Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Bug Out Bag - Contest Winners

We had a huge response to our recent Facebook "B.O.B" contest.
It was awesome to see so many of our fans share our enthusiasm for preparedness!

‎1st Place - Matthew Mann
Lynn thought Matthew had a really interesting and thorough B.O.B set up that showed a lot of thought and some really interesting choices. He also really liked the duracoated blowgun / walking stick.
Matthews B.O.B not only showed a lot of planning but a high level of customization to suit his personal needs. Very impressive.


Matthew described his B.O.B for us:
The total weight of the pack and all of the contents is 25lbs so it should be comfortable to carry for quite some distance.
Anything MultiCam you see in the photo is my own custom sewing,DuraCoating and Kydex.
I modified the Trail Master by removing the top of the guard, wrapping the handle in gutted 550 cord, and adding a shock-cord lanyard. The sheath is my own custom Kydex sheath which I DuraCoated and then added a pouch. The pouch contains snelled fish hooks in an ABS tube, a Lansky retractable diamond rod sharpener, a Light-My-Fire firesteel and a Photon light.
The X2 Voyager has Nutnfancy's recommended modification; I filled in the texture under the pocket clip with epoxy and sanded it flush.
The grappling hook is a 14/0 treble hook and it's not intended for climbing or rapelling, but rather for stabilization on steep terrain and possibly for swinging over crevases or streams.
The Figure 8 rescue descender is intended to be used with rope that I might come across rope while traveling. I've tried it with 550 cord and the 550 cord will hold my weight, but it stretches a bit and I have to loop it through the Figure 8 several times before I can lower myself slowly. The Figure 8 would be used in conjunction with one of the locking carabiners on my pack and my "last chance" belt - which I always wear outside.
I trust maps more than GPS. The case (which I made) contains 1:24,000 maps of my area as well as protractors, measuring devices and a red photon light. There are pace-counting beads hanging from the D-ring on the right shoulder strap of the backpack (not visible in photo).
The copper wire is for cooking meat over a fire. Rather than using a stick that can burn through, the copper will last indefinitely and can be bent to any shape necessary. I also weave the copper wire around the fishing net (in canteen cup) to hold it open and to be a handle for catching minnows.
The rat traps have 550 cord for attaching to trees or rocks so a larger catch doesn't walk away with the trap
The First Aid kit includes band aids, waterproof tape, antiseptic wipes, alcohol pads, benzoin tincture, moleskin, q-tips, rehydration salts, gauze pads, aspirin, a CPR shield, Neosporin, vinyl gloves, burn gel, clippers, nail clippers, scissors, a digital thermometer, and a needle and thread for sutures.— with Cold Steel BBBG Bamboo Darts, GI Poncho, Camo face mask with vents over eyes and mouth holes, Cold Steel Big Bore Blowgun 4' with DuraCoat (4 darts go inside while walking), Grappling hook w/ 50' 550 cord, Nitrile gloves, Silva Ranger compass, Bungee cords, 550 cord and rope to make shelter using poncho, 25x Zoom Telescope, Camera case w/spare batteries and tripod. Rat traps for small game, Fishing license, Handmade MOLLE hydration pack with pouches attached, Cold Steel K4 Neck Knife, Copper wire for cooking, Map case w/ local USGS maps and tools, Gerber Exchange-A-Blade saw, Cold Steel X2 Voyager, Toilet paper in ZipLoc bag, Rite-In-The-Rain notepad and pencil, Lansky diamond rod knife sharpener, ABS tube with fishing line and snelled hooks, Bullion cubes, Light-My-Fire firesteel, Cold Steel Trail Master Kydex sheath w/accessory pouch, PowerBar and cocoa mix, Cold Steel Trail Hawk with custom sheath and 550 wrap, Canteen cup w/ spoon and tinder and small fishing net, Grabber hand and toe warmers, Cold Steel Trail Master San Mai III w/ mods, Photon light, MSR MiniWorks water filter, Pocket Bible (OT and NT), Book: "Edible Wild Plants", Figure 8 rescue descender for rapelling, $1 coins, Zippo w/ DuraCoat, Key-silencer pouch, Zippo Fluid, Bushmaster P97S w/ DuraCoat, Petzl TacTikka w/ red lens and spare batteries, Waterproof First Aid kit (Underwater Kinetics box), custom chest rig w/Sig P226 & M4 magazines (designed specifically to be worn comfortably unde, Ear plugs, Mosquito headnet and First Aid kit tools and thermometer.


Matthew wins a rare discontinued Mini Bushman with Leather Sheath and a copy of Never Unarmed


‎2nd Place - Derick Myer
Lynn thought this was a good B.O.B which again showed a lot of thought. He said it seemed like a genuine "grab it in an emergency" B.O.B with great potential.


Derick described his B.O.B for us:
Cold Steel G.I. Tanto, a Cold Steel Kukri Machete, and a water canteen w/ pouch on my web belt and shoulder straps.
In the main pack we have: Cold Steel 12" Sax Machete (for fire prep mostly), Kershaw Fillet Knife, Cold Steel Finn Bear, Cold Steel Pocket Bushman, Cold Steel Super Edge, small folding shovel, a Paracord lanyard with caribiner, another canteen, 2 30 minute flares, 1 folder tent pole (for iprovised tent), 5 metal tent stakes, 10x12 ft. tarp, 20 ft. 3/8 nylon rope, Large and small zip ties,fire kit (includes 120 strike anywhere matches in waterproof containers, magnesium striker, 2 tea lights, 2 cheap lighters,and 10 homemade fire starters,100 ft paracord (50 ft. OD Green and 50 ft. digital camo), regular and map compasses, LED Mini Maglite, Sharpie marker, 3 space blankets, 3 18 hr hand warmers, 3 heavy duty trash bags (folded), 2 handkerchiefs, several square feet of heavy duty tin foil (folded), small fishing kit (includes 2 hook sizes, a few jigs, 2 mini bobbers, 2 steel 6 in steel leaders, and 2 spinners), 100 yards of 50 lb. test fishing line, 2 small spot mirrors, wire saw,mini tape measure, hardware kit (includes: several split rings, a bead chain, a few carabiners, heavy duty chain link, and a heavy duty ring and snap hook), roll of digital camo duct tape, small but thorough medical kit, roll of toilet paper, 2 pairs of socks and a change of underwear, small hygiene kit (toothbrush, toothpaste, deoderant, several sewing needles, nail clippers, and tweezers), 3 containers of salt and pepper and 1 of Lawerys Seasoned Salt and Pepper, 5 food packs (contain either beef or chicken flavored dehydrated noodles packs, 2 granola bars, 2 bulion cubes of the opposite flavor of the noodles, 1 instant oatmeal pack, 1 quarts worth of Gatorade mix, and 1 quarts worth of iced tea mix), 1 can Planters mixed nuts,2 forks and 2 spoons, a small metal dipper, a small glass jar that doubles as a 1 cup measure, and a metal can to cook/boil in (soon to be enlarged).Thats about it. Further additions will probably be some 18 in. steel leaders to use as snares, a compact sleeping bag that i can strap to the bottom of the pack,and a PVC rain poncho. I'd also be carrying Cold Steel G.I. Tanto, a Cold Steel Kukri Machete, and a water canteen w/ pouch on my web belt and shoulder straps.
In the main pack we have: Cold Steel 12" Sax Machete (for fire prep mostly), Kershaw Fillet Knife (sry CS if u still made fillet blades it would be one of yours), Cold Steel Finn Bear, Cold Steel Pocket Bushman, Cold Steel Super Edge, small folding shovel, a Paracord lanyard with caribiner, another canteen, 2 30 minute flares, 1 folder tent pole (for iprovised tent), 5 metal tent stakes, 10x12 ft. tarp, 20 ft. 3/8 nylon rope, Large and small zip ties,fire kit (includes 120 strike anywhere matches in waterproof containers, magnesium striker, 2 tea lights, 2 cheap lighters,and 10 homemade fire starters (for adverse weather or when ur feeling lazy),100 ft paracord (50 ft. OD Green and 50 ft. digital camo), regular and map compasses, LED Mini Maglite, Sharpie marker, 3 space blankets, 3 18 hr hand warmers, 3 heavy duty trash bags (folded), 2 handkerchiefs (covert and non-covert), several square feet of heavy duty tin foil (folded), small fishing kit (includes 2 hook sizes, a few jigs, 2 mini bobbers, 2 steel 6 in steel leaders, and 2 spinners), 100 yards of 50 lb. test fishing line, 2 small spot mirrors, wire saw,mini tape measure, hardware kit (includes: several split rings, a bead chain, a few carabiners, heavy duty chain link, and a heavy duty ring and snap hook), roll of digital camo duct tape, small but thorough medical kit (upgraded with: 2 different sizes of ACE bandages, several hundred tablets of Ibuprofen (awesome stuff haha), a tube of Neosporin, and a small bottle of Excedrin), a small medical kit (basically a cut kit), roll of toilet paper, 2 pairs of socks and a change of underwear, small hygiene kit (toothbrush, toothpaste, deoderant, several sewing needles, nail clippers, and tweezers), 3 containers of salt and pepper and 1 of Lawerys Seasoned Salt and Pepper (for heavy duty seasoning :D), 5 food packs (contain either beef or chicken flavored dehydrated noodles packs, 2 granola bars, 2 bulion cubes of the opposite flavor of the noodles, 1 instant oatmeal pack, 1 quarts worth of Gatorade mix, and 1 quarts worth of iced tea mix), 1 can Planters mixed nuts,2 forks and 2 spoons, a small metal dipper, a small glass gar that doubles as a 1 cup measure, and a metal can to cook/boil in (soon to be enlarged). I'd also be carrying my S&W 686 and some ammo. Further additions will probably be some 18 in. steel leaders
to use as snares, a compact sleeping bag that i can strap to the bottom of the pack,and a PVC rain poncho.

Derick wins a rare discontinued Carbon V Twistmaster and a copy of Never Unarmed


‎3rd place - Michael Quinn


Michael described his B.O.B for us:
My B.O.B pack comes in at 45 pounds.
It contains - North Face Terra 65 pack. Sea To Summit rain cover.
Eureka! Solitaire tent., Alps self inflating air pad.Seychelle water filtration bottle. Katadyn Hike Pro water filter. 100oz BlackHawk bladder. Suisse Sport 30 degree synthetic sleeping bag. IFAK (Quick Clot, med's, trauma dressing, gauze, tourniquet, Adhesive Tape)
Compass. GPS. Topo map. 550.Fire stick. Lighter. Petroleum Cotton Balls. Mora Clipper. Leatherman Multi-tool. Surefire 6P.Batteries. Mirror. Energizer Headlamp. Chem Sticks. Contractor garbage bag. MSR Pocket Rocket. GSI Soloist cook set. Mountain House. Jack Links jerky. Power bars. Vacuum sealed bags for clothing. Smart wool Socks. Crye Precision Multicam BDU's. Atom LT. Arcteryx Covert Beanie. Condor Alpha fleece. Under Armor leggins & top. Oakley SI Assault gloves. TAD Gear shemagh. Columbia Coremic Ridge 2 boots.
Poncho. Wet wipes. Hand sanitizer. US PALM Defender Body armor with 3 P-Mags and 2 Glock 19 Mags. AR15 w/ Surefire M900v, Eotech, K15. Glock 26 w/Comptac Spartan. PVS-14. Peltor Comtac 2. Radio

Lynn said "that's a pretty darn good all-round B.O.B but that guy needs a good Machete" so as well as the official 3rd place prize (a copy of Never Unarmed) Lynn has thrown in a Kukri Machete as well!


Thanks to everyone who took part in the competition!