Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Prudent Prepping: Buffet Post

The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Now we concentrate  on what to do in, and how to plan for, the long term via Prudent Prepping.


Here are several updates to items mentioned in previous posts.

My friend's car kit and EDC items

The first item is a small flashlight to be kept in her glove box. I like Coast lights; they have good quality at an affordable price. I bought the Coast G25 from Home Depot. This light is rated at a higher lumen output than the Amazon item, and costs less ($15 vs $25).

Left: Nano Bantam. Right: My own Kershaw Leek.

The second is a small knife to be kept in a purse or on a key chain. This is a Buck Nano Bantam, shown beside my own EDC knife to give a comparison. Weight is 0.6 oz, so once a suitable ring is found it can be put on my friend's 18" long keychain without adding any noticeable weight.

Camping/BOB gear additions
My local Gear Nut bought me an addition to my camping gear: the MSR Trail Lite Duo system.

From MSR:
  • Compact: Nesting design fits two Deep-dish Bowls and Double-Wall Insulated Mugs inside pot 
  • Sized for Two: Two-liter, hard-anodized aluminum pot keeps the weight down and provides plenty of capacity for two people 
  • Ceramic Nonstick: The most durable nonstick coating we've ever found; PFOA and PTFE-free 
  • BPA-Free: Hot and cold-safe polypropylene Deep-dish bowls and double-wall insulated mugs 
  • Room for More: Mugs have room for MSR Folding Utensils and can also fit a Pocket Rocket or Micro Rocket stove

Also added were two UST Sparkie fire starters, from our resident outdoorsman's recommendation. Thanks, Lokidude!
Sparkie Fire Starter
  • Designed for precision – sparks can be directionally targeted 
  • Ultra-lightweight, durable plastic stands up to rugged use 
  • Generates sparks three times hotter than a normal match 
  • Size LxWxD: 2.3” x 1.25” x 0.6” (59 x 32 x 16mm) 
  • Weight: 0.8 oz. (23g) 

Please look at the short video clip on the linked page.

The Takeaway
It's nice to have friends for good advice and gifts. I will have a shakedown trip, test and review of all my gear in a post later this year. Stay tuned.

  • Coast flashlight: $15.03 Home Depot
  • One Buck knife: $18.81 from Amazon
  • MSR Trail Lite set: $52.80 from Amazon (but probably purchased locally from REI) 
  • Two UST Sparkie fire starters: $7.19 ea from Amazon

As always, if you have comments, suggestions or corrections, please post them so we all can learn. And remember, Some Is Always Better Than None!

NOTE: All items tested were purchased by me. No products have been loaned in exchange for a favorable review. Any items sent to me for T&E will be listed as such. Suck it Feds.

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