/ NEW REVIEW: Adventure Medical Kits SOL Origin Survival Tool
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Top Review - no doubt I will get one for Christmas and be forced to smile sweetly while I think of all that has been said right here.
It's a shame this kit is pretty pricey because otherwise I think your review nails it - the target audience is 9 yr old boys who will suddenly want to go to the woods all the time.
A cheaper option is a flint and steel like I found in Sports Direct. I think it was three quid and now my 7 year old son likes going on walks so we can try and find things "from nature" that the spark will set fire to!
My own tobacco tin had a no.2 Opinel, a ration-pack can opener, a lens, rabbit snares, a couple of budgie feathers, fish-hooks and line, needle and thread, some fragments of St Alfred's buns, bulrush fluff tinder in waxed paper, a flint flake I made and some matches that lit under water. I still have the same matches nearly 30 years later, it's just never been quite the right time to use them!
Most of the fun was trying to get hold of the various items Lofty declared would save your bacon when your plane crashed, or the four minute warning sounded, I never managed to get a wire saw :(
40 quid though? Blimey. A triumph of style over content? And I don't think I'd give a kid that knife, there's nothing to stop your fingers sliding along the blade. A kukri would be far better.
Absolutely agreed, Toby (loved the bit about Windermere)!
Yep... strong whiff of Greenbank's 'Survival for Young People' (all the rage at one time) there!
I didn't mean to be sexist. It's obvously great for girls too and I've a couple of nieces who'd love it...
I'm glad people commented on this thread - I saw the review was published and ignored it as I didn't think I needed a survival kit. If only I'd known what I was missing. A great article (and sounds like my childhood too!).
But was noone else bothered by what SOL usually abbreviates, and what it means for you in a 'survival situation'?
Agreed, and enjoyable read and a little trip down memory lane to boot! Although at £40 it's way too pricey for what's essentially a toy, and somewhat defeats the object - I'd give my nephews a tobacco tin and a list, and set them the challenge of finding all the kit in small enough versions to fit in the tin!
best review ive read in ages. funny shit. well done
funny everyone else is mentioning their childhoods in the 80s messing with survival kits. same here.
anyone else recall those expensive 'SEAL' knives that converted into grappling hooks?
ridiculous but fun.
and those silly knives with the stuff packed in the handle? long banned everywhere except the states where its in the constitution.
dont think i will be getting one of these, but their medical kits look ok.
Nah, I'm talking about the 70s! ;-)
> Nah, I'm talking about the 70s! ;-)
interesting. tho i suppose kids have always played with knives and booby traps, id always imagined the craze was a by-product of rambo films and the SAS sensation after the iranian embassy effort.
you learn something new every day.
i was too young for sharp things in the 70s. more beads and coloured wool.
i remember that book. coincided with mcgyver.
on top of it all we had reagan gambling with nuclear weapons, so i suppose wanting to survive was fairly inate.
But the Tony Greenbank book I remember came out in 1975...
This thread has made me feel far more normal about my childhood pursuits. I still have the Lofty Wiseman book, yellowing and well-thumbed, on my book shelf. I'm sure I even have my tobacco tin somewhere, though the contents have long since dispersed.
best laugh ive had in ages.
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