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RECOIL OFFGRID OffGrid #31 2019

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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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6 Issues

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1 min.
on the cover

1. Boots Make: 5.11 Tactical Model: Apex Waterproof 8” Boot MSRP: $250 URL: www.511tactical.com 2. Goggles Make: ESS Model: Influx Cold Weather Edition MSRP: $135 URL: www.esseyepro.com 3. Rangefinder Make: Bushnell Model: Elite Rangefinder - 1 Mile 7x26 with CONX MSRP: $729 URL: www.bushnell.com 4. Belt Make: Yaak Design Model: M-Series Belt MSRP: $40 URL: yaak.design 5. Boots Make: Propper Model: Duralight Tactical Boot MSRP: $75 URL: www.propper.com 6. Goggles Make: Oakley Model: Line Miner Snow Goggle MSRP: $120 URL: www.oakley.com 7. Belt Make: Yaak Design Model: B-Series Belt MSRP: $40 URL: yaak.design 8. Motorcycle Make: Kawasaki Model: 2008 KLR 650 URL: www.kawasaki.com 9. Jacket Make: Kitanica Model: Mark IV MSRP: $669 URL: www.kitanica.net 10. Pants Make: Kitanica Model: Raider Pants MSRP: $229 URL: www.kitanica.net 11. Jacket Make: Filson Model: Tin Cloth Cruiser Jacket MSRP: $350 URL: www.filson.com…

4 min.
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…

5 min.
gear up

MAKE & MODEL 1 NEMO Equipment Inc. Rocket 2P FLOOR AREA 21.4 square feet MSRP $450 URL www.nemoequipment.com NOTES It’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 & MODEL 2 Cordova Outdoors Cordova 20 Extra Small Cooler DIMENSIONS 21.75…

6 min.

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…

5 min.
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…

8 min.
maritime expert david martin’s approach

Preparation With practice, even last-minute travel invitations can be met with a logical order of thought to boost your own safety and success. Remain mindful of seasonal swings in weather, elevation, and temperature differences from your home conditions. Research your destination and host expectations. Do not rely entirely on one person in your group to figure out the details so that you can “just show up.” Even though you may travel on short notice as a guest of a trusted host, find time to get hands on with a chart, map, any source of computer-based orientation to get the lay of the land, or in this case, an ocean involving a border crossing into Mexico. Working in reverse order from my destination, I’d create my itinerary to share back home with those…