In 2014 Todd Weimer launched the VSSL Outdoor Utility Tools. Previously, we used the handle of a flashlight to insert the batteries, but this tubular space is no longer necessary with current LED technology. Weimer came up with functionality for this; storing emergency supplies during outdoor activities such as hiking, fishing, hunting, trekking, backpacking and camping.
All VSSL Utility Tools use the same torch-like cylinder, equipped with a triple LED light and an oil-filled compass. VSSL offers different “fillings”. I have been able to view and use the VSSL First Aid Kit extensively in recent months.
The cylinder is made of durable military-grade aluminium and, therefore, very robust. The whole with LED lamps, nylon roll with first aid items and the compass are of high quality, which you can see and feel. I dropped the first aid kit several times and – apart from scratch on the housing – has not suffered any critical damage. The aluminium housing is a much better-protected storage container than the nylon bag or plastic box used for most first aid kits. The whole is waterproof and has a lifetime warranty.
The 3 LED lamp has four modes: bright, dim, red and a flashing SOS mode. The three LR1 batteries are mounted directly under the LED lights so that the entire lighting system only covers the bottom 3.5 cm of the unit. To turn the lamp on/off, press the switch for 3 seconds. Then click through the available modes.
The light intensity of 200 lumens is good for shining in the dark. The unit lies well and firmly in hand. The first aid contents are tight in the cylinder so that it does not slide or rattle. The oil-filled compass on the top of the cylinder is reliable at temperatures from -10 ° C to 50 ° C.
The VSSL First Aid Kit contents
The first aid contents are rolled tightly into a nylon sheath that fits precisely into the VSSL housing. The content is well distributed so that it works well in the relatively limited space:
- 4 x large bandages
- 4 x knuckle bandages
- Two packs of 3M Steri-Strips
- 2 x disposable thermometers
- 4 x antiseptic towels
- One pack of Celox hemostatic agent
- 2 x antibiotic cream packs
- 2 x fire cream packs
- 4 x aspirin
- 4 x ibuprofen
- Emergency whistle
- 4 x safety pins
- A large sterile gauze
- A pair of medical gloves
- A roll of tape for repairs, marking and first aid
I’ve looked at the content piece by piece, and it appears to be of good quality. Well, I also did not expect that the First Aid Kit would include cheap junk. Brand names such as 3M, Curad, Bayer, Advil and Celox create confidence.
For those looking for a ready-to-use first aid kit and looking for something durable, consider investing in the VSSL first aid kit. The VSSL first aid kit is available for € 129.95. There is also a VSSL First Aid Kit mini available (excluding the LED flashlight) which costs € 79.95.
Due to the use of materials, the price is higher compared to other kits. But for that price, you get a less bulky kit that’s completely waterproof. The kit is also light and easy to pack in terms of weight. If waterproofing and durability aren’t crucial to you, then a cheaper sealant is also a good choice. Just know that such a kit’s long-term durability will not be the same as that of VSSL.
VSSL Utility Tools also offers Camp Supplies and a Flask model, as well as a custom option.