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by Luthifer
Mon Jan 27, 2014 9:37 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: ILBE mods: Cutting the Fat *2018 update*
Replies: 122
Views: 51416

Re: ILBE mods: Cutting the Fat *NOW with ghetto pack frame*

Looks like Allegheny is going to send a replacement buckle. So far so good. I see that they have the VGC complete main for 54 shipped on amazon now. It's here, under the used offerings. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B006UVCTCA/sr=8-14/qid=1390876106/ref=olp_product_details?ie=UTF8&me=&qid=1390876...
by Luthifer
Sat Jan 25, 2014 10:28 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: ILBE mods: Cutting the Fat *2018 update*
Replies: 122
Views: 51416

Re: ILBE mods: Cutting the Fat *NOW with ghetto pack frame*

Just got a complete ilbe main pack (belt,straps,lid,radio pouch) on amazon for 57 shipped in very good condition. No rips or tears, all straps and buckles functional. Well, the hip belt buckle is busted, so I'm waiting on the seller to correct that, but still, 57 bucks. Bought from Allegheny Outfitt...
by Luthifer
Fri Jan 17, 2014 10:07 am
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Looking for wool hiking pants
Replies: 13
Views: 1759

Re: Looking for wool hiking pants

I have two pairs of wool pants that I found at a thrift store- they're mid-weight wool flannel, and kind of baggy. I think they were "in" a couple years back, the labels are GAP and Banana Republic, although they're the same pants. Not as fragile as dress pants, but no nearly as bulky or heavy as mi...
by Luthifer
Mon Mar 21, 2011 9:01 am
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: Kerosene heaters and lanterns
Replies: 53
Views: 13069

Re: Kerosene heaters and lanterns

Just a note here, about space heaters with 'oxygen depletion sensors'. The term 'O2 depletion sensor' is a bunch of crap, it just means that the heater will self-extinguish when there is no longer enough O2 to support combustion. Be careful with space heaters, any device that consumes oxygen is goin...
by Luthifer
Fri Mar 11, 2011 9:05 pm
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Coleman Fuel (white gas)
Replies: 13
Views: 1452

Re: Coleman Fuel (white gas)

You can use unleaded in dual-fuel lanterns, but it'll eat the generator quick-like. CF is best, and at <$9/gal at Wallyworld, not a bad deal. Some guys run their lanterns on "Amish Mix" which is 30-40% CF, remainder kerosene, IIRC. ETA: BTW, CF is almost pure naptha, work great for cleaning/degreasi...
by Luthifer
Sat Feb 05, 2011 1:55 pm
Forum: First Aid
Topic: Potential for home-made SAM splints.
Replies: 7
Views: 771

Re: Potential for home-made SAM splints.

DunLurkin wrote:
I have been thinking about a kydex splint that can double as a machete.
You mean a machete sheath, yes?
by Luthifer
Sat Jan 29, 2011 12:15 am
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Is North Face a quality and reliable brand to invest in??
Replies: 44
Views: 7532

Re: Is North Face a quality and reliable brand to invest in?

I think that TNF's foray into footwear is a good example of where they are nowadays- The North Face is a not a shoe company. Tents, jackets, fine. Shoes, bullshit. They're having shoes made at a factory in Asia, and their logo is being put on the shoes. This doesn't make them bad shoes, but it also ...
by Luthifer
Tue Jan 25, 2011 8:49 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Bug Out Food at the supermarket
Replies: 99
Views: 9411

Re: Bug Out Food at the supermarket

The Tyson chicken is surprisingly good, given that it's an extended-shelf-life product. It's not something you'd want to eat straight out of the pouch, but mixed with some rice or pasta, it's pretty decent. I'm leaning more toward SPAM and smoked salmon in my ruck, 'cause they're OK cold. If I've go...
by Luthifer
Mon Jan 24, 2011 7:54 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: DIY Silnylon Review
Replies: 49
Views: 9708

Re: DIY Silnylon Review

i would sew and then treat, so the thread and needle holes are filled.
by Luthifer
Sat Jan 22, 2011 10:30 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Chevy Avalanche Bed Slide Construction - DIY
Replies: 45
Views: 49103

Re: Chevy Avalanche Bed Slide Construction - DIY

You had mentioned keeping MREs in the bed. You probably know this, but MREs are very heat sensitive, and won't last long, particularly in AZ heat under black tonneau covers.

Cool project, BTW. I was very nearly an AV owner myself, but I drove a WRX by mistake, and that was the end of the AV.
by Luthifer
Fri Jan 21, 2011 7:15 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Need Help - Where to camp in PA?
Replies: 17
Views: 1160

Re: Need Help - Where to camp in PA?

If you're near Harrisburg, it's not much of a drive to Hawk Mountain, near Kempton. There's a trail system that intersects the AT. We used to train there with CAP, which owns property at the base, but there's tons of trails thru the state gamelands. We used to camp at the Pinnacle, Pulpit Rock, and ...
by Luthifer
Fri Jan 21, 2011 9:26 am
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Bug Out Food at the supermarket
Replies: 99
Views: 9411

Re: Bug Out Food at the supermarket

DeadyBear wrote: I suppose I could do minute rice...
I've always thought Minute rice to about as nutritious as the water it's cooked in, but then again, I've recently revised my opinion of ramen...
by Luthifer
Thu Jan 20, 2011 8:38 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: EDC Flashlight, which one?
Replies: 30
Views: 2243

Re: EDC Flashlight, which one?

I don't think the Dereelight will do 230 lumens on AA. Dont Knock lights that run off of AA batteries. Some can easily do 230 lumens and more (here I introduce the Fenix TK40 MC-E). Fenix - Fenix TK40 MC-E Quad Super LED 630 Lumen Features Cree MC-E LED with a 50,000 hour lifespan 2 Modes, 8 Total ...
by Luthifer
Thu Jan 20, 2011 7:29 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: DIY Silnylon Review
Replies: 49
Views: 9708

Re: DIY Silnylon Review

I wouldn't bother with alcohol, it's petroleum solvents you're after. Paint thinner is ideal, but costs way more than it used to. Coleman fuel, I think, is pretty close to pure naptha. I was suggesting it, half kidding, because it costs less than mineral spirits. There's an odorless type of paint th...
by Luthifer
Thu Jan 20, 2011 11:42 am
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: EDC Flashlight, which one?
Replies: 30
Views: 2243

Re: EDC Flashlight, which one?

I don't think the Dereelight will do 230 lumens on AA, but as you point out, AA are very easy to come by. I carry a 80 lumen 1AA light every day, and I don't often find myself wishing for more light- it's plenty of light for finding things in toolboxes, inspecting machinery, etc. For general use and...
by Luthifer
Thu Jan 20, 2011 9:43 am
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Meet BOB
Replies: 11
Views: 1963

Re: Meet BOB

Oh, that explains it. Puzzled was I.

Mods must've been on it pretty quick, I was keeping an eye on the thread last night and missed it.
by Luthifer
Thu Jan 20, 2011 9:18 am
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: DIY Silnylon Review
Replies: 49
Views: 9708

Re: DIY Silnylon Review

Paint thinner, Mineral spirits, Turpentine, any of these will work fine, and be much much safer than gasoline. Although, given what Home Depot charges for Mineral Spirits (about $12/gal), maybe Coleman Fuel ($8.88/gal @ WalMart) is a good choice. Although immersion in a bucket is optimal, a decent j...
by Luthifer
Wed Jan 19, 2011 11:46 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Meet BOB
Replies: 11
Views: 1963

Re: Meet BOB

WhoShotJR wrote:Can someone please explain to me who does that ^^ and why?
Does which? The rolling and pinching?
by Luthifer
Wed Jan 19, 2011 7:01 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Meet BOB
Replies: 11
Views: 1963

Re: Meet BOB

Looks good. If you're going to use the Jetboil as your primary water purification I'd throw in a couple of dozen coffee filters. Dirt cheap, almost no weight or space taken up, and they are a multipurpose item. Had figured on using one of several Sham-Wow type towels for a prefilter. We're lousy wi...
by Luthifer
Wed Jan 19, 2011 5:35 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Meet BOB
Replies: 11
Views: 1963

Re: Meet BOB

One thing I have learned from expereince is that the ISO fuel containers are prone to freezing up if left exposed for any length of time and become worthless. How many cubic inches is that ruck? I took the main ruck for a trudge today, and noticed two things. The Molle waist belt is far better than...
by Luthifer
Wed Jan 19, 2011 1:55 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Light weight rain jacket
Replies: 28
Views: 3283

Re: Light weight rain jacket

Dave, you got necro-posted. I was reading this and realized that I'd seen it all before.
by Luthifer
Wed Jan 19, 2011 1:51 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Meet BOB
Replies: 11
Views: 1963

Re: Meet BOB

Nice setup. I will plus one on the ziplock bag "cooking liner" idea. I was using 2 mil (Ziplock brand is 1.5 or 1 mil) sealing bags, but have 'upgraded' to 6 mil bags. Good for cooking, water transport and so on. I agree with you that using the bags as a liner makes for fast cooking and no cleanup....
by Luthifer
Wed Jan 19, 2011 1:46 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Bug Out Food at the supermarket
Replies: 99
Views: 9411

Re: Bug Out Food at the supermarket

I'm wanting to borrow a dehydrator and get to makin some jerky and whatnot. I really dig the idea of trail cuisine, but for now I'm focusing on stuff I can eat with minimal prep. I just got a screaming deal on a Jetboil, so I'm all about the hot water. Jetboils are tricky to "cook" in, and a pain to...
by Luthifer
Wed Jan 19, 2011 1:28 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Meet BOB
Replies: 11
Views: 1963

Meet BOB

After "optimizing" (endlessly dicking with) the configuration of my BOB for the last year, I've decided to post it for the ZS community review. This is the winter config, so it's heavy. The BOB lives at the house, so assume that if I'm taking it somewhere, I'm dressed for the weather and have my fol...

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