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Recent Survival Gear Reviews

Vargo Titanium Flint Lighter

rated 4 of 5 stars A great lightweight and dependable fire starting tool that takes up hardly any space and works in any weather. The flint is readily replaceable, making this a good long term investment. From Vargo Outdoors: A trusty Titanium tool which gives a dependable spark even in the worst conditions. This spark lighter even works after being doused with water, this is a great choice if you want a reliable way of lighting a stove whilst still being super lightweight. A built-in clip lets you easily store this… Full review

Zippo Windproof Lighter

rated 4 of 5 stars Old reliable — it's been in pockets all over the world in all situations for nearly a century. Zippo's wick lighters, the 'windproof' lighters, have been used around the world since the 1930s. The design has hardly changed, aside from updating materials, in all that time. Parts from a 1940s zippo will fit into a modern day Zippo. I carried WWII era Zippo for over a decade and the only time it let me down was when I forgot to fill it. I currently have a modern production Zippo and it's just as… Full review

InstaFire

rated 1 of 5 stars Insta-Fire Fire Starter is product that did not live up to its claims. This user was provided a package of Insta-Fire that was suppose to light up to four fires. However, I was unable to light even one in wet conditions. Let me start by saying my fire building skills are probably less than PillowThread's. That is why my rating is so different from his. Let me go back to the beginning... I wouldn't call my neighbor Carrie a “groupie,” but she sure loves to bring me stuff to try in the outdoors. Full review

Ultimate Survival Technologies Delta Shockproof Lighter

rated 5 of 5 stars I bought it new. Upon receiving, my wife washed it when she put the pants into the washer without checking the pockets. The cap was locked and the safety lock was on. When I realized it got soaked inside the washer, I took a look at the butane chamber. There was dampness inside and I left the lighter three consecutive days inside the house without closing the lid. The dampness disappeared at the end. I then read the specification and kind of understood the high quality butane requirement. A friend… Full review

Friendly Swede Paracord Bracelet

rated 3.5 of 5 stars Officially called "The Friendly Swede Adjustable Premium Paracord Bracelet with Fire Starter and Sharp Eye Knife," this paracord bracelet includes a useful emergency fire steel and a cutting implement that doubles as a fire steel striker in addition to about 17 ft/5.18 m of paracord. Quality components make this a good survival-style bracelet for anyone who doesn't mind the bulk of this hefty bracelet—campers, hunters, or anyone who wishes to be prepared for the unexpected. What It Is Paracord… Full review

SOL Escape Bivvy

rated 0.5 of 5 stars A mylar blanket does a better job of reflecting heat. I've tested this bivy in temps from the 40s down into the teens. Every time I ended up colder than when I didn't use it at all. Instead of reflecting heat back to me, the Escape Bivvy seemed to conduct heat away from my body like a heat sink. I contacted customer service and their idea was that the bivy was compressing the insulation in my mummy bag. That sounded like a good theory since it doesn't offer much room with a sleeping bag inside. Full review

SOL Emergency Blanket

rated 3 of 5 stars Best when new. I used this once to keep my butt dry while I sat on a riverbank while my son played in the water. It is not a very good thermal barrier, being so thin heat conducts to the ground right through it. The aluminum coating might reflect radiant heat and as a tarp it certainly will keep you dry and out of the breeze. That said when I went to use it a second time all of the aluminum reflective material had come off. It still will make a light ground cloth or an emergency tarp, but its claim… 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

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

Top-Rated Survival Gear

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user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
Light My Fire Swedish FireSteel Mini Fire Starter
$7 - $9
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Light My Fire Swedish FireSteel Scout Fire Starter
$10 - $12
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Ultimate Survival Technologies StrikeForce Fire Starter
$20 - $24
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
NRS Storm Whistle Whistle/Horn
$9
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Doan Magnesium Fire Starting Tool Fire Starter
$8 - $12
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
SOL Thermal Bivvy Emergency Shelter
$20 - $33
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Mautz Fire Ribbon Fire Starter
$5
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Ultimate Survival Technologies BlastMatch Fire Starter
$20 - $24
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Space All-Weather Blanket Emergency Shelter
$16
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
SOL Sport Utility Blanket Emergency Shelter
$18 - $22
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Coghlan's Emergency Tinder Kit Fire Starter
$4 - $5
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Ultimate Survival Technologies WetFire Tinder Fire Starter
$8 - $9
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Light My Fire Swedish FireSteel Army Fire Starter
$20
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Coghlan's Waterproof Matches Fire Starter
$3 - $4
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Ultimate Survival Technologies Delta Shockproof Lighter Fire Starter
$42 - $59
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: 4.5 of 5 (1)
MSR Handheld Piezo Igniter Fire Starter
$10
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Harmony Fox 40 Whistle Whistle/Horn
$7
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Light My Fire Swedish FireSteel 2.0 Fire Starter
$14 - $19
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Ultimate Survival Technologies Sparkie Fire Starter
$8 - $14
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Ultimate Survival Technologies Trekker Stormproof Lighter Fire Starter
$18 - $59
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Zippo Windproof Lighter Fire Starter
$20
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
MSR Strike Igniter Fire Starter
$16
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (3)
SOL Emergency Bivvy Emergency Shelter
$13 - $22
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (2)
SOL Emergency Blanket Emergency Shelter
$4 - $5
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
REI Tri-Power Safety Whistle Whistle/Horn
$5
user rating: 3 of 5 (12)
Soto Pocket Torch Fire Starter
$20
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Coghlan's Four Function Whistle Whistle/Horn
$5
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (1)
Light My Fire Tinder on a Rope Fire Starter
$4
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (3)
SOL Escape Bivvy Emergency Shelter
$50
user rating: 2 of 5 (2)
SOL Origin Survival Kit
$25 - $40
user rating: 1.5 of 5 (1)
Soto Pocket Torch XT Fire Starter
$25
user rating: 1 of 5 (1)
Coghlan's Lantern Lighter Fire Starter
$5
user rating: 0.5 of 5 (1)
Coghlan's Magnesium Fire Starter Fire Starter
$8
SOL Rescue Howler Whistle/Horn
$9
Coghlan's Fire Sticks Fire Starter
$2
Coghlan's Stainless Steel Mirror Signal Mirror/Flag
$4
Coghlan's Emergency Stove
$6
Zippo Campfire Starter Cedar Puck Fire Starter
$2
SOL Slim Rescue Howler Whistle/Horn
$6
Terra Nova Superlite Bothy 4 Emergency Shelter
$119
 
Terra Nova Bothy 12 Emergency Shelter
$85
Ultimate Survival Technologies ParaKnife Kit 4.0 Survival Kit
$30 - $49
Nexus Rescue Whistle Whistle/Horn
$4
UCO Strike-On-Box Matches Fire Starter
$2
Terra Nova Superlite Bothy 2 Emergency Shelter
$85
Gerber Bear Grylls Ultimate Survival Kit
$55
 
Terra Nova Bothy 8 Emergency Shelter
$64
Ultimate Survival Technologies Floating Lighter Fire Starter
$20
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