|Mountain Safety Research (MSR) "Basics Emergency Kit"|
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|Qty.||Survival Equipment & Supplies||Rating|
|ACR Survival Whistle|
|EMERGENCY DEVICES GROUP|
|Matches, strike anywhere|
|Butane Cigarette Lighter, small|
|Coghlin's Tinder, soft wax|
|Adhesive Bandage Strips, 3/4 x 3|
|MISCELLANEOUS & MULTI-PURPOSE GROUP|
|Waterproof Paper Sheets|
|Nylon Drawstring Bag, red and black|
|Weight:||2.22 oz. (63 gr)|
|Size:||4 x 2 1/2 x 1 in. (10.16 x 6.35 x 2.54 cm)|
|Price:||$17.50 (No longer available.)|
|Manufacturer:||Mountain Safety Research (MSR)|
The inexpensive MSR Basics is not a bad choice, and the price is not unreasonable. However, it lacks a few critical items, such as a signal mirror, which could be added, and a knife, which would normally be carried seperately anyway. There is plenty of room for more stuff. The fire starting items are a compromise and won't work well in the wind or wet, but inclusion of tinder is a real plus. The drawstring bag isn't as secure as we might prefer. We rate this kit as "adequate."
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