- Does not interfere with shouldering a rifle.
- Fairly tough design and construction.
- Easily accessible without unhooking and dropping the pack. (This is all about magazine changes and water while I am moving)
- Semi muted coloring. (no dayglow green, etc.)
- Enough space to carry what I regard as the essentials for a full day out:
- 2ish Liters of water
- Shelter (currently a 5 X 7 tarp)
- First Aid Kit
- Emergency Kit
- Food for 8 hours (usually 3 chunks of jerky and a granola bar or two)
- Cordage (6 - 4' 550 cord)
- a cup and small heater for making instant Starbucks. :)
About 2 months ago I picked up this bag... OD Green, garden variety Jumbo Versipack. I flirted with Condor and other knockoffs but the durability associated with the constrction I have observed in the Maxpedition bags has been superb and the $20 savings just wasn't enough to move away from them.
It turns out that the waist strap can be adjusted to fit someone beyond the 130 lb waif Maxpedition uses as a design target. I ordered some footage of 1" Polypropylene webbing and modified the existing configuration. Now it works like a charm. In two field tests, each of a day's length, I have had minimal issues with achieving the functionality I am looking for this with this pack. The shoulder strap can get annoying around th collar area but with some adjusting, it works.
The load out wound up like this on my last trip...
I have three more test runs with this set up planned before the official season kicks off. I have some minor tweaks for ground cover and some other stuff but I think this just about set. I'll post up more as I go.