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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

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

Ultimate Survival Technologies StrikeForce

rated 5 of 5 stars This is one of the best fire starters I have ever owned. The shower of sparks that are emitted is amazing and if the tinder you are using is flammable it will light. This fire starter is ideal for survival, outdoor/adverse fire starting conditions I highly recommend this fire starter to anyone who spends time outside and is building fires or practicing survival skills. I am a true believer in the UST StrikeForce fire starter. The ferrocerium rod and striker bar emit by far one the best shower of… Full review

Doan Magnesium Fire Starting Tool

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Great product, magnesium is easy to shave from the bar and the flint is attached solidly. All in all a great product to have in your kit. Burns white hot as it should. Mix this with some waxed jute or other tinder and even in miserable conditions you should get a fire started. Make sure you have something to strike the flint with and something that will collect a quarter sized pile of magnesium in and you're good to go. If this is your first time using a mag bar practice in the backyard before you… Full review

Light My Fire Swedish FireSteel Mini

rated 5 of 5 stars It just WORKS! This thing just WORKS! I could end it there, but allow me a moment of your time and  I'll embellish a little. I've used this to start everything from dry pine needles and leaves to sawdust to a white gas stove. Cotton balls with a dab of hand sanitizer catch the spark perfectly. The striker throws a spark far enough to light an alcohol stove (soda can, Vargo or Trangia) or safely ignite my Svea 123R. I now carry one in each of my packs, one in each vehicle, and a spare in my expedition… Full review

MSR Strike Igniter

rated 4 of 5 stars The MSR Strike Igniter is a reliable fire starter that is not affected by wet conditions or high altitudes. Although it requires two hands to operate and weighs an ounce more than a Bic lighter, there are enough strikes in this unit to light a thru-hiker's stove and campfire as he/she conquers all three of the U.S. long trails. With this in your pack, you'll never fear of lighter failure. When Trailspace assigned me the MSR Strike Igniter for Review Corps testing, they requested that I use it multiple… Full review

SE Magnesium Fire Starter

rated 5 of 5 stars Your attention please: Now with new improved pictures of FIRE! Finding a flint and steel fire-starter is no challenge. What if I told you this is a flint and steel fire starter that sits in a magnesium block, and that the magnesium ACTUALLY WORKS!! Not enough? I also include pictures of fire in my review. Now that's a Friday review for ya! Read on! I had this type of magnesium-block fire starter before, so I had a certain expectation of how well the magnesium should shave off the block and how well… Full review

Top-Rated Survival Gear

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Light My Fire Swedish FireSteel Mini
user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
Light My Fire Swedish FireSteel Mini Fire Starter
$7 - $9
Light My Fire Swedish FireSteel Scout
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Light My Fire Swedish FireSteel Scout Fire Starter
$10 - $12
Ultimate Survival Technologies StrikeForce
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Ultimate Survival Technologies StrikeForce Fire Starter
$17 - $19
NRS Storm Whistle
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
NRS Storm Whistle Whistle/Horn
$9
Doan Magnesium Fire Starting Tool
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Doan Magnesium Fire Starting Tool Fire Starter
$8 - $12
SOL Thermal Bivvy
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
SOL Thermal Bivvy Emergency Shelter
$20 - $33
Mautz Fire Ribbon
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Mautz Fire Ribbon Fire Starter
$5
Ultimate Survival Technologies BlastMatch
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Ultimate Survival Technologies BlastMatch Fire Starter
$17 - $19
Space All-Weather Blanket
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Space All-Weather Blanket Emergency Shelter
$16
SOL Sport Utility Blanket
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
SOL Sport Utility Blanket Emergency Shelter
$14 - $22
Coghlan's Emergency Tinder Kit
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Coghlan's Emergency Tinder Kit Fire Starter
$4 - $5
Ultimate Survival Technologies WetFire Tinder
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Ultimate Survival Technologies WetFire Tinder Fire Starter
$7
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Light My Fire Swedish FireSteel Army Fire Starter
$20
Coghlan's Waterproof Matches
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Coghlan's Waterproof Matches Fire Starter
$3 - $4
Snow Peak GigaPower 2Way Torch
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Snow Peak GigaPower 2Way Torch Fire Starter
$40
Adventure Medical Kits Pocket Survival Pak Plus
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Adventure Medical Kits Pocket Survival Pak Plus Survival Kit
$70
MSR Handheld Piezo Igniter
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
MSR Handheld Piezo Igniter Fire Starter
$7 - $9
Harmony Fox 40 Whistle
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Harmony Fox 40 Whistle Whistle/Horn
$7
Light My Fire Swedish FireSteel 2.0
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Light My Fire Swedish FireSteel 2.0 Fire Starter
$14 - $19
Ultimate Survival Technologies Sparkie
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Ultimate Survival Technologies Sparkie Fire Starter
$6 - $14
Ultimate Survival Technologies Trekker Stormproof Lighter
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Ultimate Survival Technologies Trekker Stormproof Lighter Fire Starter
$29 - $59
MSR Strike Igniter
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user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
MSR Strike Igniter Fire Starter
$13 - $15
SOL Emergency Bivvy
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (3)
SOL Emergency Bivvy Emergency Shelter
$13 - $22
SOL Emergency Blanket
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (2)
SOL Emergency Blanket Emergency Shelter
$4 - $5
REI Tri-Power Safety Whistle
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
REI Tri-Power Safety Whistle Whistle/Horn
$5
Soto Pocket Torch
user rating: 3 of 5 (12)
Soto Pocket Torch Fire Starter
$20
SOL Escape Bivvy
user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
SOL Escape Bivvy Emergency Shelter
$50
Coghlan's Four Function Whistle
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Coghlan's Four Function Whistle Whistle/Horn
$5
Light My Fire Tinder on a Rope
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (1)
Light My Fire Tinder on a Rope Fire Starter
$4
Light My Fire Maya Dust
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (2)
Light My Fire Maya Dust Fire Starter
$4
SOL Origin
user rating: 2 of 5 (2)
SOL Origin Survival Kit
$25 - $40
Soto Pocket Torch XT
user rating: 1.5 of 5 (1)
Soto Pocket Torch XT Fire Starter
$25
Gerber Bear Grylls Fire Starter
user rating: 1.5 of 5 (1)
Gerber Bear Grylls Fire Starter Fire Starter
$15
Coghlan's Lantern Lighter
user rating: 1 of 5 (1)
Coghlan's Lantern Lighter Fire Starter
$4
Coghlan's Magnesium Fire Starter
user rating: 0.5 of 5 (1)
Coghlan's Magnesium Fire Starter Fire Starter
$7 - $8
SOL Rescue Howler
SOL Rescue Howler Whistle/Horn
$6 - $9
 
Kovea Igniter Fire Starter
$10
Coghlan's Fire Sticks
Coghlan's Fire Sticks Fire Starter
$2
Coghlan's Stainless Steel Mirror
Coghlan's Stainless Steel Mirror Signal Mirror/Flag
$4
Coghlan's Emergency Stove
Coghlan's Emergency Stove
$6
Zippo Campfire Starter Cedar Puck
Zippo Campfire Starter Cedar Puck Fire Starter
$2
SOL Slim Rescue Howler
SOL Slim Rescue Howler Whistle/Horn
$6
Terra Nova Superlite Bothy 4
Terra Nova Superlite Bothy 4 Emergency Shelter
$119
Terra Nova Bothy 12
Terra Nova Bothy 12 Emergency Shelter
$85
McNett Whistle Buckle Kit
McNett Whistle Buckle Kit Whistle/Horn
$5
Nexus Rescue Whistle
Nexus Rescue Whistle Whistle/Horn
$4
UCO Strike-On-Box Matches
UCO Strike-On-Box Matches Fire Starter
$2
Gerber Bear Grylls Ultimate Survival Kit
Gerber Bear Grylls Ultimate Survival Kit
$55
Zippo Hand Warmer
Zippo Hand Warmer
$20
L.L.Bean Wicked Good Hand Warmers
L.L.Bean Wicked Good Hand Warmers
$25
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