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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: 1 of 5 (2)
ClickHeat Hand/Pocket Warmer
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
$13
 
ACR Signal Whistle Whistle/Horn
ACR Survival Res-Q Whistle Whistle/Horn
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
$30 - $33
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Adventure Medical Kits Pocket Survival Pak Plus Survival Kit
$70 - $79
 
Adventure Medical Kits Spark-Lite Fire Starter
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Adventure Medical Kits Tinder-Quick Fire Starter
$4 MSRP
 
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
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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 - $13
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 All-Weather Emergency Bag Emergency Shelter
 
Coghlan's Camp Heat
 
Coghlan's Candles Survival Kit
$1
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
$6
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
Coghlan's Fire Paste Fire Starter
$6
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
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
$8
Coghlan's Plastic Signal Whistle Whistle/Horn
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