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Richard Proenneke
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With the smaller pack it really looks like you could squeeze in places without it catching, although I must say i'd be hard pressed fitting my (comfortable) two night setup into that pack.
 

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I like the idea of using external frame as you do. I am trying to get a heavy lift frame for hunting from the states to upgrade from the small alice pack frame but do to size can't be posted. So i am looking at alternatives now, either modifing a frame as you have or getting one made to order.
 

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auscraft, I have been thinking of making a frame from electrician's conduit..the orange PVC that's about 20mm diameter... it's very cheap, about $3 for a 3m half length at Bunnings I think.....just an idea.
 

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Thanks Greatbloke
The frame I want is to carry heavy loads not in the pack like, deer back to car . so it will most likely be weld aluminium with good harness these are common in the States but not here.
 

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Thanks Greatbloke
The frame I want is to carry heavy loads not in the pack like, deer back to car . so it will most likely be weld aluminium with good harness these are common in the States but not here.
If you’re thinking about making your own, have a look at some cheap aluminium patio chairs.
The curved back section may be just right for part of a pack frame.

You’d need better vertical section I suspect …
 

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pack.jpg simple but tough pack i got on ebay. Not cheap, but im happy with the quality for the $$
 

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Decent looking pack jrumbel. Loads of MOLLE straps to set it up any which way you choose. I also am becoming a fan of the looks of your Auscam you have there and wish that it was more affordable to have it sent overseas.
 

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I also am becoming a fan of the looks of your Auscam
The jelly bean cam? I was not a fan when I first saw it but it did grow on me. Pretty affective for here. You'd have better/more effective cam for your surrounds over your way wouldn't you Bubba? Multicam looks awesome, if I was into cam that's the one I'd get....but I'm not.

Nice looking pack Jrumbel. What brand, model & capacity?
 

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The jelly bean cam? I was not a fan when I first saw it but it did grow on me. Pretty affective for here. You'd have better/more effective cam for your surrounds over your way wouldn't you Bubba??
It is hard here to really pick one camo pattern considering the size of the country and the differences in the seasons. That is the reason that for around 50 years the Canadian Armed Forces stuck with just a straight green and it was not until about ten years ago that they went to what they call CadPat, which they developed by computers and some high paid civilian specialists. Most of my kit is either the old green or now I am switching when I purchase gear to some brighter colours like blaze orange.Getting older and easier to see if I drop it or hang it in a tree!
 

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Not sure if I am able to post an ebay link yet as I am new to the forum, but here is some info on the pack.

Made from 1000 Denier Cordura material.
Anti-rot properties.
Water resistant.
M10 max cool ventilation system on rear which facilitates a cross flow of air across your back making it extremely comfortable to wear.
2 x small removable side pouches that can join together to form a day pack. 1 x built in internal 3 litre hydration bladder pouch.
1 x internal radio pouch.
1 x Claymore pouch.
MOLLE platform throughout which allows you to attach your extra pouches where you want them.
Large day pack with side loading for sleeping bag compartment.
Straps for camp mat roll.
Radio antenna access hole. (which I run my water bladder hose out of)
Removable lid which facilitates quick access and/or allows you to increase the load.
Contoured waist belt with 6 x adjusting points.
Contoured shoulder straps with 4 x adjusting point plus the NB safety system which prevents the straps from separating if the Fastex clips on the front strap break under strain.
Removable internal alloy frame.
An 86 litre pack that can expand out to100 litres

$262. Seems pretty tough. I have it loaded with around 18kg and it is comfy enough to wear.
 

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To give an idea of how effective auscam is....notice my pack in the bottom left of this photo..if I didn't have two dark bungee cords on it and 2 bright orange carabiners it would be fairly hard to spot.IMAG0041.jpg
 

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Good stuff there jrumbel, seems well thought out. Part of the reason that I use the bright coloured 550 cord as lanyards. Even have some bright pink 550 attached as zipperpulls on my lunch bag in the staff room fridge so that it doesn't get mixed up during the rush at shift change.
 

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The most recent one (i'm a bag junkie) - Crossfire DG2.

Several reasons: it's a great pack, it's australian, and it carries really well. Also got it on special, for about 150$ it was a steal.
One drawback: pretty heavy when empty. Probably heavy enough to scare ultralighters with it.

Current pack setup is a Mystery Ranch 3DAP. Great pack for light weight trips out.


hi guys not long joined this forum

i have both of these packs. i love the mystery ranch 3 day assault pack so comfy to wear.

i like the crossfire DG2 as well but not so much when humping it on my back as the buckles for the trampoline frame dig into my back so its relegated to my vehicle pack. when i get the money together i am looking to get a larger mystery ranch pack for longer trips out . i also have a medium ALICE for fishing and a large DPCU ALICE ount in the shed gathering dust as i cant bear to carry it on my back with the rigid frame any more.
 

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hi guys not long joined this forum

i have both of these packs. i love the mystery ranch 3 day assault pack so comfy to wear.

i like the crossfire DG2 as well but not so much when humping it on my back as the buckles for the trampoline frame dig into my back so its relegated to my vehicle pack. when i get the money together i am looking to get a larger mystery ranch pack for longer trips out . i also have a medium ALICE for fishing and a large DPCU ALICE ount in the shed gathering dust as i cant bear to carry it on my back with the rigid frame any more.
There are two different arrangements of DG2: one with adjustable buckle which does dig, and another one with just LA ring fastener which doesn't dig at all (i guess all DG1 has this too). I've got a second one, never had a shoulder digging problem. I've also got a tiny burned hole in one of the pockets of a new packs as I've recently discovered.

PS: You aren't by any chance from 'packs and beyond'? :)
 

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I have an Ancient Australian Army Issue Pack, probably Vietnam era, the Type with the Sleeping Bag bitto under the Main Pocket of the Pack and it has served me well enough. Never owned a really Flash Pack so have nothing to compare it against. I was also given a very similar but larger Australian Army 90's Model Auscam Pack but have not used it yet

Last week I received a Katoomba Pack from the Bushcraft Oz Store. I used it last weekend on a Short Hike and it only Gear for a Day Hike in it, it carried pretty well. It would sit and carry better with more Gear in it. Time will tell how it goes when I finally get a chance for an Overnight / Weekend Hunt with it

regards Jacko
 

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There are two different arrangements of DG2: one with adjustable buckle which does dig, and another one with just LA ring fastener which doesn't dig at all (i guess all DG1 has this too). I've got a second one, never had a shoulder digging problem. I've also got a tiny burned hole in one of the pockets of a new packs as I've recently discovered.

PS: You aren't by any chance from 'packs and beyond'? :)
i have commented on Packs and beyond
 

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I just acquired a vintage pack at a shed clean out. It is a Paddy Palin Bushman 2 pocket. The overall condition of the pack is fair but I think the straps have been replaced. The pack currently has grey leather straps and it has white foam shoulder pads that look like they have been made from an old sleeping mat. I don't like the look of the grey straps or the white foam but the rest is good.

I wasn't really in the market for a vintage pack but now I have acquired this it is growing on me and I reckon I might use this as a start for a primitive bushcraft kit.

Does anybody know any history of the Paddy Palin packs? What year model could it be? Were the grey straps standard or have they been replaced? Anybody else got one or have used one?
 

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Does anybody know any history of the Paddy Palin packs? What year model could it be? Were the grey straps standard or have they been replaced? Anybody else got one or have used one?
I don't have knowledge of the Paddy Pallin packs but I thought I would share a story. I was at a Christmas BBQ and talking to one of the women and telling her that I was into bushcraft & camping. She told me that Paddy and her father were friends, back when Paddy was a clerk in some office, and that they were keen on camping etc. Paddy got it into his head to try and make backpacks more waterproof and she can remember them having big vats of liquid that they experimented with by dunking the material in to make the, hpoefully waterproof, packs. So that's how it all started. Then she told me that her father wrote bushcraft books - turns out her father was Richard Graves. See http://www.chrismolloy.com/page.php?u=p131 to find out more about him.

We have said that we will go camping together some time so I'm looking forward to the campfire conversations.
 
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