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  1. Watcher of the Woods

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    The thing is that I don't... I like my Osprey, it's fine, but I do find it uncomfortable when over 25 lbs, which is kind of disappointing to me. I have seen a lot of stuff about the combo, along with a prairie belt, being more comfortable and able to handle heavy loads. I like the versatility that these 2 packs offer together.
     
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    When gear hauling on a couple trips this summer, the Lindi + PALS pocket + Prairie Belt combo I was comfy with nearly 40 pounds of stuff (heavy stuff mainly being tools and optics). Mind you, this was over short distances for a day hike or hike to picnic lunch location. :)

    I would carry less but still find it capable for a weekend of proper backpacking. :dblthumb:
     
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    I had 15-20 lbs. in my Highlander more than a few times and it was super comfy. The shoulder harness is really something special....
     
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    If HPG had better back ventilation it would be perfect.
     
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    Do you guys keep harnesses on both your Lindi and Tara, or do you switch the harness between the two?

    Also, took my Tara to work and set my pack down. Coffee cup lid wasn't put together right and it spilled all over it. Pack now smells nicely of coffee. I washed it in the tub and found that it is almost 100% waterproof. I filled the interior up, zipped up the zipper, and the only spot water leaked was from the bottom seam. Cool!
     
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    Yep, most 500d CORDURA Classic fabrics are coated on the inside with a polyurethane coating as well as a DWR treatment on the outside that makes water bead off.

    Unfortunately, over a number of years as the fabric fibers flex, stretch, and move, the PU coating does start to open up and lose its waterproofness. Which is why good companies will always say “water resistant” instead of water proof.
     
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    My only complaint with HPG is the lack of ventilation, last winter worked up a sweat under the UTE in 15 degree weather.
     
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    100% agreed here. If you have bulky items, or suddenly have to go from a 30lb load to a 100lb load (eg carrying a kill), the HPG beat “regular” backpacks hands down. They might be bested by some other obscure brands - I’m thinking of Seek Outside, as an example, that seems to blend the load hauling capability with more modern feel.

    So true! I love Zpacks for their ventilation, but they just can’t handle the loads I want my bag for. If all I did was backpack ... I’d pick up an Arc Blast or Haul so fast!!

    I don’t switch them around. I’ve used the Tara as a pocket once. I have a couple pocket harnesses spare to use in a pinch, but otherwise I get the harness adjusted and leave it alone.
     
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    I don't switch harnesses, and have a harness on each. When docking the Tara to the Lindi I just strap the Tara in place and tuck its straps behind it. I usually run this set up when camping with Cub Scouts. The Lindi carries my clothes/woobie/rain jacket and the Tara carries my "scout essentials" and water bottles. My backpacking tent gets strapped below the Lindi and my summer bag gets strapped to the top.
     
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    Kit bag docked to my Tara, on a layover in Atlanta

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    My Umlindi held everything that I needed for my wedding day.

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    Then I used it for all the hiking we did up around Grand Marais, MN.

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    I do want to adjust the straps a bit. Seemed like the yoke was pushing my neck forward and down a bit. Otherwise amazing pack!
     
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    Congrats! :)
     
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    Congratulations on the big day :35:
     
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    Congratulations GREAT pictures.
     
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    Like so many here, I have a collection of ‘semi’ failed packs, pouches, bags and such. These are items that just don’t quite have a current use for me, but have too much potential to sell off or trade at that time. One such pouch, the 511 2 banger, Has now found a home and use! Originally I bought it because it was in a bargain bin at a local shop marked way down. It had a lot of pockets and hook in the loop and I figured it would be good for something. Unfortunately the shoulder strap is too short, and the bag alone looked too much like a purse Not necessarily a big deal to me, but in my little backwards city, it draws attention.
    I was going to buy a tuf possum pouch for my Tarahumara. But I got to looking at the 511 2 banger And realized it would provide more than enough organization and extra space, plus it was so easy to attach and fit perfectly! So, here is my current Tarahumara configuration with the 511 2 banger bag!
    I also replaced the bottom bungee cord with two quick release buckle straps. Much better for securing my BCUSA tarp or a poncho.
     

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    That's a great looking mod. Way to think outside the box!
     
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    I am thinking about getting the AHBC. They have the foliage and manatee in stock, but I am having a really hard time with the colors. The internet is hard to tell what the actual colors look like to me - some of the pics I have seen, I love the foliage and manatee look in some pics and in some I don't like it at all. Same thing with the ranger / khaki - some it looks nice and toned down earthy tones, and some it looks like bright green and almost orangey-tan.

    So I was hoping some of you guys wouldn't mind posting some pics of your packs in the lighting that you feel best represents the colors (and state what colors it is). That way I can decide if I want to pull the trigger now or wait for a ranger green / khaki to be back in stock. I see myself getting into other packs and accessories which I would all want to match my base pack, so I don't want to immediately regret the color...sorry for being so vain! haha
     
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    Here's a couple. An Umalidi with tera pocket outside setting....ranger/khaki

    An AHBC and quiYa inside same colors.

    I don't really see the Khaki as real khaki like the color that pants sometime are.....not a coyote color for sure either.. P3090871.JPG P3090874.JPG P8061117.JPG
     
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    Thanks for the pic! Those colors look so different in the different lighting! Can someone post up a foliage/manatee combo in different lights for me? Thanks!
     
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    Multicam Tara’s are available NOW on the HPG site. J
     
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    A couple of new accessories, a bottle holster, terra insert, and a multi cam pouch. Terra pocket is docked on my Ute. 50F87106-F379-48D0-99B1-256E45F11B9E.jpeg 1AF279F8-8470-4FE5-B258-A081D00FCBD6.jpeg 7055C362-DBC0-4391-9C4B-38A8564C8B02.jpeg
     
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    I've always thought of it as kinda a really sun bleached, classic Olive Drab...
     
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    Got my Foliage/manatee AHBC as well as a butt pack in the same colors, and a recon belt. Finally got a chance to take some pictures! Also I did a couple small mods already, which I'll put in their own post, since its pic-heavy.


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  24. Watcher of the Woods

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    I've got a snubby regular kit bag, and my S&W M&P 2.0 fits perfectly. After wearing it for an hour or so though, my shoulders start to get sore. What am I dong wrong here...? Hints on a comfortable ride.
     
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    I had the same issue with my Sig 320C. Wore it with a tarra on a longer day hike terra felt great but I was feeling that kit bag.
     
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    all I can think of is try adjusting the straps, maybe the bag needs to ride higher on the chest? I've worn mine w/ a J frame on several long hikes of 10-12 hours without any issue
     
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    I have carried a Colt Commander for 10 -12 hours with no issues but could feel the weight on my shoulders, no noticeable weight on shoulders with the Glock 26 and 45. I tend to carry my Waxed Canvas kit bag somewhat low to allow for the sternum strap on the HGP pack harness to be buckled.
     
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    You might need to wear it higher, that shouldn't be causing that much shoulder strain. If you're wearing a pack it's worth it to get (or use if you have them already) the Lifter Straps. https://hillpeoplegear.com/Products/CategoryID/1/ProductID/29
     
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    Thanks guys. I'll try lifting it up higher while I'm out today, see if that helps.
     
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    just got an email notification they have the Snubby kit bags in grey ripstop :)
     
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    Curious if you like the Snubby more then the Runners ?
     
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    just because it's a slightly smaller footprint (length side to side)- if I needed the room I don't have any issue with the Runner at all
     
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    now two snubbys :)

    the cordura one will remain my firearm/ edc kit bag, the nylon one will be setup for backpacking (navigation, Inreach, tp, other bits I want handy)

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    Do you lose volume with a Snubby compared to a Runners Bag?
     
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    you do- they are exactly the same depth- 1", but the Runner is 11.5 wide by 7.5" tall, Snubby is 8.5 by 6.5"
     
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    Thanks, I get the 2 different Snubby Kit Bag models mixed up.
     
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    their "original" snubby is thicker (2" vs 1")- I have plenty of volume for my use w/ the "regular" snubby :)
     
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    For those that might not have seen this on social media, Hill People Gear had the grand opening of their brick and mortar store in Grand Junction, CO this past weekend. I wasn’t able to make it, but I am planning a visit in January as part of a trip to the mountains. I’ve had the pleasure of spending time with the HPG crew and I wish them success with this new part of their business.

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    Does this kit bag make me look fat?

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    Nice Rack!

    It's not the kit bag that makes you look fat, it's the pint of ice cream you ate last night.
     
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    At first I thought you had a coyote Tara mounted to your chest.
     
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    I also saw that they were opening a brick and mortar. Part of me is excited for them because it’s a huge accomplishment. The other part of me wonders how can they open a brick and mortar when they can’t keep stuff in stock online. Am I being unreasonable to think that way?
     
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    Glad I don’t live in Grand Junction CO, that store would be pure CRACK.
     
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    They don’t have everything is stock at all times, but that’s no reason not to open a store. First Spear sews all of their gear, so they are at the mercy of First Spear’s production schedule.
     
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    For use with a Lindi, does it matter if I go with the recon belt vs prarie belt? I think the most I'd be carrying would be around 45#.
     
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    I really should have gone to this. It is only about 8 hours away for me and might have made a nice weekend trip!
     
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    I bought the Prairie belt on the advice/recommendation of Kevin McDowell who works for HPG. He felt it was a better choice for us bushcrafty type guys!
     
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    It's more than just a store--it's their office, warehouse, and where all the internet orders ship from. They needed a new location for all of that; I think the retail store is just the icing on top. This is a great move on their part.

    In the meantime, they're also working with First Spear to increase production. One part of the challenge is that no one knows how deep the demand runs. You make 25 pieces the first time around, and those sell out before you can make more, so then you make 50 pieces the next time and those sell out as well, so then you make 100 and they all fly out the door, too. As a dealer for HPG, we've suffered the same thing. No one really knows what an optimal quantity looks like, at this point. Two weeks ago I bought almost all the inventory Scot brought to Overland East, and we're already running out of some of those items.

    @Watcher of the Woods, I think the Prairie is the best option for you. Like @Tech says. The Prairie is the fully featured belt; the Recon is a scaled back version. If you buy the Prairie, you'll never need to buy the Recon, but if you buy the Recon you might need to buy the Prairie.
     
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    I guess the only difference that I'm worried about is padding? I don't really care about using it as a docking system for gear, or as a stand alone system. Just as a weight management system.
     
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