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Backpacker Magazine – August 2010

Gear Review: Fox 40 Sonik Blast CMG Whistle

Get found with this super loud whistle.

by: Steve Howe

Fox 40 Sonik Blast CMG (Courtesy Photo)
Fox 40 Sonik Blast CMG (Courtesy Photo)

The 120-decibel Sonik Blast isn’t just loud; it’s super efficient, so testers could produce a big noise without having to huff and puff their brains out. Which is actually a key feature when you’re cold, weak, or injured.

Plastic and rubber construction means you can hold the whistle and blow into it easily in the coldest weather. $10; .6 oz.; fox40world.com


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Tara
Nov 16, 2010

I use a Sonik for refereeing soccer, and I must add that they are fantastic for controlling children. One blast and the young players listen immediately to what you have to say. The only problem is that they tend to make your ears pop when you give them a good blast. Perfect for wet weather, no worries about not being heard by everyone in the neighbourhood. I can pick out a Sonik, even from another Fox40, at least 400m away.

dropkick
Aug 25, 2010

I have Fox 40 whistles hooked to my car, truck, camper, and trailer keys. As I've done this I'm seldom without one. They're a handy thing to have even when you aren't hiking. Emergencies where you need to attract attention also happen in the city. And I've trained my dog to come to a single blast. She's a hound and when she's on a scent you can yell and yell and she won't her you, but the whistle always breaks through her single minded concentration.

Don
Aug 24, 2010

I've used Fox 40 whistles for years as a referee for both Soccer and Basketball, as well as in my essentials bag on every outdoor activity. They are loud, piercing, and pealess, so there's no chance of any foulup. As a NY State licensed guide and Boy Scout Voyageur/Trek leader, they are extremely effective in rounding up people/canoe's/kayaks. Don't go outdoors w/out one. It could save your life and many others. Don

Susan
Aug 24, 2010

Fox 40 whistles are one piece of required equipment on my wilderness search and rescue team. They have saved quite a few people. Very useful for keeping track of team members who don't listen to directions well.

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