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Not too sure what these bags are called but I'd really like to find one made by a reputable company.

They are sort of a satchel or messenger bag with only one strap with the bag normally resting just above your hip.

I've been using a cheap Chinese one and really like the concept for when I go for a walk up the river fishing or a quick couple of hour hunt.

Something like this: http://www.sportsmansguide.com/product/index/cactus-jack-sidewinder-sling-bag?a=1809757

Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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I used to deliver newspapers after school way back when the printing press was invented
There was no better mousetrap designed for carring a load that you had to access often.Sunday papers were heavy,and would strain my neck/back but the load got lighter each house.
The one you linked has way too many compartments for my taste,a simple open bag with a flap should be fine for a 2 hour trip-can't recommend onything on the market now,but just a simple,sturdy design that has easy acess would be my choice.
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Whats wrong with the bag you are looking at?
Or...go to Maxpedition , but plan on spending a lot more.
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Just get that bag and fix it up. Seam seal/lock every stitch inside and out after an outing or two with a load. Do the stress points twice. Maybe buy some good zippers and replacement Velcro to have on hand to sew in when the stock stuff blows out. You might consider gusseting stress points if they look weak.

Personally the one strap packs suck. They put all the load on only one shoulder, use a regular pack with one strap and alternated the side you carry it on.
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I use a simple oilcloth haversack for short hikes & just wandering around in the woods (or in the city).



The small belt pouch sits in there until I need to put it on my belt.

Due to its size it would be pretty hard for me to get an uncomfortable amount of weight in it but that's why I like it.
I'm not one of "those guys" who take a whole room full of stuff with me on a dayhike so this one works well for me.

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Personally the one strap packs suck. They put all the load on only one shoulder, use a regular pack with one strap and alternated the side you carry it on.
Totally agree. There are chest packs available if you want access while on the move. Some are made specifically for fishing and incredibly useful and comfortable.

Never inderstood the single shoulder sling for carrying anything more than from the car to the house.

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I've been using this bag as a lightweight day hiking pack and it's been great.

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I load my wife's backpack up and haven't needed anything additional to carry so far.
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Totally agree. There are chest packs available if you want access while on the move. Some are made specifically for fishing and incredibly useful and comfortable.

Never inderstood the single shoulder sling for carrying anything more than from the car to the house.

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Thanks for the replies so far guys,

I do have a kifaru chest pack but If I'm hunting I'll most likely have a bino chest harness on...

I'm only going to be using a small single strap pack with barely anything in it.
Just knife, small amount of survival gear, Paracord, some snacks and spare ammo.
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I have owned the maxpedition messenger bag and fatboy verspack for several years now. Both have taken heavy loads and alot of abuse out doors, camping/hiking, theme parks, travel luggage, air plane handlers, cruise ships etc. No issues. I have 3 other max bags, I believe they are worth the cost. Its been about 7 years on the fatboy pack, I believe I could easily get 10 more years of heavy use out of it before I see failures.

I have used the $30 bags before, and they do work pretty well. All of my cheap bags have failed within a year, though I do really use them hard. Maxpedition, camelbak and some of the north face bags have all preformed stellar for me.
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Single straps do suck. You have to load them really light. I have an extra long strap though. I added buckles to both sides of a Maxpedition Jumbo. It goes over the shoulder, under the arm, across the back, up from under the other arm and over that shoulder, turning the bag into a small backpack. Then I added a waterbottle pouch on each side of the Jumbo. It rides well, carries in backpack or shoulder pack mode and holds a lot of gear for hiking or biking. I added lamb's wool pads made for seatbelt shoulder straps and its pretty comfortable. I'm considering adapting it with straps and a padded waist belt to carry it like a waist pack at the small of my back.
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Put together your own. It is an easy kit as long as you do not tool it.

http://www.tandyleather.com/en/produ...senger-bag-kit

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Blackpowderbags.com. Leather possible bags but not cheap
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How good to you want? http://www.filson.com/luggage-bags/field-bags.html

Can't get much more reputable than Filson, can't get much more expensive either but they will probably outlast you.
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I just got one of these from Kifaru: https://store.kifaru.net/mobile/long...lids-p203.aspx

Longhunter Lid, works as a lumbar pack and has a detachable shoulder strap, 1000 cubic inches. Also has what they call delta straps that cinch the load close to your body. Check out the demo video.

I think they are now discontinued, hence the lower price and limited colors. Quality is top notch, excellent sewing, very simple design. Retrofitting it to my medium ALICE for use as a detachable daypack and quick access lid.
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Haven't fished in awhile, hunting I have a small pack I take. Anyway not sure now, but back then they had fishing creels made from canvas, light but sturdy. Try Wal-Mart, Cabela's etc. Much ligther than that Maxpedition stuff. The only problem I ever had was the closure uses a springy thin metal to keep it closed. it wore out/ got bent.
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5.11 Tactical Rush Delivery XRAY Messenger Style Bag


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ElberleStock Anything:

https://eberlestock.com/hunting.htm
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ElberleStock Anything:

https://eberlestock.com/hunting.htm
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well, you have the Maxpedition series, the Fatboy type s, (1st pic) fatboy ,(second pic) and the good to go fatboy (pic 3) range in price from optics planet on gun broker, grom 56$ for tha good to go to the other two at 84$ shop around, these prices were on gunbroker. well made, well pocketed , I have a couple, they should last a lifetime.well made. any of em.

the last pic is a multi pocket surplus bag, I found em for 20$ apiece on gunbroker, decent for lil toolbags, not quite as robust as the Maxpedition,
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