SOG Survival Bars
Which brings us to the SOG Survival Bars. Survival food has come a long way since C-rations of the late '60s and early '70s. I thought MREs topped all. I mean, we got rid of most of the water we were carrying in the food and invented a way to heat up the meals without having to light a fire. Admittedly, some of them taste about like cardboard, but as one Marine I know says, "You don't eat for pleasure; you eat for maintenance." With that thought in mind, I present you the SOG Survival Bars. Now I'm pretty sure the gentleman who gave me the sample was expecting me to sing the praises about how great it tasted and how much energy it gave me. Well...it kept me going for a full day. Flavor? The Peanut Honey Crunch bar did remind me of the old Bit-O-Honey bars, with some Rice Krispies thrown in for texture. It didn't taste bad, but I'd prefer a Salisbury steak. Who wouldn't?
These bars aren't designed to be gourmet meals. They are designed to provide you necessary nutrition and fuel for your body to function under austere conditions. Each bar contains 640 calories, 29 grams of fat, 27 grams of sugar and 36 grams of protein. There is a long list of vitamins and supplements that include 190 milligrams of caffeine. Two of these things should be enough to keep you going all day.
Photon Freedom Micro-Light
Last on the list is the Photon Freedom Micro-Light from L.R.I. This keychain LED was designed to be used in a variety of mounts that would throw the light where you needed it to be. Given that it's so small and lightweight, it's fairly convenient to put on the bill of your cap, or on a band around one of your fingers. It comes packaged with a clip-on mount to do exactly that, and with a lanyard so that you can wear it around your neck if you want. Sure, there are a ton of micro-lights out there, but this is the first "smart" one I've seen. This LED driven light has one button that you push to turn it on and then off. But if you push and hold the button it turns the light on incrementally so that it steadily gets brighter and brighter the longer you hold the button down. How much light do you want? You decide up to the maximum output of this small LED. If nothing else, it's convenient and light enough not to be an issue.