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Minialarm Device with an Ultrabright White LED Review
This extremely loud alarm can be activated by pulling a little safety pin that is located at the bottom of this tiny device.
This device is especially intended for those who, because of the context in which they live or work, for reasons of personal safety, or some kind of medical problem may require urgent assistance from those around them.
German Technology.
Batteries included and ready to go.
Manual in several languages​​, including English.
This small personal alarm comes with a lanyard so you can wear it around your neck if you want or you could use its key ring to attach it to a belt look or handbag clip.
Basically it is a small black flattish egg shaped piece of black plastic with a small button to operate the small LED torch light that it comes with.
This alarm is designed to draw attention to the user who could perhaps have suffered a medical emergency, been robbed or in the case of a prepper or survivalist waiting to be rescued a very loud alarm signal.
The alarm is activated by removing the pin which attaches the alarm to the key ring and to stop the alarm signal you simply replace the pin, once the alarm is activated the LED light begins to flash as well.
I like it and as it costs only £7.76 it is worth considering getting one for those lonely walks home, for an elderly or sick family member or to take with you on your next training session.
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The RIBZ Front Pack Review
The RIBZ front pack is made of 210d water resistant rip stop nylon. The ribs pack weighs approx. 11 oz. All components are water resistant and have proven durability in the most extreme of conditions.
With an average storage capacity between 500 and 700 cubic inches, you can comfortably relocate your desired weight in the front packs. The use of a front pack repositions a portion of your weight forward which reduces your overall shoulder stress and increases comfort, mobility, and balance.
A front pack also creates the illusion of carrying a lighter load. Though the RIBZ front pack was designed with ultra-light backpacking intentions, any outdoor activity where easy access of equipment is critical is where it proves beneficial.
RIBZ front pack can be used alone as a vest but is primarily designed to work with your existing backpack as increased functionality.
RIBZ Front Packs are the missing link for prepper and survivalist alike in fact they are for anyone who enjoys wild wilderness activities from shooting and fishing to hiking and walking in fact anyone who need easy access to the gear they need the most often whilst enjoying the outdoors.
Made from water-resistant rip stop nylon (210d), and weighing in at about 11 ounces while empty, the RIBZ pack can handle up to 800 cubic inches of gear and up to 10 pounds in load bearing weight,
This means that you can split part of your pack weight to the front of your body, which makes real sense as you can keep your most used items in the RIBZ just were you need them to hand. The pack is designed to be an addition to a backpack, but can also be worn alone as a gear vest.
Now wearing it alone as a gear vest makes perfect sense as you have your most used kit to hand. However it comes into its own when worn with a backpack because to access your most used kit you do not need to stop, take your backpack off undo it remove the item re do the bag put it back on and start moving again.
I like to wear it just above my waist sort of across my belly as this leaves enough room for my backpack waist belt to fit.
The RIBZ can if you want be worn higher up across your chest. I carry my fire starting kit, torch, mobiles, high energy bars, survival blanket, Sol bivy bag, multi tool, Survivor knife, compass, map, Purificup and some paracord very easily indeed.
It is for me a multi-use piece of kit that the more I use the more I find uses for it. Let me explain, when I go fishing I like to travel light up and down the bank with everything I need to hand in the RIBZ front pack, when I go shooting there it is again just were you need it for bino’s, ammo, drink, knife, scrim net, bird call, the list of its uses just keeps growing.
That’s now forgetting walking, hiking, survival training, EDC carry, and even baby items when I’m out with the grand kids. In all there are unlimited uses for the front pack. Front packs are the best compliment to any outdoorsman’s gear when accessibility, functionality, mobility and simplicity are required.
From horseback riding, long distance biking, motorcycling and kayaking, in fact all sports where fast and easy access of gear is essential, a front pack is your best solution.
For the serious backpacker certain tools and equipment are essential for the trip. A GPS, map, compass, Mobile phone, first aid kit, survival equipment and trail snacks are just a few.
These items often need to be readily accessible or placed in a location that does not disrupt the contents of the backpackers load. A front pack allows consistent access to these items without the removal of travellers pack.
Placing a small amount of equipment forward on the torso drastically improves overall balance, comfort and mobility.
The RIBZ front pack is great it really is and I’m sure that you will find even more uses for the RIBZ front pack.
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Chris Caine Knives Review
The Chris Caine Companion
Weight                 450g
Blade Length      8" (20cm)
Overall Length   13.75" (34cm)
Handle Material                Green Canvas Micarta
Blade Material   CS80
Hardness             51-53 Rockwell
The Special Edition Chris Caine ® Survival Tool, was designed by survival expert Chris Caine, based on his 15 years surviving in the British wilderness. This is 'a survival tool for the serious survivalist'.
The blade is virtually bombproof and was tested for 2 years in the forests of Britain, the Canadian wilderness, American deserts, the South African bush and the jungles of Borneo, before being put into production.
When chopping with this tool your fingers are kept well away from the material you are hitting, thanks to the deep curve in the cutting edge, making it harder for you to trap your fingers.
Not only this but on the back of the blade they have rounded off a section so when you are hitting this tool with another you are less likely to damage anything, and also makes it more useful for beating materials to obtain the fibres within.
The Special Edition Chris Caine ® Survival Tool is hand made from start to finish, from profiling out the blades, hardening & tempering, assembly, grinding, right up to the final polish are all done in house.
It is handcrafted by Samuel Staniforth, a company founded in 1864 in Sheffield, England and steeped in the tradition of producing the highest quality knives for professional users.
It is hand made from start to finish, from profiling out the blades, hardening & tempering, assembly, grinding, right up to the final polish are all done in house.
The blade is laser cut from 5mm, 75 Carbon Steel 51/53 Rockwell and has a full tang. Each tool is supplied sharp, and strong enough to fell a large tree, yet at just over 750g, it's light enough to be worn on your belt.
The blade has a convex grind to allow for a more durable edge, and ease of sharpening, not only will this tool split logs for the fire, it will also allow you to shave some fire sticks with ease, making it able to go from heavy work to fine intricate work without a problem.
Further back along the blade the spine has been left with a crisp square edge, to allow you to scrape wood in order to obtain a very fine fibrous layer, which will easily take a spark for starting your fire.
So what is it like to use, firstly I have to say that it is very well balanced indeed and when you strike a piece of wood there is no vibration up or along the handle at all.
Because of its blade shape your hand is kept well away from what you are chopping and boy can it chop, It is so sharp along its length that making feather sticks is very easy and by gripping it down the blade near the tip you can easily use it to dress game, scrape skins or even to dig in the ground.
I have a leather sheath for it and I would advise anyone with a similar sheath to remember NOT to store their companion in the sheath until it is bone dry; otherwise the damp will affect the blade and could induce rusting.
The Lansky sharpener is the “mutts nuts” when it comes to keeping an edge on the companion which I found kept its edge very well even after loads of chopping.
With the companion there is no need to have an axe as it is an all in one survival tool.

The Chris Caine Survival Knife
Blade Length      114mm (4½in)
Blade Material   75 carbon steel
Blade Thickness                4.2mm
Overall Length   235mm (9¼in)
Sheath Cordula
The Chris Caine ® Survival Knife (CCSK-1) is individually hand crafted by Sheffield master knife makers Samuel Staniforth Ltd.
This full tang Chris Caine Survival Knife is a made from 75 Carbon Steel and hardened to Rockwell 56/58. The knife has a convex ground polished blade and will cut just as well after years of use, as it will when brand new. The blade is 5 mm thick providing excellent strength, weight and balance.
The knife comes with Polished Black Micarta Handle Scales.
The overall length is 234mm (9 ins approx), and comes with a high quality heavy duty webbing sheath.
I love it very much, Chris gave me this knife and when he gave me it I noticed that it had a very thick spine which I measure to be 7mm (it is usually 5mm) it is a solid piece of work and fills me with confidence every time I use it.
This is a great knife for close up work, for foraging, wood carving, battoning, game prep, tool making and even defence to be honest.
I have used it for all the jobs above as it comes razor sharp out of the box and is very easy to re-sharpen using the lansky sharpener that comes with the Companion.
It is one of the nicest knives I have used and I would class it as an all-rounder in the survival sense.
This knife is not going to break on you, it is a solid tang construction with Micarta handle scales which virtually make it bullet proof, it is a knife for life.
Lifetime Guarantee:
All Chris Caine knives come with a Lifetime Guarantee against faulty material or workmanship.
In fact, when you receive your knife if it is anything less than you were expecting they promise to replace or refund it without question.
 To maintain this knife at its best, the blade should be dried after use and lightly oiled before being stored for any period of time.

Matthew Martin Tactical Pens Review
Matthew actually makes each and every pen on a CNC lathe. The Grip, Tip, Cap and end piece are all made out of 6A14V Titanium.
The clip and included wrench are also made out of 6A14V Titanium.
The body is made out of woven Carbon Fibre, bonded with aerospace grade epoxy to the titanium pieces.
Matthew also produces a model that has titanium tubing instead of carbon fibre. The pen takes both the Fisher Space ink and the Parker ink cartridges, these are replaced by unscrewing the tip with the wrench.
The wrench also has a keychain hole in it for easy accessibility.
The pen is buffed to a satin finish.
These top quality handmade tactical pens retail $135 + shipping and the click pen retails at $75 plus shipping.
They are available from the following websites:
Howe’s Knife Shop
Mark Strauss
Arizona Custom Knives

DD Hammock - Travel Hammock
The DD Travel Hammock is a two layer hammock, which means there are two layers below you when lying in it normally and the mosquito net above you. The reason for two layers is that if you are camping in cold weather you can put a thermarest/ pad between the layers which provides good insulation. Two layers also mean the hammock is stronger.
To enter the hammock there is a zip which runs along one side of the hammock between the top layer of polyester and the mosquito net - there are two double sided zippers for easy entry/ exit of hammock. The hammock comes ready to use with 5m of webbing/ rope attached at either end (5m is plenty of webbing for most people and some people prefer to shorten this). The mosquito net is supported by elastic cord, supplied. You also have the option of lying out in the open when using this hammock by setting it up with the mosquito net underneath (please see Tips - set-up page for further info).
New Features: The latest version of our Travel Hammock has a few new features. The big change is the hammock material is now waterproof so if required (no trees, rocks, posts to support the hammock) it can be used on wet ground as a basic bivi/ tent. Using hiking poles or 3ft sticks the mosquito net can still be supported above the hammock (please see gallery pictures).
The other new features are velcro patches between the two layers which help keep a thermarest/ pad in place (useful for cold weather camping) and also two small internal pockets, great for storing your torch, phone etc.
Under the mosquito net there are five loops at either end from which you can hang a torch to read from (or you can tie a cord from end to end to hold any lightweight objects.
This hammock is suitable for those up to 150kg and 6ft 6"
Size: 2.7m x 1.4m (9ft x 4ft 2")
Colour: Olive green, with olive green mosquito netting and black webbing (rope)
Material: Polyester with PU 3000mm coating + fine mesh mosquito netting.
Weight: 950g (approx)
Includes: 10m of webbing (5m attached at either end), 2 x 2m lengths of elastic cord to support mosquito net and a small stuff sack.

Ultimate Adventurer Survival Kit Review
The Ultimate Adventurer Survival Kit (U.S. Military Issue) is the next step in the evolution of the  perfect small, yet well stocked survival kit. Viewing its small size from the outside of the survival kit, one is surprised to see the large inventory of life saving survival gear within.
This Adventurer Series Ultimate Survival Kit is perfect for home, vehicle, camping, hunting, fishing, military operations, law enforcement, rescue or to just slip in to your pack for a day in the woods. This durable survival kit comes packaged in the heavy duty and water proof, yet extremely light and compact, Adventurer Survival Kit Box.
The Ultimate Adventurer Survival Kit, currently in use by the U.S. Military, includes U.S. Military and NATO approved survival equipment. Because it is made here in the USA, it also includes Made in USA items, a fact not common to other survival kits of its type.
 The Ultimate Adventurer Survival Kit is offered in both Standard and Advanced Versions. The Advanced version adds a high quality LED flashlight and a water purification filter to the quality and comprehensive selection of potentially lifesaving survival gear.
It weights 23 oz (approx)
 And is 7.3” x 4.6” x 2.3” (approx)
Adventurer Survival Kit Contents include:
(1) Weather Proof Aluminium Container (rubber seal/locking clasps)
(1) Adventurer Button Compass (NATO/U.S. Military Issue)
(1) Beeswax Tea Light Candle (5 hour burn time, Made in USA)
(1) Derma Safe Knife (U.S. Military Approved)
(1) BG Personal Sewing Kit w/6 Safety Pins (Assembled in the USA)
- Bobbin #69 Nylon Thread
- Heavy Duty Needles
- Heavy Duty Pins
- Safety Pins
- Button
- Needle Threader
(1) Waterproof Patch
(2) Water Bags (1+ qt)
(10) * Micro Pur Water Purification Tablets (U.S. Military Issue/Approved)
(1) Coffee Filter (water straining prior to purification)
(10) Feet Snare Wire (food gathering/equipment repair)
(1) Adventurer Distress Whistle (SOLAS/USCG Approved)
(1) Best Glide Personal Fishing Kit (Assembled in USA)
- Assorted Hooks
- Fishing Lure
- 50 Foot Fishing Line
- Fishing Weights
- Reusable Plastic Bag
- String Winder
(1) Roll Compact Duct Tape (Made in USA)
(2) 8" Industrial Tie Wraps (equipment repair)
(10) Feet Type 1A Utility Cord (U.S. Military Approved)
(1) Survival Instructions (Made in USA)
(1) Trekker First Aid Kit (Assembled in USA)
- Triple Antibiotic Ointment
- Non Aspirin 2 Packs
- Aspirin 2 Packs
- Sting Relief Towelettes
- Band Aids
- Butterfly Bandages
- Moleskin
- 4 x 4 Gauze Pads
(1) Fresnel Lens Fire Starter (Adventurer Series)
(1) Gel Fuel and Fire Starter (Made in USA/U.S. Military Approved)
(1) Book Matches (extra matches, just in case)
(10) Adventurer Fire Starting Tabs (Adventurer Series)
(1) Adventurer Survival Fire Starter (up to 3000 degrees and 1000 fires)
(10) Adventurer All Weather Matches (NATO Approved/U.S. Military Issue)
(1) Compact Signal Mirror
(1) Heavy Duty Aluminum Foil
(1) Adventurer Pocket Wire Saw (Made in USA)
(1) Multi Function Pocket Knife
(1) Space Survival Blanket (Made in USA)
(1) Silica Gel
(1) Rite in the Rain Mini Notebook (Water Proof Writing Paper)
(1) Pencil
(1) Emergency Contact Info Sticker (Made in USA)
The Advanced Ultimate Adventurer Survival Kit adds:
Water Filter Straw (up to 20 gallons of purification)
Inova Micro Light (lifetime warranty - USA)
(6) Water Purification Tabs instead of (10)
Minor substitutions sometimes apply due to product availability.
You simply will not find a higher quality selection of useful survival kit items than what is included in our survival kits.
Best Glide ASE has manufactured survival kits for everyone from the FBI to the State Department to Missionary Organizations to the Border Patrol. You simply won't find better quality or more well thought out kits than Best Glide ASE Survival Kits.
For a smaller version, consider the Best Glide ASE Military Scout Pocket Survival Tin and Adventurer Pocket Survival Tin. They are still very well stocked with quality equipment, just a little less of it.
You really need to check these guys out

JDS Custom Knives
Handmade knives by James D. Sanders.
The M1 Ridge Knife Review

Each knife is made by hand and given much attention to the details of form and function. JDS knives are practical working knives that are designed to be the most useful field knife available at a reasonable price. I insist on quality and function rather than gimmicks to sell knives says James.
Etowah County is a county of the U.S. state of Alabama. Its name is from the Cherokee language, which means "edible tree". It is the centre of the Gadsden Metropolitan Area which includes Etowah and Cherokee Counties.
So there is some history there then.
Field Knives are multipurpose knives for the extended trips in the wilderness. Most people call them "survival" knives today.
They will be expected to do it all.
Rugged and robust describe these knives.
Making camp, cleaning game and defence are tasks they may be used for.
In our line-up we have a basic drop point called the Cruiser. There is a smaller version called the Sub-Cruiser. The spear point survival version is called the Ridge. They are available several popular steels and finishes.
Well it was the Ridge M1 Standard that James kindly very sent me to review and what a beautiful knife it is to look at and you could tell it was of outstanding quality from first glance. But to draw it from its Kydex sheath is a complete pleasure as you begin to feel its weight in the palm of your hand and the ergonomic shape that says I was meant to be here.
The M1 ridge weights    and is inches overall with a blade length of
It is a full tang knife with Black Micarta Handle Scales and two striking thin red liners, completing the look are two steel rivets and a steel lined lanyard hole.
The Knife is made from A2 steel and its properties are, it is an around favourite steel for those who will use a knife for cutting only,  it takes and holds a spooky-sharp edge and is really good for meat and veggies I would say it is the best all around trade-off for hardness vs brittleness.
The perfectly fitting Kydex sheath has a fire steel held in place by a swivel button on the rear of the sheath next to the Tek-Lok belt loop
So let’s have a play with it

Elzetta ZFL-M60 Tactical Weapon-Grade LED Torch
Elzetta manufactures bright USA Made tactical LED flashlights and flashlight weapon mounts for AR15, M4, M16 rifles (aka Modern Sporting Rifles), Remington 870, 1100, Mossberg 500, 590, 835, 930, Benelli Nova,  SuperNova, M1, M2, M3, M4, Winchester Defender, and other pump and semi-automatic shotguns, and guns equipped with Mil Std 1913 Picatinny rail systems. 
Using Malkoff Devices LED technology, all Elzetta tactical LED flashlights are weapon-grade and may be used as weapon lights on rifles and shotguns.  With the introduction of the tactical strobe option with a unique simple user interface, Elzetta LED Flashlights are now available in 72 unique configurations and custom built to order in the USA. 
Get the best tactical flashlight for your needs by specifying the components most appropriate for your application, mission, and preferences. 
Design your own custom Elzetta LED flashlight by choosing a standard, low profile, or crenelated bezel, standard lens or flood lens, 2-cell or 3-cell body, and rotary, clicky, high/low, or high/strobe tail cap, or a remote tape switch with 5-inch or 12-inch cable.  
Overwhelmed by all of the configurations and options?  We'll walk you through it in 4 Easy Steps. 
Want to change the configuration of your Elzetta tactical flashlight?  No problem.  All Elzetta tactical flashlight components are available individually for easy upgrade and replacement.  What even more personalization? 
Get your Elzetta Flashlight custom laser engraved by our factory custom shop for a truly one-of-a-kind flashlight.
Elzetta provides innovative tactical lighting solutions for military Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines, police and law enforcement officers, civilian home defence, personal protection, every day carry (EDC), spelunking (caving), survival, self-defence, and many other tactical applications.  Utilizing the best resources available, Elzetta Tactical LED Flashlights and Flashlight Mounts are Made in the USA using American materials, American tooling, and American labour.  God bless America!
Elzetta truly is A New American Standard in Tactical Lighting.
So what do I think of this torch?
Firstly it is not just a torch at all it is a self-defence tactical weapon as well.
I configured it for self-defence and tactical uses with its crenelated bezel (Hard spikey points) and its ultra-bright strobe light it provides me with what I wanted.
This torch is not only a perfect survival tool but an ideal companion for urban survival and defence, it can be used as a deterrent to any attacker just by blinding him with the strobe light giving you the opportunity for flight or fight, should fight be the order of the day then follow up the strobe light with a sharp quick jab to your attackers vulnerable parts.
This torch is very well made indeed with weapons grade material and is a torch for life I think, in fact all Elzetta products are backed by a limited lifetime warranty against manufacturing defects. it feels substantial in my hand and really works exceptionally well in the dark with its 235 lumen output.
These really are the Toughest Flashlights on the Planet they are actually Custom Built to Order as it is you the customer who designs their own torch on line, how is that for custom made eh!
If you want a torch for life, one that provides you with a self-defence option as well then this is the one for you and you can order yours at

EL Cocodrillo Catapult Review
At Catapult Elite we take great pride in producing the finest, handmade wooden catapults. We make hunting Catapults and target Catapults, for whichever you prefer. We also make for all ages. We do a great low power junior range aimed at the 6 to 12 year olds, then the HX-1 and HX-2 are the perfect intro to the higher power catapults for teenagers. Although adult guidance and instruction is advised. Then everything else is into full high power adult catapults.
With the great emergence of Bushcraft in recent years, the catapult has found it's true home. It ia a fantastic compact hunting weapon, adding no real bulk to your kit in the field, fantastically portable And fully capable of putting food on the table.
In America 90% of catapult sales are to the over 30 age range, In Thailand and the Philipine's all the family are versed in the use of the catapult for getting fruit and nut's out of tree's as well as hunting small game for the pot.
England still sees the catapult as something Dennis the menace annoys people with, a child's toy. But give it a go, see what the humble catapult has become and is truly capable of.
Due to high demand we no longer keep stock, all our catapults are made to order. So please allow a 5 to 7 day manufacture period.
When you order your Elite catapult that is when the owner and designer starts to make it hence the 5 to 7 day manufacturing period.
We are talking top quality here and still light enough not to notice it in your pocket. Once practiced you will be knocking over rabbits, squirrels and even woodies so it will even put food on your table.
I have played with it a few times since I got it and I love it very much, I have even had two woodies with it and a bunny too.
A Farmers wife has asked me to try and reduce her woodie problem so that should be fun this weekend as last time I was up there I removed 18 woodies with my air rifle.
I strongly recommend setting up a practice range target and firing at it from different distances and once you are good at it then keep it up and keep your eye in.
At Catapult Elite they believe in safe, responsible shooting. Be aware of your environment, and people and animals around you. Be safe and responsible at all times and supervise children with low power catapults.
But most of all have fun and order your catapult from

Adjustable Knife Lanyard Review
The Paracord Weaver is offering this compact, High yield paracord in a beautiful package. It is designed for years of service while looking good.
View the video on how this is made and the features incorporated into this knife lanyard
This lanyard is adjustable from 6 inches to 14 inches
It has an adjustable button knot for keeping the lanyard tight against your wrist
Fit most knives, even single strand lanyard attachment knives, if in doubt please contact us we can help.
This lanyard contains approximately 10 ft of made in the USA 550 paracord
Pick your two colours from the pull downs during checkout.
For one colour lanyards; choose the same colour from both pull downs.
This Lanyard is available in many different colours including, but not limited to; White, Black, Desert Camo, Coyote Brown, Purple, MultiCam
Ask about your favourite colour.
Every Lanyard we sell is Hand Made in the USA by The Paracord Weaver.

1 Person BASIC Backpack Survival Kit Review
This portable survival kit contains the basic emergency supplies needed for 72 hour survival. Included is food and water for 1 person for 3 days, plus 14 different items.  There is a pump flashlight, an AM/FM Radio with batteries, and a first aid kit.
This kit is ideal for someone who wants just the basic emergency supplies, and is planning to add additional items from More Prepared or items they already have, to make it FEMA compliant. This survival kit is packaged in a durable backpack that is easy to carry and store. Ideal for the car, office, boat and smaller living spaces.
1 Person Basic Backpack Survival Kit Contents:
Emergency Food & Water (5 year shelf life)
1      2400 Calorie Food Bars
3    Water Boxes with straws
10    Water Purification Tablets
Shelter & Warmth
1     Thermal Blanket
1         Poncho with hood
2         Emergency Radio & Lighting
1    Pump LED Flashlight
1    Mini AM/FM Radio with Batteries
1   12 Hour Light Stick
First Aid
1    37-piece First Aid Kit
1     Pair Vinyl Gloves
Emergency Supplies
1     Dust Mask
1     Safety Whistle
1     Tissue Pack
1         Durable Black Backpack
I am taking this pack away with me for three days to see how it measures up but for now why not check their website out and see the other great products that they supply as well.

Tool Logic Survival 11 Review
These Tool Logic Survival cards are packed with lifesaving features: a fixed blade serrated knife of tough stainless steel, a magnesium alloy fire starter, a loud signal whistle, plus a brilliant red LED torch.
There is also a tweezers, a toothpick, and a hole for a lanyard attachment. Credit card sized and feather-light at less than two ounces and is only 4mm thick, this essential survival card deserves a place in your home, car, purse or backpack.
Keep a Survival card with you and you'll always be prepared for life's unforeseen emergencies.
The small blade is very sharp and is UK legal carry the fire starter really works very well indeed as I have started a fire with it.
The red LED torch is very good for close quarter work I used it to reload my air rifle when out rabbit shooting the other night and it did not disturb any rabbits at all.
The tweezers and the tooth pick do what they are supposed to do that is a given as with the whistle which is quite loud.
It fits in my wallet so it is very easy to have with me all the time. Get yours from

The GXT1000VP4 2-Way Midland Radios Review
The GXT1000VP4 2-Way Compact Communication Radio (Pair) from Midland is a feature-packed and convenient way to stay in touch on family outings, at amusement parks, during group sports, camping, and much more.
Each radio has 22 selectable standard channels, plus 28 extra channels for extra privacy. The system offers up to 36 miles of wireless range in open areas. A channel scan feature automatically checks channels for activity, ensuring that you're on an open channel for clear communication.
A dual watch monitoring feature will check for any activity on 2 channels. There are 387 privacy codes, giving you up to 5560 channel options to block other conversations.
The radio has a weather scan function that scans the active weather channel in your area. It also has an automatic NOAA alert for severe weather hazard information 24/7. An SOS siren is provided, allowing you to send a distress/locator signal in an emergency. An auto squelch feature removes annoying background noise for clear communication.
A direct call feature lets you contact one member of your party without alerting others. Call alert has 10 different call tones to notify you of an incoming call within your group. The keypad is lockable to keep your selected settings. The silent operation mode turns off all tones for quiet, unobtrusive operation. High, medium, and low power settings let you adjust the radio's transmit power to conserve battery life.
An eVOX mode with 9 sensitivity levels provides easy voice activation for hands-free transmission only when you speak. The radio has a JIS4 waterproof rating to protect against light rain or splashing water from all directions.
Mic and headphone jacks are provided, allowing you to use the radios with the included headsets. Each radio can operate on the included rechargeable batteries, or on 4 standard AA batteries. The included desktop charger and AC adapter allow you to charge both radios via a single wall outlet, while the DC adapter lets you charge a radio in a vehicle.
Note! Maximum range can only be achieved over water or open rural areas under optimum conditions. FCC license required in the USA
Works with other FRS/GMRS Two-way radios
Compact and versatile pair of radios for 2-way outdoor communication
Up to 36 miles of wireless range in open areas
Each radio has 50 (22 plus 28 extra) selectable channels and a channel scan feature that automatically checks channels for activity, ensuring that you're on an open channel for clear communication
Monitor function checks for any activity within your channel. A dual watch function lets you monitor 2 channels
387 privacy codes give you up to 5560 channel options to help you block other conversations
Bright backlit LCD display for use during the day or night
SOS siren lets you send distress/locator signals in emergency situations
Weather scan checks the active weather channel in your area. NOAA is also included for automatic alerts for severe weather hazard information 24/7
JIS4 waterproof rating provides protection against light rain or splashing water from all directions
X-TRA TALK power is the maximum allowed by law, ensuring maximum range and clear communication
Whisper mode lets you whisper, but the receiving radio hears you at full volume
Auto squelch feature removes annoying background noise
A "roger" beep indicates call completion
Keystroke tones provide audible tones with each key press, while silent operation mode silences all tones for quiet operation
A direct call function lets you instantly contact one member of your party without alerting others. The call alert function has 10 different tones to notify you of an incoming call from within your group
The vibrate alert provides silent page and call notifications
The keypad is lockable to keep your selected settings
The eVOX mode has 9 sensitivity levels for easy voice activation without an external microphone
High, medium, and low power settings let you adjust transmit power to conserve battery life
Mic and headphone jacks are provided, allowing you to use the radios hands-free with the included headsets
Battery life extender provides longer operating life
The radio can operate on the included rechargeable batteries or via 4 standard AA batteries. The included drop-in desktop charger and AC adapter provide a convenient way to charge both radios simultaneously with a single AC outlet, while the DC adapter lets you charge a radio using your car's lighter socket.
And you know what they are really fun to use. I tested them both in a rural area and an urban area and here are the results.
It is a mile from my house to the main road and with my son at the house I drove to the main road and they worked strength 5 no problem.
I then drove straight on into the next village making the total distance 5 miles in a basic straight line without any hills or buildings and again it was strength 5 and the whisper function worked very well indeed.
I eventually had to stop driving away from my home in that direction at the 9.5 mile mark and they still worked very well at a possible strength 4 still really good and perfect for survivalists and preppers alike.
Where I live there is no large body of water to test the 36 mile range so I cannot comment on that but these radios do what it says on the tin.
But all the functions worked as stated and they are very easy to use, I was impressed with the SOS function should it be needed to guide in a rescue team I feel sure that the loud audio would achieve this very well.
It was not time for the town trial with all those buildings in the way. Well as with all radios unless boosted they work better in line of sight so with my son at one end of the street a mile was not a problem but when I walked sideways behind a shop the signal dropped to strength ½ and comms were lost in real terms.
However working from street to street, i.e. with a row of shops between us they still worked at about strength 4/5 and that would be ideal when transiting an area in a group and staying in contact with an advance scouting party.
By the way the quality of the signal was the same whether in hand held mode or when using the headsets.
These radios are a must for the survivalist and prepper alike as I have said and with the privacy channels available they are an invaluable survival tool and should form part of your BOB.
Order yours at you will not be disappointed.

GO PACK Survival Kit Review
For when you just need to grab a survival kit and go...  The GO PACK Survival Kit is a convenient belt pouch consisting of 2 clear compartments filled with essential survival components.
Contents: Knife/Blade, Button Compass, Matches Pencil, Fire steel & Striker, Purification Tablets, Survival Instructions, Wire Saw, Water Bag, Survival Bag (emergency plastic bag for sleeping in), Accident Evaluation Form, Candle, Foil Tray, Signal Mirror, Safety Pins, Hacksaw Blade, Snare Wire, Sewing Kit, Whistle, Nylon Cord. Weight: 240g, Size: 16 x 17 x 4cm
I took the GO Pack Survival Kit with me into the woods and using only the kit in the pouch I started a fire with the flint and striker very easily indeed and I boiled some water in the foil tray to purify it.
,vcb  cvbThe fire steel provided has a small compass housed in the plastic casing which I compared with a extra button compass also supplied and both worked and gave the same reading when compared with my watch compass.
When the rain started I unfolded the survival bag and got inside, it is supplied in green and being 5’6” I fitted very well inside but it would easily accommodate a six footer as well.
The wire saw worked very well and has two very comfortable cordula handles making it easy on your hands when sawing wood.
The Signal Mirror is what appears to be a piece of silver reflective thin card, I would have felt better with a real mirror which could have been used for shaving as well, but I suspect they are trying to keep the price down.
Everything else worked as you would expect and with the addition of an Accident Evaluation Form and extremely concise survival instructions the GO Pack is complete in every way as a complete belt pouch survival kit.
I like it very much and I would recommend it either to be carried in your car or better still placed into your back pack just in case. You can order yours at

CRKT Guppie Review
Launce Barber and Tom Stokes designed the patented* Guppie® as part of our innovative I.D. Works® line of tools. While some think it's cute, it really is a hard-working carabiner tool with dozens of everyday uses.
The adjustable wrench jaw opens to 1/2" so you can use it for all kinds of light repair and assembly jobs.
Thanks to the carabiner gate, the Guppie is easy to carry on a belt loop, D-ring, pack or rope. (But it is not a weight-bearing carabiner.)
The high-carbon stainless steel blade with a Razor-Sharp edge can be opened and closed with one hand using the blade slot.
The removable bit carrier is also a high-intensity LED light. It has two strong magnets to hold it securely to the Guppie's left side.
The stainless steel clip will hold the Guppie in your pocket or on gear, which gives a lot of versatility.
The Guppie makes a great little money clip, too, for those who like to keep a thin wallet.
One more trick: The Guppie carabiner detent will open bottle caps and metal jar lids.
So what is it like to play with?
Firstly the shape is perfect for using the screws as it allows great purchase and grip, I used the screw bits to screw some screws into a piece of wood in my back yard to see what kind of job they will do.
The knife is UK legal carry so I use it as a key ring which works very well. The blade comes very sharp out of the box and cuts cord and cable ties alike without any problem at all.
I used the adjustable wrench to undo the Marine Ariel on my boat to clean it and then replace it, it worked very well as it was easy to use and grips very well.
The LED light on the removable bit carrier is bright enough to find a key hole in the dark or to see what you are doing under the bonnet.
As for the bottle or jar opener well once I had opened the beer I had to drink it, did I not?
I really like the pocket clip as well as it holds the Guppie securely and firmly in place in my pocket.
Overall the Guppie is a very handy tool, it is made of stainless steel so it will last a lifetime and I would say that it is virtually indestructible too.
It looks great and does what it says on the tin what more could I ask for.
If you are looking for a small multi tool with a difference then check out
And look for the Guppie.

Alum Crystal
As survivalists and preppers who may end up one day actually having to hunt for food by setting snares and traps we know we must not use scented body products for at least 24hrs prior to hunting.
But what if we lived in the wilderness all the time what could we use to stop those under arm whiffs? Well the answer is Alum crystal it appears.
Alum crystal is a type of natural salt containing antibacterial properties. Although it does not prevent perspiration, it prevents unwanted body odours. Alum can cause irritation on freshly shaven and sensitive skin, so it is a good idea to consult with your dermatologist or doctor prior to switching to this product.
The alum crystal must be wet prior to application and it only requires a few gentle strokes against your underarm skin. Wash the alum crystal after its use and place it in a separate dish in your bathroom.
But as survivalists and preppers who are frequently going out into the wilderness to train we can use Alum for other uses.
Alum stone can also be used as a fantastic natural aftershave, ideal for sensitive skin, which reduces the appearance of shaving burn, and can help stem bleeding from nicks. (Alum styptic have long been used by traditional barbers)
In addition, Alum stone can also be used to relieve insect bites.
Now you can see why we should all be buying an alum crystal.
I was sent an alum crystal by Sally Mittuch BA (Hons) PGCE RMANM of, thank you Sally, and you know what it works, the under arm whiff never happened even after chopping wood and not washing for two days.
I am still finding out the benefits of using alum crystals the shaving nick stopped bleeding after I used the crystal, but did it sting though.
Look buy yourself one for Christmas it will last you months even years and read up on these natural crystals as they are just the job for us as we train out in the wilderness, if you really want the full story on what they can do then contact Sally at

This is a top quality bushcraft knife made by Cudeman of Spain. It has a very heavy duty razor sharp brushed full tang 440 Toledo stainless steel blade.
The handle is 2 pieces of beautiful olive wood. The pins are solid stainless steel. And it comes with a very soft one piece brown leather logo embossed belt sheath.
This knife is exceptional quality and rivals even handmade knives (It is handmade but as the entire knife was not made by the same person it cannot be advertised as such).
Overall length is 9.5" with a 3.75" blade.
Well it passed the first test by shaving hairs on my arm. But what would it do in the woods chopping and carving wood.
It just wants to chop, perhaps it is its shape but it felt right in my hand and sliced through twigs on a branch I found on the ground and then I was able to carve the branch to a fine point very easily indeed.
Although the blade is not long at 3.75” it does have a thick 3mm spine I fell was designed to be used for battening and it splits wood cleanly and straight no problem.
The Front Quillon grips or should I say holds your hand in place allowing you to work closely on carving like making a feather stick for example
Next I decided to dress a rabbit that I had shot and the 111L was great for snapping of the feet and the head and even sharp enough after the woodwork to nick the skin so that I could separate it from the carcass.
I used the 111L to then dig a hole deep enough to bury the rabbit bits and again it felt sturdy and strong when I was digging, I would describe it as absolutely solid in every respect and lives up to its billing as “Heavy Duty” that is for sure.
I would class it as an all-round survival tool capable of the necessary survival tasks and more, and with its good belly shape in the blade it is great for skinning and field dressing chores. it is a great knife at only £36.99 and you can get your at

Highlander Trojan Hydration Pack – Multicam
The harness carries a 1.5 Litre bladder which is very simple to fill as it is fitted with a wide mouth screw in lid system
The hydration carrier is very tough and made from XTP 900D polyester.
The hose is fitted with an on/off switch and has a neoprene hose cover
There is even a bite valve fitted to the kink resistant pipe
The fabric is 1100D polyamide Multicam
And its size is 8x19x45cm
This is an incredible piece of kit for someone like me as I get very thirsty when on the move and it is so very easy to use.
I mean you just have to bite on the valve and the water is delivered into your mouth, or you can remove the bite valve and just turn the water on and off using the on/off switch.
Wearing it on my back under my backpack feels comfortable and natural and gives me access to water when I need it, in fact it is best to drink regularly before you get the feeling of being thirsty/
Remember our bodies release water through urine, sweat and breathing and the body begins to prioritize water usage as soon as we consume too little water. The top priority is the blood; without water the blood loses its viscosity and is not able to adequately transport necessary blood elements.
So, if a person is dehydrated, water is drawn from the synovial fluid around the joints – leading to joint pain. The discs in the spine are a hydraulic support system to support the weight of the upper body, and lack of hydration adds up to increased likelihood of serious back problems.
Dehydration also results in restriction of capillaries. It also leads to increased blood pressure as the body struggles to pump blood through the body. Normal levels of sodium are important to the body’s ability to retain enough water and are a factor in urinary function. 
Now I am talking about pure water, not other drinks which many people count toward their water consumption. Juice, soda pop, caffeinated beverages and alcohol are all diuretics and cause you to lose water. Therefore for every drink you have that is in the diuretic category, you must drink one more glass of pure water.
With the Highlander Trojan Hydration Pack you have solved the problem of obtaining water when and where you need it and you can do that whilst leaving your hands free whither you are holding a weapon or just chopping wood for that night’s fire or working around the camp site.
As I have said before it is so easy to fill, but don’t forget that unless you have a Purificup or a Lifesaver bottle you will need to boil the water before letting it cool then pouring it into the hydration pack.
This hydration pack is a must have for all survivalists and preppers alike perhaps as we head for Christmas you can drop hints with she who must be obeyed, you can order yours from

 Kaufmann mercantile EDC KIT
Everyday carry, or EDC, generally refers to the things you carry every day. Simple enough “but there’s a philosophy behind it so that receipt for gum that’s been crumpled in your coat pocket for four months doesn’t count as EDC”.
At the core of it, EDC is personally defined. You find and carry the things relevant to your own life. The idea is to keep it streamlined with an eye towards self-reliance — you want items that do the most while taking up as little pocket space as possible.
There are different schools of thought for EDC. Some aim to be prepared for the apocalypse (hand gun, metal pen that doubles as a shiv), others need to be prepared for a surprise power point presentation (USB key, laser pointer, iPhone). Most of us fall somewhere in between.
This pocket-sized kit turns your keychain into a productive tool for tackling common tasks. There’s no ribbed hunting knife for when things get really real, but there’s a 2-inch pry bar that the U.S. Military found handy enough to specially request for outfitting their soldiers.
The pry bar (basically a mini crow bar) is made of industrial-grade metal and is not much longer than a key. It will pick, pry, score, cut, lift, and pull apart a remarkable number of things (nails, staples, boxes) much better than something inept, like a butter knife. Or your fingers.
The 1-inch capsule lighter has a waterproof/airtight seal. No water can get in, and no lighter fluid can get out. It's quick to light and always at hand. Stands up on its own and stays lit until you blow it out, but we don't recommend keeping it lit for longer than 15 seconds at a time. (Unofficial testing at our office revealed that the lighter can get quite hot and the flame very large after 15 seconds.)
The screwdriver keys (one has a Phillips head, the other a flat head) are made of black oxide hardened steel and will take a door off its hinges just like any other screwdriver. Doubles as a keychain which conveniently fits the rest of the tools.
The pointed precision tweezers are for jobs tough and dainty alike. Pulls out splinters and stitches or the odd eyebrow hair.
Comes with a very light, very strong titanium split key ring.
All the keychain tools combined weigh less than 2 ounces.
Use & Care
Each of these tools can be attached to your keychain. Part of their utility means that they require little or no maintenance, and they are useful in any number of situations.
All tools attach to the titanium key ring. For full product information on individual tools, see the pages for the waterproof lighter, pry bar, screwdriver keys and precision tweezers.
Production & Design
The company that makes these keychain tools also supply goods to the U.S. Military, local police forces, firemen and serious survivalists. Nothing is made shoddily and they use the strongest materials most appropriate for the job. While most of the situations you'll use these tools in will not be life-or-death, they're designed to deliver even when it is. We hope you like them, because they are going to be with you forever. 
So what are they like to use.
Firstly I have to say that they are very well made and very strong indeed, I have tried to bend the screw drivers and the pry bar between two sets of plyers but could not do it.
The two key rings are top quality and fit for purpose. Together they make a solid EDC kit
The Screw Driver Keys
I now have them on my key ring and I have already used the Phillips screw driver to tighten a screw on the kitchen door fitting.
Welcome to the most useful key on your keychain. This solid piece of hardened steel with the bow of a key and the blade of a screwdriver is meant to be attached to your key ring and carried everywhere. It’s so small you won’t notice you have it, until you’re staring a stubborn little screw in its Phillips or flat head face.
The Pry bar
Having banged some nails into a piece of wood I was able to remove them using the pry bay without any problem at all.
This 2-inch pry bar is a thin strip of minutely crafted hardened D-9 steel. This is industrial-grade tool steel, known for holding an excellent edge and maintaining its form. With a hole on the end for your keychain, the small and unassuming pry bar will come in handy for innumerable jobs that would otherwise be frustrating or not possible at all, like lifting imbedded nails or breaking the seal on a window that’s been painted shut.
The waterproof Lighter
This 1-inch waterproof lighter is known to outdoorsy types and survivalists as an “everyday carry,” or EDC.  That means it’s designed to be useful at all times and in all situations, from the mundane to the disastrous. As such, it requires no maintenance. It also means it will probably save you some frustration, and depending on the type of day you’re having, could save your life.
This is the smallest, sturdiest lighter you will find on the market. It’s made from high grade stainless steel — the 300 series to be exact — meaning it has a low iron content and is unlikely to rust. Drive over it with a truck and nothing will break. 
Percision Tweezers
Crafted from a solid piece of spring tempered stainless steel with a wide hinge, these 2 ½ inch long tweezers ensure even flex and perfectly straight alignment. The sharp steel points are hand dressed to exacting specifications, raising the dexterity of your fingers to startling heights. A tip protector is included for easy attachment to your key ring, so they’re an easy addition to your everyday carry.  
These are the tweezers chosen by the U.S. Military, where they're trusted to do more than just pluck out a hair.
A really great solidly built EDC kit get yours at
And search for EDC KIT.

Solo Stove
How it Works
Designed with a double wall, the Solo Stove is a natural convection inverted down gas gasifer stove. The air intake holes on the bottom of the stove channels air to the bottom of the fire while at the
They call it “Gasification” on the web-site.  Here’s the quote: “A unique gasification and secondary combustion process lets our stoves achieve a highly efficient and more complete burn. This means you’ll use fewer twigs to achieve a boil. It also means less smoke.” 
This burst of preheated oxygen feeding back into the firebox through the smaller holes at the top of the stove causes a secondary combustion. This allows the fire to burn more complete which is why there is very little smoke during full burn.
A more efficient burn also means you'll use much less wood compared to an open camp fire. The Solo Stove doesn't just burn wood. It actually cooks the smoke out of the wood and then burns the smoke not once, but twice!
The Solo Stove also features a heat shield between the ash pan and the bottom of the stove. This heat shield protects the ground under the stove from scorching.
The cooking ring's angled lip also increases efficiency by directing heat towards your pot minimizing heat loss. It also acts as a windshield while still allowing oxygen to flow inward. The Solo Stove is indeed one of the most efficient wood burning stoves you'll ever own.
Fast to boil: 8-10 minutes to boil 34 fl oz of water
Fuel: Burns sticks, pine cones and other biomass
Packed size: Height 3.8 inches, Width 4.25 inches
Assembled size: Height 5.7 inches, Width 4.25 inches
Weight: 9 oz
Materials: Hardened 304 stainless steel, nichrome wire

Step 1: Assemble Your Stove
Place your stove on level ground away from wind. If you have a windscreen, set it up to provide additional wind blockage. A windscreen will greatly increase the efficiency of your stove. For added safety, clear away any flammable ground debris within 5 ft. of the stove (twigs, leaves, grass etc.).
Remove the nested cooking ring from inside the stove, invert it with the three pot stands facing up and place it on top of the stove.
Step 2: Prepare Your Fuel
Gather dry twigs and other biofuel of different sizes. Break them into finger length pieces and separate them into piles according to their thickness (small, medium, large).
Step 3: Starting Your Fire
The following two methods can be used to start a fire in your stove.
Method 1:  The best and most fuel-efficient way to cook on your stove is with a full load of fuel that is lit on top. Using this method, place large sticks and twigs neatly on top of the nichrome wire grate up until the bottom of the top air vents.
Then light a small fire on top using your favourite tinder or fire starter. Feed the fire with small to medium sized sticks and tinder until the fire is self-sustaining. Continue to feed the fire until it has spread across the full width of the stove and the main fuel load begins to burn from the top down.
After the air in the wall of the stove heats up, airflow will improve and a secondary combustion will be visible near some or all of the secondary air vents. Now you can start cooking.
If your initial burn consumes your main fuel load and you find yourself still needed a flame to continue cooking, add in additional fuel through the opening in the cooking ring. Add finger sized twigs and other biofuel to maintain a flame.
Method 2:  Using your favourite tinder or fire starter, light a small fire inside the stove and pile on small to medium sized twigs to stoke the fire. As the fire grows, add in larger sticks and twigs. Larger sticks and twigs will keep the fire burning longer and will decrease the amount of times you need to feed the fire.
If too much fuel is added too late, especially with thick or damp sticks, there will be a lot of smoke and the fire may be snuffed.
Experiment to find a suitable feed rate. With a little practice, the fire can be maintained for an extended period of time. This mode of operation, although often easier for beginners, will produce more smoke than Method 1 because the wood gas rises directly to combustion with the secondary air without the cleaning effect of passage through a hot layer of charcoal.
1. Always use dry wood when possible. Wet wood will take longer to burn and will produce more smoke.
2. Hardwoods (birch, maple, hickory, oak, etc.) will burn longer than softwoods.
3. As with every wood burning stove, some soot will be on the bottom of your pot after each use. Softwoods will create the most soot while hardwoods like maple will create the least. The best way to minimize soot is to let the fire become well-established and hot before putting on a pot.
Here is a great tip:
To make cleaning up even easier, you can soap up the bottoms of your pot before use. Use a bar of soap and a little water to get your hands soapy, and then smear them on the bottom of your pot or pan before cooking. As you cook, the bottom will turn black, but will rinse off easily under water when you’re done.
The Solo Stove is NOT A TOY and should only be used by adults or under the supervision of an adult. The stove will be extremely hot when burning; do not touch it when in use.
Never leave the stove unattended and be sure to douse all ashes and embers thoroughly with water after use. The Solo Stove should not to be used indoors.
So what is it really like to use:
Well firstly it is very light but very strongly made solid in construction would be a very good description.
It fits together very well and simply so it is idiot proof.
Any survivalist or prepper that can light a fire can use the solo stove without a problem at all.
I used cotton wool soaked in Vaseline as my fire started then added small dry twigs to begin with, it was not long before I could use larger pieces but as the secondary burn began I could see the difference in the burn rate and the heat given off it was then time to put my pot on top of the stove.
I measured out 34fl oz of water and timed the boil, it only took 8mins 20 secs to boil which is well within the solo stove spec.
The wood actually burned away to ask which I was then able to shake out of the stove when it had cooled down.
The Solo Stove also give off quite a bit of heat when used in my shelter entrance which is another benefit.
Using the Solo Stove means not having to carry any fuel with me and also means that I can never run out of fuel to burn either. Which I know you will agree with me when I say that the solo Stove is the perfect stove for the survivalist and the prepper alike.
If in the UK you can order yours from amazon and just search for Solo Stove if outside the UK then go to or

Vacuum Sealer - Eiffel Freshpack Pro

The Eiffel Freshpack Pro, is a fantastic vacuum sealer. No other gives you the benefit of sealing with automatic operation, no rest time needed between seals with heating element protection, a massive 30cm seal width and quiet!  It gives you the strongest vacuum in its class of -0.80 bar, all the air is removed so your food stays fresher for longer and saving you money by reducing food waste.
A 2 year warranty is included, plus a full range of spare parts are also available direct from us here in the UK if needed outside the 2 year warranty.
The Freshpack Pro vacuum food sealer is designed for the discerning home vacuum sealer user or business vacuum sealer user, for example chefs, farm shops or delicatessens who want a quality cost effective solution for their vacuum packer needs.
The Freshpack Pro Vacuum Sealer is the only machine worldwide that has a safety chamber, which is a patented feature.  This safety chamber will preserve the life of your vacuum sealer for many years as it stops liquid or powder been sucked into the vacuum sealer pump causing it to breakdown. This means you spend less money on maintenance costs or replacement in the long term.
This vacuum sealer is suitable for all food and all non-food items and is great if you're wanting a high specification and quality machine from the start or if you're wanting to upgrade your current model.
This vacuum sealer is perfect for sous vide cooking when used with our vacuum sealer bags. Due to the strong heat seal it produces it can withstand the high temperature cooking sous vide demands without splitting back open, most other vacuum sealers are not suitable due to the poor seal that may be created. Our vacuum bags are sous vide cooking compatible. Great news!
Vegetables, meats, fish, dairy produce & more will last three to five times as long. Seal already opened bags of frozen veg, no more peas and carrots rolling round your freezer. Seal opened bags of crisps and nachos or biscuits or anything edible to lengthen the life span of your food. No more freezer burn of bulk purchases of meat. How much longer will the food you want to seal last?  Download our new free e-book to find out.
So what is like to use, well surprisingly easy to be honest?
Vacuum packing reduces atmospheric oxygen, limiting the growth of aerobic bacteria or fungi, and preventing the evaporation of volatile components.
It is also commonly used to store of dry foods over a long period of time, foods such as cereals, nuts, cured meats, cheese, smoked fish, coffee, and potato chips (crisps).
On a more short term basis, vacuum packing can also be used to store fresh foods, such as vegetables, meats, and liquids, because they inhibit bacterial growth.
I have even cooked meals like, chilli-con-carne, or spag bol, cooled them down, vacuum packed them and then popped them into the freezer. Then when required simply defrost and boil in the bag.
You can split down larger packs into usable amounts so you can buy in bulk and save money, you can vacuum pack fresh food to lengthen its life.
And do not forget with a vacuum sealer you can also:
Preserve Valuable Documents
Camping Equipment
Emergency Phone
Storing Stuffed Animals
The vacuum sealer is a necessity for any prepper or survivor when it comes to prepping for survival and keeping supplies and important documents safe and dry.

You can win one of these Vacuum Sealers 

Simply go to and download their FREE Ebook on “10 Things you should know before vacuum sealing” and that’s it, your email address is your entry to the competition. Competition closes 16th December 2012

Gold Standard Whey
Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard Whey is one of the very best whey blends on the market today providing you with 24g of protein per serving to give you the lean muscle build you want. Optimun Nutrition has won the Supplement Of The Year and Protein Powder Of The Year award for 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008. Available in over ten flavours, Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard Whey mixes easily with milk or water or can be added to recipes. Get the best body you can have with Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard Whey!
Whey Protein Isolates are 90% pure protein by weight. They are the purest and most expensive form of whey protein that exists. That’s why they are the first ingredients you read on the 100% Whey Gold Standard label. By using Whey Protein Isolates as the primary protein source, ON are able to pack 24 grams of the purest, muscle-building protein per serving, with a lot less of the fat, cholesterol, lactose, and other stuff that you can do without. There’s no question this is the standard by which other whey proteins are measured.
What makes Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard Whey different from others?
- Packed with Whey Protein Isolates.
- Higher Pure Protein Percentage.
- Fast-Acting HYDROWHEY Whey Peptides.
- Provides Whey Protein Microfractions.
- More than 5 grams of BCAAs.
- Over 4 grams of Precursors.
- Instantized to Mix with a Spoon.
To encourage a positive nitrogen balance, consume approximately 1 gram of protein per pound of body weight per day from a combination of high protein foods and supplements. For even better results, consume your daily protein allotment over 4-6 small meals spread evenly throughout the day.
Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard Whey is an instantized formula that mixes easily with a spoon, and tastes delicious mixed with skimmed milk or water. For added protein try mixing one scoop with your oatmeal yogurt muffins or pancake recipes.
By the way they taste really good I love them
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The 95 Puukko
The Puukko. Need we say more? Okay, the traditional Finnish knife used for everything - woodworks, eating, playing catch and killing your brother. Stained birch and carbon steel, medium long blade. You get a leather sheath too.
Puukko is the thing the Fins won the Winter War with, among other things. It's the ultimate knife for everything. This is no shit actually - the secret being that puukko is not made to look imposing, but to help you in daily life. It's small, easy to carry and the blade is well suited for woodworking and other small chores.
It has a thick carbon steel blade, and a sturdy handle made of curly birch. The sheath is brown leather and has a belt loop for most 4-5cm wide (leather) belts.
These type of traditional knives have been around for ages, and for a reason: they are rugged, simple and practical. They have been used as weapons almost as much as everyday tools, at least in the past. Today they are an essential piece of kit for any outdoors enthusiast.
Carbon steel is good stuff for knives, but requires some care, or it might rust. Always clean and dry the blade after use, and remember to oil it now and then with cooking oil, for example. No machine wash, always by hand. Sharpening should be done regularly.
Warning! Before buying, please make sure that these are legal to import to your country! We take no responsibility if the customs officer confiscates your precious bayonet/knife/machete! These are perfectly legal in Finland and that is all we are interested in.
Well when it arrived I took it from its sheath and carefully ran it along the hairs on my arm and it shaved them as well as any old fashioned cut-throat razor.
I took it into the small woods near where I live and started doing some cutting and carving, firstly making a feather stick was for the Puukko like cutting through butter, it was really easy as the knife fits into your hand like it was made to be there.
Next I tried some battening and although the wood being split was not large the knife stood up to the abuse without a problem and sliced its way through easily.
The knife was not too good on digging, but hey it is not a spade is it? I found a fairly strong deadwood branch that I was easily able to remove smaller branches from and then sharpen the point into a spear point without too much trouble.
Once home I sliced some tomatoes for my good lady with the Puukko and it glided through them not a problem.
Remember with this blade being carbon steel to wipe it clean and dry then oil it before putting it away.
This is an all-round medium length blade that works very well indeed and being so light you forget it is even on your belt.
A high quality product, handmade in Finland. Order yours here
Look What We Found

Everyone at "Look what we found!" loves food. It shows in each one of the superb ready meals, soups and sauces they cook. It's why they only use sustainable, 100% natural ingredients. It's why those ingredients are carefully sourced from small regional British farmers. It's why everyone of their  dishes tastes so very, very good.
Their farmers love food, too. They know this because they know each of them. They have spent years scouring the British Isles to find people who share their commitment to traditional farming and heritage-quality produce. Because as their chefs say, you can't make great food without great ingredients - traceable straight back to the field in which it was reared or grown.
We love our producers, treat them as we would like to be treated ourselves, and pay them a fair price for their support. Working with them, helping them revive their local economy, we're part of the growing rural revolution. And you can be too. It says on their website.
So what are they really like? To be honest they are bloody tasty and filling too, they have a tremendous meal selection as well and are very easy to heat up, I say heat up because they arew ready to eat cold as well.
Being realistic they may not make it as prepping food because of the low calorie content and the fact they are not freeze dried for longer life, but if these three things could be addressed and the price does not change too much then I do see them as an alternative to the cardboard tasting long life alternatives.
However these meals do have a place in the outdoors, firstly I would and will use them when out fishing or on my boat cruising, as I say they taste great are filling and very easy to heat up.
They are the very couch meal you need while watching the all seeing eye and could be ready well within the ad break.
So give them a chance you will be pleasantly surprised I know. Buy yours at Asda or other leading supermarkets or order yours here
Guys don’t forget to mention the UK Preppers Radio Network when you order yours.

Bushcrafttools Fire Piston
These brand new, precision made fire pistons have built-in storage compartments allowing you to store your dry tinder/lube/vaseline...etc. The piston rod also unscrews to reveal a fire steel, giving you twice the chance of starting a fire in the wilderness.
This is an easy to use kit allowing you to create a fire by compressing air with the force of your hands. No matches or lighters needed. 
To create a fire, the piston must be rammed quickly into the sealed cylinder with a single stroke. The compression of the air causes the temperature to rise rapidly to 260 degrees Celsius, or 500 degrees Fahrenheit. This causes the tinder on the piston face to ignite, which is then withdrawn and transferred to a larger pile of kindling to create a fire.
Unscrew the piston rod and land a spark on your dry tinder using the built in fire steel.
The fire piston is between 2,000 and 3,000 years old so it is not new but Dustin at Bushcrafttools has in my opinion reinvented the wheel with his modern version of this great firs starting tool.
He seems to have thought of everything really, as at one end of the piston there is a sealed compartment holding your Vaseline and at the other end is a sealed compartment holding your char cloth.
If all else fails then simply unscrew the piston and use the stored fire steel, now that is a compact light complete fire starting system.
I met Dustin at the WG and he is so enthusiastic about his fire piston that it rubs off on his customers like it did on me.
I now carry it into the woods every time I venture out.
Order yours at you will not be disappointed that’s for sure.
Doug Ritter's RSK Mk5™ (Ritter Survival Knife) is not a knife you would use all day for normal work tasks. But, based on Doug's philosophy that "if it isn't with you, it can't save you™," it is compact and light enough to fit in almost any small personal survival kit or stash-away location, yet robust enough that it's a knife you can bet your life on™.
Doug is the founder of the Equipped To Survive™ web site and an international authority on survival equipment. The RSK Mk5 is a collaborative effort based on Georgia knife maker David White's custom Shrewd Survival Knife, itself the result of collaboration with Dr. Andrew Osbourne.
Weighing in at less than an ounce, the skeletonized fixed blade sports a 1.75" wide-chord drop-point blade with a high flat grind. The high-carbon steel blade has Doug's preferred stonewashed finish for improved corrosion resistance.
The ergonomic curved handle provides a secure and comfortable two-finger grip while a nylon cord fob adds additional length and grip.
Use it to make fuzz sticks, construct shelter, gut a fish, dress game or for self-defense. Whether it is wilderness or urban survival, the Mk5 will do its part to keep you alive and kicking.
Included is a custom-fitted Zytel® sheath and a mint-size carrying tin along with Doug's suggestions for building up your own personal survival kit.
 Open Overall Length - 3.81 inches
Weight - 0.9 ounces
Length - 1.75 inches
So what can you do with it? Firstly be careful with this little knife as the blade comes out of the sheath sharp enough to shave your arm hair and easily slice a piece of A4 paper.
So what I hear you say you can’t eat hair and paper NO you can’t but at least you know the blade will do the job.
I took my air rifle for a walk and shot a plump pigeon for dinner and in the field I simply removed both breasts with the RSK MK5 by cutting through the feathers exposing the meat below then slicing the breast away from the breast bone of the bird. So that works then.
Next I decided to make a feather stick which was also very easy as the RSK MK5 just fits so easily into your hand.
I say its job well done for the RSK MK5 you can order yours from
This is a brilliantly designed knife, the blade is 3.5"long and made of 440 stainless steel, it has a  locking blade with part serrated edge and one handed opening facility
The handle is made of nylon with a built in holder for a LED torch, which also has a built in survival whistle and a 6mm steel of fire built into the torch handle, it comes complete with wrist strap and metal belt clip and it only weights - 122 grms
This knife actually looks good and I think that it sells itself with those good looks.  The one hand opening facility is smooth and a joy to use and the lock works and despite my efforts it would not close until I released the locking mechanism .
The inclusion of a torch and fire steel make this knife a complete survival set. The torch works and once in its sheath holder lights up the job that the knife is doing or just simply shows you the way back to your basha.
The fire steel is just that, a life time’s survival fire lighting that goes where your knife goes.
The only criticism I can find it that it is not legal street carry, but if that is the only thing I can find against it that will do for me. So order yours at
This is a versatile shelter a sleeping bag cover or emergency carry sheet that has 9 reinforced loops around the edge and brass eyelets at the corners and the middle it is fully waterproof as it is made of tough double pu coated Nylon
It weighs only 640gms and is available in DPM and Olive Green and its size is - 265 x 175cm
So what is it like to use? And the only answer is fantastic, it really is, as it is just what is needed to keep you dry and windproof while you are under it.
It is very simple to set up and in a few minutes you have a shelter built that will protect you from the elements, packing it up is just as easy as all you need to do is fold it away.
There is nothing more I need to say about the Web-Tex Basha as it is so good, order your at

With this little beauty you will NEVER have to boil drinking water again.
This is the world’s first and only portable water purifier to adopt nano-silver technology, The PurifiCup eliminates more than 600 kinds of bacteria, providing you safe and clean drinking water worry-free.  PurifiCup is a portable water filtration system perfect for travellers or for outdoor enthusiasts such as hunters, hikers, campers, boaters and anglers.  It is also a necessity for any emergency preparation kit.
With PurifiCup, you can enjoy convenient drinking water on-the-go whether the water source is tap or a freshwater stream, waterfall, river, creek or lake.  PurifiCup’s world-patented design uses a nano-silver membrane filter to destroy up  .99% of bacteria, parasites, and pathogens such as E.coli, giardia, crypto, etc.
With PurifiCup, you can enjoy convenient drinking water on-the-go.  PurifiCup’s world-patented design uses a nano-silver membrane filter to destroy up to 99.99% of bacteria, parasites, and pathogens such as E.coli, giardia, crypto, etc.
Utilizing the natural anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties of silver, bacteria are removed from water as it is filtered through PurifiCup’s exclusive silver membrane.
There’s no need for boiling water after it is filtered and each filter provides up to 24 gallons (330 cups) of pure water. The PurifiCup’s absolute 1 micron filter will more consistently remove bacteria such as Crypto than anominal filter.
It has an exclusive 3 Stage Filter Technology
Ion exchange resin: Turn hard water into soft water by removing heavy metals (lead, copper, cadmium, mercury, etc) and calcareous (meganesium, calcium icons). In addition, it also removes fluoride and stably produces wear basic water during its life span.
Activated carbon: Remove chlorine and other organic odour including THM, organic solvent, and pesticides.
Nano-silver membrane: The membrane kills 99.9% of the pathogens in tap water.  It is located on the inlet and exit of the filter circulation channel, preventing the filter cartridge from contamination.         + Absolute 1micron filter for additional layer of protection against bacteria.
Compact and easy to carry
Both a water filter and storage bottle PurifiCup is NSF,WRAS, SGS, and EEC Certified, and used only FDA approved filtering and structural materials. It fits easily into your carry-on, back-pack, or handbag and requires no pumps, hoses, batteries or attachments.
It can also be attached to filter into a standard water bottle. PurifiCup is also Earth-Friendly and cost-effective. Enjoy pure, worry-free water anywhere you go with PurifiCup! Our Patented design also allow users to filter directly into Popular Large Sports Bottles such as Nalgene, CamelBAK and most other generic bottles! Providing versatile options for everyone.
So what do I think of the Purificup, I think it is fantastic I really do it works extremely well, and the proof of that is that I am still here.
I tested it in a dirty brown coloured waterfowl faeces infested lake at the WG and following the simple instructions I drank two cups of filtered water and whilst demonstrating it to other survival instructors and visitors alike I drank another two cups of filtered water then as their confidence rose some of those watching also drank some of the filtered water.
This portable filter is just the job and with it you will never again need to boil water before you drink it.
Check them out here

Landmine Adventure, based in South Wales, is a company that provides products in the outward bound, survivalist, and preparedness fields. Expedition, Adventure, and training days are also part of what this company provides.
Gaz (32), an ex Royal Engineer, and Simon (32), an ex Royal Signaller both decided, when planning an overseas expedition to combine their business knowledge on return to the UK, and start 'Landmine Adventure'.
Gaz said "The cost of preparing our overseas expedition was immense, and the equipment available just wasn't quite up for the job. We were used to very durable kit from our time in the Army, but all the UK stores just offered low quality, expensive tat. We opted to purchase gear we knew about, and the rest is just history"
They sent me the following kit to review.
The thermal Insulating Mug they sent me is fantastic and I used it at the WG every day, it is such a simple idea like most things that work well.
Of course the cyalume light sticks are old friends of mine but this time I put one into an empty 2 pint plastic milk bottle and this almost turned it into a lamp and great for reading.
Their premium Fire Steel is simply a fire steel but with a lovely wooden handle, which will be comfortable to use in freezing weather conditions, it too works very well as you would expect
The guys also send me the Mittens Extreme Cold Weather, along with the INNER Gortex Mittens Extreme Cold Weather, Outer. I have not yet been able to review these guys as it is too warm, so if we get a winter is a case of watch this space, but knowing the quality of this kit they too will work as designed to.
Lastly the Swedish Gel Cooker. (May be black or green in colour)
This issue cooker can fit into your pocket, and is quick, clean and convenient. It even comes with a book of matches!
Simply remove the lid, place burning ring over top, light gel, and cook away. To extinguish, place lid over top, allow to cool, seal, and away you go! This makes an awesome emergency cooker, but is equally good as your main cooking solution!
Item comes sealed and wrapped, however, there may be a little rusting on the cooking support, which is normal, it is so small about the size of a little tin of sweetcorn to be honest but it works like a dream it really does. Thanks guys your kit is top notch. So order yours at

New 72 hour pack now outKeep in your car or by the front door
The EFS 72 Hour Emergency Survival Kit is an essential piece of kit for any individual determined to have good emergency plans in place. It contains everything one person will need to survive for 72 hours so that you can live with piece of mind that you will always be prepared.
We highly recommend that you have an emergency 72 hour kit both in your home and where you might need access to one, such as in the boot of your car. They are small, lightweight and easy to store but you will be thankful that they are there if you should ever need it.
Don't delay, Buy Now and get complete peace of mind.
And they are not joking just listen to what you get in the 72 hour emergency pack
Each pack contains:
3 Mountain House Packet Meals
1 x Enamel Mug
2 x Glow Sticks
8 in 1 Travel Kit Penknife
1 x Frontier Emergency Water Filter System
1 x Mess Tin
2 x Tissues
1 x Small first aid Kit  
1 x 15m Utility Rope
1 x Emergency Protective tube Tent
2 x Emergency Blankets
1 x Metal Torch
1 x Wash wipes
1 x Bic type lighter
I took this kit to the Wilderness gathering and with the exception of one or two pints of English cider and the odd bacon butty, this 72 hour emergency pack would have done its job easily.
Without water there is everything else you would need to survive for at least 72 hours, as if you could find your own food when the Mountain House packs run out then the rest of the pack would naturally keep on working.

Self-Heating Meal menu B
Ration-X Self Heating Ration Pack Menu B
Self-Heating MRE
The new Ration-X™ field ration is a complete, ready-to-eat, self-contained meal presented in a light-weight, water-proof pack.  The pack contains a main meal, a dessert, snacks, powdered drink and an accessory kit. A flameless ration heater is included to self-heat the main meal without the need for a fire or a stove. All the components are pre-cooked and ready to eat, hot or cold. The pack provides over 1200 kcal per meal which is in line with standard military requirements for highly active soldiers.
Ready to eat main meal - Chicken Massaman Potato
Snack - Golden Oatie Biscuits
Whole Wheat Bread - shelf stable
Strawberry Jam
Drink - powdered electrolyte Orange
Flameless Ration Heater - single use
Accessory Kit: Tabasco sauce, instant coffee, tea bag, 2 x sugar, 2 x whitener, 10 x tissues, chewing gum, spoon, wet wipe
Long life - We guarantee at least 18 months shelf-life on all components from the date of sale.
Product code     R302
Weight                 1.00 kg

Hennessey Hammock
All Hennessy Hammocks come complete with attached mosquito netting, detachable rain fly, support ropes, and stuff sack with set up instructions on back.
Hennessy Hammock also provides complimentary standard 42" long "Tree Hugger" webbing straps to protect the bark of trees. Because these accessory webbing straps are complimentary, they are weighed separately from the hammock. Also, for a limited time, free Snakeskins are included with each hammock ordered online.
They fit snugly into a Stuff Sack with the logo and set up instructions printed on ripstop polyester bag, which weighs only (20 g / 0.7oz)
So if you are under 7' tall / 180 cm and under 300 lbs / 135 kg the Hennessy Hammock is for you it is that simple.
This was the first hammock in many years that I had slept in and I had forgotten hot comfortable they are.
But never in my mind had I realised how things have moved on from those early days in the 80’s.
The Hennessy Hammock is the “Mutts Nuts” the Hilton of hammocks I would say. It is so easy to put up and so easy to get into to that I am now converted into a hammocker, no more scratting around on the forest floor in a basha for me, it’s off the ground luxury from now on in a mosquito free zone.
OH! Did I not mention the built in mossy net as well as the rain proof rainfly keeping you dry as well.
Everything you need for a great night’s sleep and it only weighs 3lb.3oz/1428g
Hennessy say on their website:-
At last, you will never need to find a level camp site. No more roots, rocks or puddles coming through the floor of your tent. No more aching muscles and stiff joints from sleeping on the hard ground. And no more carrying a heavy tent.  Finally, a shelter that takes the pain out of the outdoors and is good for the environment.
And you know what I agree with them whole heartedly.
You must check them out at

The Survivor was designed to be a fairly compact minimalist survival knife and it’s the real deal. The knife is a solid full tang design with a G-10 handle ready to take plenty of abuse. The notch in the back of the blade is designed to act as a striker for the included Swedish FireSteel®. The sheath can be mounted vertically or horizontally and holds the Swedish FireSteel®, emergency whistle, and five feet of cord. It can even be fashioned into a spear with the included cord.
The companies design objective was to;
Create a sturdy, compact, lightweight survival knife and made of
Swedish FireSteel® it comes with an emergency whistle, and five feet of cord in the sheath
There also had to be a Notch the back of the blade to serve as a striker for the FireSteel®
And design a sheath to be mounted horizontally or vertically
* Full tang design
* 7.5" total length
Well they followed their brief and the survivor is a brilliant knife. It is light, it looks great and it is very functional too.
Out of the box the blade shaved hairs on my arm which was a good sign as it shows that the company cares about its customers with a ready to use product. I took it down to the woods for a play and I began by pairing a piece of wood which seemed very easy indeed as the knife just fits into you hand like it was mean to.
I was able to strip a branch of its twigs without too much effort and then I battened a small log, of the size you split to put on to the fire approx. 12” diameter and it took the abuse without any damage and worked very well. I love it and I think you will too.
Pop onto their website and check them out at

Regatta Mens Ad-Scursion Boots
These Regatta Mens Ad-Scursion Boots will offer total protection and comfort courtesy of their construction. The boots are waterproof and breathable with a deep-padded collar and tongue as well as rubberised toe and heel bumpers.
If you plan to undertake a lot of walking in some of your upcoming spare time but need some new footwear, these Regatta Mens Ad-Scursion Boots will fail to disappoint! The boots are water resistant and made of breathable, comforting material. Furthermore, they have a deep-padded collar and tongue.
Boot features:
Mesh, PU nubuck and suede upper
Water resistant Atl treated suede upper
Isotex waterproof and breathable footwear - seam sealed with breathable internal membrane bootee liner
Deep padded collar and tongue
EVA comfort footbed
Rubberised toe and heel bumpers
Steel shank
Lightweight rubber outsole featuring internal EVA shock pads

AMK SOL Origin
The SOL Origin™ redefines the survival kit from the ground up.  In one product that fits in the palm of your hand, the Origin™ gives you the collection of tools you need to survive the unexpected and make it back alive. Think of it as the ultimate cross breed of the traditional ten essentials and a survival kit, all wrapped up in one lightweight, easy to carry, indestructible package.
The heart of the Origin™ is its ABS-plastic waterproof case, which contains an array of key survival tools, including TinderQuik fiestarting tinder, 150lb-test braided nylon cord, mil-spec stainless steel wire, and an emergency sewing and fishing kit.  And, for those unfamiliar with wilderness survival, backcountry expert Buck Tilton’s survival instructions contain over 60 survival techniques and strategies.
However, the body of the case is really what sets the Origin™ apart  -  integrated into the lid is a flip-up Rescue Flash signal mirror with retroreflective aiming aid.  Flip the case over, and find the one-hand-operable Fire Lite firestarter, as well as a removable liquid-damped compass.  Finally, secured in a button-release slot is a fully-functional folding blade knife, with a 100db rescue whistle and ultra-bright LED light integrated into the knife handle.  The AUS-8 drop-point blade has been designed for the precision cutting you need during survival emergencies, and it excels at slicing, whittling, and any task where blade control is essential.
The SOL Origin™ is the lightest, most space efficient, and most durable survival kit on the market.  Welcome to the future of survival – the Origin™ is mandatory equipment for any outdoor adventurer.
Weight: 6.25oz
Size: 3.875" x 2.75" x 1.5"
Ideal Uses
AMK Emergency Bivvy
The ultralight, ultra-warm full protection shelter! The SOL Emergency Bivvy is made from the same heat-reflective polyethylene as AMK's world-famous emergency blankets (reflecting 90% of your body heat back to you), with the added benefit of being fully sealed so that no wind, rain, or snow can get inside. If you're forced to spend the unexpected night outdoors, hop in the SOL Emergency Bivvy as soon as the temperature drops and instantly improve the odds in your favour.
Sealed on the sides for full protection from rain, wind, and snow.
Heatsheets material is waterproof and windproof.
Reflects 90% of radiated body heat
Weight: 3.8oz
Size: 36" x 84"

R302 - Ration-X Self Heating Ration Pack Menu B
Self-Heating MRE
The new Ration-X™ field ration is a complete, ready-to-eat, self-contained meal presented in a light-weight, water-proof pack.  The pack contains a main meal, a dessert, snacks, powdered drink and an accessory kit. A flameless ration heater is included to self-heat the main meal without the need for a fire or a stove. All the components are pre-cooked and ready to eat, hot or cold. The pack provides over 1200 kcal per meal which is in line with standard military requirements for highly active soldiers.
Ready to eat main meal - Chicken Massaman Potato
This meal is packed full of chicken along with potatoes ,peas and a very mild if slightly sweet curry sauce and it tasted really flavoursome indeed.
Snack - Golden Oatie Biscuits
Whole Wheat Bread - shelf stable
This is the first “preserved” bread I had ever eaten and with the raspberry jam squeezed into the bread between the two pieces it tasted very palatable especially with a hot mug of Rosie lee.
Strawberry Jam
Drink - powdered electrolyte Orange
Flameless Ration Heater - single use
This was actually amazing in, not only the way it worked, but in the job it did, the meal was hot in 12 minutes as stated on the pack this is 21st century stuff it really is.
Accessory Kit: Tabasco sauce, instant coffee, tea bag, 2 x sugar, 2 x whitener, 10 x tissues, chewing gum, spoon, wet wipe
This one was Best before: 07/2014
Long life - We guarantee at least 18 months shelf-life on all components from the date of sal
Product code     R302
Weight                 1.00 kgPrice (ex VAT):    £8.49

Thanks to Rob Williams at for sending me the EXOTAC Nano Striker XL to review.
I know that there are many such tools on the market today. BUT this one looks great comes in four distinctive colours being Black, Gunmetal, Orange and Olive and has a Ferrocerium rod which when struck produces sparks at 5,500 degrees)
The Exotac Nano Striker has O rings fitted so it is totally waterproof as well.
Exotac say that they set out to create a product that is high quality, ultra-small in size and completely self-contained.  The nano STRIKER is the result. 
Sacrificing neither form nor function, its unique all-in-one design puts all the tools you need to start a fire into one tiny package.  At the end of the day, this little tool can be collapsed and returned to key-chain ballast duty.
The striker contains an ultra-sharp tungsten carbide insert for maximum sparks.
Ferro cerium fire starters work best with tinder materials that contain large surface areas: dry grasses, wood shavings, cotton balls, dry leaves, clothing lint, etc.  Using a tinder material of your choosing, create a loose tinder bundle to catch the sparks from the ferro rod.  Wrap the included lanyard around a few fingers to secure the striker handle.  Holding the striking tool at an angle, use moderate pressure to quickly scrape the rod.  The striker should be carving material off the Ferrocerium rod.
Patent Pending Collapsible self-contained fire starter 
Ultra-portable for key ring and pocket carry
Ferrocerium rod works when wet
Lightweight 6061 aircraft aluminium body
Tungsten carbide striker
Replaceable Ferrocerium rod 
More than 1000 fire-starting strikes!
It looks great, it is easy to use and it works what more can I say except thank you Rod and exotic.
You can order yours at

Whether an angler, a camper or an outdoorsman, you`ll love the Ghillie Kettle. There is no need to carry petrol, fuel cubes or gas, the Ghillie runs off natures best material, everything! The idea is simplicity itself. Water in the side of the kettle is heated by the fire in the base.
This maximises the heat and boils water very quickly. Should additional fuel be required it can be dropped through the chimney of the kettle.
Made from aluminium, the kettles are both strong and light, weighing in at only 835 grams. The kettle comes fitted with a whistle cap on a chain, which also doubles as a pouring aid with the wooden handle.
The accessory kit comprises a 4" wide 2" deep pan, a 5" wide 1" deep frying pan, a grill which fits over the fire pit plus a clip handle. Also included is a pot stand for the top of the kettle plus a base stand for uneven ground.
That is the tecky stuff so what’s the Ghillie kettle really like to use, Well I tested it over last weekend’s survival exercise with members of sneaky, their opinion initially on first sight was that it would be too big to carry around with bug out kit.
However as time went on they came to realise that it does have its place in a SHTF situation as it is a great tool for a group of people to use and if at a bug out location fantastic for the individual too.
It is so fast at boiling water which is a great bonus as well and the fact that there is no fuel to carry around or to run out of was the main reason why I say it is a must for the prepper and survivalist alike although it will have equal appeal to the fisherman, shooting parties and those who enjoy the outdoors in general.
The cooking platform or grill fits in to the fire base and that is where you place your frying pan to cook and you need to watch your food as it cook very quickly too.
I really like it as it does what it says on the tin sorry aluminium this is another of those must have items that make life easier when in the field. Thanks for sending it to me Andy I had great fun using it.
The Ghillie kettles are available in three sizes; 1.5L Adventurer, 1L Explorer and 0.5L Maverick in Satin Silver, Black or Green. They come supplied with a carry bag and you can get yours at
I have acquired one of Paul Scheiter’s knives, Thank you Paul. It is the  Blackbird SK-5 which I wanted to review, what is the blackbird SK-5 I hear you say, well I shall tell you it is one of the finest wilderness survival knives I have ever seen listen to this.
"I believe the more complicated a product becomes, the more likely it is to fail when your life depends on it. For this reason I designed The Blackbird SK-5 Knife to achieve maximum function delivered through pure simplicity. You won't see gimmicks or gadgets on this knife...only the core essentials that provide the user with comfort and a sharp edge to handle the most demanding wilderness survival tasks." Says Paul Sheiter the designer.
The Blackbird SK-5 blade is crafted from 154CM. This steel is American made, known for its superior toughness, edge-retaining ability, sharpness and corrosion resistance. The SK-5's blade is 0.13 inch thick and features a full-taper grind.
The perimeter of the Micarta Handle is rounded to provide a comfortable grip and is secured to the knife tang with 3 stainless steel Allen screws.
The Blackbird SK-5 comes with a MOLLE compatible sheath that features a rigid protective insert. The sheath also features a belt loop so that it may be worn on the hip in the traditional belt mount configuration and comes with a 25 year warranty.
Firstly I shaved some hairs on my arm, not bad for just out of the box. I took it in to the woods near where I live to have a play. The Blackbird SK-5 weighs only 8.4 oz so is no problem at all hanging from my belt another thing I liked was the adjustable poppers on the knife fastener which really grips and holds the knife securely.
The knife has a full tang as I would expect with an almost indestructible micarta handle, the blade length is 5 inches with an overall length of 10 inches.
Well down to work then I started by splitting a log using the battening method and it sliced down the log without a problem next I decided to carve some fallen wood actually using the methods promoted by Paul in this Blackbird SK-5 training video.
It performed really well even having a go at a few knots within the wood.
This is a knife that is designed to do a job and that job is to accompany you on wilderness trips in full confidence that should you need a survival knife then look no further that your belt.
Sorry Paul but I did try to abuse it, firstly by throwing it at a tree repeatedly to see is the handle would work loose it did not.
I then let it drop onto rocks upside down to see if a hard knock would damage the handle it did not
This is just a pure knife with a strong blade and handle that works and works, thanks Paul.
And guys please don’t forget to mention my show when ordering your kit.
Mike at sent me the i-Shields: these are to aid in the prevention of damage from UV in the event the wearer has lost/broken his/her regular quality sunglasses.
That's why we market them as survival-only use he says. I have seen some survival manuals reference the use of "space" blankets to cover the eyes in this event (as they are partially translucent most of the time when pressed against the face). However, I believe this to be bad advice. I see no UV screening in these materials, and as such, they could actually cause dilation of the pupil and actually allow more UV light in, creating an even greater risk of damage.
You can order yours from
So, as sea and high altitude survival has a greater risk of said UV damage and potential blindness (even if partial), that is why we had them manufactured. They are not intended for average wear (although we do wear them). Just please keep that in mind when trying them out.
Well Thanks for the I shields Mike as I gave each of the guys on last week’s survival exercise and I have to say they all loved them, some have since informed me that they have been on your site and ordered another pair for their partners as well.
It does appear that they like you will be wearing them most of the time during our sunny spells and not only for when we have a white out.
Mike also sent me the ResQbrite signal panel designed by survivalmetrics themselves
The ResQbrite is a visual signal panel Approx. 2 feet x 2 feet, which is bright orange in colour.
It has a reflective directional tape on each side of the panel for light illumination at night.
There are also corner grommets for attachment to branches, or for linking together.
And it is made from Ultra-light Rip Stop nylon material.
The carry pouch is 4.25 in. x 4 in. x 0.5 in., bright orange, reversible to subdued.
And it can be attached to the panel by a hook/clip for positive security.
It is absolutely excellent for daytime signals to aircraft or search teams. Night time illumination of the panel is by directional light for signalling and site marking, in other words shine your torch at it.
That’s is the techy stuff but what do I think, well it did what it said on the tin. It is very small and packable taking up no room at all, when laid out it is obvious to all that it will be seen from a long way off, but at night it shines above the rest as it is so visible with the directional lines which work just like a high viz vest. Bearing in mind that a lot of preppers and survivalists wear DPM clothing and usually do not carry anything to signal for help, should the worst happen and you need to signal for help I say that the ResQbrite is must for all wilderness users just in case. You can order yours from

I have just returned from a survival course with members of during which I reviewed some kit that had been sent to me for review.
Chris Caine from  sent me a real handmade beauty to review
The Chris Caine ® Companion Survival Knife, was designed by survival expert Chris Caine, based on his 15 years surviving in the British wilderness. This is 'a survival tool for the serious survivalist'.
The knife is the newest addition to the Chris Caine Survival Series and is designed as a mid-point between the larger Chris Caine ® Survival Tool and smaller Chris Caine ® Survival Knife.
When chopping with this tool your fingers are kept well away from the material you are hitting, thanks to the deep curve in the cutting edge, making it harder for you to trap your fingers. Not only this but on the back of the blade we have rounded off a section so when you are hitting this tool with another cutting of wood you are less likely to damage anything, and also makes it more useful for beating materials to obtain the fibres within.
The Chris Caine ® Companion Survival Knife is hand made from start to finish, from profiling out the blades, hardening & tempering, assembly, grinding, right up to the final polish are all done in house.
Just looking at it the quality is obvious from the handmade custom sheath incorporating a holder for the fire steel and the lansky sharpener, to the gleaming curved blade and its indestructible handle.
Chris refers to this top of the range survival knife as a tool, and you know, I must agree with that as it is something else in survival tools. Our first task was to erect shelters and the companion made light work of not only cutting and shaping wood but cutting paracord and hammering in stakes.
I then used the tool to chop fire wood and in some cases to split larger pieces of wood using another heavy wood log to bash the companion down through the log, it was a very simple thing to do and seemed to reduce the amount of effort it would normally have taken with a normal survival knife.
The companion made all these tasks easy not only due to its unique design and weight but to its ability to keep an edge.
What amazed us all was that after all this survival abuse the blade was still very keen and after a few rubs with the Lansky sharpener it was restored to factory perfect.
The knife felt light on my hip and was very easy to draw although I did fumble a little when re-turning it to its sheath, although I soon got it every time.
For a serious handmade survival tool with a life time guarantee get on to Chris Caines website and check his range of knives out at

Greer Mulcahey Banks the Marketing Executive at LIFESAVER systems Ltd sent me their lifesaver bottle and what a piece of kit it really is.
Firstly when filling the bottle with water, allow the bottle to stand for 15 mins so the filter membranes become used to the water, and once primed, you only need to pump the bottle 3 times when the cap is closed to create pressure within the bottle.
The bottle can last unused up to three years and its shelf life can be extended by priming the bottle and storing it wet which extends the shelf life by 2 more years this is also dependant on storage conditions. So total shelf life can be up to 5 years.
The flow rate is obviously faster when the bottle has more water in it.
Do not keep the bottle cap and teat open when filling the bottle from a water source as this could allow dirty water into the clean end of the bottle (top part) leading to cross contamination.
Always use the cleanest water source possible.
The filter filters out anything in suspension but not anything in solution such as salt. The filter allows healthy nutrients to remain in the water such as magnesium and calcium.
The activated carbon filter is not needed to make the bottle work, it is an optional extra if you are worried about chemical/metal residues in the water, or the water is stagnant. The carbon filter works for 250 litres but there is no system to guess when it’s time is up apart from human intuition. Never store the bottle (for a length of time) with a carbon insert still fitted as this can cause bacteria to build up in the top of the bottle. The carbon insert should ideally be fitted at home to avoid any contamination.
Don’t over pressurize the bottle (no more than 3 pumps when the bottle cap and teat are closed), as this can cause, in rare circumstances, the base to blow off possibly causing damage to the base. Once the cap and teat are open, over pressurising is less of an issue.
You can clean the filter by gently agitating it in clean water, or under a stream (if this is your only option) but you must make sure the bottle top including cap and teat are still in place, which avoids any cross contamination at the clean end of the bottle.
If you notice a spluttering effect when water comes out the teat, check the cartridge is fitted in properly and perform a membrane integrity check (the bottle should work from all angles, if it doesn’t the filter membranes may be damaged in some way).
You will never have to worry about drinking contaminated water, as our FAILSAFE technology works on the basis that when you have filtered through 3500 litres on our LIFESAVER 4000UF model, the flow rate becomes slower, giving you time to buy or replace the cartridge and when the filter has filtered 4000 litres, you won’t be able to push any more liquid through the filter membranes as the pores of the membranes retract and close up, meaning it’s time to replace the filter.
The LIFESAVER bottle is the World's first water bottle to remove all bacteria, viruses, cysts, parasites, fungi and all other microbiological waterborne pathogens without the aid of any foul tasting chemicals like iodine which is now banned substance within the EU.  LIFESAVER complies with all British, US and European Drinking Water Regulations for Microbiological Reduction as tested and certified by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.
I first filled the lifesaver bottle from a running stream during our last survival weekend and everyone agree that the water tasted great and being cold was a bonus, everyone drank with complete confidence in fact filling the bottle twice from the stream.
Yesterday I found a stagnant puddle near my house and I filled the lifesaver bottle from it, it was uncanny or magic to be able to almost instantly look at and drink perfectly clear perfectly clean water thank you Greer it really works and is a pleasure to drink from.
You can order yours from
Joseph Wheeler from sent me the 30cm SWAT Tactical Knife & Camo Sheath as well as the Web-Tex Survival kit and the Kombat Survival Kit to review.
Thanks Joe they were fun to play with mate, however the knife kept slipping out of its sheath as the day went on and I think this was because it was sent with the wrong sheath I think, which meant that the button clasp was too big for the knife to hold it in place.
Nevertheless it is the knife I want to talk about, the blade is 16cm semi serrated camo coloured Stainless Steel and the total length is 30cm, it has a thermoplastic rubber grip and comes in a Camo Fabric Sheath with belt loop.
The knife has an unusual shape which allows for chopping sawing and stabbing when attached to say, to a shaft and used as a spear. There are three lanyard holes to allow attachment to a shaft, the knife has a full length tang which gave me confidence when chopping firewood at the weekend.
My question was as a low cost entry to survival knives can it do the job. Well I think it can, it can chop although the knife is not very heavy so more energy is required but it works, it cuts and saws very well and at only £14.95 it really is worth a try. You can order yours a
When it comes to survival kits they all seem much the same don’t they so they do not excite me at all.
But when I received these two kits from Joe my interest was revised. The first one I tried was the Web-Tex Combat Survival Kit which had the following kit packed neatly inside.
Quality sharp knife
Firestarte firesteel
Combat wire saw
Sewing kit
Fishing kit
Emergency whistle
Water Purification tablets x10
Signalling mirror
Safety pins
Snare wire
Cotton wool
Accident report form
Survival instructions
What can I say but, it all works from the fire starter and cotton wool to the fishing kit, which by the way nearly did catch a fish at my local lake but it got off. The knife has a belt clip and quite a good edged blade that cut paracord and sharpened steaks for pegging down basha’s
It is very compact and fully functional and contains just what is required in a survival kit.
You can order yours from
Finally on this product review the Kombat survival Kit again from
The main difference between these two kits is that this kit does not have the knife, cotton wool, compass, water puri tabs and safety pins, However it does have a razor blade and a wire saw this is a really basic kit but nonetheless it too works very well in fact as you can still light a fire, fish, hunt and even signal for help. You can get yours from
It is a big thank you to Julia Shapp from true for sending me not only Multi Mate +Lite and also a selection of keying accessories to review as well.
True Utility say this stainless steel multi tool is of the highest quality giving you over 16 tools, not to mention a bright white LED light to shine on whatever you’re working on. All weatherproof, rubber handle for comfort and strong grip, durable hard-wearing tools for the toughest jobs all this and more in our strongest multi tool ever.
I have to agree with true utility as this is a tough multi-tool indeed. Firstly I think it looks great quality before you hold it. I picked it up and instantly felt a quality multi-tool in my hand. The needle nosed pliers are very well sprung and an absolute pleasure to use.
I can imagine the lite making a night time job so much easier as it is very bright even during the day.
I worked my way around all the tools and started with the “serrated edge knife” as true utility call it, well I’m sorry but it actually is a wood saw and you know it works very well indeed and whizzed through a 2” diameter branch without any problems at all.
I found the “Small” fine edge knife just that, very small, although it did take an edge easily enough, and the fact that the knife is small is a godsend here in the UK as it makes the multi-mate legal to carry.
The wire cutters did work cutting through some new steel fence wire near where I live, it tool a few attempts but they worked as I expected they would.
The screwdriver did what they do and works well, the bradawl penetrated my leather belt easily, the bottle opener works on Fursty Ferret Beer bottles lol
The nail file as I use it made a good job of my nails  and the built in wire stripper also works very well.
The scissors cut paper and string very well, I have not used the fish hook remover but the can opener worked on a tin of Asda beans.
But the 12 bit driver set and adapter was the interesting addition to this fantastic multi-tool as it has attachments for almost every size you would need.
Measuring L100 x W44 x D23mm (Closed) it sits very well on my belt in its canvass pouch.
This stylish ultra bright water resistant flashlight and stash measures only 75mm and attaches to your key-ring. Not only does it light your way, but hides spare cash, waterproof matches, fishing hooks, or simply headache pills. 4 x Lithium batteries included. Lasts up to 75mins straight use
Aircraft grade anodised aluminium body with shockproof, water resistant build quality. High quality neoprene sealing ‘O’ rings throughout  size L75 x D20mm
This unbelievably small waterproof key-ring canister houses a fully working lighter that is ready to ignite at your command. Attach to your key-ring for essential outdoor use. Refill with standard lighter fuel. Product Size L45mm x W15mm x D15mm
Twist stick
Fully Functional Key-Ring Corkscrew. The Stainless steel bar passes through the centre of a full size corkscrew helix, to create a beautiful and fully functional personal corkscrew for all wine lovers. Can be attached to your key-ring or placed to your bag. Makes a great gift. Product Size: L66 x W9mm
Key Tool
The Key Tool simply wraps stylishly around any standard door key, and uses the actual door key to increase leverage for the bottle opener, and for the 3 different sizes of screwdriver, including the essential eyeglass screwdriver. It also includes a nail file, nail cleaner, thread cutter and even a pair of tweezers!
Take Note - A full length pen that is as small as your door key? Now that’s something to write home about!
Engineered in stainless steel, this beautifully crafted personal pen extends telescopically to 115mm, yet only measures around 50mm as it hangs inconspicuously on your key ring. Never get caught out without a pen again! Supplied complete with three free refills. How did you ever live without one?
Product Size: L50 (closed) L115(open) x W5mm
Why not check their website out at and don’t forget to mention this show.
Thanks to Rob Williams at for sending me the EXOTAC Nano Striker XL to review.
I know that there are many such tools on the market today. BUT this one looks great comes in four distinctive colours being Black, Gunmetal, Orange and Olive and has a Ferrocerium rod which when struck produces sparks at 5,500 degrees)
The Exotac Nano Striker has O rings fitted so it is totally waterproof as well.
Exotac say that they set out to create a product that is high quality, ultra-small in size and completely self-contained.  The nano STRIKER is the result. 
Sacrificing neither form nor function, its unique all-in-one design puts all the tools you need to start a fire into one tiny package.  At the end of the day, this little tool can be collapsed and returned to key-chain ballast duty.
The striker contains an ultra-sharp tungsten carbide insert for maximum sparks.
Ferro cerium fire starters work best with tinder materials that contain large surface areas: dry grasses, wood shavings, cotton balls, dry leaves, clothing lint, etc.  Using a tinder material of your choosing, create a loose tinder bundle to catch the sparks from the ferro rod.  Wrap the included lanyard around a few fingers to secure the striker handle.  Holding the striking tool at an angle, use moderate pressure to quickly scrape the rod.  The striker should be carving material off the Ferrocerium rod.
Patent Pending Collapsible self-contained fire starter 
Ultra-portable for key ring and pocket carry
Ferrocerium rod works when wet
Lightweight 6061 aircraft aluminium body
Tungsten carbide striker
Replaceable Ferrocerium rod 
More than 1000 fire-starting strikes!
It looks great, it is easy to use and it works what more can I say except thank you Rod and exotic.
You can order yours at

Today the postman brought me a selection of MX3 meals  to review sent to me by Gavin Brown the Managing Director at Thank you Gavin as I love my grub mate.
Gavin sent me the following meals
Chicken pasta with  mushrooms
Carabonara pasta
Chicken and rice tandoori
Vanilla flavour crème
Chocolate flavour creme
The company was founded by Christophe and Nathalie Landais and they produce meals for some of France’s best food retailers and the French Military. Christophe is a former chef himself and a keen triathlete and what’s more he is French so he has just the right attitude and experience when creating great-tasting meals for your outdoor adventures.
Initially it took three years R&D to develop the meals and they continue today to refine their products with the input from some of France’s best endurance athletes. Analysing the requirements of these athletes’, by taking into account nutrition, ease of digestion and not forgetting the all-important flavour aspect they offer some fantastic and different meals.
The MX3 meals have been used by most teams competing in the 2008 Vendee Globe ocean yacht race as well as by many of the participants of the Marathon du Médoc, Paris Dakar Rally and Route du Rhum these meals are used as their only source of nutrition.
All these meals are of the "cook in the pouch" type: simply add boiling water (or cold for some recipes) to the fill line inside the pouch, close the pouch and wait 12 to 15 minutes.
So what do they taste like and did they fill me up
I have to say that they really surprised me they were easy to cook and they tasted fantastic. I could actually taste individual ingredients, the meals were thick and creamy and very filling indeed.
The chicken Pasta and mushroom was thick, creamy and there was a lot of it
The chicken rice tandoori had a curry taste and there were loads of actual chicken pieces as well
The carabonara pasta again was very tasty and very filling too
There were two puddings I tried
First was the Chololate flavour crème which was smooth creamy and chocklatley what more can I say
And lastly the vanilla flavour crème wow I love vanilla and this was a rare treat when it comes to Cook in the pouch meals, as with the others I loved them and would certainly eat them again and look forward to doing so. You can order yours at



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