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Recent Safety Gear Reviews

Sabre Pepper Spray

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Small, readily available via pocket or strap fixed for your defense in the woods or the street. This unit has a clip fixed to the spray canister allowing it to be as available as a pen or small pocket knife. The unit sprays up to 10 feet when the wind is favorable. I carry the unit all the time, just in case... Sparky 2000. As noted, don't allow children or idiots to get their hands on this unit. But for you the law in most states will allow the unit to be useful if needed as the spray will disallow… Full review

Compeed

rated 4 of 5 stars This blister treatment works like a dream to protect and heal any blister. They are not as effective when walking with wet feet or swimming while they are still on. In those circumstances it is best to add a waterproof covering over the Compeed. For long hikes, more than a day, I always carry a good supply. I have used these on many hikes where extended walking time has resulted in even well worn in boots rubbing a bit. They provide a good cover across the whole blister and have different sizes… Full review

Compeed

rated 5 of 5 stars A self-adhesive blister prevention/treatment that also works for calluses and corns. More expensive than Moleskin for blister prevention, but about as good as it gets for treatment of open blisters. I'd recommend having a few of these along when breaking in new boots or in the first aid kit on longer hikes and ski tours. Great stuff. For the first half of the backountry ski season this year I had something funny going on with my right little toe — it would start hurting like hell after a few hours… Full review

BugBaffler Insect Protective Headnet

rated 5 of 5 stars A no-see-um head net. Many of the woodsy areas around Chicago are restored wetlands which serve as a breeding and feeding habitat for wildlife, including mosquitos. During a four-hour hike I was not bitten once while wearing the head net. Combined with permethrin treated clothes it was a perfect system to thwart massive swarms of mosquitos. The head net fits over my full-brimmed Tilley hat and the elastic arm loops hold it in place. It fits in a pocket and the light weight makes it a no-brainer… Full review

Coghlan's Bear Bell with Magnetic Silencer

rated 5 of 5 stars Great product ! I love that I can silence it when I want to. There are areas that I hike in that I know bears are so I make noise going through area. Bear bell on wrist.I keep it on my poles all the time.I shook the bear bell a few times and blew my whistle and he looked at me and left so I could continue on the trail safely. Full review

BearVault BV400

rated 3.5 of 5 stars It's required in bear country and it does the job. That's about all I can say. It's heavy, cumbersome, small, and sometimes hard to open in freezing temperatures. It's difficult to review bear canisters because they are an absolute necessity in bear country and it doesn't matter what you think about them, you gotta have one. With that said, there are a few different ones out there and I decided on the BV400 because I am a solo hiker most of the time and not out for more than 5 days at a time, and… Full review

The Poison Ivy Soap Co Poison Ivy Soap

rated 5 of 5 stars Gets rid of active poison ivy breakouts and prevents them from starting. I purchased Poison Ivy Soap from the Poison Ivy Soap Company off Amazon a few weeks ago. This year has been hard for me. I got my first breakout in early March and have had poison ivy rashes all over my body ever since. After trying to ignore it, I tried OTC creams and astringents to no avail. After some research it came down to using a course of Prednisone that I keep for knee emergencies, or Zanfel, which is very expensive… Full review

Tyr Dry Off Sport Towel

rated 5 of 5 stars This towel was invented and marketed to competitive swimmers, but is perfect for those who like to be clean in the backcountry. It works well as a washcloth, but it works better than a cotton towel, though it must be wet for it to dry! This washcloth/towel from the swimwear company far surpasses any other similar towel product sold for backpacking. The little towel holds an incredible amount of water for washing and then can be wrung out to use for drying before handing to the next person to bathe. … Full review

Yaktrax Hand Warmers

rated 5 of 5 stars Small enough to tuck away in your pack relatively unnoticed, but oh so nice to have when you need them. These rapid oxidation warmers can be used as labeled to warm your hands or just about any other parts you want to warm up. Pack them as survival gear if you want, but I carry them to be used for the happiness a little warmth can bring on winter trips. Yaktrax is well known for their traction devices, so when I came across their hand warmers at my local Renys (A Maine adventure!) last fall I grabbed… Full review

Top-Rated Safety Gear

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user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Ultimate Survival Technologies StrikeForce Fire Starter
$17 - $24
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Repel Permanone Insect Repellent
$8
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Lightload Towels Towel
$2 - $4
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Adventure Medical Kits Weekender First Aid Kit
$50 - $60
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Sea to Summit Dry Lite Towel Towel
$12
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
NRS Storm Whistle Whistle/Horn
$9
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Coghlan's Backpackers Trowel Camp Shovel/Trowel
$2
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Adventure Medical Kits Ultralight & Watertight .7 First Aid Kit
$25 - $27
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Dr. Bronner Tea Tree Liquid Soap Soap/Cleanser
$5 - $12
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
SOL Thermal Bivvy Emergency Shelter
$20 - $30
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Gerber Sport Axe II
$50
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Ultimate Survival Technologies BlastMatch Fire Starter
$20
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Coghlan's Tweezer / Magnifier First Aid Supply
$6
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Space All-Weather Blanket Emergency Shelter
$16
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Whiz Freedom Feminine Funnel Waste and Sanitation Supply/Device
$25
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Sawyer Permethrin Premium Insect Repellent Insect Repellent
$13 - $18
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
SOL Sport Utility Blanket Emergency Shelter
$17 - $21
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Tecnu Outdoor Skin Cleanser Soap/Cleanser
$8
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Coghlan's Emergency Tinder Kit Fire Starter
$4 - $5
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Counter Assault Bear Deterrent Bear Spray
$50 - $54
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
BodyGlide Anti-Chafe Hygiene Supply/Device
$6 - $15
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
QuikClot Sport First Aid Supply
$11 - $20
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Coghlan's Bear Bell with Magnetic Silencer Bear Bag/Bell
$3
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
UCO Stormproof Match Kit Fire Starter
$4 - $7
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Exotac NanoStriker XL Fire Starter
$29
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Climb On Bar First Aid Supply
$5
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Snow Peak GigaPower 2Way Torch Fire Starter
$40
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Adventure Medical Kits Pocket Survival Pak Plus Survival Kit
$70
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Adventure Medical Kits Comprehensive First Aid Kit
$170 - $199
user rating: 4 of 5 (5)
Garcia Backpackers' Cache Bear Canister
$75
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
SOL Emergency Bivvy Emergency Shelter
$16 - $23
user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
Sea to Summit Pocket Shower Hygiene Supply/Device
$30 - $32
user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
GoGirl Female Urination Device Waste and Sanitation Supply/Device
$8 - $12
user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
U-Dig-It Folding Hand Shovel and Trowel Camp Shovel/Trowel
$20
user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
BearVault BV500 Bear Canister
$80
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Yeti Bear Proof Cooler Locks Bear Safety Product
$17
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Tick Key The Tick Key First Aid Supply
$7
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
PackTowl UltraLite Towel
$10 - $14
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Coghlan's Waterproof Fire Sticks Fire Starter
$2 - $3
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond Halo 28 JetForce Avalanche Airbag Pack Avalanche Airbag Pack
$1,450
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Exotac Matchcap XL Fire Starter
$32
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
SOL Survival Poncho Emergency Shelter
$11 - $13
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Exotac NanoStriker Fire Starter
$19
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Atsko Sport-Wash Soap/Cleanser
$20
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Adventure Medical Kits Adventure First Aid 1.0 First Aid Kit
$11 - $15
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Harmony Fox 40 Whistle Whistle/Horn
$7
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Sea to Summit Wilderness Wash Soap/Cleanser
$3 - $17
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
SAM Medical SAM Splint First Aid Supply
$17
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Dr. Bronner Eucalyptus Liquid Soap Soap/Cleanser
$4 - $12
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
MSR Piezo Igniter Fire Starter
$10
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