Berghoss Rucksack and 10 mods

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  1. hicountry

    hicountry Blue Granite Bushcraft Vendor

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    London Bridge Berghoss

    Just found this one-off London Bridge concept military pack.
    Don't think the project ever got beyond this prototype.

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    It's their take on the Rocket Pack, a British army design, patterned after the famous Bergen.
    They were going to call it the "Berghoss" --
    a long range mission pack roughly the same capacity as a large Alice, same concept only more modern.

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    It came without any suspension and was set-up for internal stays.
    Having great respect for the Alice packs,
    my first mod was to attach a padded shoulder slot for a DEI frame.
    I broke my last DEI frame and they gave me a new one, upgraded for the USMC.
    They nailed the mods and it is an awesome design,
    I need a frame because of back issues.

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    Next mod was to put on CP Gear shoulder straps with Tactical Tailor pouches for small items.

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    Next mod was to remove the zipper attachments for the side pouches.
    They are on permanently now, and the pass-through slot still allows long items to slide behind the pouches.

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    Next upgrade is CP Gear hip suspension which was made to go on the DEI frames used by Canadian military.
    I found out the Kifaru pouch also fits in the slots on the frame.

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    Next upgrade was to attach two Kifaru long pouches to the hip belt.
    I fold them in half and they will still hold a Heavy Cover canteen kit.
    When extended down, they are similar to a military drop leg pouch.

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    I didn't like the high lid and extra storage on top.
    The Alice concept of "nothing above the shoulders" is best for off trail bushwacking and lying prone.
    So I lowered the lid flat and added lining for map or poncho storage.

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    Here's the finished project.
    After the take-offs and the mods & upgrades, it tips the scales at 9.5 lbs.
    Not exactly ultra-light but it will do anything and take a beating.

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    Hope you like it !
     
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    I wish more packs used the DEI 1606 frame. I like your brainstorming, but I prefer a taller pack so I can make use of load lifters.
     
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    IA Woodsman Overwatch Moderator Staff Member Super Moderator Vendor Lifetime Supporter Bushclass Instructor

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    Love the way you mod gear and explain your thought process. I would have lived to have a pack like that in my younger days.
     
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    hicountry Blue Granite Bushcraft Vendor

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    I tend to break things, Fastex buckles included.
    Found these USA-made quick release steel buckles, they're great.
    http://www.itwwaterbury.com/products/specialty/mqrb

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    I reached inside the main compartment and saw that the Cordura was double thickness in the front.
    I opened the seam and made a kangaroo pouch for long tools.
     
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    hicountry Blue Granite Bushcraft Vendor

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    That's an idea I've had from previous packs.
    This will have semi load lifters when I finish modding the lid.
    Height above shoulders will be variable from zero to 3" depending on what's under the lid.
    More than that and I can't raise my head and look up when bent over.
     
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    hicountry Blue Granite Bushcraft Vendor

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    Here's the ITW Waterbury steel buckles for 1" webbing,
    it's called the MQRB and it comes in black or tan :

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