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Posted: 3/17/2011 7:16:51 AM EST
So I like to think that I am prepared, but I took a hard look at my preps and decided that I should be spending A LOT more time here instead of cutting it up in the GD area.
With the current state of affairs it is time for me to step it up a bit.

Making up some BOB's for the rest of the family.

What would be a good source to get. Alice or Molle?

ALICE
http://cgi.ebay.com/Large-Alice-Pack-Rucksack-US-Military-NEW-/330514494664?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item4cf432f4c8#ht_3378wt_907

MOLLE
http://cgi.ebay.com/Desert-MOLLE-SDS-Large-Assault-Pack-DCU-3-Day-Backpack-/290503253598?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item43a357de5e#ht_2764wt_1141

Many thanks
Ox
Link Posted: 3/17/2011 9:25:10 AM EST
[Last Edit: 3/17/2011 9:27:28 AM EST by rockthecasbah]
I have a large ALICE and like it alot. Its got a ton of space, but my biggest gripe is the extra weight of the frame. I also just got a 3-day bag for $30 from LAPG - the same one in Flashbang1063's post here:

Flashbang1063's minimalist 3-day pack

Seems to be a good bag for a great price. Its smaller than the large ALICE, but I'm experimenting and want to see if the loss of space is worth the savings in weight to me.
Link Posted: 3/17/2011 9:49:32 AM EST
Awesome.
Just saved Flashbangs thread. Will be going back to that one as a reference.
Many thanks
Link Posted: 3/17/2011 9:59:56 AM EST
[Last Edit: 3/17/2011 10:01:08 AM EST by melonjr]
I started with medium alice packs, but the frame was my issue too just didn't like it. That being said the price can't be beat on the alice packs and I think there are some lighter frame options out there.

Below are a couple of threads to check along with the other mentioned above.

http://www.ar15.com/forums/topic.html?b=6&f=10&t=334683

http://www.ar15.com/forums/topic.html?b=10&f=18&t=643427

http://www.ar15.com/forums/topic.html?b=10&f=18&t=643266
Link Posted: 3/17/2011 2:24:42 PM EST
[Last Edit: 3/18/2011 6:59:15 PM EST by AmericanPatriot1776]
My philosophy on BOB's has changed over the years.

I used to find the biggest bag I could and cram as much as I could into it. I also spent too much money.

I figured that I should keep the BOB in my truck instead of my home. If it is down in the basement it does not help me at work or if I am out around town.

The big bag I kept in the truck always kept getting in the way and drew attention if I had to keep moving it. I decided to go smaller.

I bought a like new USGI woodland Camo ALICE pack and a DOWNEAST FRAME upgrade. The bag cost me $15, and the frame with straps $40. It is very comfortable and affordable. Over time I bought some cheap MOLLE woodland camo pouches to attach to it.

The DOWNEAST FRAME IS AWSOME.

I now keep the BOB in a plastic bin in the back of my truck. It just looks like a beat up, cheap utility box.

I also pared down my needs to the necessities.

Food (kept in a 5 gallon bucket - I can pull food from it when I need it)
Water
Warm clothing
Poncho
Tarp
Paracord
Hammock
Knife
Lights
Blankets (in the winter sleeping bag)
Personal defense items
Fire/cooking
Misc items
Tools

I also keep a spare set of boots in the truck in a 5 gallon bucket.

Keep it really simple and inexpensive. I find I use items from the BOB for everyday stuff. If you are spending a lot of money on it, you probably are doing it wrong.
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