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Survival Pack

A lightweight, waterproof survival kit you can customize for your needs
SOL means Survive Outdoors Longer. With the SOL Origin survival kit, you get 5 of the 10 "Essentials" in a compact, lightweight, and waterproof hard case. It was enough to make me want to get lost. Text and photos by Dan Larson.
  • From building fire and shelter to getting your bearings and signaling for help, this 6-oz. kit has the tools and information you need to survive. Note: this is NOT a first-aid kit, but there is room to add a few small items, like tweezers or meds.
  • One side of the case holds a knife with LED light and whistle plus compass and fire starter all locked securely in place. The "pea-less" whistle works in freezing temps and can be heard up to one mile away. The compass is pretty basic.
  • The folding knife opens into a sharp and sturdy 1.75-inch blade. A 10-lumen LED on the blade's inside edge (for right-handers) points at what you're cutting. At 1.4 ounces, the knife/LED/whistle combo is a great weight saver.
  • The waterproof compartment holds 4 pieces of tinder for starting fires, steel wire, and nylon cord for repairing gear repair or building shelter, 4 hooks, line, leaders, and sinkers for fishing, and a sheet of heavy-duty aluminum foil for boiling water.
  • The magnesium fire starter--Fire Lite--is the lightest I've tried (one-third of an ounce), works when wet and can be used with one hand. I ignited the included waterproof tinder in three tries after shoving both the starter and tinder in snow.
  • Use the sighting hole to aim the rescue mirror when signaling for help. I decided to practice for the inevitable.
  • A waterproof sheet of handy survival tips from Buck Tilton is also included. I especially liked the tips on building fire and finding water. My favorite tips pertained to diet: "Don't eat the caterpillars." You know there's a story there. Eh, Buck?
  • Bottom line: This well-designed kit can easily shed weight compared to your typical hiking knife, compass, backup light, gear repair kit, and signal mirror. And it might just save your life in the wild outdoors.
  • <b>The Specs:</b><br> Price: $60<br> Weight: 6 oz.<br> www.surviveoutdoorslonger.com
From building fire and shelter to getting your bearings and signaling for help, this 6-oz. kit has the tools and information you need to survive. Note: this is NOT a first-aid kit, but there is room to add a few small items, like tweezers or meds.
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From building fire and shelter to getting your bearings and signaling for help, this 6-oz. kit has the tools and information you need to survive. Note: this is NOT a first-aid kit, but there is room to add a few small items, like tweezers or meds.

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Very nice kit.
— Mike

I hope that no serious person would ever expect this kit to replace the need for a legit compass.
— Alex

Good point, Alex. I would consider using this as a backup for my GPS (and only if I had backup batteries for my GPS) when traveling on trails. In fact, that's likely how I'll use it. But no, I wouldn't recommend using this as a primary compass if that's your standard mode of navigation. It lacks too many features that a "legit" compass offers (esp. adjustable declinatinon).
— Author (Dan)

I just love the name of this company! If you need this stuff you might be S.O.L!!
— Ronin

I've been studying and practicing survival skills for over 15 years and would like to mention that you should never rely on a pre-made "Survival Kit"! Everyone should make their own kit tailored to their own personal needs!
— Brian

that Knife is a pos(Piece of S%#t)! I had one and never even got to use it in the field. The cheap-ass blade snapped in half while useing it in my house for something menial..I dont remember what it was, but it was nothing at all like I would use a knife for in the backcountry. DO NOT rely on this knife even as a backup in the backcountry(or your house). Garbage.
— Joe

Though the concept look great I'd much rather take the time to put together my own "Survival Kit" with the items I'm familiar with and trust. This provides a little bit of everything but when it truly counts I'm afraid all you'd get it a whole lot of nothing.
— Paul

no truly serious person would ever put their life in the hands of a GPS either
— kevin

It's over priced, i used it in a survival video & didn't even use the knife either. but i usually carry several knifes. but it is a good backup kit. i carry several survival kits. also a good size first aid kit. brian that's a great point you have. everyone should make a kit to suit weather conditions in there area & what they may encounter.
— Brandon

i have one and i have done some tests with it and i havent had any probs i would give it a 3/5 due to the high price of it

— Tyler


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