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by Crimson Phoenix
Tue Mar 23, 2010 11:24 pm
Forum: Other Gear
Topic: Gas Masks
Replies: 44
Views: 4952

Re: Gas Masks

Yes, yes, but how would a private citizen get legitimate CBR training without having first been in the military or a first responder? Having the gear is one thing, that only takes money and patience. Having the training is a whole thing all to itself, and really more important than the gear when it ...
by Crimson Phoenix
Mon Mar 22, 2010 11:44 am
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Ponchos and Poncho Liners
Replies: 83
Views: 11189

Re: Ponchos and Poncho Liners

I was actually thinking either 550 cord or shoelaces with the edges burnt to frap them. The issue one I have simply has what's effectively OD shoelaces folded over and attached with two bartacks at the edge tape on one side. Really, I suppose just use the issue one for measurements and start from th...
by Crimson Phoenix
Mon Mar 22, 2010 1:09 am
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Ponchos and Poncho Liners
Replies: 83
Views: 11189

Re: Ponchos and Poncho Liners

Ahh! See, it was the whole quilting part and tie-downs I was worried about. Your oversimplified manner just makes it even more easier. Though I'd assume rounded edges would be easier to stitch except when it comes to the edging tape.
by Crimson Phoenix
Sun Mar 21, 2010 11:59 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Ponchos and Poncho Liners
Replies: 83
Views: 11189

Re: Ponchos and Poncho Liners

Thanks for the tip. I'd rather go for half and half OD and coyote. If anybody has a pattern, I'd appreciate it. Still like to look into adding in a hood with drawcord that can nest into the issue poncho's own hood.
by Crimson Phoenix
Sun Mar 21, 2010 1:03 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Ponchos and Poncho Liners
Replies: 83
Views: 11189

Re: Ponchos and Poncho Liners

Had a friend telling me there was some really warm yet thin batting that would be perfect for the project but she couldn't remember what it was called or where to order it from. I already found a source for the ripstop nylon material for the shell in coyote brown online If you tell me where you fou...
by Crimson Phoenix
Fri Mar 19, 2010 9:48 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Who makes top loaidng MOLLE rucks?
Replies: 16
Views: 2626

Re: Who makes top loaidng MOLLE rucks?

This is what I have in coyote brown. It's a top loader with a cord-locked drawcord and buckle down top flap, though the one I got doesn't have a storm flap like the previous generation MOLLE ruck it replaced in the Army. Depending on what you're doing, it might be a bit on the big side, and to be h...
by Crimson Phoenix
Thu Mar 18, 2010 11:57 pm
Forum: Other Gear
Topic: What is this?
Replies: 27
Views: 1213

Re: What is this?

Looks like Cretaceous fossiliferious limestone with some iron staining and other weathering. I can see at least one fossil mold above the end of the blade (yes, I'm a geology major). Hilt I'm assuming is 550 cord or similar, though it looks waxed, and I'm dying to know what it does and how it works ...
by Crimson Phoenix
Thu Mar 18, 2010 1:07 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Ponchos and Poncho Liners
Replies: 83
Views: 11189

Re: Ponchos and Poncho Liners

Well, just taught myself how important it is to bring the poncho liner by not bringing one. Just got back from a 5 day trek to Big Bend National Park for geology and took a lighter, shorter blanket for the van and figured it would be chilly enough the mummy bag at night. One night of misery and two ...
by Crimson Phoenix
Thu Mar 18, 2010 12:45 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: How many sets of Camo Clothing are needed for the PAW (Poll)
Replies: 62
Views: 2702

Re: How many sets of Camo Clothing are needed for the PAW (Poll)

I figure if you ARE going to use cammies, I'd suggest you go with at least two sets of both woodland/temperate and desert/dry if you have a serious browning in the autumn or summer. Hell, even overwhites if you expect a real winter. I've heard it recommended you use hunting camo best suited to your ...
by Crimson Phoenix
Thu Mar 18, 2010 12:30 pm
Forum: Other Gear
Topic: Gas Masks
Replies: 44
Views: 4952

Re: Gas Masks

Is there any legitimate group outside the military and firefighter training that covers this sort of stuff? Three people from my department, including myself, are looking into getting HAZWOPER training in Corpus Christi at our own expense since it gives us a secondary job skill when working the geol...
by Crimson Phoenix
Thu Mar 18, 2010 12:16 pm
Forum: Other Gear
Topic: Shelter Box
Replies: 8
Views: 957

Re: Shelter Box

Be nice if they really broke down everything that goes into it. It looks like something every family in the Gulf Coast needs, since we're in hurricane central from the Carolinas on down to Texas. Honestly, everyone needs. I do like your idea of something being easily broken down and sized to quickly...
by Crimson Phoenix
Thu Mar 18, 2010 12:03 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Are all chem lights created equal?
Replies: 27
Views: 3073

Re: Are all chem lights created equal?

Yeah, just got back from a 5 day campout in Big Bend State Park and was disappointed with nearly two year old Walmart chemlights. Thinking about just using them up fast as I can once I order a pack of 12 hour ones from Brigade QM or US Cav or something. Pretty much put it up in the little hanging ne...
by Crimson Phoenix
Fri Mar 12, 2010 10:18 am
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Chest harnesses and vests- Useful for camping,etc?
Replies: 21
Views: 1231

Re: Chest harnesses and vests- Useful for camping,etc?

I'm leaving soon (like in a couple hours) for a 6 day geology field camp three hours away from anything and completely on the other side of the state of Texas. I really had to think twice about ditching my FLC vest since we'll be out in the field all day doing a lot of mapping and surveying, and fig...
by Crimson Phoenix
Wed Mar 10, 2010 1:20 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: poncho application
Replies: 28
Views: 2316

Re: poncho application

Spider-hole? So long as you don't pop up and snatch any hapless passing critters for your next meal. :lol: But in all seriousness, for the moment, I'm not at all concerned with concealing my position. Case in point, the tent I've been left with is blaze orange, I keep a blaze orange stuff sack I can...
by Crimson Phoenix
Tue Mar 09, 2010 10:29 pm
Forum: Other Gear
Topic: M1 Carbine rig?
Replies: 16
Views: 2390

Re: M1 Carbine rig?

I'm looking into picking up an M1 Carbine as a graduation present to myself and was wondering if there's any MOLLE compatible pouches which can take the 15 round magazines. Well, I'm pretty much sold on the southpaw version of his stock pouch , but seriously, something like these with PALS webbing o...
by Crimson Phoenix
Tue Mar 09, 2010 10:14 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: poncho application
Replies: 28
Views: 2316

Re: poncho application

As I'm seeing. Only problem is desert and scrub camping, since finding taller objects to anchor from are hard to come by if you're skittish about thorns. I'm originally from the Phoenix area, so that's not that big an issue, but West Texas where I'm heading all next week is a bit more bleak. To be h...
by Crimson Phoenix
Mon Mar 08, 2010 3:17 am
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: poncho application
Replies: 28
Views: 2316

Re: poncho application

I definitely recommend ringing your firepit with stones. That's been the only "right" way I've known for the last 12 years. Also agree with digging it out, though I keep an issue e-tool around. Sorta miss that pick point on the other end of the cheap Coleman shovel I used to have, but the handle was...
by Crimson Phoenix
Sun Mar 07, 2010 1:42 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Been Here a While, but It's Best I say Hi
Replies: 2
Views: 103

Been Here a While, but It's Best I say Hi

Been lurking this place for months now, but finally joined back in November. Though I didn't really get around to posting anything until the last couple months, I've definitely enjoyed the information you've got here. I'm a senior geology major, geography minor at Texas A&M-Kingsville in South Texas...
by Crimson Phoenix
Sun Mar 07, 2010 1:28 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: poncho application
Replies: 28
Views: 2316

Re: poncho application

Did you use two ponchos for your shelter? We're going to have to bivouac on our first night with our field camp this coming week, and it looks like you've got rope for a guywire, two ponchos snapped together, and a log for a support. I'm assuming you're using tent pegs or something similar to anchor...
by Crimson Phoenix
Wed Mar 03, 2010 3:45 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Spray-painting a tent fly - Will it work?
Replies: 15
Views: 3322

Re: Spray-painting a tent fly - Will it work?

What about applying camo netting over your unmodified rainfly like a blanket if you want concealment? Your tent already has the support poles in place, just find a way with rope or bungees and hooks, I'd think.
by Crimson Phoenix
Tue Mar 02, 2010 9:16 am
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Help me choose a sleeping pad
Replies: 28
Views: 1233

Re: Help me choose a sleeping pad

I know what you mean about Starship Troopers. >_0

Anyway, either of the two ridgerest pads were my second choices if I didn't have enough cash for the self-inflating pad. Prof insisted I get the Therm-a-Rest and I had the money leftover after semester, so I've not been disappointed.
by Crimson Phoenix
Mon Mar 01, 2010 1:22 am
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Aites / LB Technology Gear...how is the quality?
Replies: 2
Views: 580

Re: Aites / LB Technology Gear...how is the quality?

I've been satisfied with their workmanship and there's no difference in quality over SDS, since they're both government contractors who must meet the same standards. Biggest problem I have with LB Tech is the same thing that brought Michael Bianco down, and that's the fact they relied on immigrant w...
by Crimson Phoenix
Fri Feb 26, 2010 8:06 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Help me choose a sleeping pad
Replies: 28
Views: 1233

Re: Help me choose a sleeping pad

This is what I got this winter to replace my egg-crate foam pad I've had since forever: http://www.uscav.com/Productinfo.aspx?productID=9564&TabID=1&CatID=54 . Also a Therm-a-Rest system. Works real good so far, but I've only tested it out in the house and won't be taking it on its first outing unti...
by Crimson Phoenix
Tue Feb 23, 2010 3:07 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Ponchos and Poncho Liners
Replies: 83
Views: 11189

Re: Ponchos and Poncho Liners

Mine just came in yesterday from Sportsman's Guide and I'm a little surprised, though not in a bad way. What I ordered was woodland camo and from what I understand, the one listed here is supposed to be surplus seconds, real US military issue, though they say nothing about being GSA or Berry complia...

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