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There are survival versions of just about every product on the market, but there aren’t that many that seamlessly integrate into your kit like these Survival Laces from Wasatch Outdoors. Built from the same 550 paracord that you know and love (that also has plenty of uses in its own right), each pair of laces is also outfitted with an 8lb. test fishing line, 4″ strand of tinder and a 1″ ferrocerium rod (more commonly known as fire steel). In an emergency, cut off the bullet style aglet on the end of the laces to get at your tinder, ferro rod, fishing line or even the nylon pairs inside the cord. When you’re done, seal up the laces with the fire you just created. They could potentially save your life, but starting a fire with your shoelaces is also a surefire way to impress your buddies.

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[Shop]  You don’t need to be an international man of mystery for there to be value in the ability to pick a lock. Whether you have a penchant for forgetting your keys or just want to be there for friends and neighbors, learning to pick locks is a worthwhile skill. But that doesn’t mean you should go practicing on your front door; officers might not like that. Instead, get yourself this Lock Pick Training Kit, which includes a set of tools and a see-through padlock so you can watch what’s happening while you practice. Not only will you come to understand the inner workings of a lock, but you’ll gain the skills necessary to pick one with ease. And don’t worry, there are keys included in case you get frustrated.