Let's take a moment to discuss the venerable Bundeswehr winter parka.
Pros: - Nigh-indestructible cotton twill outer - Removable liner - Available everywhere, especially in the NATOsphere - Loden is the best camouflage color on the planet. If you set this thing down on a stump, you'd better remember which one.
Cons: - Can't wear in public in Europe without being mistaken for either a left- or right-wing terrorist - Can't wear in public in USA without being mistaken for a homeless cannibal - Heavy as shit and 10x heavier when wet - Waterproofing consists of two fragile slips of plastic under the shoulders - Zipper doesn't extend all the way down - Two slash pockets instead of voluminous pouches like everyone else's armed forces - Poorly fitted. You get winded just trying to hike with it. Arms too short to fit anyone but a Chernobyl child.
My girlfriend lost my edc flashlight, so now I'm in the market for another one. It was a protac 1L-1aa, which I really liked, except for the shitty clip. I'm looking for something that's around $40, uses lithium batteries and puts out at least 350 lumens. Any recommendations?
>be me >go to dolly sods on scout trip when 12 >completely deserted, place is magical >almost_heaven.mp3 >family soon moves out to west coast, get used to /out/ing there
fast foward 10 years >now on east coast for college >decide to hit up the dolly sods this weekend for good times sake >since school has fall break, plan to be there from thurs-sunday
first day >get there in the mid-afternoon, only west virginia locals hanging out at the parking lot, with 1 or 2 out of state cars >easy to find a spot >hiking in complete solitude >amazing, just as good as remembered >bushwhacked to a remote spot overlooking the ridge
second day >hmm, seems like there's a few more people here today >well, it's only Friday, guess the weekend crowd if pulling in >mostly small groups of 2-4 people, a couple solo hikers like my autistic self >by afternooon, running into people every 5-10 minutes >larger groups pouring in, groups of 6-8 people playing music on their speakers >dogs running around off leash >1 hour before sunset, figure it's time to find a spot to camp >what the fuck, why are all of these spots now taken >every 300 ft is another spot, but again taken by another group of people >find a couple empty spots, but they are all within earshot of the larger groups blasting loud music and hooting at each other like chimpanzees >end up bushwhacking an hour past sunset to find a decent spot
third day >even more people in the morning >on the way out, there's a group of people always within sight, can't even take a picture of the trail without someone popping up beyond the next turn >wtf i thought the bad weather would chase them away >get to parking lot >see pic related >everyone from DC and their grandmother is here >fuck this, this isn't comfy any more.jpg >pack up and go home early
wtf happened /out/? This isn't almost heaven anymore.