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Darley Safe Water Box

Monday, October 2nd, 2017

Darley Defense showed me their Safe Water Box.  The water is vacuum filled in a flexible bag, creating a barrier to oxygen and aroma, and placed in an outer board box protecting from light and air during the entire storage period, thus avoiding risk of bacterial contamination. This one-way packaging is compliant with hygienic requirements and makes packaged water affordable in a sustainable format. The bag and box are completely recyclable. Additionally, there is a tamper evident strip for food security.


The 82nd Airborne is using this during water resupply efforts during their training exercises at Fort Bragg and Fort Polk. Interstingly, they claim this is is cheaper and more effective to distribute to deployed forces than using the reusable 5 gallon jerry cans. For example, it can be configured as a CDs bundle.  The cost to the 82nd Airborne is 50% cheaper than their previous water solution. 

The Red Cross and FEMA are deploying this technology to hurricane stricken areas. They have 26 pallets of water going Puerto Rico this week. The Red Cross likes this bag in box packaging because one box can be given to a family and it can be easily utilized for drinking, cooking, hygiene. This is also significant because the long-term environmental footprint is substantially less compared to bottled water.

NTOA – Bronc Box

Tuesday, September 26th, 2017

Bronc Box started in the hunting market as a modern field chest but it didn’t take long for military and LE customers to adopt this rolling gear storage and transportation system.

Bronc Box features a doubled-walled, foam-filled roto-molded shell, offering over a 12,000 cubic inches of storage. At 55lbs, it’s not light, but then again, it’s not going to fall apart on you.

It is wheeled and incorporates corner lock/tie down points as well as four latches on the lid. Inside the lid is weapon storage and the main body includes trays to organize your gear. For those of you who need it, it can be fitted with an air release valve for air travel. Offered in a variety of colors.

Outer Dimensions
Height 20.67” Width 20” Length 48”

Inner Dimensions
Height 16.67” Width 16” Length 42”

BioLite FirePit – Now On Kickstarter

Friday, September 22nd, 2017

BioLite has a very successful history of using Kickstarter to launch products. Their latest effort is the FirePit. It’s a smokeless wood-burning device that cooks your meals and gives you a front-row seat to everything going on inside your fire.

There are 51 airjets which inject the fire with oxygen along key locations thanks to the fan located inside the USB-rechargeable orange power pack. This promotes uniform temperature and gas mixing to burn the wood as effeciently as possible in order to reduce smoke.

#1: Get an efficient burn with way less smoke than a conventional fire pit

#2: Enjoy the feeling of a 360-degree floating fire with the FirePit’s X-Ray Mesh

#3: Burn charcoal or wood embers for a hibachi-style grilling experience

Bonus: Kickstarter backers receive a free Solar Carry Cover ($60 value).

BCB Launches FireDragon – Solid Bio-Ethanol Fuel Made From Sugar Beets To Heat Rations

Tuesday, September 5th, 2017

Visitors to the world’s leading Defence and Security Trade event, DSEI, (12-15 Sep 2017, ExCel, London) will be able to see for themselves a new fuel made from sugar beet which British soldiers are now using to heat their combat rations and warm their drinks.

163 year old Cardiff-based survival equipment manufacturers, BCB International Ltd, have developed the world’s first solid bio-ethanol fuel called ‘FireDragon’. Following extensive laboratory and field trials, the UK’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) decided to replace traditional hexamine fuel tablets with the novel ‘FireDragon’ fuel which is made in Great Britain.

BCB International’s Managing Director, Andrew Howell, said: “Warm food raises a soldier’s morale, energy and concentration levels. Unfortunately, for far too long soldiers were also unknowingly inhaling toxic fumes each time they used hexamine fuel tablets to cook their food in the field.

“FireDragon is a safer and cleaner alternative. The FireDragon fuel boasts many features. It is made from sustainable natural ingredients, it is non-toxic, burns cleanly, can be ignited even when wet and if necessary can be used as a hand cleanser.”

Many Armies worldwide are still issuing their soldiers with hexamine fuel tablets. But as Andrew Howell explained, the British Army’s decision to make the switch to ‘FireDragon’ has encouraged other Armies to rethink their military rations heating fuel: “There is a growing body of evidence about the health risks associated with hexamine based fire-lighting fuels. This combined with the UK MoD’s decision to use a superior alternative, has led to those in charge of combat feeding programmes in other armies to reconsider hexamine’s suitability as a fuel for the future.

“We are currently in discussions with several armies that are interested in integrating ‘FireDragon’ into their operational ration packs.”

The fuel is supplied with a small lightweight cooker which can be packed with three ‘FireDragon’ fuel blocks.

BCB International will exhibit the ‘FireDragon’ fuel on its stand (N5-200).

Barebones Living Pulaski Axe and Folding Shovel Now Available

Wednesday, August 16th, 2017

The Barebones Living Pulaski Axe and Folding Shovel we first saw at Outdor Retailer Winter Market are now available. Both designs are inspired by tools used by woodland firefighters.

Pulaski Axe

With a head which combines an axe head and an adze, it’s made from 1055 high carbon steel withand a 21″ Beech wood handle. Additionally, there is a 1/3” solid steel core through the wood handle which secures the head with a tightening hex bolt and connects it to the steel pommel end. The pommel can be used for pounding. The Pulaski also comes with a leather sheath.

Folding Shovel

Weighing in at just over 3.5 lbs, the shovel offered a 3-position (shovel, trenching, and storage positions), folding Manganese head. The Beech wood handle offers a D-style grip.

ORSM 17 – The Muncher From Full Windsor

Friday, July 28th, 2017

Full Windsor came to OR Summer Market all the way from Leeds in the UK to offer their multifunction tools. This is the Muncher, a titanium spork that includes much more.

• Spork
• Serrated butter knife
• Can opener
• Bottle opener
• Peeler
• Fire starter
• Cord cutter
• Pry-bar
• Box cutter
• Flathead screwdriver

Additionally, the Muncher comes in a Hypalon sheath and is packaged with a Ferro rod for fire starting.

Lifestraw Universal

Tuesday, July 25th, 2017

We have some better photos of the Lifestraw Universal which will be making its debut tomorrow, at Outdoor Retailer.


This is the packaging for the water filter, designed to be used with many of the popular water bottles.


The 2-stage filter removes 99.9999% of bacteria and 99.9% of protozoa while also reducing chemicals and bad taste or odors.

Barebones Living – Heritage Canteen

Tuesday, July 25th, 2017

Barebones Living was one of the vendors at the 2017 National Scout Jamboree. They exhibited several items including this Heritage Canteen.

This 28 oz canteen features double wall construction to keep the hots, hot snd colds, cold. The cap doubles as a drinking cup but underneath there’s a twist spout so even without the lid, there’s no spillage.

Available very soon from