For sportsmen, getting trapped in the woods or on the water with no supplies should be a serious concern. At this year's 2014 Shooting, Hunting, and Outdoor Trade (SHOT) Show, we found that when it comes to survival, preparation is the name of the game. Having a survival go-bag, for instance, is a must.
There are plenty of survival skills that can make you a better outdoorsman, but having a handle on the latest survival gear could mean the difference between life and death. Check out our list of the best survival gear and start planning for your next adventure today.
Bear Grylls Survival AO Folding Knife
Using the survival expertise of ex-British Special Forces officer Bear Grylls, Gerber
created this partially serrated 3-inch steel blade knife that deploys and closes reliably with one hand. The Survival AO also employs both a plunge and safety lock when opened so it does exactly what you need it to, which can mean the difference between life and death.
Elite Recon 3 Sleeping Bag
On issue with NATO and the U.S. forces in Afghanistan, the Elite Recon 3 Sleeping Bag
and compression sack together weigh less than three pounds and are safe for machine washing. The Recon 3 has an extremely durable Ripstop Nylon shell and Dupont Thermolite Micro insulation allows for maximum heat-retaining capability. This space-saver, is the perfect addition to your survival go-bag.
20K Strike TXFIRE Firestarter
This isn't just a fancy lighter. Survivor Firestarters'
99% pure magnesium tool has a 20,000-strike flint and is perfect for starting a fire in any weather. It also comes equipped with a nylon strap, compass, signal mirror and thermometer, which makes it perfect for campers, hunters, anglers and anyone who enjoys spending time outdoors.
Heat Factory Hand Warmers
You might not plan for it, but one thing that can ruin an outdoor trip quickly is cold hands. Whether you're sitting in a tree stand or stranded in the woods, these bad boys
last 10 hours per pack and are ideal for gloves, pockets and headwear.
The collapsible SoftFlask
comes in three sizes, 350, 500 and 750 mL, and allows for customized placement on your gear, harness or pack. It is BPA- and PVC-free, dishwasher safe, and comes with a "No Leak Product Warranty."
Adventure Medical Kits: Sportsman Whitetail
The Sportsman Whitetail
kit comes equipped to treat the most common hunting and fishing injuries from bullet or arrow penetration wounds, to fish hook removal, to stopping severe bleeding. If you're planning a weekend trip, you don't want to go without this one-pound kit that fits neatly in any bag.
Sawyer Mini Water Filter
Coming in as the 2012 Editor's Choice for Backpacker.com, the Sawyer Mini Water Filter
weighs only two ounces, fits in the palm of your hand, and is able to filter 100,000 gallons of water. You don't want to go on any backpacking, hiking, camping, hunting or fishing trip without this filter that comes complete with an easy backflush cleaning system.
Tech4o Trailleader 1
It's easy to panic when you find yourself way off course and your sense of direction gets turned around. The Trailleader 1
packs an altimeter watch, digital compass, barometer, thermometer, accelerometer, and is stainless steel and waterproof. If you're just going for a hike, you can set up a personal speed & distance profile, but if you need a survival tool, there isn't much better for your money than the Trailleader 1.
TerraLUX TLH-50 Headlamp
Winner of the 50 Campfires Gear of the Year for 2013, the TerraLUX TLH-50 Headlamp
is ultralight at 5.3-ounces, are made of durable aluminum housing, are waterproof 30 minutes at 1 meter depth and have a max output of 540 lumens.
Leatherman Sidekick Multitool
The Leatherman Sidekick Multitool
has 14 features including several sets of pliers, knives and screwdrivers along with a saw, can opener, bottle opener and more. The Sidekick is stainless steel, backed by a 25-year warranty, and can handle just about any job you throw at it.