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Old 11-17-2010, 05:02 PM
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I see a lot of folks have bug out bags, as do I, but I also have a bug out vest that I like a lot. The pics below are of my vest and some of the things that I keep in it.

The first picture is of the front of the vest. Notice all the pouch areas ... fourteen different zippered pockets/velcro pouches to keep stuff in. The second pic is of the inside front of the vest. It has two upper pockets and two holsters for handguns. The outside of the vest also has a couple of hand pockets as well.

Pic 3 is my compass and knife
Pic 4 is the Emergency SAS Survival guide in plastic and a packet of antibiotics
Pic 5 has the plastic mesh from a turkey I cooked ... works great to gather stuff in and weighs nothing. Also a package of disposable wash cloths.
Pic 6 has a notebook and pen in plastic bag and a dog whistle
Pic 7 waterproof matches and fishing kit
Pic 8 contains a magnesium block, vaseline in a tube, a whistle and a mini light that will clip onto my shirt or hat
Pic 9 has a sharpening stone for my knife, tissues, first aid kit, snake bite kit
Pic 10 gerber tool, can opener and attached to the zipper is a light that lasts forever
Pic 11 is the back of the coat ... notice the big lumbar pocket ...
Pic 12 is what I carry in the back pocket ... waterproof tarp, space blanket, para cord, an extra nylon bag, and the zip in sleeves that go to the vest.

I didn't show you everything in the vest. There are also a couple of lighters, a small candle, a bandana, a survival straw, couple of black garbage bags, small pair of binoculars, dental floss ... makes good string, a couple of survival food bars and other odds and ends.

The thing I like is that it is fairly lightweight, waterproof, and frees my hands up. It also means that I can use a smaller bug out bag, and should I get seperated from my bug out bag, I still have stuff with me that would allow me to survive a few days.
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Old 11-17-2010, 05:10 PM
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I like the vest. Need more info about the vest it self. It's just what I'd like for a GHB.
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This is a really good BOV... I like it and think I might have to make my own.
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Nice setup. I like vests as well, scores of pockets that need filling. oboy.
Old 11-17-2010, 05:33 PM
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I too have a vest that I made from a black Popper BDU shirt. I found the fishing vests I had not to my liking due to the small pockets, so I went with the BDU vest. Four large pockets: First Aid, Shelter, Food, Fire/Tools. I'd like to get two pockets added to the back for 2 500ml stainless water bottles. A large flat pocket on each side of the water bottle pockets would be good for a larger shelter item.

The vest is a nice kit "layer" between EDC and BOB. It is also a good way to carry gear in an urban area.
Old 11-17-2010, 05:54 PM
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The only drawback is if you have to dive onto your stomach ... kinda bumpy, but if you keep it open, it isn't that hard to open the sides as you drop. On the positive side, all the stuff that is padding the lumbar pouch makes a good back support when you are leaning up against a tree.
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What's the weight?
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I have a vest also. It has 14 pockets and weighs about 12 lbs fully loaded.
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What's the weight?
Just under four pounds ... without the guns!
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Graywolf is so freaking cool.

Now I've got to get up and find my vest to take some pics. =-)
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Brilliant post! I have not ever thought of a bug out vest, however, I live in Florida where I only where a jacket for a few months a year...but during winter that could be really great!
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Not only is it concealable, but it can pretty much BE your day pack.

Blending in, is easy. Who's to know you wear your day pack?

Well Done Graywolf!!!!!

I am voting this thread 5 stars! Everyone please do the same!!!
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Where did you get the vest and what is the brand/type? Awesome Job btw!

That back pocket would be great for maps too.
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Graywolf is so freaking cool.

Now I've got to get up and find my vest to take some pics. =-)
Yeah really. Pics to come. I'll list what's in my LBE.

Medpouch with gauze, quick clot, tourniquets, anitseptic spray, purell, neosporin, anti diarrheals, tylenol, medical tape, shears, gloves.

General purpose pouch with magensium firestarter, and a lighter, ziplock with vaseline soaked cottonballs, 3 or 4 chemlights, surefire batteries, 2 sets of ASP flexcuffs set up on the outside (they don't take up any space, they are on the outside through the molle straps), water treatment tabs, enough to treat my 3L camelback 12 times.

A S.A.W. pouch with 2 complete Chilli Mac MRE's, broken down to fit of course.

A regular plain jane GI canteen, canteen cup, to boil water if need be.

hangun mag pouch with multi tool and surefire.

This LBE also lightened my BOB considerably. I would like to add a small tool pouch.
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Graywolf is so freaking cool.

Now I've got to get up and find my vest to take some pics. =-)
Come on Crutch ... where are those vest pictures you are teasing us with?
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Great Job!

Iv got a fishermans vest very similar, it isnt padded, and is just dark green but has the pockets about the same.

My only problem is that is a tad heavy for me, so your list is going to help me tremendously!

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Heres a picture of mine when I got it a few years back:
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whats the name of the Jacket?

Do you have a link to it?

very nice set up
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Realistically, if you are going to have a "bug out vest" it needs to have bullet proof panels in it. Otherwise you just have a hiking vest with snack food in it.

If it is bad enough that you have a bug out vest, they weapons needs to be the top priority.

Take a look at the police tactical vests. They have pockets all over and can velcro on more pockets.

Check with a policeman friend and see if he has any old vests he will give you. Bullet proof vests are rated for 3 to 4 years, after that they are required to be replaced by the manufacture. The real reason for the replacement is the manufacture wants more money so they wont guarantee the vest after that time. The vests are still just fine and will last for many years.

I had a stock pile of five vests. I ordered vests similar to the one in the picture for my family members and put the old vests in the new carriers. Now all the adults have tactical vests. When the SHTF I want them to have some extra protection.


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I love it Graywolf!!! Hands free with room for everything but the kitchen sink. How can I get one??? or 5???
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I have a nice LBV and it will be very usefull in a shtf situation. Then I looked in the mirror wearing it and it occured to me it would stick out in a crowd.

Now there will be times that it wont matter but there will be times that stealth would be needed. Now that the cold weather is here it can be hidden under a winter coat. In the summer if you are out on a trail backpacking or out fishing it would blend in fine.

I am not ripping on the vest option just passing along some thoughts that came to me. I do have use for my vest and there may be a time that it will be a neccessary prep being used daily.
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