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Alf Alderson heads for the wilds to review the Gerber Bear Grylls Ultimate Survival Kit.

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Massively improves your chances of survival in an emergency
The thought that we may one day have to use it…


Here’s a bit of kit that, like a cycle helmet or insurance policy, you buy hoping you’ll never have to use it as intended.

Below is a run-down of all the stuff you get with the kit – there isn’t room here for us to go into detail on each and every piece of equipment and it’s pretty self-explanatory what each item is anyway – but note that despite the exhaustive list everything fits into a waterproof sheath that’s only 4.5” by 5.0” in size, and total weight is just 4.2oz.

So, the 16-piece kit consists of:
Gerber miniature multi-tool with needle nose pliers, wire cutters, fine edge knife, Phillips screwdriver, small flat driver, medium flat driver, lanyard ring, bottle opener, tweezers;
waterproof bag, miniature light, hand saw, signalling mirror, survival blanket, fire starter, waterproof matches, cotton ball (fire tinder), snare wire, emergency cord, waxed thread, fishing kit, sewing kit, lanyard,  whistle, lightweight rip-stop nylon bag with waterproof zipper, land to air rescue instructions, and ‘Priorities of Survival’ pocket guide containing Bear Gryll's survival essentials. Phew!

Obviously it’s worth having at least some knowledge of how to use all the above before you venture out into the wilds; even better, of course, would be never having to use it at all...