Thursday, February 16, 2012

Review - Fox 40 Whistles

When it comes to EDC (Everyday Carry), what comes to mind? Well a few items such as a: Wallet, Wristwatch, Cell Phone, Keys, Flashlight, Knife, Handgun...

We don't often think about signaling devices as part of our EDC. Sure, most people carry a cell phone, and a flashlight can also be used as a signaling device at night, but what about signaling during the day? What about in situations where cell phone service isn't available? What can you do to prepare for situations like that?

The Fox 40 Classic Whistle is the original design
and can reach a screaming 120 dB!
Well, the solution to that problem is quite simple and inexpensive: Carry a whistle!

Whistles are useful items that we have all used before, but not something that we generally carry with us. Well, why not? They're small, cheap and, very often, essential in an emergency situation.

Some of the best whistles that I have used in light of their price are the Fox 40 series of whistles. These whistles stand head and shoulders above your average pea whistle, and for good reason! It's not a coincidence that the NBA, NHL, NFL, FIFA and other major sports organizations use Fox 40 Whistles.

What makes these whistles so special?

Well, for one they're incredibly loud. Their whistles go anywhere from 90 dB (decibels) to 120 dB. For those who don't have experience with such noises, 120 dB will hurt your ears. In fact, hearing damage can result from sounds as low as 90 dB. They are louder than any of the pea whistles that I have used in the past.

There's more to their advantage over the pea whistles than just the volume. The Fox 40 Whistles are pealess. They contain no moving parts, and this means no parts that can freeze or get gummed up with use. This advantage is useful, especially to those who may use their whistles in extreme climates (cold, hot, rainy, dusty, etc.)

Another advantage to Fox 40 Whistles is that they clear themselves when filled with water or other fine particles. That makes them perfect for marine use.

Well, if these whistles are so great, they must cost a fortune, right?

Not so. These whistles are mass-produced out of molded plastic, making them very affordable. In fact, you can pick up the economy-priced Fox 40 Pearl Series for less than $4. The Fox 40 Classic Series, which is their original groundbreaking design, can be had for about $6, which is still very affordable.

With their light weight, small size, amazing loudness and affordability, what reason do you have not to carry one everyday?

Monday, January 9, 2012

Cordage - An Often Overlooked EDC Item

When a useful length of cordage can be carried in a bracelet,
what's your excuse for not having some?
As many of you know, I am into EDC (everyday carry) items and looking for new items/tools to incorporate into my system. If I find something useful, I like to share it with you, especially if it's something that isn't common knowledge.

Many of you, judging from the poll on the right hand side of the screen, carry wallets, keys, pocketknives, flashlights, but not as many carry cordage. With the ease of which a short length of cordage can be carried, I would suggest incorporating it into your EDC setup.

Cordage can be very very useful. It's hard to imagine some of the situations that may call for the use of cordage until you're in one, and then, you wish you had it with you.

Here's just one recent situation that I came across where cordage has helped me greatly.

It was late at night and I was locking up some doors as I was leaving to go home. There was a set of double-doors that I had to lock, but for some reason only one of the doors would stay shut. There wasn't anyone else around that I could call for help to try and fix the lock, since it was late at night.

Trying to figure out what to do, I remembered that I had some 550 Paracord in my backpack. I took out the Paracord and decided to tie the door that wouldn't lock to the one that would. I tied to doorhandles together from the inside, which prevented the door from opening. I left a note to the custodian that would be there in the morning explaining what happened and I was able to leave for the night without worrying that someone would get in.

Now this is just one use out of many for having some cordage. Since cordage can be easily carried in a pocket, backpack/EDC Pack or even in a bracelet, there is little reason not to have some on you at all times.