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Offline Freespool

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Discrete bag
« on: October 06, 2017, 09:17:57 PM »
I am looking for recmendarions on a backpack. I want tactical functionality and storage but I want the bag to look basic.  My thoughts are to not draw attention and a typical tactical bag does that.  Seriously looking at just cheap backpacks from Sams and Academy Sports.  Anyone have input?  Want affordable but functional and not draw attention. This would be for every day carry in the truck for me, one for the wife in her van, and one for the kids.  This way everyone has a basic pack ready and available.

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Re: Discrete bag
« Reply #1 on: October 06, 2017, 10:13:51 PM »
One tip is too choose a navy blue bag.  It has the same unobtrusiveness as a black bag (even better vs. night vision) but draws less 'tactical' attention than black.

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Re: Discrete bag
« Reply #2 on: October 07, 2017, 08:22:51 AM »
For inconspicuous  check out day packs that hold a 17" lap top.  It will give you a little more room than a standard day pack but look "normal".

I would also check out smaller hiking packs particularly for your wife.  They can be found at sporting good stores and can be fit to her back length.  I have a shorter torso and having a properly fitting backpack makes a big difference when wearing it. I own a couple of green hiking packs that get used as over night bags more than anything else. 

LL Bean makes good everyday backpacks that hold up to kid abuse.

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Re: Discrete bag
« Reply #3 on: October 07, 2017, 11:10:31 AM »
Don't forget garage sales. You can find little used packs at them often.


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Re: Discrete bag
« Reply #4 on: October 07, 2017, 11:57:05 AM »
     I've found, and have been guilty myself, of having too many "add-on" outside pouches. Whats even worse, is to have ponchos, water bottles, large knives, etc. visibly attached to the outside of your bag. Besides screaming that you have useful "stuff", it makes it that much easier to lose something in a scramble through the bushes or jostling in a crowd.
     I now try to have everything inside the pack as much as possible. A book bag doesn't conceal as well if it has a metal one liter water bottle and a machete strapped to the outside. The situation calls for your decision. I used to use the "can I walk from one end of the Mall to the other without drawing attention to myself" test. This works with a nondescript book bag, but of course you can't enter most stores with it. On the other hand, if there is a total meltdown I don't think I'd worry too much about concealment. I'd rather have the gear I need and use some commonsense about how much I would expose myself (travel at night off the beaten track, etc.) in trying to get to where I need to go, rather than just a daypack.
     For less than the Apocalypse, I kind of like the idea of a "fishing or expedition vest" full of supplies and gear in their many pockets, and then wear it under a loose coat or hoodie. Of course you have to pare down what you can carry, but when combined with EDC items, I think you could be good for a couple of days on the road, with no eyecatching items whatsoever.
     Of course there is always the option of presenting yourself as a homeless person. Put your gear in a shopping cart or beat up child's wagon and cover it with old rags, garbage and maybe some roadkill. Stink up as much as possible (vomit would be a good choice) some raggedy clothes that don't match or fit, over your fatigues. Practice shambling and mumbling to yourself as you shuffle your way to where you need to go. Not fun, but you probably wouldn't get rolled for your AR, Strider knife or camo pack of MRE's either, if you looked like the guys on the covers of Prepper porn magazines. 

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Re: Discrete bag
« Reply #6 on: October 07, 2017, 06:24:33 PM »
I would avoid the military style and the high end hiking brands/styles, but you still want something durable to survive being handled and being used hard for several days if needed.  I would avoid obvious laptop pack brands as that could be a unwanted target, just like high end brands scream "This guy has plenty of dough" (North Face, Gregory, Under Armour, Cabelas, etc). Something in between Walmart China and high end/tactical.  Perhaps Columbia, REI house brand, Eagle Creek, or LL Bean. 

Not sure what you mean by tactical...but low key. :) A day pack with a couple of outer pockets and water bottle mesh pocket is pretty generic while still very useful.  I have a 20 yr old Eagle Creek forest green/black trim daypack that I use.  Totally non-descript yet it has held up to numerous long day hikes, camping trips, bicycle commuting, as well as being my daily companion. Good construction, dark natural coloration, small enough to just hang between my shoulders yet large enough to carry quite a bit of gear.  I have worn this through many, many shops and stores and never been stopped or questioned.  Most day packs these days, have some webbing loops sewn on down the middle so if needed you can attach all manner of stuff to it.  But in normal carry I would keep the outside as slick and clean as possible to prevent snags and make it less visually obtrusive.  Camelback and Osprey make great hydration packs that are well built and don't scream "TACTICAL NINJA!" or "MONEY BAGS!".  I have a CamelBack MULE that is a small daypack and incredibly well constructed that has seen hundreds of miles on running trails.

If you are in a rural area then you could get away with a hunting camo day pack.  I would avoid any military camo, olive drab, coyote brown pattern packs with rows and rows of molle webbing.

Below is about perfect I think for what you describe.  That is if you want to carry it around with you.  If it is just a vehicle borne bugout bag then you might want something a little larger.

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Re: Discrete bag
« Reply #7 on: October 07, 2017, 06:41:45 PM »
You are a wise man and understand exactly what I am talking about.  Thanks for the input. 

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Re: Discrete bag
« Reply #8 on: October 07, 2017, 09:18:45 PM »
COVRT18™ Backpack is one i have. concealed carry pocket for quick access to weapon,looks like an average pack.
for edc look for heavier Cordura . it will handle the in and out alot better than the lightweight fabric.
go for the serpentine straps or curved strap for a comfortable pick. if you have to wear them for a while and put miles on them its worth it.a good hip belt is a must.
the hip belt pockets can hold extra clips if needed.
you can also install Velcro on the inside of the pack and attach accessory carriers to the wall of the main compartment without having prying eyes see it.
most bags have a pocket for water bladder and hole for drink tube .but even long distance hikers use 1 liter pop or Gatorade bottles on there pack straps or side pockets, they can be refilled without taking your pack off and digging thru the inside.
and for more camouflage throw on some tree hugger patches on the outside. and if you feel the need a camo rain pack cover inside just in case.