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Best Armageddon Survival Gear

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Knife

onPoint Tactical, CRKT Hisshou or RAT Training Package
Knives
Kevin Reeve, Founder and Director of onPoint Tactical Tracking School
“In addition to basic survival cutting chores, [a knife] is a tool that can be used to make other tools: thrusting spears, fish spears, bow drill sets, cooking and eating implements … When I have practiced full survival, the knife was the tool that made survival easier, faster, more efficient. I usually carry between four and six. (Why six? Because I have not figured a reasonable way to carry 10.) It is extremely deadly in trained hands. It never runs out of ammo. It never jams. And in confined space, it is better than a rifle. For a utility knife: the onPoint Tactical knife from TOPS Knives, a knife of my own design. I like James Williams’ knives from CRKT for fighting, along with Harley Elmore’s RAT.”

Racing Shoes
Salomon Adventure Racing Shoes
Clint Emerson, retired SEAL Team 6 member and author of 100 Deadly Skills and 100 Deadly Skills: Survival Edition
The only thing he’d need? A “solid pair of shoes that you can run, fight and withstand the elements” in. “My favorites are Salomon Adventure Racing Shoes. They have Kevlar laces that can be used for all kinds of ‘survival situations.

Survival Kit
SOLKOA Survival Kit
Peter Buchanan-Smith, Founder of Best Made Company
“It packs 25 of the most essential survival tools (everything from a space blanket, to a fire starting kit, to a multi-tool and water purification tablets) into a virtually indestructible aircraft grade aluminum box that is barely 20 cubic inches, almost small enough to fit in your pocket.”

If that’s disqualified because it’s actually 25 items? He’d go for one of Best Made’s Hudson Bay Axes or Straight Hold Hatchets.

Survival Belt
Cache Belt
Dustin Hogard, Co-Founder of Wazoo Survival Gear
“Excuse my self-promoting answer, but frankly, our Cache Belt would be what I would want on me in the event of an apocalypse … with integrated survival kit, [it] was created to get you out of trouble no matter where you are and what your issue is. In a proverbial unexpected apocalypse, we do not know what obstacles we will have to overcome or where we will be when it hits.” If he had to pick a non-Wazoo product? “M1 Abrams tank, chainsaw bazooka or the key to my 5-star underground nuclear bunker.

Back Pack
Arkiv Modular Pack
Jeff Roberts, Creative Director at Mission Workshop
“It would allow a person to carry a big load of gear if they were moving headquarters or locations, or slim down and carry a minimalist pack for a short recon or hunting mission. Arkiv would also keep a Geiger counter, solar charger and other electronics dry when it rains, and food, medical supplies and ammo in separate compartments to avoid cross-contamination. Arkiv packs also look impressive, and will help you stand out from your competition when running for mayor of your new enclave.


Boots
Blundstone 560 Shearling Boot
Reade Gosen, Store Manager at Askov Finlayson
“Oh man, during the last apocalypse I was in, I took the basics for granted. So for this next one, I’d want a good pair of boots. And since I live in Minnesota, they’d have to be warm. I’m going with these Blundstone thermal Chelsea boots. If I had to pick an Askov item, it would be a good bag.” He settled on their waxed canvas collaboration with Frost River, since he’s gonna need something that’ll last rapid destruction … and then the lonely decades that follow.

Photo credits:
Main image: Jasin Boland – © 2012 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.
Inline 1: Craig Kolesky