PRODUCTS WE RECOMMEND
The Eno Hammock is lightweight and fits easily into any backpack or Bug-Out-Bag, the ability to hang this unit quickly and get a good nights sleep is a hug plus. We recommend, using some sort of blanket or sleeping bag when using due to the fact that circulating air can quickly suck the body heat away from your body.
PROS: Lightweight, affordable, functional and sleeps great. This unit takes up little to no space in your bag and can be set up in seconds.
CONS: Without a sleeping bag or some type of blanket or pad between your body and the hammock, wind can easily create a situation that could drop your body temperature and result in a miserable nights rest.
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The Sawyer Mini weighs only 2 ounces, will filter 100,000 gallons of water, and cost a lot less than most water filters. It’s easy to use, extremely versatile, and highly effective (99.99999% protection against bacteria and protozoa. So there’s no need to worry about Giardia, no need to carry any extra weight, and no need to wait 30 minutes to drink funky tasting water. The Mini is nearly the perfect back country water filter, and if you pick one up, you’ll quickly see why.
PROS: About as cheap as water purifiers get, weighs only 2oz , so its easy in the back pack or bug-out-bag. In addition to the light weight, it takes up very little space and when you need every inch of your bag, the Sawyer Mini is a no brainer. The Mini has a 100,000 gallon guarantee, plus it is incredibly versatile, just attach it to any bottle or use the squeeze bag to fill your container.
CONS: The mini does require some maintenance, backflushing is a must, but if you are just using it for hikes, you can do that when you return from your trip. If you plan on using the squeeze bag that comes with it, you need to be patient, as long as you are providing water for one person, no problem, but if you have multiple people, it can be a little time consuming. The mini is also suspect to freezing, but as long as your wrap it in something, if you are hiking or bugging out in cold weather you shouldn't have any issues.
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GERBER BEAR GRYLLS ULTIMATE KNIFE
The knife has a rubberized handle. Adding to the survival nature of the knife is a whistle that is part of the lanyard and a small, foldable guide that tucks into the back of the nylon sheath.
At the butt-end of the knife is a textured metal end cap. This is designed for hammering, be it a stake into the ground or breaking open a nut.
The knife blade locks into a plastic sleeve that is part of the nylon sheath. Friction holds the knife into place. On the back side of the plastic sleeve is a diamond stone for sharpening the knife.
PROS: Good single fixed blade knife at a reasonable price. With plenty of features this kit, covers a lot of bases and allows you to get more bang for your buck.
CONS: The fact that the Bear Grylls name is attached to the knife definitely gives it more prestige than it probably deserves. But, it is still a solid knife for hiking and for your Bug-Out-Bag. If you want a knife with a serrated edge be sure to check that option as this knife comes with and without a serrated edge.
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Tesin ll Tactical Backpack
This 45 liter military style backpack is a great buy without breaking the bank. With a huge loading capacity and Molle System this bag checks all of the boxes for a great bug-out-bag or casual hiking unit. This bag has plenty of compartments with four zippered areas. It is well crafted with double stitching and plenty of straps to lock it down and help it feel snug when wearing. This bag is great for a day hike, a trip to the shooting range, bugging out long term or a trip to the amusement park.
PROS: Well constructed, reasonably priced, plenty of storage compartments and a stylish look.
CONS: This bag is a mid size bag and is perfect for grab and go, if you are looking for something to go on a loNS: This bag is a mid size bag and is perfect for grab and go, if you are looking for something to go on a long term hike, with all of the necessary gear as well as some creature comforts, this isn't the bag for you. But, if you are looking to carry the necessities, this is more than serves it's purpose.
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