Monday, May 23, 2016
VSSL Supplies Survival Kit - Review
Today Luke is reviewing a survival kit known as the VSSL Supplies. Will it be worth its high cost? Find out now!
VSSL Supplies – Survival Kit Review :
VSSL Link : http://www.vsslgear.com/collections/vssl/products/supplies
Price : Retail $110. On the web site. $80 on amazon
Weight : 18 ounces (1 pound, 2 ounces).
Materials : Whether you plan to be out for a few days or a few hours, having critical supplies in a compact weather-resistant case is an essential part of preparation.
Each VSSL unit is 9" long by 2" diameter made from seamless extruded military specification anodized aluminum.
· Dual mode (static and SOS) LED 'flood' beam lantern light, illuminates a large area (batteries included)
• Compass (oil filled)
• 4 hour pure Canadian beeswax candle
• Razor blade
• 6 Aquatabs® water purification tablets
• Wire saw (high tensile, 60lb working strength with handle straps)
• Aluminum beadless emergency whistle
• Waterproof matches
• Tinder Quik® fire starters
• Fishing Gear
• Signaling Mirror
• Marine grade rope (250lb breaking strength)
• Reflective trail markers
• P38 military GI Type can opener
• First aid supplies
• VSSL priorities of survival and instructions
Pros and Cons :
Impressive quality. Excellent materials. Great Engineering.
Self contained system. Tightly packed. Well organized. Lots of supplies included
Water tight container. Tough.
Good quality compass. Accurate. Oil filled. Not water. Smooth. A little slow but that’s ok.
Good quality flashlight. Works well. SOS feature is nice.
VSSL sells refills for everything in their online store so you can refill if needed. You can use your own supplies as well.
Flashlight : The LED flashlight on one end runs for 20 hours, or up to 40 hours in a flashing S.O.S. mode.
Very limited first aid kit.
Uncommon battery type for the flashlight.
Another flashlight negative : If on/off button is easy to trigger inside of your pack. If you are carrying this container, I would recommend not having the batteries installed as it doesn’t take much to turn it on. In a survival situation, pulling out your container to use the flashlight only to discover that the batteries are dead could be catastrophic. Store the batteries elsewhere in a safe, secure location.
Weight : With this container weighing more than 1lb, it is heavy. You will notice this in your package. It is large. For the ultralight crowd, you aren’t going to like this.
Biggest Complaint : I appreciate the features of the VSSL but they limit one very important aspect to the container itself. This holds lots of supplies, has a flashlight, has a compass, can hold water….but it can’t be used to boil water. This is a huge negative in my eyes. HUGE! Yes this does come with a few water purification tablets, but what are you going to do when you run out of those? Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to boil water inside of this container? Due to the compass at one end and the flashlight at the other, you cannot place this container in the fire. That is my biggest issue with this container. Yes a compass is important but being able to boil water is even more so. I rather be lost in the woods with drinkable than a compass. With a bit of knowledge and knowhow, you can determine direction in other ways. I’d like to see this change being made in the future. I rather have a container which I can boil water in and a guide explaining how to determine direction instead.
In general, no I wouldn’t.
I love the look of this product, the fit and finish is awesome. The contents are great quality too but would I recommend it? Nope. The fact that you can’t boil water in this container is a huge negative to me. Price is also a huge negative. You could build your own kit for much, much less and it would be more useful. Speaking of which, building your own kit is vital in my opinion. Each piece needs to be hand selected. You need to know how to use each aspect as well. When you build your own kit, you are more likely to understand how each component works and functions.
Very weak first aid kit.
If you built your own kit, would it be as nice and compact? Unlikely but looks aren’t all that important when you are trying to survive.