Survival Gear

The best survival gear, reviewed and curated by the Trailspace community. The latest review was added on January 17, 2019. Stores' prices and availability are updated daily.

Recent Survival Gear Reviews

ClickHeat Hand/Pocket Warmer

rated 0.5 of 5 stars worse purchase ever I purchased Click heats (I am ashamed to say $300 worth) so a lot of hand warmers a couple of feet and shoulder ones and a couple of back one that go inside a holder to stay in place. So far out of them 10 hand ones, 1 foot one and one shoulder/neck one will not (after placing it in bowling water) go back to the liquified state, and if it does, once I take it out of the water it becomes hard again with out clicking it. I those are the only ones I have opened, so out of the ones… Full review

Schrade Ferro Rod Fire Striker

rated 3 of 5 stars This is a small lightweight ferro rod and striker on a lanyard. I would recommend this item for an emergency situation, ie bug out bag, get home bag, or backup in hiking/camping gear. So I picked this item up from Amazon mainly due to the price. However, I was very pleased with the product. It appears to be well made and does throw a good amount of sparks. It is only 1/4" diameter, so if you are needing something bigger, this isn't for you. But for an emergency fire starter or a backup fire starter,… Full review

ClickHeat Hand/Pocket Warmer

rated 0.5 of 5 stars Sold by Berko Productions of Miami, FL (and some cites also say NY, NY) at Providence Place Mall in Providence, RI. Scam artists selling a ridiculously overpriced, poor quality product (ClickHeat) with lies, lies, lies! As I wrote above, bought this lumbar pack (with sleeve) at Providence Place mall in Rhode Island a few days ago. Activated and wore while remaining in mall. Was told by salesperson that heat would last two hours. It lasted 30 minutes. While still in the mall, I looked up the company… Full review

ClickHeat Hand/Pocket Warmer

rated 5 of 5 stars I like these packs as they work well, quickly, and lasted me quite a while. Unlike others I have had no difficulty as I have read the directions and followed them to a tee. Also, I was careful when boiling it to stir the neck pack around do it doesn't stick to the hot metal pot. IT WILL NOT BURN YOU if it gets punctured as someone else said. In fact, it is sodium acetate, a salt, and is made by mixing baking soda and vinegar. Read the safety data sheet or chemical information on it. I saw a lot… Full review

ClickHeat Hand/Pocket Warmer

rated 0.5 of 5 stars Seemed fascinating when “pitched” at the gun show. Was told that the heat would last for over an hour and to rejuvenate it just place it in some "warm" water for a few minutes. Neither are true. My old solid fuel hand warmers were far superior. Interesting yet disappointing. Full review

ClickHeat Hand/Pocket Warmer

rated 1 of 5 stars Bad feeling about product. I guess it is true...there is a sucker born every day! Unfortunately, it had to be me. I went to the LA County Fair Sept 21, 2018. I spoke with a helpful girl about Clickheat. I was  told that she uses it at the hospital on patients and it was even safe on cancer patients. I wanted to buy it for my 89-year-old mom who is having compressed back issues and is in a lot of pain. I was told $199 for one piece or $299 for the kit which had the feet, back, shoulder, and neck… Full review

SOL Escape Bivvy

rated 5 of 5 stars Essential gear. On its own, no bag or blanket, just with a windbreak, this takes me down to 45°F. Excellent product. Part of my kit ALWAYS. Even use it at home in cool weather, under blankets or blankets inside. No idea why others have reviewed this negatively. Maybe they are really big...? Not used to UL gear? I'm 5'6" and 160. This bivy is small. Over the last two years I have spent probably 300 nights in it. Did half a 2018 PCT in it, only adding my quilt for maybe two days a week. I finally… Full review

SOL Escape Bivvy

rated 5 of 5 stars This product is listed and marketed as an emergency bivy/shelter. However I have used this as part of my sleep system when hiking/backpacking for a few years now. It is extremely lightweight (8 oz) and packs very small. This bivy packs very smal and is extremely lightweight, making it perfect for either a bug out bag, emergency bag in your vehicle, hiking, etc. It is durable. I have used it as part of my primary sleep system on multiple section hikes over the past few years and it has held up very… Full review

Exotac titanLIGHT

rated 4 of 5 stars This dependable lighter/fire starter quite simply gets the job done! The Exotac TitanLIGHT is ideal for one who frequently lights fires in the backcountry (the controlled fire!). High visibility orange keeps the fire starter from being lost When it comes to lighters/fire starters, the Exotac TitanLIGHT is one of the premier products available for getting that campfire going. Exotac is a small, family-owned business based out of Buford, Georgia. All of their products are proudly manufactured in the… Full review

user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Ultimate Survival Technologies Survival Blanket 2.0 Shelter
$15
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Light My Fire Swedish FireSteel Scout Fire Starter
$8
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Ultimate Survival Technologies StrikeForce Fire Starter
$21
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Space All-Weather Blanket Shelter
$17 - $19
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
NRS Storm Whistle Whistle/Horn
$9
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Doan Magnesium Fire Starting Tool Fire Starter
$7
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
SOL Thermal Bivvy Shelter
$20 - $29
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Ultimate Survival Technologies BlastMatch Fire Starter
$17
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
SOL Sport Utility Blanket Shelter
$18 - $19
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Coghlan's Emergency Tinder Kit Fire Starter
$5
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Ultimate Survival Technologies WetFire Tinder Fire Starter
$4 - $9
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
UCO Stormproof Match Kit Fire Starter
$8
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Ultimate Survival Technologies Delta Shockproof Lighter Fire Starter
$45
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Vargo Titanium Emergency Whistle Whistle/Horn
$11
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
UCO Stormproof Matches Fire Starter
$8
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Snow Peak GigaPower 2Way Torch Fire Starter
$58
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Ultimate Survival Technologies Base Tube Tarp 1.0 Shelter
$30
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Adventure Medical Kits Pocket Survival Pak Plus Survival Kit
$70
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
SOL Emergency Bivvy Shelter
$14 - $23
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Coghlan's Waterproof Fire Sticks Fire Starter
$3
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
SOL Survival Poncho Shelter
$11
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Exotac MatchCap XL Fire Starter
$29 - $33
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Harmony Fox 40 Whistle Whistle/Horn
$7
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
MSR Piezo Igniter Fire Starter
$8 - $9
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Light My Fire Swedish FireSteel 2.0 Fire Starter
$20
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Ultimate Survival Technologies Sparkie Fire Starter
$8
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Vargo Ultimate Fire Starter Fire Starter
$25
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Zippo High Polish Chrome Lighter Fire Starter
$25
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
UCO Titan Stormproof Match Kit Fire Starter
$10
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Vargo Titanium Flint Lighter Fire Starter
$15
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Zippo Windproof Lighter Fire Starter
$20
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
MSR Strike Igniter Fire Starter
$12 - $15
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Exotac fireROD Fire Starter
$22
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (5)
SOL Escape Bivvy Shelter
$50 - $60
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (3)
Light My Fire Tinder-on-a-Rope Fire Starter
$5
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (3)
Exotac nanoStriker XL Fire Starter
$25 - $29
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (2)
SOL Heatsheets Emergency Blanket Shelter
$4 - $5
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
SOL Escape Pro Bivvy Shelter
$125
user rating: 3 of 5 (13)
Soto Pocket Torch Fire Starter
$16
user rating: 3 of 5 (3)
SOL Origin Survival Kit
$35
user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
Coghlan's Waterproof Matches Fire Starter
$5
user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
Gerber Bear Grylls Fire Starter Fire Starter
$12
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Coghlan's Four Function Whistle Whistle/Horn
$3 - $4
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (2)
Soto Pocket Torch XT Fire Starter
$20
user rating: 1 of 5 (1)
Coghlan's Lantern Lighter Fire Starter
$5
user rating: 0.5 of 5 (1)
Coghlan's Magnesium Fire Starter Fire Starter
$7 - $8
Coghlan's Camp Heat
$5
SOL Rescue Howler Whistle/Horn
$9
Lifeline Waterproof Survival Kit Survival Kit
$12
Kovea Igniter Fire Starter
$10
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