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Military asault packs

Discussion in 'Shooting Gear and Storage' started by Renegade Ziggy, Oct 13, 2012.

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  1. Renegade Ziggy

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    In the market for a military assault pack for hunting or BOB. Found a Condor Molle 3 day assault pack but haven't found any reviews online, any vets out there that used this pack while across the pond?

    I'm not looking for any old backpack that school kids use, I'm looking for a military style pack that can stand up to a lot of abuse and weight.
     
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  2. Shadow 7D

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    it's a back pack
    find the one that works best for you
     
  3. mljdeckard

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    Yeah, honestly, I find that the more I complicate and specialize, the less it helps me when I think it will. Keep it simple. They truth is, I intend on keeping and paying for my assault pack that came with the infantryman's kit. I think they retail for about $90. I do find myself drooling over the big Camelbak packs, but that's really more for a cool carry-on that holds the laptop than for mission use.
     
  4. Renegade Ziggy

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    I'm not carrying school books to 10th grade English class. I'm looking for a pack that I can carry essential survival equipment in, a backpack that won't rip apart after 2 weeks of use. The point of asking people on here is so I won't have to waste money and time in trying out a hundred different packs, I value people on THR input. Which leads me to my next question, why reply to my thread when you don't have any to contribute?
     
  5. ZDriver96

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    I'm no expert on packs but i purchased the riflemans pack and am very happy with it. Here is a link to where they sell packs at a very low cost: http://tonystactical.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=4

    If your looking for a bug out bag I think these are great and very inexpensive. The riflemans pack is an external frame pack. It has 4 different generations of external frames. Gen 1 & 2 are junk. Gen 3 is ok. Gen 4 is completely redesigned and very durable. The ones in the link are Gen 4. The frame contours your back well and makes it comfortable to carry. I find that it holds a lot and has plenty of molle attachments to customize it. Its definitely a high quality pack and would make a good BOB. For the price I don't think it can be beat.

    But the seller in the link I provided sells other packs as well. The others may work better for you?
     
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    They did contribute - they gave you their opinion on the subject. You just didn't like their inputs.

    What is your price range? There have been several 'tactical pack' threads here in the last year or so, and they might be worth searching thru. I know that the moderator 'taliv' has posted some extensive reviews.
     
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    i use a west german special forces alpine ruck that was built by an outfit in germany called deuter.they have been building mail carrier bags since the late 1800's,so they know how to build ruck straps,you will see a metal hang tag with (original tauren sack)on it.my buddy,vietnam era 10th sfg group discoverd these while training with the germans at bad tolz.he grabs them when he finds them because folks don't know what they are.they have a large leather flap that goes over the top.metal buckles
     
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    CamelBak H.A.W.G. Max Gear in desert camo has treated me very well in many situations. Features like antenna ports and modular mouthpiece are real winners.

    For larger, hunting applications, the CamelBak Commander has suited me well.
     
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    Maxpedition condor or anything else made by them.
     
  11. leadcounsel

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    I don't care for the assault packs. Carried one regularly on many deployments and training. Only 2 pockets (main, and small). Not designed well. Topheavy on fabric if you will. And they just aren't that comfortable.

    It could be so much better with daisy loops, side pockets, water bottle pouch, etc. It is a subpar 3 day pack.

    There are many many better choices out there.
     
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    Well, I get a lot of use out of my packs.

    Not combat use- but considerably more than 10th grade english books.

    A mid-size camelbak is a fantastic choice. Most of the designs that hold a 3L water pouch ( I have several) combine enough accessory room for , in my experience :


    • 3l of water.
    • a jetboil stove.
    • 3 days worth of food for myself and my wife.
    • A combination Gerber camp saw.
    • 2 LED flashlights.
    • My 3 piece skinning knife set.
    • An eating utensils set.
    • Space for a small handgun of your choice
    • Space for 100 rounds of pistol ammunition.
    • Space for 50 rounds of rifle ammunition.

    In addition, they have load adjustment straps, additional durable exterior pockets, and are incredibly lightweight.

    We each carry one of these packs, and the ammunition loadouts change per trip- but their utility and durability is such that I keep buying new ones when I need new packs- and I have 5 of them now.

    I'm the hardest person on gear that I know of. If you want a durability test on something, give it to me for 6 months- I'll give you back your pieces, or tell you its good to go. Thats not something i'm overly proud of, it just happens to be a fact. These bags.... I have yet to "break" one. I have lost one.
     
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  14. Renegade Ziggy

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    If I recall the rules say be informative, not opinionated. Not trying to fight, just saying. Thanks for all the great info everyone. I'm leaning more towards Camelbak now. I'll definitely have to check them out.
     
  15. Charles S

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    In my humble opinion if your opinion does not contribute in a meaningful way to the conversation, then keep it to yourself. The contribution did nothing to further the discussion... as is the case all to often lately on TheHighroad. We are on the high road and should strive to be better than the general public.... Oh well

    I really like Badlands packs..

    http://badlandspacks.com/packs.php?sort=capacity

    Although the Kelty Military packs are great and I carry Kelty more than any other pack.

    http://www.kelty.com/c-backpacks.aspx#intended-use=hunting

    Unfortunately the Kelty I like the very best is no longer made. Mine is well made with multiple pockets and options a sternal strap, binoculars holders on the straps, an integral blaze orange rain cover.... very expandable. The best pack I have ever used. Good luck..

    I do think hunting packs are thought out better than assault packs and are generally more adaptable to other uses.
     
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    I have two of these :

    http://www.amazon.com/Camelbak-Lobo...F8&qid=1350157354&sr=1-5&keywords=camelbak+3l

    and one of these :

    http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_n...s=sporting&field-keywords=camelbak+rim+runner

    My other 2 are the expo models- 1l, more for a short bike ride.

    The rim runner is my personal fav- its got room for all of the above, and then some.

    If I were in the market for a pack, and had none, I would get a rim-runner camelbak.

    Its got 5 zippered sections other than the water pouch for storing gear, two huge external pouches ( the gerber saw is in the one shown) Load straps, an air deflector so your back doesn't get wet, and its padded which is fantastic when its full of gear, and you have to schlep it up a 19 degree incline on a hot day. The water pouch can also double as a ration holder, as long as you dont put anything back there that can pierce the bladder- which is removable, easy to clean, and baffled- so your water does not slosh back and forth. 3l of sloshing water can make you more tipsy than you would think !
     

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    I've taken to using a plain Jane pack from S.O.C lately, 2 fairly large pockets for important stuff that I actually need, a very small pocket that I keep extra gloves and eye pro in, and a kind of medium pocket that honestly is usually just filled with Monsters and Rip-Its, haha.:eek: Good 3 day pack though.
    My buddy is our team's RTO(scout platoons have each 6 man team carrying a radio) and he's been using a $30 Mil-Tec(kind of a Maxpedition knock off) as his radio bag for a good minute now. The back is seperated lengthwise into two tall, skinny pockets. The one against the back of the pack is used only for his ASIP radio, extra antennas and batteries. The other for his personal stuff. The two pockets on the front are filled with extra batteries for non radio stuff, a DAGR GPS, an SKL, gloves, MREs, Rip-Its, etc.
     
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    "tactical / military" packs to me mean covered in molle and heavy canvas so it doesn't fall apart when carrying radios batteries and ammo.

    You can go to just about any camping store and get a high quality durable and much lighter weight pack. It just won't carry as heavy a load
     
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    They're not well suited to either use, they just look kewl.

    Modern backpacks built for your purpose will be lighter, more comfortable and serve better than some overweight "operator" gear.
     
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    The array of packs out there is mind boggling. I would love for folks to say why they prefer this or that pack, not just say it's great.
     
  22. Renegade Ziggy

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    Thanks for all the great info everyone, I noticed that a lot of you would rather lean more towards a basic pack, after a lot of thought It would be more practical if I did the same. Camelbak seems to be a good choice, a little pricey but I suppose it'll be worth it in the long run. Thanks again!

    Thanks for the introduction to Badlands, their gear is sick man.
     
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    Yes, non-assault style packs are definitely lighter and more flexible in design with possibly more internal pockets. However, one thing to keep in mind about commercial "non-assault" style backpacks is that they usually have reflective material on them. For this reason alone, my get-home bags in my car are the heavier duty non-reflective types. Nothing says "here I am" faster than reflective material meant for safety.
     
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    I suggested Maxpedition gear because it is extremely durable, water resistant, and most of their gear comes in neutral non-camo colors. Their bags are often Molle compatible but mostly just look like your everyday pack. They are comfortable as well, with all the right load bearing straps.

    My wife uses a condor an a thermite waist pack. I have a Pygmy falcon II that I use daily for hauling my text books at college, a fatboy versipack, and two of their ratpack wallets.
    I can't recommend them enough.
     
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    I think you have the right idea to look into getting a "normal" pack. There is a difference between a $30 book bag and a day pack. There have been a couple threads in the past few days from guys looking for military packs. The problem with military packs is that they are way, way behind the curve when compared to what is commercially available. You can usually count on them being well made (strong stitching), but they are very poorly designed. Though sturdy, military packs are heavy, uncomfortable, and poorly featured.
     
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