For anyone who ventures deep into the great outdoors, it's possible that a real life-or-death survival situation could occur. A new product called the KODIAK is a wristband designed for people who may be faced with such a situation, as it comes with the tools needed to fish and start a fire.
A similar product called the Flint and Steel has a similar design philosophy, but the KODIAK comes with a couple of extra features that will most certainly come in handy.
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The KODIAK includes four basic survival tools – the flint, the tinder, the fish hook, and the braided fishing line. Each of these is contained within the Paracord braid, which is commonly used on most survival bracelets of this sort.
Most Paracord braids can be used for fishing, as the nylon material inside will do the job, but fishing generally requires a hook, which is why the creators tucked one within the bracelet for easy access. While it will obviously not function as well as a fishing pole, in a critical situation, the ability to catch fish can mean the difference between eating and starving.
The tinder is also tucked within the braid, so it can be pulled out and used to start a fire at any time. The plastic buckle that holds the wristband together is made to function as a flint, which will provide the spark required to make the timber go up in flames.
Outdoor Elements, the creator of the KODIAK, tested the product extensively in actual outdoor situations before launching the product on Kickstarter. The company wanted to make sure that if someone were actually stranded with the product, they would be able to catch fish and start a fire. Based on the Kickstarter pitch video, (which you will find at the bottom of this post), the testing appears to be a success.
The wristband is in the middle of its funding period on Kickstarter. As of this writing, the product has claimed a little over US$18,000 of its $52,250 goal. The minimum pledge required to grab a KODIAK is currently $30, but that is only available for a limited time. After that, the required pledge will go up to $35.