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Top Loading EDC Backpack - help me decide

Discussion in 'EDC Bags' started by kenshomi, Jan 10, 2017.

  1. kenshomi

    kenshomi Loaded Pockets

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    I thought I had found the (current) perfect bag with the Kifaru Urban Zippy, but it's a little too unstructured even with the frame sleeve. My other high use is an Eblestock X4 Highspeed, but it's too tacticool for EDC.
    My kids now use a Patagonia Black Hole 25l that swung too far into urban hipster.

    I am fine with 'some' Molle, don't need a laptop sleeve, mostly for a stashing lots of water (non bladder) clothes, ipad, FAK, small sport specific stuff for LAX or Softball for 8-12 hours.
     
  2. Ken Watson

    Ken Watson Loaded Pockets

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    Could have a look at the Kletterwerks Flip? Does not have side water bottle pockets but is otherwise somewhat similar to the zippy, except it is 1000D instead of 500D, so it might be a little less floppy. What color is your zippy?
     
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  3. Jay-uk

    Jay-uk Loaded Pockets

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    Maybe a khard or vanquest ibex
     
  4. Jordan Smeenge

    Jordan Smeenge Loaded Pockets

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    Hill people gear umlindi, then add a pals or Tara pocket for organization


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  5. 343KD

    343KD Loaded Pockets

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    I'd suggest a Goruck GR1 or Rucker depending on your budget. They make two different sizes as well.
     
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  6. Caleb

    Caleb Loaded Pockets

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    This is what I've been looking at lately. I love the durability of Mystery Ranch packs and this little pack is very basic and should be as tough or tougher than anything similar on the market.
     
  7. Bwana1

    Bwana1 Loaded Pockets

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    I just got the Vanquest Ibex 20 in Grey, and really like it's size and minimalist approach to organization. Dividers can be added to quadrant off space...or hook&loop pouches attached inside. For certain specific ventures it's perfect for me, I have other packs for more space or tons of pockets.
     
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  8. MCPOWoller

    MCPOWoller Loaded Pockets

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    What about a Oakley Icon Pack 3.0 or one of the other Oakley packs? Many are top loading.
     
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  9. Bwana1

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    Agreed, the Bathroom & Kitchen sink models are pretty nice top loaders,,,,a bit heavy & pricey tho
     
  10. baccar-3

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    Kelty roll top.
     
  11. rat-7

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    Frost River Summit pack.
     
  12. KDOG08

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    Tom Bihn Smart Alec is a great choice too.
     
  13. kenshomi

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    so many choices - keep them coming. HPG Umlindi, and Smart Alec are tops!
     
  14. WISluggo

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    Umlindi won't be back in stock until late march if that influences your choice.
     
  15. DGGoingUphill

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    ILE Apex sounds like a good choice. I have one in XPac and it's pretty much the sort of thing you are looking for. It's for lighter loads though, mostly because of the straight, super flexy shoulder straps. A 20 liter MissionWorkshop Arkiv pack is mostly just an awesome top loading sack when not using attachments. I love my 500D weight one (a new super material, so just as strong as 1000D cordura), though I tend to go smaller for day-to-day.
     
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  16. revilo951

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    The Everyday backpack by Peak Design is top load, isn't tacticool, and has side access. I have the 30L, and I love it.

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  17. kenshomi

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    How is the Umlindi using one strap for short distances - Airport walking, Car to office. On the weekends I'd use it with two.
     
  18. CBisch

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    +1 to Inside Line Equipment Apex, I have the Apex and an Apex XL w/ bottle pockets and love them. Also ILE customer service is the best i've encountered so far. I wanted bottle pockets on mine and emailed CS, I got a reply within hours and the pack was built for me the next day and I had it in my hands 3 days after I emailed him...Unbelievable lol (Although I lived fairly close by so shipping only took a day).

    Apex in Field Tan Waxed Canvas
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    Apex XL also in Field Tan Waxed Canvas because I liked it so much
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    side by side
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  19. kenshomi

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    anyone? I know these are both non mainstream packs -
     
  20. Rainy
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    Tom Bihn Guides Pack is a very nice top loading pack. Depending on if you get side pockets, it also has a bit of organization. Worked well for both edc and daytip for me.