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1 MAKE & MODEL

Kikker­land

Mini Key­chain Pliers

2.75 by 0.79 by 0.5 inches

$13

www.kikker­land.com

NOTES

One way of en­sur­ing there’s a fu­ture for our com­mu­nity is to ed­u­cate our youth, and that starts with our own loved ones. Teach them life-sav­ing skills, ex­plain the dan­gers they could face, and show them how to be pre­pared. So if you’re look­ing for gifts this hol­i­day sea­son, the Kikker­land Mini Key­chain Pliers is a good first mul­ti­tool for a young son or daugh­ter. It has a blade, a pair of pliers, a bot­tle opener, and a flat­head screw­driver — all of which can help teach your child about safety, the re­spon­si­bil­ity of own­ing tools, and pre­pared­ness in gen­eral. It also comes with a chain and ring, so you could even EDC it as a key­chain; you know, for pop­ping bot­tle caps, open­ing pack­ages, or other light-duty tasks that don’t re­quire a Leather­man.

2 MAKE & MODEL

Black Di­a­mond Nitron Straight Gate Cara­biner

1.6 ounces

$12 www.black­di­a­mond equip­ment.com

NOTES

You don’t have to be a moun­tain climber to ap­pre­ci­ate a cara­biner. These handy de­vices have a mul­ti­tude of sur­vival uses, from help­ing se­cure an emer­gency shel­ter to serv­ing as an im­pro­vised weapon. (See the “Pocket Preps” col­umn in Is­sue 25 for our cara­bin­ers buyer’s guide.) The Nitron Straight Gate Cara­biner is all sorts of awe­some. It has that ideal Goldilocks size — not too small, but also not too long at 4 inches. Its 0.86-inch gate open­ing and snag-free key­lock nose makes it easy to clip to a wire, pack, or rope, and the gate snaps back im­me­di­ately for a se­cured clo­sure. The Nitron is also light­weight, af­ford­able, and beau­ti­fully con­structed.

3 MAKE & MODEL

Ruf­fwear

Ap­proach Pack

Ex­tra Small through Large/ Ex­tra Large

$80

www.ruf­fwear.com

NOTES

If you’re se­ri­ous about prep­ping, you should also pre­pare for your four-legged fam­ily mem­bers just as you would for two­legged rel­a­tives. The Ap­proach Pack makes this much eas­ier, be­cause it’s a bag Fido can wear him­self, leav­ing you free to carry your own go-bag. Nat­u­rally, it works great on fun treks, too.

The pack was de­signed for every­thing from day-hikes and overnight ad­ven­tures to trips to the pet store and dog park. It fea­tures ra­dial-cut sad­dle­bags that are form­fit­ting and bet­ter for dis­tribut­ing load weight.

The Ap­proach has two leash con­nec­tion points, re­flec­tive trim for low-light vis­i­bil­ity, and an in­te­grated har­ness that in­creases sta­bil­ity and pro­vides a com­fort­able yet se­cure fit.

4 MAKE & MODEL

Stream­light

Sty­lus Pro COB Pen­light

6.64 inches

$65

www.stream­light.com

NOTES

Don’t let the re­tail price on this pen­light scare you off. Like most Stream­light gear, the Sty­lus Pro COB is avail­able on­line or in stores for much cheaper than the listed price. Per­haps the best part of this tool is its ver­sa­til­ity as a hands-free work light, emitting dif­fused LED light from the side of its body. On the other end is a mag­net so you can stick it to an open car hood or a steel work sur­face. If you need to be more mo­bile, you can use its pocket clip to at­tach it to your shirt pocket. The Sty­lus Pro COB puts out up to 160 lu­mens for three hours, has three modes (high, low, and flash), and comes with a USB recharge­able bat­tery. More­over, it’s water and im­pact re­sis­tant.

5 MAKE & MODEL

DMT

EDC-Sharp

5.5 by 1.25 by 0.188 inches

$22

www.dm­ton­line­store.com

NOTES

As its name im­plies, the EDCSharp is an ev­ery­day-carry sharp­ener for main­tain­ing a ra­zor’s edge on all of your tools. But it’s also a pretty nifty mul­ti­tool — it in­cludes wrenches, rulers, a bot­tle opener, and two flat­head screw­drivers. And since it’s not longer than a pen, the EDC-Sharp is a good ad­di­tion to toss into your go-bag, ve­hi­cle kit, or camp­ing gear. The EDCSharp is made from 5CR, while the sharp­ener por­tion has fine di­a­mond abra­sives on it for putting an edge on tools that have just started to dull. It’s ideal for knives, shears, and scis­sors.

6 MAKE & MODEL

Sa­fari Medic

Al­paca

Ap­prox­i­mately 2 pounds

$325

www.sa­farimedic.com

NOTES

Whether it’s for a se­ri­ous in­jury suf­fered dur­ing a nat­u­ral dis­as­ter or a boo­boo that oc­curred on a trail run, you’ll need an in­di­vid­ual first-aid kit that not only has all the vi­tal sup­plies but is also por­ta­ble and con­ve­nient to use. As a med pack on steroids, the Al­paca from Sa­fari Medic/Moun­tain Medic checks all those boxes. Weigh­ing al­most 2 pounds, it’s packed with life-sav­ing gear, from a RATS Tourni­quet and CELOX hemo­static blood-clot­ting crys­tals to a CPR face shield and a box of blis­ter plas­ters. If that weren’t enough, the kit con­tains a pock­et­book on wilder­ness medicine. The whole she­bang is con­tained in a durable tac­ti­cal pouch with Kryptek camo and web­bing to at­tach it to larger bags or se­cur­ing in­side your ve­hi­cle.

7 MAKE & MODEL

Wa­zoo Sur­vival Gear Track­ing Field Kit Ban­dana

22 by 22 inches

$14

www.wa­zoosur­vival­gear.com

NOTES

A ban­dana has count­less field uses: cordage, sig­nal­ing, and im­promptu tourni­quet, just to name a few. Oh, and an­i­mal iden­ti­fi­ca­tion. Wa­zoo’s Track­ing Field Kit isn’t the first track­ing ban­dana, but it might be the most prac­ti­cal, thanks to in­put from three track­ing ex­perts. It has ac­cu­rate il­lus­tra­tions of more than 20 an­i­mals abun­dantly found in the North Amer­i­can wild. The 100-per­cent cot­ton cloth also has a set of false eyes that can be worn on the back of your head. The idea is to ward off preda­tors that pre­fer to at­tack from be­hind, a de­fense mech­a­nism bor­rowed from var­i­ous in­sects, birds, and fish, as well as some hu­man cul­tures. When not in use, it can be packed tight us­ing the in­cluded sil­i­cone slap bracelet, which dou­bles as a ruler when straight­ened out.

8 MAKE & MODEL

Tract Op­tics

Toric 8x42 Schott HT

1 pounds, 10 ounces

$684

www.trac­top­tics.com

NOTES

The abil­ity to see at long dis­tances can some­times mean the dif­fer­ence be­tween life and death. Imag­ine a search party look­ing for a lost hiker. Or a hunter ze­ro­ing in on the per­fect kill. Un­for­tu­nately, hu­mans aren’t born with hawk-like vi­sion. En­ter binoc­u­lars like the Tract Op­tics Toric 8x42 Schott HT. The name means it’s a full­size bino that pro­vides eight times the mag­ni­fi­ca­tion, while “Schott HT” refers to the high light-trans­mis­sion glass, which pro­vides bril­liant col­ors and im­age res­o­lu­tion — even in dim or dark con­di­tions. It’s packed with other fea­tures, in­clud­ing a lock­ing diopter to pre­vent ac­ci­den­tal move­ment, en­hanced oc­u­lar de­sign for a wider field of view and longer eye re­lief, and an IPX7 rat­ing (mean­ing its wa­ter­proof up to 1 me­ter for 30 min­utes and fog­proof thanks to O-ring seals and ar­gon gas).

9 MAKE & MODEL

5.11 Tac­ti­cal

AMP72

CA­PAC­ITY

40 liters (2,440 ci)

$250

www.511tac­ti­cal.com Con­ven­tional wis­dom says you should pack your get-out-of­dodge bag with three days’ worth of food and sup­plies. But have you prac­ticed car­ry­ing that load along your pre­de­ter­mined evac­u­a­tion route? If so, you know that it can be a gru­el­ing ex­er­cise in stamina and strength, con­sid­er­ing your pack will only feel heav­ier the longer you go. That’s why the AMP72 has an alu­minum frame, load lifters, and a ther­mo­formed back panel to help with the haul. It’s also smartly de­signed with var­i­ous par­ti­tions, in­clud­ing a fleece­lined eye­wear pocket, dual side stretch pock­ets, a se­condary sec­tion for stor­ing a ri­fle up to 24 inches long, and a main com­part­ment that opens like a clamshell for easy ac­cess to all your stuff. The pack also fea­tures 5.11’s in­no­va­tive HEXGRID, a new load-bearing mod­u­lar plat­form that lets you at­tach com­pat­i­ble packs (such as the Ad­min Gear Set or the 2 Banger Gear Set, sold sep­a­rately) at var­i­ous an­gles.

10 MAKE & MODEL

Ter­rain 365

El­e­ment Al­pha-HD

OAL

8 inches

$265

www.ter­rain365.com Ter­rain 365 is a new knife com­pany that was founded by Pa­trick Ma and Michael Vagnino. Ma is the head of Prometheus De­sign Werx, which pro­duces hard-use yet at­trac­tive ap­parel and gear. Vagnino is a cus­tom knife maker with a mas­ter­smith rat­ing from the Amer­i­can Blade­smith So­ci­ety. To­gether they’re cre­at­ing edged tools wor­thy of their pedi­gree. The El­e­ment Al­pha-HD is their first­born, a ver­sa­tile util­ity knife that fea­tures a pro­pri­etary al­loy called Ter­ra­van­tium. They say it’s guar­an­teed for life to be rust­proof. The han­dle is wrapped with com­fort­able 500 Para­cord, which can be re­pur­posed for emer­gency uses. Plus, the fixed blade comes with a slim Ky­dex sheath and low-pro­file belt clip. Made in the USA.

11 MAKE & MODEL

Real Avid Accu-Punch Ham­mer & Punches

13

$40

www.re­alavid.com Any prep­per knows that this life­style can get ex­pen­sive. So, if you’re like us, you’ll of­ten im­pro­vise when it comes to the tools needed to build a project or re­pair a gun. Real

Avid is mak­ing things more con­ve­nient and af­ford­able by pro­duc­ing firearm tool kits that aren’t just fi­nan­cially fea­si­ble but also durable and easy to use. This Accu-Punch set has an er­gonomic ham­mer that comes with four in­ter­change­able heads: brass, steel, ny­lon, and rub­ber. Mean­while, the Pin Align­ment Tool is a sort of tweezer that holds the small­est pins in place so you don’t smash your fin­gers. The kit also comes with one ny­lon punch and 10 hard­ened steel punches, all con­ve­niently la­beled and ringed with rub­ber to in­crease grip.

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12 MAKE & MODEL

TOPS Knives

El Chappo

OAL

11 inches

$145

www.top­sknives.com If the El­e­ment Al­pha-HD is a lit­tle too small for you, per­haps a field cleaver is more to your lik­ing? The El Chappo is 11 inches long with a 6-inch blade that’s 3/16-inch thick and made of 1095 high car­bon steel. This type of steel is easy to sharpen, holds its edge, and has good wear re­sis­tance — all great at­tributes when chop­ping meat in the kitchen or hack­ing fire­wood in the field. Un­for­tu­nately, it also rusts eas­ily, so TOPS has coated El Chappo with its new Acid Rain fin­ish to help fit off cor­ro­sion. The com­fort­able han­dle scales are made of can­vas Mi­carta.

Plus, it comes with a Ky­dex edge cover that’s kept in place with an elas­tic shock cord.

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