You're looking at the Bear Grylls Ultimate Survival Kit, it's a new addition to the Gerber and Bear Grylls Survival Series. This awesome collaboration brings together Gerber's 70+ years of knife and gear expertise with Bear Grylls' extensive outdoor survival and adventure experience to create a one-of-a-kind, all-in-one survival kit. From spending time in the British SAS, to scaling Mount Everest, Bear knows what it takes to be a survivor in extreme situations and multiple environments. Now he's bringing that knowledge to the creation Gerber's ultimate survival kit, that they hope you'll buy, and then never have to use it.
Earlier last week we had the opportunity to get our hands dirty with Bear's new survival kit, and to be honest at first glance, it wasn't that impressive, but as we dug deeper and deeper into the relatively small kit we quickly realized that this kit wasn't just slapped together and mass produced over night. A lot of thought and real life expertise appears to have been applied to the contents within...
Survival Kit Contents:
- Gerber mini multi-tool that comes standard with: Needle Nose Pliers, wire Cutters, Fine Edge Knife, Phillips Screwdriver, Small Flat Driver, Medium Flat Driver, Lanyard Ring, Bottle Opener, and Tweezers.
- Waterproof Bag
- Miniature Light
- Hand Saw
- Signaling 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
- Priorities of Survival - Pocket guide contains Bear's survival essentials
- Compass (a strange oversight)
After spending several hours in the wilderness with nothing but the clothes on our backs and the Gerber survival kit in our pocket we quickly realized how dire survival circumstances could be and we decided to put the kit to the test first by using the magnesium fire starter to start a fire.
: In a survival situation fire can be your best friend! On TV, Bear makes creating a fire this look effortless, but in real life it's not that easy, be warned, you need very dry
tinder to attempt sparking a fire. Luckily the cotton ball included in the survival kit turned out to work great. To get the magnesium fire starter to work properly you must apply strong pressure when scraping the steel against the magnesium. Without proper pressure you'll still get sparks, but nothing will catch on fire. Basically, the bigger the magnesium shavings you can create the hotter they will burn and the better chance you'll have to start a fire. Luckily for us it only took 15mins before we had ourselves a little bonfire! (Note
: this kit conveniently comes equipped with about a dozen waterproof matches, so in reality you'll probably never even have to use the fire starter.)
In a survival situation, beyond fire, your biggest concerns should be shelter, water, and food. Typically with these three basic needs taken care of you can survive relatively comfortably for extended periods of time in the wilderness. Though rescue should be your main goal of course.
Shelter: Using the Gerber mini multi-tool, the hand saw, and emergency cord you can easily create a make-shift shelter in a matter of an hour or two by using tree limbs and plants from the surrounding area. For sleeping the Survival Blanket surprisingly works great. It actually reflects your body heat keeping you pretty damn warm believe it or not. Using the blanket in conjunction with a fire is a great idea, thought you'll want to keep the blanket away from any exposed flames or sparks, as it will melt and become useless.
Water: To collect water you can use the plactic inner bag the survival kit comes equipped with. It won't hold a lot of water, but in a survival situation better than noting.
Food: This kit comes equipped with a fishing kit (line, weights, leaders, and hooks) which works great if you're in an area with both water and fish... If you're not anywhere near water they've supplied the kit with a snare wire, which when used properly and effectively can do the work for you while you sleep. The snare wire is great for catching small game such as rabbits and squirrels. We didn't get a good opportunity to use the snare wire, but it's common knowledge that Native Americans have been using this hunting technique for 1000s of years, so we're confident in it's ability to put food on the table if needed.
Rescue: It's one thing to survive, but eventually you'll need to be rescued, and this is exactly what this survival kit was designed for, to keep you alive and get you rescued as soon as possible. Between the use of the whistle, fire, signaling mirror and land to air rescue instructions most anyone who is lost in the wilderness should be able to find rescue sooner than later.
The Bottom Line: For anyone who spends days and nights camping, hiking or climbing in the wilderness, this survival kits is an absolute must! Think of it as an insurance plan of sorts... It has everything you need to survive if the worst case scenario happens to you. Though hopefully you'll never have to actually put this kit to use.
Thinking about picking it up for yourself? Check out what the man himself - Bear Grylls has to say about it first in the embedded video below...