BattlBox Subscription Box Review + Coupon – February 2017
BattlBox is a subscription service delivering survival and tactical gear every month. Each month has a theme based on a different experience with a focus on preparedness and survival.
This box was sent to us at no cost for review. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)
This review is of the Pro Plus, $149.99 a month, box.
The Subscription Box: BattlBox
The Cost: $24.99 plus shipping for Basic, $49.99 plus shipping for Advanced, $99.99 for Pro, and $149.99 for Pro Plus. The Pro and Pro Plus options ship for free.
The Products: A variety of tactical, survival and EDC gear
Ships to: U.S.
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Each month’s box is themed as a Mission and includes a detailed list of products and their values in all the different level options.
Here are the items included in the Basic level ($24.99 cost / $49.95 value):
Portable Propane Pocket Stove – Value $12
These stoves are super handy for any kind of camping activity, and this one, in particular, is really sweet. The arms collapse just like any standard pocket stove, but they also feature little flip-out feet so your pot/pan will have a little more to stand on. The best part of this stove, in my opinion, is the built-in igniter! The stove I carry with me for backpacking has to be lit with a match or lighter, and now that’s just more weight I can shed! Plus, the waterproof case is great. Awesome first item for this month’s BattlBox.
Light My Fire Spice Box – Value $8.98 ($9.87 on Amazon)
This little spice box is perfect for camp chefs out there. You can carry a good amount of 3 spices (or blends if you’re on that level) and drastically improve your meal-in-a-pouch or quick dishes. The box itself is light, comes apart easily for cleaning, and the holes for sprinkling spices are perfectly sized. I’m not really into dumping too much cayenne on my chicken. This container could also be used to carry a couple days worth of medication if you need!
Backcountry Cooking Book – Value $10.36 on Amazon (retail price $14.95)
This book is perfect for camp chefs who can never seem to build out a menu without wasting food, or just stick to making the same old stuff because it’s easy. The book is split up into several sections based on the type of camping you’ll be doing (car camping, backpacking, horse camping, etc.) and builds out menus based on how many days you’ll be away from home, how many people in your party, and so forth. I’ve never seen a camping cookbook quite like this, and I’m really excited to test it out on some trips this summer!
Telescoping Hot Dog / Marshmallow Roaster – Value $4.40
Hey, who doesn’t need another hot dog/mallow roaster? These things always seem to end up getting lost, destroyed, covered in dried marshmallow or bent up beyond repair. This is a no-brainer addition to my car camp box, and since it’s so tiny might even sneak into my backpacking kit.
ReadyMan Campfire Skewer – Value $3.32
This was a new one for me. With the group of guys I camp with, if I pulled this thing out and put it on a stick just to toast up some grub, I am pretty sure I’d get laughed out the campground. It’s an interesting idea for sure, but if you’ve already got a stick, why not just sharpen up the stick? Also, it seems like this is a one use item as it’s pretty thin and not easy to bend flat after use. I suppose if you’re averse to having your food skewered on bare wood, this would be a great item for you, and I’m 100% not judging you at all over here.
Readyman Basic Membership – Value $10.00
Included for free is a basic membership to ReadyMan, a community founded by US Special Operation Forces veterans and skilled outdoorsmen. With the basic membership, you get the following:
In addition to the items included in the Basic box, here are the items included at the Advanced level: ($49.99 cost / $99.63 value)
Wildo Camp-A-Box Complete – Value $23.69
I love a good mess kit, and this Wildo box is perfect! You get an additional spice box too, so you can carry up to 6 between this and the Light My Fire box, or just have your own personal stash. The kit includes two large plate/bowls that can interlock so you can keep a meal from getting cold quickly. There’s a cutting board, which is huge. No one wants to cut food on random surfaces in the woods. The spork, always a handy item, feels very heavy duty but lightweight and has a built-in serrated cutting edge. Little dangerous for eating, but I appreciate the combined use. Having 2 cups is nice, I would probably use the larger one for coffee and the smaller one for stirring stuff up or measuring out smaller amounts of water. Some online reviewers report issues putting it back together but I didn’t have any trouble.
Portable Campfire Collapsible Tripod – Value $25.99
This is a really interesting item and one I’m looking forward to trying out over a fire. We used to make these out of lashed wood when camping with the scouts and it was always handy for boiling water. This particular tripod stands around 30 inches so you could easily hang a good sized pot of water over a modest fire. It’s very light and breaks down really quickly. I don’t know if it would support the weight of a dutch oven… The pin holding the chain in place doesn’t look like it will bend through the opening but may need to be replaced if you wanted to hang considerable weight. I think the legs would support it, though!
In addition to the items included in the Basic and Advanced boxes, here are the items included at the Pro level: ($99.99 cost / $174.62 value)
Stansport 2-Burner Camp Stove – Value $54.99
BattlBox lists this as $72.99 on the info card, and their “What’s In The Box” page links to the $72.99 stove, but I received the $54.99 stove in my box. Not sure if this is the case with all subscribers!
I was pretty astounded to see a full camp stove in my box this month! I’ve never had one of my own, always relied on others to bring one, so this is a real treat. The stove seems pretty nice, definitely not as nice as a heavy duty Coleman or 2-tank style camp stove, but definitely good enough to cook up some camp food! I like that the grill itself is removable for cleaning, and the area around the burners looks like it would also be easy to clean. The lid locks/wind wings were a little off and needed some pressure to pop into place correctly, but they held just fine. I think this is a great introductory camp stove!
Readyman Premium Membership – Value $20.00
Pro and ProPlus BattlBox subscribers automatically get access to the Premium side of ReadyMan, which includes the following:
In addition to the items included in the Basic, Advanced and Pro boxes, here are the items included at the ProPlus level: ($149.99 cost / $315.79 value)
Utica Cutlery UTKS-4 Survival Knife – Value $115.20
Heyyyy a kniiiiiiife! It wouldn’t be BattlBox if there wasn’t a crazy awesome knife, and this is one sweet survival knife from Utica Cutlery. The blade on the UTKS-4 is a high carbon, powder-coated steel. It feels extraordinarily well made in your hand. In addition to the knife, there’s a form-fitted sheath that locks the blade into place for safety and a detachable belt clip. The clip can be attached so that the blade is worn vertically or horizontally, whichever fits your needs best. In addition to all that, there is a firestarter and a knife sharpener built directly into the sheath itself! That’s an awesome addition and will save you from having to carry excess gear on trips. This knife would be a perfect addition to a camp chef box or even a bug-out bag. Utica also included a discount card for future purchases!
Paracord bracelets are such a useful, versatile item. Paracord has thousands of uses and constantly comes in handy when in the wilderness, and with these bracelets it’s either right there on your wrist or attached to your pack. CRKT includes their bottle opener accessory, so you don’t have to hunt down an opener when your buddy tosses you a cold one.
Free Gift! Pork Barrel BBQ Spicy Sriracha Bacon Jerky – Value $4.99
Included in this month’s box was a bag of jerky from BBQ Box! This spicy bacon jerky definitely had a kick to it, and didn’t last long!
Verdict: Camp chefs are never fully appreciated around the campsite, but if you showed up with all this gear you’d be the hero of the weekend to be sure. BattlBox really nailed it with this curation, as usual. I’m tallying up the value of this box at $315.79 due to the incorrect pricing on the stove and some fluctuation in Amazon prices since the info card was printed. That’s more than double the $149.99 cost for 3 boxes in a row now! BattlBox’s staff really takes the time to curate thoughtful boxes for their subscribers, and they have a very active community for those subscribers as well.
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