Is this a good BoB?

Discussion in 'Strategies, Tactics, and Training' started by cbrgator, Nov 8, 2008.

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  1. cbrgator

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  2. BrianB

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    Hey, if it will hold the items you're wanting to carry, then it should be fine. Better to see one in person before ordering online though.

    I like the Maxpedition brand. VERY Heavy duty, and they don't all look super-tactical.
     
  3. ilbob

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    personally i think you need shoulder straps. carrying a bag in hand with 30 or 40 pounds gets old real fast if it is something you plan to walk around with.

    if it is just something to leave in the car a cheap duffle bag will work well.
     
  4. Bill_G

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    Get yourself a good backpack. its better to have both hands free.....plus the weight wont seem as bad if its on your shoulders than one arm carrying everything. dont get a tacticool pack....get a hikers pack like a Kelty etc. you want to be as "invisible " as possible with a BOB.

    dont go cheap on the pack.....you may have to carry it for a few miles. also have some BOB boots to wear. your feet will thank you.
     
  5. A.M. Baer

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    Don't mean to hijack the thread, but how is Blackhawk for a BoB?
     
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    Blackhawk makes very good stuff. however, i cant emphasize enough that you want to blend in, in an emergency. get a good hikers backpack and try to look like a hiker or a student. if you're carrying a CCW....you dont want to stand out to gangbangers or the police.
     
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    What is a BoB?
     
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    Bug Out Bag= BoB

    Buy a real backpack with shoulder straps, a sternum strap, and a good hip belt that can keep you comfy.
     
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    A backpack is a good idea. You have both hands free to carry whatever else [like a rifle].
     
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    Another vote here for a good backpack. It gives you another free arm, and it's way easier to carry for extended periods of time.
     
  11. A.M. Baer

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    Now I need to invent a backpack that will give someone three free arms.

    I already have a Blackhawk pack, and yes, it's a tacticool type pack (Hydrastorm, OD); MOLLE webbing all over it. Though I don't think it will matter much because in a bug out situation I will not be travelling much where I can be easily seen, and I think the fact that I will be carrying a rifle will be more noticable than a tacticool pack.
     
  12. younggun85

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    I recommend the Eberlestock Gunslinger. It's big enough for most and is available in more civy friendly colours without losing the molle. Plus the limited abuse i've hurled at the Dragonfly makes me have faith in it. I once loaded it to about 150 lbs then took it for a walk in the hills. All the stiches held out my legs eventually failed.:)
     
  13. Brian Williams

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    BOB is a bug out bag, it means that you can carry all you need for a length of time. Most folks select a time frame or an activity for their BOB. A good time frame is a 72 hour or 96 hour, a good activity is a Get Home bag with the idea that if my car craps out 300 miles away what is in my bag will get me home.
    Having to grab it by the handles and sling it over the shoulder on a strap makes my back hurt already.

    Get a good hiking/hunting backpack and fill it up and try it out.
    b
     
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    Looks like a tactical cat carrier.
     
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    Lol, it really does now that I think about it.
     
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    New question... Is there a bag out there that makes a good BoB but also a good range bag? Are those concepts too radically different to find a bag that would handle both?
     
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    I think the points that several have already made (and I agree with) would go against that logic.

    That is, a "range bag" is typically a glorified duffel style bag more often than not with "tacticool" accoutrements. This presents two problems for a BoB:
    1. Duffels are less than ideal for carrying long distances that would be required in a true "Bug Out" situation, considering the possiblity (or even likelyhood) that you'll be on foot.
    2. Unlke a nice internal frame backpack, "Tacticool" isn't exactly great for flying under the radar.

    For those reasons, my personal BoB is an Arcteryx Bora 80 backpack, commonly seen carried by granola backpackers on the Appalachian trail and Boy Scouts at Philmont. It can carry about 80 lbs. or more of gear and has lots of room.

    Personally I don't take that much stuff with me to the range, but I suppose if I wanted to throw a couple of pistol cases, an AR, some ammo, and cleaning supplies in there, I guess I could, and call it a "range bag". I just don't see the need. There would be a lot of extra space in the bag for stuff to rattle arround, and I would have to take out all of the other stuff that's in the pack out of it, and repack it all when I was done, which would kind of go against the whole point of having a BoB: being ready to go at a moment's notice. So I think there is a strong argument for having two separate bags for your purposes.

    Personally, when I go to the range, I typically carry my rifles in their cases, and throw a pistol or two, plus my ammo, ear and eye protection, etc. into my laptop bag. I'd like to get a dedicated range bag someday though, that would be nice.
     
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    Whoa, that thing would attract way too much attention.

    Imagine that there was a disaster, and you're making your way through a sea of desperate, hungry zombies. One of them looks at your bag and says "Ooooh, I wonder whats in that unusual bag".

    A backpack, or a large messenger bag would be much more discrete... but that depends on how much you intended to carry in this BOB.
     
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    Do you really believe that? The danger is walking through a sea of zombies, not carrying a certain type of bag.

    As if anyone is going to be eyeing a "certain" type of bag in a BOB situation. You are talking about spending $99.00 on something YOU MAY NOT NEED. Seems like a waste to me.

    If you do need it, rest assured no one is likely to notice. I would say I have a little more experience in Texas (Hurricane Rita / Ike) bugging out that someone in Penn state does.

    No one looks at anything but their own needs.

    Try this one then, get it in black... http://www.fatiguesarmynavy.com/store/item/FA1940
     
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    Personally.....

    I'm bugging in, not out.

    What I really need is a extra gallon of gas in the back of my pick up.
     
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    Need BoB backpack to fit SU-16CA

    I have been looking for a while for the right backpack to keep in my trunk with my BoB/Get home bag gear, plus a planned addition of a Kel-Tec SU-16CA. They seem small when folded, but in fact they are about 26" long, which, surprisingly, doesn't fit entirely into most backpacks.

    Most backpacks are advertised with their size expressed in volume (cu. in., cc, or litres) and not in three dimensions, which makes it hard to shop for the right size pack online. I have found, though, that it is very rare for a backpack to have as much internal height (26" at least; 27" and up better) as I need for the SU-16, whether I am shopping online or in stores.

    Why so fixated on packing the SU-16? I live in Cali, so it is illegal for me to keep a concealable firearm (read: pistol) in my car for "just in case" purposes. However, an unloaded long gun can be kept in the car or the trunk legally. I think the SU16 is a good choice for "trunk gun" for many reasons that I won't go into here -- 'cause this thread is about BOBs and backpacks, etc.

    I have considered the tactical appearance vs. "hiker-look" issue, and, while I might miss the ruggedness and MOLLE adaptability of a good military-pattern pack, the argument in favor of using "social camouflage" by looking like a hiker is persuasive, especially in urban California. The color could be somethink like a "sage green" so that, if I take to the trees, I don't stand out like a beacon ... alternatively, I could carry a camo cover or poncho if I really need to hide. I want to be able to walk along city streets or highways, bum a ride, etc. as necessary without attracting the wrong kind of attention or 'frightening the horses.'

    So, does anyone have, or can anyone suggest, a specific model of backpack or that would fit these requirements, and where I can find that pack?

    • At least 26-27" internal height for the SU16
    • Easy access to SU16
    • Hydration-compatible (preferably)
    • Space for about 3 days to 1 week of bare bones survival gear
    • External pockets for smaller items
    • Hip belt and sternum strap for load distribution
    • Internal or external frame
    • External attachment points for loose gear
    • Reasonably inexpensive (under $200) would be nice

    Thanks in advance for your help. I've been looking for a while, and I need to get this BOB put together soon!
     
  25. USMC_2674

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    Eberlestock has all of that. I am a dealer for them and can help you get under that $200 price tag. email me or PM me if you want more information.

    Kent
     
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