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Make & Model
Hawke Endurance 30 WA SF 4-16×50 .223/.308

Weight
1.23 pounds

MSRP
$480

URL
us.hawkeoptics.com

Notes
After your fridge has gone bare and the supermarkets have run dry, you’ll be left to your own devices when it’s TEOTWAWKI. And hopefully one of those devices will be a powerful scope for hitting big game at long distances. The Endurance 30 gives you a reticle that’s still accurate even if you’ve adjusted to maximum magnification. In this case, the wide-angle, second-focal-plane optic has a 100-yard zero and holdover aim points out to 600 yards, with the distances glass-etched. The Endurance features a 30mm monotube chassis, a 4-inch eye relief, and an 18-layer coated lens. It’s also shockproof, waterproof, and nitrogen purged. While the reticle might be a tad thin for some and it’s made in China, the Endurance 30 is a solid budget option for hunters and survivalists. Comes with lens cloth, lens covers, CR2032 battery, and 4-inch screw-in sunshade.

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Make & Model
Mountainsmith Sidekick Medium

Dimensions
8.25 by 5.5 by 2.75 inches

MSRP
$28

URL
mountainsmith.com

Notes
We’re calling this the Transformer of fanny packs. The Sidekick Medium can be worn as a traditional lumbar pack or as a cross-body sling bag. Or you can remove its 1.5-inch waist belt and use its hook-and-loop tabs to connect it to MOLLE attachments or various points on your get-out-of-dodge bag, thereby increasing your carry capacity. You could even connect it to the handlebars of your mountain bike or motorcycle. It’s made from 305-denier Cordura HP with a 210-denier nylon embossed liner and YKK zippers. Weighing just 6 ounces, the 1.9-liter Sidekick Medium can hold up to 7 pounds of gear.

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Make & Model
Pyramex Isotope

Lens Color
Amber, Clear, Gray (shown), and Indoor/Outdoor

MSRP
$15

URL
pyramexsafety.com

Notes
If you’re a firearms enthusiast, when someone says “eye protection” you probably envision a pair of shooting glasses. While those would definitely keep your peepers safe from an errant shell casing on a range, it probably won’t do as well against spills or dust during a crisis. Think windstorm or building collapse. That’s where eyewear like the Isotope comes in. In addition to its curved lens, it has a rubber gasket that provides a tight but comfortable fit, while also protecting you from splashes, flying debris, and other particulate matter that could affect your eyesight. The anti-fog, scratch-resistant polycarbonate lens also provides 100-percent protection against UVA and UVB rays.

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Make & Model
Nite Ize Figure 9 Carabiner

Length
4.56 inches

MSRP
$11

URL
niteize.com

Notes
Nite Ize continues to impress us with its groundbreaking designs sold at affordable prices. Its patented Figure 9 Carabiner can secure, tighten, and tension ropes without the need for knots — especially useful if you have difficulty untying tight knots or use ropes that lose tension. Just weave the rope through the strategically engineered prongs, pull it tight, then connect the carabiner to an anchor. The Figure 9 can be used for all sorts of functions, from mundane tasks like securing boxes to a hand truck, to survival uses like building a shelter. While it’s not meant for climbing, it can hold a load of up to 150 pounds while weighing only 1.9 ounces itself.

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Make & Model
Kikkerland Design Huckleberry First Pocket Knife

Dimensions
3.74 by 1.14 by 0.75 inches

MSRP
$15

URL
kikkerland.com

Notes
Let’s be clear: You’re not going to scale Mount McKinley or survive the zombie apocalypse with this multitool. It is not meant for hard use. But as its name implies, the Huckleberry First Pocket Knife is a great gift to bestow your child in an effort to teach him or her the concepts of self-reliance and the responsibilities of owning an important tool. Or you could throw it into one of your underground caches, knowing that you won’t lose any sleep over its $15 price tag if you never need to dig it up. More practically, you could toss it into your kit as a backup to your premium multitool. This Kikkerland model features a 2.25-inch blade, scissors, awl, and beechwood scales.

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Make & Model
Adidas Outdoor Terrex Agravic Speed

Materials
Mesh, ripstop, EVA, Continental rubber

MSRP
$120

URL
adidasoutdoor.com

Notes
If you’re gonna flee a disaster, you’ll want bug-out footwear that won’t attract unwanted attention on the sidewalk but also help you haul ass once you hit the backcountry. The recently released Terrex Agravic Speed can do just that. They’re extremely lightweight yet provide tremendous grip and stable footing. The Continental rubber outsole has strategic cutouts to reduce weight and provide traction in mixed trails. The EVA midsole offers long-term cushioning while the mesh and ripstop upper gives you a breathable, sock-like fit for optimal comfort. Available in various colors for men and women.

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Make & Model
Ruffwear Grip Trex

Colors
Black, Blue Spring, Red Currant (shown)

MSRP
$75 (set of four boots)

URL
ruffwear.com

Notes
Dogs were bred to be human’s smartest and most loyal survival tool. The first domesticated canines helped us hunt, kept us warm at night, and guarded us (and later our livestock) against predators. So, it’s only smart to incorporate Lassie into the family’s emergency plan. If your escape route (or daylong hike) takes you through jagged terrain, you’ll want to protect your pup’s paws. That’s why Ruffwear’s Grip Trex have non-marking Vibram outsoles with tough lugs for traction and flexibility. On top the tightly woven breathable mesh lets air in but dirt and debris out. The gusset design allows for a wide opening to make it easier to put on and take off, while the hook-and-loop closure ensures a customized fit. Plus, it has a reflective trim for low-light visibility.

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Make & Model
Sierra Designs Backcountry Bed 700 / 35 Degree

Colors
80 inches (regular), 86 inches (long)

MSRP
$250 regular, $270 long

URL
sierradesigns.com

Notes
Thanks to advancing technology, snoozing under the stars is becoming more and more comfy. The Backcountry Bed is certainly helping to push this envelope. It features a sleeve on the bottom so you can slip a sleeping pad underneath to maintain a bed-like structure. On top, its patent-pending zipperless design features an integrated comforter that can be tucked in to resemble a mummy-style sleeping bag or pushed off when it’s warm like a rectangular bag. There are also insulated hand pockets and a stretch cord closure system to seal out drafts. And at the end is a hands-free foot vent, which lets you slip your toes out. The shell is made of 20-denier polyester ripstop, the liner is 20-denier polyester taffeta, and the insulation is 700-fill-power DriDown.

 

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