BattlBox Subscription Box Review + Coupon – February 2018
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 for the Pro Plus box ($149.99 a month).
The Subscription Box: BattlBox
The Cost: $24.99 plus shipping for Basic, $49.99 plus shipping for Advanced, $99.99 plus shipping for Pro, and $149.99 plus shipping for Pro Plus.
The Products: A variety of tactical, survival and EDC gear
Ships to: U.S.
BattlBox February 2018 Review
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. This month’s theme is Active Shooter/Mass Casualty Response Kit and features several items that will help you be prepared to help in the event of a mass casualty event. While it’s always good to be prepared, you should also always consider your own personal skills when it comes to treating wounded people.
Here are the items included in the Basic level ($24.99 cost / $44.56 listed value):
North American Rescue 6″ Trauma Dressing – Retail Value $4.10, Listed Value $4.50
First up we have this vacuum packed trauma dressing. Weighing in at only 2 ounces, it’s an easy addition to any medical kit. The sealed pouch contains a 6”x4” pad and a 5 foot length of bandage to tightly wrap the pad to a wound. The vacuum sealing will save space in your bag too. I think any mass casualty kit should have at least one if not more of these.
Battltac Tactical MOLLE Glove Dispenser w/Gloves – Retail Value $9.99
Up next is this super handy, MOLLE-ready pouch for holding and dispensing rubber gloves. The kit comes with 4 pairs of bright orange gloves, but could probably fit up to 10 pairs if you really jammed them in there. The dispenser area is basically two pieces of elastic which stretch just enough to pull out a glove, but keeps the remaining gloves secure in place. To see how it looks attached to a bag, check out the images in the Pro section below!
Tourniquet and Shear Pouch – Retail Value $6.40, Listed Value $6.99
Next we have another MOLLE-ready pouch that’s perfect for holding a tourniquet (or vac-sealed bandage) and shears (spoiler alert, the shears are the next item in the Basic level). This pouch has several connection points so it will work in tandem with MOLLE or on a belt/bag-strap. The shears tuck away in the back with the handles exposed for quick access, and the tourniquet can be stored easily in the elastic-sided front area. There is a velcro strap to keep whatever you have in the tourniquet area locked in. To see how it looks attached to a bag, check out the images in the Pro section below!
Battltac Trauma Shears – Retail Value $9.99
As previously mentioned, up next we have these trauma shears from Battltac. They fit right into the tourniquet pouch above or easily slide into any med kit you may have around. They are much beefier than the scissors you’ll find in most first-aid kits. The serrated edge will cut through all sorts of materials, including leather and seatbelts. The pair I got was just slightly bent but they were easy to straighten out.
GlowCo LED Triage Lights – Get 100 for $299.00, Listed Value $12.99
The final item at the Basic level is this pack of 4 LED triage stickers. There are 4 in the kit: red, yellow, green and blue, each of which represent different degrees of urgency. You can just squeeze the light to turn it on and remove the backing to expose the sticker. Technically they are one-time use if you use the sticker, but if you’re packing tape in your med kit you could use these multiple times.
In addition to the items included in the Basic box, here are the items included at the Advanced level: ($49.99 cost / $83.51 value):
Halo Chest Seals – Retail Value $16.95
The first item at the Advanced level is this set of Halo Chest Seals. These seals will work in all sorts of conditions, nd will adhere to skin even if it is very wet. The seals are very pliable, and should conform to any shape. The two seals come in a resealable foil pack printed with instructions, so if you end up only needing one you can keep the other dry and clean. They have an interesting texture to them, leathery almost, which was a surprise. I hope I never have occasion to use these, but they seem like a very high quality item that would be ideal in this sort of kit.
Rescue Litter – Retail Value $22.00
The second item in the Advanced box is this ultra strong rescue litter. This litter is large enough to carry a 6’+ tall person and has handles all over the place. It’s the same material as a standard tarp, but with lots of reinforcing on the edges. It will also fold down to a manageable size, so you can stuff it into any medical kit bag. We learned to make these in the scouts with a couple of heavy sticks and a blanket, but those items are fairly hard to carry around in comparison.
In addition to the items included in the Basic and Advanced boxes, here are the items included at the Pro level: ($99.99 cost / $148.50 value):
Combat Medic Bag with TCCC kit, Blood Type Patch Set, Med Tape, and Triage Bands – Retail Value $64.99, Listed Value $64.95
At the Pro level, we have this amazing medic bag to carry all the items from this month’s Battlbox, and more! The bag includes some extra items: a set of combat casualty cards, a blood type velcro patch set, medical tape, and a bracelet-style triage marker set. The bag itself is very impressive. Tons of MOLLE strap zones, belt, and shoulder straps, and it seems like every surface is hiding another zippered pocket. I added the tourniquet and glove pouches to the ends of the bag and the rest of the items from this month’s box easily fit inside with tons of room to spare. There are pockets on pockets inside, plenty of ways to organize as you see fit.
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 / $298.75 value):
Fox Knives FX-213 – Retail Value $151.35, Listed Value $150.25
Finally this month we have the FX-213 from Fox Knives – a multi-functional folder complete with a unique sheath. The FX-213 has several features in addition to a gorgeous 3” stainless steel blade and bright safety-orange handle. There are flathead and philips screw drives, and a solid glass-breaker tip. There’s a bottle opener on one side, and a heavily serrated edge at the base of the other. The sheath is MOLLE ready, but also has a locking clip to attach it to nearly any belt or strap. The handle has rubberized strips that also glow in the dark. I’m a sucker for a good, multi-purpose folder and I think this is a great addition to the box.
Verdict: This month’s Battlbox was sadly timely but leaves me feeling more prepared for a mass casualty situation – fingers crossed I will never need to worry about it. This month’s box tops out at $298.75 listed value – a good step up from last month’s box and right back on track with what I’ve always known from Battlbox.
To Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? You won’t get this box as a subscriber if you sign up today, but you can buy past boxes in the BattlBox store.
Coupon – Use coupon code MYSUBTEN to save 10% off your first box!
Value Breakdown: At $149.99 for this box, here’s what you are paying approximately per item (based on listed values of items and listed value of box):
- Dressing: $2.31
- Glove pouch: $5.02
- Tourniquet pouch: $3.51
- Shears: $5.02
- LEDs: $6.52
- Seals: $8.51
- Litter: $11.05
- Bag: $32.61
- Knife: $75.44
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