Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Holiday Gifting---Survival Gadgets

First Aid kits=not such a novelty---but we got a big wow when this arrived in our inbox… from Fastfire-a SOLKOA™ company, owned/staffed by USA military vets-with a mission of "…advancing the art and science of personnel recovery…" (and now we know what SERE stands for).

Entering the consumer market with focus-the company offers several survival kits-including a military grade, civilian survival kit/PSK (Personal Survival Kit)=tricked out with 28 "top of the line" items-(which we grabbed from the Fastfire website)-

  • Nylon Pouch – 8″ x 6′ x 2″
  • Emergency Fishing Kit
  • Emergency Blanket
  • Emergency Sewing Kit
  • Duct Tape
  • P-38 Can Opener
  • Nylon Cord
  • IDL Mini Multi Tool
  • Steel Wire
  • Thread/Line, 14 lb. test
  • Folding Razor Blade
  • Cotton Pad
  • Antibiotic Ointment Packet
  • Personal Medicine Vial with Lid
  • Baseplate Compass
  • Emergency Signaling Mirror
  • Photon II LED Micro Light
  • Emergency Whistle
  • Pencil with eraser
  • Fresnel Lens Magnifyer
  • 5 Sheets Rite in the Rain Paper
  • Emergency Matches
  • 4 Fire Tinder Tabs
  • 4 Fire Tinder Cubes (FastFire)
  • Sparking Flint Rod
  • 8 Water Purification Tablets
  • 2 Waterproof Bags – 9″ x 6″, 9″ x 10″
  • Water Filter, Straw Type
FYI: weighs in at 1lb-not much for preparedness--in a clam shell design nylon case (easy access) -with velcro content retaining straps and an exterior map window. A GREAT gift imo-and not complicated to use-if need be…and reliable performance, no doubt.
$98.95-INFO/e-commerce @ fast-fire.com

Our latest portable power obsession- featured in a cool gadgets OR round-up ---and also easy to use- from Fjällräven sibling Brunton-the  Hydrogen Reactor™ for portable-and rechargeable power. The hydrogen core fuel cell gets clicked-locked into the Hydrogen Reactor-there's then a barely audible swoosh sound and a teeny tiny bit of vapor released (recharged water=power)...then the reactor is charge ready. It powers USB devices using no toxic chemicals-and no need for sunshine either. Rechargeable monitor sold separately, or mail-back service/ charged cells available. 

Hydrogen Core fuel cell ($14.99-weight 1 ounce-
sold 2 at a time with reactor===can recharge iPhone 6x , 5v 2amp
 locks into Reactor (5.5 ounces-$150) for hours of power off the grid…

GERBER®-a maker of all sorts of multi-tasking tools and knives for the tactical, hunter and regular folks markets…teamed up with TV personality, former Brit Special Ops-entrepreneur Bear Grylls for a slew of survival tools aimed at outdoor novices and hard-core adventurer types...
SHIFT™-12 tools-one of many multi-tools by Gerber-8oz…w/ butterfly opening spring loaded jaw, fine and +serrated blade, saw, Phillips Driver, large+small flat drivers, utility blade/scraper, wire stripper, bottle opener, large=small drivers forged jaws, G10 Handles, 

no not for pedicure purposes-but

Firestarter-and signal-Bear Grylls/Gerber collab also includes Basic, Scout Essentials and Ultimate Kits, multi-tools, hands free, micro, and survival torches (flashlights), folding knives-pictured bove, compact compass, survival lanyard and survival poncho---plus---in distinctive orange/black durable packaging.
$11-$950 for the ultimate backpack that's packed with survival tools.

Multi-tools often means Swiss Army Knives---made by Victorinox. What we think adds to gift giving ---are the limited edition, artist series of multi-tools…chosen by fans of the brand on Facebook. Ten in all -$24 each.

Other purposed items-Hiker with Firestarter and Pouch $45