The Private Matter is exactly like the Back Down except for the straight drop no cant. It features a straight drop (no cant). Additional features are an open muzzle design, stitched in sight track, tension screw for adjustment of the draw and a slide guard which prevents the slide, hammer and sight from wearer contact. It is made to fit 1 1/4″ – 1 1/2″ belts and is available in right or left hand, black.
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They’ve been around since the 1890s and are still just as classy and functional as ever. Patagonia Altvia Trail Pants ($119)Materials: 86% polyester, 14% spandex Weight: 11. 1 oz. Belt included: No What we like: Very stretchy build with zippered storage. What we don’t: Shorter inseam can impact fit.
A recent addition to Patagonia’s hiking pant line, the Altvia Trail combines a stretchy build with a very functional storage layout. Starting with the stretch, this slim-fitting pant includes a healthy dose of spandex (14%) for excellent mobility and all-around comfort. They’ve even incorporated elastic into the waistband to give it a jogger-like fit and feel.
That said, the Altvia is still sufficiently trail-ready with a DWR coating for shedding light moisture, good breathability from the stretch-woven fabric, and zippered closures on all five pockets. And with zippers at the bottom of the cuffs, the lower legs of the pant can be tuned to fit over anything from low-profile trail runners to bulky hiking boots.
What’s not to like with the Altvia Trail Pant? For one, the sheer number of zippers in the design has us concerned about its long-term durability (and we’ve unfortunately had a number of Patagonia zippers fail on us recently). Further, the 31-inch inseam is a polarizing choice: most pants either offer a standard 32-inch inseam or a 30-inch option, so this in-between length may not work for some folks.
But if the sizing is good for you and you like the security of zippered storage, the stretchy and comfortable Altvia has plenty of appeal. See the Men’s Patagonia Altvia Trail13. Montane Terra Pack ($100)Materials: Nylon w/stretch Weight: 8. 4 oz. Belt included: Yes What we like: Very light and packable.
What we don’t: Button fastener fell off early in our test. Trimming weight from their popular Terra pant, Montane’s Terra Pack has a streamlined and feathery ultralight build. The impressively low 8. 4-ounce weight is largely due to the proprietary Vector Lite fabric, which we found breathes well and offers excellent stretch for scrambling and crouching to take photos (a plus while backpacking Peru’s Huayhuash Circuit).
The pant also has one of the more customizable fit systems with an elasticized waistband, both a button and snap closure, and a removable belt. It removes 99. 9% of the bacteria and protozoa that are found in various water sources. It also gets rid of any microplastics as well.
This is essential because water treatment will fail in a serious SHTF scenario. One filter is rated for up to 100,000 gallons which gives you plenty of mileage. This not only will save you money (helpful if you’re hoping to keep prepping affordable), but it buys you time if you get stuck with only one filter for a while.
2. Personal Water Filter By LifeStrawThis personal water filter is one of the most popular pieces of gear on the market. Chances are anyone who has dabbled with survivalism or prepping probably know about it. Removes 99. 9% of waterborne bacteria and protozoan parasites – Only weighs 2 oz and can fit in your pocket – No moving parts means it’s very reliable – 0. 2 micron filter surpasses EPA filter standardsThe reason for this is simple: it does a great job. This water filter is perfect for survival and emergency scenarios and is a great choice for any prepper. The real draw to the LifeStraw is the portability of it. Not only is it quite small, but it’s also extremely lightweight.
You can find room for this in your survival backpack (or even your pocket) without any difficulty. It does a great job of cleaning the water and gets rid of 99. 9% of bacteria and waterborne protozoan parasites as well as microplastics. The 0. 2-micron filter is no joke!
We like this as a complimentary water filter for preppers. The combo of a longer-use filter with the ability to clean more water and the LifeStraw is great. That way you can utilize the portability of this piece of gear while having something a bit heftier back at your shelter.
Extremely portable and lightweight – Very effective at cleaning water – No moving parts- 1,000-gallon filter cap makes it mostly an on-the-go option3. Transparent Survival Water Filter For Emergencies By KatadynWhen it comes to water filters for preppers or survivalists, Katadyn has been making tremendous products for years.