Yukon Outfitter's Outdoor Survival Kit

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Yukon Outfitter's Outdoor Survival Kit

Post by Stercutus » Fri Nov 04, 2016 7:58 am

These sold out on Woot. I helped.

Bought a few of these for the kids. I have to say they were well worth the price. Ours came with the metal water bottle and a 3L folding water storage bag w/molded handle and screw top opening. Every product in there is good quality. There is plenty of room left in the pack for whatever you need. If they come up for sale again I'd jump on it.

I'd say the "medical kit" is worth closer to $25 and the "lantern" and knife are closer to $7@. But $150 easily.


majorhavoc wrote:Same kit now on sale at Woot.com for $79.95 + $5 flat rate shipping.
http://sport.woot.com/offers/yukon-outf ... wJmsWFBuTA

Currently selling for $200 on Amazon and $195 (sale price) at Yukon Outfitter's own website.
https://smile.amazon.com/Yukon-Outfitte ... rvival+kit
https://yukon-outfitters.com/products/a ... 1167870177
majorhavoc wrote:Yukon Outfitters MG-SK001e (flat earth) Survival Kit. $88.99 + $4.99 S/H
https://www.amazon.com/Yukon-Outfitters ... rvival+kit

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I'll just put this out there: of all the pre-made survival/BOB/Grab-and-Go disaster kits, this is about the cheapest one I've seen that actually impresses me.

It's far from complete, but therein lies its genius. There's zero fluff in here, all the components appear to be decent quality. No ridiculous 6x pouches of 'emergency' water, incandescent-bulbed Dorcy flashlights or cheapo utility gloves. 100% of the purchase cost is going towards a solid foundation that you can then customize to your personal needs. I honestly don't see anything in this kit that I would immediately feel the need to upgrade/replace.

1) Yukon Alpha backpack alone sells for $45, gets good reviews for durability. https://smile.amazon.com/Yukon-Outfitte ... a+backpack Sure it's no Maxpedition, but it's not a thin nylon grab bag either. For yucks sake, lets say its only worth $35.

2) Yukon Mosquito Hammock. It appears to be this, currently selling for $52 https://www.amazon.com/Yukon-Outfitters ... to+hammock. To be ultra conservative, I've looked at off brand imports and I can't see how this isn't worth at least $30. This is one area where they've taken a flier and focused on a particular school of thought re: sleep system. Hammocks aren't my personal cup of koolaid, but they have plenty of proponents and I can't fault it as a valid, functional choice.

3) Yukon Walkabout Rainfly. Alone sells for $38 (https://smile.amazon.com/Yukon-Outfitte ... ut+Rainfly Again, I've looked at no-name alternatives, and I'm not seeing the value of this being less than $30 (e.g. https://smile.amazon.com/Camping-Essent ... nfly&psc=1).

4) 100' black 550 paracord. Assuming this stuff is the real deal, it's rock bottom worth is $8.40 https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B00GG0RLJQ/ ... UTF8&psc=1.

5) Yukon Firefly flashlight/lantern. 3xAAA batteries not included, but pretty much all metal, $25 shipped. https://smile.amazon.com/Yukon-Outfitte ... ED+Lantern. Again, let's be conservative here and assume that there's a plastic off brand alternative out there that is its functional equivalent. Call it a $15 value.

6) Yukon 3" Locking/Folding Knife. Can't find this one separately. Let's assume the worst and call this equivalent to any number of cheap but functional if not exceptional, locking folders. $12

7) Emergency Medical Kit. Again, assuming the worst: https://www.amazon.com/Lifeline-57-Piec ... edical+kit. Call it $8. Although this one also comes with some extra survival items, including a mylar emergency blanket, waterproof matchbox/whistle/compass, wire saw, fishing kit and spork.

8) Kit description says "hydration system ready" but the content listing itself and the Amazon user reviews say it does actually comes with a 3L bladder with delivery tube and bite valve. Cheapest I could find:https://www.amazon.com/Tera-Hydration-B ... on+bladder $12.60. Note: I did find one YT video showing a version of this kit that comes not with the hydration bladder but a metal water bottle and a 3L folding water storage bag w/molded handle and screw top opening. So YMMV.

I can't see how this kit isn't worth at least a solid $150. If you're a rank prepping beginner lurking on these boards (or looking to set up a family member/good friend) and are interested in a bug out/get home/grab and go emergency kit, know that we've all wasted plenty of money on garbage-level equipment before learning to recognize acceptable quality. You could do much, much worse than starting with this kit as a foundation.
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Re: Yukon Outfitter's Outdoor Survival Kit

Post by 00dlez » Fri Nov 04, 2016 8:55 am

I bought one on woot and it arrived yesterday - couldn't resist.
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Re: Yukon Outfitter's Outdoor Survival Kit

Post by majorhavoc » Fri Nov 04, 2016 1:37 pm

Would love a detailed review from one/both of you guys. My seat-of-the-pants analysis was simply a best guess evaluation of the relative worth of the components and the general observation that they seemed to have been chosen with an admirable degree of thoughtfulness.

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Re: Yukon Outfitter's Outdoor Survival Kit

Post by Stercutus » Fri Nov 04, 2016 2:48 pm

majorhavoc wrote:Would love a detailed review from one/both of you guys. My seat-of-the-pants analysis was simply a best guess evaluation of the relative worth of the components and the general observation that they seemed to have been chosen with an admirable degree of thoughtfulness.
A detailed review would have to wait a while since they are presents for the teenagers. However initial inspect of the goods indicates a good valuation.


Minor complaints:

- Most of the interior compartments on the pack are netted fabric and zippered however some of the interior separations of the pack are made of flimsy vinyl. Overall the pack is well worth $40. It is not a back packing pack obviously but for what it is it is fine.
- The water bladder would probably be the first thing to replace. It is not as solid as I think it should be. However it would make a good back up water supply to sturdier bladder with a hose and valve.
- The medical kit is a actually a sort of survival kit with a lot of the dopey items found in such kits such as whistle/ compass/ saw/ whatever. It did include a decent flint and steel and some other ok items.

For $83 delivered I can't find much to complain about. I can see why they sold out quick.

The go bags I have for the kids have not been updated in a while. This lets me jump ahead.
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Re: Yukon Outfitter's Outdoor Survival Kit

Post by 00dlez » Fri Nov 04, 2016 3:18 pm

majorhavoc wrote:Would love a detailed review from one/both of you guys. My seat-of-the-pants analysis was simply a best guess evaluation of the relative worth of the components and the general observation that they seemed to have been chosen with an admirable degree of thoughtfulness.
Happy to as I can - anything specific?
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Re: Yukon Outfitter's Outdoor Survival Kit

Post by Stercutus » Fri Nov 04, 2016 4:27 pm

I did inventory of the little kit:

First Aid Kit:
Basic First Aid instruction sheet
Cotton ball for Fire starter or very small blood stopper, 10 gram weight
1 Triage Bandage, 38" x 38" x 54"
6 Elastic bandage, 2" W x 177" L
1 pair latex gloves
1 Rubber tourniquet, 1" W x 18" L
1 Roll tape (probably 20")
6 Sterile Gauze pads 7.5cm X 7.5cm

Fishing kit
20 feet of 15lb test mono-filament fishing line
1 jig lure (white)
3 hooks
3 lead weights

5 in 1 emergency whistle with lanyard
Whistle
Side section of flint striker (but no flint)
Compass
Mirror
Nylon rope lanyard
waterproof storage container with O-ring gasket (suitable for matches)

Fire starter-
Strike rod
Steel with Bottle opener, church key, wrench built-in

Sewing kit:
2 buttons
2 safety pins
5 feet of yellow, white, black red, brown and blue thread
(but no needle?!)

Wire ring pocket memo pad
1 Sharpened lead pencil
1 Emergency poncho, one size fits all, non reuse I think
1 Double edged fork/spoon knife (fork with serrated tine on one end [ouch] and spoon on other, plastic)
1 Mylar Emergency blanket, 80" L x 52" W
1 Empty zip lock bag
1 Cable saw/ snare
Survival instructions


I think the contents vary.
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Re: Yukon Outfitter's Outdoor Survival Kit

Post by 00dlez » Sat Nov 05, 2016 6:59 am

Stercutus wrote: Sewing kit:
2 buttons
2 safety pins
5 feet of yellow, white, black red, brown and blue thread
(but no needle?!)
I guess use the safety pin ? lol
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Re: Yukon Outfitter's Outdoor Survival Kit

Post by majorhavoc » Sat Nov 05, 2016 8:54 am

So those are the contents of that orange pouch with the cross symbol? That's a lot more than one would normally find in a standard boo-boo kit. I see why you're valuing it at closer to $25 versus the $8 I came up with.

Still, lack of a needle in the sewing kit is pretty sloppy. Most buyers would never discover that until they need it. Guess this demonstrates the importance of doing a careful inventory of any kit you plan to stash away for emergencies only.

As long as we're talking about omissions, I always add some moleskin and duct tape to my IFAKs. Blisters are debilitating and often just a little bit of duct tape over a hot spot is enough to stop a blister from forming. Moleskin if it's too late. Some triple antibiotic ointment, a few more cotton balls (both those items double as firestarting material) and some basic meds (aspirin, antihistamine and antidiarrheal).

A few strike anywhere (if not stormproof) matches to go in that o-ring sealed match safe, barrel swivels for the fishing kit, and maybe some Aquatabs or other form of water purification.

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Re: Yukon Outfitter's Outdoor Survival Kit

Post by sheddi » Tue Jan 17, 2017 3:35 pm

I see they're now $69.99 plus $5 s&h.

Unfortunately for me Woot don't ship outside the US :(

(I'm due to be in San Fransisco in a couple of weeks. Wonder if I can order one for delivery to my hotel?)
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