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Old 06-21-2018, 11:42 PM
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I'm looking for ideas on upgrading my GHB and I'm curious what is out there. I have a budget of around 80 bucks for one and I am looking for a good sturdy yet obscure type. I don't want one that screams "I'm full of goodies" basically, but I still need it to get the job done. Of course comfort depends on what and how much I put into it I know.

Here is a Swiss gear bag on swissgear website that I have been eye balling
https://www.swissgear.com/backpacks/...aptop-backpack
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Daypack/GHB = Drago Tracker

BOB = Eberlestock Phantom
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If you are a disciple of the "gray man" doctrine Swiss Gear is good kit. I have one; it's really my 2nd. The first was stolen from my pickup. It is solid and has gone to Europe, Central and South America with me. I can carry quite a bit if need be and still keep a low profile.
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My GHB is a Onetigris 2 liter lumbar pack, 1/2 your budget, well made.
It's Molle, but in black and being small it doesn't really scream tactical, looks like a camera bag more or less.
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I'm looking for ideas on upgrading my GHB and I'm curious what is out there. I have a budget of around 80 bucks for one and I am looking for a good sturdy yet obscure type. I don't want one that screams "I'm full of goodies" basically, but I still need it to get the job done. Of course comfort depends on what and how much I put into it I know.

Here is a Swiss gear bag on swissgear website that I have been eye balling
https://www.swissgear.com/backpacks/...aptop-backpack
Well not really what you are looking for, but I use a 5.11 RUSH 12 as my GHB. Built like a tank and comfortable. If I'm using this though, that basically means something extremely serious has happened. At that point I'm honestly not concerned what my pack does or doesn't look like - people will try to take a My Little Pony backpack if they think you have something in it they need/want.

https://www.amazon.com/5-11-RUSH12-T...+rush+12&psc=1
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The problem with the Rush 12 is it screams .mil and that may get you unwanted attention.

Unless you go with it in black, it's best to try and maintain the "gray man" look as much as possible.

In a true SHTF situation, I am likely to be openly carrying, not a pistol, and moving slow and concealed as much as possible. If I am just trying to get home, then low profile is the ticket for me.
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Around here it's totally different. That Swissgear shouts out it has a $1000 laptop in it, probably an iPad too.

But nobody looks twice if you're carrying a $40 knock-off/miltec assault backpack, since it will probably contain dirty gym clothes and water bottle.
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Mil-tec
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+1 on the Swissgear ruck, but my older version was stolen in Spain in the 1980s.
Good pack, but shouts "tourist with good stuff to steal" when traveling abroad.

These days like to avoid gear which screams either "rich tourist," "police" or "military" and like a generic ruck, my current ruck is a Gen3 from CountyComm, which has been replaced by this one:

https://countycomm.com/collections/b...-maratac-rev-4

The versatility of the pass through vertical front zipper allows for easy entry into the bottom of the bag even when stuffed with all your gear. The 2 side zipper pouches allow easy access to smaller commonly used items like your phone, wallet, first aid & keys.
There are two inner pockets (one is covered with a see through mesh for easy visibility with an orange key tether).

Versatile Top and pass-through side entry zipper
2 x Exterior side pockets
4 x Metal D Rings Inside
Protective rubber bottom
Handle strap on top and side front
Adjustable shoulder straps
Dimensions (HxWxD): 17.8 x8.2x8.2 "
Capacity: 1200 cu.in.
Weight: 1 lb. 11 oz.
Interior: : cotton / polyester mix

My published review from last year on their web site. I have no commercial interest in this vendor other than being a long-term, satisfied former government, and now retired civilian customer:

Outpost75 - 04/04/2017 - Does not look "military" or scream "cop"

This small ruck is the perfect size for a Get Home Bag and that's what I use mine for.

Based on the planning standard of 10 kgs maximum for up to 7 days if I must leave my vehicle and walk home, maintaining mobility, food, fire, shelter, comms, nav, health and medical as well as personal protection. Its non-military appearance blends in with the urban commuter environment or as an airline carry on so you can remain The Gray Man instead of Tactical Walter Mitty.
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My everyday carry is a SwissGear backpack.
Rugged....comfortable....plenty of space

I would never carry a bag that looks anything military
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54 mile/3 day get home hike? Highly suggest a technical hiking pack with frame and weight bearing hip-belt to transfer the load off your shoulders and onto the hips - 1 inch webbing 'belts' won't cut it, nor short packs where the belt rides on your stomach when the shoulders are adjusted properly.

I like the Deuter ACT 24 (or 30) since the belt tucks away for EDC use. These guys run great sales on big holidays - $76 last Xmas and Memorial Day, and currently has 20% off coupon for $96.

https://www.backcountry.com/deuter-a...pack-1450cu-in
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The problem with the Rush 12 is it screams .mil and that may get you unwanted attention.

Unless you go with it in black, it's best to try and maintain the "gray man" look as much as possible.

In a true SHTF situation, I am likely to be openly carrying, not a pistol, and moving slow and concealed as much as possible. If I am just trying to get home, then low profile is the ticket for me.

Yeah the whole gray man thing...like I said I would only be using this pack in a extreme situation, like you say a true SHTF situation. I want something that is going to be able to hold up to those demands as I will be likely going from a heavy urban area into rural areas, like the OP I have about a 60 mile commute one way. I know the RUSH 12 can hold up. I know there will be people trying to take whatever I have no matter what it looks like.
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My favorite, Red Rock Rover Sling Bag.

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one I take to work is, a Magnetic Tank (expandable) Bag made for Triumph Motorcycles by Triumph.
1. its got a handle
2. hookups for straps, single or double
3.magnets are strong. had it stuck to the tank on my old monster at over a ton no slippage
4. completely waterproof
if im out in the field working on a tractor, I stick it to the side of the engine cowl. everything stays right with me better, and no one looks twice at a tank bag........

I still have a 2" expandable section to unzip if needed, plus pouch location everywhere.
excuse all the sharpies, i use em a lot at work. Revolver and holster on top, everything else second section.......
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My actual GHB... the one kept in my vehicle 365 days a year, is nothing more than a frameless dark brown Cordura Jansport daypack. The type that gets used by students for hauling books & computers around campus. I've owned it since around 2005. It was sitting unused in a closet and I decided to assign it to vehicle GHB duty about six years ago. Wanted something non-tactical looking and in earth tone colors to match likely worn clothing.

Nearly identical in layout to this one:

https://www.jansport.com/shop/en/jan...2&beginIndex=0




A fully loaded 28.5 lbs w/ water. Its color closely matches some darker coyote, brown, & earth tone clothing items either stored inside of that GHB or kept in an accompanying small gym bag inside the vehicle. Goretex parka, Primaloft puffy jacket, cargo pants, watch cap, gloves, gaiters, fleece sweater, boots, etc.

It's for one thing. Walking home within 1-3 days. 30ish miles maximum. Probably a lot less. I have a sleeping bag, bivy, pad, and compression carrier also in the vehicle. That assembly can be attached to the daypack exterior during wintertime.

Weighs about 1.5 lbs empty, 34 liters capacity; ~$50.
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Thanks for the info and advice guys I'm giving serious consideration towards all the suggestions. I'm in no real rush atm to go out and buy a bag so it helps to consider my options for a lasting purchase. Thank you all!
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There are tons of great brands out there, however, I've always been a huge fan of BlackHawk products. I like their designs as well as their build quality, everything I've ever purchased from them has been top notch.
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LL Bean Continental Day Pack, in Black. Inexpensive, great quality , lots of outside storage options, very civilian looking , comfortable to carry, and easy to pack due to its rectangular configuration. I’d say it is a bit over 2,000 cu. in. Of storage.
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Mine is currently held in a Wal-Mart back to school special that I've had since high school. It's a school backpack, and since im a college age guy, it stays "Gray man."

That being said, im about to switch it over to my Red Rock Outdoor Assault Pack. $54.99 shipped from cabela's.

30L capacity, four pockets (plus a pocket on the outside against your backbthat is technically for a 2L camelpack, but also fits a body armor plate.). MOLLE gear and Velcro attachments., heavy duty water resistant zippers, chest and waist straps. Comes in black, gray and brown/green.

I have the gray one, and currently have my Search and Rescue rope gear in it for a total weight of 15lbs. It's a small enough backpack that it doesn't draw attention, despite it's slightly "tacticool" look. Also very comfortable to carry.

http://redrockoutdoorgear.com/assault-pack/
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.................What brand of bag do you have for ghb/bob? ..................

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