American Survival Guide


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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.

MSRP: $350

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.

MSRP: $249.99


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.

MSRP: $19.95


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


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