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Gear Recommendation – Tourniquets

by Chris Weatherman

Chris Weatherman AKA Angery American reviews the pros and cons of the most common tourniquets on the market.

C-A-T Tourniquet – The Combat Appliation Tourniquet or C-A-T is a compact, lightweight tourniquet that can be self-applied using just one hand. Its windlass system provides true circumferential pressure to an extremity to occlude blood flow in the event of a traumatic wound with a significant hemorrhage. The C-A-T has become the tourniquet of choice for many operational groups and is highly recommended by trauma medics.

While the C-A-T can be applied one handed, it’s an all or nothing application. If you get interrupted or slip in the middle of application, the tension will unwind and you will have to start over.

R.A.T.S. Tourniquet – The Rapid Application Tourniquet or R.A.T.S. contains a solid vulcanized rubber core surrounded with a nylon sheath. Its unique locking mechanism makes it a simple and incredibly fast tourniquet to apply to yourself or others. It also has the advantage of being able to be used on small diameter limbs like those of a petite female, small child or even pet. If you get interrupted while applying, you can quickly attach to the cleat and continue to add tension when you are freed up again.

RevMedx TourniquetRevMedx tourniquets really shine when it comes to one-handed use. They include a “Bite Strap” to keep the tourniquet from slipping while being applied. The rachet action lets you quickly add tension with only one hand, and allows you to pick up where you left off in case of interruption or slippage.

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Carl Ahrendt January 17, 2018 - 2:13 pm

Great to have. Hope its never needed

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Matthew Young January 17, 2018 - 2:32 pm

In interested in a revmed tq. I generally have CAT and Swat T tq in all my kits.

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Adam January 17, 2018 - 2:50 pm

Honestly, never considered needing one. So…that’s probably not good.

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Plowboy87 January 17, 2018 - 3:44 pm

I just have a couple of cravats.

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Jack McCarty January 17, 2018 - 4:01 pm

I was fortunate to helped develop training materials for the US Army’s rollout of the C.A.T. across the Army. Wonderful device and the folks who developed the device were very accomplished and knowledgeable. Whichever tourniquet you choose to carry, learning how to use it is crucial. Pick one and keep it handy.

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Trevor Deavers January 17, 2018 - 4:09 pm

I want to start training for trama and start taking classes soon. What would be recommended for the most effective tourniquet?

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Bert Ingley January 17, 2018 - 7:00 pm

The three tourniquets shown in the video all have their different uses. The RevMex is awesome but you’ll want something like a R.A.T.S. if you have small children.

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John M. Ezelle January 17, 2018 - 4:50 pm

Great video

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Tawnya Meyer January 17, 2018 - 5:13 pm

i should really start carrying one

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Scott C January 17, 2018 - 6:32 pm

Use only if direct pressure will not

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Bob Waters January 17, 2018 - 7:08 pm

i carry ec all but tourniquet

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Dave Evers January 17, 2018 - 7:13 pm

outstandstanding info

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Lostmymind01 January 17, 2018 - 8:14 pm

Good info.

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Mike January 17, 2018 - 8:37 pm

I have a cat in each fak, including car, shop, bathroom, battle belt

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davidglennbaumgartner January 17, 2018 - 8:39 pm

Great video for an essential piece of gear.

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Eric Stevenson January 17, 2018 - 8:40 pm

I had a CAT tourn. in a FirstAid kit I bought for my Jeep. Witnessed a bad crash and I gave it to save the guy from a bad arm injury. It stabilized him but his chest injury killed him. I really need to get more, if anything I am glad I am reminded of this.

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curtis January 17, 2018 - 8:47 pm

Great info, thank you

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Victor Andrew Mathis January 17, 2018 - 9:01 pm

Been carrying and training with CATs for 8 years. Will continue to do so, though it does take up a lot of space in most civilian clothes (especially in the summer). Good info on all of them.

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Chad Barber January 17, 2018 - 9:07 pm

always carried the CAT but interested in checking out the RAT

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Frank Wurtz Jr January 17, 2018 - 9:22 pm

I carry pretty much all but the tourniquet.

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Isaac January 17, 2018 - 9:49 pm

I don’t carry a tournequet but I should. I have the rest of a military ifak though

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guitarguyryan94 January 17, 2018 - 9:53 pm

I just recently learned how to use hasty tourniquets and feel more comfortable in implementing them in my EDC setup

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Jesse Minnick January 17, 2018 - 10:02 pm

Carry a CAT-T in my cargo pocket. Been looking at the RATS as I think it would be easier, just thread through the belt loops.

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JOHN KENNEDY January 17, 2018 - 10:35 pm

need to carry..not currently doing so.

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John Lowther January 17, 2018 - 10:44 pm

I carry 2 RATS tourniquets 1 on my body 1 in my car with a trauma kit and quick clot. I like the RATS its easy to apply to self or others, can fit any limb from large to very small.

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Mark Eggers January 17, 2018 - 10:46 pm

I had the opportunity to test the Recon Medical gen 3 tourniquet recently and they seem just as good as the CAT1. Also they are half the price.

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Adan Banda January 17, 2018 - 11:25 pm

I have taken a wilderness first aid course and this would be excellent to add to the kits you’d use.

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208Brando January 17, 2018 - 11:26 pm

I need to add more, just to have close by.

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Scottie January 17, 2018 - 11:27 pm

Might need to get my hands on a Rat

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tberg January 17, 2018 - 11:55 pm

I’m a RATS guy. My son knows how to use them as well.

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James Ross January 17, 2018 - 11:59 pm

I need to start carrying a legit tourniquet soon.

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Ron Holcomb January 18, 2018 - 12:11 am

I like the RevMedx, but I hope I never have to use one.

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Ernest January 18, 2018 - 12:13 am

I carry one RAT but need another

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Rick Rasnic January 18, 2018 - 1:52 am

I carry the tourniquet that my hospital uses

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Mike Bryant January 18, 2018 - 2:34 am

I still need a good tourniquet, and training.

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Rodger Petty January 18, 2018 - 3:01 am

I have a huge combat medic bag that I carry. There are a few different tourniquets in the bag but the above mentioned are all awesome

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nazipunchingrobert January 18, 2018 - 4:39 am

Have one rats but def need another and maybe add a cats as well to round out my gear

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stephen lueckert January 18, 2018 - 4:45 am

I carry 3 CAT,s-better be prepaired.

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Dan McIntire January 18, 2018 - 5:39 am

I do not usually carry one but always have an adjustable belt in case of an emergency

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Brandon Lytle January 18, 2018 - 5:54 am

I don’t carry one.

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Jim Fusco January 18, 2018 - 6:31 am

I think the revmedx would be of best use

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Scott Swanson January 18, 2018 - 7:15 am

Got to start carrying

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Erich Sagers January 18, 2018 - 8:16 am

SOFTT-W is what I carry.

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Billy Piazza January 18, 2018 - 12:28 pm

Personally I carry a cat tourniquite and a pressure bandage in my car. I’ve also got a few belts packed away in case shit really gets crazy

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Parsecboy January 18, 2018 - 12:47 pm

Yeah, I think I need to get a RAT

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John January 18, 2018 - 1:16 pm

nice video.

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David Seraph January 18, 2018 - 1:52 pm

I don’t carry on my person but I have CATs in my car, home, and office.

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Kent Lawrence January 18, 2018 - 2:07 pm

Both a CAT and a RATS in my med kit.

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Matthew Flynn January 18, 2018 - 3:14 pm

Have one in the glove box but don’t normally carry it on me

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Dan Riley January 18, 2018 - 3:36 pm

a good Tourniquet is something I need to add to my edc as well as some cellox…

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Ron Barnett January 18, 2018 - 5:16 pm

My belt will work in an emergency…..

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timmy06 January 18, 2018 - 6:46 pm

I usually don’t have one but will add one now

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Benjamin Sharp January 18, 2018 - 7:26 pm

I carry a bandana

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Fizzgig January 18, 2018 - 10:20 pm

I’m a bit ashamed to admit I’ve never thought of carrying a tourniquet, will definitely be adding one to my regular carry. A lot better than using a belt and stick if it came down to it!

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Jim Wood January 19, 2018 - 2:56 am

My first Aid kit has a tourniquet, but I’m guessing it’s not one of these. You got me thinking.

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Devon January 19, 2018 - 4:03 am

Enjoy the vid. Thanks

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Edward L January 19, 2018 - 4:20 am

Now these are things I need to get… but, i’m definitely going to need to take a class on how to apply them properly

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Trace Byrnes January 19, 2018 - 4:20 am

Need to add one to the first aid kit.

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Mike3764 January 19, 2018 - 9:00 pm

Glad we started training with them in my police department.

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