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#259654 - 04/21/13 05:11 PM Re: General critique of EDC and BOB kits.. [Re: ]
spuds Offline
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Originally Posted By: Snake_Doctor
Nice set up les
Agreed.

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#260908 - 05/25/13 02:37 AM Re: General critique of EDC and BOB kits.. [Re: TeacherRO]
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And many edc and bob kits are far too heavy. 10-15# is ok for daily and for a pack? perhaps 30-40.

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#261274 - 06/12/13 04:31 PM Re: General critique of EDC and BOB kits.. [Re: TeacherRO]
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IMHO - more food and water in a daily kit. most problems are just delays.
And add headphones so you can listen to the radio.

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#261613 - 07/04/13 05:56 PM Re: General critique of EDC and BOB kits.. [Re: TeacherRO]
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Many are also Waaaay to heavy. 25 plus kilos.

And gold? Seems like a heavy exchange units that few people know the value of.

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#261668 - 07/08/13 12:48 PM Re: General critique of EDC and BOB kits.. [Re: TeacherRO]
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Originally Posted By: TeacherRO
And gold? Seems like a heavy exchange units that few people know the value of.
I don't see any previous mention of gold, so I don't know the circumstances in which it was advocated. I do know that it provides a lot of value in very little weight. For example, a gold sovereign is worth around $300, but weighs under 8 grams. That's slightly more than a US quarter and less than a 50c coin. You need to have a lot of it before its heaviness becomes an issue.
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#261670 - 07/08/13 03:00 PM Re: General critique of EDC and BOB kits.. [Re: Anonymous]
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Loc: Ontario, Canada
Originally Posted By: Snake_Doctor
I went through a mock bugout where I not only carried my INCH but heavy BOB, vest, harness, extra weapons, bags, gear, water and clothing. And ran/jogged/ran jogged five miles on a dirt road for five miles, just to see if I could do it. (Full details will be on my site. It actually hurt, but I know I could do it if I had to (and the nieghbors would leave me alone) irl... I just lay there in the ditch still wearing my gear and gulping powerade and letting my body tell make that I was too old for such foolishness. I walked home and spent some time in the hottub with my old friends Aleve and and a muscle relaxant and saying never again. I plan the next one soon. wink



Snake offers us a golden tip here: don't just pack a bag and be done with it. Get out there and get dirt time with it. Carry it and use it. Put your kit and yourself through the paces. Everyone is going to have their own comfort zone in terms of gear and weight, and the only way to truly find yours, IMO, is to get out there and test out your setup.

Personally, I get out with my kit as often as I can, day hiking or overnighting, and make adjustments every time I get back. It's all well and good to get feedback from like minded folks (and I, for one, really appreciate the insight) but ultimately, you're the one who's going to have to carry and depend on your kit. That sweet spot where theory and real world experience meet is where you want to focus.
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#262891 - 08/26/13 10:36 PM Re: General critique of EDC and BOB kits.. [Re: TeacherRO]
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I'm moving toward layered kits; on body, office bag (laptop bag) car kit and various home ones.

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#264128 - 10/09/13 04:40 PM Re: General critique of EDC and BOB kits.. [Re: TeacherRO]
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bacpacjac - yes to testing. I tried a new water bottle on a hike recently - only to discover the cap wasn't sealing properly. It leaked on everything. Bad design.

Test and train, study and practice. Being hungry in the rain is not the time to read your stove's instructions...

TRO

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#264206 - 10/11/13 04:10 AM Re: General critique of EDC and BOB kits.. [Re: TeacherRO]
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It's amazing how much more comfortable I am with my gear and my skills after a gazillion day hikes over the past few months. I've found big and little ways to improve my day hike and BOB set-ups. If funds ever allow, they'll both get better in terms of weight and size but, at the moment I'm really confident with both of them. Every bit of dirt time helps!
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#266585 - 01/14/14 08:57 PM Re: General critique of EDC and BOB kits.. [Re: TeacherRO]
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..Plus which I have a great excuse to take different gear on hikes...and go on more hikes

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