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Originally posted by Sforscott
What packs are all of you guys using for a B.O.B?
I was wondering if you could give me advice on which pack i should go with. I know it comes down to my decision in the end, but i just thought i'd bounce ideas off everyone.
My first choice was an A.L.I.C.E. pack, strictly because it's "battle proven" in a way.
but I don't know if i should go with a different pack
So i started looking and narrowed it down to two.
It's between this one
which is a nice pack, hydration compatible, rifle blocks, and two large compartments (sounds like not enough to me)
Th e large A.L.I.C.E. pack
I know it's probably a no brainer to go with the alice pack. but there are a few features that the alice pack lacks. that i was really looking for. But i don't know the size difference between the two.
Originally posted by xxclaro
In my experience,your best off to avoid the "tactical" stuff and go with brands that are used by outdoorsmen and hard core backpackers. ALICE packs work, but are not the cream of the crop. As was stated already, Eberlestock makes a good pack,although I do feel they are overpriced. Kifaru makes good stuff, and my personal pick would be Mystery Ranch. I currently use a Dana Designs K2, designed by the guy who now owns Mystery Ranch.
I had a really nice internal frame pack before this one,and it was more comfortable overall than the external frame of the K2 until you start to carry significant weight. I also like that fact that you can take of the bag and strap pretty much anything to it. For a hunter like me,that's significant as I can load a lot of meat on it without soiling the pack.
I recommend doing some research on forums for backpackers and especially backpack hunters. The hardcore backpackers are more about super light weight,which is good,while the hunters may be a bit more concerned with being able to carry weight and durability. Either way, you'll get lots of good info.
Don't rule out good used packs.My first good pack was bought used for less than 1/2 price of new,and was in perfectly good condition. Go to a good sporting goods store that specializes in packs and hiking gear,and have yourself measured. Your build and dimensions will have a great impact on which pack you should choose,and you need to know how to set it up and adjust it to fit you. If you have a great pack and it's not set up for you,it'll still hurt you. Doesn't take much time to do this stuff,and it'll make a world of difference once you put a load in it and start walking.
Originally posted by neo96
is the only way to go dont cheap out some one them are a little on the expensive side.
but they have many packs for many needs.
you want quality and alot of erbletock parcks are and were being used in afghanistan and iraq.
check them out.
as always you get what you pay for,
hydraytion bladders are in almost all their packs and water is the most important item needed.
my 3 personal favorites are the
and there are smaller packs
think long term its not like there is going to be a place where you can buy a replacement pack if you ever need to.edit on 21-5-2011 by neo96 because: (no reason given)