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Sneak Peek: Exotac ripSPOOL

Exotac’s newest item, the ripSPOOL, will make its debut in the May Battlbox and find its way to store shelves soon. The ripSPOOL is a sort of gear repair multitool with applications for survival and first aid as well.

The spool comes pre-loaded with 60′ of 30lb test braided line, 50″ of heavy duty repair tape, #16 sail needle, and a FireCord lanyard. There is also room for other items (not included) like #1 safety pins (2), #8 fishing hooks (5) and 3/0 split shot sinkers (2) turning the ripSPOOL into a emergency fishing kit.

Stay tuned to Exotac.com for pricing and release information.


Crowdfund This: Exotac nanoSPARK

Exotac already has a huge feather in their crowdfunding cap. Their Kickstarter campaign to launch the fireSLEEVE was a huge success. Now they are looking to catch lightning in a bottle a second time with a new crowdfunding campaign for the nanoSPARK.

The nanoSPARK is functionally similar to spark wheels included in many survival kits going back to the Vietnam war era and before. It is very much like a lighter without a reservoir for lighter fluid. The user turns the gnurled wheel which grinds against a flint, creating sparks. It’s a proven method for creating sparks in a wide variety of environmental conditions.

Exotac’s penchant for bomb-proof design, understanding of usability, and knack for building in slick features is what sets the nanoSPARK apart from other sparking devices. The nanoSPARK is machined from aluminum and has a look that fits right into the rest of the Exotac line. It is large enough to hold, small enough to carry, and weighs only .6 oz. It has on board, water-proof storage for tinder (supplied with tinder) and makes use of common lighter flints.

Check out the nanoSPARK on Kickstarter

Exotac Titanium nanoSTRIKER XL

If you asked to see my keychain right now, you would find an Exotac nanoSTRIKER and it has been that way for the last 5+ years. I have reviewed the nanoSTRIKER here on JTT. It is an excellent fire starter and while the standard version is pretty cool, a special edition titanium version is hard to resist.

Titanium nanoSTRIKER XL

Exotac machined a limited number of Titanium nanoSTRIKER XLs and they are currently only available at Massdrop. You may not be familiar with how Massdrop works but you should be because it is a neat site. Basically, it allows people to band together to combine their buying power to receive a mass purchase discount by pledging to purchase a specific item. They have items in several special interest categories including every day carry. The items offered there tend to ooze style which is why a special titanium edition of the nanoSTRIKER XL is a good fit.

You can check out the limited edition Titanium nanoSTRIKER XL at Massdrop (you’ll have to log in to view it).

EXOTAC candleTIN Nano

Candles are useful parts of any survival kit. They can be used for light, heat, cooking, and as a flame extender for fire starting. EXOTAC’s new candleTIN Nano is easy to add to any kit thanks to it’s compact size and lightweight (less than 1 ounce). In spite of the small size, these little guys will still burn for 4 hours.

In my experience, EXOTAC’s candleTINs meet their claimed burn times and are of very high quality. These are sold in packs of 3.


Exotac fireSLEEVE

The folks at Exotac have an amazing gift for product design. Their firesteels are some of the best thought out survival products around and a nanoSTRIKER has a permanent place on my key-chain because of that. They really do well at turning a simple product into a more functional package which is why I so thrilled to see their latest creation – the fireSLEEVE.

exotac firesleeve

The fireSLEEVE is a cover for the standard Bic Lighter. The lowly Bic Lighter is used in survival kits frequently because of its ease of replacement, commonality, and reliability. The fireSLEEVE is designed to build on that functionality by adding useful functionality.

The cover is water-resistant and it floats so you should be able to shrug off just about any water related issue you could face. It protects the gas button from being depressed and draining your lighter fluid (a common problem when storing Bics in a kit) but also can be used to hold the gas button down preserving your thumb! Both the cap and the body have attachment points and the cap can be snapped onto the bottom of the fireSLEEVE when you are using the lighter.

It looks like Exotac has managed to create another ingenious, yet simple outdoor survival product.

Exotac is attempting to crowd fund the creation of the fireSLEEVE on Kickstarter.

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