The makers of Hero Kit have released a new product for mountain bikers and road cyclists. Crash Pack is a tidy, comprehensive first-aid kit to treat what might happen to you or other cyclists when you don’t keep the rubber side down.
The Crash Pack, invented by cyclists Jason Berv and David Lasky (David is also a firefighter and EMT), has just what you need to treat scrapes and cuts from laying down your bike. All fitted into a compact, watertight pack measuring 4.5 x7 inches (the size of three gels side by side by side), the components of the Crash Pack are well selected:
· 1 packet of Ibuprofen
· Two packets of Diphen (like Benadryl) for treating bee stings and other histamine reactions
· Antibiotic unguent
· Two band aids, a Telfa pad, a 3×3 inch sterile gauge pad and three butterfly bandages
· A packet of burn jel analgesic to deaden the pain of a cut or road rash so you can clean it of debris more comfortably
· A syringe (no needle included) for high-pressure irrigation to wash out sand, twigs and grit from road rash
· A Wound Stop pack to staunch blood flow
· Latex gloves and an infectious waste bag to package up the clean-up materials
· Instructions on how to use all this stuff.
The selection of components is genius, just what you need but no more, selected by people who know what they are doing. The syringe really helps wash out road rash and shallow cuts. A bike water bottle cannot produce enough force to wash out sand grains and other debris, but the syringe is just the ticket.
The packed of Burn Jel is a great addition. Apply some of this to the rash or wound a few minutes before you start to clean it out. The gel carries a topical anesthetic, lidocaine, which reduces blood flow and also deadens the tissue around the wound so you can remove debris and foreign matter more bravely, without having to be Rambo when he got out the needle and thread stitched up his own gushing gunshot wound.
Speaking of gushing, the WoundStop pack helps sop up blood so you can get cleaned up but also see how bad is the damage. I’m personally glad to see that item in there, so I can now stop answering to friends why I carry tampons in my bike repair kit (they absorb a lot of blood quickly!). Wounds to the head especially and to the shins a bit less so bleed prolifically. It’s important to get a good look at the wound to be able to assess its severity. WoundStop helps do that so you can see what you are dealing with and then get some bandages over the affected area.
The bandage selection is well thought out. The gauze pads cover large-acreage road rash. Butterflies hold together incision-type cuts, such as from a nice sharp chainring, until you can get to the emergency room for stitches, or find Sylvester Stallone out somewhere. And a couple of good, old-fashioned bandaids cover the normal cuts.
Why latex gloves and infections waste bag? As co-inventor David Lasky says, “As a firefighter, I really wanted to include the latex gloves and infectious waste bag because it isn’t always the owner of the kit who crashes!” You certainly don’t want to be messing around with somebody else’s blood without a little protection when you happen on an accident.
The instruction sheet is also really handy, particularly so if you read it while in the comfort of your own home. Crash Pack’s slogan is “carry confidence.” Do yourself and your potential patient a favor and do a quick read of the instructions and review of the contents before you need to use them. That way you will have some idea how to proceed with authentic confidence if the time ever comes.
Crash Pack fits neatly in your jersey pocket in its light but sturdy “Patented leakproof/airtight” bag and weighs only three ounces, making it a no-brainer bring-along on your rides.
Crash Pack complements the Hero Kit, developed by the same people. The Hero Kit has a carefully selected set of components and parts to get you home if your bike breaks down far away from the trailhead or home.
I hope you never need to use anything in this kit. Everything in the bag is packaged for long shelf-life, so that you can carry your Crash Pack for years and all the components will still function when you need them. May you never, but you just can’t predict that sometime you won’t.