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Posted: 9/27/2011 6:38:01 AM EST
[Last Edit: 9/27/2011 8:42:30 AM EST by DallmannTodd]
I am trying to select a Pack for multi-purpose use, inclusing military travels/deployment, backpacking, and bugout bag. I want something heavy duty enough to be durable for long term moderate use, as well as something compatible with additonal Molle pouches. I have Narrowed down my search to the following options, but know I may have overlooked something worthwhile, so am still open other suggestions:

Eberlestock F4 Terminator 83 Liters, 9 lbs 8 oz, $399 MSRP

Eberlestock V69 Destroyer 60 Liters, 7 lbs 2 oz, $342 MSRP

Tactical Tailor Extended Range Operator 51 Liters, 6 lbs 8 oz, $372 MSRP

I also HAD the Kifaru Navigator on the list, but it was recently DQ'ed due to price.

(can someone edit this post to add a poll? I dont know how!)
Link Posted: 9/27/2011 8:50:57 AM EST
Link Posted: 9/27/2011 9:02:39 AM EST
1) Weight––approximate load to be hauled? Any particular piece of gear of abnormal size/bulk?; I dont know the weight offhand, but see #2
2) Cargo––are you looking to carry 1-2 days worth of gear or is this for 5-7 day loadout?; 5-7 day loadout, but for someone who has traveled and backpacked enough to know how to pack light
3) Does it need to fit "carry on" commercial airline dimensions or is pack size irrevelant?; Pack size is irrelevant, but I dont want something that doubles my height.
4) Color/camo preference––are you needing a particular pattern or do you have a solid color that will work;? I dont NEED any particular pattern, but would probably lean toward green, or multicam

I have a smaller Granite Gear Pack I used, and it is nice enough, but at twice the price of the other options, I dont know if it worth the extra coin to invest in the larger Granite Gear for what I would gain in return.
Link Posted: 9/27/2011 9:21:57 AM EST
I bought most of my Kifaru packs used and got them for far less than retail.
Link Posted: 9/28/2011 10:12:07 AM EST
Eberlstock packs are pretty heavy for backpacking. That being said, I have used them for week long hikes and they were not a weak link, plus you are mil so probably used to rucking with a lot of weight. One thing I wanted to mention is that a bugout back should probably stay packed. I can see using it as a backpacking pack also but I would get something else for travel and deployments.
Link Posted: 9/29/2011 5:41:24 PM EST
[Last Edit: 9/29/2011 5:42:43 PM EST by assaultbackpacks]
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