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What to buy for the person who only wants to stay alive.
  • ESEE 5 ($190; 18 oz.) The first thing you'll need is a huge friggin' knife. Bonus: This full-tang, 5.25-inch (blade) cutter is burly enough for heavy-duty woodwork and its handle has a notch for stabilizing your fire bow. eseeknives.com
  • Tec X Inceptra ($25; 4.3 oz.) Need less knife (and a lower price)? This 3-inch (blade) folder did well in our tests, even proving tough enough to handle light woodwork and torquing. tecx.com
  • ESEE SURVCARD ($12) What good is a good knife if you can't use it? These cards condense survival knowledge into a few wallet-size cards. Consider them a handy reference guide (not the equivalent of a survival course). eseeknives.com
  • Fox 40 Sonic Blast ($10; .6 oz.) Be heard to be rescued. Nah, screw it. Deafen your would-be rescuers with this 120-decibel whistle (that's as loud as a jet engine). It's also efficient so you can toot it without popping out an eyeball. fox40world.com
  • Avalaung ($varies) Yeah it's spendy, but when you're cartwheeling down a mountain, caught inside an avalanche, you won’t take any comfort in knowing you saved a few hundred bucks. blackdiamondgear.com
  • Paracord ($cheap) There are thousands of things you can do with 50 feet of cord, from making snares, to lashing together branches for a survival shelter, to tying splits, or doing gear repairs. You can also make it into a bracelet if that's your thing.
  • Soto Pocket Torch ($20; 2.3 oz. w/ lighter) Turn any cheap, gas station lighter into a backcountry flamethrower. It even works when wet. We gave this an Editors' Choice award in 2010. sotooutdoors.com
  • NASA Space Suit ($lots; heavy) Space is a place devoid of life. So you need a bomber suit if you want to visit. These things are the quintessential survival gear. They even include oxygen. nasa.com (Image by NASA)
  • LifeStraw ($20; 2 oz.) On-demand water filtration: Just kneel down and lap up water like a deer. buylifestraw.com
ESEE 5 ($190; 18 oz.) The first thing you'll need is a huge friggin' knife. Bonus: This full-tang, 5.25-inch (blade) cutter is burly enough for heavy-duty woodwork and its handle has a notch for stabilizing your fire bow. eseeknives.com
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ESEE 5 ($190; 18 oz.) The first thing you'll need is a huge friggin' knife. Bonus: This full-tang, 5.25-inch (blade) cutter is burly enough for heavy-duty woodwork and its handle has a notch for stabilizing your fire bow. eseeknives.com

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