Mail Call: TAD Life Capsule Omega

Today’s mail call brings us the Life Capsule Omega from Triple Aught Design. This is a cool little container meant for transporting survival gear and/or other important small items. It is constructed from aluminum and features a black hard anodized finish. There are two compartments in the Life Capsule Omega — one is just big enough for a small button compass (not included), while the main compartment can hold things such as a Spark-Lite or ferro rod, tinder, emergency cash (rolled up it’s a perfect fit), sewing needles, medications, water purification tablets, etc.

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Both compartments feature an o-ring seal, so your gear should stay dry in inclement weather. One end sports a quick-disconnect swivel, which can be easily removed if you so choose. (FYI: TAD does mention that the QD swivel can magnetize some items.) The other end cap has a lanyard hole that accepts 550 paracord.

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Some specs. from the Triple Aught Design website:

  • Material: T6061 Aircraft Grade Aluminum
  • Overall Length: 4.15″ (10.54 cm)
  • Diameter: 0.87″ (2.21 cm)
  • Internal Depth: 2.95″ (7.49 cm)
  • Internal Diameter: 0.56″ (1.42 cm)

There was no weight listed on the TAD site, so a quick look at a scale here comes up with the following measurements:

  • Empty Weight (w/QD Swivel attached): 3.0 oz. (85 g)
  • Empty Weight (without QD Swivel): 2.10 oz. (60 g)

This should make a great small on-person survival kit container, and I’m looking forward to setting it up! If you are interested in one of these, keep an eye on Triple Aught Design’s website, as once they become available, they typically sell out pretty quickly.

Below are a couple of photos of possible small survival kit setups (both with the swivel QD removed):

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After experimenting, the final kit I’ve settled on includes a luminous button compass, Spark-Lite firestarter, and five pieces of Tinder-Quik (wrapped in kitchen cling film for compression), along with a short piece of orange cordage for easier identification:

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