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7 thoughts on “3 (Survival/Emergency) Items You Should Not Skimp On – Preparedmind101

  1. My three would be Multitool, flashlight, and firearm. Although, you made an excellent point about the backpack.

  2. Being the premise is “survival/emergency then I would only consider items that are there to keep me alive. A great pack is important but if you are prepped, you can repair it. A multi-tool, though great for many things cannot keep me warm. My 3 would have to be 1. A knife . . . my BK-9 and a BK-13 tag-on has served me very well. 2. A sleep system that will keep you warm in severe cold yet still be comfortable in heat a “system”. 3. Foot gear. Meaning socks AND boots. You can die because your feet become blistered and infected or they are so waterlogged you can’t walk on them, meaning you have to stay put until they come around. Ask any soldier.

  3. 3 quality survival items in my opinion, Knife, fire starter, and a good water container / purification.

  4. I don’t know about everyone else and I’m sure this is not considered a tool; but pants is an item I have learned the hard way not to skimp on. I always ended up spending more in the long run, buying them over again and then still ended just buying the $60-70 pants I should have just got in the first place. FYI 2 pairs of 5.11 “Stryke” pants lasted me 13months as a armed security contractor in Afghanistan.

  5. 1) Always love videos like these that invite comments and discussion about what and why.
    2) Absolutely agree about the bag. A bag fail, even if it’s not a life and death kind of situation, is a catastrophe, and in my experience, even the good budget bags that are built for long hikes aren’t exactly cheap. It’s easier to get a “tactical” bag of solid quality at a lower price, but a decent hiking backpack that distributes weight through the hips well – not gonna find that at Walmart.
    3) I can see the argument for the multitool too – certainly in terms of its value in managing whatever comes your way. And you’re right – one that is versatile and durable is going to be relatively expensive compared to the big box store brands.
    4) Gotta disagree on the knife though. Not disagreeing with the superiority of high-end knives made from high-end materials, under tightly controlled conditions. But of all the tools and gear under consideration, knives are the ones where it’s most possible to get a very functional, very durable tool in almost any price range. It’s true that you don’t see videos of broken $300 Bark River knives, but you don’t see a bunch of videos of broken $30 Hultafors either. Or broken $50 Gerber Strongarms. Or broken $70 Terava Jaakaripuukos. Is the Barkie superior? Definitely. Can you “skimp” and have a really solid, reliable, efficient knife? Also definitely.
    5) So my replacement for the knife is shoes/boots. Folks seem not to spend a lot of time or thought on these, but a shoe fail (whether poor fit/discomfort or actual breakage) is about as catastrophic as it gets if you have to hoof it, whether for recreation or to save your life.

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