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VSSL Camp Supplies On Kickstarter

Saturday, March 9th, 2019

VSSL is back with another Kickstarter campaign, this time for a Camp Supplies package. The VSSL Camp Supplies consists of a waterproof aluminum tube, stocked with “over 70 pices of essential outdoor gear”. The VSSL comes with a 4-mode (Bright, Dim, Red, SOS Flash) 200 lumen LED light, with a long press activation and wateproof body; it features a maximum run time of 40 hours (20 hrs on max brightness). Also included is an oil-filled precision compass, with an operating temperature of 14 – 122 degrees F. Kit-wise, the VSSL’s contents are split between minature tins which contain components to fulfill various roles:

– Mini first aid kit
– Bamboo cloth
– Fishing Kit
– Rope and razor blade
– Firestarter kit
– Water purification kit
– Wire saw
– Misc gear kit
– Adventure tape

The project has already met its funding goals, but if you still want to contribute, check out the link below:

www.kickstarter.com/projects/toddweimer/vssl-camp-supplies

Black Rifle Coffee Company – Logo’d Woobie

Sunday, February 3rd, 2019

Black Rifle Coffee Company is now offering their own take on the beloved military-issue pancho liner, AKA the Woobie. Sized 80″ x 56″, the Logo Woobie features the BRCC ‘SBR’ logo, printed center on both sides, which are camouflage and black.

Available for purchase here: www.blackriflecoffee.com/products/brcc-woobie

MRF Multitools – Adventur 3.0 Credit Card Survival Tool On Kickstarter

Saturday, December 22nd, 2018

MRF Multitools’ Adventur 3.0 is a credit card-sized survival multitool designed for portability, as it can easily be stowed in a wallet, yet is feature rich, with over 40 listed functions. The base Adventur 3.0 is made of stainless steel (titanium will also be made available), and features a prominent blade edge, which allows the tool to be used as a stand-alone blade, or readily converted to an axe by lashing it to a stick or branch. Additional tools include:

– Can Opener
– Cord Cutter
– O2 Wrench
– Screwdriver
– Hex Bit Driver
– Sundial
– Ruler

and more.

For more info on the Adventur 3.0, and to fund the project, check out the link below:

www.kickstarter.com/projects/mrfmultitools/adventur-30-ultimate-survival-edc-credit-card-mult

GrimWorkshop – Credit Card Sized Survival Spear

Saturday, October 7th, 2017

GrimWorkshop on Etsy makes a variety of credit card-sized survival kits. This one, their Survival Spear, is exactly what it sounds like. The card consists of three individual pieces, that can be combined into a full sized broadhead spear tip; just add handle and lashing and you’re ready to go. The pieces are made of stainless steel, and can even be put back into the storage card thanks to a patent pending tool retention system developed by GrimWorkshop.

Made in the USA.

www.etsy.com/listing/517902680/credit-card-sized-survival-spear

How To Make A Soup Can Stove

Saturday, September 2nd, 2017

YouTube channel NightHawkInLight shows off how to make a camp stove out of a used soup can.

You can check out more of NightHawkInLight’s videos on his YouTube channel.

RE Factor Tactical – Survival Shoe Laces

Friday, May 5th, 2017

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Survival Shoe Laces are laces made of 550 FireCord, a material which features one red fire-starting strand, along with 7 additional paracord strands for survival usage. The Survival Shoe Laces are sized at 72″ long, and RE Factor included a hidden handcuff key for escaping illegal restraint.

Available in Black, Tan, and Ranger Green.

www.refactortactical.com/collections/survival-gear/products/survival-shoe-laces

Innovation Factory – Trucker’s Friend Survival Tool

Friday, October 21st, 2016

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First off, I want to start off with this: ‘Trucker’s Friend’ is a great name for a survival tool. Since that’s now out of the way, here’s the details: the Trucker’s Friend is a multi-purpose survial tool which combines an axe with a good number of additional tools, including but not limited to a hammer; pry bar; wire twist; and grapple hook in a 19.25″ long package, complete with “shock-absorbing PowerGrip” and fiberglass handle. Plus, it’s made in the USA (the city of Industry, CA, to be exact), which I always like to see.

www.innovationfactory.com/products/truckers-friend

12 Survivors cooks up adventure with the Off-Grid Survival Stove!

Monday, September 12th, 2016

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(MANSFIELD, TEXAS) – Whether you are on a weekend camping trip with family, nestled into a backcountry paradise or simply trying to survive long enough for help to arrive, the 12 Survivors Off-Grid Survival Stove makes even the worst situations a bit more appetizing. This ultra-compact, lightweight, flat-folding camp stove adds a trace amount of luxury to any situation, including backpacking, hunting or fishing, without bulking up your gear.

Small enough to fit flatly in your backpack but big enough to cook up a mighty tasty off-the-grid meal, this innovative stainless steel stove burns wood and other organic materials and features hinged panels for quick setup and takedown. The included grill grate provides the perfect surface for direct cooking or supporting containers while an ash pan keeps the ground cleaner.

Set up, this stove measures 5.75”W x 5.75”L x 6”L. When the meal is over, the camp stove conveniently folds down to just 5.75”W x .6”L x .45”H and stores in an included nylon pouch. Total weight is 13.5 oz.

www.12survivors.com

Timahawk

Saturday, June 11th, 2016

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The Timahawk is a 27″ long survival tool which consists of a 6″ axe blade, 2″ pry-bar, and 2″ ADZE hammer head. The tool is constructed of 4130 pre-hardened steel, with recycled hard custom plastic handles. It comes complete with a 900D polyester sling back carrying case, with PALS-compatible webbing and additional storage compartments.

www.timahawk.com/product/timahawk

Superesse Paracord – The Bug Out Bracelet

Thursday, June 9th, 2016

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Superesse Paracord is a Veteran Owned/Operated store on Etsy, which, as you may have guessed from the name, makes and sells a variety of crafted-to-order paracord-based products. The Bug Out Bracelet is Superesse’s most comprehensive offering, consisting of a fully-loaded paracord bracelet, which is essentially a wearable bug-out bag with 30+ items, allowing you to “start a fire, build shelter, purify water, signal for help, waterproof a poncho, replace a shoelace, fish, carve an arrow/fashions bow, set a snare trap, tighten a lose screw, boil/cook, open a can of food, skin an animal, white a note, signal, suture a wound, etc.”

You can check out Superesse’s full offerings at the link below:

www.etsy.com/listing/235196648/the-bug-out-bracelet-paracord-bracelet

Massdrop – Ultimate Derlin Safe Combo

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016

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Massdrop currently has a drop on a combo pack for two Derlin capsules manufactured by CountyComm. Derlin is a low-friction thermoplastic, and the capsules also feature a waterproof O-ring seal. The capsules come in two sizes; the larger capsule is sized for objects like spare ammo, paper, and emergency bandages; the smaller capsule can hold items like water tablets, or extra cord.

www.massdrop.com/buy/ultimate-delrin-safe-combo

Primitive Technology – Woven Bark Fiber

Sunday, May 1st, 2016

Soylent The Wonder Food, Not So Wonderful

Monday, January 4th, 2016

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Just at the close of 2015, I was “voluntold” to try out Soylent, the meal replacement beverage. That’s a pretty common occurrence around SSD. Anything that is faddish or sketch; I’m the Guinea pig. Soylent is a powder that is mixed in water, which is formulated to be nutritionally complete; a single bag provides 2000 calories for a full day’s use. It also shares a name with the subject of that classic 1970s dystopian flic. While its referred to as a “wonder food” the taste was anything but wonderful.

My first taste was like eating liquidized paper, as in, it tasted like printer paper smells, with a creamy consistency. As I kept trying it, I kind of… ‘got used to it’, but there was never a point where I found it completely palatable. For me, the taste shifted from “liquidized paper” to “liquid bread” as I kept drinking it, which was better, but also still pretty disconcerting. I realize there are people who have transitioned completely to Soylent for their day-to-day nutrition, but for me, it’s a last resort option.

The clip below summarizes my feelings about Soylent completely:

www.soylent.com

Gearward – A-K Band

Wednesday, December 30th, 2015

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Gearward’s A-K Band or Anti-Kidnapping Band is a tube that is designed to fit onto any standard watch strap, which contains the tools necessary to escape from rope, duct tape, zip ties, and handcuffs. The band contains a ceramic razor blade, polymer handcuff key, and a 4′ Kevlar friction saw. The A-K Band is designed for use by Military personnel, foreign aid workers, journalists in conflict zones, or even travelers in countries with a high risk for kidnapping.

gearward.com/collections/frontpage/products/a-k-band

Nendo – MINIM+AID

Sunday, December 13th, 2015

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Manufactured by nendo for SUGITA ACE, the MINIM+AID honestly reminds me of an extremely upsized VSSL. Roughly sized the same as a standard umbrella, the MINIM+AID is an emergency preparedness kit that “includes the bare minimum necessary for a city-dweller to make it to a place of refuge during an earthquake or other disaster.”

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Included within the MINIM+AID is a whistle, handcrank radio/charger, raincoat, lantern, drinking water, and a general purpose plastic case. This is all contained within a 5cm wide tube that is waterproof and buoyant.

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The MINIM+AID is, according to the manufacturer, slimmer and more compact that conventional emergency kits, and comes with an included strap to wear over the shoulder. The tube is available in Black, Silver, or White, and each tool is available in three different colors.

www.nendo.jp/en/works/minimaid/?erelease

Sparky Fire Starter On Kickstarter

Saturday, November 21st, 2015

Sparky is a project on Kickstarter for a battery-powered fire starter. Sparky is powered by two AAA batteries, and has a solid copper conductor tip which will ignite steel wool upon contact.

www.kickstarter.com/projects/179537728/sparky-a-fire-starter

Z.A.P.S. Gear – Survival Grenade

Monday, November 9th, 2015

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The Z.A.P.S. Gear Survival Grenade was developed by a former Marine Scout Sniper, and contains 28 individual components designed for use in a survival scenario. The components include:

– 45′ of 550 cord
– Compass
– Duct tape
– Ferrocerium firestarter
– 3 fish hooks
– 3 weatherproof matches w/striker
– 6 water purification tablets
– And more…

You can check out a breakdown video of the Survival Grenade below:

www.zapsgear.com

Zombie Tinder

Monday, October 12th, 2015

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Yeah, I know, zombies. To be fair, though these do look like a pretty good bit of tinder to bring with you on any outdoor excursions or for an emergency kit:

– Waterproof
– Non-toxic
– All weather fire
– Never expires
– 1600 ºF burn temperature

Plus, they look like eyeballs, and they’re made by hand in the USA.

www.zombietinder.com

Tactical Intent – Mykel Hawke Arrowhead Set

Wednesday, July 29th, 2015

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The Mykel Hawke Arrowhead Set is composed of five unique hunting tool accessories inspired by the cultures Mykel Hawke encountered during his service with the Armed Forces. The tools are made of black oxide coated stainless steel, featuring hollow ground edges for sustained sharpness, and can be used for numerous hunting techniques including spear hunting, trapping, and fishing. Additionally, the set comes with a small storage pouch.

tacticalintent.com/mykel-hawke-arrowhead-set

This post was originally featured on Soldier Systems Daily.

TiWhistle On Kickstarter

Monday, July 20th, 2015

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The TiWhistle is a project on Kickstarter for a 100% titanium whistle. Despite its small size, it is capable of an output of roughly 120 decibels.

www.kickstarter.com/projects/962667713/tiwhistle-the-smallest-loudest-titanium-whistle

SURVCO – Tactical Credit Card AX

Friday, May 15th, 2015

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SURVCO is a disabled Veteran owned and operated business based out of Fort Mitchell, Alabama. The products developed by SURVCO are survival-inclined, such as the Tactical Credit Card AX. Made of 12 Gague 304 stainless steel, the Credit Card AX is a credit card-sized survival tool which comfortably stores inside a wallet. The head features 21 individual functions, including being lashed to a handle to function as a tomahawk, ax, knife, scraper, skinner, or shovel, depending on use.

www.etsy.com/listing/203206255/survco-tactical-credit-card-ax-ultimate

VSSL Flask Light On Kickstarter

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015

Last August, I wrote about the VSSL (pronounced like the word vessel), a hollow Aluminum tube for storing survival and outdoor items in, with an LED flashlight at the end; a bit like one of those old school large-sized Maglights, but with a hollow handle for storing items instead of batteries.

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Since then, VSSL has planed an expansion to their line of hollow body flashlights with the Flask Light. Made of food-grade stainless steel rather than the aluminum of the original VSSL flashlight, the Flask Light is a multi-compartment system which consists of a compass end cap, a 10 oz. liquid container, a hidden compartment with two collapsible shot glasses and a bottle opener, and of course the dual mode LED flashlight.

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The finalized VSSL Flash Light will be available with either a matte green or polished steel exterior.

www.kickstarter.com/projects/toddweimer/vssl-flask-light

Taurus – FIRST 24 Kit

Sunday, February 15th, 2015

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Taurus is selling the FIRST 24 Kit, a package which consists of components selected by a team of industry experts, put together for the purpose of surviving the first 24 hours of any crisis and making one’s way to safety. To that end, the kit includes a Taurus Judge and CRKT Sting Survival Knife, customized by Aimpro Tactical to their exacting standards. The kit also includes the following items:

– Brite Strike EPLI Flashlight
– Brite Strike APALS
– Zippo Outdoors Emergency Fire Starter Kit
– Power Pax Slim Line Caddie
– Energizer E92 AAA Batteries
– 20mm Spherical Survival Compass
– 550 Survival Paracord Bundle

All the components of the kit come in an SKB Waterproof/Drop-Proof Survival Case.

www.taurususa.com/whats-new-first-24-kit-4510SSF24

Titaner – Machined Capsule

Sunday, January 18th, 2015

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Titaner has released this Machined Capsule. Milled from solid titanium, the capsule is waterproof and corrosion resistant. Its size makes it ideal for carrying items such as first aid equipment, fire starting kit, and more.

titaner-store.com/product/machined-capsule

Danger Ranger Bear App

Monday, September 1st, 2014

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The Danger Ranger Bear app by Prometheus Design Werx “…shares the how to’s, what’s, why’s, do’s and don’ts for your next outdoor adventure.” It offers constantly updating outdoors tips such as recipes for outdoor meals, how to read a topographic map, bushcraft, and gear maintenance, as well as gear reviews and campfire tales.

Currently available on iOS.

You can get it here: itunes.apple.com/us/app/danger-ranger-bear/id905506238?mt=8