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4/7/2020 10:30 AM

Ok.  So I'm wanting to put together a dedicated lumbar pack for grins and hiking around the mountains here in the winter.  I've got a ton of random MOLLE and other pouches around and was thinking about picking up one of those MOLLE II pack belts that are so super cheap right now.  Throw on a buttpack and a couple canteen pouches and a HPG suspension. 

I've never handled one of the MOLLE II belts  -  does anyone know if it'd work ok for this idea?  I can pick up a new, new-gen MOLLE pack frame for $10 or so too, so I'm tempted to pick one of those up at the same time to screw around with. 

I'd just use my belt from my Ute, but I don't want to take it off and put it back on all the time.

Would I be better off getting a dedicated lumbar pack?  I assume so, but I don't want to spend a bunch of money on this project, and I can get a new belt and pack for like $20 and I have everything else I need just sitting around.

So, comments?  Ideas?

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4/8/2020 6:36 AM

Because anything you might need to get to quickly can be placed in the large outer pocket that most packs have or the hip belt pockets.
Backpackers don't need organized pouches for magazines, grenades, or any specialized equipment and spending an extra 2 seconds finding something isn't going to result in our death.
The molle system is mostly a combat vest thing anyways.

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4/9/2020 9:54 AM
I am personally not a fan of the buttpack setup, because as soon as I had a shoulder harness I might as well be carrying a pack. I also find that as soon as I get any weight in it I want a shoulder harness. The only time I think this might be better is in the jungle where you are wanting to minimize warmth around your core. Nothing wrong with messing with inexpensive setups, and it will give you something to do. I just would avoid spending to much. I cringe when I see folks running modded alice packs that where more expensive then a good backpack by the time they were done.

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