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by MichaelM
Fri Sep 07, 2012 9:49 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: hand axe or machte
Replies: 15
Views: 1872

Re: hand axe or machte

I prefer a folding saw.
by MichaelM
Fri Aug 17, 2012 8:50 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Filter Straw question
Replies: 53
Views: 15360

Re: Filter Straw question

Any filter would have to be pretty damn skookum to filter out sub-atomic particles. Shielding, yes. Filter, not so much. Filtering out crap that is a secondary radiation source, yes. Even alpha particles -- which are basically helium nuclei -- are rather ridiculously small to think that a filter co...
by MichaelM
Mon Jul 30, 2012 9:34 pm
Forum: Bushcraft
Topic: What Knife / Knives are in your Kit for working with Wood?
Replies: 25
Views: 4732

Re: What Knife / Knives are in your Kit for working with Woo

Mora Clipper atm. Waiting on my ESEE 3mil to arrive but now doubting my purchase and wondering if I should have purchased an ESEE 4... or both. :cry: Since this is a thread about wood working, it's worth noting that I found both the ESEE 3 and 4 to be less than wonderful for working wood. They don'...
by MichaelM
Thu Jul 26, 2012 10:22 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Full out tactical or blended in and discreet
Replies: 38
Views: 7904

Re: Full out tactical or blended in and discreet

I'm a civilian. I look like one.
by MichaelM
Sun Jul 22, 2012 5:17 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Whistles
Replies: 13
Views: 867

Re: Whistles

I've got a Fox40 Classic on my key chain. It's ridiculously loud.
by MichaelM
Fri Jul 20, 2012 12:02 pm
Forum: Other Gear
Topic: Love for any of the Classic Non-Locking Pocketknife designs?
Replies: 38
Views: 2861

Re: Love for any of the Classic Non-Locking Pocketknife desi

Cars aren't supposed to be crashed into things either, but I still wear my seat belt and buy one with airbags. This analogy is off. Cars are driven on roads with other drivers and often non-drivers. Road conditions -- including inclement weather, chemical spills, etc -- contribute to car accidents....
by MichaelM
Thu Jul 19, 2012 9:34 pm
Forum: Other Gear
Topic: Love for any of the Classic Non-Locking Pocketknife designs?
Replies: 38
Views: 2861

Re: Love for any of the Classic Non-Locking Pocketknife desi

I must admit to having a soft spot for a nice stockman's knife. My grandfather used to carry one with him when I was a kid. So there's a certain amount of nostalgia factor going there. Besides, spay, sheep's foot, and clip is a nice array of blade choices. Not a lot of stuff you need to do that one ...
by MichaelM
Mon Jul 16, 2012 11:12 am
Forum: Other Gear
Topic: Microfiber Towels..What's A Good Buy?
Replies: 14
Views: 4846

Re: Microfiber Towels..What's A Good Buy?

I got this and its great: Sea to Summit Tek Towel http://www.amazon.com/Sea-Summit-Towel-Eucalyptus-Small/dp/B001Q3KLKE/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1342408563&sr=8-2&keywords=sea+to+summit+towel" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; I have one of those in large. I got that size because I was th...
by MichaelM
Wed Jul 11, 2012 10:11 pm
Forum: Bushcraft
Topic: What Knife / Knives are in your Kit for working with Wood?
Replies: 25
Views: 4732

Re: What Knife / Knives are in your Kit for working with Woo

I mostly just use whatever Mora I've got on hand. I made a tripod style wooden stool up at the camp a couple of weeks ago, which involved hammering the thing through a 3 inch thick slice of log three times to make holes for the legs. After doing that, carving out the holes, and then fitting the legs...
by MichaelM
Wed Jul 11, 2012 10:01 am
Forum: Other Gear
Topic: The case for having more than 1 knife.
Replies: 25
Views: 3598

Re: The case for having more than 1 knife.

A folder in your pocket, a medium sized camp knife and a hatchet are probably a good trio. Then again maybe the second knife is unnecessary I used to camp a lot and a 4" knife paired with a hatchet worked well for me. I tend to go with a Mora, a Swiss Army knife, and a camp saw. I like having the t...
by MichaelM
Sun Jul 08, 2012 10:40 pm
Forum: Other Gear
Topic: USMC Kabar as Camp Knife??
Replies: 56
Views: 11246

Re: USMC Kabar as Camp Knife??

You know what also helps to save your knife from bending and breaking? Avoiding unnecessary batoning. I find that the eagerness to baton wood is way, way higher than the necessity to actually do it. Because like 99% of the time, you don't need to do it at all. If the wood is dry enough to get a fire...
by MichaelM
Sat Jun 23, 2012 10:08 am
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Need recommendations for a Camelback
Replies: 27
Views: 2464

Re: Need recommendations for a Camelback

I'm really happy with my Camelbak MULE. It's got plenty of space for snacks and some clothing even with the 3L hydration bladder. When I'm out for day hikes, I usually have lunch, some snacks, an extra layer, some more socks, and outdoor basics (sun screen, bug spray, etc). The mesh section is reall...
by MichaelM
Fri Jun 22, 2012 9:25 pm
Forum: Other Gear
Topic: Looking for a decent, portable, reasonably-priced saw
Replies: 28
Views: 2276

Re: Looking for a decent, portable, reasonably-priced saw

I have this: http://www.coleman.com/product/2000006797#.T-Un5eo1ESk" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; It's not the coolest looking saw. But it's light weight and it works. I've been using mine for a couple of years now, and I haven't had a problem. I've cut an awful lot of fire wood wit...
by MichaelM
Thu Jun 14, 2012 11:24 pm
Forum: Other Gear
Topic: Emergency solar water distiller
Replies: 3
Views: 775

Re: Emergency solar water distiller

If there's no dirty water to clean, you can also throw plant material inside. Basically anything with water in it will release that water when it heats up. It'll just produce a lower yield than something like brackish water. Just be sure to avoid volatile chemicals. Those will evaporate and condense...
by MichaelM
Thu Jun 14, 2012 11:21 pm
Forum: Other Gear
Topic: USMC Kabar as Camp Knife??
Replies: 56
Views: 11246

Re: USMC Kabar as Camp Knife??

I don't think that for the most part you'll need to worry about breaking the things. KA BARs are made to take a beating. This is why people use the things for decades without them breaking. That said, it wouldn't be my choice for a bush craft knife. They're big, thick, and clumsy for many camp chore...
by MichaelM
Wed Jun 06, 2012 9:52 am
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Poll: The most important backpack features for you
Replies: 30
Views: 1716

Re: Poll: The most important backpack features for you

You missed a sensible option: Volume measured in liters instead of cubic inches.

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by MichaelM
Wed May 30, 2012 7:04 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Ultralight - A list of tips on lightening your load
Replies: 37
Views: 8972

Re: Ultralight - A list of tips on lightening your load

Be careful not to confuse quilts with blankets. The quilts I'm referring to usually have a bottom, so it still wraps around you and you shouldn't be able to just push it off. This is the first time I've ever heard of anyone calling anything a quilt other than a blanket that's been quilted. (Ie one ...
by MichaelM
Tue May 29, 2012 9:32 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Ultralight - A list of tips on lightening your load
Replies: 37
Views: 8972

Re: Ultralight - A list of tips on lightening your load

Do sleeping bags even make sense? Consider using a quilt instead. Quilts are built similarly to a sleeping bag, but have no bottom. Instead, they just attach directly to your mattress. Since down or synthetic insulation works only when it's lofted up, and since insulation that your full body weight...
by MichaelM
Thu May 10, 2012 10:00 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Water Bladder - Why don't more people use them?
Replies: 59
Views: 3441

Re: Water Bladder - Why don't more people use them?

Just toss in some ice, a pinch of salt, and fill with water and I'm good to go for hours. Why the salt? You lose salt when you sweat. If it's warm enough that I'm going to drink anywhere near 3L of water, I'm probably going to be sweating a lot. I've found that I stay hydrated better if I replenish...
by MichaelM
Thu May 10, 2012 12:32 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Water Bladder - Why don't more people use them?
Replies: 59
Views: 3441

Re: Water Bladder - Why don't more people use them?

I love my Camelbak bladder. It's a 3L model, and it's way, way easier to carry than 3 1L Nalgene bottles. I don't walk more than 15 miles in a go, and that takes me about 4 hours in the sort of terrain in which I do trips of that length. Even if it's hot and sunny that day, I don't tend to go throug...
by MichaelM
Sat May 05, 2012 8:32 am
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Bedliner BoB?
Replies: 10
Views: 1293

Re: Bedliner BoB?

I'd look at using rubber dip on the cloth portions. It water proofs, adds durability without adding a LOT of weight, and can be added to if need be. It remains flexible in cold temps, too (not sure off hand what the range is on it) without melting off in higher temps. My brother has a pack with a r...
by MichaelM
Fri May 04, 2012 10:42 am
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Looking to pull the trigger on a new pack.
Replies: 16
Views: 2638

Re: Looking to pull the trigger on a new pack.

I've got an Osprey Kestrel 48, and I really like it. For an overnight in fair weather, it's got enough room that I can fit everything I need inside the bag, including my ground pad. For a longer trip or one in worse weather, I need to strap the ground pad to the outside. Either way, for my camping n...
by MichaelM
Mon Apr 30, 2012 5:00 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: So many packs...and so few backs...
Replies: 22
Views: 5334

Re: So many packs...and so few backs...

Have you looked at Swiss Army or Under Armour packs? http://i00.i.aliimg.com/photo/v0/340319432/SA_9275_Wenger_Swiss_gear_laptop_backpack.jpg I have almost that exact same bag. The only difference I can see is that mine has some gray in it. It's a really good bag, but a little bigger than I really ...
by MichaelM
Mon Apr 30, 2012 9:33 am
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Pre-put together GHB
Replies: 26
Views: 3000

Re: Pre-put together GHB

It's better than nothing, but I could put together a bag that suits me better out of random shit from around my house. It would also be smaller, lighter, and cost a lot less.

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