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Hello, I am about to get into my BOB and I want to get a bigger pack. I have a 25L Outdoor pack and I dont think this is big enough.

I am 6'6 and 130 pounds. (I know I am one skinny ****. I am trying to gain some weight and join the armed forces.)

I was looking at a BOB video and a guy said an Eagle Pack. I looked online and couldn't find one, so I thought I would come here. It was a big bag and looked great. I know it is going to be on the expensive side, and I am willing to pay for that.

Ideally I want my BOB to be enough for 72 Hours MAX. I would like it to be able to carry these things along with the basics.

-Sleeping Bag (Outside the bag)
-Optional Pouches (Medical kit, canteen holsters, etc.)

I am just getting started and I have a small list of items I need to go pick up and start storing. I am looking currently for some extra clothing and shoes to carry in case.

Thanks for reading and hope I can get some help!

-Jase

EDIT:

Just saw some Maxpedition Packs on Ebay for around 160$.

"Maxpedition Vulture II 3 Day pack"
Maxpedition MX514B Vulture II 3-Day Backpack Black Overall Size 16.5" x 21" x 8"

Would that be a suitable pack for someone my size? Maybe a bit bigger? I can hold more if needed.

EDIT2:

New pack I found and I think I like this for around 100$ looks like a great pack, still want some opinions.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/VOODOO-TACT...787?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item2eca56dc7b
 

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I am the opposite from you in every way.

Take it from this old guy. Too large a bag is a liability. The more room you have the larger the temptation is to duplicate. People with large bags cannot enjoy themselves translation they cannot function.

But! Do not buy into cheap survival kits in a can. Use real everyday functioning stuff. Except for underwear and socks there is not much reason to duplicate anything. Think more of cross functioning. Carry one thing to do a job then consider how some other functioning item could be an emergency backup.
 

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Check out some flea markets and army surplus stores before you spend an arm and a leg for a BOB. I found an older gentleman at a flea market selling "army bags" etc. It was the same stuff that some army surplus stores I've been to sell (not military issue). I got my pack for $50 and I've seen them sell for over $100 for the same bag other places. Mine is a large Alice pack, and military Alice pack frame fits it just fine (which I found at an army surplus for $25). I've looked at things online and in retail stores...yeah they're nice and pricey too. But I'm happy with mine and it's digital camo, not brightly colored like some I've seen. If your really wanting to pick a size that fits you, visit a Bass Pro Shop or any other local outdoors store. They should have plenty of different sized bags for you to "try on". That way you know the size you really want and if you're willing to pay out the wazoo for it, get it. Otherwise search the internet and eBay for the same thing and find it cheaper. :) (I'm kinda a frugal prepper lol)
 

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Being a whopping 5' 3" myself, I can only recommend trying on the backpack first (or similar ones, at least) if possible. Bass Pro, Dick's, Cabela's, army surplus stores, tactical stores... And also make sure you can carry a backpack with that kind of weight, and just don't over stuff it with anything besides what you need. But that Voodoo backpack with the link is like one my husband tried on at a tactical store, he's 6' 2", 180 lbs. It fit him very well.
 

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Being a whopping 5' 3" myself, I can only recommend trying on the backpack first (or similar ones, at least) if possible. Bass Pro, Dick's, Cabela's, army surplus stores, tactical stores... And also make sure you can carry a backpack with that kind of weight, and just don't over stuff it with anything besides what you need. But that Voodoo backpack with the link is like one my husband tried on at a tactical store, he's 6' 2", 180 lbs. It fit him very well.
I understand all of the comments above, I have only visited one surplus store since living here, and they are expensive for everything. I think that the VooDoo Tactical is the one I want to go with, It is bigger than what I have and It is black.
 

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Yeah, unless you're in a military town, surplus stores tend to way overcharge. And generally you can/do find better deals online. And if you're looking for good, reliable, well made gear, you do have to spend the extra money versus cheaper, lesser quality options.
 

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Yeah, unless you're in a military town, surplus stores tend to way overcharge. And generally you can/do find better deals online. And if you're looking for good, reliable, well made gear, you do have to spend the extra money versus cheaper, lesser quality options.
I live next to about 3 or 4 military bases. That surplus store is just over pricing I guess. I only bought some knives from them and they have broke within 1 week of purchasing. I am thinking about going surplus hunting sometime.
 

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Take the bag you have, put 30 pounds of rocks in it and go for an off road rough terrain hike. Go until you are tired and then turn around and go back.
If you cover more than 14 miles round trip in less than five hours then you can carry a heavier pack.

I find that you can usually carry 1/5 of your weight without much of a problem and in an emergency you can carry about 1/3 of your weight if you slow down and rest every 25 - 30 minutes for 5 minutes. (this in a cross-country environment in cool temps)
 

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Holy crap, 6'6" and 130? Tie some 550 together with a sandwich bag and toothpicks for a frame. :mrgreen:



Best to try some packs on at a local shop if you can and get an idea for yourself. You might find one you like also. I mainly buy Maxpedition packs and gear because of there quality.
 

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Hello, I am about to get into my BOB and I want to get a bigger pack. I have a 25L Outdoor pack and I dont think this is big enough.

I am 6'6 and 130 pounds. (I know I am one skinny ****. I am trying to gain some weight and join the armed forces.)

I was looking at a BOB video and a guy said an Eagle Pack. I looked online and couldn't find one, so I thought I would come here. It was a big bag and looked great. I know it is going to be on the expensive side, and I am willing to pay for that.

Ideally I want my BOB to be enough for 72 Hours MAX. I would like it to be able to carry these things along with the basics.

-Sleeping Bag (Outside the bag)
-Optional Pouches (Medical kit, canteen holsters, etc.)

I am just getting started and I have a small list of items I need to go pick up and start storing. I am looking currently for some extra clothing and shoes to carry in case.

Thanks for reading and hope I can get some help!

-Jase

EDIT:

Just saw some Maxpedition Packs on Ebay for around 160$.

"Maxpedition Vulture II 3 Day pack"
Maxpedition MX514B Vulture II 3-Day Backpack Black Overall Size 16.5" x 21" x 8"

Would that be a suitable pack for someone my size? Maybe a bit bigger? I can hold more if needed.

EDIT2:

New pack I found and I think I like this for around 100$ looks like a great pack, still want some opinions.

Voodoo Tactical Matrix Assault Pack Black | eBay
I own the voodoo pack your looking at and it is a good quality pack but not as good a quality as the Maxpedition. The stitching is better and it's made with heavier nylon. Instead of Eagle pack, could it have been Condor Pack?
 

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I am not sure, I am starting to think about just going for a more expensive pack later on because of the quality. For the eagle pack, I think it might have been something like a VooDoo or Maxpedition. I say this because it had plenty of MOLLE straps and extra bags. That is exactly what I am looking for. That is why I am debating between the VooDoo and the Maxpedition.
 

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I am just concerned at basic weight unloaded and waterproofness.
The best waterproofing is to avoid swimming. Outside of that, check if your pack comes seam sealed from the factory - even if it does, seal it again yourself. Don't zip to the top and middle like most will, zip it to the side so it's harder for rainfall to find that little gap. Anything you have in your pack that must not come into contact with water should be in it's own waterproof container because the only thing you can rely on is that at least one system of protection will fail. Some bags come with a rain cover, but that adds weight. You should probably already be carrying a poncho, and more than likely your poncho should be able to cover you and the pack.
 

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+1 on the Condor 3-day Assault pack. Besides standard mil colors, you can also get in black and red/black. It is huge, well made, hydration pocket for up to 3L bladder, lots of Molle and plenty of adjustments for shoulder straps and hop belt. Best of all you can usually fid one for approx $70 online. Snugpak (pro force) also makes a really nice waterproof cover that fits perfectly over this pack...that can be a lot easier than trying to waterproof everything from the inside.
 
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