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Discussion in 'EDC Bags' started by Journo, Dec 3, 2017.
Wow thanks for such an awesome response
No worries, I just think that for some of us our EDC is such an important part of our daily lives (and in the case of some of us it is a critical part of our lives, and the lives of others) that people should be able to make informed decisions, and if I am in a position to help with that then I am happy to do so.
This thread is a bit old now but I've got some suggestions:
The Recycled Firefighter 12 hour pack (or the 24 hr but it's obviously bigger, not exactly how much bigger)
And the Mystery Ranch Street Fighter, which I really like the look of except it's a shame it's only 16 litres rather than 18 or 20, and I see it used to be available in grey but now only black/coyote.
Oh wow, I'd buy that in a split second. I love the size and organization of the R12, coupled with the light weight of Dyneema would be a fantastic daily carry pack.
Have you looked at the Tom Bihn Synapse 25 or Pilot? www.tombihn.com
I think the most “grey man” thing you could buy is a cheapie adidas bag, something that dosnt resemble an item that the owner or manufacturer cares about it at all.
I am still using my Millican bags. The Nick the Messenger bag gets more use these days, but the Smith the Roll is going to be used as a travel bag. I did try and swap and use my RUSH 12, or the First Tactical Half Day pack, or my Wisport Sparrow, or my Direct Action Messenger, or my 5.11 RUSH LIMA, or my FLYE FAST Pack, or something else (can't remember what) but none of them felt the way the Millican bag does. The Osprey Flapjack range came close but there was something about them that made them stick out in my mind.
Glad you were able to find a fit.
When it's right it's right.
Just a reminder that this thing is still around
Looks great but I'm not sure I need it. Just packed the Millican Smith the Roll pack for work tomorrow and it looks and feels great. I'll try and get some shots up.
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I checked a while ago and it's not on the Hidden Woodsmen site anymore, not sure what's going on with that.
Here it is IMG_7399 by EJ Ward, on Flickr
I would say that the best choice regarding being "grey man" is to avoid all packs that markets themselves as "grey man" packs and simply go for suggestions in this thread (Adidas, college bags, the Millican bag, Osprey etc.).
I like "tactical bags", I like "grey man" bags and I have more than a few of each but I don't really treat them any differently, they are my primary bags. If I want to go low key/non-tactical (which I rarely do since I believe the grey man concept is overstated, but that's another discussion) I don't choose any of them, I go for an old German military mountain backpack, an unidentified canvas bag from a surplus store or a regular school bag from Nike (I think it is). Sure the first two are clearly military, but they are not in the least "tactical" and they look like someone that simply need a backpack picked up at a second hand store or a similar "boutique".
For the ultimate grey man solution, I just dump all of my things into a large black plastic contractor bag and sling it on my back. Sometimes I'll go further and wear dirty tattered clothes and mumble to myself incoherently. No one's the wiser.
Ogio Renegade RSS is way more Grey Man than my GR1..
Anyone know where I can get a Mystery Ranch Street Fighter in grey? Official site only has black/coyote
I just spent last week walking around Washington DC, the Pentagon and other federal buildings. People carried all sorts of packs in all sorts of colors. My biggest observation was unless the person had some military type patches on it, they all seemed pretty “gray man”. To the trained eye, your pack would only be one of many things that they would scan for. Almost every SF soldier I know wear Solomon shoes and I can spot them a mile away. My 2 cents worth anyway and I’m not that trained.
which one is that?
The Hidden Woodsmen - Traveller
I couldn't find it on their website a few weeks ago