EDIT: IR - UST BASE Kit - Jamie L
Thanks for the IR. Sorry for the delay, I was/am out of town and have been overwhelmed with my day job.
A few things to take care of and you can upload your test report. See you in two months.
First off, your IR scrolls at 1024 monitor setting - that's the minimum setting we strive for. I suspect your monitor is 1280. You need to adjust your pictures and/or table to conform to the 1024 width. You can check how your report looks in various screen settings at www.screen-resolution.com. It's a neat site to bookmark!
Clearly lighting a fire in anything more than 200 ft of water is a serious survival risk?
EDIT: Metric conversion, please.
COMMENT: I know what you are saying, but I'm not sure it's clear.
On the UST website, the individual components are described as follows:
EDIT: Jerry has clearly indicated we should not be using large amounts of quoted text from the manufacturer's website. (This section should have had quotes around it to show it was from the manufacturer, but that's a different edit <g>). Please re-word these descriptions to make them your own. I think you are good with the spell checker, so no need to repost your changes.
The StarFlash® and JetScreamT are pretty basic and easy to use, either a blast of air or just hold towards a light source.
COMMENT: It's not a big deal, but following this sentence in sequence, it sounds like a "blast of air" is what you use for the StarFlash. You might want to re-word position the phrases.
I gave it the lightest puff of air in my lounge and the resulting noise made my ears ring (and scare my dog into the hallway!). I
EDIT: Change to "scared".
I look forward to testing this kit out in the field but hope that it would be in a genuine emergency situation!
COMMENT: Are you really hoping it will be a genuine emergency situation or should this read "hope that it wouldn't be"?
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Friday, November 27, 2009 5:06 AM
Subject: [backpackgeartesters] IR - UST BASE Kit - Jamie L
I seem to be the only tester that has received this item?
See below, thanks in advance.
Ultimate Survival Technologies - BASE Kit
Test Series by Jamie Lawrence
Initial Report - 27th November 2009
Field Report - January 2010
Long-Term Report - April 2010
Hobart, Tasmania AUSTRALIA
1.70 m (5' 7")
70 kg (154 lbs)
I was introduced to backpacking/tramping/hiking as a young child in Boy Scouts and through my school physical/adventure education. After leaving school, I mainly did short daywalks until recently when I started to re-walk some of Tasmania's key routes and try others I have yet to attempt. I mainly walk in the winter months, in Tasmania's central highlands area. I prefer light gear, extended walks (3-5 days) in a group of 3 or shorter walks (1-3 days) walking solo. I would generally carry a base weight pack of around 8 kg - 10 kg (17 lbs - 22 lbs).
27th November 2009
Product Information & Specification
Ultimate Survival Technologies
Year of Manufacture:
79 g (2.4 oz)
110 g (3.88 oz)
Listed: 12.7 x 10.16 cm (5 x 4 in)
Measured: 13.2 x 11.8 cm (5.2 x 4.65 in)
Image courtesy Ultimate Survival Technologies
The Ultimate Survival Technologies BASE Kit (Basic Adventure Survival Essentials) is a lightweight emergency kit has the bare signalling and fire starting essentials everyone needs when heading outdoors, as described on the product packaging.
The BASE Kit has 4 components. The SparkieTM fire starter, 2x WetFireT tinder cubes, the StarFlash® signal mirror and the JetScreamT whistle. The entire kit is contained within a waterproof plastic bag/case that is claimed to be waterproof to 60 m (200 ft). Clearly lighting a fire in anything more than 200 ft of water is a serious survival risk?
On the UST website, the individual components are described as follows:
SparkieT Fire Starter: This lightweight emergency fire starter boasts one-handed operation! It generates intensely hot sparks and works in any weather. SparkieTM weighs only 0.8 of an ounce (22 g).
WetFireT Tinder (2 cube): You will love this amazing fire starting tinder. It is non-toxic, odourless, and virtually smokeless. You can start a fire even in the driving rain. In fact, WetFireT tinder burns longer when its WET! A small pile of tinder shavings is all you need to start a roaring fire.
StarFlash® Signal Mirror: This signal mirror is unbreakable, can be aimed precisely, floats and can signal for communications up to 100 miles away (160 km). You can use it hiking, camping, or backpacking for communication or signalling, or to apply first aid or camouflage. StarFlash® was chosen as the premier signal mirror of the U.S. Air Force and other government agencies 10 years ago.
JetScreamT Whistle: This whistle is one of the loudest in the world, any louder and it would cause physical pain, literally. You can hear JetScream'sT amazing 122Db ear-piercing shriek, above most natural or man-made noises. It is equivalent to the sound of a rock concert or a jet at take off. You can use JetScreamT in the city or woods for communication and personal protection.
Also contained within the BASE Kit is a small instructions booklet. Given the nature of this product, I assumed it was pretty self explanatory on how to use the various items. However I was surprised that the instructions contain some handy hints, mainly for the StarFlash® mirror and SparkieT fire starter. These were spotting the reflection with your hand then aiming the reflection to ensure you attract attention as well as the fact that the flint stone in the SparkieT can be rotated to ensure a long life. As the kit is packed inside a waterproof bag, I intend to keep the instructions with the kit all the time for future reference in the field.
Trying out the BASE Kit
There isn't really a lot to the kit so it is pretty easy to try out. As I did not want to waste one of the WetFireT tinder cubes just playing around (UTS included an extra pack of 10 WetFireT tinder cubes which was nice!) for my first impressions, I have not yet used one to start a fire. The StarFlash® and JetScreamT are pretty basic and easy to use, either a blast of air or just hold towards a light source. I was able to reflect the light from a lamp across my lounge. The SparkieT only took a few seconds to figure out. Simply press the button to release the flint then press it into something to create sparks. As the flint was coated with a paint of some form, I had to press the SparkieT down 3 times to get sparks. It is easy to use with one hand as claimed by UST. It certainly produces a bright spark but I am yet to test if this is sufficient to ignite the WetFireT tinder or any other type of fuel.
Be warned, the JetScreamT is loud! I gave it the lightest puff of air in my lounge and the resulting noise made my ears ring (and scare my dog into the hallway!). I do not have a meter to measure sound output but I assume it was well below the 122Db claimed by UST making me think that with a full puff, it will be too loud to use in a confined space. Mind you, it is designed to attract attention! I look forward to giving the JetScreamT a good blast outdoors to really see how loud it goes.
I was quite impressed with the BASE Kit as soon as I opened the box. I find it is a simple, lightweight and useful kit that appears to serve its purpose of being able to light a fire (or at lease produce a bright spark at this stage) and signal for help. I look forward to testing this kit out in the field but hope that it would be in a genuine emergency situation!
This concludes my Initial Report of the Ultimate Survival Technologies BASE Kit. Please check back for the results of my testing over the coming months. My thanks to Ultimate Survival Technologies and www.backpackgeartest.org for the opportunity to test this neat little product.
[Non-text portions of this message have been removed]