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12/24/2016 10:38 AM
 

Hey y'all,

I'm a sucker for organization, and I also like being able to have pre-staged gear set up so I can just grab and go. Lately I've been using the PALS pocket for this, and while I'm sure I can buy a pullout that is the same size and lighter, this is what I have and ... I really like it. It really makes it convenient to move a set amount of gear from pack to pack, and I really like having everything in the same place every time I go to find it. HPG make some great products and the more I use a particular product, the more I like it. 

So, here's my Pocket as Pullout, front and side view, fully stuffed. It weighs 9.5lbs +/- 4 oz (my scale accuracy).

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Contents: 

  • Cargo: PALS pocket + 2 condor pouches (total weight: 12 oz)
  • Cutting: Bahco Laplander + Tops BOB, strop
  • Combustion: 2 lighters, stormproof matches, ferro rod + striker, ferro/Mg Rod, 6 esbit fuel cubes
  • Water - ClO2, sawyer mini
  • Cover - 50’ 550 cord, 2x6’ light cord + 2 figure 9 carabiners NO TARP OR INSULATION
  • Cooking/Food - granola bar; pocket rocket, 8oz + 4 oz fuel cells, GSI dualist (2 cups, 2 spoons, 2 sporks, wash bag); Emberlit Fireant (Fireant + Pocket Rocket redundant - The ember lit weighs next to nothing, so having it is nice. At some point I'll get around to picking up another Trangia, but the one I have is currently serving elsewhere.) 
  • Light - thrunite tn12 flashlight, Luci Solar Inflatable Lantern NO SPARE BATTERIES, LUCI DOESN’T WORK BELOW 15F
  • Medical - IFAK + FAK NO TOURNIQUET - add a SWAT-T?
  • Navigation - compass NO MAP - hike specific
  • Hygiene - camp soap, microfiber towel, bug dope, TP, chapstick, 6 diphenhydramine 

Really, one thing I've realized I'm really missing (apart from spare batteries): a pair of wool socks in a ziplock or dry bag, and a beanie.  I'm 90% sure I have room, but then I'd be pretty maxed out in capacity. There's no tarp or insulation in the pullout, which isn't a terrible issue as this is a pullout and not a stand alone, just like there isn't water or food in here. 

Anyways, I love using it as a pullout, though I'm sure if I used a 2-3 smaller ultralight pullouts I could probably better manage space in the pack it went into (a fully stuff PALS pocket into an Umlindi leaves a good bit of room, but in rather small areas), and might shave a 1/2lb. But it is really impressive how much this pocket can hold. 

Just thought I'd share. 

- J  

 
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12/28/2016 5:02 PM
 

That's a slick setup. One thing I love about HPG is how modular and useful everything is outside of its original or intended use. I use a Tarainsert for most of my EDC gear and just move it from the pack I'm carrying to the diaper bag.

For example here it is in a 26 liter Goruck GR1:

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12/28/2016 7:48 PM
 
That's the thing I really love about their stuff. It almost always get used in a slightly different - but usually better - way than I planned. I almost always bought of of their products for primarily for backpacking, but then I discover wonderful ways to make it work in my daily bags. I picked up two blaze orange PALS pockets primarily for hunting, but now they live in two cars acting as pretty solid med kits. Now I gotta see if I can repurpose my Tara insert for diaper bag use... - J
 
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12/29/2016 7:26 AM
 
Med kit is a damn good idea for a pals pocket. It'd be easy to put a simple strap on it to sling over a shoulder. Nice! I'm always amazed at the amount of stuff I can get into the pals pocket on my Ute.
 
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12/29/2016 8:04 AM
 
Not quite as simple as a strap, but I picked up a couple pocket harnesses for just that. Really love those, very handy.
 
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