Category: Reviews and Smart Buys

Here is where you will find product reviews of gear and tools for the homestead.

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7 Ways to Prepare for and Survive an Earthquake

by Janet Spencer, Catastropharian Extraordinaire In 1994 a friend of mine was in the Northridge earthquake. She was awakened in the middle of the night by her apartment collapsing around her. She crawled out of the wreckage wearing nothing but her nighty. She met her neighbors in the street. Most were cut, like she was, from scrambling through broken glass on their way out of ruined buildings. Some were missing. Most were found. Several were dead....

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Buyer’s Guide: Eberlestock Halftrack Pack Review

by The Angry Prepper Eberlestock’s Halftrack is a great bag (check the current price and availability at Amazon.com).  This bag is made of tough stuff  & is very dependable.  The Halftrack is a 50 Liter bag that weighs about 6lbs. & 12oz.  For starters, this bag has every feature I have ever looked for in a bag.  The first thing I noticed is the excessive amount MOLLE webbing on the outside of the bag.  There...

Review of the Katadyn Vario Water Filter

Review of the Katadyn Vario Water Filter

by Dean C A few months back, I had sold a few things of value and used that money to buy a Katadyn Vario water filter (click here to check availability and the current price at Amazon.com).  Since water is so important, and the items I sold had no real value to prepping, it was an easy decision. I had been wanting a portable water filter for some time.  The Vario meets industry standards for reducing...

Wolfhawk Mercantile Soaps & Sundries: product review

This review is for an amazing small business Wolfhawk Mercantile Soaps & Sundries made in USA and run by fellow homesteaders based in Montana! Please check out the links on each soap type, it will bring you directly to their page, make sure to let them know I sent you, pricing starts at $5 and goes up based on what you decide to purchase of their amazing oils and soaps. Knowing how to make good...

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Best Solar Powered / Hand Crank Flashlights

January 2016, a purchase was made of over 20 solar powered, crank powered and alternative powered handheld lights. These flashlights all underwent extensive testing. This testing included the following steps for my personal use. 1. Drop testing (from 4 feet and 6 feet using different angles and surfaces) – I live in the high desert, if they can’t handle being banged around a bit I cannot use them, regardless what it is. 2. Water survivability...

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Holosun Optic Sight [An Honest Review]

“If you know the enemy and know yourself, your victory will not stand in doubt; if you know Heaven and know Earth, you may make your victory complete.” Sun Tzu Budget prepping is a difficult thing to do. After all, there is a difference between budget and cheap, inexpensive and cheap. Cheap by definition does not mean something is necessarily bad or of poor quality, however, with some things cheap is bad. Red dot technology...

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Ferro Rod Review and Usage Guide

Fire is an essential element of survival, living, and warfare. It has been used for many millennia for heating, cooking, controlling growth, reducing wildfire damage, to promote grazing and conduct defensive and offensive campaigns against enemies. Ferro Rod usage is popular with many people within the prepper community, and yet, from what I have seen personally, there are many who have never actually used the ferro rods they carry! It is my goal with this...

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Hiluckey Solar Charger Review

Legally I have to tell you if I have received the product or any compensation for writing this review. As with the large majority of products I review, I have not received this product or any compensation. There may be affiliate links in the material that utilize Amazon as a platform. However, unlike other blogs, we follow the laws here, even if the laws are intrusive. Additionally due to recent comments and emails received, I want to...

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P-38 or P-51 Can Opener Review

Not everything made for the military is truly well made. In many cases what is made for the military, regardless of nation of origin, often is low-end and fits into a rather loose set of restrictions guiding its building. This is the case with the amazing folding can opener known as the P-38 and P-51.  The P-38 can opener was designed for soldiers in 1942, it filled the need for a can opener for the C...

PSA premium bolt carrier group: weekly product review

For legal purposes, I did not receive any of the mentioned products for a reduced cost or in exchange for a review of any kind. I purchased all of the above with my own funds and review them for your benefit alone! Palmetto State Armory is definitely a well-known name, gun snobs hate them and gun users love them. For close to a decade they have been selling AR15 parts and builds for prices that are...

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Review: Alive After the Fall™ by Alexander Cain

Electromagnetic Pulse’s have been apart of the subculture of doomsday prepping since the 1970’s. The specter of ultimate doom causing humans to revert to their pre-industrialized days scares many of us. There have been dozens of books written by professionals regarding a man-made EMP or natural similar event occurring. Alive After the Fall™ was written approximately two years ago by Alexander Cain, which is the pen name for someone who supposedly has a Doctorate in Theology...

Review: Slime Self-Sealing Tube for Bicycles

Here in Arizona, we enjoy bicycling, we also enjoy one of the densest populations of spiny flora on the planet. This combination is absolutely terrible for bicycle tubes. This is a review of one product I have found for my bicycle that works quite well and allows us to maintain pressure even when we encounter the inevitable patch of cacti or mesquite laying across a pathway. As with most of my reviews this product was...

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Review: Darkest Days – How to Survive an EMP Attack to the Grid

Personally, I tend to avoid conspiracies and doomsday predictions, because typically they are, fear-based attempts to drive an individual or groups agenda. At no point in history has any species lived longer than it should nor has any state or collection of states lasted forever. This said I was sent a copy of the book Darkest Days: how to survive an EMP attack to the grid (Link goes to Amazon.com) recently, my review of this book...

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Mountain House Classic Assortment Bucket Review

Over the last few decades, I have been more invested in long-term supplies for survival and prepping. After all the evidence shows that it is not a matter of if an event will occur but rather when. By event I mean; flooding, wildfire, home fire, windstorms, hurricanes, earthquakes, mudslides and even the dreaded fabled collapse of our current society. ¹ Now it should be noted that I have invested many thousands of dollars over the...

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Where There is No Doctor a Village Health Care Book: Weekly product review

Some reviews are simple to write, some are difficult. This is one of the simple ones, firstly I need to tell you that I purchased this book with the intention of adding to my library of medical knowledge. I did not receive it for free or in exchange for anything. Some purchases can be seen through hindsight with eyes tinged with regret. This is one of those purchases. I purchased this book on Amazon for...