Thursday, June 2, 2011

Riverwalker's Gear Pics - High Tech vs. Low Tech

High Tech Waterproof Lighter

Low Tech Waterproof Lighter

When it comes to different forms of survival gear, there is always a tendency to choose high tech gear for many people. This is usually the more expensive option but not always necessary choice when considering different types of survival gear. If you are on a budget, sometimes it's a lot easier to use a low tech option.

Take the example of just one type of gear used by many for their fire starting ability...the lighter. There are a number of high tech waterproof lighters available in the marketplace but sometimes a low cost option is just as effective.

Got low tech gear option?

Staying above the water line!



Anonymous said...

Low tech often is priced to move as well, I see jen-u-wine Bics in bulk sold for what amounts to $1 per lighter - thats a lot of lights and can be spread about several locations. I have a couple of Imcos though for their multi-fuel capability, that is helpful when having to scrounge fuels in the future. And resevoir can be removed and act as very short term lantern, no hands needed.

Forget cooking a steak over it though, lol.

Anonymous said...

Bic's are the best disposable,in my opinion.I've used a lot of those 3 for a buck cheapos,a bic is a great investment.It can be used for a spark when the fluid runs out,and you can even use it as a signal at night,you can see it a mile away! I still prefer my zippo tho,as it can use any fluid that burns.
Dean in az

idahobob said...

Low tech is the way to go with me. For some reason, hi-tech stuff has a tendency to break in my big ol' clumsy paws.

Maybe part of the reason is because I hate to read pages and pages of infinite instruction that seem to be geared towards monkeys, not someone with a bit of intelligence.


riverwalker said...

I usually like to keep things pretty simple when it comes to gear...less to go wrong or break.


Anonymous said...

When I go boating I put my wallet and my cell phone in a ziplock bag. Seems like it would work. Last December I was in Hawaii and decided to go snorkeling and put some money in a ziplock but not trusting it totally I actually left my wallet in the hotel room. Lucky I did the zip lock seemed intact but the money was soaking wet.

HermitJim said...

Give me the low-tech every time! Always seems to work best in my case!

riverwalker said...

To: anonymous 10:39

If I'm actually going to get "in" the water, I've got a couple of those small waterproof cases that seem to hold up well.

You make an excellent point about sometimes a little "extra" protection might be needed.

Thanks anon.


riverwalker said...

To: HermitJim

While there is a case for high tech, depending upon it's use you may be able to use a low tech solution that will work just as well.

Thanks Jim.


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Jane Smith said...

I am one of those backpackers who truly invest in good quality equipment because I don't want my experience to be compromised. One my the lessons I've learned recently is to get a high quality lighter, not just any lighter that can start a flame. Any lighter can do that, but not all lighters can sustain the flame when tested outdoors. You can check survival lighter options here:

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