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German Flecktarn Army Parka Review

Way back in the 80's possibly as some people say due to the Rambo films there was a great interest in buying army surplus kit.

I personally think that this interest was simply there because survival and survival training was seen as military activity and something that was not then in the civy domain.

I suppose that by wearing ex-army gear the person felt more at one with the environment and of course blended in by way of the camouflage at least.

It is true to say that it was the Rambo films with his hollow handled survival knife that began the UK love affair with survival.

Now although his hollow handle knife was and in my opinion is a waste of hard earned money the idea of living on ones wits and using learned survival skills was born.

Ex army surplus clothing has been used by fishermen, builders, and of course survivalists as it is reasonably priced, it does what it says on the tin and there is a choice of styles and camouflage options.

Recently I was sent the German Flecktarn Army Parka from British Army Surplus, who have been providing a quality service since 1947

I attended the CUP Bug-Out weekend and wore the parka there.

Firstly I really like flecktarn as a camo and secondly as a waterproof parka it was just what I wanted.

The parka has the usual chest pocket with flaps and two side pockets with zips. a pen pocket on the left upper arm and Velcro closers on the wrists and attached hood.

This weekend had a few heavy rain incidents in fact at one point thunder and lightening, it was ideal to test this parka. Well it was fantastic, totally waterproof and with the integral hood now trickle down my neck either.

Firstly the quality of the parka was Unquestionable, it in fact looked new and that would have been that except for the cigarette butts in the pockets along with some lose tobacco as well.

But, so what, I knew it was not new, but army surplus, the question was if second hand what could I expect from it.

The stitching was in good order with no lose threads the zips and the fasteners worked perfectly, it even fitted me, now that is a bonus.

It certainly is a wind cheater and very comfortable to wear. I would recommend however that wearing something underneath would be advisable in colder conditions, but on this occasion I was warm and more importantly dry.

So what more can I ask from a waterproof parka but to be waterproof and it is. Added to this is the quality of the product its practicability and in my opinion it good looks.

But best of all is its price only £14.95 beat that then.


The Camp Fire Cooking Grill Review

Besides the smell, warmth and the general good feeling of a campfire, it can also be fun to cook a big meal over a living, crackling flame. One of the easiest and best ways to do that is with a campfire-specific grill.

Cooking over an open fire is for me what being in the great outdoors is all about, and this usually means some kind of stew, or animal over the flames or coals with varying levels of heat reaching what is being cooked.

So it can take a while to cook your food or boil water for that all important brew.

The solution is the camp fire cooking grill.

The camp fire cooking grill is a two-piece staked design that allows for effortless assembly and takedown.

The camp fire cooking grill has an 18-inch diameter rack, which I think is big enough to feed a medium-sized group of people.

The grill comes with a carrying case, which makes for easy carrying and storage. It also includes a hot pad and glove for safe handling while still hot. They have thought of everything with this grill as there is a

It was easier to set up and take down than the four-post campfire grills. It weighs 10 pounds, which makes it perfect for the family Bar-B-Qor to bring to the campsite, however, I wouldn’t recommend it for anyone backpacking or bugging-out on foot.

However for anyone bugging-out in a BOV it is perfect in every way.

I have cooked everything from cheeseburgers, steaks, kebabs, stews, eggs in oranges, baked spuds in foil, and kept a pot of water on the go for a cuppa when ever I wanted one.

So why is this grill better than the others, well in my opinion it is because of the built in design features.

For example you can adjust the grills height while it is over the fire safely, and if you need to turn the food or remove it or put more on the grill, you simply swing the grill to the side and when finished swing it back over the fire again very safely indeed.

So a grill that in effect allows you to adjust the heat, now thats not only a novelty but a great design feature I think you will agree.

This grill has it all, and with the raised edge to stop food rolling off I think it has everything needed to make it top dog on the market today. Once you have cooked on it you will wonder how you managed without one. You can get your here.

The V2 Silent Pocket Review
With the Silent Pocket® shielding technology - you can make any device undetectable.
Silent Pocket is a proprietary wireless shielding technology that is embed into sleek leather goods, such as wallets, cell phone cases and tablet sleeves.
Silent Pocket offers a comprehensive line to protect all your devices – cell phones, credit cards, passports, tablets, and computers.
And beyond basic RFID protection, they block out all signals, including cellular, WiFi, GPS, Bluetooth, and NFC in all frequencies.
Their unique dual-pocket design gives you the choice to go on or off the grid, all with beautiful, stylish protection in high-quality leather.
Most preppers aim for the ideal lifestyle for them, "living off grid", you know minus any dependence on the system at all.
But there is in our everyday lives another type of "off the grid living" that is available to everyone prepper or not.
Recently the news was full of stories about false mobile phone masts used to monitor anyone within their reach without that persons knowledge or permission known as “Stingray boxes”, the technology is believed to be used to track police suspects.
And if you believe that you will believe the moon is made of cheese.
They work by mimicking legitimate phone masts, connecting to all the mobiles in the vicinity, but they then pick up the international mobile subscriber number (IMSI) and electronic serial number (ESN), which can be used to give the precise location of the phone. They also allow for the interception of texts and conversations too.
Here is a link to the Mobile Phone Base Station Database You might even find a mobile phone mast that is NOT in the database????
This is a "warrantles" attack. it is snooping, it is an invasion of privicy and I am not happy about it, the question is are you?
In the old days the police and security serviced required a judge signed warrant to tap your communications, this system simply by-passes that need.
The old saying "if you have nothing to hide what is the problem" is in fact to me the problem, my private communications should be just that private.
I mean would you go into a public place and let anyone scroll through your phone contacts, or put a private conversation on speaker in a crowded area, of course not, because that is all private information.
So what can I do about it I hear you ask? the answer is very simple use a Silent Pocket and go instantly off the grid electronic wise.
With the Silent Pocket you can instantly block cellular, GPS, WiFi, Bluetooth, RFID, & NFC in all frequencies.
With the Silent Pocket your mobile phone cannot be tracked it as simple as that, now combine that technology with style in quality leather and you have a silent pocket.
But does it work? well the answer is a resounding YES. And very well too.
I gave a TrackR to my partner and sent her off into town. My idea was to use the TrackR to locate her and when with in a short distance to use bluetooth to locate her mobile.
The first run was simple for me as the TrackR located her in Sainsburys Cafe and the bluetooth found her mobile.
With test two I again sent her off with a TrackR but this time with a Silent Pocket too.
However this time my instructions where when I ring you put your mobile and the TrackR into the silent pocket.
The TrackR did its job and found her in the car park at Argos, so I rang her. Withing a minute the TrackR lost the signal and when I got to the car park the bluetooth did not find her mobile.
Yes Silent Pocket works and if you do not want to be spied on then get yourself a Silent Pocket you know it makes sense.
The Flipside Wallet 3X Review
It's been known for some time that there are security issues associated with the use of RFID in credit cards, and recently there was a demonstration of just how easy it is for hackers to take advantage of them.
At a hacker conference in Washington, D.C., Recursion Ventures security researcher Kristin Paget used about $350 in equipment to wirelessly read a volunteer’s RFID-enabled credit card and then encode its key data onto a blank card.
Next, she used the fraudulent card and a square card Reader to make a payment to herself.
'Embarrassingly Simple'
Elaborate trick? NO, not at all “This is an embarrassingly simple hack, but it works,” she said.
Essentially, it's possible because like the way the store's point-of-sale device reads the data on a contactless card wirelessly, so, too, can pretty much any RFID reader--through standard wallets and clothing, and regardless of the encryption or security measures that are in place, Paget said.
Today's contactless cards don't make the user’s name, PIN, or permanent three-digit CVV code wirelessly available, the report notes; they also use a one-time CVV code with each scan so as to prevent repeated fraudulent use.
I am sure that you will agree that this demonstration shows how easy it would be for one or more hackers to scan numerous victims' cards, even just to use each of them once.
So what can you do to protect yourself from an RFID attack
OK well there are a few steps you can take to protect your cards. Among the more drastic options, certainly, is toasting your RFID chip in the microwave--three seconds on high will kill it. Of course, then you can kiss your contactless payment capabilities goodbye as well.
There are even instructions on the Web for how to give your existing wallet RFID-inhibiting protection using just duct tape and aluminium foil.
But worry not Flipside Wallets have come to the rescue with the Flipside 3X.
Flipside Wallets are the "Home of the World's most Secure Wallets"
RFID Thieves typically hang out at crowded areas where they can be close to people without being too conspicuous, such as the outside entrances to shopping centers and shops, or even sitting quietly in a coffee shop with their lap top open.
This is where the Flipside Wallets comes in; they have a wallet capable of protecting your RFID enabled cards, so no one can take your card information without your permission or knowledge.
The wallets unique, Patented design not only shields your cards from RFID theft, but it also has a secure locking mechanism to insure that the wallet does not accidentally pivot open while inside your pocket or bag, which could create a hole in the shielding effect and expose your cards.
Any RFID reader can be reprogrammed to to scan a persons details from a distance but with the Flipside 3X your cards are totally safe from RFID attack as long as they are kept within the wallet of course.
Although it is designed as a card wallet it does has room in the last section for a few notes, but I found that keeping paper money separate from my cards was a good thing as if I lost one I would still have the other.
As technology advances to make our lives "supposedly" easier, the criminal takes advantage of this technology to continue committing crime. We owe it to ourselves and our families to be one step ahead of these criminals and with the Flipside 3X you are.
You can check them out here http://www.flipsidewallet.com/

The Pits & Bits Review
Whether you are on a practice bug-out, wild camping, fishing, hunting or to be honest simply away from a water source the waterless Pits and Bits Body Wash will keep you clean when away from any shower facilities.


All you have to do is squeeze a little out of the bottle, rub in to remove any sweat, grease or mud and then towel down with a micro towel, if you have one.


Or why not use with the Pits and Bits Expandable Wipes for a really good clean.


I really like the waterless body washes, Pits and Bits Body Wash is unfragranced, so is just what you need when hunting.


Although it has no alcohol like conventional sanitizers, it removes dirt/grease from your skin and onto your towel, ensuring no loss of essential oils and also providing another great use as fire lighting tinder.


One of the hardest stains I find to remove is the combination of grass, wood and dirt especially in the wet, and another is not only the blood but the smell of your hands after processing game in the field.


Well Pits & Bits did the trick, each day at the CUP Bug-Out weekend I left it as long as I could without washing my hands and let their waterless products do the business and that is exactly what they did, time and time again.


And as for the under arm, groin etc. wash they removed odour and the reason for it.


Another use is wiping after no2's to wash clean that is in fact all personal washing needs are taken care of by Pits & Bits.


Yesterday I shot a woodie and removed the breast meat to eat and as usual there is that gamey smell left on my hands again they were cleaned and the smell was removed all without water which is a novelty to say the least and a total must for those whether bugging-in or bugging-out.


The waterless shampoo is amazing even for me with close cropped hair after using it my hair felt clean and soft which is all I can ask of any shampoo, and imagine the saving in water too.


The waterless instant use toothbrushes are perfect for a quick brush, no mess and no fuss yet safe to swallow. The toothpaste is stored in the head of the brush so just brush and carry out LNT.


The expandable Wipes can either be used in combination with the body wash for a soapy wash or used to clean pots and pans etc. as a wound dressing and of course as tinder, there will be many other uses I am sure.


I cannot recommend these products highly enough, having a range of waterless personal hygiene products opens many doors for the bugged-out prepper, survivor or outdoors man/woman.


You can now wash in your shelter in the desert on a boat, in your vehicle, at home with no running water, on holiday on the beach, anywhere you want and that feels great.


Jess from Norinse emailed me and has offered you dear listener a 10% Discount by using the word "prepper", thank you Jess. You can order yours at https://www.norinse.co.uk/pits-bits.html



Escape/Travel Belt Review

With the introduction of the new Escape/Travel Belt, both the operative and the regular traveler just gained a lot of options.
Whether you travel in the world's most hostile regions or just pursue your daily activities, you can now increase your survival odds if your situation suddenly turns south.

This innovative new belt is designed to be discreet and look ordinary. It's made of 1.5" webbing, so it doesn't look too tactical or military and will fit through standard size belt loops. But its ordinary looks conceal some very un-ordinary features.

The Escape/Travel Belt's unique buckle conceals and securely holds a non-metallic
Handcuff Key and a Ceramic Razor Blade (both are included).
The versatile design of the belt's interior provides dozens of access points to its many discreet elasticized compartments, which are ideal for stashing currency or whatever small items you require.
The belt even comes with some pre-deployed tools included in compartments in the rear of the belt: a second non-metallic handcuff key (with a lanyard for easy removal) and 4.5 feet of Kevlar® Survival Cord. The entire belt - even with all of the included tools - is completely non-metallic.

Available in 3 sizes: Medium (28" - 30"), Large (32" - 42"), XL (44" - 52"). Color: black. Made in USA.
I have put these extra items into the belt because not only do I consider that I will need them but also because they are also non-metallic.
10 Cable ties
2x 10's of Biox Aqua Tablets
2x Folded zip-lock bags
2x £10 notes
Bag of my everyday OTC medicines
4x co co codamol pain Tablets
It is now what I consider to be complete, however as with all kit things will be replaced and or removed as I finely hone it to work best for me. Please remember that your belt will be filled with what you decide you need with you and that is the way it should be.I really love it because of the items carried secretly within in and being non-metalic I can even take it on holiday with me and that too fills me with a greater level of confidence that should something go wrong I have the means to help me out of a stick situation.
I also like the fact that not one of my friend even noticed that this belt was any different to any other that I or they had worn. In fact I had to mention the belt before they said so what, it is just a belt. Their comments changed when I showed them what was hidden in the belt and all of thought that it was a cool must have.
Far be it for me to disagree with them. The belt also preformed very well when I took it into the shower with me and soon dried out later with no shrinkage or loss of structure at all.
Yes if you want an all round basic/normal belt with a covert capacity then this is the one for you.

Luci EMRG review

Luci EMRG is a lightweight (only 2.5 oz.), all-in-one lantern, flashlight and emergency light.

This revolutionary multi-purpose product, which provides up to seven hours of light on a full charge and retains 95 percent of its charge per month when in off mode, is always ready to use which makes it ideal for use in the event of a power cut or emergency.

Its features include a safety flasher and a high visibility red and white S.O.S. flasher along with an ultra-bright flashlight setting and lantern mode for diffused room lighting.

Extremely compact, waterproof and durable, Luci EMRG is especially useful for blackouts, car breakdowns and extreme weather conditions such as hurricanes, floods, earthquakes, tornados in fact any man-made or natural disaster, which make it ideal for we preppers and survivalist too.

Powered by renewable, clean, free solar energy, Luci EMRG is a safe alternative to traditional off-grid lighting, candles, kerosene, gas light and battery power, making it versatile and safe enough for outdoor and indoor use.

Additionally, the product floats on water, is fully submersible and lasts up to 10 years without ever having to buy or change a battery.

Luci EMRG

4 settings: bright, super bright, flashing, and red & white S.O.S.

8 hour charge provides up to 7 hours of bright light

10 x 10 feet of lighting

4 LED lights

2.5 ounces weight

Luci EMRG is the most affordable and versatile product yet, and that’s part of our overall strategy as a socially conscious company,” said Chief Business Development Officer and Co-Founder John Salzinger.

MPOWERD sells globally to both the developed and developing world, and high-volume sales from markets like the U.S. allow us to both reduce costs and create higher quality, more affordable products for those otherwise forced to rely on dangerous fuel sources like kerosene and firewood.”

Luci EMRG retails for $9.99 and is available at online at https://www.mpowerd.com/ along with retailers such as Amazon, Nordstrom and Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS).

About MPOWERD

As a socially conscious, award-winning consumer products company, MPOWERD Inc., creator of the Luci inflatable solar light, develops and manufactures game-changing personal clean energy products for use by people living and playing on and off the grid.

MPOWERD is a Certified B Corp committed to transforming people’s lives and protecting the planet by making its products available and accessible the world over.

Having had the original Luci light for some years now, the Luci EMRG is a very exciting addition to their product list and it is even better for our purposes as it now has the ability to provide signals for rescuers to hone in on. Well done MPOWERED. https://www.mpowerd.com/



The GO ID Personal Emergency ID Kit Review
Whether you are on a solar trip into the wilderness (not a good idea by the way), and you have an accident or medical emergency and are unable to communicate, or you are part of a group on a wilderness trip having had an accident or a medical emergency and are unable to communicate and the other group members are not aware of any medical condition you may have,
I would say you are in deep do-do. Imagine if any of the above did happen to you and you had the GO ID, which is visible to the rescuers or paramedics, now you know that they will be able to treat your medical condition and or take it into account when giving you treatment for something else.
The GO ID is designed for everyone so that they can carry a warning to medical personal that they suffer from illness or allergies or medical implants.
The GO>ID MISSION:
To empower people with an emergency ID they can set & forget.
To provide financial assistance to organizations which provide life-saving emergency care, especially those lacking basic equipment to serve their communities.
5% of our profits are donated to first responder organizations.
What’s in the Package
Metal GO>ID — Comes in several colours and 3 types of metal.
Silicon ID Cover — Each ID comes with a matching silicon cover. The cover keeps your information safe and discretely hidden when you attach your GO>ID your shoe, key ring, zipper pull, etc.
Hook & Loop Fasteners (2 loops, 1 hook) "Velcro" — Thin and strong, easily attach your GO>ID to your watch.
Laser Labels (3) — Laser-specific labels are perfectly suited for your laser printer — and they’re waterproof and permanent.
Inkjet Labels (3) — Inkjet-specific labels are perfectly suited for your inkjet printer — and they’re waterproof and permanent.
Clear Label Over-laminate (2) — An added layer of protection for your ID label so you can take it anywhere!
Zipper Hook — Clip or hang your ID in any easy to find location, like a zipper pull, belt loop, keychain, etc.
Resealable Bag — Keep all of your ID Making Kit materials together for later use in this handy resealable bag.
Protected by GO>ID Sticker (1) — They want everyone to know that you are protected with the GO>ID! Reflective stickers can also help prevent night-time incidents.
When you’re in need, first responders will need all the information they can get. GO>ID is the personal emergency ID which gives essential information to first responders, even if you aren’t able.
You can easily change your personal information as your situation changes. Just print your personal medical ID label on your own printer and you can … Go>Anywhere!
Alert first responders with two of the most recognized emergency symbols in the world — the star of life or the letters “ID”. Each GO>ID comes with both symbols.
GO>ID is the first ID you can easily wear wherever you want: on your watch, on your shoe, on your backpack, your zipper pull, cell phone … any place you can imagine.
GO>ID enables you to carry more important information than most other medical IDs — up to 250 characters.
There’s no chip or battery so, unlike many devices, it won’t lose power or wear out.
The included ID Making Kit makes it easy to print your custom labels and assemble the GO>ID for how you want to use it.
GO>ID is designed to protect your information and allows for anonymity while on the go. Your personal information stays hidden and discretely out of the way — either under your watch or in the included silicon cover.
The unique alert tab lets first providers know you have important information for them.
The ID is lightweight and comes in several colours and materials. The lightest weighs less than a sheet of paper (1oz)!
The GO ID Personal Emergency ID Kit's contents are provided and made by you, and all you need is a computer the internet and a printer.
I firmly believe that the GO ID will save further lives and provide a level of confidence and reliability that has not really been available to us in the UK before.
You would be foolish in fact many would say reckless to ignore the GO ID. I have decided to include the GO ID as part of my EDC and if out in the woods I will transfer it to my outer clothing for peace of mind.
You can get yours at http://go-id.org/


The Valley Food Storage Review


I bet you’re asking yourself “Why should you get Valley Food Storage food over this other company’s food?”
This question can be answered with one word – Quality!
When they prepare our foods, they take great care in making sure what you get is only the best out there. Taking the time to find the best ways to make sure your food lasts as long as possible is also one of our top priorities.
Several companies will tell you their food will have a shelf life of 25 years.
But wait, how can we be sure that’s true?
Did they really make their food, and then sit around for 25 years to test their foods shelf life?
The answer is probably not.
By doing a little research we found that almost all food storage companies will use ingredients that are known to spoil after just a few short years; making the food you bought utterly useless.
Packaging your food
Long-term food storage requires a focus on the proper containment to keep foods safe for longer periods of time. The proper processing and handling to ensure viability is also necessary.
When it comes to this step, there are a number of factors that need to be considered in order to ensure the quality and longevity of the food.
Moisture Content
Microbe presence
Nutrient Breakdown
Chemical Additives
Stability of ingredients
They make the extra effort of making sure that all these factors are addressed properly.
Moisture Content & Microbe Presence
By using the revolutionary process of Nitrogen Flushing, they are able to address 2 issues right off the bat. Nitrogen flushing displaces oxygen in the packaging, which is one of the bigger issues when it comes to food storage.
Oxygen along with Moisture allows bacteria (“Microbes”) to grow and mould your food, break down the oils, and spoil the contents of the package.
We also check that the food we put in to each package contains less than 5% moisture (the ideal shelf stable food should have less than 7%).
Most food storage companies don’t always check this part of the process as it takes a lot more time to ensure it’s done properly; their food often will contain up to 20% moisture in it.
This is the company’s commitment
Along with our individualized commitment to the long-term viability of our foods, Valley Food Storage has a commitment to how healthy and nutritive these products are for you.
We don’t add any chemical preservatives, which can alter the taste and the nutrient value to your food in a negative way. We guarantee your complete satisfaction and you can hold us to it.
Well that is what the company says, but what do I say?
I was sent two meals and each pack says they provide 5 servings, well to be honest if you combine them with other food say meat or fish and veg they will do exactly that very easily indeed.
But if you are on your lonesome and starving then it is common sense to eat the whole pack yourself.
To cook these meal simply measure out five cups of water tip the contents in, stir and boil for 15 to 20 minutes done.
The two I tried were the Irish Pub Cheddar Potato Soup and the Mango Habanero Chili
The Irish Pub Cheddar Potato Soup is one of those delicious meals that warms you from the inside out. It is one of the best soups around.
I really liked this one and did have it all myself, round the camp fire you could try adding hot dog sausages or any tinned meats for example and that would certainly bulk it out and reduce the amount of cooking required to fill you up.
The Mango Habanero Chili is some of the most flavourful and hottest tasting chili around. Sure to warm you up in any situation.
Now with this one I was a bit dubious as I am not a lover of hot chilies, but again I was happily surprised and ate the lot, well I did let Julie have some and even she enjoyed it and that is a complement indeed.
Valley Food Storage have a sure fire hit with these very tasty meals they are filling easy to store and light enough so you want to pack them for your wilderness adventures.
It is also great to see a meal that has five servings in it, as this allows you to carry a selection of their meals for your party and spread them throughout your back packs.
I really like these meals and will be buying more for my trips out and about.

 
The Enspire Body Cleansing Towel Review
Enspire manufacture a pre-moistened towel, in essence a shower in a pouch that is used by the US Forest Service Firefighters, Phoenix, Dallas and Austin fire depts. and have just received orders from the Fairfax, VA EMS group. 
And they see their use expanding too many companies that have people in the field exposed to toxins and other elements.
Enspire® Body Cleansing Towel was created by a serviceman serving in the Far East and was unable to shower for days.  He returned home and the Enspire towel was created.   Currently the towel is sold by the USMC company store in Okinawa and has been presented to other USMC company stores. 
The Enspire towel provides a portable freshness when you don’t have access to fresh water for a shower.
Each HUGE, 24” x 48” pre- moistened towel is individually packaged and will fit perfectly into your emergency kit, gym bag, hiking backpack and more. 
Enspire Towels are alcohol free, fragrance free and safe for use on both children and pets.  Each wipe is enriched with soothing Aloe and made of a durable fabric that will not fall apart while in use.
They are actually strong enough to be used as an improvised sling or bandage in an emergency situation.  
Only one wipe is needed to clean the whole body and can be disposed of after use.  Ideal for use by Military, Medical, Preppers and survivalists, Outdoor Sports, Camping, Boating, Traveling and more! 
Each towel is proudly made in the USA.
Portable, packaged individually
Fragrance Free, safe for children and pets
Enriched with soothing Aloe
Durable fabric will not fall apart during use • Can be used as improvised bandage or sling • Alcohol Free • HUGE, 2’ x 4’ Wet Towel • Disposable
Ideal for Military, Emergency Kits, Medical, Outdoor Sports, Construction crews, Camping, Boating, Traveling and more.
If you have any thoughts of wet wipes then forget them.
The Enspire Body Cleansing Towel is the solution to survival hygiene problems, using it will reduce water usage, with it you can wash easier and even inside a tent/shelter.

It does not take very long at all for the average survivor to begin to basically stink, now being a solo survival may not be a problem but as we all know when in a group offensive smells can make for an uncomfortable experience over all.

I have to say also that survival hygiene is not only about not smelling, but in my opinion it is more important than that, it is about maintaining good health and over all cleanliness which will contribute to you chances of coming out the other end in good health, alive and well.

It seems very simple to me that the clear solution to survival hygiene problems is the Enspire Body Cleansing Towel and you can order yours at http://enspireproducts.com/
Biox Aqua Tablets Review
A powerful water treatment in convenient tablet form for when travelling in areas where safe drinking water may not be available.
Once dropped into a water bottle, the tablets take effect immediately, killing a wide spectrum of bacteria and pathogens. Perfect for treating water sourced from rivers, wells and yes even taps. 
Add one tablet to one litre of water in a bottle.
If the water contains visible dirt or particles strain the liquid first through fine cotton or t-shirt material.
If the water is suspected to be heavily contaminated or contain Crytosporidium or Giardia add two tablets to the water.
Let the water stand for 10 minutes, or where heavy contamination is suspected 40 minutes before drinking.
Dose rates and contact times vary with temperature. One pack treats up to 30 litres of water.
Once treated with Biox Aqua water will be safe to drink for 24 hours. After this period water should be discarded.
If you are looking to reduce the weight of your backpack then here is one solution that you may want to consider.
The Biox Aqua is one of the most effective water disinfectants on the market today and they are safe and easy to use. By not having a water filter and just carrying these tabs you would of course save weight but not in any way put yourself at risk when it comes to treating sourced water before drinking.
Using the Biox Aqua water treatment tablets means that you do not need to light a fire and boil water to make it safe to drink.
I think the big question is what does it taste like and the answer is, there is no nasty aftertaste or water colouration and it tastes very nice and refreshing to be honest.
Now another great use for the Biox Aqua tablets is the purification of emergency stored and collected water, for example, if you have filled the bath full of water for an extra water source during an emergency, or if you have a big rain butt full of rain and roof run off water.
If this is the case do not treat the full bath or butt but simply take the amount of water you really need then treat it.
Please remember to cover these extra water sources to help prevent any or further contamination.
I really like these Biox Aqua Water Treatment Tablets, order a pack and try them for yourself.
Sharp Shooter Keychain Review
This is the only self-defence device that is patented and legal in all 50 states in the U.S.
Easy to learn
Deploys quickly - speeds of 60 to 150 miles an hour
Consists of 550 tested paracord, this will last for a long time.
Retention ring to prevent the device from falling out of your hand, and prevent the device to be pulled out of your hand.
Durable shaft to grasp and also transfers the force away from the retention ring if an attacker were to get a hold of the keys.

4 in 1 Device
Short distant impact device (similar to a kubaton)
The cord can be used for choking or blocking
Flailing similar to the nunchaku
Most importantly has the ability to shoot out unlike a kubaton or nunchaku/ goes from a short range device to a long range device.

Voted Best Versatile EDC Gear of 2014 by social media Facebook & Instagram
Comes with Free Instructional DVD and a 1 year guarantee and your money back

Note: This product is patented, no resale or duplication is permitted. Any duplication of this product is not a Sharp Shooter and you may be jeopardizing your safety -Robert Moran/Inventor Patent No. US D558, 446 S

Bushido Productions Product Warranty
We are dedicated to your complete satisfaction and are confident you won't find better quality self-defence keychain so we offer a full 1 year money back guarantee for your complete satisfaction. Our goal is to ensure your safety and make you feel safe and happy with your purchase. If you don't like your device in any way simply return it for an exchange or full refund within 1 year. That's our guarantee! - Grand Master Moran
So what do I think?
This is a superbly designed and very well made self-defence tool. OK, it is illegal here in the UK but it is not in the USA and in I would imagine many other countries as well.
I fail to see why we as law abiding British citizens are denied the right to be able to defend ourselves against society’s low life. Surely it is a human right to be able to defend ourselves, as to do otherwise are we not simply bending to violence and threat? And in real terms standing on a high ledge just waiting to be pushed off?
The Sharp Shooter can of course be used offensively, but so can a rolled up newspaper, kitchen knives, and bricks and of course the oldest weapon of them all the human body.
I would rather be judged by 12 than carried by 6. Therefore I am as a responsible adult simply preparing for the what if, event by carrying the sharp shooter.
After all it is just a very well made key ring with some paracord attached to it. If it is totally legal to carry a bunch of keys on a chain as truckers and bikers do then how can it be illegal to carry this sharp shooter key ring?
I now have a Key Smart in which my keys are held, not unlike a Swiss Army knife, this makes the keys totally silent by the way and stops them from catching on clothing and or wearing holes in my pockets.
I cannot advise you to carry the sharp shooter, I can only bring it to your attention and leave it to you the responsible preppers and survivalists that I know you to be.
The least you can do is go to their website and check them out http://www.bushidoproductions.com/
The KeySmart Review

KeySmarts goal is to save the world from bulky, annoying keys

Are you constantly annoyed with thigh poke, key jingle, and damaged pants, Mike set out to design a solution to the bulky key ring. 


After months of prototyping, testing, and redesigning, KeySmart was born. 


The frame was crafted out of aluminium to be ultra-lightweight, and the hardware was milled from stainless steel to survive anything life threw at it. 

After launching on Kickstarter in early 2013, KeySmart was one of the most popular products ever launched.  Mike quit his job to take KeySmart on full time and has been making happy customers ever since.
The KeySmart changes your bunch of keys into a Swiss Army Knife looking EDC item.
It does this by allowing the user to dismantle it simply with a coin for example and to rebuild it with your keys placed between the two aircraft aluminium quality handles.
The keys fit over two stainless steel posts one at each end which allow the keys to swivel in and out.
When you have put the KeySmart back together you can chose how tight to make posts as of course if too lose the keys will swivel on their own and if too tight one key can bring another with it. However I find this to be a good thing to be honest as it is my choice how I tighten it and not the maker.
I have found the KeySmart to be a great solution to the ugly noisy bunch of keys normally found hanging from a key ring, it is also now not a painful problem when carrying keys in my trouser pocket as there are no sharp points to dig into my leg.
I have the Sharp Shooter Keychain from http://www.bushidoproductions.com/index.php which normally has a bunch of keys on the ring at the end but now I have the KeySmart on the end instead of the bulky keys and as it is just as heavy, in fact slightly heavier with the KeySmart it does just the same job but now it does it silently and that is for me an unexpected bonus. The keySmart comes in different sizes from a 5 key holder to a massive 100 key holder and even comes with a USB flash drive connecter as an extra.
There are 8 different colours and a titanium version as well.
There are also different attachments that you can buy to individualise your KeySmart from a Multi-Tool Card, Card Sharp, Nomad - Minimalist charge cable, money clip, glow fob etc. etc. To be honest only your imagination will limit what you can attach to the KeySmart.
It is of course now part of my EDC and you can get yours from http://getkeysmart.com/


StrikeFire Fire Starter and Sporks Review
A variation of the old flint and steel concept, ferrocerium rods produce larger, hotter, and more sparks than their predecessor.
First, why not just use matches or lighters? They're easier to use and cheaper, right? Well, I do recommend keeping a few lighters and matches on hand, but no, they aren't always easier to use, and they aren't cheaper either.
Consider lighting a fire after falling into water, or after your lighter or matches have been in the rain.
Wet lighters and matches don't work, while ferrocerium rod fire starters like the StrikeFire are impervious to water, and will easily start fires while wet. You can buy waterproof matches and lighters but they will cost a lot more overall.
Be aware that while waterproof matches may be waterproof, the rough surface they come with to strike on often isn't.
Before we can compare the cost between a StrikeFire and matches/lighters, we have to know how long a StrikeFire lasts. We get roughly 12000 fires form the large strikefire before it needs to be replaced.
There is a medium version that lights 3,000 fires.
They both produce temperatures of 3,000 degrees Celsius, the sparks from a StrikeFire will light a huge range of natural and man-made tinders, including gas and petrol camping stoves.
The StrikeFire is a new British made product using the best ferrocerium rod available, a hardened steel scraper and reflective paracord lanyard.
Get yours now at http://www.bushgear.co.uk/
The strikefire Titanium Spork
What do you get when you cross a lightweight titanium spoon with a lightweight titanium fork? The ultimate eating utensil for preppers and survivalists alike the spork.
With a spork you have twice the weight savings—not only is titanium light, but you need only carry a single utensil cutting the weight you carry even further
Titanium leaves no metallic smell or taste and will not rust.
It is also non-corrosive, non-magnetic and hypoallergic
Weight 17 g
The Strikefire Stainless Steel Spork
A genuinely useful spoon paired with a more than adequate fork and knife. Made of virtually indestructible stainless steel, these sporks are much less prone to snapping than plastic sporks. Being able to substitute three utensils for one is a real bonus, allowing you to scoop, prong, cut and lift virtually any forms of foods you may encounter, in either the great outdoors or the concrete jungle.
The BEST SURVIVAL BRACELET Review
The Best Survival Bracelet or BSB as it is know is an extremely well thought out idea of exceptional quality, in fact it even has a US PATENT PENDING US 20130213089 A1 it is that good and innovative.
This very well made paracord bracelet is all you need to start a fire anywhere as it is not only a source of paracord but it incorporates a 1” ferrocerium rod, a scraper and tinder in the form of jute strands woven into the top of the bracelet.
So what is jute anyway, well Dictionary.com defines 'jute' as:  "a strong coarse fibre used for making burlap, gunny, and cordage that is obtained from two East Indian plants of the linden family."  
The plants grow 10-12 feet high and have long, serrated, tapered, light green leaves and small yellow flowers.  Since ancient times, jute has been grown and processed in the Bengal area of India and Bangladesh.  
Along with its many industrial uses, jute twine is one of the best fire tinder’s it is great to have available in your pack or emergency kit as a very reliable firestarter. 
Jute twine when dry, can be pulled apart into many fibres to create a 'bird nest' that starts very easily with fire starting tools such as fire steel, Magnesium rod, matches, or lighters.
The scraper roughly ½” x2” can be used in many different ways, you can have it engraved, you could have an edge put on it, paint it, polish it etc. In an emergency it can be used as a reflective signal device. 
To start a fire all you have to do is unpick the jute which runs along the top or outside of the BSB select the length you want and then tease the strands apart and rub them between the palms of your hands to further rough them up form a nest and then introduce a spark.
The ferrocerium rod which also acts as a toggle closure for the BSB is captive on the bracelet so you will not lose it when using it.
As with all fire making you must gather enough dry tinder and fuel before you attempt to light the jute. I have found once the nest is alight (which is an instant ignition by the way) I use Birch bark to increase the heat and then the smaller twigs and build up from there.
Now the best bit about the BSB is starting fires does not damage the BSB at all, as you simply re place the used jute by threading it back through the original loops simply and effective.
The BSB is a real asset and a must for the serious prepper and survivalist as even if you run out of jute the BSB will continue lighting fires for you anyway.
I love it and with jute costing pennies it is a fire starter for life.
Order your BSB at http://www.paracordist.com/
CHILD'S PPE Review
For those of you who have purchased a Pandemic Quick Kit from
http://www.contagionsurvival.com/pandemic_quickkits.htm and if not WHY NOT, they have come up trumps with the CHILD'S PPE protect your children with this Personal Protective Equipment combo designed to cover their entire bodies.
At last there is a whole family solution for protecting your loved ones from Ebola and other contagions too.
WARNING Around the world these one piece protection suits are selling very fast indeed.
Mr Todd West, GM 0f First Aid Global, LLC said “I actually had to buy the last 500 Tyvek suits in small size.
Personal Protection for children has been difficult to procure until now. Tyvek suit, face shield and mask and much more and I fits most children.
1 Face Shield with attached Surgical Mask that ties around the back of head and neck and fits any size. Mask is cool and comfortable to wear and features soft, latex-free ties.
Breathable and roomy pleated facial pockets for superior comfort over extended periods of wear time. Shield provides a clear, plastic wrap-around that protects eyes and face from contaminants.
 
1 Small Tyvek Suit with elastic wrists and ankles and attached hood. Can be gathered-up to fit most children. Tyvek is composed of high-density polyethylene fibres.
It is strong and breathable, yet it won't allow liquids to penetrate. We are one of the only sources for size small.
1 Pair of Blue Bootie Shoe Covers
1 Earloop face mask for additional coverage
2-pair of Small Nitrile Gloves
1 Bio-hazard disposal bag to discard soiled suit
4 PAWS Antimicrobial Wipes
1 Emergency Light-stick
So guys I suggest you order your now http://www.contagionsurvival.com/pandemic_quickkits.htm

Pandemic Quick Kits Review
These handy Pandemic Quick Kits are designed for fast and inexpensive protection from Contagions when you or your family members have to leave your safe zone.
Simply discard the entire suit when you return to insure that no contaminants enter your home. Not meant for close continuous patient contact.
Contents:
Coveralls w/Zipper
Adhesive tape to seal ankles/wrists
Shoe Covers
Hair Net
Goggles - splash-proof and anti-fogging
N95 Medical Respirator
Latex Gloves 2-pair
Bio-Hazard Disposal Bag
PAWS Antimicrobial Hand wipes - 4
Buy our inexpensive Pandemic Quick-Kits by the bulk and supply your family or even your entire neighbourhood.
Doctors, Dentists and Medical Technicians wear these disposable Coveralls to protect their clothing from splash and bacteria.
We still recommend a complete Contagion Kit, but for fast, everyday use, these packs are inexpensive to store and convenient to use and discard.
As this life saving kit only arrived this Thursday I have not had too much time to play with it, but I felt it was important enough to open the pack and try on the contents.
Firstly it is obvious that whoever designed this kit knew what they were doing as they have thought of everything in fact this is a complete pandemic kit and you should all have one for each member of your family or group as an aid to bugging out or to be worn if and when you have to travel through an Ebola hotspot.
The one piece suit is a one size fits all and is very easy indeed to put on, and with the shoe covers on and my ankles and wrists taped I did feel protected and I have to say it was very comfortable to wear.
Now combine that with the goggles which are splash-proof and anti-fogging the N95 Medical quality Respirator and the Latex Gloves of which there are 2 pairs and I really did feel safe and confident that if I had to enter an area where people had contracted Ebola or any other contagious disease pre-or post SHTF that it would provide me with the protection I would need.
The kit also comes with a hair net to tuck away long hair for example PAWS Antimicrobial hand wipes which kill 99% of germs on the skin while removing dirt and debris.
I have no idea how they can produce such important and necessary kit for such a low price and then offer discount for bulk orders.
This is just what we in the prepper and survivalist community have been looking for, something that really works at an affordable price.
At Just $11.95 each which at today’s rate is £7.47 they are amazing value and top quality
I cannot recommend this kit highly enough and I must really thank Todd West, GM
Of First Aid Global, LLC who pulled out all the stops to get a Pandemic Quick Kit to me.
You can order yours directly from the company

Survival Slingshot Review
What the website says
In a survival situation, you never know what you will face or how long before you get home. You must be prepared for anything and have equipment that you will realistically have on your person should you need it. The Survival Slingshot is designed to be a vital tool for survival, hunting, camping, archery and fishing.
Active, not passive survival
When it comes to finding food from game, we believe having a active approach is a critical compliment to more passive means. For example, you may well be able to set a snare but end up with nothing to eat. With a high powered slingshot, if you can see it, you can hit it.
Every Survival Slingshot is capable of shooting standard arrows which opens up larger game to be targeted. We have seen full sized deer taken with our standard 25LB bands. Slingshots never run out of ammunition allowing you to use the included shot ammo or rocks that you can pick up.
Your ultimate back up 
The patented Survival Slingshot has a watertight hollow handle which allows you to store a generous eight cubic inches of survival items to give you a wide range of capability for survival. It folds down to a compact size to store and weighs only two pounds. Every model includes a compass and the integrated rail system allows you to customize your slingshot any way you may need.
What I say
Firstly let me say that I am totally impressed in every way with the Survival Slingshot, it is very clear to see that a great deal of thought went into its design and make up.
For example, you can simply turn your survival slingshot into one that fires arrows by attaching a whisper biscuit.
You can also mount a tactical LED torch so you can hunt in low light or even in the dark. As you know, many game animals are nocturnal so hunting at night can be very productive.
With the light attachment, you can now find your quarry, feather, fur or fish at dusk, early dawn and late into the night.
Simply a silent food provider.
I would say that small game and fish are what will keep you alive when you need to hunt for food. Having set many traps and snares in the past I can tell you that although it may seem easy to snare and trap game, in truth it takes an awful lot of practice and is a somewhat hit and miss method of feeding yourself.
With the Survival Slingshot you have 25 pounds of pull and the extra ability not only to shoot steel ball bearings but arrows as well
The Survival Slingshot is designed to be robust and to simply work in any survival situation. It comes with a compass built into the inside of the screw cap of the handle storage space which by the way is big enough for a small survival blade, lighter, matches, puri tabs, and other survival bits and pieces, in fact what you store in the waterproof handle is your choice.
Made from aerospace grade aluminium alloy and high strength steel you can see why it comes with a lifetime warranty.
Most survival kits include the basics like wire for snare wire, fishing line, hooks, split shot, but with the Survival Slingshot you have a survival kit that not only stores your survival kit but it can produce food for a meal as well, not that is a survival kit.
However as with all kit you must do what doctors and lawyers do, practice, practice, and did I say practice.
When you can hit what you are aiming for consistently then and only then you are able to hunt small game and fish for food. Remember it is illegal to hunt with a bow and arrow in the UK. So please only take game with the steel ball bearings and simply only target shoot with the arrows.
This is not a toy, in my opinion it is a silent weapon, and you should treat it as just that a weapon as it has effective range of 250+ Yards.
The Standard Models ship with one container that contains, matches, weights for fishing, fishing hooks, pins and needles, fishing line, thread, swivels and an ammunition container with roughly 40 rounds of steel shot.
Overall the Survival Slingshot wins on many fronts, from a survival kit to a silent hunting system. It is light enough to carry all day and it folds up and can be stored in a pocket. With a small survival blade stored in the handle I know I could survive just with the survival slingshot www.survivalslingshot.com
175lb Jaguar Crossbow Rifle
With 175lb draw weight this bow will launch a bolt at blistering 245 fps and that is impressive.
Specs:
Durable Fiberglass Limb
Aluminium Barrel
Foot Stirrup
12" Power Stroke
6 Arrow Quiver
Red Dot Sight
Black Padded Shoulder Sling
Safety Goggles
4 Aluminium Bolts
245 FPS
35.25" Length / 26" Axle-Axle
Can Fit Our 4x32 Scope
This is an excellent crossbow for the money. No, it's not super expensive but it's not supposed to be. At 175 pounds, this crossbow is the most powerful weapon you can buy in the UK without a license.
Maybe you're a new prepper looking for a quiet defence weapon that is still available in the UK or you just want to see if crossbows are as much fun as they seem on those TV shows.
Crossbows have been around for over 2,000 years and have a long history of use for both hunting and warfare.
Because crossbows are potentially dangerous weapons, anyone new to crossbow shooting should seek out professional instruction to learn the proper techniques. When learning how to shoot a crossbow, always do so on a range specified for the purpose.
Never aim crossbow at anything you don't plan on shooting and always practice safe storage and shooting habits. If you are planning on using your crossbow for hunting purposes, be sure to check with your state's regulatory board to learn about crossbow hunting laws. Here in the UK it is illegal to hunt with a Crossbow.
Step 1: Loading and Cocking
To ready your crossbow for shooting, follow these steps:
Place the crossbow on its stirrup on the ground
Put your foot fully and securely through the stirrup
Using a cocking aid or both hands, pull the bowstring evenly upward to the cocking mechanism
To ensure proper setting, always cock your crossbow string in the same place. If necessary, mark your string while it is resting on the stock to ensure you are cocking consistently
Place the string in the cocking mechanism and ensure that it is secure by listening for a popping or clicking noise. Do not let go of the string until you are certain it is firmly in place
Place a bolt in the appropriate groove. If the bolt is placed correctly, one of the fletchings should be resting in the grove and the end of the bolt should be against the string
Before lifting the bow, ensure that both the automatic and manual safety are on
Step 2: Firing the Crossbow
Once you are ready to fire your crossbow, get ready to aim. Keep in mind that most crossbows are designed to fire at targets that are 20, and at the most, 40 yards away. Dry-firing your crossbow can damage it, so always make sure a bolt is fitted properly in the groove before planning to fire.
Place one arm below and along the crossbow to steady it, placing this lower arm on a flat surface to steady it
Secure the crossbow by placing the butt against your shoulder
Place your finger on the trigger
Most crossbows are equipped with some sort of sight, so use your sight to aim at the target
Once you are lined up and ready to fire, release the safety and apply even pressure with your finger to squeeze the trigger
Conclusion
Firing a crossbow can be a rewarding hobby and add a new challenge to hunting. Whenever you are handling a crossbow, keep in mind that it is a dangerous weapon and not a toy, so you should use caution and take the appropriate safety measures.
Survival Slingshot Review
In a survival situation, you never know what you will face or how long before you get home. You must be prepared for anything and have equipment that you will realistically have on your person should you need it. The Survival Slingshot is designed to be a vital tool for survival, hunting, camping, archery and fishing.
Active, not passive survival
When it comes to finding food from game, we believe having a active approach is a critical compliment to more passive means. For example, you may well be able to set a snare but end up with nothing to eat. With a high powered slingshot, if you can see it, you can hit it. Every Survival Slingshot is capable of shooting standard arrows which opens up larger game to be taken. We have seen full sized deer taken with our standard 25LB bands. Slingshots never run out of ammunition allowing you to use the included shot ammo or rocks that you can pick up.
Your ultimate back up 
The patented Survival Slingshot has a watertight hollow handle which allows you to store a generous eight cubic inches of survival items to give you a wide range of capability for survival. It folds down to a compact size to store and weighs only two pounds. Every model includes a compass and the integrated rail system allows you to customize your slingshot any way you may need.


Snugpak Response Pak Review
When travelling light it pays to have all your essentials in one place and the handy Response Pak has a place for just about anything.
With multiple inside and outside pockets, including a main compartment and two side pockets, it carries a wide range of items, from cameras to first aid kits and it will easily accommodate all of your essentials and will always be ready when you are.
The Responsepak can be used as a ‘quick grab’ bag with the heavy duty handle on top, or can be worn as a bum bag via the 46 inch waist strap.
The Snugpak Response Pak is a perfect choice when you are travelling light. The Response Pak is a small holdall designed to carry your essentials when you need to carry them all in one place.
It has a place for just about anything and comes with multiple inside and outside pockets, therefor allowing you to carry a wide range of items, from cameras to first aid kits.
Features of the Snugpak Response Pak
Multiple Pockets
Clip Fasten
Shoulder Strap
Colours Available Black, Olive
Weight 440g
Dimensions 36cm x 14cm x 22cm cm
This is what I managed to fit into mine:
First-Aid-Kit
Write in the rain pad and pen
Elzetta MF60 Tactical LED torch
Gerber Drop Point Remix
Resquick orange signal sheet
Two survival blankets
An emergency poncho
A multi-tool
The ultimate Compact survival Kit
The EDC Fire Kit
My medication
The survival straw
It is like a tardis inside and very well made indeed, I really like the bum bag idea as it leaves your hands free for other tasks.
This sort of Pak would be the one that I would keep my personal survival kit in so if I lost my backpack then I would still have the kit I need to survive on my waist.



Ilumni Meals Review
I took with me to the Bushcraft Show some great tasty meals from a company called ilumni.
 ilumi! Has been cooking up nut-, gluten- and milk-free foods for nearly a decade in beautiful County Durham. Their team of chefs and nutritionists are creative and allergen-savvy: they know which ingredients are safe, and how to combine them to create delicious meals you can trust.
After all, food is one of life's great pleasures - but you can't enjoy anything until you're 100% confident it's safe.
And from this springs their mission is to create delicious, colourful, deeply flavoursome foods that their customers can trust, to make them accessible and convenient, and to spread the word about eating for wellness to the wider community.
All of ilumi products have a 12-month shelf life from the day of their production. They will always endeavour to make sure that you get at least 4 months remaining shelf life when you buy from us.
All of their products have been designed to be stored at room temperature, so they can be safely kept in your cupboard, bug-out-bag or back pack. Once the pouch or tray has been opened, the food is best heated and eaten straight away.
You can keep the pouches and trays in the fridge if you wish, but they don’t recommend freezing them.
ilumi’s absolute guiding principle is to make food that tastes great for everyone to enjoy. Nut-, gluten- and milk- free shouldn't mean free from taste - and with ilumi, I can promise you it doesn't.
To accomplish this, they craft our recipes by focusing on what delicious flavours go in, not what has to be taken out.
Taking away compromises the taste, which they don't allow! They make everything from scratch in their own kitchens, controlling the entire process to make it allergy-safe.
And lastly, they cook their meals in modern space-saving pouches in a pressure cooker to naturally preserve all those fabulous flavours (which also conveniently means they don't need refrigeration).
So whether you're eating at home or out and about, and whatever your taste preference, they have got something delicious for you to try.
These meals are the tastiest MRE’s I have ever eaten they rock with flavour, they are filling and very moreish indeed.
The meals I tried were Beef Meatballs in Tomato Sauce, Kerala Chicken Curry, Tom Kha Gai (Thai Chicken Soup), Sweet Five Spice & Chilli Pork, Zaatar Chicken. They really excited my taste buds as I have never tasted such flavours before nor such tender meat from an MRE. I just love them.
The flavours are very subtle, delicate almost I would say, but you can certainly tell the difference between different meals that’s for sure.
The only addition I can see is perhaps to add some rice which would be
And at £3.75 for a 275g pouch they are not going to break the bank either. You owe it to your taste buds to get some of these meals and try them out. You can get yours at http://www.ilumiworld.com/
 
RITN Review
In spite of Rite in the Rain's durability, it is totally recyclable as standard paper, which is untrue of synthetic, or poly coated papers. Simply recycle Rite in the Rain as you do other white or printed papers.
Rite in the Rain All-Weather Writing Paper is a patented substrate created for use in outdoor writing situations. Since this paper is designed for use in extreme conditions it is manufactured with the most durable yet recyclable components available.
This being said, the wood fibres we utilize for Rite in the Rain are purchased from FSC Certified sources. By doing this it insures our product is manufactured with high environmental and social standards and practices.
WHAT IS RITR IN THE RAIN?
Well it is patented, environmentally responsible, all-weather writing paper that sheds water and enables you to write anywhere, in any weather.

HOW DOES IT WORK?
This 100% recyclable wood-based paper sheds water, moisture, dirt and grime and myriad of other substances allowing you to continue to write on your notepad or copier paper. Ensure your project stays productive and insure your data!

DO I NEED A SPECIAL PEN?
A pencil works best. A pen that will work in wet environments will also work fine on RITR. Using a pencil or all-weather pen, Rite in the Rain ensures that your notes survive the rigors of the field, regardless of conditions.
CAN I COPY OR PRINT?
Yes! Copy and laser print your own all-weather forms and documents on Rite in the Rain Copier and Laser paper.
We also have, Weatherjet, an ink-jet version, available.
After a year of running a notebook through its paces I was impressed however a simple 30 second test you can do yourself will impress you more.
I took one Rite in Rain notebook paper and one sheet of ordinary note pad paper. I put them both into a bath of warm water but in around 30 seconds the ordinary paper was really a mush when I tried to pick it up, while the RITR paper was totally unaffected and without even drying it I was able to write on it, I placed it back into the warm water for a minute and the writing was perfectly readable and un-smudged.
That is marvellous I hear you say, but how often do we have a warm bath in the woods, well that is very true, so I took the RITN notebook and placed it in a local stream that was of course cold water and after a minute I removed it and again wrote on the paper and once again put it back into the cold water for another minute, the result was of course totally readable and un-smudged as well.
This RITR paper is really amazing and really does work even having been submerged, which meant that any previous notes will not be destroyed if it falls into the water and even if it does the product is not affected in any way and is useable just like new.
OK it was not mean to be submerged just be able to RITR so I got my lad to direct the garden hose at me on sprinkler, i.e. rain and as I knew all was well and I was able to write without any problem at all.
Having waterproof paper is one thing but how do you write on it?
Well what you need is a tactical All-Weather Pen, it writes at any angle, upside down and even under water as well.
The ink is permanent and in face was the pen used on all manned space flights, so you just know it will work well.
And it is perfect for use on RITR notepads and paper.
It also offers itself up as a tactical pen as its construction will withstand a high impact strike, I know this because I was jabbing it into wooden pallets without any problem at all. Refills are very easy to get for this pen and together they rock, so if you are fishing, hunting, prepping or surviving the RITR paper and the all-weather pen are an absolute must for your BoB and prepping kit.


Escape & Evade Wrist compass Review
The Escape & Evade® Wrist Compass provides the wearer with a convenient way to get immediate bearings and move out. Designed to be worn on a watch band or other wrist band (not included), but also able to be hung from a paracord lanyard. The flip-top housing protects the compass, and also keeps it in a non-reflective carrying capacity when not used.

The Grade AA cushion-mounted compass is liquid filled, and remains luminous after exposure to sunlight, or even from a red lens micro LED. Submersible and water resistant. A great backup to traditional compasses, GPS, and watch compasses that use power and calibration to function. Get one on and get moving.
FEATURES:
Grade AA
Luminous
Protective flip-top shell
Able to be worn on a lanyard
Cushion-mounted compass is liquid-filled
Fits most sports watchbands
Working temperature range of -20 degrees F to 120 degrees F
Water resistant to 100 ft (30 m)
Made in the USA
I have tried this compass against a Silva and also my watch compass and it is accurate to a fault, I really love it.
I have not been down to 30ft with it yet but it still works having been left underwater overnight so that is good enough for me.

The Mule Light Review
What Makes UVPaqlite Products Brighter?
Glow-in-the-dark intensity (brightness) depends on the particle size; generally, the bigger the particles, the better the glow. Our products use patent pending large crystals of strontium aluminate making them brighter, charge faster, and even glow longer than other glow items available.

How Do the Crystals Charge?
Strontium aluminate is a photo luminescent phosphorous material, it absorbs photons (electromagnetic radiation) & UV rays to charge. It does NOT require direct or indirect sunlight to charge. It will charge well in low level indoor light conditions.

Your Eyes Should Be Adjusted to the Dark.
Our products work best when your eyes are fully adjusted to the dark because the light diminishes over time. When your eyes are fully adjusted to the dark a little light goes a long way.
For example the light is measured at 39,000m immediately after charge, 1245m at 10 minutes, and 226m at 60 minutes.  It continues to be visible by the human eye more than 24 hours after the initial charge. When your eyes are adjusted to the dark, 226m -3m of light still provides a functional light source.

You can find glow in the dark items all around: stars on the ceiling, toys, frisbees, water bottles, stickers, clothing, and most recently emergency exit signs. All of these products utilize different glow-in-the-dark powders to achieve different levels of brightness and cost.
Basically, you get what you pay for when it comes to glow in the dark. These differences can be seen when comparing the glow in the dark items bought in a pound shop to the glow in the dark exit signs like those installed in public buildings, and the products we make.
What is the Mule Light? The Mule Light is a hybrid light. It combines the brightness & efficiency of LED lights with the reliability & simplicity of glow in the dark. The Mule Light uses a high intensity LED flashlight & a U.V.Glostik made from enhanced glow in the dark crystals to create this hybrid light. It is designed to conserve battery life and reduce waste caused by disposable glow sticks.
How does the Mule Light work? The Mule Light works in energy saving cycles:
4 second bursts of light from the flashlight every 2 or 4 minutes keeps the glow in the dark crystals at a super bright level allowing users to maintain a glow stick illumination for 300 - 600 hours. It's simple...how do you keep glow in the dark at really bright level? You keep recharging it with a light source.
How Does Hybrid Technology Conserve Battery Life? The Mule Light turns on & off in timed intervals. Four seconds ON - turns OFF for 2 or 4 minutes. During those 2 or 4 minutes your batteries are not being drained, the lighting is coming from the glow stick.  Read the scenario below for more understanding.
This product is mind blowing in the way it works, it is simply the best light source I have ever used that illuminates an area without blinding light and also attaches to any product or bit of kit that you need to locate in the dark.
I also intend to review this product on youtube.

100% Satisfaction Guarantee
We understand that night vision is very different for every person that is why we offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee. If you're not satisfied with our products just email us at uvpaqlite @ gmail .com 





CRT S-MINI HIGH POWER (8 WATT!) MULTI-STANDARD Review
The CRT Mini Export (8 Watt) Mobile Multi Standard CB radio.
This is an Ideal beginner’s radio.
The radio is Compact and with only the basic functions needed for simple two way communication.
This radio is ready for the change in July 2014 when AM mode of operation is allowed on CEPT (mid band) frequencies
Multi standard so you can use it all over Europe.
 80 Channels
Mode: AM/FM
4 pin Mic socket in front panel
Blue Display Channel
AM/FM selector
Volume button
Manual squelch
Direct Access Channel 9 and 19
RX/TX led
UP/DOWN button
Internal loudspeaker
Jack plug for external speaker
Mounting bracket
Power lead
26.965Mhz to 27.405Mhz CEPT
27.60125Mhz to 27.99125Mhz UK
Multiple Bands
8 Watts Output Power
AM/FM Operation
Size APP 150x140x41mm
This is the CB radio for the beginner, is has AM and FM and an 8watt output. It is very simple to set up and use and will provide you with post SHTF communications for free.
Ok the usual transmission distance is between 5 and say 20 miles but today on the A61 between Harrogate and Ripon I was talking to Joshua 0171 in Valentia Spain. As the saying goes the skip was right at the time.
CB radios are free to use and you do not need a licence or even need to register it. As long as you have a method for recharging a car battery then you will have all the power you need to send and receive messages.
This in very basic terms is how to operate a Citizens band or CB radio. Citizens band radios provide safety and company on the road, and can be more reliable than cell phones. In order to operate a CB radio you will need a CB radio, familiarity with 10 codes and a pseudonym. You should follow the steps:
Tune into one of the 40 channels. Chanel 19 is the preferred drivers/calling channel used by truckers and channel 9 is the emergency channel. The CB’s range is 5 to 20 miles depending on time weather and location. You may occasionally pick up skip conversations from 100’s or even 1000’s of miles away as I did today
Make sure the mic control is set to maximum listen for a break in the conversation to press the microphone transmission button and say break to let people know you are using the channel. Listen for clearance and begin speaking.
Tip: use the signal meter to gauge reception and distance.
Familiarize yourself with CB jargon including the many 10 codes which are abbreviations used by CB operators i.e 10-4 means affirmative; 10-2 means receiving well; 10-3 means stop transmitting. Create a handle or on air pseudonym i.e. “the wingman”.
Keep your communications brief. Close transmissions by taking your thumb off of the microphone button.
Turn the squelch knob up to cut off the noise from a channel that’s not transmitting. The more you turn it up however the more stations you will lose starting with the most distant.
I will be starting a prepping/survival/CB radio page on FB and I will be organising training events to not only test you’re prepping and survival skills but comms as well.
The TaskOne Review
Protection with function. TaskOne G3 is the ultimate iPhone case for the outdoorsman, gadget lover or handyman.

Built with aircraft aluminium and tough polycarbonate, the TaskOne G3 provides 22 different tools as well as 2 kickstands and a universal mount for attaching reciprocating saw blades. Large, aluminium buttons make tools more accessible and convenient to use.
Thicker, stronger U-bands not only provide more protection for your phone, but also a sturdier grip for when you need your tools. New modifications allow the bottle opener, Allen wrench and knife to be locked in place during use and in storage.

The new TaskOne G3 will come in all black with a choice of silicone-rubber accents. The new silicone accents add more than just style, they also provide bump and shock protection.
The TaskOne G3 transforms what it means to be a phone case.
That’s OK but how does it operate, in other words is it any good?
Firstly please watch the video that comes with it and you will informed unlike yours truly who attempted to review it without doing so, silly me.
Protection with function. TaskOne G3 is the ultimate protective case for your smartphone.
Built with aircraft aluminium and tough polycarbonate, the TaskOne G3 provides 22 stainless steel tools built right into a tough aluminium and polycarbonate enclosure, why choose a boring, useless case when you can have protection AND function with TaskOne G3. Large, aluminium buttons give you easy access to the tools.
Polycarbonate, aluminium and silicone rubber U-bands provide superior protection for your phone. The Stainless Steel tools give you access to everything you need at a moment's notice.

Tools included in the TaskOne G3:
2.5" Knife with serrations
1.8" saw blade
Pliers with wire cutters and 3-6mm Hex screw cut outs
5" ruler (1/8" graduations)
6 Allen wrenches (1/16", 2.5, 3, 4, 5, 6mm)
Dual spoke wrenches
Wire stripper
Small and large flathead screwdrivers
Phillips screwdriver
Universal reciprocating saw-blade mount
Dual landscape and portrait kickstands
Bottle opener
If you have an Iphone then this is the ultimate accessary for you, as by carrying your phone around with you, you will always have a set of tools to help you out when needed. I have to say that it does impress me a lot however I would like to see a survival version with an LED and a magnesium rod.
But that is just my, and this is not a survival version, but what I would classify as for everyday use in an urban setting and that is no bad thing.
Just imaging a multi-Tool that you can also use to call someone how good would that be?
The Breathing Mobile Washer Review
Product Overview
It is lightweight and made from durable plastics with a sturdy wooden handle - it will not rust away ever.
Easy to dismantle and reassemble for packing or stowing - portable washing system!
Powerful cleaning action - pushes AND pulls waster through the clothing - will actually pull out residual detergent left by electric washers!
Gentle on fabric, controlled agitation and easy to use
Sturdy enough for large items (Comforters, Sleeping bags, rugs and blankets)
Perfect "GREEN" product with less water, detergent and electricity used.
Great uses for the "Breathing" Mobile Washer

EMERGENCIES: Natural disasters that knock out electricity – you can continue to stay fresh and clean with the Breathing Mobile Washer.

EQUIPMENT FAILURE: Washing Machines breaks or it is too costly to repair - use this fast, efficient and cost effective alternative.
CAMPING/BACKPACKING:  Pack light and don't worry about smoky, fishy or dirty clothes - wash them on the spot.

CARAVANERS Skip the hassles of laundromats and stay someplace scenic (and off the beaten path?). "The BreatherTM" washes efficiently with minimal amounts of water. Your clothes remain fresh and clean, and you can enjoy that special spot you found just a little longer.

LAUNDROMAT USERS:  Why not just forget about dragging your laundry all over the place, waiting in line for machines and for your clothes to wash.  Wash in the privacy and comfort of your own place and save your coins for a better purpose.

GREEN ENTHUSIASTS:  Super way to save resources with water and electricity, but also saves money by saving the resources.

DELICATES / HARD TO CLEAN ITEMS: Trust the Breathing Mobile Washer to gently clean hand washed items or put it to the test with large comforters, sleeping bags, blankets, rugs etc.  The unique pulling action lifts dirt.

SEA MARINERS:  Need to freshen up on that long trip but you have a minimal amounts of fresh water? With "The BreatherTM," clothes can be washed in as little as 1 1/2 gallons of water in a 5 gallon bucket.

MILITARY We have sons and daughters throughout the world that often find themselves in situations where there are no laundry facilities. "The BreatherTM" can ease their load by helping them maintain clean clothes. 
Having tried it in the back garden I am very impressed with it indeed It is very easy to use and gets really great results every time which is all you could ask from a stick and some plastic. It is so simple to use and it just does what it says on the tin. Get yours from http://breathingwasher.com/








The Ultimate Paracord Survival Bracelet Review

This bracelet far exceeds my expectations in every way. It is very well made I mean the quality is superb you can tell that it is meant to last and that a great deal of thought has gone in to its design.
If it looks rather deep there is a reason for this you see built within this paracord bracelet is a well thought out survival kit.
The kit is sealed in a waterproof flat plastic tube and includes the following
2 fishing hooks
1 artificial fly
Braid
1 Safety pin
Snare wire

2 quick release swivel clips

3 split shot

2 Puritabs

2 pieces of easy fire tinder

Just the basics but enough to put food in your belly and that is what I want any survival kit to do.

With this survival kit and some basic survival knowledge and in a survival situation anyone could provide food for themselves.

Having more than one hooks is really useful as if you put different baits on different hooks increases the chance of catching something to eat.

Remember to catch fish you must go were the fish are, so fish under or near structures under over hanging trees is a great place as fish wait there for falling grubs and insects etc.

If you have no luck fishing on the bottom (ledgering) then float you line down the river or float in on top of the water in a pond etc.

Night lines (illegal) pre SHTF can be used, this is absent fishing but you must fix it tightly to the bank and check it regularly.

Please consider getting one of these paracord survival bracelets, they are under £20 and well worth the money.

Simple email your requirements and you will receive a very fast delivery indeed. lastchancesurvival@hotmail.com
BugGrub Limited Review
We are the UK's premier supplier of edible bugs and bug related products, all delivered from our UK stock.
We only buy from suppliers who can prove the origins of their bugs.
We only select the best edible bugs from both farms and professional bug hunters.
All bugs are regularly lab tested to inspect for disease or parasites prior to manufacturing.
We fully comply with UK import regulations and follow the CVED import process for POAO.
We believe Entomophagy is here to stay, as a more sustainable source of protein.
Safe to Eat
Tested and tested again for your safety
All bugs are regularly lab tested to inspect for disease or parasites prior to manufacturing and then passed veterinary checks at the Border Inspection Point prior to arriving in to the UK.
Healthy
Bugs are low in fat and high in fibre
Edible insects contain high quality protein, vitamins and amino acids for humans. Check the nutritional values here on the.
Sustainable
Insects have a high food conversion rate
For example, crickets need six times less feed than cattle, four times less than sheep, and twice less than pigs and broiler chickens to produce the same amount of protein.
UK stock
All stock delivered from the UK
All products available to order on our website are held in our UK warehouse ready to be shipped. Out of stock items will have an estimated delivery date shown.

Gerber Remix Tactical Clip Folder, Serrated Edge Pocket Knife Review
Off the success of our popular Remix Series, the Remix Tactical folding clip knife marries a broad three inch serrated tanto blade with Gerber's iconic Remix handle design.
It's a tactically inspired, tip-up pocket carrier with class. A newly designed thumblift provides stability and safety while cutting. Made with a slim, lightweight handle and a blade that opens with one hand, it's an ideal choice for your everyday carry knife.
Features:
Tanto Blade
Tip up Pocket Carry
Newly Designed Thumblift
One Hand Opening
Lightweight but Strong
Blade Material: 7Cr17MoV Stainless Steel
Blade Length: 3.0"
Closed Length: 4.86"
Weight: 4.6 oz.
Handle Material: Composite G10



Mobile Solar Chargers Review
Portable Chargers with Solar back up
Portable rechargeable battery packs with added solar back up.
Range from 3-14 phone charges per recharge
Recharge from mains usb, PC usb and also trickle charge in direct sunlight, giving extra charges from a given capacity.
Retain power for months, constant recharge in any direct sunlight
Is a solar powered phone charger really useful in the UK?
Recharge via mains usb, PC, Car usb and in addition, Solar
Hold charge for months, even when in a pocket
Any direct sunlight will trickle charge the battery.
Get more charges per given capacity and very useful in an emergency
Yes, these are all portable rechargeable batteries or power banks, with the addition of solar back up for when you are 'off-grid' or to increase the number of charges you would get from a standard power bank, since they will all recover some charge when in direct sunlight.  Although it is true that the brighter the sunlight (not obscured by glass or shadow) the faster the solar panel can convert energy, the solar battery charger just needs direct sunlight  to trickle charge the inbuilt rechargeable battery charger.
By using solar power to recharge the battery pack when not being used, (rather than just a solar panel charger) these devices act as a standalone portable phone charger or Power Bank to make sure you're never left with a flat mobile phone battery in an emergency.
In the UK especially, the solar panel needs to be seen in context, they are not nuclear reactors, but they will re-charge the power bank over time, on a daily basis, most people will plug the charger into their PC whilst at work, or the mains overnight. All our power banks retain at least 80% of their charge for months.
What's the best solar charger for my needs?
We have a select range of 3 tried and tested (they have been to Everest Base, up Kilimanjaro and across the Atlantic) solar portable chargers. 
Both the MSC Executive and Traveller have a 6000mah grade A battery, giving at least 3 charges of a standard mobile phone, without any solar input. The Executive has a 250ma solar panel (i.e. 10 hours of sun should recover 2500mah of power) and the Traveller has a 150ma solar panel, but dual usb output to charge 2 devices simultaneously. The choice is really in the name and what you will use it for, i.e. Travel are more gentle use!
  If you need a real 'Power Station' for a couple of weeks off grid or to have portable power to charge tablets and laptops, then the Safari mobile solar charger would suit. It has a very large 23000mah battery (14 + phone charges) and an efficient solar panel to recover between 10-20% aday, giving ongoing power, depending on what you are charging. It is the size of a Tablet and will recharge from the mains in only 5 hours.
  In reality most people will charge them up on the mains or USB/PC and view the solar as a very handy addition to these portable power packs. All our mobile chargers come with the most common adapters, but obviously accept your own usb charging lead.
A large misconception about solar energy is that it can only be converted when it is sunny outside. This is actually not the case. Although it is true that it works better when it is bright outside, it only needs direct sunlight to work. Whether it is rain or shine, solar energy can still be sourced as long as it is during the day. Although we have developed the Lithium battery almost as far as we can, Solar technology is in its infancy, as an example the 'Executive' charger's solar panel has increased in efficiency by 40% over 6 months.
All of our solar chargers have a power pack attached to it enabling them to work as a standard Power Bank, even if they never see the light of day.  Don’t hesitate to ask us which will be more suited to you.
Take a look through our solar chargers and if there are any questions that you have about them or how they work we will be more than happy to answer them. Just contact us at and we'll get back to you as soon as we can.



The ilumi story
Welcome to the world of ilumi! We've been cooking up nut-, gluten- and milk-free foods for nearly a decade here in beautiful County Durham. Our team of chefs and nutritionists are creative and allergen-savvy: they know which ingredients are safe, and how to combine them to create delicious meals you can trust. After all, food is one of life's great pleasures - but we know you can't enjoy anything until you're 100% confident it's safe.
And from this springs our mission: to create delicious, colourful, deeply flavoursome foods that our customers can trust, to make them accessible and convenient, and to spread the word about eating for wellness to the wider community.
Our cooking methods
At ilumi, our absolute guiding principle is to make food that tastes great for everyone to enjoy. Nut-, gluten- and milk- free shouldn't mean free from taste - and with ilumi, it doesn't.
To accomplish this, we craft our recipes by focusing on what delicious flavours go in, not what has to be taken out. Taking away compromises the taste, which we don't allow! We make everything from scratch in our own kitchens, controlling the entire process to make it allergy-safe. And lastly, we cook our meals in modern space-saving pouches in a pressure cooker to naturally preserve all those fabulous flavours (which also conveniently means they don't need refrigeration).
So whether you're eating at home or out and about, and whatever your taste preference, we've got something delicious for you to try.
Our promise to you
Food is one of life's great pleasures, but you can only truly enjoy your meal if you're totally confident that it is safe for you to eat. At ilumi, we go to unprecedented lengths to give you this confidence.
We create all our own recipes, using only the ingredients needed to make them taste great, with no unnecessary additives. We carefully source every ingredient from trusted and tested suppliers, and we make all our meals in our own purpose-built, high-quality kitchens. Our highly trained and experienced team tastes and tests every batch we make before we deliver it to your door for you to enjoy.
We've been safely making food this way for nearly a decade, but don't take our word for it: the British Retail Consortium audits us every year, and we hold their highest level of accreditation.
Diet & lifestyle
Many people have told us that despite their expectations, being diagnosed with a food allergy can actually be a positive thing. When you begin to pay attention to what you eat, you develop a relationship with food that goes beyond just nourishment or pleasure - instead, food becomes a path to wellbeing in mind as well as body. Which is exactly what we believe here at ilumi, and the reason we take such care with the dishes we create.
If you've had symptoms of food allergy or intolerance for a while, you'll already know why you need to avoid the allergens that are making you unwell. This might be a simple change, or it could mean a whole revamp of your diet and your lifestyle. We're here to help with dedicated, expert advice.


The Powermonkey Review
Now introducing the luminous edition of our powermonkey explorer.  Use the sun's rays to charge the luminosity and then find it in our bag or tent at night with ease!
** GREY version comes with free limited edition Zip travel case  - While stocks last**
From the heart of Africa to the Hardanger Glacier, the Apple approved powermonkey explorer portable charger has proved to be an invaluable piece of kit, providing essential power in the most remote locations. Incorporating the solarmonkey solar charger, the powermonkey explorer lets you charge wherever, whenever.

The powermonkey explorer is not just for adventure travellers.  Compatible with the majority of smartphones including iPhone and BlackBerry, mobile phones, iPods, MP3 / MP4, PDAs and portable games consoles, the powermonkey explorer is a portable charger for your 5V devices - giving you 96 hours of standby on your mobile, 40 hours on your iPod, 5 hours on your games console, 48 hours on your PDA and 6 hours on MP3/MP4 players.
Make sure your powermonkey explorer's got full power at all times by charging one of three ways: via the included universal mains charger, via USB or via the included solar panel.
The solar panel draws power from the sun and coverts it into handy power to charge your device. The powermonkey explorer features state-of-the-art MPPT (Maximum Power Point Tracking) technology which enables more efficient charging of the powermonkey battery unit in low light conditions.
The kit includes a useful Velcro strap, enabling the solarmonkey to be attached to a rucksack or tent - perfect for charging the powermonkey battery unit when you're out and about in the sun.
Ultra compact, tough, powerful and works with iPhone & Made for iPod approved, the powermonkey explorer is water resistant and made from rubberised casing so can take whatever life throws at it, yet it remains the lightest, most versatile portable charger available today.



Travel mobile solar charger review
Premium robust dual usb solar charger
Travel charger for all phones including iPhone, Samsung, Nokia and all 5v Tablets including iPad
6000mah rechargeable battery gives a phone at least 3 charges before recharge
Will recharge from mains usb, PC, Car usb or trickle charge from direct sunlight
Holds charge for months
With a 6000mah battery, you should get 3-4 full charges on your average phone, even without the help from the solar panel, before it needs a re-charge itself.
The MSC Traveller has an efficient solar panel that will trickle charge the device when in direct sun light if needed.   For everyday use, just plug it into the mains or PC and it will recharge in a similar time to a phone.
This portable solar battery is very simple to use, just connect your mobile phone or mp3 player, with your devices usb charging lead, hold down the central button for a few seconds and away you go.
It has sophisticated electronics and safety circuits for protection and to control the charge and re-charge.
If you need accessories including usb mains/car adapters or additional usb leads, please order before checkout. The unit comes with its own micro usb charging lead.
Product Features
High Capacity 6000mah Lithium-Polymer battery
Multi-charging capabilities: Mains, car charger, USB or Solar
Compatible with most popular mobile phones, iPhone, Blackberry™, Nokia™, iPad, Digital Cameras, PSP, ND, PDA, Mp3/Mp 4 player, GPS, Bluetooth headsets etc.
Robust and stylish rubberised case design
Single Reversible charge/discharge micro usb lead
Simple one button operation
DC Input Port
Dual USB Output Ports
Remaining power leds
Solar charging led
Multiple protection charge/discharge and overcharge/undercharge
Technical specification
Solar energy transfer efficiency: 17% Solar panel 5v/90mA
Polymer Lithium-ion Battery
Capacity 6000mAh /22.2 wh
Input : Micro micro usb DC5v/1000mA
Output 2x USB 5V/2100mA
Working Temperature -10C to + 55C
Charging time about 5 hours via USB mains
Charging time from solar about 45 hours
Cycle Life >500 cycles
Weight 178g
Dimensions 130 x 76 x 16mm
Compatible with most popular mobile phones, iPhone, Blackberry™, Nokia™, iPad, Digital Cameras, PSP, ND, PDA, Mp3/Mp 4 player, GPS, Bluetooth etc


THE ultimate Emergency Survival Fishing Kit

I have a great letter to read to you from Mal Vango the General Manager at Survival Supplies UK.
He writes:- A few years of angling when I was younger told me that I’d be lucky to catch anything with most of the fishing kits on the market unless I was very lucky or plopped my hook and line into a particularly rich source of fish.
“I talked to friends who were very keen anglers, I planned, purchased and built the best kit I could build at the most reasonable price I could. It was no mean feat to negotiate the best prices, but I eventually put together a kit for under twenty quid that I felt would catch fish. I tested it and, sure enough, it caught me enough fish that I could live on.
I gave my experimental kits to angler friends who also managed to catch fish with the gear. The final test was to give kits to friends who had never fished in their lives … and they caught fish. I was satisfied and launched the kit on EBAY. The lit sold and the feedback was great (just take a look at the genuine comments on THE ultimate Emergency Survival Fishing Kit).
One or two people made suggestions about how it could be improved and I incorporated them. The kit contains equipment you won’t find in any other fishing kit … yet! No other kit contains a Trot Line or as many weights hooks and extras.”
I have to say Mal that this really is one hell of a kit, it is not only very comprehensive in its contents, it is very well constructed with its eleven individually sealable compartments full of everything that you need to catch fish, but on the box there are very useful hints and tips front and back. Attached to the kit in a 100% water proof pouch is an A4 folded sheet containing Equipment notes, The best places to look for fish, Bait information, Examples of how to tie fishing knots, How to build a Trot Line, How to gut and clean fish, Cooking fish and much more.
For this sort of money I expected a kit with a few of the usual fishing items, you know line, hooks, and weights perhaps a float and not much more.
In fact I was initially totally taken aback with this kits quality and I can clearly see that it was designed with a great deal of thought and effort by someone who wants to provide only the very best products he can.
Mal mentions in his letter that the kit contains equipment you won’t find in other kits well I agree Mal, as I have never seen such a range of artificial baits and lures in any kit let alone one of this size.
But you have cracked it mate with the inclusion of a fishing net, and key ring led, snare wire, light anywhere matches, button compass, light sticks, eye hooks, disgorger, and more, and more, and more very well thought out items.
Although I have not yet fished with this kit I really felt that you should know about it first. I will soon be reviewing the THE ultimate Emergency Survival Fishing Kit and I can’t wait to catch my tea.
You can get one for yourself at www.survival-supplies.co.uk


The Mule Light Review
What Makes UVPaqlite Products Brighter?
Glow-in-the-dark intensity (brightness) depends on the particle size; generally, the bigger the particles, the better the glow. Our products use patent pending large crystals of strontium aluminate making them brighter, charge faster, and even glow longer than other glow items available.

How Do the Crystals Charge?
Strontium aluminate is a photo luminescent phosphorous material, it absorbs photons (electromagnetic radiation) & UV rays to charge. It does NOT require direct or indirect sunlight to charge. It will charge well in low level indoor light conditions.

Your Eyes Should Be Adjusted to the Dark.
Our products work best when your eyes are fully adjusted to the dark because the light diminishes over time. When your eyes are fully adjusted to the dark a little light goes a long way.
For example the light is measured at 39,000m immediately after charge, 1245m at 10 minutes, and 226m at 60 minutes.  It continues to be visible by the human eye more than 24 hours after the initial charge. When your eyes are adjusted to the dark, 226m -3m of light still provides a functional light source.

You can find glow in the dark items all around: stars on the ceiling, toys, frisbees, water bottles, stickers, clothing, and most recently emergency exit signs. All of these products utilize different glow-in-the-dark powders to achieve different levels of brightness and cost.
Basically, you get what you pay for when it comes to glow in the dark. These differences can be seen when comparing the glow in the dark items bought in a pound shop to the glow in the dark exit signs like those installed in public buildings, and the products we make.
What is the Mule Light? The Mule Light is a hybrid light. It combines the brightness & efficiency of LED lights with the reliability & simplicity of glow in the dark. The Mule Light uses a high intensity LED flashlight & a U.V.Glostik made from enhanced glow in the dark crystals to create this hybrid light. It is designed to conserve battery life and reduce waste caused by disposable glow sticks.
How does the Mule Light work? The Mule Light works in energy saving cycles:
4 second bursts of light from the flashlight every 2 or 4 minutes keeps the glow in the dark crystals at a super bright level allowing users to maintain a glow stick illumination for 300 - 600 hours. It's simple...how do you keep glow in the dark at really bright level? You keep recharging it with a light source.
How Does Hybrid Technology Conserve Battery Life? The Mule Light turns on & off in timed intervals. Four seconds ON - turns OFF for 2 or 4 minutes. During those 2 or 4 minutes your batteries are not being drained, the lighting is coming from the glow stick.  Read the scenario below for more understanding.
This product is mind blowing in the way it works, it is simply the best light source I have ever used that illuminates an area without blinding light and also attaches to any product or bit of kit that you need to locate in the dark.
I also intend to review this product on youtube.
100% Satisfaction Guarantee
We understand that night vision is very different for every person that is why we offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee. If you're not satisfied with our products just email us at uvpaqlite @ gmail .com 


Rapid 2 - Two Person Tent Review
The Rapid 2 can accommodate up to 2 campers. It's easy to pitch, with an umbrella action that pulls it up in one swift move. The Rapid 2 is ideal for summer camping or festivals. It folds down easily, fits into a backpack, and comes with an integral groundsheet to keep you dry and warm. Buy today and start enjoying the outdoors.
Additional Information
Color
Green
Size
Outer - 130 x 210 x 90cm (L x W x H)
Fabric
Outer - 190T Polyester with PU coating Sewn in 120gm² Polyethylene groundsheet
Seasons
2 seasons
Fire retardant
Yes
Number of people
2
SKU
TT008
Weight
2.1600
Brand
Yellowstone Outdoor Camping
This quick pitch tent pitches in a matter of seconds, all you have to do is peg it down!

This fast pitch tent in green comes with an impressive 2000mm hydrostatic head, taped seams and an integrated polyethylene groundsheet - protecting you from the elements and unpredictable British weather.

This 2 person tent offers plenty of sleeping space for 2 campers and has an easy access door and rear vent for increased ventilation - perfect for hot weather!

Supplied in a 68cm x 3cm carry case and weighs just 2.16kg.
  • 2000mm hydrostatic head and taped seams for waterproof protection
  • Quick pitching design, remove from the carry bag and peg it down
  • 2 person capacity with easy access front door
  • Eye-catching bright green - easy to spot at the camp site
  • Includes pegs for pegging the tent down
Overall I would have to say that this inexpensive entry level tent does what it says on the tin, it will protect you from the elements which is all you can ask for.
But it also offers more I feel, firstly there is the ease with which it is set up literally in seconds, there is plenty of room say for one person and kit or for two but perhaps topping and tailing would be the order of the day.
It is not too heavy and will pack into or onto most backpacks without a problem or could simply be carried by hand in its carry bag.
I will soon be reviewing this tent for my new youtube video channel so keep tuned for information.
You can order yours from http://www.outdoorcampingdirect.co.uk/

The Austrian Pup Tent review
This army surplus tent comes packed in two halves, to be issued to separate soldiers in the field and it Includes all tent pegs and poles waterproof neoprene backed nylon material and is an olive green colour.
  • The two halves button together to make 1 tent and it was designed for 2 people to share the weight - 'buddy system' each man carries half a tent each - 1 set of poles & half the pegs.
  • You then simply button the 2 halves together to make the tent and use the cord loops to peg down and then button the ends to close the doors
  • I think it is a great survival item and it is also very cheap. Its size is approx. 66 inch from pole to pole length and 32 inch from the pole to the tapered ends / doors
  • This tent does not include a ground sheet, so therefore I would use it as an A-frame shelter or a debris shelter and plan to use vegetation on the ground to prevent ground chill.
  • I would also recommend piling soil or sand around the bottom edge of the Pup tent which will help seal the base which will also help trap heat, the soil used will in turn leave a small trench which would drain off any excess rainfall which you could then collect if required.
I have to say that I was impressed with it, although it is a cheap make do type of shelter it does what it says on the tin and that is all I can ask. OK I improved it with the soil and the vegetation base but would you not agree that everyone will improve their shelter if they can? You can always buy a ground sheet for a few quid but then that is even more weight to carry around.
Weighting around 1.4kgs complete it is 5' 10" long 4' 7" wide and 3'6" tall. I do see it as an emergency or survival shelter that would keep you dry and safe if the need arose and when shared between two would be useable for hiking, fishing, mountain climbing, and of course survival and prepping. Combine that with a price of around £20 it is very easy to see the attraction in this low price entry survival system.
At £14.99 it is really worth a punt from http://www.fieldleisure.co.uk/

The LuminAID Review
The LuminAID is a solar-powered, inflatable light. Charge it on the go and inflate to create a lightweight, waterproof light.
The LuminAID Light packs flat, is highly portable, and is water-resistant. Take it with you on your next trip or adventure to light your path ahead!
PRODUCT
LuminAID is a portable solar-powered light that packs flat and inflates to create a lightweight lantern. Portable, lightweight and sustainable, the LuminAID provides up to 16 hours of LED light, although ideal for recreational use outdoors including camping, backpacking, expeditions and festivals it will solve your emergency lighting problems when SHTF.
Hook it on your backpack to take with you on your next adventure and use the LuminAID in a tent or as an outdoor light. The re-charge time is 7 hours and LuminAID can be recharged up to 500 times
WEIGHT
3 ounces / 85 grams
DIMENSIONS
12.5” L x 8.5” W (when deflated)
BATTERY CYCLE LIFE
Hundreds of recharge cycles, designed to last multiple years of continuous use.
STORAGE & BATTERY FUNCTION
The LuminAID can hold a full charge for over 4 months. Before storing for an extended period of time, it is best to make sure the battery is fully charged. We also recommend charging every 1-2 months to keep the battery at optimum condition.

Live Fire Emergency Fire Starter
Live Fire is another one of the innovative products that are made in the USA. It is a great emergency fire starting tinder that will easily catch a spark from a Ferro rod and will burn long and hot. It is 100% waterproof and wind resistant which makes it super reliable when you need a fire fast!

It can burn for many hours and is ideal for fire lighting and when you have got a fire going simply shut the lid and you have it for next time. Burn times will obviously vary on how far the lid is open and how much is burning at any one time but from test they have achieved 27 minutes to many hours.

Features:
  • Waterproof
  • Windproof
  • Lightweight - Sport Size: 15g - Original Size - 26g
  • Compact - Original Size:7.75cm x 3.5cm x 1cm
  • Adjustable flame size
  • Burns extremely hot
  • Pine Scented!!
  • Multibuy discounts factored in
​Caution should be observed as the tin can get hot when in use.



PARACORD COILED LANYARD FOR SECURING TACTICAL KIT REVIEW
KIT ALERT!!
This item is a WOODLAND CAMO coiled paracord lanyard primarily used for the securing of any tactical kit you can't afford to lose. The coiled lanyard can be used to secure your KNIFE, TORCH, MULTI TOOL or KEYS directly to your person, webbing or kit belt.
The gated clasp can clip easily on to a belt loop but for extra security or to suit a variety of personal kit it can also be clipped to the paracord coil itself forming a loop to secure to larger webbing straps or wider kit belts.
Contains WOODLAND CAMO paracord covered coil, Each end has a solid 14mm spilt ring, one of which is attached to a spring gated lobster swivel clasp for easy fastening to clothing, webbing, kit belts etc.
The lanyards length is approximately 25cm (at rest) to 100cm (fully stretched).
And delivery is FREE
When it arrived it was obvious to straight away that it was a quality made Paracord Lanyard, and being sprung it always returns to its original shape and length, in other words its coiled size does not stretch with use.
To prove this I hung a plastic bag with a bag of sugar in it from the lanyard overnight next morning all was well as it returned to its usual coiled length. I would hazard a guess that it was not designed to have 2lbs of weight hung from it, but it passed that test with flying colours.
So what is it designed for? Well it will attach to most bits of survival and prepping kit, here is a list of items that could be attached to this impressive Paracord Lanyard.
Survival Knives
Multi-Tools
Torches
Wallets
Fire lighting tools
Compass
GPS
Keys
EDC
Air Pistol
This is not of course everything but it gives you an idea why you should buy one.
I have mine fitted to a UK Legal Carry folding knife and it works like they were meant for each other
You can order yours here Type PARACORD COILED LANYARD into Ebay and you will find tham at the top of the page at £6.50 from nicayu


FireDragon Gel Fuel 250ml and 1Litre
BCB Introduce their new all-weather gel biofuel made from UK sourced ethanol which can be used in multi-fuel outdoor cooking stoves, barbecues as well as indoor ethanol fireplaces.
They formulated and developed the FireDragon gel to help people who venture in the great outdoors cook their rations and boil their brews quickly, safeguard their health, while protecting the environment.
This new  fuel is non-toxic, non-drip and made from 100% natural ingredients including ethanol sourced from UK grown grain stocks.  It is easy to light, burns cleanly and research shows that it boils quicker than meths.
The FireDragon Gel fuel is an ideal companion for all outdoor pursuits. Whether in driving rain, the freezing arctic or searing heat, the fuel will perform in extreme conditions.
FireDragon Gel is supplied in two sizes: 250ml and 1 L.
 Features
  • Made from 100 % Natural Ingredients
  • Easy to Light
  • Quick Boil
  • Non-Drip
  • Clean Burn
  • Colourless Flame
  • All Weather
  • Non-Toxic
  • Only pay postage on your first bottle
So how well does it work?
Code: CN336C


The Land Shark
How It Works
The Land Shark is constructed of a micro-thin layer of aluminized film laminated to a resilient, composite reinforced, ripstop material. The aluminized coating reflects up to 80% of radiated body heat. The tightly-woven ripstop reinforcing seam construction resists tears and punctures, even from boots and sticks. The Land Shark is completely windproof, waterproof and acts as a vapor barrier.
Heat Retention
A micro-thin layer of aluminized film reflects up to 80% of radiated body heat – highly effective in combating hypothermia on land or in the water with a life vest on.
Vapor Barrier
Land Shark is completely windproof and waterproof. This barrier prevents body oils, waste and blood from exiting the bag when used in water.
International Orange
Land Shark’s eye-catching colour is visible to search & rescue teams from miles away. In water, it provides more than 20 times the visibility of a person in just a life vest.
An Instant Shelter
Simply cut a Land Shark along the seams and prop up its sides to create an incredibly visible, waterproof shelter, which also protects from the sun’s rays.
Features
Reversible - Orange/Camo
The International Orange colour makes an excellent emergency signal, readily visible to search & rescue teams from great distances. Digital Camo provides visual masking for avoiding detection.
Composite Reinforced, Ripstop Material
Strengthens Land Shark reducing punctures and tears, even while user is wearing heavy boots.
Aluminized Film
Combats hypothermia and eliminates infrared emissions for stealth and evasion from high-tech, body heat detection equipment. The aluminized material is also radar reflective for search aircraft, search & rescue teams and high speed vessels moving at night over water.
550 Paracord Drawstring
Used to create a hood or to close the shelter entirely for maximum protection and body heat retention. In the water, the closed bag helps prevent water ingestion in heavy seas.
Sea-Dog® Clip and Survival Whistle
Integral tether easily links multiple survivors together during a survival situation at sea. Creates a larger target for search & rescue teams to locate on open water, as well as a whistle to attract attention from great distances.
Don’t get caught outside (or floating in water) without a Land Shark Instant Survival Shelter!
“Find Shelter” are the two words that will keep you alive if you’re stuck outdoors this winter waiting for help. Exposure can become life-threatening hypothermia in minutes. It can start innocently enough: A drive in the country, a walk in the woods, a backcountry ski trip or even falling overboard on a fishing or boating trip. It could even be a common winter experience: Your car stalls, you get lost, or snowed in.
Outdoor survival experts agree: If you’re going to survive, you’d better find shelter FAST!
Even walking around will build up a sweat. Pretty soon you’re shivering. Suddenly, the conditions are ripe for hypothermia - the involuntary loss of core body heat. Windy, wet conditions, including perspiration, can quickly turn exposure into fatal hypothermia - even in mild temperatures. Hypothermia can kill in temperatures of 65-degrees Fahrenheit.  
Your best defense is to find shelter that’s warm, dry and out of the wind. Survival experts also warn against building a shelter that requires anything more than minimal effort, because it will only work up a chilling sweat and hasten the onset of hypothermia. Stored in its water, vapor and grease-proof vacuum sealed pouch, the ultra-lightweight Land Shark Instant Survival Shelter measures only 6” x 8” x 1” and weighs a mere 22 oz. (0.623 kg.).
When needed, it opens to a windproof, waterproof, heat-retaining and roomy 38” x 80” (96.52 cm x 203.2 cm) thermal cocoon that provides full body coverage, even over heavy outerwear and boots. It then protects you from exposure and helps you maintain a life-sustaining core body temperature until help arrives.
So what is it like to use?


TBS Boar Folding Pocket Knife - Polished Black Micarta - Perfect EDC Knife Review
OUR PRICE: £49.95

TBS Boar Folding Pocket Knife.

The TBS range of knives are made from top quality European materials and are built to last. We have selected some the best steels for the job, the highest quality handle materials and some great leather work to bring these impeccably made knives to the market.

The Boar Folding Pocket Knife - There was such a natural progression for us by making a folding knife and we think we have done an excellent job with the Boar. It has some great qualities and is a perfect carry for anyone that  wants a high quality, every day carry, pocket knife

When it came to the non-locking pocket knife version of the Boar we decided to offer it exclusively in 14C28N Sandvik Steel as, quite simply, it requires less maintenance. This is important for a knife that will be in your pocket the vast majority of the time picking up all sorts "pocket fluff" and salt from perspiration.
We also, quite deliberately, did not put a thumb stud (or similar) on the EDC as this makes it a much more user friendly product in many more Countries of the World where, to carry a knife all the time, it needs to be a product that needs to be opened two handed. Obviously this makes it a much more useful knife for travel but in all cases you should check local laws and by-laws prior to visiting or purchasing in your chosen country.

The blade has a full "Scandi" grind to it that is wickedly sharp straight out of the box. There are big benefits to having a proper Scandi grind to a knife and these are mainly to do with edge maintenance. A Scandi grind essentially means that the whole bevel of the knife is the edge (there is no secondary bevel) so when it comes to sharpening life is made very simple. When sharpening you can simply place the entire knife on the stone, roll it up onto the bevel and you will always achieve the correct angle for sharpening; MUCH easier than a knife with a secondary bevel!

Main Features:
  • 14C28N Sandvik Stainless - 2.5mm thick
  • 70mm length blade
  • 100mm length handle
  • Polished Black Micarta, Curly Birch, Matt Black Micarta, Turkish Walnut, Tiger Stripe Micarta (Limited Edition)

Paper Shower Review
When you need a “shower on the go”, chances are you have been using traditional wet wipes. While these are good for a quick wipe of your hands and part of your face, they are not ideal for a complete body wipe.
It was these usage limitations of wet wipes that led Dr Jim Bahcall to develop a unique concept for “freshening up” when soap and water are not available: The Paper Shower.
Paper Shower is a unique body wipe that combines an oversized wet towelette with an oversized dry towelette.
The wet towel is fully saturated with specially formulated water-base solution. The wet and dry towels are large and wet enough to provide you with a complete body wash. The soft durable dry towelette is used to absorb any excess water, dirt and/or sweat, leaving your skin clean and fresh.
So how do Paper Shower body wipes stack up to traditional wet wipes?

Paper Shower
Traditional Wet Wipe
Cleansing Formulation
A water-base solution with soap, skin moisturizer and very low alcohol content. This means your skin will not become dry after usage
Contains very little water but has a high alcohol content. This means they not only dry out super fast when you are trying to use them but they also dry out your skin
Durability
Made of a thick durable, yet soft, fabric which will not tear or fray during usage
Thin and easily torn
Size
Both wet and dry towelettes are
10″ x 12“
A typical wet wipe is only 4″ x 6″
Uses
Paper Shower is big and wet enough to provide a full body wash
Too small and not wet enough for anything more than a hand and face wipe
Scents
Both Paper Shower -Original and Fresh are unscented
Wet wipes are typically highly scented
If you are looking for a wipe that can wash your entire body leaving you clean and dry with no overpowering scent then Paper Shower is the sure winner.
Combination of a Wet and Dry Towelette
Paper Shower – Original is a unique body wipe system that leaves you clean and dry
Designed to provide you with a refreshing body wipe when on the go when soap & water aren’t available
Wet towelette is low in alcohol to eliminate the drying out your skin
Perfect for the traveler, commuter, camper and hiker. Is great for kids on the playground or when spending time at the beach.
Towelettes Size: 10” x 12”

The Life Straw

LifeStraw has been featured at The Museum of Modern Art in the New Year and Tate Modern in London for its unique design and has received multiple awards, accolades and top-tier coverage worldwide.
So what is it and how does it work?
LIFESTRAW GO
LifeStraw Go is an innovative new personal water filter, which enables you too easily and safely transform contaminated water to crystal clear drinking water.
With LifeStraw Go you no longer have to be concerned about your local water source. LifeStraw Go can filter a minimum 1,000 litres (264 gallons), considerably more than alternative water filters.
The Go filter does not require any batteries or contain any chemicals. Furthermore, LifeStraw Go's filtering efficiency is unique.
The hollow fiber membrane technology allows Go to transform even highly contaminated water into clean and safe drinking water.
SPECIFICATION
• Filters a minimum of 1,000 litres of water
• Removes 99.9999% of waterborne bacteria (>6Log10 reduction)
• Removes 99.9% of waterborne protozoan parasites (>3Log10 reduction)
• Reduces turbidity, filtering down to 0.2 microns
• Dimensions: 235mm x 80mm
• Weight: 225 grams
• Good storage capacity - 670 ml
• Produced of high quality food grade plastics meeting the standards of US FDA CFR
• Raw material of the bottle: Tritan (BPA free)
• Raw material of the valve: Food grade silicon

So simply put you can drink through the Life straw directly from a contaminated water source.

You can get yours from http://www.eskimoagency.com/


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