Adventure Medical Kits
Heatsheets Emergency Bivvy
For decades, outdoors folk have carried Mylar space blankets in their packs as insurance against potentially fatal nights out. Then came the space blanket bivy sack, which was better. Now Adventure Medical Kits has updated the space-blanket material with the cozy-sounding "vacuum metalized polyethylene" and introduced the 3.8-ounce Heatsheets Emergency Bivvy. Like Mylar, it reflects 90 percent of your radiated body heat, but the new material is significantly more durable, stretchy, and much more orange, which should help search teams find you as you sleep peacefully in your vacuum-metalized cocoon. For winter use, or for those who prefer a slightly warmer miserable night out, check out AMK's S.O.L. (Survive Outdoors Longer) bivy sack ($34), which is twice as heavy and bulky but warmer and more durable.
Leatherman Juice S2
There's one simple reason why Leathermans have displaced pocket knives in many people's packs: pliers. Whether it's to bend damaged bits on your ski bindings or bicycle, pluck porcupine quills from your dog's nostrils, or remove arrows from your abdomen, you never know when you're going to need one. At only 4 ounces and just over 3 inches long, the Juice S2 is the smallest, lightest Leatherman you can buy that still has reasonably functional pliers. Its svelte, stainless steel body also manages to pack in screwdrivers, scissors, a bottle opener, wire cutter, and a knife with an undeniably wussy-looking 2.5-inch knife blade that is nevertheless capable of cleaning fish, whittling wood and light carving.
Adventure Medical Kits Pocket Survival Pak
A lot of small survival kits contain tools more suited for Happy Meals than actual life-and-death situations, but not the brilliantly designed Pocket Survival Pak. Packing a miraculous number of useful items in a 4-ounce, waterproof package, it stands out as a kit that really could save your bacon (if not your burger). There's a fire starter and tinder, signal mirror, whistle, compass, fishing kit, sewing kit, duct tape, paper and really tiny pencil, steel wire, nylon cord, safety pins, aluminum foil, and, in a final master-stroke, thorough survival instructions printed on waterproof paper—all in a resealable, clear plastic case the size of the average wallet. If anyone ever comes up with an award for the all-time best tiny survival kit ever made, this will definitely win.