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#78435 - 11/30/06 07:31 PM What do you think of this bag?
Albireo Offline

Registered: 11/29/06
Posts: 19
I'm putting together a survival kit and need a bag to put it all in. I'm thinking of using one of these bags . This kit would be something I can grap and take on camping trips, day hiking, etc. What do you think about using this bag? Know of another, better suited bag?


#78436 - 11/30/06 07:42 PM Re: What do you think of this bag?
NeighborBill Offline

Registered: 03/02/03
Posts: 385
Loc: Oklahoma City
I've got several of these. Fully loaded, they tend not to hang from the strap properly. They're OK, but I think a decent fanny pack setup would be more comfortable to lug around.
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#78437 - 11/30/06 07:56 PM Re: What do you think of this bag?
Simon Offline

Registered: 04/24/06
Posts: 398
Loc: Tennessee
Albireo, are you going to carry this kit on the outside of a backpack or daypack, etc, or put it inside of it?
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#78438 - 11/30/06 08:10 PM Re: What do you think of this bag?
cedfire Offline

Registered: 07/10/03
Posts: 659
Loc: Orygun
I was in the same boat a couple of years ago, trying to find the answer to the "which bag" question.

Take a look at Maxpedition and Spec-Ops Brand. Both make some good bags, pouches, packs, organizers, etc. Plenty of dividers, pockets, and elastic loops to have a place for everything.


Some of their items aren't cheap, but I wish I had known about them in the beginning. Would have saved money in the long run.

Also, another good place for gear is TAD Gear and CountyComm:

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#78439 - 11/30/06 09:03 PM Re: What do you think of this bag?
Albireo Offline

Registered: 11/29/06
Posts: 19
Albireo, are you going to carry this kit on the outside of a backpack or daypack, etc, or put it inside of it?

I'd put it inside. If I used this particular bag, I would remove the shoulder strap.

cedfire Thanks, I'll check out those links

#78440 - 12/01/06 12:03 AM Re: What do you think of this bag?
Todd W Offline
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Registered: 11/14/04
Posts: 1928
Loc: Mountains of CA
Maxpedition bag here.. Love it super strong and great waterproof/resitence.
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#78441 - 12/01/06 01:46 AM Re: What do you think of this bag?
OldBaldGuy Offline

Registered: 09/30/01
Posts: 5695
Loc: Former AFB in CA, recouping fr...
I also think that the bulk of this bag, just because of the way it is built, will be a real pain for you in the long run. While not as easy to locate stuff in, a single compartment bag will hold the same amount of gear in a smaller size...

#78442 - 12/01/06 01:46 AM Re: What do you think of this bag?
big_al Offline

Registered: 01/04/06
Posts: 586
Loc: 20mi east of San Diego
I just recived my Mountiansmith Day Pack, which can be a Lumbar pack or a small back pack 1000 cu.in. interior storage with water bottles. I like you checked all over before buying it. check out www.mountiansmith.com
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Not me, I want people to know "why" I look this way
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#78443 - 12/01/06 02:35 AM Re: What do you think of this bag?
Nicodemus Offline

Registered: 10/30/05
Posts: 1341
Loc: Virginia, US
I have my first aid kit in one of those M-3 Medic Bags, divided up into categories in seperate aloksak bags, and while I thought it would be a great set-up in theory, in practice it turned out to be a bit of a hassle.

All of the zipped compartments are a pain to dig through if they're even moderately full. If you're not planning on stuffing the bag to the gills (is that a mixed metaphor?), you might be happy with it.

As someone else noted, the bag tends to hang awkwardly from the shoulder strap, but since you're not planning on using it, you're fine there.

A bag that zips open with the "box lid" design may allow you to browse the contents without unpacking them and if it's comparmentalized as well might work better.

In the end, whether it's a PSK or FAK, I prefer to be able to leave the contents I'm not in immediate need of in the container while retrieving what I do need rather than have to dig everything out and repack.

Maybe I'm looking for a man-purse instead... <img src="/images/graemlins/tongue.gif" alt="" />

If you do buy one, check ebay. I got one there for cheaper than most places listed online.
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#78444 - 12/01/06 03:57 AM Re: What do you think of this bag?
91gdub Offline

Registered: 11/12/06
Posts: 172
Loc: South Jersey (the 51st state)
Is your plan to use this as a BOB? If so, I think it's a bit too small.
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