New Gear Releases – September 2017
It’s no secret that we love and use our gear. Survival Dispatch always has an eye on the ‘Net, and an ear to ground for new gear releases. We are excited when companies release new products that could change the way we approach different survival situations.
Word of caution, we have not tested these out for ourselves. These are just new items on the market that have the potential to be really, really good.
Once we have had a chance to use, abuse and test them thoroughly, we will post a full gear review in the future.
Here’s what caught our eye this month:
The nanoSPARK™ is a flint-based sparker that works similar to a traditional lighter. Simply spin the flint wheel to generate sparks. Aim sparks towards the quickLIGHT™ tabs or your choice of tinder.
The nanoSPARK™ has a replaceable flint accessible via the dry tinder storage compartment. Simply unscrew the two halves of the nanoSPARK™ to reveal a brass thumbscrew that retains the flint and spring.
Benchmade Bugout Knife
The Benchmade Bugout offers a lightweight, ergonomic build designed with everyday carry and general outdoor use in mind. Its high-performance CPM-S30V blade sports a partial swedge to provide a finer point, and comes fitted with blue anodized dual thumb studs for easy one-handed operation.
The comfortable Grivory handle has been textured on either side for added grip without being abrasive. Comes complete with an oversized lanyard hole and reversible deep-carry clip for convenient EDC.
SureFire Aviator Flashlight
The ultra-compact, dual-output Aviator reinvents a classic SureFire design to provide a primary white LED and secondary colored LED in one sealed head. The primary LED generates 250 lumens of smooth, intense white light on high and a user-friendly 5 lumens on low.
There are four separate models to choose from, each sporting a different colored secondary LED to help preserve eye fatigue and help get the job done the following ways:
• Amber improves contrast and does not degrade scotopic or night adapted vision.
• Blue more clearly defines shapes in the outdoors and helps identify blood and hydraulic fluid.
• Red improves contrast and aids in reading red-light-readable topographic maps.
• Yellow-Green is complimentary to the color spectrum used in most cockpits.
The sturdy stainless steel clip keeps this indispensable little light securely stowed in your pocket, pack, or-as its aeronautical name suggests-flight bag.
LifeStraw Universal is the first bottle adapter kit with a 2-stage filter. Two different sized caps allow you to turn your favorite water bottle into a powerful water filter.
The 2-stage filter removes 99.9999% of bacteria and 99.9% of protozoa while also reducing chemicals and bad taste or odors.
Kelty Fieldcraft Poncho
This multi-function item is Berry Compliant and can be used as a Poncho, Shelter, Litter, and Hammock. Naturally, users are going to come up with other uses as well.
Constructed from a coated 70D nylon and offered in the MultiCam print, it is reinforced with webbing at the corners, with paracord in pockets for some uses.