*starts to scratch behind Cerberus' ears* Hm.... running out of hands....
Sorry, couldn't resist.
Spec-Ops T.H.E. Pack
Excellent item. How do you find your Unbottle rides in it? I tried it with a lesser brand bladder, and it wanted to shift a lot, so I've got a folded tarp in the hydration pocket of my THE.
Fishing Kit (in OD match case)
I see matching match cases, and no label. Not a big deal, my anal retentiveness showing.
I prefeer a regular. Less to go wrong, you can shave it for tinder, and even on RIR, wet paper + mechanical pencil = pain in the ass.
The second match case?
Wetfire Tinder (4)
Watch the time on these guys- they have a shelf life (3 years I think, maybe 4? don't remember), and the original manufacturer wasn't as forthcoming on that point as I would have liked. And if they get holes in the packaging, they can go stale pretty quick apparently.
Bic Lighters (2)
Well, one Bic and one not-a-Bic. Zip ties under the plungers so you don't get an accidental activation.
First Aid Kit
See if you can find a blaze one- signal panel if needed. White just looks like snow, or you are being mooned by a deer.
Nalgene Bottle (1Qt)
I like, but I'd kill the USGI canteen cup for one of the Olicamp, GSI or MSR cups that fit on the bottle of a Nalgene- free space.
I haven't tried the Katadyn tabs yet, but they are supposedly excellent.
Very much so. The smell of a swimming pool makes me almost hurl, and I can't drink most municple water due to the amount of chlorine scent involved, but these are good after a minute or two to breath after their hour is up.
I haven't decided between the Trailstove (wood burning) or a MSR pocket rocket or similar (canister).
Add both, in a way. Rather than the trailstove, make a chimney stove (looks like a charcoal starter for a grill) out of a coffee can. Store the canister stove in the wood stove. Almost free space, very little added weight, and between the two you are good for any conditions. Don't worry about the strength of the coffee can- I've had them glowing before and they didn't fail.
AMK Thermolite Bivy
The current generation is supposed to be quite a bit more robust- haven't had a chance to test one. I'd say email AMK, tell them what kind of eval you were doing. They might not send you gear, or even credit towards gear, but they love feedback. ESPECAILLY when gear craps out, so they know what needs fixing.
The closest REAL sleeping bags I can think of to this size are the SnugPack Jungle and Traveler lines- the lighter Traveller packs to something like a 5" cube, and is supposed to be good down to about 45 degrees. The Jungle is the same basic thing, just not in red, and with a bug screen attached- packs to about 6" on a side.
I'd rather see real glasses. I've seen too many eye injuries were something got under the contact. Nothing serious, but it is enough to mess with you and while I have seen it, very BAD things can happen with contacts in the field.
Oh, I didn't read far enough, n/m.
I've seen this before in other kits- can you actually shave with this?
I like most of what I see. I'd rather see more water, but that would mean hanging things on the side of your pack. (If you do, SOB's SAW and the PPM Medium Modular pouches hold a pair of Nalgene bottles nicely and fit on the lower webbing perfectly. And they wouldn't stick out more than the sleeping pad does.) Not knowing your terrain and duration of your plan, I can't comment on some things.
For an urban kit, I'd like to see a few dust masks, a current sniffer, and maybe a silcock key (the thing for outdoor water faucets). For a purely rural bag, you called out your own short comings, but I'd like to see a small cook pot (more than your canteen cup) and a small trowel (compromise digging item). In either case, signals (whistle, mirror- you don't have to use, but if you need and don't have...), maps and some currency. But as is, for a short duration bugging in warmer weather, I'd carry it as is.
The other thing, and it could just have been removed for the photos, bag your clothes- my THE pack has so far been water proof, but shit happens. If something goes wrong with the bladder, or the cap of your bottle is loose, and your pack turns into a wading pool for rabbits, freezer bags (or doubled) around the stuff that really needs to be try to be useful is cheap insurance.
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