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Looking to purchase a good outdoor pack. It would be for hiking, hunting, general off the beaten path activities. I am thinking of either the 5.11 rush 72 or a similar sized pack from Maxpedition. I have a friend with the smaller rush 24 and he says really good things about it. I have no personal experience with any maxpedition stuff but have always read good things about them hear and else where.

So any help on which route I should take, any other similar packs that are worth looking into?
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ALICE.

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The Hobbit;162104 Wrote:Looking to purchase a good outdoor pack. It would be for hiking, hunting, general off the beaten path activities. I am thinking of either the 5.11 rush 72 or a similar sized pack from Maxpedition. I have a friend with the smaller rush 24 and he says really good things about it. I have no personal experience with any maxpedition stuff but have always read good things about them hear and else where.

So any help on which route I should take, any other similar packs that are worth looking into?

That are good choices, and no disrespect to gixxer, but you won't be happy with an alice.

I have a review on a rush on this forum somewhere. I liked it, but the tactical look wore on me. All of my packs, including my EDC get home bag, are now more "normal."

The packs I'm using now;

EDC: Vertx EDC Gamut.

Day hiking: Osprey Stratos 36.

Multi-day backpacking: Osprey Aether 70.


I did a few reviews of different packs on this forum, and I originally set out to have 1 or 2 packs that would do double or triple duty, but I found it impossible to find a "jack of all trades" type of pack, and eventually ended up with the list above. Additionally, my Rush, which nicely designed and rugged enough, didn't carry nearly as well as a pack designed specifically for hiking or backpacking. Hence, I separated my EDC from my day hiking pack.

The Vertx EDC Gamut is new to me..., in fact, it's still sitting here with tags as I've yet to have time to load it out. There will be a review in due time.

I'm a gear junky so I may go through several variations before finally settling, but I've settled on my Ospreys because they are kick ass packs for what they're designed to do.


The TLDR version: You might not want one "do it all" pack. If you do, then I think there are better options than those you listed if you plan on hiking/hunting with them.

Justin
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JustinHEMI;162108 Wrote:
The Hobbit;162104 Wrote:Looking to purchase a good outdoor pack. It would be for hiking, hunting, general off the beaten path activities. I am thinking of either the 5.11 rush 72 or a similar sized pack from Maxpedition. I have a friend with the smaller rush 24 and he says really good things about it. I have no personal experience with any maxpedition stuff but have always read good things about them hear and else where.

So any help on which route I should take, any other similar packs that are worth looking into?

That are good choices, and no disrespect to gixxer, but you won't be happy with an alice.

I have a review on a rush on this forum somewhere. I liked it, but the tactical look wore on me. All of my packs, including my EDC get home bag, are now more "normal."

The packs I'm using now;

EDC: Vertx EDC Gamut.

Day hiking: Osprey Stratos 36.

Multi-day backpacking: Osprey Aether 70.


I did a few reviews of different packs on this forum, and I originally set out to have 1 or 2 packs that would do double or triple duty, but I found it impossible to find a "jack of all trades" type of pack, and eventually ended up with the list above. Additionally, my Rush, which nicely designed and rugged enough, didn't carry nearly as well as a pack designed specifically for hiking or backpacking. Hence, I separated my EDC from my day hiking pack.

The Vertx EDC Gamut is new to me..., in fact, it's still sitting here with tags as I've yet to have time to load it out. There will be a review in due time.

I'm a gear junky so I may go through several variations before finally settling, but I've settled on my Ospreys because they are kick ass packs for what they're designed to do.


The TLDR version: You might not want one "do it all" pack. If you do, then I think there are better options than those you listed if you plan on hiking/hunting with them.

Justin

You were just the man I was hoping to have chime in. I have read several of the reviews on packs you have done. Yeah I am not quite sure if I want the Tactical look yet or not. Ill check Osprey out.
As for the one pack thing, I figure this as a starting point. Get one big pack for now because I dont quite know the particulars of what I want just yet. That and the whole just graduating in may means I am on a bit of a budget so just one for now and expand.

Gixxer thanks for the suggestion but I dont think an ALICE pack is what i want.
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In that case I think your choices would suit you fine..., assuming that you don't mind the tactical look. Osprey can be pricey as well, but they're known for their quality and customer service. Check out that vertx EDC gamut too..., they have a slightly larger version..., I think the "EDC" market is finally catching up with what people really want and NEED for EDC..., and the gamut, on first blush, looks like it could be a versatile all around pack. And it isn't "tactical" looking.

Justin

ETA, I just looked at my gamut again, getting ready to load it, and I just realized that I did get the "plus" version. I got it for 20% off using coupon code EDCBAGS14..., I'm not sure if it is still valid or not.

http://www.wearvertx.com/EDC-GAMUT-PLUS-...N-BAG.aspx

Justin
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L.o.L.

Alice packs. Largely responsible for the back pain I have today. Dumb flaps and straps all over but nothing stays cinched tight, and all the loops and such get completely tangled in any kind of brush.

A purpose built hiker's pack with ergonomic frame for a large pack, and a good "patrol pack" for 1 to 2 days afield. Pay more, get more.

If I had any other advice, it would be "modular". Small patrol pack plus medium gear pack that combine into large full on pack.
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I was gonna say Jansport but I hadn't realized I wasn't even playing in the same league here.

Carry on...
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JustinHEMI;162110 Wrote:In that case I think your choices would suit you fine..., assuming that you don't mind the tactical look. Osprey can be pricey as well, but they're known for their quality and customer service. Check out that vertx EDC gamut too..., they have a slightly larger version..., I think the "EDC" market is finally catching up with what people really want and NEED for EDC..., and the gamut, on first blush, looks like it could be a versatile all around pack. And it isn't "tactical" looking.

Justin

ETA, I just looked at my gamut again, getting ready to load it, and I just realized that I did get the "plus" version. I got it for 20% off using coupon code EDCBAGS14..., I'm not sure if it is still valid or not.

http://www.wearvertx.com/EDC-GAMUT-PLUS-...N-BAG.aspx

Justin

Thanks Justin, While I dont mind the tactical look it is a little over board on the 5.11, the Maxpeditions seem slightly more toned down. Considering my car just shit the bed I guess I have some more time to research now.

Ten*K;162111 Wrote:L.o.L.

Alice packs. Largely responsible for the back pain I have today. Dumb flaps and straps all over but nothing stays cinched tight, and all the loops and such get completely tangled in any kind of brush.

A purpose built hiker's pack with ergonomic frame for a large pack, and a good "patrol pack" for 1 to 2 days afield. Pay more, get more.

If I had any other advice, it would be "modular". Small patrol pack plus medium gear pack that combine into large full on pack.

Any advice on a particular modular pack?
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I just loaded up my Vertx Gamut plus, and I must say, first impressions are great. I'm glad I got the plus because this "extreme" cold weather that we've had, made me realize that I needed to add a few more things to my GHB for winter months. It fit everything perfectly. I don't like lap top sleeves, but it doesn't seem to interfere with my gear like in some other packs I've tried. The velcro panels in the EDC section worked perfectly for putting a holster and mag carrier.

I will have a proper review in the coming months, but I think this one will prove to be an EDC keeper. Lot's of room for a variety of activities.

http://youtu.be/J8oPWyEKhgI


Justin
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I have a 5.11 covrt 18 that lives in my car as an emergency pack or get home bag. I chose it because of the conceal carry pocket and the fact that it does not have a tactical look. I've attached a velcro tactical style holster inside the concealed carry pocket. I'm not a fan of off body carry but it has served me well for storing my sidearm overnight in a couple hotels while on vacation.

I also have a 5.11 Rush 24 that has become my competition shooting bag. The Rush I think has superior storage both in size and compartment layout. As you guys have already pointed out though there is no hiding the tactical look with this pack.

I bought my wife a Maxpedition Jumbo Versipack for Christmas which she is now using as her every day carry aka purse. She loves it. I have not been allowed to look at it much but it seems to be of very high quality.
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