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ITS Tactical TourniQuick

ITS Tactical’s new TourniQuck is a pouch designed to carry, fully cover, and even deploy CAT and SOF-T tourniquets. It makes use of a similar one-handed pull-to-deploy design found on ITS Tactical’s ETA Trauma Kit Pouch. When the user pulls the red marked (included red Velcro ONE-WRAP) loop, the outer surface of the pouch breaks away and unfurls the tourniquet fully so that it is immediately ready to place around a limb.

The TourniQuck can be mounted a number of ways including vertically or horizontally on a belt, vertically on a backpack strap, or vertically on PALS webbing. It is made in the USA.

TourniQuick on ITSTactical.com

Sneak Peek: Wild Hedgehog Tactical and Ryker Nylon Collaborate on the EDATK

Wild Hedgehog Tactical assembles and sells a variety of trauma and first aid kits. Ryker Nylon makes the AFAK (Ankle First Aid Kit), an ankle pouch designed to carry essential aid items. It sounds like a match made in heaven to me.

These companies have teamed up to offer the EDATK or Every Day Ankle Trauma Kit, a fully stocked version of the AFAK. It features components like the SOFT-Wide Tourniquet, HyFin Chest Seals, and Celox Rapid hemostatic gauze and weighs in at 1 pound fully stocked.

The EDATK is designed to be carried on the ankle discreetly and comfortably anywhere from the trail to the office. Each compartment is individually secured so that items won’t be lost during high activity.

Stay tuned for pricing and release information. The release date should be closer to the end of this month.

A Deeper Look at RE Factor Tactical’s Trauma Tape

RE Factor Tactical’s Trauma Tape has been a hot product for them. The initial release of Trauma Tape was covered here but since that time, RE Factor Tactical has released a blog post that dives deeper into the features, function, and background of the product.

Read more about Trauma Tape: RE Factor Tactical Blog

Mini Review: Outdoor Research Water Bottle Tote 1L

It is pretty much standard for modern hiking packs to have water bottle pockets on one or both sides of the pack. However, many of these water bottle pockets are difficult to reach without stopping and taking your pack off which is why I either lash a bottle to my shoulder strap or carry one on the waist belt of my pack with an Outdoor Research Water Bottle Tote.

The Water Bottle Tote attaches to your pack via a hook and loop flap that is semi-rigid. This attachment system is versatile and fits a wide range of pack belts and webbing sizes or even your pants belt. I have been able to figure out an accessible and functional way to attach this pouch to every pack I have tried it with. The semi-rigid flap also seems to help the pouch bear weight without sagging.

It has proven to be very durable. I have used mine for years and, apart from some trail dust, you wouldn’t know it. It is also relatively light at 1.6 ounces. That isn’t exactly ultra light territory but it doesn’t cost like an ultralight pouch either.

It is sized well for most 1L bottles. I have even carried very tall, narrow bottles like the Smart Water bottles that I like to re-use for the trail. The cinch top allows the user to secure just about any bottle that will fit in the opening of the pouch.

Water bottle pouches are probably the least exciting thing you will read about all day but… This one is simple, versatile, durable, readily available, affordable, and it works. Believe it or not, that isn’t necessarily an easy-to-find combination of attributes for a water bottle pouch. This isn’t sexy gear but it is good, functional, and necessary gear (for me at least).

If you are lucky, you might be able to find these at a local outdoor retailer. If not, I bought mine from Amazon: OR Water Bottle Tote on Amazon. This is an affiliate link.

Deep Discounts on Para-X Treatment Tubes – IFAK and Bleeder – at BMK Ventures

BMK Ventures is offering 20% off their already discounted prices on Para-X Treatment Tubes. These tubes contain proven components and are designed with versatile packaging so they can be stored in small spaces or repackaged in a pouch you provide. They have both the IFAK and Bleeder versions on sale. Use code “STB20%” at checkout to save.

Para-X Treatment Tube Bleeder

Para-X Treatment Tube IFAK

Tuff Possum Gear Multipurpose Survival Scarf

Even the most basic scarf can be used in a lot of different ways but Tuff Possum Gear has added a couple of unique features that really earn the name Multipurpose Survival Scarf (MSS).

Their MSS is constructed from diamond ripstop nylon that is sewn into a tube with a closed end. The interior of the tube is lined with high visibility orange fabric so that they entire scarf may be turned inside out to serve as a visual signal. This closed end tube format allows the MSS to serve not only as a scarf but also as a number of other items like:

  • a bag for gathering materials
  • a sling bag when tied with cordage
  • a pillow
  • a pre-filter for water purification
  • a head covering
  • and lots, lots more…

You can check out the Multipurpose Survival Scarf at the Tuff Possum Gear store.

Sagewood Gear Universal Axe Sheath

There are a number of universal axe sheaths/masks on the market but many of them leave a lot to be desired. They often fit poorly which is dangerous with a sharp axe or they are difficult to install/remove which is also dangerous with a sharp axe.

Sagewood Gear’s Universal Axe Sheath is different. It is not as universal as some axe masks since it is actually available in sizes for many common axe bits. The various available sizes, coupled with the unique adjustable paracord retention strap and closure allow the end user to fine tune the fit to their specific axe.

The Universal Axe Sheath is made from 9-10oz Wickett and Craig Leather. The paracord retention strap can be protected from wear with a piece of included heat shrink wrap.

SagewoodGear.com

SOLKOA Survival Systems (S3) Hill People Gear Kit Bag Based Survival Kit

Hill People Gear’s (HPG) Kit Bag has had potential as a carriage option for survival kits since its introduction and now, years later, we are starting to see that concept come into its own… at least in a pre-packaged sort of way. SOLKOA Survival Systems (S3) is well known for their high quality survival kits in a modular format and soon they will be offering an entire modular kit pre-packed into the HPG Kit Bag.

These kits are not available yet but you can view other S3 modules on their website: www.fast-fire.com

Sneak Peek: 5col Survival Supply HPG Kit Bag Survival Kit

5col Survival Supply is developing a survival kit designed specifically to fit the Hill People Gear Kit Bag. The kit features quality components from Solkoa Survival Systems, Aquamira, UCO, and more. Given the versatile load carrying capability of the Kit Bag and it’s ability to stay with the wearer even when they have to drop their pack, I am surprised there hasn’t been other similar kits developed.

Stay tuned for additional details.

Sneak Peek: RMJ Tactical Kestrel Trail

Photo Credit: Rob Orlando

RMJ Tactical will display a prototype of the upcoming Kestrel Trail, a hammer poll version of the Kestrel, at SHOT Show 2018. While most of RMJ Tactical’s tomahawks are designed for breaching, people have been pressing them into use as woodsman tools for years and the demand for hammer poll models has always been strong in spite of the relatively few of them offered in the RMJ Tactical line.

Visit booth 2231 at SHOT Show to see the Kestrel Trail in person.

RMJTactical.com

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