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Make & Model
Outdoor Edge Le Duck

Overall Length
6.25 inches

MSRP
$35

URL
www.outdooredge.com

Notes
Outdoor Edge makes a variety of tools that are smartly designed, well built, and crazy affordable. One such example is the Le Duck, named so for its fowl-looking pommel. This little knife is adaptable thanks to its blade profile and carry options. Made of 8Cr14MoV stainless steel with a Blackstone coating, the razor-sharp fixed blade has a generous belly that allows for detailed slicing and a strong point for thrusting. It comes with a polymer sheath that has a removable clip, which can rotate 360 degrees for multiple carry positions. Also included is a paracord lanyard so you can use the Le Duck as a neck knife. Though made of thermoplastic rubber and a little small even for our medium-sized hands, the handle is comfortable and moisture resistant. Overall, it’s a versatile backup blade for an inexpensive price.

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Quantity
1,500 per box

MSRP
$13

URL
www.airventuri.com

Notes
Airguns are great fun, not to mention fantastic survival tools. Unlike firearms, air rifles let you take small game (sometimes even bigger animals, depending on your caliber and model) in a post-SHTF situation without alerting every human and critter within earshot. The problem with BBs is that they can ricochet if you miss. That’s why Air Venturi has come out with what they claim to be the world’s first frangible BB. Rather than bounce in unsafe directions after hitting something solid, these BBs shatter into a puff of powder. Manufactured from a special alloy, the 4.35-grain, .177-caliber Dust Devils are lead-free and reportedly 10-percent faster than steel BBs. They come in an easy-pour box that makes reloading faster. Made in the USA.

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Make & Model
Trayvax Summit Notebook

Dimensions
3.5 by 3 by 0.75 inches

MSRP
$66

URL
www.trayvax.com

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Notes
Trayvax is a relatively new company that aims to upend the traditional bifold wallet by offering minimalist models with fresh designs that are made with such materials as anodized aluminum. Now the Washington state-based company is looking to do the same with the leather journal. The Summit Notebook combines Trayvax’s Summit wallet with an all-weather, 20-page notepad and Fisher Bullet Space Pen wrapped in an oiled latigo leather cover, giving you a multipurpose everyday-carry package without overburdening your pocket. The notepad uses Rite in the Rain paper, which is waterproof and won’t turn to mush when wet or exposed to oil and grime. The Summit Notebook fits up to eight cards, has heavy-duty nylon stitching, and comes with a 65-year heirloom warranty. Made in the USA.

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Make & Model
Streamlight Microstream USB Pocket Light

Overall Length
3.87 inches

MSRP
$50

URL
www.streamlight.com

Notes
Everyday-carry (EDC) lights tend to be short but stout, due mostly because of their stubby CR123 batteries. But battery technology is constantly improving, and Streamlight’s helping to push it further along. The company’s updated Microstream fits in the palm of your hand or sits unobtrusively in your pocket because its lithium-ion cell pack is so compact — yet puts out 250 lumens for 1.5 hours on high, or 50 lumens for 3.5 hours on low. It recharges in four hours without having to remove the battery; just slide the sleeve forward on its anodized aluminum body to reveal the USB charging port. The Microstream is water resistant, impact resistant up to 1 meter, and has a removable pocket clip that can be attached to a hat brim for hands-free use.

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Make & Model
Arcade Belt Co. Guide

Size
One size fits most (up to 40 inches)

MSRP
$30

URL
www.arcadebelts.com

Notes
Arcade Belt Co. was founded by outdoor adventurers who disliked the casual belts on the market. They wanted something that would feel better, last longer, and outperform the competition. So, they crafted their own out of synthetic fibers and natural rubber, resulting in webbing that’s lightweight and quick drying, yet can stretch with the user’s movements. The Guide is a scuff-resistant utility belt that definitely exemplifies those qualities. The alloy belt buckle is nonslip, sturdy, and sharp looking, while the reinforced stretching is solid. From everyday wear to hiking steep trails, we’ve worn the Guide comfortably for months and found it’s delivered as promised. Available in a variety of colors, including brown, camo, and burgundy.

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Make & Model
Peltor Sport SecureFit 400 Eye Protection

Quantity
Three per pack

MSRP
$14

URL
www.3m.com

Notes
If you’re saving up for a food cache or an extra power generator, then you might cringe at the thought of paying $100 for a pair of Wiley X or Oakley shooting glasses. Thankfully 3M’s Peltor Sport has the affordable SecureFit 400 series of eye protection. This three-pack provides eye protection for you and two loved ones for less than the cost of three caramel macchiatos. Each pair features impact-resistant lenses that meet ANSI Z87.1-2001 standards and come with an anti-fog coating and 99-percent UV protection. The soft-touch nosepiece and temples ensure a comfortable fit while the flat, low-profile arms let you wear earmuff-style hearing protection without any pinching. The glasses come with clear, amber, and gray lenses.

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Make & Model
Canyon Coolers Copper Adventure Tumblers

Capacity
20 ounces, 30 ounces

MSRP
$25, $30

URL
www.canyoncoolers.com

Notes
When it comes to enjoying a beverage, there’s almost nothing more annoying than having a hot coffee or an iced tea go lukewarm. Talk about blah. Fortunately, Canyon Coolers recently released its new lineup of Copper Adventure Tumblers. Thanks to their vacuum-insulated, double-walled construction, the containers can keep hot beverages hot and cold drinks cold for hours on end. The tumblers are manufactured from food-grade 18-8 stainless steel with a copper coating on the exterior, making them safe and stylish yet durable. They feature sliding lids that prevent leaks and spillage. Plus, Canyon Coolers say they’ll fit in 99 percent of cupholders.

Make & Model
Zippo Tinder Shreds

MSRP
$5

URL
www.zippo.com

Notes
Without fire, there can be no life in a survival situation if the timeline’s long enough — especially if there’s inclement weather. Rain, wind, and snow can dampen even a master bushcrafter’s best efforts to get a campfire going. The Zippo Tinder Shreds can help make things a bit easier in difficult times. Made of shredded pine and coated with water-resistant paraffin wax, these coils of tinder light quickly, burn long enough for you to stoke the flames, and are easy to pack in your care. Each set comes with 10 shreds in a resealable clamshell container.

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Make & Model
CenterPoint Archery Volt 300

Bolt Velocity
300 feet per second

MSRP
$300

URL
www.crosman.com

Notes
Long before Daryl of The Walking Dead made crossbows cool among the zombie apocalypse crowd, soldiers and hunters used this ranged weapon to great effect for centuries. That’s why some crossbows nowadays can cost more than a quality AR-15. Don’t have an extra grand or two lying around? Crosman hopes to ease that financial squeeze by offering the Volt 300 from its CenterPoint Archery brand. It includes a quiver, carbon arrows, an adjustable buttstock, and a 1x40mm three-dot optic for $300. With a reduced draw weight of 130 pounds, it’s ideal for those looking for a smaller-framed model that’s easier to cock yet still delivers plenty of velocity. Also, it has quad limbs, an auto-safety trigger mechanism, a fully machined cams system, and interchangeable grips and buttstock. The Volt 300 should be available come mid-May.

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Make & Model
Sustain Supply Co. Essentials2

Number of Items
12 products (29 individual pieces, not counting the first-aid kit)

MSRP
$99

URL
www.getcyalume.com

Notes
A great many go-bags on the market are covered with PALS webbing and camo patterns. If you’re bugging out during an urban disaster, those rucksacks will scream, “Look, I have valuable stuff!” The Essentials2 is a prepackaged survival kit that’s much more discreet — and comes with 72 hours’ worth of life-sustaining supplies for two people. It includes food rations, a first-aid kit, a MoraKniv fixed blade, a Sawyer mini water filter, and more. The backpack has various convenient features, such as side mesh pockets, padded adjustable shoulder straps, and a robust grab handle at the top. While we’d prefer the company’s name not be so obvious on the front, the Essentials2 is an otherwise inconspicuous and solid pack to start with if you’re looking to buy a bug-out bag instead of building one yourself.

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Make & Model
Rogue Ridge Ridge Warrior RB1000

Cargo Capacity
300 pounds

MSRP
$4,600

URL
www.rogueridge.com

Notes
Bicycles, e-bikes, and motorcycles are all potential bug-out vehicles; each has its pros and cons. Take the RB1000 for example. It features a 1,000-watt motor, a 13-amp-hour Panasonic battery, and Kenda Juggernaut Pro tires, giving you the off-road capabilities of a human-powered fat bike, but with the added boost of a rechargeable engine. You can ride up to 30 mph with a range of 29 miles or up to 60 miles in Pedal-Assist Mode. The drawbacks, however, are limited cargo space and single occupancy. Still, the Ridge Warrior’s 6061 aluminum alloy frame can hold 300 pounds, making it ideal for hunters who’ve bagged fresh game or a survivalist who’s bugging out.

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Make & Model
CGear Original Sand-Free Mat

Colors
Blue/Green, Green, and Orange/Tan

MSRP
$60

URL
www.cgear-sandfree.com

Notes
Whether it’s a camping trip or a day at the beach, it’s almost impossible to lay down a tarp or towel and not have sand or dirt scattered all over it within minutes. The Sand-Free Mat can stop that. Originally designed to allow military helicopters to land without “brownout” obscuring the pilot’s vision, the mat is made up of a patented multilayer weave that lets particles fall through to the bottom, but prevents them from coming back up. Plus, it has D-rings to pin the mat down with stakes. It comes in multiple colors and sizes, from small (6 by 6 feet) to extra-large (12 by 12 feet). Note: they’re not lightweight like common tarps, with the smallest mat already clocking in at 3.15 pounds. Still, the Sand-Free Mat is a smart design and ideal for RVers, campers, and beachcombers.

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