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i recently swapped my old DPM PLCE rucksack for a nice new snugpak rocket, i'm very happy with it as a more civillian but practical rucksack, i don't have a problem with it's short back.
has anyone any hints or tips on how to improve it?
and how would you pack it?
i have tried to go light weight/compact but still need some help.
i shall list my gear ASAP.
Congratulations on your new baby :-D
welcome Jessica May to the world for us... Lucky man you, and give our best wishes to her mum too.
Now in the best bloke tradition shouldn't you be giving her lots of middle names reflecting your interests? I think "Jessica May BushcraftUK Appleby" sounds just great :lol:
as for the Rocket Pack.... I've not really given mine a good work out yet, just the odd weekend so I don't really know what I think about the short back. I have been using one of the side pouches as a day pack so that tends to stay packed like that even when attached. The other side pouch usually has hootchie etc so that making camp is quick.
Jessica bushcraft may! :lol: :lol:
she'd never forgive me! :wink:
this is my standard "camp site" gear ie no open fires:
New camping kit list 02 June 2004(lightweight)
Snugpak rocket with side pockets
Vango 200 tent
Nalgene bottle with tank tape
Mess tin and foil lid
MSR whisperlite stove (and fuel)
Wash kit: Toothbrush, paste, Deodorant, soap, talc, tablets.
20-30 Baby wipes in a Ziploc bag, earplugs
(In a 1.5" x 10" plastic tub)
Life Boat matches
First aid kit
Map and case with Chinagraph pencil
WP Notebook + pencil
Princeton Tec Yukon LED head torch spare batteries.
On necklace Whistle/Suunto compass/1 Red & 1, white LED.
(Clothing kept in compression sack)
3 pairs socks (*wearing one pair)
3 thermal t-shirt*
3 Thermal long johns*
My food for one day takes up about the space of 4 litres but flat.
this is my bushcraft gear:
1) Gerber Lock knife, sharpener, LED Lenser torch,
James bond pen
2) Turbo flame, fire steel, w/p matches, Sponopener.
3) Collins Gem books
5) 2x 58 water bottle, 58 mug, metal mug.
6) homemade aide memoir, notebook, matches, and personal effects, Milbank bag.
8) First aid box.
M.O.D. survival knife (on belt or carry in backpack).
seasonal items not listed: Head net, insect repellent
UK Basha 4 steel tent pegs, paracord attached to basha already (should be carried in a jet pack, or Bergen).
obviously somethings i would not take to a campsite and visa versa.
the 2 kits are quite different but there is some crossover
I havent really taken new Rocket pack out properly yet but i have noticed that the straps for the lid do not have enough ajustment to clinch the lid down when the pack is only half full
you can resolve this by running the straps though the Axe retainers at the base of the pack then to the lid allowing you much more travel for the buckle (this does however render that axe retainers unuseable whilst it it set up this way)
I hope this makes sense
Also what Stuart doesn't tell you on this is that the pack he takes for a weekend consists of JUST the rocket pack side pockets.... yup all 20 liters of them :shock:
ok I've made some adjustments to my Snugpack rocket.
make use of straps(on shoulder straps) trhat run from chest height to the pack top.
on each i have managed to attatch a buckle, and have sewn a 1" piece of webbing to the top outside of the pack adding a "D" ring to the sewn part. this now means i have a way of adjusting the top 6"of the pack and can now pull it closer as you can on most modern packs.
the "D" rings are on the front and back of the top pocket which now can serve as attatchment for the "missing" top straps.
i have added 2 fastex male clips to the middle top of the front of the back they correspond with an extra "rocket" pack when attached the front of the pack looks simular to the popular US ALICE pack just bigger.
i am considering making some straps so my spare "rocket" could also sit on top of the pack but still figuring it out. this would in turn push the height of the sack up rather than back.
i shall endevour to post a picture.
congratulations on the new member of your family :-D