The rise of LED flashlights means that the handle — traditionally used to store batteries to power the bulbs — can now be used for other purposes. Enter VSSL Outdoor Utility Tools, a new manufacturer which utilizes that vacant space while maintaining practical form of the traditional flashlight.

According to Soldier Systems, the VSSL is a waterproof 8″ x 2″ tube which comes standard with a dual mode LED flashlight and an oil filled compass. There are three variants of the VSSL: Supplies, First Aid and Shelter, each of which boast separate components. For example, the Supplies variant comes with a Canadian beeswax candle, a razor blade, six Aquatabs water purification tablets, waterproof matches, fishing gear, firestars, a signaling mirror and much more.

This item is currently available for pre-order and is expected to ship in the Fall of 2014. MSRP for the Supplies model is $89.00, while the First Aid and Shelter variants are each available for $59.99.


* Dual mode LED flashlight (static and SOS) includes batteries
* Compass (oil filled)
* 4 hour pure Canadian beeswax candle
* Razor blade
* 6 Aquatabs water purification tablets
* Wire saw (high tensile, 60lb working strength with handle straps)
* Aluminum beadless emergency whistle
* Waterproof matches
* Tinder Quik fire starters
* Fishing Gear
* Signalling Mirror
* Kevlar rope (150lb breaking strength)
* Reflective trail markers
* P38 military GI Type can opener
* First aid supplies

Emergency First Aid kit (contents subject to change)

* Dual mode LED flashlight (static and SOS)
* Compass (oil filled)
* Emergency whistle
* 2 BZK-based antiseptic wipes
* 2 Isopropyl antiseptic wipes
* 1 Alcohol free cleansing wipe
* 1 Soap wipe
* 1 Triple antibiotic ointment
* 2 Cotton pads (2” x 2”)
* 4 Knuckle bandages
* 8 Butterfly bandages
* 12 Regular bandages
* 4 Ibuprofen tablets
* 4 Asprin tablets
* 4 Safety pins (2 small, 2 large)
* 1 Tweezers
* 1 Single sided razor blade
* 1 Roll of medical tape
* 1 Roll medical gauze tape
* 1 Pair nitrile gloves


* Dual mode LED flashlight (static and SOS)
*96″ x 60″ x 36″ temporary polyethylene tent
* 20’ rope
* Compass (oil filled)
* Tent reflects up to 95% of radiated heat
* Can also be used as a first aid blanket to prevent/counter hypothermia
* Reflective surface ideal for visibility

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