Gear Up: New Survival Gear for August 2022

Prometheus Design Werx ROAM Jacket EC

NOTES
Designed, cut, and sewn right here in the USA, and based directly on the classic American “Trucker Jacket,” PDW updated this style of outerwear with their Expedition Cloth. It’s made of a nylon/poly four-way Stretch Technical Soft-Shell fabric with a water-repellent coating. Comfortably cut to wear over a base layer or your favorite hoodie, the ROAM Jacket EC is also fully lined in Guide Cloth, features chest pockets specially sized for most smartphones, two hand pockets, two interior pockets, PDW’s signature hide-away pocket under the collar, snap cuffs, center placket, waist tabs, and pocket flaps. It’s well-suited for cool to cold weather when worn with layers.

COLORS
Universal Field Gray, All Terrain Brown

MSRP
$245

URL
prometheusdesignwerx.com

Streamlight Wedge EDC Pocket Light

LUMENS
1,000

MSRP
$150

URL
streamlight.com

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The Wedge is a compact, high-performance EDC light designed for convenient pocket carry. It’s outfitted with an intuitive rotating thumb switch that provides tactile control over the dual modes. Made of rugged anodized aluminum with a waterproof USB-C port, the Wedge balances durability with performance. It features two lighting modes: constant-on and THRO (Temporarily Heightened Regulated Output; a momentary “turbo” function) for maximum brightness. Constant mode provides 300 lumens and a 69-meter beam that runs three hours when fully charged. THRO will provide 1,000 lumens and a 110m beam that lasts as a 35-second burst. Its thin, ergonomic design fits comfortably in hand and slips easily into a pocket. The deep-carry pocket clip attaches on either side of this light. Rugged anodized aluminum construction and a polycarbonate lens protect the light from impacts and abrasions, and it’s waterproof to one meter.

Halfbreed Blades MCK-02 Medium Clearance Knife

MODELS
Black, Dark Earth, Ranger Green

MSRP
$217

URL
halfbreedblades.com.au

NOTES
The MCK-02, or Medium Clearance Knife, from Halfbreed Blades is a mid-size utility fixed blade knife, offering an exceptional balance between weight, strength, and cutting power. Austrian 6.5mm Böhler K110 (D2) tool steel lends the blade a weight and durability that can be felt when wielded. The hard-wearing, low-friction Teflon coating mitigates glare and protects against corrosion. Its U.S.-made G10 handle scales are ergonomically contoured for maximum grip and control with non-gloved hands. The crusher pommel is ideally suited for breaking glass and other hammering tasks, and a pommel lanyard hole allows for paracord attachment. Each sheath is precision molded for secure retention and easy maintenance. All MCK-02 sheaths are supplied with a belt carry system as the primary attachment method, and eyelet holes around the sheath’s perimeter serve as a secondary attachment option.

Griffin Pocket Tool Starter Pack

SIZES
Mini, Original, X

MSRP
$85

URL
griffinpockettool.com

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With a dozen or more tools in the same space as a pack of gum, Griffin Pocket Tools (GPT) make a great addition to any EDC loadout. The GPT Starter Pack is perfect for adding functionality to key chains, stashing in a glove box, or stowing in a pack. Each tool is lightweight, compact, and features as many as 16 functions. Starting with the GPT Mini, this 14g stainless steel tool is the combination of a bottle opener, pocket clip, flathead screwdriver, scoring tool, pry tool, 1/4-inch bit driver and wrench, 5/16-inch hex wrench, and 11/32 hex wrench, all in a compact 2×0.6×0.2-inch size. The GPT Original is only slightly larger, 3 by 0.6 by 0.2 inches, features two more hex wrench sizes, and weighs 28 grams. And last but not least, the GPT XL, as the name implies, weighs 65 grams, is 4.3 by 0.9 by 0.2 inches, and offers a few more additional features like rulers in millimeters and inches, a nail pry bar, and a key ring.

Giant Mouse ACE Biblio Folding Knife

TYPE
Brass

MSRP
$235

URL
giantmouse.com

NOTES
Giant Mouse, renowned for making quality folding knives, recently added the Biblio Brass to their ACE line. The blade steel is satin-finished Böhler M390 MICROCLEAN stainless steel, and as the name implies, its handle is solid brass. A ball-bearing pivot lends to a smooth opening with the slightest twitch of a finger and flick of the wrist. Its reverse wire clip and 4-inch handle size fits in most pockets, and the 3-inch blade length makes it a knife that’s fast and easy to manipulate. Not to mention, the brass looks classy and gives it a little extra heft to power a piercing cut. It’s an heirloom-quality blade that could hold up for generations.

Wazoo Cache Cap

COLORS
Black, Blue, Gray, Tan

MSRP
$36

URL
wazoosurvivalgear.com

NOTES
There’s something satisfying about items that serve more than one purpose. Saving space and reducing bulk is both smart and comfortable, and Wazoo’s Cache Cap does this in several ways. What looks like a normal cap hides six pockets large enough for many EDC purposes. The main pockets are made with high-visibility orange material and lined with a reflective “X” for signaling or marking a camping site in the dark. There’s also a hook-and-loop enclosure in the band and two pockets built into the brim. A cotton sweatband and evaporative technical material ensures the wearer will be keeping their cool when things heat up. An anti-glare black underbill keeps the threats of solar injuries to a minimum. Not sure what to store in those pockets? Wazoo has plenty of options on their website for inspiration.

BONE-DRI Handgun 2.0 Case

DIMENSIONS
16 by 10 by 1.8 inches

MSRP
$58

URL
bone-dri.com

NOTES
Traveling with firearms in any region or condition other than perfectly dry introduces a few complications. It doesn’t take long for moisture to corrode metal, and that destructive process happens even quicker when the firearm is trapped in a case. The BONE-DRI Handgun 2.0 Case is designed to keep handguns and ammo in optimal working order. Humidity and moisture can affect the performance of a gun, cause rust, and make cleaning difficult. Unlike other gun case brands, BONE-DRI cases are engineered with Absorbits moisture-removal material to store and protect your firearms from rust after exposure to moisture. Constructed with heavy-duty industrial 800D PVC nylon and lockable Mil-spec zipper sliders, this case easily withstands heavy wear and tear and is guaranteed for life. It’s MOLLE compatible, has a felt patch to host morale patches, and fits two midsize handguns, five magazines, and a toolkit.

Grey Man Tactical #401 Backpack RMP Insert – Universal Concealed Carry Package

COMPATIBILITY
Any bag of sufficient dimensions

MSRP
$100

URL
greymantactical.com

NOTES
MOLLE panels have often been used in vehicles to provide easy access to organized firearms storage. Made from high-density polyethylene, the panels are sturdy and can take a beating. Grey Man Tactical took it a step further by mobilizing those panels for concealed-carry use in the backpack of your choosing. This pre-configured Backpack RMP Insert package includes the patented Rigid MOLLE Panel (RMP) with adhesive-backed hook and loop for easy installation into any backpack. More than 20 sizes of RMP are available to fit any bag, and a Universal Pistol Holster and two pistol magazine pouches are included to get things started. And if choosing the right pack is a concern, Grey Man Tactical has a Stealth 20L RMP bag specifically designed for the Concealed Carry Package. The backpack enables you to carry essential gear without drawing attention, while offering excellent organization and modularity.

Knog Bilby 400 Headlamp

COLORS
Black, Fluro Orange, Putty Grey, Violet Blue

MSRP
$110

URL
knog.com

NOTES
A silicone band, USB charging, and a wide variety of options make the Knog Bilby 400 a truly unique headlamp. The Bilby produces an output of 400 lumens, offers a five-hour runtime on full power, and over 105 hours on the lowest setting. It’s lightweight, dustproof, waterproof to one meter, and intuitively designed from medical-grade silicone. The five LEDs on the Bilby are optimally placed for their individual purposes — a high beam for long-range visibility, two elliptical beams for midrange and wide beam angles, a red light for night light purposes, and downlights for reading. Within each mode are four brightness settings. On the brightest setting, the Bilby has a range of up to 100 meters. Another interesting feature of the Bilby is its ability to be customized via Knog’s own Modemaker app. This app allows users to increase Bilby’s modes from six up to eight, and choose which order they’re operated, allowing users to create a headlamp customized to their specific needs.

Nutrient Survival Bug-Out Go-Bag | 72 Hour Food Kit | 10L Dry Bag

MENU
Chocolate Grain Crunch, Creamy Chocolate Shake, Hearty Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal, Southwestern Medley, Triple Cheese Mac

MSRP
$129

URL
nutrientsurvival.com

NOTES
When disaster strikes, the power goes out for days on end, or it’s time to get out of Dodge, one of the most important things to do is maintain a healthy diet with enough calories to keep you going. Nutrient Survival takes emergency preparedness to the next level by loading their food supplies with a multitude of vitamins and minerals. The 72 Hour Food Kit stores more than enough to get through a 72-hour emergency, all while consuming an average 2,333 calories per day. It comes in 25 individual packs plus a heavy duty 420D poly 10-liter waterproof dry bag. Nutrient Survival is specially designed to meet the nutritional standards of the U.S. military for Special Operations Forces.

Uncharted Supply Co. The Park Pack

COLORS
Black, Gunmetal, Olive

MSRP
$119

URL
unchartedsupplyco.com

NOTES
Don’t confuse the Park Pack from Uncharted Supply Co. for your run-of-the-mill fanny pack. For the biker, hiker, fisherman, hunter, walker, climber, and explorer, the Park Pack is designed to give your gear the protection you need, without interfering with the experience of your adventure. This hip pack is lightweight and narrow with wide hip straps providing lower back support. A cube-like design lets the wearer move freely with equally distributed weight on both hips. Its waterproof construction, 600D Tarpaulin, and YKK water-resistant zipper assures your gear will stay dry. Both of the pack’s hip straps feature MOLLE attachment points, allowing both water bottle holders to detach. This leaves room for alternative add-ons, such as bear spray, fishing net, holster, or medical gear.

Offgrid by EDEC Digital Forensics Standard Faraday Travel Kit

COMPONENTS
USB Data Blocker, Sliding Webcam Cover

MSRP
$35

URL
offgrid.co

NOTES
Threats to electronic devices — and your privacy — are endless in modern times. With the conveniences of computer software come those who manipulate it for nefarious goals. This could be anything from stealing personal information in the hopes of committing some kind of fraud, or monitoring your location remotely to plan and carry out criminal acts. Protect yourself in the digital sphere with Offgrid’s Faraday Travel Kit. Not to be confused with the title of the magazine you’re reading right now, Offgrid.co is a product line from EDEC Digital Forensics that specializes in mobile, digital security. Included in the Travel Kit is a USB Data Blocker that can protect your devices from receiving malware while charging at untrusted USB ports. The discreet sliding webcam cover allows users to maintain their personal privacy with the swipe of a finger. They’re simple and convenient solutions to prevent a host of cybersecurity problems.

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