summitEveryone has an opinion when it comes to gear.  I have been looking for the wearable equivalent to a Bug-Out Bag that I could test out.  I was less concerned about fashion and more about function.  Mike R. has an upcoming article about avoiding the Tactical Tuxedo which will cover some of these topics.  I plan to “Bug-In” during a disaster and the most likely events in my geography are droughts and earthquakes.  Droughts significantly impact quality of life but they usually don’t disrupt or shatter basic services.  Earthquakes, however, cannot be forecast and are incredibly disruptive to services.  I started looking into where I might be if such an event happened.  There is a 50% chance I will be home, making it easy to “Bug-In”, and a 50% chance I will be on the road or at work somewhere.  That means I will have to get back home to “Bug-In”.  On good days, traffic can be tough in my area so odds are high that my best bet is walking.  This means comfortable shoes or boots, clothing that can handle dynamic weather conditions, and water.  With that it mind, I bought a Condor Summit Softshell Jacket on Amazon.

Cost: $86

Specs:

Taken from the Manufacturer’s website: http://www.condoroutdoor.com/602_soft_shell_jacket.aspx

Specifications – Lined stand-up collar
– Stow-away hoodie
– Two shoulder pockets
– Two 4″ x 4″ shoulder patch panels
– Two internal pockets
– Two highrise slash chest pockets
– Forearm pocket
– Double zipper back pocket
– Underarm vent zipper
– Double layer reinforced forearm
– Drawstring waistband and hood
– Adjustable wrist cuff
– Full front YKK zipper with double zipper pull
– Import
Size XS- XXXL
Color MultiCam, Olive Drab, Black, Tan, Navy, Foliage
Notifications Material
– Outer Layer: 100% polyester, 4-way elastic, high density fabric with Teflon Coating.
– Mid Layer: breathable film membrane.
– Inner Layer: 150 g/m² 100%  fleece.
Care Instruction
– NO Bleach, NO Iron, NO Dry Clean
– Wash inside out in low temperature
– Tumble dry in low heat
NTOA Approved

The order came quickly and my first impression was how light the package was.  The jacket weighs less than a pound.  Unpacking it, the jacket arrives in a plastic sleeve.  All the manufacturers tags are on it and it has that “new clothes” smell.  There are no accessories to worry about for this item.  I had read that sizing was on the small side so I went with an XL to allow for layering.  I will put this jacket through its paces and let you know what I think in an upcoming review.

You can find it on Amazon HERE.

Matt S
Matt is a former infantry officer in the US Army with a degree in systems engineering from West Point. He currently works as an engineering consultant integrating hardware and software into new applications. He is a graduate of Airborne School, Air Assault School, and SERE-High Risk (Level C) at JFKSWCS.

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