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biggles1024

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I have seen this maxpedition stuff on youtube vids from yank guys reviews. I had no idea how much it costs. Everyone seems to like the build quality so I suppose that it is worth it but pretty much some of the most expensive packs that I have seen. Does anyone know of a brand that does similar stuff for less. I know, I'm a cheap bugger:;):
Benny in this forum.

Condor is also worth looking at.

If you're just after pouches and the like, you could do a lot worse than some Chinese sellers on eBay. I've bought three items and I can't fault the quality. They don't have YKK zippers, but the zippers they do have are working and holding up quite well.
 

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A couple of months ago I put together a bushcraft pack for weekenders, I went with the Maxpedition Condor 2, it's a good sturdy pack with heaps of molle for extra pouches and whatever else you would like to hang off it, overall I'm pretty happy with it, still refining the gear I'm carrying what works what doesn't but I'll get there.

Good looking setup.

How do you find the dump pouch ? (I've been looking at them lately)
 

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Good looking setup.

How do you find the dump pouch ? (I've been looking at them lately)
Thanks, I based my setup around Mike from MCQbushcraft original setup, the dump pouches are a really handy little pouch to have, they open up to a pretty good size, I liked the fact that if you come across something while walking that you want to take you can just drop the pouch and your good to go, instead of having to take your pack off, for me having something to put a couple of trout in while I'm on the move is a big bonus.
 

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http://www.lifeandlibertygear.com/ebay/CONDOR-MissionPackOD1.jpg

Ive just bought a TAS Mission 2 pack like the one in the link, it was the closest image I could find.
Its not perfect but has most the requirments I need,
has a clever zip out expander for overnighters, fitting in my sleeping bag etc
I can also slot my axe horizontally near the bag bottom which is ideal

The only drawbacks I can see are the back has no ventilation and the waist belt adjuster is not one you can instantly pull to tighten, you have to feed it through, came with 2 detachable mollie pouches on the shoulder straps that sway around a bit, have taken them off and am looking for another use for them.
Not bad for $85
 

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I have been using a Maxpedition Sitka Gearslinger, but am currently waiting for a more traditional Duluth Scout Pack.
Why? it looks to me like the Maxpedition is a lot more versatile and comfortable.
 

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I have the German Army Mountain Troops Rucksack (AKA Bundeswehr Gebirgsjager Alpina Rucksack).
Howling Dingo did a review of the pack, where he mentioned the pack had been popularly referred to as the 'Mora Knife of Packs!'. I agree this was true in the past, but I think it is soon to become the holy grail of packs, given the German military is at least for now destroying them, instead of decommissioning them for sale in surplus stores (TBA).

The pack has an official (draw-string sintched) capacity 33kg, although it can be extended to a very respectable 40kg and with the flap closed. Given I want to practice minimalism and continue to decrease the wight of my gear where I choose and take advantage of redundancies this pack great. Although IMO, it is really, depending on skill level and choices, only really a 48-72 hour pack at max. There are two generous long quick access pockets on the sides that have accommodated virtually everything I have needed them too, which has been reassuring. The classic design and colour of the pack makes it versatile and discreet and therefore suitable for daily urban use and travel.

Early packs came in canvas with leather straps, then canvas with canvas straps, then nylon with canvas straps. I have an excellent example of the latter. The two earlier versions had a water resistant PVC base, but the nylon versions are nylon impregnated and therefore completely water resistant over the entire pack, which I personally prefer! They came in tan and forest green. As far as I have seen all canvas ones were tan, the later nylon were green. It was very hard to find my pack as Varastelleka of Finland who normally sells them as surplus was out of stock and has been for over 1 year now.

The pack is designed to hold a German made folding sleeping mat which doubles as a pack frame when not is use. This mat is not sold with the pack anymore and needs to be sourced separately and with much effort i might add. The packs straps can roll up over the buckles, which is a brilliant idea, minimising the need for full-on tedious strap adjustment. The packs are overbuilt and extremely strong.


My favourite EDC & 48hr pack



Side pockets will comfortably hold a 1 litre bottle of Johnny Walker Black Label! The pockets are sewen on and are very strong- so you can slide a axe, shovel, gun or trekking poles behind both water bottle pockets





The pack holing a large mesh tent and its sleeping pad could still accommodate a UL sleeping bag inside and your gear, with no external strapping necessary. That's impressive for a 33 litre pack!



Very long & comfortable canvas straps for big buys



Extreme carry is all in a days work for a Bundeswehr Rucksack!
 

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I bought a Karrimor 60-100 off a guy in the trading post back in 2013 and it's still the most comfortable thing I've ever used. loved it so much I found an original retro Karrimor Jaguar 4 in mint condition and use that as an overnighter. Found a Platatac version of the Ethan Becker Patrol pack a couple of months ago, which I've always wanted. It's a great day pack but a bit small for a weekender.
 

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I really like a good day pack. It's something I have whenever I leave the house. I usually have one pack for everything - bushwalking, mtb, social / urban / shopping, photography, travel. I pack accordingly. Sometimes if I'm full on into bushwalking or mtb, I'll keep one pack ready for that discipline, another for anything else - this saves me pulling discipline specific gear out or putting it in (eg for mtb, tools, pump, remote edc kit etc).

I've had these black wolf freestyle 30 litre packs for years. They are actually an urban pack. When I was looking for a day pack every thing else had poor design for purpose. The zips on this one are big, tough, durable. The harness is OK. The pack is versatile in what it can carry - cinch it up when it has a small load, loosen the side straps when you want to carry more. The pockets etc are well thought out. The only thing I really miss is some sort of small pouch / pocket on the hip strap or harness - I really like to keep a small monocular and compass accessible - I use both a lot. Well I've since bought a watch with a compass that has satisfied one need. The monocular just doesn't get used as much now because I have to take my pack off and get it out. By that time, what I want to look at is often gone.

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I really like a good day pack. It's something I have whenever I leave the house. I usually have one pack for everything - bushwalking, mtb, social / urban / shopping, photography, travel. I pack accordingly. Sometimes if I'm full on into bushwalking or mtb, I'll keep one pack ready for that discipline, another for anything else - this saves me pulling discipline specific gear out or putting it in (eg for mtb, tools, pump, remote edc kit etc).

I've had these black wolf freestyle 30 litre packs for years. They are actually an urban pack. When I was looking for a day pack every thing else had poor design for purpose. The zips on this one are big, tough, durable. The harness is OK. The pack is versatile in what it can carry - cinch it up when it has a small load, loosen the side straps when you want to carry more. The pockets etc are well thought out. The only thing I really miss is some sort of small pouch / pocket on the hip strap or harness - I really like to keep a small monocular and compass accessible - I use both a lot. Well I've since bought a watch with a compass that has satisfied one need. The monocular just doesn't get used as much now because I have to take my pack off and get it out. By that time, what I want to look at is often gone.

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Black wolf do make great (value) packs. I've had the woody for over ten years, used through Eur and SEA. the padding has gone in the shoulder straps. It's now been hijack by family on the proviso I could buy another, so I got a 5.11 12 rush as my EDC/everything. Not a big 'tacticool' fan but molle lets you do the whole small pouch for that 'extra' thing.
 

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IMG_20200619_102920.jpgIMG_20200619_102948.jpgIMG_20200619_103054.jpgsecond time I've used my platatac now. Although it carries everything for a weekender. It seriously needs some bracing in the back. The hip belt doesn't do much.
 

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Platatac were selling off some leftover Spur Tropical in black this week...
 
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