Ultimate Survival Technologies 5-In-1 Survival Tool. Walmart Survival

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Ultimate Survival Technologies 5-In-1 Survival Tool. Walmart Survival. 1.97 at Walmart!!!!!


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CSR (Cost to Survival Ratio) "Solid 7" out of 10. Ultimate Survival Technologies 5-In-1 Survival Tool. Walmart Survival. Field tested on the AT! This tool includes a whistle, ferro rod, waterproof match holder (but no matches), liquid filled compass and signalling mirror.


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Before going over in detail the functions we had a debate as to our direction on the trail.
Time to open the package.


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The liquid filled compass worked. Matched the one on my phone just fine.


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We made it to camp thanks in part to the compass.... sorta.... well not really but it worked! I am ready for survival under my hammock's rainfly!


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Lets review the 5 functions.


1. Liquid filled compass was already tested.


2. Match holder.


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3. Whistle on the bottom.


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4. Ferro rod. Same very very small size as the 99 cent match holder.


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5. Signal mirror. Very reflective but very small.


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Time to put the remaining 4 not tested functions to the survival test. The match holder doesn't come with matches. This was controversial with the testing team. This is a case in which not reading directions could bite a person in the back side. I added Coleman waterproof matches to test the water resistance of the case. The survival tool comes with a break away which was the pretext for first dropping it in water. The second drop was because of frog slime. No frogs were harmed during the filming.


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Reaching for the matches which have been dropped multiple times in the water then allowed to slowly drift down stream.


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I got the matches out easily. They seemed bone dry.


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The paper match striker got caught on an internal lip. My advice is to fold that into a V or put it within the matches rather than up against the plastic wall. Got it but if my hands were cold it could of been a problem. The matches easily ignited as the case worked.


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I gathered some tinder to test the ferro rod. In the end this was combined with stuff from a FAK.


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The size and position of the ferro rod was challenging however worked.


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But worked even better with packed tinder. In this case cotton balls and PJ. I used a WCF PSK knife seen with the 5&1 hanging off my neck to spark the rod. It nearly always rubbed against the plastic body of the survival tool.


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It works but my advice is to put matches in the case for firecraft.


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The whistle was tested by giving it to a friend along with a headlamp I knew wouldn't work. The instructions were to stay on the trail then blow the whistle after a few minutes. It was loud enough to do the job.


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Testing the signal mirror using the two finger targeting method. It seemed effective.


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We also did a few drop tests which the tool past though keep in mind it's 1.97 of China's best plastic....for under 2 bucks. The CSR or Cost to Survival Ratio is a strong 7. We felt if they included matches and maybe a bit longer ferro rod for say an extra dollar there is a potential 9. I really liked the bright color and breakaway feature on the lanyard cord. Here is a video and thanks for looking.


 

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It is nice to see some coverage of items that may normally be looked down upon. Budget prepping is certainly better than no prepping. And who knows? Maybe there's a gem hidden in there somewhere...
 
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