
You can get yours from http://www.eskimoagency.com/

 

Reviews

The Drinkmaster Pods Review

Like the rest of you I really enjoy a hot cuppa round the fire, it’s what camping is all about and just makes you feel good and that the world is OK.

Some carry ready made hot drinks, some even bring their own coffee perculator and favourite coffee beans with them, horses for courses I say.

I have been sent some Drinkmaster Pods to try and I love them. They are very simply to carry, being light and sealed, and just as simple to use, just peel the lid back and add the contents to your cup and pour on hot water simply eh!.

Drinkpacs are machine-free pod drinks offering the widest range of hot drinks, including Nescafé, Douwe Egberts, PG tips Tea, Cadbury Hot Chocolate and Batchelors Cup a Soup, as well as their own carefully selected varieties.

They also have an extensive range of Fairtrade and UTZ approved coffee, tea and chocolates in the range.

Drinkpac containers are made of recycled aluminium and are 100% recyclable. A perfectly packaged pod drink.

And yes why not recycle as they say, but I have found another use for the empty pods and that is as home made Tee lights.

Simply melt some wax into them add a wick and there you have it, now by using a citronella flavour you keep the mossies etc. away too.

They taste great as well, far better that a lot of ready made hot drinks

They have 38 different drinks available from decaffinated to Vegetarian (36), Vegan (14), Sugar Free (13), Gluten Free (34) but my favourite has to be Bovril.

These drinks are around 15p each and great taste and value, why not try some.

http://www.drinkmaster.co.uk/buy-drinks/pods-and-capsules/drinkpac.html

The Tom Linden Bug-Out Belt by Alpenlore



My BUG-OUT BELT was personally constructed be Scott Douglas Palmer

Who is Director of Cultural Development at Lion Corporation and Founder & President at Slatsmandu Corporation – Alpenlore, is my version of his awesome range of incredible Hybrid Survival / Tactical EDC Belt Systems

The colours I have chosen are designed to allow my belt to blend into the background in the outdoors environment and at the same time not stand out in a rural environment either.

My belt is the most compact adventure survival belt on the market.

The AlpenLITE Belt System is a type of “Hyper Belt” which is an exceptional ON THE FLY adventure Belt that can be worn as an everyday belt, very soft and flexible but solid. and incredibly useful.

High tension outdoor Pro-cord, a type of advanced para-cord (paracord ), can be used for a multitude of Bushcraft, Survival, EDC & First-aid situations in multiple environments.

The applications for its use are endless… Wherever you go, the AlpenLITE Belt goes with you and can be immediately deployed.

The inner-core has up to 12 feet of layered hidden webbing. Together with the PROcord shell makes this belt system stand apart from all the others. Strong, lite & compact, just unravel and GO!

“We promise you have never seen a product like this that offers such a vast array of features. Johnny Spillane (World Class Olympian) and 3 Silver medalist and world champion in Nordic Ski proudly wears our product and finds it to be a great aid that you carry with you but never notice its there” says Scott.

It fits like a normal belt only slightly thicker but unnoticeable while wearing. It is hands free and always there when you need it, from morning till night, the AlpenGuide Belt System is there waiting to assist you.

Specs Each AlpenLITE Belt SYSTEM is created from 100% Premium Hardware with fine attention to detail and proudly Handcrafted by Americans who have extensive experience with the Outdoors.

And the AlpenLITE BELT is the most compact rescue adventure belt in the world!

Length

ProWEB Core / S 2.7m (8.8ft) – M 3.2m (10.5ft) – L 3.7m (12ft)

ProCORD outer-Shell / S 10.5m (34ft) – M 12.5m (41ft) – L 15.5m (50ft)

Material

AlpineBuckle / Military Grade – High Impact Resistant

COBRA BUCKLE / 800lb working capacity 7075 Aluminum Alloy w/ Stainless steel components

TriangleRING / 4.7mm / 4.4 kN ( 1000 lbf / 453 kgf ) -316 Stainless

ProCORD / 1.43kN (320lbf / 146kgf ) Breaking Power

ProWEB / 25mm 5.74kN ( 1290lbf / 585kgf ) Breaking Power

DIMENSIONS * Belt Width 1.25 inch / 4cm – Belt Thickness .03in / 7mm

SURVIVAL KIT includes (3 matches, Surgical Blade, 2 fish hooks and Knots Guide).

Pocket GUIDE-BOOK in German/English fits in your wallet and has loads of survival tips.

Mini FERRO ROD

All HARDWARE is CERTIFIED & TESTED BEFORE CONSTRUCTION ^

You can order my belt from April 1st at http://www.alpenlore.com/

Paracord Bracelets and Fire Starters from the Friendly Swede Reviews

The Friendly Swede Paracord Survival Bracelet with Stainless Steel D Shackle – Adjustable Size Fits 7″-8″ (18-20 cm) Wrists

Available on Amazon

9″ (23 cm) Premium branded extra-beefy paracord survival bracelet with stainless steel D shackle. One spare screw in small sealed plastic bag included

Adjustable size ideal for those with 7″-8″ (18-20 cm) wrists

Disassembled length approximately 10 ft (3 m), multiple colors/patterns available to help you survive in style

This product is covered by The Friendly Swede’s Lifetime Warranty

The Fire Starter with Whistle (2-pack)

Whether you’re going on a camping trip, a leisurely hike, or preparing for the end of humanity, a fire starter is an essential piece of survival gear in case calamity strikes.

Fire starters have the advantage over matches because they are waterproof, are difficult to break and last over a thousand strikes while taking up relatively the same amount of space as a box of matches.

You’ll receive two fire starters in this package, one black and one orange, stored in a plastic case. Each fire starter measures 3″ x 3/4″ x 3/8″ and weighs 1.25 oz and includes a lanyard with cord cinch so you can tie, wear, or carry it.

Starting a fire is straightforward. Scrape off the protective black coating on the flint rod to reveal the shiny metal underneath.

Then hold the striker at a 45 degree angle to the rod and strike downward quickly to create some sparks. Be sure to have a small bowl of dry tinder ready to catch the sparks as they fall.

Once the tinder is lit and starts to smoke, blow gently to add oxygen and watch the tinder erupt into smoke and flames. Add your dry kindling and you’ve got yourself a fire ready to keep warm, provide light and cook up some game.

The Fire Starter with Paracord

The Friendly Swede Magnesium Fire Starter block is top ranked by thousands of customers.

The Firestarter is an essential piece of any prepper/survival/outdoor kit – It is waterproof, durable and easy to use.

Never leave home without one!

The applications for Paracord are endless. They can be used for securing nets, tents, shelters and cargo, lashing poles together, repairing straps or belts and much, much more.

Assembled, the Paracord is 9.5 inches long. Unraveled, it is a generous 2 x 51 inches long.

Easy to hold when using the scrape tool.

This product includes a sharp knife and is therefore not suitable for children. This product is covered by The Friendly Swede’s Lifetime Warranty which you can register for on the website.

These paradord and Magnesium Fire Starters are top quality but you know they are not top price at all check them out and you will be pleasantly surprised that’s for sure.

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EOG “Weatherproof” 3-Piece Fire Starting Kit Review

Epiphany Outdoor Gear sent me the most incredible fire starting kit I have ever seen, in fact I would say it is one of the best survival fire lighting products I have seen this year.

Product Purpose: While many of our competitors offer effective dry condition fire starting kits, our Pocket Bellows “Weatherproof” Fire Starting Kit provides users with the tools necessary to start a fire in soaking wet conditions and at higher elevations.

Since fire starting requires 3 things: an ignition source, fuel, and oxygen; we developed the Pocket Bellows “Weatherproof” Fire Starting Kit around these requirements. These tools will give users peace of mind in wet weather conditions and makes fire starting in dry conditions nearly idiot-proof.

Product Description:

The Pocket Bellows “Weatherproof” Wet/Dry Weather 3-Piece Fire Starting Kit weighs just 2 ounces and includes a 1” x 5” heavy-walled tube, water resistant carrying case. The 3-pieces include:

EZ Ignite: Our ferrocerium rod w/ magnesium-core flint striking tool is a fail proof ignition source that produces a shower of fiery hot embers in all weather conditions

Baddest Bee Fire Fuses (8-pack): Our 100% organically waterproofed, easily ignitable, long burning cotton tinder torches. When ignited with a flint striker, match, or lighter, Fire Fuses produce a 3”-5” fire starting flame for up to 5 full minutes.

V3-Pocket Bellows: (extends to 20” & collapses to 3.5”): Equally effective as the V2-Pocket Bellows but with half the collapsed length as the V2, this bellowing tool compresses and focuses extra oxygen directly into the heart of a fire.

The by-product of this extra oxygen is a significant amount of extra heat which is the key to overcoming wet firewood.

Precautions
The Pocket bellows has the ability to create a 4 foot flame in seconds.
To avoid injury, always keep a reasonable distance between you and the fire.

Never position yourself downwind or above a fire while using our bellows.
Remember that Fire is Dangerous and should be treated as such!

These bellows are not toys and should not be used by unsupervised children or by individuals who have not been trained in fire safety!

Don’t inhale fire through the bellows, the tip of the bellows closest the fire may be hot (go figure) – let it cool before collapsing/touching,

Tips
Use the driest tinder and kindling available. The wetter the fuels used to start a fire, the longer the fire takes to reach optimal burn temperatures.

Look for dead & dry pine needles/cones that may be stuck hanging in trees or hiding under tree canopies and if necessary shake and pat dry materials found on the ground.

Like most worthy survival techniques, the “Base of Coals” Wet-Weather
Fire Starting Technique requires practice to get a feel for how a fire reacts to additional oxygen.

Be sure to watch their detailed instructional video a few times and practice bellowing a fire when you have the opportunity to start a fire.

After mastering dry fuel fire ignition, practice wet fuels by intentionally dampening fuels and bellowing these damper fuels.

When starting a fire with a Pocket Bellows, use very light exhaled breaths until you see the “Glowing Heart” begin to grow with each exhale.

Then slowly increase the strength and length of your exhales. When the “Glowing Heart” is the size of your fist, you should begin strong exhales.
It is like riding a bike, once you’ve done it, you will never forget the
“Glowing Heart”.

Take care to not mistreat your bellows. The bellows is designed as a precision collapsible tool and will break if mistreated.

Take care to clean dust/dirt from the bellows before collapsing to keep the bellows collapsing slides in good working order.

The bellows is not a fire poker and should be kept at least 6 inches from a fire’s flames. If you use it as a poker, you will warp the bellows internal slide mechanism.

EOG Benefits

Unlike other fire starting kits that leave you high and dry in wet conditions, our award winning, market unique fire starting gear provides you with the tools to overcome the most difficult of fire starting environments.

V3-Pocket Bellows
(Collapses from 21″ to 3.5″ / Weight 0.75 Ounces)

Oxygen is nature’s gasoline and is the key to wet weather fire starting. Our lightweight, collapsible fire bellowing tool, the Pocket Bellows, compresses and focuses oxygen directly into the heart of a fire.

The by-product of this extra oxygen is extra heat which is the key to starting a fire with soaking wet fuels in wet conditions.

Baddest Bee Fire Fuses

(Hexamine & Petroleum Free)
Our 100% organically weatherproofed, highly ignitable, long burning cotton tinder torches. When ignited with a match, lighter, or the smallest of sparks from a striking tool, Baddest Bee Fire Fuses produce a strong, breezeproof fire starting flame in the most difficult of fire starting environments.
EZ Ignite
(Magnesium embedded Ferrocerium Striking Tool)

Our magnesium imbedded ferrocerium striking tool is a fail proof ignition source that produces a shower of fiery hot sparks in all weather conditions.

Coupled with our Baddest Bee Fire Fuses, EZ Ignite will produce a flame with “one strike” every time (also works great on dry forest floor tinders).

Well my friends that is the technical stuff but do they work in the real world.

Well there was only one way to find out.

Firstly you MUST watch their video on how this fire lighting system works as it is the only real way to understand how they work together.

This system is totally amazing in how it produces fire and not just a flame either but a roaring fire. The video shows it lighting a fire with wet fuel so could I do that too.

I went out one rainy day and collected my tinder and fire wood and back in my garden I immersed it in a bucket of water, just to make sure it was wet.

Now I found this very difficult to get my head around, I mean lighting a fire with wet material that was built into a tee-pee shape already.

It took me three attempts to understand how to use the bellows and produce an aggressive fire.

Imagine being on the wind swept hills, a wet valley or even on a wind and rain lashed beach and knowing that you could start a fire without dry material, this is a completely new survival fire lighting method that will not only make your life easier but it will save lives too.

It is amazing, I was amazed and still am when I use it to start a fire and you will be too. Go to http://www.pocketbellows.com/ and order a set you will not regret it.

The Snugpak Sleeper Extreme Review

If you are honest you will admit to being cold, very cold and bloody freezing at some time during your outdoor experiences and this whilst you were in your sleeping bag too.

In fact some people I know have come to accept a level of discomfort during a night out due mainly to the cold.

I know I have felt this way many times however a sleeping bag I recently reviewed has changed all that for me.

The Sleeper Extreme is a step up from the Sleeper Lite, providing you with extra warmth on those colder nights. Robust and durable with a soft touch finish, this is an ideal introduction to Snugpak’s performance range and comes in a manageable pack size.
Great for enjoying general camping and when using a car to carry your kit around.
Compression stuff sack included for compact carrying.
Left handed zip style.
Measures 30cm x 26cm when fully compressed.
Temperature rating: Comfort : -7°c, Extreme: -12°c
Highly siliconised synthetic fibres give a soft touch finish and prolonged lifespan compared to traditional hollowfibre filled products.
Mummy shape for retention of body heat.

Colours Available are Olive,Onyx and Black.

It Weights 2100g

Its measurements are length 220cm Width (Chest) 75cm Width (Knee) 65cm Width (Foot) 38cm Pack Size 30cm(L) x 26 cm(W)

The Temperature Comfort: Range is -7°c Extreme: -12°c Barcode Sleeper

I have had the pleasure of using this sleeping bag many times this year. It is very well built, I think it looks great and you know when in it, it works extremely well, in real terms it does what it says on the tin.

To be honest it is quite bulky when in its stuff sack, but to me that was and is not a concern as it will be in my BOV.

I have used it in car camping and it is so easy to get into and out of, the zip works like a dream and it does not feel claustrophobic at all, unlike some sleeping bags that seem to confine movement and are not nice to use.

I have slept in it in a hammock and was warm as toast and again with its generous size it did not restrict movement at all.

I have slept in it at home with the heating turned off and it was too warm and I had to unzip it during the night. Possibly due I think to there being no wind chill factor in the house.

The soft touch finish is quite a luxury and simply adds to the feeling of total comfort, when in it I feel lucky. A strange thing to say I know, but it exudes confidence in the user and provides a great nights sleep.

The Snugpak Sleeper Extreme is for the price £44.95 extremely good value and I know it will not let you down when it matters.

Where ever you use the Snugpak Sleeper Extreme, inside, outside, in a shelter, under a tarp, in a tent, a hammock, or in your BOV you have the confidence that it will keep you warm and in comfort and for me that is all I ask of any sleeping bag.

You can order yours at http://www.snugpak.com/military/sleeper-extreme-1973

The SURVIVAL WATCH Review

SurvivalWATCHTM is the ONLY paracord survival accessory to offer an emergency whistle, a fire-starter with flint rod and scraper, 12+ ft of 550-lb paracord, a time-piece/watch, plus a compass!

High Quality Survival Watch for Outdoor Enthusiasts

Being prepared for the outdoors is now as simple as fastening a survival cord bracelet or watch to your wrist.

No outdoor accessory offers the same flexibility and quality as our SurvivalWATCHES and paracord bracelets for sale. Lightweight and durable, a SurvivalWATCH or paracord bracelet is a clever, cost-effective tool that has it all.

Life-Saving Features

SurvivalWATCH is a multi-functional survival accessory that differs from all other similar products on the market.

These paracord survival watches and paracord survival bracelets are hand-made, innovative accessories no outdoor enthusiast should be without.

Each of these SurvivalWATCHES includes the following features:

12 + ft. of 550-lb nylon paracord material

Magnesium flint-rod & scraper

150 dB whistle

Recreational compass

Copper & stainless steel time-piece

Choose Your Color

Whether you’re looking for a camo survival watch, camo paracord bracelet or black paracord bracelet,

our range of subtle, earth-tone products won’t disappoint. Our paracord bracelet accessories are available in the follow colors:

Black

Camo

Olive Drab

Flat Dark Earth

Endless Outdoor Uses

In a survival situation, a paracord watch band or paracord wristband serves limitless purposes. SurvivalWATCHES can start fires, alert nearby rescuers, map out directions, and more.

The nylon paracord material used to fabricate our watches and parachute cord bracelets is both heavy-duty and versatile. With 12 + ft. of material to work with, the uses for our survival bands include but aren’t limited to the following:

Replacing broken boot laces

Setting traps

Weaving fishing nets

Making fishing lines

Making shelter

Making weapons

Etc. As I know you will be able to find loads more uses than these.

So what do I think of it, well the truth is I like it very much, because it means that I only need the Survival Watch and not a separate paracord bracelet.

Even if you do like to wear your favorite time piece, what is wrong with a spare, a back-up just in case you need one.

It is very easily kept in or clipped on to your back pack/EDC/BOB.

The compass does work and when tested against my own watches electronic compass and a prismatic one it faired very well indeed and would at the very least provide a basic direction of travel.

The watch works very well and with its large face it is easy to read even in low light conditions.

For me though the most impressive feature of the survival Watch is the flint and the Magnesium flint-rod, and this is because it is so easy to use and it works so very well.

Having a fire starter on my wrist could make the difference between life and death. I recommend the survival Watch.

Order yours Survival Watch here http://www.survivalwatch.com/

The HyperGear Dry Bag Review

I was sent the 5ltr. and the 10ltr. HyperGear Dry Bags to review. Now thinking back to the old days when I used a black rubbish bag to keep my gear dry it occurred to me, what is wrong with that.

A black rubbish bag does the job, and yes to an extent I have to say that it does. However it has a limited life as it is prone to rips and holes and at that point it becomes a wet bag.

What you need is the ability to keep electronics, clothes and other kit dry no matter what weather you experience and even if your back pack falls into a stream, river or lake.

Firstly I must state that dry bags are not designed to be submerged, they are designed to stay above water and yes even on water but will still keep your kit dry.

Packing your back pack using a dry bag is simple place the dry bag into your pack and simply pack as normal then seal the dry bag and your pack, job done.

The HyperGear Dry Bags are very durable and strong. To ‘lock’ the bag, it has to be folded tightly and firmly three times and secured with the clip to create an airtight seal.

The material HyperGear uses is rubber-like and it’s very soft and comfortable to carry. The joints of the bags are constructed by melting the material and joining together.

This creates a seal that keeps out water.

The HyperGear dry Bags are very easy to clean with a damp cloth. The HyperGear site states that the material used does not melt, fade or warp even after exposure to direct sunlight, resistant to moulds, tear proof and pliable.

Well do they really work, I set out to find out and as the new seeded lawn needed watering I placed the HyperGear Dry Bags on the ground and totally hose pipe attacked them from all angles top and bottom as well.

Then I opened the bags and the newspaper, toilet roll and the compressed light-load towels were completely UN-damaged and totally dry. So yes they do work and very well indeed I have to say.

OK it was like a heavy shower and I thought so what how can I further test them, and in an unusual way that they were definitely not designed for.

So with a roll of paracord and the two Hyper Dry Bags I set off for Ripon canal and a popular lock.

My idea was to tie the bags onto the paracord and lower them into the lock as it was filling. If you have not seen a lock fill before, then imagine thousands of tons of water rushing into a confined space, it becomes very turbulent almost violent at times.

Once the lock had filled I pulled the bags out of the water and opened them and the newspaper, toilet roll and compressed towel were of course as new. I am very impressed with the HyperGear Dry Bags as they simply do what it says on the tin.

You can order yours here http://waternlife.com/

The Danish Endurance Compression Socks Review

These fantastic socks have been tested and recommended by top athletes and ultra hikers

They really boost performance during training and speed up recovery after exercise

They are even Swiss MST IV tested to ensure optimized compression

They are designed and produced in the EU

They are also ideal for all sporting activities, during air travel or longer periods of standing

DANISH ENDURANCE are high quality compression socks developed by athletes for athletes! DANISH ENDURANCE compression socks provide the optimal support during all training activities such as cycling, running, triathlon, fitness, gym, soccer, rugby or hiking.

DANISH ENDURANCE will increase the flow of oxygen rich blood from your heart to your legs.

The better the flow of blood the better your muscles will be able to perform at a high level.

When using correct graduated compression socks your legs will be prevented from swelling up, you will experience more energy and less muscle stiffness and experience a faster recovery after performance.

The fibers used are of the best possible quality to ensure perfect comfort. When getting a pair of DANISH ENDURANCE compression socks you get a perfect training partner that helps you perform your best.

Material: 65% Polyamide, 20% Elasthan, 15% Lycra.

Have you ever thought of wearing compression socks? I have to say, I thought that they looked somewhat medical and were for those elderly with bad circulation or for long flights. As the old saying goes, though, you shouldn’t knock it til you’ve tried it. I am impressed and love them.

Why use compression in the recovery process? Compression helps increase blood circulation, increase the flow of fresh oxygen to your muscles and aiding in the overall recovery of your muscles. Compression is also proven to help reduce calf cramps, Achilles issues and pulled muscles.
My circulation in my legs is somewhat less than ideal and with the Danish Endurance Compression socks that has really improved a lot. I used to get calf pain when walking but not any more.

My water retention swelling has also gone down too which is great news.

With Christmas coming why not drop a hint to who ever and get your order in.

http://waternlife.com/danishendurance.html

Foldable Pocket Cooker, Canteen Cup Stove Review

Foldable Pocket Cooker, Canteen Cup Stove for easy travel. Forget cold food in the boonies! Heat up some grub, like beans, hot dogs or soup or MRE’s etc.

No gas. No batteries. Unfolds in a jiffy from 6 1/2 x 3 3/4 x 1 1/8″ to 8 x 6″h. (open).

Hinged, all-metal panels. Comes in nylon case with 2″w. belt loop. Weighs 1.2 lbs.
This is a great stove for cooking and or boiling water for your canteen cup. Some people even call it a canteen cup stove.

Of course you can use natural materials or even trioxabe bars, your own homemade fire starters or anything that burns.
Its light collapsible, compact – no special fuels needed. Just use anything you have available, paper, branches anything burnable.

Fast, efficient – cooks, boils, heats meals in minutes

Safe, nature friendly, reliable – for use all year round

Sturdy and simple, built of heavy duty materials, it requires little care.

Upon opening the package my first impression was one of quality and function just another stove you know.

But as time has gone on it is now in my eyes well designed, practical, efficent, superb at what it does and very easy to erect and break-down.

My first test was a pan of water with an MRE in it, it achieved a rolling boil in approx 7 minutes and I had completed two functions, one I had purified the water and two provided a hot meal at the same time.

Next I cooked Bannock and toasted luncheon meat and that was easy and they cooked quickly too.

I decided to keep the cooker fueled and there was quite a good heat coming from it in relation the amount of fuel being used.

It certainly would work well in a well built survival shelter or a cave for example as a source of heating as well as cooking.

Another thing I love about it is that it is so easy to clean, you simply need to wash it in a river for example let it dry and pack it away.

At 1.2lbs, you may consider it heavy, but consider this you will spend a lot less time searching for fuel and you will use much less fuel to get the job done too, which is another positive to the Foldable Pocket Cooker.

Why not get your own and see for yourself http://www.campingsurvival.com/fopocost.html

The Lifestraw GO Review

A water filter bottle is a water filter bottle right? Well NO, not really as the Lifestraw GO is very different to the others out there. For one it looks cool, modern and well designed.

Secondly it is see through and that give a drama to it when in use as the user can see the transformation from dirty coloured water to clean safe clear water pouring from its spout.

Ok, it looks great but does it actually do what it was designed to do? here are the technical facts:

The Lifestraw GO will filter 1,000 liters/264 gallons to 0.2 microns and it will remove 99.9999% of bacteria (E.coli etc.) as well as 99.9% protozoa (Giardia, Cryptosporidium, etc.)

It weighs only 225 grams (empty of course) and holds 670 ml

It contains no chemicals or batteries

LifeStraw® Go incorporates the award-winning LifeStraw® technology into a durable water bottle. Simply scoop water from a river or pond, screw the lid on, and sip clean water through the mouthpiece.

The BPA-free water bottle has a built-in LifeStraw® and will filter up to 1,000 liters of contaminated water to the highest standards.

The Go bottle has the same specifications as the original LifeStraw® and can provide you with instant clean water no matter where you are.

Perfect for outdoor, sport, hiking and traveling, prepping and survival or as your daily hydration partner.

The LifeStraw® technology contains a specially designed hollow fiber ultrafiltration technology, most commonly found in industrial water treatment plants that clean a city’s water supply.

The inside of the LifeStraw® consists of a large number of hollow fibers that resemble angel hair spaghetti, but much thinner. Each fiber has pores in its walls with a diameter of 0.2 microns or five hundred times smaller than the diameter of a human hair.

When water is forced through the hollow fibers, only clean water can fit through these pores, blocking bacteria, parasites, and dirt from reaching the user.

This purely physical method of filtration does not contain any chemicals.
The LifeStraw® technology has been independently tested and certified to meet EU directive 10/2011 and EU directive 1935/2004 regulatory standards.

The only way to test any filteration system is to use it, so I had read all the tech. stuff and having used the lifestraw myself before I headed for as many suspect water sources as I could find.

First was the River Skell at the end of my street, there are loads of wild fowl and other wildlife as well as dogs swimming and kids playing in it. I filled the Lifestraw GO and had a drink, it was as I thought clear, clean, cold and refreshing and tasted of nothing, it was just water.

Next it was the Ripon canal, which not only has the wildlife etc. but pollution from the boats that use it.

Having been told not to drink the water by two passing boaters who saw me filling my Lifestraw GO, there was utter amazement as the watched me having a drink, I offered them a sip and one of them Bill, tried it and was pleasantly surprised he said but his wife would not try any.

There was a large puddle on the road as it had rained earlier and I sampled that too with the very same result.

I am convinced that the Lifestraw GO is a life-saver, and with its carabina clip it is easily carried for when needed.

You can order yours here http://waternlife.com/lifestraw-go-bottle.html

Minialarm Device with an Ultrabright White LED Review

This extremely loud alarm can be activated by pulling a
little safety pin that is located at the bottom of this tiny device.
This device is especially intended for those who, because of
the context in which they live or work, for reasons of personal safety, or some
kind of medical problem may require urgent assistance from those around them.
German Technology.
Batteries included and ready to go.
Manual in several languages​​, including English.
This small personal alarm comes with a lanyard so you can
wear it around your neck if you want or you could use its key ring to attach it
to a belt look or handbag clip.
Basically it is a small black flattish egg shaped piece of
black plastic with a small button to operate the small LED torch light that it
comes with.
This alarm is designed to draw attention to the user who
could perhaps have suffered a medical emergency, been robbed or in the case of
a prepper or survivalist waiting to be rescued a very loud alarm signal.
The alarm is activated by removing the pin which attaches
the alarm to the key ring and to stop the alarm signal you simply replace the
pin, once the alarm is activated the LED light begins to flash as well.
I like it and as it costs only £7.76 it is worth considering
getting one for those lonely walks home, for an elderly or sick family member
or to take with you on your next training session.
You can get yours from http://www.saferlifemarket.com/
The RIBZ Front Pack Review
The RIBZ front pack is made of 210d water resistant rip stop
nylon. The ribs pack weighs approx. 11 oz. All components are water resistant
and have proven durability in the most extreme of conditions.
With an average storage capacity between 500 and 700 cubic
inches, you can comfortably relocate your desired weight in the front packs.
The use of a front pack repositions a portion of your weight forward which
reduces your overall shoulder stress and increases comfort, mobility, and
balance.
A front pack also creates the illusion of carrying a lighter
load. Though the RIBZ front pack was designed with ultra-light backpacking
intentions, any outdoor activity where easy access of equipment is critical is
where it proves beneficial.
RIBZ front pack can be used alone as a vest but is primarily
designed to work with your existing backpack as increased functionality.
RIBZ Front Packs are the missing link for prepper and
survivalist alike in fact they are for anyone who enjoys wild wilderness
activities from shooting and fishing to hiking and walking in fact anyone who
need easy access to the gear they need the most often whilst enjoying the
outdoors.
Made from water-resistant rip stop nylon (210d), and
weighing in at about 11 ounces while empty, the RIBZ pack can handle up to 800
cubic inches of gear and up to 10 pounds in load bearing weight,
This means that you can split part of your pack weight to
the front of your body, which makes real sense as you can keep your most used
items in the RIBZ just were you need them to hand. The pack is designed to be
an addition to a backpack, but can also be worn alone as a gear vest.
Now wearing it alone as a gear vest makes perfect sense as
you have your most used kit to hand. However it comes into its own when worn
with a backpack because to access your most used kit you do not need to stop,
take your backpack off undo it remove the item re do the bag put it back on and
start moving again.
I like to wear it just above my waist sort of across my
belly as this leaves enough room for my backpack waist belt to fit.
The RIBZ can if you want be worn higher up across your
chest. I carry my fire starting kit, torch, mobiles, high energy bars, survival
blanket, Sol bivy bag, multi tool, Survivor knife, compass, map, Purificup and
some paracord very easily indeed.
It is for me a multi-use piece of kit that the more I use
the more I find uses for it. Let me explain, when I go fishing I like to travel
light up and down the bank with everything I need to hand in the RIBZ front
pack, when I go shooting there it is again just were you need it for bino’s,
ammo, drink, knife, scrim net, bird call, the list of its uses just keeps
growing.
That’s now forgetting walking, hiking, survival training,
EDC carry, and even baby items when I’m out with the grand kids. In all there
are unlimited uses for the front pack. Front packs are the best compliment to
any outdoorsman’s gear when accessibility, functionality, mobility and
simplicity are required.
From horseback riding, long distance biking, motorcycling
and kayaking, in fact all sports where fast and easy access of gear is
essential, a front pack is your best solution.
For the serious backpacker certain tools and equipment are
essential for the trip. A GPS, map, compass, Mobile phone, first aid kit,
survival equipment and trail snacks are just a few.
These items often need to be readily accessible or placed in
a location that does not disrupt the contents of the backpackers load. A front
pack allows consistent access to these items without the removal of travellers
pack.
Placing a small amount of equipment forward on the torso
drastically improves overall balance, comfort and mobility.
The RIBZ front pack is great it really is and I’m sure that
you will find even more uses for the RIBZ front pack.
Check them out and order yours at http://www.ribzwear.com/
Chris Caine Knives Review
The Chris Caine
Companion
Weight                 450g
Blade Length      8″
(20cm)
Overall Length   13.75″
(34cm)
Handle Material                Green
Canvas Micarta
Blade Material   CS80
Hardness             51-53
Rockwell
The Special Edition Chris Caine ® Survival Tool, was
designed by survival expert Chris Caine, based on his 15 years surviving in the
British wilderness. This is ‘a survival tool for the serious survivalist’.
The blade is virtually bombproof and was tested for 2 years
in the forests of Britain, the Canadian wilderness, American deserts, the South
African bush and the jungles of Borneo, before being put into production.
When chopping with this tool your fingers are kept well away
from the material you are hitting, thanks to the deep curve in the cutting
edge, making it harder for you to trap your fingers.
Not only this but on the back of the blade they have rounded
off a section so when you are hitting this tool with another you are less
likely to damage anything, and also makes it more useful for beating materials
to obtain the fibres within.
The Special Edition Chris Caine ® Survival Tool is hand made
from start to finish, from profiling out the blades, hardening & tempering,
assembly, grinding, right up to the final polish are all done in house.
It is handcrafted by Samuel Staniforth, a company founded in
1864 in Sheffield, England and steeped in the tradition of producing the
highest quality knives for professional users.
It is hand made from start to finish, from profiling out the
blades, hardening & tempering, assembly, grinding, right up to the final
polish are all done in house.
The blade is laser cut from 5mm, 75 Carbon Steel 51/53 Rockwell
and has a full tang. Each tool is supplied sharp, and strong enough to fell a
large tree, yet at just over 750g, it’s light enough to be worn on your belt.
The blade has a convex grind to allow for a more durable
edge, and ease of sharpening, not only will this tool split logs for the fire,
it will also allow you to shave some fire sticks with ease, making it able to
go from heavy work to fine intricate work without a problem.
Further back along the blade the spine has been left with a
crisp square edge, to allow you to scrape wood in order to obtain a very fine
fibrous layer, which will easily take a spark for starting your fire.
So what is it like to use, firstly I have to say that it is
very well balanced indeed and when you strike a piece of wood there is no
vibration up or along the handle at all.
Because of its blade shape your hand is kept well away from
what you are chopping and boy can it chop, It is so sharp along its length that
making feather sticks is very easy and by gripping it down the blade near the
tip you can easily use it to dress game, scrape skins or even to dig in the
ground.
I have a leather sheath for it and I would advise anyone
with a similar sheath to remember NOT to store their companion in the sheath
until it is bone dry; otherwise the damp will affect the blade and could induce
rusting.
The Lansky sharpener is the “mutts nuts” when it comes to
keeping an edge on the companion which I found kept its edge very well even
after loads of chopping.
With the companion there is no need to have an axe as it is
an all in one survival tool.
The Chris Caine
Survival Knife
Blade Length      114mm
(4½in)
Blade Material   75
carbon steel
Blade Thickness                4.2mm
Overall Length   235mm
(9¼in)
Sheath Cordula
The Chris Caine ® Survival Knife (CCSK-1) is individually
hand crafted by Sheffield master knife makers Samuel Staniforth Ltd.
This full tang Chris Caine Survival Knife is a made from 75
Carbon Steel and hardened to Rockwell 56/58. The knife has a convex ground
polished blade and will cut just as well after years of use, as it will when
brand new. The blade is 5 mm thick providing excellent strength, weight and
balance.
The knife comes with Polished Black Micarta Handle Scales.
The overall length is 234mm (9 ins approx), and comes with a
high quality heavy duty webbing sheath.
I love it very much, Chris gave me this knife and when he
gave me it I noticed that it had a very thick spine which I measure to be 7mm
(it is usually 5mm) it is a solid piece of work and fills me with confidence
every time I use it.
This is a great knife for close up work, for foraging, wood
carving, battoning, game prep, tool making and even defence to be honest.
I have used it for all the jobs above as it comes razor
sharp out of the box and is very easy to re-sharpen using the lansky sharpener
that comes with the Companion.
It is one of the nicest knives I have used and I would class
it as an all-rounder in the survival sense.
This knife is not going to break on you, it is a solid tang
construction with Micarta handle scales which virtually make it bullet proof,
it is a knife for life.
Lifetime
Guarantee:
All Chris Caine knives come with a Lifetime Guarantee
against faulty material or workmanship.
In fact, when you receive your knife if it is anything less
than you were expecting they promise to replace or refund it without question.
 To maintain this
knife at its best, the blade should be dried after use and lightly oiled before
being stored for any period of time.
Matthew Martin Tactical Pens Review
Matthew actually makes each and every pen on a CNC lathe.
The Grip, Tip, Cap and end piece are all made out of 6A14V Titanium.
The clip and included wrench are also made out of 6A14V
Titanium.
The body is made out of woven Carbon Fibre, bonded with
aerospace grade epoxy to the titanium pieces.
Matthew also produces a model that has titanium tubing
instead of carbon fibre. The pen takes both the Fisher Space ink and the Parker
ink cartridges, these are replaced by unscrewing the tip with the wrench.
The wrench also has a keychain hole in it for easy
accessibility.
The pen is buffed to a satin finish.
These top quality handmade tactical pens retail $135 +
shipping and the click pen retails at $75 plus shipping.
They are available from the following websites:
Howe’s Knife Shop
Mark Strauss
Arizona Custom Knives

 

 

 

 

 

 

DD Hammock – Travel Hammock
The DD Travel Hammock is a two layer hammock, which means
there are two layers below you when lying in it normally and the mosquito net
above you. The reason for two layers is that if you are camping in cold weather
you can put a thermarest/ pad between the layers which provides good
insulation. Two layers also mean the hammock is stronger.
To enter the hammock there is a zip which runs along one
side of the hammock between the top layer of polyester and the mosquito net –
there are two double sided zippers for easy entry/ exit of hammock. The hammock
comes ready to use with 5m of webbing/ rope attached at either end (5m is
plenty of webbing for most people and some people prefer to shorten this). The
mosquito net is supported by elastic cord, supplied. You also have the option
of lying out in the open when using this hammock by setting it up with the
mosquito net underneath (please see Tips – set-up page for further info).
New Features: The latest version of our Travel Hammock has a
few new features. The big change is the hammock material is now waterproof so
if required (no trees, rocks, posts to support the hammock) it can be used on
wet ground as a basic bivi/ tent. Using hiking poles or 3ft sticks the mosquito
net can still be supported above the hammock (please see gallery pictures).
The other new features are velcro patches between the two
layers which help keep a thermarest/ pad in place (useful for cold weather
camping) and also two small internal pockets, great for storing your torch,
phone etc.
Under the mosquito net there are five loops at either end
from which you can hang a torch to read from (or you can tie a cord from end to
end to hold any lightweight objects.
This hammock is suitable for those up to 150kg and 6ft
6″
Size: 2.7m x 1.4m (9ft x 4ft 2″)
Colour: Olive green, with olive green mosquito netting and
black webbing (rope)
Material: Polyester with PU 3000mm coating + fine mesh
mosquito netting.
Weight: 950g (approx)
Includes: 10m of webbing (5m attached at either end), 2 x 2m
lengths of elastic cord to support mosquito net and a small stuff sack.

 

Ultimate Adventurer Survival Kit Review
The Ultimate Adventurer Survival Kit (U.S. Military Issue)
is the next step in the evolution of the  perfect small, yet well stocked survival kit.
Viewing its small size from the outside of the survival kit, one is surprised
to see the large inventory of life saving survival gear within.
This Adventurer Series Ultimate Survival Kit is perfect for
home, vehicle, camping, hunting, fishing, military operations, law enforcement,
rescue or to just slip in to your pack for a day in the woods. This durable
survival kit comes packaged in the heavy duty and water proof, yet extremely
light and compact, Adventurer Survival Kit Box.
The Ultimate Adventurer Survival Kit, currently in use by
the U.S. Military, includes U.S. Military and NATO approved survival equipment.
Because it is made here in the USA, it also includes Made in USA items, a fact
not common to other survival kits of its type.
 The Ultimate
Adventurer Survival Kit is offered in both Standard and Advanced Versions. The
Advanced version adds a high quality LED flashlight and a water purification
filter to the quality and comprehensive selection of potentially lifesaving
survival gear.
It weights 23 oz (approx)
 And is 7.3” x 4.6” x
2.3” (approx)
Adventurer Survival
Kit Contents include:
(1) Weather Proof Aluminium Container (rubber seal/locking
clasps)
(1) Adventurer Button Compass (NATO/U.S. Military Issue)
(1) Beeswax Tea Light Candle (5 hour burn time, Made in USA)
(1) Derma Safe Knife (U.S. Military Approved)
(1) BG Personal Sewing Kit w/6 Safety Pins (Assembled in the
USA)
– Bobbin #69 Nylon Thread
– Heavy Duty Needles
– Heavy Duty Pins
– Safety Pins
– Button
– Needle Threader
(1) Waterproof Patch
(2) Water Bags (1+ qt)
(10) * Micro Pur Water Purification Tablets (U.S. Military
Issue/Approved)
(1) Coffee Filter (water straining prior to purification)
(10) Feet Snare Wire (food gathering/equipment repair)
(1) Adventurer Distress Whistle (SOLAS/USCG Approved)
(1) Best Glide Personal Fishing Kit (Assembled in USA)
– Assorted Hooks
– Fishing Lure
– 50 Foot Fishing Line
– Fishing Weights
– Reusable Plastic Bag
– String Winder
(1) Roll Compact Duct Tape (Made in USA)
(2) 8″ Industrial Tie Wraps (equipment repair)
(10) Feet Type 1A Utility Cord (U.S. Military Approved)
(1) Survival Instructions (Made in USA)
(1) Trekker First Aid Kit (Assembled in USA)
– Triple Antibiotic Ointment
– Non Aspirin 2 Packs
– Aspirin 2 Packs
– Sting Relief Towelettes
– Band Aids
– Butterfly Bandages
– Moleskin
– 4 x 4 Gauze Pads
(1) Fresnel Lens Fire Starter (Adventurer Series)
(1) Gel Fuel and Fire Starter (Made in USA/U.S. Military
Approved)
(1) Book Matches (extra matches, just in case)
(10) Adventurer Fire Starting Tabs (Adventurer Series)
(1) Adventurer Survival Fire Starter (up to 3000 degrees and
1000 fires)
(10) Adventurer All Weather Matches (NATO Approved/U.S.
Military Issue)
(1) Compact Signal Mirror
(1) Heavy Duty Aluminum Foil
(1) Adventurer Pocket Wire Saw (Made in USA)
(1) Multi Function Pocket Knife
(1) Space Survival Blanket (Made in USA)
(1) Silica Gel
(1) Rite in the Rain Mini Notebook (Water Proof Writing
Paper)
(1) Pencil
(1) Emergency Contact Info Sticker (Made in USA)
The Advanced Ultimate
Adventurer Survival Kit adds:
Water Filter Straw (up to 20 gallons of purification)
Inova Micro Light (lifetime warranty – USA)
(6) Water Purification Tabs instead of (10)
Minor substitutions
sometimes apply due to product availability.
You simply will not find a higher quality selection of
useful survival kit items than what is included in our survival kits.
Best Glide ASE has manufactured survival kits for everyone
from the FBI to the State Department to Missionary Organizations to the Border
Patrol. You simply won’t find better quality or more well thought out kits than
Best Glide ASE Survival Kits.
For a smaller version, consider the Best Glide ASE Military
Scout Pocket Survival Tin and Adventurer Pocket Survival Tin. They are still very
well stocked with quality equipment, just a little less of it.
You really need to check these guys out http://www.adventuresurvivalequipment.com/

 

JDS Custom Knives
Handmade knives by James D. Sanders.
The M1 Ridge Knife Review
Each knife is made by hand and given much attention to the
details of form and function. JDS knives are practical working knives that are
designed to be the most useful field knife available at a reasonable price. I
insist on quality and function rather than gimmicks to sell knives says James.
Etowah County is a county of the U.S. state of Alabama. Its
name is from the Cherokee language, which means “edible tree”. It is
the centre of the Gadsden Metropolitan Area which includes Etowah and Cherokee
Counties.
So there is some history there then.
Field Knives are multipurpose knives for the extended trips
in the wilderness. Most people call them “survival” knives today.
They will be expected to do it all.
Rugged and robust describe these knives.
Making camp, cleaning game and defence are tasks they may be
used for.
In our line-up we have a basic drop point called the
Cruiser. There is a smaller version called the Sub-Cruiser. The spear point
survival version is called the Ridge. They are available several popular steels
and finishes.
Well it was the Ridge M1 Standard that James kindly very
sent me to review and what a beautiful knife it is to look at and you could
tell it was of outstanding quality from first glance. But to draw it from its Kydex
sheath is a complete pleasure as you begin to feel its weight in the palm of
your hand and the ergonomic shape that says I was meant to be here.
The M1 ridge weights
and is inches overall with a blade length of
It is a full tang knife with Black
Micarta Handle Scales and two striking thin red liners, completing the look are
two steel rivets and a steel lined lanyard hole.
The Knife is made from A2 steel
and its properties are, it is an around favourite steel for those who will use
a knife for cutting only,  it takes and
holds a spooky-sharp edge and is really good for meat and veggies I would say
it is the best all around trade-off for hardness vs brittleness.
The perfectly fitting Kydex sheath
has a fire steel held in place by a swivel button on the rear of the sheath
next to the Tek-Lok belt loop
So let’s have a play with it

 

Elzetta ZFL-M60 Tactical Weapon-Grade LED Torch
Elzetta manufactures bright USA Made tactical LED
flashlights and flashlight weapon mounts for AR15, M4, M16 rifles (aka Modern
Sporting Rifles), Remington 870, 1100, Mossberg 500, 590, 835, 930, Benelli
Nova,  SuperNova, M1, M2, M3, M4,
Winchester Defender, and other pump and semi-automatic shotguns, and guns
equipped with Mil Std 1913 Picatinny rail systems.
Using Malkoff Devices LED technology, all Elzetta tactical
LED flashlights are weapon-grade and may be used as weapon lights on rifles and
shotguns.  With the introduction of the
tactical strobe option with a unique simple user interface, Elzetta LED
Flashlights are now available in 72 unique configurations and custom built to
order in the USA.
Get the best tactical
flashlight for your needs by specifying the components most appropriate for
your application, mission, and preferences.
Design your own custom Elzetta LED flashlight by choosing a
standard, low profile, or crenelated bezel, standard lens or flood lens, 2-cell
or 3-cell body, and rotary, clicky, high/low, or high/strobe tail cap, or a
remote tape switch with 5-inch or 12-inch cable.
Overwhelmed by all of
the configurations and options?  We’ll
walk you through it in 4 Easy Steps.
Want to change the configuration of your Elzetta tactical
flashlight?  No problem.  All Elzetta tactical flashlight components
are available individually for easy upgrade and replacement.  What even more personalization?
Get your Elzetta
Flashlight custom laser engraved by our factory custom shop for a truly
one-of-a-kind flashlight.
Elzetta provides innovative tactical lighting solutions for
military Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines, police and law enforcement
officers, civilian home defence, personal protection, every day carry (EDC),
spelunking (caving), survival, self-defence, and many other tactical
applications.  Utilizing the best
resources available, Elzetta Tactical LED Flashlights and Flashlight Mounts are
Made in the USA using American materials, American tooling, and American
labour.  God bless America!
Elzetta truly is A
New American Standard in Tactical Lighting.
So what do I think of
this torch?
Firstly it is not just a torch at all it is a self-defence
tactical weapon as well.
I configured it for self-defence and tactical uses with its crenelated
bezel (Hard spikey points) and its ultra-bright strobe light it provides me
with what I wanted.
This torch is not only a perfect survival tool but an ideal
companion for urban survival and defence, it can be used as a deterrent to any
attacker just by blinding him with the strobe light giving you the opportunity
for flight or fight, should fight be the order of the day then follow up the
strobe light with a sharp quick jab to your attackers vulnerable parts.
This torch is very well made indeed with weapons grade
material and is a torch for life I think, in fact all Elzetta products are
backed by a limited lifetime warranty against manufacturing defects. it feels
substantial in my hand and really works exceptionally well in the dark with its
235 lumen output.
These really are the Toughest Flashlights on the Planet they
are actually Custom Built to Order as it is you the customer who designs their
own torch on line, how is that for custom made eh!
If you want a torch for life, one that provides you with a
self-defence option as well then this is the one for you and you can order
yours at http://www.elzetta.com

 

EL Cocodrillo Catapult Review
At Catapult Elite we take great pride in producing the
finest, handmade wooden catapults. We make hunting Catapults and target
Catapults, for whichever you prefer. We also make for all ages. We do a great
low power junior range aimed at the 6 to 12 year olds, then the HX-1 and HX-2
are the perfect intro to the higher power catapults for teenagers. Although
adult guidance and instruction is advised. Then everything else is into full
high power adult catapults.
With the great emergence of Bushcraft in recent years, the
catapult has found it’s true home. It ia a fantastic compact hunting weapon,
adding no real bulk to your kit in the field, fantastically portable And fully
capable of putting food on the table.
In America 90% of catapult sales are to the over 30 age
range, In Thailand and the Philipine’s all the family are versed in the use of
the catapult for getting fruit and nut’s out of tree’s as well as hunting small
game for the pot.
England still sees the catapult as something Dennis the
menace annoys people with, a child’s toy. But give it a go, see what the humble
catapult has become and is truly capable of.
Due to high demand we no longer keep stock, all our
catapults are made to order. So please allow a 5 to 7 day manufacture period.
When you order your Elite catapult that is when the owner
and designer starts to make it hence the 5 to 7 day manufacturing period.
We are talking top quality here and still light enough not
to notice it in your pocket. Once practiced you will be knocking over rabbits,
squirrels and even woodies so it will even put food on your table.
I have played with it a few times since I got it and I love
it very much, I have even had two woodies with it and a bunny too.
A Farmers wife has asked me to try and reduce her woodie
problem so that should be fun this weekend as last time I was up there I
removed 18 woodies with my air rifle.
I strongly recommend setting up a practice range target and
firing at it from different distances and once you are good at it then keep it
up and keep your eye in.
At Catapult Elite they believe in safe, responsible
shooting. Be aware of your environment, and people and animals around you. Be
safe and responsible at all times and supervise children with low power
catapults.
But most of all have fun and order your catapult from  http://www.catapultelite.co.uk

 

Adjustable Knife Lanyard Review
The Paracord Weaver is offering this compact, High yield
paracord in a beautiful package. It is designed for years of service while
looking good.
View the video on how this is made and the features
incorporated into this knife lanyard
http://youtu.be/s482EGrHlVU
This lanyard is adjustable from 6 inches to 14 inches
It has an adjustable button knot for keeping the lanyard
tight against your wrist
Fit most knives, even single strand lanyard attachment
knives, if in doubt please contact us we can help.
This lanyard contains approximately 10 ft of made in the USA
550 paracord
Pick your two colours from the pull downs during checkout.
For one colour lanyards; choose the same colour from both
pull downs.
This Lanyard is available in many different colours
including, but not limited to; White, Black, Desert Camo, Coyote Brown, Purple,
MultiCam
Ask about your favourite colour.
Every Lanyard we sell is Hand Made in the USA by The
Paracord Weaver.
1 Person BASIC Backpack Survival Kit Review
This portable survival kit contains the basic emergency
supplies needed for 72 hour survival. Included is food and water for 1 person
for 3 days, plus 14 different items.
There is a pump flashlight, an AM/FM Radio with batteries, and a first
aid kit.
This kit is ideal for someone who wants just the basic
emergency supplies, and is planning to add additional items from More Prepared
or items they already have, to make it FEMA compliant. This survival kit is
packaged in a durable backpack that is easy to carry and store. Ideal for the
car, office, boat and smaller living spaces.
1 Person Basic Backpack Survival Kit Contents:
Emergency Food & Water (5 year shelf life)
1      2400 Calorie
Food Bars
3    Water Boxes with
straws
10    Water
Purification Tablets
Shelter & Warmth
1     Thermal Blanket
1
Poncho with hood
2
Emergency Radio & Lighting
1    Pump LED
Flashlight
1    Mini AM/FM Radio
with Batteries
1   12 Hour Light
Stick
First Aid
1    37-piece First
Aid Kit
1     Pair Vinyl
Gloves
Emergency Supplies
1     Dust Mask
1     Safety Whistle
Hygiene
1     Tissue Pack
Container
1
Durable Black Backpack
I am taking this pack away with me for three days to see how
it measures up but for now why not check their website out and see the other
great products that they supply as well. http://www.moreprepared.com

 

 

 

Tool Logic Survival 11 Review
These Tool Logic Survival cards are packed with lifesaving
features: a fixed blade serrated knife of tough stainless steel, a magnesium
alloy fire starter, a loud signal whistle, plus a brilliant red LED torch.
There is also a tweezers, a toothpick, and a hole for a
lanyard attachment. Credit card sized and feather-light at less than two ounces
and is only 4mm thick, this essential survival card deserves a place in your
home, car, purse or backpack.
Keep a Survival card with you and you’ll always be prepared
for life’s unforeseen emergencies.
The small blade is very sharp and is UK legal carry the fire
starter really works very well indeed as I have started a fire with it.
The red LED torch is very good for close quarter work I used
it to reload my air rifle when out rabbit shooting the other night and it did
not disturb any rabbits at all.
The tweezers and the tooth pick do what they are supposed to
do that is a given as with the whistle which is quite loud.
It fits in my wallet so it is very easy to have with me all
the time. Get yours from http://www.outofdoors.co.uk

 

The GXT1000VP4 2-Way Midland Radios Review
The GXT1000VP4 2-Way Compact Communication Radio (Pair) from
Midland is a feature-packed and convenient way to stay in touch on family
outings, at amusement parks, during group sports, camping, and much more.
Each radio has 22 selectable standard channels, plus 28
extra channels for extra privacy. The system offers up to 36 miles of wireless
range in open areas. A channel scan feature automatically checks channels for
activity, ensuring that you’re on an open channel for clear communication.
A dual watch monitoring feature will check for any activity
on 2 channels. There are 387 privacy codes, giving you up to 5560 channel
options to block other conversations.
The radio has a weather scan function that scans the active
weather channel in your area. It also has an automatic NOAA alert for severe
weather hazard information 24/7. An SOS siren is provided, allowing you to send
a distress/locator signal in an emergency. An auto squelch feature removes
annoying background noise for clear communication.
A direct call feature lets you contact one member of your
party without alerting others. Call alert has 10 different call tones to notify
you of an incoming call within your group. The keypad is lockable to keep your
selected settings. The silent operation mode turns off all tones for quiet,
unobtrusive operation. High, medium, and low power settings let you adjust the
radio’s transmit power to conserve battery life.
An eVOX mode with 9 sensitivity levels provides easy voice
activation for hands-free transmission only when you speak. The radio has a
JIS4 waterproof rating to protect against light rain or splashing water from
all directions.
Mic and headphone jacks are provided, allowing you to use
the radios with the included headsets. Each radio can operate on the included
rechargeable batteries, or on 4 standard AA batteries. The included desktop
charger and AC adapter allow you to charge both radios via a single wall
outlet, while the DC adapter lets you charge a radio in a vehicle.
Note! Maximum range
can only be achieved over water or open rural areas under optimum conditions
.
FCC license required in the USA
Works with other FRS/GMRS Two-way radios
Compact and versatile pair of radios for 2-way outdoor
communication
Up to 36 miles of wireless range in open areas
Each radio has 50 (22 plus 28 extra) selectable channels and
a channel scan feature that automatically checks channels for activity,
ensuring that you’re on an open channel for clear communication
Monitor function checks for any activity within your
channel. A dual watch function lets you monitor 2 channels
387 privacy codes give you up to 5560 channel options to
help you block other conversations
Bright backlit LCD display for use during the day or night
SOS siren lets you send distress/locator signals in
emergency situations
Weather scan checks the active weather channel in your area.
NOAA is also included for automatic alerts for severe weather hazard
information 24/7
JIS4 waterproof rating provides protection against light
rain or splashing water from all directions
X-TRA TALK power is the maximum allowed by law, ensuring
maximum range and clear communication
Whisper mode lets you whisper, but the receiving radio hears
you at full volume
Auto squelch feature removes annoying background noise
A “roger” beep indicates call completion
Keystroke tones provide audible tones with each key press,
while silent operation mode silences all tones for quiet operation
A direct call function lets you instantly contact one member
of your party without alerting others. The call alert function has 10 different
tones to notify you of an incoming call from within your group
The vibrate alert provides silent page and call
notifications
The keypad is lockable to keep your selected settings
The eVOX mode has 9 sensitivity levels for easy voice
activation without an external microphone
High, medium, and low power settings let you adjust transmit
power to conserve battery life
Mic and headphone jacks are provided, allowing you to use
the radios hands-free with the included headsets
Battery life extender provides longer operating life
The radio can operate on the included rechargeable batteries
or via 4 standard AA batteries. The included drop-in desktop charger and AC
adapter provide a convenient way to charge both radios simultaneously with a
single AC outlet, while the DC adapter lets you charge a radio using your car’s
lighter socket.
And you know what they are really fun to use. I tested them
both in a rural area and an urban area and here are the results.
It is a mile from my house to the main road and with my son
at the house I drove to the main road and they worked strength 5 no problem.
I then drove straight on into the next village making the
total distance 5 miles in a basic straight line without any hills or buildings
and again it was strength 5 and the whisper function worked very well indeed.
I eventually had to stop driving away from my home in that
direction at the 9.5 mile mark and they still worked very well at a possible
strength 4 still really good and perfect for survivalists and preppers alike.
Where I live there is no large body of water to test the 36
mile range so I cannot comment on that but these radios do what it says on the
tin.
But all the functions worked as stated and they are very
easy to use, I was impressed with the SOS function should it be needed to guide
in a rescue team I feel sure that the loud audio would achieve this very well.
It was not time for the town trial with all those buildings
in the way. Well as with all radios unless boosted they work better in line of
sight so with my son at one end of the street a mile was not a problem but when
I walked sideways behind a shop the signal dropped to strength ½ and comms were
lost in real terms.
However working from street to street, i.e. with a row of
shops between us they still worked at about strength 4/5 and that would be
ideal when transiting an area in a group and staying in contact with an advance
scouting party.
By the way the quality of the signal was the same whether in
hand held mode or when using the headsets.
These radios are a must for the survivalist and prepper
alike as I have said and with the privacy channels available they are an invaluable
survival tool and should form part of your BOB.
Order yours at http://www.buytwowayradios.com
you will not be disappointed.

 

GO PACK Survival Kit Review
For when you just need to grab a survival kit and go…  The GO PACK Survival Kit is a convenient belt
pouch consisting of 2 clear compartments filled with essential survival
components.
Contents: Knife/Blade, Button Compass, Matches Pencil, Fire
steel & Striker, Purification Tablets, Survival Instructions, Wire Saw,
Water Bag, Survival Bag (emergency plastic bag for sleeping in), Accident
Evaluation Form, Candle, Foil Tray, Signal Mirror, Safety Pins, Hacksaw Blade, Snare
Wire, Sewing Kit, Whistle, Nylon Cord. Weight: 240g, Size: 16 x 17 x 4cm
I took the GO Pack Survival Kit with me into the woods and
using only the kit in the pouch I started a fire with the flint and striker
very easily indeed and I boiled some water in the foil tray to purify it.
,vcb  cvbThe fire
steel provided has a small compass housed in the plastic casing which I
compared with a extra button compass also supplied and both worked and gave the
same reading when compared with my watch compass.
When the rain started I unfolded the survival bag and got
inside, it is supplied in green and being 5’6” I fitted very well inside but it
would easily accommodate a six footer as well.
The wire saw worked very well and has two very comfortable
cordula handles making it easy on your hands when sawing wood.
The Signal Mirror is what appears to be a piece of silver
reflective thin card, I would have felt better with a real mirror which could
have been used for shaving as well, but I suspect they are trying to keep the
price down.
Everything else worked as you would expect and with the
addition of an Accident Evaluation Form and extremely concise survival
instructions the GO Pack is complete in every way as a complete belt pouch
survival kit.
I like it very much and I would recommend it either to be
carried in your car or better still placed into your back pack just in case.
You can order yours at www.eagle-outdoors.co.uk
CRKT Guppie Review
Launce Barber and Tom Stokes designed the patented* Guppie®
as part of our innovative I.D. Works® line of tools. While some think it’s
cute, it really is a hard-working carabiner tool with dozens of everyday uses.
The adjustable wrench jaw opens to 1/2″ so you can use
it for all kinds of light repair and assembly jobs.
Thanks to the carabiner gate, the Guppie is easy to carry on
a belt loop, D-ring, pack or rope. (But it is not a weight-bearing carabiner.)
The high-carbon stainless steel blade with a Razor-Sharp
edge can be opened and closed with one hand using the blade slot.
The removable bit carrier is also a high-intensity LED
light. It has two strong magnets to hold it securely to the Guppie’s left side.
The stainless steel clip will hold the Guppie in your pocket
or on gear, which gives a lot of versatility.
The Guppie makes a great little money clip, too, for those
who like to keep a thin wallet.
One more trick: The Guppie carabiner detent will open bottle
caps and metal jar lids.
So what is it like to
play with?
Firstly the shape is perfect for using the screws as it
allows great purchase and grip, I used the screw bits to screw some screws into
a piece of wood in my back yard to see what kind of job they will do.
The knife is UK legal carry so I use it as a key ring which
works very well. The blade comes very sharp out of the box and cuts cord and
cable ties alike without any problem at all.
I used the adjustable wrench to undo the Marine Ariel on my
boat to clean it and then replace it, it worked very well as it was easy to use
and grips very well.
The LED light on the removable bit carrier is bright enough
to find a key hole in the dark or to see what you are doing under the bonnet.
As for the bottle or jar opener well once I had opened the
beer I had to drink it, did I not?
I really like the pocket clip as well as it holds the Guppie
securely and firmly in place in my pocket.
Overall the Guppie is a very handy tool, it is made of
stainless steel so it will last a lifetime and I would say that it is virtually
indestructible too.
It looks great and does what it says on the tin what more
could I ask for.
If you are looking for a small multi tool with a difference
then check out http://www.crkt.com/
And look for the Guppie.

 

 

 

Alum Crystal
As survivalists and preppers who may end up one day actually
having to hunt for food by setting snares and traps we know we must not use
scented body products for at least 24hrs prior to hunting.
But what if we lived in the wilderness all the time what
could we use to stop those under arm whiffs? Well the answer is Alum crystal it
appears.
Alum crystal is a type of natural salt containing
antibacterial properties. Although it does not prevent perspiration, it
prevents unwanted body odours. Alum can cause irritation on freshly shaven and
sensitive skin, so it is a good idea to consult with your dermatologist or
doctor prior to switching to this product.
The alum crystal must be wet prior to application and it
only requires a few gentle strokes against your underarm skin. Wash the alum
crystal after its use and place it in a separate dish in your bathroom.
But as survivalists and preppers who are frequently going
out into the wilderness to train we can use Alum for other uses.
Alum stone can also be used as a fantastic natural
aftershave, ideal for sensitive skin, which reduces the appearance of shaving
burn, and can help stem bleeding from nicks. (Alum styptic have long been used
by traditional barbers)
In addition, Alum stone can also be used to relieve insect
bites.
Now you can see why we should all be buying an alum crystal.
I was sent an alum crystal by Sally Mittuch BA (Hons) PGCE
RMANM of Naturalspasupplies.co.uk, thank you Sally, and you know what it works,
the under arm whiff never happened even after chopping wood and not washing for
two days.
I am still finding out the benefits of using alum crystals
the shaving nick stopped bleeding after I used the crystal, but did it sting
though.
Look buy yourself one for Christmas it will last you months
even years and read up on these natural crystals as they are just the job for
us as we train out in the wilderness, if you really want the full story on what
they can do then contact Sally at http://naturalspasupplies.co.uk/

 

CUDEMAN HEAVY DUTY OLIVE WOOD BUSHCRAFT KNIFE – 111L
This is a top quality bushcraft knife made by Cudeman of
Spain. It has a very heavy duty razor sharp brushed full tang 440 Toledo
stainless steel blade.
The handle is 2 pieces of beautiful olive wood. The pins are
solid stainless steel. And it comes with a very soft one piece brown leather
logo embossed belt sheath.
This knife is exceptional quality and rivals even handmade
knives (It is handmade but as the entire knife was not made by the same person
it cannot be advertised as such).
Overall length is 9.5″ with a 3.75″ blade.
Well it passed the first test by shaving hairs on my arm.
But what would it do in the woods chopping and carving wood.
It just wants to chop, perhaps it is its shape but it felt
right in my hand and sliced through twigs on a branch I found on the ground and
then I was able to carve the branch to a fine point very easily indeed.
Although the blade is not long at 3.75” it does have a thick
3mm spine I fell was designed to be used for battening and it splits wood
cleanly and straight no problem.
The Front Quillon grips or should I say holds your hand in
place allowing you to work closely on carving like making a feather stick for
example
Next I decided to dress a rabbit that I had shot and the
111L was great for snapping of the feet and the head and even sharp enough
after the woodwork to nick the skin so that I could separate it from the
carcass.
I used the 111L to then dig a hole deep enough to bury the
rabbit bits and again it felt sturdy and strong when I was digging, I would
describe it as absolutely solid in every respect and lives up to its billing as
“Heavy Duty” that is for sure.
I would class it as an all-round survival tool capable of
the necessary survival tasks and more, and with its good belly shape in the
blade it is great for skinning and field dressing chores. it is a great knife
at only £36.99 and you can get your at www.knifeman.co.uk

 

Highlander Trojan Hydration Pack – Multicam
The harness carries a 1.5 Litre bladder which is very simple
to fill as it is fitted with a wide mouth screw in lid system
The hydration carrier is very tough and made from XTP 900D
polyester.
The hose is fitted with an on/off switch and has a neoprene
hose cover
There is even a bite valve fitted to the kink resistant pipe
The fabric is 1100D polyamide Multicam
And its size is 8x19x45cm
This is an incredible piece of kit for someone like me as I
get very thirsty when on the move and it is so very easy to use.
I mean you just have to bite on the valve and the water is
delivered into your mouth, or you can remove the bite valve and just turn the
water on and off using the on/off switch.
Wearing it on my back under my backpack feels comfortable
and natural and gives me access to water when I need it, in fact it is best to
drink regularly before you get the feeling of being thirsty/
Remember our bodies release water through urine, sweat and
breathing and the body begins to prioritize water usage as soon as we consume
too little water. The top priority is the blood; without water the blood loses
its viscosity and is not able to adequately transport necessary blood elements.
So, if a person is dehydrated, water is drawn from the
synovial fluid around the joints – leading to joint pain. The discs in the
spine are a hydraulic support system to support the weight of the upper body,
and lack of hydration adds up to increased likelihood of serious back problems.
Dehydration also results in restriction of capillaries. It
also leads to increased blood pressure as the body struggles to pump blood
through the body. Normal levels of sodium are important to the body’s ability
to retain enough water and are a factor in urinary function.
Now I am talking about pure water, not other drinks which
many people count toward their water consumption. Juice, soda pop, caffeinated
beverages and alcohol are all diuretics and cause you to lose water. Therefore
for every drink you have that is in the diuretic category, you must drink one
more glass of pure water.
With the Highlander Trojan Hydration Pack you have solved
the problem of obtaining water when and where you need it and you can do that
whilst leaving your hands free whither you are holding a weapon or just
chopping wood for that night’s fire or working around the camp site.
As I have said before it is so easy to fill, but don’t
forget that unless you have a Purificup or a Lifesaver bottle you will need to
boil the water before letting it cool then pouring it into the hydration pack.
This hydration pack is a must have for all survivalists and
preppers alike perhaps as we head for Christmas you can drop hints with she who
must be obeyed, you can order yours from www.nightgear.co.uk
 Kaufmann mercantile EDC KIT
Everyday carry, or EDC, generally
refers to the things you carry every day. Simple enough “but there’s a
philosophy behind it so that receipt for gum that’s been crumpled in your coat
pocket for four months doesn’t count as EDC”.
At the core of it, EDC is
personally defined. You find and carry the things relevant to your own life.
The idea is to keep it streamlined with an eye towards self-reliance — you want
items that do the most while taking up as little pocket space as possible.
There are different schools of
thought for EDC. Some aim to be prepared for the apocalypse (hand gun, metal
pen that doubles as a shiv), others need to be prepared for a surprise power
point presentation (USB key, laser pointer, iPhone). Most of us fall somewhere
in between.
This pocket-sized kit turns your keychain into a productive
tool for tackling common tasks. There’s no ribbed hunting knife for when things
get really real, but there’s a 2-inch pry bar that the U.S. Military found
handy enough to specially request for outfitting their soldiers.
The pry bar (basically a mini crow bar) is made of
industrial-grade metal and is not much longer than a key. It will pick, pry,
score, cut, lift, and pull apart a remarkable number of things (nails, staples,
boxes) much better than something inept, like a butter knife. Or your fingers.
The 1-inch capsule lighter has a waterproof/airtight seal.
No water can get in, and no lighter fluid can get out. It’s quick to light and
always at hand. Stands up on its own and stays lit until you blow it out, but
we don’t recommend keeping it lit for longer than 15 seconds at a time.
(Unofficial testing at our office revealed that the lighter can get quite hot
and the flame very large after 15 seconds.)
The screwdriver keys (one has a Phillips head, the other a
flat head) are made of black oxide hardened steel and will take a door off its
hinges just like any other screwdriver. Doubles as a keychain which
conveniently fits the rest of the tools.
The pointed precision tweezers are for jobs tough and dainty
alike. Pulls out splinters and stitches or the odd eyebrow hair.
Comes with a very light, very strong titanium split key
ring.
All the keychain tools combined weigh less than 2 ounces.
Use & Care
Each of these tools can be attached to your keychain. Part
of their utility means that they require little or no maintenance, and they are
useful in any number of situations.
All tools attach to the titanium key ring. For full product
information on individual tools, see the pages for the waterproof lighter, pry
bar, screwdriver keys and precision tweezers.
Production & Design
The company that makes these keychain tools also supply
goods to the U.S. Military, local police forces, firemen and serious
survivalists. Nothing is made shoddily and they use the strongest materials
most appropriate for the job. While most of the situations you’ll use these
tools in will not be life-or-death, they’re designed to deliver even when it
is. We hope you like them, because they are going to be with you forever.
So what are they like to use.
Firstly I have to say that they are very well made and very
strong indeed, I have tried to bend the screw drivers and the pry bar between
two sets of plyers but could not do it.
The two key rings are top quality and fit for purpose.
Together they make a solid EDC kit
The Screw Driver
Keys
I now have them on my key ring and I have already used the
Phillips screw driver to tighten a screw on the kitchen door fitting.
Welcome to the most useful key on your keychain. This solid
piece of hardened steel with the bow of a key and the blade of a screwdriver is
meant to be attached to your key ring and carried everywhere. It’s so small you
won’t notice you have it, until you’re staring a stubborn little screw in its
Phillips or flat head face.
The Pry bar
Having banged some nails into a piece of wood I was able to
remove them using the pry bay without any problem at all.
This 2-inch pry bar is a thin strip of minutely crafted
hardened D-9 steel. This is industrial-grade tool steel, known for holding an
excellent edge and maintaining its form. With a hole on the end for your
keychain, the small and unassuming pry bar will come in handy for innumerable
jobs that would otherwise be frustrating or not possible at all, like lifting
imbedded nails or breaking the seal on a window that’s been painted shut.
The waterproof
Lighter
This 1-inch waterproof lighter is known to outdoorsy types
and survivalists as an “everyday carry,” or EDC.  That means it’s designed to be useful at all times
and in all situations, from the mundane to the disastrous. As such, it requires
no maintenance. It also means it will probably save you some frustration, and
depending on the type of day you’re having, could save your life.
This is the smallest, sturdiest lighter you will find on the
market. It’s made from high grade stainless steel — the 300 series to be exact
— meaning it has a low iron content and is unlikely to rust. Drive over it with
a truck and nothing will break.
Percision Tweezers
Crafted from a solid piece of spring tempered stainless
steel with a wide hinge, these 2 ½ inch long tweezers ensure even flex and
perfectly straight alignment. The sharp steel points are hand dressed to
exacting specifications, raising the dexterity of your fingers to startling
heights. A tip protector is included for easy attachment to your key ring, so
they’re an easy addition to your everyday carry.
These are the tweezers chosen by the U.S. Military, where
they’re trusted to do more than just pluck out a hair.
A really great solidly built EDC kit get yours at
And search for EDC KIT.
Solo Stove
How it Works
Designed with a double wall, the Solo Stove is a natural
convection inverted down gas gasifer stove. The air intake holes on the bottom
of the stove channels air to the bottom of the fire while at the
They call it “Gasification” on the web-site.  Here’s the quote: “A unique gasification and
secondary combustion process lets our stoves achieve a highly efficient and
more complete burn. This means you’ll use fewer twigs to achieve a boil. It
also means less smoke.”
This burst of preheated oxygen feeding back into the firebox
through the smaller holes at the top of the stove causes a secondary
combustion. This allows the fire to burn more complete which is why there is
very little smoke during full burn.
A more efficient burn also means you’ll use much less wood
compared to an open camp fire. The Solo Stove doesn’t just burn wood. It
actually cooks the smoke out of the wood and then burns the smoke not once, but
twice!
The Solo Stove also features a heat shield between the ash
pan and the bottom of the stove. This heat shield protects the ground under the
stove from scorching.
The cooking ring’s angled lip also increases efficiency by
directing heat towards your pot minimizing heat loss. It also acts as a
windshield while still allowing oxygen to flow inward. The Solo Stove is indeed
one of the most efficient wood burning stoves you’ll ever own.
Details
Fast to boil: 8-10 minutes to boil 34 fl oz of water
Fuel: Burns sticks, pine cones and other biomass
Packed size: Height 3.8 inches, Width 4.25 inches
Assembled size: Height 5.7 inches, Width 4.25 inches
Weight: 9 oz
Materials: Hardened 304 stainless steel, nichrome wire
Step 1: Assemble Your Stove
Place your stove on level ground away from wind. If you have
a windscreen, set it up to provide additional wind blockage. A windscreen will
greatly increase the efficiency of your stove. For added safety, clear away any
flammable ground debris within 5 ft. of the stove (twigs, leaves, grass etc.).
Remove the nested cooking ring from inside the stove, invert
it with the three pot stands facing up and place it on top of the stove.
Step 2: Prepare Your Fuel
Gather dry twigs and other biofuel of different sizes. Break
them into finger length pieces and separate them into piles according to their
thickness (small, medium, large).
Step 3: Starting Your Fire
The following two methods can be used to start a fire in
your stove.
Method 1:  The best
and most fuel-efficient way to cook on your stove is with a full load of fuel
that is lit on top. Using this method, place large sticks and twigs neatly on
top of the nichrome wire grate up until the bottom of the top air vents.
Then light a small fire on top using your favourite tinder
or fire starter. Feed the fire with small to medium sized sticks and tinder
until the fire is self-sustaining. Continue to feed the fire until it has
spread across the full width of the stove and the main fuel load begins to burn
from the top down.
After the air in the wall of the stove heats up, airflow
will improve and a secondary combustion will be visible near some or all of the
secondary air vents. Now you can start cooking.
If your initial burn consumes your main fuel load and you
find yourself still needed a flame to continue cooking, add in additional fuel
through the opening in the cooking ring. Add finger sized twigs and other
biofuel to maintain a flame.
Method 2:  Using your
favourite tinder or fire starter, light a small fire inside the stove and pile
on small to medium sized twigs to stoke the fire. As the fire grows, add in
larger sticks and twigs. Larger sticks and twigs will keep the fire burning
longer and will decrease the amount of times you need to feed the fire.
If too much fuel is added too late, especially with thick or
damp sticks, there will be a lot of smoke and the fire may be snuffed.
Experiment to find a suitable feed rate. With a little
practice, the fire can be maintained for an extended period of time. This mode
of operation, although often easier for beginners, will produce more smoke than
Method 1 because the wood gas rises directly to combustion with the secondary
air without the cleaning effect of passage through a hot layer of charcoal.
TIPS:
1. Always use dry wood when possible. Wet wood will take
longer to burn and will produce more smoke.
2. Hardwoods (birch, maple, hickory, oak, etc.) will burn
longer than softwoods.
3. As with every wood burning stove, some soot will be on
the bottom of your pot after each use. Softwoods will create the most soot
while hardwoods like maple will create the least. The best way to minimize soot
is to let the fire become well-established and hot before putting on a pot.
Here is a great tip:
To make cleaning up even easier, you can soap up the bottoms
of your pot before use. Use a bar of soap and a little water to get your hands
soapy, and then smear them on the bottom of your pot or pan before cooking. As
you cook, the bottom will turn black, but will rinse off easily under water
when you’re done.
CAUTION!
The Solo Stove is NOT A TOY and should only be used by
adults or under the supervision of an adult. The stove will be extremely hot
when burning; do not touch it when in use.
Never leave the stove unattended and be sure to douse all
ashes and embers thoroughly with water after use. The Solo Stove should not to
be used indoors.
So what is it really like to use:
Well firstly it is very light but very strongly made solid
in construction would be a very good description.
It fits together very well and simply so it is idiot proof.
Any survivalist or prepper that can light a fire can use the
solo stove without a problem at all.
I used cotton wool soaked in Vaseline as my fire started
then added small dry twigs to begin with, it was not long before I could use
larger pieces but as the secondary burn began I could see the difference in the
burn rate and the heat given off it was then time to put my pot on top of the
stove.
I measured out 34fl oz of water and timed the boil, it only
took 8mins 20 secs to boil which is well within the solo stove spec.
The wood actually burned away to ask which I was then able
to shake out of the stove when it had cooled down.
The Solo Stove also give off quite a bit of heat when used
in my shelter entrance which is another benefit.
Using the Solo Stove means not having to carry any fuel with
me and also means that I can never run out of fuel to burn either. Which I know
you will agree with me when I say that the solo Stove is the perfect stove for
the survivalist and the prepper alike.
If in the UK you can order yours from amazon and just search
for Solo Stove if outside the UK then go to www.solostove.com or  amazon.co.uk
Vacuum Sealer – Eiffel Freshpack Pro

 

The Eiffel Freshpack Pro, is a fantastic vacuum sealer. No
other gives you the benefit of sealing with automatic operation, no rest time
needed between seals with heating element protection, a massive 30cm seal width
and quiet!  It gives you the strongest
vacuum in its class of -0.80 bar, all the air is removed so your food stays
fresher for longer and saving you money by reducing food waste.
A 2 year warranty is included, plus a full range of spare
parts are also available direct from us here in the UK if needed outside the 2
year warranty.
The Freshpack Pro vacuum food sealer is designed for the
discerning home vacuum sealer user or business vacuum sealer user, for example
chefs, farm shops or delicatessens who want a quality cost effective solution
for their vacuum packer needs.
The Freshpack Pro Vacuum Sealer is the only machine
worldwide that has a safety chamber, which is a patented feature.  This safety chamber will preserve the life of
your vacuum sealer for many years as it stops liquid or powder been sucked into
the vacuum sealer pump causing it to breakdown. This means you spend less money
on maintenance costs or replacement in the long term.
This vacuum sealer is suitable for all food and all non-food
items and is great if you’re wanting a high specification and quality machine
from the start or if you’re wanting to upgrade your current model.
This vacuum sealer is perfect for sous vide cooking when
used with our vacuum sealer bags. Due to the strong heat seal it produces it
can withstand the high temperature cooking sous vide demands without splitting
back open, most other vacuum sealers are not suitable due to the poor seal that
may be created. Our vacuum bags are sous vide cooking compatible. Great news!
Vegetables, meats, fish, dairy produce & more will last
three to five times as long. Seal already opened bags of frozen veg, no more
peas and carrots rolling round your freezer. Seal opened bags of crisps and
nachos or biscuits or anything edible to lengthen the life span of your food.
No more freezer burn of bulk purchases of meat. How much longer will the food
you want to seal last?  Download our new
free e-book to find out.
So what is like to use, well surprisingly easy to be honest?
Vacuum packing reduces atmospheric oxygen, limiting the
growth of aerobic bacteria or fungi, and preventing the evaporation of volatile
components.
It is also commonly used to store of dry foods over a long
period of time, foods such as cereals, nuts, cured meats, cheese, smoked fish,
coffee, and potato chips (crisps).
On a more short term basis, vacuum packing can also be used
to store fresh foods, such as vegetables, meats, and liquids, because they
inhibit bacterial growth.
I have even cooked meals like, chilli-con-carne, or spag
bol, cooled them down, vacuum packed them and then popped them into the
freezer. Then when required simply defrost and boil in the bag.
You can split down larger packs into usable amounts so you
can buy in bulk and save money, you can vacuum pack fresh food to lengthen its
life.
And do not forget with a vacuum sealer you can also:
Preserve Valuable Documents
Camping Equipment
Emergency Phone
Storing Stuffed Animals
The vacuum sealer is a necessity for any prepper or survivor
when it comes to prepping for survival and keeping supplies and important
documents safe and dry.

You can win one of these Vacuum Sealers 

 

Simply go to http://www.fresherpack.co.uk
and download their FREE Ebook on “10 Things you should know before vacuum
sealing” and that’s it, your email address is your entry to the competition. Competition closes 16th December 2012
GOOD LUCK!!!
Gold Standard Whey
Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard Whey is one of the very best
whey blends on the market today providing you with 24g of protein per serving
to give you the lean muscle build you want. Optimun Nutrition has won the
Supplement Of The Year and Protein Powder Of The Year award for 2005, 2006,
2007 and 2008. Available in over ten flavours, Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard
Whey mixes easily with milk or water or can be added to recipes. Get the best
body you can have with Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard Whey!
Whey Protein Isolates are 90% pure protein by weight. They
are the purest and most expensive form of whey protein that exists. That’s why
they are the first ingredients you read on the 100% Whey Gold Standard label.
By using Whey Protein Isolates as the primary protein source, ON are able to
pack 24 grams of the purest, muscle-building protein per serving, with a lot
less of the fat, cholesterol, lactose, and other stuff that you can do without.
There’s no question this is the standard by which other whey proteins are
measured.
What makes Optimum
Nutrition Gold Standard Whey different from others?
– Packed with Whey Protein Isolates.
– Higher Pure Protein Percentage.
– Fast-Acting HYDROWHEY Whey Peptides.
– Provides Whey Protein Microfractions.
– More than 5 grams of BCAAs.
– Over 4 grams of Precursors.
– Instantized to Mix with a Spoon.
To encourage a positive nitrogen balance, consume
approximately 1 gram of protein per pound of body weight per day from a
combination of high protein foods and supplements. For even better results,
consume your daily protein allotment over 4-6 small meals spread evenly
throughout the day.
Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard Whey is an instantized
formula that mixes easily with a spoon, and tastes delicious mixed with skimmed
milk or water. For added protein try mixing one scoop with your oatmeal yogurt
muffins or pancake recipes.
By the way they taste really good I love them
The 95 Puukko
The Puukko. Need we say more? Okay, the traditional Finnish
knife used for everything – woodworks, eating, playing catch and killing your
brother. Stained birch and carbon steel, medium long blade. You get a leather
sheath too.
Puukko is the thing the Fins won the Winter War with, among
other things. It’s the ultimate knife for everything. This is no shit actually
– the secret being that puukko is not made to look imposing, but to help you in
daily life. It’s small, easy to carry and the blade is well suited for woodworking
and other small chores.
It has a thick carbon steel blade, and a sturdy handle made
of curly birch. The sheath is brown leather and has a belt loop for most 4-5cm
wide (leather) belts.
These type of traditional knives have been around for ages,
and for a reason: they are rugged, simple and practical. They have been used as
weapons almost as much as everyday tools, at least in the past. Today they are
an essential piece of kit for any outdoors enthusiast.
Carbon steel is good stuff for knives, but requires some
care, or it might rust. Always clean and dry the blade after use, and remember
to oil it now and then with cooking oil, for example. No machine wash, always
by hand. Sharpening should be done regularly.
Warning! Before buying, please make sure that these are
legal to import to your country! We take no responsibility if the customs
officer confiscates your precious bayonet/knife/machete! These are perfectly
legal in Finland and that is all we are interested in.
Well when it arrived I took it from its sheath and carefully
ran it along the hairs on my arm and it shaved them as well as any old
fashioned cut-throat razor.
I took it into the small woods near where I live and started
doing some cutting and carving, firstly making a feather stick was for the Puukko
like cutting through butter, it was really easy as the knife fits into your
hand like it was made to be there.
Next I tried some battening and although the wood being
split was not large the knife stood up to the abuse without a problem and
sliced its way through easily.
The knife was not too good on digging, but hey it is not a
spade is it? I found a fairly strong deadwood branch that I was easily able to
remove smaller branches from and then sharpen the point into a spear point
without too much trouble.
Once home I sliced some tomatoes for my good lady with the
Puukko and it glided through them not a problem.
Remember with this blade being carbon steel to wipe it clean
and dry then oil it before putting it away.
This is an all-round medium length blade that works very
well indeed and being so light you forget it is even on your belt.
A high quality product, handmade in Finland. Order yours
here http://www.varusteleka.com

 

Look What We Found
Everyone at “Look what we found!” loves food. It
shows in each one of the superb ready meals, soups and sauces they cook. It’s
why they only use sustainable, 100% natural ingredients. It’s why those
ingredients are carefully sourced from small regional British farmers. It’s why
everyone of their  dishes tastes so very,
very good.
Their farmers love food, too. They know this because they
know each of them. They have spent years scouring the British Isles to find
people who share their commitment to traditional farming and heritage-quality
produce. Because as their chefs say, you can’t make great food without great
ingredients – traceable straight back to the field in which it was reared or
grown.
We love our producers, treat them as we would like to be
treated ourselves, and pay them a fair price for their support. Working with
them, helping them revive their local economy, we’re part of the growing rural
revolution. And you can be too. It says on their website.
So what are they really like? To be honest they are bloody
tasty and filling too, they have a tremendous meal selection as well and are
very easy to heat up, I say heat up because they arew ready to eat cold as
well.
Being realistic they may not make it as prepping food
because of the low calorie content and the fact they are not freeze dried for
longer life, but if these three things could be addressed and the price does
not change too much then I do see them as an alternative to the cardboard
tasting long life alternatives.
However these meals do have a place in the outdoors, firstly
I would and will use them when out fishing or on my boat cruising, as I say
they taste great are filling and very easy to heat up.
They are the very couch meal you need while watching the all
seeing eye and could be ready well within the ad break.
So give them a chance you will be pleasantly surprised I
know. Buy yours at Asda or other leading supermarkets or order yours here http://www.lookwhatwefound.co.uk
Guys don’t forget to mention the UK Preppers Radio Network
when you order yours.
Bushcrafttools Fire Piston
These brand new, precision made fire pistons have built-in
storage compartments allowing you to store your dry tinder/lube/vaseline…etc.
The piston rod also unscrews to reveal a fire steel, giving you twice the
chance of starting a fire in the wilderness.
This is an easy to use kit allowing you to create a fire by
compressing air with the force of your hands. No matches or lighters
needed.
To create a fire, the piston must be rammed quickly into the
sealed cylinder with a single stroke. The compression of the air causes the
temperature to rise rapidly to 260 degrees Celsius, or 500 degrees Fahrenheit.
This causes the tinder on the piston face to ignite, which is then withdrawn
and transferred to a larger pile of kindling to create a fire.
Or
Unscrew the piston rod and land a spark on your dry tinder
using the built in fire steel.
The fire piston is between 2,000 and 3,000 years old so it
is not new but Dustin at Bushcrafttools has in my opinion reinvented the wheel
with his modern version of this great firs starting tool.
He seems to have thought of everything really, as at one end
of the piston there is a sealed compartment holding your Vaseline and at the
other end is a sealed compartment holding your char cloth.
If all else fails then simply unscrew the piston and use the
stored fire steel, now that is a compact light complete fire starting system.
I met Dustin at the WG and he is so enthusiastic about his
fire piston that it rubs off on his customers like it did on me.
I now carry it into the woods every time I venture out.
Order yours at www.bushcrafttools.com
you will not be disappointed that’s for sure.
Edcgear.co.uk
Doug Ritter’s RSK Mk5™ (Ritter Survival Knife) is not a
knife you would use all day for normal work tasks. But, based on Doug’s
philosophy that “if it isn’t with you, it can’t save you™,” it is
compact and light enough to fit in almost any small personal survival kit or
stash-away location, yet robust enough that it’s a knife you can bet your life
on™.
Doug is the founder of the Equipped To Survive™ web site
www.equipped.org and an international authority on survival equipment. The RSK
Mk5 is a collaborative effort based on Georgia knife maker David White’s custom
Shrewd Survival Knife, itself the result of collaboration with Dr. Andrew
Osbourne.
Weighing in at less than an ounce, the skeletonized fixed
blade sports a 1.75″ wide-chord drop-point blade with a high flat grind.
The high-carbon steel blade has Doug’s preferred stonewashed finish for
improved corrosion resistance.
The ergonomic curved handle provides a secure and
comfortable two-finger grip while a nylon cord fob adds additional length and
grip.
Use it to make fuzz sticks, construct shelter, gut a fish,
dress game or for self-defense. Whether it is wilderness or urban survival, the
Mk5 will do its part to keep you alive and kicking.
Included is a custom-fitted Zytel® sheath and a mint-size
carrying tin along with Doug’s suggestions for building up your own personal
survival kit.
Dimensions:
 Open Overall Length –
3.81 inches
Weight – 0.9 ounces
 Blade:
Length – 1.75 inches
So what can you do with it? Firstly be careful with this
little knife as the blade comes out of the sheath sharp enough to shave your
arm hair and easily slice a piece of A4 paper.
So what I hear you say you can’t eat hair and paper NO you
can’t but at least you know the blade will do the job.
I took my air rifle for a walk and shot a plump pigeon for
dinner and in the field I simply removed both breasts with the RSK MK5 by
cutting through the feathers exposing the meat below then slicing the breast
away from the breast bone of the bird. So that works then.
Next I decided to make a feather stick which was also very
easy as the RSK MK5 just fits so easily into your hand.
I say its job well done for the RSK MK5 you can order yours
from www.edcgear.co.uk
WEB-TEX STEEL-OF-FIRE SURVIVAL KNIFE
This is a brilliantly designed knife, the blade is
3.5″long and made of 440 stainless steel, it has a  locking blade with part serrated edge and one
handed opening facility
The handle is made of nylon with a built in holder for a LED
torch, which also has a built in survival whistle and a 6mm steel of fire built
into the torch handle, it comes complete with wrist strap and metal belt clip
and it only weights – 122 grms
This knife actually looks good and I think that it sells
itself with those good looks.  The one
hand opening facility is smooth and a joy to use and the lock works and despite
my efforts it would not close until I released the locking mechanism .
The inclusion of a torch and fire steel make this knife a
complete survival set. The torch works and once in its sheath holder lights up
the job that the knife is doing or just simply shows you the way back to your
basha.
The fire steel is just that, a life time’s survival fire
lighting that goes where your knife goes.
The only criticism I can find it that it is not legal street
carry, but if that is the only thing I can find against it that will do for me.
So order yours at www.web-tex.co.uk
WEB-TEX BRITISH ARMY BASHA
This is a versatile shelter a sleeping bag cover or
emergency carry sheet that has 9 reinforced loops around the edge and brass
eyelets at the corners and the middle it is fully waterproof as it is made of
tough double pu coated Nylon
It weighs only 640gms and is available in DPM and Olive
Green and its size is – 265 x 175cm
So what is it like to use? And the only answer is fantastic,
it really is, as it is just what is needed to keep you dry and windproof while
you are under it.
It is very simple to set up and in a few minutes you have a
shelter built that will protect you from the elements, packing it up is just as
easy as all you need to do is fold it away.
There is nothing more I need to say about the Web-Tex Basha
as it is so good, order your at www.web-tex.co.uk.

 

PURIFICUP

With this little beauty you will NEVER have to boil drinking
water again.
This is the world’s first and only portable water purifier
to adopt nano-silver technology, The PurifiCup eliminates more than 600 kinds
of bacteria, providing you safe and clean drinking water worry-free.  PurifiCup is a portable water filtration
system perfect for travellers or for outdoor enthusiasts such as hunters,
hikers, campers, boaters and anglers.  It
is also a necessity for any emergency preparation kit.
With PurifiCup, you can enjoy convenient drinking water
on-the-go whether the water source is tap or a freshwater stream, waterfall,
river, creek or lake.  PurifiCup’s
world-patented design uses a nano-silver membrane filter to destroy up  .99% of bacteria, parasites, and pathogens
such as E.coli, giardia, crypto, etc.
With PurifiCup, you can enjoy convenient drinking water
on-the-go.  PurifiCup’s world-patented
design uses a nano-silver membrane filter to destroy up to 99.99% of bacteria, parasites,
and pathogens such as E.coli, giardia, crypto, etc.
Utilizing the natural anti-bacterial and anti-fungal
properties of silver, bacteria are removed from water as it is filtered through
PurifiCup’s exclusive silver membrane.
There’s no need for boiling water after it is filtered and
each filter provides up to 24 gallons (330 cups) of pure water. The PurifiCup’s
absolute 1 micron filter will more consistently remove bacteria such as Crypto
than anominal filter.
It has an exclusive 3 Stage Filter Technology
Ion exchange resin: Turn hard water into soft water by
removing heavy metals (lead, copper, cadmium, mercury, etc) and calcareous
(meganesium, calcium icons). In addition, it also removes fluoride and stably
produces wear basic water during its life span.
Activated carbon: Remove chlorine and other organic odour
including THM, organic solvent, and pesticides.
Nano-silver membrane: The membrane kills 99.9% of the
pathogens in tap water.  It is located on
the inlet and exit of the filter circulation channel, preventing the filter
cartridge from contamination.         +
Absolute 1micron filter for additional layer of protection against bacteria.
Compact and easy to carry
Both a water filter and storage bottle PurifiCup is
NSF,WRAS, SGS, and EEC Certified, and used only FDA approved filtering and
structural materials. It fits easily into your carry-on, back-pack, or handbag
and requires no pumps, hoses, batteries or attachments.
It can also be attached to filter into a standard water
bottle. PurifiCup is also Earth-Friendly and cost-effective. Enjoy pure,
worry-free water anywhere you go with PurifiCup! Our Patented design also allow
users to filter directly into Popular Large Sports Bottles such as Nalgene, CamelBAK
and most other generic bottles! Providing versatile options for everyone.
So what do I think of the Purificup, I think it is fantastic
I really do it works extremely well, and the proof of that is that I am still
here.
I tested it in a dirty brown coloured waterfowl faeces
infested lake at the WG and following the simple instructions I drank two cups
of filtered water and whilst demonstrating it to other survival instructors and
visitors alike I drank another two cups of filtered water then as their
confidence rose some of those watching also drank some of the filtered water.
This portable filter is just the job and with it you will
never again need to boil water before you drink it.

Check them out here http://purificup.com/index.php/home

Landmine Adventure, based in South Wales, is a company that
provides products in the outward bound, survivalist, and preparedness fields.
Expedition, Adventure, and training days are also part of what this company
provides.
Gaz (32), an ex Royal Engineer, and Simon (32), an ex Royal
Signaller both decided, when planning an overseas expedition to combine their
business knowledge on return to the UK, and start ‘Landmine Adventure’.
Gaz said “The cost of preparing our overseas expedition
was immense, and the equipment available just wasn’t quite up for the job. We
were used to very durable kit from our time in the Army, but all the UK stores
just offered low quality, expensive tat. We opted to purchase gear we knew
about, and the rest is just history”
They sent me the following kit to review.
The thermal Insulating Mug they sent me is fantastic and I
used it at the WG every day, it is such a simple idea like most things that
work well.
Of course the cyalume light sticks are old friends of mine
but this time I put one into an empty 2 pint plastic milk bottle and this
almost turned it into a lamp and great for reading.
Their premium Fire Steel is simply a fire steel but with a
lovely wooden handle, which will be comfortable to use in freezing weather
conditions, it too works very well as you would expect
The guys also send me the Mittens Extreme Cold Weather,
along with the INNER Gortex Mittens Extreme Cold Weather, Outer. I have not yet
been able to review these guys as it is too warm, so if we get a winter is a
case of watch this space, but knowing the quality of this kit they too will
work as designed to.
Lastly the Swedish Gel Cooker. (May be black or green in
colour)
This issue cooker can fit into your pocket, and is quick,
clean and convenient. It even comes with a book of matches!
Simply remove the lid, place burning ring over top, light
gel, and cook away. To extinguish, place lid over top, allow to cool, seal, and
away you go! This makes an awesome emergency cooker, but is equally good as
your main cooking solution!
Item comes sealed and wrapped, however, there may be a
little rusting on the cooking support, which is normal, it is so small about
the size of a little tin of sweetcorn to be honest but it works like a dream it
really does. Thanks guys your kit is top notch. So order yours at www.landmineadventure.co.uk

 

 

New 72 hour pack now outKeep in your car or by the front
door
The EFS 72 Hour Emergency Survival Kit is an essential piece
of kit for any individual determined to have good emergency plans in place. It
contains everything one person will need to survive for 72 hours so that you
can live with piece of mind that you will always be prepared.
We highly recommend that you have an emergency 72 hour kit
both in your home and where you might need access to one, such as in the boot
of your car. They are small, lightweight and easy to store but you will be
thankful that they are there if you should ever need it.
Don’t delay, Buy Now and get complete peace of mind.
ALL YOU NEED FOR A 3
DAY EMERGENCY.
And they are not joking just listen to what you get in the
72 hour emergency pack
Each pack contains:
3 Mountain House Packet Meals
1 x Enamel Mug
2 x Glow Sticks
8 in 1 Travel Kit Penknife
1 x Frontier Emergency Water Filter System
1 x Mess Tin
2 x Tissues
1 x Small first aid Kit
1 x 15m Utility Rope
1 x Emergency Protective tube Tent
2 x Emergency Blankets
1 x Metal Torch
1 x Wash wipes
1 x Bic type lighter
I took this kit to the Wilderness gathering and with the
exception of one or two pints of English cider and the odd bacon butty, this 72
hour emergency pack would have done its job easily.
Without water there is everything else you would need to
survive for at least 72 hours, as if you could find your own food when the
Mountain House packs run out then the rest of the pack would naturally keep on
working.

 

 

 

Self-Heating Meal menu B
EvaQ8
Ration-X Self Heating Ration Pack Menu B
Self-Heating MRE
The new Ration-X™ field ration is a complete, ready-to-eat,
self-contained meal presented in a light-weight, water-proof pack.  The pack contains a main meal, a dessert,
snacks, powdered drink and an accessory kit. A flameless ration heater is
included to self-heat the main meal without the need for a fire or a stove. All
the components are pre-cooked and ready to eat, hot or cold. The pack provides
over 1200 kcal per meal which is in line with standard military requirements
for highly active soldiers.
Contents:
Ready to eat main meal – Chicken Massaman Potato
Snack – Golden Oatie Biscuits
Whole Wheat Bread – shelf stable
Strawberry Jam
Drink – powdered electrolyte Orange
Flameless Ration Heater – single use
Accessory Kit: Tabasco sauce, instant coffee, tea bag, 2 x
sugar, 2 x whitener, 10 x tissues, chewing gum, spoon, wet wipe
Long life – We guarantee at least 18 months shelf-life on
all components from the date of sale.
Product code     R302
Weight                 1.00
kg
£8.49

 

Hennessey Hammock
All Hennessy Hammocks come complete with attached mosquito
netting, detachable rain fly, support ropes, and stuff sack with set up
instructions on back.
Hennessy Hammock also provides complimentary standard
42″ long “Tree Hugger” webbing straps to protect the bark of
trees. Because these accessory webbing straps are complimentary, they are
weighed separately from the hammock. Also, for a limited time, free Snakeskins
are included with each hammock ordered online.
They fit snugly into a Stuff Sack with the logo and set up
instructions printed on ripstop polyester bag, which weighs only (20 g / 0.7oz)
So if you are under 7′ tall / 180 cm and under 300 lbs / 135
kg the Hennessy Hammock is for you it is that simple.
This was the first hammock in many years that I had slept in
and I had forgotten hot comfortable they are.
But never in my mind had I realised how things have moved on
from those early days in the 80’s.
The Hennessy Hammock is the “Mutts Nuts” the Hilton of
hammocks I would say. It is so easy to put up and so easy to get into to that I
am now converted into a hammocker, no more scratting around on the forest floor
in a basha for me, it’s off the ground luxury from now on in a mosquito free
zone.
OH! Did I not mention the built in mossy net as well as the
rain proof rainfly keeping you dry as well.
Everything you need for a great night’s sleep and it only
weighs 3lb.3oz/1428g
Hennessy say on their website:-
At last, you will never need to find a level camp site. No
more roots, rocks or puddles coming through the floor of your tent. No more
aching muscles and stiff joints from sleeping on the hard ground. And no more
carrying a heavy tent.  Finally, a
shelter that takes the pain out of the outdoors and is good for the
environment.
And you know what I agree with them whole heartedly.
You must check them out at http://hennessyhammock.com/

 

Survivor
The Survivor was designed to be a fairly compact minimalist
survival knife and it’s the real deal. The knife is a solid full tang design
with a G-10 handle ready to take plenty of abuse. The notch in the back of the
blade is designed to act as a striker for the included Swedish FireSteel®. The
sheath can be mounted vertically or horizontally and holds the Swedish
FireSteel®, emergency whistle, and five feet of cord. It can even be fashioned
into a spear with the included cord.
The companies design objective was to;
Create a sturdy, compact, lightweight survival knife and made
of
Swedish FireSteel® it comes with an emergency whistle, and
five feet of cord in the sheath
There also had to be a Notch the back of the blade to serve
as a striker for the FireSteel®
And design a sheath to be mounted horizontally or vertically
* Full tang design
* 7.5″ total length
Well they followed their brief and the survivor is a
brilliant knife. It is light, it looks great and it is very functional too.
Out of the box the blade shaved hairs on my arm which was a
good sign as it shows that the company cares about its customers with a ready
to use product. I took it down to the woods for a play and I began by pairing a
piece of wood which seemed very easy indeed as the knife just fits into you
hand like it was mean to.
I was able to strip a branch of its twigs without too much
effort and then I battened a small log, of the size you split to put on to the
fire approx. 12” diameter and it took the abuse without any damage and worked
very well. I love it and I think you will too.
Pop onto their website and check them out at http://www.dajoadventuregear.com
Regatta Mens Ad-Scursion Boots
These Regatta Mens Ad-Scursion Boots will offer total
protection and comfort courtesy of their construction. The boots are waterproof
and breathable with a deep-padded collar and tongue as well as rubberised toe
and heel bumpers.
If you plan to undertake a lot of walking in some of your
upcoming spare time but need some new footwear, these Regatta Mens Ad-Scursion
Boots will fail to disappoint! The boots are water resistant and made of
breathable, comforting material. Furthermore, they have a deep-padded collar
and tongue.
Boot features:
Mesh, PU nubuck and suede upper
Water resistant Atl treated suede upper
Isotex waterproof and breathable footwear – seam sealed with
breathable internal membrane bootee liner
Deep padded collar and tongue
EVA comfort footbed
Rubberised toe and heel bumpers
Steel shank
Lightweight rubber outsole featuring internal EVA shock pads
AMK SOL Origin
The SOL Origin™ redefines the survival kit from the ground
up.  In one product that fits in the palm
of your hand, the Origin™ gives you the collection of tools you need to survive
the unexpected and make it back alive. Think of it as the ultimate cross breed
of the traditional ten essentials and a survival kit, all wrapped up in one
lightweight, easy to carry, indestructible package.
The heart of the Origin™ is its ABS-plastic waterproof case,
which contains an array of key survival tools, including TinderQuik fiestarting
tinder, 150lb-test braided nylon cord, mil-spec stainless steel wire, and an
emergency sewing and fishing kit.  And,
for those unfamiliar with wilderness survival, backcountry expert Buck Tilton’s
survival instructions contain over 60 survival techniques and strategies.
However, the body of the case is really what sets the
Origin™ apart  –  integrated into the lid is a flip-up Rescue
Flash signal mirror with retroreflective aiming aid.  Flip the case over, and find the
one-hand-operable Fire Lite firestarter, as well as a removable liquid-damped
compass.  Finally, secured in a
button-release slot is a fully-functional folding blade knife, with a 100db
rescue whistle and ultra-bright LED light integrated into the knife
handle.  The AUS-8 drop-point blade has
been designed for the precision cutting you need during survival emergencies,
and it excels at slicing, whittling, and any task where blade control is
essential.
The SOL Origin™ is the lightest, most space efficient, and
most durable survival kit on the market.
Welcome to the future of survival – the Origin™ is mandatory equipment
for any outdoor adventurer.
Weight: 6.25oz
Size: 3.875″ x 2.75″ x 1.5″
Ideal Uses
AMK Emergency
Bivvy
The ultralight, ultra-warm full protection shelter! The SOL
Emergency Bivvy is made from the same heat-reflective polyethylene as AMK’s
world-famous emergency blankets (reflecting 90% of your body heat back to you),
with the added benefit of being fully sealed so that no wind, rain, or snow can
get inside. If you’re forced to spend the unexpected night outdoors, hop in the
SOL Emergency Bivvy as soon as the temperature drops and instantly improve the
odds in your favour.
Sealed on the sides for full protection from rain, wind, and
snow.
Heatsheets material is waterproof and windproof.
Reflects 90% of radiated body heat
Weight: 3.8oz
Size: 36″ x 84″
R302 – Ration-X Self Heating Ration Pack Menu B
Self-Heating MRE
The new Ration-X™
field ration is a complete, ready-to-eat, self-contained meal presented in a light-weight,
water-proof pack.  The pack contains a
main meal, a dessert, snacks, powdered drink and an accessory kit. A flameless
ration heater is included to self-heat the main meal without the need for a
fire or a stove. All the components are pre-cooked and ready to eat, hot or
cold. The pack provides over 1200 kcal per meal which is in line with standard
military requirements for highly active soldiers.
Contents:
Ready to eat main
meal – Chicken Massaman Potato
This meal is packed
full of chicken along with potatoes ,peas and a very mild if slightly sweet
curry sauce and it tasted really flavoursome indeed.
Snack – Golden Oatie
Biscuits
Whole Wheat Bread –
shelf stable
This is the first
“preserved” bread I had ever eaten and with the raspberry jam squeezed into the
bread between the two pieces it tasted very palatable especially with a hot mug
of Rosie lee.
Strawberry Jam
Drink – powdered
electrolyte Orange
Flameless Ration
Heater – single use
This was actually
amazing in, not only the way it worked, but in the job it did, the meal was hot
in 12 minutes as stated on the pack this is 21st century stuff it
really is.
Accessory Kit:
Tabasco sauce, instant coffee, tea bag, 2 x sugar, 2 x whitener, 10 x tissues,
chewing gum, spoon, wet wipe
This one was Best
before: 07/2014
Long life – We
guarantee at least 18 months shelf-life on all components from the date of sal
Details
Product code     R302
Weight                 1.00 kgPrice (ex VAT):    £8.49
Thanks to Rob Williams at for sending me the EXOTAC Nano
Striker XL to review.
I know that there are many such tools on the market today.
BUT this one looks great comes in four distinctive colours being Black,
Gunmetal, Orange and Olive and has a Ferrocerium rod which when struck produces
sparks at 5,500 degrees)
The Exotac Nano Striker has O rings fitted so it is totally
waterproof as well.
Exotac say that they set out to create a product that is
high quality, ultra-small in size and completely self-contained.  The nano STRIKER is the result.
Sacrificing neither form nor function, its unique all-in-one
design puts all the tools you need to start a fire into one tiny package.  At the end of the day, this little tool can
be collapsed and returned to key-chain ballast duty.
The striker contains an ultra-sharp tungsten carbide insert
for maximum sparks.
Ferro cerium fire starters work best with tinder materials
that contain large surface areas: dry grasses, wood shavings, cotton balls, dry
leaves, clothing lint, etc.  Using a
tinder material of your choosing, create a loose tinder bundle to catch the
sparks from the ferro rod.  Wrap the
included lanyard around a few fingers to secure the striker handle.  Holding the striking tool at an angle, use
moderate pressure to quickly scrape the rod.
The striker should be carving material off the Ferrocerium rod.
Features
Patent Pending Collapsible self-contained fire starter
Ultra-portable for key ring and pocket carry
Ferrocerium rod works when wet
Lightweight 6061 aircraft aluminium body
Tungsten carbide striker
Replaceable Ferrocerium rod
More than 1000 fire-starting strikes!
It looks great, it is easy to use and it works what more can
I say except thank you Rod and exotic.

You can order yours at http://www.prepared-4.co.uk

Whether an angler, a camper or an outdoorsman, you`ll love
the Ghillie Kettle. There is no need to carry petrol, fuel cubes or gas, the
Ghillie runs off natures best material, everything! The idea is simplicity
itself. Water in the side of the kettle is heated by the fire in the base.
This maximises the heat and boils water very quickly. Should
additional fuel be required it can be dropped through the chimney of the
kettle.
Made from aluminium, the kettles are both strong and light,
weighing in at only 835 grams. The kettle comes fitted with a whistle cap on a
chain, which also doubles as a pouring aid with the wooden handle.
The accessory kit comprises a 4″ wide 2″ deep pan,
a 5″ wide 1″ deep frying pan, a grill which fits over the fire pit
plus a clip handle. Also included is a pot stand for the top of the kettle plus
a base stand for uneven ground.
That is the tecky stuff so what’s the Ghillie kettle really
like to use, Well I tested it over last weekend’s survival exercise with
members of sneaky bastards.com, their opinion initially on first sight was that
it would be too big to carry around with bug out kit.
However as time went on they came to realise that it does
have its place in a SHTF situation as it is a great tool for a group of people
to use and if at a bug out location fantastic for the individual too.
It is so fast at boiling water which is a great bonus as
well and the fact that there is no fuel to carry around or to run out of was
the main reason why I say it is a must for the prepper and survivalist alike
although it will have equal appeal to the fisherman, shooting parties and those
who enjoy the outdoors in general.
The cooking platform or grill fits in to the fire base and
that is where you place your frying pan to cook and you need to watch your food
as it cook very quickly too.
I really like it as it does what it says on the tin sorry
aluminium this is another of those must have items that make life easier when
in the field. Thanks for sending it to me Andy I had great fun using it.
The Ghillie kettles are available in three sizes; 1.5L
Adventurer, 1L Explorer and 0.5L Maverick in Satin Silver, Black or Green. They
come supplied with a carry bag and you can get yours at www.ukcamo.com
I have acquired one of Paul Scheiter’s knives, Thank you
Paul. It is the  Blackbird SK-5 which I
wanted to review, what is the blackbird SK-5 I hear you say, well I shall tell
you it is one of the finest wilderness survival knives I have ever seen listen
to this.
“I believe the more complicated a product becomes, the
more likely it is to fail when your life depends on it. For this reason I
designed The Blackbird SK-5 Knife to achieve maximum function delivered through
pure simplicity. You won’t see gimmicks or gadgets on this knife…only the
core essentials that provide the user with comfort and a sharp edge to handle
the most demanding wilderness survival tasks.” Says Paul Sheiter the
designer.
The Blackbird SK-5 blade is crafted from 154CM. This steel
is American made, known for its superior toughness, edge-retaining ability,
sharpness and corrosion resistance. The SK-5’s blade is 0.13 inch thick and
features a full-taper grind.
The perimeter of the Micarta Handle is rounded to provide a
comfortable grip and is secured to the knife tang with 3 stainless steel Allen
screws.
The Blackbird SK-5 comes with a MOLLE compatible sheath that
features a rigid protective insert. The sheath also features a belt loop so
that it may be worn on the hip in the traditional belt mount configuration and
comes with a 25 year warranty.
Firstly I shaved some hairs on my arm, not bad for just out
of the box. I took it in to the woods near where I live to have a play. The
Blackbird SK-5 weighs only 8.4 oz so is no problem at all hanging from my belt
another thing I liked was the adjustable poppers on the knife fastener which
really grips and holds the knife securely.
The knife has a full tang as I would expect with an almost
indestructible micarta handle, the blade length is 5 inches with an overall
length of 10 inches.
Well down to work then I started by splitting a log using
the battening method and it sliced down the log without a problem next I
decided to carve some fallen wood actually using the methods promoted by Paul
in this Blackbird SK-5 training video.
It performed really well even having a go at a few knots
within the wood.
This is a knife that is designed to do a job and that job is
to accompany you on wilderness trips in full confidence that should you need a
survival knife then look no further that your belt.
Sorry Paul but I did try to abuse it, firstly by throwing it
at a tree repeatedly to see is the handle would work loose it did not.
I then let it drop onto rocks upside down to see if a hard
knock would damage the handle it did not
This is just a pure knife with a strong blade and handle
that works and works, thanks Paul.
And guys please don’t
forget to mention my show when ordering your kit.
Mike at survivalmetrics.com sent me the i-Shields: these are
to aid in the prevention of damage from UV in the event the wearer has
lost/broken his/her regular quality sunglasses.
That’s why we market them as survival-only use he says. I
have seen some survival manuals reference the use of “space” blankets
to cover the eyes in this event (as they are partially translucent most of the
time when pressed against the face). However, I believe this to be bad advice.
I see no UV screening in these materials, and as such, they could actually
cause dilation of the pupil and actually allow more UV light in, creating an
even greater risk of damage.
You can order yours from www.survivalmetrics.com
So, as sea and high altitude survival has a greater risk of
said UV damage and potential blindness (even if partial), that is why we had
them manufactured. They are not intended for average wear (although we do wear
them). Just please keep that in mind when trying them out.
Well Thanks for the I
shields
Mike as I gave each of the guys on last week’s survival exercise
and I have to say they all loved them, some have since informed me that they
have been on your site and ordered another pair for their partners as well.
It does appear that they like you will be wearing them most
of the time during our sunny spells and not only for when we have a white out.
Mike also sent me the ResQbrite signal panel designed by
survivalmetrics themselves
The ResQbrite is a visual signal panel Approx. 2 feet x 2
feet, which is bright orange in colour.
It has a reflective directional tape on each side of the
panel for light illumination at night.
There are also corner grommets for attachment to branches,
or for linking together.
And it is made from Ultra-light Rip Stop nylon material.
The carry pouch is 4.25 in. x 4 in. x 0.5 in., bright
orange, reversible to subdued.
And it can be attached to the panel by a hook/clip for
positive security.
It is absolutely excellent for daytime signals to aircraft
or search teams. Night time illumination of the panel is by directional light
for signalling and site marking, in other words shine your torch at it.
That’s is the techy stuff but what do I think, well it did
what it said on the tin. It is very small and packable taking up no room at
all, when laid out it is obvious to all that it will be seen from a long way
off, but at night it shines above the rest as it is so visible with the
directional lines which work just like a high viz vest. Bearing in mind that a
lot of preppers and survivalists wear DPM clothing and usually do not carry
anything to signal for help, should the worst happen and you need to signal for
help I say that the ResQbrite is must for all wilderness users just in case. You
can order yours from www.survivalmetrics.com
I have just returned from a survival course with members of
Sneakybastards.com during which I reviewed some kit that had been sent to me
for review.
Chris Caine from www.Chris-caine-survival.co.uk
sent me a real handmade beauty to review
The Chris Caine ® Companion Survival Knife, was designed by
survival expert Chris Caine, based on his 15 years surviving in the British
wilderness. This is ‘a survival tool for the serious survivalist’.
The knife is the newest addition to the Chris Caine Survival
Series and is designed as a mid-point between the larger Chris Caine ® Survival
Tool and smaller Chris Caine ® Survival Knife.
When chopping with this tool your fingers are kept well away
from the material you are hitting, thanks to the deep curve in the cutting
edge, making it harder for you to trap your fingers. Not only this but on the
back of the blade we have rounded off a section so when you are hitting this
tool with another cutting of wood you are less likely to damage anything, and
also makes it more useful for beating materials to obtain the fibres within.
The Chris Caine ® Companion Survival Knife is hand made from
start to finish, from profiling out the blades, hardening & tempering,
assembly, grinding, right up to the final polish are all done in house.
Just looking at it the quality is obvious from the handmade
custom sheath incorporating a holder for the fire steel and the lansky
sharpener, to the gleaming curved blade and its indestructible handle.
Chris refers to this top of the range survival knife as a
tool, and you know, I must agree with that as it is something else in survival
tools. Our first task was to erect shelters and the companion made light work
of not only cutting and shaping wood but cutting paracord and hammering in
stakes.
I then used the tool to chop fire wood and in some cases to
split larger pieces of wood using another heavy wood log to bash the companion
down through the log, it was a very simple thing to do and seemed to reduce the
amount of effort it would normally have taken with a normal survival knife.
The companion made all these tasks easy not only due to its
unique design and weight but to its ability to keep an edge.
What amazed us all was that after all this survival abuse
the blade was still very keen and after a few rubs with the Lansky sharpener it
was restored to factory perfect.
The knife felt light on my hip and was very easy to draw
although I did fumble a little when re-turning it to its sheath, although I
soon got it every time.
For a serious handmade survival tool with a life time
guarantee get on to Chris Caines website and check his range of knives out at www.Chris-Caine-survival.co.uk
Greer Mulcahey Banks the Marketing Executive at LIFESAVER systems
Ltd sent me their lifesaver bottle and what a piece of kit it really is.
Firstly when filling the bottle with water, allow the bottle
to stand for 15 mins so the filter membranes become used to the water, and once
primed, you only need to pump the bottle 3 times when the cap is closed to
create pressure within the bottle.
The bottle can last unused up to three years and its shelf
life can be extended by priming the bottle and storing it wet which extends the
shelf life by 2 more years this is also dependant on storage conditions. So
total shelf life can be up to 5 years.
The flow rate is obviously faster when the bottle has more
water in it.
Do not keep the bottle cap and teat open when filling the
bottle from a water source as this could allow dirty water into the clean end
of the bottle (top part) leading to cross contamination.
Always use the cleanest water source possible.
The filter filters out anything in suspension but not
anything in solution such as salt. The filter allows healthy nutrients to
remain in the water such as magnesium and calcium.
The activated carbon filter is not needed to make the bottle
work, it is an optional extra if you are worried about chemical/metal residues
in the water, or the water is stagnant. The carbon filter works for 250 litres
but there is no system to guess when it’s time is up apart from human
intuition. Never store the bottle (for a length of time) with a carbon insert
still fitted as this can cause bacteria to build up in the top of the bottle.
The carbon insert should ideally be fitted at home to avoid any contamination.
Don’t over pressurize the bottle (no more than 3 pumps when
the bottle cap and teat are closed), as this can cause, in rare circumstances,
the base to blow off possibly causing damage to the base. Once the cap and teat
are open, over pressurising is less of an issue.
You can clean the filter by gently agitating it in clean
water, or under a stream (if this is your only option) but you must make sure
the bottle top including cap and teat are still in place, which avoids any
cross contamination at the clean end of the bottle.
If you notice a spluttering effect when water comes out the
teat, check the cartridge is fitted in properly and perform a membrane
integrity check (the bottle should work from all angles, if it doesn’t the
filter membranes may be damaged in some way).
You will never have to worry about drinking contaminated
water, as our FAILSAFE technology works on the basis that when you have
filtered through 3500 litres on our LIFESAVER 4000UF model, the flow rate
becomes slower, giving you time to buy or replace the cartridge and when the
filter has filtered 4000 litres, you won’t be able to push any more liquid
through the filter membranes as the pores of the membranes retract and close up,
meaning it’s time to replace the filter.
The LIFESAVER bottle
is the World’s first water bottle to remove all bacteria, viruses, cysts,
parasites, fungi and all other microbiological waterborne pathogens without the
aid of any foul tasting chemicals like iodine which is now banned substance
within the EU.  LIFESAVER complies with
all British, US and European Drinking Water Regulations for Microbiological
Reduction as tested and certified by the London School of Hygiene &
Tropical Medicine.
I first filled the lifesaver bottle from a running stream
during our last survival weekend and everyone agree that the water tasted great
and being cold was a bonus, everyone drank with complete confidence in fact
filling the bottle twice from the stream.
Yesterday I found a stagnant puddle near my house and I
filled the lifesaver bottle from it, it was uncanny or magic to be able to
almost instantly look at and drink perfectly clear perfectly clean water thank
you Greer it really works and is a pleasure to drink from.
You can order yours from www.lifesaversystems.com
Joseph Wheeler from www.knifewarehouse.co.uk
sent me the 30cm SWAT Tactical Knife & Camo Sheath as well as the Web-Tex
Survival kit and the Kombat Survival Kit to review.
Thanks Joe they were fun to play with mate, however the
knife kept slipping out of its sheath as the day went on and I think this was
because it was sent with the wrong sheath I think, which meant that the button
clasp was too big for the knife to hold it in place.
Nevertheless it is the knife I want to talk about, the blade
is 16cm semi serrated camo coloured Stainless Steel and the total length is
30cm, it has a thermoplastic rubber grip and comes in a Camo Fabric Sheath with
belt loop.
The knife has an unusual shape which allows for chopping
sawing and stabbing when attached to say, to a shaft and used as a spear. There
are three lanyard holes to allow attachment to a shaft, the knife has a full
length tang which gave me confidence when chopping firewood at the weekend.
My question was as a low cost entry to survival knives can
it do the job. Well I think it can, it can chop although the knife is not very
heavy so more energy is required but it works, it cuts and saws very well and
at only £14.95 it really is worth a try. You can order yours a
www.knifewarehouse.co.uk
When it comes to survival kits they all seem much the same
don’t they so they do not excite me at all.
But when I received these two kits from Joe my interest was
revised. The first one I tried was the Web-Tex Combat Survival Kit which had
the following kit packed neatly inside.
Quality sharp knife
Firestarte firesteel
Combat wire saw
Sewing kit
Candle
Compass
Fishing kit
Matches
Emergency whistle
Water Purification tablets x10
Signalling mirror
Pencil
Safety pins
Snare wire
Cotton wool
Accident report form
Survival instructions
What can I say but, it all works from the fire starter and
cotton wool to the fishing kit, which by the way nearly did catch a fish at my
local lake but it got off. The knife has a belt clip and quite a good edged
blade that cut paracord and sharpened steaks for pegging down basha’s
It is very compact and fully functional and contains just
what is required in a survival kit.
You can order yours from www.knifewarehouse.co.uk
Finally on this product review the Kombat survival Kit again
from www.knifewarehouse.co.uk
The main difference between these two kits is that this kit
does not have the knife, cotton wool, compass, water puri tabs and safety pins,
However it does have a razor blade and a wire saw this is a really basic kit
but nonetheless it too works very well in fact as you can still light a fire,
fish, hunt and even signal for help. You can get yours from www.knifewarehouse.co.uk
It is a big thank you to Julia Shapp from true utility.com
for sending me not only Multi Mate +Lite and also a selection of keying
accessories to review as well.
True Utility say this stainless steel multi tool is of the
highest quality giving you over 16 tools, not to mention a bright white LED
light to shine on whatever you’re working on. All weatherproof, rubber handle
for comfort and strong grip, durable hard-wearing tools for the toughest jobs
all this and more in our strongest multi tool ever.
I have to agree with true utility as this is a tough
multi-tool indeed. Firstly I think it looks great quality before you hold it. I
picked it up and instantly felt a quality multi-tool in my hand. The needle
nosed pliers are very well sprung and an absolute pleasure to use.
I can imagine the lite making a night time job so much
easier as it is very bright even during the day.
I worked my way around all the tools and started with the
“serrated edge knife” as true utility call it, well I’m sorry but it actually
is a wood saw and you know it works very well indeed and whizzed through a 2”
diameter branch without any problems at all.
I found the “Small” fine edge knife just that, very small,
although it did take an edge easily enough, and the fact that the knife is
small is a godsend here in the UK as it makes the multi-mate legal to carry.
The wire cutters did work cutting through some new steel
fence wire near where I live, it tool a few attempts but they worked as I
expected they would.
The screwdriver did what they do and works well, the bradawl
penetrated my leather belt easily, the bottle opener works on Fursty Ferret
Beer bottles lol
The nail file as I use it made a good job of my nails  and the built in wire stripper also works
very well.
The scissors cut paper and string very well, I have not used
the fish hook remover but the can opener worked on a tin of Asda beans.
But the 12 bit driver set and adapter was the interesting
addition to this fantastic multi-tool as it has attachments for almost every
size you would need.
Measuring L100 x W44 x D23mm (Closed) it sits very well on
my belt in its canvass pouch.
Flashstash
This stylish ultra bright water resistant flashlight and
stash measures only 75mm and attaches to your key-ring. Not only does it light
your way, but hides spare cash, waterproof matches, fishing hooks, or simply
headache pills. 4 x Lithium batteries included. Lasts up to 75mins straight use
Aircraft grade anodised aluminium body with shockproof,
water resistant build quality. High quality neoprene sealing ‘O’ rings
throughout  size L75 x D20mm
Firestash
This unbelievably small waterproof key-ring canister houses
a fully working lighter that is ready to ignite at your command. Attach to your
key-ring for essential outdoor use. Refill with standard lighter fuel. Product
Size L45mm x W15mm x D15mm
Twist stick
Fully Functional Key-Ring Corkscrew. The Stainless steel bar
passes through the centre of a full size corkscrew helix, to create a beautiful
and fully functional personal corkscrew for all wine lovers. Can be attached to
your key-ring or placed to your bag. Makes a great gift. Product Size: L66 x
W9mm
Key Tool
The Key Tool simply wraps stylishly around any standard door
key, and uses the actual door key to increase leverage for the bottle opener,
and for the 3 different sizes of screwdriver, including the essential eyeglass
screwdriver. It also includes a nail file, nail cleaner, thread cutter and even
a pair of tweezers!
Telepen
Take Note – A full length pen that is as small as your door
key? Now that’s something to write home about!
Engineered in stainless steel, this beautifully crafted
personal pen extends telescopically to 115mm, yet only measures around 50mm as
it hangs inconspicuously on your key ring. Never get caught out without a pen
again! Supplied complete with three free refills. How did you ever live without
one?
Product Size: L50 (closed) L115(open) x W5mm
Why not check their website out at http://www.trueutility.com and don’t
forget to mention this show.
Thanks to Rob Williams at for sending me the EXOTAC Nano
Striker XL to review.
I know that there are many such tools on the market today.
BUT this one looks great comes in four distinctive colours being Black,
Gunmetal, Orange and Olive and has a Ferrocerium rod which when struck produces
sparks at 5,500 degrees)
The Exotac Nano Striker has O rings fitted so it is totally
waterproof as well.
Exotac say that they set out to create a product that is
high quality, ultra-small in size and completely self-contained.  The nano STRIKER is the result.
Sacrificing neither form nor function, its unique all-in-one
design puts all the tools you need to start a fire into one tiny package.  At the end of the day, this little tool can
be collapsed and returned to key-chain ballast duty.
The striker contains an ultra-sharp tungsten carbide insert
for maximum sparks.
Ferro cerium fire starters work best with tinder materials
that contain large surface areas: dry grasses, wood shavings, cotton balls, dry
leaves, clothing lint, etc.  Using a
tinder material of your choosing, create a loose tinder bundle to catch the
sparks from the ferro rod.  Wrap the
included lanyard around a few fingers to secure the striker handle.  Holding the striking tool at an angle, use
moderate pressure to quickly scrape the rod.
The striker should be carving material off the Ferrocerium rod.
Features
Patent Pending Collapsible self-contained fire starter
Ultra-portable for key ring and pocket carry
Ferrocerium rod works when wet
Lightweight 6061 aircraft aluminium body
Tungsten carbide striker
Replaceable Ferrocerium rod
More than 1000 fire-starting strikes!
It looks great, it is easy to use and it works what more can
I say except thank you Rod and exotic.

You can order yours at http://www.prepared-4.co.uk

Today the postman brought me a selection of MX3 meals  to review sent to me by Gavin Brown the
Managing Director at www.bushgear.co.uk. Thank you Gavin as I love my grub
mate.
Gavin sent me the following meals
Chicken pasta with
mushrooms
Carabonara pasta
Chicken and rice tandoori
Vanilla flavour crème
Chocolate flavour creme
The company was founded by Christophe and Nathalie Landais
and they produce meals for some of France’s best food retailers and the French
Military. Christophe is a former chef himself and a keen triathlete and what’s
more he is French so he has just the right attitude and experience when
creating great-tasting meals for your outdoor adventures.
Initially it took three years R&D to develop the meals
and they continue today to refine their products with the input from some of
France’s best endurance athletes. Analysing the requirements of these
athletes’, by taking into account nutrition, ease of digestion and not
forgetting the all-important flavour aspect they offer some fantastic and
different meals.
The MX3 meals have been used by most teams competing in the
2008 Vendee Globe ocean yacht race as well as by many of the participants of
the Marathon du Médoc, Paris Dakar Rally and Route du Rhum these meals are used
as their only source of nutrition.
All these meals are of the “cook in the pouch”
type: simply add boiling water (or cold for some recipes) to the fill line
inside the pouch, close the pouch and wait 12 to 15 minutes.
So what do they taste like and did they fill me up
I have to say that they really surprised me they were easy
to cook and they tasted fantastic. I could actually taste individual
ingredients, the meals were thick and creamy and very filling indeed.
The chicken Pasta and mushroom was thick, creamy and there
was a lot of it
The chicken rice tandoori had a curry taste and there were
loads of actual chicken pieces as well
The carabonara pasta again was very tasty and very filling
too
There were two puddings I tried
First was the Chololate flavour crème which was smooth
creamy and chocklatley what more can I say
And lastly the vanilla flavour crème wow I love vanilla and
this was a rare treat when it comes to Cook in the pouch meals, as with the
others I loved them and would certainly eat them again and look forward to
doing so. You can order yours at www.bushgear.co.uk