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Survival Gear

The best survival gear, reviewed and curated by the Trailspace community. The latest review was added on March 9, 2022. Stores' prices and availability are updated daily.

user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
UCO Stormproof Matches Fire Starter
$5 - $8
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (5)
SOL Thermal Bivvy Shelter
$32 - $34
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
$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: 5 of 5 (1)
HotHands Super Warmer
$1 - $7
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
$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 - $11
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Zippo Windproof Lighter Fire Starter
$23
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
MSR Strike Igniter Fire Starter
$12 - $15
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (5)
SOL Escape Bivvy Shelter
$60 - $64
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
$4
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 (2)
Coghlan's Waterproof Matches Fire Starter
$4
user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
Zippo 12 Hour Hand Warmer
$18 - $21
user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
Optimus Sparky Fire Starter
$11 - $12
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Coghlan's Flint Striker Fire Starter
$5 - $6
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: 5 of 5 (2)
Space All-Weather Blanket Shelter
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
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Vargo Ultimate Fire Starter Fire Starter
$25 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Morakniv Survival Kit for Kansbol/Garberg

Recent Survival Gear Reviews

rated 5 of 5 stars
HotHands Super Warmer

The best way to endure cold temperatures when your sleeping bag is not good enough. This is a review of "HotHands Body & Hand Super Warmers - Long Lasting Safe Natural Odorless Air Activated Warmers - Up to 18 Hours of Heat - 10 Individual Warmers."  Recently took up snow camping. Discovered my 5°F sleeping bag did not keep me warm at 8°F to 16°F despite sleeping pads over 8 R rating, a good 4-season tent, synthetic thermals, down socks, down pants, down jacket, and a wool baclava. First… Full review

rated 4 of 5 stars
Morakniv Survival Kit for Kansbol/Garberg

A reasonably priced accessory for the popular Mora Kansbol and Garberg knives that provides a sheath-mounted ferrocerium rod for fire-starting and a diamond sharpener for field sharpening. Quality materials and solid design make this a win for any Kansbol or Garberg owner whose knife use includes fire-starting and hard tasks.   Morakniv Survival Kit for Kansbol and Garberg Background I am the sort of hiker, camper, and backpacker who is never without a knife. I’ve enjoyed going down the gram-shaving… Full review

rated 1 of 5 stars
ClickHeat Hand/Pocket Warmer

Stayed hot for less than 30 minutes, then I carried a cold pack around. Horrible. Stayed hot less than 30 minutes. Horrible. Full review

ClickHeat Hand/Pocket Warmer

Terrible , ClickHeat's a scam—all of their products don’t work. If I could give no star I would. Terrible company with terrible products. Full review

rated 4.5 of 5 stars
SOL Thermal Bivvy

The SOL Thermal bivvy is an excellent addition to a 40-degree sleeping bag when temperatures drop and you want to add about 20 extra degrees. The bivvy is lighter than the lightest sleeping bag liners of the same temperatures. The soft material on the inside and out holds up to everyday use and doesn’t make a lot of noise like other survivor blankets.  By placing your sleeping bag inside the bivvy you turn a cool weather sleeping bag into a cold weather bag. If the bivvy is ripped or torn the… Full review

rated 0.5 of 5 stars
InstaFire

This product sucks. Total waste of money and they're hickory??? Particle board knockoff blows!!! Horrible! Hahaha! What a joke... Full review

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