Orienteering Compass – Must Have and Nice to Have Features

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In any SHTF scenario the need for map reading skills and an orienteering compass is absolutely necessary.

The tools needed are a good quality map and a good quality orienteering compass.

Now you might say, forget all that I’ve got a GPS receiver and Siri. Not so when the batteries are flat. Remember the rule of survival – never trust your life to a battery, right? Continue reading “Orienteering Compass – Must Have and Nice to Have Features”

Keychain Flashlights Torches an EDC With Style Necessity

Keychain flashlights torches are getting smaller and lighter. Gone are the days filament bulbs and Ever Ready Lantern Batteries.

With LEDs as the light source and vastly improved battery technologies, miniature flashlights can light up an area quite nicely, thank you.

And what a wide selection available. So here my top 7 picks for my ‘Every Day Carry Pouch’.

1 Surefire Unisex Sidekick Ultra-Compact Variable-Output LED Flashlight Torch

High-performance LED and special faceted reflector produce broad, smooth MaxVision Beam optimized for the human eye

Dimensions: 1.5 X 0.3 X 6.4 cm
Weight: 9 gm
Light source: LED
Output levels: 3
Power source: Li-ion battery
Charging port: Micro-USB
2 Olight® S1R Baton LED Flashlight USB Rechargeable Charging Clip

Dimensions: 15.5 X 5 X 3.5 cm
Weight: 36 gm + battery
Light source: LED
Output levels: 1
Power source: 16340ER battery
Charging port: Yes
3 Pixel LED Keychain Flashlight

Durable stainless steel construction
Supe bright LED rated at 25 lumens
Water resistant o-ring seal
Square body design prevents roll

Dimensions: 0.8 X 0.8 X 4.3 cm
Weight: 14 gm
Light source: LED
Output levels:
Power source: 4 X LR521/379A alkaline watch batteries
Charging port:
4 Fenix UC02SS CREE XP-G2 S2 LED Key Light

Floodlight on a set of keys - The Fenix UC02SS is a Keyring Torch for everyday use.
Features: digitally regulated, waterproof in accordance with IPX-8

Dimensions: 17 X 14 cm
Weight: 41 gm
Light source: LED
Output levels: 2
Power source: Li-ion battery
Charging port:
5 Nitecore Tip CRI - Neutral White LED

Dimensions: 15 X 13.4 X 1 cm
Weight: 27 gm
Light source: LED
Output levels:
Power source: Li ion battery
Charging port:
6 IllumineX-4

Dimensions: 17.8 X 5.8 X 0.3 cm
Weight: 9.1 gm
Light source: LED
Output levels:
Power source: Li Ion battery
Charging port:
Price: Check on Amazon
7 ThruNite Ti3 EDC Cree XP-L AAA Torch 130 Lumens LED Flashlight

Convenient twist switch design for better one handed operation.
Small but bright, simple but functional. Come with a keychain for easy carrying.

Dimensions: 17.3 X 10 X 5.2 cm
Weight: 54 gm
Light source: LED
Output levels: 3 + strobe
Power source: 1 X AAA battery
Charging port: No
8 ThruNite T01 Mini LED Flashlight CREE XP-G2 LED Max Output 125 Lumen

T01 built with high quality & good heat dissipation with competitive price - best price for key chain light.
Convenient twist switch design for better one handed operation.

Dimensions: 17.3 X 10 X 5.2 cm
Weight: 18 gm
Light source: LED
Output levels: 1
Power source: 1 X AAA battery
Charging port: No




Emergency Sleeping Bag from Survival Frog

TACT Bivvy Emergency Sleeping Bag from Survival Frog must be the lightest emergency sleeping bag on the market today.

When rolled up it slips into its own carry bag that can fit into the palm of your hand and weighs just an incredible 6.2 ounces. Which means it doesn’t take up much room in your bugout bag, vehicle glove box, or even your kitchen drawer.

When unrolled it is three feet wide and a full seven foot in length. Long enough for most people to snuggle up inside and wrap it around their shoulders and even covering their heads providing protection for the whole body against the most extreme weather conditions

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More Information on the TACT Bivvy Emergency Sleeping Bag…

The TACT Bivvy emergency sleeping bag is made from Mylar, a lightweight material developed by NASA that reflects around 90% of body heat

The outside is coated in a material that is stretchable, resistant to tearing and durable. So can be reused over and over again.

This emergency sleeping bag is waterproof and windproof with taped seams creating an impenetrable barrier to the elements.

For the Survivalist, lighter and smaller is better. The TACT Bivvy Emergency Sleeping Bag is exactly that. 6.2 ounces and rolled up fitting into the palm of one hand.

Because the mylar reflects 90% of body heat the TACT Bivvy Emergency Sleeping Bag will keep you snug and warm.

And if you want warmer, slide it inside your regular sleeping bag. Man, what a life…

Harrington Jackets : All-rounders But Not For All Seasons

Harrington Jackets are quintessential of all casual jackets. Originally manufactured by Baracuta of Manchester England way back in 1937 and officially called the Baracuta G9.

The Baracuta G9 has built a solid following being worn by James Dean, Elvis Presley, Steve McQueen, Frank Sinatra and even James Bond, Daniel Craig.

The Baracuta G9 is affectionally called the “Harrington Jacket” from a character in the 1960’s soap opera Peyton Place, namely Rodney Harrington.

The Harrington Jacket become popular in the UK among the Mods and Skinheads of the 1960’s often worn with Fred Perry or Ben Sherman shirts.

A timeless design that fits between semi-formal and casual but for sure not a jacket for all seasons. The modern Harrington Jacket, the Baracuta G9, is made from water-resistant polyester/cotton. The lining is made with the Fraser Tartan made from breathable cotton/polyester.

2013 saw the relaunch of the Harrington Jacket, Baracuta G9, by the new owners, WP Lavori, with a slimmer shape and using new and improved fabrics.

What’s So Special About Harrington Jackets

  • Waist length made from cotton, wool and sometimes leather.
  • Fits snugly at the waist with expandable elastic at the waist hem.
  • Expandable elastics at the sleep cuffs.
  • Full front zip running up to the neck.
  • Two front side pockets with flags at the iconic 45-degree angle.
  • Mandarin-style collar fastened by two buttons.
  • A back yoke that lets the rain run-off.
  • Lining made with the famous Fraser Tartan.

Harrington Jackets and Golf

The design of the Baracuta G9 was originally inspired by the designer’s passion for playing golf.

Designed to keep off the rain and the angled pockets ideal for keeping golf balls, the elasticated waist and cuffs at the waist and wrists allowing freedom of movement made the garment ideal for playing golf.

A timeless design, versatile and flattering for all ages and body shapes, the Harrington Jacket demands a place in your prepping wardrobe, for the milder days…


Want a body warmer – Men’s Gilet

Mens Gilets

Mens gilets are body warmers. More or less. The gilet is usually more tight-fitting, quite thin and a fashion statement. While a body warmer is usually padded and made from quilted fabric.

Gilets originated from France during the 19th Century and worn more for fashion than warmth. The question is “Is it hard or soft?” The “G” that is. Is it pronounced “Geelay” or “Jeelay”?

The modern men’s gilet is a sleeveless jacket worn on the outside or the inside, made from modern fabrics designed not only to keep the body warm but also as a practical and functional item of clothing

No sleeves do limit the usefulness as a whole-body warmer, on the other hand, no sleeves make the gilet more versatile in outdoor activities like fishing and shooting, especially with pockets and loops and things to attach other things too.

Quilted Mens Gilets

The quilted mens gilets are padded like a duvet. Sections are filled with down or polyester material acting as an insulator. Look for this type of gilet if warmth is the priority.

Fleeced Mens Gilets

Made from a fleece type material very light. Can be worn outside or inside a jacket. Some weather proof jackets have a removable gilet. Zip the gilet in when it’s really cold. Remove it when the warmer weather comes.

Sports Mens Gilets

Another type of mens gilet is specially made for the outdoors sportsman. Usually thinner and designed with added features for fishing or shooting