|02-17-2010, 06:39 PM||#1|
Solkoa FastFire and SUMA Containers.
[off-topic: Sorry folks ... I've been fighting a nasty chest cold and haven't felt up to posting more reviews, I'll pick up the pace again next week. For now, here's a product I will be buying too add to my camping/survival gear]
I took the last day of the SHOT show to walk around without my camera and review some of the booths I had already seen - I also decided to explore an area I hadn't had the chance to see and I'm really glad I did. I came across the Fast Fire booth and was really impressed with their fire starter product.
FastFire tinder comes in a sealed package, its smokeless and odorless and it burns even when wet.
In fact, at SHOT they were lighting it and dropping it into a pan of water.
It kept burning.
Burning at 1300 degrees F (or over 700 C for us Canucks) its hot enough to ignite most everything you might want to burn (and some things you might not ) Each individual cube will burn over 10 minutes, but as they demonstrated less than a quarter cube cut up and crushed is more than enough to start a fire in most conditions.
Sadly, it being the end of the week most of the stuff they had brought was gone - I was able to score one of their tinder refill kits and it performed the same here as it did at the show (in fact I was able to light it on top of some snow out in the backyard using my sweedish firesteel).
Another great product (that I wasn't able to score - and I really tried to talk him into selling me one ) was the SUMA containers.
Machined out of billet 6061 the SUMA is an ultralight container you can use to pack your tinder kit. Its suitable for boiling water or cooking, and strong enough to use for digging in an emergency. At SHOT they had a number of anodized ones, but also had some that were done up in digital camo.
They offer a fire-starting kit with a striker for $14.95 USD, refill packs of the FastFire tinder are only $8.95 USD, and the SUMA tins are $34.95 USD.
I contacted them after getting home and asked for their Canadian distributor - the info is below.
3107 W. Colorado Ave. Suite 256
Colorado Springs, CO 80904
Edit: It looks like the Canadian distributor is wholesale only. However we might be able to do a group buy if people are interested. Please see here:
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