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Back Packing

Back packs can be used for so many things. I like to keep a backpack just for a bug out bag. I keep stuff in there that I would need for at least 72 hours (actually, more like 144 hours). It doesn't matter if you're going for a day trip or for a long week-end, a good back pack will carry everything you'll need to take with you.

As usual, we take the top ratings from Amazon that have at least 100 customer reviews. The best rating you can achieve from here is a 5, so when you see something with a 4.8 with hundreds of reviews, you're pretty assured that one product is customer approved.

Some of the military style back packs have the MOLLE packs (modular lightweight load-carrying equipment) and PALS. PALS is the webbing and MOLLE is the attachment. If you have PALS, you can attach Molle attachment to it. It just allows you to be able to add extra components to your pack, providing you can carry the extra weight. We looked at the medium size back pack, around 40 liters in carrying space.

I must remind people that water resistant and water proof are two different things. Anything water resistant will still get wet in a downpour or dropped in the water. If you want water proof, then you will need a water proof cover to go over your back pack, & this is true of most back packs. As always, do your due diligent.

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Osprey Packs Farpoint 40


The Osprey Back Pack got a 4.8 rating out of over 2,800 reviews. You can find this back pack on Amazon following this link:

This is a 40 liter back pack and with the meshed back-panel, this improves ventilation and the mesh on the harness and hip-belt reduces chafing when travelling under load.

The Osprey Farpoint is perfect as a carry on if you're flying, as the packing straps can be zippered up with a rear protective cover, along with padded handles on the side. This makes it look more like a duffel bag than a back pack.

All the Osprey backpacks had really good reviews, this is just one of many models available.

5.11 Tactical RUSH24 Military Backpack


The 5.11 Tactical BackPack has a rating of 4.8 out of over 3,600 reviews. You can find this back pack at the following link:

This pack is loaded with compartments (29 all together) plus it has the MOLLE system for even extra attachments.

The 5.11 Tactical pack is made from 1050D nylon and reinforced with a water-repellent coating, making it good for wet and harsh environments.

This pack was a 37 liter size with a 60 oz. hydration pocket that comes with a drain hole in case of leaks.

Coolton Tactical Backpack


The Coolton Tactical BackPack has a rating of 4.6 out of 2,100 reviews. You can find this backpack on Amazon following this link:

This backpack is a 40 liter size but does not say how many compartments it has, also says it's a Canadian company, but the backpacks are made in China.

The Coolton backpack also has the MOLLE system for extra attachment, but the water bladder is an option. 

Made of 600D  polyester, this pack is durable & water resistant.

DIGBUG Military Tactical Backpack


The DIGBUG Military BackPack has a rating of 4.7 out of over 1708 reviews. You can find this backpack on Amazon following this link:

Here again, this pack does not say how many compartments it has, like the other military pack, it looks like a lot, also is a 40 liter size.

The DIGBUG backpack also has a MOLLE system across the front and the sides for carrying extra equipment, and the water bladder is also an option.

The backpack is made of 600x600 Density fabric, making it durable and water-resistant.

KROSER Travel Laptop Backpack


The KROSER Travel BackPack has a rating of 4.7 out of 5900 reviews. You can find this back pack on Amazon following this link:

This back pack is kind of a all-round back pack, good for school, business, work or play. It will fit a 17.3" laptop in the main pouch and has a number of compartments for a verity of other items.

The KROSER back pack has a hard shell compartment for cell phone or glasses, plus a USB charging port using a power bank. (Power bank is not included) The top handle is equipped with a steel cable for extra strength.

This also has RFID Pockets with Identity protection function to protect your date encoded on any ID, credit cards and passports.

This back pack is said to be water repellent (not resistant) to keep everything dry inside.

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