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Offline Airik

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Backpacks
« on: December 08, 2012, 06:31:47 PM »
Hey all.  I got a new backpack recently.  I can't see how hunters can go out without a backpack of some sorts, for whatever reason they would choose to use it for.  Need to carry at least some dry socks and toilet paper and liquids and a snack.  It's so easy to "bug-out" and go hunting on a moment's notice with a pre-packed bag of some kind.  And I'm usually out there for at least a few hours enjoying the woods, a few miles from the vehicle.

So, anyways, I finally found a budget-friendly camo backpack with all the bells and whistles that I wanted, a couple of weeks ago or so.  I already have a smaller daypack with chest strap and waist strap, but it's not camo.  I also have another smaller pack with hydration bladder compartment and chest straps, but no waist straps and no camo.  I wanted camo, internal frame, hydration bladder compatible (but I rarely use -- pain in the butt to fill and pack), wide shoulder straps, waist strap, and chest strap.  I also wanted something with plenty of room to spare if need be, or if I want to backpack camp for a night or two with a tent/pad/bag/etc -- I'll get a better backpack for all that next spring.

I found this at my local Walmart for $39.  "Fieldline Alpha OPS Internal Frame Pack."  I like it.  Definitely worth the 39 bones.  Decent thickness of material, and it's sewn pretty heavy duty (despite what the online reviews say).  I wouldn't trust the bottom lashing loops for holding more than a sleeping pad and bag though.  The "internal frame" is basically just an aluminum U-bar -- Nothing fancy but it's there, and removeable also for to bend and fit to the shape of your back or just to totally remove.

I added 2 black lashing straps to the bottom lashing loops.  In the pics below, I usually don't have the 3D LED Maglite on the outside, if I bring it at all.  I just did that for to give scale.  The pack is about 24 inches tall.  This thing expands a ton, and has tons of pockets inside to keep stuff organized.  I add a piece of camo blaze orange cloth on the outside to be legal and safe (along with the use of a blaze orange vest and hat).

http://Walmart.com/ip/Fieldline-Alpha-Ops-Internal-Frame-Pack/21501652

http://Fieldline.com/main/tactical/Alpha-Ops-Internal-Frame-Pack/1/13/44



The tag that came with the backpack lists the following:

- 21.5in x 13.5in x 8.5in
- Extra large main compartment with 3/4 zipper opening
- MOLLE (Modular Lightweight Load-carrying Equipment) locking system
- Velcro name-tape and patch holders
- Side compression straps balance load and give quick access to gear
- Bottom lashing loops to attach bed roll
- Dual grommeted bottom drain holes
- Fleece-lined sunglasses and digital media pouch
- Quick access 2-liter hydration compatible pouch
- Left and right hydration hose ports with velcro closures
- Yoked shoulder strap system with adjustable sternum slider
- Padded waist belt with 1.5 inch webbing strap
- Top front accessory pocket with zipper closure
- Roomy secondary compartment with gear organizer
- Heavy-duty padded handle
- Extra large main compartment with zippered mesh pockets



What's in my hunting backpack (max):

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- camo blaze orange (billed cap, stocking hat, vest, pack cover)
- pellets
- crow calls
- quarters for squirrel calling (x2) (lost my actual squirrel calls)
- paper targets and tacks (in case of re-zeroing)
- pepper spray (goes on shoulder strap, safety off) (I need to get a 'bear-spray' canister w/ holster)
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- ski mask
- mesh camo head cover
- various gloves
- wool blend socks (x2 pairs)
- sunglasses and shooting glasses
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- small 6x8 nylon tarp w/ paracord guylines pre-attached
- heavy duty 4x7 plastic
- paracord
- small aluminum stakes (x8)
- emergency poncho
- emergency blanket
- handkerchief / bandana (x2)
- duct tape (small roll)
- Shoe Goo
- 3-inch galvanized nails (x8) (tons of uses)
- spare AA battery (x2)
- small glow stick
- water purification tablets
- Aleve and Excedrin
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- garbage bag (x5)
- one-gallon ziploc bag (x5)
- latex gloves (x5 pair)
- baby wipes in ziploc bag (x10)
- Altoids tin (fishing line, hooks, luers)
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- small bottle Repel bug repellent (100 DEET for me)
- hand warmers (x4)
- toilet paper
- small bar motel Ivory soap (for washing hands and fish bait)
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- firestarters (x4) (vaseline-soaked cottonballs in empty toilet paper rolls)
- tinder (dryer lint in 1/2 egg carton)
- Zippo & Bic lighter
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- beef jerky or snack
- sunflower seeds
- liquids (2-liter hydration bladder, or 2-liter bottle of water, or 1-liter bottle of water, and/or hot water in large thermos in cold weather, flask)
- small water-filter bottle (empty) (remove filter to make instant coffee)
- instant coffee (powder) & sugar packets
- cigar
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- razor knife
- multitool
- hobo tool
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- 2AA LED Maglite
- 4AAA LED Energizer headlamp
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- 3D LED Maglite (sometimes)
- 4AA AM/FM/Weather Emerson radio (sometimes)
- can of Chunky soup w/ pop-tab (sometimes)
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So, basically the only things I need to remember to bring are:
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- gun
- monopod
- binoculars
- machete (Cold Steel brand 18-inch dual-edge pointed)
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^ I think that's it, lol.  It really doesn't weigh that much unless I pack a complete 2 liters of water and the 3D flashlight.  Waist strap and chest strap help a ton.  Sometimes, hikers wear back supports but I've never tried that yet.

The 3D flashlight and H2O are the heaviest things.  I don't carry the 3D unless I start after 2pm or so.  Sometimes I push it until sunset, and sometimes I put in a good 3 or 5 miles.  If I break both legs and have no cell phone signal (which I usually don't), I'm set though, lol.

Now, I just want a 4th backpack -- a bigger pack for camp-hiking, lol.  I'm looking at the budget-friendly Coleman's at about $80.
http://Coleman.com/Products/25510/Internal-Frame-Backpacks

My local Walmart also has smaller camo Fieldline-brand backpacks, so if you're in the market for something not too pricey, check them out.  This thing is pretty comfortable, even with 2 liters of water and a 3D flashlight.

Ugh, well that's enough typing for me.  Thought I'd share this in case anybody is looking for a larger pack at a reasonable cost.

Happy Hunting, all! (with or without a backpack) :)

Edited (added to list for later reference, lol)
« Last Edit: December 08, 2012, 10:26:15 PM by Airik »

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Re: Backpacks
« Reply #1 on: December 08, 2012, 08:28:35 PM »
This is what I hump.




Offline Airik

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Re: Backpacks
« Reply #2 on: December 08, 2012, 08:51:16 PM »
^ You look ready for some deer or wild boar hunting, @PCP-4-ME :).

Offline GARY T

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Re: Backpacks
« Reply #3 on: December 09, 2012, 11:39:47 AM »
Airik....like your style. Good report
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Offline Airik

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Re: Backpacks
« Reply #4 on: December 20, 2012, 07:00:51 AM »
Why did this get moved from 'Hunting Gate,' to 'Air Gun's And Related Accessories Review Gate?'

Backpacks are hunting.  I would hope to think that the Hunting Gate is not only about posting about game.

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Re: Backpacks
« Reply #5 on: April 19, 2013, 08:24:46 AM »
Sweet rig!
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