We decided to write this short article from a survivalist perspective. After slogging through the jungles of Southeast Asia and the mountains of the American Southwest, it became apparent that most folks need a few tools that are not always offered. The first gives good rope or parachute cord for emergency situation use. Nevertheless, few of us venture into the outdoors away from camp with anything more than a few feet of line, if that.
The folks at Stone River came up with a really practical option for that issue. They created a survival belt that is comfortable to wear, long lasting under the most difficult conditions and with sufficient paracord to manage almost any emergency scenario you may encounter. We will also be evaluating among the best camping knives whether your with the family or in the jungles of Central America.
The S.R. survival belt is double braided from 500 weight paracord, not the low-cost stuff you discover in many shops. We say that, since there is a great deal of replica parachute cable being sold on the market. It looks like parachute cord, feels like parachute cord; however, generally has a strength of less than 150 pounds. That is insufficient to lift a regular man from a hole or pull somebody up a hill.
The survival belts been available in three sizes: Medium for waists of 32-36″ (SRG1SBM *), made with 2 51 foot hairs of paracord; Large for waists of 38-42″ (SRG1SBL *), made with two 55 foot hairs of paracord; X-Large for waists of 44-48″ (SRG1SBX *), made with 62 feet of paracord. Each belt is fitted with a durable zinc belt buckle for resilience. They are available in 3 colors: black (* B), olive/tan (* O) and green (* G).
Stone River Survival Belt
Picture thanks to Stone River Outdoors, LLC.
In my sixty years in the field, I have actually never ever experienced a scenario where I had excessive rope. That is why I ordered the large belt, even though my waist measurement is a little over 32″. The extra slack easily tucks into my belt loops. If we ever enter into a bind in the field, all we have to do is cut completion and unravel the belt. We then have all the rope had to drag out a deer, enhance the camping tent, or offer an emergency situation lifeline.
With a little practice, Mary has learned the best ways to re-braid the belt, sealing the ends with her lighter and we are ready for another trip. With an MSRP of $59.95, the Stone River belt is comparable to leather belts or high quality web belts, but far more flexible. We ordered a belt for everybody in the family and a couple additionals for our guides (they aren’t getting mine).
Stone River Neck Knives
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The next tool that is important for survival is a good knife. Now, we know, everybody brings either a belt knife or excellent folder into the field. They are essential.
In the military, I utilized to have an emergency situation backup knife attached to the front strap of my gear, right at chest level for quick access. Because I do not wear military equipment any more, there is nowhere to connect such a blade.
Get in the Stone River “neck” knife. The black ceramic zirconium oxide Tanto knife is 5 -3/ 4″ general with a 2-1/4″ blade.
The Tanto blade is perfect for straight cuts, such as skinning game or cutting rope. With an MSRP of $49.95, it is a great price for an emergency backup blade. For those who choose a various shape, they also makes the neck knife with a white zirconium oxide skinning blade with a 5-1/2″ total length and a 2″ blade.
Both neck knives stay sharp 10-12 times longer than standard steel and will not rust or pit, so you never have to stress over the weather degrading their effectiveness. These knives are light enough that you will not even observe that you have one around your neck, but they will be there if you need them.