I picked up one of these from outdoor code at the last north meet and as I'm at a loose end, i thought I'd write a review
first things first.
it comes in a small pouch made of fairly heavy gauge clear plastic. the pouch is sealing (in the manner of ziplok bags) and waterproof with a lanyard attachment point. it fits handily in a pocket of my swanni and is fairly unobtrusive.
the contents are as follows
1. Fresnel lens magnifier.
2. signal mirror.
3. spark-lite fire starter.
4. 4x pieces of tinder.
6. button compass.
7. fishing kit.
8. nylon thread and needle.
9. scalpel blade.
10. duct tape.
11. aluminium foil.
12. nylon cord.
14. safety pins
15. pencil and paper
16. aide memoir.
as you would expect from a Doug Ritter designed kit it's pretty good.
the whistle is very loud, the compass reads true (i checked it against my silva 54) etc. the only thing i have issue with is the "spark-lite".
all i can say is "it works" I'd prefer a proper fire steel, but it'll get the tinder lit and you can use it one-handed.
the supplied cord is quite strong, rated to150lb and is a decent length (about 2m) for a psk. the thread is meant for sewing and fishing and is actually a small bobbin of black thread rated at 10.5lb. the fishing kit itself consists of 4 hooks, a couple of split shot and a swivel. hardly comprehensive, but adequate.
the aluminium foil is quite heavy duty and is meant to fashion a container for boilong water/cooking in
so with this kit (which is clearly designed to be a back up to the kit you would have on your belt) you have enough kit to keep body and soul together for a couple of days (or longer)
means of getting food (fishing kit/snare wire)
means of purifying water (boiling in the foil)
means of lighting a fire (spark-rite, fresnel lens, tinder)
means of attracting attention (whistle, mirror)
with this and a knife you would definetly improve your chances of survival.
i'd probably add a couple of things though.
tweezers, elastoplast, puritabs, and some matches. but that's it.
it is after all a pocket kit.