reply to post by Asktheanimals
Awesome content as usual, Asktheanimals.
When it comes to camping/hiking/"prepper" gear, cheap for the sake of cheapness is not the way to go. This market is filled to the brim with outfits
selling utter crap. Spending more is usually spending less when buying gear. You know you have found a hiker/camper/prepper who actually tests their
gear in the field when you see their closet full of useless crap they have discarded during trial and error. You know who you are!
Backpack, rain gear, shelter(tent/sleeping bag or bivy), boots, underlayers/spare socks etc., water purification/way to carry water, FOOD, WATER(8.35
lbs a gallon!), boiling/cooking container, flashlight, tools/knife/optic, navigation, various kits/fishing/sewing/medical/hygiene, and all those other
little things WEIGH A FREAKING TON
Not to mention guns and ammo if that's the way you have decided to roll.
Look at the gear some people have posted up on the popular survival sites. 80 pounds of gear JUST IN THEIR PACKS not including the water is quite
common. There must be countless people out there that have sunk a considerable amount of dough on gear only to find that if they actually survive a
shtf scenario that they prepped for, its going to be their gear that will kill them faster than anything else. Beware of your gear becoming an anchor
on your back rendering you immobile and ineffective. If, god forbid shtf, there are going to be a lot of preppers who are going to wish they could
hail a shtf cab after 3 miles of humping all their gear.
Luckily there has been a relatively recent and ongoing revolution in lightweight gear. It has trended towards smaller, lighter and less...to a lot
smaller lighter and less. The downside is that lightweight + quality = expensive. There are very very few exceptions to this rule.
If your preps include a bug-out and bug-out gear, look no further than the Appalachian trail Thru Hikers as an example to follow. Thru Hikers hike
and camp for months on end, everyday for most of the day, for thousands of miles. Georgia to Maine. A few people turn around and do it again! I hike
portions of the North AT during the summer. On the North AT a lot of the hikers have already been out for months and already hiked most of the trail.
At this point, they know what works for them and most of them have discarded almost all the gear they had started out with. There is a lot to be
learned from their experience when applied to a bug-out. Most of them have a sub 3k cu lightweight pack. Most of their weight (other than water) is
food. Their packs are 8-20 pounds loaded. Some of them have 3 ounce cuben fiber packs. Compare that to an alice pack that weighs 5 pounds empty
without the frame!
This is the internet and this is my 2 cents. If you are prepping and you actually think you might one day have to use your gear, consider the best
bang for your buck, as Asktheanimals is pointing out. If you go the tacticool/cheap/heavy route, and what you are prepping for becomes a reality,
reality is going to bite you on the butt.
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