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I Go First Aid Kit Ultralight Review
Cons: Poor organization, lower quality tools
Bottom line: This ultralight kit is small, compact, and easy to take with you on day trips close to home or the trailhead.
The I Go First Aid Kit Ultralight is an 85 piece, compact first aid kit that is portable and durable. This is a basic kit that will allow the user to treat many small injuries including cuts, scrapes, and wounds, as well as more serious medical emergencies such as CPR. It is a lightweight kit, so does not have many of the tools or quantities that a first aid kit meant for groups, home use or long distance trips might require, but as a travel-sized emergency kit to bring along just in case, the I Go does a pretty good job. For truly ultralight trips where every ounce counts, we awarded the Top Pick Award to the Adventure Medical Kits Ultralight/Watertight .7, a kit that has higher quality contents at a lighter weight and size.
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Our Analysis and Hands-on Test Results
The I Go First Aid Kit Ultralight showed itself to be an average quality first aid kit, with a limited number of supplies. Housed in a small and compact case, it is a durable product that is perfect for people on the go.
The I Go kit was an average performer in quality, scoring a 6 in this category. We were immediately intrigued by the case design, the only portable hardshell case we looked at in our review.
Some users complained about the zipper easily coming off its track, though we did not experience that issue firsthand. The contents were generally of lower overall quality, from the wound closure strips that had poor adhesion, to the flimsy vinyl first aid gloves, we felt that when compared to award winning products like the Surviveware there was a distinct quality gap. Few tools are included, such as tweezers and scissors, and though small, they seemed to hold up well and we found cutting through thick cardboard to possible with the scissors.
We gave the I Go First Aid Kit Ultralight a score of 6 for usefulness since users are limited in what they can accomplish with a kit this small. All of the contents are visible through a mesh compartment, but they are all jammed in tightly so to get to what you need you will have to pull everything out. This kit is really a light trauma and CPR kit- there are 35 bandages of varying sizes, several small gauze pads and wound cleaning pads. There is a triangular bandage though after constructing a sling to simulate a dislocated shoulder the fabric tore through. Tape is included, but the rolls are so small and thin that holding bandages in place is the only likely use- there is not nearly enough to wrap an ankle or construct a splint. We preferred the usefulness of the Surviveware Small First Aid Kit even though it weighs a bit more.
The outer case of the I Go turned our heads, but the case is only labeled as water resistant, not waterproof. Since the contents inside the case are not protected by any additional protective packaging such as used in the Adventure Medical Kits Ultralight/Watertight .7, that means that once submerged everything inside will get wet and fall apart.
Due to the few contents included in the I Go kit, there is limited versatility aside from being able to clean and bandage small cuts and wounds, especially if far away from definitive medical care. While this is an appropriate kit to carry on a day to day basis in your car, or even on a short day hike, we would not like to be deep in the wilderness with so few options for treating simple, yet common issue like ankle sprains, blisters or headaches. At a similar weight, the Adventure Medical Kits Adventure 2.0 kit gives users a lot more versatility.
Weighing in at 9.6 ounces, the I Go first aid kit is certainly light, but we would not go as far as calling it ultralight. We reserved that title for the Top Pick winning AMK Ultralight/Watertight .7 kit. The contents included in this kit are comparable to the AMK, but the case itself weighs much more than it likely needs to. The low weight should encourage users to take the kit with them on short day hikes where it won't be as burdensome as the larger kits like the AMK Adventure 2.0, but we would not qualify this first aid kit as worthy of being taken on lightweight backpacking trips or anywhere far from home.
With a small size and durable external case, the I Go First Aid Kit Ultralight is a good option for those looking to put a small supply of general first aid equipment in a handy spot like the trunk of a car, a desk drawer in an office or in a small pack when out on a walk or short hike. For lighter weight trips where more quality is depended on, look at the AMK Ultralight/Watertight .7, and for uses where weight is not as much of a concern check out the Surviveware Small first aid kit.
With an MSRP of $30, we would not call the I Go kit a value, considering how little you can do with it. It can be found for as little as $13 online, however, which makes it a much better value, though we still feel that the Best Buy Award winning Adventure Medical Kits Adventure 2.0 is tough to beat for overall value.
You need a small first aid kit that is well stocked with bandages and alcohol swabs for cleaning up the common cuts, but also has a CPR mask and heavier gauze pads for the rarer but serious medical events. The I Go First Aid Kit Ultralight could be the kit for you, if you don't need anything else that might be useful in a wider range of emergencies.
— Ryan Huetter
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