Welcome back to our dive into the world of gear! In this edition of Gear Up, we explore the latest innovations and reliable classics that are key to staying prepared for any challenge. From cutting-edge technology to time-tested tools, our focus is on equipping you with insights and information that keep you one step ahead wherever the journey of life may take you. Whether you're bracing for the unknown or fine-tuning your preparedness kit, join us as we unpack the must-haves for this month.

PLANO: Rustrictor All Weather 2 1-Pistol Case

Studio photo of the Plano Rustrictor 2 in 1 gun case.


Safely transporting sensitive items requires a special degree of protection. The Rustrictor All Weather 2 1-Pistol Case by Plano is designed to offer that protection for firearms during transport or storage. It integrates Plano's Rustrictor technology, which is said to block rust and corrosion five times longer than competing products. This case is constructed with industrial strength materials, making it highly durable and reliable. It features TSA-approved lockable latches for secure transport and a Dri-Loc seal for watertight, dustproof protection. The interior includes customizable pluck-to-fit foam, allowing for a tailored fit to your pistol and accessories. This case ensures comprehensive protection from impact, water, and dust, thanks to its hard plastic exterior and specialized seal.

  • Interior Dimensions: 12.5 inches L by 10.1 inches W by 4.8 inches H
  • MSRP: $69
  • URL: planooutdoors.com

Vosteed: Racoon

Studio photo of the Vosteed Racoon knife for the Gear Up column.


Vosteed’s Raccoon Button Lock Knife features a 3.25-inch 14C28N steel blade, known for its excellent corrosion resistance and toughness. The knife is designed with a simple geometric shape, a drop-point blade for versatility, and a comfortable choil for precision. Its handle is made from Micarta, offering a secure grip, and includes a reversible pocket clip for convenient carry. The knife incorporates a button lock mechanism for smooth operation, alongside caged ceramic ball bearings for effortless blade deployment. This compact and durable tool is ideal for everyday carry, showcasing a balance of functionality and design.

VyperKydex: Sigma Series Glock Holster

Studio photo of the VyperKydex glock holster.


A reliable holster with strong retention and plenty of comfort for daily wear is an absolute must when carrying a handgun. The Alpha Series Glock Holster from VyperKydex checks all of these boxes. It’s a high-performance, appendix carry holster designed with the Modwing claw and molded-in wedge for enhanced concealment. It offers versatility through five clip positions and reverse cant options, making it ideal for comfortable and discreet carry. This holster is built for those who prioritize both functionality and comfort in their daily carry setup.

Use Cases: 

We've covered the topic of concealed carry on more than one occasion, and a quick look at some of the concealed carry courses out there may be just the inspiration you need to get you thinking about getting a new holster. Learn 6 Beginner's Training Tips for Concealed Carry to get started, and check out our sister publication Recoil which has even explored the topic of concealed carry for folks with physical limitations.

  • Colors: Black, Coyote, OD Green, Storm Gray, Tiffany Blue
  • MSRP: $65
  • URL: vyperkydex.com

NEXTORCH: Saint Torch 31

Studio photo of the Nextorch Saint Torch 31 for the Gear Up column.


Seeing in the dark is crucial, whether it’s finding your way, or finding something you’re looking for. In pitch-black outdoor settings, more powerful lights often make it easier to accomplish the task at hand. The Saint Torch 31 is an ultra-bright searchlight with a maximum output of 20,000 lumens and a beam distance of up to 740 meters. It features a built-in rechargeable battery pack (6 x 4,800mAh) and LED battery indicators for power level monitoring. This high-intensity light is designed for extensive search-and-rescue operations, providing broad and far-reaching illumination.

Moultrie: Mobile Edge Pro Cellular Trail Camera

Studio photo of the Moultrie Mobile Edge Pro Cellular camera.


Do you ever wish you could check your game cameras without having to leave the house? Moultrie’s Cellular Trail Cameras are here to save you time and effort, using an affordable cellular plan to send you stills and videos wherever you happen to be. The Moultrie Mobile Edge Pro Cellular Trail Camera is designed for enhanced wildlife monitoring with innovative features like False Trigger Elimination Technology, Nyxel NIR technology for clear low-light images, and Auto Connect for reliable connectivity. It boasts a 36MP sensor, FHD 1080p video with HD audio, built-in memory, and a 100-foot detection and flash range. The camera is easy to set up via QR code, supports multiple power options including AA batteries or solar, and comes with a two-year warranty.

Leatherman: ARC

Studio photo of the Leatherman ARC multitool for the gear up column.


The Leatherman ARC is a premium multi-tool featuring 20 tools, including a MagnaCut knife blade for superior edge retention and durability, pliers, bit drivers, a file, and more. It's designed for easy, one-hand operation with all locking features for safety. Built with sturdy materials like 420 and 440C Stainless Steel, DLC Coating, and MagnaCut steel, it promises durability and corrosion resistance. The ARC also includes a four-pocket nylon sheath and a set of nine double-ended bits, enhancing its versatility. Made in the USA, this multi-tool exemplifies Leatherman's commitment to quality, backed by a 25-year warranty.

Use Cases:

There is a reason why about half of the contestants on History Channel's: Alone choose a multi-tool like a Leatherman as one of the 10 items they are allowed to bring with. Learn the potential beyond the individual tool by reviewing Swiss Army Knife Uses or thinking about Choosing a Multitool That Works For You.

VSSL: Camp Supplies II

Studio photo of the VSSL Camp Supplies II survival kit.


Survival kits are great for removing the guesswork of kit-bashing your own. The VSSL Camp Supplies II kit is a comprehensive outdoor preparedness tool housed in a durable, water-resistant military-grade aluminum cylinder. It includes a variety of essential gear like a fire striker kit, water purification tools, fishing tackle, and a wire saw, among others. Designed for versatility and ease of use in the wilderness, it also features a 4-mode LED lantern and an oil-based compass for navigation. This kit is engineered to support adventurers in any outdoor scenario, ensuring they're equipped for survival and emergency situations.

  • Dimensions: 9.7 inches tall by 2 inches diameter
  • MSRP: $145
  • URL: vsslgear.com

Protekt: Hydration Everything Pack

Studio photo of the Protekt Hydration Everything Pack for the Gear Up column.


Prolonged physical exertion requires more than just water. Your body also needs additional elements to function at an optimal level. The Protekt Hydration Liquid Supplement is designed to maintain optimal hydration and replenish electrolytes lost during activity. It features a proprietary blend with a 10:2:1 ratio of sodium, potassium, and magnesium, essential for preventing dehydration symptoms like fatigue and cramping. The formula is calorie-free, sugar-free, and made with natural flavors, available in Raspberry, Lemonade, and Watermelon. It's easy to use, simply add to water for instant mixing. Ideal for intense workouts, travel, or daily wellness, it comes in convenient single-serving packets.

  • Flavors: Lemonade, Raspberry, Watermelon
  • MSRP: $42
  • URL: protekt.com

Stone Glacier: R3 7000

Studio photo of the Stone Glacier R3 7000 rucksack for Gear Up


Although ounces equal pounds and pounds equal pain, there are some cases where more space is necessary. The Stone Glacier R3 7000 is a robust, lightweight expedition backpack designed specifically for military use, offering a spacious 7,000-cubic-inch (114-liter) capacity. It features top access for radio antennae or comms cables, internal Velcro patches for modular storage, and side stretch pockets for additional storage. This pack integrates seamlessly with the R3 Frame, allowing for an expanded load shelf capacity, and is compatible with R3 Side Bags, enhancing its utility for extended missions. Crafted from durable materials, it's designed to withstand the rigors of reconnaissance and rescue operations, making it a reliable choice for demanding environments.

Schnee: Kestrel Women’s

Studio photo of Schnees Kestrel Womens boots.


Outdoor gear is typically designed for men, so it’s always great to see products with women as the end user in mind. The Kestrel Women's boot by Schnee's is engineered for early season hunts in warm environments. Featuring top-grain leather and Schoeller fabric for durability, it integrates a 100-percent Waterproof Sympatex Membrane and a Vibram Circuma outsole for traction. Its pLite midsole offers support and shock absorption. Designed specifically for women, this boot is lightweight at 3.4 pounds per pair and handcrafted in Italy, ensuring both comfort and quality for outdoor activities.

Streamlight: Speedlocker

Studio photo of the Streamlight Speedlocker.


Streamlight’s Speedlocker is a secure, portable storage box designed for safely locking personal items. It features a patented mechanical keypad for quick, one-handed access without the need for batteries. Its lock is user-programmable with 31 different combinations. The box is made from rugged hard-shell polymer and includes a foam insert to secure valuables. It's designed to fit various compact firearm models, though Streamlight says it should only be treated as a portable locking container, not an approved firearm safe. However, it’s air travel suitable with the included padlock, water-resistant, and has mounting holes for securing to rigid surfaces.

Kokopelli: Moki II R-Deck

Studio photo of the Kokopelli Moki II R-Deck.


The Moki II R-Deck by Kokopelli is a two-person inflatable kayak designed for a range of water activities, including lake, calm river, and ocean paddling. It features a removable spraydeck for weather protection, comes with two Alpine Lake paddles, a Nano Barrel Pump for inflation, two EVA seats, and a wheeled carry bag for easy transport. The pack also features a variety of carry handles and shoulder straps to wear it as a backpack. The kayak has a high-pressure drop-stitch floor, Halkey Roberts Valves for easy inflation, and a 9-inch removable tracking fin for better navigation. Weighing 53 pounds, it supports up to 600 pounds and packs down for convenient storage and transport.

Use Cases:

Exploring the open water is exciting, but also perilous at the same time. Stay aware of your surrounding by learning some Cold Water Safety tips, and be ready for the worst by exploring the dangerous force of Raging Waters.

  • Water Rating: Flat Water, Bays & Inlets, Class I
  • MSRP: $999
  • URL: kokopelli.com

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