December 15, 2015
Kitting Out for Winter
Winter's here in the high desert, and long past time to change out all the summer stuff in the kit. I find myself lugging more contingency gear during the winter, so the change-out also includes a bigger pack:
Got one of these in OD at Clothing Sales back in 2004, and it has held up admirably since then. They don't sell them in OD anymore, but you can get one in "Coyote Brown" which is just as good. Or in Multicam if that's your thing. Only thing I found better so far is my London Bridge 1476A, but you definitely get what you pay for when you buy LBT.
For those of you who run Yaesu FT-817s as your field radio, I have found that they fit nicely in the Spec-Ops SAW Magazine Pouch:
I use the internal battery pack and stock Rubber-duck antenna (with 6 meter extension) on the FT-817, and mount the pouch on the pack's upper set of PALS webbing. Now I have 6m, 2m, and 70cm ham band capability while on the go.
Before I ran with those packs, I used an old Medium ALICE pack:
Got mine back in the day at my local Army/Navy store (which is still there). It was cheap, rugged, and worked. Actually, it did a good job. Still have it.