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by Crimson Phoenix
Mon Mar 05, 2018 12:45 am
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Vermont's Barre Army Navy is closing.
Replies: 7
Views: 1176

Re: Vermont's Barre Army Navy is closing.

I got so caught up in the Hurricane Harvey fallout rolling right into the Holiday Retail Blitz and this totally slipped by me. I'd been getting BDU, boots, pouches, belts, and all kinds of odds and ends from them since I was in ROTC through doing field work as a geology major. It's sad to see them g...
by Crimson Phoenix
Mon Sep 11, 2017 11:00 pm
Forum: Other Gear
Topic: E-tool
Replies: 18
Views: 3172

Re: E-tool

I don't think I'd ever recommend it over a proper garden spade or trenching shovel when you can have one. For small jobs when you're out camping or in the field, it's better than nothing, and certainly better than a pocket trowel, but that's about it.
by Crimson Phoenix
Sat Sep 09, 2017 10:42 pm
Forum: Other Gear
Topic: E-tool
Replies: 18
Views: 3172

Re: E-tool

I got my brother and myself each one years ago. I would take mine on all my field outings as a geology student, and still take it camping. I don't dig a lot of holes with mine, but if nothing else, I use it to rake coals in the fire pit, bury the fire once it's put out, and smack tent stakes back in...
by Crimson Phoenix
Sun Aug 27, 2017 2:19 pm
Forum: Disasters in Current Events
Topic: Hurricanes 2017
Replies: 553
Views: 26365

Re: Hurricanes 2017

Already looking for vendors in Austin I can get individual Tyvek coveralls for my brother and me. I'm currently thinking 3 coveralls each for both of us. I can get the thick nitrile gloves by the box and even chem gloves and rain boots from most hardware stores. No idea if taping the cuffs would be ...
by Crimson Phoenix
Sat Aug 26, 2017 10:58 pm
Forum: Disasters in Current Events
Topic: Hurricanes 2017
Replies: 553
Views: 26365

Re: Hurricanes 2017

For anybody concerned, I finally got my family rousted up around 3:30 AM and forced my brother to take this thing seriously. He honestly planned to just sleep through it. 4 AM warnings forecast 12-22 foot storm swells in my town, and our home is maybe 16-18 feet above sea level. Tried to bag up and ...
by Crimson Phoenix
Fri Aug 25, 2017 2:40 am
Forum: Disasters in Current Events
Topic: Hurricanes 2017
Replies: 553
Views: 26365

Re: Hurricanes 2017

I live near Victoria in Calhoun County. I got called in for both my jobs, one as technical support for first responders for the county, until I was released as non-essential, then at a local store. People were finally taking things seriously night before last and we were having run after run on beer...
by Crimson Phoenix
Tue Jul 29, 2014 10:41 am
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: FILBE pack overview
Replies: 51
Views: 17981

Re: FILBE pack overview

As someone else who's owned a MOLLE II large ruck for five years, what I'm taking away is that the FILBE is more like a product-improved version of the ruck I already have. Coincidentally, I managed to snag one of SDS' commercial runs of the bag in coyote brown back when they were available, so they...
by Crimson Phoenix
Wed Apr 23, 2014 6:37 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: USMC Poncho + Liner vs GoreTex Parka aka ECWCS?
Replies: 5
Views: 1519

Re: USMC Poncho + Liner vs GoreTex Parka aka ECWCS?

I gave up my gortex to my Dad almost 10 years ago and went back to the tried and true M-65 field jacket and liner (when necessary) for keeping warm. The field jacket will keep me dry in a lit drizzle or mist, but the goretex is certainly better than foul weather. I still keep my poncho for driving r...
by Crimson Phoenix
Sun Feb 02, 2014 9:18 pm
Forum: Other Gear
Topic: Cold weather layering and all things related
Replies: 12
Views: 1287

Re: Cold weather layering and all things related

I live in South Texas and also work in walk-in coolers and freezers on a frequent basis. I wear regular black slacks at work with regular cotton boot socks and thorlos boot socks over those (I work on concrete all day, so they're more for the cushion and moisture wicking than insulation) with my reg...
by Crimson Phoenix
Sun Jan 26, 2014 2:01 am
Forum: Family Prep
Topic: Storing dog food
Replies: 15
Views: 3905

Re: Storing dog food

The makers of the gamma seals you can use to convert 5-gallon buckets to air and watertight storage containers also make a full line of petfood and supply containers. We've got two of the stackable Vittles Vaults , one for the cat food, the other for the dog food because we got tired of roaches and ...
by Crimson Phoenix
Sun Jan 19, 2014 1:30 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Where do I put all those little things into my BOB?
Replies: 25
Views: 2379

Re: Where do I put all those little things into my BOB?

I've used ziploc baggies and zippered pencil bags for similar loose items since I was in the Scouts. Right now, I've found the pencil bag has been the best solution for my various chargers and electronics, but it's not entirely waterproof. On my ruck, I found 100 round SAW ammo pouches were about th...
by Crimson Phoenix
Mon Jan 06, 2014 2:20 am
Forum: Other Gear
Topic: Best overall camo for SHTF
Replies: 95
Views: 11089

Re: Best overall camo for SHTF

I have a mix of subdued earthtone colors for most of my clothing, being various shades of khaki and olive or forest green depending on manufacturer. I found out accidentally that if you want to disappear in most of South and West Texas, a brownish Magellan work-shirt and OD or khaki BDU pants with b...
by Crimson Phoenix
Wed Oct 30, 2013 6:47 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: MOLLE II Large Ruck/10th Mountain ruck question
Replies: 6
Views: 2122

Re: MOLLE II Large Ruck/10th Mountain ruck question

I've never had issues with mine, which I got in 2009. It's done two big bend trips (one a month long), and it's good. The only disadvantage is that it lends itself to overfilling, which means it gets heavy fast if you're not paying close attention to your packing list. You will want to pack the kitc...
by Crimson Phoenix
Fri Oct 25, 2013 10:07 pm
Forum: Other Gear
Topic: compass reccomendation
Replies: 19
Views: 3879

Re: compass reccomendation

You should -always- adjust for declination, no matter where your compass is made. Absolutely, in my neck of the woods its closer to 16 degrees which can easily screw you up. My preference is to use a compass model with adjustable declination so I can "set it & forget it". This eliminates the mental...
by Crimson Phoenix
Wed Oct 23, 2013 11:12 pm
Forum: Other Gear
Topic: compass reccomendation
Replies: 19
Views: 3879

Re: compass reccomendation

I'll likely get a Brunton ComPro in 90 degree quads or degrees because that's what I'm trained in for both land nav and surveying. I'm also a geologist, so I have other uses besides just finding my way around a map. If anybody knows any good deals on one, shoot me a PM sometime. I don't have my own ...
by Crimson Phoenix
Tue Sep 03, 2013 11:29 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: What are YOU currently lusting after? (BOV related)
Replies: 377
Views: 65519

Re: What are YOU currently lusting after? (BOV related)

I wish I had good fabrication skills. My girlfriend's father wants to make a bicycle based rickshaw for shits and giggles (and in town errands) while I'm seriously wishing I could get my hands on a side-by-side seat quadricycle with automotive like steering and a big basket in the back, behind the s...
by Crimson Phoenix
Tue Sep 03, 2013 11:24 am
Forum: Other Gear
Topic: NIMH Rechargeable Battery Brand
Replies: 12
Views: 1271

Re: NIMH Rechargeable Battery Brand

I'm planning on getting some AA and AAA eneloops as well as the D-cell adapters (my camp lantern is the only thing I own that uses D cells). However, what I need to know for sure is if they're compatible with both the Goal Zero chargers and the Energizer NiMH wall chargers, so I don't need to duplic...
by Crimson Phoenix
Sat Jun 08, 2013 6:21 pm
Forum: Other Gear
Topic: LED Lanterns?
Replies: 32
Views: 4590

Re: LED Lanterns?

I've had a Rayovac Sportsman lantern I got on an impulse buy at Lowe's clearance section three years ago and have been very happy with it. I've used it more for when the power was out than camping, and it's still on the same 3 D cell batteries I put in in 2010. It saw me through my month long Field ...
by Crimson Phoenix
Sun Apr 21, 2013 2:03 pm
Forum: Other Gear
Topic: US Army Camouflage Improvement Effort
Replies: 55
Views: 8560

Re: US Army Camouflage Improvement Effort

Assuming we won't get sued into poverty, I'd love someone to do a mockup of Multicam in a more woodland/tropical and desert/arid colorway with the original pattern in the middle showing itself as a transitional pattern. Urban pattern is optional, since I think the standard Multicam seems to be okay ...
by Crimson Phoenix
Sun Mar 03, 2013 6:54 am
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Wyominglostandfound out of business/ still active?
Replies: 23
Views: 3923

Re: Wyominglostandfound out of business/ still active?

From what you just said, it sounds like he's backed up until further notice. Too bad he hasn't made an official announcement to keep people from guessing.
by Crimson Phoenix
Sun Feb 10, 2013 4:48 am
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: How mobile is your job?
Replies: 20
Views: 1157

Re: How mobile is your job?

I'm unsure how to answer this. I have two skillsets that can be dropped anywhere in the US, but job demand is sketchy. I have both retail/grocery and restaurant experience with nearly two years of management experience. That background could be put to use virtually anywhere, but it's disposable, uns...
by Crimson Phoenix
Sun Feb 10, 2013 4:39 am
Forum: Disasters in Current Events
Topic: 2013 Flu season.
Replies: 43
Views: 3222

Re: 2013 Flu season.

I got it early back on the weekend after Thanksgiving. I'm not sure how coincidental it was, but I started with getting the worst food poisoning I've had since 2010 which ran right into having the flu for the first time since I was in middle school. My employer, at least replaced me for a week witho...
by Crimson Phoenix
Wed Jan 16, 2013 7:49 pm
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: Buried Camper Project
Replies: 18
Views: 3613

Re: Buried Camper Project

My concern is just how structurally secure your shelter would be. A good wind can really mess these things up above ground, and I'm not sure how they'll resist damp earth without an exterior rust-proofing coat prior to burial. Just some considerations.

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