For many months now, we’ve been providing tips on how to survive scenarios you could possibly encounter on the trail, in camp, on-road, off-road, while in a shark’s mouth, or on a spaceship. Bonus: There are specific products available to increase your chances of survival tenfold, and this month we’re going to take a look at a few of the cool new ones for your survival kit.
Survival Product: ACR ResQLink Personal Locator Beacon
Why You’ll Survive: You can use it anywhere in the world and can guide rescuers to within 100 meters or less of your location. It weighs 4.6 oz and is 3.9 inches tall and utilizes GPS positioning and homing capability. It’s also waterproof, sends a unique registered distress signal that notes location and who you are, and sets off a strobe light as the S&R team arrives.
Cost To Survive: $325
Get It: ACR Electronics; 954/981-3333, www.acrelectronics.com
Survival Product: Enviro-Log Firestarters
Why You’ll Survive: These can be used to light a campfire and even slightly damp firewood. They can also be used as a fuel source for warming food—anywhere you need a fire, and now. If you’re into the idea of 100 percent eco-friendly wax, you’re also in luck.
Cost To Survive: Around $9.98 for a case of 24
Get It: Enviro-Log; 866/343-6847, www.enviro-log.net
Survival Product: GoPicnic Meals
Why You’ll Survive: Sure, you’re packin’ fresh eats, but why not bring along a few crisis-management meals that don’t require refrigeration yet are still ready to eat, just in case you end up stranded? Three deli-style meals are among the offerings.
Cost To Survive: $4.99 per meal
Get It: GoPicnic; 773/328-2490, www.gopicnic.com
Survival Product:Casio Pathfinder PAG240
Why You’ll Survive: More than just a watch, the Pathfinder has a compass with a direction indicator and four direction pointers, an altimeter, a barometer for predicting weather, a thermometer, LEDs for brightness, sunrise and sunset data, solar-power capabilities for charging the battery, and other features.
Cost To Survive: The MSRP is $250
Get It: Casio; www.pathfinder.casio.com
Survival Product: First Alert Tundra Fire Extinguishing Spray
Why You’ll Survive: Fire, bad, especially the electrical kind involving 110 to 220 volts. The point-and-spray technology means no pins to pull. It’s 9.65 inches tall and weighs 22 ounces. The company also offers in-vehicle fire extinguishers.
Cost To Survive: It’ll run you about $19.99
Get It: First Alert; 630/851-7330, www.firstalert.com
Survival Product:PowerDuo knife/tool
Why You’ll Survive: Part multiblade pocket knife, part tool belt. In a nutshell, this multitool has features such as a fullsize locking blade, screwdrivers, can openers, tweezers, toothpick, and bottle opener. It weighs just 6.3 ounces.
Cost To Survive: The MSRP is $80
Get It: SOG Specialty Knives & Tool; 888/405-6433, www.sogknives.com
Survival Product: Mechanix Winter Armor Pro Gloves
Why You’ll Survive: Beyond the high-abrasion material and serious palm padding, these puppies are fleece-lined and are encased in a water-repellent nylon shell, so there’s warmth and wind resistance for during that heinously cold weather. There’s also a neoprene thumb panel and thermal plastic rubber on the fingers.
Cost To Survive: The MSRP is $39.99
Get It: Mechanix; 800/222-4296, www.mechanix.com
Survival Product: Ruger Super Redhawk Alaskan Double-Action Revolver
Why You’ll Survive: As Editor Hazel put it, “It’s best-suited to hiking/camping/fishing/brush-busting out in the field, and you can draw off the hip and get six rounds into a charging bear.” Available in both .44 mag and .454 Casull, it has a triple-locking cylinder and a barrel length of 2½ inches.
Cost To Survive: It retails for about $1,079
Get It: Ruger; 603/865-2442 or 928/541-8892, www.ruger.com
Survival Product: Zippo Emergency Fire Starter Kit
Why You’ll Survive: Simply put, water-resistant waxed tinder sticks get ignited by a flint wheel ignition. There’s a water-resistant O-ring seal in the case to keep everything dry.
Cost To Survive: It retails for $19.95
Get It: Zippo; 888/442-1932, www.zippo.com
Survival Product: Outdoor Survival: A Step-By-Step Guide to Practical Bush Craft and Survival Outdoors
Why You’ll Survive: This book covers pretty much everything, MacGyver style, including how to read a map, making a compass on the fly, building a fire, creating shelter, tying knots, reading animal tracks, edible bugs, first aid, and surviving the desert, mountains, cold, and even jungles.
Cost To Survive: About $33
Get It: Motorbooks; www.motorbooks.com
Survival Product: Garmin GPSMAP 62st
Why You’ll Survive: It’s a handheld navigator with preloaded TOPO maps with park, forest, and trail info, plus there’s satellite imagery and photo navigation. Need more? You can share your routes and waypoints, and there’s a high-speed USB connection. Need even more? Oh, there’s much more.
Cost To Survive: The MSRP is $549.99
Get It: Garmin; 800/800-1020, www.garmin.com
Survival Product: Toast Heated Clothing
Why You’ll Survive: Two words: heat pack. The tops have heat packs in the neck and lower back, while the pants incorporate one below the waistband. They are air-activated, last 10 hours each, and come in both male and female varieties.
Cost To Survive: Prices start at around $85
Get It: Toast Heated Clothes; 360/510-6540, www.toast-clothes.com