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Looking for a low-profile "military quality" pack for travel

Discussion in 'EDC Bags' started by Zerv14, Sep 10, 2012.

  1. Zerv14

    Zerv14 Loaded Pockets

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    Basically, what I'm looking for is a heavy-duty pack made of 500 or 1000d Cordura or similar fabric with good zippers that is also low profile (as in, not covered in MOLLE) to use as a travel bag. I'd really like it to also have an admin/organization section for pens and small items.

    So far, I've been looking at the Tactical Tailor urban operator and some of the Goruck packs. Any more suggestions? Can anyone with a Goruck chime in as to the internal organization of the pack?

    Thanks!
     
  2. b.s.

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    Do you want to maximize on size and have something that will fit overhead compartments, or are you looking for a low profile day-pack for travel?

    Travel packs, like the osprey porter 46 are pretty low profile, but lack a great deal of admin.

    The MEI Voyageur is also high quality.

    Neither pack is "daypack" size like the urban operator.

    The 511 COVRT may fit your needs.
     
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  3. Valerian

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    Tom Bihn. Made of cordura, designed for travel and way better than military quality. (Judging by their reputation, at least, I don't own any myself.)
     
  4. sweetdaddyroses

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    It sounds like the OP has just described the Kelty Peregrine 1800?

    Here are a couple of links for YouTube reviews...

    Link #1:

    Link #2:

    Please note that the price of this pack has increased dramatically since these reviews were made, just a few short months ago. Also, this is a pack that I am presently considering as a lighter weight alternative to my RUSH 24. I have narrowed my search down to this Kelty and a pack I tried on and loved earlier this evening -- the Mountain HardWear "Enterprise." I'll probably end up buying the Enterprise only because I can't find the Kelty anywhere but online. And I hate to buy something like a pack without first trying it on. I'm tall at 6' 4" and 220 lbs. So many of the packs I like simply do not fit my frame. I would love to hear from anyone who owns either one of these packs, Enterprise or Peregrine. And I would also like to hear from the OP after he has watched these videos. Is this in the ballpark of what you're looking for?
     
  5. SurvivePenna
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    1+ for the 5.11 COVRT...

    http://www.511tactical.com/All-Products/Bags-Backpacks/COVRT/COVRT-18-Backpack.html

    Also like the Kelty Peregrine posted above...with a little search I found it with two different names...although almost the same but when doing a search it might yield different results :

    Peregrine 1800
    Peregrine 29

    http://www.kelty.com/showproduct.aspx?ProductID=265&SEName=peregrine-29

    & much cheaper..

    http://www.uscav.com/productinfo.aspx?productid=21314&tabid=1

    Did I miss something ? :help:
     
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  6. Flash Owl

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    i picked up the kelty MAP 3500 as my travel pack. its similar to the peregrine but bigger. i was actually expecting the map 3500 to be bigger, but its still a good size for my travels. i realized i wanted something even more simple, i ended up stripping my kelty map 3500 down. took off the waist strap, stowed away the sternum straps, pulled out the aluminum rods on the back panel, took off the bungie cord. ill try and get a pic up.....

    i really wanted a goruck GR2, which looks perfect for traveling, but i dont travel as much as i used to, and couldnt warrant the $400 price tag.
    and right now im regretting getting the kelty instead of the gr2.

    i do use a goruck echo as my daypack, and really love it, zero regrets on that purchase.

    TAG chaos pack was another pack i was looking at, no webbing everywhere, simple and durable looking.

    5.11 covert18 is another good pack,
     
  7. gatorfan

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    +1 on Tom Bihn. The Brain Bag is an excellent carry on.

    Sent from my DROID RAZR using Tapatalk 2
     
  8. Lemmez

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    [​IMG]

    I'm loving my Goruck.
     
  9. Zerv14

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    Thanks guys, these are all great suggestions. Tom Bihn stuff looks really interesting.
     
  10. SurvivePenna
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    I just stumpled upon this very cool pack today and thought I would pass on the link...

    The North Face Borealis

    http://www.zappos.com/the-north-face-borealis-tnf-black

    It appears to have a really nice admin/organization section in the front and comes in a slew of different colors, even if you're not into black. :)
     
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  11. tmwebb3

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    I put a Tactical Tailor Enhanced Admin Pouch on the MOLLE inside my GR1 to hold all the odds and ends I need, and I also have a Cocoon Grid-It that fits perfectly in either of the lower inside pockets for keeping things like cables and chargers together. The TT pouch is perfect for the GR1, but without it there isn't any true admin/organizion in the pack.
     
  12. xtal

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    I have a North Face backpack that I really like (Base Camp Hot Shot). The one caveat is, the admin section doesn't have any zip pockets. I usually drop a small organizer in the bottom of the admin section to handle smaller things that might roll around otherwise.
     
  13. Kripto

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    Take a look at Mystery Ranch packs. :)
     
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    I've got a Kifaru E&E that I'm pretty happy with...a bit pricey though.
     
  15. KDOG08

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    Tactical Tailor has the Removeable Operator Pack (ROP) Its a perfect small pack. I had one a while ago in Ranger Green but sold it, and regret it to this day. I'm thinking of ordering one in coyote when I get the chance...
     
  16. Chubb

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    +1 GORUCK

    Just bite the bullet and get one, its what your looking for.

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    JANDD bags are tougher than nails and very innocent looking.
     
  18. Aimless

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    Kifaru hunting packs or a Kifaru Express.
     
  19. dogcompany

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    ditto. I went through a bunch of packs before I got my GR2. Ive been all over the world, to the office, and up mountains with it. I'm done buying packs, nuff said. [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
     
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  20. dogcompany

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    I didn't answer the OP question. The internal organization is the GoRucks strongest suit. He designed the inside after medical trauma kits. Go to the website and read about the GR1, that's what sold me.