I recently purchased the Ultimate Survival – Deluxe Survival Kit. This kit was manufactured by Ultimate Survival Technologies. As an avid outdoors man, I couldn’t wait to review this product. I do a lot of hiking in northern New England, especially the White Mountains in New Hampshire. Although I never got lost during a hike, I have come very close. In the forest, horrible situations can happen very quickly. And it’s always best to be prepared. So I took my Deluxe Survival Kit with me on a recent overnight expedition in New Hampshire to try it out. Here is my review of the product.
The Ultimate Survival – Deluxe Survival Kit is a mixed bag of tools for both the novice hiker and the experienced hiker. Anybody can use these tools. It comes with a good collection of items to assist you with building a shelter, starting a fire, or catching game in a survival situation. These items include a fire starter, tinder, a nice signaling mirror, a whistle and a small saw. Although the kit does not contain everything you need in a survival situation, it certainly contains the bare essentials.
The day I went on my overnight camping trip, I was most excited to use the saw and the fire starter. Any survivalist will tell you, along with water, shelter and fire are necessities. For a shelter, First I hollowed out an area in the woods that was off a well worn path. I wasn’t set out to make a log cabin, just a nice basic shelter that would get me through the night. So I started cutting down nearby limbs with the saw. With a small saw, you can’t cut into anything too thick. I stuck to branches below 8 inches in diameter. It took me 2 hours, but I was able to saw 6 large limbs that would be the skeleton of my shelter. I found the saw blade remained sharp throughout the entire process. And even after cutting, there were no signs of wear. I also used the fire starter. I did not use the tinder, as I prefer to gather my own. I was able to use the saw to carve under some pine tree and gather some dry wood. The firestarter was easy, but for someone just starting out, it may take a few tries. It was one of the easier fire starters. Similar to a flint stick, only it gives off a lot more sparks. The mirror and whistle were not used. There was no sun on the day I went out, so I did not get to try the mirror. The whistle was loud, but just your basic whistle. I wasn’t looking to be found, so after a couple whistes, I set it down for the night.
The Ultimate Survival Deluxe – Survival Kit is a solid companion for any outdoor trip. It is small enough to lug around without adding any extra burden. The Ultimate Survival Deluxe – Survival Kit could use more items to make it even more complete. However, it makes an excellent addition to an outdoorsman’s gear bag, but it doesn’t take the place of more complete and expensive packages.