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PragmaticMurphyist's EDC thread

Discussion in 'Show us pics of your EDC!' started by PragmaticMurphyist, Feb 22, 2015.

  1. PragmaticMurphyist

    PragmaticMurphyist Loaded Pockets

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    A Gollum post to kick this off... What has it got in its pocketses?! :)

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    From left to right:
    • Victorinox SwissChamp and belt pouch
    • Arnold & Arnold leather card case under an old laminated card wrapped with duct tape, rubber bands, sewing thread, and with a couple of safety pins
    • FitBit One
    • Fenix PD22 with clip and lanyard
    • Cheap cotton bandana
    • Spyderco UK Penknife FRN (plain leaf)
    • Fisher Space Pen Bullet in black with a clip
    • Rite in the Rain 3x5 notebook
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    Key chain set up (I'm not very happy with this as-is. By the time I've got my house and work keys attached, it takes too long to find and retrieve things. Needs a rethink.):
    • Car key
    • Tag with my mobile phone number on it (in case of loss. There's one of these on my house keys and work keys too.)
    • ResQMe escape tool
    • Maxpedition KeyPer
    • Gerber Shard
    • Lifeventure whistle
    • Transcend 16 Gb USB stick
    • Spyderco Bug
     
  2. T.H.Cone

    T.H.Cone I am senor Fluffy, hear me roar

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    Welcome to the forum, Prag. I figure anyone who throws out a Tolkien reference first thing must be all right.
     
  3. PragmaticMurphyist

    PragmaticMurphyist Loaded Pockets

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    So, I thought I should probably explain the handle I've chosen (and here seemed like a fair enough place to do it!)

    At work I used to be known generally as a pessimist. Then I changed offices (same company) and instantly was regarded as an optimist! This confused me so I looked both terms up and didn't feel either of the definitions applied to me!

    I now see myself as a "Pragmatic Murphyist" - I believe that anything that can go wrong will go wrong but, knowing that, am able to prepare for the worst (and am pleasantly surprised whenever it doesn't happen!). ;)
     
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  4. Cheeser
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    Cheeser Hey Bub!

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    You realise Murphy was an optimist?
     
  5. PragmaticMurphyist

    PragmaticMurphyist Loaded Pockets

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  6. Cheeser
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    Cheeser Hey Bub!

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    did you ever read the list of things Skippy's not allowed to do?
     
  7. PragmaticMurphyist

    PragmaticMurphyist Loaded Pockets

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    I hadn't! Found and tagged for later reading! :D Many thanks!
     
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    Cheeser Hey Bub!

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    Enjoy :)
     
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  9. PragmaticMurphyist

    PragmaticMurphyist Loaded Pockets

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    So, I've spent a little while this evening going through my work / EDC backpack and lightening the load. I listed out all the things that I've actually used over the last few months, added a few things I carry that I hope I'll never use (Israeli bandage, CPR mask, etc.) and took everything else out of the bag, pockets and off my key chain. One exception - I carry a fairly comprehensive PFAK (a smidge over 0.5kg) and I've left that alone.

    (It hurt! There were a lot of "but I might need that!" moments!)

    The results - after all that it's now down from 7kg to 6.5kg. :rolleyes_revamped:

    I was hoping for a bigger reduction, but probably unrealistically. My works laptop and sundries come in at 2kg, there's 0.5kg of water, the bag itself (Osprey Quasar 28) is almost a kilo.... come to think of it, my bag of Jelly Babies is 200g!

    <shrug> It'll have to do!
     
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  10. ManVsLawn

    ManVsLawn EDC Junkie!!!!!

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    That's the way to do it! Big props for 'trimming the fat'


    Once you realize what you do use, and what you hope you'll never use (CPR mask, firearm, etc.) the rest belongs in the truck/car! ;)
     
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  11. PragmaticMurphyist

    PragmaticMurphyist Loaded Pockets

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    New addition to my little collection of little SAKs:

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    These things just make me smile! :)
     
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  12. PragmaticMurphyist

    PragmaticMurphyist Loaded Pockets

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    So there've been a fair few changes to my on-person carry. Probably time for an update!

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    Here we have:
    • RITR 3x5 notebook
    • Fisher Space Pen Bullet
    • Bandana
    • Wet wipes
    • Gearward CSC Micro kevlar cord
    • Car keyring, containing:
      • Phone number tag
      • Mecarmy Illuminex-4 flashlight
      • Transcend JetFlash 710S 32 GB USB 3.0
      • Acme 636 Whistle
    • Card case with driving licence, holding
      • Cashpoint / debit card (not shown)
      • Safety pins
      • Reserve cash
      • Old store card wrapped with duct tape, Scotch removable tape, rubber bands
      • Moist lens wipes
      • Credit card magnifying glass
      • CPR faceshield
    • Thumbstone
    • Zebralight SC600w Mk III Hi flashlight, GITD lanyard
    • Spyderco UKPK FFG Leaf
    • Victorinox SwissChamp
    • Victorinox leather pouch
    Not the prettiest EDC around, but it works for me. ;)
     
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  13. PragmaticMurphyist

    PragmaticMurphyist Loaded Pockets

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    "Holy filleting FAK pouches, Batman!"

    :D

    So my Maxped FR1 with external TQ pouch was a bit bulky for EDC and access was a bit fiddly for my liking, so I've moved to a Vanquest FatPack 5x8 Gen 2. I'm impressed!
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    Build and design are both good, and there's storage for shears, gloves and a tourniquet on the outside.
    So far, so good. Grab the red handle and pull down hard, and this happens:
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    The whole pouch fillets open on two YKK zippers to give you quick access to everything. Elastic loops with layered pockets behind them and a shock-cord "ladder" for smaller items. It holds a tiny bit less than the FR1, but is more compact and massively better for access.
    Here's the loadout:
    Category 1 - Barrier + imminent danger of death
    External:
    • Nitrile Gloves x2
    • CAT Tourniquet
    • Tuff-Kut Shears
    Internal:
    • Nitrile Gloves x2
    • Celox Rapid Z-fold gauze
    • 6" trauma dressing
    • CPR face shield
    • Aspirin, 300mg x2 (cardiac arrest)
    • Headtorch
    Category 2 - Urgent but not life threatening
    • Eye wash pods x2
    • Burnshield dressings (1x large, 3x small)
    • Large HSE first aid dressing, 18 x 18cm - sterile
    • Medium HSE first aid dressing, 12 x 12cm - sterile
    • Sugar sachets x3
    Category 3 - Take your time
    • Foil blanket
    • Triangular bandage, 90 x 90 x 130cm - sterile
    • Eye pad dressing
    • Washproof plasters, assorted sizes
    • Gauze swabs, sterile
    • Oragel dental anaesthetic
    • Adhesive dressings
    • Sterile Cleansing Wipes x4
    • Children's plasters
    • Unbreakable mirror (self assessment)
    • Trash bag
    I'm a happy camper!
     
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  14. PragmaticMurphyist

    PragmaticMurphyist Loaded Pockets

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    So, continuing through my EDC, it's probably time to unpack the SNAFU pouch.


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    This Maxped Fatty has gone through various evolutionary processes. I wouldn't say it has a specific purpose any more, it's more a holder for generally-useful stuff with a bit of just-in-case clobber thrown in for good measure.


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    Here's the loadout (as you may be blinded by the unintentionally bright paisley! Sorry!):
    • Sealey Stainless Steel Micro Ratchet Bit Driver 85mm
    • Magnetic bit holder with Allen key bit
    • Various bits
    • PocketWrench II
    • Torjet Windproof Jet Lighter
    • Large paperclips
    • Large rubber bands
    • CR2032 batteries x2 (for Petzl E+lite in PFAK pouch)
    • Small rubber bands & Safety pins (normally in a grip seal bag)
    • Knipex 125mm Cobra pipe wrench
    • 2.5m fibreglass tape measure
    • Cable ties
    • Anker PowerCore 10000 (with Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0) external battery (normally in a waterproof grip seal bag)
    • Paracord
    • Copper wire (stripped twin and earth)
    • Gearward Mini Compact Survival Cord
    • Sewing kit
    • Silva Ranger SL compass
    • Uncle Bill's Sliver Gripper tweezers
    • Superglue gel (normally in another waterproof grip seal bag)
    • OTG cable
    • Micro USB cable
    • Microfibre towel
    • Emergency cash
     
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  15. PragmaticMurphyist

    PragmaticMurphyist Loaded Pockets

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    Been getting a little dusty around here... <cough>

    Time for something new to add to my little collection of little SAKs. Vic's Classic LEs have been dire for the last couple of years, but they finally put out something I fancied.

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