|Mountain Safety Research (MSR) "Regular Emergency Kit"|
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Excellent (superior quality and/or performance)
|Qty.||Survival Equipment & Supplies||Rating|
|ACR Survival Whistle|
|EMERGENCY DEVICES GROUP|
|Folding Knife, 2 inch locking blade, mostly serrated|
|Matches, strike anywhere|
|Butane Cigarette Lighter, small|
|Coghlin's Tinder, soft wax|
|1-AA Waterproof Flashlight (Maglite clone) (battery not included)|
|Elastic Headband for Flashlight|
|G.I. Can Opener|
|Adhesive Bandage Strips, 3/4 x 3|
|MISCELLANEOUS & MULTI-PURPOSE GROUP|
|Waterproof Paper Sheets|
|Nylon Drawstring Bag, red and black|
|Weight:||4.33 oz. (123 gr)|
|Size:||4 x 2 1/2 x 1 in. (10.16 x 6.35 x 2.54 cm)|
|Price:||$39 (No longer available.)|
|Manufacturer:||Mountain Safety Research (MSR)|
The MSR Regular provides a decent selection of items and the price represents a not totally unreasonable value. However, it still lacks a signal mirror, which could be added. The knife is probably adequate as a back-up, but it wouldn't do to rely upon it. 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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