The Champ Survival Sidekick 10-in-1 Multitool
Survival preppers¬†will have nothing on you once you’ve picked up the Champ Survival Sidekick 10-in-1 Multitool.¬†I don’t consider myself an alarmist, but I do like the feeling of knowing I’m prepared for most situations, and self-reliant while traveling, especially by car. After educating myself on the many functions of... Read more
Wazoo Adventure Paracord Survival Bracelet
You need to be prepared for problems when you hike into the backcountry, but nobody wants to carry around 20 things they may or may not need if it’s going to add a lot of bulk to the pack. This Adventure Survival Bracelet from Wazoo can cover a whole... Read more
Gerber Bear Grylls Card Tool Travel Kit
Gerber Gear makes all kinds of wicked knives and multi-tools that look like they could transform into something that will take over the world, but for regular travelers who are going to get onto a plane for their adventures, that can be overkill. This neat little Bear Grylls Card... Read more
Snow Peak SnowMiner Headlamp
I’ve long been ambivalent about needing a head lamp for backpacking and camping. When I’ve used them in the past, I’ve found it hard to control the beam of light (it’s much easier to aim with a flashlight in my hands), and I never could justify the expense when... Read more
Cheap Survival Insurance: $15 Adventure Medical Kit
With this kit, you can prepare for unexpected problems without carrying a lot of extra weight and bulk. If you’ve ever been on a guided tour or hiking trip, you’ve probably noticed that whenever something goes wrong or someone gets hurt, the guide has a Hermione-like magic bag filled... Read more
Timex E-tide Compass Expedition Watch Review
It’s tough being a watch company these days. The expensive ones still get bought as jewelry and for showing off, but for inexpensive ones many people have reverted back to a pocket watch: their mobile phone. Quite a few travelers don’t use their phone overseas though. The roaming and... Read more
A Compact, Lightweight Kit to Save Your Life
Usually when we try out travel gear products on here we try hard to put them through their paces in the real world. With this little Origin SOL Survival Kit, I have to take their word for it on some of the functions. I’m not so dedicated that I’m... Read more
Camping Light: Kelty’s Lumapivot Lantern
I don’t know why we’ve taken so long to upgrade our camping kit with decent lighting. Sure, we carry candles and flashlights and a headlamp, but typically, we just shut down our efforts with the close of day. This has meant an early dinner, a bit of reading in... Read more
I had the good fortune, a few years back, to visit the Outdoor Research (OR) test lab here in Seattle. They had a machine for repeatedly poking holes in fabric, and a washer full of golf balls, and a number of other things to test the durability of the... Read more
Aspire Jacket from Outdoor Research
Outdoor Research is a Seattle based company, so it seems appropriate that they get rain gear right. Their Aspire jacket is a great addition to your travel wardrobe if you’re planning to go somewhere wet — warm or cold. I really like this coat, I’ve been wearing it outside... Read more