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High Angle Solutions – Silva Tactical Compasses

Wednesday, February 21st, 2018

Three entrepreneurial brothers. One great invention. In 1933, Björn, Alvar and Arvid Kjellström invented the first ever liquid-filled compass, and the Silva began. Not only was it the first compass of its kind, but is also set the global standard for how navigation works.


From this beginning, 85 years ago, Silva have grown significantly.  As part of that expansion they have been making compasses for militaries all over the world for a number of decades.  This has predominantly been based on the Expedition 4, which was due an update.  Following development work with the Royal Marines and other elements of the UK military Silva have now launched an updated range of compasses.

The new range includes a more robust base plate and bezel which address the needs of a challenging operational environment.  It also brings in line a number of interesting technologies including prismatic elements for commanders and global needles for expeditionary forces required to deploy anywhere across the globe.  Included in the package are lanyards with distance measuring scales for 1:25000 and 1:50000.  They also allow measurement in both mils and degrees enabling greater accuracy and the passage of accurate information for fires as well as air.

Alongside these must have navigation tools Silva also provide headlamps, binos, mapcases and a huge range of accessories to help you find your way.  If you want any further information please email

High Angle Solutions is a weekly series of articles focusing on military mountaineering solutions. It’s brought to you by UK-based , in conjunction with several other brands, both here in the US and abroad.

UST – ParaShovel Pro

Sunday, February 18th, 2018

The ParaShovel from Ultimate Survival Technologies is an inexpensive, multifunction item, suited for keeping in the trunk.

Think of it as more of a trowel than shovel, but the handle is wrapped in 2.5m of ParaTinder, essentially paracord with an added internal strand of tinder which is distinguished by its red color. The rest of the stands have the same common use as other paracord.


• 4” trowel blade for burying waste and maintaining fire safety

• Line cutter cuts paracord and other cord

• Cutting blade

• Tent peg pry-tool

• Black-oxide finish reduces rust and protects the shovel.

• Protective sheath for safe storage included


Monday, February 12th, 2018

This mini compass is liquid-filled and has a luminous dial with a rotating bezel with degree marking that can actually be used to navigate with.

-The case is clear acrylic embossed with an inch/cm ruler.

-360 degree rotating bezel w/ degree markings

-Dimensions: 1.13″ w x 2″ long. Wt. 1/3 oz

-Includes a 34″ nylon lanyard

SHOT Show 18 – Helikon-Tex Bail Out Bag

Wednesday, February 7th, 2018

The bag on the left and the bag on the right in this photo are the same bag.


The Bug Out Bag is part of their Urban line and offers a 3/4 zipper in order to fully open the bag.

Car seat back attachable
Four internal mesh pockets (two zippered, two cord-adjustable)
MOLLE/PALS panel for additional pouches attachment
Hydration system pocket
Sleeping mat-convertible
Two external YKK®-zippered pockets
Internal, zippered mesh pocket on the flap
Four external “grabngo” handles
Profiled, ergonomic straps
Comfortable carrying system
Two external water bottle/windshirt pockets
Low profile external design
Additional beavertail transformable into an improvised bag

ORWM 18 – Survive Outdoors Longer

Sunday, January 28th, 2018

The new Mag Striker is a chunky magnesium rod that you won’t drop when you’re wet and cold. It comes with a striker which includes a bottle opener.

SHOT Show 18 – Solkoa

Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018

I’ve been using The SOLKOA Ultralight Multipurpose Aluminum container for my survival kit for several years. It was a big surprise to stop by their booth (#32513) and see they had built me a new one, laser engraved with my logo.

This 6061 Aluminum two-piece container can be used for a variety of purposes including a cooking container.

Available in Small (inside 3 7/8” x 2 3/8” x 1 3/16”, outside – 4” x 2 3/4” x 1 5/8”) and Large (4 3/4” x 2 7/8” x 1 3/8”, outside – 5 1/8” x 3 1/4” x 1 7/8”) sizes and in the following colors: Black, Red, Orange (all with black Velcro) or Tan (with tan/beige Velcro).

High Angle Solutions – Ultralight Survival Shelter By Lifesystems

Wednesday, January 10th, 2018

UK company Lifesystems have introduced an Ultralight Survival Shelter (RRP £59.99) to their Mountain survival range for 2018, weighing just 215g it will provide respite for 2 people in any conditions on the hill.



Our HeatShield Thermal Blankets come in two sizes, single and double (SRP £5.99 & £7.99) both are extremely durable, the Heatshield material will retain 90% of radiated body heat whilst our Heatshield bag also offers complete head and body coverage (SRP 12.99). The Light & Dry Pro First Aid Kit (RRP £19.99) has been designed with adventure racers in mind being lightweight and waterproof, it comes packed with a whole host of quality components that will allow you to treat any cuts and grazes that might be sustained. (Minimum order quantities apply)

For more information visit The team at Lifemarque are open to specific requests or customisations to suit needs.

High Angle Solutions is a weekly series of articles focusing on military mountaineering solutions. It’s brought to you by UK-based Brigantes Consulting, in conjunction with several other brands, both here in the US and abroad.

Survival Slide Belts

Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017


Slide Belts has tweaked their ratchet-style for outdoor use with a new buckle.


The survival straps fit waists up to 48″ and offered in Black, Tan, Brown and OD.