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by Civilian Scout
Mon May 20, 2013 8:37 am
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Goretex hats?
Replies: 5
Views: 914

Re: Goretex hats?

I had a Gore-Tex/fleece beanie and a Gore-Tex/wool watch cap. I found them both uncomfortably hot if I was even remotely active and eventually got rid of them. By my thinking, if I'm outside in conditions where I need a Gore-Tex hat I'm going to be wearing a Gore-Tex (or similar) jacket, and that ja...
by Civilian Scout
Mon May 13, 2013 7:06 pm
Forum: Other Gear
Topic: Poncho with Space Blanket Liner ?
Replies: 11
Views: 1295

Re: Poncho with Space Blanket Liner ?

Never tried to make my own, but I have a Magic Tarpit from Poler (similar concept) and I really like it. I keep it in the trunk box on my motorcycle and it's proven to be very handy and versatile.
by Civilian Scout
Fri May 10, 2013 8:45 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Sleeping mats / pads - what do you use?
Replies: 37
Views: 1699

Re: Sleeping mats / pads - what do you use?

I got a Brooks Range Backcountry pad on sale for $30 from Mountain Gear. So far I'm liking it. Seems durable and a good balance between padding, insulation and weight. Especially for only $30!
by Civilian Scout
Fri May 10, 2013 8:30 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: This old KLR
Replies: 37
Views: 6534

Re: This old KLR

Congrats! I have a 2011 KLR. Welcome to the club!
by Civilian Scout
Fri May 10, 2013 8:23 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: You guys might like this--my 2012 Rokon
Replies: 26
Views: 3568

Re: You guys might like this--my 2012 Rokon

Love these things. There's a Rokon delaership here in KY I keep meaning to check out. It would give me a good excuse to take a long ride down through the country too. :)

Enjoy!
by Civilian Scout
Wed Apr 10, 2013 7:02 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Vargo's new Titanium Fire Box Grill
Replies: 14
Views: 2741

Re: Vargo's new Titanium Fire Box Grill

There's this stainless steel 'Firebox' stove http://foldingfirebox.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/firebox1.jpeg And this http://www.survivalsolutions.com/store/media/Cooking/FireBox_Full.jpg Normally this is sold with a kind of sawdust puck to use a s fuel. Anybody here have a chance to use one of ...
by Civilian Scout
Sun Mar 31, 2013 7:31 am
Forum: Other Gear
Topic: Whistles
Replies: 22
Views: 2620

Re: Whistles

I have one of these ITW Nexus Whistles in Black http://global.itwnexus.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/product-main/102%20Aqua%20Marine%20Whistle%20new_0006_Layer%2046.jpg http://global.itwnexus.com/content/aqua-marine-whistle" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; I got a bunch of these...
by Civilian Scout
Wed Mar 27, 2013 5:40 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Multi-purpose car camping/bug out tent
Replies: 22
Views: 2142

Re: Multi-purpose car camping/bug out tent

Anyone looking for a tent should keep an eye on Steep and Cheap. They've been having some killer deals on tents lately, some of them 60+% off original price. Must be the changing of the season, clearing out last year's models.
by Civilian Scout
Tue Mar 26, 2013 8:55 pm
Forum: Other Weapons
Topic: Need a good knife
Replies: 84
Views: 5098

Re: Need a good knife

As far as real machetes go, Tramontinas are great considering how inexpensive they are. But my personal favorite for clearing brush and doing general trail work is the Martindale Golok.

http://www.machetespecialists.com/sh13incrgowi.html
by Civilian Scout
Mon Mar 25, 2013 11:42 am
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Multi-purpose car camping/bug out tent
Replies: 22
Views: 2142

Re: Multi-purpose car camping/bug out tent

I have a Kelty Gunnison 3.1 I got for around $120 when the 3.2 came out. It hasn't seen any really harsh weather yet but so far it's proven to be a great tent for car camping. Easy to set up and plenty of room.
by Civilian Scout
Thu Mar 21, 2013 7:44 am
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Bug Out Gear Deals (Post 'em when you find 'em) I
Replies: 6532
Views: 982350

Re: Bug Out Gear Deals (Post 'em when you find 'em) I

To anyone looking for dry bags, dry sacks or stuff sacks, Sierra Trading Post has a ton of great bags from Outdoor Research in just about every size and weight at substantial discounts. With a coupon code (easy to get if you're on their mailing list) I've been snagging some of these for as little as...
by Civilian Scout
Wed Mar 20, 2013 9:44 am
Forum: Other Gear
Topic: cleaning battery terminal contacts for A,AA,C,D etc
Replies: 10
Views: 2212

Re: cleaning battery terminal contacts for A,AA,C,D etc

For the spring I would use a swab with some white vinegar, or maybe strong rubbing alcohol. If those don't work I'd try a CLR cleaner. I've never personally used CLR to clean battery corrosion but have read that it works. Be sure to use some water (preferably distilled) to clean off any residual che...
by Civilian Scout
Tue Mar 12, 2013 8:47 am
Forum: Other Weapons
Topic: Can anyone identify this knife?
Replies: 32
Views: 3527

Re: Can anyone identify this knife?

I had the exact same knife back in the '80s. What a flashback! :)
by Civilian Scout
Sat Mar 09, 2013 6:19 pm
Forum: Other Weapons
Topic: Mora disappointment?
Replies: 31
Views: 2522

Re: Mora disappointment?

I just got two Moras (a Companion F and a 711) yesterday from Ben's Backwoods and they're fine. They were sharp enough to use effectively but not shaving sharp. Took less than 5 minutes with a stone to get them crazy sharp and slice the tip of my thumb. :lol:
by Civilian Scout
Thu Mar 07, 2013 4:23 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Pocket Pencil Sharpeners
Replies: 29
Views: 2432

Re: Pocket Pencil Sharpeners

I have one of the Kum magnesium two-hole sharpeners (mentioned above in that eBay link) that I've used a few times when building a fire. Works great. I suppose the two different sized holes do give you more flexibility over what size twigs you can use, but honestly I just like that it's a little big...
by Civilian Scout
Tue Mar 05, 2013 8:06 am
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Where to buy 100% wool blanket?
Replies: 38
Views: 27445

Re: Where to buy 100% wool blanket?

I just bought one of the smaller surplus blankets from Turkeyfoot Trading. Perfect size for my needs and nicely made. Hefty, very densely woven, a nice charcoal gray color and surprisingly soft. Smell isn't too bad, only slightly musty with a hint of camphor, with no stains or holes or fraying of an...
by Civilian Scout
Wed Feb 27, 2013 9:25 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: "Sea Unicorn" Hopefully my final BOV
Replies: 32
Views: 4412

Re: "Sea Unicorn" Hopefully my final BOV

That's awesome. I love all the old Land Cruisers. Recently there was a pretty nice FJ40 with a 350 in it for sale locally, but it was gone in a flash. There's a nice, mostly original FJ40 about a mile from where I live, but the guy won't let it go for anything less than a small fortune. I can't blam...
by Civilian Scout
Thu Feb 21, 2013 5:53 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: looking for just a day pack
Replies: 39
Views: 4589

Re: looking for just a day pack

I have one of these: Exped Cloudburst 15 Backpack . Very simple, essentially a dry sack with shoulder straps, and VERY lightweight. Considering the minimalist nature of the design, it actually has some care put into making it strong and practical, and it's much more comfortable than I ever expected ...
by Civilian Scout
Wed Feb 13, 2013 9:52 am
Forum: Other Gear
Topic: Need some new layers for rain, wind and snow
Replies: 15
Views: 1165

Re: Need some new layers for rain, wind and snow

Damn, that Carhartt jacket looks pretty bombproof, and priced right too. Material almost looks like Cordura. I think the MH Epic is the rain jacket I have too. I can never remember the name of the model. It's proven to be a great jacket over the past few years. I can roll it into a roughly 3"x10" cy...
by Civilian Scout
Wed Feb 13, 2013 8:45 am
Forum: Other Gear
Topic: Need some new layers for rain, wind and snow
Replies: 15
Views: 1165

Re: Need some new layers for rain, wind and snow

Thanks for the Arc'teryx recommendation, I'm researching their different lines right now. The absolute best shells I've ever used are the Arc'teryx Alpha series. There's a variety of models (different weights essentially) to suit different needs, and though Arc'teryx has a well-deserved rep for bei...
by Civilian Scout
Tue Feb 12, 2013 5:11 pm
Forum: Other Gear
Topic: Need some new layers for rain, wind and snow
Replies: 15
Views: 1165

Re: Need some new layers for rain, wind and snow

The absolute best shells I've ever used are the Arc'teryx Alpha series. There's a variety of models (different weights essentially) to suit different needs, and though Arc'teryx has a well-deserved rep for being pricey they're not all a gazillion dollars. The flagship is the SV, an expensive beast, ...
by Civilian Scout
Sun Feb 03, 2013 9:57 am
Forum: Other Gear
Topic: The Merino Wool thread
Replies: 159
Views: 19009

Re: The Merino Wool thread

FYI, over the past 2 or 3 weeks Sierra Trading Post has been getting a ton of Smartwool products - socks, base and mid-layers, sweaters, jackets, hats, gloves, just about anything they make. If you're not familiar with them, STP is one of the absolute best places online to score deals on Smartwool. ...
by Civilian Scout
Tue Jan 22, 2013 2:36 pm
Forum: Other Gear
Topic: long sleeve shirt for warm temp that wicks water
Replies: 24
Views: 3029

Re: long sleeve shirt for warm temp that wicks water

These are what I wear when it's warm and I want long sleeves. I wear them for running or hiking. Even has 30+ UPF sun protection. Just about every company that makes running gear makes something similar. I just find that Saucony fits me better.

Saucony Men's HydraMAX Long Sleeve
by Civilian Scout
Wed Jan 16, 2013 9:19 pm
Forum: Other Gear
Topic: The Merino Wool thread
Replies: 159
Views: 19009

Re: The Merino Wool thread

I wear wool socks year round. There is such a thing as "summer weight" wool. Smartwool Ultra Lights work very well in the summer here. My feet stay comfortable, dry and stink-free. I used to use some synthetic Coolmax socks from Injinji when running on hot days, but now if it's warm I generally run ...

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