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#1 Corbs

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Posted 18 September 2014 - 07:49 AM

Following up from the 'What's in your pockets?' competition, thought I'd do a post of what's in my bag, even without the incentive of ITS goodies!

 

This review has been cross posted to my website: http://corbs.co.uk/2...dc-tactical-le/
 
This is the bag, an Arc'teryx Khard 30 in wolf, perfect size to carry all I need and have room left over for whatever extras I'll need that day.
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I seem to have a different solution to most for the non-removable waist belt. I use some shock cord to keep it tidied away.
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This is the bag spread open:
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On the left hand side is an ESSTAC KYWI Shotty Card, used instead for cables.
Below that is a muji tarpaulin cube with various admin bits and bobs.
Attached to two grimlocs at the top is another admin pouch for speedy access.
Below that is a keychain with various helpful tools and a CPR mask.
Also stored loose is a TD Liberty Bottle and a Sea to Summit X-CUP, used more often as a dog bowl while on the move.
On the right, is a Maxpedition Hook and loop organiser, with pens, ID holder, Ruler, etc.
In the large zipped pouches on the side, are an Arc'teryx Beta AR and an Atom Vest.
 
Cable card:
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  • Alcohol Hand Gel
  • Mini Bic lighter
  • Micro-USB cable
  • USB power cable for Powermonkey
  • Camera Cable
  • 3.5mm Male - male cable

Admin Cube
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  • All laid out on a Keela stowaway bag (giveaway at a trade show, but very useful.)
  • Foursevens Quark Tactical AA2
  • Exped drybag L
  • Waterproof plasters, various headache pills
  • Spare Shock cord and hardware
  • Cyalume
  • Admin designator, in a waterproof phone pouch with a small sewing kit
  • Electrical tape
  • Storm matches
  • Fabric medical tape (much stickier than steropore)
  • Battlesystems MPIL Marker panel
  • Paracord deployment lanyard
  • Spare chewing gum
  • Spare flints for zippo
  • Spare disposable lighter
  • Cigarette filters (I roll my own)
  • Pen set
  • Lighter fluid for zippo

Molle Admin Pouch - Bulldog tactical gear (not that bulldog)
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  • Moo Mini cards
  • Micro USB cable
  • Tips for powermonkey cables
  • Ligher
  • PocketToolX
  • Spare pencil Leads
  • Spare AA batteries in case
  • Monkey Tail USB cables
  • Small tape measure
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste etc
  • Nokia backup phone with paid up sim
  • Main pouch elastic - detail below
  • Powermonkey Solarmonkey Adventurer (fits well in the external shock cord)

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  • Top Row
  • Muji AL pen and pencil
  • Four in one screwdriver
  • Cable ties
  • Nail clippers
  • Victorinox Classic SD SAK
  • Chapstick
  • Mini-Bic
  • MU folding charger
  • Skullcandy Headphones
  • Foursevens MINI 123 X
  • Lower row
  • Exotac Polystriker
  • Spare .7mm Leads
  • Headphone splitter
  • Folding Razor Saw
  • Case with surefire earpro EP3
  • Case with spare CR123 batts
  • 12v to 2xUSB charger

Keyring
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  • Spyderco Bug
  • Peanut lighter
  • Handcuff Key
  • Flash Drive
  • PocketToolX Brewzer
  • 'If Lost' tag
  • Keys
  • CPR Shield in pouch

Maxpedition Hook Loop admin pouch
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  • Small metal ruler
  • ID/Pass holder
  • Automatic pencil
  • Eraser
  • Four colour biro
  • Uniball Powertank
  • Highlighter
  • Clicky Sharpie

Medical Cube
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  • Bag of nitrile gloves
  • Vent aid and more nitrile gloves
  • Triangular Bandage
  • Rolled Gauze
  • Field Dressing and Ambulance Dressing
  • Bolin and Asherman Chest Seals
  • Sterile Saline pod
  • Eye bath
  • Tuf-Cut shears
  • Pouch.
  • (supplemented by a pocket med kit)

Loose in the bag:
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  • Tactical Distributors Liberty Bottle
  • A couple of coozies, right now a TD one and a Platatac one
  • Whatever book is on the go (today - Jupiter's Travels - Ted Simon)
  • X-CUP for use as a mobile dog bowl (only click out one layer)
  • A 5.11 Shemagh
  • A Haglofs pack cover. Much as I love the khard, the top is very flat, so doesn't shed rain very easily.
  • A self built pocket med kit, containing:
    • SOFTT-W tourniquet
    • ASP pocket light
    • Lots of gloves
    • Resus shield
    • Quick Clot sport
    • Gauze
    • Huge plasters (can be used for a three sided seal in a pinch) 

Internal Top pocket
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  • Nexus 7 tablet
  • Headphones

External Top pocket
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  • Sunglasses x 2 (Ray-Ban squared aviators and Gant wayfarer style)
  • Moleskine Diary
  • Caran D'Ache 849 pencil
  • Notebook with custom stamp
  • Spare filters
  • Railcard

I hope this has given an idea of just how much can be fitted into the Khard quite comfortably. I welcome any suggestions on how I can improve my EDC, but for me it's not a survivalist thing, it's the equipment that makes my life go more smoothly and happily. Pretty pleased with this set up for now.
 
If it looks like this is the max the bag can take, in addition to this yesterday, it carried another book, pants, socks and shirts for two days, a washbag, three coke cans, biscuits, a hat and had room to spare. It's a pack that's easy to pack well. I also love how it holds its rather handsome structure even when half full, rather than collapsing in an unattractive and uncomfortable manner.

 

I haven't posted links to the products as there are just too many! But if you want any more info on a particular item, let me know below.


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#2 Jersey0311

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Posted 18 September 2014 - 09:02 AM

 

I welcome any suggestions on how I can improve my EDC, but for me it's not a survivalist thing, it's the equipment that makes my life go more smoothly and happily. Pretty pleased with this set up for now.

 

To me, this is the true meaning of EDC. My actual EDC consists of my keys, phone, and wallet, when not working. I add or subtract things as needed.

 

Good layout and organization, same goes for your post.


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#3 DeathwatchDoc

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Posted 18 September 2014 - 12:45 PM

Great post! I always learn something when I read a gear dump. I like how organized you've kept things.


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#4 Corbs

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Posted 18 September 2014 - 12:56 PM

Thanks for the push deathwatchdoc, your post in the other threat made me think I ought to. Agree that I like seeing others' too, maybe we ought to start a trend
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#5 DeathwatchDoc

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Posted 18 September 2014 - 01:47 PM

If you search through the forums, we go through periodic bag talk binges. There was one a couple months back that actually started as a thread hijack. 

 

On that note, be aware... we are hijack prone here on ITS. Any thread other than the contest thread and the start here section seem to be open season for it. 


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#6 DStevenson

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Posted 18 September 2014 - 04:49 PM

I think this is the best pack available (for me).  If only they would be a little more realistic when it comes to pricing.

I try tracking down used ones from time to time.

 

Love the pics, great set up.


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#7 AaronK

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Posted 18 September 2014 - 06:04 PM

Hijacks? I have no idea what you're talking...Oh look a squirrel!

 

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#8 MarineFO

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Posted 26 September 2014 - 05:17 PM

Great bag drop!  I have the same Khard 30 bag with some similarities.  Will post mine soon.. Thanks, got a couple of ideas from yours.


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#9 redsol1

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Posted 10 October 2014 - 07:44 PM

Hey Corbs,

 

LOVE the idea of the shotty card as a cable minder! I'm stealing that trick.

 

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#10 mlp2147

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Posted 02 November 2014 - 08:20 AM

I like the compactness of those Monkey Tail USB cables. Slick looking kit ya have. Very organized!
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#11 Corbs

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Posted 02 November 2014 - 02:27 PM

Thanks mlp2147. I haven't found the monkey tails to be the most robust cables. If I was buying now, I'd get the key style ones that have come out.
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#12 xjmv

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Posted 02 November 2014 - 08:03 PM

I am really impress with the back pack... now considering to buy one unfolding like this one... I was hoping so much to see something like this one day!


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#13 glockfanatics

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Posted 06 March 2015 - 02:40 AM

Is the shock cord hooking the belly strap just in a regular knot? Or do you have those synch plastic pieces.



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Posted 07 March 2015 - 12:27 PM

Is the shock cord hooking the belly strap just in a regular knot? Or do you have those synch plastic pieces.

I would recommend using Riggersr bands.  I have the same pack and store the waist straps the same way.  Riggers Bands are the perfect size and can be purchased from the ITS Store 10 pcs for $1.99. I then cover the Rigger Bands with the stock (inadequate) bands mostly for cosmetics. 

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#15 Corbs

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Posted 09 March 2015 - 04:53 PM

Is the shock cord hooking the belly strap just in a regular knot? Or do you have those synch plastic pieces.

Regular Knot. Cord lock is unneeded, as they're always the same size and I'm using shock cord instead of paracord. Riggers bands would do the job well too, though the shock cord slides on a bit easier.


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