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by Umbrella
Mon Sep 08, 2014 3:28 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Core 4 stove. Initial impressions.
Replies: 19
Views: 3078

Re: Core 4 stove. Initial impressions.

Woods Walker as always you provide an excellent review of a pretty sweet piece of kit. I also managed to grab up the Core Stove from the Kickstarter offereing and found much the same in my experience. The three wall design did not gassify as much as I had hoped, but did easily fit a smaller 700ml po...
by Umbrella
Fri Nov 08, 2013 9:49 am
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Help for a new Wiggy's compression bag
Replies: 4
Views: 1146

Re: Help for a new Wiggy's compression bag

Just an fyi and repost from an older thread. Here is a medium 5 string kifaru stuff sack and a medium wiggys lateral compression stuff sack, both housing a long/wide Wiggys 35deg overbag. The Wiggys is slightly longer, but also slightly thinner. Comparing to a small kifaru 5 string would have been i...
by Umbrella
Wed Oct 16, 2013 10:17 am
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Portable solar panel reviews!
Replies: 27
Views: 3954

Re: Portable solar panel reviews!

I've been using the Nitcore i4 charger and the PowerFilm f15-300 for BoB battery charging setup. So far it is proving to be a pretty good combo.

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by Umbrella
Wed Oct 16, 2013 8:43 am
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: The USMC ILBE Pack
Replies: 59
Views: 41235

Re: The USMC ILBE Pack

Reason I am looking at a 3 Day pack vs. Something bigger is b/c this is going to do main duty as a GHB / 24 hr. BOB for two people stuck 30 miles out from home at the office (yes, my SO I work for the same employer and commute together). Makes sense? I am still working on our individual full-on BOB...
by Umbrella
Tue Jan 15, 2013 9:47 am
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Kifaru compression sack size w Wiggys bag?
Replies: 2
Views: 893

Re: Kifaru compression sack size w Wiggys bag?

Conveniently drew and I have done this before. I'd say a large is the way to go for a 0. The 20 degree over bag is about the max for a medium kifaru sack. Here is a medium 5 string kifaru stuff sack and a medium wiggys lateral compression stuff sack, both housing a long/wide Wiggys 35deg overbag. Th...
by Umbrella
Fri Jan 11, 2013 1:42 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: 2013 WMBO Entry -- Umbrella and Drew5337 -- w/ pic/vid
Replies: 11
Views: 2109

Re: 2013 WMBO Entry -- Umbrella and Drew5337 -- w/ pic/vid

Another great entry! Almost enjoy reading these as much as being out making my own :) First of all I have a question. You wrote: "---Hiking into camp--- Drew5337 with a Kifaru MMR, EE, Long and 2-quart pockets in Multicam" so is it the backpack that is kifaru or the uniform? Because I really like t...
by Umbrella
Thu Jan 10, 2013 3:44 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: 2013 WMBO entry, january 8-9.
Replies: 16
Views: 1845

Re: 2013 WMBO entry, january 8-9.

I love the European hoop style tents. All of that front vestibule room for wet gear and cooking if you don't want to go outside. Nice camp, well done.
by Umbrella
Mon Jan 07, 2013 7:34 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Time to get ILBE...
Replies: 8
Views: 1983

Re: Time to get ILBE...

Alrighty here is a recent pic. Hiking in with the ILBE, Kifaru claymore pockets, Kifaru 2-Quart pockets on the lid, and a Kifaru large pod (with a down vest and my WIggys pillow) on top.

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by Umbrella
Mon Jan 07, 2013 12:13 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Time to get ILBE...
Replies: 8
Views: 1983

Re: Time to get ILBE...

I've been a fan of these packs for years. I truly enjoy mine, and for the money it is very hard to beat. The Gen2 packs have all ITW Nexus buckles, so it's easy to use the Dock-n-Lock kit from Kifaru. I'll have to get some other pics up to show the currently assembled load out. Here is my ILBE broke...
by Umbrella
Sat Jan 05, 2013 7:26 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Winter Mock Bug-out Official Contest - WINNERS!!
Replies: 47
Views: 8839

Re: Winter Mock Bug-out Official Contest Entry Thread

The Offical Umbrella and Drew5337 WMBO camp entry thread
http://zombiehunters.org/forum/viewtopi ... 4&t=103833

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by Umbrella
Sat Jan 05, 2013 7:23 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: 2013 WMBO Entry -- Umbrella and Drew5337 -- w/ pic/vid
Replies: 11
Views: 2109

2013 WMBO Entry -- Umbrella and Drew5337 -- w/ pic/vid

Drew5337 and myself have done a winter bug-out camp now for about 8 years. Before starting this tradition we had camped many many a time, over the years, but winter camping has always provided the best test of skills and kit. The last 2 years have been disappointing for us, mainly due to the unseaso...
by Umbrella
Mon Oct 03, 2011 12:49 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: The USMC ILBE Pack
Replies: 59
Views: 41235

Re: The USMC ILBE Pack

Holy thread resurrection Batman! Well I put this thread up in 08 when I was considering the ILBE and since then I have purchased one and used it quite a bit. I'm my experience the pack has provided a comfortable platform for my backpacking needs. During the spring and summer months I have regularly ...
by Umbrella
Mon Sep 12, 2011 4:37 pm
Forum: Communications
Topic: Question: Commercial / Ham radio for GMRS
Replies: 14
Views: 2979

Re: Question: Commercial / Ham radio for GMRS

The Kenwood tk-370 is a 5 watt HT that has a dtmf pad, is part 90/95 certified and can be programed via computer or the front pannel (with a hardware and software modification). Cables and software are easy to find, modification is not difficult (the one I've encountered had the hardware mod done al...
by Umbrella
Wed Mar 09, 2011 10:43 am
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: USMC ILBE Pack doubters
Replies: 132
Views: 46598

Re: USMC ILBE Pack doubters

I looked at the omni belt from my buddies MMR a while back wondering if it could work with the ILBE. From what I recall the pockets for pack frame stays on the omni belt were not positioned correctly to allow it fit. Also the omni belt has 3 securing/adjustment straps to attach to the pack, while th...
by Umbrella
Tue Mar 08, 2011 9:34 am
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: USMC ILBE Pack doubters
Replies: 132
Views: 46598

Re: USMC ILBE Pack doubters

Figured Id throw this question in here. I picked up my ILBE and Assault pack for $160 at a local store. My only complaint is that it does not have MOLLE on the belt. Anyone know what other belts would work for this system? I read somewhere that a REI belt and straps worked with this system, was won...
by Umbrella
Mon Mar 07, 2011 1:24 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: USMC ILBE Pack doubters
Replies: 132
Views: 46598

Re: USMC ILBE Pack doubters

I actually place my FTRSS in the main chamber of the pack, and load my additional softkit in the bottom of the pack, separating them using the shelf. To access my softkit, I've set up a dry bag to roll perpendicular to the main bag so that I can access it via the side zippers on the right side of th...
by Umbrella
Tue Mar 01, 2011 5:20 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: HIKING WITH ILBE PACK?
Replies: 7
Views: 3971

Re: HIKING WITH ILBE PACK?

Thanks for the reply Umbrella. Thats a nice set-up you have. Do you have anything on your belt in front of you when you hike? I ask because with the molle II belt theres webbing to attach stuff (I attach a canteen pouch for water and a molle bag for concealed carry) and with the ilbe they dont have...
by Umbrella
Tue Mar 01, 2011 5:01 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: HIKING WITH ILBE PACK?
Replies: 7
Views: 3971

Re: HIKING WITH ILBE PACK?

I'm my experience the pack has provided a comfortable platform for my backpacking needs. During the spring and summer months I have regularly used it in 80 degree weather, with 60lbs over 4 miles on flat terrain. The strapping supports and distributes the weight much better than other surplus packs ...
by Umbrella
Tue Mar 01, 2011 2:52 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: USMC ILBE Pack doubters
Replies: 132
Views: 46598

Re: USMC ILBE Pack doubters

It looks like you have something else under your ass pack, may I ask what? That is a maratac eod bag and is my extended trauma/ifak. It has a range of things from otc meds to compression bandages. The bag fits pretty well on the molle pannel of the main bag. The eod is a little wide though, and abo...
by Umbrella
Tue Mar 01, 2011 12:43 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: USMC ILBE Pack doubters
Replies: 132
Views: 46598

Re: USMC ILBE Pack doubters

tanstaf1 wrote: Can the assault pack be docked when it is still full of stuff?
Here is another pic of my full main pack and docked to it is a full assault pack. It has worked without issue for me, though at times the top strap can be a little tight.

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by Umbrella
Thu Feb 24, 2011 9:12 am
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: USMC ILBE Pack doubters
Replies: 132
Views: 46598

Re: USMC ILBE Pack doubters

Thanks for the info. I ordered a gen 1 assault pack from Allegheny Outlet - they have both gen 1 and gen 2. As to how they dock maybe (hopefully) it will become clearer when it arrives. I don't under stand what you mean by them docking by means of the pouch on the main pack and not using any buckle...
by Umbrella
Wed Feb 23, 2011 5:52 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: USMC ILBE Pack doubters
Replies: 132
Views: 46598

Re: USMC ILBE Pack doubters

The buckles themselves are not compatible. I have a gen 1 main pack and wanted to add an assault pack. Currently there are more gen2 assault packs available and they are cheaper than gen 1s. However I was told a gen 2 assault pack will not mate to a gen 1 main pack. I really hope that isnt true. Th...
by Umbrella
Thu Feb 03, 2011 2:26 pm
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Best places to buy wool clothing? Best wool manufacturers?
Replies: 35
Views: 4785

Re: Best places to buy wool clothing? Best wool manufacture

Pendleton wool shirts. They are fantastically built, durable and personally my favorite outdoor shirt. Get on the fleabay and pick a few up for $15-30 a pop, you won't be disappointed.
by Umbrella
Thu Jan 27, 2011 10:31 am
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Bug Out Food at the supermarket
Replies: 99
Views: 8128

Re: Bug Out Food at the supermarket

I usually freezer bag cook when I'm out camping. There is no cleanup, and you either burn your trash or pack it out. I've found that most foods that are the microwaveable type cook perfectly well in a freezer bag with boiling water. "Easy Mac" and the " Bowl Appetite " meals work very well for this....

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