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Recent Survival Gear Reviews

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

SOL Origin

rated 5 of 5 stars This is a great Grab n` Go survival kit for backpacking or hiking trips. The SOL Origin is just the right amount of equipment if you find yourself in bad way. The compass, knife, and fire strike are a "must have" in any survival scenario. The whistle and flash signal mirror may just be the difference between being rescued or not. The LED light,  cordage and fishing kit are great extras, along with the 62 point survival instructions, and the ability to add items like water tablets and and a water… Full review

SOL Emergency Bivvy

rated 5 of 5 stars Caught out in the mountains two nights ago and used my bivvy for four hours until daylight. Kept me dry and comfortable, even though laid out on a rock!! (Surrounded by boggy ground.)Problem now to repack!!? Full review

Top-Rated Survival Gear

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user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Friendly Swede Paracord Bracelet Survival Kit
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
SE Magnesium Fire Starter Fire Starter
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Summit Turbo Flame Lighter Fire Starter
ACR Hot Shot Signal Mirror Signal Mirror/Flag
$11 - $12
ACR Signal Whistle Whistle/Horn
ACR Survival Res-Q Whistle Whistle/Horn
Adventure Medical Kits 10 Essentials Leader RT First Aid Kit Survival Kit
Adventure Medical Kits Essentials Personal RT Survival Kit
Adventure Medical Kits Pocket Survival Pak Survival Kit
$30 - $34
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Adventure Medical Kits Pocket Survival Pak Plus Survival Kit
Adventure Medical Kits Spark-Lite Fire Starter
Adventure Medical Kits Tinder-Quick Fire Starter
Adventure Medical Kits TinderQuik Refill Fire Starter
Baladeo Fire Starter Fire Starter
Blizzard Survival Blanket Emergency Shelter
Blizzard Survival Bag Emergency Shelter
$39 MSRP
Blizzard Survival Jacket Emergency Shelter
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Brunton /Gerber Survival Combo Survival Kit
Brunton Firestorm Stormproof Lighter Fire Starter
Brunton Primus PowerLighter Fire Starter
Brunton Striker Fire Starter
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Brunton Survival Card Kit Survival Kit
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Cabela's Windmill Classic Stormproof Lighter Fire Starter
CAMP Sliding Camp Saw
$12 - $14
Campmor Traditional Flint & Steel Fire Starter
Chums Rescue Whistle Whistle/Horn
Coghlan's 36-hour Survival Candle Fire Starter
Coghlan's 5-in-1 Survival Aid Survival Kit
Coghlan's All-Weather Emergency Bag Emergency Shelter
Coghlan's Camp Heat
Coghlan's Candles Survival Kit
$1 - $4
Coghlan's Deluxe Brass Whistle Whistle/Horn
Coghlan's Emergency Blanket Emergency Shelter
Coghlan's Emergency Poncho Waterproof Jacket / Emergency Shelter
Coghlan's Emergency Preparedness Kit Survival Kit
Coghlan's Emergency Stove
Coghlan's Emergency Survival Horn Whistle/Horn
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Coghlan's Emergency Tinder Kit Fire Starter
$4 - $5
Coghlan's Featherweight Mirror Signal Mirror/Flag
Coghlan's Fire Disc Fire Starter
Coghlan's Fire Lighters Fire Starter
Coghlan's Fire Paste Fire Starter
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Coghlan's Four Function Whistle Whistle/Horn
Coghlan's Hand Warmer Survival Kit
user rating: 1 of 5 (1)
Coghlan's Lantern Lighter Fire Starter
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Coghlan's Lightweight Poncho Waterproof Jacket / Emergency Shelter
Coghlan's Long Burning Emergency Candle Survival Kit
user rating: 0.5 of 5 (1)
Coghlan's Magnesium Fire Starter Fire Starter
Coghlan's Plastic Signal Whistle Whistle/Horn
Coghlan's Poncho for Kids Waterproof Jacket / Emergency Shelter
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