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I wish all these posts made it to the main Bug Out Gear section.

1) Where they would be easier to search.
2) Easier to follow the individual replies to specific topics.
3) Most of these posts are incredible in their own right. And deserve their own thread IMHO.
4) It's not like we have an overload of posts in the main BOG section.
5) I'd like to see each of these in their own thread. Where we could find it using search for one. And two where we could reply to a specific post. And have all those replies in one order in one thread.

It's hard to not only search this one thread full of multiple posts. It's hard to follow along the replies to something you saw on say page 2. But then gets commented on on say page 7 or 9 or who knows where.

It just seems as this thread gets longer it gets more useless. I like the one thread for gear you just bought. That's cool. But these posts where people are actually testing gear really lend themselves to discussion. Which is hard to do in one thread.

Does this make sense? Or am I a wacka do?

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Moab, you are dead on. There are two solutions.

1) Whenever people have gear, we make a thread in the BOG thread section about that specific piece of kit.

2) Use the Search Site function of google.

Just my $.02.

It is good that we are getting so many reviews of products and so much discussion. I'm really happy to see that.

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woodsghost wrote:
Moab, you are dead on. There are two solutions.

1) Whenever people have gear, we make a thread in the BOG thread about that specific piece of kit.

2) Use the Search Site function of google.

Just my $.02.

It is good that we are getting so many reviews of products and so much discussion. I'm really happy to see that.


Ya. You've got to use google. The search function here just simply doesn't work accurately enough.

I just see this thread turning into one huge long thread. That is not searchable. Or even followable as far as comments and discussion goes. Plus I was blown away by how many posts I was missing that ended up here. Most if not many really deserve their own thread. I would have liked to comment. But I don't need 13 subscription emails before I see one pertaining to the one topic I posted about. Just my two cents. I know WW and the other mods work their asses off around here. And I really appreciate them. Just seems like it would be easier to leave these in the main BOG section.

Either that or like I said - I'm just a wacka do! :)

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moab wrote:
woodsghost wrote:
Moab, you are dead on. There are two solutions.

1) Whenever people have gear, we make a thread in the BOG thread about that specific piece of kit.

2) Use the Search Site function of google.

Just my $.02.

It is good that we are getting so many reviews of products and so much discussion. I'm really happy to see that.


Ya. You've got to use google. The search function here just simply doesn't work accurately enough.

I just see this thread turning into one huge long thread. That is not searchable. Or even followable as far as comments and discussion goes. Plus I was blown away by how many posts I was missing that ended up here. Most if not many really deserve their own thread. I would have liked to comment. But I don't need 13 subscription emails before I see one pertaining to the one topic I posted about. Just my two cents. I know WW and the other mods work their asses off around here. And I really appreciate them. Just seems like it would be easier to leave these in the main BOG section.

Either that or like I said - I'm just a wacka do! :)



Could always see if WW could set up an index to each review (if he has that much time) and keep it on the first post. Zombiepreparation corralled all the gardening threads like that in a few posts... would be time consuming though...

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Kifaru Tipi out in the middle of the Kazakh steppe:

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A perfect shelter for this type of terrain, but fuel supply for the stove must be carried in the truck to many places. It is very similar to the traditional mobile Yurts one still sees in use here.

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ArcTeryx LEAF Alpha jacket, TAD Gear cargo pants and Kifaru E&E. On a cliff overlooking a lake in the mountains surrounding my town. The E&E is probably my favourite backpack. I use it around town all the time, and it's perfect for small 1 - 3 hour hikes up the local mountains, as well as when i'm out skiing.

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Same hike as above. Kifaru E&E and TAD Gear cargo pants.

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Camping out on a small island, enjoying a bottle of Hardanger Cider in a hammock I bought at a military surplus sale last year. I have no idea what brand or model it is, it just says "Mil-Spec Hammock" or something like that. It was dirt cheap, packs down small, is feather light and very comfortable. I have never tried sleeping in one, but it's perfect as a place to relax in camp.

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Eberlestock Skycrane II resting against a tree. I love this backpack. The build quality is great and I really like how it feels and looks. The whole modular thing is great and allows me to adapt to whatever I may need from my backpack at all times, within the same load bearing system. Being able to remove a standalone front-loading backpack (G1 Little Brother) or a duffle (if you buy a compatible one seperatly) from the mother-pack is great. The fact that the front loading compartement is it's own fully functional backpack -meaning that the Skycrane II is literally 2 fully functional backpacks in one- does add to the weight of the pack though.

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Eberlestock G1 Little Brother (detached from the skycrane II mother-bag), classic Norwegian army field bottle, a blackhawk hydration pouch, Randall's Adventure/ESSE 6" knife and a Jerven Fjellduken. Jerven Fjellduken is an awesome piece of equippement. I guess it is comparable to the US Military poncho liner/woobie. They come in different sizes and levels of isulation, contains a rescue flag by default and can be used as a poncho, a standalone sleeping bag, a tent or as an additional waterproof protective shell around a sleeping bag. Here is a photo of one in mountain-camo being used by a Finnish soldier: https://www.varusteleka.fi/pictures/22621e.jpg

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Newbie to the site but here are a few pics of my vehicle I have been outfitting over the last 6 months or so

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My old Patrol at a large lake in eastern Kazakhstan - hammock sits nicely in the shade...

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Custom mini Parang I got as a birthday gift from a friend knifemaker and artistic blacksmith.

This thing is a serious chopper yet it's light and compact. I have abused the poor thing and caused no damage to any part of the blade or the edge.

It's forged in 1085 steel.

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Sometimes I carry it on my Condor II:

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It has since been my primary tool in the rainforest. Along with it I carry some smaller blade or my SAK.

Sometimes I just stick it on my Jumbo:

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5.11 Softshell Jacket, 5.11 Rush24 and Savage Model 10 PC with Minox ZE5i scope. Was a beautiful, yet unsuccessful morning.

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Nice Smue!

In keeping with rules from recent adventures:

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My Clark Jungle Hammock in CO woods

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Kifaru pack rigged up with pouches for an overnight in the Sand Dunes Ntl Park taking photos

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When the campsite is full and you've driven 5 hours after work. Western Mountanerring Summerlite bag on a sea to summit pad.

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the_alias wrote:
Nice Smue!

In keeping with rules from recent adventures:

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My Clark Jungle Hammock in CO woods



Nice photos - my friend has a Clark too - well made, great over tarp design too. Pockets. In fact, we will be sleeping out next to the lake tonight. Very hot here now and the hammock is a perfect place to sleep adjacent to the lake and its breeze.

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I am a sale/markdown whore when it comes to good gear. Jumping on a deal only to be forced to let the item sit a long time until I can get it out for a real test is a normal MO for me.
Such is the case with my Arcteryx LEAF Khyber 50 pack. LEAF stands for Law Enforcement & Armed Forces

Over the weekend I finally got into the 9000' mountains above Owens Valley/Death Valley and was exploring a section of a 1900's mining tramway located on the steep mountainside.
A perfect day and location for a test drive of my new ruck.

Arcteryx's Published list

Features:

Measures: 10” x 12” x 28”
Radically lightweight C² suspension system holds load close to the body, avoiding shifts and conserving energy
Dual density shoulder straps distribute weight over broad and more rigid surface
Exceptionally durable high tenacity nylon textile withstands hard use
Velcro® One-Wrap® cable/hose management system keeps bag streamlined
Removable, extendable lid with pocket
Hydration ports at top of shoulders
Quick release buckles on shoulder straps
Removable support stays can be shaped for custom fitting over personal protective equipment
External compression shelf
Removable thermomolded hip pods

Materials:

500D Cordura®
SpacerMesh™
8mm composite (C²) framesheet
22mm extruded anodized aluminum stays

This amazingly svelte 3.9 pound pack looks really tacticool in the OEM photos :mrgreen:

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When it isn't stuffed with special photo-shoot expanding modeling foam it looks a bit more saggy in the real world :v:

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I had somewhere between 25 to 30 pounds in it and there was lots of room left for more. The "crocodile" color blended in fine with the high mountain terrain.
The gloves I am wearing are the Outdoor Research Aerator Gloves in Sage Green. Good fitting warm weather gloves! My pants were really great Mountain Hardwear
hiking pants that did not come in a tacticool color.

Gear that I wanted to access often (GPS/radio/camera) were kept out front on the shoulder straps, sternum strap or waist belt.
This ESEE-4 with a Molle back for the sheath stayed in place on the hip belt without shifting around.

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Great blade!!
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Most straps had little Velcro widgets to roll up excess strappage (is that even a word?) but the waist belt did not. Strange oversight. Have to fix that.

The shoulder straps have "quick release" fasteners that require a really hard yank to separate them. The pads look thin but turned out to be very comfortable and the load lifter straps at the top helped to adjust how the load was balanced between the shoulders and hips.

The pack is strictly a top loader and there is a tall storm collar with a drawstring as well as two over the top compression straps to hold gear securely inside. The straps' Fastex fasteners are placed in a odd spot that made it difficult to reach when the lid is in place. The straps are a perfect means to securely store a climbing rope. BTW, the lid can be removed and left behind.

If you are anal about organizing gear into pockets, panels and compartments on a pack you are pretty much out of luck other than the top and bottom zippered compartments on the pack lid. If you are fixated on water bottles you'll need to add carriers or just go ahead and use a hydration bladder. There are two exit slots to route a drinking tube left or right. There are compression straps on the sides that are good for lashing gear down and the shelf, or "beaver tail" and elastic cord on the front are great for a climbing helmet, rifle, jacket or maybe that LAWS tube you have laying about. Quarter-inch wide daisy chains and loops are in a number of places and allow lashing down gear or clipping in carabiners. There are no zippers to access the main compartment so be smart about how you place your gear. You'll notice it is not plastered in heavy MOLLE webbing which penalizes you with excess weight for the convenience of mounting heavy denier nylon pouches in pretty patterns.

The attention to detail on this pack is wondrous and all of the stitching, fasteners and straps are great materials even down to matching the color shades for an overall harmony of earth tone hues. There is no water repellent treatment of the fabric or internal urethane coating so apply your own DWR spray if needed. Not much rain in my AOR so if needed I will carry a pack cover.

The Khyber 50 is a big mission ready "sack" that is ruggedly built with enough features to make it a good choice for a BOB or camping backpack. After a day in steep terrain I did not have any aches due to the pack and hardly noticed it was there. Being able to grab the pack while on extensive markdown made it a great purchase. Sadly it was discontinued by Arcteryx so you'll have to hunt for one because I can highly recommend it for use as real pack unburdened by excess weight.

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Cool review. I like that it reminds me to go out with that ruck I bought & just shoved somewhere in the apt. :D

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Thought this was a cool shot of my USGI poncho setup on a recent trip with my Bivibag and quilt.

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the_alias wrote:
Thought this was a cool shot of my USGI poncho setup on a recent trip with my Bivibag and quilt.



Excellent! When will you post a trip report? :clap:

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