10 Best Tactical Vests (Update 2022) Buyer’s Guide

Military and law enforcement personnel are typically what we think of when we think about tactical vests. They are, however, used by a lot of private security details, survivalists, hunters, and outdoorsmen as well.

A good tactical vest serves multiple purposes. Many carry armor plates that protect the wearer against gunfire. They also serve to keep weapons and other critical gear items available at a moment’s notice. Most importantly, a tactical vest holds together the rest of a military uniform, such as the jacket, holster, and pants. Without it, the rest of the uniform is essentially useless. (more…)

10 Best Gas Masks (2022 Update) Buyer’s Guide

A gas mask is one of those tools in your survival kit that you really hope you never have to use. Nevertheless, it’s an important item simply because of the world we live in today. For law enforcement, preppers, security, and military personnel, gas masks have become a critical piece of equipment that allows them to do their job to the best of their ability. A quality gas mask will protect you from CBRN and NBC agents (1), whether they’re in weaponized form or not. They will also protect you from other airborne toxins including viruses and bacteria. (more…)

10 Best Paracord (2022 Update) Buyer’s Guide

Paracord is a type of narrow rope that was first developed and deployed on parachutes during World War II. Today it is widely appreciated for its strength and versatility and used by campers, hunters, homeowners and more for a variety of purposes.

There are six recognized types of paracord, but by far the most popular is Type III, or ‘550 paracord’. It is called 550 paracord because it is rated to handle a static load of 550 pounds. 750 pound paracord is also in fairly common use. But because it is thicker than 550, it is not quite as versatile.

There are hundreds of companies that manufacture paracord these days. We sifted through dozens of different products to find the best paracord of 2022. (more…)

Best Freeze Dryers (2022 Update) Buyer’s Guide

A freeze dryer enables you to extend the shelf life of various foods from a matter of days or weeks to years or even decades. Freeze dried food has long been a staple of mountaineering and hunting. But it is only in recent years that it has begun to receive more widespread attention.

Freeze dried food is often confused with dehydrated food. But the two are actually very different, both in how they are produced, and the quality and shelf life of the finished product. Freeze dried food typically lasts much longer and retains more of the food’s nutrient profile and taste.

Recent events have caused many people to ask legitimate questions about their level of preparedness for different crisis scenarios. This, in turn, has brought a high level of focus on things like freeze drying, and whether there are any commercially available freeze dryers for home use. Fortunately, there are. Below are the best freeze dryers on the market today. (more…)