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).
Pocket opened. [URL=http://s257.photobucket.com/user/jkartzinel/media/IMG_0096.jpg.html]
Pocket exploded. [URL=http://s257.photobucket.com/user/jkartzinel/media/IMG_0097.jpg.html]
Pouch 1 exploded. [URL=http://s257.photobucket.com/user/jkartzinel/media/IMG_0098.jpg.html]
Pouch 2 exploded. [URL=http://s257.photobucket.com/user/jkartzinel/media/IMG_0099.jpg.html]
- 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.