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Generally Cheap for a not so Cheap price
Reviewed in the United States on June 18, 2020
I purchased 2x of these to gift to my father and my father in law. The first thing i noticed was that the boxes the items come stored in was scuffed and scratched. When opening the container, the items are jumbled in there and not in individual wrap/plastic for initial use upon 1st open. I feel these first 2 complaints are reasonable given the $36 price point.
The quality of the materials feels very cheap. Given a lower price point, the quality would have been understandable, but not for $36. When opening the gold in color compass, one out of the 2 that i purchased flopped out of the gold color holder, i guess the glue got old and stopped holding the compass in. The metal based items, like the whistle, screw driver, and multitool square feel like that metal you would get out of a chuck e cheese ticket prize.
I feel that's the best way to summarize this purchase. I feel like i purchased a 36$ chuck e cheese gift box, when i was hoping for a more middle-ground between "trash i get from a 25cent machine" and "100$+ quality". For 36$, i feel like this should be better. I feel a 15$ price point would make more sense for this product.
For positives, the items that were advertised were contained in the box. The pen/glass breaker is surprisingly good quality compared to the other items, same goes for the knife. I do like the light weight of the product, and i admit that is counter to what some of my complaints are about the items feeling cheap. This may be the reason the items are more on the cheap side, to keep the item lighter to carry in an emergency situation. I can understand this point but i feel the price point should match the quality of materials, and is why i gave 2 stars instead of 1.
Overall the issues i have with the product will not lead me to return it. I will glue the compass back in and gift these items out. My main issue with the product is the price point vs. the quality of materials. Everything else claimed about the product is true and i do feel that this kit would be helpful in a camping/wilderness situation.