On Saturday the Missus and I went to Augusta. If you’ve been a reader here for awhile you’ll know that usually means that she goes to Goodwill and I wind up at the Topkick Army/Navy store.
I’d been looking for a light rain coat for my BOB and was hoping to pick up something relatively inexpensive while I was there, but as is sometimes the case I didn’t see anything worth picking up in the rain suit category. However, I did find an excellent polypropylene winter shirt for about $30 (once the governor got his share). It’s a Rothco G.I. Plus ECWCS (Extreme Cold Weather Clothing System) top and it’s good and heavy. I wore it out into the woods that night and was real pleased with its performance. Although it wasn’t colder than 40 degrees it was rainy and wet and with this shirt on I was very comfortable. I have some other polypro undershirts, but this one is much thicker and durable feeling than the other ones I have.
I think if I pair this up with a wool shirt and a Goretex shell I’ll have a winning combination. I love stuff like this because you can experiment with different items to see how well they work together.
After Topkick I went to pick up Mrs Jarhead at Goodwill. She was still shopping so I decided to check out the men’s section and wouldn’t you know it – Score! I found an LL Bean rain coat that was in excellent condition for $7.99. Perfect!
Ya know, if you look around you can put together a bug-out bag for a reasonable amount of money.
Later That Evening…
Once I got out to my camp I brought out my hobo stove and used it to heat up the water. It was a combination between a mist and rain and I was wearing my new shirt under my new rain coat. Hell yeah!
I had a fire going in the fire pit, so I shoved the logs aside and put the hobo stove in next to the burning logs. After that I put some sticks in the bottom of the stove and used that to heat the water. Once again I was really pleased at just how fast it brings the water to a full boil. Within five minutes the water was ready for my coffee bag and I sat back and enjoyed a hot cup of the dark nectar (black of course.)
Check out the hobo can stove pics below:
All this is simply to prove that you don’t need to buy the most expensive gear in order have a good, useful kit.
Do you look around for good deals or ways to make your own gear?
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