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Recent Survival Gear Reviews

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

Ultimate Survival Technologies WetFire Tinder

rated 5 of 5 stars I like having a couple of these fire starters in my bag. Not many things are more frustrating than having trouble getting a fire going. I recently bought these in a 5-pack from Walmart just to try them out. I am so pleased with them! These things come individually wrapped and are very small (about the size of a strawberry) and lightweight. I like these things because it kind of takes the hassle out of trying to get a fire going.  We gathered wood and kindling and piled the kindling around this… Full review

Top-Rated Survival Gear

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SE Magnesium Fire Starter
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)

SE Magnesium Fire Starter
Fire Starter
Summit Turbo Flame Lighter
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)

Summit Turbo Flame Lighter
Fire Starter
ACR Hot Shot Signal Mirror
ACR
Hot Shot Signal Mirror
Signal Mirror/Flag
$10 - $12
ACR Signal Whistle
ACR
Signal Whistle
Whistle/Horn
$4
ACR Survival Res-Q Whistle
ACR
Survival Res-Q Whistle
Whistle/Horn
$3
Adventure Medical Kits 10 Essentials Leader RT First Aid Kit
Adventure Medical Kits
10 Essentials Leader RT First Aid Kit
Survival Kit
discontinued
Adventure Medical Kits Essentials Personal RT
Adventure Medical Kits
Essentials Personal RT
Survival Kit
discontinued
Adventure Medical Kits Pocket Survival Pak
Adventure Medical Kits
Pocket Survival Pak
Survival Kit
$25 - $33
Adventure Medical Kits Pocket Survival Pak Plus
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Adventure Medical Kits
Pocket Survival Pak Plus
Survival Kit
$60 - $69
Adventure Medical Kits Spark-Lite
Adventure Medical Kits
Spark-Lite
Fire Starter
$8 - $10
Adventure Medical Kits Tinder-Quick
Adventure Medical Kits
Tinder-Quick
Fire Starter
$3 - $4
 
Baladeo
Fire Starter
Fire Starter
Blizzard Survival Blanket
Blizzard Survival
Blanket
Emergency Shelter
Blizzard Survival  Bag
Blizzard Survival
Bag
Emergency Shelter
$39 MSRP
Blizzard Survival Jacket
Blizzard Survival
Jacket
Emergency Shelter
Brunton /Gerber Survival Combo
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Brunton
/Gerber Survival Combo
Survival Kit
discontinued
Brunton Firestorm Stormproof Lighter
Brunton
Firestorm Stormproof Lighter
Fire Starter
discontinued
Brunton Primus PowerLighter
Brunton
Primus PowerLighter
Fire Starter
Brunton Striker
Brunton
Striker
Fire Starter
discontinued
Brunton Survival Card Kit
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Brunton
Survival Card Kit
Survival Kit
discontinued
 
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Cabela's
Windmill Classic Stormproof Lighter
Fire Starter
CAMP Sliding Camp Saw
CAMP
Sliding Camp Saw
$9 - $13
Campmor Traditional Flint & Steel
Campmor
Traditional Flint & Steel
Fire Starter
Chums Rescue Whistle
Chums
Rescue Whistle
Whistle/Horn
Coghlan's 36-hour Survival Candle
Coghlan's
36-hour Survival Candle
Fire Starter
Coghlan's 5-in-1 Survival Aid
Coghlan's
5-in-1 Survival Aid
Survival Kit
$4
Coghlan's Adhesive Signal Light
Coghlan's
Adhesive Signal Light
Emergency Light
$4
Coghlan's All-Weather Emergency Bag
Coghlan's
All-Weather Emergency Bag
Emergency Shelter
Coghlan's Camp Heat
Coghlan's
Camp Heat
 
Coghlan's
Candles
Survival Kit
Coghlan's Deluxe Brass Whistle
Coghlan's
Deluxe Brass Whistle
Whistle/Horn
Coghlan's Emergency Blanket
Coghlan's
Emergency Blanket
Emergency Shelter
$3
Coghlan's Emergency Poncho
Coghlan's
Emergency Poncho
Hard Shell Jacket / Emergency Shelter
 
Coghlan's
Emergency Preparedness Kit
Survival Kit
Coghlan's Emergency Stove
Coghlan's
Emergency Stove
$6
Coghlan's Emergency Strobe Light
Coghlan's
Emergency Strobe Light
Emergency Light
Coghlan's Emergency Survival Horn
Coghlan's
Emergency Survival Horn
Whistle/Horn
Coghlan's Emergency Tinder Kit
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Coghlan's
Emergency Tinder Kit
Fire Starter
$4 - $5
Coghlan's Featherweight Mirror
Coghlan's
Featherweight Mirror
Signal Mirror/Flag
$3 - $12
 
Coghlan's
Fire Disc
Fire Starter
$2
Coghlan's Fire Lighters
Coghlan's
Fire Lighters
Fire Starter
$4
Coghlan's Fire Paste
Coghlan's
Fire Paste
Fire Starter
$4 - $5
Coghlan's Fire Sticks
Coghlan's
Fire Sticks
Fire Starter
$2
Coghlan's Four Function Whistle
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Coghlan's
Four Function Whistle
Whistle/Horn
$5
 
Coghlan's
Hand Warmer
Survival Kit
discontinued
Coghlan's Lantern Lighter
user rating: 1 of 5 (1)
Coghlan's
Lantern Lighter
Fire Starter
$4
Coghlan's Light Sticks
Coghlan's
Light Sticks
Emergency Light
$8
Coghlan's Lightweight Poncho
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Coghlan's
Lightweight Poncho
Hard Shell Jacket / Emergency Shelter
Coghlan's Long Burning Emergency Candle
Coghlan's
Long Burning Emergency Candle
Survival Kit
$4
Coghlan's Magnesium Fire Starter
user rating: 0.5 of 5 (1)
Coghlan's
Magnesium Fire Starter
Fire Starter
$7 - $8
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