I’m going to give it to you straight: Wazoo Survival Gear, headquartered in Longmont, Colorado, makes some kick-ass products.  The members of the Wazoo creative team all have impressive resumes.  Their product line combines cleverness with the practicality and usefulness borne of experience.

Recently I had the opportunity to sample a few of their products.   First are their Ranger Bands.  These are super useful for holding together shooting sticks, loose backpack straps, rifle slings, bundles of paracord, any gear that needs to be fastened down.

These are really useful black EPDM elastic bands. Unlike “rubber” bands, EPDM is UV and ozone resistant, so these won’t weaken or crack like rubber will with long exposure to the outdoors.  EPDM also has a wide temperature resistance range.


I found them just perfect for putting some additional tension on loose flip-up scope caps…


…holding down flashlight pressure switch wires…


…and the large size fits perfectly around AR15 magazines… makes me wish they made them in multiple colors for magazine ID.

One of my favorite uses for rubber bands was taught to me back in first grade by Sister Mary Vernon.  I have never had a twist cap stuck on a bottle or jar that I haven’t been able to unstick by wrapping a rubber band around it for extra grip.  It works every time – and these work exceptionally well for that.

Handy Hiding Spots

Wazoo Cache Wear includes belts, hats, and patches.

The Wazoo Cache Patch has some hidden virtues.


The Leather Cache Patch is low profile and is at home anywhere with hook and loop material.

Saving the best for last…

One of the coolest items Wazoo makes are their Firestorm Buckles.  These tiny buckles are perfect for Paracord bracelets and other small straps.


In addition to being a buckle, the Firestorm integrates a whistle, signal mirror, ferro-rod, and ceramic blade.  The rear of the blade can be used as a surprisingly effective striker for the ferro-rod.  The blade can be removed and inverted in the buckle which can be used as a handle.  The blade is easily sharp enough to cut paracord, plastic zip ties or other restraints.


The Firestorm Buckles come in singles and packs of 5 and 10.  These would be great small gifts or stocking stuffers.  They can accommodate paracord or 1/2″ web straps.  These are so cool I wish they also made some larger ones that could be used on backpacks with 3/4″ or 1″ web straps.

Wazoo Survival Gear offers some very innovative and useful products that are quality made.  If you are a hiker or camper, search and rescue, someone who spends a lot of time in the great outdoors, or just someone who likes clever tools and gadgets – you should check out Wazoo Survival Gear.

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I received this product as a courtesy from the manufacturer via Spotter Up so I could test it and give my honest feedback. I am not bound by any written, verbal, or implied contract to give this product a good review. All opinions are my own and are based off my personal experience with the product.

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By Michael Lake

Writer Michael Lake is a Benefactor Life Member of the National Rifle Association and has been actively involved in a variety shooting activities since 1989. In addition to being a certified range safety officer he holds several NRA instructor ratings and armorer certifications. He has received training from the US Army Marksmanship Unit, the US Marine Corps Rifle Team and some of the finest private training facilities in the nation. In 2013 Michael co-founded Adaptive Defense Concepts, a Northwest Ohio-based Training organization. currently a contractor for the Department of Energy managing safety for the National Homeland Security program in Eastern Idaho, an instructor for Badlands Tactical Training Center, and is an accomplished Freemason.

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