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Maxpedition Survival Tips: Gear Loadout with Thomas Coyne

Maxpedition Survival Tips: Gear Loadout with Thomas Coyne


Now when I put my kits together to take
people out to the middle of the African desert or the Alaskan backcountry, my
kits cannot fail. If you train with me at any time in the
last six years or so, you’ve always seen me with a Maxpedition pack in the field.
I know that if this thing falls out of the back of the truck on the way to work,
gets dropped from a helicopter or anything like that it doesn’t matter,
it’s still gonna be just fine. It’s not gonna rip. It’s not gonna tear. I’m not
gonna have a zipper fall off or fail just because it gets muddy or wet. It’s
gonna hold up. Packs like the Riftcore are great because they’re not just
strong, they’re extremely modular. There’s all kinds of unique ways that you can lay
out a pack like this. When heading into some woods like this, I may have some
heavy cutting tools. Of course I always have my LBP pouch on the side, my stainless steel water bottle, some water purifying tablets included in the kit.
Whenever you go into the field, you want to make sure you have whatever you need
to spend the night without perishing just in case things go bad. The FRP is
the perfect pouch for this. I can fit just about everything I need for a rough
night in the woods as well as to get myself extricated. A nice ace bandage for
improvising splints or wrapping twisted or torqued limbs. A full signal kit with
flare whistle. brightly colored ribbon and signal mirror to let ground and air
rescuers know of my location. A multi-tool so I can form my friction fire
kits, cut anything I need to. Some good, strong cordage for lashing shelters or
kits together. Some gloves and gauze for any bleeding or wounds and such. And even
a little liquid bandage. We have our full water purification kit: chlorine tablets
and a 0.1 micron absolute water filter. We have a full all-weather
fire-starting kit – waterproof matches and a fuel cube that burns for longer than
10 minutes at 1000 degrees. In case I need emergency shelter from sun or rain
or I need warmth, I have a reflective emergency blanket that is waterproof
proof and tough enough to form a barrier between myself and the rain. You can
customize this kit however you’d like but always have an all-weather fire
making system, a water purification system, a signal system and a way to make
shelter. Of course I have my RDP pouch slung to my shoulder strap. If I’m out
with other instructors, I’ll have a radio in here. Today’s case I have a solid GPS
device. Another thing I love about this pack is the concealed carry option. Now
as an Alaskan field guide, we often carry pistols for animal defense for our
clients safety and in transport it’s really easy to just have it here in the
side. I have to carry a lot of different teaching materials and tools. Whatever I
carry on me is the only tools we have to live off the land in the wilderness for
a week, so I like to have a lot of different pouches, even ones like this
that can have a variety of different roles. Many people may use the DES to
hold their firearms magazines in the field and survival I can hold, say, a tac light and a knife, a knife and a sharpening stone, a tac light and
batteries or whatever really just fits in here. All these pouches can be turned
into whatever you need and like I said they don’t just look good
they’re extremely tough! I don’t have to worry about yanking on them,
this is extremely high quality material. A pack like this can be put together in
just about any configuration you could think of – whether you’re a hunter, for
military purposes, for survival like me… If you’re a field biologist or surveyor,
anybody that has to take a lot of tools in the woods and it’s important for them
to get their job done, can develop a highly modular system out of a pack like
this that they know will not suffer a failure.

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