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Echo-Sigma Emergency Roll Away Family Bag (ER2)

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The Echo-Sigma Emergency Roll-Away Family bag (ER2) is an all-in-one mobile emergency preparation system. Vital for evacuation or shelter-in-place scenarios, the Emergency System provides food, water, shelter, communications and first aid for two adults for an absolute minimum of three days (much longer with rationing).

Having the entirety of the system housed in an easy to move rolling casing allows you to be able to easily locate and roll your entire system out should you need to evacuate on short notice. Once you're clear of danger or need to continue on foot, the supplied backpacks and hydration systems allow you to stay moving on foot as needed. Your options are open.

You can take delivery of your system and immediately store it in its final storage location with confidence. Every item in this system is pre-configured and ready for immediate use. Pre-configured and ready means:

Pre-configured and ready means:
  • Packaging removed from all items.
  • All electronics function tested.
  • Documentation consolidated into water resistant packaging.
  • All items arranged, organized and stowed. Ready for fast access in case of emergency.

  • 1 Rolling Loadout Bag XL by Sandpiper of California (View Details)

    We searched high and low to find an appropriate container to store and transport our Emergency System. Inevitably, everything we looked at was too small, too fragile, too hard to move or just plain not capable. All of that changed when we found the Loadout XL by Sandpiper of California.

    Featuring a cavernous main compartment and three additional external pouches, the Loadout XL really does the trick. One of the three external pouches is attached via one of two MOLLE attachment grid panels. One MOLLE grid panel is unused on the opposite side of the bag for your use in case you have your own MOLLE compatible containers.

    Three beefy hard plastic wheels in the base keep you moving if you need to. Carry/Drag handles stow away in custom zipper compartments to avoid snags and rattle when not in use.

    . 600 Denier Canvas Construction
    . Size: 37" x 16.2" x 19.2"
    . Volume: 11,508 cu.in.
    . Weight: 14.25 lbs.
    Rolling Loadout

  • 2 Three Day Pass backpacks by Sandpiper of California (View Details)

    Depending on the situation, sometimes staying put just isn't an option. For those times, you'll need the right gear in order to go foot mobile. Sandpiper of California's 3 Day Pass Packs are an ideal combination of size, features and ergonomics for this purpose.

    Key features include:
    • Stress Point Reinforced Stitching
    • Hydration Compatible (2.5 liter system INCLUDED)
    • MOLLE Panel
    • Organizer Panel
    • Name Tag Panel
    • Luggage Tag Size: 15 x 9 x 20 in
    • Volume: 2700 cu.in.
    • Weight: 4.5 lbs.

    Large enough to easily accommodate a full Echo-Sigma Three Day Provision Pack along with the rest of your gear (assuming that you didn't bring your solar powered mini fridge with you).


  • 2 Hydration Systems (2.5 Liter) by Condor Outdoor (preinstalled)
  • 2 Echo-Sigma 3-10 Day Provision Packs (View Contents)

    Where "emergency preparedness kits" fall down, the Echo-Sigma Emergency Roll-Away Series truly shines. Most other companies will tell you that you can live off of 1200, 800 even 400 calories per day along with a sickly 1/4 liter of water out of a foil packet. True, you could "survive" on the bare minimum, but if for some reason you are forced to exert yourself, you will quickly find yourself out of luck and living on a prayer.

    Each Echo-Sigma 3-10 Day Provision Pack is designed to feed one adult 2400 calories per day for three to ten days (depending on activity level). Also included is 5 year storage emergency water packaged in durable cartons that pack tightly and efficiently for no wasted space.

    If an extended state of emergency is anticipated and resupply unlikely, these supplies could be rationed for up to 10 days per person if water and energy discipline is high.

    Standard Provision Packs:
    • 3 Complete Meals Ready to Eat with side dishes and heaters
    • 9 Food Ration Bars (400 Calories each and nutritionally fortified)
    • 5 Liters of 5 Year Storage Pure Drinking Water
    • Paper Napkins

    "Arid" Provision Packs:
    • 18 Food Ration Bars (400 Calories each and nutritionally fortified)
    • 7.25 Liters of 5 Year Storage Pure Drinking Water
    • Paper Napkins

    You can select the type of provision packs you prefer below prior to adding it to your cart. All things being equal, if you can, you should try to stay with the standard food packs. They provide some variety and the comfort of a hot meal that ration bars simply cannot.

    We use both AquaBlox and Mainstay brand drinking water products depending upon availability. Pack contents may differ from what is shown.

    Echo-Sigma 3 Day Provision Pack

  • 2 Echo-Sigma Compact Survival Kits (View Contents)

    A compact storehouse of many of the smaller items that can be easily lost if not given extra consideration. The Echo-Sigma Compact Survival Kit packs quite a punch when it comes to utility and efficiently using pack space.

    • 1 Compass
    • 1 Emergency Whistle
    • 1 Emergency Blanket
    • 1 Butane Disposable Lighter
    • 1 Magnesium Fire Starter with Flint Striker
    • 40 Waterproof Matches by Coleman
    • 1 Live Fire Sport Emergency Fire Starter
    • 50 Inches of Duct Tape
    • 1 Bottle of Water Purification Tablets
    • 2 Illumisticks by Coleman
    • 2 Ball Point Pens
    • 1 Pad of Paper
    • 1 Set of Earplugs

    Echo-Sigma Compact Survival Kit

  • 2 Echo-Sigma Compact First Aid Kit (View Details)

    Having quickly accessible first aid is key to taking care of yourself and being self reliant in the event of an emergency. Every Echo-Sigma Emergency Roll-Away system comes with one first aid kit per person that is stuffed with the tools you need to take care of the most common ailments that you'll run into in an emergency. Packed with features yet still light in weight in case you need to move on foot.

    • 1 4" scissors
    • 1 3" tweezers
    • 1 first aid card
    • 20 plastic bandages
    • 12 alcohol swabs
    • 10 wet wipes
    • 10 antiseptic swabs
    • 3 sting relief swabs
    • 4 pain relief tablets
    • 2 3"x3" sterile gauze pads
    • 1 2"x5yd. gauze roll
    • 1 5"x9" sterile abdominal dressing
    • 1 0.5"x2.5yd. roll of tape
    • 1 disposable CPR faceshield
    • Access to 14 exclusive online training videos

    Echo-Sigma Compact First Aid Kit

  • 1 Echo-Sigma Hygiene Kit (View Contents)

    Not only does it feel good to get clean, it could also be a matter of personal safety. Maintaining personal hygiene during emergency situations can both stave off illness and keep you feeling human during the most trying of times.

    To that end we provide a fully stocked toiletry bag in every Echo-Sigma Emergency Roll-Away system. It's a simple, yet elegant design that is extremely usable and lightweight.

    We fully stock your toiletry bag with the same premium items that you would probably find in your own bathroom.

    • Soap
    • Razor
    • Toothbrushes and Toothpaste
    • Antibacterial wipes or Sanitizer
    • Tissue
    • Nail Clippers
    • Sanitary Napkins
    • Tampons (regular and heavy)
    • Insect Repellent
    • Sunscreen
    • Vanity/Signal Mirror
    • Bathroom Tissue

    Echo-Sigma Hygiene Kit

  • 1 Coleman Easy Assemble Three Adult Tent (View Details)

    During an evacuation or any other scenario where you need to leave your home, you shouldn't have to be an experienced survivalist to stay warm and dry. Coleman products have a long standing tradition of providing products that are high in quality yet still economical and easy to use even for the layman.

    The Sundome 7'x7' tent is a great item to have in your inventory should you find yourself needing shelter while traveling on foot. Any experienced outdoorsman will tell you, always get a tent that's designed to accommodate one more person that you'll be traveling with. That's why we chose a 3 person model to include with the ER2, your gear will appreciate it when it's pouring rain.

    • 3 person/1 room tent
    • 7' x 7' footprint
    • Exclusive WeatherTec. System for a guaranteed dry interior
    • 53" center height
    • Dome structure, easy to transport and simple to set up
    • 1 door
    • Control airflow with adjustable Variflo ventilation
    • Vented Cool-Air port
    • Privacy vent window
    • Easy two pole set up with shock corded poles
    • Interior gear pocket
    • Electrical access port
    • Easy set up with continuous pole sleeves
    • Easy to follow instructions sewn into durable carry bag
    • Pin and ring design and InstaClip. attachments
    • Dome structure, easy to transport and simple to set up
    • Polyester taffeta 75D flysheet
    • Polyester mesh 68D inner tent
    • Polyethylene 1000D-140g/sqm floor
    • 450 mm PU coating on flysheet and inner tent
    • Limited 1 year warranty

    Coleman Easy Assemble Three Adult Tent

  • 2 Suisse Sport McKinley 0-5F Mummy Sleeping Bags (View Details)

    When the temperature starts to drop, nothing beats a real deal sleeping bag. Your typical backpack emergency kits might include a mylar emergency blanket which may be adequate for preventing shock in an injured party, but it's no replacement for the real warmth and security provided by real sleeping bag.

    The Suise Sport McKinley sleeping bag is a synthetic filled mummy bag rated for comfort down to 0-5 degrees Fahrenheit. Synthetic fill guarantees that the bag won't lose it's insulating power, even when wet. The efficient Mummy form factor reduces weight and bulk, allowing you to pack more food, water and gear. A two piece compression sack is included for easy management and stowage on your packs when it's time to roll out.

    • Keeps you comfortable down to 0-5 degrees Farenheit
    • Fits most up to 6'2"
    • Mummy sleeping bag, 33" x 84"
    • 3lbs of Micro Tekk Z1 performance insulation
    • Diamond ripstop outer resists tears
    • Double layer offset quilt construction eliminates potential cold spots
    • Contoured surrounds head with warmth
    • Full chest baffle and draft tube
    • Chest baffle and insulated draft tube locks out chilly drafts
    • Side gussets for drapability and comfort
    • 2-piece compression sack included
    • Machine washable

    Suisse Sport McKinley 0F-5F Mummy Sleeping Bag
  • 1 SOG S44 Power Pliers Multi-Tool with Pliers, Knife, Screwdrivers and more (View Details)

  • If you need to bug out, taking your tool chest may be nice, but not terribly light or convenient. Luckily you can carry an exceptional tool set in one hand with a SOG multi-tool.

    Lighter and more compact than its big brother, the PowerPlier, the Pocket PowerPlier is super easy to carry and use.

    • 1/2 Serrated Blade
    • 3 Sided File
    • Phillips Screwdriver
    • Awl
    • Can Opener/Small Screwdriver
    • Bottle Opener/Medium Screwdriver
    • Wire Cutter
    • Compound Leverage
    • Available "a la carte"

    Exclusive interlocking gears are the driving force behind SOG's renowned PowerPlier Series. They allow these amazing multi-tools to be opened with a one-handed flip of the wrist and also generates Compound Leverage. action that doubles the pliers force with one-time the hand pressure. These gears also allow the pliers to be easily flipped open with one hand so your tool is ready to act quickly.

    SOG S44 Power Pliers Multi-Tool

  • 1 Fenix LD22 Handheld LED Flashlight (210 Lumen) (View Details)

  • One of the most important pieces of gear that you will need at your fingertips during an emergency is a good, solid flashlight. Inexplicably, most "emergency kit" corner cutting hits the flashlight the hardest. Brightness, durability, duration and flexibility are the hallmarks of quality lighting systems and Fenix lights hit all of the right marks on all counts. Staying safe and productive during nighttime hours is essential, these are the tools you'll need.

    • Cree Neutral White (R4) XP-G LED with lifespan of 50,000 hours
    • Two modes of output, selected by turning the bezel (Patented):
      • Turbo Mode: Constant 180 Lumen 1.75 hours (Ni-MH)
      • General Mode: Constant 45 Lumen 13 hours (Ni-MH)
    • Highly efficient focused head (with polished reflector)- throws beam over 150 meters
    • Digitally regulated output maintains constant brightness
    • Uses two 1.5V AA ( Alkaline, Ni-MH, Lithium ) batteries, inexpensive and widely available
    • Made of durable aircraft-grade aluminum
    • Premium Type III hard-anodized anti-abrasive finish
    • Waterproof to IPX-8 Standard
    • Toughened ultra-clear glass lens with anti-reflective coating
    • Tactical tail cap switch with momentary-on function
    • Rubber armored body tube, delivers excellent grip under adverse weather conditions
    • Included accessories: holster, pocket clip, two spare o-rings, and a rubber switch boot
    Fenix LD22 Handheld LED Flashlight (215 Lumen)

  • 1 Fenix HL22 LED Headlamp (120 Lumen) (View Details)

  • One of the most important pieces of gear that you will need at your fingertips during an emergency is a good, solid flashlight. Inexplicably, most "emergency kit" corner cutting hits the flashlight the hardest. Brightness, durability, duration and flexibility are the hallmarks of quality lighting systems and Fenix lights hit all of the right marks on all counts. Staying safe and productive during nighttime hours is essential, these are the tools you'll need.

    • Uses Cree XP-E (R4) LED and Nichia red light LED, with a lifespan of 50,000 hours
    • Maximum 120-Lumen output with a throw of 90 meters and 55 hours on low setting
    • 3 Brightness Levels and SOS (45 Lumens)
      • High - 120 Lumens
      • Mid - 45 Lumens
      • Low - 3 Lumens
    • Digitally-regulated output maintains constant brightness
    • 60-degree tilt mechanism
    • Fast, convenient all-in-one button switch
    • Reverse polarity protection guards against improper battery installation
    • Made from durable aluminum alloy and performance pastic
    • Premium Type III hard-anodized, anti-abrasive finish
    • Toughened ultra-clear glass lens with anti-reflective coating
    • IPX-6 Water Resistant Rating (Protected against heavy splash and rain)


  • 2 Midland GXT1000VP4 - Two Way Radios (View Details)

    During an emergency, one of the most vulnerable and fragile parts of our modern infrastructure is our cellular telephone system. Both overload due to demand or physical damage can easily take the network down. With that in mind, having a backup wireless communication system can prove to be incredibly useful.

    In order to operate optimally, you and your party may have to, on occasion, split up in order to scout, gather or accomplish tasks in parallel. When you do, you want to be able to communicate freely and discretely if needed. Further, should you find yourself in a bind, these radios operate on common commercial bands so help could be just a few transmissions away.

    The Midland GXT1000 Radio system provides an outstanding mix of features that can all be applied to any number of emergency scenarios. When you receive your Echo-Sigma Emergency Roll-Away system, your GXT1000 radios will be pre-configured and tuned to their optimal LEGAL1 settings for discrete communications2.

    Key Features:
    • 22 Channels PLUS 28 EXTRA CHANNELS - Clear, crisp communication with easy button access
    • JIS4 Waterproof* - Protection against light rain or splashing water
    • 284 Privacy Codes - Gives you up to 5560 channel options to help you block other conversations
    • 36 Mile Range* - Longer range communication in open areas with little or no obstruction
    • X-TRA TALK Power - Maximum allowed by law
    • SOS Siren - Allows you to send out distress/locator signals in an emergency situation
    • Weather Scan - Easily scans the active weather channel in your area
    • Direct Call - Allows you to instantly contact one member of your party without alerting the others
    • NOAA Weather Alert Radio - Automatic alert for severe weather/hazard information 24/7
    • eVOX - 9 Sensitivity Levels, Easy voice activation, No need for external microphone
    • Channel Scan - Automatically checks channels for activity
    • Dual Watch - Lets you monitor two channels
    • Vibrate Alert - Provides silent page / call notification
    • Auto Squelch - Removes annoying background noise
    • Keypad Lock - Locks in your selected settings
    • Whisper- Allows you to whisper and the receiving radio hears it at full volume
    • Monitor - Checks for any activity within your channel
    • HI/MED/LO Power Settings - Lets you adjust transmit power and conserve battery life
    • Roger Beep - Indicates call completion
    • Silent Operation - Turns off all tones for quiet operation
    • Bright Backlit Display [LCD] - Easy to read day or night
    • Keystroke Tones Audible tones with each key press
    • Mic and Headphone Jacks
    • Battery Life Extender - Provides longer battery life
    • Drop-in Charger Capable
    • Dual Power Options - 4 standard .AA. batteries (not included) or rechargeable batteries

    * Maximum range can only be achieved over water or open rural areas under optimum conditions. Features and specifications subject to change without notice.
    1 It is possible to configure these radios in a manner that it would be unlawful to transmit on certain channels without an appropriate GMRS license. Be sure to read all manual and instruction literature for more information. Radios come pre-configured in full legal compliance when purchased with an Echo-Sigma Emergency Roll-Away System.
    2 Your radios will be tuned to the same channel and same "privacy" code. However, there are no scrambling abilities and your communications could still be intercepted by a determined third party.

    Midland GXT1000VP4 - Two Way Radios

  • 1 Emergency Multiband Multi-Power Weather Radio by Midland (View Details)

  • In times of emergency, you and your party will have to make several important decisions over the course of several hours or days. Making decisions in a vacuum, without timely information can have dire repercussions.

    Whether you need to shelter in place at home or choose to evacuate, a multi-band radio can be your lifeline to the information you need. Situational awareness should never be discounted during emergency conditions.

    In addition to receiving AM/FM transmissions, the Midland ER102 radio has several important features that you will quickly find indispensable.

    • 7 Preset Weather Channels
    • Alert Override automatically switches between AM/FM to warn you of hazardous conditions
    • 3 Alert Types- Display, Voice or Flashlight
    • Flashlight Visual Alert perfect for the hearing impaired
    • AM/FM Radio allows you to stay informed
    • 4 Sources of Power- Alkaline Batteries, AC Adapter, Crank or Rechargeable Battery
    • Alarm Clock - Wake to local Weather, AM/FM or Buzz
    • Thermometer with Freeze Alert
    • Telescoping Antenna provides crystal clear reception
    • Water Resistant
    • USB Connector- Allows you to charge your cell phone in an emergency
    • Uses 3 AA alkaline batteries (not included)
    • All Hazards Alert - in addition to important weather announcements your radio will also receive other emergency announcement such as:
      • Child Abduction Emergency (Amber Alert)
      • Nuclear Power Plant Warning
      • Biological Hazard Warning
      • Civil Emergency Message
      • Fire Warning
      • Landslide Warning


  • 2 32oz. Nalgene Water Bottle (View Details)

    Water management is paramount during emergencies. The ability to carry, measure and purify water can easily mean the difference between an emergency being an inconvenience or a vital threat.

    The 32oz Nalgene bottle is the classic tool for all of the above. Standard capacity means easy use of purifiers (drops, tablets or filters). Translucence allows you to easily verify the contents as well as the amount using graduated markings along the length of the bottle. Wide mouth designed to ease cleaning and allow attachment of standard width accessories. Durable for decades, odor and heat resistant, a classic that you don't want to be without.

    32oz. Nalgene Water Bottle

  • 1 GSI Glacier Stainless Steel Bottle Cup (View Details)

    A ladle, a cup, a pot for boiling water. The Glacier steel cup is designed to slip over the bottom of a standard 32 Oz. Nalgene bottle to ensure a clean and efficient pack.

    GSI Glacier Stainless Steel Bottle Cup

  • 100 Feet of Military Grade 550 Paracord (View Details)

    550 Grade Military Grade Paracord is one of the most versatile items that you can carry with you in any situation. Legendary for its many uses, you shouldn't leave ng sheeting or tarps
  • Hanging food or other "bear bait" up in a tree
  • Clothes drying line
  • Slings for injured limbs
  • Compression for wound care
  • Snares and traps
  • Shoelaces, belts and suspenders
  • Fishing line (internal strands)
  • Sewing thread (internal strands)
  • Temporary vehicle fan belt
  • Replacement zipper pull tabs
  • The list goes on and on.

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  • 10 Extra Large Zip Ties (View Details)

    Sometimes it's the least likely thing that becomes invaluable when you're out in the field.

    Zipties can ...
    • Secure tent shell to poles
    • Attach items to your vehicle or pack
    • Temporarily fix buckles or other attachment points
    • Fix snapped zipper pulls
    • Secure zipper pulls together to "lock" a bag against the unprepared thief
    • Plastic bag closure/seal


  • 1 Camp Trowel (View Details)

    Being able to dig is an often overlooked ability when it comes to being self-sufficient in the outdoors should you need to be. You won't need to carry around the weight or bulk of a shovel or entrenching tool in order to be able to dig:

    • Small Latrine
    • Fire Circle or Fire Pit (Dakota Fire Hole)
    • Solar Still
    • Irrigation trench (in case mother nature designated your tent site as a temporary creek during rainfall)


  • Consolidated documentation packet
  • 2 Emergency Ponchos
  • 2 Thermal Sleeping Bag Cocoons by Survival Industries
  • 18 AA Alkaline Batteries
  • 2 Pair Leather Work Gloves
  • 4 Coleman Hand Warmers
  • 4 N95 Rated Respirator Masks
  • 2 Set of Protective Goggles
  • 2 Large Waste Bags
  • 1 Travel Sewing Kit

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  1. outstanding! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 22nd Aug 2014

    I have to hand it to you Echo. One of the best two person bug outs on the market today. The best of everything.Great service! Thank you.

  2. The best value in its class on the market 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 19th Mar 2014

    Emergency preparedness is big business. From doomsday preppers to the walking dead, surviving the dark times has become as much about entertainment as practicality. Surging public interest has driven an entire industry of zombie survival, tactical readiness, bug out bag, and disaster thwarting products—some good, some questionable, and many downright ridiculous. Novice preppers looking for a preconfigured emergency solution are faced with a dizzying array of conflicting advertising. Wading through this storm is often frustrating. What do I actually need? Am I buying quality products? Am I spending too much? Would I be better served building my own kit?
    Fortunately, the truth about guns ran a review of the Echo Sigma get home bag when I was struggling with these questions. I was impressed by E-S’s attention to detail, comprehensive approach, and commitment to creating functional tools. Looking through their offerings I found exactly what I needed—a shelter in place kit for two people that broke down into a pair of bug out bags. A few months and one tax return later and my order was placed.

    From the manufacturer’s website:
    The Echo-Sigma Emergency Roll-Away for Two (ER2) is an all-in-one mobile emergency preparation system. Vital for evacuation or shelter-in-place scenarios, the Emergency System provides food, water, shelter, communications and first aid for two adults for an absolute minimum of three days (much longer with rationing).

    Having the entirety of the system housed in an easy to move rolling casing allows you to be able to easily locate and roll your entire system out should you need to evacuate on short notice. Once you're clear of danger or need to continue on foot, the supplied backpacks and hydration systems allow you to stay moving on foot as needed. Your options are open.

    You can take delivery of your system and immediately store it in its final storage location with confidence. Every item in this system is pre-configured and ready for immediate use. Pre-configured and ready means:
    Pre-configured and ready means:

    • Packaging removed from all items.
    • All electronics function tested.
    • Documentation consolidated into water resistant packaging.
    • All items arranged, organized and stowed. Ready for fast access in case of emergency.

    Those are some ambitious claims. Experience has taught me that few products in this class are truly “comprehensive.” Most slap a mass of cheap camping gear in a bundle and call it good. So I was pleasantly surprised to find that E-S’s claims were no brag, just fact.

    The ER2’s order page gives the customer several options. There is a base component selection included with all kits. After that you can opt to supply your own upgrades or pick from E-S’s suggestions. With the exception of the packs and roller bag, you can choose to cut all of the following.
    • Color: You can choose between black and coyote brown for the rolling case and backpacks. The case and packs may be selected in contrasting colors, though both packs have to match. I opted for the classic black look since I live in an urban area. If push comes to shove I want something that has a chance of blending in.
    • Multi Tool: You can choose between the Sog S44 Power Plier, its big brother the S62 Power Lock Multi Tool, its cousin the B63 Power Lock EOD multi Tool, and the anemic Gerber dime. I opted to provide my own multi tools as I prefer the solid construction of the Victorinox SwissTool—though the Sogs are quality options if that’s your thing.
    • Light: You pick any combination of two from Four Sevens Quark Pro QP2A-X 336 Lumen Flashlight, Fenix LD22 215 Lumen Light, Fenix E25 187 Lumen Light, or the Fenix HL21 LED Headlamp. I chose a pair of LD22s for parts compatibility.
    • Radio: Choose between the Midland ER102 Emergency Crank Weather Alert Radio, Midland XT511 Base Camp Emergency Crank 2 Way Radio, or the Etón FRX2 Multi-Power Emergency Weather Radio. I went with the XT511 since it acts as a relay point. With the hand crank, it can charge USB devices in a pinch.
    • Camp Knife: You can add a SOG AutoClip Mini Folding Knife, SOG "Escape" Folding Knife, or the SOG Seal Pup Fixed Blade. I have several fixed blade knives already and so opted to supply my own.
    • Camp Tool: You can add a SOG FastHawk or a SOG Entrenching Tool. I’ve heard nothing but bad reviews regarding the E-tool—really bad reviews. In contrast the fast hawk gets great reviews within its design limitations. It was a no brainer.
    • 2 Echo-Sigma 3-10 Day Provision Packs. Each “pack” holds 3 MREs, 9 ration bars, and 5 liters of water or 18 ration bars and 7.25 liters of water. As the website says, “If an extended state of emergency is anticipated and resupply unlikely, these supplies could be rationed for up to 10 days per person if water and energy discipline is high.” The bigger question in my mind isn’t how long I can make the rations last. I am more interested in how long the rations will last before requiring replacement. There was a time when MREs were made with frees dried components. These would last a while. Modern MREs have a standard shelf life of 3-5 years, less if exposed to high temperatures, moisture, and/or sunlight. Depending on where you’ll be storing the kit, the MRE version may work for you. It will certainly provide a larger variety of flavors than straight ration bars. I am more interested in limiting the frequency with which I will need to refresh components. Thus, I will be making a hybrid provision kit with water, ration bars, and some frees dried meals such as from mountain house.

    What’s in the kit:
    In addition to the above options, the ER2 comes standard with a variety of equipment. Many of these elements are smaller special purpose packs combined here, but sold individually as well.
    • 1 Rolling Load out Bag XL by Sandpiper of California. This is essentially a very large rolling suitcase with side mounted molle attachment channels. In addition to the huge central compartment, the bag has 2 zippered pockets on the right side and a zippered top pocket which can be opened to deploy a heavy webbing pull handle. My case came with a detachable pals strap and snap pouch mounted between the two side pockets. Each zipper uses a knotted cord instead of the normal metal tabs—functional, though I prefer integral tab pulls with paracord knots as a backup. The back of the bag is supported by two plastic reinforcing bars for added rigidity. Three parallel mounted wheels allow the bag to be pulled by the handle. Two pairs of heavy compression straps synch the main compartment. The central bag area can be cut down by zipping up a spacer that reduces the internal volume by about 30%. The compression straps form a very large grab handle which you could theoretically use to carry the kit. In practice the unit is so heavy and bulky when loaded that I would only want to use the handle to lift it short distances. The material and zippers are very heavy duty, strong enough that I’m not worried about breakage even with over seventy pounds of gear inside
    • 2 Three Day Pass backpacks by Sandpiper of California. These are decent sized day packs. Each one has molle channels for additional accessories, fittings for a condor outdoor 2.5 liter hydration system (which comes preinstalled as part of the kit), Solid shoulder and belt straps, and multiple pockets for a few days worth of gear. These are serviceable packs—not the top of the line, but solid value day packs made by a reputable manufacturer.
    • 2 Echo-Sigma Compact Survival Kits. These are scaled up versions of the Adventure medical pocket survival pack. Each pack includes a survival blanket, water purification tablets, ear plugs, a combination compass and signal whistle, duct tape, and several means of generating fire/light. The components are clearly meant for solid use and not just once and done. The kits come in a zippered clamshell case which has so many pockets and sleeves that I’ve been daydreaming about using them to organize the rest of my gear.
    • 2 Echo-Sigma Compact First Aid Kits. This unit has the basics including various sizes of bandage, tweezers, tape, wipes, face mask, and pain killers. I will be adding a set of disposable gloves, an ace bandage, and some antibiotic cream. Each pack comes in a zippered pouch. All the perishable components are sealed in zip lock bags by type. It is set up exactly how I would have packed my own kit if I had built it from scratch.
    • 1 Echo-Sigma Hygiene Kit. This kit has _everything_ you would need in a pinch to keep clean. Besides the obvious toiletries, it has bug spray, sun screen, nail clippers, a signal/vanity mirror, toilet paper, sanitary napkins, and 2 types of tampons.
    • 1 Coleman Easy Assemble Three Adult Tent and 2 Emergency Ponchos. This is a small tent that fits a queen sized air mattress. The manufacturer calls it a three person tent, but really it’s for two people. The ponchos can be used for additional rain proofing or field expedient shelters.
    • 2 Suisse Sport McKinley 0-5F Mummy Sleeping Bags and 2 survivor industries Thermal Sleeping Bag Cocoons. Depending on your area, you can use the cocoons as light sleeping sacks or as liners for the mummy bags. The cocoons are rated as water proof, so even if you don’t use them for their intended purpose, they can function as the foundation for another project. Like most of the gear in the ER2, the mummy bags are solid enough quality to get the job done, but not so top flight that they drive the cost of the kit into the stratosphere.
    • 2 32oz. Nalgene Water Bottles and 1 GSI Glacier Stainless Steel Bottle Cup. These are welcome additions to the Condor hydration systems, especially if you want to use water supplements. The bottle cup is a folding handled pot designed to fit over the bottom of the bottle for ease of storage. Especially if you end up camping, this is a nice item for making soups, pasta, and the like. I’ll be buying a second one for redundancy.
    • 100 Feet of Military Grade 550 Paracord and 10 Extra Large Zip Ties. Combined with the duct tape in the survival kits, you can make lots of field expedient equivalents with this gear.
    • 18 AA Alkaline Batteries. If the ER2 has a weakness it’s here. Alkaline batteries corrode over time. Granted that’s a ways off when you have fresh cells, but when you’re talking about a kit designed to sit in cold storage for years at a time it’s a legitimate concern. One of the first things I’m going to do is swap them out. This is one of the few components that I would have happily paid a couple bucks more to upgrade. Even so, these cells are rated for ten years, so this is more of a want than a need.
    • 2 Midland GXT1000VP4 - Two Way Radios. The midland radios are about as good as your going to get in a survival radio at this price point. They are packed with features. Since they are configured by E-S before shipment, they all come set to the same frequency. I am not a radio guy, so I went to Amazon to check them out. While reviews mark them as acceptably functional, there are consistent themes of limited range, easy charge exhaustion on random power packs, and a somewhat clunky UI. Limited testing shows them good out to 2-3 miles in an urban setting with several intervening buildings. I’m reserving judgment until I have time for comprehensive testing, but so far, so good.
    • 1 Camp Trowel. This is a plastic hand tool, much like you would use to scoop light soil or sand at the beach. I can see this coming in handy for a variety of tasks. It is not a dedicated digging tool however. One of the first things I added to the kit was a steel hand shovel for real digging. I would like to see a real folding shovel or E-Tool as an option for the kit, something on par with the fast hawk.
    • 2 Pairs of Leather Work Gloves, 4 N95 Rated Respirator Masks, and 2 Sets of Protective Goggles. These will be useful if you find yourself actually making it in the wild, the gloves in particular.
    • 4 Coleman Hand Warmers.
    • 2 Large Waste Bags.
    • 1 Travel Sewing Kit. This is another one of those items that when you need, you really need. The kit comes with one; I’ll be getting a second.
    • Consolidated documentation.

    Design :
    This is, to put it mildly, a lot of stuff. I did my time in boy scouts where the SOP was cram all your gear in your pack and hope it all came out well. Later I learned the art of good packing; but in the beginning I just hoped I could find what I needed without having to empty the whole thing on the ground first. Typically when you get a product like this everything is neatly and perfectly packaged for maximum space efficiency. Once you start messing with components, you’ll find that it’s near impossible to get everything packed back down into the ideal arrangement again. With this in mind, I was a little concerned opening the ER2 for the first time. As it turns out, I had nothing to worry about.
    Echo Sigma’s design breaks down into modular components. Each piece of the puzzle is arranged so that you can sort through the bag quickly and pull out what you need without fuss. I did a quick inventory of the kit in less than a minute without having to remove anything except to verify which of the multiple kits were which. Everything fits back in its place. The heavier cardboard boxes with the provision packs sit at the bottom of the case, keeping it upright. The tent and sleeping bags are positioned in order to provide structural rigidity. Electronics are positioned facing outward so as not to bump into other elements.
    The less obvious and to me, more valuable design feature of the ER2 is the thought that has gone into _every_little_detail of the unit’s organization. I’m blind as a bat and I can reach into the main kit and find anything I want, by touch, in a couple seconds. Each of the redundant kits is organized exactly the same way. So getting to the gear you want, whether it’s grabbing a component from the main kit or a sub component from one of the modular packs is about as straight forward as you can get. If you want a different configuration, all of the mini packs, save the medical kits, come with integral pals straps that can be locked to the case’s external webbing. A lot of the components are better off in the protected main compartment, but using the supplied zip ties or the paracord, there isn’t much you can’t rig to the case’s exterior mounting points. The backpacks are similarly customizable. So, whether you want to live out of the case or the packs, you can put the system together any way you want with a minimal amount of effort.
    Finally, Echo Sigma’s claim of:
    “You can take delivery of your system and immediately store it in its final storage location with confidence.”
    Is spot on. If anything they aren’t giving themselves enough credit. Each part of this kit is removed from the factory packaging and consolidated into the Roller case—usually by means of a smaller clamshell pack. Sub components like bandages, power adapters, and matches are re-packaged with like items in zip lock bags for ease of segmentation. The radio handsets and flashlights are clipped to the webbing on one of the backpacks to keep them from battering around the inside of the case. The fast hawk was placed between the sleeping bags, in its sheath, to keep it from bashing the rest of the gear. The assembly and attention to detail is second-to-none.

    Quality and purpose:
    The temptation, especially if you’re a gear guy like me, is to look at the ER2 and say that’s awesome! And then bash the individual components. My impression is that E-S had a real challenge when designing this kit. On the one hand, the ER2 is meant to take two people and give them the ability to shelter in place or bug out for 3-10 days in all but the most extreme conditions. That is a very broad mandate—especially when you take into account the differences in what some people will consider “essential.” Meeting that mandate requires a lot of gear.
    On the other hand, top flight preparedness and survival tech doesn’t come cheap. If one were to replace the 2 lights in my kit with Mcgizmo haiku XPGs, the ER2’s cost would double. Not to put too fine a point on it, but many of the major components, lights, tents, sleeping bags, knives, multitools, packs, and radios fall at the low end of what many gear snobs would consider worthy of their attention. I don’t consider this to be a mark against the ER2.
    The ER2 is designed to sit in your closet for years at a time. When you pull it out, it’s built to get two people through up to a week of shelter in place or bugging out. It isn’t designed to help you survive the end of the world. It would be nice if it came standard with the most bomb proof tech on the market. That being said, I don’t have the disposable income or desire to drop $5,000 or more on a preparedness package that will in all likelihood spend several decades gathering dust. That’s the line Echo Sigma had to straddle with this package. They had to build a comprehensive pre-configured preparedness kit for two people while keeping the end product somewhat affordable. Given that mission, I’m very happy with the result.

    Many preppers will want to use this kit as a foundation for customization. So I’m including a few of my personal modifications that haven’t been mentioned in previous commentary.
    • I’m a big believer in training with your tools, not just hoping to read the manual in the middle of an emergency. I’ll be getting a second set of the midland radios for redundancy and training.
    • There are two products which I consider universally useful. Between duct tape and super glue, you can fix most medical and practical problems. There’s some duct tape in the kit already, but not enough. I’ll be adding an additional package plus a couple tubes of super glue.
    • Anyone who camps a lot knows how important having a good camp knife is—preferably one you can easily sharpen. I have a high quality plane edge hunting knife which I’ll be adding along with an adjustable sharpener. I’m surprised that this kit doesn’t come with at least a smith’s pocket sharpener already.
    • I’m a big fan of dedicated storage. It helps organize and improve functionality. After upgrading the batteries, I’ll be adding battery cases and at least one USB recharger. Using the base camp radio, this will let me recharge cells in a pinch.

    Building a preparedness kit is all about compromise—cost vs. quality, quantity of gear vs. portability, scope vs. probable use. People are going to draw those lines differently. I think a lot of people with the motivation and the resources to acquire a $1,200 preparedness setup will want to pick the components themselves. That said, the ER2 solves the problems I need solved, answers some questions I hadn’t thought to ask, and does it all at a very reasonable price. The extra steps Echo Sigma takes to organize, consolidate, and configure the package makes the ER2 the best value comprehensive preparedness kit in its class I’ve seen to date.

  3. 5 star quality all the way around 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 27th Jun 2013

    5 star quality all the way around. Tent, sleeping bags Radios. Everything is perfect. Thank you Echo Sigma for providing such a perfect bundle.

  4. Everything you need in a bag!!! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 27th Jun 2013

    Everything you need in a bag!!! More than enough space to add more items, especially since we have a little 2yr old bundle of joy. I was very skeptical about spending $1200 on a bag that I pray I would not use - BUT, I never really got around to putting together my own bag. $$ totally worth it! I would rather spend $1200 to be safe than to risk not have anything at all and loose my mind. Thank you E-S!

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