Is Bear Grylls Survival Gear Worth The Money?

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These days even those living under a rock know who Bear Grylls is. In fact, Bear has turned over many rocks looking for the nastiest bugs to eat. He’s a celebrity survivalists well known as the lead survivor in Man vs Wild. The show takes viewers on a fantastic expedition of survival and Bear pulls out all the stops with his legendary survival stunts.

This has prompted Bear and his marketing team to unleash a plethora of survival gear to the market. All the classic pieces of survival gear are here. The only question is, is Bears survival gear worth the money and how does his gear stack up to the better brands?

Let’s start exploring this gear with a nice list of everything Bear has to offer:

  • Bear Grylls hatchet
  • Bear Grylls knife
  • Bear Grylls compact scout knife
  • Bear Grylls Ultimate Kit
  • Bear Grylls basic kit
  • Bear Grylls sleeping bag
  • Bear Grylls firestarter
  • Bear Grylls backpack
  • Micro torch
  • Machete
  • Survival bracelet
  • Canteen
  • Tinderbox
  • Survival belt
  • Survival blanket
  • Multi tool
  • Pocket tool
  • Water bottle
  • Sliding saw
  • Signature pants

Bear Grylls Survival Gear Review

On the site I’ve reviewed a number of Bear Grylls signature survival gear. I have full reviews of the Knife, sleeping bag, ultimate kit, and even his pants! What surprised me most about Bear Grylls products is the price. They are extremely comparable to top brands and even offer better value. The Bear Grylls multi tool is up there with the best Leatherman and you can get one for a mere fraction of the price. The knife, while dubious in blade material, can sharpen up to a razors edge and makes a great survival knife.

I’ve also reviewed his kit and while I had a number of concerns I concluded it to be a fine kit for the price. It’s something easy you can throw into your truck or tuck away to a corner of the house for a rainy day. You can even see on YouTube he makes a decent pair of survival pants as many other enthusiasts have noted.

If it’s one thing you want in a survival situation it is quality gear. Skimping out on your survival gear is a recipe for disaster. Even if you don’t know how to use the gear, having gear that can stand up to the pressures of you learning is crucial.

Perhaps my favorite 2 pieces of gear from the Bear Grylls survival line of products is the backpack and the sleeping bag. The backpack features all of the elements I like to see in a traditinal hikers pack. Compression straps, lots of space, quality zippers, and good design. It’s extremely lightweight and durable. Would I use it as a bug out bag? perhaps not. But the Bear Grylls backpack makes a great pack to take out on the trail for a 2 – 3 day expedition into the wilderness.

The sleeping bag is warm as hell. Rated at 30 degrees it compares quite nicely to even the more expensive 30 degree bags. In the review I liken it to the Marmot Cloudbreak 30. This is a top brand in hiking gear and you can snatch up the Bear Grylls sleeping bag for pennies on the dollar.

However, the most infamous piece of gear Bear Grylls has put out is his signature knife. It’s one of the cheapest survival knives on the market and comes fully loaded with a sheath and other survival goodies like his ferrorcerium striker. For the price you simply can’t beat this knife. Perhaps the one other knife I’d compare it to is Les Strouds very own knife. I’ve compared the two knives here.

Long story short they are very similar in design and price points. It really comes down to who you think is the greatest survivalist of all times!

Final Verdict On The Bear Grylls Gear

Like many of you, I had many reservations about buying any of the Bear Grylls gear. I expected to receive plastic trinkets instead of full blown survival gear made out of heavy duty materials. I was surprised to find the quality was up to par with even some of the best gear out there. With that said, don’t be hesitant to try out some gear for yourself. It’s much cheaper, heavy duty, and while it’s not the BEST of the best, it’s better than most!

Have you used any of the Bear Grylls survival gear? Let me know in the comments what you think about his stuff.

 

 

The Bear Grylls and Les Stroud Knife Showdown

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Bear Grylls and Les Stroud have long been at the top of the ranks for the most popular survivalists on the planet. They both have hit shows. They both have their own line of products. Both being survivalists of course they also have their own signature knives. Is one better than the other? In this knife showdown we pit the two knives together in an all out deathmatch!

First, take a look at the review I did on the Bear Grylls knife and then take a look at the one on Les Strouds knife. At the top of each of those reviews I have created tables outlining the specs of both knives. You’ll notice right off the bat they are nearly identical to each other! Was this by mistake? I think it’s possible that Les Stroud’s knife came out to market first and then Bear Grylls had to one-up the blade length by a measly .25 inches!

Taking a look at the chart you’ll see the blade length on the Les Stroud knife is 4.75″ while the length on the Bear Grylls knife is 4.8. Some might say a quarter of an inch can make all the difference. I’m not so sure about that and I’ll let you decide if the extra length is a game changer or not.

Another thing to note is that you can’t find any specs for the Bear Grylls knife indicating what kind of blade material was used. It’s clearly some Chinese stainless steel but there are so many varieties out there. Looking at both blades it is very possible they are both using the same exact material. Maybe Bears plan was to swipe the material and keep everything on the hush hush. Well, maybe the conspiracy theorist in me is coming on too strong! Whatever the case, both blades sharpened up the exact same.

You will also notice besides the length the blades are nearly identical in every other way possible. Both feature a drop point and both have a serrated edge. Something is certainly starting to get fishy about this!

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Les Strouds Blade

 

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Bear Grylls blade

Moving on the handle is more of the same similarities. Sure the colors are different but you can clearly the see the same design elements in the finger grooves and the overall shape. The one difference is the Les Stroud knife has a hammer point on the end of the pommel. This is one thing missing from the Bear Grylls knife. I’m not entirely sure how hard you can hammer with this thing but you can give it a go if you want. Some traditionalists would balk at you for hammering with a knife, opting to find a rock or something other than your most prized and valued survival gear.

The handles do seem to be made out of slightly different materials and I did feel that the Bear Grylls handle had a better grip. Something about those grooves allows the hand to get a good handle on the blade even when wet.

The sheaths are quite different beasts and it’s about time something changed up here. The Les Stroud sheath features a Kydex holster and a nylon backing. The knife slips into the Kydex holster and is secured with a single nylon strap. The sheath also features a number of bells and whistles including a signalling mirror, a flashlight + whistle, a ferrocerium rod, and a built in blade sharpener. All of these items are as cheap as possible, the one redeeming quality being the signalling mirror which is half decent.

 

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The Les Stroud Knife Sheath

 

The Bear Grylls sheath comes with all of the same things minus the signalling mirror and the flashlight. I found the Bear Grylls sheath secures the blade in a much more secure manner than Les Strouds. It also has 2 nylon velcro straps to further secure the knife at different parts. You can feel the blade snap securely into place. It’s this feeling that tells you your knife isn’t going to fall out on the trail.

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Now let’s discuss price. For the most part all things have been fairly equal up to this point. As of this writing the Bear Grylls knife will cost you $20 more than the Les Stroud knife. Is the slightly extra length on the blade and the better sheath worth the cost? I’m not so sure. The Les Stroud knife is on hell of a deal I must say.

The final verdict

At the end of this review we discovered that these two blades are nearly identical for the most part except for a few minor features. We also discovered that Les Strouds knife is $20 cheaper than Bears. The choice is now on the table. Perhaps the final deciding factor can be answered with the following question…

Who is the ultimate survivalist, Les Stroud or Bear Grylls?

 

Bear Grylls Finally Talks About Les Stroud?

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When you think of the top celebrity survivalists there are 2 heavy hitters who come to mind. I’m talking about Bear Grylls and Les Stroud. Bear Grylls is well known for his hit show Man vs Wild where he takes viewers on a wild adventure of survival. Bear Grylls pulls off some truly Hollywood style stunts and isn’t afraid to do whatever it takes to make sure his ratings stay on top. He’s been known to repel down cliffs with bailing wire, jump in raging rivers, and even drink his own urine!

Les Stroud on the other hand is considered the more “serious” survivalist. He’s known for his practical survival skills and gives the viewers what he considers seasoned survival advice. While not as interesting as Bear Grylls, Les has still managed to amass a large following of people who look to him for advice.

I always considered Les a humble guy until I found a video of him bashing Mr. Bear Grylls to an audience…

When asked about his opinion on Bear Grylls he had many snarky things to say like “Who?” Playing as if he’s never heard of him.

He then goes on to say “Oh, the actor!”

Once again slamming Bear Grylls and making a joke out of him.

As the final stake in the coffin, Les had this to say this…

“If you wanted to learn about archaeology, would you go to Harrison Ford?”

Okay we get it Les, you are the survival God and we should all bow down to you.

Bear Grylls response to Les Stroud

I’ve looked around but can’t find a single video or audio clip of Bear Grylls making a rebuttal. You would think in todays world of drama Bear would be chomping at the bits to stir up some controversy, perhaps for a new show, or maybe a Les vs Bear face off at the least!

What I did find was a number of stories showcasing who the truly humble man was. For starters, Bear is a military man with 3 years of active duty with the British SAS. It goes without saying he knows a thing or two about survival. In 1996 he suffered a back injury where he broke 3 major vertebrae. 18 months later despite doctors orders he CLIMBS Mount Everest, fulfilling his childhood dream. I would like to see the credentials and life experiences of Bears haters at this point.

Second, the show was meant as an education/entertainment vehicle. It was never about Bear Grylls going out there to survive on his own, despite many viewers and haters having this impression. To capture the shots he needed to accurately portray the survival skills he needed a camera crew.

Sure, every night Bear and his crew would go back and either stay at a local lodge or a tent onsite where they were shooting. Does Bear deserve flack for this? I certainly think not and SHAME on Mr. Les Stroud for taking a snarky stab at Bear and painting him as an idiot.

Conclusion

Bear is a Christian, a humble guy, and donates to charity. He’s served in British SAS, climbed Mount Everest, and produced one hell of a show. Maybe Les is pissed because Bear makes more money? I’m not sure but good on Bear for refusing to talk about Les in the same ill mannered way.

Read next…

What’s in Les Strouds survival kit?

The Bear Grylls ultimate survival kit

 

 

 

 

 

Bear Grylls 30 Degree Sleeping Bag Review

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Bear Grylls, man, beast, and myth. A hunk of survival glory and legend in his own mind. He has set out to do it all and that includes gracing the world with some of his top notch survival gear. In this review I take a look at his sleeping bag to see if it’s up to snuff. It just so happens I’m in the perfect climate for a bag like this so let’s put it to the test.

Features

  • 30 degree rating
  • Thermolite fiber material
  • Mummy style fitting
  • Tapered design
  • Anti-snag zippers
  • Hood with drawstrings
  • Lightweight
  • Compression pack included

Review

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I live on the central coast of California where temperatures usually don’t drop down to the 30 degree level. Perfect spot for a bag like this. I know from experience that the rating system for these bags is largely untrue. Your own body heat and temperature output play a major role in keeping you warm. With that said, the Bear Grylls sleeping bag stands up next to the best of them as far as being warm and comfortable out in the great outdoors. I have extensive experience with my very own Marmot Cloudbreak 30 bag. The Bear Grylls sleeping bag stacked up nicely and even kept me a bit warmer. I will say that this might be due to the fact that I’ve put the Marmot through the ringer.

I’m about 5.11′ and 155 pounds and had more than enough wiggle room. I can tell this sleeping bag could easily accommodate someone up to 6 foot but perhaps any larger and you’ll run into problems. I like to toss and turn in my sleep and I found the sleeping bag was happy to roll around with me.

I’m also a big fun of the mummy style sleeping bags. I like to take the hood and really cinch it down when it gets cold. This, plus I like to roll into the fetal position to reduce the amount of heat I lose to the ground. (I actually sleep like this normally.) The hood cinches right down over your head quite nicely.

What else to say? Well, most sleeping bags claim to have “anti-snag” zippers. I’ve found this to largely be a marketing scheme as I’ve never ran across a sleeping bag that holds up to these claims. While the zippers zipped up with ease I can tell with extended use they will begin to snag. This is not a fault of the Bear Grylls sleeping bag but a simple matter of a functional design flaw. The zippers are extremely high quality though.

You will find the sleeping bag bears (no pun intended) the classic Bear Grylls orange and grey color including the logo imprinted towards the left side of the shoulder portion. I imagine this wouldn’t bother anybody actively searching for a Bear Grylls product.

Lastly, the pack rolled up nice tight and is easily stored in the included stuff sack. Once everything is rolled up you can throw it straight into your Bear Grylls backpack and call it a day!

Conclusion

For the money this is an absolute steal. Considering any top brand 30 degree sleeping bag will cost you upwards of $150 bucks, the Bear Grylls sleeping bag is a no brainer. In fact, it’s easily comparable to the top brands and I’m finding many of the Bear Grylls products are on par if not better than the competition. Show Bear some love and throw him a couple bones for this sleeping bag. I guarantee you’ll stay warm in a reasonable climate not going below 30 – 40 degrees.

Have something to say about this sleeping bag? Let me know in the comments and let’s start a discussion!

Bear Grylls 45L Backpack Review

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Bear Grylls. The man, myth, and naked survival legend. He’s achieved the status of legendary in the celebrity survivalist space, right up there with Les Stroud. Of course, when someone gets famous they think the best next step is to release a slew of products aimed at their trusty and loyal fans. Most of the time these products tend to be fairly shoddy by design. I’ve mentioned this before on the blog that Bear Grylls actually has some high quality products out there.

The Bear Grylls 45L backpack (also known as the Patrol) is one such product I don’t mind recommending. Let’s cover the specifications and overall design features of the backpack.

Features

  • 45L
  • 420D ballistic nylon
  • Lightweight
  • Hiking pole holes
  • Rain fly
  • Reflective strip
  • Compression straps
  • Hydration compatible
  • Tons of pockets

Review

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For a Bear Grylls product this backpack has a lot to offer and it’s high quality. This is a 45 Liter pack built lightweight for backpackers. It looks flashy and has all the Bear Grylls insignia you can just about handle. For this reason, I would say the Backpack would not make a great bug out bag. With that said, this pack is right up there with the best 45L backpackers packs. The 420D ballistic nylon is strong enough to hold up in the wild while not being to heavy. Many bug out bags use 1000D nylon and that’s heavy stuff. Strong but heavy.

Classic to all best backpackers packs is the external compression straps on the outside of the pack. These serve 2 purposes. They can be used the traditional way as a method to secure and tighten up on your gear preventing things from moving around. They can also be used to lash gear to the outside of the pack. If you find yourself lacking space the compression straps are a great way to go full blown pack mule status.

On both sides of the backpack are 2 stretchable pockets for water containers. The pack is also hydration compatible and will work with many standard hydration packs including the Bear Grylls version.

One of my favorite features of the pack is the 2 ways to access the main compartment. You can access gear in the main compartment through either the top loaded or the bottom zipper. Any gear I know I’ll need quick access to I will place either at the top or the bottom so I’m not fumbling around for hours on end. Many backpacks miss this design feature which should be standard at this point.

There’s also a ton of various pockets and stash spots to put your smaller pieces of gear. The rain fly is a welcome addition for the rainy weather and actually fits the pack nice and snug.

Lastly, the straps are very comfortable. This is one of the first things I feel for in a backpack. If the straps are spaghetti thin you will doubt have a terrible time on the trail. Poorly padded straps will cut into your traps like razer wire and you’ll be kicking yourself in the ass for not buying a proper pack with proper padding.

Conclusion

In my opinion the Bear Grylls 45L Backpack is a bit pricey but still on par with something you would find at your local REI. I have bought those cheap 45L packs before and I can tell you they don’t hold up for anything. Bear Grylls did us all a solid by making this pack and I with the overall quality and features I can say it’s worth the money. Is it going to turn you into a mountain tromping survivalist overnight? I doubt it. But at the very least you will have a comfortable and durable pack to store your gear.

What do you think about this backpack? Let me know in the comments.

Bear Grylls Ultimate Survival Kit Review

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Bear Grylls. The man, myth, and legend in the survival industry. Noted for his extreme survival antics (Repelling down a cliff with bailing wire anybody?) and his complete willingness to drink his own urine at a moments notice. Bear has amassed a large following in the survival community prompting his marketing crew to release a plethora of survival products with his name stamped straight in.

One of his most popular products is his signature Bear Grylls ultimate survival kit. The kit contains a collection of 16 survival tools to aid your extraction from a survival situation. Let’s explore what is in the kit and determine if it’s worth the cash.

What’s in the kit?

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There’s a total of 16 gear items in the kit including 2 survival related instruction manuals:

  • Gerber Miniature Multi-tool – A surprisingly capable multi tool comparable to a mid grade Leatherman. The best piece of gear in this kit by far.
  • Waterproof Bag – Everything in this kit fits conveniently in the waterproof bag. There’s also enough room left to add some gear of your own which I address later in the post.
  • Miniature Light – Fairly bright light. Good enough to find your way around camp and navigate around your gear. No substitute for a decent flashlight or tactical light however.
  • Hand Saw – Leaves more to be desired. Basically useless.
  • Signaling Mirror – Good signal mirror. Bravo Bear, Bravo.
  • Survival Blanket – Not the best in the business but made out of the same material is any other standard space blanket. I figure you could a weeks worth of use out of it before it begins to fall apart. These are cheap enough to replace with something better like the Survival Frog Tact Bivvy.
  • Fire Starter – High quality fire starter better than most. I actually recommend the Bear Grylls fire starter any chance I get.
  • Waterproof matches – Good stuff. Hard to go wrong with these.
  • Cotton Ball – Fire Tinder – Basic cotton ball. Not much to say.
  • Snare Wire – Meh. Somebody with proper snaring skills might balk at the quality but could still catch something with them. Useless unless you have snaring skills.
  • Emergency Cord – Shoelaces? It’s definitely not paracord which is the industry survival standard. Would have been nice to see paracord but I guess that would have gone over budget.
  • Waxed Thread – I’m assuming used for sewing and patching up clothes.
  • Fishing Kit – Once again, worthless unless you know how to fish and not exactly a comprehensive kit.
  • Sewing kit – Good if you know how to sew. Useless if you don’t.
  • Lanyard Whistle – Standard survival whistle. Surprisingly loud and useful.
  • Lightweight, ripstop nylon bag with waterproof zipper – High quality pouch.
  • Land to air rescue instructions – Comprehensive and detailed instructions for signalling aircraft and other vessels.
  • Priorities of Survival – Pocket guide contains Bear’s survival essentials – Essential survival advice and wisdom.

Full review

If you’ve read my recent review on the Les Stroud survival kit you know I had a couple concerns about the contents. The Bear Grylls survival kit will receive the same scrutiny. I believe there are a few fundamental mistakes made with these types of prepackaged kits. There are a number of items in this kit I believe will be no use to the types of people buying this kit which brings me to my first point – this kit is being marketed to people who understand very little about survival. That being the case, why include a fishing and snaring kit which require serious skills and knowledge to use? This type of gear is worthless unless you know what you’re doing. Those who do know what they are doing in this area of expertise would never use the inferior gear found in the Bear Grylls kit.

It’s funny to even think that somebody brand new to survival could catch a fish even if his life depended on it. Give him the right gear and bait and my bet is he still wouldn’t catch anything. If he can’t even do it with the proper gear how the hell could you expect him to do it with the dinky little hooks found in the Bear Grylls Ultimate kit?

One more thing to gripe about is the cordage included. It’s not even real 550 paracord and there’s not even enough of it to do anything useful. It’s laughable really.

Okay Bear, I’m done bashing your kit…for now.

Aside from these gimmicky type of inclusions there are a few pieces of gear I really like. The Bear Grylls Multi tool is actually very high quality and comparable to any decent Leatherman. Considering a Leatherman Wave will cost you nearly $20 dollars more than this kit you can see why the Bear Grylls kit is probably a good investment despite some of the gear leaving much to be desired. The waterproof matches, firestarter, and signalling mirror are also top notch. The included survival manuals are also decent enough and include detailed information.

I also love how the kit is highly portable and self contained. The waterproof case is roomy enough to add some of your own gear if you wanted. You can easily buy this kit and shove it tightly away for a rainy day.

This brings us to the next section of the review…

What I would change about the Bear Grylls Ultimate Survival Kit?

For a measly $60 bucks you can’t really complain too much about this kit. As I mentioned before, A decent Leatherman costs more than this kit and the Bear Grylls multi tool is honestly just as good. Sure, you could build this kit yourself for much cheaper but do you want to take the time?

There’s a few things I would change about this kit. First, let’s get rid of the fishing and snaring kit completely or replace them with high quality alternatives. Once again, unless you have the skills to use this gear you are wasting space and in for a world of frustration as you spend all day trying to catch food to no avail.

Second, this is an “ultimate survival kit” but where the hell is the knife? Really Bear? You’re going to sit there and pawn this off on us as an ultimate survival kit and not have the decency to throw in your signature knife? No survival kit is complete without a good knife and it’s laughable that this kit doesn’t have one.

Also, how about let’s throw in some real paracord and include enough length to make it useful? As far as I can tell the cordage might as well be shoe lace and it’s seriously lacking in length. Cordage is far too important to skimp on and this kit fails to include anything useful.

Conclusion

So, is the Bear Grylls Ultimate Survival Kit worth it? Taking the points I have mentioned in this article I still think the kit is worth the money. If anything this is a great kit to purchase if you simply don’t have the time to go out and find each individual piece of gear yourself. However, if this is something you want to do I recommend reading my post on Les Strouds survival kit. Not only is it a more comprehensive kit but I have links to each individual item for purchase.

This kit also makes a great gift idea as a stocking stuffer or birthday present. All in all, I think the kit is mostly well rounded if you add the gear I mentioned above.

What do you think about Bear Grylls Ultimate Survival Kit? Let me know in the comments below!

What Pants Does Bear Grylls Wear?

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On this blog I’ve discussed Bear Grylls in a number of posts. I’ve given you guys a review of his knife and compared him to the classic celebrity survivalist Les Stroud. Despite many of his survival techniques being outright dangerous and misinformed, a lot of his survival products are actually quite decent.

Bear Grylls wears a particular type of pants made by Craghoppers in every one of his episodes. The pants are well suited for survival situations and have a number of crucial survival elements weaved right into the fabric (pun intended.)

Let’s go over the pants he wears and discuss if they’re worth spending the money on.

Features at a glance

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Elements and features of Bear Grylls survival pants.

 

  • Polyamide material
  • Quick drying
  • Stretch technology
  • Reinforced buttons
  • Extra layer of webbing around waist and heel
  • 9 pockets featuring zippers and buttons
  • Belt loops double as hanging loops for quick drying
  • Lightweight yet sturdy

Review

The pants are a polyamide material – extremely tear resistant, flexible, and quick drying. These are all great functions of a good pair of survival pants. I particularly like how the material doesn’t irritate the skin like other synthetic materials. I can also be completely stealthy unlike many pants where you can here a man coming from a mile away. The knees are reinforced with stretch material with a total of 9 pockets. The cargo pockets are generously sized so you can easily stow a good amount of survival gear.

There are also a few small details I like. All the buttons are reinforced with nylon webbing. I can’t see this thing snapping off anytime soon even if you’re a little thick down the middle. The rear pockets are double buttoned with the same nylon design is the front flap. Whatever I cram in these pockets I know will stay there indefinitely. All the edges of the pants such as the bottoms and the waist band have been lined with webbing to keep from tearing.

Overall these pants have held up to standard and come recommended by many who purchased the pants.

Final thoughts on Bear Grylls pants

Bear Grylls pants hit all the spots I look for in a good pair of survival pants. They’re very light yet tear resistant and I know I will dry off quick if I come into contact with rain or water. They’ve also got plenty of storage compartments for all my gear. I always say you should completely avoid regular jeans pants for a number of reasons. They don’t stretch and if you get them wet you’re staying wet. If you’ve ever been soaking wet before you know how miserable you become.

These are one pair of pants that will last you for a long time. One last thing I will note is the size of the pants. They run VERY small so when you order be sure to order a couple sizes up. I would error on the side of ordering too big just in case. You can always pair them with a good belt which can also double as a great piece of survival gear.

Do you own a pair of Bear Grylls’ survival pants? Let me know in the comments what you think of them!

Bear Grylls Survival Knife Review

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Bear Grylls is well known for his hit television show “Man vs Wild.” In the show, Bear Grylls takes the viewer on extravagant adventures through all kinds of survival situations. Critics say that Bear Grylls is just a showman. They say he is only in for the entertainment value.

Despite this criticism, he managed to produce one hell of a knife. The Bear Grylls survival knife is a no-nonsense blade that deserves a spot on your belt. In this review, I take a look at the Bear Grylls survival knife and the reasons why it is indeed a competent and worthy blade.

Specs

Some of the specs I couldn’t find data for and I don’t have the proper tools to test myself. Specs I couldn’t find are denoted with two question marks.

Blade TypeFixed
Blade Length4.8 inches
Total Length10 inches
Blade Thickness??
Blade Material??
Weight13.7 oz
TangFull
Sheath IncludedYes

First impressions

When you’ve handled many blades you can easily tell the quality knives from the cheap ones. Quality knives have a certain weighty feel. Crappy ones feel like a plastic trinket that belongs in the trash. The Bear Grylls knife is weighty and serious – something I didn’t expect from a guy who willingly drinks his own piss. The blade itself looks wicked, as if it was forged someplace dark and serious. I love the look of the blade especially with the orange accents on the handle. The rubber handle is extremely grippy.

Expensive knives use Micarta which is nice but expensive. The rubber is just as functional and perhaps even favored over pricey Micarta alternatives.

The blade

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Let’s talk about the blade itself. The blade is just under 5 inches and features a drop point. This is a point I enjoy for carving and skinning. You can really get a fine carve on if you know what you’re doing. The material in question is a mystery. I think it’s some kind of stainless steel or a mix between different types of metals? The documentation doesn’t say.

Regardless, the blade is sharp and holds an edge. Sure, it’s not going to be as sharp as an ESEE 3 or Morakniv, but what do you expect for a sub $40 blade? The blade has serrated edges which appear to hack half way decently. You can tell they won’t last forever but they will stay functional for a while.

The handle

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The handle is truly something else. It’s a grooved rubber which has orange accents and bears Bear Grylls’s initials (no pun intended.) The pommel appears to be strong but I wouldn’t attempt busting any windows or something. Attached to the pommel lanyard is a survival whistle that would do the job if need be. Functionally, the handle is very grippy even when wet. I actually prefer a rubber handle but you usually don’t see rubber used on most knives. It is what it is.

The sheath

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I always say the sheath is almost as important as the blade! You need something to protect yourself from the blade while you aren’t using it. The sheath should not dull the blade. It should keep the blade secured right to your belt while you are busy doing other things. When it comes time to use the blade you should easily be able to retrieve the knife from the sheath.

I got to say, the sheath is basic but it does the job in a way that leaves no complaints. The sheath implements a patented friction lock system to lock the blade in a secure position when you are not using it. Towards the handle is a velcro strap to further secure the knife. It’s designed for either a right or left handed person and has a water drainage hole at the bottom – in case you decide to go swimming with your knife on. It also comes with a built in blade sharpener! Good stuff indeed.

Performance

Okay, so the knife looks cool but how does it perform in the real world? I took the knife out into the bush to see how it stacked up against a variety of survival tasks. Common tasks include skinning, chopping, batoning wood, etc. I was surprised to see this blade held well to everything I put it through. It chopped wood like some of the better knives I’ve used. It skinned well due to the blades fine edge. It batoned straight through all the wood I could throw at it. In the end, I came away very impressed with how this knife performed.

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A little chopping action

 

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A little slicing

 

Final thoughts

The Bear Grylls survival knife definitely took me by surprise. For the price I believe it’s unmatched. If you’re on a budget this is definitely the knife you want to invest in. I see a lot of people talking crap about this knife. This is mainly because they don’t consider Bear Grylls a real survivalist. If these people were honest however they would see that this is a quality knife for the price despite the “fake” reputation of Mr. Grylls. It’s too bad people can’t see beyond the surface of things but that’s the world we live in

Anyways, do yourself a favor and order one today. Your belt won’t regret it and neither will you!

~until next time~

Bear Grylls vs Les Stroud – Who Wins?

Bear Grylls and Les Stroud – two notorious T.V. personalities with their own survival shows. Each one takes a different approach to survival. Bear Grylls is popular because he drinks his own urine and repels down steep mountain slopes with bailing twine. Les Stroud is noted for his calculated approach and “real” survival skills. Now, if you put these two in an ultimate survival situation, who would win and why?

Bear Grylls

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Bear Grylls in his hit show “Man vs Wild” takes his viewers on a wild expedition of survival. Him and his camera crew go balls deep into the most challenging environments to test his skills. Bear Grylls is not shy when it comes to getting naked, jumping into raging rivers, climbing trees, repelling down cliffs, or even drinking his own urine. He is also not afraid to eat whatever nasty bug crawls across the landscape. Each episode shows Mr. Grylls taking part in some fairly aggressive stunts that make you question the validity of the show.

Some say Bear Grylls is all hat and no cattle. In other words, critics of Bear Grylls say he is only in it for the money. Some go so far as to say he never even spends the night in the places he films. When filming is over he goes back to a cozy 5 star hotel where he eats the finest foods and drinks the finest champagne.

If we take a look at what we see him do on T.V. we can deduce a few things. One, most of his stunts are ridiculous and outright dangerous. Many of the situations he puts himself in can result in broken bones, twisted ankles, or other serious injuries. His habit of getting naked and jumping into the coldest rivers is downright stupid at times. In some episodes you can easily see that he could of simply walked alongside the river to reach his destination.

Man vs Wild is definitely entertaining to watch despite the obvious misinformation. But, does this make Bear Grylls an incompetent survivalist? Just because his show focuses on entertainment doesn’t mean Mr. Grylls is incapable in the wild, right?

Les Stroud

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Les Stroud is the man behind the hit show “Survivorman.” Mr. Stroud’s show differs greatly from Man vs Wild in many key areas. Les films the entire show himself. He doesn’t have a crew of people he goes out with. If somethine goes wrong he has to figure things out himeslf. He does not have a team of experts to help him through situations. This puts him at greater risk in my opinion and gives the show a more authentic feel. Because he films everything himself you get an up close and personal feel for what it really takes to survive. Mr. Stroud is well known for saying things like “you’re one twisted ankle away from death.”

He constantly delivers sound advice and spends a lot of time educating you face to face. He stresses the dangers of getting injured in a survival situation. You never saw him doing crazy stunts that could get him gravely injured. His approach to survival was always calculated and informed. I feel that Survivorman was educational and did a lot of good teaching the real nitty gritty details of what it takes to survive.

Stroud also trained under real experts and has been a student of primitive living for many years. I consider Stroud an overall good guy who knows what he’s talking about.

Who Wins?

As far as entertainment value goes the cup goes to Mr. Grylls. He is fun to watch and there is never a dull moment. If it came down to surviving I got to go with Mr. Stroud. If I was stranded on a desert island and had to choose a partner, I’m going with the guy who’s been studying this stuff his whole life. I’m going with the guy who knows what it takes to survive. My hat is off to both these gentleman but the winner in this survival competition is clearly Stroud.