- Bark River Bravo LT 3V
- GSO Survive 4.1 3V
- Fallkniven F1
The Fallkniven F1 has convex grind and is the thickest knife with 0.18″ stock. It is capable of making very fine feather sticks and it bites into wood nicely. The Fallkniven F1 has the thinnest handle which makes it feel small in the hand compared to the GSO 4.1 and Bravo LT. The knife is very well balanced. The Fallkniven zytel sheath is a no frills functional sheath. I actually like the design a lot because dirt doesn’t get trap inside like I have experienced with kydex sheaths.The GSO 4.1 has a saber grind with 0.156″ thick stock. It slices very well but does not bite into wood as well as the F1 or Bravo LT. The handles on the knife are very comfortable. The knife is well balanced but feels a bit heavy in hand. The GSO comes with a very high quality kydex sheath.I had sworn I wouldn’t buy another bark river because I had an issue with a prior knife. However the specs on the Bravo LT were too appealing not to give it another try. I am very impression with the thinner brother of the Bravo One. It slices very well and it also bites into wood well. Bark river is known for comfortable handles and this was not an exception. I am not a fan of the leather sheath that came with this knife and will eventually replace it.Overall these are three great knives. I have tried dozens of knives and like these three the best. For overall value I think the Fallkniven F1 tops the list since it is nearly half the price of the other two and still provides the user with a capable and robust blade.
I think everyone heading to the woods should have a saw. The Bahco Laplander is a great light weight saw. It weighs about 7 ounces and the saw blade, which locks into place, is about 8 inches long. The teeth are very sharp and aggressive and capable of cutting through wood with ease. The saw combined with a big knife or hatchet would be able to process enough firewood for most conditions.
The Sawyer Mini Water Filter is a great portable water filter system. The water filter comes with a water bag and a cleaning syringe. The filter can be attached to the included water bag and drunk from directly or you can pour the filtered water into a water bottle (my preferred method of use). The filter is small and light weight, which makes it perfect for hiking, but it would also be great for a home emergency kit for people that might face contaminated water from storms.
The North Face Borealis is a great all around back pack. It has a built in laptop sleeve that fits a 13inch laptop nicely, which makes it a great bag for school or work. It also has two water bottle holders on the side, breathable shoulder straps, and a rigid back which make it a great bag for taking on a day hike or carrying it on an airplane for your travel adventures. The bag is designed well and plenty durable.
When it comes to a light source outdoors, hands free is the way to go. I have been using the Petzl Tikkina 2 and am pleased with it so far. The light has a high and low light mode. It runs off of 3 AAA batteries. There are more expensive options by Petzl that have additional functions like S.O.S and red light but for now the Petzl Tikkina 2 fills all my needs.
- Leatherman Charge TTi
- Leatherman Micra
- Leatherman PS4
- I have had the same Leatherman Micra since 1997 and it has held up great. Recently, I got a Leatherman Squirt PS4 which I think will prove to be a great key chain item. The Leatherman Charge TTi has been my all-in-one tool box for years and has never let me down!