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Survival Gear

The best survival gear, reviewed and curated by the Trailspace community. The latest review was added on October 20, 2021. Stores' prices and availability are updated daily.

user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Space All-Weather Blanket Shelter
$17
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
UCO Stormproof Matches Fire Starter
$5 - $8
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: 5 of 5 (1)
UCO Stormproof Match Kit Fire Starter
$6 - $8
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Vargo Titanium Emergency Whistle Whistle/Horn
$11
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Yaktrax Hand Warmers
$2 - $10
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
SOL Thermal Bivvy Shelter
$30
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Coghlan's Waterproof Fire Sticks Fire Starter
$3 - $4
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
SOL Survival Poncho Shelter
$8
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
UCO Waterproof Matches Fire Starter
$3
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Exotac MatchCap XL Fire Starter
$29
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
UCO Sweetfire Strikable Fire Starter Fire Starter
$6
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
UCO Titan Stormproof Match Kit Fire Starter
$10
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Zippo Windproof Lighter Fire Starter
$23
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
MSR Strike Igniter Fire Starter
$16
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (5)
SOL Escape Bivvy Shelter
$60 - $62
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (3)
Light My Fire Tinder-on-a-Rope Fire Starter
$3
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (3)
Exotac nanoStriker XL Fire Starter
$29 - $31
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (2)
SOL Heatsheets Emergency Blanket Shelter
$5 - $6
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Lightning Nuggets Lightnin' Bug Fire Starter
$3
user rating: 3 of 5 (13)
Soto Pocket Torch Fire Starter
$20
user rating: 3 of 5 (5)
SOL Emergency Bivvy Shelter
$17 - $23
user rating: 3 of 5 (3)
SOL Origin Survival Kit
$40
user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
Zippo 12 Hour Hand Warmer
$18 - $21
user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
Optimus Sparky Fire Starter
$13
Outdoor Element Firebiner Multi-Tool / Fire Starter
$15
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Coghlan's Flint Striker Fire Starter
$5
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (1)
Coleman 5-in-1 Whistle Whistle/Horn
$5
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (2)
Soto Pocket Torch XT Fire Starter
$25
Kupilka FireSteel 8 Fire Starter
$21
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
UST Survival Blanket 2.0 Shelter
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Light My Fire Swedish FireSteel Scout Fire Starter
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
UST StrikeForce Fire Starter
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
UST BlastMatch Fire Starter
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
REI Storm Proof Matches Fire Starter
$6 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
UST WetFire Tinder Fire Starter
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
FireSteel GobSpark Armageddon Fire Starter
$18 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Light My Fire Swedish FireSteel Army Fire Starter
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
UST Delta Shockproof Lighter Fire Starter
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
SE Magnesium Fire Starter Fire Starter
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
UST Base Tube Tarp 1.0 Shelter
$40 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
Coghlan's Fire Paste Fire Starter
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Exotac nanoStriker Fire Starter
$27 MSRP
 
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Cabela's Windmill Classic Stormproof Lighter Fire Starter
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Light My Fire Swedish FireSteel 2.0 Fire Starter
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
UST Sparkie Fire Starter
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Primus PowerLighter Fire Starter
$22 MSRP

Recent Survival Gear Reviews

rated 2.5 of 5 stars
Coleman 5-in-1 Whistle

Well, all good things must come to an end. This is my first Average rating being given to one of my favorite manufacturers, Coleman. It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. No wonder Coleman no longer is advertising this 5 in 1 Whistle on their website. Due to the bulky whistle, I do not advise using this for camping, but I do suggest using it for paddling. Having a water tight compartment for matches, and bearing a compass, signal mirror, flint, whistle, and lanyard this is the perfect… 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 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
ClickHeat Hand/Pocket Warmer

Terrible product, doesn’t work, and is potentially dangerous. I had a horrible experience with this. I was trying to activate it and—I kid you not—it exploded and I got it all over myself. I seriously hope this stuff isn’t toxic as you claim, cause I’m seriously scared it might damage my skin. It got dangerously close to my eye. I was outside and couldn’t even clean myself up for a good half an hour. This is up there with the worst experiences of my life and I’m writing the review… Full review

rated 1 of 5 stars
Exotac titanLIGHT

This company has a non-responsive customer service attitude. Sent a TitanLight to be investigated for a leak issue. Repeated attempts to contact someone regarding the issue have not been successful. Phone calls and emails are never returned. Now I am out the purchase of a unit and no unit. Horrible business practices Full review

rated 0.5 of 5 stars
ClickHeat Hand/Pocket Warmer

Kjøpte til datteren på Julemarkedet i Norge. Erfaringer, vurderinger. Etter førstegangsbruk lekte to av seks poser. Til slutt etter kun noen ganger bruk begynte lekke alle. Dårlig produkt. Ikke kjøp. Bortkastet penger. Styr unna!  Mann får ikke kontakt med produsenten for reklamasjon,  selv om det ble sagt ved kjøp at de sender ny vare i erstatning ved feil. Lureri. [GOOGLE TRANSLATE: Bought to daughter at Christmas market in Norway. Experience, reviews. After first use, two of six bags… Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
Outdoor Element Firebiner

Well made carabiner with fire wheel that sparked pretty much every time. Also has a sharp cutting tool, bottle cap opener, etc. Enjoyed trying out the fire wheel to get a fire started. With the tinder from Outdoor Element or other homemade ones, we were able to get a fire started in a couple of seconds each time. We got a couple of these for a recent camping trip since I thought they’d be fun to try out with the family. Having never used anything other than a lighter or matches to start a fire,… Full review

rated 4.5 of 5 stars
UCO Sweetfire Strikable Fire Starter

I started using the UCO Sweetfire fire starter sticks this season. They have become my primary go-to for starting fires. I've used them in wet conditions and in winter without fail. I've used them in alpine conditions and in the damp Smokie Mountains in the springtime. One stick is all that you will need to get the job done. This has become an essential fire tool for me. Check out my video featuring the UCO Sweetfire:  Full review

rated 1 of 5 stars
SOL Emergency Bivvy

The SOL emergency bivvy is a potential death trap under freezing conditions on multi-day trips, as condensation will wet out a sleeping bag, which if there is no way to dry it will become useless. This review is a warning which is not given by the manufacturers, but needs to be considered by those planning to use it in these conditions. I used it at -13 C and it created so much condensation inside that it had to be abandoned. In a survival situation where no heat source is available to dry out the… Full review