Equipment

Quick Test: Where’s your nearest emergency light source?

10 January, 2013
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flashlight

Quick: Close your eyes. Okay, open them again, you need to finish reading this first. Once you finish reading this, THEN close your eyes. Now, suitably blinded, find your nearest emergency light source. Can you get to a flashlight, lighter, book of matches, etc.? How’d you do? Did it take long? When you finally found…

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Lazy Survival’s Gift Guide – 2012 Edition

1 December, 2012
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Gift

  So, it’s that time of year again. As we power firmly into December, the specter of the gift giving season hangs heavily over our every waking moment. And even if you should forget for a moment, don’t worry, every TV, radio and website will remind you. Why buck the trend? Here are some Lazy Survival Approvedtm…

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A good, simple flashlight

8 May, 2012
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flashlight

Coming back from a short writing-break and I wanted to hit on something very “core”, the simple, lowly flashlight: something you should always have readily available. In my opinion, you can’t have enough flashlights. I think you should have one within arm’s reach wherever possible. Keep one at your desk, in the car, at your…

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Things You Don’t Need: CamelBak’s All Clear UV water bottle

4 April, 2012
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camelbak_allclear

What is it? The CamelBak All Clear is a medium-sized water bottle (.75 liters) that has an integrated UV light system in the cap. The light is powered by a USB-rechargable battery system and is estimated to be good for about 80 uses per-charge. When used as directed the UV bulb and gentle agitation from…

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Equipment: BioLite’s CampStove

30 March, 2012
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BioLite CampStove

Whether your out backpacking or dealing with a significant, regional disaster, being able to easily cook food and boil water is a real boost to your survivability. There are a lot of great, portable cookers for hikers and survival enthusiasts. The clever kids over at BioLite have taken one bottle design and added a thermoelectric…

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Equipment Review: Tool Logic SVC2 “survival card”

23 February, 2012
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svc2

This review could just as easily be for any of a dozen or so similar products, but this is probably the best-in-breed for our purposes. The SVC2 is a credit-sized mini-tool kit. It includes a small steel knife, a magnesium fire stick, a whistle, tweezers and a red LED flashlight. It’s about the same dimensions…

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Casa Basica: Interesting stuff that we can’t have…yet

17 February, 2012
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basic_house_big

A few weeks ago this little guy popped up in my news feeds and it begged to be reported on here, but I wanted to do a little more research first. In a nutshell, what this guy has done is taken a number of emergency/space blankets, stitched them together and attached some kind of semi-rigid…

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Things you need: The Eton FR160 emergency radio

10 January, 2012
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eton_threequarter

Everyone says you need a good radio in an emergency. Everyone, in this case, is right. I could go on about why communication is important in an emergency, and maybe I will later, but the short answer is that it keeps you informed. Information is something you can rarely have too much of, especially in…

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Things you don’t need: the Escape Pod edition

9 November, 2011
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noahs_ark_pod

There’s a lot of great equipment options out there for those that wish to be ready for trouble. There’s also a lot of crap that will only waste your budget and time.  One such example of the latter is this item that came up back in September. It’s a small, single-person “Noah’s Ark” pod designed…

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Blood Sucking Chest Wound? No problem. – QuikClot and Celox

26 September, 2011
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quikclot_thumb

So, I have a few issues with most pre-packaged first aid kits. Principle among those issues is that they’re too often filled with fixes for minor, ignorable issues and contain nothing for the real emergencies. Case in point: Get a serious cut – pick your favorite major artery – and see how far the over-the-counter…

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