Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Mad Mike Bail Out Bag - The Unboxing

A couple months ago, Michael Z. Williamson added a Bail Out Bag to his product offerings.  We at Blue Collar Prepping were able to obtain a unit for Test and Evaluation, and I happen to be the lucky soul to gets to put it through its paces!  So, without further ado, here is the unboxing of the Mad Mike Bail Out Bag.

 The bag itself.  Adjustable shoulder straps, with a chest strap.  Solid quality nylon material, with lots of compression/ expansion straps.  Fully loaded, the bag weighs 10 pounds.  This was determined by the incredibly scientific method of weighing myself on the bathroom scale while wearing the bag, and then weighing myself without the bag. [Editor's note:  I endorse this scientific method as it's exactly the same method that I use when weighing my Bug Out and Get Home Bags.]

A first aid kit is tucked into the large exterior pocket, and fills it completely.  I'll break the kit down in a future post, but at first blush, it looks like a pretty good build by any standard, and a very good build for an off-the-shelf rig.

The small blades.  A Lansky multitool and folding knife (yes, the same Lansky who makes the knife sharpener I highly recommend), and a Cold Steel Roach Belly fixed knife.

The large blades.  A Lansky Battle Axe and a Gerber folding saw.  These two are going to be amusing to test out.  And just for reference, that Gerber saw is longer than my 15 pound Russian Blue (minus tail).  All of the blades will also be reviewed in a separate post.

Miscellaneous Small gear, part 1.  An LED flashlight with a highly adjustable beam and two modes, a 5-in-1 tool, and a paracord bracelet.

Miscellaneous Small gear, part 2.  A sighting-type compass, survival guide, Lansky Blade Medic sharpener, magnesium fire bar, and mylar survival blanket.

Miscellaneous Small gear, Part 3.  A CRKT Eat'N Tool XL, a Lifestraw filter, two chemlights, and a Lansky Puck sharpener.  Like the rest of the kit, the miscellaneous gear will get its own independent review post.

All of the gear stowed in the pack.  There is enough room left over to add a water bottle, some manner of compact food (protein bars or a couple MREs, for instance) or other small personal and custom items.

So, in the coming weeks, I've got a mess of gear to run through its paces.  I've got a few ideas for testing, but I'd very much love suggestions as well.  Feel free to drop them in the comments.


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