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edc backpack recommendations

Discussion in 'Gadgets & Gear' started by four_shore, Apr 28, 2012.

  1. four_shore

    four_shore

    Oct 21, 2010
    I've tried out a few different types of edc backpacks including maxped, victorinox, kifaru, various nike bags and 511.

    Unfortunately none of these have really made the cut for me (i find myself being very picky about an edc bag).

    I'm basically looking for some recommendations outside of the bags that i've already mentioned.

    When i say edc backpack i'm referring to something on the small to medium size and not a giant bug out bag.

    So, what are you guys using?
     
  2. secondechomatt

    secondechomatt

    59
    Apr 13, 2012
    I typically rotate a new one every year. I've had great success with a maxped falconII, a kifaru xray, tad gear lightspeed and a couple of the 5.11 bags. My current edc is a hazard 4 messenger bag.
     
  3. CubistHamster

    CubistHamster

    227
    Feb 25, 2008
    I've been using a Maxped Pygmy Falcon II for about 5 years. Thinking about picking up a Tom Bihn Synapse just to try something new.
     
  4. PropThePolecat

    PropThePolecat

    Jan 31, 2009
    Osprey Talon 22

    Pic from Google:

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  5. trldad

    trldad

    399
    Aug 19, 2003
    Four_Shore
    I am going to go with polecat and recommend you check out Osprey, as well as Camelback, and Badlands packs. I don't know what features you are looking for but these are very highly regarded makers. Very well made Packs. Badlands is more oriented to hunting so they are mostly camo'ed. Camelback you can go either way with the military versions or multicolored civilian versions like Osprey.
    Good Luck in your search
    trldad
     
  6. four_shore

    four_shore

    Oct 21, 2010
    thanks for the responses.

    i'm going to look into those mentioned. in the mean time, keep the recommendations coming.
     
  7. crossada

    crossada

    May 16, 2004
    I know you said you tried Kifaru already but did you try the Xray? This pack is much larger than I normally used such as Kifraru Tailgunner and Camelbak Mule but it cinches down pretty flat. The extra room does come in handy sometimes.
     
  8. crossada

    crossada

    May 16, 2004
    Forgot to mention I tried a Frost River traditional pack too. These are great bags with the canvas and leather. They have several that would work as an edc bag.
     
  9. four_shore

    four_shore

    Oct 21, 2010
    didn't try the x-ray but i had an E&E with tons of add ons. i'm just looking for some new suggestions.

    i've been checking out all of the ones mentioned and it is appreciated.

    the tom bihn synapse does look pretty nice. i'll check out some frost rivers now.


    thanks
     
  10. panzertroop

    panzertroop Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 8, 2008
    What do you plan to carry in it??
     
  11. four_shore

    four_shore

    Oct 21, 2010
    basic edc items.

    SAK, flashlight, a sharpmaker, small first aid kit, pens, rite in the rain, hand sanitizer, wallet, phone and other miscellaneous things.
     
  12. Mossyhorn

    Mossyhorn Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 6, 2009
    Check out the 511 Rush 12 or 24 pack. They're about the right size and have a lot of pockets in it for assorted gear. I have a 511 MOAB 10 sling pack that is the best sling style pack I've ever used.
     
    Last edited: Apr 29, 2012
  13. four_shore

    four_shore

    Oct 21, 2010
    i was strongly considering the 511 rush 12. im just exploring all options at this point.

    thanks
     
  14. MrApple

    MrApple

    89
    Mar 4, 2012
    Give a look at the many color variations of the Kelty MAP 3500. Fairly decent prices at http://www.amronintl.com/kelty-map-3500-three-day-assault-pack.html. The pack is 2300 cubic inches and the majority of it is constructed of 500 denier. Some people love the 1000 denier that Maxpedition uses but I feel that it is simply too unforgiving for a backpack. You might as well carry a plastic box on your back. The Kelty MAP 3500 may be too large to carry everyday and everywhere, but it does have its place for the prepared. I have set up one of these bags, stocked with survival items in the trunks of both mine and my wife's cars. These are not Bug-Out bags but Get-Home bags. We both work around 30 minutes from home (by driving) and if something catastrophic happened (EMP attack) it would easily take us a day to 2 1/2 days to walk back home. I picked the ocean gray color in hopes that it would blend in and look like just another over sized school backpack to those walking unprepared around us. If this pack is a little too big for your needs then take a look at the Kelty Peregrine 29 backpack (1800 cu in; available in black, tan, brown, ACU; also available from www.amronintl.com). These packs are tough, have lots of great storage options, come in great "greyman approach" colors, all the while not shouting to surrounding world that the backpack's wearer is overly prepared, paramilitary, or worthy of robbing. Give these 2 a look; you won't be disappointed.
     
  15. CubistHamster

    CubistHamster

    227
    Feb 25, 2008
    I've got an X-Ray, but I'd recommend against it as an EDC pack. I love Kifaru, and they make great stuff for very specific purposes. The downside to that is that it takes a fair amount of work to get your pack dialed in for optimum performance. I like an EDC pack that I can just grab-and-go, without having to worry about making adjustments. The X-Ray is just a little too complex for that to work.

    As always, YMMV.
     
  16. panzertroop

    panzertroop Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 8, 2008
    Rush 12 would be perfect for the amount you carrying
     
  17. four_shore

    four_shore

    Oct 21, 2010
    that's what i was thinking. unless some new suggestions come in, it's between the rush 12 and the tom bihn synapse.

    i'm leaning more toward the synapse....
     
  18. untamed

    untamed

    Jan 7, 2003
  19. four_shore

    four_shore

    Oct 21, 2010
    goruck has some pretty impressive packs. i'm interested....
     
  20. bladeknot

    bladeknot Gold Member Gold Member Dealer / Materials Provider

    Feb 14, 2011
    Eagle Creek. Best customer service, lifetime warrantee, strong, light, do everything, go everywhere. Back Office and wit are good models.
     
    Last edited: May 2, 2012

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