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Recent Safety Gear Reviews

BSN Medical Leukotape P

rated 5 of 5 stars Leukotape P has replaced moleskin as my material of choice for preventing blisters. I have always had tender feet and been susceptible to blisters, so I take preventive measures and will tape my feet before a long hike.  A few years ago I noticed people on hiking forums making positive comments about Leukotape P, so I gave it a try and it has now become my material of choice to prevent blisters and is something I always carry in my pack. One of the best things about the tape for me is that it is… Full review

Thermacell Backpacker Mosquito Repeller

rated 5 of 5 stars This is a great evolution to their older handhelds, which were bulky and require their proprietary fuel cartridges. I hate DEET. I feel this is a far better solution. I've used the handhelds for years from BBQ's to week-long backpacking trips. These just plain work and you don't have to cover yourself in DEET! These are smaller, lighter, and don't require Thermacell fuel! I've already tested this new unit and it works flawlessly.  Full review

Sawyer Permethrin Premium Insect Repellent

rated 5 of 5 stars I have used DEET and other products since the early 1980s, but Permethrin treated clothes are much more effective in tick prevention based on my experience in tick-infested areas. Sawyer Permethrin can keep ticks from landing and biting, and can actually kill them on your clothes. It is the repellent I depend on for work and recreation—effective and easy to apply. A recent forum thread reminded me I hadn’t reviewed bug protection products that I planned to write up last year.  With today being… Full review

Sawyer Picaridin Insect Repellent

rated 4.5 of 5 stars I have used DEET and other products since the early 1980s as mosquito and tick prevention for work and play, but now am a full convert to Sawyer Picaridin and Permethrin combination to keep the bugs away. Picaridin has similar effectiveness to DEET without the worries about plastic degrading and other effects on gear. A recent forum thread reminded me I hadn’t reviewed bug protection products that I planned to write up last year.  With spring coming on and today being excellent gear-treating… Full review

Thermacell Backpacker Mosquito Repeller

rated 4 of 5 stars An excellent solution to the eternal mosquito problem. Face it. One of the most uncomfortable things out in the wilderness is those little insects that bother, bite, and suck our blood. It can make a lovely trip a nightmare. Thermacell has for many years made mosquito repellent devices for home, patio, and hunters/anglers. But most of their products are too bulky and heavy for backpacking. New this year is their "Backpacker" model, which is designed for those of us who travel light. The heart of… Full review

AT Beard Mower

rated 2 of 5 stars Had a date on the AT after three weeks on the trail. I tried to groom myself and it backfired. Had to settle on roasting marshmallows instead. She was a little confused. Next time I will just go for it. Full review

AT Beard Mower

rated 5 of 5 stars Created by experienced Appalachian Trail thru-hikers, the Beard Mower is a "must have" for anyone hiking a long trail. Compact and lightweight, the Beard Mower makes personal hygiene easier to maintain. Full review

ClickHeat Hand/Pocket Warmer

rated 0.5 of 5 stars Bought at a trade show. Product was grossly misrepresented! Last 20 minutes, if that. They said up to 4 hours. They said you restore by placing in warm water. Reality is you have to complete boil in water for 8-10 minutes. Little to say other than this group misrepresents a product that leaves no impression other than a scam after you learn it does 5-10% of what they say it will do. Strongly advise against any purchases from this item or company. Full review

Gerber Bear Grylls Fire Starter

rated 4.5 of 5 stars I love this firestarter. It really does the job each and every time! Overall I think this is a great product and I am quite happy with my purchase!! Full review

Top-Rated Safety Gear

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Coghlan's Candles Survival Kit
$1 - $3
Zippo Replacement Flint Fire Starter
Zippo Replacement Wick Fire Starter
Liberty Mountain Aluminum Whistle Whistle/Horn
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Tecnu Outdoor Skin Cleanser Soap/Cleanser
$1 - $8
Coghlan's Emergency Poncho Waterproof Jacket / Emergency Shelter
$1 - $2
Lifeline Instant Cold Pack First Aid Supply
Coghlan's Wilderness Signal Whistle Whistle/Horn
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Lightload Towels Towel
$2 - $4
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Coghlan's Backpackers Trowel Camp Shovel/Trowel
Coghlan's Plastic Signal Whistle Whistle/Horn
Coghlan's Toothbrush Holders Hygiene Supply/Device
Coghlan's Personal Toilet Tissue Waste and Sanitation Supply/Device
Coghlan's Soap Holder Hygiene Supply/Device
Coghlan's Fire Disc Fire Starter
Ultimate Survival Technologies Emergency Poncho Emergency Shelter
Coghlan's 5-in-1 Survival Aid Survival Kit
Ultimate Survival Technologies Emergency Blanket Emergency Shelter
Sierra Dawn Campsuds Soap/Cleanser
$2 - $11
Banana Boat Sport Performance SPF 30 Lotion Sunscreen
$2 - $12
Coghlan's Tick Remover First Aid Supply
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Sea to Summit Wilderness Wash Soap/Cleanser
$2 - $5
All Terrain Lip Armor Natural Lip Balm Sunscreen
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Coghlan's Waterproof Fire Sticks Fire Starter
$2 - $3
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
UCO Waterproof Matches Fire Starter
Coghlan's Tissue On The Go Hygiene Supply/Device
Coghlan's Featherweight Mirror Signal Mirror/Flag
$2 - $3
Coghlan's Toilet Paper Hygiene Supply/Device
Diamond Brand Strike Anywhere Matches Fire Starter
Space Emergency Blanket Emergency Shelter
$3 - $4
All Terrain Hand Sanz Natural Sanitizer Soap/Cleanser
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Coghlan's Bear Bell with Magnetic Silencer Bear Bag/Bell
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Coghlan's Biodegradable Camp Soap Soap/Cleanser
UCO Long-Burn Matches Fire Starter
Metolius Wag Bag Waste and Sanitation Supply/Device
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Restop 2 for Solid Waste Waste and Sanitation Supply/Device
$3 - $17
Liberty Bottleworks Bug Head Net Bug Net
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Dr. Bronner Liquid Soap Soap/Cleanser
$3 - $18
Counter Assault Bear Bell Bear Bag/Bell
Liberty Mountain Emergency Poncho Emergency Shelter
Adventure Medical Kits After Bite Plus First Aid/Hygiene Product
Dermatone SPF 23 Medicated Lip Balm Sunscreen
UCO Survival Matches Fire Starter
UCO Citronella Tealight Candles Insect Repellent
Lightning Nuggets Firestarters Fire Starter
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Tender AfterBite First Aid Supply
$3 - $5
Adventure Medical Kits Adventure First Aid .5 First Aid Kit
$3 - $10
Cleanwaste Wag Bag Waste and Sanitation Supply/Device
$3 - $201
Mack's Pillow Soft Earplugs First Aid Supply
Beyond Coastal SPF 15 Active Lip Balm Sunscreen
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