Gear Reviews: Readyman Escape Cards

We’re big on having a comprehensive EveryDay Carry (EDC) here.

Anything that can give you the edge, make you ready for anything. A pistol and a knife are great, but what about an IFAK (individual first aid kit)? Light? Multitool? How about an escape and evasion course of action? Survival Kit?

Well those last two, ReadyMan went ahead and put it in your pocket.

With two simple credit card sized pieces of cleverly engineered metal, they managed to give people something that could up their chances if they’re restrained, or deep in the woods with little kit.

First up is the ReadyMan 2 Pack Wilderness Survival & Hostage Escape Card. This ingenious little tool is actually several tools, and is another novel way to have a low profile E + E Kit. You have several picks on the stainless steel card – a snake pick, and hook pick for tumbler locks. The frame of this card can be clipped and used as a tension wrench, as well as the flat bar in the center. Moreover, there is also a shim pick for bypassing handcuffs or zip ties. Should you be restrained with cordage, there is also a saw blade, and awl like instrument to cut.

Next up is the Wilderness Survival Card. This bad boy has a hole bunch of useful tools for bushcraft. Two types of sawblades on the outside, with several fish hooks, weights, and barbs for catching aquatic protein. There are also several arrowheads and barbs – perfectly suited for small game arrows or spear fishing. There are many little pieces you could use to set snares, and use gravity traps for small game, as well. This particular card has plenty of room for creativity, and with some wire, line, or kevlar cord, you could secure a food source in the wild, no doubt.


What we like is the low profile, slim, and easily deployed. Also, with the Wilderness card, you have alot of options and can go after multiple food sources with just one card and some lightweight additional kit. The Hostage card has implements to bypass locks, cuffs, zip ties, cordage and more.


What we don’t like is a couple more picks for the Hostage Escape Card would have been cool, but not entirely necessary. You can bypass locks with what’s included.


Alex Castiglione lives in Atlanta, and is an avid outdoorsman and competitive shooter.

Where-abouts include getting after it in his garage gym, practicing martial arts, hitting the trails, or running CrossFit and Strongman competitions for his non-profit, Barbells for Bullies, which holds fundraiser fitness competitions dedicated to aiding Bully breed rescues, dog rescues, or other non-profits with similar missions.

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