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Looking for a good backpack for bug out, is this one good...?

 
czygyny
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Looking for a good backpack for bug out, is this one good...?
Since I am short on cash I have been looking at Craigslist for a good used backpack.

I've come across this Osprey Argon 85 for $250-OBO, and the size is Large. I see that the price is good but I know absolutely nothing about backpacks...will this one be the right size for an average size/height women?

Where is a good website I can go to to learn how to adjust it properly? 1dunno1

Any other recommendations on what to look for. I'd rather not use the duffels I have, but something I can carry out my things on my back.
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Re: Looking for a good backpack for bug out, is this one good...?
Hi, it's good to have a good backpack but I would have a hard time justifying $250 for ANY backpack unless you are relatively well off and have all your preps in place etc.
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Re: Looking for a good backpack for bug out, is this one good...?
I special ordered my backpack from Europe. It's 100% waterproof down to 20 meters. I'll start a thread soon about most of my special bug out gear. All in all, it looks like a good bag on the surface, but I'll give you more info in a minute.

Price is the best part about that deal, especially if you can talk it under $200 (and the backpack is still in good condition). Usually that pack goes for $300-$400.

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Re: Looking for a good backpack for bug out, is this one good...?
You should probably get a medium or even small pack, unless you are very strong. You could use a large pack, but if you fill it with heavy stuff, you won't be able to carry it far unless you practice and train a lot.
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Re: Looking for a good backpack for bug out, is this one good...?
Price is too high and you don't want a pack that's too large. You'll get exhausted very quickly lugging that kind of weight around.
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Re: Looking for a good backpack for bug out, is this one good...?
Argon 85 is a man's pack and would be too big for you in a size large unless you have a twenty inch or more size torso.

You should go to an outfitter such as REI and get fitted.

At the minimum, you should have your torso length measured and make sure you buy a pack size for that length.
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Re: Looking for a good backpack for bug out, is this one good...?
For that price order a Maxpedition pack. I use them for hiking and they are very well made.

[link to www.maxpedition.com]

My hiking partner has a Tactical Taylor pack and they seem to be pretty close in quality but the Maxpedition is cheaper.
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Re: Looking for a good backpack for bug out, is this one good...?
first step is to get this book, everything you would ever need to know:

[link to www.amazon.com]

once you know what you want, keep searching craigslist

this place has great deals:

[link to www.campmor.com]

you should be able to get a backpack,stove,water purifier for about that same price
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Re: Looking for a good backpack for bug out, is this one good...?
burlap, twine/rope, needle.
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Re: Looking for a good backpack for bug out, is this one good...?
first step is to get this book, everything you would ever need to know:

[link to www.amazon.com]

once you know what you want, keep searching craigslist

this place has great deals:

[link to www.campmor.com]

you should be able to get a backpack,stove,water purifier for about that same price
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That was very helpful malu hf
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Re: Looking for a good backpack for bug out, is this one good...?
get a small bag and only carry absolute essentials...if you are not used to carrying around 100 lbs...you won't need any bag for long anyway because you'll be dead.

you know what...I'm not going to even bother...if you have to bug out just kill yourself...your not going to make it.
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Re: Looking for a good backpack for bug out, is this one good...?
It's perfect! All the suspension parts are replaceable if it doesn't fit like a charm. Ospreys are comfortable and built well. And if you have to bug out, you have to carry water, food and a change of clothes. If you carry enough water in that kind of situation, and can't go to 7-11, you'll be glad you have a big one. I have an osprey now, and have had them in the past. I've bought lesser packs as well and regretted it. I have the pack just below the argon right now, I would have gotten that if I could afforded it, but they are pricey. Anyway, mine doesn't hold as much, but this spring I hitched into the desert carrying way more than stated capacity, and went climbing and scorpion hunting, and it held up great. No balance issues, no digging into my shoulders. I highly recommend big Ospreys, and I lived out of backpacks for over 10 years. Great choice! You won't regret it if you ever need it.

The worse part will be the jealousy of everyone else.

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Re: Looking for a good backpack for bug out, is this one good...?
Kelty Cougar or Kelty Redwing.
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Re: Looking for a good backpack for bug out, is this one good...?
Kelty Cougar or Kelty Redwing.
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Re: Looking for a good backpack for bug out, is this one good...?
just want to add, your highest chance for survival, in most cases, is to shelter in place. if your intention is to just camp, you will certainly learn some valuable skills and knowledge

the easiest way to carry a lot of gear, is on a bike. look at photos of war refugees
"By way of deception, thou shalt do war."

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Fork over the dough!! It's well worth it when you have a waterproof RUC that displaces the weight correctly!!
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Re: Looking for a good backpack for bug out, is this one good...?
[link to sacramento.craigslist.org]

[link to sacramento.craigslist.org]

[link to sacramento.craigslist.org]

Here is a sampling of Sacramento craigslist backpacks for sale.
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Re: Looking for a good backpack for bug out, is this one good...?
This is a no Phuckin Around Pack Here.

[link to www.uspatriottactical.com]
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Re: Looking for a good backpack for bug out, is this one good...?
army surplus....has a nice selection
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Re: Looking for a good backpack for bug out, is this one good...?
Check out the Burton Snowboards Backpacks as well
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Re: Looking for a good backpack for bug out, is this one good...?
I liked a Gregory Fury pack during my years on the trail crew. Talk about putting a bag through hell. Some people had Ospreys and many other brands. Comfort and utility have to come first and second. You want to keep your head about you and the last thing you need is to be distracted by gear problems from quality or poor fit.
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Re: Looking for a good backpack for bug out, is this one good...?
just want to add, your highest chance for survival, in most cases, is to shelter in place. if your intention is to just camp, you will certainly learn some valuable skills and knowledge

the easiest way to carry a lot of gear, is on a bike. look at photos of war refugees
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Malu, my home provisions are set, but in the event that I have to leave this place forever, I want to be outfitted well enough to take the barest yet dearest essentials, possibly on foot, although I do have a good mountain bike.

I am considering more of a situation where the area will need to be evacuated and I will be moving quite far away although I want to be ready for just camping out. I have good enough skills for that.

I was also thinking of building a cart that is easy to pull to hold even more, but then ditching it along with less essentials if need be.

And to those who want me to just give up and die--you are quite welcome to do that yourself, but I am a survivor and a fighter and there is a task yet appointed to me---kiss off.

Attitude will count for a lot in the times ahead. You may have all the skills and provisions at your fingertips but if you have no courage nor determination to see it through no matter what, then you are screwed. I am not afraid to die but I'm certainly not going to sit passively and let it nab me.
Kletos, Eklektos & Pistos
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Re: Looking for a good backpack for bug out, is this one good...?
I liked a Gregory Fury pack during my years on the trail crew. Talk about putting a bag through hell. Some people had Ospreys and many other brands. Comfort and utility have to come first and second. You want to keep your head about you and the last thing you need is to be distracted by gear problems from quality or poor fit.
 Quoting: orby

plus uno
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Re: Looking for a good backpack for bug out, is this one good...?
For that price order a Maxpedition pack. I use them for hiking and they are very well made.

[link to www.maxpedition.com]

My hiking partner has a Tactical Taylor pack and they seem to be pretty close in quality but the Maxpedition is cheaper.
 Quoting: PNW2010 945664


Second the Maxpedition.
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Re: Looking for a good backpack for bug out, is this one good...?
I liked a Gregory Fury pack
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My gregory fell apart. :(
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Re: Looking for a good backpack for bug out, is this one good...?
Sometimes you can find really good deals in the clearance section at REI:

[link to www.rei.com]
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Re: Looking for a good backpack for bug out, is this one good...?
Check out the Military Surplus MOLLE packs and componets. Nice packs for $49.98.
[link to www.armygear.net]
[link to www.cheaperthandirt.com]
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Re: Looking for a good backpack for bug out, is this one good...?
A set of webbing can carry a good amount of stuff. Then you could cache your heavy pack somewhere and scout around or forage, whatever, much more lightweight.

Of course there is the problem that if you wear webbing, you might look like a soldier.
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Re: Looking for a good backpack for bug out, is this one good...?
OP I just read the you are female. REI currently has the Osprey Ariel 65 Pack - Women's on clearance for $139.93 - original price was $249:

[link to www.rei.com]

Under the customer reviews it's got a 4.3 out of 5 with 36 reviews.

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Re: Looking for a good backpack for bug out, is this one good...?
I liked a Gregory Fury pack


My gregory fell apart. :(
 Quoting: OilAwakening



Mine actually requires some repair as well. A plastic buckle broke and I can't find the same size anywhere plus the mesh bottle pocket is trashed. Nothing like wearing out a back pack! You got to be proud of that.
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Re: Looking for a good backpack for bug out, is this one good...?
For bug-out, probably an external frame pack is best choice. If money is tight, check Salvation Army and Goodwill for Kelty or CampTrails. Have gotten excellent packs for under $10 at resales....

Not a whole lot of realism if you're planning to bug-out on foot; UNLESS you are going someplace in particular where there is gear, eqpt, and supplies to meet your needs. You could transport gear fairly well with a frame with a fold-down shelf.

Spend some time resaling and see what turns up. Good idea to have a couple of daypacks and maybe an internal frame pack as well. If you have a mountain bike, you could likely rig up some kind of frame to lash packs to the bike and that way push the bike with several packs mounted onboard.

If you intend to bug-out to some kind of wilderness area, maybe you should consider putting out caches and pre-positioning them, at least food & water etc to meet your needs on the trail.

A big sedan or truck, especially a full size Suburban makes a great Bug-Out vehicle since you can sleep in it. Take a set of tire chains and you can likely go anywhere.

Good luck!

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