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Old 05-12-2011, 02:37 PM
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For those of you that are not preparing to BI how much thought have you given clothing? Funny I rarely hear people talk about it but it may very well be the most important part of gear.
I have been giving it a lot of thought lately and have decided that I need to upgrade all my base layers. I have a ton of hunting clothes that will do well as they are very rugged and durable but my base layers and pants I am worried about.
I am looking for any suggestions that any of you might have for very durable and very long lasting pieces in these areas.
I think maybe canvas pants, specialized wool socks, and maybe flannel basics might be a upgrade?
Remember, in the worst case scenarios there will be no stores, no laundry mats, no tailors..... At least not for a while. So a premium on heavy duty, long lasting clothing is a must even if it is uncomfortable, heavy, or hot... It must last
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I keep a full change of clothes in the trunk of my car. I work in suits. In my trunk bag I've got cargo pants, black t-shirt, long johns, winter coat, sweater (layers) and a choice of running shoes or hiking boots. Everything is dark, but designed to look "normal." I don't want to send up any red flags.

At home, I have all the clothes I could need for a world without heat or shelter. But to me, the real consideration is having those clothes with me where ever I go.
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Invest in wool sweaters. They keep you warm even if they happen to get wet.
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Like A-Team mentioned, my own work attire isn't really suitable for long-distance traveling on foot, especially over rough terrain. I keep a full set of clothes with my BOB in the trunk. I also have spare undies and socks sealed in plastic bags in the BOB. All the spare clothes are kept in a duffel bag that would easy to just grab and go, changing into my bug out attire, so to speak, along the way. Cargo pants, thick socks, T shirt, long sleeve dark flannel, and hoodie. As the seasons change, I'll add in or take out the heavier winter gear but I always keep the hiking boots in there.

At home, I have all I'll need for quite some time and all weather conditions.
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I invest in Greek tunicas and togas.

Canvas pants is a good idea. Wool and coolMax is also nice investment.
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I like synthetic base layers. A light weight Patagonia is my my favorite. Wool would also be a good choice. Like a lightweight Smartwool, or Icebreakers base. With proper layering, lightweight is all you need really.
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If your plans involve passing through a fair amount of brush, I highly recommend a good pair of brush pants. I got a pair from ****'s (ha ha it doesn't like their name. It is the sporting goods store that would be the nickname for a fella named richard, rhymes with bic) that are field and steam label. They are decently comfortable, but when walking through brush they are awesome. I prefer cargo pants, but these have no cargo pockets or anything to snag in the brush. They have held up really well for me. I wear them when bucking hay bales alot and they never snag and I never get poked.

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Otherwise, it is hard to beat a pair of ripstop BDU pants. You said clothes, so I won't get too into boots, but if you are bugging out, your boots had better be up to the task.

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I've always kept way too much clothing. So I'm set long term. Mostly durable stuff like Carhartt. Even my daily wear is generally wrangler cargo pants and a hearty shirt. Tons of undies and socks too. I almost never throw any away, and I always buy more when I run into a good deal. I'm such a pack rat sometimes.

I also have a bunch of sewing supplies and cloth, though I can't sew worth beans. I figure it might come in handy some day. I got the cloth, thread, and all the knick knacks when one of the local cloth stores went out of business years back. I have had an old treadle sewing machine put aside for years anyway, so it just made sense.
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We have loads of clothes...and thats after I just packed up and donated 400lbs of kids clothes to Salvation Army....I buy second hand jeans and overalls and most of it is Carhart....built to last I also buy every wool sweater I run across....Goodwill has them in the kids department for $1.50 and they are usually mens that has shrunk lol....we have about 10 military issued wool sweaters that they kids can wear.
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Default a couple others here, I need to have a professional look for my clients while at their site..Now, i do keep my GHB in the trunk and in the trunk cargo box i have a change of clothes...OD pants w/rigger belt, boots, 2 pair wool blend socks,
dark UA t-shirt, and a multi cam bdu top and OD boonie hat....more than enough to get me home an dsurvive along the way wiht what is in my GHB...

We are buggin in, so all my other outdoorsy clothes are in the home/garage....
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If you are bugging out don't forget the sewing kit . Even the best/heaviest clothing can snag or tear! A sewing kit the size of a matchbook (thread and needles) could make all the difference in the world.
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My family is jean lovers, overalls and khaki's. We all have cammo for hunting but dont wear it on a daily basis. ****ies holds up good for us. We are bugging in at our homestead. Definitely layers!
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Shoes and socks are my top priority. I'm covered for several years at home and my gfod pack has an extra pair of shoes in addition to what I wear starting out. A lot people scoff, but trekking any distance in improvised footwear is no picnic. Long term I can make moccasins, but not on the go.
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For Christmas this year I bout each of my guys and gals a pair of heavy Cabala's Camo bibs. (They were on sale.) They can wear them with, or without another pair of pants under them, depending on the weather.

I get them new work boots every birthday. This way they will have 2 or 3 pair at a time, because they last way longer than a year. Living on a farm they wear boots more than anything. Every time they get new sneakers, I have them keep the old pair too. We always seem to have about three years worth around. They don't look great, but they are still good enough. Good thing I have a basement for this stuff.

I keep up on the coats too. I have 5 boys, and all but one is finally done growing. Whew. That makes it easier to buy a head.

Socks, socks, socks... we really go through the socks. So I know I have at least a years worth put back, and rotate them so the cotton and elastic are "fresh."

I also keep buying gloves of all types whenever I see them on sale. Same with safety goggles.
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Well, if things get REALLY weird, I'm considering going full-on skyclad and Celtic woad around the farm. If we're limited to just-average SHTF, then it'll be tan ripstop BDU pants, Wellingtons, and worn-out dress shirts. Monkey suit's a necessity at work, though, so I've also got the standard jeans / t-shirt / running shoes in the GHB.

Edited to add: No, you probably didn't want that picture in your head, but this is serious business, buster.
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Those look somewhat comfortable actually. I won't get bibs because they suck to wear, and I like to stay on the trails, but I've got to think about getting those pants.

I'll have a basic sewing kit on me, If I need I can turn my wardrobe into whatever I need, no matter how awful I end up looking.
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Shop the thrift stores for gloves, and footwear. You might be able to make tire sandals, but hard to improvise winter boots.
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I too find bargains at the Salvation Army. Wool sweaters with a silk shirt underneath, no itching, for upper body. Nomex long john bottoms with heavey cotton cargo pants. Nylon, would prefer silk, liner socks with good wool outer socks and a good pair of "worn in" water resistant boots. Top it off with a wide brim hat, water proof jacket and rain pants and you have a good set up for walking home in the rain.
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When SHTF, I will be wearing ****ies. What do I wear now do you ask? ****ies. I wish they would sponsor me.
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years ago in the Browning hiking books it was suggested to wear leggs knee highs under wool socks while hiking ,prevents blisters ,helps with moisture . eases taking the socks off for frequent change. also those brush pants look good bot are they all two tone?


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