Sumo Survival is the brainchild of brothers Sean and Sy Makin. After decades of outdoor bushcraft adventures and buying and using more kit than a small Scandinavian army, they decided it was time to make use of the knowledge they had gained. But how?
After trekking through the web and reading the myriad of reviews and watching hundreds of Youtube survival & bushcraft videos they realised that there was a whole group of people missing from the conversation… the larger fella on a budget.
Being well built chaps themselves, they decided that it was high time that this situation was addressed and Sumo Survival was born.
With the price of equipment rising and the many of us being restricted in our spending, the brothers aim to seek out as many solutions as possible. As Sean puts it; “I am married with two daughters and as such my budget these days for good and reliable kit is tiny compared to what it was years ago so being able to choose correctly first time is important to me. I think we have all bought kit based on reviews only to find out that it flat out failed or it had design faults that weren’t picked up by the reviewer or, in case of the larger fella, just too small!”
“With Sumo Survival we aim to test kit by using it in real bushcraft conditions for the purposes it was designed for. We won’t rush it either, we will test it across weeks, months or years if needed and we will give our honest opinion on the kit, it’s price and if there are any alternatives to it which may be lesser hit on the pocket.”
Sy shares this view and adds; “Not only do I use outdoor & bushcraft equipment in my leisure time but also in my job as well where it can be pushed to the limits even further. Be it on a ship in the middle of the North Sea or in the wet and wild landscape of Scotland, I need kit that I can rely on and afford at the same time and along with Sean we aim to find it.”
Sharing Survival & Bushcraft Tips & Techniques
The brothers will also be working together giving survival & bushcraft tips both on the website and in specially filmed videos. The videos will feature kit in use, survival tips and the debunking of survival & bushcraft myths. But is working with your brother simple?
“Far from it!” laughs Sean.
Sy agrees; “We spent the majority of our childhood knocking lumps out of each other over petty things such as who was going to put the Lego away so I don’t see it being any different 30 years later.”
“I think viewers can expect some explosive outbursts when kit fails and scenes of brotherly contempt as we try to start fires or build shelters in the freezing wind and rain.” says Sean.
So there we have it – Sumo Survival