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  1. Stags Crest

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    A lot of times I see people stuff what I would consider a pretty comprehensive bushcraft kit into a haversack. Personally I don't like to carry much in mine. I like having room for foraging. I cover the 5 c's but not a whole lot else. Thoughts? Opinions? Pics of yours? 20190307_130146.jpg 20190307_130126.jpg 20190307_125938.jpg
     
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    Looks like you've got a nice setup there :) Snacks, a knife, some string, maybe a fire kit - I like a simple selection too :) If I'm carrying a haversack, I'm usually just out hunting for cedar bark or something.
     
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    I also like to keep mine light. A few snacks, small PSK, gloves, a few gallon Ziploc bags and a water bottle.
     
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    Odd that you mention that! I collected some nearby where the pictures were taken!
     
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    Depends on what’s on the agenda. I see no ramen in that bag, nor cooking pot. :p And, where’s the coffee coming from?
    Just teasing, but I do have a complete cook kit in a Walmart steel cup. :14:

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    I sometimes pack my WalMart cup cook kit in mine too. Usually if I'm doing all that kind of stuff with bush cooking involved, I take a day pack.

    @NevadaBlue , did you know that a Sea To Summit small collapsible silicone cup fits perfectly inside that stainless WalMart wonder? I can heat one round of water, add it to my silicone cup and have a beverage while my food can now be cooked in the stainless cup. It makes a great addition to this mini cook kit. I might post up my creation...the whole cook kit, stove included packs up in the SS cup.
     
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    I do need to get a steel cup but as for cooking, the container my cordage is in is metal and will cook ramen if it is crushed. :)
     
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    Please do post it!
     
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    Per @NevadaBlue ramen has been added to the haversack. :dblthumb:
     
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    I have the exact bag but in black canvas. I love the hard 'back' of it. (but I've never used it for bushcraft.)
    My actual primary haversack is a modified older Hidden Woodsmen bag. It's stuffed with way too much stuff, but it's in the Jeep, so I'd always have to option to carry less.
    I bought a NEW HWH in late December, but the older bag is slightly larger. I'm likely going to put the new one on the TradeBlanket soon. I also have an M1945 Combat Field Pack that I modded into a haversack that will hold even more than the older HWH, but I haven't loaded it up with anything yet. I've thought having a couple of duplicate 'go' bags in different places may be smart though. :)
     
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    Those cups rock! I also picked up a pour through coffee maker there that collapses the same way!
     
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    @NevadaBlue got me thinking and I dug around and feel like I improved my haversack kit today. Behold the stuff pot! 20190308_151353.jpg 20190308_151448.jpg
     
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    Contents of my Finnish gas mask bag. Comes in at 5 lbs. Any more than that I switch to my back pack..
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    This is fun! I like the ‘stuff pot’.
     
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    ACU Sustainment pouch . Foam kneeling pad , Frogg Toggs poncho , Nalgene and PF cup , KOA Bush Camp , Corona saw . Small fire kit , medium sized light my fire utensil , 50' of Paracord . Trangia and Evernew pot stand and a Bandana .

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    Same here , my next size up is my Mountainsmith Day .
     
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    Nah man you doing it wrong, first you have to buy really expensive boots and ditch those Converse... Then you got to buy a $300 pack and a $600 semi custom knife. And don't forget the $200 swedish hatchet, plus the Gucci cook gear all made of titanium. ;)



    Though I do have a swedish hatchet, and it is nice.
     
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    For those of you talking about the Mountain Smith daypack. I have
    this pack and I love it. I attached these old surplus y straps to instead of the strapettes. 20190528_184729.jpg
     
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    I purchased a polish gas mask bag and a thrift store canvas satchel. I really like the haversack concept. To be able to reach to my side and grab what's needed and I really wanted to like it, but I just can't stand the darned things. I tend to get off trail a lot and work through thick brush. I found myself constantly adjusting and re-positioning the bag. I went back to a small backpack. I tried and failed:(.
     
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    Thanks to this thread I am rocking my little haversack today. I want to love it but I hate the single strap. Of course, lightening my load would help a bit. ;)
     
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    Good call, I’d say they’re definitely not a direct replacement for a day pack. Use it and keep minimizing what you bring out with you. Some padding on the strap is nice either way.
     
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    Good point. A haversack is not a replacement for a daypack, but using mine has helped me focus on reducing the weight and fluff I take with me. Much of my gear gets transferred from one bag to the other so it has helped me reduce the weight of my pack.
     
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    More details please. Which surplus straps, and please show where and how you attached them. I was just looking at adding diy strapettes to mine.
     
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    I had posted earlier that I was probably going to put my new THW Haversack on the Trade Blanket because it is smaller than the older version that I got used that I keep in the Jeep as part of my GHB. Since then however I've been using it as an EDC bag with the stuff that I need to work from on location (when my full camera bag is in the Jeep.)
    It rocks for that. For me, with a non-slip strap a haversack stays body slung from my left shoulder and stays put out of the way, resting just above my right ass cheek. I keep the strap high enough so that it doesn't swing.

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    My current EDC (I have a bunch of stuff tucked in pockets and on my belt as well that are ALWAYS on me if I have clothes on, but that's a different thread.) :)
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    My little Fuji X-20. If I'm working, I usually have an XC55-230 telephoto in the bag to pair with the X-T1 and 10-24/4 in my hands instead of the X-20.
    A little leather pouch that @Teeps sent me with a fire kit which is perfect to hold my Fenix E12, Tinder Quicks (cut in half) a Sawyer mini and some Survivor Cord.
    The Red softball sized thing is my PSK. An Opinel No.8 that I use as cutlery mostly. Glasses i happen to be wearing today (vintage readers) Accessory Pack has coffee, stevia, salt/pepper, SF energy mixers, etc..., First Aid Kit is basically just a BooBoo kit, mostly for band-aids and pain relief. I keep much more complete FAKs and a trauma kit in the Jeep. A boolit holder, my house and Jeep key with a small NiteEze biner and a Gerber Dime, FlowFold notebook carrier which holds some cards, a Moleskine Cahier, some ear plugs and my Maine Concealed Carry Permit (maroon cover.) Ti chopsticks and spork. Altoids, Lens cloth, batteries for my little camera and my work camera and a lens cloth and my PayPal card reader. If I had any firearms and carried one on a daily basis, I bet you that the back pouch in the Haversack would hold a Sig P365 in a 'sticky' holster with a spare magazine or two perfectly....but If I did that sort of thing, I doubt that I'd make a photo to post online.
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    @Myr1ad Here is the y strap. I am not sure of it's provenance. 20190609_125813.jpg I just put a strap connecting the two points you would normally connect the strapettes to. 20190609_125841.jpg clipped the tail end of the y strap to it and adjusted it for length. 20190609_125939.jpg works well for me anyway. 20190609_130112.jpg 20190609_130119.jpg
     
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    Same setup here. Being pretty tall, I like how I can duck through brush with it there and not snag anything on my back.
     
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    What type of stove is that @NevadaBlue? I've seen them around before but never used one.
     
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    This is my "haversack" of sorts. It is a Frost River XL Shell Bag. I absolutely love it.
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    It is a small version of the Esbit stove. Found on ebay, sold as ‘brass’ but they are steel.
     
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    Does it work pretty well? What kind of burn time do you get from the fuel tabs?
     
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    Works OK. Has no air holes, so wind screens that clip into it kill the flame. I’ve never timed the burn, but I think someone did in the

    Esbit Stove thread.
     
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    I'll search the thread thanks!
     
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    That’s why I have my little Serbian assault pack. It’s built to carry either as a haversack or a little pack. As a pack it isn’t always bouncing around but for a short walk it takes just a few seconds to rig the other way for easier access.
     
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    I like it!! I think a bag hunt is about the begin here. :)
     
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    3132E500-1274-4639-B95E-23C4E2971597.jpeg Here is a load out I was testing for the German Flecktarn haversack that I modified. It is very close in size to the HW haversack. I carried it loaded like this and I’d prefer it to be a pound or two lighter if hiking more than a mile or two. But you can hold a bunch of gear in these small bags.
     
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    FWIW, you can rig single-strap haversacks as dual strap backpacks, and doing so, I personally have replaced my daypack for day trip use - or put another way, I shifted my 24L 'daypack' over to 3-4 night 'backpacking' duty.
     
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    I am always trying to keep mine light as well, but have it set up in case of an emergency over night. Heaviest item, unfortunately is my USGI poncho DSC00943.JPG
     
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    Whith water, keep it under 5 lb.
     
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    I'm working on lighting my load-out for little trips like this. I went back to a backpack but here was my load-out today. Everything's sitting on my GI poncho under my 5' X 7' tarp. The little pink bag holds the stove, fuel, windscreen, some aluminum foil & a BIC. The purple bag holds my kettle, which holds the little pink bag and my cup. The leather pucker bag has coffee, hot chocolate, Chaga and honey. The black thing under that is a plastic lid (from Foldgers coffee) that I use as a cutting board. The small green bag is for the tarp and cordage. The black sock goes over the water bottle to absorb condensation. The map case contains my journalling stuff.

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    Not in the picture above are my GSI kettle, East German pocket stove, and Sea-to-Summit collapsible cup.

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    Also not shown is my tarp. It's a Woods 5' X 7" Backpacker's tarp.

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    Switched/lightened things up a touch . Same carrying option , my ACU sustainment pouch but in my mind better layed out ? . Keeping in mind that this is not what I'm grabbing in mid Winter or when expecting any severe weather system . My IFAK rides in the cargo pocket of my field pants these days (Another recent upgrade IMHO) for the better ?
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    I like it. If I were to make any changes to it I would add some duct tape and a headlamp with extra batts.

    You seem to have everything covered well.
     
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    Just wondering where you got those tins.
     
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    I have several headlamps and small flashlights that would fit nicely with minimal weight gain . I just honestly didn't even consider them , good call .
     
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    They are a bit more sturdy, larger and close more securely than a used Altoids tin, but mostly just novelty... a fairly affordable bit of fun though. :)
    https://www.etsy.com/shop/GeneralPurposeSupply?
     
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