October 29, 2013

Review : Bison Survival Products

My Survival Pod follows me everywhere

  • Type : Survival gear
  • Use : Any outdoor activity
  • Price :
    • BukaLite $22.00
    • Flint and Steel $28.00
    • Survival Pod $17.00

I discovered Bison Design products at the beginning of my sabbatical, while running with friends. The idea is simple, yet clever : you wear gear made of sturdy para-cord that you can unbraid and use if you get in trouble. After trying out the classic safety bracelet, Bison offered me to take some of their other accessories for a real test in the Texas outback; the Hunter Gatherer Survival Ultra.

The gear check at the Hunter Gatherer was not as strict for ultra runners as it was for survivalists, so I clipped the Survival Pod on my hydration vest and carried it with me without a worry. I wanted to see how well it would resist to all the swinging and banging of a 50K outing, most of which is off-trail bushwhacking through thorny bushes and cacti. I needed to make sure the pod would stay braided tight and not open up while on the run.

For clarity's sake, here's a rundown of the various pieces of Bison Gear that were brought on the trails :


Side Release Cobra Braid bracelet

This is the one I've been wearing non-stop for about 3 months now. Its a simple braided paracord with a clip buckle. If needed, it will provide 9 feet of 550 para-cord.


BukaLite bracelet

Same idea, but with the added feature of a micro LED flashlight in the buckle. Race director Josue Stephens has been wearing it out on the course while preparing his event and on various outings since.

Flint and Steel

My favorite! What a name ;) The Flint and Steel is not only a bracelet, but also a knife and a fire-making kit. The loop buckle is actually the handle of a micro-knife that is buried in the paracord, and the toggle is a 1'' flint. Unbraided, the bracelet provides 15 to 17 feet of para-cord


Survival Pod

This is the most bang for the size. You get a serrated and smooth double-edge micro-knife, a fire-making flint, 6'' of tinder and 3'' of duct tape, just enough to patch up a wound or a tear in your gear. All that wrapped in 4 feet of bright orange-colored para-cord.

It's pretty simple; Bison gear works, and it stays tight even when you carry it in everyday outings. It needs no maintenance and offers peace of mind to you and your loved ones by knowing that, if push comes to shove, you can count on a compact survival kit that just might tip the balance in your favor in a critical situation.

Considering the retail price and the wide variety of products offered, there is no reason for an outdoor enthusiast to not get at least one Bison accessory. They are ultra-compact, easy to carry and can help you get out of trouble when it counts the most.

High points
  • Rock solid
  • Stays tight
  • Affordable
  • Can be re-braided

Low points
  • Kits with knives cannot be carried on airplanes

The equipment for this personal review was supplied by Bison Designs free of charge, without any conditions.


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