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Solar Spark Lighter and Survival Tool

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Stuck in the woods in need of fire? There’s a great big ball of it a few million miles away, and the Solar Spark Lighter and Survival Tool will let you harness some of it to get a flame going. It’s a stainless steel parabolic mirror with a vertical holder placed right at the focal point. Wedge a piece of wood, or some other tinder and point it at the sun and in no time you’ll have the beginnings of a fire; that spot can reach hundreds of degrees despite the tool’s small size. Measuring 4.5 inches across, it’s relatively portable and definitely on the “must-pack” list of any self-respecting outdoors enthusiast.

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NDūR Survival Straw Lets You Drink Filthy Water In Case Of Emergency. Or For Fun

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If you’re going to venture out into the wilderness, it’s always a good idea to have backup plans in case your infallible sense of direction ends up failing miserably. What do you do if you’re stuck out there for a few days with nothing but muddy water all around to keep you hydrated? The NDūR Survival Straw is an inexpensive product that can go a long way to keep you alive. Featuring a fairly sophisticated water filtration technology from Seychelle, the straw claims to “eliminate up to 99.9 percent of micro-organisms, up to 99.99 percent of all chemicals and heavy metals, and up to 99.9999 percent of viruses and bacteria.” All you have to do is dip the straw in the stream, and drink away. It’s able to treat up to 25 gallons (95 l) of water before needing replacement. Best of all, it’s only $30. That’s a perfect pricepoint for anyone to consider making this a permanent member of their outdoors survival kits.

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Datrex 3600 Food Bars Can Save Your Life When Stranded In The Wild

If you’re about to embark on the sort of journey that could have you away from civilization for a prolonged period of time, you probably want to spend some time looking at the gear you take with you. Chief among this is the stuff that’ll keep your body ticking: food. The Datrex 3600 food bars aim to cram as many calories in as small a package for as little money as possible. The bars are ready to eat and do not provoke thirst, and each of the Datrex 3600 will provide, yes, 3,600 calories of sustenance. That’s about enough for one day’s worth of walking through a forest, looking for help, though of course you’ll also need water. They have a 5 year shelf life and no, we have no idea what they taste like though some reviewers seem to have come away not completely disgusted. And lets be honest, it’s probably better than anything Bear Grylls would have you eating…

It’s $8.45 for one package, which contains 18 chunks of 200 calories each.

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Would You Get In This Ball In Case Of Natural Disaster?

With Sandy having left a path of destruction in its wake, a lot of people are understandably thinking about what they can do to better protect themselves for when the next big one hits. Japan is no stranger to natural disasters, and a company there is marketing a crushproof, floating ball as their solution. Called the Life Armor, its spherical shape and materials allow it to withstand up to 9,3 tons of compressive pressure, and can take a plunge from 25m. Whether the four humans it’s able to carry inside will survive such a fall is a different matter. It does float, and the thought of having four people trapped inside a 1.2m diameter sphere floating about doesn’t exactly strike us as the best way to protect yourself from… well, anything. Still, if you fancy this particular solution, it does appear to sell for roughly $5,000.

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HeatStick Will Get Your Water Boiling, No Flame Required

By David Ponce

If you’re out in the field, doing field-y things and generally getting yourself into trouble Bear Grylls-style… you’re gonna end up needing the HeatStick. It’s a heat delivery system that screws right into a water bottle and uses an aluminum canister of propane/butane to heat an element up, and get your water hot in a jiffy. There’s no open flame, and none of the combustible material ever comes into contact with your water; only the metal element ever gets hot.

HeatStick was developed for freeze-dried rations, boil-in-the-bag rations, MREs, beverages and personal hygiene in extreme climatic conditions where efficiency, safety and performance are everything. It’s developed to meet the needs of Special Forces and outdoor professionals under the most hostile conditions.

There’s more tech in this device than you can shake a stick at, but you’re going to have to visit the product website to find out all about them. All you need to know out here is that you can get hot water, fast, efficiently, silently, and stealthily. A 1 litre bottle with the HeatStick system will set you back 2,379KR or about $404 USD. A packet of 10 FuelSticks is 460KR or about $78, which works out to almost $8 per charge. Each FuelStick has enough juice to heat between 6 and 9 litres of water.

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Paracord Is Survival Cord Disguised As Belt

By David Ponce

You never know when the need might come to rappel down a building. So it might make sense to go around holding your pants up with carefully braided 550 paracord. When that moment comes, simply take the belt off, pull the tab and you have 80+ feet of cord at your disposal. You might look a little stupid going down a building in your underwear but if things get to that point, we suspect that’ll be the least of your worries. We’re also not sure just how hard it’ll be to braid it back into its former belt shape once you’ve deployed.

Still, it’s $28.

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DeLorme InReach Can Save You When Stranded In Nowhereland

By David Ponce

Surviving by yourself in inhospitable conditions is really only fun on TV. There’s only so much of your own pee you can drink, so many camel testicles you can eat and so many carcases you can crawl into before you realize that you really should have packed something like DeLorme’s InReach two-way satellite hookup before leaving for a trek across the Sahara. For $250 and a $10 a month subscription, you can send distress SMSs to pre-designated recipients along with your GPS coordinates, with a delivery confirmation. If you happen to also be carrying an Android phone, you can pair through Bluetooth and actually send and receive messages. There’s an SOS button in case all you’re able to do before passing out is to press a button. Finally, the InReach is rugged, waterproof, shock-resistant and buoyant.

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Behold The Machete For Grown-Ups

By David Ponce

The marketing department has gone and given the Gerber Gator Pro a zombie apocalypse angle. Yes, we suppose it could separate a zombie’s head from its body in a hurry. But when was the last time you were in a zombie apocalypse? Please. What we really have to worry about is a hipster invasion and I hear New York City is turning into ground zero. But we won’t seriously get on the record condoning any kind of violence. No, really, we aren’t, that’s just sick. What we’re saying is that instead of thinking about killing zombies, the Gerber Gator Pro is pretty badass for any survivalist, woodsy type of folk. It has a multi-purpose blade that can act as an axe, a machete or a knife and might, just might have kept you a little safer if you were in the woods in Ohio recently (wild animals escaped, if you don’t know). It has a rubber grip, weighs 18 ounces and costs $53.

We want one.

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