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Safety Gear

The best safety gear, reviewed and curated by the Trailspace community. The latest review was added on September 2, 2021. Stores' prices and availability are updated daily.

user rating: 5 of 5 (7)
TheTentLab Deuce of Spades #2 Camp Shovel/Trowel
$20
user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
Sawyer Permethrin Insect Repellent Treatment for Clothing, Gear, and Tents Insect Repellent
$8 - $19
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Coghlan's Backpackers Trowel Camp Shovel/Trowel
$2
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Repel Permanone Insect Repellent
$7
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Space All-Weather Blanket Emergency Shelter
$17
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
pStyle Urination Device
$12
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Ursack Major Bear Bag/Bell
$90
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
UCO Stormproof Matches Fire Starter
$5 - $8
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Dr. Bronner Tea Tree Liquid Soap Soap/Cleanser
$13
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Sawyer Stay-Put Sunscreen SPF 30 Sun Protection
$9 - $13
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (5)
Thermacell Backpacker Mosquito Repeller Insect Repellent
$40
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (4)
Adventure Medical Kits Ultralight & Watertight .7 First Aid Kit
$29
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Bag Balm Original Skin Moisturizer First Aid/Hygiene Product
$22
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Doan Magnesium Fire Starting Tool Fire Starter
$12
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Mautz Fire Ribbon Fire Starter
$6
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
BSN Medical Leukotape P First Aid/Hygiene Product
$7
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Gerber Sport Axe II
$50 - $70
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
BodyGlide Anti-Chafe Hygiene Supply/Device
$5 - $10
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
QuikClot Sport First Aid Supply
$16 - $29
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
UCO Stormproof Match Kit Fire Starter
$6 - $8
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
BodyGlide Foot Glide Hygiene Supply/Device
$5 - $8
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Vargo Titanium Emergency Whistle Whistle/Horn
$11
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Yaktrax Hand Warmers Survival
$2 - $10
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
climbOn Bar First Aid Supply
$7 - $10
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Sea to Summit Mosquito Head Net Bug Net
$11 - $12
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
TheTentLab Deuce of Spades #3 Camp Shovel/Trowel
$22
user rating: 4 of 5 (6)
Repel Lemon Eucalyptus Insect Repellent Insect Repellent
$7 - $8
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
SOL Thermal Bivvy Emergency Shelter
$30
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
BearVault BV450 Solo Bear Canister
$70 - $73
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
BearVault BV500 Bear Canister
$80 - $83
user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
Sea to Summit Pocket Shower Shower
$35
user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
U-Dig-It Pro Folding Shovel Camp Shovel/Trowel
$20
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Cleanwaste Go Anywhere Toilet Kit Wag Bag Waste Bag
$3 - $304
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Tick Key The Tick Key First Aid Supply
$8
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
PackTowl UltraLite Towel
$15 - $49
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Coghlan's Waterproof Fire Sticks Fire Starter
$3 - $4
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Adventure Medical Kits Mountain Series Hiker Medical Kit First Aid Kit
$25
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
SOL Survival Poncho Emergency Shelter
$8
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Frogg Toggs Chilly Pad Cooling Towel Towel
$13
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
UCO Waterproof Matches Fire Starter
$3
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Adventure Medical Kits Mountain Series Day Tripper Lite Medical Kit First Aid Kit
$15
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Exotac MatchCap XL Fire Starter
$29
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Sea to Summit Wilderness Wash Soap/Cleanser
$4 - $7
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
SAM Medical SAM Splint First Aid Supply
$15
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Sawyer Picaridin Insect Repellent Insect Repellent
$7 - $10
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
PackTowl Personal Towel
$6 - $41
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Counter Assault Bear Keg Bear Canister
$80
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
UCO Sweetfire Strikable Fire Starter Fire Starter
$6
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Recent Safety Gear Reviews

rated 0.5 of 5 stars
Perfect Fitness Cooling Towel

I too have had a raised red painful itchy rash wherever this towel touched my neck or chest for two weeks after a 30-minute walk. Took a few hours to develop after use, so you cannot feel it happening until it is too late. Do not let this touch your skin. Full review

rated 4 of 5 stars
Doan Magnesium Fire Starting Tool

There are a lot of Magnesium Fire Sticks out there and many sadly are subpar. The Doan Magnesium Fire Stick though is ahead of the race. Many people use these Fire Sticks to start ordinary camp fires. Where this product excels at is burning hot enough to even catch wet logs on fire. I would recommend this product to everyone that goes into the outdoors.                                 The Doan Magnesium Fire Stick Doan even engraved the Fires Stick to show you where to shave and… Full review

rated 4 of 5 stars
Wild Ideas Bearikade Blazer

Like all of Wild Ideas Bearikade canisters, the Blazer is a carbon-fiber tube with aluminum caps. With 750 cubic inches of space the Blazer is big enough for over a week solo or several days with the family or a small group. The large size presents some challenges for smaller packs. The seamless smooth surfaces should present a serious challenge for your average bear. More and more parts of the country are reporting issues with even properly hung bags being molested by not only bears, but rodents… Full review

rated 3.5 of 5 stars
BudK Waterproof Permanent Match Survival Lighter

Someone on Trailspace asked about amazing gadgets out there for camping... Look no further: The Budk Matchless lighter fits the bill. This innovative lighter is self contained. It uses easy to find Zippo lighter fluid, a flint, and a metal rod with a wick on the end to create a fire up to 15,000 times. Unlike a Zippo that draws the lighter fluid through the wick-like material to produce a flame, this match only uses the lighter fluid that has been saturated on the striking match wick. When not being… Full review

rated 0.5 of 5 stars
UDAP No-Fed-Bear Bear Resistant Canister

When the product arrived from Amazon I was excited. Loved the slickness of the canister's outside. This allowed for easy fitting of the canister into my 45-55 liter pack. Some folks considered the smaller opening a negative. This didn't bother me. In fact, I felt the smaller opening added to security. No way did I feel a bear (or any critter) would ever be able to find their way into this canister. The volume allowed me to fit 10 Mountain House type dinners in the canister. I did add many little… Full review

rated 3 of 5 stars
Repel Lemon Eucalyptus Insect Repellent

We have to use this at work as Deet isn't allowed due to wearing rubber gloves. They say there's a chance the rubber could be compromised. This stuff works ok. I still get eat up from time to time. The biggest drawback that hasn't been mentioned is that the stuff STINKS! The smell is just strong. There's still no replacement for Deet that I've found. Full review

rated 4 of 5 stars
Repel Lemon Eucalyptus Insect Repellent

Very effective I have used this product for a couple years now. I moved from DEET after it damaged some of my hiking equipment. Be prepared to have plastic goo on your hands after applying DEET and handling equipment unless you wash your hands after application. I have read conflicting articles concerning DEET over the years and decided it just wasn't worth the possible health risk to continue using it. I found Repel to be very effective against mosquitoes, but it is not long-lasting.  Reapplication… Full review

Repel Lemon Eucalyptus Insect Repellent

As a biochemist, I have to mention that Eucalyptus oil and DEET, along with almost every chemical on the planet, are both toxic at some doses. The public has the erroneous idea that "natural" chemicals are inherently safe and synthetic chemicals are dangerous. One of the most toxic chemicals ever discovered is a natural compound, botulinum toxin. The estimated lethal dose is 85 to 137 nanograms per adult human. Approximately one ounce would be enough to kill every person in the USA. Aflatoxin, a… Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
Repel Lemon Eucalyptus Insect Repellent

Works well for mosquitoes, does not damage synthetic fabrics, less likely to have health risks. This is the best non-DEET repellent I have tried. It works well for mosquitoes, possibly for ticks, but I just try hard to avoid them anyway, so it is hard to say. It does not last as long as DEET, but I don't mind re-applying. The absolute biggest benefit is that it does not damage synthetic fabrics. Since most of my hiking, biking, running, etc. shirts, hats, and pants are both synthetic and expensive… Full review