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Recent Safety Gear Reviews

BearVault BV500

rated 4.5 of 5 stars All bear canisters are heavy and bulky, but this one makes up for some that by being transparent, secure, versatile, and fairly priced. If you're in a place that requires a canister then this is an excellent choice. I've had my Bearvault BV500 for many years now and have used it several times in the high Sierra of California. It's my guess that no one wants to carry a bear canister due to their bulkiness and weight, but the BV500 has some features that make is a good choice when you have no choice… Full review

Sea to Summit Escapist Ultra-Mesh Bug Tent

rated 4 of 5 stars A non-free standing shelter by design that works well with a variety of conditions and platforms. It can be pitched with a pair of trekking poles or in between two trees. It's a versatile shelter that can be used as a ground shelter or even as a hammock tarp. Since this is a modular system, the weight can be easily be distributed between two people. Best used for 3-season backpacking and can be used as a solo or 2-person shelter. Manufacturer Specs: http://www.seatosummit.com.au/products/bug-protection/escapist/… Full review

Exotac FireRod

rated 4 of 5 stars A high quality fire starter tool. FIRE -- Oh Oh!! No matter how light I try to get in my pack weight, there are two things that I always keep three of: water treatment and fire starting. Call me paranoid. Anyway, along with a mini-Bic in my pack hip belt and waterproof matches in my first aid kit, I keep this little nifty tool from Exotac. It's called the fireRod — a ferrocerium fire starter (which is similar to flint/steel, but a bit easier to use and is the "flint" found in butane lighters). Full review

UDAP No-Fed-Bear Canister

rated 3 of 5 stars Kept bears and critters out. Intermediate size fit my pack and my needs better than other brands. Hard to decide how many stars to give this, but it is an average bear canister, great size, and has excellent customer service. This is an approved and certified bear canister that meets the requirements along the John Muir Trail. I chose this particular canister because the intermediate size fit my backpack and my needs better than the other brands.  Unfortunately the locks on the lid seized up during… Full review

Tick Key The Tick Key

rated 4.5 of 5 stars This product is great way to remove ticks if prevention falls. It is painless and helps reduce disease transmission by reducing the chance a tick will regurgitate. You can even use it on your pets. Gear Review: Liberty Mountain Tick Key For today’s post, I will do our first gear review. The piece of equipment under review is the Tick Key by Liberty Mountain, which has become an important tool for both BeeGee and me. This tool is one our essential pieces and always goes with us in our first aid… Full review

Podsacs Waste Management System L

rated 4 of 5 stars A dry bag with little features that make it ideal for carrying out both synthetic and human waste from the wilderness. Perfect organizational tool for managing waste and practicing the Leave No Trace philosophy. The product is well put together and more than adequate for the task. So what are these? Well basically they are a dry bag that has two enclosures to prevent leaking, and a bright red colour and warning sign not to be mistaken for anything else! They are intended for storing and carrying… Full review

U-Dig-It Folding Hand Shovel and Trowel

rated 4 of 5 stars A sturdy folding trowel for doing trowel-related business. Not exactly UL, but it won't break or bend even when prying rocks or chipping at compacted soil. Needless to say, this was a very popular item on our 8-person, 24-day hike on the JMT. The U-Dig-It Pro handled all that traffic with aplomb, allowing for safe and adequately deep deposits of bodily fruits in the Sierra's tough, rocky soils. My daughter kept it on one of the compression straps on the outside of her pack so it was always available… Full review

SOLKOA Fastfire Fire Starting Kit

rated 3.5 of 5 stars A good fire kit for anyone who may need to light a fire—camper, backpacker, hunter, or stranded traveler—especially under adverse conditions. Just familiarize yourself with the limits of the hacksaw striker, which gouges the ferro rod badly and struggles to cast sparks in the rain. SOLKOA Fastfire Fire Starting Kit Note: The following review is a bit involved; please use the following outline to expedite locating information of interest to you. I. Product Specifications II. Testing III. Faststrike… Full review

BearVault BV450 Solo

rated 3.5 of 5 stars The Bear Vault Solo is a quality product that satisfies its functional requirements well. The BV450 serves its purpose well. I have heard of only one sow in the Adirondaks that has figured out to open it. I have been using this product for the past 5 years when I am in bear country. Although untested by bears it has kept my food supply safe and dry. The convenience of not hanging a bear bag and having a good camp stool compensates for the 2 # added to my pack. Full review

Top-Rated Safety Gear

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Light My Fire Swedish FireSteel Mini
user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
Light My Fire
Swedish FireSteel Mini
Fire Starter
$7 - $9
Light My Fire Swedish FireSteel Scout
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Light My Fire
Swedish FireSteel Scout
Fire Starter
$10 - $12
Ultimate Survival Technologies StrikeForce
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Ultimate Survival Technologies
StrikeForce
Fire Starter
$20 - $24
Repel Permanone
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Repel
Permanone
Insect Repellent
$8
Adventure Medical Kits Weekender
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Adventure Medical Kits
Weekender
First Aid Kit
$45 - $60
NRS Storm Whistle
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
NRS
Storm Whistle
Whistle/Horn
$9
Coghlan's Backpackers Trowel
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Coghlan's
Backpackers Trowel
Camp Shovel/Trowel
$2
Adventure Medical Kits Ultralight / Watertight .7
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Adventure Medical Kits
Ultralight / Watertight .7
First Aid Kit
$20 - $26
Doan Magnesium Fire Starting Tool
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Doan
Magnesium Fire Starting Tool
Fire Starter
$8 - $12
Dr. Bronner Tea Tree Liquid Soap
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Dr. Bronner
Tea Tree Liquid Soap
Soap/Cleanser
$5 - $10
SOL Thermal Bivvy
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
SOL
Thermal Bivvy
Emergency Shelter
$24 - $33
Mautz Fire Ribbon
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Mautz
Fire Ribbon
Fire Starter
$5
Gerber Sport Axe II
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Gerber
Sport Axe II
$35 - $58
Ultimate Survival Technologies BlastMatch
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Ultimate Survival Technologies
BlastMatch
Fire Starter
$20 - $24
Coghlan's Tweezer / Magnifier
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Coghlan's
Tweezer / Magnifier
First Aid Supply
$6
Space All-Weather Blanket
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Space
All-Weather Blanket
Emergency Shelter
$16
Sawyer Extractor Pump Kit
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Sawyer
Extractor Pump Kit
First Aid Supply
$16 - $18
SOL Sport Utility Blanket
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
SOL
Sport Utility Blanket
Emergency Shelter
$17 - $22
Tecnu Outdoor Skin Cleanser
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Tecnu
Outdoor Skin Cleanser
Soap/Cleanser
$6 - $8
Coghlan's Emergency Tinder Kit
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Coghlan's
Emergency Tinder Kit
Fire Starter
$4 - $5
Ultimate Survival Technologies WetFire Tinder
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Ultimate Survival Technologies
WetFire Tinder
Fire Starter
$8
Counter Assault Bear Deterrent
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Counter Assault
Bear Deterrent
Bear Spray
$40 - $61
Outdoor Rx Camp Soap
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Outdoor Rx
Camp Soap
Soap/Cleanser
$2 - $4
Sawyer Permethrin Repellent for Clothing
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Sawyer
Permethrin Repellent for Clothing
Insect Repellent
$13 - $18
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Light My Fire
Swedish FireSteel Army
Fire Starter
$20
QuikClot Sport
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
QuikClot
Sport
First Aid Supply
$10 - $19
Aloe Gator SPF 40 Lotion
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Aloe Gator
SPF 40 Lotion
Sunscreen
$4
Coghlan's Waterproof Matches
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Coghlan's
Waterproof Matches
Fire Starter
$3 - $4
Vargo Titanium Emergency Whistle
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Vargo
Titanium Emergency Whistle
Whistle/Horn
$11
Snow Peak GigaPower 2Way Torch
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Snow Peak
GigaPower 2Way Torch
Fire Starter
$40
Adventure Medical Kits Pocket Survival Pak Plus
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Adventure Medical Kits
Pocket Survival Pak Plus
Survival Kit
$60 - $69
Adventure Medical Kits Comprehensive
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Adventure Medical Kits
Comprehensive
First Aid Kit
$160 - $199
Garcia Backpackers' Cache
user rating: 4 of 5 (5)
Garcia
Backpackers' Cache
Bear Canister
$75
Sea to Summit Pocket Shower
user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
Sea to Summit
Pocket Shower
Hygiene Supply/Device
$24 - $29
GoGirl Female Urination Device
user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
GoGirl
Female Urination Device
Waste and Sanitation Supply/Device
$10 - $12
U-Dig-It Folding Hand Shovel and Trowel
user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
U-Dig-It
Folding Hand Shovel and Trowel
Camp Shovel/Trowel
$18 - $19
BearVault BV500
user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
BearVault
BV500
Bear Canister
$80 - $89
Yeti-Exner Design Bear Proof Cooler Locks
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Yeti-Exner Design
Bear Proof Cooler Locks
Bear Safety Product
$17
Tick Key The Tick Key
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Tick Key
The Tick Key
First Aid Supply
$6 - $7
Adventure Medical Kits Adventure First Aid 1.0
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Adventure Medical Kits
Adventure First Aid 1.0
First Aid Kit
$11 - $14
MSR Handheld Piezo Igniter
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
MSR
Handheld Piezo Igniter
Fire Starter
$7 - $9
Harmony Fox 40 Whistle
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Harmony
Fox 40 Whistle
Whistle/Horn
$7
Sea to Summit Wilderness Wash
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Sea to Summit
Wilderness Wash
Soap/Cleanser
$3
SAM Medical SAM Splint
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
SAM Medical
SAM Splint
First Aid Supply
$12 - $18
Dr. Bronner Eucalyptus Liquid Soap
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Dr. Bronner
Eucalyptus Liquid Soap
Soap/Cleanser
$7
Light My Fire Swedish FireSteel 2.0
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Light My Fire
Swedish FireSteel 2.0
Fire Starter
$14 - $19
Ultimate Survival Technologies Sparkie
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Ultimate Survival Technologies
Sparkie
Fire Starter
$7 - $14
Counter Assault Bear Keg
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Counter Assault
Bear Keg
Bear Canister
$80
Sea to Summit Escapist Ultra-Mesh Bug Tent
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user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Sea to Summit
Escapist Ultra-Mesh Bug Tent
Bug Net
$159 - $199
Ultimate Survival Technologies Trekker Stormproof Lighter
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Ultimate Survival Technologies
Trekker Stormproof Lighter
Fire Starter
$29 - $59
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