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MAKE & MODEL

1 Slum­ber­jack Rough­house Tent

Whether on a week­end camp­ing trip with the fam­ily or en­dur­ing a more ar­du­ous trek in undis­cov­ered coun­try, ven­tur­ing through Mother Na­ture re­quires re­li­able shel­ter. The four-per­son, three­sea­son Slum­ber­jack Rough­house Tent is up for the job, and aptly ti­tled. On the out­side, it’s cov­ered by a 66-de­nier polyester fly, while its stout, non-tra­di­tional shape helps it re­pel down­pours and in­tense wind. Un­der the fly, two steel/fiber­glass main poles and two fiber­glass ridge poles main­tain the struc­ture around 61.8 square feet of floor space — though the $30 foot­print is sold sep­a­rately. There are four in­te­rior pock­ets for or­ga­ni­za­tion. Plus, a “front porch” vestibule can con­vert into a large shade awning. A six-per­son ver­sion is avail­able for $259.

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2 Arc’teryx Cerium SL Hoody

With the mer­cury drop­ping in the north­ern hemi­sphere, it’s time to think about pack­ing an ex­tra layer of cloth­ing that won’t weigh you down. Thank­fully, the Cerium SL Hoody pro­vides a so­lu­tion, at least when it comes to jack­ets. It’s ex­tremely light­weight yet pro­vides plenty of warmth as a shell dur­ing au­tumn and as a mid-layer dur­ing win­ter, thanks to its 850-fill-power goose down. The hoody is in­su­lated, too. The Cerium SL (“su­perlight”) is highly com­press­ible — fold, roll, or squish it into the in­cluded stuff sack to keep your load­out at a min­i­mum. Though the ny­lon shell has a durable wa­ter re­pel­lent fin­ish, the jacket is meant for dry con­di­tions only. Avail­able for men and women in var­i­ous col­ors.

MAKE & MODEL

3 SwiftShield

The quick­est way to end a lethal threat is to be the faster, more ac­cu­rate shooter. But what if you’re in a class­room? Or in­side an of­fice build­ing in a non­per­mis­sive en­vi­ron­ment? The SwiftShield is de­signed for such sit­u­a­tions. Made of re­in­forced car­bon steel, this one-piece de­vice can lock­down a room in sec­onds. Just slide it over the door­knob and make sure the su­per ob­vi­ous ar­rows with the “This side down” la­bel is pointed, well, down­ward. The folks at SwiftShield say the roughly 1/8-inch-thick piece of steel can with­stand “thou­sands of pounds of force,” in­clud­ing from ri­fle and shot­gun blasts. Of course, it won’t solve the prob­lem if your door is pa­per-thin or has a win­dow, but when used prop­erly on a stan­dard en­try­way, it can act as a re­li­able bar­ri­cade.

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4

Phoozy

XP3 Se­ries

Don’t let the Phoozy’s looks fool you. It might look like a sim­ple phone pouch and not much more, but the Phoozy folks say it’s the world’s first smart­phone con­tainer to pro­vide in­te­grated drop, float, and ther­mal pro­tec­tion. The rip­stop shell has UV and hydrophobic coat­ings to pre­vent fad­ing and make it eas­ier to clean. The in­te­rior has lay­ers of NASA-in­spired ma­te­ri­als, in­clud­ing a chromi­u­min­fused ther­mal bar­rier to shield your phone from heat or cold. Other ben­e­fits in­clude flota­tion on wa­ter, bat­tery life preser­va­tion, and Mil-spec shock and im­pact pro­tec­tion up to 9 feet. For con­ve­nience, it has an in­ter­nal pocket for cards, cash, and ID, as well as ex­ter­nal loops to at­tach it to packs, lan­yards, or cara­bin­ers.

MAKE & MODEL

5 Helle Wabakimi

The Wabakimi is the third col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween Helle (a Scan­di­na­vian com­pany known for its sur­vival knives) and Les Stroud (per­haps the world’s most fa­mous sur­vival­ist thanks to his Sur­vivor­man TV show). This fixed blade dis­penses with the flash and sticks strictly to func­tion and dura­bil­ity. Its 3.3-inch drop-point blade fea­tures Helle’s triple-lam­i­nated steel (a high­car­bon steel core sand­wiched by two stain­less steel lay­ers), which gives you a last­ing ra­zor’s edge with re­li­able strength and cor­ro­sion re­sis­tance. Op­po­site the busi­ness end is an er­gonomic han­dle made of curly birch. It comes with a qual­ity leather sheath. While it won’t give you Stroud’s skills, the Wabakimi will def­i­nitely give you a fight­ing chance in the wilder­ness.

MAKE & MODEL

6 Stream­light Twin-Task 3AA Head­lamp

Much like 9mm car­tridges, the AA bat­tery is ubiq­ui­tous. In a TEOTWAWKI sce­nario, you’re more likely to find a stash of this com­mon bat­tery type than, say, CR123 or 18650. Which is just one rea­son we like the Twin-Task so much. As its name im­plies, it uses three AA cells to pro­duce a max­i­mum of 300 lu­mens at up to 118 yards and has dual func­tions: spot and flood. In spot mode, it has three lev­els — 50 and 100 lu­mens in ad­di­tion to the max 300. In flood mode, it of­fers a low of 125 and a high of 250 lu­mens. This head­lamp can run on high for 4.25 hours and on low for 38 hours. The low-pro­file Twin-Task has 120-de­gree tilt­ing, an IPX4 wa­ter-re­sis­tance rat­ing, and a 2-me­ter im­pact-re­sis­tance rat­ing.

MAKE & MODEL

7 Out­door Edge ParaClaw CQD Watch

Just when we thought the para­cord bracelet was played out, Out­door Edge brings some­thing fresh to this genre with the ParaClaw CQD Watch. It com­bines three es­sen­tial sur­vival tools: a para­cord bracelet that can be dis­as­sem­bled for var­i­ous lash­ing du­ties, a 1.5-inch stain­less steel hawk­bill blade that can act as a last-ditch self-de­fense tool, and a wa­ter-re­sis­tant time­piece that has sev­eral sur­vival uses, in­clud­ing help with nav­i­ga­tion. The watch comes in ei­ther a zinc al­loy body or the more ex­pen­sive stain­less steel ver­sion. Both have Ja­panese quartz move­ment, min­eral glass, and a ti­ta­nium PVD coat­ing.

8 MAKE & MODEL Key­port Slide 3.0

While most ev­ery­day-carry gear has got­ten slim­mer, lighter, and smarter, key­chains have pretty much stayed the same for decades. House keys, of­fice keys, car key fobs — all bunched to­gether on a ring that’s then crammed into your pocket. The Key­port Slide 3.0 aims to change all that. This com­pact de­vice or­ga­nizes your keys in a sin­gle rec­tan­gu­lar de­vice that al­lows for one-handed op­er­a­tion. To ac­cess a spe­cific key, just slide it out by push­ing on the color-co­or­di­nated but­ton with your thumb. And be­cause the Slide is mod­u­lar, you can swap in op­tional tools like a blade, mini flash­light, or flash drive (though they’re sold sep­a­rately). Avail­able with ei­ther four or six ports for tools.

9 MAKE & MODEL

Wa­zoo Sur­vival Gear Bushcraft Fire Starter Leather Neck­lace

Wa­zoo Sur­vival Gear makes some in­no­va­tive wilder­ness tools that some­times look good with your ur­ban at­tire. Take the Bushcraft Fire Starter Leather Neck­lace for ex­am­ple. Wa­zoo up­dates the an­cient flint-and-steel con­cept with mod­ern-day aes­thet­ics by at­tach­ing a small ferro rod to a white zir­co­nia ce­ramic pen­dant us­ing a 1/8-inch-round leather cord. Hand­crafted in Texas, the neck­lace has a slid­ing dou­ble fish­er­man’s knot that ad­justs from 14 to 26 inches. The re­sult is a life-sav­ing tool that’s dis­guised as dis­creet jewelry.

MAKE & MODEL

10 Ces­tus Se­cu­rity Ser­vices Stinger

No, this isn’t some strange span­ner from the U.K. or prop from a sci-fi movie. The Stinger is a karam­bit-in­spired mul­ti­tool that has six func­tions: bot­tle opener, glass-breaker, hex wrench, mul­ti­hex bit driver, the ar­row-shaped slot can hold a tool bit (and held in place with rub­ber wash­ers or para­cord), and the hook can hold pots over a camp­fire or gear on a tree branch. The fact that it’s a sin­gle 5.1-inch piece of stain­less steel with a re­ten­tion ring also makes it great for a sev­enth role: im­pro­vised im­pact weapon.

MAKE & MODEL

11 Rite in the Rain Side-Spi­ral Note­book

In an emer­gency sit­u­a­tion, you gen­er­ally don’t want your tools to cam­ou­flage into the back­ground — es­pe­cially in a cri­sis when you might need them quickly. The same can be said about your writ­ing in­stru­ments. Think draw­ing a map of your bug-out route, post­ing signs for search-an­dres­cue to find you, or leav­ing a coded mes­sage for your sur­vival group. Rite in the Rain— the pi­o­neers of wa­ter­proof ink and pa­per — re­cently re­leased a se­ries of note­books with Blaze Orange Poly­dura cov­ers. The tough, high-vis­i­bil­ity cov­ers help your pad stand­out if you ac­ci­den­tally dropped it at the job­site, your camp­site, or on the hunt­ing trail. This Side-Spi­ral Note­book has 64 all-weather pa­per and an im­pact-re­sis­tant Wire-O bind­ing that won’t lose its shape.

MAKE & MODEL

12 Hemi­sphere Cof­fee Roast­ers Hunter’s Blend

There are few things the own­ers of Hemi­sphere Cof­fee Roast­ers love just as much as espresso beans. Hunt­ing just hap­pens to be one of them. As avid hun­ters them­selves, the folks at this Ohio-based com­pany de­cided it was time to roast up a brew that wouldn’t just taste good, but also fuel them for their next pur­suit into the back­coun­try. En­ter the Hunter’s Blend. This pick-meup is roasted from re­spon­si­bly sourced beans in a di­rect-trade busi­ness model, the com­pany says, al­low­ing them to ac­quire qual­ity prod­ucts in places like Peru, Kenya, and In­done­sia while also help­ing to create hun­dreds of jobs in lo­cal farm­ing com­mu­ni­ties. Avail­able in whole-bean or ground-bean bags, the cof­fee is roasted in small batches to re­tain fresh­ness.

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