The TEOTWAWKI Tuxedo Book Review

Remember my book review of Holding Your Ground – Total Defense? Joe Nobody is back with another book – The TEOTWAWKI Tuxedo, Defensive Formal Attire. The book is described on the Holding Your Ground site as:

… an instructional guide focused on personal equipment designed for security and defense. The book addresses load bearing equipment, integrated carry systems, advanced BOB options and much more. This is not a book on Self Defense or Weapons, but a guide on how to dress and equip an individual for a defensive role in a post-TEOTWAWKI world.

If you want information about carrying the equipment you’d need during an “event”, this book will serve you well, particularly for those that would be looking at a SHTF bug out situation.

The book contains 86 pages that cover the following:

  1. The Methodology of Preparing Your Defense
  2. Prepper Formal Attire
  3. Prepper MOLLE (1st Line Gear)
  4. Training with MOLLE
  5. MOLLE and Camouflage
  6. Weapons Maintenance Kit
  7. The Defensive Medical Kit
  8. Head Case
  9. Other Body Parts
  10. Losing Weight
  11. Weapons

Joe Nobody is practical, and tries not to present everything from a military perspective, but from a prepper perspective. He writes:

The military is NOT the best at everything, including gear. I can use the example of backpacks. The regular issue military pack is not nearly as comfortable as a custom fit pack from a quality hiking supplier.

This is a similar line of thinking to my old Army Navy Surplus – Lots of Crapola? post. While Joe Nobody does rely a lot on military protocol and equipment, he isn’t regurgitating what you find in military field manuals. His information is much easier to absorb. For example, as he describes the equipment “train” analogy, he writes:

Preppers don’t have to worry about the same “load” as a soldier. They, for example, often carry belted ammunition, grenades, radios and other heavy gear that the typical prepper might like to have, but normally would not tote around. While there may be differences in equipment, the need to have a flexible, configurable, integrated system to carry equipment is the same.

Like a train, soldiers compartmentalize their equipment into various “freight cars”, often referred to as “lines” of a gear. Each line is removable, yet connects with others so as to remain stable while moving or running.

While Joe Nobody doesn’t describe himself or his experience, reading his books will leave you with the impression that he does, in fact, know what he’s talking about.

A considerable part of the book is dedicated to describing the military’s Modular Lightweight Load-carrying Equipment, MOLLE (pronounced Molly). This is both an advantage and a disadvantage to the book. The advantage is that you get very in-depth information on how a MOLLE system works, and it’s gear you can readily purchase. After reading the book you’ll be convinced (if you’re not already) that MOLLE is the best load carrying, mission based system out there. The disadvantage to so much MOLLE attention is that there’s less information covering other types of load carrying equipment. Even still, Joe’s description of MOLLE provides a framework for conceptualizing what equipment you should carry – and how. I learned ways to carry my hunting gear differently.

You can buy the book here.

Have you thought about how you’ll carry equipment, and keep it readily accessible, if faced with a bug out scenario?

– Ranger Man

6 comments… add one
  • JohnDoe 1999 May 26, 2011, 8:19 am

    I was trained on ALICE, which makes me partial to it. I separate gear into “uniform” “fighting load” and “sustenance load.” The uniform is whatever is appropriate to the scenario; BDU’s are a good way to eat police 9mm rounds. My fighting load consists of M1956 Suspenders (Retro) and an ALICE LC2 Pistol Belt and is supposed to sustain me comfortably for 24hrs, 72 if rationed (I add up to a Gallon of water if its summer), yet still allow me to move effectively. I use it as a day hike “pack”.
    Suspenders: Compass Pouch w/Compass, KABAR in BLACKHAWK Airborne Sheath.
    Pistol Belt: large “LRRP’ buttpack; 1QT Canteen W/Canteen Cup,purification tablets, and obviously the Canteen; a MOLLE blow out kit using the ITS Tactical ETA kit as a model (I use the 2010 SOCOM tactical combat casualty care guidelines); and then firearms accessories.
    I use an ALICE Large Rucksack that I picked up used; looks like is been to hell and to this surplus store (I like to feel the history) I even found some paperwork with the soldier’s Social Security # in it, go figure. I pack that for 4 days, depending on the season’s water requirements it can get from 65-85lbs. Heavy as hell, put together can hit around 100lbs for five days. Good thing I don’t own body armor, I’m gonna have to start using the lightweight hiking methodology if I do get some; for now, I enjoy the weight for training purposes.

  • sput May 26, 2011, 4:21 pm

    Old fart/old school here — I rig out with LCE/LBE. The move to up front MOLLE gear is due to the fact that today’s grunt spends a lot of time fighting from a vehicle, and butt packs don’t cut it. Bad part of having your load up front is you can’t hug the ground very well, and if you dive onto pouches full of magazines, it can hurt, plus bend up your mags. Plus I’ld rather have a round go through my butt pack than my but, or back.
    Three level load out like JDoe so you can dump and fight or run. Max load out of water is around a gallon, and use filter pump and chemical to replenish, and hydrate like crazy as you replenish.

  • sput May 26, 2011, 4:35 pm

    Uniform level belt has pistol & mags, multitool and knife
    Suspenders have 2 trauma dressings, large knife, compact binos high left attached by cord, comm high right.
    Pistol belt front clear, mag pouch on each hip,canteen/cup/stove left back, canteen rt back, butt pack in middle, w/ poncho.
    Patrol size pack completes level 3

  • Chefbear May 27, 2011, 3:00 am

    I have a Rhodesian Air Force survival vest, similar to a US Military LBE, except its dark brown/tan and black. I like it because I can pack enough supplies into it to last roughly 3 days (If I am by myself), and it doesn’t draw as much attention as OD green/Camouflage gear does. I use this vest every hunting season, and on some fishing trips. It’s lightweight, but durable… subdued colors, but doesn’t make me look like I am one of the local “militia” “i think I am a bad-ass” guys… holds plenty of gear, without restricting movement AND it allows me to use my camel-back without any problem.

    I usually have my US Military Special Forces Patrol Pack whenever I am using this vest. The pack gives me a lot more storage for gear/supplies, I can usually carry enough “stuff” to get myself through about 7 days, or myself and another person about 3 days… not including water, but I carry items to make almost any water safe. Both systems work surprisingly well together considering they were designed for completely different uses. The only time I have ever had an issue with using them together is when I had the back-pouches on the vest full of harder gear (like bino’s, extra ammo, FAK, etc.), but since that one time of discomfort I now use the back-pouches to hold my shelter (poncho) and a few “comfort” items (poncho-liner, medium sized towel, extra socks & underwear, etc.).

    I should also mention that my father made some modifications to the Special Forces Patrol Pack to suit my needs… He added some MOLLE ammo pouches, several loops to hook carabiners onto (for hanging gear, they are reinforced with several extra layers of cordura, I can secure my 11lb Rem. 870 XP Magnum to them without any issue), “shell-belts” sewn onto the shoulder-straps (4 shell and 4 rifle/pistol loops on each), an extra storage compartment attached to the bottom by a heavy-duty zipper (can be detached to make a smaller pack, I can also store thinner items between the two like maps, note book, Frog-Togs rain suit, etc.), a few hidden compartments, a water-proof pocket for storing fire-starting kit and back-up map/compass, Velcro straps to hold small LED flashlights on each shoulder, custom-made magazine pouches for my M1911 and quick-release buckles on the shoulder/cross-chest straps… This pack has been seriously modified to suit my needs while hunting, but it has come in handy MANY other times, I imagine it would be excellent for a short-distance bug-out.

    For a long-distance bug-out (or just a decent backpacking trip) I have several, slightly modified internal or external frame backpacking packs to choose from. My pack-of-choice would likely be an old Jan-sport external frame pack that I have been using since the last few years I was in Boy Scouts. I have carried up to about 90lbs in this pack comfortably (well as comfortably as you can carry 90lbs!), and covered about 80miles in a little more than a week on the AT.

    I have a pretty wide assortment of gear, which has taken me a lifetime to accumulate; And the trial & error of selecting what gear to purchase, keep and get rid of has cost a good bit of money, time and of course pain in the form of chaffed skin/abrasions/blisters.

    To anybody getting started in the “adventure of prepping”… Buying quality gear, of any type, the first time will end up being much cheaper than buying something that doesn’t cost as much. Take it from someone who has made that mistake a few times, it’s better to shop around, wait for a decent deal and buy a quality version of whatever you are looking to buy. Military surplus is a good place to start for most things, just be aware that most of the mil-surp you find at a “surplus store” is usually VERY overpriced. A better option is to check yard sales, gun shows and the internet; Make sure whatever you are about to buy gets a thorough inspection (new or used, as best you can), if possible comes from a reputable dealer and you know at least a little bit about the gear you are looking for. Just my $.02!

  • T.R May 27, 2011, 4:40 pm

    This sounds like a fantastic book ! Finally one that takes whats good about military gear and leaves the rest , putting it into perspective for the average guy . Packs are a biggie , I got a Eberlestock blue widow and use it all the time . I first started looking at the ALICE packs cuz the price was right , nothing wrong with that system , but as a ” civie ” I did find it strange that frame and straps were separate , like buying a car … ” Oh , you want tires and a trunk lid to !?? ” uhhhhh YES ! expensive but the blue widow can be configured to almost anything you want or need . Mine has a spine rifle scabbard and the spike duffel if I need it to be a freighter . My problem with hiking packs is the horrible colors that scream LOOK AT ME . my Eber. is mossy oak brush . This book sounds great !

  • T.R May 28, 2011, 1:41 pm

    I have to disagree with the MOLLE system , I think it sucks ( which means nothing ) There is stuff out there that is far easier to use and will get you to the same place without so much screwing around and without the 1000 bands of solid color around it defeating your camo pattern .


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