Hurricane Survival Kit With Full Checklist

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In the wake of the recent hurricanes I realized I had made a post on every survival kit except hurricanes. I guess they’re one of those natural disasters you don’t think about too often. However, if you live in a tropical region your number one prepping priority should be for hurricanes. Depending on the strength of the hurricane, you might be able to whether the storm with essential survival gear. Be careful though, sometimes the best thing to do is get out of dodge.

First and foremost on the list is dealing with power outages. If you’re a homeowner the best investment you’ll ever make is purchasing a generator. A generator will keep things running until power is restored. When the power is offline, it’s only a matter of time before all the food in your fridge begins to rot. With a generator you can keep some essential lights on and keep all your food from spoiling. It’s also nice to power a television especially when everything has gone dark.

Second, one of my favorite pieces of survival gear is the emergency radio. A high quality emergency radio has AM/FM/SW bands alongside being able to receive broadcasts from the NOAA. This information you receive through your radio will inform your decisions about bugging out or bugging in. If the power goes out and you don’t have a radio, how will you know what is going on around you? If anything, a radio can provide basic entertainment. Radios like the ones from Kaito provide hand cranked power, include a built in flashlight, and support USB connections so you can charge all your gear. I have a full write up on the 5 most popular Kaito radios. The higher up radios even support bluetooth.

Flashlights and more flashlights. You really can’t have enough of these around when the power goes out. Unless you enjoy fumbling and bumbling around in the dark, everyone in your family should have a flashlight to navigate around the house. Candles are a nice touch but pose a fire hazard in the home. Keep flashlights around instead and be sure you are well stocked up on batteries too.

Moving on, at the very least you must have a basic first aid kit. I’m a big fan of the IFAK (individual first aid kit.) It’s a kit you can put together yourself and includes everything you need to treat a range of injuries. In a hurricane anything can happen and emergency assistance might not be able to get to your location. Hurricanes can cause chaos for emergency response teams and the sad truth is that it’s mostly every man for himself. It’s crucial to have a first aid kit and brush up on basic medical knowledge so you know how to use the supplies.

With some of the core supplies out of the way, here is a complete hurricane survival kit checklist:

Checklist

  • Waterproof gear
  • Food and water (at least 1 weeks worth)
  • Fire kit
  • Water filters
  • Knife
  • Bug out bag
  • Paracord
  • Propane cook top
  • Propane
  • Sand bags
  • Life jackets
  • Multi tool
  • Plywood, hammer, nails
  • Duct tape
  • Large tarp
  • 2-way radios

Conclusion

Perhaps the most important piece of gear you have is your knowledge. Knowledge whether to leave and knowledge whether to stay. If you choose to stay, this gear will be indispensable to you and your family. With the right skills and gear you can weather the storm and see yourself through to another day.

 

 

 

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.

 

 

Meatheads VS Vegans In Full Blown SHTF | Who Wins?

If you haven’t been living under a rock for the past few years, there has been a war waged between vegans and carnivores. Veganism has taken the world by storm and has created a blood feud between those who eat meat. Vegans cite how they are healthier on all levels, how they do not partake in the mass slaughter of animals, and do not contribute to mass domestication of farm animals which is the number one contributor to global warming. Meat eaters note that bacon tastes good, fuck vegans, and we have K9’s for eating meat just like dogs and lions.

It goes without saying, 99% of preppers eat meat. Most of them have not left the town they grew up in and do not live in progressive and forward thinking parts of the world. Preppers are quick to note that in a true survival situation, it will be necessary to eat meat to survive.

But is this true? Can a vegan survive in the wild living off nothing but the foraged food they find? This poses an interesting question. The question is fundamentally flawed however. In a survival situation, can the vegan next door not have a complete stockpile of vegan goodies as well? Just because vegans don’t stock up on traditional long term food storage does not mean they are not just as prepared as the meatheads.

But what about in a TRUE survival situation where you are trapped in the wilderness and must survive on the environment around you? First of all, is this ever to be a likely scenario? Most likely not but let’s roll with it.

In a true survival situation it will be necessary to sustain yourself with the calories required to survive. The most calorically dense source of food is indeed meat. (I can hear the meatheads cheering at this point.) To sustain the functioning of the human body and perhaps walk or run long distances, a solid source of food will be required.

The question is not “can a vegan survive based on plants alone.”

This has been proven by the millions of every day vegans roaming the earth. The question is, can they FIND enough plant based foods to sustain themselves. Plants are not as calorically dense and therefore will require the vegan to secure a sustainable source.

With the right knowledge of plants this is possible in certain environments. According to plants for a future, there are over 20,000 species of edible plants while only a mere 20 of those plants are traditionally eaten in modern society. This means there’s a good chance while you’re on the trail munching on heart attack inducing jerky, you are literally passing by salad after salad.

Furthermore, just because someone is a meat eater doesn’t mean they will catch anything. How many meat eaters could actually go out and hunt their own food in a survival situation? Very few I’m betting. In these situations it’s much more efficient to find and gather foods from plant based sources.

In the end, while meat delivers the most bang for your buck in calories, there are still options available for a vegan to survive.

Especially considering that when all the stores are looted even the vegan section remains untouched…

 

 

 

Build Your Own Military Grade Survival Kit

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Having a survival kit within arms reach is always a good idea. The problem I see with many kits is they are lacking in many crucial supplies. They are not well thought out and leave a lot to be desired. This is why I recommend building your own kit. Now the only question is, what do you put in a kit? To answer this question in the best way possible I turned to the Navy Seals. Below is a complete list of what you need to make your own military approved survival kit as used by the U.S. Navy Seals .

Hard case contents list

The Seals were issued both a hard case and a soft case. The hard case measured 4 x 2 x 1.2 inches and was designed as a multipurpose piece of equipment. If a Seal needed to do so he could cook and boil water in the case and use it as a digging tool. The hard case should be non reflective and completely sealed from the elements. The contents of the hard case must not rattle as to give away the position of the Seal.

Inside the case is a number of survival goodies:

  • Multi tool
  • Button Compass
  • LED light
  • Fire kit
  • Water container
  • Water purification tablets
  • Electrolyte tablets
  • Signalling mirror
  • Thermal blanket
  • Kevlar line
  • Safety pins
  • P-38 can opener
  • Stainless steel wire
  • Ducts tape
  • Magnifying glass
  • Waterproof paper
  • Ink pen
  • Antibiotic ointment
  • Cotton pad

Soft case contents

The Seals were also issued a soft case measuring 3.5 x 2.25 and featured a U.S. american flag patch. The soft cases were desert brown. It is difficult to track down a military issue soft kit but there are modern Molle pouches which are very tactical in nature that fit the bill for the following items:

  • Carbon steel hacksaw blade
  • Ceramic razor blade
  • Moleskin adhesive patch
  • Kevlar thread
  • Fishing leader and down rigger cable
  • Suspended navigation magnet
  • Ferrocerium rod
  • Cotton ball
  • Bobby pins
  • Handcuff shim
  • Universal handcuff key

About the military survival kit and some thoughts

There is certainly a lot of gear here in this kit. This survival kit clearly includes everything you need to purify water, build fire, make shelter, and contains gear to navigate your way back to safety. For the average Joe this kit is probably overkill. What are the odds you’re actually going to catch a fish with the supplied fishing gear? While I like this kit and it is more than comprehensive, it takes someone with a considerable amount of skill to properly use many of the items. Another example is the handcuff shims and the handcuff key. It’s very unlikely you’ll ever find yourself handcuffed. Even so, did you get to your shim in time and EVEN if you did, could you shim your way out of a pair of cuffs and make it to safety? Some of you probably could but I bet money that most could not.

Same goes with the compass. Not many of you know how to use a compass and they are mostly useless unless you have a map. If you’re looking for an easy to use kit I recommend going through my bug out bag checklist.

Beyond securing the items in this military kit. It’s crucial to understand how you can use each piece of gear. Without that knowledge you’re simply lugging around a bunch of dead weight. Maybe you are of the philosophy that states “better to have and not need…”

Well, you know the rest.

Final Thoughts

I like this survival kit. While I might not go out and get ALL this stuff I’m a big proponent of taking the good and discarding the bad. In this case, I’m not going to include a fishing kit or a compass because I don’t have fishing skills and I don’t know how to navigate. I also live an urban environment where the extra weight and space of a fishing kit just wouldn’t make sense. In my case, I might use many of the items listed here but include things like a real water filter, a survival radio, a personal IFAK, and other pieces of gear I talk about in my bug out bag guides.

Overall, the military knows exactly what they’re doing so in no way am I dogging on this kit. I’m saying the military also trains their people to use all this stuff in survival scenarios. Many of us don’t have the same skill set and therefore our personal survival kit will look much different. Agree? Disagree? Let me know in the comments!

Thanks for reading!

Sources:

Time magazine on Navy Seal Military survival kit

 

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?

 

Survival Cave Foods Review

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On the blog I’ve reviewed many long term food storage companies. Companies like Wise Foods and Mountain House provide excellent meals. These meals are great if you simply want a ready to eat meal in a pouch. But what if you have your own goodies on the side? What I like about Survival Cave is their bulk meats. No extra fluff. No sides. They simply have a ton of canned meats ready to pop open, heat, and combine with whatever veggies you got growing outside.

When prepping for SHTF or any disaster it’s crucial to have a stash of ready to eat meals. If the power blows it’s only a matter of time before everything perishes including your meats. If you don’t have a ready supply of long term food stored up there’s a good chance you and your family won’t make it, especially if the food trucks have stopped running and the grocery stores have been wiped out.

Survival Cave foods have a 25 year shelf life on all of their products. This includes the chicken, beef, pork, turkey, and ground beef cans. All the meat has been cooked in its own juices with no spices or additives added in to the cans. This allows you to spice the meat up as you please.

The meat is also the real deal. When you open up the cans you can see the chunks of beef along with the fat. It looks like something you would see in a homemade beef stew. The fat of course melts off and adds to the taste when fully cooked. This means you’re getting the best meat with zero processing. In fact, all the Survival Cave meats are USDA approved and humanely processed with absolutely zero mechanical separation. Each cut of meat is inspected for gristle and only the best of the best gets put in the can.  You’ll know this is true when you put it to the taste test.

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A lot of beef for a rainy day!

 

Opening up the chicken and turkey cans you can easily see the natural broth and juices getting soaked straight into the meat. This makes for very tasty survival food, especially food coming out of a can.

Now, it should be noted that the meat is ready to eat straight out of the can. You can eat it straight out of the can if you want although the meat tastes much better when heated. However, in a survival situation it might not be possible to cook so it’s good to have these types of ready to eat foods on hand.

The canning process is state of the art. Survival Cave starts with real cuts of meat and then air seals them inside the can. The can then goes through a heating process where all remaining bacteria is killed. This allows the meat to be stored indefinitely up to 25 years. That’s a long time and something most canned foods can’t compete with (well, maybe except for SPAM!)

The cans will either come in 28 or 14 ounces. They have purchasing options ranging from a few cans of all the varieties or you can purchase an entire pallets worth! 

Conclusion

Investing in survival food is one of the greatest investments you’ll ever make. Maybe you know what it’s like to go hungry. Maybe you have been without power AND food and know the feeling of doom that washes over you as you think about the future. Getting your food preps in order is one of the first things that needs to be done as a new prepper. Everything else takes a back seat until you have enough food and water stored to feed you and your family. Survival Cave foods produces a great product, and best of all, tasty as all get out! Don’t get suckered into buying a canned food that might as well be dog food. Go for the real deal and you won’t be disappointed.

Should Preppers Be Soiling Themselves Over North Korea?

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As an active member of the prepper community I see the best and the worst. For the most part, people are concerned about only a number of things, mainly how much food and ammo they need, the best weapon for SHTF, and what they need in a bug out bag. 

Recently however the paranoid prepper types have been coming out of the woodworks. Preppers are concerned because our local neighborhood dictator over in North Korea has been continuously developing their ICBM program and has threatened to conduct a test launch in the waters outside Guam. Guam of course being inside U.S. territory. This of COURSE would be an act of war and Trump has been hard and firm with North Korea about the situation.

That being the case, do preppers really need to be crapping their pants about nuclear war with North Korea? Let’s examine what would happen if North Korea decided to attack the U.S. with nukes. This assumes NK actually has the technology to send an armed ICBM warhead to the mainland.

The first thing North Korea does once they decide to attack…

If NK decides to send nukes our way they will first demolish South Korea taking out any U.S. troops and artillery in the area. This sucks bad for them and it’s unlikely too many will survive.

This will be followed by a rain of hell fire from the United States North Korea has never seen. The U.S. will completely demolish North Korea in the event of a full scale attack and reduce the population to sticks and stones.

But what about Chynnnna?

You see, this is why China will never have NK’s back. They will never approve of an NK attack on the United States. Why? Where do you think all those damn immigrants are going to go once the U.S. displaces the population with a reign of missiles and troops?

We saw what happened in Europe with the immigrants…a complete and utter cluster fuck. This is the last thing China wants.

Long story short…

Long story short there’s a good chance your little town in Arkansas is going to be just fine in the wake of nuclear war. North Korea is all talk and no game. Sure, they have some decent technology but they are poor as hell and impoverished as a nation. This would be the first war in a very long time where EVERYBODY would be on board and it wouldn’t be a happy day for NK…that’s for sure.

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.