Low Profile Tailored Backpack

We know that for the real sobrevivencialista the most important thing is to be “low profile” or in translation into Portuguese, low-profile. After all, we don’t want to draw attention to the real resources we have, do we?

Addressing this topic, observe the two photos below and think: Which one of the two draws more attention?

Of course, both of them are exaggerated in their proposals. After all, if I go out with a cloaked backpack all that size, with various pockets of the system M.O.L.L.E. and so striking, surely my low profile and my status of “Gray man” (we have a text explaining this term here), was it?

The other backpack is so simplistic and small that it would not be able to store almost anything.

Analyzing such factors when I was searching for a backpack for me–and wanted a mix of the two worlds–I thought:

“Dude, if people customize so many things that are not helpful, why would I not customize or modify an outfit that can save my life?”

When we talk about customizing some equipment or gear, a few factors should be taken into account:

Customization quality (such as: seams, implements etc);

Quality of labor that will make the customization (no, it is not worth asking that your aunt almost blind to sew for you);

What will be the purpose of the modifications, for which they are destined and in which scenario the equipment will be used.

In my case I sought a backpack in which I could implement two main concepts: a Go Home bag (video of one that we show here) and a E.D.C. bag. Then you think, “what? What @ #!% $ is this DIEGO? GO what?

Ops!

Come on, let’s go. Today in the tactical survival medium There are some nomenclatures used to define the backpacks and equipments present in them. Each for its purpose. They’re the main ones:

E.D.C. Bag: The kit carries all the equipment you carry and deems necessary for your day to day.

Get Home Bag/Go Home: The kit provides the necessary for you to reach your home with supplies for up to 12 hours.

Bug out Bag/B.O.B.: It is a portable kit that usually contains the items you need to survive for 72 hours when performing an evacuation in a crisis situation.

Snap Bag: A concept that comes growing as a simpler kit than a bug out bag.

Explained the main concepts, let’s go to my modified backpack. Then the dilemma began:

“What Now, man? What do I buy to make this project? ”

Actually, it was a incessant quest…Today in the “tactical” medium there are many options of backpacks with various camouflage, technologies and possible scams. Don’t misunderstand me, but having something in your equipment that draws a lot of attention can cost you your life.

I found in the brand OGIO a backpack used by some motorcyclists due to the protection she can offer. A medium backpack with approximately 25 litres, made with an outer shell of polyurethane (a variation of polymer) where internal access is made by the zipper on the back.

Besides the material, which drew me a lot of attention, I found the finishing very good and sturdy! Even when wet, the water has not penetrated inside and also has chest and waist ribbon. The main: Doesn’t call attention, keeping my profile low.

To weave a complaining I present the characteristics of the original product first:

Ogio Mach 1 Backpack

Capacity: 24 liters

Notebook Port

Door CamelBak

Waist Ribbon

Chest Tape

Two thin-knit utilities pockets

Documents Port

Port objects

Main negative point: low capacity for use in case of emergency, i.e. there is no way to attach anything in the backpack to increase its volume (24 liters is very little!).

Here comes my modifications. As I said up there, customize the items can be the output to have a tailor-made equipment for you and still fortify the weaknesses that the original model presents.

That said, I created a cheap and practical solution: I added super-Velcro tapes on the back.

This practically increased the capacity of my backpack on almost 15 liters. I’ve done several mountain-status tests and long climbs with her. I’ve already attached tent, rope, sleeping bag and even a blouse like you can see in the pictures below. No equipment has ever yielded and even with the weight they have not moved and there has been no discomfort.

By the fact that I prefer not to have the M.O.L.L.E. system (read about, here) because I think that so many attached pockets get us out of the low profile, I created an internal system for the backpack that occupies little space. Sew the super-Velcro at the bottom of the pockets where I can attach and highlight my utilities pockets quickly.

The big problem I see in the M.O.L.L.E. system is that it takes a certain time to highlight some pocket if you need it quickly. The internal velcro system kept the backpack discreet and at the same time I could attach the pockets I needed. My toolkit, Fire and medical kit.

For me, it was one of the main changes, as I am a climber, a medical kit attached to the backpack by M.O.L.L.E. system is not cool, because as I said, it is time consuming to highlight. And come on, stay at a height of over 50 yards trying to highlight a one-handed medical kit in an emergency, doesn’t seem very safe, does it?

Other Minor Modifications:

I added a horizontal ribbon on Cordura on the backpack strap so I can have access to some equipment that I need quickly (Multi-tool, knife, etc).

I put an emergency and rescue light V-LITE, which has several functions since illuminating, highlighting me as a guide on a trail with my backpack on the back, highlighting me in half fog as I pilot a motorcycle or even serve as a warning light in the Strobo mode, if a tire bore On a dark road. Anyway, the sky is the expensive limit!

I know it was a long post, but what I want to highlight is: with little money and a lot of creativity, you can get a lot more benefit from your equipment/gear. Define which key points you want to change, what is the goal and in which it will be used.

Answering these questions…Ready! New equipment is born. Much more prepared, much more effective and the best, made for you. Did you like the modifications? Tell Me in the comments!

I’m Diego Silva…Be READY!

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