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Adventure Medical Kits Adventure 2.0 Review
Cons: Poorly organized, low on certain supplies
Bottom line: This is a budget first aid kit perfect for a single overnight, or even as a car camping kit.
Adventure Medical Kits is one of the largest makers of pre-packaged first aid kits targeted at active outdoor users who demand higher quality and quantity of supplies so that they feel prepared to meet the medical challenges faced when far from home. The AMK Adventure 2.0 first aid kit is a mid-sized kit that is meant for groups of 1-4 on single day outings, though small groups should feel confident in using this for weekend trips. We found during our testing that the AMK Adventure 2.0 Kit is a good, budget friendly choice that can treat the most common injuries encountered on outdoor adventures. We felt that the Adventure 2.0 was a great value for the price and so we gave it our Best Bang for Buck Award.
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Our Analysis and Hands-on Test Results
Overall, the AMK Adventure 2.0 first kit scored better than average, outperforming several models in our review metrics, but fell short in others. We felt that the kit was too big and bulky for the day trips it is intended for, but for larger groups, the extra supplies could come in handy. The price is right, however, and this kit was a much better value than other more expensive kits that we tested.
The AMK Adventure 2.0 was noticeably higher in quality than other kits in our review, but was surprisingly deficient in some regards even when compared to another AMK kit in our review, the Ultralight/Watertight .7.
Immediately upon opening the case, we were dismayed at the contents having been shoved into two large compartments, making it much harder to get to the item you need than the well organized Surviveware Small. As always when using Adventure Medical Kits we were impressed with the quality of bandages and medications included, although we were disappointed when the cold compress would not get cold, making that useless weight in the kit. One of the few contenders in the review to include high quality, nitrile gloves, we were happy to see that AMK also included a separate bag for biohazard items like used gloves. We also wish that there were more robust trauma shears, though they did not fail on us during testing we also tried to be careful because of the plastic and lightweight metal.
The AMK Adventure 2.0 kit earned a 7 in usefulness, ending up in the middle of the pack. We liked that there were ample supplies for cuts and scrapes, and included over the counter medications to deal with headaches, inflammation, and allergic reactions, though important items like a CPR mask was left out.
Adventure Medical Kits includes several short instructional pamphlets that cover basic first aid, and while not a substitute for hands on learning, serve as a prompt to deliver better care. We missed seeing a pressure bandage for snakebite victims or helping wrap an ankle since the medical tape included is too narrow to stabilize a severe strain effectively. Wide tape as included in the Editors' winning Surviveware Small First Aid Kit is a more versatile tool to add, and we would recommend doing this. We were confused as to how useful 40 cotton swabs would be on a day trip, but at least everyone in your group will have clean ears!
We gave the durability of the AMK Adventure 2.0 a rating of 7, thanks to its coated nylon water resistant outer case and quality tools such as the precision forceps. We found that the poor organization did affect the contents durability as it was too easy to just stuff everything back into the oversized compartments when done. We grouped items in small zip lock bags, and this made a big difference.
Some of the claims made in the advertising for this first aid kit did not ring true in person; AMK claims that the contents are further housed in waterproof inner pouches, yet we found the majority of the contents stuffed into the large compartments with little organization. If you plan on using this kit in a humid or wet environment, we would suggest an additional dry bag or supplying your own resealable plastic bags to contain the contents, as done by the Surviveware kit.
The AMK Adventure 2.0 was not a top performer in versatility due to the lack of CPR mask and a cold compress that did not work. We would recommend adding these key items before using the kit.
We appreciated the inclusion of over the counter medications, especially those that treat allergic reactions like AfterBite swabs and 25mg diphenhydramine (Benedryl), which increase the versatility of the kit. A single 2 inch by 4-inch piece of mole skin for blister care seemed inadequate for a group, and the lack of multiple pairs of gloves implies only one medical incident on the trip.
With a weight of 16 ounces (1 pound), the AMK Adventure 2.0 was far from the heaviest test kit, but it seemed that much of the weight was derived from bulky discretionary items such as the cold compress. It is too bulky of a kit with too little overall versatility to call this a multi-day group sized first aid kit, though for a group of 3 to 4 then the number of supplies is worth the size and weight.
Exactly as advertised, the AMK Adventure 2.0 first aid kit is a good option for those small groups going out for a day or even a weekend trip. We would recommend double-checking the contents against the list printed on the back of the case, to make sure nothing is missing before embarking on your adventure. If you are looking for a lot more versatility and don't mind a little extra weight, the Editors' Choice Surviveware Small is also a good choice.
With a list price of $23, the Adventure Medical Kits Adventure 2.0 is a screaming deal, even when you account for the Ace wrap, CPR mask and extra pair of nitrile gloves that we would strongly suggest adding to this kit before taking it out. Even considering the few extra dollars it would take to make this decent kit a great one, it is the best value of the test, making it a good choice for those looking to buy multiple kits for different locations.
With a budget friendly price and high-quality contents, Adventure Medical Kits has made a good general-purpose first aid kit that will cover you on most of your day trips and weekend adventures. With a couple of easy additions to this kit you should have a good, versatile kit that will be at home in your car or your backpack.
— Ryan Huetter
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