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Lighting

XT808 Tactical Flashlight Review

The XT808 Tactical Flashlight is a powerful, multi-functional flashlight capable of putting out 800 lumens, more than enough to provide ample light in any outdoor setting. We recently purchased the XT808 flashlight from Primitive Survivors so we could test out just how powerful this flashlight really is.

Read on to learn more about this new tactical flashlight and discover whether or not it’s worth buying or not:

XT808 Flashlight – Initial Thoughts

Our initial thought about the XT808 flashlight was actually out of pure shock. Primitive Survivors wasn’t kidding when they said their flashlight was bright. It’s enough to temporarily blind someone in the right setting, which is probably why Primitive Survivors advertises the flashlight as a useful non-lethal source of personal protection.

We also thought the case was a nice touch, seeing as how you can bang up and lose a flashlight pretty easily. The case protects the flashlight and enables you to carry the light around without the risk of losing it, so it was an added bonus in our opinion.

XT808 Tactical Flashlight Features & Specs

Our initial thoughts are great, but what you probably care about are the features & specs. We found the features & specs directly on the website, and here are the most important details about the XT808:

  • 5.1 inches long (extends to 6.18 inches)
  • Made from aircraft-grade aluminum alloy
  • High, Medium, Low, SOS, and Strobe light modes
  • Waterproof and scratch resistant lens
  • Adjustable focusing beam with up to 2000x focus
  • Cree XM-L LED emitter
  • 100,000 lamp life with rechargeable batteries

XT808 Flashlight Pricing

Primitive Survivors, the same maker of the TL900 LED Headlamp (read our review of the TL900 Headlamp here), is advertising the XT808 Flashlight at 75% off retail price. We’re not sure how long this will last, but in the event you make it in time to purchase using the discount pricing, then the pricing is as follows:

  • 1 Flashlight: $56
  • 2 Flashlights: $97 (Save $15)
  • 3 Flashlights: $134 (Save $34)
  • 4 Flashlights: $169 (Save $55)
  • 5 Flashlights: $196 (Save $84)

Is the XT808 Flashlight Worth Buying?

From our experience with the XT808 Flashlight, we really like the brightness, various settings, and the reasonable price. We’ve purchased products from Primitive Survivors before as well and liked what we’ve seen, so buying this flashlight is a no-brainer.

We could see this flashlight being useful for hunters, outdoorsmen (and women), and for simply personal protection. We personally plan on using our flashlight as our everyday flashlight and keeping one for when we take an extended nature walk in the summer.

Regardless, we really like the XT808 flashlight and believe it’s one of the better – if not the best tactical flashlights on the market.

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Lighting Product Reviews

TL900 LED Headlamp Review

Whether you’re camping, hunting, exploring some caverns, or just otherwise in need of bright light, then the TL900 LED Headlamp is the perfect piece of gear to accommodate all of your lighting needs.

This hands-free device delivers a powerful light that can zoom 1x-2000x, depending on your individual needs. From the moment you try the TL900 Headlamp, you’ll realize it’s not your average headlamp.

Continue reading to learn more about the TL900 LED Headlamp and the company that manufacturers our #1 rated tactical headlamp.

About the TL900 LED Headlamp

The TL900 LED Headlamp is manufactured by a company known as Primitive Survivors. Primitive Survivors sells a variety of outdoor and survival gear (as the name would imply) and the TL900 is one of their featured products. In addition, they also sell the XT808 LED Flashlight, backpacks, tents, and plenty of other essential gear.

Get to know a little more about Primitive Survivors by connecting with them on Twitter and FaceBook.

Overall Quality & Durability – 5/5

From the moment you inspect and put on the headlamp, you’ll realize you’re working with a higher quality headlamp. We found the headlamp to be quite comfortable, and the nylon strap is thick and sturdy enough to weather the elements for years to come.

The battery pack in the pack was easy to open and use, and we had no trouble getting the headlamp to work. The strap is adjustable as well so you can fit it to adjust to the size of your head and the tightness you prefer.

Light Quality – 4.5/5

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The TL900 Headlamp is a tactical headlamp, which inherently means the brightness is going to be much brighter than the average headlamp. However, we weren’t quite expecting it to deliver THAT much brightness.

Seriously, we were blown away by the T6 cree LED bulb that powers the head lens on the TL900. You can see feet in front of you as well as a decent area on your sides as well.

Compared to most other headlamps we tried, we felt the light quality was far superior, and that’s actually one of the key points we took away.

Price – 5/5

One thing we’ve been noticing about the price of these tactical headlamps is that they can cost $150, $200, or even more. This isn’t reasonable given the amount of times individuals will actually use these headlamps. Even if you’re the most avid adventurer, there’s no reason you should spend anymore than $80-100 on a tactical headlamp.

It appears that the TL900 Headlamp original retailed for around $200 BUT we found a deal online that enables customers to secure a headlamp for only $60.00. If you purchase more than one, say for a spouse, child, or a friend, or if you just want a spare, you can shave down the price per headlamp considerably. That’s good enough for us to say the TL900 tactical headlamp is basically a steal.

Overall Rating – 4.7/5

While there is always something someone can find wrong with an individual piece of gear, we’re very happy our overall experience with the TL900 LED Headlamp. The design is excellent, it appears to be durable, and the light quality is incredible.

Best of all, the value you get from purchasing the TL900 is incredible. We hate wasting money on inferior products, but priced at $60 (for a limited time), the TL900 headlamp is rated as our #1 tactical headlamp thanks to its’ overall value.

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Preparation Survival Skills

The Six Most Essential Disaster Supplies You MUST Have

According to FEMA statistics, there have been at least 100 disaster declarations in the United States thirteen of the last sixteen years. That’s almost one disaster declaration every three days! The fact of the matter is that weather systems are becoming stronger and our electric grid and infrastructure systems are aging, which is leading to more disasters and emergencies than ever before.

It is essential that every family have some form of disaster kit readily available for when a disaster inevitably strikes. After all, you don’t want to be caught with your pants down – do you? That’s why we here at BoldSurvivalist have compiled a list of the six most important items you need to have in your disaster kit.

The “Big Three” Disaster Supplies

While some disaster situations require extensive supplies, the average emergency will not require a great deal of supplies. This is why we’re dubbing the first three items on our list the “big three.” These items are important any time an emergency strikes and could keep your family alive.

#1 – Bottled/Jugs of Water

Ever notice that whenever there is emergency, that cases upon cases of water are always the most readily available supply? It’s pretty simple – water’s pretty important. That is if you like living. Without water, the average human will die within a few days, so stocking up with enough water for you and your family for at least a few days is probably a good idea.

#2 – Canned/non-perishable food

Pretty much every person is going to have non-perishable food nowadays given our love for processed foods. Still, it’s a good idea to have a kit with a few extra supplies in the event you need to grab your disaster pack and leave quickly.

For example, living near a creek that suddenly overflows its’ banks may not give you enough time to grab some food. Instead, you need to just grab your gear and go.

#3 – A Source of Light

A lot of people mistaken forget how important light really is when the power is out. After Superstorm Sandy, residents in the Northeast were left without power for over a week in some cases. That means no heat, no ability to cook food (for most people) and no ability to shower. This is why having a powerful light is important for both your protection and for having the ability to function at night. (See our TL900 Headlamp review if you’d like to learn more about a perfect headlamp for an emergency).

The “Other Three” Disaster Supplies

So barring the apocalypse, you’re normally good to go with food, water, and light. But what happens during an extreme emergency? Chances are these other disaster supplies will be very important to your survival:

#4 – A radio & batteries

We could’ve chose a number of things here, but we went with a radio for one simple reason – it’s the only way to listen to emergency updates. If the power is out, that means there is no TV, Internet, or phone connections. Sure, cell phones help, but what happens when the battery runs out? A radio is an essential piece of disaster equipment and it’s probably a good idea to keep a few spare batteries handy as well.

#5 – A First Aid Kit

You could put a first aid kit in the big three if you lumped food/water together. After all, making sure any and all injuries are treated is essential to preventing infections and keeping you safe.

Keep in mind, you don’t need anything crazy. A typical kit consisting of gloves, band-aids, sterile wipes, gauze, scissors, tweezers, disinfectant, and tape should be able to handle most of what you need. If you get a kit that has more, that’s fine – but there’s typically no need to have enough supplies to perform an emergency lobotomy.

#6 – Protection

We’ve seen it all too often – disaster strikes and looters begin to take advantage of the situation. Having personal protection is the only way to really ensure. The Glock 19 is an affordable, effective personal protection device that can stave off most intruders or looters from your home or business. Otherwise, a small knife can protect you when you need to move and don’t have time to reach for your holster.

Final Thoughts

What do you think of our list? Would you change anything? If so, what would you change.

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Survival Guides

How to Build A Bug Out Bag

Ask any prepper and he or she will tell you that you have one of two options during an emergency. You can either hunker down until the crisis is over or you can “bug out.” When you need to bug out, you need to rely on your bug out bag to keep you alive and well until you reach a safe location for long-term stay.

I know what you’re thinking, “oh look another bug out bag list.” We promise you, this isn’t going to just be another boring bug out list. I’ve compiled a list of about 50 items that are absolutely essential to your safety and health, and I’ve even broken them down into useful categories.

Choosing a Bug Out Bag

Before we even get into the essentials you need for your bug out bag, the first item on your list is the bag itself. How you pick your bag is really up to you, but generally most preppers rely on one of two principles:

1) You should pick a bag that is best for you and only you

2) You should choose a bag after you’ve already collected the items you need

It doesn’t really matter which bag you choose, but keep in mind you will need a functional, portable bag that can be taken within minutes of an emergency developing. So going to extremes (too big or too small) probably isn’t the best idea.

Okay, enough with the boring stuff, let’s talk about the essentials you need in your bug out bag.

Bug Out Bag Essentials

Water & Hydration

Hands-down, the most important part of your bug out bag is water & hydration. The human body can only survive without water for about 72 hours, whereas most adults can last over a week without food. Water is an absolute must-have in your bug-out bag. You need about a liter per day and at least a few days available. We recommend the following:

  • Two liters of water
  • Hard water bottle
  • Canteen
  • Water purification tablets
  • Water filters

Food & Meal Preparation

Next to water, food is the most important supply you can possibly have. Most bug-out-bag lists tend to recommend various foods, mostly off the shelf, dehydrated, and store-bought items. Personally, I recommend carrying a variety of non-perishable items, some of which may require water.

To be safe, you’ll need to pack at least three days worth of food. You should also use metal cookware and utensils for heat-resistance, durability, and for safety reasons. We recommend:

  • Six to Eight protein bars
  • Three dehydrated meals
  • Can opener
  • Metal cooking pot
  • Small portable stove
  • Stove fuel
  • Scrubbing utensil

Clothing

Choosing clothing can be a bit more difficult because we all have different body types, preferences, and live in different areas. It’s always a good idea to re-evaluate your clothing selection for your bug out bag every six months or so, and it’s a good idea to replace items as needed.

As a rule of thumb, always have two sets of clothing so you change in the event your clothing gets wet. The worst thing in a bug-out situation is wet clothes. Wet clothes can lead to hypothermia and they’re extremely uncomfortable. In my personal bug-out bag, I’ve got the following:

  • Two pairs of wool socks
  • Lightweight long sleeve shirt
  • Convertible pants
  • Working gloves
  • Rain poncho
  • One short sleeve t-shirt
  • Medium weight fleece
  • Hiking shorts
  • Underwear

Adjust what you bring based on your location, eliminate, and preferences. Just be sure to at least pack for the elements in the event you travel further or to a different location than your bug-out shelter.

Bedding & Shelter

After water, food, and clothing, things become a little less serious. For example, bedding & shelter is still important, but you’ve got a better shot at finding bedding & shelter than you do food & water in an emergency situation.

Plus, you can make a shelter within a few hours outdoors if you really need to. If your bug out bag can accomodate some extra bedding though, consider:

  • Tent
  • Sleeping bag
  • Ground Pad
  • Thermal blanket

Heat

Heat is important for a variety of reasons. It’s a means to stay warm, to dry wet clothes, and to cook any food you need to prepare before eating. Having a backup source to make fire is also essential because if your primary source fails, you’re otherwise out of luck.

We recommend having at least:

  • Ignition Source
  • Tinder
  • Waterproof storage for said materials

First Aid

There are several “done for you” type products out there for first aid, and while some are great, most aren’t useful for a bug out bag. The general topic of first aid could easily warrant a dozen posts, but we’ll keep things simply by insisting you have.

  • A basic first aid kit
  • Insect repellant
  • Any and all medications
  • Paper towels
  • Hand sanitizer

Lighting

If you’re bugging out, there’s a good chance you’re going to be in the dark for a little while. Having multiple sources of light is essential because like anything, your light source could fail or run out of batteries at any time, leaving you in a difficult situation. This is why we recommend:

Self-Defense

Self defense is the area where most preppers seem to get a little crazy about. It’s true that self defense warrants serious discussion because if you’re in a bug out situation, then you’re in the severest of situations – like the kind of situations where you could potentially die. Whether you choose a handgun, a hunting rifle, an assault rifle, or even just pepper spray, you’ll need to be adequately prepared to defend yourself and your family.

We personally recommend carrying:

  • A handgun
  • Pepper spray/tazer
  • One rifle
  • At least 200 rounds of ammunition

Tools

We put tools right next to self-defense because this is the second area that preppers tend to go crazy about. You don’t need every tool and gadget that’s out there. Most of those tools are useless anyways. What you really need is a select group of multi-tools that serve a variety of functions. You can get away with:

  • Machete
  • Multi-tool
  • Survival knife

Literally, that’s it. If you want to take more, go for it – but you likely won’t need it.

Communications

Communications is often overlooked, but it can be essential to your bug out situation – especially if you’ve got a family/small group going with you. We’ll keep things pretty simple for you (we’ve tried to do this the entire time), so only bring these items with you:

  • Set of walkie-talkies
  • Cell phone
  • Emergency radio
  • Solar charger

Misc

We promise we’re almost done. There are some additional items you need to bring that may not fit into any of the categories we mentioned above, but are still important and can have several uses:

  • Duct tape
  • Map
  • Compass
  • Cash
  • Sunglasses
  • Sewing kit
  • Fishing kit
  • Binoculars
  • Soap
  • Toothbrush/toothpaste
  • Towels/Toilet paper

And there you have it. This is our guide on how to build a bug out bag. We aren’t experts or certified in any way, but it is our goal to provide you with the best information out there. We still make mistakes and forget things from time to time. If you feel we’ve missed an item, please share by commenting below. We always want to hear from our readers, and we strive to help our readers best prepare for the worst, so give us a shout if we’ve made a mistake.

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1Tac HL1200 Tactical Headlamp Review

The 1Tac Military Headlamp is a tactical style headlamp designed to provide the ultimate hands-free lighting for any situation. Whether you’re an outdoor enthusiast, a prepper, a hunter, or just want a durable & powerful light in case of an emergency, the HL1200 tactical headlamp is the perfect solution to any and all of your lighting needs.

1TAC HL1200 Features & Specs

We got our hands on an HL1200 from 1TAC and were pleasantly surprised to find it was comfortable, easily adjustable, and was actually intensely bright. We tested out many of the features of the HL1200, which include:

  • 3-way adjustable headband for support & comfort
  • Ultra bright CREE XL-L2 bulb
  • 3 different modes based on your needs (strobe, high, medium)
  • Adjustable bulb that can bend to a 90 degree angle
  • Zoom capability (up to 2000 meters)

According to the official website, the headlamp weighs 6.35oz (little less than half a pound), has a rechargeable battery, is made of aircraft grade aluminum, and has a lamp life of 100,000 hours. This is far longer than our previous favorite headlamp – the TL900 from Primitive Survivors.

HL1200 Functionality

We put the HL1200 to the test and were pleasantly surprised how well it performed. On a hunting trip, the HL1200 was far superior to any of the other headlamps we tested. The zoom capability was great for seeing what was up ahead on the trail and we only needed the medium setting, which was more than enough lighting.

The ability to angle the light also came in handy, especially when hiking up a steep mountain. This headlamp could certainly be useful for those that like extreme climbing or hiking.

As for the comfort of the HL1200, it was actually better than the average headlamp. It was snug on my head, but not too tight to the point where it became uncomfortable. While hiking, I sort of forgot I was even wearing to be quite honest. If you’re hesitant to try it because of comfort, don’t be because you won’t find a more comfortable headlamp.

Who Should Use the 1TAC HL1200 Headlamp?

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Overall, our experience with the HL1200 tactical headlamp was incredibly positive and we can see a variety of uses for this headlamp. If you fit any of these demographics, then this headlamp is perfect for you:

  • Hunters
  • Outdoor Enthusiasts
  • Hikers/Climbers
  • Survivalists/Preppers
  • Runners

Even if you don’t fit these demographics, it still may be a good idea to buy the 1TAC HL1200. Disaster can strike anywhere and when the lights go out, it’s important to have a trusted source of light. With the HL1200, you can feel comfort knowing you have just that.

How to Buy the 1TAC HL1200 Headlamp

The HL1200 is available for purchase directly from the official website of 1TAC. As of right now, prices are discounted 75% off for a limited time only. If you purchase now, you can choose the following packages:

  • 1 HL1200 Headlamp ($69.95 each) – $69.95
  • 2 HL1200 Headlamps ($62.95 each) – $125.90
  • 3 HL1200 Headlamps ($59.99 each) – $179.97
  • 10 HL1200 Headlamps ($45.95 each) – $459.50
  • 15 HL1200 Headlamps ($45.95 each) – $689.25
  • 20 HL1200 Headlamps ($45.95 each) – $919.00

Final Thoughts

Overall, the HL1200 from 1TAC is a durable, multi-functional tactical headlamp that can be useful for every household. Emergency light is always important, and having a brand you can trust is even more important.

With the HL1200 you can rest easy knowing you’ve got a high-quality source of light whenever you need it.