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OffGrid #31 2019

RECOIL OFFGRID takes a fresh look at emergency-related scenarios from the URBAN/CITY dweller's point of view. We speak to experts about what to do to stay alive and how. Plus, we feature products, equipment, and supplies that all urbanites should use. Topics covered include survival gear, food preparation, and much more.

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on the cover

(Cover Photos: Jorge Nuñez)1. BootsMake: 5.11 TacticalModel: Apex Waterproof 8” BootMSRP: $250URL: www.511tactical.com2. GogglesMake: ESSModel: Influx Cold Weather EditionMSRP: $135URL: www.esseyepro.com3. RangefinderMake: BushnellModel: Elite Rangefinder - 1 Mile 7x26 with CONXMSRP: $729URL: www.bushnell.com4. BeltMake: Yaak DesignModel: M-Series BeltMSRP: $40URL: yaak.design5. BootsMake: PropperModel: Duralight Tactical BootMSRP: $75URL: www.propper.com6. GogglesMake: OakleyModel: Line Miner Snow GoggleMSRP: $120URL: www.oakley.com7. BeltMake: Yaak DesignModel: B-Series BeltMSRP: $40URL: yaak.design8. MotorcycleMake: KawasakiModel: 2008 KLR 650URL: www.kawasaki.com9. JacketMake: KitanicaModel: Mark IVMSRP: $669URL: www.kitanica.net10. PantsMake: KitanicaModel: Raider PantsMSRP: $229URL: www.kitanica.net11. JacketMake: FilsonModel: Tin Cloth Cruiser JacketMSRP: $350URL:…

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risk versus reward

If you’ve ever seen No Country For Old Men, you may recall that the movie focuses on the notion of chance, and that one’s fate is often determined by a random set of circumstances. A metaphor for this was the infamous coin toss Javier Bardem’s character would offer his potential victims. This got me thinking about the odds of surviving certain situations.It’s easy to get caught up wondering if everything we do to prepare is worth it, especially when we’re surrounded by people doubting us every step of the way. My colleagues and I have been to events where we’re hit with this kind of resistance and skepticism. We’ve introduced ourselves and our publication to people who are unfamiliar with it, and we’re often met with comments like, “Are you…

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recoil offgrid

Editorial.Editor-in-Chief/ Iain HarrisonEditor, Concealment/ Rob CurtisFeatures Editor/ Dave MerrillSenior Editor/ Tom MarshallContributing Editor/ Steven KuoNetwork Manager/ John SchwartzeWeb Editor/ Patrick McCarthyContributors/ Robert Bruner, Ed Calderon, Bernie Carr, Alexander Crown, Chris Heising, Mark Linderman, Tim MacWelch, David H. Martin, Scott McNeff, David Miller, Gordon D. Smith, Patrick VuongSpecial Thanks/ Kirk KrackArt Direction & Design.Senior Art Director/ Gene CooArt Director/ Sarah LampertSubmissions.OFFGRID@RECOILweb.comAdvertising.General Manager/ Glen Castle 813.675.3495Ad Sales/ Shawn Sloan 813.675.3552Ad Sales/ Scott McGregor 435.657.5923National Sales Manager/ Matt Johnson 952.240.9794Account Managers/ Lori McDaniel 715.498.3768Alex Ostrowski 920.341.6203CMG West, LLC.VP, Group Publisher/ Mark HanOperations Director/ Gregory S. KruegerCirculation/ NPS Media Groupllevasseur@npsmediagroup.comEDITORIAL CONTRIBUTIONS Editorial contributions are welcomed, but editors recommend that contributors query first. Contribution must be accompanied by return postage and we assume no responsibility for loss or damage thereto. Manuscripts must be typewritten on…

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gear up

MAKE & MODEL1 NEMO Equipment Inc. Rocket 2PFLOOR AREA21.4 square feetMSRP$450URLwww.nemoequipment.comNOTESIt’s incredible to think that this tent weighs less than a quart of milk. At 22 ounces, the Rocket 2P is featherweight shelter for two people and is designed to keep you warm in three seasons. Sure, its peak 40-inch height is only enough clearance to sit up in, but it’s not like you’ll be hosting BYOB party inside of it. It’s designed for adventurers who want to stay mobile and keep their cargo as light as possible. NEMO accomplished this by using two aluminum DAC Featherlite NSL poles and ultralight fabrics, including integrated No-See-Um Mesh sidewalls. It comes with stakes, guy-out cord, light pocket, repair kit, and a drawstring stuff sack.MAKE & MODEL2 Cordova OutdoorsCordova 20 Extra Small CoolerDIMENSIONS21.75…

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A dedicated glass-breaker should be a mandatory tool for any vehicle owner. Whether it’s a rollover, an engine fire, a flash flood, or a brutal car collision, an emergency can happen at any time. So, the ability to smash a window to extricate someone quickly can mean the difference between life and death — regardless if you’re the driver, a passenger, or a passerby.That’s why we’re examining six glass-breakers available on the market today. Some have but one purpose (re: shatter the tempered glass of a passenger window), while others are versatile multitools that can be used in different environments. One is mightier than a sword while another comes in a kit with various survival uses.But regardless of their shape, materials, or country of origin, we’re focusing more on their…

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what if?

The smooth Pacific water had been full of biting fish that morning. You were overwhelmed with the feeling that life just couldn’t get any better. Floating on your friend’s boat in the warm glass-like ocean had seemed like a dream in the early morning hours. The sunrise over land had been impressive. The two of you had laughed, reminisced, and pulled fish after fish out of the productive waters. Then everything changed.Just a few hours after the fishing was over, your good friend who captained the boat the two of you were on now lay dead on the deck beneath the ignoble shroud of a black plastic trash bag. As the sun beat down burning your skin, your pleasant dream had shifted into a dark and disturbing nightmare. Only one…