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#55631 - 12/10/05 02:44 AM Re: TAD Life Capsule Delta-worth it?
brandtb Offline
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Registered: 11/26/04
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Loc: S.E. Pennsylvania
WAY too expensive.
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#55632 - 12/10/05 03:21 AM Re: TAD Life Capsule Delta-worth it?
halogen Offline
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Registered: 12/09/05
Posts: 54
I'm no survival expert, and I've never met one of these in the flesh, but if I'm paying that much for a nicely machined, anodized aluminium tube, I expect it to be a decent tactical light :-)

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#55633 - 12/10/05 04:34 AM Re: TAD Life Capsule Delta-worth it?
xbanker Offline
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Registered: 04/21/05
Posts: 484
Loc: Anthem, AZ USA
Have bought several items from TAD; all first-class quality. Likewise, the life capsule is aesthetically pleasing (it is a pretty-looking thing), and looks to be well-made. But, for me, it?s a big price to pay for modest functionality: limited storage capacity; Glo-Toob compartment provides little more than find-in-the-dark capability; Brunton compass is OK, but is still a button compass.

Strikes me as something for the ?gentleman preparedness geek? ? more form than function ? or as Ironraven put it, ?survivor bling.? A K&M matchcase and a Photon will provide greater capability, and leave you with $120 to spend on a nice knife, or whatever. OTOH, the life capsule will certainly get admiring glances from friends and family (and gulps when you tell them the price tag).

Groo said, ?I?m sitting here with a $200 flashlight (HDS U60).? And I?ve got a $40 ARC AAA on my keychain. Relatively expensive for flashlights, BUT in return, they?re among the very best of their kind ? and highly functional.

One test: By carrying this piece of gear, would I modify/reduce my existing EDC, and/or will it provide useful redundancy?

Then there?s the ultimate test: Have you run this by ?Mrs. Ors,? and what does she say?? <img src="/images/graemlins/grin.gif" alt="" />
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#55634 - 12/10/05 04:41 AM Re: TAD Life Capsule Delta-worth it?
epirider Offline
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Registered: 12/03/05
Posts: 232
Loc: Wyoming, USA
I would bet if you spend a third of that price, go to just about any machine shop, you could convince them to make a sleeve type of thingy to fit over a mini-mag light WITH a compass (jack-in-the box popcorn quality). And if you make it long enough, you could use it as a walking stick. Seriously...

I don't think that it is worth more then $10. to me. But that is just MHO.... Epi
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#55635 - 12/10/05 06:30 AM Re: TAD Life Capsule Delta-worth it?
wolf Offline
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Registered: 12/01/04
Posts: 329
Loc: Michigan
Kinda cool looking, but WAY too expensive, unless you are absurdly rich, in which case you'll already have a survival bunker, on your heavily fortified private survival island.
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#55636 - 12/10/05 07:49 AM Re: TAD Life Capsule Delta-worth it?
reconcowboy Offline
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Registered: 03/01/05
Posts: 170
Loc: Ohio
I would rather have a cheesy orange whistle/compass/firestarter/match holder thing from the local store and keep the other $140.00 something dollars.

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#55637 - 12/10/05 04:12 PM Re: TAD Life Capsule Delta-worth it?
StuToffee Offline
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Registered: 02/07/05
Posts: 41
Loc: Stockport, Cheshire, UK
It is a very desirable piece of kit, but I made somwthing very similar (and much more visible!) from a plastic "pritt-stick" childrens glue stick.
The Brand name, product info etc is on a cellophane sleve that comes off easily, I waterproofed the opening at the bottom with a liberal application of epoxy, stuck match-striker onto inside of screw-on lid & stuff the capsule with matches, button compass, flint rod, scalpel, vial of fishing gear, vaseline/cotton balls, puritabs, "magic" birthday candle & miniature chem-lightstick. I carry it on a beaded-chain attached to the loops of a plastic-sleeved SAS wire-saw (idea plagiarised from Ranger Rick), & find it works pretty well.

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#55638 - 12/13/05 01:02 PM Re: TAD Life Capsule Delta-worth it?
Molf Offline
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Registered: 11/25/03
Posts: 72
Loc: Germany
I´ve followed the same way on my own several times before, but I own lathe, mill and so on in my home work shop and I´m a skilled labor since my youth, today out of that business for a different job.

I really like the concept and from the point of run size, techical standards and such it´s a adequate prize but for common consumers like we´re all I think it´s too much.

For the most I think StuToffee´s idea with the glue stick is great alternative.

Molf

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#55639 - 12/13/05 03:44 PM Re: TAD Life Capsule Delta-worth it?
StuToffee Offline
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Registered: 02/07/05
Posts: 41
Loc: Stockport, Cheshire, UK
Thanks, Molf.
Its surprising how much kit you can fit inside the glue-stick, and as its made of lightweight plastic, I think it would be more comfortable to wear for extended periods than the TAD item.

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#55640 - 12/14/05 07:47 AM Re: TAD Life Capsule Delta-worth it?
paulr Offline
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Registered: 02/18/04
Posts: 448
Look in the campfire section at the thread titled "cheap match cases from Countycomm". They are about the same size as a glue stick but much tougher, waterproof, etc. There is also a thread about the much nicer (but more expensive) K&M match cases.

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