First off, this is long so get a beer, a pen, and your calulator.
Rate your BOB/GHB under these catagories. Only tell me what you'd change about the scale after you port your score. The phrase GHB/BOB includes the method of carry and its contents and does NOT include anything you have in your pockets or carry on your person.
If you have a redundancy in any category than add +1 to your score in that category if your redundancy is a 1-5, and +2 if it's a 6-10. The highest score you can achieve in any category is a 10.
-This catagory defines your GHB's/BOB's ease of movement and accounts for 10%
of the final score.
-This section defines your GHB's/BOB's ability to keep you hydrated and peeing clear and accounts for 20%
of your total score
-This section defines your GHB's/BOB's ability to keep you fed and accounts for 15%
of you total score
-This section defines your GHB's/BOB's ability to keep you warm and dry and will account for 25%
of your overall score
-This section defines your GHB's/BOB's ability to protect your from malicious harm and does NOT include any weapons you already regularly carry on your person. This category accounts for 5%
of your final score.
-This section defines your GHB's/BOB's ability to take abuse and accounts for 5%
of the overall score.
-This section defines your GHB's/BOB's ability to keep you and other alive in the event of injury or incapacitation and accounts for 5%
of your overall score
-This defines your GHB's/BOB's ability to stay in touch with others and/or gather real time intelligence on the situation at hand and accounts for 5%
of your overall score
-This section evaluates your GHB's/BOB's ability to aid you in finding your way and achiving your overland goal and accounts for 10%
of your fnal score
Portability scoring chart:
1. What do you mean I have to carry it by myself?
2. Duffel Bag/Full Ruck
3. Check this out, it's got nifty wheels on it
4. 3-5 day internal or external frame pack
5. Comfortable Day Pack
6. High-School style backback (Jansport, Etc)
7. Shoulder pack/camera bag
8. Lunch Box
9. Fanny Pack
10. Now which pocket did I put that in?
Hydro Power scoring chart:
1. Ok we're gonna risk drinking the swamp water...You first, Dale
2. Wow this idodine tab makes the water taste like %$#@
3. (#2)+ but don't worry this tabs takes the bad taste out
4. 1x Lg brand name water bottle (Crystal Springs, Dasani) or military canteen
5. 2x (#4)
6. 1x Gal Jug or equivalent
7. Fully filled hydration pack.
8. Basic Hand pump style water filter (dirt, bacteria, chemicals)
9. Advanced Hand pump style water filter (dirt, Bacteria, chemicals, cysts viruses)
10. (#8 or #9 with a #2-#7 contingency)
*****7+...1 I think? Hydration pack, PLUS potable aqua (no PA plus...), PLUS a filled Nalgene bottle, PLUS a "survival straw.") I keep bottled H20 in the car, but that's to FILL the hydration pack when the time comes...
Feedability Scoring chart:
1. Mmmm that beetle sure looks tastey
2. Hard candy
3. Candy Bar
4. Big Granola or Power Bar/Bag o GORP
5. Freeze dried single serving meal
7. 3+ Days of Freeze dried single serving meals
8. 3+ Days of MREs
9. Weeks Worth of Freeze dried single serving meals
10. Weeks worth of MRE's
**********??? Where do things like Mainstay Rations, and a small complement of MRE crackers, jam, and PB fall??? Just to finish my prelim score, I'll give it a 7 till I know for sure.
Sheltering ability Scoring chart:
1. So C-C-Cold
2. See, you just cut holes in this garbage bag here and you have a poncho!
3. Real poncho
4. Longsleeve wool/poly pullover
6. Winter parka Shell
7. Winter parka shell and liner
9. Small Tent
10. Large tent
**********8+1 (bivy and garbage bags...and a space blanket)
Combat scoring chart:
1. Toe-nail clippers
2. Pen knife
3. Swiss Army knife/Multi tool
4. Tactical Folder (Benchmade, Kershaw, etc)
5. Fixed blade combat or boot knife
6. Large combat knife (Ka-Bar, Old School survival knife)
7. Mouse Gun
9. Pistol caliber carbine
**********6+1 - Glock knife and SAK or Leatherman, no firearm stuff just in the bag
Durability Scoring chart:
1. Made in Kerplekistan for pennies on the dollar
2. No, don't hold it like that it'll tear!
3. Nothing a little duct tape wont fix
4. Yeah, pretty cool, huh? Bought it at a flea market
5. Military surplus is good enough for me
6. Dale's Sporting Goods was having a sale
7. REI baby, R...E...I
8. Of course it's awesome..It's what all the troops are usin' in IRAQ
9. Mail order from some famous reputable company
10. The latest waterproof, sandproof, rip-stop, chrome-lined, sexy goodness
**********From CTD, but has good ratings and I can't disagree thus far...guess it's fair to call it a 4?
1. Rub some dirt on it, it'll be fine.
2. Barney print boo-boo kit.
3. Aspirin or acetaminophen, antihistamine, assorted band-aids
4. Pre-made hiker's first aid kit (Ozark Trail, Coleman, etc.)
5. Pre-made hiker's kit with useful additions such as moleskin for foot blisters, sterile pads and butterfly bandages
6. First aid kit above plus needed prescription meds.
7. First aid kit above plus prescription meds and personal medical info (blood type, allergies, conditions, etc.)
8. First aid kit above plus a G.I. bandage.
9. Clotting agent, pressure and triangular bandages for traumatic injuries
10. Surgical kit or M3 Medic bag with scalpel, suture, disinfectant, antibiotics, clotting agent, etc.
**********I'll give myself a 7. I DON'T have my medical info (but nor do I have any major conditions/drug allergies), but I DO have GI and triangular bandages and clotting agent, and OTC/Rx meds.
1. HELLO! Hello... hello...
2. Signal mirror and flashlight or light sticks
3. Signal mirror, flashlight and handheld flares.
4. Signal mirror and hand launch flares or flare gun
5. Strobe light beacon and/or portable FM/AM radio
6. Shortwave radio receiver and.
7. Multiband receiver and/or handheld walkie-talkie under 5 watts (e.g. FRS/GMRS)
8. Handheld/portable single-band transceiver at 5 watts or more (Ham VHF/UHF or CB).
9. Ham radio handheld/portable transceiver with wide band receive and multi-band transmit at 5 watts or more.
10. Radio bag with antennas capable of wide band receive and multi-band transmit at 40 watts or more.
**********5 (FM/AM) +1 (flashlight and signal mirror)
1. Where am I and what am I doing in this hand basket?
2. Which way is the sun?
3. Map? What map? I don't need no stinking map. I've got a keychain compass and the map is in my head.
4. Rand McNally is my friend.
5. Laminated street maps and decent quality compass.
6. Laminated street maps with lensatic compass with preplanned route.
7. Lensatic compass and topo maps with pre-planned route.
8. Lensatic compass and topo maps with primary and alternative routes that avoid congested/ problem areas.
9. GPS receiver with typical street maps.
10. GPS receiver with detailed maps in memory of my AO and pre-plotted primary and alternative routes.
**********3...:o I'm boned if I have to go too far off the beaten path...
Determining your final score
. Take the number you score in a category, divide by ten and multiply by the percentage that category is worth.
For example, If I score a 7 in Portability (worth 15%) then I multiply .7 x15 getting a category score of 10.5
Add the category scores for your final score. See Geko's link a few replies below for a spreadsheet that makes the math easier.
Good luck, I hope no one has a headache yet. No one will score a 100, but im interested to see where most people fall under.