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Retiring the Survival Smock

Posted by Ivarr Bergmann on March 8, 2019 at 11:50 PM



My very first Survival smock. Made from a standard S95 Rip-Stop Smock. This served me from 2004, to many countries in Europe, the East Coast US, Canada- just recently here in Alaska. Ive used a lot of smock but this one is one salty smock with lots of stories behind it. I will continue to use this smocks and others from time to time. As a simple standard outer garment but the practice of loading them up with survival items will no longer be an SOP for me.


The Survival Smock concept was a noble idea but alas it has served it purpose. Its time to retire it. It was adapted from the European concept (Originated in the UK) of using the smock for its cargo capacity and convenience in a protective outer garment. However as time went on this does not translate into a long term solution for carrying base line, pocket type items for E&E survival needs here in Alaska. Its a further example of how military ideas and survival ideas are simply apples and oranges. I suspect anyone that puts in any real time will figure this out for themselves too. The use of the survival smock has been in a 2 year decline with me as I have experiments with other options and Ive finally settled. The smocks time of carrying base line items for me has now come to pass.


Its all about improving. If nothing changes then nothing is getting done.


The Vid:

https://youtu.be/kL43nI14W9I

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4 Comments

Reply Ivarr Bergmann
12:50 PM on March 31, 2019 
Uvall says...
Good morning,
I noticed in the past with the PLCE set up that when carrying a ruck the pack rested on the back pouches and then transferred the weight to the hips. With the new system is there room for a waist belt below your vest to help get the weight off your shoulders? Thanks in advance. I appreciate you putting the work into this site. It always inspires me to get out there and reevaluate my kit.

Mark



Ive never been a user of the waist belt on Rucks so its a moot point for me. I don't think in my whole life i could use all 5 fingers on one hand to count how many time ive used a waist belt.. I dont know if someone else could use one with the rig i use or not..

Ivarr..
Reply Selfreliance Quest
8:06 AM on March 31, 2019 
Good morning,
I noticed in the past with the PLCE set up that when carrying a ruck the pack rested on the back pouches and then transferred the weight to the hips. With the new system is there room for a waist belt below your vest to help get the weight off your shoulders? Thanks in advance. I appreciate you putting the work into this site. It always inspires me to get out there and reevaluate my kit.

Mark
Reply Ivarr Bergmann
10:40 AM on March 25, 2019 
Uvall says...
I?ve been looking into the Eagle Industries H Harness for awhile and it?s very similar to what you have designed there. How has it been working with your patrol pack? Have you used it while carrying a large ruck? Thanks for sharing all your experiences.

Mark


Its working fine, without flaw or burden. I have not used it with a large ruck but there will be no differences in use and performance. Large ruck or Patrol- The straps and such will land the same on me. The harness is a real time saver-Especially wearing a lot of cold weather kit because i don't have to fight with layers and bulky clothing to get things- EG my camera that Im getting to constantly-Compass and map too..

Good morning-

Ivarr
Reply Selfreliance Quest
7:24 AM on March 25, 2019 
I?ve been looking into the Eagle Industries H Harness for awhile and it?s very similar to what you have designed there. How has it been working with your patrol pack? Have you used it while carrying a large ruck? Thanks for sharing all your experiences.

Mark