- Kit Included
- Quality of Kit
- Value for Money
- A well specified kit ideal for groups of 8 people on trips of a week or more
- Excellent value for money with an RRP of £49.99
- Dimensions: 230 x 180 x 100 mm Weight: 930g
- Missing a few pieces of kit we might have liked to see included but space to tailor this kit to your specific needs
According to the details from Lifesystems the Mountain Leader First Aid kit is designed for between 1 and 14 persons. At a push you could stretch it that far but in reality this kit is probably better suited to groups of 6 to 8 people away for a week or more at a time. Theres a good range of equipment within the pack to deal with typical injuries that can happen out in the hills, and enough options to get you by until help arrives if something a little more serious happens.
The pack is really well organised with medical items in their own clearly marked compartments. It’s very easy to find the right tool for the job, but it a cut, bleeding problem or a burn, which in an emergency is more than helpful. The range of kit within the pack is also pretty good … including paramedic shears for cutting away clothing, a variety of wound closure strips, woven and triangular bandages, low adherent dressings, eyepad dressings, and the more common blister plasters. Basic medication is provided in the form of Paracetamol and Ibuprofen but there’s enough space to add you own into there if you wish. Included are vinyl gloves and thermometer, tweezers, safety pins and scissors so all in all a pretty good foundation.
Of course non of this is of any use without some basic medical knowledge however once you started to build on the basics there’s enough room within the pack to make changes as you see fit. Your medical kit can then be tailored to your specific needs, or the needs of your group. You can add or subtract items based on your level of experience and medical knowledge and have a well organised and relatively compact kit available to hand. We added some beefed up pain relief and diarrhea tablets for starters and made some adjustments to the bandages. The quality of the supplied items is pretty good but we did also swap out the thermometer for a more professional and hard wearing unit.
Carrying this amount of kit out into the hills isn’t at all necessary if you are away for a few days in a small group but if you are looking to be away for some time or are travelling to parts where good quality medical care is difficult then this is definitely a good option. Think about adding in a syringe and couple of needles so that these sterile items can be handed to qualified medical professionals in countries where you may wish to ensure your treatment is as hygienic as possible.