American Survival Guide
1 TOPS Bull Trout Fixed Blade
Every year TOPS has a design challenge where employees compete for the chance to have one of their knife designs produced. For 2018 the design challenge was EDC, and the Bull Trout was the hands-down winner. Designed by Martin Murillo, the Bull Trout was built with fishing in mind. It is small and light enough to be carried every day in its leather sheath and requires little to no maintenance. The blade is made from cryo-treated 154CM stainless steel, has an overall length of 6.1 inches and a blade length of 2.75 inches. The handles are made from an attractive brown burlap Micarta, and the entire knife weighs in at only 3.1 ounces. MSRP: $160
2 Zero Tolerance 0562Ti Folder
Zero Tolerance and custom knifesmith Rick Hinderer have collaborated once again to deliver a premium-quality Hinderer design at a more affordable price. The new 0562Ti sports a 3.5-inch blade made from premium CPM20CV stainless steel and features the famous Hinderer “slicer” grind. The blade is a flipper design that rides on ZT’S caged KVT ball bearing washers. The titanium frame lock uses a hardened steel lockbar insert and an integral lockbar stabilizer. The new titanium scales have been machined internally to achieve a weight of 5.3 ounces while still maintaining strength. The knife has been finished with a reversible extra deep pocket clip positioned for tip-up carry.
3 Kershaw Decibel Folder
Sometimes a knife is as much about style as it is about function. The new Kershaw Decibel received some sleek, modern sci-fi-inspired design touches that not only look good, but enhance the user experience. The stainless steel handle is a frame lock design that has been treated with a titanium-carbo-nitride coating. The blue, hard anodized pivot collar and backspacer provide striking visual accents to the grey finish. The frame is a see-through skeletonized design that not only reduces weight, but provides excellent grip. The 8CR13MOV blade is a 3-inch sheepsfoot design that manually opens via ambidextrous thumb studs. The spring steel pocket clip is fully reversible and orients the knife for tip up carry. MSRP: $65.99
4 Outdoor Vitals Atlas 〈ybrid Sleeping Bag
Outdoor Vitals is an industry leader in innovation and bringing premium quality gear to the consumer at a reasonable price. For years, they have been working on combining the durability and water resistance of synthetic insulation with the properties of down. Their new Lofttek Hybrid insulation does just that. The insulation used in the new Atlas sleeping bags combines 80 percent Lofttek synthetic insulation with 20 percent Dwr-treated 800 fill power down to create a sleeping bag that has the weight and compressibility of a down bag while maintaining the ability to stay warm and lofted, even when soaking wet. The Atlas Hybrid is available in 0-, 15- and 30-degree (F) temperature ratings as well as Long/wide size options.
MSRP: Starting at $129.97
With Christmas right around the corner, many of you are looking for the perfect gift ideas. This month, we have a diverse selection of products that are sure to fit your prepping, hunting, camping and overlanding needs. Whether you need a new knife, winter clothing, a new sleeping bag or just a way to organize and carry your kit, these products will be a welcome find under any Christmas tree! All of the companies featured here are well respected manufacturers of high quality gear. You can rest assured you are spending your hard earned money wisely and will be purchasing gear that will last you many years to come.
5 Yellow Birch Outfitters Peck Mountain Field Bag
The Peck Mountain Field Bag is built to withstand the rigors of combat and designed to blend in on city streets or in the woods. The main body of this do-it-all bag is built from 1000D Cordura brand nylon. DWR coating and urethane backing ensure the contents of the bag are well protected. The double layer top flap is secured with two premium vegetable-tanned and oil-finished leather straps and solid cast brass buckles. The bag measures 16x12x4 inches and houses a well thought out system of internal and external pockets and straps that will hold everything from a 15-inch laptop, an umbrella or axe to water bottles, pens and pencils and most anything else you can think of.
6 Streamlight Protac 90 EDC Flashlight
Streamlight has been an industry leader in producing high-quality lights for the civilian, military and first responder markets for decades. The Protac 90 is their latest offering in this highly popular line of lights. The light features a new 90-degree head and switch and includes all the features that the Protac line is famous for. The 90 EDC retains its dual-fuel capability that allows it to run on a CR123 lithium or an AA battery. When using a lithium battery, the 90 EDC will produce 300 lumens on high and 40 lumens on low. The 90 EDC allows the user to customize output modes. As with all Protac models, the light is IPX7 rated for water resistance and has been tested to 2 meters for impact resistance. MSRP: $68
7 Matchpoint USA TAC-BOOK
Matchpoint USA is always looking for new applications for their proprietary Tufmax
720 mounting material. The new TAC-BOOK represents the latest installment in their line of innovative products. The TAC-BOOK is made from two TAC-AMPS joined together by three single wrap hook and loop hinges. Each panel is 5x3 inches and has a perimeter of open-sided mounting slots and a field of circular voids that are sized to accept Chicago posts and screws or shock cord. The TACBOOK is fully customizable by the user but is ideally suited for mounting hard items on the outside while softer items can be sandwiched on the inside. The TAC-BOOK brings a level of accessibility and organization to items that might otherwise be loosely stored in a pocket or bag.
8 Work Tuff Gear Lanzeta
Work Tuff Gear is a small Taiwanese company with big aspirations. They strive to design and produce premium grade knives for the soldier, law enforcement officer and outdoorsman using high quality materials and state of the art manufacturing processes, all while keeping costs at a minimum. Their new Lanzeta has been inspired by a traditional Filipino design. The Lanzeta is a full-tang knife made from Japanese SK-85 carbon steel. It has an overall length of 13.8 inches and the acid-washed blade is 8.2 inches long. The full tang has been skeletonized to keep the weight a reasonable 14 ounces. And the handles are 3D machined G10 composite. Each knife is delivered with a high quality custom-molded Kydex storage sheath and a razor sharp, hand-finished saber grind convex edge. MSRP: $135