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Jaison009
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« on: July 23, 2013, 02:55:17 PM »

This may seem like a dumb question but for those who wear blue bdu what kind of 24 hour gear do you wear? I am getting back into ES and have my northface bag for my 72 hour pack; however, I am trying to figure out what looks okay with the BBDU for field wear. I found some black web gear and know of several civilian setups in multiple colors; however, I was curious what others here utilize and am looking to stay fairly cheap.
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« Reply #1 on: July 23, 2013, 02:58:59 PM »

ES gear can be any color.  Don't sweat it.  You are going to look like butt anway with your ANSI vest over your ES gear anyway.
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« Reply #2 on: July 23, 2013, 03:00:51 PM »

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Jaison009
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« Reply #3 on: July 23, 2013, 03:13:17 PM »

So what do you typically use?

ES gear can be any color.  Don't sweat it.  You are going to look like butt anway with your ANSI vest over your ES gear anyway.
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« Reply #4 on: July 23, 2013, 03:16:01 PM »

I use olive drab web gear and/or black (mostly) packs.
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« Reply #5 on: July 23, 2013, 03:29:52 PM »

Orange SARMED or orange tac vest.   Before that is was a Blackhawk rig which was useless, and before that a woodland E-LBV which was excellent.
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« Reply #6 on: July 23, 2013, 04:03:31 PM »

The LBV is what I used as a cadet and love but I thought I would look pretty stupid wearing woodland gear with BBDU. How do you like the SARMED? I used to wear one like it for EMS and could not imagine it holding up to the woods of Arkansas very well.

Orange SARMED or orange tac vest.   Before that is was a Blackhawk rig which was useless, and before that a woodland E-LBV which was excellent.
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« Reply #7 on: July 23, 2013, 04:06:52 PM »

I haven't had any issues with it, and it has the added advantage of being orange with reflectivity so it can be the outermost garment.
I've used it in the woods with no issues, and it was cheap enough that if something >did< happen to it, I could just get a new one.

Bottom line, use what works and don't worry about coordination.
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« Reply #8 on: July 23, 2013, 04:14:13 PM »

So what do you typically use?

ES gear can be any color.  Don't sweat it.  You are going to look like butt anway with your ANSI vest over your ES gear anyway.
I wear both BDU and BBDU depending on what is clean day of the SAREX.....my gear is the ACU gray MOLLE LBV.  I have a ANSI vest...but don't wear it unless I am actually on the roadside.  I have an orange panel over the back of my CamelBack Mule back pack for when I am in the field.


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« Reply #9 on: July 23, 2013, 04:26:08 PM »

Several different versions of these popped up on eBay when I did a search just now - I may just grab one of these and call it a day.
(I really want a yellow vest vs. the orange I already have).




Need to find a US seller to save on the shipping - never occurred to me to look in the UK, even though this stuff is what all the EMS and ES people wear over there.


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« Reply #10 on: July 23, 2013, 04:42:09 PM »

Ooh! Shiny and pretty!
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« Reply #11 on: July 23, 2013, 04:50:37 PM »

Need to find a US seller to save on the shipping

Let us know if you do, that really looks just about perfect for what most of us would need for 24-hr gear. Add a little vertical striping on the front of the pockets and it should be ANSI compliant.
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« Reply #12 on: July 24, 2013, 10:07:48 AM »

Several different versions of these popped up on eBay when I did a search just now - I may just grab one of these and call it a day.
(I really want a yellow vest vs. the orange I already have).

Do a search for "surveyors vest". I now work for a firm that has a survey department and I recently borrowed one for an FTX. I'm about to order on to replace my old cheap throw over vest. They usually have lots of nice pockets and features and are relatively cheap.

Here's an example:
http://www.fullsource.com/surveyor-safety-vests/radians-sv59-2zgd-l/
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« Reply #13 on: July 24, 2013, 11:21:42 AM »

Several different versions of these popped up on eBay when I did a search just now - I may just grab one of these and call it a day.
(I really want a yellow vest vs. the orange I already have).

Do a search for "surveyors vest". I now work for a firm that has a survey department and I recently borrowed one for an FTX. I'm about to order on to replace my old cheap throw over vest. They usually have lots of nice pockets and features and are relatively cheap.

Here's an example:
http://www.fullsource.com/surveyor-safety-vests/radians-sv59-2zgd-l/

Nice, and pretty inexpensive - would certainly work for UDF and flight line stuff.  Might be tight for GTM. Didn't notice the two
huge lower pockets.



But that search then opened up a number of other options as well.

Here's one that purports to be ANSII 2:

http://www.forestry-suppliers.com/product_pages/View_Catalog_Page.asp?mi=4519
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« Reply #14 on: July 24, 2013, 11:26:24 AM »

These folks (Radians) make some good gear. This is where we got our orange vests.
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« Reply #15 on: July 24, 2013, 11:35:19 AM »

Nice, and pretty inexpensive - would certainly work for UDF and flight line stuff.  Might be tight for GTM.

But that search then opened up a number of other options as well.

I'm thinking I'm going to keep the UDF gear and anything from GTM that I'd want to access quickly in this and the have the rest of the GTM stuff in my pack. Most of the "survival" and what-not stuff you don't need super quick & easy access to. That's how I rigged it when I borrowed the vest from work and it felt very comfy.
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« Reply #16 on: July 24, 2013, 11:43:12 AM »

I didn't notice the two huge lower pockets.  I would guess all but lunch and shelter would fit in there fine - certainly all
the "on your person" stuff would.
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Jaison009
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« Reply #17 on: August 06, 2013, 02:12:03 PM »

So this is what I decided on. Top Load Web Gear Pack, The Pack Shack http://www.supplycache.com/prodinfo.asp?number=604-38201. I got it on clearance in yellow for $96 and can use it multi purpose. Don't think I could beat that considering how much True North, Coaxsher, etc all go for. I wanted an older FSS yellow forestry webgear and pack setup but could not find one in my range.I did consider the vest really hard but decided that this with the detachable main pack would meet my needs for CAP and for the civilian side.
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« Reply #18 on: August 06, 2013, 02:28:24 PM »

This is for the 24?  That's a nice looking pack, but It's going to be pretty empty with just the 24 in it.
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Jaison009
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« Reply #19 on: August 06, 2013, 02:41:18 PM »

I figure with a couple of yellow pouches for the web belt I will be able to use only the webgear set for 24. Once I attach the pack I will nearly all of my 48-72 hour gear. I think I will like carrying it a lot more than my Northface Terra pack. I am retaking my NASAR STII (got so busy I forgot to go back while written and practical were still good) later this year and I wanted something flexible and modular I can fit all of the pack list into and actually navigate through the thick and briars of southwest AR.

This is for the 24?  That's a nice looking pack, but It's going to be pretty empty with just the 24 in it.
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