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#19847 - 10/07/03 02:43 PM Keychain-type pouches for small gear
Craig Offline

Registered: 11/13/01
Posts: 1784
Loc: Collegeville, PA, USA
I just bought one from Levenger for myself. I intend to attach it to my car keys. It measures 3.75 x 1.75 x 3 inches.

I was wondering if anyone else carries small gear (Photon II, mini Fox 40, Windmill lighter, compass, whistle, for instance) in a keychain sort of pouch.

#19848 - 10/07/03 03:12 PM Re: Keychain-type pouches for small gear
ratstr Offline

Registered: 09/07/01
Posts: 180
Loc: Istanbul-LTBA
IMHO don't hang anything extra on your car key. It is the main reason for the ingnition key switches to go bad.


#19849 - 10/07/03 04:54 PM Re: Keychain-type pouches for small gear
Craig Offline

Registered: 11/13/01
Posts: 1784
Loc: Collegeville, PA, USA
I should clarify. The pouch I bought has a clip from which I would detach my car keys before starting the car. Fear not. I won't hang a wad of stuff from my car's ignition. That would be bad.

#19850 - 10/07/03 05:16 PM Re: Keychain-type pouches for small gear

I can concur from personal experience that you should not hang heavy weights from your car's ignition. I have been doing this for a few years now and, surprise, I can now easily start and stop the car still but I have the dangest time getting the ignition to let go of the key after I have turned off the car.

#19851 - 10/07/03 06:46 PM Re: Keychain-type pouches for small gear

Registered: 12/09/02
Posts: 204
Loc: Long Island, New York
I carry my keys on one keychain, and all of my other "stuff" on a mega-keychain-type setup. Each rides in a separate pocket. This saves the ignition from wear and tear.

#19852 - 10/07/03 07:09 PM Re: Keychain-type pouches for small gear
gear_freak Offline

Registered: 09/25/02
Posts: 239
Hi Craig,

Yes, I'm a big fan of this approach - of having some of the stuff that makes up your total survival gear, but also functions as EDC, reside in an easily-accessible pocket pouch. I put into the pouch those items that I either use all the time, like the Micra, or stuff that might get pilfered from my Altoids tin, like bandages. I found a neat little zippered pouch at Galyan's called a "Marsupial Pouch," into which I insert the following:

+2.5"x4" Nylon Utility Pouch Contents:
-1 medium rectangular adhesive bandage
-1 small rectangular adhesive bandage
-2 mini rectangular adhesive bandages
-1 round adhesive bandage
-1 antiseptic wipe
-1 "Neo to Go!" Neosporin packet
-4 Motrin IB caplets (200 mg. Ibuprofen) in aluminum capsule (blue)
SEWING/REPAIR (sewing kit in tiny plastic zip-close bag)
-1 large, 1 small sewing needle
-2 yds. ea. dark gray thread, tan thread
-1 threader
-1 medium, 1 small safety pin
-1 medium brown, 1 small clear button
-1 large, 1 small paper clip
-1 yd. thin twine
-small stick of hot melt glue
-1 small roll duct tape
-1 Bic butane mini lighter
-Suunto Clipper compass w/luminous ratcheting bezel
-Fisher Bullet Space Pen (matte black)
-2 business cards
-1 Listerine PocketPak
-credit card-sized fresnel lens
-"baby" fingernail clippers

The rest of my EDC (not in the pouch) is as follows:

-house key, car keys
-Princeton Tec Pulsar II LED micro light (blue)
-aluminum whistle

-wallet (ID, cash, credit cards, insurance cards, emergency info)
-coin purse (coins=$.25x4, $.10x2, $.05x1, $.01x4)
-comb, bandana, lip balm
-Leatherman Micra multi-tool

-wedding band
-Citizen Eco-Drive solar-powered, waterproof watch

-Samsung i300 wireless phone/PDA combo

This is just the stuff I usually go down the street or around the neighborhood with. For longer excursions, I of course add my trusty Altoids survival kit, and a real first aid kit with large gauze dressings, roller bandages, etc.
Gear Freak

#19853 - 10/07/03 07:43 PM Re: Keychain-type pouches for small gear

Yeah, after my "learning experience" I have taken to wearing a leather belt loop with split ring and attaching three sets of things to that that hang discreetly into my front pocket.
1) I have a wallet a little larger than the pouch gear-freek carries that hangs there.
2) I have a tool ring containing a swiss-tech utilikey, asp saphire lite, swiss-tech micro-tek plus
3) house and car keys

#19854 - 10/07/03 07:44 PM Re: Keychain-type pouches for small gear

Nice Kit! I must do something like that also!

#19855 - 10/07/03 08:03 PM Re: Keychain-type pouches for small gear
joblot Offline

Registered: 02/21/03
Posts: 258
Loc: Scotland
A quick question: If you carry this gear around with you, presumably to and from work, in a city you know, why carry the compass?
Excuse my ignorance if I have missed something blindingly obvious.

#19856 - 10/07/03 08:05 PM Re: Keychain-type pouches for small gear
Craig Offline

Registered: 11/13/01
Posts: 1784
Loc: Collegeville, PA, USA

What kind of "stuff" do you have on your mega-keychain? Names, brands, and versions would be appreciated (yeah, I'm a gear nut).


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