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Old 03-03-2013, 2:49 AM
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I'm looking to upgrade my back pack. My current back pack is a swiss brand back. It holds my current BOB and hiking gear, but looking to expand my bug out gear better and need something better for frame support and how much it can hold. Any recommendations?
I plan to use regularly for minimalist style camping and using as my main BOB.
Right now I can afford 100 bucks tops, but if general consensus here requires a bigger budget for a bag I can wait, save, and make do in the mean time.
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Old 03-03-2013, 8:00 AM
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Mountain Laurel Design
Six Moon Design
Borah Gear
Gossamer Gear
Zpacks

And then if your into DIY
RayWay and Gossamer Gear have kits
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Old 03-03-2013, 11:42 AM
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Eberlestock is what I have for my BoB. I have the halftrack. It's heavy (really all heavy duty bags are) but man is it comfy and built like a tank!

I also have a Six Moon Design (Elven Soul mentioned them) that I use for general camping. It's super lightweight (mine is under 2 pounds) but it's not as durable as a tactical/military type pack. So I wouldn't trust it for a BoB.

Both packs have their place and serves a specific purpose for me. I got the Six Moon Design after I took a general camping trip and realized that a 6-7 pound empty pack isn't ideal for a casual camping trip.

Hope that helps.
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Old 03-03-2013, 11:54 AM
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Maxpedition makes some pretty heavy duty rigs.
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Old 03-03-2013, 12:18 PM
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Lot of high end bags out there. I tried for a bit of a budget backpack and went for the Dragon Molle pack. A lot of features and very durable
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Old 03-03-2013, 12:51 PM
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Before you blow any money

Try a hobo bed roll

Lot of youtubes out there on how to make one.

When I go hunting I take a ATV Rifle Scabbard and make my bed roll around it. Then I hook up a old duffle bag shoulder strap to sling it over my shoulder. Works pretty good.
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Old 03-03-2013, 8:39 PM
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I use the Kelty Redwing 50 that I got brand new for $50 from a reputable seller on ebay. It's a HIGHLY rated backpack that will do whatever you need and more and has a lifetime guarantee. Go here or here to read a ton of great reviews of this pack, then go buy it from that link I provided on ebay and save a ton of money. I will be swapping out all my other bags for these. Wish I had heard of these sooner and not spent more money on lesser bags.

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I'll vouch for that kelty posted above. My friend has it and it's a great bag.

They also have a tacticool version of it that's got a bunch of molle straps.
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I guess not many people read he is on a $100 budget.

All great high-end recommendations, most of which are over $100.
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Goruck.com .......period end of thread! Have 2 bags gr1 & gr2 and could not be happier. Built to withstand just about anything and life time guarantee!!!!!! Seriously check out site below and see for yourself.'if you have questions PM me.

https://www.goruck.com/Gear
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Goruck.com .......period end of thread! Have 2 bags gr1 & gr2 and could not be happier. Built to withstand just about anything and life time guarantee!!!!!! Seriously check out site below and see for yourself.'if you have questions PM me.

https://www.goruck.com/Gear
Not only did you not read the first post, you didn't even read the one right before yours. He wants to spend $100 or less not $3-400.
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I occupy two different camps, ultralight and bushcraft. Within the Ultralight camp, I recommend packs by Granite Gear, GoLite, and Gossamer Gear. If I am in a bushcrafty state of mind, wool blankets and axes and such, then it is Frost River all the way. Some of my packs are Duluth, but from before the takeover. Many times, my bushcraft and ultralight methods overlap, and I trot out the canvas pack and all the rest is ultralight gear.

Either way, I avoid packs that I perceive as over-engineered. Eberelstock and Maxpedtion are two good examples.
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Old 03-04-2013, 7:44 AM
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Today only 3/4/13, REIs deal of the day is a black diamond backpack for 59.00. I believe it holds 27L.
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I occupy two different camps, ultralight and bushcraft. Within the Ultralight camp, I recommend packs by Granite Gear, GoLite, and Gossamer Gear. If I am in a bushcrafty state of mind, wool blankets and axes and such, then it is Frost River all the way. Some of my packs are Duluth, but from before the takeover. Many times, my bushcraft and ultralight methods overlap, and I trot out the canvas pack and all the rest is ultralight gear.

Either way, I avoid packs that I perceive as over-engineered. Eberelstock and Maxpedtion are two good examples.
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If you are into UL. Check the GoLite website. You can get a 50L Jam pack for just about $100. Weight is around 2 pounds. Hard to beat on a budget, but this is not for humping around more than 25-30 pounds.
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Old 03-04-2013, 8:05 AM
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LA Police Gear sells a couple of "good" packs for $30 (42L) and $45 (47L). I've used both.
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Old 03-04-2013, 8:19 AM
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Sandpiper of California makes some good bags.
http://shop.sandpiperca.com/index.php/gear-packs.html

I have their black BOB. You gan find them cheaper then on their web site, think I paid around 72 bucks IIRC.

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Old 03-04-2013, 9:43 AM
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Made in USA backpack.

http://duluthpack.com/school-campus/...-backpack.html

Spend a bit more for quality. I bought a 5.11 tactical backpack and 1 year later it is falling apart. It can't take heavy abuse.
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I guess not many people read he is on a $100 budget.

All great high-end recommendations, most of which are over $100.
I got my Six Moons pack on ebay lightly used for right at $105 and you can actually get some of the high end packs used for that price as well. I've been Eberlestock for around that but those are much harder to find. Still worth looking.
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There's a lot of different packs that are out there, but another thing you may want to look at are Wildland Firefighter Packs; during my off-season my True-North Pack Doubles as a rudimentary go-bag.

Though out of your price-range, this pack is great at weight distribution and general comfort. There's enough space to fit a little bit of 'errything in the back, large and small. There's a small Molle-Attachment as well, for you to carry additional supplies. Likewise, it's essentially fully-adjustable to the user.

http://www.supplycache.com/prodinfo....mber=603-92651
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French F1 used by Jack B on show 24...go for around $30 tops

The Polish Puma Packs are very nice and go for around $25 they expand to 50L and only weigh 2lbs (this is a eastern block knock off of the French F1)

The best if you can find a real Italian made one as opposed to a China one is the
Italian Alpine Pack 35L do the strap mod and cut off the stock straps and replace with US Alice straps.
This pack is super water proof... see them going for $30

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Get a Kelty Redwing. You won't regret it. It's in your budget and it easily does what the more expensive bags its size do.

I actually wrote an article on my blog explaining how to choose a backpack for bugging out/backpacking.
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Check out the Mountainsmith Lumbar Packs
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military bags on ebay imo. Good nuff for war good enough for me preparing for one. Many under $50.
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I have one of these. Not sure if you can find cheaper.

http://www.uscav.com/productinfo.asp...=16985&tabid=1
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My opinion, you get what you pay for. Save the cash, buy quality gear. Buy a crappy bag three times, or a good one once. I personally have an OLD Berghaus AB systems ruck that is well traveled and abused, still going strong. Their new packs are somewhat pricey, and generally have to be delivered from England, however they do perform.
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REI has pretty good day packs. I have one in my truck.

For everyday use, I rely on the old, reliable LC1, Medium, ALICE pack...without frame.
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