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Survival / August 27, 2017

Will this bracelet keep you alive?

Written by: Kevin Linderman

At Shoulders of Giants, we are all about survival. Because survival is literally the meaning of life. 

So we spend a lot our time looking for survival products that are both innovative and useful. In this article, I’ll break down one of our new favorites: the Wazoo Adventure Survival Bracelet. 

Each Adventure Survival Bracelets contains 16 unique survival essentials. The list is as follows: paracord, compass, firesteel, striker blade, fishing line, first aid supplies, tinder, fish hooks, whistle, split shot weights, glow light, safety pins, mirror, straw, retro reflector, ranger bands, and surgical tubing. 

Let’s walk through them in the order that you would have access to them if you were to actually use the bracelet in a survival scenario.

The Wazoo Adventure Survival Bracelet, fully intact.

With the bracelet intact as it comes out of the box, you immediately have access to: the compass (1), the firesteel (2), striker blade (3), first aid tinder (4), whistle (5), ranger bands (6), glow light (7), retro reflector (8) and mirror (9).

This makes sense. These are things that you’d need for a quick assist, to get someone’s attention and to find your direction without having to disassemble the entire bracelet. So that checks off nine (9) of the sixteen (16) items that you can use with relative ease and efficiency.

The next item that you may need and would have quick access to without completely taking apart the bracelet is the surgical tubing (10), which could second as a straw (11) as needed. The 16 inches of surgical tubing can be freed from the buckle and unwound away from the edges of the bracelet. In the instance where you would need to fashion a tourniquet or a create make-shift sling shot, the tubing is there and available for you to use whilst keeping the bracelet intact. That checks off two more items from the list.

The 16" of surgical tubing can be removed without totally dismantling the bracelet.

If you haven’t been able to signal anyone and it looks like you are going to need to survive for a bit longer, then you will need to disassemble the bracelet to get to the other contents.

Like all true survival bracelets, the Wazoo bracelet’s band is made of paracord or 550 cord (12) That stuff can be used for just about anything—from building snares to securing cargo to lashing sticks together.

Unwinding the seven feet of paracord reveals a sealed pod full of the remaining items, i.e. two safety pins (13), two Eagle Claw fishing hooks (14), two split shot weights (15), and 30 ft of 50lb fishing line (16). Now you can get to work with setting a snare, catching a fish, constructing your shelter, or whatever else you need to do to remain alive.

The bracelet, fully deconstructed.

It’s important to note that there is no water purification solution in the bracelet. If I would have one suggestion it would be to include some type of iodine or purification drops to assist with the drinking water issue. It’s always important to make sure you have what you need to fashion a shelter, get some water and build a fire for basic survival needs.

That said, the Wazoo Adventure Survival Bracelet packs a lot of use-cases in a single product, and I would recommend it as an essential piece of backcountry gear. I wear mine all the time, and I’m still not dead. Just sayin’.

We sell the Wazoo Adventure Survival Bracelet in our shop for $89.

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about the author

Kevin Linderman

Kevin Linderman is the founder and Chief Adventure Officer for Shoulders of Giants. Kevin has spent his entire professional career in and around the field of information technology, but has always been an avid outdoor enthusiast and a seeker of knowledge.

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