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Recent Survival Gear Reviews

Exotac NanoStriker XL

rated 5 of 5 stars Throws a nice spark, kinda like a glob if you get it right. Takes up no room. Best $20 I've spent in awhile. This pic below shows it. The first pic is a mini Maglite.As you can see it's a good size broken down. I would bet my life on this guy and getting my fire going. They give you several different color options and a smaller version. It really is a quality built piece of gear. Definitely worth the money. Full review

Coghlan's Waterproof Matches

rated 1.5 of 5 stars Since we do a lot of canoe camping, and camp in all weather, having waterproof matches seemed like a good idea. These matches will light when (lightly) wet, but I certainly will not purchase them again. These are a perfect example of "you get what you pay for." Inexpensive matches = poor quality. Yes, you get a lot of matches in this package...but we have found that so many break while you are trying to light them, that probably only half are actually usable. The stick portion is very flimsy and… Full review

Zippo 12 Hour Hand Warmer

rated 2.5 of 5 stars It does what it advertises, but I would add a couple of caveats. These hand warmers actually "burn" the propane, not with a flame, but they cause the naptha to combine with oxygen in the presence of a catalyst. The burning of an organic fuel produces carbon dioxide and water. If you keep this device inside your clothing the water vapor will eventually diminish the insulating properties of your outerwear. Kept in a jacket's outer pocket, as a hand warmer rather than a body warmer, it should be fine. Also,… Full review

Zippo 12 Hour Hand Warmer

rated 4 of 5 stars Refillable catalyst handwarmer. These are easy to use and work pretty well. The large Zippo handwarmer works really well. In the '70s my grandfather gave me two Jon-e handwarmers for backpacking. Those were great. Yhey probably still work, but I cannot find them. I have two of the Zippo handwarmers and have used them both. My wife uses one and I use the other. It is fairly easy to fill. The newer models have a hole in the fuel absorption material that allows for faster easier filling, but these… Full review

SOL Survival Poncho

rated 4.5 of 5 stars A light, effective emergency blanket/poncho. I've been a big fan of SOL/AMK Heatsheet blankets for some time now. Much more durable and useable than the chintzy ones you so often see labeled as emergency blankets. I've got to test the Heatsheets out a couple of times and with a little work was able to refold them and reuse them. The SOL Survival Poncho is made of the exact same proven material. Obviously at this light weight (2.7 oz) it isn't bombproof, but plenty durable for its intended purposes—a… Full review

Exotac Matchcap XL

rated 4.5 of 5 stars A great waterproof match case that can hold approximately 20 UCO Stormproof matches and includes both strike anywhere and red phosphorous striking surfaces. I bought the Matchcap XL a few years ago as an upgrade from my Exotac Matchcap, which was a great match case, but a bit small for my taste. The Matchcap XL gave me another great waterproof match case, but extended the available striking surface and made it easier to carry both matches and tinder for wet day / emergency fires. After carrying… Full review

Exotac NanoStriker

rated 4.5 of 5 stars The Exotac Nanostriker is my go-to fire starting tool. The rod and striker pack into a single piece for compact, non-jingling carry in or on your pack, ferrocerium sparks even when wet, and the ferrocerium rods are replaceable. I picked up my first Nanostriker about seven years ago. Since then, I have gone back for three more (they keep wandering off with friends / relatives!). I use this little ferrocerium rod for backpacking stoves, campfires, and once to light a BBQ at a wedding (just to prove… Full review

Soto Pocket Torch

rated 2 of 5 stars Does NOT work at 11,996 feet elevation. Does work at 5,724 feet elevation. I only attempted to use it at those two elevations so I do not know the maximum elevation at which it will work. I live in Colorado, so the Soto Pocket Torch is collecting dust in my basement, awaiting my next garage sale. Full review

Coghlan's Waterproof Fire Sticks

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Excellent, effective, and affordable fire starter tinder that light easily with match or lighter as well as with a ferrocerium rod. Perfect for inclement weather or for those occasions when you don't want to wrestle with seeking dry natural tinder. Great for backpackers, car campers, hunters, and more. Those who frequent backcountry areas with established campsites and fire rings often enjoy the classic thrill of being warmed by or even cooking over an evening camp fire, but adverse weather conditions,… Full review

Top-Rated Survival Gear

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user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Ultimate Survival Technologies StrikeForce Fire Starter
$25
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
NRS Storm Whistle Whistle/Horn
$9
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (4)
Light My Fire Swedish FireSteel Mini Fire Starter
$10
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
SOL Thermal Bivvy Emergency Shelter
$20 - $33
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
$17 - $21
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
$10
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Ultimate Survival Technologies Delta Shockproof Lighter Fire Starter
$60
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Exotac NanoStriker XL Fire Starter
$25
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 of 5 (4)
SOL Emergency Bivvy Emergency Shelter
$14 - $23
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Coghlan's Waterproof Fire Sticks Fire Starter
$2
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
$22
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Harmony Fox 40 Whistle Whistle/Horn
$7
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
MSR Piezo Igniter Fire Starter
$8 - $9
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Ultimate Survival Technologies Sparkie Fire Starter
$10
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Vargo Titanium Flint Lighter Fire Starter
$20
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Ultimate Survival Technologies Trekker Stormproof Lighter Fire Starter
$39 - $59
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Zippo Windproof Lighter Fire Starter
$14
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
MSR Strike Igniter Fire Starter
$16
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (2)
SOL Heatsheets Emergency Blanket Emergency Shelter
$4 - $5
user rating: 3 of 5 (13)
Soto Pocket Torch Fire Starter
$20
user rating: 3 of 5 (3)
SOL Origin Survival Kit
$35 - $39
user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
Coghlan's Waterproof Matches Fire Starter
$5
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
$5
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (3)
SOL Escape Bivvy Emergency Shelter
$50 - $60
user rating: 1.5 of 5 (1)
Soto Pocket Torch XT Fire Starter
$25
user rating: 1.5 of 5 (1)
Gerber Bear Grylls Fire Starter Fire Starter
$19
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
UCO Titan Stormproof Match Kit Fire Starter
$10
Fox 40 Rescue Howler Whistle/Horn
$9
SOL Rescue Howler Whistle/Horn
$9
 
Kovea Igniter Fire Starter
$8
Coghlan's Stainless Steel Mirror Signal Mirror/Flag
$4
Coghlan's Emergency Stove
$6
Zippo Campfire Starter Cedar Puck Fire Starter
$2
UCO Titan Stormproof Matches Fire Starter
$10
SOL Heavy Duty Emergency Blanket Emergency Shelter
$13 - $14
Ultimate Survival Technologies ParaKnife Kit 4.0 Survival Kit
$50
Nexus Rescue Whistle Whistle/Horn
$4
Exotac Matchcap Fire Starter
$17 - $24
UCO Strike-On-Box Matches Fire Starter
$2
Gerber Bear Grylls Ultimate Survival Kit
$55
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