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Do you think of outdoor exploration or soccer moms when you hear the phrase “sport utility?”  Gerber’s betting on the former with their new “sport utility kit” — a collection of a few practical outdoor items in a sporty-looking pack.

The kit features a 2-D-cell MagLite, a multitool, a backpack axe, a folding spade, and a hand saw.  This looks like it’d be great for semi-urban “camping” trips, or any serious road trip.The sport utility kit is a compact 12″ x 11″ x 3″ — which is the perfect size for sticking under or behind a seat. 

Street pricing starts at $160.

Sport Utility Kit [Gerber]
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5 Responses to Finds: Gerber Sport Utility Kit

  1. Fred says:

    Gotta love a company whose motto is “Fend for yourself.”

  2. Call me skeptical of the first-aid kit. If you’re in enough trouble to need a hatchet or saw, you should be carrying more than a band-aid and a wet-nap. I’ve always been irritated that first-aid kits always have more bandages than antiseptic wipes. Shouldn’t you be using at _least_ one wipe every time you apply a bandage? I stocked up on alcohol prep pads and iodine wipes at Minimus.biz, which is a great resource for single-serving everything, from soy sauce to burn ointment.

    As for the flashlight, are they serious? The tungsten age is over! The Mag incandescent is good for 8-ish hours of yellow light. For ten more bucks, you get the MagLED with thirty-plus hours of pure white light, and zero susceptibility to filament breakage. It’s worth it just for the spare batteries you don’t have to pack (but should anyway).

    The only innovation here is the Velcro strips on the case that stick it to the carpet in the back of your grocery-getter. The less it slides and rattles around, the more likely you are to leave it there so you’ll have it when you need it. Now would be a good time to go through your existing emergency kit. Double-check the expiration dates on the first-aid supplies, rotate stock on the batteries… Do it today, because it might save your butt tomorrow!

  3. Chuck Cage says:

    Nate: I do the same sort of thing you’re talking about, and actually I think Sean does, too. I find a kit that’s as complete as possible and comes in a nice pack, then I add the things *I* think I should have. Other things they forget: more than two or three aspirin/Tylenol/Advil, intestinal tract stuff (both ways), and — don’t laugh — feminine products. Sure, you don’t need ’em — but do you always travel alone? And as unenjoyable as it is to talk about this stuff, it’s even less enjoyable to need it and not have it.

    In my Jeep, I also carry a small folding spade and a small axe, both of which have come in handy. The nice thing about the Jeep (G. Cherokee) is that you can stuff all sorts of things like this underneath the rear seats.

  4. Chuck, no kidding on the girl stuff! Maxi pads are great general-purpose absorbent pads too. They’re sterile packed, and if you’ve got a serious cut, nobody’s gonna laugh if you’ve got a “wing” dangling over your eye while you press the body of the thing to your forehead. Of course they’re not fond of being crushed, so a rigid-cased first-aid kit is probably a good idea. Spraypaint a big red cross on the top and bottom of some Tupperware.

    One of the most important things you can add to a first-aid kit is Benadryl. Until we figure out what aspect of modern life is causing severe allergies to become more common, we’re just going to have to deal with them. Allergies can turn more severe at any moment too, so the cats that gave you a runny nose and itchy eyes last week might make your skin break out in a giant rash this week. (I’m living proof!) Benadryl is the gold standard in dealing with allergic reactions, and taking some as soon as symptoms develop can literally be the difference between life and death by anaphylactic shock.

    And even if you don’t consider yourself qualified to judge when it’s appropriate to administer something like that, there’s every chance the 911 operator might ask “Do you have some ____ to give the victim while waiting for the ambulance?”. If just once in your life, you say “Yes, right in my glovebox!”, it was all worth it.

    Preparedness thread! Post your tips!

    Another handy car addition: Capri Sun. They’re single-serving liquid pouches, with sugar and vitamin C. They pack pretty dense in the box, so there’s almost no wasted space. They don’t burst when they freeze, so you can leave them in the car year-round. Humans can go a long-ass time without food, but clean water is essential. Water pouches are available from a number of emergency supply outfits, and having some isn’t a bad idea, but you can get the sweetened flavored stuff from any grocery store.

  5. Dazrin says:

    I know that there are now a couple companies that sell the “Capri-Sun” type products that are now just flavored water, so you can get that type of thing cheap at your local grovery store too. Not just the extra sweet “juice”.

    I always carry some plain old bottled water in my truck though. Plastic bottles are handy even if you don’t need the water.

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