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NEMO Equipment Rocket 2P
21.4 square feet
It’s incredible to think that this tent weighs less than a quart of milk. At 22 ounces, the Rocket 2P is featherweight shelter for two people and is designed to keep you warm in three seasons. Sure, its peak 40-inch height is only enough clearance to sit up in, but it’s not like you’ll be hosting BYOB party inside of it. It’s designed for adventurers who want to stay mobile and keep their cargo as light as possible. NEMO accomplished this by using two aluminum DAC Featherlite NSL poles and ultralight fabrics, including integrated No-See-Um Mesh sidewalls. It comes with stakes, guy-out cord, light pocket, repair kit, and a drawstring stuff sack.
Cordova Outdoors Cordova 20 Extra Small Cooler
21.75 by 14.25 by 13.5 inches
Whether it’s packing food for an emergency bug-out or to keep food and medicine from going bad during a power outage, a cooler certainly has its place in a survivalist’s most-needed products. However, sometimes it can feel like there’s a shortage of smaller, robust coolers on the market made as tough as their larger brethren. The Cordova 20 Extra Small Cooler is ideal for outdoor enthusiasts who want a hard-sided insulated container that’s easy to take to the boat, beach, campsite, or ballfield. It features an adjustable shoulder strap with neoprene padding and molded-in handles for comfort when transporting. Its 20-quart capacity can hold 15 cans with a 2:1 ice-to-content ratio and comes in a variety of colors, including aqua, gray, and sandstone granite.
Arc’teryx Solano Coat
Maybe you’re a female survivalist. Or perhaps you’re a husband looking for a Mother’s Day gift that’s attractive enough for your wife to wear yet functional enough that she’s prepared for the elements. Enter the Solano Coat. It’s a 3/4-length jacket that has the aesthetics for stylish city life, but the technical performance for a backcountry diversion. No surprise, though, since it’s from Arc’teryx — the Canadian company renowned for its climbing equipment and sporting goods. The Solano’s Gore-Tex Infinium fabric is windproof, water resistant, and breathable. The regular fit coat has gusseted underarms and articulated patterning for greater range of motion than your average spring coat, and its lined hood adds another layer of weather protection.
Hawke Frontier HD X
8×32, 10×32, 8×42, and 10×42
Starting at $289
Sight can often be our most important sense. Whether it’s spotting a potential threat coming or looking for the safest bug-out route, our vision gives us a substantial advantage in surviving a crisis. The new Frontier HD X lineup of binoculars can help boost your success rate, thanks to its dielectric coatings for increased light reflectivity and fully multi-coated optics for sharper images. The twist-up eyecups aren’t just replaceable, they also have position stops so you can personalize the eye relief. Available in green or gray, the magnesium alloy body is covered with ergonomic soft-touch rubber for comfort and armor. Hunting, searching, or just sightseeing — these Hawke binos can give you a visual edge in a variety of situations.
Pyramex Safety Products Venture Gear AMP BT Electronic Bluetooth Hearing Protector
Noise Reduction Rating
Electronic earmuffs are our favorite type of hearing protection. They not only attenuate loud noises — like gunfire or machinery — but also amplify surrounding sounds. On the range, this lets you hold a conversation without screaming. On a deer hunt, this lets you whisper instructions to a friend without scaring off the animals. Pyramex’s first Bluetooth-enabled ear protection allows you to connect to a smartphone to make a call or listen to music. And, all the while, you never lose the high-noise suppression. The ear pro is powered by two included AAA batteries, features an arched band to fit over a hat, and has padded muffs for comfort.
GSI Outdoors Glacier Stainless Doppio
Blue, Milk, Plum, and Sage
When TEOTWAWKI comes, your brain will need some lubrication to keep going — be it booze, coffee, or water. Fortunately, the Glacier Stainless Doppio is the perfect size for a small refreshment before you have to slog on. Holding up to 6.5 fluid ounces, this little mug is perfect for a double shot of espresso in the morning, some bourbon in the evening, or hot cocoa around the campfire. The Doppio is made of double-walled 18-8 stainless steel so it can also keep your drinks ice cold on a hot day, too. Standing 3.9 inches tall with a roughly 2.8-inch diameter, this compact cup with a sip-top lid will easily fit in a car’s cupholder as well as your backpack’s side pocket without taking up much space.
Maxpedition Entity 27
27 liters (1,648 cubic inches)
For years Maxpedition was known for overbuilt tactical backpacks. Rugged, functional, and covered in PALS webbing, its most well-known packs were quite recognizable. But seeing a growing demand for grayman-style gear, the company recently launched a series of concealed carry weapon products, including the Entity 27. This low-profile backpack is loaded with features that combine tactical-focused functions with a technology-supplemented design, such as dual side ports for headphones and charging cables, a lockable padded computer section, and two-way access to a fully loop-lined CCW compartment. Moreover, the side pockets can house various items, from pens and knives to a 30-round AR-15 magazine.
Big Idea Design LLC TPT Slide
At first glance, the TPT (Titanium Pocket Tool) Slide looks like a clean-looking box cutter. Until you realize it’s actually an ingenious multitool that’s super slim, light, and durable. It gets its name from the one-handed sliding mechanism that deploys its utility blade — which, if you flip around, features three prongs on its other side that can be used as a camping fork. It also has a mini pry bar, 1/4-inch hex driver, bottle opener, flathead screwdriver, universal wrench — all integrated in its titanium frame. While it has a lanyard/keyring hole, it also comes with a convenient pocket clip.