Reviews and Smart Buys

Here is where you will find product reviews of gear and tools for the homestead.

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Mountain House Classic Assortment Bucket Review

Over the last few decades, I have been more invested in long-term supplies for survival and prepping. After all the evidence shows that it is not a matter of if an event will occur but rather when. By event I mean; flooding, wildfire, home fire, windstorms, hurricanes, earthquakes, mudslides and […]

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7 Ways to Prepare for and Survive an Earthquake

by Janet Spencer, Catastropharian Extraordinaire In 1994 a friend of mine was in the Northridge earthquake. She was awakened in the middle of the night by her apartment collapsing around her. She crawled out of the wreckage wearing nothing but her nighty. She met her neighbors in the street. Most were […]

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Buyer’s Guide: Eberlestock Halftrack Pack Review

by The Angry Prepper Eberlestock’s Halftrack is a great bag (check the current price and availability at  This bag is made of tough stuff  & is very dependable.  The Halftrack is a 50 Liter bag that weighs about 6lbs. & 12oz.  For starters, this bag has every feature I […]

Review of the Katadyn Vario Water Filter

Review of the Katadyn Vario Water Filter

by Dean C A few months back, I had sold a few things of value and used that money to buy a Katadyn Vario water filter (click here to check availability and the current price at  Since water is so important, and the items I sold had no real value […]


Best Solar Powered / Hand Crank Flashlights

January 2016, a purchase was made of over 20 solar powered, crank powered and alternative powered handheld lights. These flashlights all underwent extensive testing. This testing included the following steps for my personal use. 1. Drop testing (from 4 feet and 6 feet using different angles and surfaces) – I […]

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Holosun Optic Sight [An Honest Review]

“If you know the enemy and know yourself, your victory will not stand in doubt; if you know Heaven and know Earth, you may make your victory complete.” Sun Tzu Budget prepping is a difficult thing to do. After all, there is a difference between budget and cheap, inexpensive and […]

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Ferro Rod Review and Usage Guide

Fire is an essential element of survival, living, and warfare. It has been used for many millennia for heating, cooking, controlling growth, reducing wildfire damage, to promote grazing and conduct defensive and offensive campaigns against enemies. Ferro Rod usage is popular with many people within the prepper community, and yet, […]