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Old 01-23-2012, 10:39 PM
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In the market for a new pack if I can find what I want at a reasonable price.

Less than $200
Around 50 litres (3000ci)
Olive drab
Molle webbing
Frame. internal or external.
To fit me, i'm 6' 1"

I'm not after bells and whistles, in fact the less pockets and zippers the better. I've done a google search but haven't come up with anything yet.

Any ideas people?
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I picked an Eagle Industries 3 day assault pack for $45.00 a few weeks ago, its 2800 cu inches, one heavy zipper, 3 internal pockets, 2 external sleeves, it holds a 3 liter hydration bladder, covered with molle straps and has a high density plastic frame, internal. I added two Maxpedition 10x4 bottle holder pouches and an Admin. pouch ... I am GTG!

I can strap a ground cloth, tarp, bivy sack and a fleece blanket to the bottom PALS/Molle webbing...4 days of gear and food @ 26 lbs...luvin it!
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Thanks but According to the website its only 36 litres and doesn't have enough molle points for what I need.
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Maxpedition Vulture II is close at 2810 cu/46 L. Under $150 on some sites.
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Try this website www.mountainsports.com. They might have what your looking for.
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Over the last 6 years I have sent hundreds of pieces of Condor kit down range with member of 3rd. 5th, 19th and 20th SFG(A) and they have had good things to say. Check out their packs. Affordable and they have really stepped up their materials and stitching to compete with BHI and other companies.
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Maxpedition Vulture II is close at 2810 cu/46 L. Under $150 on some sites.
Maxpedition is a good pack at that range. Just be aware that they do not have a frame though. Although there are supports on straps and a belt, there is no frame to transfer weight directly onto the hips.
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Spec Ops THE Pack, 2550 ci, various colors; highly rated:

Amazon.com: Spec-Ops Brand T.H.E. Pack: Sports... cover
Amazon.com: Spec-Ops Brand T.H.E. Pack: Sports...
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I'm in the same camp PWB.

I decided to save up longer and get a bigger pack. I contemplated going up from the Condor I have to a Vulture..but knew eventually it wouldn't be enough. And just because a pack can take 70L doesn't mean you have you fill it to max capacity.

I'm currently importing an Eberlestock Destroyer 70litre pack. It's got aluminum stringers that transfers the weight to the hip belt, and you can bend them to suit your body. They've got a fully adjustable harness system to suite your big frame. A real winner is Eberlestock's come in "Dry Earth" Grey that is the perfect non-military/non-scream colour I've been searching for.

http://www.eberlestock.com/Dry%20Ear...d%20Colors.htm


http://www.eberlestock.com/V69%20Des...Battleship.htm

There's even a fitting video ...

http://www.eberlestock.com/Backpack%20Tech%20Tips.htm
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For me the Kestral 48 by Osprey fits the bill. I've abused it for three years and it refuses to flinch. Plus, you can load it up and the steel suspension system transfers almost all of the weight to your hips. AKA you can go all day long and feel good when you wake up the next morning. You can add molle webbing as you wish.




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I'll second the eberlestock. Great packs with great customer service and warrantee.
Here is the one I'd recommend for the size you are looking for. I'll be picking one up myself in the next few weeks
http://www.eberlestock.com/Halftrack%20Backpack.htm
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Thanks for the replies fellas.

After searching hi and low online, my eyes (inevitably) got bigger than my wallet. I think I'm gonna save my $$$ and get a Mystery Ranch Crew Cab.

http://www.mysteryranch.com/military...e-crewcab-pack

It seems the most flexible option and if I'm gonna spend big I want something I'm gonna use a lot. Besides it'll fit a whole carton of beer in it!!

It fits on to a standard ALICE frame too so I might use the PVC frame I made.

I'll have to save up and that'll give me time to mull it over before I commit to it.
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Mind you that Eberlstock Half Track looks mighty good too...
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I'm in the market for the same type of pack. I've been using this Maxpedition Vulture II for a long time, and it's great, but it's about 1000 cubic inches too small for what I want to use it for.

The best I've found regarding value, durability, fit, and functionality is the Kelty redwing 50. It's 3100 cubic inches, and it doesn't come in exactly Olive Drab, but you can get it in earthy tones. It's got SOME molle-type webbing on it. My biggest concern is that it's a 600 denier polyester, instead of 1000 denier nylon, which has me worried about durability issues. Tall guys recommend them for fit.

Anyways, that's what I'm looking at. Let us know what you get!
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My biggest concern is that it's a 600 denier polyester, instead of 1000 denier nylon, which has me worried about durability issues. Tall guys recommend them for fit.
Most often it's the seams that fail rather than the actual pack fabric. The only time I've ever had pack fabric that was compromised was when my dog dragged my pack down the road about 75 yards. That wore a nice hole in it.

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Take a look at the Eberlestock WARHAMMER. It's a nice ****ing pack, and a tad cheaper than the Crewcab.
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Thanks for the replies fellas.

After searching hi and low online, my eyes (inevitably) got bigger than my wallet. I think I'm gonna save my $$$ and get a Mystery Ranch Crew Cab.

http://www.mysteryranch.com/military...e-crewcab-pack

It seems the most flexible option and if I'm gonna spend big I want something I'm gonna use a lot. Besides it'll fit a whole carton of beer in it!!

It fits on to a standard ALICE frame too so I might use the PVC frame I made.

I'll have to save up and that'll give me time to mull it over before I commit to it.
That was the exact pack I would have recommended if you didn't stipulate the $200 limit!

The crew-cab is amazing and like you said versatile. I have tried out a few and it is my next pack (when I can justify another pack lol). The best thing is that with the NICE frame, you can get other pack options besides the Crew-cab also. Lets say you wanted to have a 7000CI pack, you can just switch bags.

I would seriously consider getting the NICE frame with it though... Mystery Ranch packs are known for their suspension system and comfort when carrying enormous or funny shaped loads. The majority of that comes from the frame and suspension. I currently use the g-5000 as my pack for camping/backpacking/anything.
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Spec Ops THE Pack, 2550 ci, various colors; highly rated:
You can get that same exact pack off Ebay for $44 shipped if I remember, I know it was under $50 w/ free shipping. I was going to get that one but decided to go with a different one. I saw the same one except in black at a local military surplus store for $189. I was like wow! Ebay can be your friend sometimes. Imagine what you can buy to put in that thing with the additional $100 you saved!

Here it is, can't believe I found it on the 3rd search...$44.99 compared to Amazon's $146.25!: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Molle-Tactic...item415fd96122
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Most often it's the seams that fail rather than the actual pack fabric. The only time I've ever had pack fabric that was compromised was when my dog dragged my pack down the road about 75 yards. That wore a nice hole in it.

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Yeah, I hold my equipment to higher durability standards than most. I beat the ever-living **** out of my equipment, and then ask it to preform.
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Yeah, I hold my equipment to higher durability standards than most. I beat the ever-living **** out of my equipment, and then ask it to preform.
Oh yeah, I sewed a patch over that road rash and carried that pack for hundreds more miles. I still have it, somewhere.

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