I finally got around to opening the gear box from SHTFClub.com and was pleasantly surprised at the contents contained within. Remember, this is a subscription program and there are three tiers:
- Basic Plan: $19.99/mo
- Pro Plan: $49.99
- Elite Plan: $89.99
Originally I was a bit skeptical because after all, why would I pay to receive a box of unknown items when I could simply go to the store and do it myself. The reason I believe is threefold.
1- Convenience. Every month you’ll have a box arrive on your doorstep of items which adds to your stash, many of these items you probably would not get for yourself in the first place. Additionally since you can cancel at any time, let’s say you don’t want to continue after 3 months it’s no problem.
2- It’s like Christmas, every time. I’ll admit there was a part of me that enjoyed opening the box and then being surprised at what was contained within, the crossbow pistol had the little boy inside of me ready to plink at trees all around the house.
3- You get more than you pay for. I added up the individual retail cost for all items contained in the Elite ($89) box and came up with $154. That’s a pretty decent savings if you ask me.
Pictured above are all the contents of the box, what follows is a list of each and the retail price which I found online.
Cobra Crossbow: $32
S&W Field Watch: $22
M48 Sling Bag: $29
Survivor Knife: $14
Tomahawk Axe: $17
UV Glostick: $6
FM 5-31: $13
Kale Seeds: $2
Wise Foods: $5
Some general thoughts about the contents of the kit are that while not the most highspeed ever, almost all of it could be useful. I’ll admit the crossbow is sort of a novelty item but the watch would make a great backup and the Sling Bag is already in my wife’s car as a replacement trauma kit bag. Both blades are backup and not primary tools but the UV Glostick is something that I have used successfully in the past on backpacking trips, I’ll definitely strap it to the outside of my wife’s pack.
The real question is, do I think there is value in this program and would i continue to participate in it going forward? The answer is yes, but I would have to see what the second and third box contained before deciding to move forward with the subscription, or maybe scale back to the Pro ($49) program. If you are on a tight budget this might not be for you, but if you have a little bit to spend knowing that you will get more than you pay for I’d say give in a shot for a month or two. I was pleasantly surprised at the contents of the box and I think you would be too.