Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Black, Khaki, Camouflage... or Neon Orange?
Sometimes we need to be seen.
Black looks very tactical, and is hard to see at night. Same for olive-drab green. Khaki, along with grays, browns, tans, and other earth-tones are great for our "gray-man disguise." And we all love camouflage designs - be it woodland, digital, desert, or whatever.

In addition to being really neat, cool, and hip, all these colors and designs are great to help us stay hidden in the wild (camos) or at night (black), or go about unnoticed in civilization (Earth-tones). We pick these for our clothes, shoes, belts, jackets, caps, bandannas, bags, packs, paracord, and even our duct-tape, so that we can be hidden and unnoticed.

Yet, it is a mistake to get all of our clothes, packs, and other gear in these "low-visibility" colors. There are times when we might want, even need, to be seen - to stand out and be noticed, rather than to be hidden.

Maybe we are lost and/or hurt in the wilderness, needing rescue. Or  maybe we are on the rescue team and want to be visible to the one that is lost, as well as to our teammates. In such a situation, do you want to be wearing woodland camo, or blaze orange?

Maybe we are camping, and need to mark a trail so that we can find our way back, or for others to follow us. Which would be best to mark the trail so it can be easily seen- camouflage, black, or hot pink?

You need to mark off a dangerous area. Perhaps its a patch of poison ivy or whatever. Would it be best to use olive drab cordage, or safety orange?

Its dusk, and your escorting some kids around your neighborhood on Halloween. Do you want to wear your gray hoodie, or something more noticeable? Maybe a neon yellow hoodie?

Most of my clothes and other stuff do fall in the low-visibility category, suitable for my gray-man disguise around town. But I do have some high-visibility colors - bright red, hot pink, blaze orange, neon yellow - ready for use when needed.

In my EDC, I include a couple of six-inch strips of orange duct-tape. My bug-out bag includes a red bandanna, a small roll of orange duct tape, a blaze orange t-shirt (I can either wear or wave to attract attention), and 50 feet of blaze orange paracord. Packed in my vehicle is a blaze orange hoodie (in a bigger size so that I can wear it over another hoodie or jacket, if needed).


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