Survival Fitness: Gym Bag by 3V Gear

I'm a firm believer in multi purpose equipment, gear that serves in a variety of roles. The Smuggler duffle bag fits that requirement perfectly, so when I had a chance to pick one up, I jumped on it. Once it arrived, it took all of two seconds to see it would be a great replacement for my aging Nike gym bag. The water-resistant PVC Tarpaulin shell [...]

Urban Survival: The Bug Out Bag

King Solomon is the origin of the proverb stating that "There’s nothing new under the sun". The tried and true Bug Out Bag is no different. Before the term was coined by the media, the Bug Out Bag was the Bail Out Bag, designed for survival in the event of a plane crash. The term "bug out" appeared during the Korean War, when a soldier might need to [...]

Tactical Gear For The Partisan Fighter

Partisan warfare is the long standing tradition of civilian resistance against the de factor powers. In many cases, resistance fighters are out numbered, which creates a policy of diversion, evasion and deception. The guerrilla force is broken into small units, designed for sudden and harassing attacks against personnel, infrastructure and key [...]

Urban Survival: The Get Home Bag

When disaster strikes, there's no guarantee you will be home or at a safe location. If you're employed, odds are good you will be at work. This was true for me on a few occasions and I was faced with the serious suck factor of walking home with no supporting gear or even a basic plan of action. Let's just say I was young, dumb and "invincible". I got [...]

Every Day Carry: The Sound Grenade

Sound Grenade
Personal security is a critical component in any serious survival strategy. Firearms and knives are the obvious options, but how about wearable personal protection? There are many environments where your favorite handgun or folding blade are not allowed. Airports, government buildings to name a few. The solution to this problem is the Sound Grenade. [...]

INCH Bag: Building The Food Supply

The process of building a reality based food supply takes time, thought and a bit of patience. It's easy to toss some MRE's and beef jerky in your pack and call it a day. That works fine for a bugout kit when you don't expect to be cut off for longer than three days. But when it comes to preparing your INCH bag, one must create an actual menu, [...]

Urban Survival: The EDC Pack

Survival can be about getting through a large scale disaster or it can be about the every day carry gear. In this case we are focusing on the EDC kit and more specifically the EDC pack. Since I work and live in the city, my pack and contents are configured for the urban jungle. In 2013 I picked up my first dedicated EDC pack, the 5.11 Covrt 18. It's [...]

Survival Essentials: The Medical Kit

Self reliance is the principle that drives us to prepare for an uncertain future. Whether it be natural or man-made, we ready ourselves now so there is no need to rely on others for survival. A serious strategy includes all the obvious factors - self protection, food, shelter and taking care of the basic human needs. Usually somewhere in those preps [...]

Last Resort Fire Kit

Despite the best plans and training, we all know that Murphy is waiting to strike - "Anything that can go wrong, will". If you had a chance to watch the first season of Alone, you probably felt that gut wrenching pain when one of the contestants lost his ferro rod. Faced with no reliable way to make fire, he had to tap out. Lucky for us, we don't [...]

Bugout Gear: Stay Spikey Survival Kit & Maxpedition Pouch

There are four basic survival needs in nearly any situation:  water, fire, shelter and food. Cover these essentials and your chances at survival improve greatly.  Survival kits obviously play a big role in ensuring your readiness. The design of the kit may vary, but there are typically two common factors - Size and Quality. Your average [...]