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  • #16
    we play an interesting game at work that goes along with this. Once a week someone brings in a common ordinary "thing" (coffee mug, screw driver, tooth brush, etc.), then the rest of us come up with ideas of alternate uses. Most are just ridiculous but with every item there have been at least 2-3 ideas that were very good for alternate uses. Really helps in looking at common ordinary objects in a different light.
    Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum


    • #17
      Originally posted by CountryGuy View Post

      You know I don't know... But the pack could be a great idea. You could probably sew up lots of things with a heavy thread or heavy test fishing line then wipe the seams with some silicon caulk and wala waterproof. Does give ideas like packs, ponchos, shelters, flys etc... I wonder if when washing if it'd take a dye... hmmm might have to see if I can find a house build and scrounge or check out the lumber yards for some remnants. I think a lot of places use it or a similar for lumber covers now also.
      Country, I'm sure it can be dyed. I just don't know what type of dye or ink it takes for coloring. I've actually been trying to figure out if there is a Tyvek material available preprinted in multicam pattern. Would make a great material for any number of clothing (rain gear) and carry gear (packs & bags). I also included a pic of a DIY pack made from Tyvek (not mine) and you should check out Pinterest for DIY Tyvek projects. Finding scraps for projects in my area is almost impossible. Not much being built.



      • #18
        Dang that is nice. Someone had some mad sewing skills... good thought on Piterest, I always forget about the cool stuff there.

        Not sure about the printed tyvec; but if you're correct that FrogToggs are tyvek, then it must be in someway dye-able/ printable as I've seen those suits in about every color of the rainbow. A nice OD dye job followed by spray dye or paint for some improvised homemade pattern could work...
        I can explain it to you, but I can't understand it for you!


        • #19
          Originally posted by survivalguy View Post
          space blankets are great shelter material and are very lightweight and take up no space at all in your pack only downside is once unfolded you'll never fold it up again so use it for tinder ..burns great. :)
          they suck, bro. They cause condensation if you seal them up and lose your body heat to convection /breezes if you dont. You can't let them touch you, especially not to also touch the ground, cause your body heat will go right thru them. A heavy duty one saved my life one cold, windy, rainy night, but it sucked the big one, you can do MUCH better . Here is the place to go. 2.5 lbs and $150 for the pair. Very compact, Get both the regular and the xl. if it's really cold put the regular inside of the large one and you'll have a layer of trapped air all around you. Get on a pile of debris, hopefully dry, and you'll sleep ok at 40F, in just pants and shirt. you can exercise your way thru a night at 30F, or handle 20F if you've got a BEESWAX candle in the UCO lantern, It helps a LOT if you've got 1 lb of net hammock, a couple of 1/4 lb each full body bugnet bags and 3 of the 2.3 oz each 55 gallon drum liners and a bit of tape. When you've got those items, you can sleep ok at 20F. without any external heat. If you'll take a double layered oval of clear PEVA shower curtain and tie, clamp or tape it around the open end of the bivvies, and then 'aim" the one way projected heat of a Siberian fire lay at the PEVA, from a safe 5 ft away, you can sleep ok at 10F, with just pants and shirt. and if you add the other stuff, the candle or the hot rocks/water bottles, you can get thru some really cold nights without being harmed. You wont sleep much, tho. It almost always warms up 20F degrees by the afternoon, tho, so sleep during the day. if it's that cold. These bivvies are fully zippered and can be worn as ponchos. So I dont bother with heavy winter clothing, except balaclava, shemagh, sockliners, gloves and glove liners.