Survival Gear I’m Ashamed to Own

Not sure what I was thinking… some survival gear regrets…


19 thoughts on “Survival Gear I’m Ashamed to Own

  1. I think we all have a number of things that we have bought when we were young and new at prepping. Mine were water desalinization bags. The problem is, I live in Idaho, no salty seas up here. I am sure that I have many more treasures that I have mentally blocked out. Thanks for your sharing.

  2. I will never again overpay for a bivy bag, while underpaying for a sleeping bag without having tried a sleeping mat. Those 3 things and the combinations of them not meshing are one of the greatest financial lemons that can occur. But then, I always buy under 3 conditions.
    Will it be used for sure?
    Will it last if I do?
    Will using it stop me from using something else or make it last less?

    Certain chargeable batteries, bad mobile phones, discount food can all be that bad prep. For me I am gadget savvy enough (GoPro, Solar Monkey etc) But I always build as though they weren't there.
    Bad knives I find are the worst thing to have when you need them the most. Gimmicky stuff with saw backing and weak hollow handles are everywhere. Then comes along the tactical label and gimick which are just the same thing as the non gimmick stuff only coated in NASA GRADE BLACK PAINT developed from the fires or Mordor or some equally ridiculous thing like that.
    KA-Bar Becker is a good example. Brilliant knife, that can be part for part reproduced at a fraction of the cost with no impact. It's like Apple, brand loyalty / fanaticism.

    Cheap folding shovels are another bane. Ask if someone brought and a shovel and someone says "Yeah i have it!" Doesn't have anything but a back pack.
    "Here!" Shows a folding shovel with a compass in the handle and cheap aluminum threading that's going to break in a good storm.
    "Well uh… get to work." Because no way would I used cheap folder to dig out a bogged wheel. We made one from a dust pan later.

  3. I'll give you some credit for actualy confessing you bought that junk LOL
    My biggest regret in survival shopping would be a crank-powered lantern/radio/usb charger. Not saying it doesn't work. It simply just sucks at all the functions. Guess I could do worse than that, it wasn't too expensive and as a truly last-ditch light source it works, so…
    Oh and a "camp hatchet" made by Acron (yes, I know NOW they make crappy stuff, never heard of the brand by then). Flat steel blade overmolded in plastic shaft. Lasted exactly one hit to a piece of softwood. On the second one it broke into 3 pieces. But I don't regret it that much, because I went back the shop, threw the remains on the counter and got my money back. Lesson learned, but no damage taken.

  4. fix that thing i think that moudable glue thing is not too bad at all since the size of the packages is small can be be put into a B.O.B. etc pack chances of ever needing to use may be slim. It's a situational thing like if you had no tape and you needed to fix a crack in your water bottle or camel pack may be good idea to put a couple in the B.O.B. probly can squeeze a pack or two of it into a medical kit compartment from the looks of it

  5. I'm sure every one has gear like this, one thing that stands out in my mind is the Les Stroud (by the new Camillus) Arctic fixed blade knife that I bought a few years ago at Canadian Tire on sale. It has the worst handle I have ever used, so bad in fact that I won't even give the POS away.

  6. I weight 200 lbs and used the hook to climb up a building wall and onto a roof. No problem the product is useful and good.
    The ninja tabi boots are a needed asset to use with the knots on the rope.

  7. I can actually see some useful things amongst these items, sure somewhat circumstantial, but still:1. The grappling hook, with a sturdy carabineer you can use it to repel from a 2e or 3e floor in case you can't leave the building via the normal way. May well save you a broken leg. I actually have an emergency rope ladder on the top floor of my house just in case of a fire on the first floor. Obviously not sure about the quality of this hook, but give the choice to jump from the 3e floor or repel with that hook… I would certainly take my chances with that hook, and when it would concern my kids, whom it is very likely to hold … … … 2. That glue, do not underestimate the power of glue in any situation, especially if you do not know how to make pine pitch or lack the resources to do so. Tossing 2 or 3 packs in a repair kit in your bug-out bag doesn't take up much room or weight, and while it may not safe your life or anything, it can certainly help you deal with broken things or inconvenient holes in your tarp … … … 3. That flashlight, as some have pointed out, it is for detecting certain 'bugs' or to inspect hygiene circumstances; likely it can also be used as a light to read a map, if you do not want to generate a lot of light (the army uses red light for this, but seeing how this kind of light makes white stand out a lot, it may have it's circumstantial value) … … … 4. That car tool, while I can see your argument for inclusion in a bug-out bag or SHTF situation, when you consider the item for it's intended purpose, aka. breaking down your vehicle for w/e reason, it seems to be a great thing to have laying in your trunk (that is why I do not fully understand the glass breaker and seatbelt cutter, unless you want to go 'first responder' on somebody else; but otherwise). Having a light source that you can crank is a big plus, and that emergency flash is great too, the magnets are a nice feature. I also like how you can crank it up and at least charge your phone with it, because we all know how the most likely time to break down is when your phone is out of juice. So yeah, I could most definitely see this as a nice thing to have laying around in your car (which may also be your 'bug-out' vehicle); useful in (m)any situations dealing with car troubles, be it Shit hitting your radiator fan, or your spinners … … … 5. The shoo muffs seem to also be nice under the circumstance that you do not want to soil your house (or sleeping bag; generally only accomplished on a dual zipper bag, leaving the bottom open) but still want to keep your shoos on. Now that doesn't seem to be it's intended use, as it's mentioned as a way to keep your toes warm with a warmer in there; but, having something to keep the dirt out of your sleeping bag, or off of the floor in your house (mind you, you wouldn't wear these outside, but only when inside), may be a great thing to have … … … I will say though, that the key thing seems to be mostly worthless unless indeed you have only 2 keys, and limited cards. And when it comes to 'emergency' I can't even see a slight reason as to why to have it.

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