Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Prudent Prepping: Gear Additions

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.

Carrying on from last week's Buffet Post*, these are items to be added to both my gear and to my friends' "baby steps EDC supplies":

Sea To Summit Ultra Sil Stuff Sack
This replaces the stuff sack for my ancient North Face sleeping bag that I just pulled the drawstring off.

From their website::
  • Made of 30D Diamond Siliconized Cordura® 
  • The fabric is impregnated with silicone to make it waterproof to a hydrostatic head of 2000mm 
  • Fabric has a slippery finish for easy packing 
  • Reinforced pull handle on bottom 
  • Uses the smallest possible cord and cord lock for top closure 
  • Bar tack reinforced in all stress points 
  • All seams are double stitched for extra strength 
  • Note: seams are not tape-sealed; therefore this product is not waterproof - only water resistant 
Sea To Summit has every size you might need from 2.5L up to 20L, plus waterproof dry bags in many different sizes and shapes. I have purchased several items made by this company and have been happy with every one.

Adventure Medical Kits Sol Survival Blanket, Two Person, 3.2 OunceI bought two of these, one to go into my new backpack and the other to go into my friend's Car Kit/ Get Home Kit. It does not get cold enough to really need this all year, but it's handy as a 1st Aid shock wrap or as a signal device.

From SOL:
  • Knowledge is Survival: Survival instructions printed directly on the blanket for easy reference when you need it most.
  • Legendary Durability: Resists tearing and will not shred like Mylar blankets. 
  • Shelter from the Elements: Heatsheets® material is waterproof and windproof. 
  • Stay Warm: Reflects 90% of radiated body heat. 
  • More than Just a Blanket: A true ultra-light multifunction backcountry tool that can also be used as a ground cloth, gear cover, first aid blanket, and more. 

Leatherman Wingman Multi-Tool
Some prefer a different style or brand of multitool, but I prefer the Leatherman, (Any further discussion on the topic veers into territory similar to "which brand or caliber of firearm is best"). One thing I really like is the scissors and the spring loaded jaws. Okay, two things.

From Leatherman:
The Leatherman Wingman is just that: your go-to tool for projects around the house, on the job, or at the campsite. A great, lightweight, pocket-sized, stainless steel tool; the Wingman features an outside-accessible, one-hand opening blade and newly-designed spring-action jaws. With plenty of handy tools, and backed by a team of designers, assemblers, and manufacturing crew from Portland, Oregon, this is one amazing value. Covered by the Leatherman 25-year warranty.

This is going into my backpack.

The Takeaway
Small items that have multiple uses make the most sense for my needs.

  • Sea To Summit Stuff Sack: $14.50, Amazon 
  • SOL Survival Blanket: $6.65, Amazon 
  • Leatherman Wingman: $33.70, Amazon 

*I'm shocked no one commented on Erin's Teaser to last weeks' post. Shocked, I say.

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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