Safety gear & bug-out bags: they're both about protecting your assets.
If you engage in action sports and need eye protection to bridge the gap between glasses and goggles, check out Wiley X's Brick. They come with a pop-in Facial Cavity Seal to block out dust and debris particles while ventilating from the top down to prevent fogging, and the "T-Peg" detachable elastic leash is fast and secure. I recommend the LA (light adjusting) Grey Lens/ Metallic Black Frame Kit at $144. Of course you can leave the seal and leash off, and you have some handsome, comfy, cool multi-mission glasses with great clarity and zero distortion.
Want a super-quick fix that slips right over your prescription glasses? One with ANSI Z80.1-rated protection? Check out distortion-free polarized Cocoons eyewear. Available in grey, copper, amber and yellow tints, .you could have lenses to fit any lighting condition at the cost of a single pair of prescription spectacles, made so that at first glance, no one knows you're actually wearing two pair of glasses--a neat trick, huh? Doff both sets, put the Cocoons back on and you've got stylish polarized sunglasses. Cost is about $50 per pair.
Easy On Ears--And Hands
I've used Howard Leight Impact Sport electronic range muffs for years and highly recommend them. The low-profile earcups work well shouldering long guns, they amplify ambient sounds up to 4X, and suppress gunshots above 82dB with a noise reduction rating (NRR) of 22. If you shoot handguns in an indoor range you might want even more protection, and Leight's new Impact PRO muffs deliver an amazing 30 NRR with just a bit more size and all the other features of the Sport model. By the way, that NRR scale isn't linear; it's logarithmic like the Richter scale for earthquakes, so the increased protection is really impressive. The Pro's list for $74.99.
SureFire's EarPro soft, pliable in-the-ear hearing protectors have been significantly updated and improved over the past few years. They're now more comfortable, secure, and even more effective. Without .electronics, the EP3 Sonic Defenders and EP4 Defenders Plus use the miniature Hocks Noise Braker filter and a stopper system to suppress 85dB-plus gunshots to a 24dB NRR level, and allow most ambient sounds to come through when you choose. EP5 Sonic Defenders Max use a full-block system to achieve an impressive 26dB NRR. All three models are offered in small, medium and large sizes, and cost under $15 per pair.
For the tiniest and most capable ambient sound-amplifying and gunshot-suppressing in-the-ear devices available, check out SoundGear's digital electronic plugs by LaPierre/Starkey Laboratories. Hardly bigger than the hearing-aid battery that powers them, they offer a 25dB NRR rating. The set, priced at $599, includes two sizes of plug sleeves, a cleaning brush, two packs of batteries and a battery removal tool in a compact case. You get a secure fit, excellent performance and all-day comfort in the lowest profile protection possible.
Shooting powerful handgun rounds can be soul-satisfying--great "ballistic therapy"--but it can also do some serious damage, both soft-tissue bruising and nerve and tendon damage. GripSwell Ergonomic Shooting Gloves aren't just gloves with pads added. The scientifically designed memory foam inserts in their GS-33s are strategically placed to protect vital nerves and fill anatomical voids. The fine leather? Well, that's just to provide comfort with class. GS-33's list for $54.95, and GripSwell also makes specialized gloves for rifle and side-by-side shooters.
It's In The Bag
An OTD (Out The Door) or "Oscar Mike" (On the Move) Bag is the bag you never leave home without; the one which carries your essentials like a backup handgun, extra ammo, tactical light, compact first aid/trauma kit, bottled drink and other odds and ends of your choice. An OTD or OM bag presumes a short trip, most or all of your time will be on foot, and never far from other resources. It's light, comfortable to carry, and snugs up tight if you have to run, fight or maneuver at speed.
The Disse Gear Celo 2ed and Receptrix are both fine examples of the genre, constructed of tough 1000 denier nylon, with high-strength stitching, heavy-duty YKK zippers and reliable UTX buckles. With two distinctively different looks, they share comfortable shoulder straps and an array of inner compartments adaptable to fit just about any gear you please. Priced at $59.99 and $69.99, they're well worth a hard look.
A Go-Bag is a bigger and more serious proposition; a bag that'll take you further afield under uncertain circumstances, deal with greater challenges, and pack enough supplies to get you through a couple of nights--or a couple of fights--and back again. For the past 3 years I've counted on a Wingman Patrol Bag from 5.11 Tactical for that role. Check the photo: Made for police patrol duties, the Wingman unfolds like a military field desk and holds an amazing amount of gear. Closed up it looks like an airline overnight bag, carried by its stout handle or shoulder strap, and open, it's your own "quartermaster's bunker." If you do a lot of driving you'll appreciate the ability to cinch the top strap over a headrest and have everything you need next to you on the passenger's seat. Retail is $99.99
A Bug-Out Bag is the one you grab when the curtain falls, the balloon goes up and the fat lady sings ... In other words, it's time to get outta Dodge, and you don't know if you'll be back. The Bug-Out Bag holds all-the-above plus more ammo, water, freeze-dried chow or MREs, change-out and foul weather gear, sundries & novelties of a survival nature, yet still be eminently maneuverable should you have to make tracks. The Doppelduffel from Maxpedition HardUse Gear can be hand-carried like luggage, slung by its shoulder strap in two different orientations or packed by its hidden integral backpack straps.
The Doppelduffel s cavernous 3,200 cubic inches organizes all your gear in discreet compartments and a main area split by two padded dividers. Built to Maxpeditions usual virtually bomb-proof standards, it's about as tough as a firehose and a lot less conspicuous to carry down the street. Hey, everybody laughs at the moron packin a coiled-up fire hose, but what s the reaction when they see you slidin by with your Doppelduffel?
"Martha, somethin's goin' on--grab the bug-out bags!" Connor OUT
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