VSSL Supplies Survival Kit – Review

Today Luke is reviewing a survival kit known as the VSSL Supplies. Will it be worth its high cost? Find out now!

VSSL Supplies – Survival

VSSL Link : http://www.vsslgear.com/collections/vssl/products/supplies

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Price : Retail $110. On the web site. $80 on amazon

Weight : 18 ounces (1 pound, 2 ounces).

Materials : Whether you plan to be out for a few days or a few hours, having critical supplies in a compact weather-resistant case is an essential part of preparation.

Each VSSL unit is 9″ long by 2″ diameter made from seamless extruded military specification anodized aluminum.

Contents :
· Dual mode (static and SOS) LED ‘flood’ beam lantern light, illuminates a large area (batteries included)
• Compass (oil filled)

• 4 hour pure Canadian beeswax candle

• Razor blade

• 6 Aquatabs® water purification tablets

• Wire saw (high tensile, 60lb working strength with handle straps)

• Aluminum beadless emergency whistle

• Waterproof matches

• Tinder Quik® fire starters

• Fishing Gear

• Signaling Mirror

• Marine grade rope (250lb breaking strength)

• Reflective trail markers

• P38 military GI Type can opener

• First aid supplies

• VSSL priorities of survival and instructions

Pros and Cons :
Impressive quality. Excellent materials. Great Engineering.
Self contained system. Tightly packed. Well organized. Lots of supplies included
Water tight container. Tough.
Good quality compass. Accurate. Oil filled. Not water. Smooth. A little slow but that’s ok.
Good quality flashlight. Works well. SOS feature is nice.
VSSL sells refills for everything in their online store so you can refill if needed. You can use your own supplies as well.
Flashlight : The LED flashlight on one end runs for 20 hours, or up to 40 hours in a flashing S.O.S. mode.

Very limited first aid kit.

Uncommon battery type for the flashlight.

Another flashlight negative : If on/off button is easy to trigger inside of your pack. If you are carrying this container, I would recommend not having the batteries installed as it doesn’t take much to turn it on. In a survival situation, pulling out your container to use the flashlight only to discover that the batteries are dead could be catastrophic. Store the batteries elsewhere in a safe, secure location.

Weight : With this container weighing more than 1lb, it is heavy. You will notice this in your package. It is large. For the ultralight crowd, you aren’t going to like this.

Biggest Complaint : I appreciate the features of the VSSL but they limit one very important aspect to the container itself. This holds lots of supplies, has a flashlight, has a compass, can hold water….but it can’t be used to boil water. This is a huge negative in my eyes. HUGE! Yes this does come with a few water purification tablets, but what are you going to do when you run out of those? Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to boil water inside of this container? Due to the compass at one end and the flashlight at the other, you cannot place this container in the fire. That is my biggest issue with this container. Yes a compass is important but being able to boil water is even more so. I rather be lost in the woods with drinkable than a compass. With a bit of knowledge and knowhow, you can determine direction in other ways. I’d like to see this change being made in the future. I rather have a container which I can boil water in and a guide explaining how to determine direction instead.

In general, no I wouldn’t.
I love the look of this product, the fit and finish is awesome. The contents are great quality too but would I recommend it? No, no I wouldn’t. The fact that you can’t boil water in this container is a huge negative to me. Price is also a huge negative. You could build your own kit for much, much less and it would be more useful. Speaking of which, building your own kit is vital in my opinion. Each piece needs to be hand selected. You need to know how to use each aspect as well. When you build your own kit, you are more likely to understand how each component works and functions.
Very weak first aid kit.
If you built your own kit, would it be as nice and compact? Unlikely but looks aren’t all that important when you are trying to survive.
I do feel that for some people, they will greatly appreciate this product though. The quality can’t be denied.

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  1. mark s
    mark s 12 June, 2016, 09:02

    Great review, thanks! This needs to be redesigned.. like you say, need to able to boil water. Compass looks great but slightly smaller could go inside. For a PREMIUM kit like this you,d expect a really good flashlight – plus fix that switch problem. I think the candle is a nice touch. First aid empty it and add your own.

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  2. Ben Stone
    Ben Stone 12 June, 2016, 09:02

    Make a plastic piece to separate at least one battery end from connecting similar to how they ship toys with batteries. Just pull the tab when you are ready to use it. I do that with my long term storage flash lights so you don't have to store the batteries separate.

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  3. Poor Man's Preparing
    Poor Man's Preparing 12 June, 2016, 09:02

    I had the same struggle with the medical tape in my review of this same kit, they pack it tight anyways!

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  4. VNT
    VNT 12 June, 2016, 09:02

    They focused too much on the design rather than on the content itself.

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  5. Twodogs
    Twodogs 12 June, 2016, 09:02

    Hi Luke, have you tried installing the batteries with one of them in the wrong way so you don't have to carry them around with a rubberband?

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  6. v melo
    v melo 12 June, 2016, 09:02

    beer cap over switch with a thick brocalli rubber band or a ranger band so it wont go off..but yeah for the cash..bad design flaw with the light

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  7. Fotis Kakalidis
    Fotis Kakalidis 12 June, 2016, 09:02

    Hi Luke,
    ..couldn’t agree more..
    I don’t know if you have already a video with your proposal (for a survival kit)..
    Is it possible to make one with this subject?
    Thanks in advance!
    Best regards!

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  8. skyym3
    skyym3 12 June, 2016, 09:02

    IDEA —— Why not just put the batteries in backwards until you need the light. That would be better than carrying them on the outside. Thanks for the video, thumbs up on the review. God Bless

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  9. Psychonaut
    Psychonaut 12 June, 2016, 09:02

    Hey Luke, that kit must be a joke. Even the woodpecker was laughing. The litte cans inside are pretty nice, but thats all. I hope nobody will have to manage a real survival situation with this joke

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  10. Shadowman
    Shadowman 12 June, 2016, 09:02

    Hi Luke my friend have to catch up watching your vids, you know my baby girl not always let me to 🙂 Thanks for this honest review i thought the same about this kit good to see nobody can bend you towards a positive review of a product thats why you were my first subscription ever on youtube and i am glad i found you here. keep up the good work and stay the way you are Greets from Austria. Dominik

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    ROUND AND RANDOM 12 June, 2016, 09:02

    For that price waterproof is a must. For $80.00 think about what you could make in a stainless wide mouth water bottle. Including the bottle. They should just call it what is a hipster kit.

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  12. Jhun Cabanig
    Jhun Cabanig 12 June, 2016, 09:02

    when u have that,you cannot live in the wild for less than 2 months

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  13. Rami R
    Rami R 12 June, 2016, 09:02

    Nääh…  I say NO  :(

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  14. treedirt10000
    treedirt10000 12 June, 2016, 09:02

    Building off of the idea it should boil water. I also think it should hold 1 liter of water for the purification tabs. It would be bigger around but 1 liter bottles of soda, water etc. are already mainstream and people technically should be used to the size in hand.

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  15. mono blanco
    mono blanco 12 June, 2016, 09:02

    i only like the conteiner

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  16. Tim Carroll
    Tim Carroll 12 June, 2016, 09:02

    The thing about Survival Kits is that they become redundant, and give a false sense of security. If you are backpacking, you have everything in that kit in your pack already. So unless you get separated from your pack you don't need one. And a kit that size would be in your pack anyway. The best survival kit is one that fits in your pocket(s). As for the battery issue just put a small piece of electrical tape over the ends of the batteries.

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  17. The Cape Outdoor Review and Adventures
    The Cape Outdoor Review and Adventures 12 June, 2016, 09:02

    hey Luke, GREAT product & review !!! i usually install my batteries the wrong way to prevent drain batteries by accidental switch on. Enjoy your new adventures this coming summer!! all the best for you and your family :)

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  18. grnberet9401
    grnberet9401 12 June, 2016, 09:02

    Good review. You can't only review great products, just my opinion. But you were spot on in your opinion section at the end. Another great video!

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  19. MuvoTX
    MuvoTX 12 June, 2016, 09:02

    That wood spool you could probably shave/whittle it down and use it as part of the fire kit. Maybe carve it into a bearing block for a friction fire… hard to tell how solid it is from the vid Luke. PLENTY of little cans to make charcloth… LOL

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  20. MuvoTX
    MuvoTX 12 June, 2016, 09:02

    I hate to bag on a product, but for ~$30 and an afternoon go to a dollar tree, home depot and wall mart and put together your own kit. Couple things missing.., duck tape, thread / needle sewing kit.

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  21. saprissa9
    saprissa9 12 June, 2016, 09:02

    That's probably the last product you'll receive from them.

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  22. A Headsup
    A Headsup 12 June, 2016, 09:02

    ok barley 3 min into i cant even watch this review. I have less than no interest in this thing.

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  23. gliderrider
    gliderrider 12 June, 2016, 09:02

    It is beautiful. Wouldn't mind having it if I was terribly rich. I'd put it in my Tesla. But I'm not rich and I don't have a Tesla. Darn!

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  24. Jeremy Mullis
    Jeremy Mullis 12 June, 2016, 09:02

    Thank you for the review Luke. A good honest review for sure. A cool product just not worth the money. I agree about building your own survival and first aid kits that is definitely the way to go to get everything you need.

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  25. good2go201
    good2go201 12 June, 2016, 09:02

    I have ot agree with you Luke. It's a pretty thing, but no real substance. If I was going to build a similar kit I'd start with a Kleen Kanteen (or similar) SS water bottle, then fill it with useful things. One thing I've always found to be a waste of space is a fishing kit. Let's face it, unless you stumble across a largish stream or flat out river, you ain't fishin. A razor blade is semi-useful, but will dull pretty quickly. The fishing line OTOH is quite useful as is the cordage. But, for the most part most of that stuff is not very useful at all. BTW, didn't hear a lick of wind in the video. So, I guess the "dead cat" worked just fine. :-)

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  26. desert reaper
    desert reaper 12 June, 2016, 09:02

    waaaaaay overpriced…i have seen a zombie version of this crap too…thanks for the vid tho brother.

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  27. desert reaper
    desert reaper 12 June, 2016, 09:02

    u can just put a small sheet of paper in between the batteries and the contact point…so u dont have to have them on the outside and take the chance of loosing them.

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  28. tgafire87
    tgafire87 12 June, 2016, 09:02

    Pro Tip Put the batteries in, just flip one around so it can't turn on.

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  29. Rodrigo Pagés
    Rodrigo Pagés 12 June, 2016, 09:02

    to fix the battery thing just carry them with one on the wrog direction then the circuit will never be closed even if you click the button inside your pack once you wanna use it turn the battery to the right positon and done problem solved no need to carry them outside the tube!

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  30. Bill K.
    Bill K. 12 June, 2016, 09:02

    I guess you could put one of the batteries in the wrong way and store them inside, but that doesn't make it a good deal. Thumbs down on the product, thumbs up on your video.

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