Safety Gear

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Avalanche Safety
Bear Safety
First Aid and Hygiene
Sun and Bug Protection
Survival Gear

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$50 - $99.99
$100 - $199.99
$200 - $299.99
$300 - $399.99
$400 - $499.99
$500 and above

Recent Safety Gear Reviews

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

ClickHeat Hand/Pocket Warmer

rated 0.5 of 5 stars Overpriced and inconvenient. I do not recommend this product. Definitely stay away from the kiosk at the events where this item is being sold. It is a waste of money. The product worked the first time, stayed warm for about an hour. The product has to be placed in boiling water—major waste of time and energy. The product leaks after being placed in boiling water, which is a required process to restore the product. Overpriced and inconvenient. I do not recommend this product. Definitely stay away… Full review

Top-Rated Safety Gear

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user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Thermacell Backpacker Mosquito Repeller reviewed Apr 16, 2017
$40 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Sawyer Permethrin Premium Insect Repellent reviewed Apr 9, 2017
$12 - $18
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Sawyer Picaridin Insect Repellent reviewed Apr 9, 2017
$3 - $9
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (2)
AT Beard Mower reviewed Apr 1, 2017
user rating: 1 of 5 (7)
ClickHeat Hand/Pocket Warmer reviewed Mar 17, 2017
user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
Gerber Bear Grylls Fire Starter reviewed Mar 11, 2017
$12 - $18
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
UCO Titan Stormproof Match Kit reviewed Mar 3, 2017
$8 - $9
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (3)
Exotac NanoStriker XL reviewed Feb 16, 2017
$25 - $29
 
Fatwood reviewed Feb 15, 2017
user rating: 5 of 5 (6)
TheTentLab Deuce of Spades reviewed Feb 13, 2017
$20
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Space All-Weather Blanket reviewed Feb 11, 2017
$16
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Ultimate Survival Technologies BlastMatch reviewed Feb 9, 2017
$17 - $19
user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
Light My Fire Tinder-on-a-Rope reviewed Feb 9, 2017
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Coghlan's Backpackers Trowel reviewed Feb 1, 2017
$2
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
UCO Sweetfire Strikable Fire Starter reviewed Jan 15, 2017
$6 MSRP
NEW!
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Vargo Ultimate Fire Starter reviewed Jan 8, 2017
$25
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Wild Ideas Bearikade Weekender reviewed Jan 4, 2017
$288 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Chamois Butt’r Chamois Butt'r Original reviewed Nov 28, 2016
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
SlingFin CrossBow 2 Mesh Drop-In reviewed Nov 22, 2016
$90 MSRP
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
PROcure Epsom Salt Rub reviewed Nov 17, 2016
$8 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
U.S. Armed Forces U.S. Military Fire Starter Trioxane Fuel Bars reviewed Nov 10, 2016
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
Coghlan's Fire Paste reviewed Nov 9, 2016
$5
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Chamois Butt’r GoStik reviewed Oct 26, 2016
$15 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Para'Kito Mosquito Repellent Band reviewed Oct 4, 2016
$20 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Counter Assault Bear Deterrent reviewed Sep 29, 2016
$45 - $54
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Adventure Medical Kits Ultralight & Watertight .7 reviewed Sep 27, 2016
$25 - $29
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Coghlan's Deluxe Mosquito Head Net reviewed Sep 22, 2016
$5
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
pStyle reviewed Sep 21, 2016
$12 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Sawyer Stay-Put Sunscreen SPF 30 reviewed Sep 14, 2016
$7 - $12
user rating: 4 of 5 (6)
Garcia Backpackers' Cache reviewed Sep 11, 2016
$75
user rating: 0.5 of 5 (3)
Perfect Fitness Cooling Towel reviewed Aug 24, 2016
$10 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Sabre Pepper Spray reviewed Jul 14, 2016
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Compeed reviewed Jun 23, 2016
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
BugBaffler Insect Protective Headnet reviewed Jun 19, 2016
$9 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Coghlan's Bear Bell with Magnetic Silencer reviewed Jun 17, 2016
$3
user rating: 3 of 5 (3)
BearVault BV400 reviewed Jun 17, 2016
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
The Poison Ivy Soap Co Poison Ivy Soap reviewed Jun 17, 2016
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Tyr Dry Off Sport Towel reviewed Jun 17, 2016
$13 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Yaktrax Hand Warmers reviewed May 30, 2016
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
UCO Stormproof Match Kit reviewed Apr 22, 2016
$7
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
UCO Waterproof Matches reviewed Apr 22, 2016
$2
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond Halo 28 JetForce Avalanche Airbag Pack reviewed Mar 18, 2016
$825 - $1,449
user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
Sawyer Extractor Pump Kit reviewed Feb 18, 2016
$15 - $17
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Jason Aloe Vera 98% Moisturizing Gel reviewed Dec 15, 2015
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Whiz Freedom Feminine Funnel reviewed Dec 5, 2015
$25
user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
Coghlan's Waterproof Matches reviewed Nov 29, 2015
$5
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
REI Mini Multitowel reviewed Nov 26, 2015
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
BodyGlide Anti-Chafe reviewed Nov 26, 2015
$10
user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
Zippo 12 Hour Hand Warmer reviewed Nov 25, 2015
Ultralight Backpacking Titanium Cathole Trowel reviewed Nov 19, 2015
$25 MSRP
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