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Recent Safety Gear Reviews

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

BearVault BV450 Solo

rated 4 of 5 stars Best bear canister solution available — at least of those that I know of. All bear canisters are a nuisance, but the BearVault design addresses the critical problems with the designs that require a coin to open. Large opening and transparent sides make it easy to load and retrieve the contents. We picked up two BV450 BearVaults three years ago and have used them several times on trips to the Wind River range in Wyoming. We use two instead of a single large one. This allows for redundancy in case… Full review

Garcia Backpackers' Cache

rated 2 of 5 stars Better than nothing. I've used the Garcia product a few times. While it may serve the need, it is difficult to load, due to the small opening. Who in the world carries a coin while backpacking. The screw-like closure is a pain to open. Is it effective? If it is hard for me to open and get stuff out, it will certainly be so for a bear. Full review

Sawyer Extractor Pump Kit

rated 5 of 5 stars This is the only proven snake bite kit on the market!!! This is a very nice kit for stings and snake bites. It is the only one proven successful on the market. The others are dangerous. The Sawyer only pumps the wound/bite area. The others use old school methods that do worse than good, like cutting the bite area and using a tourniquet. This is very dangerous. This kit comes with everything to clean/sanitize the area, razor to shave hair in area, and a powerful pump to draw out venom/poison with… Full review

Mautz Fire Ribbon

rated 5 of 5 stars Instant fire in a tube. Mautz Fire Ribbon is a naptha paste in a tube (translate that to napalm). While it can actually be used to cook with, the odor would be somewhat displeasing.  My main use for the product is for priming my gasoline stoves, especially if I need to use them in a tent. The paste is easy to place in the spirit cup of the stove, and it burns hot without the typical flaring that occurs with gasoline priming. On the package Mautz advertises the Fire Ribbon will "light wet wood". Full review

Top-Rated Safety Gear

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Tick Key The Tick Key
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Tick Key
The Tick Key
reviewed Sep 15, 2014
$6
Podsacs Waste Management System L
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Podsacs
Waste Management System L
reviewed Sep 2, 2014
U-Dig-It Folding Hand Shovel and Trowel
user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
U-Dig-It
Folding Hand Shovel and Trowel
reviewed Aug 11, 2014
$18 - $19
SOLKOA Fastfire Fire Starting Kit
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
SOLKOA
Fastfire Fire Starting Kit
reviewed Jul 18, 2014
$20 MSRP
BearVault BV450 Solo
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (3)
BearVault
BV450 Solo
reviewed Jul 17, 2014
$59 - $66
Garcia Backpackers' Cache
user rating: 4 of 5 (5)
Garcia
Backpackers' Cache
reviewed Jul 10, 2014
$75
Sawyer Extractor Pump Kit
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Sawyer
Extractor Pump Kit
reviewed Jul 4, 2014
$16 - $18
Mautz Fire Ribbon
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Mautz
Fire Ribbon
reviewed Jun 18, 2014
$5
Bison Designs Capsule
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Bison Designs
Capsule
reviewed Jun 13, 2014
Yeti-Exner Design Bear Proof Cooler Locks
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Yeti-Exner Design
Bear Proof Cooler Locks
reviewed Jun 11, 2014
$17
Ultimate Survival Technologies StrikeForce
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Ultimate Survival Technologies
StrikeForce
reviewed Jun 5, 2014
$20 - $24
Restop  2 for Solid Waste
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Restop
2 for Solid Waste
reviewed May 12, 2014
$17
Sea to Summit Pocket Shower
user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
Sea to Summit
Pocket Shower
reviewed Apr 17, 2014
$30
Doan Magnesium Fire Starting Tool
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Doan
Magnesium Fire Starting Tool
reviewed Apr 17, 2014
$8 - $12
2Toms SportShield
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
2Toms
SportShield
reviewed Apr 12, 2014
Light My Fire Swedish FireSteel Mini
user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
Light My Fire
Swedish FireSteel Mini
reviewed Apr 2, 2014
$7 - $9
MSR Strike Igniter
NEW!
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
MSR
Strike Igniter
reviewed Mar 31, 2014
$16
available 2014
SE Magnesium Fire Starter
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)

SE Magnesium Fire Starter
reviewed Mar 28, 2014
Sea to Summit Wilderness Wash
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Sea to Summit
Wilderness Wash
reviewed Mar 23, 2014
$3
GoGirl Female Urination Device
user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
GoGirl
Female Urination Device
reviewed Mar 16, 2014
$10 - $12
Ultimate Survival Technologies WetFire Tinder
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Ultimate Survival Technologies
WetFire Tinder
reviewed Mar 16, 2014
$8
Light My Fire Swedish FireSteel 2.0
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Light My Fire
Swedish FireSteel 2.0
reviewed Mar 11, 2014
$14 - $19
DZ Laboratories dznuts Pro
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)

DZ Laboratories dznuts Pro
reviewed Mar 10, 2014
$24 MSRP
Light My Fire Swedish FireSteel Scout
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Light My Fire
Swedish FireSteel Scout
reviewed Mar 8, 2014
$10 - $12
3M Cavit Temporary Filling
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
3M
Cavit Temporary Filling
reviewed Mar 8, 2014
Sawyer Permethrin Repellent for Clothing
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Sawyer
Permethrin Repellent for Clothing
reviewed Mar 8, 2014
$13 - $18
Vargo Titanium Emergency Whistle
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Vargo
Titanium Emergency Whistle
reviewed Feb 22, 2014
$11
SOL Origin
user rating: 2 of 5 (2)
SOL
Origin
reviewed Jan 19, 2014
$32 - $40
Soto Pocket Torch
user rating: 3 of 5 (12)
Soto
Pocket Torch
reviewed Dec 26, 2013
$20
Bag Balm
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)

Bag Balm
reviewed Dec 22, 2013
Adventure Medical Kits Pocket Survival Pak Plus
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Adventure Medical Kits
Pocket Survival Pak Plus
reviewed Dec 19, 2013
$60 - $69
SOL Sport Utility Blanket
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
SOL
Sport Utility Blanket
reviewed Dec 12, 2013
$18 - $22
Coghlan's Backpackers Trowel
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Coghlan's
Backpackers Trowel
reviewed Dec 12, 2013
$2
Adventure Medical Kits Comprehensive
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Adventure Medical Kits
Comprehensive
reviewed Dec 11, 2013
$160 - $199
Adventure Medical Kits Weekender
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Adventure Medical Kits
Weekender
reviewed Dec 11, 2013
$45 - $60
Adventure Medical Kits Ultralight / Watertight .7
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Adventure Medical Kits
Ultralight / Watertight .7
reviewed Dec 9, 2013
$20 - $26
Summit Turbo Flame Lighter
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)

Summit Turbo Flame Lighter
reviewed Nov 16, 2013
MSR Handheld Piezo Igniter
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
MSR
Handheld Piezo Igniter
reviewed Nov 13, 2013
$7 - $9
UCO Citronella Candles
user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
UCO
Citronella Candles
reviewed Oct 18, 2013
$3 - $4
Light My Fire Maya Dust
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (2)
Light My Fire
Maya Dust
reviewed Oct 14, 2013
$3 - $4
Light My Fire Tinder on a Rope
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (1)
Light My Fire
Tinder on a Rope
reviewed Oct 14, 2013
$4
Action Wipes  Body Wipes
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Action Wipes
Body Wipes
reviewed Oct 2, 2013
Sportslick
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)

Sportslick
reviewed Sep 26, 2013
Paper Shower Original Body Wipes
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)

Paper Shower Original Body Wipes
reviewed Sep 26, 2013
Ultimate Survival Technologies Sparkie
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Ultimate Survival Technologies
Sparkie
reviewed Sep 5, 2013
$7 - $14
BugButton SuperBand
user rating: 3 of 5 (2)

BugButton SuperBand
reviewed Sep 1, 2013
Duration Permethrin
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)

Duration Permethrin
reviewed Aug 29, 2013
Repel 100 Pump Spray
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Repel
100 Pump Spray
reviewed Aug 8, 2013
$5
3M Ultrathon 33 Insect Repellent Sponge Applicator
user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
3M
Ultrathon 33 Insect Repellent Sponge Applicator
reviewed Aug 4, 2013
$13
SOL Escape Bivvy
user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
SOL
Escape Bivvy
reviewed May 21, 2013
$40 - $50
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