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Staying Alive with the SOL Origin

by David Faubion   |  May 24th, 2012 7

SOL-Origin_001Hunters tote three tiers of gear afield. Everyday-use items—binoculars, spotting scope, flashlight, spare clothing, calls, cell phone, and food and drink for the day—are first tier items: stuff necessary for getting in and out of the field and keeping you comfortable while you’re there.

Second-tier selections, while perhaps not daily-use, are items that hunters hope to use: digital camera, knife and sharpener, game bags, deer drag, pack boards, or a small block and tackle. These items are for documenting, processing, and removing the animals we’ve successfully killed.

Third-tier—but not third-string—items may ride along for years without a single use, and because of that it is very tempting to leave them at home. These are survival supplies, and frankly, if I never again needed to use a first aid kit, space blanket, spare batteries, emergency fire starting supplies, compass, spare food and drink, rain poncho, or my spare kidney, I would be ecstatic. That would mean that I’m doing fine. However, I sure as hell won’t tempt fate. Nor should you.

SOL (Survive Outdoors Longer) recently introduced a palm-sized savior ideal for when —not if—the shit hits the fan. Called the Origin, it is six ounces of security in a compact, clever, and waterproof ABS-plastic package designed to house only the essential survival tools. Perched on top of the Origin is a swing-open signal mirror visible up to 20 miles away. Flip it over, and three removable pieces are tucked into the case’s body. The first two are the Fire Lite sparker, able to produce over 5,000 sparks, and the quarter-sized button compass. The third item tucked in is a folding knife integrated with a whistle and a simple LED flashlight, because cutting needs don’t cease at dusk.

SOL-Origin_002The rest of the goodies are housed inside the main compartment, where fire tinder, 150-pound test cord, stainless steel wire, foil material for reflecting heat, and an emergency sewing and fishing kit reside. Also included is a foldout with 62+ life-saving tools and techniques by a ruggedly bearded Buck Tilton (thank God they chose a real-deal dude—not Bear Grylls­—and for that we thank them) with great information to assist in a survival situation.

While the Origin can’t replace our greatest survival tool—our brain—it’s great to have on hand when something goes wrong. It’s also great fallback for your lost, forgotten, or broken tools in the field. A spare knife never hurt, especially if you’re boning out a bull elk with no sharpener. Spare cord? Dead flashlight? Broken lighter? The list goes on. Bottom line: The Origin is a tiny piece of gear that will pay big dividends in a nasty situation.

  • Steve Sargent

    I just read this in your paper edition at a local barbershop and there is one glaring error here which is SO bad, it prompted me to find you online. A good, sharp and substantial knife is absolutely Tier One regardless of where you are. Sad to think that we have degraded to a point that this even needs to be said.

    • Linda S.

      I agree. I carry a good knife in my purse at all times. I sure wouldn't go into the woods without one.

  • john

    well i am interested in the kit but cannot find a price anywhere or phone # whats the deal.

  • b52doc

    Found it on amazon 33.95

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.hoerz Joe Hoerz

    Thanks for the info and price. I teach Firearm Safety and tell the kids they should carry min of 2 knives. I usually carry three, one on my belt for easy access, one for gutting and one spare in a survival pack. Nothing worse worse then loosing your knife in the field.

  • Loneeagle

    how about commenting on the kit itself – anyone out there been caught out in the boonies "wishing" they could start a fire – get into some sort of shelter – hope someone finds them soon…. that is what third tier is about – however keeping it at a third tier is where the issue lies – some sort of "survival" kit (tools) should be on you no matter what, where or whenever you step off the sidewalk – minimum kits like this need to have at least a fire starter and some sort of tinder starter and a blade of some sort – staying warm and a possible signal smoke stream is absolutely essential – it does several things including keeping you in one place and allows you to calm down and think / plan a bit – simple fires starters need to be tested to ensure they actually work – fire starters with magnesium options are superior to all others – you will get a spark and tinder hot enough to get a fire going, eespecially after repeated starts with wet tinder – the point is NO ONE intends to get lost, or held in the boonies longer than expected – being smart enough to be prepared for this IF it happens is the correct attitude !!

  • Omar

    I have a bear gryles knife and it a better knife than the little dinck thang in your pack I have used it for any and every thing in the woods and has held up just fine

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