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The real gear you'll need to survive when it all falls down

Apocalypse Essentials: The Almost Serious Survival Guide

The world isn’t going to end in 2012. But things could still get hairy sometime in the future. So, what would you need to carry on after the grid permanently dissolves? What are the necessities, and how could you improve your chances of accessing them over the long haul? As a team of curious souls, we decided to dive into the brain trust of the unsociably paranoid and prepared — the sharers of secrets across dedicated survival blogs and forums — in search of answers.

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You Are My Sunshine

Design Spotlight: AE Light SolarMine Emergency Lantern

The Boy Scouts of America’s motto is simply “Be prepared”. They’re spot on: failing to do so can lead to some seriously bad outcomes when true disaster strikes. The AE Light SolarMine Emergency Lantern ($115) is made to give you light in exactly that unfortunate occasion, and having proved itself during Japan’s horrific 2011 earthquake…

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Knife Light

SOG Blade Light

Cut down on your EDC bulk by combining a couple of items into one. No, the smartphone/cigar lighter hasn’t been invented yet. Until it is, you can occupy your time with the SOG Blade Light, a combination 3.9 inch 9Cr18MoV Stainless Steel folding knife and LED flashlight that cuts through the darkness and other evil…

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Mighty Lite

LED Lenser P5R

A flashlight is a flashlight. Right? Think about all the times when you needed to reach for one in the house or the garage and the batteries were dead or if it did work, the beam was weak. Even moreso, your run-of-the-mill flashlight tends to be bulky (hence, bad for small spaces) and the beam…

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On holiday, off grid

Gift Guide 2011 | 10 Must-Haves for the Adventurer

No matter the destination or pursuit, there’s one unpredictable constant that entwines throughout the spirit of adventure — the ever-changing natural elements. Rather than limiting your lifestyle or altering your approach, we’ve compiled this list of 10 critical items that belong in your outdoor gear arsenal. Some you may be familiar with, some you may…

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Foursomes, Coleman Style

Coleman Micro Quad Lantern

The Coleman Micro Quad Lantern ($36) is a creative product that spares you expense of buying four separate flashlights (though long time readers should know we’re of the opinion you can never own too many). It includes four light pods that function as emergency hand-held lights or together act like a 360-degree lantern when combined…

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Meet the Rogue and the Modus

ICON Flashlights

There’s just something about the security of creating light that fascinates us. Either way, we get a chance to review a lot of flashlights here at Gear Patrol. ICON, a company that aims to be as well known for their design schema as their functionality, sent us a couple of their to check out and…

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The Absolutely Anywhere Hands-Free Light

Joby Gorillatorch

A while back, we alerted the photo-minded among you to the handy-dandy Joby Gorillapod, a line of flexible tripods. Now, seeing an alternate application for their knobby-legged creations, Joby has unleashed the Gorillatorch, an adjustable tripod flashlight that’s suitable for just about any illumination need you can think up. Its adjustable CREE LED offers output…

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Charges in 90 Seconds. That is all.

5.11 Tactical Light for Life

The flashlight is truly a man’s tool. Wielding in one’s hand the power to bring forth light from the darkness is both awe-inspiring and downright handy. Of course, we are fans of all types of torches, but offerings are sometimes similar. To date, most all flashlights have been powered by batteries of the disposable or…

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Brilliant!

Inova XO3 Flashlight

“Yeah, it’s tactical, Matte black, overbuilt, and expensive.” That sums up the Inova XO3 pretty damn well. Well, all except one thing. Inova has been kind enough to skip the expensive part. Machined from a solid block of aluminum, this sucker is shockproof, crushproof, and water-resistant. It has a 5.8 watt LED which, coupled with…

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Refurb Those Trusty Old Maglite Flashlights

TerraLUX LED Light Bulb Upgrade

Many of you Gear Patrol readers probably have an incandescent version of a Maglite, but since the LED flashlight revolution has taken hold, it has most likely been banished to the back of a drawer, or maybe put into service as a gate-weight. Yet, there is light at the end of the tunnel…

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Leatherman Serac LED Flashlight

From The Men That Brought You Multi-Tools Comes… Light By Guest Writer Mark Arevalo Leatherman Serac S1 looks right at home on your keychain As a man, you’ve probably had or currently own a Leatherman multi-tool of some kind. It goes with you on your camping trips, sits in the glove compartment of your car…

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High Gear AdventurePlus

Damn, we love multi-tools. We can’t get enough of them and every time we see one it’s all we can do from buying one and getting our mitts all over them. Our justifications for purchase are becoming ever more slim as the Leatherman TTi far surpasses daily multi-tool needs. But we can’t stop researching or…

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Surefire L1 LumaMax

There are flashlights and then there are Surefire flashlights. Used in law enforcement and military applications their products embody rugged and powerful tools for tactical applications. Let that be your guiding light as you go to purchase one of their pieces. The L1 LumaMax® features a one-watt LED powered by a single 3-volt lithium battery,…

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Oval Nightlighter Flashlight

The Oval Nightlighter is more of a flashlight revolution than evolution. It’s primary feature is being able to show you where you’re at as well as where you are going. It is designed with two light sources that work in tandem to emit light in a forward facing narrow-angle beam using it’s Luxeon LED bulb…

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eGear Luxeon Star 1-Watt Tactical Hand Torch

Made from a high-strength machined aluminum alloy, this rugged, water-resistant torch can be hand-carried or easily weapon-mounted for search, inspection, or target identification. The single Luxeon Star 1-Watt LED produces an amazing 30 lumens of light — 10 times brighter than standard LEDs — and a collimator in the lens provides a more focused and…