HH12HR — My Top 3 Extra Gear Items

I’ve already written a blog about not being too reliant on gear. There is no perfect gear purchase that will transform your HH12HR into a walk in the park. Go in with the mindset of expecting none of your special gear to be of any use to you. Be prepared to brute force your way through an event should your gear be unavailable for any reason. With that said, there are three things I bring to every endurance event. To make that short list, I consider the weight of the item, how much space it will take in the ruck, as well as the item’s versatility.

Nylon Lashing Straps with Ratcheting Tie-Downs

They are lightweight, strong and get used multiple times in every event. I’ve attached the straps to the top handle of my ruck and dragged my ruck under, by this point in time, probably miles of barbed wire. I’ve also strapped cement pavers to the outside of my ruck and alternately carried or dragged the whole mess. You can also use it as a belt or to add handles to pretty much anything. There are also times when you may want to put something in your ruck that is too big to fit inside. When that happens, all you have to do is put the sandbags, bucket, cinder block or whatever, in your ruck (as best you can) and then strap it all down. This allows you to keep your arms free so you can carry whatever other junk the Krypteia load you up with.

Best of all, the straps are quick to deploy and remove. Paracord and some clever knot tying can accomplish pretty much anything but that takes a lot more time to rig up.

24” Heavy Duty Zip Ties

Super lightweight and versatile. I’ve used these less often but they are so lightweight and take up so little room that that they make the cut.

Zip ties make good attachment points for items. You could loop one of these through a cinder block and attach the block to your ruck with a carabiner. Junior Bautista used these to secure his sandbags to his 2′ x 4′ when his duct tape started to give way in Castaic. I used a zip tie to create a new loop for my hydration bladder (attached to the top handle) after the built-in loop in my 5.11 RUSH bag tore at the seams. I just feel better knowing that I’ve got a quick solution for whatever might go wrong. Unlike the lashing straps, the zip ties should be thought of as at least semi-permanent since you’ll need your multi-tool to cut them loose.

Soft Tie-Down Securing Loops

Typically used for securing motorcycles and ATVs in trucks and trailers, these have become part of my standard setup. Practically weightless and small enough to put a handful of them in about the same space you’d need for a pack of gum. Again, these are great for adhoc attachment points on most anything. Loop it around itself or duct tape it onto another object and you have an attachment point or handle.

If you find loops that are just the perfect size for your hands, you can hold objects using a “false grip”. So rather than burnout your grip strength, you stick your hand through the loop, make a fist and bend your wrist which allows the weight to hang from your hand.

Originally published at robertgoudie.tumblr.com.