freenarative wrote:Has anyone a view on a cloak? My thoughts are that, when worn over your PLCE or carry rig it allows access to your gear in a tight situation without people seeing what your hands are doing. A sort of 'get your gear just in case'. Also you don't escalate a situation because people don't feel threatened. Its uber warm and a good one is waterproof.
So, in closing, does anyone have one? If yes, show/tell us why, If no,,,,would you consider getting one. If you saw someone wearing one what would you think? Remember this isn't an everyday wear question, it's for hiking/camping/long walks long term bug out/never coming home bags etc.
I own a cloak, all wool, and it IS uber warm. I plan on waterproofing it when the weather permits, as it's a smelly, room intensive project my fiancee would kill me in my sleep for doing inside the house...
I've used it as garb for overnight on-site stays, coupled with a wool blanket, and the only uncomfortable aspect was the ground I was laying on. If I bend a bit, and use my sleeping pad, it's awesome comfort. Would I use one for a bug out? Certainly not. Functionality aside, the appearance of ANYONE in a cloak is going to draw attention to you, which is most likely going to end badly. Concealed weapon charges would be the least of my worries, but certainly among them.
That said, when we get to the Spring Mock Bug Out contest, I plan on going on a medieval bugout with a few of my students invited along- to date, only one is definitely stoked about doing it, so it may just be two of us. The only synthetics I'll be wearing will be the leggings, as I just don't have a source for the wool ones yet, and mine are a modern version of velvet. I'm not doing it as a part of the theme for the contest- it hasn't been announced yet, but as my own take on it, and for the fun of it.
But, other than a 'for the hell of it' trip, I don't see it being a benefit, simply for the oddity appearance factor. Proper clothing and a nylon poncho FTW, there.