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I'm a veteran with a degree in mechanical design. I'm an avid bicyclist and like to support alternative energy and the DIY movement. I've gone back to school for electronics and computer science.
  • Xenophon commented on Aperition's instructable Bug Out Bag MK19 months ago
    Bug Out Bag MK1

    Great 'ible, and far more practically minded than many BOB bag set ups than I have previously seen.An upgrade you might not have considered is a waterproof pack cover. Modern ones are ridiculously light (mine is something like 2 oz/57 grams), come with a stuff sack to keep them small when you aren’t using them, give you an extra layer to shed water when you are using it, and can make your pack look very nondescript when it is on.One suggestion for your existing kit would be to replace some of your chemlights with a reusable paqlite from www.uvpaqlite.com for basic lighting and just hold onto some non-green chemlights for immediate use/signaling purposes. As much as I love chemlights, they are one use items, which in my mind reduces their value in a bag meant to last any serious le...see more »Great 'ible, and far more practically minded than many BOB bag set ups than I have previously seen.An upgrade you might not have considered is a waterproof pack cover. Modern ones are ridiculously light (mine is something like 2 oz/57 grams), come with a stuff sack to keep them small when you aren’t using them, give you an extra layer to shed water when you are using it, and can make your pack look very nondescript when it is on.One suggestion for your existing kit would be to replace some of your chemlights with a reusable paqlite from www.uvpaqlite.com for basic lighting and just hold onto some non-green chemlights for immediate use/signaling purposes. As much as I love chemlights, they are one use items, which in my mind reduces their value in a bag meant to last any serious length of time.On EDC being keys, phone, wallet - I stopped carrying a wallet. I ordered a set of ranger bands from Gearward.com and use one of them to hold together a few essential cards in my front pocket where they are essentially impossible to lose. Having no wallet in my back pocket also reduces potential back problems since I can now sit flat on hard surfaces rather than having a wallet in the way.

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