Jerry cans aren’t just for preppers or the military – consider how a 5 gallon metal jerry can could extend your next back roads adventure
Jerry cans were originally used by the military but are now a favorite gear choice for overlanders, backcountry off-roaders, and campers that want more time to explore without a refueling stop.
I shared how my recent family trip to Yosemite National Park unfolded during the shutdown on ParksFolio. As tensions continued to rise there was a growing concern that gas could possibly run out. By Wednesday morning, the day before we were booted, we had a genuine concern that we may not have enough gas to get off the mountain.
The Wavian NATO Jerry Can would have been a perfect solution.
As it turned out, gas was still available and there was no drama at the pumps. But looking back, I wish I had a jerry can with me for a few reasons:
- An extra few gallons is a great fall back if you miscalculate your usage – we were hammered on mileage because of the climb up to the valley from the low country as well as the impact of the Skybox on top of the car.
- Demand drives price – we could have avoided the higher prices in the Yosemite Valley by filling the gas cans before we headed up the mountain.
Testing the Wavian NATO Jerry Can
I’ve had this NATO jerry can for a few weeks and really like the design for a few reasons:
- The jerry can spout mounts to the can itself reducing the possibility of losing it or misplacing it in the black hole I call the garage
- Metal jerry cans in general are more durable and the Wavian can was built to surpass all standards
- The grid design on the side allows for expansion without stressing the integrity of the can
- And the multi-handle design makes it easy to lash cans together, tether it in the back of the truck, and allow for two people to carry it together
One of my first thoughts when I received this can was that having two would be great so that one could be used for gas storage and the other dedicated to water storage.
The cans can store water, but technically it would be considered non-potable water. If for some reason there was a nick or crack in the coating, the can could begin to rust and contaminate the water. Not necessarily likely, but possible. Filtering the water would alleviate any concerns in that regard.
My bottom line
I love this product and I needed it based on recent experiences. It will allow me to go deeper into the untouched backcountry or wherever the King Ranch will take me.
The Wavian NATO Jerry Cans are the same cans that NATO forces use according to the folks at TopSpecUS who confirmed it with the manufacturer. I’ve researched metal jerry cans quite extensively in the past few weeks and have found no other brands that have piqued my interest. For me, it’s hard to beat a gas container that was built for military use.
Think outside the box a bit. Consider how a jerry can, or more specifically, an extra 4-5 gallons of gas could influence your next backcountry adventure.
Specs for the Wavian NATO Jerry Cans can be found here.
Meet the folks at TopSpecUs
TopSpecUS.com was formed as a result of two friends realizing they both geek out on cool stuff. They started back in 2009 with just a few watch bands and a handful of drop-shipped tactical items, and now TopSpecUS.com is a full stocking dealer for Marathon watches, Voodoo Tactical gear and survival gear.
Their philosophy is pretty simple: they want to provide products that bring value and they want their customers to have a great buying experience that becomes a long term relationship.
As you browse the website, you’ll notice that they have a broad selection of products (with more being added every day). Why is that? Well, the simple answer is that they like all sorts of things, and they believe that plenty of you out there are the same way. They keep an eye on the marketplace for new products, and they don’t sell it if they won’t use it themselves!
Disclaimer: The Wavian NATO Jerry Can was provided to me by the folks at TopSpecUS at no cost. The opinions contained in this review are my own and were in no way influenced by anyone.