Piper Gear Long Range Bugout bag

Posted on Friday 1 August 2008

Rating 4 of 5 stars
Design internal frame bag
Size extra large
Number of Pockets 6
Max. Load Carried untested
Price Paid $76
Pack Weight 6 lbs
Total size 4400-5550 (expanded)

Long Range Bugout bag is created by Sandpiper of California (PiperGear.com). They make various sports bags as well as travel packs, and “bugout bags”. I snagged a used Long Range Bag on eBay last week for testing and reviewing purposes.

This bag is huge, no wonder they call it the Long Range bag. Like most suitcases, there is a zipper in the back that compresses additional 3.5″ of fabric, which adds 1116 cu/in to the main compartment. Unexpanded this pack is around 4400 cubic inches. Expanded it is around 5550 cubic inches. Because of its ‘square’ design, and expandable feature, the Long Range bag reminds me of a travel suitcase. In fact there are two carry handles, and a zippered back compartment to put away the shoulder straps. This can be handy if you fly with this pack, or travel via public transportation. Material is 1000-Denier Cordura, ACU color pattern. Stitching seems pretty good, however the metal carabiner attachments at the end of shoulder straps seem flimsy for the kind of weight you can carry in this pack. The bottom attachment points for the shoulder straps could use reinforcing.

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dmitry @ 1:53 pm
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UTG (Leapers) Pack

Posted on Monday 21 January 2008

Rating 3 of 5 stars
Design Frameless 3 Day Assault Pack
Size small-med
Number of Pockets 4
Max. Load Carried 40 lbs
Price Paid $65
Pack Weight 5.5 lbs
Total size 2110 cu inches

A.K.A.: Leapers Assault Pack, Leapers Web Pack or UTG Web Pack.

I bought this pack at the end of the summer in 2007, and used it twice last season. This design is very comfortable. The padding on the shoulder straps is nice and thick, the back panel is padded, and the hip belt is wide. This is especially important because other packs I have seen have only a inch wide strap for the hip belt, and it’s uncomfortable to wear. Especially if you put load on your hips, and it cuts into the skin. UTG designed their hip belt to be 4″ wide, and it has padding inside. Not too much, enough to be comfortable. It has 3 rows of webbing for MOLLE for other web gear. Looks like only 2 (top and bottom) rows should be used for proper attachment of web gear, or maybe just the middle one. UTG used a pad of Velcro to attach the hip belt. It’s like and envelope, and the hip belt goes inside. Take a look at the pictures below to see what I mean. The hip belt can be removed completely.
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dmitry @ 12:16 am
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MOLLE II Assault Pack

Posted on Monday 21 January 2008

Rating 5 of 5 stars
Design Frameless 3 Day Assault Pack
Size small-med
Number of Pockets 1
Max. Load Carried 25 lbs
Price Paid $65
Pack Weight ~4 lbs
Total size 1650+450 cu inches

This is my second MOLLE Assault pack. The original one is first generation Woodland Camo version. I am using the Woodland pack as my BOB, and the Desert Camo version for 2-3 day summer camping trips. Both are my by SDS (Specialty Defense Systems). There are several differences between the first and second generation packs.

  1. Shoulder straps are different
  2. Gen 2 pack has a waist belt
  3. Gen 2 large pocket has a zipper instead of draw-cord
  4. Gen 2 has an additional small Velcro pocket on the outside of large pocket
  5. Gen 2 has four cinch straps on the sides

Everything else is pretty much the same. Fabric, zippers, buckles and total volume are the same. This pack is constructed from 1000 denier Cordura. The fabric is vulcanized on the inside to make it waterproof. SDS used YKK self-healing zippers, glide easily, and do not break.
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dmitry @ 12:05 am
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