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So I prep on a tight budget, and I try my best to invest wisely as my resources are limited compared to some others, but then again could be much more than even some. So if any of you have any of the following gear, and can recommend for it or against it based on your personal experience I would be grateful.

The three top things I am looking to get with my monthly salary is:

Portable water purification, I have tablets but thought two or three of this could be a wise...
Amazon.com: Aquamira Frontier Emergency Water Filter System: Sports & Outdoors

I have spent a few months researching fixed blades, and since I have a gerber tactical folder, and this has a sheathing system complimentary to my other gear in my load out. Couple guys I know who are deployed have these, and swear by them, which is swaying me towards it...

Amazon.com: Gerber LMF II ASEK - Coyote Brown Bx: Sports & Outdoors

I have been wearing cheapy 20$ Arizona Boot Cut, but every since they changed manufacturers, I am having problems with the crotch ripping out while climbing within 2 -3 months of regular use. I feel it is time to upgrade to something longer lasting even if it cost more, I will probably be saving in the long run...

Men's Quick-dry Cargo Pants - Duluth Trading

I know my mind is pretty made up, but at the same time I figure some of you may have this gear and can keep me from walking into any potential pitfalls. Also have been researching axes as well for a few months but just haven't found one which I feel confident meets my reqs.

Thank you in Advance!
 

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For me, I purchase a ka-bar D2 extreme knive. This thing is great and got it on the ebay from united outdoors for $99.95 and free shipping. It is made in the USA, and is very high quality. It was well worth the money for me.
 

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The Aquamira looks like a good short term filter with it's 20 gal life span, but Lifestraw, available all over the place for about $20 + shipping, and has a 1000 liter life span, roughly 10+ times the Aquamira.

Amazon.com: LifeStraw Personal Water Filter: Sports & Outdoors

As for the knife, I don't have experience with the Gerber. Here's another Amazon vendor tht will save you some prep dollars.

Gerber 22-01400 LMF II Survival Knife - Coyote Brown - Amazon.com

This is about the greatest deal going on a very reliable fixed blade.

Amazon.com: SOG SEAL Pup with Tactical Nylon Sheath: Sports & Outdoors
 

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Yeah but that LMF isn't the ASEK and doesn't have the same strap system it is a little different which is why I chose the ASEK over the standard.

I will probably end up going with that lifestraw though, looks pretty sweet! Thanks for the feedback.
 

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Are you bugging in or out?
Well it highly depends on the situation. My apartment is not at all easily defensible. Also hoping to buy land and build a house which will also change things significantly.
 

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I am a big fan of Gerber blades, and Gerber gear in general.

The LMF is a very good knife, with a very nice sheath with the sharpener built right in. I think you will be very happy owning one.

I ended up buying the SOG SEAL and SOG SEAL Pups. You might want to consider those as well - the SEAL Pup can be found for under $40 online.
 

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Well it highly depends on the situation. My apartment is not at all easily defensible. Also hoping to buy land and build a house which will also change things significantly.
Which in any reasonable book means bugging out, in which case the life straw seems to be a good choice. I like the simplicity of it, as I research most of the pvc pump versions there are a lot of complaints about breaking which leaves them useless. I keep treatment pills in my get home bag but I live at the top of the water chain and have more options for getting clean water. Anyone downstream needs to get a decent filter.
 
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