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Best SHTF clothes question and discussion
29 May 2013, 08:32,
#51
RE: Best SHTF clothes question and discussion
Well, the temps yesterday hit 90f. It's that time if year again.

No cargos and jacket for me thanks, its down to the cargo shorts and tee shirt w/tennis shoes for me until around September.

Tactical or not, it is what it is.
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29 May 2013, 10:15,
#52
RE: Best SHTF clothes question and discussion
(29 May 2013, 06:50)Binnie Wrote: I was actually thinking about this thread last night.....If you are bugging in, then surely your normal attire would be best suited to your environement....

I was thinking this too.

It really depends on what stage we're at post SHTF. Long term we'll need warm, tough and practical clothing that provides portable storage and some form of protection. In the first three months or so while the die-off's happening, I've been planning something else.

I have a few garments stashed for this period which otherwise look pretty useless. The most important is an anorak that used to belong to my dad, which is one of those thin ones that look OK from the outside but actually contain no padding and only a single soft lining. It's OK for length, but way, way too big for me round the body.

It makes me look as if I haven't eaten for a month.

I'm probably being ridiculously paranoid here, but we've talked a lot about clothes that could make us 'stand out' in the wrong way, and I think there's something much more dangerous than that. In the die-off period, the biggest flashing light we could hold over our heads is to look healthy and well fed.

Again, that depends on our different plans, but mine is to bug in and play the grey man for as long as I can. From the second month I'd hope to lie low and out of sight as much as possible, but I can see situations where I'd need to go out - especially if my rainbutts run out of water, and I need to go to the lake. It's less than a quarter of a mile away and I have a route that's almost entirely through woodland, but there's one little housing stretch I'd need to pass through and a playing field I'd need to cross. Even if I went by night I might be seen - and almost certainly would be, since any intelligent predators looking for survivors would obviously watch over the water holes. Well - it's what I'd do.

There's an argument here for going out with body armour and armed to the teeth, but that has its limitations. All those things would signal to any watcher that I was a prepper and HAD STORES, so that even if I looked too dangerous to attack now, the obvious thing would be to lurk and follow me home. For me, I think the best defence is to look not worth bothering with - just another sick refugee who obviously has nothing worth taking.Angel

Obviously it wouldn't work after three months - anyone still alive after that is obviously prepared and has stores, no matter what they look like. For that time I have a different plan, and will have different clothes. But for this one time I want 'normal' clothes that are baggy and too big for me, and hide my face in a way that looks natural rather than deliberate. My husband is a big man, but dress him in a coat too sizes too big and he looks as if he's lost a lot of weight fast. It might be stupid, but that's the look I'm after.

Flares and kipper ties are, of course, optional. Big Grin
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29 May 2013, 10:34,
#53
RE: Best SHTF clothes question and discussion
personally i'd wear what I normally wear, usually camo hoodie and blue jeans, if I started wearing something different that might start some people thinking. I thing we (OH and I) will probably loose SOME weight in this time period as we will be rationing our food to some extent( prob size portions) so that our food store went further. during the initial die-off period will be keeping a low profile and staying close to home, don't want to leave OH on her own in case any trouble starts. depending on the severity of THE EVENT may have to bug out- that depends on the death rate and how many people stay here or if they all attempt to get to relatives houses instead, will stay here if at all possible.
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29 May 2013, 11:48,
#54
RE: Best SHTF clothes question and discussion
Life was much easier before the marketing men got a hold of the clothing market, what is now " Tactical" used to be army surplus, "System" used to mean matching pants and jacket. "Combats" used to be fatigues or general issue and tthe only cammoflage patterns were DPM, Flecktarn and Tiger stripe or winter white. When todays marketing men attach the " Tactical" logo which was created for the US market its just media hype of saying Workwear or Utilitarian clothing(Brand anything Tactical or Tactical system and our cousins will happily pay double the price). In our world about the only impractical garments are denim and fleecy joggy bottoms.

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29 May 2013, 13:08,
#55
RE: Best SHTF clothes question and discussion
(29 May 2013, 11:48)NorthernRaider Wrote: In our world about the only impractical garments are denim and fleecy joggy bottoms.

oy not so fast!Tongue if your trying to be a Grey man/woman and that is what is worn by the vast majority in your area- THEN THATS WHAT YOU WEAR!!Big Grin
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29 May 2013, 13:17,
#56
RE: Best SHTF clothes question and discussion
(29 May 2013, 13:08)bigpaul Wrote:
(29 May 2013, 11:48)NorthernRaider Wrote: In our world about the only impractical garments are denim and fleecy joggy bottoms.

oy not so fast!Tongue if your trying to be a Grey man/woman and that is what is worn by the vast majority in your area- THEN THATS WHAT YOU WEAR!!Big Grin

I thought NR was moving to Brighton??

Tactical Crotchless Leather Rainbow Chaps with 18 pockets and a flap to keep your Johnson warm. That's what the cool preppers round that way wear. Oh, and vaseline.
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29 May 2013, 13:20,
#57
RE: Best SHTF clothes question and discussion
(29 May 2013, 13:17)BeardyMan Wrote:
(29 May 2013, 13:08)bigpaul Wrote:
(29 May 2013, 11:48)NorthernRaider Wrote: In our world about the only impractical garments are denim and fleecy joggy bottoms.

oy not so fast!Tongue if your trying to be a Grey man/woman and that is what is worn by the vast majority in your area- THEN THATS WHAT YOU WEAR!!Big Grin

I thought NR was moving to Brighton??

Tactical Crotchless Leather Rainbow Chaps with 18 pockets and a flap to keep your Johnson warm. That's what the cool preppers round that way wear. Oh, and vaseline.

yeah, got an old school friend lives there, i'll let him know NR's on the way!!Big GrinBig GrinBig Grin
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29 May 2013, 13:29,
#58
RE: Best SHTF clothes question and discussion
Nr doesnt get thecwarm weather for crotchless chaps
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29 May 2013, 13:30,
#59
RE: Best SHTF clothes question and discussion
that's NOT why they wear them in Brighton!!Big GrinBig Grin
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29 May 2013, 13:36,
#60
RE: Best SHTF clothes question and discussion
(29 May 2013, 13:29)Metroyeti Wrote: Nr doesnt get thecwarm weather for crotchless chaps

That's what the vaseline is for. Helps against wind chill. And friction.
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