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#7290627 - 01/09/13 02:28 PM Re: So what backpack? [Re: Wrongside]
Kach Offline
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I just picked up an ILBE - I paid $90 shipped in supposed good condition with the assault pack included as well. I'm hoping it works out for me. I think it will be pretty cool for the money. At that price, I won't worry about it too much even if it only becomes a backup/lend-out bag.

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#7290840 - 01/09/13 03:19 PM Re: So what backpack? [Re: Kach]
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Ya i think im going to add the assault pack as well. For a day pack and attach it to the back of the ILBE.

With the molle attachments the possibilies are endless.

I know its not kuiu/sitka cool, but if it works....thats way cooler.

Plus i got an inside line on discounted First Lite merino wool gear, so that will add to the cool factor lol

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#7290957 - 01/09/13 03:46 PM Re: So what backpack? [Re: JWP58]
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Pretty cool ideas if you check out all of the youtube videos. I'm probably going to pick up a sustainment pouch and try to mod it with some padding for a spotting scope. I'm also thinking I'll use the assault pack as a daypack if I like it. You really can get attachments for just about anything!

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#7293733 - 01/10/13 08:40 AM Re: So what backpack? [Re: Kach]
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I'm loving the "get er done" drift of this thread. High end gear is a luxury, not a necessity. Plenty of durable stuff out there for less. I saw a group of high school kids several miles in up near timberline in the Olympics one time outfitted with mostly mil surplus. They were in misery with their ALICE frames, but having the time of their lives. There's a lesson in that. Lots of guys who are brand snobs are that way to reinforce their own sense of efficacy.

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#7293840 - 01/10/13 09:06 AM Re: So what backpack? [Re: evanhill]
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Evan - what is the latest on the new HPG pack? Last I heard was release backed up to January, but I haven't dug through your forum in awhile.

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#7293899 - 01/10/13 09:24 AM Re: So what backpack? [Re: JFKinYK]
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I have been looking for an excuse to post this:


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#7294172 - 01/10/13 10:30 AM Re: So what backpack? [Re: Big_W]
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I will say I watched the video yesterday and the pack looks very well done. I'm curious about a few things that probably require looking at it. Perhaps I can see one at the HPG world headquarters someday smile

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#7294267 - 01/10/13 10:56 AM Re: So what backpack? [Re: evanhill]
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Originally Posted By: evanhill
I'm loving the "get er done" drift of this thread. High end gear is a luxury, not a necessity. Plenty of durable stuff out there for less. I saw a group of high school kids several miles in up near timberline in the Olympics one time outfitted with mostly mil surplus. They were in misery with their ALICE frames, but having the time of their lives. There's a lesson in that. Lots of guys who are brand snobs are that way to reinforce their own sense of efficacy.


I have been guilty of that and probably still am. You can say that lightweight gear that costs more money does make you more efficient though. I like this line too from Calvin: "As far as gear goes.. The poorer (or cheaper) you are, the tougher you need to be."

I bought an old McHale pack for $20 a couple months ago. This pack is so bombproof and comfortable. The stays in it are worth 20 bucks. It is purple though so its getting some spray paint. Dan McHale advises people not to even bother buying his old "2 bolt" style exp. packs. I would not hesitate to pick one up and try it out if the price is right. See, I am not so elitist grin .

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#7294381 - 01/10/13 11:21 AM Re: So what backpack? [Re: evanhill]
Take_a_knee Online   content
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Originally Posted By: evanhill
. Lots of guys who are brand snobs are that way to reinforce their own sense of efficacy.


Even us HPG fans?

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#7294479 - 01/10/13 11:45 AM Re: So what backpack? [Re: Take_a_knee]
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Originally Posted By: Take_a_knee
Originally Posted By: evanhill
. Lots of guys who are brand snobs are that way to reinforce their own sense of efficacy.


Even us HPG fans?


Bless the folks paying my bills, but yes I'm sure some of our customers fall in that camp. Hopefully not too many of them though.

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