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Recent Survival Gear Reviews

Yaktrax Hand Warmers

rated 5 of 5 stars Small enough to tuck away in your pack relatively unnoticed, but oh so nice to have when you need them. These rapid oxidation warmers can be used as labeled to warm your hands or just about any other parts you want to warm up. Pack them as survival gear if you want, but I carry them to be used for the happiness a little warmth can bring on winter trips. Yaktrax is well known for their traction devices, so when I came across their hand warmers at my local Renys (A Maine adventure!) last fall I grabbed… Full review

ClickHeat Hand/Pocket Warmer

rated 0.5 of 5 stars This product gets very hot, but only for about a 1/2 hour. It then needs boiling in a pan for at least 15 minutes to re-charge the crystals. This is fiddly and potentially dangerous for scalding with kids or disabled people. I was at the NAIDEX Expo last Thursday 28th April, with my support workers and we visited your stand there. (Clickheat) I am disabled from birth with cerebral palsy.  We were very interested in the heat products that you were displaying, as I felt this would be beneficial… Full review

UCO Stormproof Match Kit

rated 5 of 5 stars Okay, hopefully my final review of matches! These matches are amazing, and are now kept in our emergency kits, should we ever need to start a fire in extreme conditions. The matches are heavy duty, definitely waterproof, and the case and extra strikers make this a solid, though not expensive, addition to any emergency outdoor gear kit. We purchased this set of 25 matches,as part of the UCO set which includes a waterproof case, 25 matches, and 2 extra striker strips. These guys are heavy duty! Strong… Full review

UCO Waterproof Matches

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Last fall, I reviewed a very disappointing brand of "waterproof" matches. Since then, I have obtained two types of UCO matches, and both are amazing upgrades, and are dependable components of our fire kits. When canoe camping, and tent camping in all types of weather, we need to have reliable matches. This review is for the UCO WATERPROOF MATCHES, which we have used through last fall, winter, and early spring. These are dependably, easy to light matches, which we use for camping in all weather conditions,… Full review

ClickHeat Hand/Pocket Warmer

rated 1.5 of 5 stars Click Heat gel packs have a small metal disc inside. When "clicked" the disc causes the gel in the pack to solidify and become hot through an exothermic reaction. They are really neat but quite impractical for the outdoors. They only last about 1/2 hour. These are just little 3 x 3 inch packets. You bend the small metal disk inside. When it clicks, there's an instant reaction that causes the gel inside to solidify. packets after "click" The heat comes instantly.  I brought these up north (Minnesota)… Full review

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

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 (3)
SOL Thermal Bivvy Emergency Shelter
$20 - $30
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Ultimate Survival Technologies BlastMatch Fire Starter
$20
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)
UCO Stormproof Match Kit Fire Starter
$4 - $7
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Exotac NanoStriker XL Fire Starter
$29
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
$16 - $23
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Coghlan's Waterproof Fire Sticks Fire Starter
$2 - $3
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
$19
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
$10
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Vargo Titanium Flint Lighter Fire Starter
$18
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Zippo Windproof Lighter Fire Starter
$14 - $19
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
 
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
SOL Slim Rescue Howler Whistle/Horn
$6
Terra Nova Bothy 12 Emergency Shelter
$85
UCO Titan Stormproof Matches Fire Starter
$10
 
SOL Urban Survivor Kit Survival Kit
$80
SOL Heavy Duty Emergency Blanket Emergency Shelter
$13
Ultimate Survival Technologies ParaKnife Kit 4.0 Survival Kit
$50
Nexus Rescue Whistle Whistle/Horn
$4
Exotac Matchcap Fire Starter
$25
Terra Nova Superlite Bothy 2 Emergency Shelter
$85
Gerber Bear Grylls Ultimate Survival Kit
$55
Terra Nova Bothy 8 Emergency Shelter
$64
Terra Nova Bothy 4 Emergency Shelter
$47
Coghlan's Emergency Poncho Waterproof Jacket / Emergency Shelter
$3
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