Vigilant Trails Survival Kit Review: Model Trekker-513

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4.5/5 on May 21, 2017

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Vigilant Trails Survival Kit: Model Trekker-513

Vigilant Trails Survival Kit

Outdoor adventures are fun and exciting, but they also come with risks. When something goes wrong, you have to be prepared to make sure that you survive your adventure. One thing that you should do is to pack all the essential things that you will need and include a Vigilant Trails survival kit to help you in a worst-case scenario.

Having a survival kit in your gear can help you survive in the wilderness, navigate back to civilization or even be rescued. A small, compact survival kit is best. It provides what you need without taking up too much space, making room for other things that you want to pack.

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People who go for hiking, fishing, camping and other outdoor activities sometimes prefer to prepare their own survival kits. Another way is to simply purchase a pre-assembled kit such as the Vigilant Trails Survival Kit, Model: Trekker-513. You can even use these pre-assembled kits as a basis and add or replace some of the items to create a more practical kit for your needs.

This survival kit is dubbed as a “trekker” kit but it can also be used in other outdoor activities and non-hostile environments. It is one of the highly-rated survival kits on the market today and I wanted to find out if it is really that good. I have reviewed this kit and below you will find the complete features as well as what I feel is good and what’s not so good about it.

Features

The Vigilant Trails Survival Kit Model Trekker-513 comprises 87 individually-field-tested items to make sure they will really help in a survival situation. This kit was created with the 6 essentials for surviving in mind:
food, water, shelter, fire, signaling and first-aid.

All the items included in the kit fit snugly inside the crush-proof metal container, which has dimensions of 5” x 3.5” x 1.5”. This compact and lightweight kit fits easily into your backpack or hunting bag. To make sure that the kit doesn’t open up while in transit, there are two compression straps that secure the lid. A compass can also be attached to one of the compression straps for easy access.

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To help you start a fire, there is a Fresnel magnifier. There are also two flint fire starters with their own steel scraper that you can use. For hydration, the kit provides a stand-up water bag, 2’ airline tubing, purification tablets and coffee filters.

When you are in need of a rescue, the signaling mirror, emergency blast whistle and the LKP tinder shots will come in handy. There is also an 84” x 52” emergency blanket to help protect you from hypothermia. It can double as a basic shelter.

To help you obtain food, it has an essential fishing kit. It includes barrel swivels, treble hooks, 30 feet of #10 fishing line, split shot sinkers, single shank hooks, curly-tail grubs, metal leaders, artificial worms, BB split-shot sinkers and foam floats. With all these, the only thing you will need is a rod. Alternatively, you can just go for line fishing if you can’t find a suitable rod in the wilderness.

First Aid

The kit has several items that are useful for first aid. You’ll find antiseptic pads, strip bandages, cotton balls, insect sting relief wipes, alcohol pads, butterfly bandages, stainless steel surgical blade, patch bandage, stainless steel needle and vitamin A and D ointment.

To help you find your way back, it includes 2 liquid-filled and easy-access compasses (one of each), and a mini LED flashlight that is water resistant.

Other items included in the kit:

  • the Vigilant Trails Survival Guide,
  • can opener,
  • split rings,
  • 5” lock-back knife,
  • pencil,
  • heavy-duty zip ties,
  • plastic sheet,
  • heavy-duty nylon thread,
  • snare wire,
  • safety pins,
  • 5’ paracord.

This kit is just one of the assembled kits that Vigilant Trails offers. It is a great companion to their Venturer-215 survival kit.

As we’ve seen, the items included in the kit are all field tested, and the kit is assembled in the USA. Each item has more than one purpose and can be used in a variety of ways to help out with survival.

Pros

• Each item included in the kit is individually field tested;
• Can be used in hostile and non-hostile environments;
• Includes items for food, fire, shelter, water, first aid and signaling;
• Compact and lightweight kit.

Cons

• Knife included is not that sturdy or high quality but can still cut;
• Whistle is not that loud;
• The kit might be a bit expensive for some.

Verdict

Being well prepared highly increases your chances of survival. This kit is a great starter survival kit because it contains 87 items that are practical to use. Although this kit can support your attempts at survival, it is still important for you to know how to use the items in the kit.

With proper knowledge, someone who has this kit can use it efficiently to his advantage. What I most like about this Vigilant Trails Trekker-513 Survival Kit is that so many useful items can be fitted into such a small container. The contents of this kit are also not just small, randomly-chosen items. They are well thought out and tested to ensure that they can really provide help during survival.

Upon inspection of the kit, I would say that there are still things that I would like to see changed about it. I would prefer a more durable knife. I would also replace the space occupied by the second compass with a more useful item. Nonetheless, I would still recommend the kit for outdoor enthusiasts or survival preppers, whether they are new or experienced in survival situations.

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2 responses to “Vigilant Trails Survival Kit Review: Model Trekker-513”

  1. Darlene says:

    Perfect timing for me! With Hurricane season right around the corner ( June 2017), now is the time to start thinking about emergency and survival resources. I’ll be checking this out!

    • Barry says:

      I hope that hurricane season takes a break this year but unfortunately we can’t do much to control nature. Here in the Western Cape we are having the worst drought in over a century, with our dams just 11.2% full. Stay safe!

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