Really great feed back! Sorry for the slow response I had a stupid busy weekend.
Why not ditch one of the Nalgenes and both 4 liter Droms and go with the MSR 10 liter Drom bag.
By gloves are you talking about the work style gloves pictured? Do you have any cold weather gloves? Do you have some sort liner for the work gloves so that they can be pressed into service as a cold weather glove?
Other than those 2 issues your gear is virtually beyond reproach.
Redundancy is why I went with the 2 bottle 2 bladder set up. They don’t weigh much of anything empty. the bottles are more for on the go. If I had to I can fill up one with questionable water and filter later or both and filter it into a bladder if needed and then clean out the bottles easer than I can a bladder in the field.
The gloves are actually cold weather gloves, they are insulated and have a Gortex lining in between the leather and the cold weather insulation that makes them more water resistant than most. I use them for work during the cold season and they are great. On average our “cold season” stays above freezing. It’s the cold mixed with the humidity that makes it miserable.
Gristle McThornBody wrote:I don't see any method of attachment for the sheeting/tarps, other than duct tape, which in all its splendor wont hold to shingles/wet lumber/much else when you really need it in that kind of scenario.
From experience, I would recommend a hammer tacker stapler w/ a box of 1/2" staples, a hammer, some 1x2 or 2x4 and appropriate nails to pin down the edges of the plastic. Also, honestly we've had a lot more luck in my company using tarps, we'vve used the exact plastic sheeting you have and it becomes brittle in sunlight in a matter of days and shreds in the wind.
The best solution we've found is 3" or 4" wide strips of 1/2" OSB plywood, nailed down in 1' intervals around the edges of the tarp. We use a hammer tacker to position the tarp initially and also to pin down small flaps and such. The nice thing about the strips of osb is, assuming you prepared them in advance, you can break them to size easily by hitting them with the claw of the hammer; I usually rip an entire sheet or two into 3" strips (8' long, your storage needs may vary) just to keep us stocked. The gap filler is absolutely amazing, and a little goes a long way. you might want to put a cut wire hanger or two in this kit, to clean the gap filler out. One use and they are done unless you get that sucker cleaned out! Gloves are nice when using too, this stuff gets really stuck in your skin and I haven't had a lot of luck with solvents of any sort. The plastic sheeting is quite acceptable to cover blown out windows still, and affords you some light, unlike a tarp.
However, this is literally the only part of your preps on which I could offer criticism. I am inspired by how well thought out and planned it all is.
This is the real world feed back I wanted. See I didn’t think of gap filler getting clogged because iv only had to use it once, and the feed back on the plastic sheeting is great. I still need to get some more tarps and the idea of the stapler is great. I do have some 1”x2”x6’ strips and a hammer and some nails in the same shed as the gas I just didn’t have it in the pic.
moab wrote:Can I see your entire BOB loaded up? Hard to believe all that stuff fits in that pack. I'm having that problem anyway. Does your tent and sleep system go in the bag or on the outside?
don't mean to sound accusatory. Seriously would love to see how you have it all outfitted out. Great collection of gear.
No, its a lot of gear and i totally understand your skepticism. Not all of it will fit in the inside of the pack. the pic of the bag in the top of the thread is basically it. however the snow collar of the Zulu is just long enough for the sleeping bag to go right on top. I don't store the sleep system compressed. I store it in a hanging storage bag so that i don't damage the loft of the bag. The tent gets broken down. the poles and pegs go into the outside slip pockets on the Zulu and then the tent bag with just the tent and the sleep role go on the bottom of the bag using the compression straps.
Woods Walker wrote:Nice BOB. Thanks for posting it.
Coming from you sir that is a complement indeed!
I prep by one simple rule. I'd rather have it and not need it then need it and not have it.