Milwaukee Realtree AP Camo M12 Heated Jacket Review:
The Milwaukeen Realtree AP (Anti-Powder) Camouflage M12 is one of the most popular camouflage patterns in the world. It was designed by the US Army Special Forces and it became famous during Vietnam War era. Nowadays, many military forces use this pattern for their special operations units.
It is a lightweight, water resistant, windproof and breathable fabric that is made from nylon/spandex blend. It’s very durable and will not tear or fray easily even when wet. Its color varies depending on the manufacturer but usually it has some sort of brownish gray or black coloration.
Its main purpose is to make a person harder to detect by enemy troops while they are moving through open terrain where there may be mines, booby traps etc. The pattern is also used for urban warfare and other situations where concealment is needed.
In terms of performance, it performs well against light clothing such as jeans, shirts and jackets. However, if worn over heavier armor like body armor or heavy combat gear, its performance deteriorates significantly. It does perform better than plain cotton in these conditions though.
As far as durability goes, it has been tested to withstand temperatures up to -40°C (-40°F). Since it is specially designed for tactical clothing, it is much more durable than other materials such as cotton and denim.
The technology has been around for over 30 years, but unfortunately the M12 has been discontinued by the manufacturers. However, thanks to the popularity of this pattern you can still get your hands on one used or pre-owned.
There are two common denominators with the M12 series. First of all, it comes in a range of different styles. In addition to the traditional camouflage jacket you can also get one in reversible style and women’s style. The other common denominator is that the jacket runs large.
It is made for wearing over heavy gear so make sure you size down if you intend on wearing it without anything under it.
This is definitely a popular garment among hunters. Hunters like it because it is warm and comfortable in the field and at the same time lets you blend in with your surroundings. This combination of features means that you are less likely to be detected by your prey. Of course, the main disadvantage is that it isn’t exactly the most fashionable garment.
However, if you intend on wearing it in the woods anyway, then this shouldn’t be a major concern for you. It is also a great garment for hiking, spring turkey hunting and other similar activities.
TIP: If you want more visibility at night then go for the Realtree XTRA Camouflage pattern instead. It consists of bright yellow, green and pink patches. This is a perfect combination of visibility and concealment if you intend on moving about during the twilight hours or night time.
Food is an important factor in your survival. In fact, you can survive for several weeks without consuming anything. If you are attempting to survive in the wilderness then food is even more important because it plays a significant role in determining how long you can survive in the wild.
The rule of thumb is that for every 24 hours that you go without food you will lose 1 HP.
If you don’t have any food you should find some as soon as possible. Alternatively, if you can’t find any food then you will have to consume your vital supplies. You should consume 1 dose of water and one block of survival food every 24 hours. This will prevent you from losing 1 HP from the exertion of walking.
There are a few different types of food that you can carry with you in your backpack. Each type of food has its benefits and disadvantages so choose carefully.
Trail mix is a good source of energy and nutrients but it isn’t going to fill you up. If you have a knapsack or similar container then you can throw in as much trail mix as it can hold.
Dried Meat is another good source of food that provides necessary nutrients. It also has a long shelf life so it is perfect for your backpack. You can get dried meat from hunters and trappers that you know or you can even butcher an animal that you have killed.
Dried Fruits are high in nutrients and provides a burst of energy when eaten. This food is particularly good for those planning on extended hiking trips. Make sure to always carry a plastic bag because the fruit tends to get messy.
Dried Beans or Peas can be grown during the spring and summer so that you have a constant supply. You can store them for long periods of time without a problem and they provide necessary nutrients. Like all dried foods they need to be cooked before eating.
Canned Foods are very heavy and tend to be more expensive than other foods but they also last the longest without refrigeration. They are also quite filling. Corn, peas and beans seem to be the best choice but you can really choose whatever you like. You will just need a can opener (or knife and a rock) to get into the can.
Non-Perishables are foods that do not spoil unless they are opened. This includes items like: cereal, crackers, chips, pasta and anything else that is sealed in a can or plastic wrapper. They are lightweight and do not need to be refrigerated but they don’t provide much in the way of nutrients.
Once you have chosen your food then you will have to prepare it for storage in your backpack. You can’t just throw the food items into your pack because they will get crushed and make a big mess. Instead, place each type of food into its own Ziploc bag (or airtight container). This will keep the food fresh and prevent it from getting crushed.
Remember that food is going to take up a considerable amount of space in your pack so plan accordingly. For every day that you expect to be on the trail then you will need at least 1 day’s worth of food in your pack. This means that for a 3-day hike you will need 3 days worth of food and water.
Navigation can be broken down into two different categories: Natural navigation and man-made navigation. Let’s start with natural navigation. There are three natural elements that can help you find your way: sun, stars and moss. Let’s learn how to use them.
The Sun: Most people know what time the sun comes up and goes down but do you know which direction?
If you pick a landmark in the distance, the sun will rise in the front of it and set behind it. So if you know what direction a certain landmark is then you can use the sun to tell you the directions during the day.
The Stars: The stars have been used for navigation for thousands of years. There is a pattern to the way that they move at night and it’s called the wheel on the sky. The easiest one to learn is the big dipper. It looks like a big soup spoon and it always sits in the same place in the sky.
There are two stars in the big dipper that point down to the north star. If you can find those two stars, they will always point to the north star. So if you find the big dipper then you just follow the two stars at the bottom until you reach the north star. The North Star is the last star in the handle of the Little Dipper.
Moss: If you are lost on a cloudy night then look for moss on the ground. Moss only grows on the Northern side of trees.
Man-Made Markers: If you are in the wilderness and need to find your way but there are no naturally occurring landmarks, then look for man-made markers such as lakes or stream. They always flow into larger bodies of water. If there are no lakes or streams then you need to look for a man-made road. If you can’t find a road then look for power or phone lines as they always follow a route and that route is almost always a road.
10. Survival Kit
Even with all your great outdoorsman skills, you should always carry a small survival kit with you while on the trail. Your survival kit should be light and compact and contain only the bare essentials for survival.
Your basic survival kit should include:
-A bag of trail mix or another high-energy food item.
-A pencil and a small notepad.
-Water purification tablets or a water filter.
-A first aid kit.
-A space blanket.
-A small fire starting kit (flint and steel, a few waterproof matches, etc).
-Optional items can include: a space bag (to keep the items compact), duct tape (for making a shelter), signal flares, a knife, binoculars, etc.
Survival always boils down to one simple fact: Think ahead of time what could go wrong and prepare for it.
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