SURE STRIPS (Nicknamed "S.E.R.E. STRIPS") are a proprietary waxed cloth that are currently in use by the U.S. military and NATO Military Units worldwide. They have been deemed mandatory survival items for inclusion survival / vest applications by the US Army Project Management (PM) Aviation Life Support Equipment (ALSE) Aircrew Integrated Systems for the US Army Air Warrior Program.
Fire Prep- Collect small, medium and large sized twigs and sticks to prepare your fire before lighting your SURE STRIPS. Detailed instructions are included how to make various fire lays for normal, stealth and rescue fires. Think of the SURE STRIPS as a lighter, its intended purpose is to start fires. You do not need to use the entire strip for each fire. You should be able to make 5 fires per SURE STRIPS. In a situation where all available tinder is too wet, you can use the SURE STRIPS as an extender to normal kindling. Burn time is 3 to 4 minutes.
Fire Starting- You can start 30 fires with the cotton provided if you divide each cotton ball into 15 equal parts. (*Optional, 90+ fires see DFS Video)Lay one piece of divided cotton on the edge of the SURE STRIPS, use a sparking device to light the cotton. The sparks you create will ignite the cotton and the cotton will ignite the SURE STRIPS. Use care to keep your cotton dry. If strip is wet, try to remove as much moisture as possible and use double the cotton; using a flame does not require cotton and will light easily.
Special Forces Trick #1 Wet Cotton: If cotton becomes wet, squeeze and try to get out as much moisture as possible. Spread out the cotton ball and place it on your head. Cover your head with a hat, Shemagh, etc.. Wait 20 to 25 minutes to dry and relight.
Special Forces Trick # 2 - No Cotton: Tear the end of the SURE STRIPS with your teeth or a knife to expose the inner fiber strands. Pull the strands apart and use a SPARK-LITE striker or an Exotac nanoSPARK to create sparks to catch the strands on fire. This trick will work with wet or dry SURE STRIPS. It does take practice, so try give a try before heading out on your next adventure.
The U.S. Military needed a non-toxic fire tinder for their unique survival needs. They commissioned our US military contractor partner (Speedhook Specialist Inc., makers of the Speedhook) to produce them. We are offering them to the civilian market as SURE (sure fire) STRIPS. They do much more than just start fires. The military trains to use the special wax to lube weapons parts in an emergency, lube stuck zippers or any moving part you can think of. SURE STRIPS are a true multi-use item. We thought this was an important product to offer and we are honored to be apart of it. These exact life saving SURE STRIPS are in service right now standing by to aid our military heroes to stay warm and alive in really bad situations.
SURE STRIPS have been used in the following survival training programs:
- Universal Training Systems, Western Region Aviation Survival School, (WRASS), Oregon.
- U.S. Army Survival Training (SERE) Ft. Bragg, NC.
- U.S. Air Force Coastal Survival Course (SERE) FL/AK.
- U.S. Navy SEALS Survival Training (SERE) Little Creek, VA.
- Lights with a spark
- Waterproof / Wind-resistant (wind makes stronger flames, can be snuffed in an emergency)
- 3 - 4 minute burn time per strip
- EDC Carry - carry them in your wallet folded
- No odors, oils, dies or mess
- Extremely lightweight and durable (similar characteristics of U.S. currency)
- Non-Toxic - Indefinite shelf life
- Starts over 30 fires when divided
- Lubricates weapon parts, zippers
- Use as a source of heat when rolled
- Genuine Military Issue / PN 7188FH
- 6 SURE STRIPS
- Survival Instructions
- Special Cotton