Here's a screen shot of ACU dyed with dark green RIT dye. The guy doesn't remember how much he used or for how long. Although he did do a few tests before he got this color. Straps, buckles and material all seemed to take to the dye. The top is original ACU. Left top looks like faded ACU. The bottom is the dyed ACU. And to the right is woodland. Just for comparison. He has other pouches that he dyed longer. That turned out a darker dirtier not that attractive color.
Not butt hurt here omegaman.
You just seemed to be a little cranked up. I wanted to make sure I hadn't offended you in some way. I love a good debate too. Just wanted to make sure I hadn't offended you in some way.
Semper Fi to you to brother.
I think the RIT dye color is much better than the original. And a lot closer to a faded dirtier graduated OD. That particular pouch does not seem to have that much of the lighter color digital on it. But you can see right above his fingers how some of the lighter color turned out. I think you could go even one step darker. As long as you don't lose some of the graduated greens. It would be interesting to see how a larger piece of material turns out. Like the leg of a trouser or a pack or something. I guess if you started with some small cheap pouches to test on. You could achieve a doable color. Which would quell this debate. I guess. Except for the cheap crotch ripping trousers. It makes me wonder if you could dye the straps on an ILBE(?).
I think I have to admit a subconscious reason for liking ACU too. Back in the late 70's early 80's we had the lighter colored ripstop. And just like any other piece of equipment (hat, boot, pack what have you...) the lighter it was the saltier you were. The real bad asses had worn out boots. And faded utilities. The more sun damaged and dirt damaged and lighter your gear was - the more of a bad ass you were. Sounds fucking stupid. LOL! But it was true. I remember seeing my first class of graduating grunts from basic with their boots all worn away in the heel from marching. And their uniforms all faded out. And the tops of their ears peeling away from sun damage. And you always felt a deep sense of admiration. The same followed you into the Fleet Marine Force. So you always tried to hold onto your utilities until some Gunnery Sergeant ripped you a new one. And made you throw them away. I wore my ripstop until they were almost falling off. Way after they had introduced Woodland BDU's. And we hated those BDU's. To god damn thick and hot in Socal and Asia. They were miserable to wear. After years in our airy light ripstop cammies. (I guess that's an old term too - "cammies". That's what we called them.) ACU reminds me of that. For better or for worse. For worse perhaps.
I have to admit I'm in love with this pack. This is the first modern back pack I've owned. Ignorance may be bliss. But I like it. After having humped Alice. And old backboards and old Kelties(?) hunting. This pack seems like a dream on my back. The straps and waist belt are like pillows compared to what I used to hump. I think you current duty guys probably hump more than we ever did. But your gear is a hell of a lot lighter. And a lot more comfortable. I remember disobeying orders constantly in the field. And leaving half of our bullshit behind. Or in a harbor site. Running light and lean on a few MRE's in our pockets, a poncho and liner. And that was about it. But I was in a STA platoon so we could get away with that.
I don't really mind that it's Army stuff either. (Being a former Marine.) We were kind of non conformists back in the day. Patriotic. But non conformist in any way we could sneak it in. Any way we could stick it in their ass. We would. LOL! So I don't really care what kind of gear I carry. As long as it works.
As for my 1200 mile bug out. It's a matter of months before we move back to WA from CA. So that situation will be rectified shortly. But the 1200 mile difference is simply because that is where my entire family is. If the SHTF we would "eventually" move in that direction. In the hope of getting to "friendlies". Unfortunately in the LA basin there are over 25 million people. They are going to fan out in all directions for many hundreds of miles. It will be a long trek even to get away from them. In comparison the entire state of WA has only 4 million people. That means 25 million people packed into a couple of counties. That are going to fan out in all directions. It poses a very interesting BO scenario. It's not a good situation.
I have other BOL's along the way. At this early stage of my temporary plan (meaning I'm moving soon.). East and north. I have a good (prepper) friend in Nevada that we can stay with as long as we want. And relatives north. But the first plan would be to try to hit the water in a boat and leap frog our way up the coast. I have sailing experience. And know where we can borrow a boat. A friend of mine owns several boats that could make the journey.
The problem with LA is that there is no "safe" BOL. Just to many people. You'd eventually be over run by a stronger force. I have relatives in the Valley (within a day or two walking distance). But even there is in the middle of city. It will eventually be over run. So yes. I have a BOL within typical BO distance. But it still isn't safe. Your not safe until you get at least a hundred miles out of LA. And even then you have 25 million other people doing the same thing. So probably several hundred miles.
And the distances are to far to get to anything considered rural. You can "drive" 3 hours east from me and not run out of city. Can you imagine how far that would be on foot in urban terrain? It's insane. So any bug out is really going to be an INCH. Is it the best plan in the world? No. That's why I'm moving back to WA. But the reality in this moment is that we would want to eventually make it home to WA. You can get to the Santa Monica mountains in a day or so. And follow those north along the coast. But thousands of other people will be doing the same thing. LA poses a real puzzle for bugging out. It's not built up. It's built out. Flat. That goes on for miles. With millions of desperate people. If someone has a better plan I'm all ears. It's just what I've come up with so far. Considering the situation that I'm in. And the several months before I rectify it by moving.
I could go into more of my plan. Like the fact that I need to carry civilian clothes for some portion of the journey to try to fit in. I'll try to pack my rifle so as not to stand out. But I've written enough here. Semper Fi.