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2/27/13

Solkoa SUMA Tin



Thanks to the commenter who found this. The tin/container shown at the beginning of the article is what the SEALs have requested for their survival kit - the SUMA Container from a company called Solkoa, who uses FastFire for their to-civilian sales.

Machined from a solid aluminum billet and available in a wide array of colors and patterns, it's probably about as tough of a tin as you're going to find. Makes sense that this would be what the SEALs would use.


This article from Soldier Systems shows some of the custom color options available for the tin, and also suggests that the tin has been in use since 2010-ish. So perhaps the kit outlined in the RFQ has been in use for a while.

At $55 for the tin, the SUMA container is an expensive substitute for an altoid tin or similar. Certainly, it's going to be more durable, but probably unnecessarily so for most of us folks who aren't jumping out of helicopters and funded by government budgets.

If price was no object, though, why not?

Here's another video I dug up that shows some boiling tests and light digging - looks like the finish holds up well.

4 comments :

  1. I've had the SUMA for about 5 months and have used it to house my PSK. I love the container and it is pricey but it will last a lifetime. I'll be doing a review shortly on my site.

    I've seen a review of a Civilian PSK from SHOT Show about 2 years ago from Solkoa but I haven't seen it on their site. Does anybody have any info on it?

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  2. Yumping Yimminy, thats expensive, but like you said, if you want something really nice, it isn't for free. I'm sticking with the GI stainless canteen cup and metal top cover. It does a whole lot of the requisite tasks and fits in its own cover.

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  3. For $55 USD + taxes and shipping, I'd rather stick with the $4 stainless steel versions. I'm not saying I wouldn't want one though!

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  4. Check out Survival Resources at www.survivalresources.com They have 2 nice cans. One small (Outside dimensions: 3-3/4" long x 2-3/8" wide x 15/16" deep. Inside dimensions: 3-5/8" long x 2-3/16" wide x 7/8" deep.) and one large (dimensions are 4-3/8" long x 3-1/4" wide x 1-1/16" deep, and inside dimensions are 4-1/4" long x 3-1/8" wide x 1" deep.) Both have a rubber seal in the lid to keep the elements out.

    And the price is far more doable - small tin = $2.95 and the large tin = $4.95 (http://www.survivalresources.com/Products/Misc_Containers.html). I am not saying these tins are as good as the Seal one is but you can buy 11 large tins for the price of one seal tin.

    -DB

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