Preliminary review and impressions. This Adventure Medical Kits Ultralight/Watertight Series .7 Medical Kit was received for review purposes from Adventure Medical Kits. They can be purchased on their WEBSITE as well as various outdoor sporting goods retailers.
On the front of the SilNylon zippered water resistant pouch it is printed that the kit is designed for 1-2 people for 1-4 days. The company advertises this as a “waterproof system”. The kit is stored in a SilNylon pouch which is a treated fabric often used for tarps to hang over hammocks for weather proofing. It is a lightweight ripstop fabric that is relatively durable and the seams are sealed. They have installed a water resistant zipper to close the pouch. What one finds inside though is a durable type of “Ziploc” pouch called the DryFlex inner liner which IS waterproof so long as it is in good shape. There is room for extra items within the SilNylon pouch and a bit of extra room in the inner pouch as well. Packaging states the Medical Kit weighs 6.8oz. I weighed it on my mail scale and it weighed in at 6.4oz! Nice to find something weighing LESS than reported for backpacking purposes. The pouch is approximately 6”x8” in size, so handy for a day pack or throw in your canoe or kayak. I did a little snow test on the pouch the day I received it as we got 14″ of snow that day here in Maine! The pouch functioned perfectly!
Adventure Medical Kits says this on the website:
The Ultralight / Watertight Series features proprietary DryFlex™ bags for the ultimate in ultralight, waterproof storage. Ideal for the multi-sport athlete that refuses to be let down or weighed down by his or her gear. The Ultralight / Watertight .7 is designed for adventure racers, multi-sport enthusiasts, and anyone who needs an ultralight kit with enough supplies for 1-4 people on trips up to four days. An inner DryFlex™ waterproof liner and an outer silnylon bags with sealed-seams provide two layers of protection from the elements. This is an ideal kit for adventures who may be exposed to the elements.
- 2-Stage Waterproofing
Inner DryFlex™ bags and outer seam-sealed siliconized nylon bag with water-resistant zipper.
- Clean and Close Wounds
Antiseptic wipes and butterfly bandages for closing small wounds.
- Emergency Repairs
Mini roll of duct tape (2″ x 26″).
- Manage Pain and Illnesses
A wide array of medications to treat pain, inflammation, and common allergies.
- Stabilize Fractures and Sprains
Wraps and bandages to immobilize fractures and provide support.
- Stop Blisters Before they Start
Die-cut Moleskin plus Skin Tac™ topical adhesive to protect against the hiker’s #1 injury.
- Easy Access Bandages™
Fast and easy application and less contamination risk.
I noticed on the packaging that you can register your medical kit, so I went to the site: www.refillyourkit.com and registered it. This gives you a 50% off code for your first kit refill which is a great benefit. You can refill with exactly what is in your kit as well as order other items that are not included to upgrade. A VERY thoughtful feature in my opinion. You also register your kit based on the serial number on the kit, so if items are nearing their expiration dates, they will notify you!
As the manufacturer notes above, the kit includes items for Wound Care, Medication, Bleeding, Blisters, and Instruments (Splinter remover, Safety Pin, and Duct tape). It covers the basics for First Aid. I typically make my own first aid kits or heavily add to store bought kits, but this kit seems to have most everything you would need on a short backpacking trip, hike, or paddle. The various groups are separated into smaller pouches which is a smart way to keep things contained if something leaks or squeezes open, such as one of the ointment pouches.
I am most interested in using the “Easy Access Bandages” they include in the kit. As a furniture maker full time, I get splinters and cuts often. I am very picky about the bandages I use as they need to function well. I am curious how “easy” these bandages go on and how they work! For personal safety reasons, I will find someone else to use them on though.
As seen in the picture below, the kit is quite light and handy. I slept in my camping hammock last Saturday evening as it was up to about 35 degrees here in Maine and I brought the med kit out with me and hung it on my suspension just in case. It puts no weight on the system at all. Do note that the carabiner was something I personally added to the kit to make it more handy.
After a month of having this medical kit, I have become quite fond of it. I pretty much take it everywhere as it is very light and small. I have been snowshoeing a couple times as well as have attended a number of Southern Baptist Disaster Relief meetings and a men’s retreat and I threw the medical kit in my pack just to have. I was fortunate NOT to have to use it but I DID have the opportunity to use the “Easy Access Bandages” in my shop a couple weeks back!! My wife had not left for work yet and I had already injured myself while sanding something so I ran in bleeding (not really) and had her come out to document my usage of these novel bandages. I am not going to post all the pictures, but these bandages are very easy to open once you figure them out and forget about the traditional bandage opening frustration. They are seriously 100% easier to open! The bonus is that they are active cloth bandages and they flex and stay stuck. As I noted above, I am very picky about the bandages I stock in my shop, house, and vehicles. These are comparable and I would not hesitate to restock using them.
I did add a credit card knife to the medical kit as they are super sharp and handy to have in an emergency and take up almost no additional room and little extra weight. They are available on places such as Amazon and Ebay for little money.
I will likely add some allergy medicine as well and some meclizine for motion sickness. I may peruse the website and add some other additional items to the kit but there isn’t a huge amount of extra space and I would not want to make it much heavier given how handy it is to stuff in a day pack. This kit has the basics for a day hike with a couple folks or a multi-day solo with a few things added. I have always made my own first aid kits as most commercial versions are quite lacking. This one is certainly better but we all have products we prefer or need that it doesn’t have.
As things warm up here in Maine I will be getting out on more adventures and will report back again in a month or so. I have a group hammock hang in April and my guess is SOMEONE will need a medical kit for one of the many reasons this med kit covers. I’ll be ready!
Final Update: 5/29/17
I have now had this medical kit for a number of months and it is quite handy to have around. Whenever I hang out back in my hammock I clip it to the ridgeline outside the hammock just in case. I throw it in my pack on day hikes and most anywhere I go that I am bringing a backpack. I have now added the proper patch material for our hammocks and tarps which are made from silnylon. I threw a survival food bar in there as well and a package of colored tissues. I prefer, if I need to blow or wipe, to do it with something that could not be mistaken for a deer tail!
I did need to use the kit last week when I sliced my hand open on some Formica in my shop. That hurt! I got out the kit and pulled the wound together and threw one of the easy open bandaids on it. All healed now and it was largely because I held the wound together with the steristrips enclosed in the kit.
I will be ordering a resupply tonight from the company and including the scissor and tweezer set and some QuikClot dressings. The tweezers, which I have already, will go to my daughter for Girl Scout camp this summer.
I would like to thank Adventure Medical Kits for giving me the opportunity to review their medical kit. I would not hesitate to order their products after seeing the quality of this kit. This particular kit is fairly light on items, but is a good basic first aid kit. Much better than many others I have seen out there. The container it is in makes it perfect for kayaking and canoeing and other wet activities.