I really like the Bushcraft line from Helikon-Tex and at this year’s IWA they introduced the Swagman Roll which was developed by the Polish survival training company Survival Tech, who created this video to go over its features.
The Hill brothers are skilled outdoorsmen who create great videos to share yheir wealth of knowledge. This episode shows the pros and cons of using a wood fire in the backcountry and offers a demonstration of how to start and maintain one in the most efficient manner.
The Hideaway from Uncharted Supply Co is a ripstop nylon windbreaker with a twist. It incorporates panels throughout the Jacket which are designed to accept dry insulation such as newspapers, leaves, etc.
People have been doing this very thing for years, but I’ve never seen anyone build a jacket designed specifically to accept natural insulation. It’s a simple idea, but I’d say that the Yellow color would be best kept for survival situations.
Rogue Dynamics has introduced the Rogue Stash Tag, a keytag design with hidden compartment they shared with their friends at GRYlife.
Its Velcro shell allows the user to attach morale patches or other identifiers. It also sports a hidden compartment to store a wide variety of items. While the guys have carried all kinds of cool guy stuff in there, I like the idea of a backup $100 bill.
Fieldcraft Survival offers a 3-in-1 whistle which incorporates both a compass and thermometer.
I picked up one for myself as well as for each of my sons, who are in Scouts. Granted, it’s an emergency compass, but I used a button compass when I participated in Ridge Runner about 20 years ago, so it’s better than nothing.
If you’re looking for a low-cost Christmas gift or stocking stuffer, this is a really good idea.
I saw a lot of interesting gear at Modern Day Marine but the OM27-S from SERE Industries stuck out for a couple of reasons. First off, is the obvious; it’s a multi-functional tool, but creator Tim Langan is also a Marine Corps Veteran and based the design on need. Items built fulfill an operational need always garner my attention. Langan says, in addition to its use a tool, the OM27-S can also be used for fitness applications. Those of you who participated, may recognize the tool from type US Army’s 2016 Advanced Warfighting Experiment.
The OM27-S consists of the OS-100 Operational MultiPurpose Support Bar which serves as the tool’s shaft, OG-1 MultiPurpose Survival Tool which resembles the spearhead, M5 MultiPurpose Utility Handle which looks like a hammerhead, CCW-101 Cervical Counterweight and MutiPurpose Shovel which is the hexagonal item, and the Tactical Survival Bag/Field Litter-Splint.
The SERE OM27-S Survival Tool is a one-of-a-kind hybrid multi-functioning tactical tool designed for infinite combinations of use and brings the individual a system of over 50 solutions for a variety of operational applications in multiple threat environments in 7.7 pounds.
There’s a lot of capability here. I’m going to try to purchase one to enhance the BII for my Pinzgauer. The SERE Industries OM27-S is available for unit and agency purchase through Federal Resources.
The term survival is often used in reference to immediate life threatening danger, or the fear of. Rudy has faced adversity and has had to find was to overcome and survive in extreme situations his entire life. In Rudy’s case, his survival is a result of perseverance, determination, and focus. While these values are the foundation for Rudy’s survival, they also parallel as the foundation for success in all pursuits of life.
Portrait of a Survivor is Rudy’s story of survival amongst the background of Iceland’s baron wilderness.
Pretty much everyone wears a belt, so it’s a good platform to integrate survival items. Wazoo Survival Gear gave us a preview of their Cache Belt during OR and now it’s available on Kickstarter. It has a hidden pocket which can be used to carry a wide variety of items as simple as currency or as complex as a SERE kit. Although, the most useful thing for many of us may be the integral bottle opener.
The Cache Belt is available in three comfigurations; Minimlaist, Essentials and Adventure, each packed with additional survival items. Although the Cache Belt was funded within two hours of launching, there are still some Early Bird pricing options to be had.