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Advice on new packs

Discussion in 'Shooting Gear and Storage' started by TEAM101, Sep 5, 2011.

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  1. TEAM101

    TEAM101 Member

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    It has been a while since I looked at packs, but I am looking to replace my current EDC and 72 hour pack.

    I would like something durable, fairly lightweight, around 3500ci for the 72 hour and 2000ci-2500ci for the EDC, and reasonably affordable. I am not looking for the cheap way out here and realize quality costs money. That said, I wont pay Kifaru prices either.

    Recommendations on products you have seen are nice, but I prefer to hear about what you have, what you use it for, how it has held up, and what you do/don't like about it. Pics would be nice.

    I'll be using the smaller for everyday items, fixed blade, gun, a change of clothes, and whatever kick around items I may be toting. 72 hour pack will be used for everything from occasional overnight hunting trips, overnight canoe excursions, hiking, and short term backcountry 1-3 day excursions.



    Thanks for any assistance.
     
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  2. TEAM101

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    Anybody here own a backpack???
     
  3. icanthitabarn

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    I have a Kielty 5400 size. I have never put anything in it.
     
  4. Sapper771

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    I use a S.O.Tech Go Bag as my EDC. It works very well, but isnt designed to be carried for extended periods.

    My 72 hour pack is a Camelbak Talon. It is a bit too small for my tastes, but it is what I have.

    I am a bit of a bag whore. I have a lot of packs and bags laying around, mostly because I am still looking for the perfect one.
     
  5. Magoo

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    My ideal pack in the 3000 cubic inch size is an original Dana Designs Bomb Pack. No frills, very basic suspension, solid waistbelt, and built to standards of that warranties do you no good when it breaks in use (what good is a warranty when your gear fails and you're not conveiniently at the P.O.?). Yes, Dana fully warrantied his products and I'd bet he'd respond to a personal letter even today. Sadly, Dana long ago sold out. I will never part with my DD-built in Bozeman-Terraplane backpack. I am constantly on the look for an original Bomb Pack (size L). In the meantime, my Lowe Alpine approach pack has put up with a lot of abuse for the past 15 years.
     
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    I use an ILBE pack for all my backpacking and camping uses. I got so used to it that now anything else just feel strange. Lots of room for a 72 hour pack, I use it for weekend backpacking trips, and able to attach an assault pack that pops off easily is great. If you know how to pack it properly it will float as well, which can save a headache if you dump your boat.
     
  7. atek3

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    Similar question:

    I'm going Blacktail hunting in oregon next week and the outfitter recommended I bring a lightweight camo backpack. I have a big hiking pack, and a very small camelbak, so I'm looking for something between the two. Got any recommendations? Ideally, not on backorder so I can get it by this weekend.

    Thanks,
    atek3
     
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    I use a Camelbak "Striker" pack. It's been great as an over-sized day pack. It'll take a water bladder, but I don't use one. I just pack in a couple of bottles for water. I pack in food, knives, first aid, etc. It will easily carry more than what I pack in to my hunting spot for a day at a time. I don't think that it would be suitable for a 3-day trek, but I have no experience with being out longer than 12-14 hours away from shelter.
     
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  11. rjrivero

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    I have 2 of Dana's backpacks. One is a smaller day-pack, the other a 3000 Cubic Inch Bomb pack. Awesome designs.
     
  12. mdauben

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    Personally, I love hydration packs and have always been satisfied with the products from Camelbak. I use a Rim Runner for my dayhiking and I find it plenty large enough for a day in the woods or even an unexpected night out, but its only around 1500ci so its a bit smaller than you were looking for.

    I actually use a Mother Load for my own 72hr pack, which is around 2100ci so it might do as your EDC pack. While I have not used them, the Camebak BMF is around 3000ci and the Big Jump is around 3100ci. Still a little smaller than you wanted for your own 72hr pack but they are AFAIK the largest packs Camelback makes.

    In any case, all the Camelbaks I have are quality products, well constructed of good materials.
     
  13. Z28Ken

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    New to the board here, so hello :)

    May not fit the bill, but I come from a climbing/mountaineering background and have more backpacks than I really should... I prefer simpler packs really, and my two favorite are from Cilogear and McHale Packs.

    I have multiple Cilogear packs and the use the smaller ones EDC (20L) and carryon for non-business trips (30L).

    McHale is the most comfortable heavy pack I've EVER carried. Custom-made with a price tag to match. May be overkill for a 72 hour pack, but if you're gear junkie, worth looking into.

    Again, all very mountaineering focused though.
     
  14. TEAM101

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    Love em, but way too heavy.
     
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    I bought a Cabela's daypack:
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    I really like it.
     
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