SOL Survival Kit

Discussion in 'General Survival and Preparedness' started by Snake_Doctor, Feb 19, 2014.


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  1. Snake_Doctor

    Snake_Doctor Call me Snake...

    The other day one of the nieghbor kids who's interested in anything to do with the outdoors told me that he was saving up for an SOL survival kit, and asked what my opinion of it was.
    What could I tell him, but my honest opinion?
    As outdoorsmen, (and women), we need to nurture and encouRage those kids who prefer hiking, camping, fishing and hunting over video games, drugs, alcohol and mischief.
    I've neve seen the SOLup close, never handled one, and I've never had a desire too. But I've seen them in catalogues and online.
    I admit that I like the pop up signal mirror, and that the container is waterproof and compact, but that's where it ends, for me.
    The whole idea of the tools on the bottom is just idiotic, IMHO. First it's a waste of valuable space where other items could be packed if they had just went with a simple tub shape. I see what looks like a lock to prevent loss of said tools, but what if it fails? Or rusts shut? Could you get the tools free under field condition without any other toos to do so? That rubber seal indicates they expect it to get wet sometime. The sparklite has a spring that can rust, and a flint that can corrode and freeze in place, making the only means of fire starting included utterly useless. Likewise, consider the knife/whistle/flashlight. The blade is too short for many durvival tasks, a real folder would be better, what if the flashlight is accidentally turned on in one's pocket? Or the circutry or battery corrodes? And if you lose it, you lose not one tool but three. The items would be better placed securely inside. Perhaps clipped to the inside of the lid, where i see more wasted space. Finally, that's a lot of money for what's pretty much an empty container. Sure you get a little piece of foil, some string, hooks and tinder tabs, a short piece of wire, etc. But where's the back up firemaking device like Storm matches or a mini Bic? Kits advertised as having room for one to add thier own items always make me shake my head. I suggested that he use the money to make a much better equipped Altoids kit, rather than having tospend far more to upgrade the SOL to a point where I'd feel comfortable with him being able to depend on it in a survival situation.
    So, am I wrong about the SOL? Is it a good little kit? Or is it as bad as I think it is?
    As usual, I welcome all replies.
     
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  2. ghrit

    ghrit Ambulatory anachronism Administrator Founding Member

  3. melbo

    melbo Hunter Gatherer Administrator Founding Member

    I've never been a fan of ready made kits but for $40 if it gets them thinking about these things, it might not be a bad stepping stone.
     
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  4. swampbilly

    swampbilly Gone Galt


    I'm with you, wasted money.
     
  5. DarkLight

    DarkLight I self identify as a Blackhawk Attack Helicopter! Site Supporter

    While I'm with everyone on the waste of money, don't waste the opportunity. Give him suggestions on some other ways to do this and, if permission is necessary be sure to get it, work with him to build his own with quality, useful pieces for about the same or less (or maybe a little more, depending on his finances and willingness.

    We have GOT to nurture this attitude. Kindle the fire so to speak.
     
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  6. swampbilly

    swampbilly Gone Galt


    Hells bells, with all my left overs I would/could put together a awesome kit with him in tow.
     
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  7. Snake_Doctor

    Snake_Doctor Call me Snake...

    Yup, that's the one. This one shows more stuff inside than the ones I've seen in catalogues.Thanks for the link.
     
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  8. Snake_Doctor

    Snake_Doctor Call me Snake...

    I agree, darklight. I've gotten a few kids into hiking, survival and most importantly, self reliance. Telling them that if they get lost or hurt out there I won't be there to hold there hand has a definite impact on them They realize that they have to take care of their own injuries and find their own way home. I made a list of upgrades that I would put in the SOL before I would carry it as MY kit. He was a bit appalled, as he should be. Then I told him what an altoids size kit would cost, a list of contents, and told him that I would teach him how to pack it andhow to use the items,even donate someof them from my own supplies. While he's deciding which way to go I've loaned him a kit made in a Sucrets tin so he'll have a decent kit when he's out exploring. Thanks for the reply.
     
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  9. Snake_Doctor

    Snake_Doctor Call me Snake...

    I'm sure he'd appreciate that offer swampbilly. If I could get enough kids interested in it I'd teach a class on the subject. But sadly survival cant compare to World Of Warcraft and Grand Theft Auto.
     
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  10. melbo

    melbo Hunter Gatherer Administrator Founding Member

    Maybe an Altoids tin project that he builds himself with a little help.
     
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  11. Snake_Doctor

    Snake_Doctor Call me Snake...

    Yeah, that's what I suggested to him Melbo. He's watched me build a few small kits and is fascinated hom complex they can be. I also told him that a kit he builds himself is better because it has exactly what he wants in it.
     
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