Some people geek out on cars. Some people geek out on makeup products. Something I geek out on? Outdoor gear. I’m not ashamed to admit it. So when I received a couple of VSSL Outdoor Utility Tools, you better believe I was geeking out hardcore. I was the lucky recipient of the Flask and the First Aid kit.
VSSL Outdoor Utility Tools are multi-functional flashlights that are extremely compact. Their products offer up a unique and efficient way to transport your essential outdoor gear, without compromising valuable pack space and weight. VSSL’s Mission Statement sums up how their utility tools make up for the shortcoming’s of traditional flashlights:
A flashlight is one of the primary tools for camping, overnight outdoors or emergency/survival situations. In the past, the flashlight handle was required to hold the batteries needed to power inefficient bulbs.
Today, high efficiency LED lights power quality flashlights. The battery requirements are substantially less, and the handle can now be used for other useful purposes. VSSL Outdoor Utility Tools were created to utilize that now obsolete space, while at the same time maintaining the practical form factor of the traditional torchlight.
Our tool is intended to evolve. We’ve provided contents we feel are essential for challenging situations, but we are confident our customers will really see VSSL as just that; a container used to house items of importance to its owner.
You determine what is important for your situation and we’ll provide the right tool.
VSSL First Aid, $66.50
On one end is a dual mode LED flashlight that powers up at a powerful 200 lumens. The flashlight requires E90 (Energizer) batteries (which are included). The LED lights never need replacing and the battery life is 40+ hours. On the opposite end is an oil filled compass. Unscrew both ends and you will find the contents of the first aid kit within the VSSL cylinder which includes: 2 BZK-based antiseptic wipes, 2 Isopropyl antiseptic wipes, 1 Alcohol free cleansing wipe, 1 Soap wipe, 1 Triple antibiotic ointment, 2 Cotton pads (2” x 2”), 4 Knuckle bandages, 8 Butterfly bandages, 12 Regular bandages, 4 Ibuprofen tablets, 4 Aspirin tablets, 4 Safety pins (2 small, 2 large), 1 Tweezers, 1 Single sided razor blade, 1 Roll of medical tape, 1 Roll medical gauze tape, and 1 Pair nitrile gloves.
The VSSL First Aid kit measures out at 9 inches long and 2inches in diameter and weighs 14oz (just under 1 pound). The anodized aluminum cylinder is water resistant and impact resistant meaning it can handle the wear and tear that comes from most outdoor adventures.
VSSL Flask, $72.50
For the adventurous soul who also happens to enjoy efficiency and booze, the VSSL Flask will become your new best friend. Similar to the First Aid kit, on one end of the Flask is a dual mode LED flashlight that powers up at a powerful 200 lumens. On the opposite end is an oil filled compass. The VSSL flask however, is infused/lined with glass because it helps to preserve the taste & quality of your beverage. You can read more about this process here: Glass infused aluminum. Within the cylinder of the Flask you will find a VSSL bottle opener, two collapsible stainless steel shot glasses, and enough room to hold 10 ounces of your preferred beverage.
The VSSL Flask measures out at 9 inches long and 2 inches in diameter and weighs 18 ounces (1 pound 2 ounces). As with all VSSL utility products, the Flask is made of anodized aluminum and is water resistant and impact resistant.
Impressions: I am a huge fan of both the First Aid Kit and the Flask and appreciate the functionality of both. I learned first hand the importance of a first aid kit when I was with a group of people, glissading down a mountain. One of the guys in our group ended up cutting his leg up pretty bad and I happened to be the only one with a first aid kit. Weird that’d I’d be the only one, right? You just never know when you might need first aid supplies. The VSSL First Aid kit includes some of the most basic necessities. I definitely intend on using this First Aid kit camping (I do mostly car camping). Even for those who don’t do a lot of camping, I would highly recommend the VSSL First Aid kit as an item everyone should keep in their car in case of emergencies. The flashlight included on the end is incredibly bright, and I like that it includes the dual modes. The cylinder itself seems solid and could probably endure even the roughest conditions.
The VSSL Flask is just a flat out cool utility tool. I’m not a big drinker, but who says you need to limit the Flask to just alcohol. I actually used the Flask recently to transport coffee creamer to work. And to be honest, I kind of wanted to just show it off as well. The Flask also includes the bright LED flashlight, which is an awesome bonus. Unlike the First Aid kit, I would say my only complaint would be its overall weight. It is definitely noticeably heavier, but likely due its glass infused lining. My bigger complaint would have to be how loudly the cylinder squeaks when I unscrew the section that holds the liquid. The only way for me to muffle the noise is to unscrew the section really slowly. I’m hoping this is just an issue with the flask I received. While noisy, it defintely won’t stop me from using it.
If the First Aid kit or Flask aren’t up your alley, you’ll be happy to know that these are just two of many different utility tools that VSSL offers up. Other options include: a mini cache, a shelter kit, survival kits, even a zombie tool. For more information and prices on these or other VSSL products, check out the Products section on their site. VSSL also offers up refill tins to ensure your utility tool stays equipped with all your outdoor necessities. Refills include (but not limited to): fire starters, trail markers, fishing tackle, etc.
VSSL was first introduced as a Kickstarter campaign in 2014. You can read more about it here: VSSL Kickstarter. With how unique and versatile their utility tools are, it’s no wonder why they have seen so much success since their introduction. I think you would be hard pressed to find someone who would not want one of the many products VSSL has to offer. I can’t wait to give some of these utility tools as gifts to my other outdoorsy friends so they can geek out just as hard I did.