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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

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

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
$4
ACR Survival Res-Q Whistle Whistle/Horn
$2
Adventure Medical Kits 10 Essentials Leader RT First Aid Kit Survival Kit
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Adventure Medical Kits Essentials Personal RT Survival Kit
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Adventure Medical Kits Pocket Survival Pak Survival Kit
$27 - $33
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Adventure Medical Kits Pocket Survival Pak Plus Survival Kit
$70
Adventure Medical Kits Spark-Lite Fire Starter
$8
Adventure Medical Kits Tinder-Quick Fire Starter
$4
 
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
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Brunton Firestorm Stormproof Lighter Fire Starter
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Brunton Primus PowerLighter Fire Starter
Brunton Striker Fire Starter
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user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Brunton Survival Card Kit Survival Kit
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user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Cabela's Windmill Classic Stormproof Lighter Fire Starter
CAMP Sliding Camp Saw
$12
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
$4
Coghlan's Adhesive Signal Light Emergency Light
$4
Coghlan's All-Weather Emergency Bag Emergency Shelter
Coghlan's Camp Heat
 
Coghlan's Candles Survival Kit
Coghlan's Deluxe Brass Whistle Whistle/Horn
Coghlan's Emergency Blanket Emergency Shelter
$3
Coghlan's Emergency Poncho Hard Shell Jacket / Emergency Shelter
 
Coghlan's Emergency Preparedness Kit Survival Kit
Coghlan's Emergency Stove
$6
Coghlan's Emergency Strobe Light Emergency Light
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
$3
 
Coghlan's Fire Disc Fire Starter
$2
Coghlan's Fire Lighters Fire Starter
$4
Coghlan's Fire Paste Fire Starter
$4 - $5
Coghlan's Fire Sticks Fire Starter
$2
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Coghlan's Four Function Whistle Whistle/Horn
$5
 
Coghlan's Hand Warmer Survival Kit
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user rating: 1 of 5 (1)
Coghlan's Lantern Lighter Fire Starter
$5
Coghlan's Light Sticks Emergency Light
$8
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Coghlan's Lightweight Poncho Hard Shell Jacket / Emergency Shelter
Coghlan's Long Burning Emergency Candle Survival Kit
$4
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