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Hill People Gear to Release Medium Footprint Kit Bags

Hill People Gear will soon offer Medium Footprint versions of their popular Kit Bags. These are actually the same size as their original Kit Bag prototypes and they fit squarely in between the sizes of Kit Bags that they currently offer.

If the Snubby Kit Bags are too small for your application and the regular size Kit Bags are more than you want to carry on your chest, these will be right up your alley. Expect to see the Original and Runner’s pattern Kit Bags first with other models to follow.


Veterans Day 2021

Veterans, thank you for your example of service and sacrifice. We appreciate and respect you.


Matt and the rest of the JTT Family

Dark Angel Medical Deploys HEDR 2.0 Vehicle IFAK

Dark Angel Medical is happy to announce they’ve upgraded the original HEDR  (Headrest Emergency Deployment Rig) Trauma Kit. The updated HEDR 2.0 trauma kits are now better designed to withstand the shock of offroading and backroad travel.

“Mountains are not fair or unfair, they are just dangerous.”

Reinhold Messner

The NHTSA and CDC advise 2 million + people are injured every year in a vehicle accident. Thousands more are killed (34,000 in 2017 and 36,000 in 2019, for example). This makes traffic-related fatalities the third most common non-health-related cause of death in the United States.

Knowing these numbers, why wouldn’t you have something in your vehicle to deal with trauma? Why avoid life’s adventures just because they’re riskier than staying home? With this upgrade, you can be as prepared off-road as you are on

We road-tested the HEDR in the mountains of our Colorado HQ and decided it was time for an upgrade. There’s a new retention strap to keep it securely mounted to the headrest. Additional straps inside the kit to keep individual contents firmly in place and accessible if an emergency interrupts your day  – saving you precious seconds if you need to access them.

The HEDR is available in Black, Coyote Tan, or Wolf Grey.

Here’s what the full HEDR 2.0 kit contains:

  •   1 x Hemostatic Gauze (QuikClot Bleeding Control Dressing or ChitoGauze)
  •   1 x Pair Nitrile Gloves
  •   1 x Mini Compression Bandage
  •   1 x HALO Seals
  •   1 x Compressed Gauze
  •   1 x Eye Shield, Polycarbonate
  •   1 x Mylar Blanket
  •   1 x NPA
  •   1 x CAT or SOFTT-W TQ with room for 2 more tourniquets
  •   1 x Full-Size Shears 

Note: Can be upgraded to ARS, HALO Vent or a combo of both

Complete Kit Weight: 3 lb

Complete Kit Dimensions: 6.5” Tall x 11.5” Wide x 1.5” Thick

HEDR Panel Weight: 1 lb

HEDR Panel Dimensions: 6.5” Tall x 11.5” Wide x 0.75” Thick

Find the HEDR 2.0 Full Kit Online

The HEDR deployment rig (pouch only) can be purchased separately, as can individual tourniquet holders.

Simplicity under stress.

Dark Angel Medical is a veteran-owned small business founded with the intention to deliver lifesaving training, provide innovative personal trauma kits, and enable anyone to deal with a life-threatening injury under time-is-life constraints.

Online at; on Facebook, Facebook/DarkAngelMedical/; and on Instagram, @darkangelmedical.

Engines of Mayhem – Ultra Affordable Defensive Knives

I recently reviewed the Hard Ready HR-1, a knife that I praised for being a very affordable defensive knife with a useable sheath and a trainer. The HR-1 is very affordable for a dedicated defensive knife but there is another more improvised option that beats even the HR-1 away on affordability… thanks to Engines of Mayhem.

Engines of Mayhem makes an array of items around the theme of ultra-affordable defensive knives including everything you need to start training with and carrying the now ubiquitous Victorinox Bird’s Beak Paring Knife that was largely popularized by Ed Calderon of Ed’s Manifesto. This includes modifications to the knife itself, inert trainers for the knife, and kydex sheaths.

Best of all, they do this more affordably than anyone else. After all, the low cost of procuring one of these knives is part of the entire point of the concept.

If you are interested in trying out the fruit knife “concept”, Engine of Mayhem makes it easy to dip your toes in the water. They offer just the pocket sheath for those who want to modify their own fruit knives all the way up to packages that include the knife, sheath, and a trainer. You can even order a separate sheath that fits just the trainer. All of these options are inexpensive.

I recently placed an order for the full kit (knife, trainer, and pocket sheath). I also requested a sheath for the trainer (it doesn’t fit the live blade sheath). They are made to order so it can take a couple of weeks to receive your order depending on timing but I am very pleased. I definitely recommend spending a little extra on the sheath for the trainer as drawing this knife is likely a little different than what you are used to. (redirects to Etsy shop)

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