104: Choosing BOB Type, Size and Frame

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Easily Choose Your Favorite Bug Out Bag with the Perfect Frame

The perfect bug-out bag is essential for success

If you are bugging out, you have chosen a bad situation over a worse one.

Assume that nothing else will go as planned.

Even if your original plan was to drive where you needed to go, you could end up hiking up the side of a mountain with a monstrous pack on your back.

A well designed bag will reduce the amount of problems you will face in this extreme circumstance.

Choose a Design to Meet Your Needs

Every person is unique in their needs and their preferences.  There are advantages and disadvantages to each type of bag.  

Choose the correct bag style, and boost yours.

Tactical assault Backpacks

tactical bassault backpacks

It is obvious when someone has a tactical backpack on.  Most of them are all black, drab or olive green, or camouflage.

They are extremely durable.

Tactical Backpacks are great because they are designed to get to any and all gear at any time.  Almost every pocket unzips enough to open the bag all the way, enough to lay it flat on a table and work out of.

They do have a few problems.  

Many people that purchase them, don’t get one with a frame.  A few miles down the road, they will probably regret that.


Hiking Packs

hiking bags

Hiking Packs usually come with the ability to carry a lot of gear.  Most of them come with well-designed frames to help carry the weight correctly.

These bags are designed for heavy weight and are durable.  If you have 30 pounds of gear, then this pack is for you.

The only issue I have with these bags is the amount of thought that will have to go into packing them.  They aren’t designed to get to everything at any time.

You have a few pockets designed for this purpose, but the main pocket will be thoughtfully packed, and therefore completely unpacked when you get gear out of it.

These are usually some bright color as well.  Instead, find dark, mute or dull colors that don’t draw attention to the eyes.

Book Bags

This is only on here because many people have these.  They are not durable, nor are they well designed.  Don’t waste Your Money.

Duffel Bags

duffel bags

People have decided to use this type of bag because it has much more storage room than a backpack.  The downfall of a duffel is the difficulty of carrying it on long journeys.

This bag is a good option to go in a vehicle to help keep things organized.

Whatever Packs You Have

Why is this even a category?  I must be nuts to include this.  All I am doing is explaining why you would use a book bag or other poor design.

Maybe you don’t have money for a new fancy bag.  Don’t worry about it!  USE WHAT YOU HAVE.  A poorly designed BOB is better than no BOB.

Just remember to upgrade to something of better quality when you have an opportunity.

A Great BOB Frame Can Help You Hike for Hours

You are listening to the radio, when you hear about an uprising happening close to you.  You grab you duffel bag and a tactical backpack and throw it in your bug-out-mobile to get out of dodge.

On your route out of town, you get stranded in a riot.  You left your car and your duffel because you decided to bug out on foot.

One problem… 5 miles into your march, your our shoulders get sore, your back gets tired, and your knees get weak.

Keep Your Bag from Being Your Weakest Link

This is a common problem for someone that is hiking with a bag that isn’t designed for it.  You really need to keep a framed pack meant to distribute weight and keep it close to your center of gravity.

If you don’t choose the correct frame for you, you could be the recipient of severe consequences.

Frames to Help Stabilize Your Gear

There are three main frame types that work well for a bag.

  1. External Frame
  2. Internal Frame
  3. Hybrid Frame

Each frame comes with its own advantages and drawbacks.  Know what is available, and choose what you need.

BOB Frames

External frames

Why should you consider an external frame?  First, they have better weight dispersal.  What this means for you is less compensating for shifted weight in your pack.

If you want something close to your body, so there is less weight causing you to lean, then skip the external frame.

Internal frames

Internal frames are close to the body, so it feels like it is more “connected” to your body.  You end up leaning a little less.

They are poor at dispersing weight evenly, so you will end up doing more work on one shoulder than the other, or not quite getting the perfect amount on your waist.

Hybrid Frames

This is not the best of both worlds.  It is pretty good at both, but sacrifices some in each area.

Hybrid frames have better weight dispersal over internal framed packs, but are closer to the body than most external frames.

Although there are increasingly different hybrid frame packs coming out, a very reliable design is the “perimeter frame”.

You Can Find the Perfect Bag with The Perfect Frame

When researching and trying bug out bags, don’t forget to research different frames, because they all lay differently on your body.

There is a perfect bag and frame out there for you.  You can find it.  You just have to try many of them out to get a baseline of how each type feels.  Don’t purchase it, if you haven’t tried it.

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Ken is addicted to fitness and mountain biking. He is such a thrill seeker, people are starting to be concerned!He enjoys MTBing, Hiking, Climbing, Geocaching, Orienteering, Weight Lifting, and Wilderness Survival.

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