Perfect for pocket carry, the incredibly comfortable and lightweight Swift series has the astonishing speed and smoothness of the finest assisted-opening knives, but with an unparalleled strength. The slim-line, modified spear point has a pronounced recurve on the spine, which not only reduces the knife’s profile when closed but creates a comfortable and functional finger or thumb ramp for detail work. This is a great choice for both utility and self-defense.
You never want to be out of touch with your loved ones when disaster strikes. Keep your phone charged, no electricity required, with EmerGen, a USB hand-crank generator. Just five minutes of cranking will generate one hour of power for regular use or up to five hours on power-saver mode. Charge virtually any mobile USB-powered device to never be without power, regardless of location. EmerGen produces up to 1000mA and is compatible with both iOS and Android phones.
Making a stealth escape is a major part of survival. When the going gets tough, it might be difficult to keep your lifesaving gear protected and concealed from others. Elite Survival Systems’ Modular Vest Panel (MVP) System offers a secure way to keep your most important gear at the ready. The vests are made up of a series of interchangeable panels, affording the user more options and greater customization. Each component of the system is constructed of 1,000-denier nylon, heavy-duty zippers and hardware, and nylon mesh. All front panels have a non-slip shooting panel with Velcro attachment area. The MVP vests are fully adjustable to fit each member of your family.
Hack, slash, pull, pry, saw, pierce and pound. You can do all this and more with Innovation Factory’s Lil’ Trucker multi-tool. A must-have in any personal survival kit, this multi-tool features a glass breaker, a strap cutter, a hatchet blade, a hammer as well as a saw and can opener, just to name a few of its functions. It is easy to use and can fit in your glove compartment or your get-home bag. From a roadside accident to crucial home maintenance, this multi-tool can easily save your life.
You need to keep yourself and your family safe on the go. Never get stuck with a dead car battery again with Impecca’s Power IT, a multifunction portable car jump starter/device charger kit. Ranging from 8,000mAh to 36,000mAh, Power IT is an all-in-one charger that powers almost everything you need, from cars to smartphones. For extra safety and convenience, all kits include an LED flashlight with SOS safety signals, a car charging cable, alligator battery clamps, an AC power adapter, a universal laptop adapter cable, a USB cable and a carrying case to keep everything handy and organized. Power IT’s battery cells and components are safe and reliable with up to a 3,000-use lifecycle.
One of the first things you should secure in disaster situations is a reliable light source. Emergency Medical International’s Star Power will provide you with 10 powerful LED lights that instantly turn off to conserve power when retracted. The light’s 160 lumens are rated for 100,000 hours of life, and the flashlight’s head can adjust up to a 90-degree angle to focus light exactly where you need it. A high-impact- resistant lens and rubberized non-slip grip add to the light’s durability, and it is also shockproof, water resistant and includes a magnetic base for hands-free use.
Any kind of rechargeable gear can be a lifesaver in emergency situations, especially if it’s a flashlight. The MAG-TAC from Maglite is powered by a high-capacity lithium iron phosphate rechargeable battery with a 2.5-hour charge time. In addition to a long run time, the crowned-bezel version of the MAG-TAC provides an additional element of safety for the user (also available with plain bezel). Keep the USB-powered mountable charging base in your car; it can be powered by the included 12V adapter or 120V converter, or by any other compatible charging source that complies with the USB 2.0 standard.
Pepper spray is a convenient self-defense tool, but new users should have a chance to become comfortable with the defense spray before being confronted by a dangerous person. The compact, affordable SABRE Red New User Kit includes training instructions, safety tips and a practice canister to help users fully maximize their confidence and learn about the most effective way to use the product. Capable of 25 bursts and a 10-foot range, the pepper spray comes in a durable key case with finger grip and quick release key ring allowing users to immediately access their spray when their keys are in an ignition or lock. The ballistic stream pattern of the pepper spray reduces wind blowback while the safety prevents accidental discharges.
From natural disasters to civil unrest, the need to pick up and go at a moment’s notice is a reality now more than ever. Plan ahead with the SylvanSport GO, the durable gear-hauling trailer that can easily hitch up to any vehicle. Capable of transporting up to 800 pounds of anything from bug-out bikes to rations, the GO is low profile and fuel efficient. Best of all, it transforms seamlessly from a trailer to a four-person camper in minutes so you can have a home away from home if the need arises.
It pays to be prepared, especially when it comes to medical emergencies. Survive a pandemic with the Brownells Emergency & Survival Gear (ESG) kit, which includes filter masks, nitrile gloves, first-aid kits and hygiene supplies, plus waterproof NDUR Safety Matches for easily starting a fire to boil water. Upgrade to the Ultimate Pandemic Kit and get a Zippo Emergency Fire Starter along with a JetBoil Zip, a self-contained camp stove designed to quickly boil water, and a can of fuel.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 2,600 people die in home fires ever year. That’s one person every 169 minutes. Eighty percent of fire-related deaths are attributed to suffocation by toxic gas and smoke, rather than burns from the fire itself. An essential home-safety device, the Saver Emergency Breath System is designed to prevent smoke inhalation and mobilize an individual in the event of a fire in order to escape safely. The Saver filters chemical substances and removes carbon monoxide and toxic gases for up to five minutes. Compact and simple to use, the Saver can be activated within five seconds and aid in saving the lives of you and your family.
Toiletries and sanitary items are an essential component of any bug-out bag, but you wouldn’t want them compromising your other important gear if they were to break open. Keep them secure with Elite Survival Systems’ Travel Prone Toiletry Kit, a slim, space-saving design for lean packing that still offers plenty of capacity for all of your travel needs. The pack is comprised of three compartments: two outer compartments with waterproof linings and a center compartment with mesh dividers. One of the leak-resistant outer pockets can be removed and used separately. The pack is constructed of slick, water-resistant, 420-denier nylon for easy cleaning and has YKK zippers for added durability.
Wearing a holster that makes drawing and reholstering smooth and simple is vital to your personal protection. Designed for easy and safe concealment in four positions, the Tagua 4-In-1 Inside The Pant holster is ideal for CCW permit holders looking for versatility in their daily carry. You can switch between inside-the-waistband, belt, small-of-the-back and cross-draw carry depending on your daily needs. With premium steerhide construction and a new reinforced clip, this Tagua holster can also be clipped to the edge of a front pocket for modified pocket carry if you are in a hurry.
Imagine if you could carry everything you needed to survive a major disaster in your pocket. It’s possible with the Leatherman Signal, an EDC-friendly multi-tool made for those who always want to be prepared. This survivalist multi-tool can seamlessly go from making repairs around the house to bugging out, and it has everything you need to survive off-grid. Its tools include pliers, a can opener, a saw, an awl, a hammer, replaceable wire cutters, a diamond-coated file, a bit driver as well as must-have survival items like a ferrocerium fire-starter and a whistle.
The perfect tool for your winter vehicle emergency kit, the Brooks-Range Hauler EXT Shovel features a sharktooth edge to help you easily dig out from hard ice and snow. The blades are anodized to prevent oxidization from constant exposure to water, and slots cut into the shaft double as stretcher bars that can stabilize a body in a medical emergency. The compact version is small enough to fit into any pack.
Stockpiling rations is imperative if you plan on sheltering in place during a disaster, and dehydrating and preserving your food will make that process easier. Excalibur’s ECB50B 5-Tray Stackable Dehydrator uses innovative technology for low-temperature food drying, which helps to retain the nutrients in fresh produce, herbs, meats and more. This is a more efficient preservation technique compared to canning or sun-drying. BPA-free and equipped with an adjustable thermostat (95 to 165 degrees Fahrenheit) to provide various temperature options for drying all types of food, the ECB50B could be a lifesaver during times of crisis.
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This article was originally published in the SURVIVOR’S EDGE™ Spring 2016 issue. Subscription is available in print and digital editions here.
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by Russ Adler / Mar 29, 2016