Wilderness Survival Vest Created 12/27/02 Anozira
Updated 12/28/02

This is a Trail Designs Brand Vest, Model 727. I have seen it marketed as a survival vest, a hikers vest, a fisherman's vest, and a photographers vest. It is made of medium weight olive drab cotton. The empty vest weighs a bit under two pounds. Bottom line is that it has a lot of pockets - 20 pockets of various sort and a number of other features.

It weights 7 pounds with the items shown here. The sheath knife is kept with - but not in - the vest. When in use, it goes on the belt and weighs 13 ounces. Actual contents evolve over time. Items are packed for wearing comfort. Thought is given to hitting the deck and crawling. I have two of these bought years apart and the details vary a bit but not in any important way.

Good points of a vest

Bad points of a vest


Contents - click on image for larger version - wait until all images have downloaded

Warmth - Fire, Clothing, Shelter

  • Aviation Spark-Lite, Tinder & Spark Wheel
  • Fresnel Lens - works in Arizona, YMMV
  • Relighting Birthday Candles
  • 3 Butane Lighters
  • Trioxine Bar
  • Magnesium Bar
  • Survival Blanket
  • Emergency Blanket
  • Glove Liners


  • 2 Ziplock Bags, 1 gallon
  • "Turkey Bag" Water Carrier
  • Polar Pure Iodine Crystals & Thermometer
  • Bandanna - Crude Filter
  • 7 feet Tygon Tubing, Food Grade

Light, Travel, Rescue & Evasion

  • LED Flashlight, red, AA
  • LED Flashlight, white, AA
  • 4 AA Cells
  • Headband for Flashlights
  • Spare Glasses, Self Darkening, Hard Case
  • Screwdriver for Glasses
  • Compass, Thermometer, Map Ruler
  • Binoculars 8x21, 383 ft @ 1000 yrds
  • Waterproof Notepad
  • Mechanical Pencil
  • Pressurized Pen
  • Wallet, Photo ID, Cash
  • Signal Mirror, Stainless Steel
  • Whistle, Storm Brand - claims to be loudest
  • Camo Makeup, 4 colors, mirror


  • Sheath Knife, 5" Blade, Saw Top Edge,
    Leather Washer Handle, Hammer-able Butt
  • Leather Sheath, Leg Tie
  • Sharpening Stone
  • Pocket Knife, Victorinox Super Tinker, 2 Blades, Scissors, P-38 like Can Opener, 2 Flat & 1 Phillips Screwdrivers, Tweezer
  • Sharpening Tool
  • 100 ft Paracord 550, 7 strand
  • Snares, 2 Large, 2 Small
  • Wire Saw, Finger Rings
  • 5 Razor Blades, Single Edge
  • 3 rounds, .22LR (fire starter, fishing weight, lure)
  • 4 nails, double headed (snares)
  • Digital Watch, no band, day/date/timer/alarm
  • Rx and Vitamins
  • Mini First Aid Kit
  • Elastic Knee Bandage
  • Lip Balm
  • Dental Floss
  • Toilet Paper
  • Sewing Kit

Missing Items

They don't show how, but this page talks about modifying the game pocket to hold water bottles.

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