From the very first moment I handled the versipack I was impressed. Its the attention to detail that makes this a quality product. Its as if no short cuts were taken and some real thought was put into the design of the pack. Its the simple things such as YKK zippers, triple polyurethane coated for water resistance, internal seams taped and finished, paracord zipper pulls, double stitched Stress points - all of these add up to make a high quality product.
In the following video I have 2 - 1 quart military canteens attached to the pack. I found out later that the attachment points are designed for MOLLE equipment and not ALICE clips. But that is ok, the ALICE gear still attaches just fine, its just a little tight.
With the canteens on the pack, its gets a little heavy. This makes the waist belt a little difficult to adjust. So what I did, I had someone stand behind me, pick the pack up with the built in grab handle, then adjust the belt. To do this by yourself, just back up against a tree and let it hold the pack in place when you adjust the belt. Without the canteens it would not have been any big deal.
A little bit about the author: My name is Kevin, I'am 41 years old (when this article was posted), I was born in a small town in East Texas called Kirbyville. When I was 7 years old my parents moved to Bridge City, Texas . From the time I was very young my dad used to take me hunting, fishing and did anything that involved being in nature. After we moved to Bridge City (BC), I quickly learned it was a little different then Kirbyville. BC is only about about 9 - 12 feet above sea level. Kirbyville and Jasper is high and dry with rolling hills of thick forest.
Where I lived in Bridge City, the area backed up the the Baileys marsh - which is the marsh between Bridge City and Port Arthur. During my high school summer breaks, my buddies and I would spends days on end camping and exploring the woods and canals around the marsh.
On a side note, the sunset over a marsh is a work of art. Its beautiful by every meaning of the word.
As the years past, the range that my buddies and I roamed increased. Instead of just camping around the neighborhood, we got a 14 foot aluminum boat and traveled the bayous of Orangefield. We would load up the boat with our ALICE packs, make sure the boat had gas, head out friday or saturday and come back a day or two later.
One trip my buddies and I went on - there were 5 of us on this adventure - was on a 3 day camping trip. This was sometime around 1984 and if memory serves me right, it was either June or July. We were "high tech" at that time. My backpack was no bigger then a current day wal-mart shopping bag. As "small" as it was, it was big enough for all of my gear - couple of cans of chili, beans, eating utensils, bandanna and a canteen. The sleeping bag had been shoved into a garbage bag to keep the rain off of it. One of my buddies by the name of Kevin brought along his 2 man tent, and if memory serves me right, Allen brought his 2 man tent. So we had enough tent space for 4 teenage boys, but there was 5 of us on the trip. A couple of us slept outside in the cool night air - oh those were the days.
Lets fast forward to the mid 1990s. It was probably around 1992 or 1993 that I finally upgraded from that tiny backpack to a medium ALICE pack. I thought I was in hog heaven. There was all kinds of room in that ALICE pack. But I quickly learned that they more room a pack has, the more likely you are to carry gear you "really" dont need.
Sometime around 1995 or 1996 I bought a Large Alice pack. But once again I learned the hardway - the bigger the pack, the more likely you are to carry unneeded gear. By this time my buddies and I were in our mid twenties and making adventurous trips all over southeast Texas. We went from the marshes of Bridge City and Orangefield to the piney woods north of Jasper. Some of the trips would be overnight camping and hiking trips to weekend long trips.
Final Opinion: In my 25 - 30 years of experience in hunting, hiking, camping,,, there are a few things that I have learned. One thing is what good quality gear looks like, feels like and acts like. And its from my 2 1/2 - 3 decades of experience that I can honestly say that the Maxpedition Proteus Versipack is a well made high quality product.
The Proteus Versipack offers everything that you may need in a buttpack (or fanny pack). An outside pocket on each end of the pack - one for a cell phone and one for a GPS. A large compartment for MRE entrees, multi-tool, rain poncho, or what ever else you may need. And a small outer compartment for compass, TOPO maps and what ever else will fit in there. Overall, its the perfect size for a day hike.
Up until recently my preferred type of pack was the ALICE pack. But that was before I found out about Maxpedition. After using a couple of Maxpedition packs, its so long to the ALICE pack and hello Maxpedition.
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