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Discussion in 'EDC Bags' started by PHRN5, Oct 28, 2017.

  1. PHRN5

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    I haven't told the Finance Committee yet, but I'm on the hunt for a new EDC bag, something around 25 liter size and not too tactical in appearance. I ran across a few older posts on the following packs, and wonder if there are any changes?

    MSM Boss Beaver: Seemed like the biggest complaint was not being able to keep the beaver tail secured to the rest of the pack tightly enough. Has there been any running changes that have fixed this? Aside from that issue, how has the pack performed?

    Alpha One-Niner Evade: How has it held up overall? It seems pretty close to the DA Dragon Egg I already have (hopefully without the rattling buckles). I'm wishing it had a loop field or laser-cut molle in the main compartment in case I want to use other brand pouches.
     
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  2. BTG108

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    I love my Evade. I added a Triple Aught Design Transporter Tail and now it’s close to perfect. I’ve only been using it for about 10 months but I haven’t had any real issues. The shoulder straps slip their top adjustment slowly (even after being looped back through the tri glide) but a safety pin seems to hold them well.

    Only complaint is that it doesn’t stand up well


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  3. BTG108

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    I’d also suggest looking at the Osprey Pandion. It may replace my Evade


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  4. PHRN5

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    Thanks for the tip about the Pandion, I'll check it out
     
  5. Bobby Leang

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    How much funds do you think the Finance Committee could earmark for you new EDC? Do you carry a computer around a lot?

    If you like the Boss Beaver, look into the Tactical Tailor Urban Operator; it has shockcord instead of a beaver tail.

    But if you commonly carry a computer Alpha evade is the way to go.
     
  6. PHRN5

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    One of the advantages of being a bag-oholic is having examples of different designs to try out to really assess what I'm looking for in an EDC bag. Now, some people would say that sounds like an excuse to keep all of those bags and not sell them to appease the Finance Committee; to these people I say, shut up ;)

    After spending a few days carrying my EDC items, gym clothes, work stuff and camera gear I'm just a *little* closer to a short finalist list, either based on my past experience with the brand, or their similar attributes to what I already have. And in doing my little experiment, I realized I've been going at this all wrong. I was looking at the bags I have and trying to find one that fixed their shortcomings; instead, I should have asked what do I need to do now, and what do I want to do in the future... and then looked for a bag that could reasonably handle both.

    Aside from the EDC stuff we all seem to carry, I need to have a first aid kit or area -- probably a bit larger than most. I go to the gym enough that being able to temporarily carry sweats, water bottles, etc would be great. I carry camera gear three or four times a month; sure, I could buy a separate camera bag, but a) I'd like to start taking a smaller kit with me more frequently and, b) the Finance Committee might be swayed by my attempt at finding a multipurpose bag. There's a good chance I'll start carrying a laptop (no larger than 15"), and may want a CCW option in the future.

    I doubt there's one bag that will do all that perfectly; I'm just trying to find one that will do 95% of that reasonably well.
     
  7. Rdog

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    I had never seen that MSM Boss beaver...I'm liking that, not sure I should thank you or curse you?
     
  8. PHRN5

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    I'm curious how securely the outer part is held to the rest of the pack
     
  9. Municipal_Jedi

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    Have you checked out Tom Bihn? The Synapse 25 is a pretty great 25L pack that is not tactical looking, USA made and will hold up well in the long run.
     
  10. PHRN5

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    I'll take a look at that as well. I'm loading the Dragon Egg to go out for the day, and.... it seems so very petty, but if the buckles were quiet like every other pack I have, I'd most likely get a second in grey or black. It's this close to my 95% goal. *sigh*
     
  11. Rdog

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    I'm not familiar with Dragon egg packs, is this buckle issue really bad? How are the buckles different? And why not just cut them off and replace with DIY hardware from a place like MSM?
    I have not used them, but the snap on buckles seem like an easy and cheap fix?
     
  12. PHRN5

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    The buckles snap securely, they just have a little rattle to them when I walk while carrying the bag. If I pick the Dragon Egg up by the paracord handle and shake it, the buckles rattle. If I pick up my Vanquest Trident 20, Camelbak Trizip or Hazard 4 Plan B and do the same shake, the buckles are silent. I know, it's a petty thing, but it's enough to be mildly irritating at times.

    I didn't know MSM offered DIY hardware. I'll have to take a look... especially now that I've had another change in jobs, meaning I'll have a really hard time justifying a new EDC bag without selling one or two that I already have. :(
     
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    I really like the Dragon Egg, also, and end up using it more than anything else for an EDC bag. I, too, am a bag nut, and have far more bags than is healthy for one guy to own.

    The Spec-Ops Brand T.H.E. Pack comes in second for me, but I did have to add a Main-Frame Pack Organizer to organize the main compartment. And a Modular Pack Frame to stiffen the pack. And a couple Vanquest organizer pouches for the pockets. Yeah, the T.H.E. Pack is great, if you are willing to get the accessories needed to make it a complete solution. I especially like the compression straps on the sides, which allow me to cinch everything down and carry it more closely on my back.

    Next up for me to try will be the Greenroom136 Rainmaker. I just ordered one today, as I want something a little less “tactical” looking, and a little more “grey man.”


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  14. Bloom
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    The Dragon Egg II has been on my “want” list for a while, but I’ve also heard about it’s rattling buckles which has kind of scared me off.


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  15. PHRN5

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    Every so often I find myself back at Direct Action's website, thinking "the rattling isn't that bad, is it?" and then click away before I do something my OCD will regret later. I did that again today, and clicked away and onto First Tactical's site. Their 0.5 Day Tactix and 1 and 3-day Specialist packs are certainly in the Dragon Egg's price range. Anyone have any experience with them? Anyone know why I do this to myself? :help:
     
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  16. Bloom
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    Ha!! I’m right there with you. I’m actually selling a “like new” 0.5 Day Tactix pack; just sent you the details. Will get it listed here on the sale forums tonight.


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    I have a First Tactical pack and could not be happier...
     
  18. Rdog

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    I have both an older and new Spec-Ops T.H.E. pack and am impressed with them overall. The new one is "beefier" than the older one. I do think they are too large for EDC in most cases, at least for my uses...and thus I am very interested in the newer "EDC" model they have.

    They are on the spartan side for the price IMO, but I do feel like you get a very well made product.
    I'll have to try the frame stiffener, and the back pad they sell on the side...sort of a disappointment those are extra.
     
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    I am really liking my Rainmaker so far. After about two months of use it has pulled through well.