Something similar to a Tarahumara?

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  1. Birdman

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    So, I had my wallet out,ready to order an elk brown Tarahumara. Out of stock. Womp!
    Is there another pack similar out there? Or am I waiting for a Tara?

    My wants:
    -Preferably american made
    -Sub 25L capacity
    -Compression straps
    -Bottle pocket(s)
    -Preferably no bladder pocket or tube slots
    -Single compartment(may fudge an extra)
    -No mesh
    -600d or higher

    I want a dead simple, quality day pack.
    What's out there.

    Yes, I'm super picky about gear...
     
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    Wait for the Tara...they are worth it.

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    I own three Tara packs, my go to EDC and day hike pack. My favorite is the waxed canvas version with orange Tuff Possum pouch. You won’t be disappointed.

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    The Umlindi is a little bigger than the Tara, but is still fairly small. Still one compartment. BTW, none of the HPG packs are 600d or higher, unless you are looking at a canvas version. I believe they are all 500d.
     
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    Also, the volume sizing on the HPG packs is not the same as other manufacturers. The volume of the pack itself seems less than stated, but you can strap gear to the outside to equal the stated volume and the harness is very comfortable and will hold the weight well. The harness is what really does it for me.
     
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    I found the Tara too small for my needs. I have an Umlindi which I really like. I can add a belt and Tarapocket for heavy loads or keep it as is for lighter loads.
     
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    It should be too long of a wait, especially if you post a WTB thread here. They are on the Trade Blanket often enough.

    As said before, the harness and comfort on the HPG packs is amazing. My 11 year old has a Tara and I have a PhantomX Highlander, both our go-to day packs. Tough to beat really.
     
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    Hows the waxed canvas been holding up? That one is in stock at a couple dealers. Seeing it listed at only 6oz canvas worried me a little about its durability.
     
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    My Tara is my favorite pack I've ever owned. I've had Eberlestocks, Kifaru, Mystery Ranch, Direct Action, Hazard 4, and many more. Worth the wait if the size works for you. Stepping up in size is a decent option as well. I have a Ute from HPG that I use for loads just a touch to big for the Tara, and even though it is overkill it still carries well and compresses nicely.
     
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    Well, I got impatient and ordered a Tara in ranger green. It was my second choice to the elk brown. If I like it, maybe I'll just have to own 2 lol.
     
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    @Birdman the Waxed canvas is a lighter material and almost translucent in appearance. As for durability seems to be durable as I have had no issues. Ranger Green is a good choice, I used the Ranger Green pack last week when visiting the company headquarters to carry my laptop and assorted power supplies / cords and EDC stuff. Love the Tara packs versatility I use a Terainsert that allows me to add velcro backed pockets for loose gear and to give the pack some structure when using the Tara for EDC type stuff. Picked up the HPG 58 Pouch but not sure I like the size, I typically will use condor and zippered type velcro backed pouches.
     
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    I just got one yesterday. Nice pack. A little smaller than I expected but big enough. There's no frame or frame sheet but at 19 litres it doesn't need one IMO. It's very well made yet light. I especially like the water bottle pockets.
     
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    I'm seriously looking at this. Are the straps padded at all? Will the water bottle pockets hold a Nalgene Oasis (GI-style canteen)?

    I usually put a folded space blanket in the bladder pocket to give the pack some padding and a little rigidity.
     
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    Sorry I missed this, @woodsranger! The padding on the shoulder straps isn't very thick but it is padded. Probably plenty padded for a 19 liter pack but I haven't had it loaded up yet. It reminds me in a lot of ways of a shrunk down Scree without a framesheet or waist strap. My impressions of the pack are positive but those are just initial impressions from inspecting it, haven't really used it yet.
     
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    Recieved the Tara. Man, is this pack sweet!
     
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    Congrats! You can't beat how light a load feels with that pack.
     
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    I think this meets the general idea but lacks some of the things you would like. However, bottle pockets and compression straps are easy enough to add.

    Drum roll please.

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    The MOLLE 2 Sustainment Pouch. Dimensions on this thing are all over the place but I measured it after filling it full of plastic grocery bags and I got 9 x 11 x 6 which is very close to 10 L. Weighs around 8 oz. Probably best as a haversack but I suppose you could attach shoulder straps with a little ingenuity. It's heavy-duty Cordura with some water-proof coating on the inside (in theory).

    $10.45 as of 7/23/19.

    I'm all for supporting American business and I know there are a lot of high-speed haversacks and bushcrafty bags out there. But these things are gold . . . they can be modified very easily and inexpensively..
     
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    You all are a very bad influence. I have looking at the HPG Tarahumara for some time. So today, I'm reading this thread and lol and behold I end up on the HPG website. I just bought a Tarahumara pack in Elk brown.
    So, I want to thank you all in advance of receiving the pack.
     
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    There are a couple of multi cam ones on the trade blanky right now
     
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    And now I have an elk brown Tara on order lol. This one will be for my wife.
     
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