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Bags, bags, bags, bags, bags... how many do you have and what needs do they fill?

Discussion in 'EDC Bags' started by carrot, Jan 29, 2014.

  1. carrot

    carrot Loaded Pockets

    Apr 1, 2012
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    As I peer into my gear closet I see dozens of bags of all sizes, shapes and types. Since we're all obviously nuts about how to carry our gear,

    I'm curious about how many bags you have and

    what niche each bag fills for you.
  2. Jonb74

    Jonb74 Loaded Pockets

    May 9, 2009
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    1. brown leather backpack style, sling. This gets the most use as it's easy to carry and holds a lot of stuff. Nothing tactical about it so it blends into the tourist look a lot better on vacation, plenty of room for kid junk if we go somewhere.
    2. Black leather Kenneth Cole messenger - ok for carrying a tablet and small office work stuff. I don't use it much.
    3. Maxped fatboy - in the car loaded as a GHB
    4. Hazard 4 Kato - used once. I don't like it so it sits in the closet (I should just sell it)
    5. Wenger backpack - for work travel where I have to pack laptop, etc around.
    6. Red Rock Rover sling bag (think Maxped Lunada) - just got this so haven't used it yet. But the size is great, good organization, etc.
  3. bigfoot

    bigfoot Loaded Pockets

    Apr 4, 2006
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    Currently have five in the rotation... with a North Face Vault missing from the pic below.

    Let's see, L to R:
    Bullet 10L - day hikes, summer EDC.
    Shadow 15L - storing survival gear / outdoors supplies.
    REI Flashback 18L - day hikes, summer EDC.
    GR1 26L - winter EDC, travel, short trip "one bag" setup.

  4. Katjang1

    Katjang1 Loaded Pockets

    Jul 4, 2013
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    OK this is going to take some time....

    1. Maxp Falcon 2: khaki/ foliage, for work or travel.
    2. Maxp Condor 2: OD green, for work or travel.
    3. Spec Ops THE pack: black, for work.
    4. Maxp Kodiak: black, for EDC or travel.
    5. Maxp Baron: khaki/ foliage, for work, travel, gym.
    6. Maxp Jumbo: black, camera bag.
    7. Maxp jumbo LEO: khaki, edc.
    8. Hazard4 tonto: Coyote, edc.
    9. Timbuk2 messenger small: black, edc.
    10. Snugpak Rocket pack: green, travel, hiking.
    11. Camelbag HAWG: foliage, edc
    12. Tactical Assault Gear Lo Key Attaché: multiCam, edc.

    Oke, I know........
    I'm a such a geek..
  5. tmedina

    tmedina EDC Junkie!!!!!

    Oct 14, 2007
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    1. Jansport Equinox 33 for EDC
    2. Black "cross-over" tactical pack for shopping
    3. Jansport Wasabi (it was on sale) for the gym
    4. GGG "lightweight assault pack" (two, on sale) for day trips
    5. SpecOps Brand "THE" pack - it was on sale and has a useful, generic design
    6. USGI assault pack - on sale, emotional attachment, and very practical apart from the UCP pattern
    7. USGI medium ruck - on sale, frame pack, medium load
    8. USGI mountain ruck - on sale, frame pack, just in case
    9. SO Tech "go bag" - general purpose
    10. SO Tech "mission go bag" - used it in the Army, never got around to selling it
    11. Camelbak Mule - Army legacy, useful enough to keep, just in case
    12. Squad medical pack in UCP (first aid bag, general use)
    13. Timbuk2 backpack (unknown make and model, good condition at flea market - used for roomie's day trips)
    14. "Diplomat" brand clone of THE pack for car gear

    I have another four packs I'm trying to sell and I'm eyeballing another two (on sale). I have issues. :p
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  6. JT2V

    JT2V Loaded Pockets

    Apr 2, 2013
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    Over a dozen at least.

    What purposes do they fill? Satisfying my vanity. Annoying my wife. Filling my closet. Carrying too much stuff.

    A list? OK.

    My EDC collection:
    5.11 Rush 24
    Maxped Larkspur
    Maxped Malaga
    Maxped Rolly Polly Extreme backpack
    Osprey Daylight
    Osprey Ozone Courier
    Osprey Quantum
    Osprey XXL messenger (can't remember the model name. its 10 years old and huge, retired)
    Timbuk2 Medium Commuter (work computer only)
    Timbuk2 Classic XXL (my gym/bike gear bag)
    Rickshaw Mini Commuter (my edc/camera bag)
    REI Quantum Computer Backpack (my gadget bag)
    Tactical Tailor Concealed Carry Sling (for sale, too small for my needs)
    Camelbak Agent (not the current agent, a predecessor to the Motherlode in an urban style)
    Jansport classic from 1995.
    Outdoor products Power Pack 2.0 (don't really like it, but its in my pile)
    Northface Recon (I like it overall, but it doesn't fit my large frame well, for sale more or less)

    Other purpose bags:

    A selection of camelbaks for riding, Alpine Explorer, Mule
    Kelty Redwing 50l for extended hiking trips and travel
    A bevy of camera bags - Lowepro and others.

    I also have some older REI and Jansport bags of various types in storage.

    Addict? More or less.
  7. Water-Rat

    Water-Rat Loaded Pockets

    Feb 11, 2013
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    Wow... so many bags... Wasn't even aware bags like these existed before I joined the forums. I'm pretty cheap and never really saw the benefits of expensive bags before now, so most of my bags are cheap or were given as gifts.

    So here's what I have right now...

    1. Cheap no-name backpack from Boscov's - used for my school job
    2. Large Rusty bag - used for my summer lifeguard job, going kayaking/paddleboarding etc., going to the gym/pool, and for carrying a change of clothes
    3. Canon camera bag that came with my Rebel T3
    4. Shoulder carry music bag - used for carrying clarinet and/or flute, sheet music, and music gear
    5. Old Greatland backpack from when I was in school - ugly and beat up, but still works - used as a GHB and rides in my trunk
  8. powerring
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    powerring Loaded Pockets

    Apr 16, 2008
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    Whew! That's quite a list over the past twenty plus years. This is from memory so I know I'm forgetting a lot that have long since gone to friends, relatives, Goodwill or the dark recesses of my storage. All in all, I keep about four or five in active rotation.

    No stars = I no longer have the pack.
    * = I still have it in storage
    *** = I still have it in use occasionally or for a special purpose
    ***** = Most frequently carried

    Black Diamond Bullet (EDC lite) *
    Camelbak Mil HAWG (Go Bag) ***
    Duluth Pack Deluxe Daypack (EDC) ***
    Duluth Trading Dozer Jr. (EDC) *****
    EastPak Chaos Pack
    EastPak Padded Pak'r
    FieldLine Rush 12 Clone
    Jansport Superbreak
    Jansport Rockridge (Travel/Tech) ****
    Kelty Drifter (Hiking lite) ***
    Kelty Roam (Hiking/Camping)
    Kelty Redtail 1800 (Hiking/Camping) *
    Mountain Hardwear Enterprise (Travel/Tech) *
    Mountain Hardwear Rico (Hiking) *****
    Mountain Hardwear Tablet (Tech)
    MountainSmith ClearCreek 20 (EDC) *
    MountainSmith Tour with Straps (Hiking) ***
    REI Flash 18 (Hiking)
    SwissGear City Pack (EDC)
    Tactical Tailor ROP (Car "Go Bag") ***
    Tactical Tailor UOP (Car "Go Bag") ***
    Timbuk2 Q (Travel/Tech) ***
    Tom Bihn Synapse 19 (EDC) *****
    Tom Bihn Synapse 25 (Travel) *****

    {edited for a couple of errors}
    Last edited by powerring, Jan 29, 2014
  9. Octane957

    Octane957 Loaded Pockets

    Dec 9, 2013
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    Wow! after reading this thread I feel a lot better about owning just four packs. :p

    1. Maxpedition Condor II - Carrying my daily EDC items
    2.Swiss Gear backpack- All computer related stuff
    3. REI Lookout 40 - Hiking and camping pack
    4. Military issue Rucksak - Long camping trips

    I'm also looking to add a fifth one to the lineup hopefully soon
  10. batteur
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    batteur Loaded Pockets

    Sep 3, 2012
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    1. Tom Bihn Co-Pilot (steel dyneema): my current EDC bag.
    2. MP Jumbo (foliage): geocaching (setup not complete yet).
    3. Deuter Harvard (green/gray/black): was my university bag, at the moment it’s a GHB in the car. Sometimes I use it for hiking.
    4. Briggs&Riley trolley (black): work bag, mostly for day trips in cars and trains.
    5. Hazard 4 Kato (black): bought it used on ebay a few weeks ago, didn’t use it yet.
    6. Wenger laptop messenger bag (black): ebay buy, too, and don’t know which model exactly.
    7. Some older camera bag (blue/brown) where my unused old analog SLR is stored.
    8. Tatonka rucksack: I have it since at least 15 years, and don’t know the model, but it’s big. ;)
    9. Unknown brand sling bag (brown): was a souvenir from Israel gifted to me by a relative.
    10. Probably others I can’t remember at the moment.

    More than I thought … :oops:
  11. SAKplumber
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    SAKplumber EDC Junkie!!!!!

    Nov 26, 2011
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    Tom Bihn Areonaut
    Tom Bihn Medium Cafe bag
    1953 US Army Engineer's Field Bag
    Vanquest Javalin
    County Comm EOD bag
    Generic Black Duffle

    Use them all periodically...

    mostly EDC the Javalin. The CC EOD is for lunch/water in the winter.
    Right(cold weather) now the generic duffle houses the EOD and my Aeropress & JETBOIL PSC as well.

    The '53 Field bag is for special, smaller edc related occasions.
    The cafe bag is for medium edc or travel
    The Areonaut is for carryon.
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  12. NeWt
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    NeWt Loaded Pockets

    Aug 7, 2013
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    1. MP Jumbo VP (Orange/Foliage) - Day hikes, hunting
    2. MP Kodiak Gearslinger (Foliage) - Occasional EDC
    3. 5.11 Rush 72 (Black) - Travel / Camping
    4. North Face Recon (Orange/Black) - My "ONE BAG" (mostly)
    5. Osprey Talon 22 (Green) - Day hikes, geocaching
    6. Osprey Atmos 65 (Green/Gray) - Backpacking
    7. Milspec B.O.B. (Coyote) - gift from Neighbor who is a marine - Bug out Bag
    8. Targus Computer bag (Black) - Kids BoB
    9. Targus Computer bag # 2 (Black) - Kids BoB (for kid # 2)
    10. Timbuk 2 Large messenger (Orange/Black) - no longer using...getting ready to sell
    11. REI Lookout 40 (Blue/Gray) - Old travel/camping - going into storage
    12. Crappy duffle (Black) - gym bag - Needs to be replaced

    I'm actually looking to replace 1, 2, 4, 10 and 12 with a single bag if possible. I have some thoughts on specific bags, but don't want to get into reviews here. :rofl:
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  13. Tizi

    Tizi Loaded Pockets

    Jan 14, 2013
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    Yes, I like Tom Bihn products. Used to have many Tumi and Maxped bags, but sold them all when I discovered TB.

    TB Synapse 19 - EDC
    TB Smart Alec - Hiking (and short travel 1-2 days)
    TB Co-Pilot - Gadget bag
    TB Imago - EDC when I want a messenger style bag
    TB Cadet - Travel and Board meetings (it fits in the center section of the Tri-Star)
    TB Tri-Star - Travel 2-5 days
    TB Aeronaut - Camping and Travel 5 or more days
    TB Small Cafe Bag - Short excursions
    TB Side Effect - Short excursions/Football games
    TNF Recon - Get Home Bag
    LA Police Gear Operator Patrol Bag - Car emergency essentials

    On the way:
    TB Pilot - EDC

    Go Hawks!
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  14. Tizi

    Tizi Loaded Pockets

    Jan 14, 2013
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    I bet that purchase of the Kato was mine....?
  15. batteur
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    batteur Loaded Pockets

    Sep 3, 2012
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    Maybe, if you shipped it from Germany to Germany. But since you’re in Seattle … what did I win? ;)
  16. Tizi

    Tizi Loaded Pockets

    Jan 14, 2013
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    Darn! Actually it was a new one I sold. Too small for the intended purpose.
  17. MinistryOfTruth
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    MinistryOfTruth Uber Prepared

    Dec 23, 2013
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    Small to big

    Maxped Janus - EDC with wallet, phone, flashlight and items o' the day, rides on fatboy or kodiak
    Montana Cans (paint brand) "Red bag" - 6x3x1 murse, my first EDC bag, not practical!
    Maxped Fatboy w Janus - EDC
    Canvas tote bags with novelty prints - food and/or booze carry, party on Wayne, party on Garth.
    Eastpack messenger - occasional paint carry for small jobs, mostly a sketch-kit.
    Maxped Kodiak w Janus - dedicated martial arts bag for shoes, water, small weapons, gets heavy quick
    5.11 Rush 24 - EDC, work, computer lugging, shopping, overnight, compact travel, hiking, spare clothes
    Everest unknown make - first for EDC but no good, now for small to large mural paint carry
    Scubapro divers duffel (20 y/o) - huge mural paint carry, tools, medium size weapons, now dying of age :(

    Various sizes of hard samsonites for vacations and such, always in combo with FB or R24

    Researching GGG Stealth Operator (Yeti?) for EDC as a two strap mid size, sans molle for that non-combat look, alternative between fatboy and R24, a guy gotta have options right?
  18. tmedina

    tmedina EDC Junkie!!!!!

    Oct 14, 2007
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    Heh. As it happens, I have a Stealth Operator in Kryptek White in the BST. You can also find some very comprehensive photo layouts online at various sites.
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  19. Myrddraal

    Myrddraal Loaded Pockets

    May 10, 2012
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    Oh boy... Here we go:

    1) Maxped Lunada (summer edc)
    2) Maxped Malaga (also summer edc)
    3) Maxped Sitka (fishing bag)
    4) Hazard 4 Evac plan b (never carried... Got it dirt cheap)
    5) Hazard 4 Switchback (winter edc when I am in a sling phase)
    6) Hazard 4 Sherman (wife's work bag)
    7) 5.11 Rush 12 (summer hiking)
    8) 5.11 Rush 24 (son's school bag)
    9) 5.11 All Hazards Prime (work edc)
    10) 5.11 All Hazards Nitro (too small, going up for sale)
    11) 5.11 Moab 10
    12) Vanquest Javelin v slinger (summer edc)
    13) TAD EDC (my main daily bag, also my hunting bag)
    14) Condor Venture pack
    15) Osprey commuter 26
    16) Camelbak Urban Assault

    I know, I have issues. I'm still looking for the perfect bag!

    Sent from my A500 using Tapatalk
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  20. GQkudzu

    GQkudzu Loaded Pockets

    Oct 14, 2013
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    1. Coleman Peak One external frame -- my first overnight backpack; now a loaner
    2. Kelty Haiku 4250
    3. Kelly Apex daypack
    4. Maxpedition Fatboy gtg
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