Outdoor Gear the Survivalist Needs

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Give ’Em The Axe
The axe: a tool so basic and intuitive, leave it to the Finns to reinvent it into a piece of engineered equipment combining art, sophistication and efficiency. The Vipukirves Leveraxe 1, $220, has an off-center blade head with a hook on the leading edge. The design turns the axe into a slicing pry bar, utilizing torsional force to split wood at any striking point (not just center) with less power and effort. Constructed from high-quality steel, Finnish birch and top grain leather, it has curves to match its killer chop. Available at leverax.com

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Light my Fire
Sticks and stones may break my bones, but now they’ll charge my iPhone. BioLite CampStove has created the why-aren’t-more people-talking-about-this stove that converts twigs and pinecones into 2W of continuous charging power for most USB devices. 20 minutes of charge time can provide 60 minutes of talking for an iPhone 4S. The internal fan converting heat to electricity also produces a cleaner, more efficient, smokeless flame. It can boil 1 liter of water in about 4 1/2 minutes. Available at biolitestove.com

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credit: nicholas duers

Everything Tubular!
VSSL Outdoor Utility Tools Supplies vessel, $105, is 9 x 2-inches made from weatherproof, seamless extruded military-spec’d anodized aluminum. Weighing just over 1lb, the tube contains 16 critical-need tools like water-purifying Aquatabs, a 4-hour Canadian beeswax candle and high-tensile wire saw. Available at vsslgear.com

Guppie with Gumption
The guppy rests somewhere between the flounder and the weakfish (actual name) when conjuring strength and aggression, but this stalwart utility knife is named more for looks than function. Created by CRKT (Columbia River Knife & Tool) based in Oregon, the Guppie, $40, packs a rare adjustable wrench, 2-inch high–carbon stainless steel blade and bit screwdriver with detachable bit carrier that doubles as an LED flashlight. But the most ingenious double-use comes from the carabiner/bottle opener. Available at crkt.com

Caught in a Web
KEEN footwear company reinvents its airy staple with the UNEEK, $100. Three years of effort went into creating the reimagined sandal that’s durable enough for hiking and watersports, yet weighs only 11oz. Unlike traditional flat materials, the cord upper—a non-stretch, water–repellent polyester—breaks surface tension and conforms to curves without creasing or bunching and without using glues or stitching. Call this ideal comfort. Available at keenfootwear.com