The Most Important Winter Survival Item Every Prepper Should Have



In todays video we talk with an experienced trapper and fur expert who talks about the most crucial aspect of winter survival, YOUR CLOTHING! For thousands of years people relied on animal hides to stay warm in the winter, this is a lost art that is very relevant to modern day survival and preparedness.

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48 comments

  1. In a world with billions of Humans, I'm glad we still mass-produce synthetics. I don't want an even higher demand for animal products, to the point where we have even more animal-based mass production.
    This man, this craftsman, it's plain to see he respects the material and the process. As a Canadian I know what he means, and would treasure any such gear, hand-made with real fur. The longevity, durability and effectiveness speak for themselves.
    As for any rabbits or sheep killed for these… I hope they were cooked up into yummy stuff. If you must kill, use everything.

  2. very informative video. i did not know there were more humane traps available (my younger brother is the hunter and trapper). He confirms it.

    This was an excellent episode, very informative.

    I bought two sheepskins in NB for use in my tractor – they help prevent "truck butt" (use yer imagination…) in summer and in winter they're great for starting up on a cold day. Incredibly comfortable. Cleaning is simple: cold wash, regular cycle, 1 teaspoon woolite per skin. hang to dry. brush.

  3. Fur coats got a bad name because of people wearing them for “luxury” and people associate them with wasteful spending.

    You made a great point that buying a fur coat that will last for life is way more sustainable and earth friendly than synthetic.

    Also, Pretty much all my clothes are merino wool. A long sleeve shirt cost anywhere from $75-$120 but they are worth every penny. When I go backpacking I just take a a merino 150, 200, and 250 shirt. They don’t smell or stain, I don’t get the cold sweats, they really are a night and day difference over cotton. It’s wild that such and inferior material became the more popular fabric

  4. Not many people nowadays would be willing to trap as a job. Every person I know here in Alaska is a hobby trapper now. The last person I knew who was a real trapper retired a couple years ago. As he says, it's hard work and long days.

  5. When one makes a fur hat the top is usually not covered in fur. Becasue if the top is fur the hat will be too hot and your head will sweat bad, which is a thing one must avoid.

  6. Nothing comes close to fur. Tanned hundreds of hides I harvested here in Alaska. Martin is usually considered the best, but a friend of mine who is native and had harvested a half dozen sea otters didn't know how to tan them. He couldn't afford to send them off to the Anchorage native tannery so I taught him how to tan them, both acid and crab apple bark tan. One can see, no fur is a plush as sea otter. One can see why they were so precious back in the day. They are even nicer and warmer than martin, but the hide is even and can be up to five and half feet long and two feet wide of solid high quality fur.
    Below 20 below F, fur is the way to go.

  7. As a fellow Canadian all I can say is that pure down filled is as warm if not warmer than any fur – plus it doesn't weigh a ton. I have gone hiking and camping in -27C with a down filled jacket, thick pure wool pants over thermal underwear and slept in a down filled sleeping bag in complete warmth. There is still an influential Montreal Jewish fur lobby that probably funded this video but the reality is there is no need for the cruelty of trapping and killing wild animals to keep warm. Down and wool is just as good.

  8. Well you have to agree nothing stops the wind like a leather jacket, add lining like real fur and you can stay warm. I have all the 50 years winter experiences I care to have. I do have something I can share something that is a bit Zen like, accept the cold in, learn to operate with out gloves at least to 10F, cold is also a mental battle, like running a marathon you must control your thoughts to go the distance. That probably won’t help you if your mind is weak, but prolonged exposure to cold, will help you get acclimated to it. I noticed that let’s say it’s been -10F for 60days and you have been out in it, all day everyday, when it hits 20F it will feel like a heat wave, you will start sweating profusely. Wear warm cloths for sure, but get your brain in check accept the cold inside you get some Zen mind control going because you must get acclimated to it. I hope that helps and sitting next to a big wood burner won’t help you. One last thing living in the wild hunting, trapping is a young man’s game mostly, extreme cold it’s a ton of work effort, not for the squeamish this is hard,messy business requires you push yourself hard all day it’s not glamorous and you better be fine with being alone by yourself, because you are not going to have a a crew with you.

  9. I should point out you don't have to kill a sheep to get it's fur. It's probably the best medium between needing the real thing and not killing to get it. That said, I'm not above killing an animal and wearing it if I'm cold. After dinner of course.

  10. Oh bullshit. So you buy a new scarf every few years boo hoo. What do you do with the meat from these animals? Are mink and bobcat good eating? Or do you throw perfectly good meat out like trash?

  11. What is sad is how snowflakes complain about the use of fur. As a North American Indian what I say is what is really more hurtful to nature. The man made synthetic stuff that creates waste and toxins from the fool Aristotle understanding of anything man makes is superiority then anything that is nature based. or a natural product the animal was not abused to create it. We use the meat for food we use the bones for many other objects and the fur for warmer cloths. And give offerings for the hunt and thank the animal when it is killed for our survival. Western view points of hunting and trapping is for fun not out of respect for nature, if you don’t respect nature it will kill you. The other sad thing is so many people are allergic to fur and natural products but what your not told is. It is because you haven’t come into enough exposure to it so your body will treat it as a foreign and attack itself.

  12. A technology is any application of knowledge to craft and use something to change the environment or existing structures. Ancient peoples used ancient technology, like creating a wooden plow or eating utensils. You mean to say modern technology (aka “tech”), electronic technology, etc. Our species has used technology since before recorded history. Be specific.

    And it’s “habitable,” not “inhabitable.” People or animals are inhabitants, but places are habitable. (Yes, I’m that person. Clarity matters. And I won’t be back to read comments.)

    Nice content.

  13. A canadian fur trader hating on synthetic materials… Hmm. One day the synthetic stuff will be superior in heat retention. Then he won't be able to say anything.

  14. You still need technology to make fur garments, make fire, build shelter and to procure food. Good video, but the title is kind of dumb.

  15. What a crazy biased opinion. Every fur: Real real warm. Every leather: Real real tough. No knock against fur but what is this a commercial?

  16. I do notnlike fur for fashion. I am glad that seems to be gone but fur for warmth? And survival? Yea id wear it

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