Being a full time survival instructor I have the opportunity to truly test knives in the field and see how the hold up in not only professionals hands but amateurs as well. This list is my favorite blades of the last few years and have all proven to hold up extremely well in the field […]
The term bugging out is a term survivalist preppers and some military use when talking about getting out of a certain situation. A bugout bag is a handy set of ready to go items that you can just grab and go. Some people prefer the term “B.O.B.”(Bug Out Bag) or “Go Bag.” The general rule of thumb is to have enough supplies in your bug out bag to survive at least 3 days, although sometimes bug out bags are made to last 7 – 21 days, and even indefinitely.
Depending on your skillset and how much survival training or knowledge your posses it is possible to survive with a knife alone. Even the most skilled survivalists would rather have more tools with them than just a knife. I mean why would you want to make surviving harder on yourself.
We have compiled a list of must-have items that our Instructor’s recommend, as well as a list of items to put inside your bug out bags. These items could vary depending on the climate you live in but for the most part, they will stay the same.
3 Day Bugout Bag Checklist – 3 Days is the bare minimum amount you will want to have enough supplies for. Having enough water and food can easily be packed into a small bag. The 3 day kit is designed to meet your initial needs. It provides for the key components to any short-term survival situation. Shelter, Fire, Water, Food, and Security. It is designed to get you by for the first 72 hours until you can resupply or relocate to a safer, more plentiful location. Other than food and water your 3 Day B.O.B. should contain :
- Durable Clothing
TRU-SPEC 24/7 Tactical Pants
Fjallraven Vida Pro Pants
- Shelter System
Aqua Quest Defender Tarp
Warbonnet Hammock System & Superfly Tarp
- Water Purifier
Sawyer Water Filter
Sigma 3 Water Kit
- Fire Starter
Sigma 3 Fire Kit
Leatherman – Surge Multitool
Firearm (If Trained Properly)
CRKT Obake Titanium Knife
21 Day Bugout Bag Checklist – Beyond those primary needs you will need to extend your kit. When building out your bug out bag consider keeping it modular. You should be able to simply attach your 3 Day Bag right on to your 21 Day Bag. This prevents you from having to pack all the same items into two separate bags. In addition to your 3 Day Bag, your 21 Day Bug Out Bag should include:
- Sleep System
Snugpak Tactical Sleeping Bag
Therm-a-Rest ProLite Mattress Regular
Military U.S. G.I. Modular Sleeping Bag System (4-Piece)
- Cook Kit
NDur 9 Piece Cook Kit
MSR Pocket Rocket Stove Kit
- First Aid
Coleman Mini First Aid Tin
Pro Guide First Aid Kit
- Added Protection
Pulse Taser with 2 Cartridges and Holster
SABRE Red Pepper Gel – Police Strength
Baofeng Radio Plus (USA Warranty)
Cell Phone and Charger
Alternate Power Supplies (Battery Bank)
Knife Sharpener – WorkSharp
55 Gallon Contractor Trashbag
Notepad and Pencil
INCH Bag “I’m Never Coming Home”Checklist – You can’t possibly carry enough supplies to last forever, but with some training, you could survive for a very long time and possibly indefinitely. The INCH Bag contains all the items in your 3 and 21 Day Bug Out Bags, but also includes everything you feel like you can’t live without. In the event your home becomes uninhabitable due to disaster or hostile environments you will want to secure invaluable items. This could include everything from photos, family heirlooms, and items that bring you joy and fulfillment. The list of INCH Bag items is only limited by your ability to transport those items.
This list is provided to give you some options. You may not need to carry every item on it. Just things to consider.
Preparedness is key, and having a quick bugout bag ready to go at a moments notice could be the difference between survival and worst case scenario. In closing, the items recommended in this list have been tested in the field by experienced survival instructors. Show your support, share and shop the links provided in this blog post.
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Justin “Sage” Williams
Director Sigma 3
For many years, I’ve been searching to find the best wool clothing on the planet. Working in the wilderness full time means I need a clothing fiber that works in wide range of temperatures and rough conditions. Clothing choice is a huge consideration when purchasing equipment for work because it means the difference in being […]
The conditions outside will dictate everything, and could encompass thousands of different temperatures and climates. For this article we will be highlighting some of the Best Cold Weather Sleeping bags.
When it comes to wilderness outdoor activity there are really only 3 types of buschcrafters.
- The “Arm Chair Bushcrafter” – Enjoys the virtual arena of the outdoors, and finds enjoyment in the entertainment side of survival.
- The “Avid Bushcrafter” – Enjoys physically getting outdoors, and actually training in survival skills. They enjoy the occasional overnighter, but many times their outdoor activity is dictated by the conditions (weather/climate/etc.).
- The “Active Bushcrafter” – Enjoys testing themselves, and finds joy in challenging conditions. They like to see how their gear functions in less than ideal circumstances, and will typically stay out multiple days, as their schedule permits.
Depending on the type of bushcrafter you are, you may not have a need for a sleeping bag, but if you are a serious outdoorsman then an adequate sleeping bag is vital. (Unless of course you are solely a primitive skills practitioner.)
I have spent many nights sleeping on the cold ground with improper sleeping gear. When I first got into survival I was convinced I only needed a wool blanket to make it through the night, and although I still love wool blankets, in harsh environments they simply are not enough. Even the natives would use large thick animal hides such as elk or buffalo. I have found after years of training that I still prefer a quality layering system. That is why the Military Sleep System has been so popular, but over the years technology has evolved. Many companies now are making quality high end sleeping bags that are light weight, compact, and affordable. With the right sleeping bag you can easily survive in sub-zero temperatures, and when you add a simple wool blanket or down throw you will be able to comfortably sleep in negative degree temperatures.
Here are some of my top picks for the Best Cold Weather Sleeping Bags:
These are in no particular order.
- U.S. G.I. Modular Military Sleeping Bag System (4-Piece) – I used this system for years and loved they layering capabilities, but it can be bulky.
- Snugpak Tactical Series 2 – I personally love Snugpak sleeping bags, they are extremely warm and versatile.
- Snugpak Basecamp Series – Featured in the video below is the Basecamp Navigator SQ which has the squared bottom instead of the mummy design. If you can handle a tight footbox the mummy design is warmer
- Coleman North Rim Mummy Sleeping Bag – Affordable and reliable sleeping bag. Bulky, but really comfortable and warm.
- Big Agnes – 0 Sleeping Bag – Extremely comfortable sleeping bag filled with Thermolite Extra Simulated down and is for use in temperatures down to 0 degrees F.
- The North Face Sleeping – One of my friends is a mountaineer and has summit some of the top glaciers, and he swears by North Face Sleeping Bags. Only downside is they are pricey.
Don’t forget to add a sleeping pad:
- Multimat Foam Pad – Extremely durable closed cell foam mat. It is supplied to the British Army and is the most reliable sleeping solution.
- Thermarest Ridge Rest Solar Sleeping Pad – The aluminized surface is perfect for reflecting body heat adding to the effectiveness.
Things to Consider when Choosing a Sleeping Bag:
- Budget: “Buy Once, Cry Once” is our motto, and it is important that you get the best sleeping bag you can afford.
- Size: Be sure to purchase a sleeping bag slightly larger than you think you need.
- Temperature Rating: Be sure to do some research on what the bags insulate R value is. Make sure it is rated for the necessary temperature.
- Comfort: The size of the bag usually indicates the overall comfort. Large bags tend to have more padding, and provide more comfort.
- Shape: Sleeping bags come in all shapes and sizes. Mummy style bags are usually warmer, but are more restrictive to movement.
- Temperature Control: Think about where the zipper placements are, and preferably choose a sleeping bag with a head cover.
I wish you the best of luck on your next overnighter, and hope this simple sleeping bag list is helpful. Be sure to check out the video below, share, subscribe, and shop using the links provided in this article. Support Sigma 3 and shop SurvivalGear.us
Justin “Sage” Williams
Director of Operations
Sigma 3 Survival School
5 Best Bushcraft Saws
For years we have been using silky saws in the field and they have performed exceptionally well. So this list will heavy on the silkies, but we will cover some other saws as well. There is a ton of different saws out there on the market to choose from, the options can be overwhelming to a newbie. So we have tried everything out there and narrowed it down to a handful of saws for you that will work best for bushcrafters and outdoorsman. All of this equipment has been in use by SIGMA 3 Survival Instructors for years, since it is one of the single most important survival tools we bring to work. Our day job consists of showing up in the woods with a knife, saw, axe, and nothing else. That is what we teach with for most classes, so we use them a LOT!
What to look for?
Folding saws are the best option. Pack-ability is always a concern when carrying woodworking tools. You can only carry so much and you want it to be lightweight, durable, and very efficient at cutting small to medium-sized logs. As well as being able to take something larger down if need be. You’d be surprised how large of a tree you can take down in a short amount of time with a mid sized saw. Well over 12″ trees are possible and as a survivalist, you really shouldn’t have a need to take anything larger down. But if you do, then plan on carrying an axe. Our favorite axe at the moment is the Hults Bruk Akka Forest Axe. You can take down anything you need with an axe this big, and the head is light enough you can choke up on the handle and do light cutting work.
Why a folding saw over a buck saw?
The problem with bucksaws is that the depth of your saw will determine how large of trees you can cut. Which can be a problem if you’re carrying a big clunky buck saw, and it won’t even cut large logs if needed. They tend to be heavier and much bulkier, which makes them an issue to carry in backpacks. Whereas a folding saw can cut larger logs and will slide right into one of your pockets. The Silky Ultra Accel actually fits perfectly into the upper left cargo pocket of the Fjallraven Vidda Pro Pants (My favorite outdoor pants of all time).
Some things only a saw can do:
- straight cuts for notching, survival traps, shelter building, and much more
- Faster cutting and less work than axes. It takes about 1/3 the effort to use a saw versus an axe.
- Fit into small pockets.
- Cut quickly in confined areas.
- Strap it to a pole and cut limbs way out of your normal reach.
Why does a survivalist need a saw more than an axe?
People who travel in the woods often, tend to try and do it lightweight. Tool heavy yes, but as light as they can go to get the job done. Why carry a big 3 lb axe if you don’t need it? I primarily carry an axe for winter trips in colder climates and in places you need to chop lots of standing dead wood to burn. Unless I have to process and split a lot of wood, I don’t really need an axe for most 3 season trips. The saw can do anything I need and then some. Plus it fits in your pocket and the only survival tools that matter are the ones you’ll actually carry regularly.
There issues with almost every folding saw on the market. It isn’t designed to necessarily replace an ax, it should be paired with one. Because of the two items, the axe is far more durable, even though it’s not as efficient. I typically carry both and end up using my saw 80% of the time. Remember that your wood working tools are your survival tools, because they can help you construct items for your longer-term survival. Not to mention a fire is pivotal to survive in any environment and you want a few tools at hand to process wood.
Silky Issues- This saw has the hardest steel by far, meaning it holds an edge much much longer. But the harder a steel, the more brittle it is. The only issue people have with silky’s ever is that if you abuse the blade it will break. You have to use it properly and never force it through wood or allow the blade to bind. If done right it will fly through the wood with very little effort on your arms. The silky also has a very wide kerf (thickness at cutting edge), meaning it binds the least of all the saws. This is a professional tree trimming saw and is by far and away the fastest cutter. Just be careful when using the blade so as not to break it. I’ve never personally broken one after years of use, but I have seen it happen.
Corona Issues- This saw has a thinner kerf and will bind a little more than the silky’s. It also has an issue with the bolt loosening and once you lose the bolt, the saw is almost worthless. The blade is also softer so the edge won’t last as long. And it’s more likely to bend than the silky saws. That being said, it’s durable enough that you can straighten bends in the blade. All in all, this a fantastic saw for the money. It was my go to saw before finding the silky ultra accel.
Bahco Issues- This saw is the slowest cutter of all the saws by far. But it is probably the most popular bushcraft saw in the world. Not sure why they are so popular other than the durability of the blade, which is why it made the top 5 list. You can literally bend the bushcraft saw blade at a 90-degree angle, and then bang it out straight with a log. Its an amazingly tough blade, but it has some drawbacks. The kerf on the saw is very thin, meaning the blade binds a lot. It is also a small saw, and can only process small limbs. You can’t cut even half as large of trees with this bushcraft saw, as you can the silky or corona. You also have to be careful the bolt doesn’t fall out on this saw. It has to have loctite added to the threading or it will come loose in the woods and be rendered useless.
Top 5 Bushcraft Saws:
- Silky Ultra Accel (All time favorite saw)
- Silky Pocket Boy (Best Pocket Sized Saw)
- Corona Clipper 10-inch Curved Blade Folding Razor Tooth Saw RS 7265
- Silky Big Boy (Largest bushcraft saw in class)
- Bahco 396-LAP Laplander Folding Saw, 7-1/2 -Inch Blade, 7 TPI
Just a couple of good buck saws:
ANNOUNCEMENT: We are proud to announce that SIGMA 3 will be the first US distributor of these reflective tarp products and currently the only place you can get this in America.We highly recommend this shelter after having used it in the field!
For years, I have been looking for a really good shelter made of reflective material that was designed for use by bushcrafters. In the US, you really only have the small emergency blanket tarps made of this material and they are all too small for comfortable use. Previously bushcrafters have had to resort to canvas, cordura, or other tough materials if they planned to sleep next to a campfire without damaging their tarp. Until recently I was completely stumped on how I could get a shelter made like I want because a company in the US has almost a total monopoly on reflective tarp material. That makes it super hard to get a hold of the material for making your own tarps. Then I stumbled onto the company Vihe Vaellus in Finland and was shocked at the AWESOME lineup of reflective bushcrafting shelters!
This company has really thought out these reflective tarp shelters very well and has a setup that will fit almost anyone’s needs. You can get solo shelters all the way up to 6 person shelters, and they all weigh less than 3 lbs. All the smaller reflective tarp shelters weigh less than 2 lbs and are surprisingly durable considering their weight. This traditional style of bushcraft shelter is designed to be placed next to a fire and will keep anyone sleeping in them really warm. They are not like a traditional nylon tarp that loses heat easily and has no sides to protect from the wind. This rip stop nylon has been coated with an aluminum spray that helps reflect all the heat back towards you. It is so effective that you don’t even need to keep the fire close to you at all. For a good size long fire, we recommend placing the fire about 4-5′ from the edge of your shelter.
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Remember that it is important to know your prevailing winds when using this type of reflective tarp shelter. Fire placement and prevailing winds will be an important decision to insure that you aren’t breathing much smoke from the fire. It is best to set these up in low wind forested areas but we have set them up in high winds several times and they have held up well.
Reflective Tarp Technical Specs:
- Width at the front 114″ or 9.5′
- Diameter 125″ or 10.4′
- Depth 62″ or 5.1′
- Weight: 1.7 lbs
- Pack Size in Compression Sack: 6″x6″
Because we have to import these from Europe, they do hit us pretty hard on shipping but we don’t plan to pass on that cost to you. If you buy this reflective tarp shelter from us, you will pay roughly the same price as if you were living in Europe. We are the only US distributor of this product and you won’t find it anywhere else in America! Only other place to get them is from foreign website, most of which are in another language.
Warning: Do not get the fire to close to your shelter, it is essential that it stays the proper distance away to avoid sparks. Now we have had this shelter in 50 mph winds on several occasions and it took some huge spark showers with no damage. We have even had the flames wicking extremely close to the material without it melting or deforming in anyway. But I would play it safe and make sure to protect the tarp the best you can from fire damage.
For over a year now we have recommended the Warbonnet Hammock system as our top survival shelter for all uses. But not everyone likes sleeping in hammocks and some people want to sleep next to fires. Well this is the perfect option for people that like sleeping on the ground next to a fire. You can carry all types of bed rolls with this setup and won’t have to worry about damaging them next to the fire. I used an Exped Down Mattress in the video below and I have to tell you that it is by far the most comfortable ground pad you will ever use. By far the best for comfort, but very pricey!
You can also make a bed using dry leaves, boughs, or other soft material for sleeping if you plan to go lightweight. I recommend a small mat and lightweight sleeping bag. When using a fire next to this shelter you will not need a large sleeping bag as long as you stoke the fire through the night. It is a great way to cut weight out of your hiking setup by bringing a smaller sleeping bag.
Conclusion: This is the best ground based reflective tarp shelter in the world and is a must have for those that sleep next to a fire. You really can’t beat the packability of the product or it’s weight. There is simply nothing else on the market that really compares with it. I truly believe these shelters will take over the bushcrafting community and all those canvas/cordura/oil cloth fans will be switching over to this once they try it. No need for heavy bulky shelters so that you can sleep next to the fire. I still totally recommend the Warbonnet system as my go to shelter for most people. But if you like sleeping on the ground next to a fire, then this is the only way to go. I’m getting rid of all my canvas tarps after using this system!
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How to Build Your Own DIY Survival Fishing Kit
When living off the land, something we have to seriously think about is where are we going to get our food if we are to be in the wilderness for an extended period of time (more than 72 hours). One possible answer is fish and should be your top food priority if you have sufficient resources in your area. Survival fishing is the answer in many areas for all your food needs, and our instructor Josh Hamlin survived on fish almost exclusively for over 2 years while surviving in the wilderness. Fish can be quite abundant in many streams, rivers and lakes out in the backcountry depending on your location. It is important to have the right skills and equipment with you to be able to take advantage of this valuable resource and the better your equipment is the higher your chances of success. You can always go with less and bushcraft what you need but a kit like this will make things way to easy. You’ll have more fish than you know what to do with if you employ the equipment with the proper tactics. In this article I’m going to be showing you how to put together you own survival fishing kit for INCH bags and long term self-reliance. I’ve got a lot to cover so let’s get started.
First of all, let’s begin with the container. When selecting a container, I always like to ensure that it meets the following criteria:
- Fully Waterproof
- Small enough to fit into a cargo pants pocket
I would use a large, empty Altoids tin or the waterproof Adventurer Survival Kit box by Best Glide ASE to contain all you fishing bits and pieces. An alternative to a simple metal container would be a waterproof, plastic container with dividers inside for separating all your bits and pieces like this one here. And if I were you, I would wrap a couple of rubber bands or maybe a reasonable amount of paracord around the container for extra security.
Just because of who I am, I like to organise things into small zip lock style plastic bags. This makes sense as you don’t want your fishing gear all mixed up and you also want it to be easy to gain access to.
Yes this fishing kit isn’t designed to be a minimalistic pocket sized kit but I like the idea of carrying a spool of a reasonable amount of commercial fishing line (60 – 100 m) just in case you’re unable to grab your hand reels or pack rods (which I’ll talk about later) for whatever reason or you might just lose one of your reels etc. Commercial fishing line is much stronger than standard fishing line and is great for survival purposes. In a sense, this kit has the ability to be self-contained in a pinch.
Assorted fishing hooks (24)
Always remember that small fish hooks can catch both small and large fish. The more hooks the better as they can get lost or swallowed by fish.
These are an essential component of your fishing rig and I suggest that you carry at least a dozen of these. They prevent line twist with spinning reels and will give you the ability to mix and match line sizes. Leaders are also a good option to add for larger fish with teeth and you will need both leaders/swivels for large teethed fish.
Circle hooks (12)
Due to the clever design of these hooks, they are proven to catch more fish and are rarely swallowed. It is becoming increasingly popular with anglers today. I’ve caught fish all over the world with these and they can even be used in the ocean with great effectiveness.
Artificial Baits (6)
Essentially, lures are artificial bait and come in very handy as they are good at enticing fish into thinking that they will make a tasty snack. Usually lures come in the shape of a small fish and… remember that large fish like eating small fish. So… keep a good quantity of these on hand.
Plastic Floats/Bobbers (3)
These little floating devices are great to have on hand. You CAN do without them (I have) but it just makes your job of finding your line visually, a lot easier. I suggest that you carry at least three of these because they can get lost pretty easily (especially in cases when you’re forced to cut the line).
If you’re the sort of person that like to improvise, wine corks, earplugs and foam all make good improvised bobbers too, by the way.
Split-shot Sinkers (12)
Carry at least a dozen lead split – shot sinkers in a small zip lock bag. These can get lost quite easily too.
Small hand fishing reels (4)
From experience I know that these are actually quite effective in catching a wide range of small to medium sized fish. Its a good idea to pack at least four of these inside your main fishing kit pouch and ensure that they have a significant amount of line on them. It does take a lot of skill using fishing reels, but with a little patience and practice you can master the skill of using it. There is a good fishing reel made by Yo-Yo which is basically automatic and saves you from manually reeling in the line (SIGMA 3 recommends that you get this particular brand).
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Pack rods (1)
These are foldable rods that are robust and aren’t susceptible to breakage as easily (like most telescopic rods). I recommend that you get the Emmrod Pack Rod from SIGMA 3. Its virtually indestructible, half the price and packs down a lot smaller than comparable pack rods. SIGMA 3 has caught all sizes of fish with these rods, they are absolutely amazing. Rob Allen, the founder, actually caught a 150 lb tarpon on one of these setups. Enough can’t be said about how packable, lightweight, and durable these little fishing setups are. You will take some loss in casting distance with a shorter rod, but for survival fishing it is excellent.
Gill Net (1)
Something else I’d add to this kit is a small gill (similar to seine) net (like the Adventurer Survival Gill Net made by Best Glide ASE). These are very effective and can be useful for catching a variety of crabs, shrimps and small fish in greater quantities than several lines would. Basically you stretch this across a river, stream or other waterway and any fish that get caught inside will be trapped by their gills. Obviously crabs and other similar sized seafood will be trapped merely by their size and their inability to get through the netting. This gill net is light, doesn’t take up much space and can be folded up and placed in a small ziplock plastic pouch for easy, compact storage.
Yo Yo Fishing Traps
These are super handy and you can set them up in no time. This is a must have for every kit and will insure you’re catching fish while working on other things. They are essentially automatic fishing reels that set the hook, wear the fish out, and will have him waiting for you right below where you hung it. These are not the best for large fish but work great for fish 5 lbs and under. SIGMA 3 instructors have literally provided all their meat needs with just this simple little tool and have caught more fish than they can eat. We always carry these in our kits for survival fishing and consider it a must have for any place with fish. It’s recommended that you carry at least 4 per person in your group. We have several videos on our youtube channel explaining how to use them.
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Basic Knots Card
Knots can be hard to remember especially if you don’t go fishing regularly. I suggest that you get a waterproof knots card like the one here to keep inside your kit. It all comes down to personal preference, but if there’s one knot that you should remember, I personally recommend the clinch knot.
I think artificial bait is a waste of valuable storage space in your survival fishing kit. I would recommend that you learn where to find natural bait and learn what fish like what. Finding and knowing the appropriate bait for a wide variety of fish is an invaluable skill to have.
Look around and under rocks for small critters such as grasshoppers and worms etc. Remember that big fish feed on small fish, so you’ll want to consider this as your bait when fishing for larger fish. If you have a specific bug out location (BOL) planned, I highly recommend that you thoroughly scout out the area and determine what fish live there. Knowing the type of fish that you’ll be catching will help you decide the right bait for them and also the places where they are most abundant. I think it’s a good idea to pack a large freezer bag inside your fishing kit to store bait in whilst collecting.
A good multitool
A multitool such as a Leatherman Wave (heavier option) or a Leatherman Sidekick (lightweight option) can come in handy for removing hooks, cutting line, processing fish and a multitude of other tasks.
Last but not least… a survival knife
This survival knife can be used for gutting, preparing fish and many other uses to do with fishing. I won’t go into depth about selecting the right survival knife for your needs but you can check out our custom SIGMA 3 Survival knife, as it is our most recommended choice in bushcraft blades.
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Ok, so there you have it! A compact, yet comprehensive survival fishing kit that allows you to be self-reliant when bugging out for any extended period of time. You can tailor the size of your fishing kit to where you are going and how long you’ll be gone. This is very modular and can be scaled up or down based on your survival fishing needs. I hope you enjoyed this article and found the information useful.Testing Emmrod Survival Fishing Rods in Jungles of Nicaragua!
By Robert Allen
After almost two years of testing the Warbonnet Blackbird XLC hammock, we have come to the conclusion that this is the best hammock system on the market for the money. I personally bought one of these a couple of years ago and have tested it in almost every kind of weather imaginable. This hammock is just about as bomb-proof as you can get for a lightweight piece of sleep gear. Various SIGMA 3 instructors have also purchased it and used it all over the country, they have all come back with the same conclusion. Amazing!
We are proud to announce that we are the first company to ever offer their products outside of the direct manufacturer. Warbonnet is American Veteran owned and each product is hand made, so you can be assured that they are quality and not foreign junk. I was so impressed with the product after buying it at full retail price and testing for two years, that I contacted the owner and told him we had to sell them. He finally agreed to let us sell his Warbonnet Blackbird XLC to SIGMA 3 customers. As many of you know our store only sells products that our instructors own, have tested, and wholeheartedly believe in. I have to admit that I didn’t like the idea of hammocks at first because I’m a stomach and side sleeper, so I was hesitant to spend money on something I wasn’t sure I would be comfortable in. After years of using them though, I’m a total convert from tarp and tent camping. I almost never use any of my other shelter equipment anymore after using this system.
The Best Hammock
The Blackbird XLC is a larger up-graded version of the Blackbird. It has all the same standard features as the Blackbird such as choice of suspension, built-in bug netting, shelf/footbox, but in addition the XLC is about 12″ longer having a hammock body roughly 132″x 63″ with an overall length(ridgeline length) of 111″ which gives you about 11 inches of tarp overlap at each end of the hammock if using an eleven foot tarp. The XLC is rated for a user up to 7’0″. The netting is fully removable, you have the option to purchase an optional winter Topcover that can be used in place of the netting in winter time, the Topcover is a breathable fabric matching the hammock body, it will trap about 15 deg of heat compared to the outside air temps, so it is particularly useful for those that do lots of cold weather camping. Like the hammock fabric itself, the Topcover made of breathable fabric that has a DWR water “resistant” treatment, it will shed light moisture, but is not waterproof and is not a replacement for a tarp. The thing we probably best about this hammock is the convenient built in shelf you can put gear in out of your way. Watch the video for more details.
Color: Olive green
Weight capacity: 400 LBS
Item weight (webbing/buckles): 2 lb. 7oz.
Item weight (whoopies): 2 lb 4oz.
Fabric: 1.7oz/70D Nylon (x2)
The Best Hammock Tarp
I have probably owned 30 different tarps over the years as a survival instructor and I can honestly say that the warbonnet superfly tarp is my favorite. It weighs only 1 lb 3 oz and packs up to the size of a pop can. Even if you don’t like hammocks you’ll love this tarp if you like camping on the ground.The reason I like it so much is because it has doors that fold down on both sides and it makes it a 4 season tarp. It blocks out the wind, rain, and snow no matter what kind of weather conditions you find yourself in. When weather is nice I like to fold up one side to enjoy the views and when the weather is bad I batten down the hatches and close in all the sides. For the weight and pack-ability it can’t be beat. It is just like having a floor-less tent and still all the advantages of a tarp. There are certainly cheaper options available, but we guarantee that after you try a tarp with the doors you won’t want the smaller versions available. Warbonnet offers a tarp that is the same size and price as the ENO profly, but it doesn’t have the doors. In comparison with other tarp makers, they are about the same price as the rest. In fact, ENO offers a Housefly tarp that is the same as the superfly, but after testing we found it wasn’t near the same quality. You can see that in our video below when we tested them both in the snow. The ProFly tarp collapsed under snow weight and the superfly held up because of extra tie outs.
Item weight: 1 lb. 3 oz.
Ridgeline Length: 11’0”
Fabric: 1.1oz/30D 2000mm NeverMist™ Silnylon
There are numerous other brands and options available out there and we have tried almost all of them. I’ve personally owned the ENO hammocks, Hennessy, Grand Trunk, and Snugpak hammock. The blackbird xlc is by far and away a much better hammock system than all of them. Clark hammocks is also an option but they are substantially more expensive for a system that has a smaller tarp, no shelf, and doesn’t lay quite as flat.
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You could certainly find cheaper hammocks, as there are numerous systems out there available but our philosophy is to buy the best and only spend the money once. We guarantee that if you like hammock camping, you will upgrade your system in the future and end up spending way more money in the long run. One of our main jobs as survival instructors is to test gear and we test a lot of it. We never put our name behind something that we don’t absolutely love and our reputation is the most important thing to us. You know that we are biased in this review because we are selling the hammock, but I can assure that this hammock is amazing and I give you my word you will love it. After years of testing, I can assure you I have never had a better nights sleep in the woods. Thank you for supporting SIGMA 3 Survival School and I hope that one day you get to try out this amazing piece of gear and like it as much as I do!
SIGMA 3 has just launched our new Escape and Evasion kit for SERE. This kit includes all the low tech spy type gear you will need to get away from illegal detention. We as Americans are at huge risk of kidnapping by ISIS, the Cartels, and other threats globally. So because we are targets we must prepare by not only getting equipment but learning how to use this equipment.
SERE training is something that everyone who travels needs, especially women and people who are at higher risk for captures. This kit will enable you to get out of the most common restraints, pick locks, get out of handcuffs, and much more. The SIGMA 3 Escape and Evasion Kit includes:
- Bogota Lockpicks Titanium
- Covert Saw
- Universal Handcuff Key
- Diamond stick
- Credit Card Multi Tool
- Handcuff and Lock Shim
- Kevlar Cord
- Ranger Fire starter
- P51 Can Opener
- Convenient Pocket Carry Case
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Other items that might be useful to add to your kit for further protection:
Boot Lace Handcuff Key
Road Spikes or Caltrops
Zipper Pull Handcuff Key
If you have plans to travel to any hostile countries or continents, then you need this kit for your safety. Watch this video below and I’ll explain the uses of all these items and why they are essential for kidnapping survival.
The best bushcraft knife for under $75 is by far and away the Mora Bushcraft knife. There are a lot of good blades on the market for the money and I have tried most of them. But I still keep coming back to this one knife. In fact, even though I have several high end custom survival knives, I still find myself carrying a Mora Bushcraft knife at many of our survival courses. It is always in my go bag as a backup knife to my main survival knife set as well. It’s just a handy setup to have around. Figuring out the best bushcraft knife can be a difficult task for the beginner and we are taking all the homework out of it for you. Trust us, we have beat the hell out of this knife in dozens of survival courses and we have yet to see one fail! They aren’t the toughest knife on the market, but they are the best wood cutter and best bushcraft knife for general uses.
For less than $75, you get the best bushcraft knife from Mora, a good firestarter, and a sharpening stone built right onto the blade. It’s an all in one survival kit on your side, because if you have a knife you can build anything else that you need with it in the wilderness. Survival and bushcraft is about improvising tools from the local landscape around you and the most important tool to do that is a good blade. Now many companies have tried to reinvent the wheel with all these fancy survival knives that have come out in recent years. But the simple truth about survival knives is that you don’t have to have a super steel, but you do need to have super good design. And the Bushcrafter fits the bill in all respects! The Mora is so good because of its comfortable handle design and a very well designed blade.
The Scandinavian style grind on the Mora is designed to fly through wood. It is a flat grind that is somewhat similar in its cutting efficiency to a chisel. It was simply designed to cut through wood easily and efficiently. This makes bushcrafting chores a breeze and time is money in the bush. Your knife should do the task quickly and should cut through the wood easily. That is the single most important thing a knife has to do when you have several bushcraft chores.
The best bushcraft knife is also a high carbon steel which is good for making fire with a flint and charred tinder. You always go with high carbon steel for survival and not stainless. Never get a stainless steel blade unless you plan to be in or around the water all the time. The high carbon blades just have to many advantages to not use them over the stainless versions. The knife also comes with a fixed belt loop and a swinging dangler belt loop for either type of carry. The belt loops detach quickly and a very secure in their construction. It comes with a great sheath, but there are also a lot of options to upgrade your sheath through custom kydex making companies such as Grizzly Kydex
The diamond sharpening steel does a great job on quickly putting an edge on the high carbon steel. And since it is conveniently located on the sheath, you will always be sure to have a sharpener when the task is needed. A dull blade is a dangerous blade, so always keep your tools sharp. And don’t forget knife safety when doing bushcrafting. The blade should never be cut towards any body part. Never carve on your legs or over the tops of your palms. You never know what could happen. I always say the best knife safety learning always comes from cutting yourself really bad one time, and you will never do it again. Don’t learn the hard way, practice safe methods. So be safe and get yourself a Mora knife for our survival classes today! As they are definitely the Best Bushcraft Blade for our courses. SEMPER PARATUS!
Here is an independent review on the Mora Bushcraft knife:
If your interested in purchasing one of these blades then make sure to check them out at our Survival Store
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