Best New Camping & Survival Gear for 2015
April 10, 2015
Every sportsman knows that danger can appear at any given time without notice, whether its a bear attack, a broken ankle during a hike to the stand, undercooked food or getting lost. So it stands to reason that we need to be properly prepped anytime we're in the field.
Thankfully, the 2015 SHOT Show featured tons of new camping and survival gear that will have you covered for any situation. From super lightweight day packs to compact folding saws, nothing completes a hunting adventure without quality tools to support yourself and your camp with.
Check out the best new camping and survival gear for 2015:
Browning | Buck 2500RT
For the hunts that fall somewhere between a day trip in the field and the endurance hunt, the Browning Buck 2500RT
pack makes light work of hauling gear. Designed by Signature Products Group (SPG)
, this 2500ci pack is loaded with top of the line technological advancements to keep hunters comfortably equipped.
Featuring lighter, stronger, water-resistant Baumshell fabric and stealthy Hypo-Sonic rubber zippers, the scent-proof 2500RT weighs a remarkable 3.25 pounds empty. An Infinite Loop shoulder strap system automatically adjusts to balance the pack as the weight shifts with movement and features self-wicking Tri-Vent three-layer padding to keep you cool when the terrain calls for extra legwork. With camo options including Realtree Max-1, Realtree Xtra, Mossy Oak Country, and Mossy Oak Bottomland, the 2500RT will be available for Summer 2015.
Garmin | epix
The future is here. Get from point A to point B with ease next season thanks to Garmin\'s handy, first-of-its-kind epix
GPS/GLONASS mapping watch. Designed to withstand the harshest conditions you\'ll face, the epix\'s rugged design features a mineral glass lens and rugged PVD-coated surfaces with a water rating of 50 meters. With GPS and GLONASS technology at the helm, the stainless steel EXO antenna provides exceptional signal for some of the most remote locales while the battery lasts up to 50 hours in Ultratrek mode. The 1.4-inch high-resolution color touchscreen comes with 8GB of internal memory with 1-year of BirdsEye Satellite Imagery and supports additional mapping, including regional TOPO U.S. 24K maps.
The epix\'s touchscreen display gives you fingertip pan/swipe access to detailed maps, including the built-in worldwide shaded relief basemaps. Additionally, the epix is equipped with auto-calibrating altimeter, barometer and compass sensors to provide relevant real-time information altitude, weather and direction. If that\'s not enough, the epix provides for quick access to fitness training feature sets at the push of a button. The epix will be available in late March.
Gerber | Freescape Folding Camp Saw
Finally, a camp saw that is as packable as it is reliable. Our gear bags (and hands) have been waiting for this moment. Available later in 2015, Gerber\'s
new innovative Freescape Folding Camp Saw uses a 4 pivot point design to make assembly and breakdown a simple and safe process. Unfolded, the 12-inch replaceable blade features a bi-directional tooth orientation for maximum effectiveness when cutting large diameter wood and a thick rubber handle promises a secure grip.
Gerber | Myth Spotlight
When the lights are dimmed, Gerber\'s new Myth Spotlight
shines. Built for early morning and late evening hunts, the versatile and compact Myth has everything you could ask from a spotlight. With lightweight rechargeable lithium ion batteries (AC/DC charger included) providing up to an impressive 10-hour burn time, the Myth features a hard nylon body with rubber overmold, basic handheld operation with two lighting modes — 100 (low) and 600 (high) lumens — a standard belt clip for fast access or hands-free operation, and standard 1/4-20 UNC thread on both sides of the housing offer the ability for tripod and boat-mounted use.
The Myth uses white LED\'s and comes with both red and green lenses for when you need to cast a softer light and avoid startling game. Weighing just 20 ounces with an overall length of 5 inches, it\'s backed by Gerber\'s Lifetime Warranty.
Mustang Survival | Elite Inflatable PFD
Whether you\'re on a simple canoe fishing trip in the Upper Peninsula or we\'ve found ourselves in a real-life version of Waterworld, its better to be safe than sorry when it comes to emergency situations on the water. Mustang Survival\'s
new Elite Inflatable PFD
uses Hammar Hydrostatic Inflator Technology to automatically inflate when submerged in 4 inches or more of water, an automatic feature that allows you to not have to worry about accidental deployment in humidity or spray. The lightweight, aerodynamic chassis is designed to reduce drag at high speeds and the slim, fit-to-form profile provides optimal mobility for all-day wearability.
Hunter\'s Specialties | Scent-A-Way Max Waterless Travel Kit
has plenty of odor-eliminating options that help you go unnoticed in the scent cone, but now there\'s a way to keep you out of the jokes at your deer camp, too.
The new Scent-A-Way Max Waterless Travel Kit allows you stay fresh even when a nearby water source isn\'t available. Perfect for those longer trips afield, this travel-lite kit includes a bottle of dry shampoo, wash towels (12 pack), odorless spray, anti-perspirant and a mesh bag to keep it all, and your scent, in order.
Smith\'s | Edgesport Ultimate Survival Kit and Multi-tool
is repositioning its lifestyle brand to better meet the needs of outdoorsmen and one of their newest offerings, the Edgesport Ultimate Survival Kit and Multi-tool, is the perfect compact collection of essentials for the backpacker or hunter who finds himself in an unexpected survival situation.
This lightweight, waterproof kit covers your basic first aid applications and includes Smith\'s popular 10-N-1 Survival Multi-tool, a pocket-sized prepper tool that features 440C steel knife and saw blades, a compass with paracord, removable LED light, signal mirror, and a carbide sharpener that doubles as a fire starter. Stay light, stay prepared.
THERMACELL | Camp Lantern
New for 2015, THERMACELL\'s Camp Lantern
sheds new light on your pesky mosquito and campsite illumination problems. The lantern doubles down as a 300 lumen light source that provides a 15\' x 15\' zone of protection against pests to help keep fireside chats bug-free.
Boasting a 50-hour LED runtime, four light settings and a 20-meter beam distance, this water-resistant lantern uses replaceable repellant mats and a butane cartridge to keep you protected for up to 12 hours. A built-in clip at the base allows the lantern to be hung inside a tent for those nights when an open flap and a cool breeze are in order. Powered by 4 D-Cell batteries.
Zippo | Pocket Hand Warmer
When it comes to keeping the trigger finger warm and ready in extreme conditions, there are times when gloves won\'t be enough. Zippo\'s
newest Pocket Hand Warmer now packs the heat in a smaller, palm-sized version. A new stainless steel spring design makes for easier refills and the 6 hour runtime boasts an flameless/odorless heat signature 10 times more powerful than air-activated disposables.
Zippo | Windproof Stove
Taste the meat, not the heat with Zippo\'s new Windproof Stove that all removes wind from the cooking equation for more consistent temperatures back at camp. The Windproof Stove lights instantly regardless of the temperature or weather conditions thanks to Zippo\'s proprietary 3-2-3 chimney technology. This allows the stainless steel chimney to protect the burners from the wind, but still let air flow through enough to feed the flame. Inside the Windproof Stove\'s detachable lid is a 270 square inch cooking surface with two 17,000 BTU cast-iron burners built on all-cast aluminum independent leg leveling columns that adjust in one-inch increments. Locking pins keep the stove closed when not in use and a quick release fuel/propane adapter makes switching out your fuel source a cinch. The Windproof Stove features a bubble level and comes with Zippo\'s 5-year warranty.
Brownells | ESG Essentials All-In-One Kit
You never know what may go wrong during the hunt, the best thing you can do is be prepared for any contingency. Now Brownell\'s ESG Essentials All-in-One Kit
does most of the legwork for you. Included in the ESG are the Power Kit, Hygiene Kit, Water Filtration Kit and Civil Unrest kit. The ESG also comes with organizer bags and hook-and-loop ESG patches for easy bag identification.