Does anyone add patches to their pack anymore?

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  1. CaliforniaCanuck

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    I just did! :)

    My pack has side pockets/pouches and I consistently use one for my first aid kit and water filter, so I sewed a first aid cross patch to it. This way myself or anyone in my group could instantly know which pouch contains the first aid kit!

    The other side pocket has a "poop" emoji! It holds the...you guessed it, toilet paper! I thought it would be fun to add the "other" emergency symbol!

    That's probably the extent of my patches, however, my son has been collecting patches from the various parks that we've hiked or camped. When he eventually gets a pack that he won't outgrow he'd like to put all these patches on it. He must have 10 patches!

    I rarely see patches anymore but maybe some day that practice will make a come back into fashion!

    Who likes and has patches, and who doesn't?

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    Dunno why but i never even thought about it. Guess i need to dig out my Susquehannock Trail club patch.
     
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    The 1st aid one makes a lot of sense.
    When I was a teenager my mom sewed all my Smokey mountain hiking patches on my jansport bookbag. I really kick myself for losing that pack now.

    I don’t really sew patches on them anymore though, it adds weight and places for water leaks.
    Silly me lol. That jansport had a lot of character though.
     
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    I wouldn't sew patches on because I'd see "unecessary" needle holes as potential leaks and weakening of fabric to tear stresses in the long run.

    I will sew for more "practical, utlitarian" modifications in some cases. But not for "aesthetic, decorative" purposes like patches.

    I suppose one could use stick on velco stuff for patches? Or iron on patches perhaps, depending on pack fabric material?
     
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    I like patches.
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    The front;
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    I also love my patches.
    Most Mora tribe members have patches....
     
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    I've got 1 patch sewed onto my EDC work pack no pic's as of yet, With the all the Molle attachment loops its difficult to locate the patches without covering loops. I still need to attach my recent Mora tribe patch!
     
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    I've collected patches since childhood, but never got around to sewing them to my packs.
    The last good quality pack I had got stolen, which threw me in the inexpensive disposable gear mindset.
    If I get around to buying a quality daypack (most likely a vintage one) I'll probably break out the needle & thread.
     
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    @jayclimber Is that a Baofeng in that pocket, or is it just glad to see us? I use a grenade pouch for little HTs. Cut a notch for the antenna, and flap snaps down over it securely.
     
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    Make a Molle ‘plate’, a chunk of material covered with velcro loops, Molle straps on the back and mount it where ever you want.
     
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    Yes it is! It's in a Blue Force Gear knockoff ten speed mag pouch. Keeps it nice and secure.

    Those grenade pouches have always made nice radio pouches!
     
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    Holy racketball! Are those live copperheads? :eek:
     
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    @jayclimber Plus, the MOLLE ones can be serviceable belt attachment, as well. I got caught up in the radio thing, didn't answer the OP. I keep a red cross and a blood type patch on my FAK. I had one decorative one, that was the name of a leukemia support group. Through some astounding cosmic coincidence, a friend of mine is in his first band. They are excellent, and completely accidentally chose that name for their band. I gave it to him.
     
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    Guess where I'm from.
     
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    My parents used to joke that if I made it to Europe that I should just tell people that I'm Canadian - so in defiance I put an american flag on all of my packs. Not being proud of being an American is the equivalent of being the spoiled rich kid that gets mad at his parents because they bought him a Mercedes rather than a Porsche - it might not be exactly what you want, but it's a heck of a lot better than what the rest of the world has.

    But I digress... haha
    I've been thinking abut putting the first aide patch on my pack, but I haven't settled into a packing routine yet. Maybe once I consistently put my FAK in the same place I'll do it.
     
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    The LK35 had an (ID Window) that I covered with a patch. I think it looks better.
     
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    Working on it slowly. Still need to add my basic rocker (but lost it out in the woods somewhere). Have a name tape I'd like to add, and some of my former unit patches while I was active.
     
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    Ha! Did you steal my pack whwn i wasnt looking?
     
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    all right, i had never thought about patched putting holes in the bag! but these bags weren't what i considered waterproof anyways....

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    this is my go-to ALICE. i left room, hoping to someday add the intermediate on the right, and maybe, if i really dream, the advance on the left. since this pic, i did add a velcro section for a gadsen flag over the letters US.
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    i also love this war bonnet leather patch i got some years ago from @Kingsford and put on this butt pack turn haversack. it really takes it up a level, and i love it!! definitely sets my bag apart!!
     
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    My waxed haversack has no velcro material on it for a patch. The Mora Tribe patch is too thick to sew on and glue will not stick to the waxed canvas. I may try TIG welding it on.
     
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    Just one for me so part of my WW11 vet Dad is always with me. IMG_5531.JPG
     
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    Remove the velcro. Did that to one of mine and it's easily done.

    And I own a backpack onto which those patches would fit just fine; a WW2 mountain division backpack!
     
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    I like patches, a way of showing off your accomplishments. This can also bring a sense of camaraderie with others. Though I will admit I have yet to re-sew my patches on my new pack. Still haven't decided which one to use yet.
     
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    Patches on your pack is like an invite for people to talk to you - no thank you. HYOH
     
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    Heck yeah! I also like collecting patches, but I would need a lot of packs to sew them all on.
     
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    I just read your sentence above your picture...
    Really? Your dad's a 10th Mountain WW2 vet?
    I don't know how easy/hard these packs are to find over there, but would you be interested if I were to send the pack I have "back home" and make a matching set?
     
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    Yes, 87th Mountain Infantry Regiment 10th Mountain Division (recon). Thanks, I appreciate the offer but I still have My Dad's pack/frame and all his other issued gear-skis, poles, boots, winter camo anoraks ect..I camped and skied with all his gear until I was 18. Those packs are relatively common in my area only in the sense that there were a lot of 10th Mt. vets from Maine and are still kept by the surviving family members.
     
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    I'll be adding these cuties to my day pack soon.
     

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    @bowitis and @NevadaBlue, mind sharing where you obtained the US flag velcro patches? Thanks!
     
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    I got mine at the local army surplus, I have seen them on E-Bay.
     
  40. NevadaBlue

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    I got some with packs I bought and ebay of course and I have one that @bladesmith3 sent to me.
     
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    @NevadaBlue and @bowitis Thanks to both of you! I will check our local army surplus and eBay.
     
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    I love the concept of adding patches to gear, but I can never bring myself to actually do it. While they don't weigh much individually, the weight of several patches will add up. I'm not a total gram weenie, but I have a hard time adding weight to my pack that doesn't have some kind of utility or practicality value. I know someone will shortly chime in and scold me for that excuse, claiming that a couple oz of weight is negligible. I stand by my statement. My mindset is this: If it doesn't have a utility that offsets the weight, it doesn't belong in/on my pack. Patches are a prime example. They have no utility at all, so any amount of weight is too much. The practical side of my brain wins this argument.

    All that being said, I appreciate the character and aesthetic value of patches. I do have a plan for my patches, but I haven't implemented it yet. Hint: it won't involve adding them to gear that I carry on my back while hiking miles into the backcountry.
     
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    I like patches. I’m sure I have more pics of patches on our packs and haversacks that I just can’t locate right now.
     
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    Bill Siegle. This side has his stamp, but it is difficult to read.
     
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    I used to collect flag patches from countries I visited and planned to put them on a pack. That would be a heavier pack than I would want to carry.
     

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