So I have this idea about doing a Side By Side comparison of various ankle Medical carriers. I have reached out to just about every maker of them I could find and sent a request to do an evaluation of their product. We shall see who responds!
Currently I carry my EDC med gear in the cargo pocket of my TruSpec pants. I use a zipper pouch I got from Amazon to keep things together.
While this is not the most comprehensive med kit, for EDC I think it is ok. I do keep a pretty well stocked AID bag in my vehicle since I live in a pretty rural area of Eastern NC. The closest Hospital is a 30+ minute drive away. While we do have an adequate 24hr clinic with a helipad I prefer to err on the side of caution.
I began carrying a Gen 5 (Now a 7) Cat tourniquet some years ago when I saw how careless my coworker is with a chainsaw. Dude makes me nervous for sure! Just two years ago we had a farmer in my local area get a pretty bad cut from a chainsaw. I recall the story of my uncle getting tagged with one almost 20 years ago while clearing a canal bank on a remote farm. The guy helping him at the time panicked and got the truck stuck in the soft soil and they had to use a tractor to get to the main road. While my uncle was fine after a bunch of stitches and some time to heal it could have been much worse! If I recall correctly all they had was a roll of paper towels to stem the bleeding.
In recent history there was a farmer in Nebraska that amputated his lowe leg to escape an auger. Local to me a young man got caught in an auger not too long ago. In both these cases they had to improvise a tourniquet. Both are lucky to be alive!
It is stories like these that justify the carrying of medical supplies every day! I hope to never need them but as the saying goes “It is better to have and not need than to need and not have!”.
I hope to get some good responses to my request so that I can provide a valuable and informative evaluation of the different Medical Ankle carriers that are out there!