STORM SAFETY
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Strike a blow for safety

STORM SAFETY
A loud whistle can mean the difference between being rescued and being stranded.

STORM SAFETY
The good: Loudest of whistles tested (128.4 decibels), brightest color (easiest to find if dropped in brush, snow, etc.). The so-so: 2.5-second blast duration. The bad: Heaviest (22 grams). $5.50. (314) 436-3332, www.stormwhistles.com

Text by Scott Doggett
Photos by Eric Boyd / LAT ()
REI KEY CHAIN LARGE
REI KEY CHAIN LARGE
The good: Second-loudest (127.3 decibels), longest blast duration (4 seconds), available in blue, red, gold and green, very lightweight at only 10 grams, anodized-aluminum construction is most durable (all others are plastic). No complaints. $4. (800) 426-4840, www.rei.com

Note: Decibel and blast duration data are five-use averages measured by a digital sound-level meter at a distance of one foot and a stopwatch, respectively. Prices are real world, not necessarily manufacturers’ suggested. ()
ATWATER CAREY
ATWATER CAREY
The good: Very loud (123.9 decibels, fourth loudest of group), 3.2-second blast duration, lightweight at 12 grams. The bad: red dye in short lanyard bleeds, cork “pea” susceptible to sticking in extreme cold. $4. (800) 558-6614, www.pharmacalway.com ()
JETSCREAM
JETSCREAM
The good: Very loud (126.1 decibels, third loudest of group), 3.1-second blast duration, lightweight at 12 grams. The bad: Its color — jet black — is not easy to see in low light. $7. (800) 292-4707, www.survivalinc.com ()
SEATTLE SPORTS
SEATTLE SPORTS
The good: See-easy orange, lightweight (10 grams). The bad: Noticeably quieter (117.2 decibels) than others, 1.5-second blast duration (if you’re exhausted, you don’t want a whistle that makes you work to be heard). $3.50. (800) 632-6163, www.seattlesportsco.com ()
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