Unless you’re trying to prove yourself on some ill-conceived reality survival show, it’s always a good idea to bring some way to easily start a fire when you head off into the wilderness. But if things go awry, this simple set of shoelaces can be used to start a fire in the event of an emergency.
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Underneath each tip (or tag) of the shoelaces is a one-inch ferro rod protected by a waterproof rubber cap that can be struck with a metal knife to produce sparks hot enough to ignite your combustible tinder. Using the laces to start a fire isn’t as easy as flicking a lighter, but when an emergency arises, they still seem like $US14 well spent to avoid a night spent freezing in the woods. [RattlerStrap via Dude I Want That]