Sometimes the simplest of things work out to be the best. Take navigation tools, for instance. Although GPS and other fancy instruments abound, knowing how to find your way in the woods or backcountry using rudimentary methods can prove invaluable. The 5ive Star Gear Skull Beads are one such—albeit whimsical—method to do so. Approximately 1 inch in diameter, the Skull Beads are what is known as “Ranger Beads,” a tool used by members of the U.S. Army, backpackers and Boy Scouts, in particular, to keep an accurate count of distance traveled.
The beads are typically attached to a knotted nylon cord and are “moved up a notch” after a 100-meter pace count occurs. The beads offer a stylistic take on traditional pace-counter beads by featuring multicolored skulls. The skull, originating from the age of piracy, is a popular symbol in the military, symbolizing domination and prowess, among other things.
- Allows users to reliably track up to 5 kilometers before starting over
- The beads come in green, yellow, blue, red, pink and purple
- They also make a fun decorative Halloween item or craft