Your monthly subscription for hand-picked outdoor, survival, EDC, and other cool gear.
Another month, another package in the mail. You open the box to find brand-new makeup and fashion accessories for your mom, sister, wife or girlfriend. This has been going on for several months now, and you think to yourself, damn, the stuff in that box is pretty lame, but getting a box of cool gear each month sounds awesome. Is there anything for men out there? Daniel dabbs went through that same scenario, but he was disappointed with the options he found. There were subscription boxes for men’s clothing and fashion accessories, but he was looking for something more badass.
Since he couldn’t find it, he created his own, and in February 2015, BattlBox was ready for its first shipment. BattlBox is a monthly subscription box containing tactical, survival and everyday carry (EDC) gear and other awesome items that appeal to people who live that lifestyle. whether you are new to tactical and survival gar, a hardened prepper or simply tired of being the only one not getting a box of cool stuff each month, BattlBox is what you’re looking for.
Each month’s BattlBox has a mission, and almost everything in that box is selected to help you accomplish that mission. Some past missions include: jungle survival, self-reliance, urban survival, blade care and maintenance, EMP attack, EDC, escape and evasion, and active shooter/mass casualty response kit, which was the box reviewed for this article. They list every mission they’ve issued on their website, detailing exactly what was in each box, which separates them from other subscription boxes that provide no insight on the quality of their content.
There are four subscription options to choose from: The basic edition, which includes three to seven items; the advanced edition, which includes one to three higher value items on top of everything in the basic edition; the pro edition, which includes everything from the first two levels plus one to two top-tier items; and the pro plus edition, which is their knife of the month club. It has everything in the other three options plus that month’s edged blade; it may not always be a knife, though, as some boxes have included multi-tools or survival hatchets. BattlBox also shows the combined MSRP of the items in each box, which is always greater than the base value of your selected edition. In mission 28, the basic edition was valued at $95; in mission 31, the basic edition value was listed at $60; and in mission 14, the basic edition value was listed at $150. You definitely get your money’s worth each month, but keep in mind that the MSRP value varies.
BattlBox tests each piece of gear they send out, and they don’t just send out low-quality gear to keep costs down.
“At the end of the day, even though it might not be our product, if it comes in our box, that means it has the BattlBox stamp of approval” Said John Roman, the chief marketing officer at BattlBox.
The company is growing at such a rate that many manufacturers are reaching out to them to release new products.
“There is a cool factor and satisfaction of sending out products that are new or haven’t been released,” Said Roman.
Roman explained that BattlBox wants to be more than a monthly subscription box, they want to be a place where outdoor, survival, tactical and EDC enthusiasts can gather. In a world where the anti-gun, tactical and outdoor narrative seems to be growing each day, the BattlBox forum is a welcome bastion of like-minded compadres. Whether or not you decide to subscribe to BattlBox, their forum is worth checking out.
So, what’s the catch? Well, $100 to $150 is a lot of money to spend per month on something that you may not need or even be interested in. Fortunately, if you’re not interested in an upcoming month’s mission, there is an option to skip that month. If you’re on a tighter budget, the basic or advanced edition are more cost effective. While those kits may not have everything you need to finish each mission, they have what you need to get started, and the BattlBox forum will have the information you need to complete your mission.
At the end of the day, it’s awesome to get home from work and find a box of badass gear. So, if you’re into useful, tactical gear and the idea of finding something besides bills and beauty box subscriptions in your mailbox, BattlBox may be what you’re looking for.