What's the current pack your using now?

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  1. backlasher

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    I've got a Polish Bread Bag for day trips or a Swedish LK 35. I use a Rio Grande 45 L for most outings and a Rio Grande 75 L for long trips.
     
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    Depends on the outing. My most-used packs are:

    Osprey Atmos AG (65 L) for overnight trips
    LL Bean continental rucksack (33 L) for bushcrafty day outings when I pack more gear with minimal hiking in mind
    Gregory Z22 (22 L) for day hiking (especially long day hikes)
    Mountainsmith Tour (9 L) for minimalist hikes and/or short jaunts into the woods
     
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    I've been using a medium alice pack with after market shoulder straps and hip belt. With those additions this thing carries like a dream. Bullet proof!

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    I've got a couple of running packs, couple of day packs, couple of multi-day packs, but just one hunting pack :) Stone Glacier Krux frame with a Serac 1700 pack on it for day hunts (a Sky 5900 bag for multi-day trips)

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    Condor Compact Assault. For winter use I've added a pair of usgi sustainment pouches on the sides and a usgi waist pack on the bottom to hold a poncho/tarp, poncho liner, hammock and underquilt. Sort of bulky but doable.

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  6. Tony robinson

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    Nice setup my friend
     
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    Haven't got to test it out yet. :)

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    use a 20l Field and stream bag as car bag and daily outings,
    also suited for overnighters
    so far its been a great bag for $30

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    Greetings,

    Me, too!
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    Regards,

    Christos
     
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    My black Dana Design Bombpack. I purchased it in 1993, and it's still going strong... SAR work, caving, survival trips, canyoneering, and world travelling. I use it every time I go somewhere.
     
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    Condor Venture Pack for my EDC laptop pack. Since 4/2014
     
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    HPG Umlindi with Aston pocket
     
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    I have been using a North Face Chatter for several years as an EDC bag.
     
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    Is it tomorrow yet?
     
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    Formerly used an Kelty Redwing. Currently using an Osprey Atmos AG 65. Loved both packs for different reasons. Kelty was more durable, Osprey rides far better.

    But looking to trade in for an Osprey Levity 45 as I move towards a sub 15# baseweight.
     
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    Lk35 with British Ammo pouches on the side. Oh, and a shameless plug for the FoxLite Gear pouch made by my wife. :)
     
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    ULA Circuit
    LL Bean Continental Ruck
    Maxpedition Pygmy Falcon
    Osprey Daylite

    Today it is the Continental Ruck.
     
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    How does it carry once the canteen is full ? I've found that a full canteen can throw balance off if not properly placed .
     
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    I’ve been eyeing that bag for the same uses you mentioned. How is the durability and distribution of weight? Does it ride well?
     
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    Have only taken it a few times in the field so durability is yet to be seeen

    Longest distance being 2-3 miles
    Has not been a problem
    I am on the slimmer side 5’9 160 lbs and comfort is fine
    At $30 purchase price its great at $50-$60 list price i see i would hesitate to give it high praise
     
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    Thanks. If you think about it in the future, give me an update. I'm thinking about buying the camo one which costs more than the black, so I'm with you--at $30 it looked good. I'm not sure about $60.
     
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    Swedish lk 35 with Alice straps and molle waist belt
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    LL Bean Continental
     
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    LL Bean Continental Rucksack.
     
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    Czech breadbag
    Hellcat/Alice
    Max Falcon II
     
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    Nowadays I mostly use the Norwegian army small ruck (M96).
    I use it both on overnighters and extended day trips.
    Mine have added sidepockets made from hip pouches (I got one from my son in Law to make a pair). They could easily be removed (sort of a molle fastening).

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    Large molle 2 rucksack it's not normally stuffed like that just store my whole kit in it when at home IMG_20140322_200903172.jpg
     
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    I have the same pack only in black/purple. Purchased 1995 or there abouts. This pack has done everything one could ask of a pack. I have used as a gear hauler with USFS fire crews, SAR, travel around the country backpacking etc and even a deployment!
    Some may argue the lack of outside pockets make it hard to get to things but one can add external pockets easy enough if wanted/needed. I like the clean lines on the pack especially for some of the extended back country ski trips I have taken.
    Truly one of the most versatile bombproof packs I have ever owned. I wholeheartedly agree, it is a go everywhere pack.
     
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    Mine is also my go-to for carry-on luggage. As long as I don't completely stuff it, it works perfectly and fits in every overhead bin I've ever tried.

    It's unfortunate that most packs of this sort now use ultralightweight nylon and other fairly fragile materials instead of the heavy cordura. I have a Lowe Contour IV of a similar vintage I use for long trips, and it too continues to grind out the miles without complaint. Most packs sold at REI today would never survive a hard caving or canyoneering trip.
     
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    Dana Gleason is still making hardy packs and still making them in Bozeman :)
     
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    Current set-up. The Hidden Woodsmen Black Underground Edition Haversack. Great thread. Thanks guys.
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    I own the Z55 and love it.
    FYI the name changed to Zulu
     
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    Yep, they changed in a year or two ago. They changed the straps at the same time. I was given a lightweight 45L pack, so haven't bought a bigger Gregory yet, though I do still want one.
     
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    I have a LAPG Atlas pack that I use for pretty much everything. The ALICE is what I used to run, but decided to go bigger, however I see alot of people on here use a smaller pack for quick trips and I might use it for that.
     
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    That’s a sweet bag. What are the dimensions?
     
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    He is and still doing a great job! I would love to get one of his 3DAP but figure my Bomb is every bit as good. I think I just WANT his 3DAP since I certainly don’t NEED another similar pack. Gotta love his creative genius for sure!
     
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    ..or..

    Swedish LK35
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    YNOT Wildland Scout. Just got it and experimenting with multi-day load outs.
     
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    I recently did something crazy and bought my first external frame pack. The one i opted for it called a pack rabbit. I have a big pack with no frame that's uncomfortable so I figured it can go on this frame, it works well. It also has a seat built into it and I use it for Turkey hunting, remove the soft pack, put my stakes and camo netting, couple decoys, and a water bladder in a smaller pack on there and it has worked out nicely. I also have a couple 30l drybags that I put my camping stuff in and I can just grab those and put them straight on if I want to. Lots of attachment points. Very versatile. Didn't think i would like it as much as i do
     
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    13”x13”x4” it holds a ton of stuff. I actually want to sell some of them on here eventually. Once I get the time to make more. Lol
     
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    I’ve used a Frost River Book bag for years now. During hunting season I add their blaze orange “pocket” over the flap more for color than added storage. I carry a oilskin haversack rolled up in the book bag that I may supplement the pack with from time to time for extended trips, or if I set up a base camp I’ll use the haversack for foraging around leaving the book bag at camp.

    For longer trips I have a medium ALICE on a frame that has served me well for decades.
     
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    Greetings,

    When i purchased my LK35 I also bought a set of two side pouches that can be sewn to the sides and a water canteen pouch (which reminds me i need to find and buy a canteen to fit in).

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    All 3 alternatively can be attached via hooks on the belt and used with the harness independently of the rucksack. I was impressed by this concept of modularity and decided that I would experiment with it and see how far I could take it. Truth be told, I would like to have one of the larger LKs, but they are harder to find. Anyway, the LK35 is what I got and I think it is spacious enough. It gives the impression it can accommodate really large loads.

    So, back to the modularity concept.
    I was planning on adding these small side pockets, but then I went and ordered the much larger British PLCE side pouches. All in the name of modularity, nothing will be permanently fixed/sewn/attached. I want to see if i can keep the LK35 as plain as it is and built upon it various different setups to suit different needs. Haven't gone very far with the mods, so I don't know if I can turn it into a pack for trips of week long duration. This is what I have done so far:

    The belt and harness I didn't like, as well as the original straps. I used it a couple of times and they didn't feel very comfortable. Thinking ahead and planning for much greater loads, I knew I would need greater comfort than what the original setup could provide. I was in love with MOLLE webbing, so what better combo to buy than MOLLE II shoulder frame and waistbelt? It's a rhetorical question to me, because I don't think it can get any better than these two.

    So, about the Swedish side pouches. Wanting the modularity option, I took out the clips and sewed molle webbing at the back.
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    This way I can attach them via molle webbing on the rucksack's sides or have them on the waistbelt:
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    These are the PLCE pouches to which I will also sew molle webbing so that I will be able to attach on the LKs sides and still take them out when I won't need them.

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    I also got two haversacks to which I will add molle webbing for the same reason, these two are destined for a centre pouch.
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    These two haversacks will be able to combine into a single unit and be attached to the British PLCE yoke system which I also have, to form a smaller rucksack set up.

    The way I see it, if I use everything, small side pouches on the waistbelt, larger PLCE pouches and haversacks on the sides and centre of the rucksack, I am going to end up with a much larger pack for longer trips, like having a 75lb+ pack, with the advantage of having just the one rucksack to use starting from mini day hikes up to and including holidays of week+ duration.

    That's the goal anyway. It is still a WIP and I don't really know if it will all make sense in the end. However, from my experience so far I can say that with the MOLLE II system for waistbelt and shoulder frame I feel that I can put any load onto it and it will still be very comfortable.

    The heaviest setup I have tried so far is 40L. There was a stop at half the distance because there was my target location for the day and then back home, 8.35 miles in total. I did sort of a challenge, so the pace was fairly fast and I can say with great confidence that I will take the MOLLE II combo anytime, anywhere.... which gives me hope that perhaps my goal of an LK35 beefed up to much greater capacity is attainable. We'll see about that though. ;)

    That's a very fine collection of knives. :dblthumb:

    @icemanx722 could you please post a closer photo of the ammo pouches? They look a lot like my own swedish side pouches.

    @Tor Helge could you please post a photo of your setup for the LK35? I am interested in what you have adopted for the sidepockets, the modular nature of your approach.

    Regards,

    Christos
     
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    @Quinlan I think that I have the same setup as you as far as the side pouches. I was looking at both the British Ammo Pouches and the Swedish kit and couldn't remember which I went for. But I got the same thing you did with the harness, canteen carrier etc.
     
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    I keep coming back to a medium ALICE without the frame. Does everything I need.
     
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    Please message me when you do. I’d be interested
     
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    Medium ALICE. I've tried a few internal frame backpacks here and there, but I didn't like them for one reason or the other. In fact, my collection of medium ALICE has grown to the point that each member of my family has one and we're currently getting them loaded up for emergency prep type duties.
     
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