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8 high-tech products helping us survive in the most extreme conditions

Extreme conditions differ depending upon where you are on countries around the world, what situations you’re facing and for how long. Person surviving a harsh arctic blizzard will have very different survival needs compared to someone stranded in an arid desert, for example.

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Survival tech is therefore wide-ranging, from the seemingly humble packet of waterproof matches, through to an all-encompassing’ bug out suitcase’ brimming with everything you need to wait out a cyclone or full-blown natural disaster.

Here we’ve focused on high-tech survival kit that can be applied to a broad range of extreme conditions. Water, food, shelter, warmth and communication are high on the list of requires, so we’ve targeted tech to address those specifically.

Ready to prep? Then take a look at these high-tech contraptions designed to help you survive in extreme conditions…

1. Casio G-shock Rangeman Triple Sensor Watch

Reasons to buy

Built-in compass

Solar and battery-powered

Extras include a barometer

Do you know where you are? Have you been separated from your group? Getting caught in a cyclone, or straying into wild and unknown terrain, can be disorienting and scary.

Having a durable GPS watch strapped to your wrist means you can avoid impressions of panic by being able to figure out exactly where you are. Casio’s rugged Rangeman survival watch has a built-in compass so you can use it to pinpoint your position and work out how to get back to base camp or the nearest town.

The solar- and battery-powered Rangeman provides sunup and sundown times, plus tide indications, which is handy for extreme conditions involving the ocean. There’s also a barometer alerting you to pressure changes in the atmosphere, indicating a possible incoming storm.

2. Garmin inReach Mini

Reasons to buy

Uses satellite network for reliable coverage

Sends and receives texts

Can trigger an SOS

Communication is key when it comes to surviving in extreme conditions, but your smartphone might not be up to the poor signal dictated by cyclones or off-the-grid places. Garmin’s palm-sized satellite comms device aids your survival by helping you to message for help.

The inReach Mini enables you to send and receive texts, to track and share your locating, and to trigger an SOS alert and contact the GEOS 24/7 emergency response team. The comms device connects for messaging via the Iridium satellite network, with continuous worldwide coverage.

3. Gerber Bear Grylls Ultimate Kit

Reasons to buy

Kit includes pretty much everything you need to survive in the wild
Comes with a survival guide

Ex-Special Forces-out trooper and survival expert Bear Grylls has lived through many extreme conditions, and has the insect-eating-constitution to prove it. The Ultimate Kit is Bear’s go-to stash of tools for surviving in hostile environments.

The 16 -piece kit comes in a waterproof purse. Inside there’s a hand see, fire steel, whistle, snare wire, waterproofed matches, survival blanket and more. If you want an extra survival blanket, try the high-tech, US military-endorsed ReadyHeat Blanket or the versatile Snugpak Jungle Blanket, which doubles as a temporary shelter.

The Bear Grylls Ultimate Kit has much of what you need to quickly put in camp in extreme conditions, and enabling you to catch and prepare wild food. There’s even a’ land to air rescue’ instruction card for emergency evacs, plus a Priorities of Survival guide choc-full of Bear’s tips.

4. Lifestraw Go

Reasons to buy

Can filter 99.9999% of bacteria and protozoan parasite cysts from wild water sources

Water and food, along with safe shelter, are among the highest priorities in extreme conditions. Drinking dirty water can build you unbelievably sick. So how do you get access to clean drinking water when you’re deep in the jungle or waiting out a blizzard atop a mountain? Lifestraw Go.

At first glance, the Lifestraw Go might not seem that high-tech. Don’t be fooled. This water filter employs advanced micro filtration tech to eliminate 99.9999% of bacteria and protozoan parasite cysts from water taken from wild sources such as waterfalls, rivers, puddles and snow.

The result? Clean water wherever you can find it, without risk of dysentery, diarrhoea or gut infection. Throw the Lifestraw Go in your knapsack along with some high-calorie Seven Ocean Emergency Rations bars, and your basic water and food needs are sorted.

5. The North Face Mountain 25 Tent

Reasons to buy

Four snow stakes included
Strong for withstanding bad weather

Safe shelter is a must for surviving in extreme conditions- if there’s a cyclone rolling in, you need a shelter that erects pronto and bides up no matter what high-speed winds are lunged at it. The four-season Mountain 25 Tent by The North Face will assist you survive harsh weather.

Compact, easy to move and fast to set up, this low profile tent can live on a variety of terrains. It even comes with four snow stakes for alpine situations. The water-resistant 40 D nylon fly and canopy protect against rainfall, sleet, snow and hail. A fully-taped, cut-in nylon pail floor lends additional structural strength to stop the tent from pitching in high winds.

Want to see if the storm is passing? Look through the cold crack-tested( to -51 degC) port window.

6. Black Diamond ReVolt

Reasons to buy

Bright 300 lumens light

Produces a wide arc of light

Navigating back to camp in the middle of a blizzard, and all the while avoiding a canyon edge, is no joke. Equip yourself with this battery- and USB-powered 300 lumen headlamp and illuminate your route to safety.

Black Diamond’s waterproof Revolt headlamp is geared up for nighttime missions. Not only is it super bright, it hurls lighting in a wide arc so that you can see what’s immediately around you as well as in front of you.

7. Leatherman The Wave

Reasons to buy

17 useful tools in one
Rust-resistant frame



Multi-tools and survival run hand-in-hand. 17 genuinely useful tools are folded into The Wave’s rust-resistant frame, and all of which can be unlocked with one hand for fast access.

Many of these tools are’ outside accessible ‘, so you can use them when The Wave is shut. There are different types of pliers, two knives, a find, scissors, can opener, a wood/ metal file, and other essentials.

The Wave is made from a high-carbon sort of stainless steel and covered in black oxide, a powder-based coating favoured by the military to reduce tool glare that might otherwise give away your position. Essential if the extreme conditions you’re facing require covert movement.

8. Vollebak Graphene Jacket

One day, Graphene will be everywhere in outdoor tech; infused in tents, hiking boots, helmets and anything else that needs strength and flex. Since ten layers of this lightweight material are more bulletproof than steel, think about how that could protect you in extreme conditions.

Vollebak is currently developing the Graphene Jacket, a prototype that will be sold to the public. If it’s anything like the formidable  Vollebak Condition Black Ceramic Jacket- a technical jacket so tough it can scar boulder- it could well become the world’s next survival superhero.

This article is part of our Tech Innovation for the Future series, brought to you in association with Honor.


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