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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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1 Shirt Make & Model 5.11 Tactical Flannel Shirt Color Burgundy MSrP $71 2 Shirt Make & Model Patagonia Daily Henley Color Classic Tan MSrP $49 3 Pants Make & Model duluth Trading Co Ballroom 5-Pocket Jeans Color Denim MSrP $50 4 Belt Make & Model Tactical Tailor Cobra Riggers Belt Color Coyote Brown MSrP $75 5 Shoes Make & Model Salomon X Ultra Mid GTX Color Black/Authobahn/Detroit MSrP $160 6 Gloves Make & Model Mechanix Carbon-X Level 5 Color N/A MSrP $75 7 Hat Make & Model Vertx Khaki Hat Color Khaki MSrP $13 8 Headwear Make & Model Buff Wool Buff Color Cedar MSrP $29 9 Backpack Make & Model CamelBak Mil Tac H.A.W.G. Color Coyote MSrP $178 10 Watch Make & Model Suunto Ambit2 GP Color Black MSrP $500 11 Knife Make & Model kershaw Diskin Hunter Color N/A MSrP $90 12 Knife Make & Model Gerber GDC Zip Blade Color N/A MSrP $12 13 Flashlight Make & Model o-light M21X-L2 Warrior Kit Color N/A MSrP $87 14 Shovel Make & Model Gerber E-Tool With Pick Color N/A MSrP $90 15 Lightstick Make & Model Coghlan’s SnapLight Color Green MSrP $4 (Sold in Pairs) 16 First-Aid Kit Make & Model adventure Medical kits Mountain…

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knowledge is power

Waking up to the alarm clock, washing up, grabbing a cup of cofee, and driving to work are almost automated afairs for most of us. Food is readily available in the fridge or just down the street at the local market or restaurant. Making contact with anyone you want over phone, text, or email is not only efortless, it’s expected. So much so, that we curse getting stuck with a slow connection or dealing with the hassles of dropped calls. Sufice it to say, taking life for granted in our modern society is an easy thing to do. But what if the normal flow of the city you live in is abruptly disrupted? What if electricity stops coursing from the outlets? What if water stops flowing from the pipes? The way…

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newp roducts

MAKE & MODEL 1 SOG Specialty Knives & Tools Double Key Tool overall / Closed / Blade length 4 inches / 2.5 inches / 1.5 inches Weight 0.8 ounce Blade shape Drop point Blade Material 5Cr13MoV stainless steel ColorWay Black Msrp $14 notes This puppy brings new meaning to the phrase “everyday-carry knife.” Unlike conventional folding knives, this SOG tool can be connected to your keychain without attracting prying eyes or taking up too much pocket space. The blade is ideal for light-duty tasks like cutting fruit, opening packages, or severing that oh-so-annoying thread from your frayed but favorite shirt. There’s also a handy nail fle, because even prepared individuals need to stay well groomed. Make & Model 2 HTM knives GBMP1 overall / Blade length 9.25 inches / 4 inches Weight 5.1 ounces Blade shape Clip point Blade Material 154CM stainless steel Msrp $249 notes…

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The benefits of having instant access to a bright beam of light at your command are numerous and substantial. Until man develops night vision in their eyeballs or bat-like sonar, getting around in dark areas without a flashlight can be clumsy and even hazardous. A flashlight compact and comfortable enough to be carried everyday allows for instant access to the illumination you need at a moment’s notice. Brighten up the dark area your car is parked in, check out a strange noise behind the bushes, or even momentarily stun a would-be attacker — the uses are limitless. There are plenty of great lights available; here are seven that piqued our interest. 5.11 TMT L1 The Tactical Mission Torch L1 has three lighting modes, accessible by 5.11’s “Intelligent Tactical Switch.” The switch not…

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off-grid rig

When crap meets fan, the most common response city folks have will be to use their cars to get out of the proverbial toilet. But if you think you’re going to pack your go-bags and your family into a PT Cruiser and evade the incoming catastrophe on the highway, you’re seriously mistaken. History has proven that when widescale emergencies strike unexpectedly, freeways become giant parking lots. City streets get jammed like strawberries with panicked people hoping to get out of Dodge. And short of flagging a rescue helicopter or utilizing a DeLorean to jump space and time, you’ll be stuck to ride out the calamity wherever you happen to be — unless you have a bug-out vehicle. For urbanites, bugging out (or evacuating when danger is imminent) is possible only in…

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legal and financial reconstruction

DISCLAIMER: The information provided is for illustration purposes only, and is not, nor is it intended to provide, legal and/or financial advice. The reader should consult with an appropriate professional regarding their individual situation. Any use of the information contained in this article shall be solely at the reader’s risk. You’ve weathered the storm and your family is safe. But, as you emerge from the rubble of what used to be your home, the full extent of the devastation becomes painfully obvious — your house is in ruins, and your personal belongings are scattered as far as the eye can see. Planning and preparation really made a difference in the outcome of this scenario — your food, water, first-aid, and self-defense capabilities are all intact. But, as the days go by,…