BattlBox Subscription Box Review + Coupon – May 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 May 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 “Repair Anything” and contains several items to help you keep your gear intact through all kinds of issues.
Here are the items included in the Basic level ($24.99 cost/$50.47 value):
GearAid Tenacious Tape – Retail Value $5.25
First up this month is this technical tape from GearAid. It works to fix tech fabrics, nylon, canvas, mesh, rubber, vinyl and more. It’s basically like duct tape but won’t leave behind a bunch of gross residue (as long as it’s removed in a few days). It’s thin but feels very heavy duty. You get a 20”x3” roll which should easily cover many repairs.
Atwood Mini TRD Micro Cord Dispenser – Retail Value $12.99
Next up we get this handy little mini cord dispenser with a built-in cutter. The Mini TRD from Atwood comes packed with 125 feet of line. The line is rated for 100 pounds and feels like it’s braided very well. Atwood includes a coupon for more line once you burn through the roll they provided. From what I can tell, you might even be able to wind some standard paracord on this spool, the cutter appears deep enough to trim it. Or you could use your coupon to pick up a paracord version of the Mini TRD!
GearAid Seam Grip Field Repair Kit – Retail Value $7.50
Next up we’ve got this field repair kit from GearAid. We get a tube of SeamGrip, a couple of patches, a brush, and a repair guide. There are only 2 patches, but you can always pick up more of the patch material should you go through those quickly. The SeamGrip dries overnight – but if you add Cotol 240 (available from GearAid) it cuts the cure time to 2 hours. Everything comes in a clever little screwtop container too!
Fix N Zip Zipper Repair Kit – Retail Value $10.99
I’ve received this kit in another subscription box and thought it would be a really smart thing to pack in a repair kit. It’s light, takes up next to no room, but when a zipper fails you can be sure I am going to be thrilled that I have it around. This particular model is the most versatile of their line and will work on most types of zippers. It is very easy to install and doesn’t look wildly out of place on most camping gear. I’ll be keeping this in any repair kit I backpack with going forward for sure!
GearAid Aquaseal Shoe Repair – Retail Value $7.75
Next up is another repair product from GearAid called Aquaseal SR. It’s ideal for repairing all kinds of shoe/boot damage and due to it’s abrasion resistance can be used to cover areas of your footwear that might wear out quickly. This one ounce tube should be plenty for one or two trail repairs.
Fiberfix 1″ Repair Tape Wrap – Retail Value $5.99
The last item at the basic level is this 40” roll of Fiberfix repair tape. Fiberfix is a super heavy duty, long lasting repair tape that can be used to fix all kinds of things; leaky pipes, furniture, garden hoses, tools, camping gear and more. It does have multiple steps – you’ll have to have some warm water on hand to dip it in to activate the adhesive. It comes with all the stuff you need to apply it safely too.
In addition to the items included in the Basic box, here are the items included at the Advanced level: ($49.99 cost/$98.41 value)
Vigilant Trails Survival Sewing Kit – Retail Value $22.99, Listed Value $17.37
The first item at the advanced level is this multi-use sewing kit from Vigilant Trails. It has a TON of stuff packed into this little tin. You’ll get several sizes and types of needles, multiple kinds and colors of thread, buttons, a sewing awl, thimble, and more. It’s light and takes up hardly any space, so it’s a no-brainer addition to any repair kit.
Stronghold Haywire Klamper – Retail Value $24.95
Next up is this interesting little tool that allows you to bind things together quickly and tightly. The Klamper allows you to twist wire to fasten joints to be used when fixing tools, building shelters, clamping hoses, and more. I couldn’t really think of a way I would use this in everyday life, but it seems like a really important addition to any survivalist bag.
In addition to the items included in the Basic and Advanced boxes, here are the items included at the Pro level: ($99.99 cost/$177.89 value)
Exotac Ripspool – Retail Value $34.49
The Pro level opens up with this compact kit that no repair kit should be without. The Ripspool has a length of heavy duct tape, a sewing needle, and some spyderline for sewing repairs. The lanyard is hiding a secret as well – it’s firecord! Firecord is an easy to use firestarter for emergency situations. There’s a little over 4 feet of duct tape and 60 feet of spyderline. You could use this for sewing repairs or for fishing in an emergency situation. It came with a bonus o-ring, and I noticed that you could pop the needle into the bar that the paracord attaches to and you’ll have a makeshift awl. I’m not sure this is a $35 item, but it’s a pretty solid little item.
ColdSteel Pocket Bushman Knife – Retail Value $44.99 (Listed value $33.95)
The second item at the Pro level is this large folding knife from ColdSteel. The Pocket Bushman is a very heavy duty folder with an innovative locking system. I’ve never really seen a blade lock like this one does. Once the blade is extended and locked in place, you have to pull the lock from the base of the handle to release the lock. It’s spring loaded and actually pretty hard to pull out, but that’s probably for the best. The handle is a single piece of folded steel that is thin and feels really nice in my palm.
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/$307.88 value)
Black Scout Survival Feather Stick – Retail Value $129.99
Finally this month we receive the Feather Stick, originally planned for last month’s Battlbox. The Feather Stick is a gorgeous nessmuk style blade made with D2 steel and coated in a desert tan color. The g-10 scales on the handle are super grippy, and there is a pinky/thumb hole at the base for added control. It comes with an injection molded sheath that you can attach easily to a belt or strap for quick access. This is a really classy little knife that would be perfect for all manner of survival situations.
Verdict: BattlBox did an excellent job nailing this month’s theme! I feel incredibly prepared for all kinds of field repairs, and the two knives are both really nice additions to my growing collection. This month’s box tops out at $307.88 in value, nearly double the $158.92 investment ($149.99 a box plus $8.93 shipping)!
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 $158.92 for this box, here’s what you are paying approximately per item:
- Tape: $2.71
- Dispenser: $6.71
- Field kit: $3.87
- Zipper: $5.67
- Shoe Repair: $4.00
- Fiberfix: $3.09
- Sewing kit: $11.87
- Klamper: $12.88
- Ripspool: $17.80
- Bushman: $23.22
- Featherstick: $67.10
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