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General Discussion / Re: The Stranger in the Woods
« Last post by madmax on Today at 10:34:12 AM »
Graylan,  we enjoyed following you on FB this summer.  Brought back good memories.


We had a little culture shock too pulling off I-75 in G-ville after a summer in the mountains.  The "Will work for food" people were literally running up and down the exit ramp to collect $$ from people.  A couple of tweekers had me holding my 9 mm in hand until the light changed.  One wasn't long for this world by her looks.  Sad.  I didn't hand out any money.
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General Discussion / Re: The Stranger in the Woods
« Last post by Spyder1958 on Today at 10:21:24 AM »
Returned home last nite after two weeks of camping and visiting Montana, Wyoming, Idaho, and Utah.
What was so refreshing to me was not seeing freeloaders on every corner looking for a handout, because they are to damn lazy to work for there living.
Not until I drove into Salt lake City, stopped to have lunch and had a very skinny lady with a sign asking for food. We did give her some, a bag of trail mix. Here in florida, I usually want give them the time of day. They are usually young, over weight, have great looking cloths and a Bicycle hid. Just to lazy to work.
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Gear Reviews / Re: Raging River Bushcraft Haversack
« Last post by Orbean on Today at 05:51:24 AM »
Almost any application I see, even this one, is going to need a seperate mask on that B&B quality edge.

Ultimately, a scheme that has the head along the bottom of the bag with the haft pointing up would be my preference, even if you might see me some other time with another haft hanging down.
   The size of the Bag, again, begs for its own scale of tool size.

That's why I'm not so fond of molle, rather than attach auxiliary bags all over- I'd choose a larger bag... better to do without than wear cargo shorts but any shirt, vest or coat pocket in lower temps -works too

Thanks for the input!  Larger bags do allow for more gear, and I usually oblige and fill it up!

Good review and good photos to go with it.  I like the bag and the only thing I would change is what Unknown mentions as far as a hatchet goes.  I also prefer the type of holder where you insert the hatchet handle up through the top loop and then turn it 180 degrees so the handle points down and fasten it with a separate strap.  (the way ice axes were traditionally carried on a small back packs.  With the haversack it would require a blade cover of some kind.

I looked it up.  Price is $99.95  (100 of them frogskins Wolfy was asking about)

They have some nice stuff too.  Pricey but really looks to be well made.

Hey brother, I like carrying large axes that way too.  I have a Hidden Woodsmen haversack here that I plan on reviewing and comparing the two bags.

Thanks for the clear, and straightforward pics. Two ditty bags made to fit- I like that, since those lil boogers are always needed for any top load type bag. Except for the molle, it seems pretty sensible in the way it's set up- like the side pockets and the hatchet sleeve. My shoulder bag is a bit smaller, still the vertical gussets beg to be compartments. Making them so seems spot on to me. Though the sleeve fits well with the construction and simplifes adaptability (for tools, different users) I'd still prefer the hatchet holder on the back of the bag- just so I didn't have to unlatch the lid to get my axe.

Good point about quicker access to the axe when it's held in the back of the haversack.  Thanks for the input brother!

Great review of what appears to be a great bag, but how many frogskins will it cost? :shrug:

It's $99.95, the Hidden Woodsmen it $85.  Both very good haversacks.

Cool review and it looks like a great bag, but one trip does not make for a true test of a piece of outdoor equipment. A couple of dozen trips will add to the usefulness of the review.

Very true Orbean.  I agree longer testing would yield a more in-depth review.   We, my gf and I, only carried for the 7 days we were in Banff National Park.

Thank you for taking the reading my post as it was meant. Seven days does make for a good intial time period for a review, so knowing that, your review  carries more weight with me. Not that i did not like it orginally. It would be interesting if you were to add your thoughts as times goes on. 
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General Discussion / Re: Sorry. Can't find the super secret place
« Last post by madmax on Today at 05:45:10 AM »
Came home yesterday for a round of Dr. and dentist appointments.

 I paddled twice a week with the gang after the meltdown.  I didn't invite my friend who wore the MAGA hat to paddle and provoke again. I didn't bring up politics and neither did they.  We had a ton of stuff to talk about without that.  We drank beer and ate at the takeout and told tall tales.  Nobody's mind was changed.  No one jumped ship to the other side (#walkaway  lol).  We talked about past trips, bucket lists, good eats in various towns (2 entrepreneurial restaurateurs in the group), and new whitewater gear (a couple of guys are in the biz and get free prototypes) we coveted.  We even talked bushcraft some.  One fellow was experienced in it and would've fit right in on a Pot and Machete trip.  Open fire cast iron cooking intrigued the chefs.  A couple prancing UL hikers were aghast at our camping techniques but swallowed it fairly well.

Almost like old times.  I don't imagine the strain will get better in the next 2 years but we saved this summer.  But I won't be "not wearing" my NRA or MAGA hats down here in FL.  And everything goes with camo.
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Gear Reviews / Re: Raging River Bushcraft Haversack
« Last post by ThoseWhoWander on Yesterday at 11:35:27 PM »
The thing with haversacks, as I see it, is that there is the tendency to fill them with too much stuff. [1.]  They get heavy quickly and can be a huge pain in the neck......shoulder & back.   That being said, I carry one more than any other type of pack, just because my main one is pre-filled with all the essentials that I need every day.  Most of the time it remains on the 'tranny hump' in my pickup so I can grab my camera, binoculars, GPS, compass 8), heavy key ring, water bottle, sheath knife, etc.   

My haversack/man purse is a cotton canvas Duluth Pack #3 'shell bag' that I?ve carried for many years. It has been repaired-reconditioned once because the flap wore out from constantly flipping it open.  Strangely, it wears out at that point rather than on the bottom where you would naturally assume it would wear out first. :shrug:    When I sent it back to the company for repair I had them use the heaviest canvas they offer......like that in the heavy duty #3 Duluth packs.  Problem solved. :thumbsup:   

They offer the #3 shell bags with leather bottoms, but that isn't where they wear out.....it's the flaps that go south first.  If I were considering buying a new haversack from Duluth today, I would have them use the heaviest fabric they have as a 'custom' option instead of putting the extra frog skins into leather bottoms that appear to be a solution to a problem that doesn't exist. :coffee:

The nylon haversack in the OP looks bullet proof and has a lot of features that my old shell bag doesn't.  If I were in the market for one today, I might just have to spring for one.  $99 doesn't go as far as it used to and this one seems to be well worth the expenditure.  If I?d tested it myself, I suspect it may have earned the coveted WOLFY APPROVED stamp of approval. :lol:

[1.] that's the problem I have, whatever size the container, I'll fill it to the brim.  That's really smart pre-filling it with essentials instead of what I do, run around the room and toss in whatever I "think" i may need.

Duluth packs  :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:  I love brands like Duluth, Woolrich, Filson, etc...  I have a really old wool jacket from Woolrich that belonged to my grandfather. 

The "shell bag" sounds perfect for the kit you mentioned about.  I like repairing and reusing my gear too, instead of buying new.  One, I'm cheap and two, I hate filling up landfills with something we can reuse.   

Thanks for your response and input, I have the "shell bag" bookmarked!


 
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General Discussion / Re: Sorry. Can't find the super secret place
« Last post by Unknown on Yesterday at 09:47:35 PM »
Maybe it's just me, but I believe I understood what he was saying very clearly.

Imo, kinda like saying you sharpen your own knives. "Understood": not the same as agree.  :cheers: that's fine
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General Discussion / Re: Sorry. Can't find the super secret place
« Last post by Unknown on Yesterday at 09:35:31 PM »
Here is another for you gents...it is better to criticize and discuss that old Unk
  Than to pick up on any...
Any, idea or notion that crossed your mind related to anything so far discussed here.

Pretty GD weak minded.  :-\ . On your part


  LOL, Sorry Unk, no offense intended,  my post was more a cry of frustration rather than a criticism of your choice of language,  you do have to admit that there are times when only you know what you're saying while the rest of us are left with a big question mark floating above our heads.

I think one aspect of you and yours lack may be an inability to recall the stuff posted ahead of my replies. For instance, I have already admitted there are times...
   perhaps y'all are being obtuse on purpose?
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General Discussion / Re: Sorry. Can't find the super secret place
« Last post by Old Philosopher on Yesterday at 04:51:20 PM »
Maybe it's just me, but I believe I understood what he was saying very clearly.
I'm sorry.... :lol:
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General Discussion / Re: Sorry. Can't find the super secret place
« Last post by crashdive123 on Yesterday at 03:36:49 PM »
Maybe it's just me, but I believe I understood what he was saying very clearly.
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Gear Reviews / Re: Raging River Bushcraft Haversack
« Last post by wolfy on Yesterday at 09:12:11 AM »
The thing with haversacks, as I see it, is that there is the tendency to fill them with too much stuff.  They get heavy quickly and can be a huge pain in the neck......shoulder & back.   That being said, I carry one more than any other type of pack, just because my main one is pre-filled with all the essentials that I need every day.  Most of the time it remains on the 'tranny hump' in my pickup so I can grab my camera, binoculars, GPS, compass 8), heavy key ring, water bottle, sheath knife, etc.   

My haversack/man purse is a cotton canvas Duluth Pack #3 'shell bag' that I've carried for many years. It has been repaired-reconditioned once because the flap wore out from constantly flipping it open.  Strangely, it wears out at that point rather than on the bottom where you would naturally assume it would wear out first. :shrug:    When I sent it back to the company for repair I had them use the heaviest canvas they offer......like that in the heavy duty #3 Duluth packs.  Problem solved. :thumbsup:   

They offer the #3 shell bags with leather bottoms, but that isn't where they wear out.....it's the flaps that go south first.  If I were considering buying a new haversack from Duluth today, I would have them use the heaviest fabric they have as a 'custom' option instead of putting the extra frog skins into leather bottoms that appear to be a solution to a problem that doesn't exist. :coffee:

The nylon haversack in the OP looks bullet proof and has a lot of features that my old shell bag doesn't.  If I were in the market for one today, I might just have to spring for one.  $99 doesn't go as far as it used to and this one seems to be well worth the expenditure.  If I'd tested it myself, I suspect it may have earned the coveted WOLFY APPROVED stamp of approval. :lol:
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