This is a survival kit that I have taken out and actually used. Very impressive design and it is very compact. I have friends in the aviation industry that are astonished by the amount of components that are in this kit. It can be stowed in a vehicle or aircraft and you will never know it is there till you need it.
As far as design and functionality goes James Davies the President and CEO of Gear Pods did an amazing job. The kit fits into a ballistic nylon sleeve with an outer pouch that will hold a number of items. There are also MOLLE attachment points on one side of the sleeve. The kit comes in sections called pods that hold a variety items. They are held together by large connectors with terminators at each end to keep the components inside and make the kit waterproof.
Each section contains a specific kit. Kits in this particular Gear Pods are first aid, shelter, survival, and a cooking kit. Each come in a nylon bag with draw cord closures. This keeps each individual kit itemized and organized so you know exactly what kit you are grabbing. Each pod is marked with the specific kit that goes inside. When I took this kit and used it on a 24 hour test I found it to have all the necessities available. The first aid kit is fully stalked with ointments, band aids, insect repellant, poison oak and ivy relief and cleansing wipes, blister care, sunscreen, and a host of other items. The shelter kit was complete with a silicone impregnated tarp, plenty of cord, and a space blanket.
The next morning when I got up it was below 30 degrees. I got my fire going again and decided to try out the cooking kit. I brought along some spiced apple cider and fired up the stove with one of the two supplied Esbit fuel tablets. The cider came to a boil long before the fuel had burned out. The cup has a fiberglass band around the top for safe and easy removal from the stove. I sat and warmed up with the spiced cider reflecting on the experience with this kit. I was very happy with how it preformed and everything was set up. There was a real ease of use with this particular kit.
Next I will go over the actual survival kit that comes with the Gear Pods. Every thing in it is well though out. As mentioned earlier it has a shelter kit which is a necessary component to a survival kit. In side the kit its self it covers fire, water and water disinfection, trapping and fishing, and signaling for rescue and equipment and clothing repair. So far this is one of the most comprehensive survival kits I have tried out.
1. 2”x3” Rescue Flash signal mirror with plastic sleeve to protect the reflective surface.
2. Fox 40 micro safety whistle.
3. Spark Light one hand operated fire starter.
4. Tinder-quick waterproof and weatherproof tinder.
5. NATO storm matches with striker. These are wind and waterproof.
6. 20mm Liquid filled button compass.
7. Mini keychain LED flashlight. Battery life is 24 hours of continuous use.
8. Light to medium use lightweight folding saw. This makes a great ferro rod striker.
9. Light to medium use folding razor blade.
10. 6 Katadyn Micropure-1 water disinfection tablets.
11. 36 oz self standing water bag.
12. Heavy duty needle for clothing and equipment repair in the field.
13. 50 ft reel of 10lb bs thread for sewing or fishing.
14. 2 safety pins for repairs, first aid, or for improvised hooks for fishing.
15. 8 ft of 0.02” stainless steel non magnetic wire for snares.
16. 25 ft 70lb bs braided nylon cord for shelter construction, securing equipment, snaring small game, bank line for fishing. This stuff has endless uses.
17. Small fishing kit with 4 hooks, 2 split shots, and 1 snap swivel.
18. 2”x30” 9mm duct tape. This stuff has millions of uses.
19. 4 2”x3” weatherproof sheets of paper for notes, logs, and patrol maps
20. Pencil with protective cap.
21. 2”x3” Fresnel lens for fire starting.
22. Waterproof tear proof instructions.
23. Stuff sack made of nylon.
Next is the cooking kit. I got a couple of options with this. The first was the stove with the Esbit fuel tablets. The second is the Gear Pods alcohol stove with fuel bottle. The Esbit fuel tablets burn hot and last a long time. They will burn long enough and hot enough to cook a meal. The alcohol stove lasted around 7 minutes. That is long enough to boil 8 oz of water. In the event that there was no fuel left for the stove you can build a small fire under it and cook and heat water that way.
The cooking kit comes with the cup, fuel, aluminum wind guard, stove (inside the wind screen), and lid. The cup allows you to hold it while it is hot and with the lid you can safely drink hot liquids with out worry of spilling. It has a straw hole in the top that will aid with those that have injuries that can not otherwise drink.
The Gear Pods alcohol stove is made of anodized aluminum and fits neatly inside the stove making it a dual fuel stove. This will hold .8 oz of denatured alcohol. That will bring 8 oz of water to a boil under normal conditions. It is filled with a 4 oz plastic fuel bottle. I chose both options for my cooking kit so I would more options when it came to fuel. I use alcohol stove in the desert anyway during fire bans.
Gear Pods First Aid Kit:
This kit can be purchased separately or together with the gear pods survival kit. This kit covers some of the needed items to take care of the small wounds and minor discomforts one may encounter in the wilderness. This kit will cover everything from burns, minor cuts and abrasions, Stings, contact dermatitis, headaches, fevers, diarrhea, splinters, thorns, and even blisters. This is one of the best basic first aid kits I have seen that can easily be added to or used on its own. Anyone with basic knowledge of first aid can successfully use this kit. I personally have used a lot of the items in this kit to take care of minor issues in the field. While I was filming the review and test of the original gear pods I had cut my thumb on the folding razor that comes in the survival kit. I was able to very quickly clean and dress the wound with the supplied items.
- Ibuprofen – 200mg (2)
- Aspirin – 325mg (2)
- Burn Cream with Aloe Vera
- Cleansing Wipes (2)
- Insect Protection Cream
- Sunscreen Lotion – SPF 30+
- Insect Sting Relief Towelette
- Poison Ivy/Oak/Sumac Cleanser
- Lip Ointment
- Hydrocortisone – 1%
- Iodine Wipes (2)
- Antibiotic Ointment
- Moleskin – 2″x2″ (2)
- Cotton Swabs (5)
- Medical Tape (0.5”x2.5yds)
- Alcohol Prep Pads (2)
- Butterfly Closures (3)
- Knuckle Band Aid (2)
- Small Bandages (5)
- Large Bandages (5)
- Gauze Pads (2)
- Stuff sac with drawcord and fastener
- Contents Sheet
If interested check out Gear Pods Website.