So, upgraded the BOB based on your feedback from this thread:
- Removed the fishing poles, replaced the side space with a Max FR-1 first aid pouch.
- Removed Blackhawk IFAK
from inside as too bulky and replaced with the Max FR-1 first aid pouch mounted outside bag. We were using the STOMP Accessory pouch to hold our IFAK and loaded up, it was about 6 lbs and at 8" x 3.5" x 4" (or so) it was taking up too much space.
- Removed the monocular since in my own personal idion I either have a rifle or shotgun with a scope and can use the scope as a monocular.
- Strapped bungie cords
to space formerly holding monocular. If you click that link you'll see a new bungee cord product that replaces those damn annoying hooks that snap everything with connector snaps. There's a 22 piece kit on sale at Home Depot for $9. I got them to allow me to replace the hook clips with the caribiner clips. It allowed me to link up 6x 48" bungee sections into a single line that I then tied up and strapped to my pack. It's quite handy and gives you some flexibility to accomodate length and connection points off the old school style bungee cords.
- Added 4x Main Stay 3,600 calorie kits.
- Added 1 silk bottom/top layer and 2 additional hiking socks and 1 set of silk boxers... mrawwwww...
- Added 1 set of leather work gloves.
- Committed to Wiley-X on the goggle layout and used extra space to hold a head light.
- Walking stick didn't do anything for me, but kids enjoyed it, and as I was typing this wife added, "I enjoyed the walking stick too."
Zombies beware - fall hike this morning...
New BOB weighs in at about 42 lbs sans ammunition.
The IFAK has been toned down. The original IFAK will have a place in our eventual INCH packs and willl stay at the BIL. I suppose we also had a bit of a focus on field surgery... overly so, but based on the notion that uber-medicalman will probably not want to use their own supplies to help strangers and that these things have barter value in PAW; better to have and not need than vice versa. So, the new IFAK weighs just barely 1.5 lbs and has:
- Hemostat, Industrial Shears, Disposable Scalpel, 1x Suture Kit, Nail Clippers, Toothpaste, Toothbrush, 100m of floss
- Celox 6 g applicator and Antibiotic
- 6" Izzy, Quickclot Sport Silver, 4x burn jel, 6x wipes, Athletic Tape, Misc Lrg Bandaids, Loctite Superglue, Knee/Arm brace, 8x 11" zip ties, 4x 11" velcro "zip" ties - for reusability
- 5 days worth of foil wrapped DayQuill, Immodium, Tums, No Doz
- 2 pair nitrile gloves, iodine wipes, and BIC lighter
- 100% DEET, Bendryl Pen, Hand Santizer, Chapstick
- A better way to carry dry meds in a PAW/BOB... see below.
IFAK v 2:
...So, I was at Walmart and they have this body building supplement called Super Whey Protein Shot... which rougly translated means "disgusting gag-like beverage". However, it comes in these oversized tubes that make awesome IFAK tubes to store things in your IFAK. If you buy the 5 dram waterproof vials from United Nuclear, these also fit perfectly inside these tubes. So, after choking one down this past week, I cleaned it out, and put my epilepsy meds into a vial, 2 cycles of amoxicillin into a vial, and topped off the extra space with extra strength Advil. These tubes, after you break the seal, are not water proof, but I wrapped their threads with teflon tape and after submerging for 2 hrs in sink, they were dry. I'd call them water resistant.