If you’re like me, you like being prepared. I go around with several tools on my keychain, mostly because while I don’t need wire strippers or a wrench every day, I need them just often enough to keep them on me. But some people want to be a little more extreme with their survival gear, and for them, there’s the Recon 6.
A Watch, A Survival Kit, And A Knife On A Strap
Really, the Recon 6 can be boiled down to three separate parts; the watch, the metal tool in the strap, and the survival kit under the watch. The watch itself is pretty straightforward; it’s analog, with phosphorescent hands, and a scratch-and-chip-resistant crystal. Honestly, we would have liked to see this watch be able to take more of a beating; waterproof and scratchproof strike us as the bare minimum.
Oh, and in the side is a small flashlight for detail work.
Survive In Style
More interesting is the survival kit and strap. Lift up the watch face and you’ve got a signal mirror, a tray that lifts out and includes a compass, small magnifier for starting fires in sunny conditions, firesteel, and emergency whistle, and underneath the tray 25 feet of fishing line and two small hooks, rated up to 25 pounds.
Finally, there’s the one-piece multitool in the strap. Flip out the buckle and you have a sheep’s hook for game, a bottle opener (of course), a can opener, and a fire striker. In all, there are 14 functions crammed into this watch.
We’ve got our criticisms; at $300 this watch should be more rugged, and it feels like there were a few design compromises. It’s also a bit chunky and has the look of a kid’s toy, a bit. On the other hand, it’s a good idea and having a survival kit strapped to your wrist isn’t the worst idea. You can find it on Kickstarter.