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It was pages back, but I handled it a bit. Not under load, but at the time it was semi-new I would have gotten it. I never really liked the RAID, but reduced weight and the other little features made it very nice, would have fit a niche I had. 

But... took forever so I have bought other things I like since then. Not sure I'd get it now but maybe. For what I am doing now (travel, low-profile, some light hiking) it might be rather good, as it was designed to be indeed. 

I was going to "not quite studboard" a post on my recent deployment pack, but I don't think it or I even rate that high . For years I've been using my original RAID as my day pack, but it's gotten to the point where what I carry and accessibility to it have changed, and the "one big space" of the RAID doesn't work well anymore.

I received a giveaway a while back of a OGIO Mastermind. It's a cross between a golf and computer geek pack. It even has icons on each pocket to tell you what goes there (I shit you not). I ended up taking it to the Michael deployment, and the fucker just plain works. The number, size and accessibility of the pockets is near perfect, at least for me, doing medical/admin. The downside to it is durability. I had to go to the cobbler (that's a shoemaker for you Philistines) to have it resewn in one spot when I got back. Also, it has no Nalgene pouch, or ability to attach one. I moused a Zulu carrier and paracord onto it.

I carried everything from a 17" laptop to MRE to trauma kit in it. I know the Fight or Flight is quite far down the design road, but if it's not too late, I'd love to see some of these specs added in. Either way, is the FoF near availability?

having seen the mind-numbing/head banging/frustrating nightmare that taking a pack from verbal / paper concept to a tangible - in the hands item- I would advise patience. 

And even then- once the prototype is in hand the process isn't over. The actual "build 1000 of them" process has to be developed, refined, tweaked and evaluated to see if it is even feasible at a price point that is realistic.

Once again... I would advise patience.

yakc130 posted:

Hey Brad! Any news, or updated pics?

Yep - big update! I have pricing for the project. Pricing not too bad - about what I was expected for small batch high-end production. 

They're going to sell for $299 (more than a RAID, less than a Goruck). Orders from our brothers in this thread (or PM) will be only $254. Multicam is an extra $22 bucks. 

Here's the catch. I have some minimums to meet for them to be produced. So, if we're serious, I need to know. Right? 

Colors will be Black, Coyote, Ranger Green, Multicam, and Wolf Gray.  

A final production sample with all of this thread' improvements will be made (hasn't been made yet - operators are standing by) once we have enough commitments. 

Now that pricing is out, lets see what happens!  

Brad

Hooahmonster posted:

Realize it's throughout this thread but can we get a post of the feature description of what the final production version would be like? 

Agreed.  A specific focus on details of the compression straps, shoulder straps (and load lifter arrangement), number of comm/hydro ports and location, and internal organization would be very helpful towards getting the word out.

jcustisredux posted:
Hooahmonster posted:

Realize it's throughout this thread but can we get a post of the feature description of what the final production version would be like? 

Agreed.  A specific focus on details of the compression straps, shoulder straps (and load lifter arrangement), number of comm/hydro ports and location, and internal organization would be very helpful towards getting the word out.

Here are the updates that are going to happen to the pack:

  1. Add Cris-Cross bungee to the front face of the pack. Sew webbing loops the sides of the front to attach bungee. Attach bungee to the face of the pack by cris-crossing side-to-side through the webbing loops and then terminating with a cord-lock. There should be one webbing loop at the bottom (in the center). 
  1. Remove the soft-velcro patch on face of the pack. 
  1. Commo ports – there are too many on this pack. One center commo/hydration port is perfect. Production version should remove two of the three commo ports. 
  1. Side pockets on the top, with the fastex buckle are too tall. Remove the fastex buckles that closes the side pockets at the top. Make the side pockets HALF as tall and close with Velcro instead of buckles. Include pull tabs at the Velcro closure to make it easy to peel-apart the two sides. The side pockets are necessary to be just tall enough to put away a water bottle. 
  1. Make the pack out of 500D Cordura. But the bottom of the pack should be Abrasion resistant - use 1000 D Cordura on the bottom. Include Drainage Grommets at the bottom.

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