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jon cross
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Gents, it's been a while, but I've got something in the works that may be of interest to you...

As some of you may know, I've been playing around in the mountains quite a bit lately. All this hiking, climbing, and back country shenannigannery has renewed my interest in minimalist equipment and wilderness survival while knocking the rust off of some skillsets that hadn't been getting much use.

Several conversations and a whole lot of reading and shopping around for basic, pocket sized survival kits left something to be desired. Even decent kits that are pretty well thought out are often stuffed with Chinese junk and can be pieced together for less than they cost from a grocery or hardware store. I'm in the process of offering an alternative...

I'm assembling components based on the systems approach to the "10 Essentials" that will offer a reasonably priced, small, and most importantly, useful survival kit. In another week or two I hope to have the containers sorted out and the remainder of the components I'm waiting on in stock and available.

In the meantime, if there's anything in particular that any of you guys like or dislike about the current commercial offerings, anything you would add or leave out, now would be a good time to share some opinions and get the conversation started.

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Tom
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Without knowing the size and scope of what you're trying to accomplish, my "must haves" when I'm away from civilization are:

- Small but sturdy knife

- Shelter or ability to make shelter. Space blanket and a couple feet of line can go a long way.

- A way to make fire even in soaked environment. Some type of fire stick/tab/gel/etc as fuel and a ferrocium rod with bic lighter thrown in.

- A container to collect water. Metal cup/pot ideal, but large plastic bag with water tabs work in limited space.

- A way to signal. Space blanket, whistle, mirror, etc

- Navigation. Map and small compass are fine for me.


I carry all of those items (typically in full size, dedicated items) when I'm out for the purpose of hiking/camping. I also keep a small fanny pack with redundancies of those items in small/lightweight form in my pack with the idea of it being the bare minimum I could take with me and survive on. I've done a few overnights out of the "survival kit" just to be sure it works.

I'm not sure if this is the feedback you were looking for, but it's the way my brain works on this topic.

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Chuck
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Great answer from Tom, looking forward to the results of all this.

FWIW, I recently searched for Tom's #1 item, a small sturdy knife. For now I have settled(?) on the CKRT Ritter RSK Mk5.
http://www.crkt.com/Ritter-RSK-Mk5
One-piece construction, comes with super basic blade cover and ships in its own small (kit-sized) tin for those that need a place to start.

Might be too small for this discussion, but I think it has lots of merit.

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jon cross
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Good point on size/scope. I'm really trying to stay under 100$ without compromising the quality of the components, and I'm producing this stuff for you guys, so there are some assumptions (dangerous, I know) made... I have a small Gerber multitool in each kit as of now- this has a serrated and plain edge blade, but the ASSumption here is that using the tool as a knife would be a worst case scenario as most of us carry at least one good blade in our gear or on our person. My goal here is a high quality kit that will equip us with what we need to navigate, stay dry, stay hydrated, and stay warm in the event that we might up stranded or out of luck somewhere. The Gerber is a HUGE step up from the scalpel blade or dime store knives I've seen in most kits, but including another knife would be redundant and add a lot to the cost.

I dig space blankets, but decent ones. The paper thin mylar blankets that can be found for about .50-5$ are pretty weak. I've found a good compromise that isn't too bulky, but is a heck of a lot sturdier than what others are offering.

I'm still on the fence whether to include more shelter making material than that- in the desert, it would be essential, but in the woods, not so much as there are a lot of options that can be made with what will be included and what is in that environment.

For fire, I've had good luck with the Swedish Firesteel tools. It's a lot easier to use them and other field expedient fire sources out here since it's dry most of the time, but I'm going to be including some tabs as well to help out.

For water, I've got gallon bags for right now, and I'm looking at a few other options. Bags are a LOT better than the old condom in a sock trick, but they aren't perfect.

Some other things- I've never really been a fan of including fishing line and tackle as food is farther down the list of essential priorities than just about everything else. However, I can do it for very little cost and it doesn't take up much space.

Ibuprofen and antidiarrheals will be included- they rarely are, but both can be critical.

550 cord- should need no explanation, this stuff is extremely strong, versatile, and should be in any kit on the market.

There will be a SOL Howler whistle with every kit as well- trying to yell for help is tough when you're hurt or dehydrated. Nuff said.

I've got some other ideas kicking around, and some other things that will be included, and I'll throw the full details up when everything's finalized. Right now I'm still trying to work out containers- I've got a couple really cool ideas floating around, but I'm trying to see what's possible and what's practical without making this too expensive for most people's tastes.

I appreciate the feedback so far, keep it coming!

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- Charlie Beckwith

"I will not go down without a fight. When the actions of good, law-abiding men of virtue are made unlawful by the policies of power hungry bureaucrats, you fill find me there, among those men of virtue, standing firm."

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Joeywhat
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I'd be interested in something to keep in my vehicle, as a "general use" sort of kit. I don't go too far from civilization too often, but it'd be nice to have some basics if the car breaks down in a secluded area or something.

It would also be cool to have a card in the pack with some basic survival tips, for those that aren't up on the latest techniques. Nothing too in depth, but perhaps some uses for all the gear in the pack so it can be used by anyone.

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Chuck
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Joe's survival cards: http://www.equipped.org/brunton_kit.htm

(edited to a much better link at Doug Ritter's site, which is survival focused for pilots, so size and mass are important, great resource)

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Steve
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i just got a review on gearscout of the BOB class i did most were stunned that after wards when i showed them my travel kit for on the road flying gigs
its smal

but
Fire I have been running blast match2000 back up bic lighter

No cheapy space blankets, i ripped one aprt in class not bad for the glove box but there are better the ones i have from SOL have been pretty damn good

leatherman wave

Rat 4inch blade

water tablets but the 4 hour wait sucks they are back ups for extended stays

I have been using a steri pen a lot
and a life straw...

as well the camelbak all clear bottle is pretty nice for some water sources but it takes up room

I like the folding water bottles for travel they roll up small

para cord/zip ties

heavy duty trash bag(s)
are a must

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dogfoodactual
Rezident AssHole
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If you can find a signal mirror, that has a magnified glass in it, that covers fire and signaling at the same time. Plus you can always check your hair with it [Wink]

A drink tube, about straw length, but heavier duty plastic is useful for getting H2O out of areas you can't reach, also stoking fire without getting close to it, as well as concentrates the blast. <>sold by the roll at Home Depot <cheap.

Aluminum foil- reuse able cooking utensil - light cheap. I've made one of the best venison roast over a fire with just foil as an oven and some coals.

Magnesium fire starter- cheap- never fails

High intensity chem light on 550 cord- signaling at night

Porn

[ 25. July 2013, 21:36: Message edited by: dogfoodactual ]

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G-lock
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TRash bags, to bury the bodies...

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HandgunJoe / J-Bar Holsters
Codename: Storm Shadow-Balls
Shooter # 330

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zip ties.
a couple of those little led lights that trek was selling.
waterproof battery storage.

[ 23. September 2013, 13:35: Message edited by: the REAL HandgunJoe ]

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Andy
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Chirp chirp

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