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#293737 - 10/07/19 08:05 PM What do you carry but have never used?
teacher Offline
Old Hand

Registered: 12/14/05
Posts: 910
For me its a small whistle on my keychain.

#293739 - 10/07/19 08:50 PM Re: What do you carry but have never used? [Re: teacher]
Janysboy Offline

Registered: 03/20/19
Posts: 58
I have a pair of Velcro crampons which I keep in my briefcase. Here in St. Louis, we sometimes have icy conditions and I feel better knowing I have them if I need to cross an icy street.

#293740 - 10/07/19 09:01 PM Re: What do you carry but have never used? [Re: teacher]
Jeanette_Isabelle Offline

Registered: 11/13/06
Posts: 2409
Loc: Somewhere in Florida
I used to carry a CPR mask. Currently, I carry an electronic alarm. There are also a few items in my first aid kit that I never needed, such as a trauma pad, N95 mask and hydration powder.

Jeanette Isabelle
“Trust me, this is not gonna end well!” — Pleakley, Lilo & Stitch

#293741 - 10/07/19 09:13 PM Re: What do you carry but have never used? [Re: teacher]
haertig Offline

Registered: 03/13/05
Posts: 2159
Loc: Colorado
My firearm. And I'm glad I haven't had to use it.

#293742 - 10/07/19 09:29 PM Re: What do you carry but have never used? [Re: teacher]
Russ Offline

Registered: 06/02/06
Posts: 5333
Not much. Over the years I’ve dropped stuff from EDC that was never used. Carrying stuff “just in case” is inefficient. There’s a lot of stuff a short walk to my truck or in my backpack, but not in my EDC pocket carry.
Better is the Enemy of Good Enough.
Okay, what’s your point??

#293744 - 10/07/19 10:17 PM Re: What do you carry but have never used? [Re: teacher]
Phaedrus Offline
Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 04/28/10
Posts: 2667
Loc: Big Sky Country
Do you mean EDC or in the PSK? I will address each.

EDC: Sidearm. I have never had to use my sidearm in an urban situation, luckily. A couple times I was glad I had it as things could have gone differently. I'll note that I have had to use my sidearm in a wilderness setting. EDC-wise, everything else that I actually carry gets used with some regularity.

Wilderness: I generally have a very well stocked PSK and I have a few options. For state parks and places where the odds of getting lost or stuck are minimal my kit is fairly minimal. Then I have an intermediate kit built around a water bottle bag. In theory it contains enough to survive an unplanned night or two in the wilderness, although it wouldn't necessarily be comfortable. Lastly I have a pretty comprehensive PSK/day bag that I built around a Mystery Ranch 2 Day Assault pack. At 27 liters it's still easy to carry but very close to a camping pack. With it I'm be fairly comfortable down to 40 or lower even without a fire, and with a fire I'd be pretty good in anything short of a very bad winter night.

I will confess to having to resort to a lot of the kit in one instance that I recounted here at ETS. Even then there are a few thing I didn't use. As Teacher mentioned I've never used my emergency whistle, nor have I ever needed my signal mirror. So far I've never used the space-bag/bivvy outside of just testing it. Certain items in the FAK have never been required in the field, either. Lastly I have never used the sail needle or fishing stuff that seems obligatory in PSKs. Truth be told I'm terrible at sewing so if I did need the needle it would be a mess. The fishing stuff is only there because it's part of an otherwise-useful kit I cannibalized to build my homebrew kits. I suppose there's little harm in having it as the weight is low but I probably wouldn't go out and buy more if it got lost.

Of course, just because I haven't used it yet doesn't mean I never will. I've played with mylar/space blankets for a couple of decades but never actually used one in a tough spot until this spring! Luckily I try to experiment and practice with all the stuff I carry so I don't have to figure it out on the fly.
“I'd rather have questions that cannot be answered than answers that can't be questioned.” —Richard Feynman

#293760 - 10/08/19 03:03 PM Re: What do you carry but have never used? [Re: Phaedrus]
hikermor Offline
Geezer in Chief

Registered: 08/26/06
Posts: 7292
Loc: southern Cal
My trusty 357 Magnum (S&W Mod 28). Displayed once to good effect in a non-wilderness encounter, but never fired.
Geezer in Chief

#293783 - 10/09/19 11:21 PM Re: What do you carry but have never used? [Re: teacher]
DaveL Offline

Registered: 10/03/18
Posts: 50
Loc: Colorado Springs,CO
Yep Hikermor
That is what I call equipped to survive
My incident S&W M66 same result

#296082 - 05/13/20 06:39 PM Re: What do you carry but have never used? [Re: teacher]
teacher Offline
Old Hand

Registered: 12/14/05
Posts: 910
Because of my first aid training, I carried exam gloves for years.

#296085 - 05/13/20 08:44 PM Re: What do you carry but have never used? [Re: teacher]
Alan_Romania Offline


Registered: 06/29/05
Posts: 631
Loc: Arizona
"Trust in God --and press-check. You cannot ignore danger and call it faith." -Duke

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