There’s nothing quite like communing with nature in the way humans have done for millennia: on the hunt, in the Great Outdoors. Woodsmen relish the escape from civilization that hunting provides. Yet that same distance from society can prove deadly if the outdoorsman is unprepared. Every hunter should have the following five items when venturing into the wild this winter:
Archive for February, 2014
Hypothermia is a creeping, secretive killer. Its early symptoms can appear as mere irritations. Because a person suffering from hypothermia progressively becomes less and less coherent, those who are suffering hypothermia rarely recognize the danger. That’s one reason why the buddy system is so crucial for survival in the backcountry. Two sets of eyes and two rational minds are a real advantage in the face of hypothermia. Your buddy can speak up if you’re not behaving normally, or if he or she notices conditions are ripe for hypothermia. Recognizing hypothermia symptoms is like recognizing stoke symptoms: The earlier you spot it, the better chance you have of saving the victim. And yes, “saving” is an appropriate verb here, since hypothermia can kill.
Protect yourself and your trail mates: Know the signs of hypothermia we list below, so that you can call 911 or stop to warm up your companion before it’s too late.
When purchasing any knife, the first thing to consider is how you intend to use it. An emergency knife is different than a knife you intend to use as a self-defense weapon. The most basic definition of a tactical knife is one that has a specific intended purpose. Police officers, firemen, hunters, and laypersons will have very different needs in a tactical knife. For instance, a detective who may face an assailant should look for some sort of hand guard, to prevent the hand from slipping down onto the blade. (When a blade hits bone, the gripping hand is likely to slip, especially if the handle is wet with blood.) On the other hand, an outdoorsman will want chip-resistant blades for cutting away hides. Outline your “must have” features or capabilities at the outset of your knife shopping expedition. That way you’ll have an easy test to eliminate knives designed for other purposes.
Every state has its own laws regarding concealed weapons. Here in Oregon, state law regarding ownership of knives is quite lenient. It is legal for Oregonians to own any kind of knife they choose. However, the Beaver state does restrict certain knives as illegal to conceal and carry. Here’s a summary of Oregon law regarding the concealed carrying of knives.
Shopping for a multi-tool is like everything else in life: It gets easier with practice. The more multi-tools you buy, the more you know what you prefer in a handy gadget. But what if you’re a greenhorn in this area? We’ve got your back. Here’s our guide on how to buy the best multi-tool for your needs. If you’re interested in multi-tools, but need some direction on what to prioritize in your purchase, read on.
Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be predictable and cheesy. It can be a chance to show your heartmate that you know them well—well enough to get something that they would actually want on the big romantic holiday. Forget the flowers and chocolates—this year, go for the rugged, top-of-the-line survivalist tools that your outdoor man or lady lusts for. If you’re in love with a camper/survivalist/outdoorsman or –woman, this shopping list of COAST Products should be handy this Valentine’s Day. (more…)
Every COAST knife, tool, and light purchased in North America is protected by our lifetime warranty. To be more specific, our warranty promises that our LED emergency Area lights, knives, lanterns, flashlights, and headlamps will be free of workmanship and material defects for the life of the product owner. We stand behind our labor and choice of materials.
It’s a new year and a new chance to improve your survival skills. Here are ten skills every disaster prepper should keep well honed.
1. A Positive, Practical Attitude! It may sound corny, but positive thinking really can make the difference in an emergency situation. Panic is your enemy. There are many rules that survivalists use to stay focused in tough moments. For instance the “Rule of 3s” states that a person can live for 3 minutes without air, 3 hours without body temperature regulation (shelter), 3 days without water, and 3 weeks without food. This makes it easy to see that shelter is a must-have in an emergency situation. Another rule: SPEAR, short for Stop, Plan, Execute, Assess, and Re-evaluate. This rule of thumb can help you stay confident and focused in the face of a survival situation.