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Sneak Peek – Dark Side Collection from Prometheus Design Werx

Friday, October 4th, 2019

The Ti-SST in a limited Black DLC finish is part of PDX’s upcoming Dark Side Collection.

This Survival Stash Tube is waterproof with a built-in, oil filled, 100M depth rated, button compass and primary storage compartment for wilderness survival fire making essentials.

Precision milled from 6AL-4V titanium billet.

SERE: Learning to Survive at Sea

Sunday, September 15th, 2019


From initial training to undergoing missions, aircrew have a dangerous and rigorous job. They must know what to do while flying and how to respond in some of the scenarios they might encounter.

One of these scenarios is the risk of having to bail out over the ocean.

“From the moment they eject up until they’ve been hoisted into a recovery vehicle, their lives are at risk in the ocean,” said Staff Sgt. David Chorpenning, 366th Fighter Wing survival, evasion, resistance and escape specialist.

To develop these skills necessary to stay alive, aircrew from the 389th and 391st Fighter Squadrons attended water survival training taught by SERE specialists Chorpenning and Tech. Sgt. Timothy Emkey.

During this course, aircrew attend an hour-long classroom session where they are instructed on what to do, what gear to use and how to survive in case they may have to eject over the ocean. The course covers what to do from the initial landing in the water until they’re extracted by either another ship or an aircraft.

“F-15E Strike Eagle crew members don’t have much equipment once they eject,” Chorpenning said. “They have no food and very little water. The ability to utilize the gear they do have to get rescued quickly is a crucial skill.”

After the classroom session, the aircrew are then taken out to C.J. Strike Reservoir where they disconnect their safety harness from the parachute while being dragged by a boat. This simulates the wind drag they might experience when bailing out over water.

During the last part of the course, aircrew must inflate their life raft correctly and demonstrate how to prepare for extraction.

“The worst dangers they face are the lack of resources, both from the environment and in their kit. The only thing the ocean provides is the potential to catch food,” Chorpenning said. “There’s no shelter, water or the ability to build a fire. Without the proper equipment, a human will quickly die on the open seas.”

From classroom sessions to field training, this course ensures aircrew have the ability and skills to survive life at sea.

“Knowledge of their equipment and water survival training significantly increases a crew member’s chance of survival,” Chorpenning said. “By familiarizing them with their gear and how to make the most of their environment, SERE improves their survivability and empowers them to return with honor.”

By Airman Antwain Hanks, 366th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

Wndsn Applied Science Lab – Wndsn Quadrant Telemeter

Thursday, August 29th, 2019

We live in a world that revolves around automation, but having the answer to everything at your fingertips comes at a price: vulnerability. Whether it’s due to a power outage or enemy action, the digital tools we currently use to conduct mathematical equations can be turned off in an instant. But for centuries we relied upon simple tools to help help us make these calculations. There have been calls to get back to these basics, for use as a backup, if nothing else.

Enter Wndsn Applied Science Lab and their Telemeters, simple observational tools for measuring angles via various inputs combined with a number of means to directly process the acquired values.

Their current flagship, the Wndsn Quadrant Telemeter is a naked-eye observation multitool for emergency navigation, for training and education, and a visualization tool. The current version is made of brass.

Sign up for their newsletter at wndsn.com/newsletter.

PDW Ti-Survival Stash Tube

Sunday, August 25th, 2019

Premium Survival Storage Capsule in Titanium

Prometheus Design Werx releases their new Ti-Survival Stash Tube for wilderness carry. This compact, pocket sized, weatherproof storage capsule is machined from 6AL-4V titanium billet and features a built-in 100M depth rated button compass, knurled cap, o-ring sealed, anti-roll body, neck down design for wrapping Type 1 cordage, Dyneema, to fishing line, and a built-in recessed striker strip for strike anywhere type matches. The overall dimensions are small enough to be easily carried, stowed in any pack, and stow fire making supplies for wilderness survival. As with all PDW EDC tool designs, form follows function with refined attentive details.

The Ti-SST from Prometheus Design Werx comes in a fine matte industrial finish and includes 7.5’ of Type 1 accessory cord for the user to wrap if wished.

The Design and R&D Team at PDW states:

“The PDW Ti-SST was designed to be a part of any user’s essential wilderness EDC. Small and compact in size to be easily stashed in any pocket, backpack, and can also be worn around the neck with cordage. This type of storage capsule is made with premium materials and components, excellent craftsmanship, and smart, purpose driven design. While clearly inspired by the classic waterproof match case, the versions designed by our Founder and Chief Designer Patrick Ma, have been a life long product interest elevating users’ expectations and delivering the highest quality of make and expanded functionality in a finished good in this genre. These wilderness survival tools were created for the discerning and discriminating user who wants and expects more in their everyday carry items.”


The new T-SST is available for $119.00 via their website, prometheusdesignwerx.com.


Mountain Khakis + VSSL Collaboration

Wednesday, July 24th, 2019

Two of my favorite brands have announced a collaboration to offer the VSSL Camp Supplies model.

This waterproof, baton-style container houses over 70 items which can come in quite handy in the outdoors, including a compass and light at either end.

9″ long, 2″ diameter
4-Mode LED light (high, medium, red and SOS)
Impact resistant
Oil filled compass
4 hour pure Canadian beeswax candle
First aid supplies
Marine grade rope
Razor blade
Wire saw
Tinder Quick fire starters
Waterproof matches
1 Liter water bag
6 Aquatabs water purification tablets
Multi-purpose tape
Fishing gear
Misc. gear tin
VSSL priorities of survival instructions


OR Summer Market 19 – VSSL First Aid

Thursday, June 20th, 2019

VSSL has added a first aid kit to their line of waterproof tubular gear kits. They are pretty handy, and can be kept in vehicles or pantries, or even carried an impact for hiking.

They’ve created a roll up insert which keeps the gear organized and allows you to either customize or restock specific items. The other side of the insert features instructions.

And, like every other VSSL Kit, the end cap features a flashlight. In this case, the other end is a compass.

Here you can see the entire contents.

Available now from www.vsslgear.com/products/vssl-first-aid.

Hill People Gear x Solkoa – Slot Pocket Survival Kit

Monday, June 10th, 2019

Hill People Gear teamed up with Solkoa to offer the TSA friendly Slot Pocket Survival Kit. Tge suze was intended to fit a slot pocket on a pack or even a pant pocket. It features a survival instruction sheet by Solkoa which is written in order of priority.

In addition to the instructions, the kit contains:
? Signal Panel, Compact, Orange / Silver, Reflective, Metallized Polyethylene, 21” x 56”
? Signal Mirror, Day/Night, Featherweight, Retro-reflective Tape on back, 2” x 3”
? Whistle, Emergency Signal, Twin Chamber, Pealess, 120dB SOLAS Approved, ACR®
? Light, LED, White, Pinch-Style, Momentary and Slide Switching, Photon II™
? Compass, Emergency Backup, Mini 14mm Button, Liquid Dampened, Luminous Marks
? Paper, Note-Taking, Waterproof, (5) Mini-Sheets, Rite-in-the-Rain® with Pencil
? Magnifying Lens, 4x power, Fresnel, Compact 2” x 3”
? Metal Match, FastStrike™ Ferro-Rod, 6mm x 3” with 3” Hacksaw Striker
? Fire Tinder, Emergency, Fastfire™, (2) Mini Cubes, Water & Wind Resistant
? Fire Accelerants, Waterproof Kindling, (3) Rubber Sheets
? Water Storage Bag, Roll Top, 1L capacity
? Water Purification Tabs (6), Chlorine Dioxide, 1 per 1L water
? Cordage, High Strength, 400lbs test, 15ft., Technora® (NOT FOR CLIMBING!)

You’ll notice it doesn’t include a knife. That’s because they expect their customers to always have one on them.


Rampart Range Day 19 – BCB Fire Dragon

Thursday, May 30th, 2019

Fire Dragon is a green and clean solid cooking fuel from BCB International. It will ignite even when wet and produces little smoke. A magnesium stick easily set it alight.

products are available in Canada from Rampart International.