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  1. EDC

    Prefaced by I got this idea from Wiggy himself.

    EDC

    I'd like to posit a concept; EDCing a 40 degree or warmer Wiggy sleeping bag, in my case a 40 degree Freedom bag, chosen specifically because less insulation packs smaller, but it is a Wiggy bag so unlimited max compression without loss of loft, unaffected by wet, it's good for 10-20 degrees lower then the rating and the Freedom bag can be used as a poncho liner, coat or blanket. It is what the jungle bags can't ever be.

    Wiggy makes coat liners, his vest and coat liner are L-3 (so combined L-6 ish?) and he makes L-6 and L-12 liners. The theory is, he builds them like his sleeping bags, so they have the same functionality as the bags. I am in the process of putting together a collection of his liners. This allows me to tweak the liners to the worst the season and location can muster. I can layer under anything, they work as well under Filson waxed tin cloth or rubber over canvas commercial fishing rubbers, as they do uncovered. Just as the Freedom bags can add 40/20 degrees to my layers, my layers can add an unquantified CLO to the Freedom bag when sleeping. They both compress small, and as previously stated, add shelter, a good pad, water and peanut butter, your good to hunker down in most any conditions.

    Hypothermia can happen any time of the year, city or sticks. His liners mitigate hypothermia and his bags, perhaps in concert with his clothes, and air activated hot packs or hot water bottles treat hypothermia, with what your carrying EDC.
    This is for all those times that you didn't plan on being lost, cliffed out, stranded,compromised, sick or injured, but you are. It makes things much more viable.

  2. Life Support Equipment

    I have proven to myself that Wiggys bags should be labeled as such. I have never used his hypothermia bag, but I have used his sleeping bags in severely compromised conditions, and can state unconditionally that if your sick or injured, or getting hypothermic, if you can get into his bag, regardless of wet clothes and/or a wet bag, with a good pad under you, you will be warm. There is no good reason not to carry premade shelter, and Wiggy recommends them, but even without, his bag will get you warm.

    Survival: Wiggys bag is the single most important component of your preps. When I pack, everything else is built around my sleeping bag. If I have nothing except his bag, good insulation, and water and a jar of peanut butter, I can keep myself warm, hydrated and peanut butter is the near perfect survival food. It provides quick burn calories, and slow burn fats. So if you can do nothing but hunker down, with the above you've done everything possible to keep yourself alive. His Freedom bags pack small enough to live in your EDC, and his B-52 or anything else can be vacuum sealed forever. If you need to move, Wiggys has options for that based on the worst the location and season can muster. I am in the process of gathering layers, that I can put into my ruck, the heavier liners reserved for winter, so that no matter what outer layer I'm using, I can layer under it appropriate for the worst, and I don't need to worry if it gets wet.

    Medicine: We have a responsibility to our companions or strangers that are entrusted to our care by circumstance, to rende5r care to the best of our ability. All illnesses and injuries that can occur in the front country, can and do occur in the back country. Most require maintaining a normal body temperature. Hypothermia can occur any time of the year. All trauma patients are hypothermic (via a different mechanism) and need to be treated. Wiggy makes a hypothermia bag, that I'm sure is great, though I have no personal experience with it, but unless on a dedicated rescue mission, I'm not likely to carry it. But, his bags , given enough wiggle room, with the addition of his layers and air activated hot packs, can get the hypothermic patient headed in the right direction, with no additional equipment then what your carrying already. The whole thrust in hypothermia management is preventing further heat loss, and rewarming. NOBODY else's bags will do that and his clothes prevent environmental hypothermia

  3. Ducksback Sweater is great!

    Mr. Wigutow,

    I've been meaning to write this testimonial for several months. I purchased the Ducksback sweater in late winter / early spring. My first chance testing it was at my son's all-day lacrosse tournament. Temperatures were in the low 40's, 20-30 mph winds, and a steady rain all day with periods of heavy rain. Almost everyone sported an umbrella and waterproof clothing. It was that miserable that many people left early, including several lacrosse teams (one team was in the finals and forfeited).

    I was amazed at how the sweater performed. I was toasty warm all day. Water would run of the outside of the jacket and some water would bead on the jacket. I would shake the jacket and the water droplets would come right off. Several people approached me and asked if I was crazy not having an umbrella which gave me the opportunity to educate them. I stayed warm all day, but was sure the water had eventually soaked through the material. What truly amazed me was my tee-shirt under the jacket was completely dry at the end of the day. Thanks for another great product!

  4. Dependable product and excellent service

    Thank you for your quick response in providing a replacement buckle for my "lightweight waders". It is greatly appreciated.
    Additionally, the waders are performing as advertised and as I had hoped. I look forward to using them in the Rocky Mountains this Fall.

  5. User Feedback on Wiggys Products

    Hi Jerry,

    Thought you would like the following feedback...

    I have had one of your Lamilite sweaters from early 2000s.
    Worn in wet autumn rainy weather as a liner jacket under a Ventile garment from Wintergreen Ely MN. The Ventile jacket eventually soaked through and the Lamlilite sweater got wet-but-I did not feel cold.
    Other noticeable effect was how fast the water was draining out the bottom of the Lamilite sweater....drop...drop drop. ...

    I also have worn it under an LL Bean Mens nylon Anorak-same thing happened after rain soaked through but again-I did not feel a chill and the water was going out the bottom of the laminate sweater in drops. The Lamilite Sweater was drying from body heat after the rain stopped as I kept moving.

    I would like to see a travel raincoat in the works-when you have the opportunity to do so. Here in the Northeast NY area a favorite of winter/fall/early spring commuters are the long coats that cover the wearer's legs...a necessity when you have to walk and catch the commuter trains from Connecticut and upper New York to go work in Manhattan with harsh wind/rain pelting the legs of people.

    I did get an Alaskan Range Parka Shell from you...have not worn it yet as the weather is too hot here. Overall the jacket looks well made...a zippered pocket...at least one...would be handy for securing a wallet and also a drawstring around the waist. The jacket is the correct length too-a short jacket length can be useless.

    The Wiggys fishnet underwear:
    I have worn these for a long time especially in cool and cold weather. The material does not stretch and the neck hole can be tight. I have found that it is best to wash these garments by hand or if in a machine-to put the fishnets in a mesh wash bag-secure the bag top and wash on gentle/cold cycle. After taking out the wet fishnets from the washing machine-the neck hole of the fishnet top can be gently, gently stretched to make it a bit wider...others wearers might have this same issue!
    The fishnet bottoms-a drawstring cord like a pajama bottom might help to make it a bit more secure around the user's waist.

    Second layer mesh shirt:
    This is a good shirt and can double as an underwear top on its own. If worn over the fishnets for me I find I need to size the shirt up others everything is too tight especially around the neck. Example, a XL fishnet top then an XXL Second layer mesh shirt OVER the XL fishnet top works better than an XL over an XL garment.

    As you mention on your site and commentary-having an inner nylon garment allows for a slide effect on other garments-no binding like fleece on fleece!

    The other important thing is as you always have stressed the open neckline..being able to open the shirt/jacket to allow the moisture to get out. I had an older male relative years back when I was helping to do outdoor chores and I realize now he had some cold weather training as he stressed to always open your jacket and shirt when moving/working outdoors-also to wear loose fitting garments....you are the only other person I have run across selling outdoor garments who stresses this same principle.

    I would like to see a Second layer mesh long johns type pants, perhaps 3/4 length...

    I have never overheated in the fishnets or the Second Layer Mesh Shirt when I have followed the principle of the open neckline-I usually wear a button shirt so it's easy to open up the neck/upper chest to ventilate and unzipped the outer jacket.

    Not so easy to do so if you are wearing a sweater. Correct knowledge always helps.

    Thanks for making these products available and have a Happy 4th.

  6. Leif Juell's Magic Undershirt...Fishnet Underwear in Canada in the 1950s

    Wiggy,

    Thought you would find this article interesting and amusing.

    It's from the The Scout Leader Vol. 28, No. 6 March, 1951 Canada Boy Scouts online in a pdf. You have to scroll down to Page 88 for the article.

    The article is about The Magic Undershirt...Leif Juell's Coat of Mail.

    http://www.thedump.scoutscan.com/dumpextras/Leader/1950%27s/1951/ScoutLeader-Mar1951.pdf

    It mentions how a Canadian invented a fishnet/string vest type shirt and marketed it to the Canadian military and other users. What is interesting are the pictures-it shows a clear resemblance to the British WWII type.

    Separately online somewhere in a forum I do recall reading that the Canadian military tested/used string vests(fishnets) during WWII.

    Also online on the web there is a mention of a Dr. Henry L. Deimel who came up with the Deimel Linen-Mesh Co. 1899/early 1900s...an undergarment system made out of linen mesh to allow moisture to evaporate away from the skin.

    On Google Images some of the old Deimel Mesh ads can be seen.

    Interesting how folks from the past understood the need for moisture to get away from the skin.

  7. String Vest/Fishnet At Scott Polar Research Institute University of Cambridge UK

    Wiggy,

    This is another picture of a string vest allegedly used by Shackleton from the Scott Polar Research Institute University of Cambridge UK:

    https://www.spri.cam.ac.uk/museum/catalogue/article/z89/

    also if you enter the terms string vest in the search box on their site you will pull up results showing a few different designs of the string vest that were used on expeditions to very cold places!

    Interesting how the mesh design obviously worked back then...

  8. String Vest(Fishnet Vest) British Military Issue Korean War Era Picture

    Wiggy,

    This picture is from the National Army Museum in United Kingdom.

    It shows a British military issue string vest(fishnet underwear top) issued to British forces during the Korean War era.

    As with previous pictures click and paste:

    https://collection.nam.ac.uk/detail.php?acc=1994-05-348-1

    The mesh design evolved over time to include cloth shoulder straps presumably for user comfort-gear being carried on the soldier's shoulders pressing down on cloth was easier than pressing down on mesh!

  9. What the Original Fishnet Vests Looked Like...

    This is a picture of the string vest with better lighting and shows the type of weave /knot construction in the garment from a UK blog titled Through The Gaps! Newlyn Fishing..

    http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-E5B_Mf3JPC0/Tb6hGyMHtgI/AAAAAAAAMKI/gNueNZ6VM1I/s1600/nhblog20110501-1410.jpg

    From what I have seen on the web and Ebay the string vests issued to the British armed forces during WWII and afterwards were basically of this type. A thick cotton string was used in the design and the design allowed the wearer to move with ease...clever thinking without elastic.

    Thanks for making fishnet underwear available to those in the know.

  10. The old-time String vests...Fishnet Underwear What They Looked Like

    Hi Wiggy!

    Enjoy all the information on your site.

    This picture is from the National Maritime Museum in the UK...it has a display of a string vest purportedly used by Shackleton:

    http://ftnews.firetrench.com/2008/04/string-vest-key-to-survival-at-maritime-museum/

    Not sure if it was used by Shackleton but this picture is one of the older type string vests/fishnet underwear and what they looked like. Note the very large holes in the weave...this was definitely going to allow the sweat to evaporate as well as keeping an air space around the user's torso.

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