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Gear Reviews: Backpack

Rescue Laser Flare

Manufacturer: Greatland Laser

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Reviewed by: Laserlight

There is an essential piece of gear that belongs in every backpack or better yet clipped to your person so its always available It has proven itself over the years as a very effective long range visual communicator in place of burning flares. You can travel with it on the airlines, waterproof, eye safe and legal to send a distress signal in an emergency. Discoveries have been made that you won't find advertised that may be of interest to backpackers. It stops aggressive animal behavior. I personally chased bears off of my porch in Homer with it. Mailmen have reported that it stops a barking dog. etc. This might stop a mountain lion or bear from advancing way beyond the range of pepper spray. The main benefit of having this distress signal is clearly visible, you won't burn the woods down or pollute the environment. They are sold by Greatland Laser in Alaska and dealers around the world. There are 3 models to choose from and the company has a stellar reputation.
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