50 Things That Will Vanish FAST in the Event of an Emergency

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If a severe emergency should occur, there are certain items that are going to vanish off the shelves fast. Depending on the type of emergency, it may be only days or weeks before shoppers (or looters) will take these items to help them survive. With this in mind, it may not be a bad idea to get what you need now, while you still can. This list assumes a major, long-term emergency when there is no electricity, public water and food supply line disruptions happen.

  1. 50 Things SideCanned food
  2. Bottled water
  3. Generators
  4. Lanterns
  5. Lantern fuel and mantels
  6. Candles
  7. Firearms
  8. Ammo
  9. Water filtration systems
  10. Medicine
  11. First Aid Kits
  12. Survival guide books
  13. Emergency radios
  14. Food canning items (jars, lids, etc)
  15. Dried foods (rice, beans, lentils, etc)
  16. Tarps
  17. Tents, cots, cooking grills
  18. Containers for water storage
  19. BBQ charcoal and starting fluid
  20. Baby food and supplies
  21. Propane gas cylinders
  22. Seasonal clothing, including hunting clothing
  23. Fishing rods and supplies
  24. Bottled vitamins
  25. Canned meat and fish
  26. Fuel storage containers/cans
  27. Vegetable seeds
  28. Powdered milk
  29. Lantern repair kits
  30. Tree cutting tools (axes, saws, etc)
  31. Paper products (toilet paper, paper towels)
  32. Batteries (all types)
  33. Soap, detergents, hygiene products
  34. Aluminum foil (for cooking)
  35. Blankets, sleeping bags, cots, etc.
  36. Guard dogs
  37. Pet food (all types)
  38. Matches (all types for lighting fires)
  39. Ice chests (especially insulated ones)
  40. Solar panels
  41. Spices (especially salt, pepper, garlic powder)
  42. Flashlights
  43. Work boots
  44. Hand tools (including shovels, picks, axes, etc)
  45. Duct tape (of course)
  46. Cookware (for use over open fires)
  47. Backpacks
  48. Bicycles, wagons, carts
  49. Coffee and tea
  50. Rain gear

The above are not in any particular order. All of these items, and many more, will be needed by individuals and families who plan to survive a major national or global emergency. As you might imagine, having as many of these on-hand now is a good idea, and a good investment, in your prepping scheme.

Disclaimer: The content in this article is the opinion of the writer and does not necessarily reflect the policies or opinions of Patriot Surplus.

How to Select Goods for Bartering

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Most experienced preppers already know that they need to have items on hand that they can use to barter for other items should the need arise. One problem new preppers run into, however, is knowing exactly what items they should have for bartering. To write a list would be useless, as the sheer number of possibilities can be innumerable. Instead, let’s look at the five broad categories that we can use to come up with our own ideas.

The items that you select for having on hand for bartering should fall into at least one of the following groups:

  1. Command demand
  2. Easy to store
  3. Hard to produce
  4. Can be divided into smaller units
  5. Easy to authenticate

Why these groups? Let’s examine them a bit deeper.

Command Demand

It won’t do you much good to hoard a bunch of cell phones for bartering if the cell towers go down in troubled times (which they probably will). You are much better off hoarding items that people will need if the power goes down or supply lines are shut off. Think about those items that everyone will need; this will open up a huge variety of items such as wood burning stoves, solar power panels, bikes and water filtration systems.

Easy to Store and Long Lasting

Do not hoard items that will be difficult to store or that have short shelf lives. This means do not hoard most types of food, or even certain types of fuel. It is far better to have items that you can store easily and that will not go bad anytime soon. If you do decide to hoard items that can go bad, make sure you package them and store them for long life. Some Barter Sidefood items can last for decades if packed correctly. Salt, sugar and spices will last a long time if stored correctly. Also, items such as survival knives, compasses, binoculars, and most types of freeze-dried drinks and foods (if stored in cans) will last for years.

Hard to Produce

Don’t get items that people can make themselves easily. You want items that are hard (if not impossible) to produce at home. Items that fall into this category would include: batteries, filet knives and certain hand tools (pliers, adjustable wrench, socket sets). Never assume that everyone has access to hand tools. Even today some tools can be hard to find. What about then?

Can Be Divided Into Smaller Units

Let’s say you have a bottle of aspirin that has 500 tablets in it. You can barter 10 aspirins out 50 times. You can trade 10 aspirins for a box of matches (or something else). The point is, have items that you can divide into smaller units so you can get the most bartering power out of that item. Boxes of popular ammo are also a good idea that falls into this category.

Easy to Authenticate Value

In many cases, the more complicated an item is, the harder it will be for you to get a good trade out of that item. Remember, we are discussing bartering here and both parties need to feel good about the trade, or trouble might arise. It is easy for two people to come to terms if they are bartering over simple items like a can of coffee or a sewing needle. It is much harder to come to terms if the item is a top-of-the-line emergency solar-powered radio.

Follow these guidelines and you will be ready to barter should things head south in a hurry.

Disclaimer: The content in this article is the opinion of the writer and does not necessarily reflect the policies or opinions of Patriot Surplus.

Tips for Your Get Home Pack

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If things go south in America one day, chances are better than even that it will happen suddenly. If the event happens during the day, during the week, most people will be at work. Are you prepared to get from your work place to your home if everything turns upside down? For this reason, consider preparing a get home pack.

Most preppers have heard of (and hopefully have) a bug out bag. This is great as long as you have it with you when you need it. Most of us, however, do not carry this bag with us when we go out to work, school, wherever. So, what would you need to get from one place to another?

The best way to address this issue is to ask yourself a few questions. This is necessary because we all have different answers to these questions.

  • What kinds of natural disasters is your area prone to? (Tornadoes, earthquakes, hurricanes, etc).
  • Where do you spend your away-from-home hours? (In a tall office building, a Get Home Sidefactory, a school campus, on the road, etc).
  • How do you travel? (Car, bus, train, walk, etc).

By answering these questions, you can begin to consider what items you need to have with you in case of trouble. Remember, this is NOT a bug out bag; your get home pack has one purpose: to get you from where you are back to your home.

Your pack might include things such as: dust mask, flashlight, small radio, bottled water, energy bars, walking shoes and socks. This pack needs to be as lightweight as possible, as you may be forced to carry it. Even if you have a vehicle, the roads may be jammed and you may have to walk.

It is always a good idea to have a map of your local area with you. Plan out a route to get you home, should you have to walk. This route may not be the same one you take in your car. You can keep your pack in the trunk of your car or store inside your workplace. Do not keep your pack in your car if you have to park inside a tiered parking garage, as you may not be able to get to your car if the garage is damaged or collapsed.

Follow these tips and you are well on your way to building a successful get home pack.

Disclaimer: The content in this article is the opinion of the writer and does not necessarily reflect the policies or opinions of Patriot Surplus.

Preparing for Disasters and Common Emergencies

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Most people have never thought about preparing for disasters. Their thought process is usually, “It will never happen to me.” However, what about some everyday common emergencies that could present themselves when you least expect it? Would you be able to survive a relatively common emergency situation?

In January 2014, thousands of people were stranded on Atlanta area highways after snow caught the South unprepared. Thousands of drivers were hopelessly stuck for one day and then subsequently a second day on Wednesday January 29, 2014. Many drivers were stranded without food and water, on paralyzed interstates around Atlanta after a winter storm took the city by surprise. This is a very basic situation that caught many unprepared. Some people abandoned their cars altogether and walked to warmth and shelter. Would you be prepared for such a situation?

Three Basic Emergency Principles to Follow

There are three basic factors to keep in mind when preparing for disasters or an emergency situation. I am not talking about a 9/11 type event. Some of the most basic emergencies can wreak havoc on every day life. The following three points will keep you safe and sound in an event such as the surprise ice storm that hit the south in January of 2014.

1. You’ll need access to shelter within 3 hours should you have to abandon your vehicle.
2. You’ll need access to drinkable water.
3. You’ll need access to nutritionally viable food.

XMRE MR MealsWithout these basic staples, an emergency situation can become unbearable in no time at all and deadly over extended periods of time. For the purposes of this article, I will focus on an emergency that catches you off guard in your vehicle. After securing shelter from the elements and a source of clean water is available, food becomes your priority. Storing some shelf stable food in your car is an excellent idea and simple to do. One good short term option is the tried and true MRE, a “meal ready to eat.” These meals require no cooking, water or refrigeration.

Make sure that you have enough food and water for 1-2 days available for every member of the family. Don’t forget to take into consideration any special needs if you have any infants or individuals with special dietary needs in your family. If your pet regularly travels with you, don’t forget to take that into consideration as well.

Because you should store emergency food supplies in a cool, dry location at 40 -60 degrees, you need to take that into account during the different seasons. If you are going to store MRE’s during the winter months, consider storing the MRE’s that come with chemical heaters in case you need to warm up your food. If you have MRE components, make sure to follow the directions on the packaging for both storage and preparation.

Meals ready to eat (MRE) generally have a shelf life of up to five years. Make sure that you check dates on your food supply. Replace those that are close to expiring as needed. Lastly, don’t forget to include utensils. Even though stable food items are easy to store and prepare without the need for water, cooking or refrigeration, a fork and spoon always come in handy. Check out our full line of MRE meals from XMRE. All XMRE meals are made in the USA and are the highest quality MREs on the market.

Complementing the Bug Out Bag

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Stuck in TrafficDriving in to work, you notice traffic is heavier than normal. You turn down the radio to concentrate on the road and you hear distant sirens that grow louder as you near the city. You decide to turn on the local news station to see what they have to say. You quickly learn that there is a regional disaster, and you will not be working today. The only problem is that your bug-out-bag is at home, and the roads are clogged as people flee the city towards the suburbs.

The fastest way to get out of the panic is by foot, so you set off towards home. This is where your bail-out-bag, get-back-home-bag comes into play. Similar to your Bug Out Bag, your GBHB has everything you need for an emergency situation. The difference though is that your GBHB is smaller and easier to carry, but is only going to help you for 24 to 48 hours.  The idea is to use this bag to get you back home to shelter, or back home to grab your BOB. In this article, we will go over the basics of what to put into your GBHB.

Just like the BOB, you will need food, water, shelter, and security, but the amounts will be reduced from 72-96 hours’ worth of gear to 24-48 hours.

FOOD: A few granola bars, a foil pack of tuna, and perhaps a few pieces of candy will do well. You can also throw in an MRE, but food is your bottom concern as you should be home before you get too hungry.

Water: A Camelbak® should be in the bag. Some people choose to use a hydration bladder carrier with added pouches for the GBHB for their small size. In addition to the bladder, you should have 2 water bottles, as they can be used to filter water in a pinch. Also, bring a bottle of water purification tabs. You should have a minimum of 3 liters of water.

Shelter: By throwing in a jacket, a Mylar blanket, and a wool cap, you should be good. If you live in an extreme temperature location, take that into consideration, whether it is extreme heat or cold.

 Fuel Hydration Pack by CondorSecurity: As always, bring fire. This will help to make your shelter more effective as well as provide some security from animals. A good knife for bushcraft and self-defense should be added. If you are unable to carry a firearm at work, you can carry a firearm in the bag. If you leave the bag in the car at all times, however, you should either find another way to carry your gun, or make sure your remove it from the bag when you are not in the car.

By carrying a GBHB everywhere you go (at least keeping it the car), you can increase your odds of surviving the trip home to get your larger, more complete BOB. Just remember, this bag is supposed to be light, small, easy to carry, and quick to grab. Check out the Fuel Hydration Pack manufactured by Condor. This compact hydration pack has enough room to store 24 to 48 hours worth of survival necessities and includes a 2.5L TPU material baldder with bite valve for plenty of water storage.

Disclaimer: The content in this article is the opinion of the writer and does not necessarily reflect the policies or opinions of Patriot Surplus.

 

Pet Survival Kit

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There can be any number of reasons for you and your family to need access to a survival kit. Natural disasters, civil unrest, you name it, there are many situations that could make it necessary for you to grab your kit and go. However, what about your pets? Do you have a pet survival kit prepared for Fido? In an emergency, the pets are the last the last thing on our minds until it is go time.

For many individuals and families, their pets are members of the family, and leaving them behind when an emergency evacuation is called for is just unthinkable. If you fall into this group, here are some tips to help you get a pet survival kit of essentials prepared.

Food for Your Pet Survival Kit:

Collapsible Dog Bowl for Your Pet Survival KitDo not assume that you will be able to buy pet food during an emergency situation. If the power grid, for instance, has been disrupted, stores will be shut down, making access to fresh pet food difficult. Try to have 1 or 2 weeks of food held in reserve. You can rotate this food to prevent spoilage, and remember to keep dry food in an airtight container as this will keep dry food safe for a longer period of time. It can also be a good idea to include treats for your pet as he or she may be stressed during these times. Lastly, have a can opener and bowls (collapsible bowls are a good idea).

Pack Water in Your Pet Survival Kit

When you plan your water requirements for your family survival kit, include enough water for your pet. The amount of water needed will depend on the type of pet you have and how long you believe you may be without safe drinking water.

Medication and First Aid Supplies

If your pet is on medication, remember to have an ample supply on hand that you can take with your kit. You may also want to buy a pet first aid kit (yes, these are available). Pets can become injured, and you may not be able to find medical assistance in times of trouble. As an added precaution, consider adding flea powder or flea collars to your kit.

Collar and Leash:

Again, your pet may be stressed during this time, and having access to both a collar and leash will be useful. Depending on your pet, you may also need access to a travel cage.

Miscellaneous Items:

You may also want to pack a few toys for your pet to play with to reduce stress. Also, have blankets or other items to help keep the pet warm during cold weather and don’t forget bedding.

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It only takes a few minutes to put together a pet survival kit. There are even special backpacks for dogs that you can attach to your pet so he is carrying his fair share of the load! A few tips on using a backpack on your dog. Put the backpack on without anything in the pockets at first. Let Fido get used to it before bugging out. Go for 2-4 walks with the backpack empty. If your dog is ignoring the backpack after 2-4 walks begin adding weight a little at a time. Go by the size of your dog. For large dogs try a 12-ounce bottle of water on each side. For a medium dogs, start with 4 oz or less.  Many dogs become eager to put it on once they connect the backpack to a walk.

Once you have your pet survival kit set up and ready to go, you will feel better. Knowing that you have done all that you can to make any time of trouble more comfortable for your loved ones and pets is a reward in and of itself.

Snow Bound At Home

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Snow Bound At Home

Would you be able to survive being snow bound at home? Most Americans live in a world where we have power, water, heat and lights. All the niceties of a comfortable life, available at the flip of a switch. This comfortable lifestyle can be lost easier than many of us wish to imagine. For the purposes of this article, let’s look at what can happen if a severe snowstorm dumps a few feet of snow on top of you and your family. How would you survive the ordeal until life returns to normal?

Downed Power LinesA snowstorm or ice storm can shut things down fast, usually without much warning. One of the first things we tend to lose is the power. It does not take much for power lines to fail, and when they do, entire areas can be thrown back into the dark ages. When the power fails, lights go out, many types of phones go out, the heat goes off if we have electric heaters. The list goes on and on. In some areas, if the power goes out, the water pumps stop working, and you may be without water as well.

So, what can you do if you live in a home that has lost all power, communication, and possibly water? A winter storm might just kill you and your family if you do not take precautions.

Be Prepared:

How many times have we heard this bit of advice, and yet how many homes are ready to endure this type of emergency? Not many, if the truth is told. At a minimum, you should have on hand:

  • Bottled Water
  • Canned or Packaged Food
  • Kerosene Heater and Fuel
  • Flashlights, Batteries
  • Battery or Solar-Powered Radio
  • Candles

It cannot be said enough that the better prepared you are for a cold-weather emergency, the safer and more comfortable you will be. However, if you do not have what you need, you can still survive this type of emergency. Here are some tips.

First, don’t panic. For some people, this is easier said than done. However, keeping a cool head (no pun intended) is crucial as it prevents people from making bad mistakes.

Second, if you know the power will be out for an extended period, check in with your neighbors (if you have any). You may need their help, and they may need your help. It is best to make contact as soon as safely possible.

Third, if you have no heat at all (no fireplace, heater, etc.), you need to get busy right away preparing a safe place. Find the smallest room you have in the house and make it your bunker. This is where you want all people in the house to gather, even if it is a walk-in closet. If you have candles, use those to beat back the cold. They may not make you warm and toasty, but they can be useful in providing enough heat (in a small space) to keep you alive.

Fourth, bundle yourself and family in layers of warm clothing. The layering principle is important, so make sure you do it.

If you need water, the water in the back of your toilet is usually safe to drink. You don’t have to tell your family where you got it!

Use your vehicle’s heater for periodic heating, but make sure you keep the interior ventilated. If weather and safety allow, build a fire in your yard to help keep warm, but make sure someone monitors it.

Lastly, keep moving and avoid drinking alcohol. Alcohol consumption can lead to dehydration, and it can draw heat from your body. When you drink, it dilates the peripheral blood vessels near your skin. This means more blood and heat flows to these vessels. That takes blood and much-needed heat away from the core of your body. Although it feels like you are warm because your skin is warm, your vital organs are not as warm as you might think they are.

 

 

 

 

Putting Together a Winter Survival Kit

Putting Together a Winter Survival Kit

survival backpackYes, in many places it is still hot as hades, but now is the time to get started on your winter survival kit. Countless Americans will put this off, even forget about doing it until it is too late. One of the best reasons for working on your winter survival kit now is that you will be able to find everything more easily because demand will be much lower for those items you need in your kit. You can also find that you can save money as many items will be on sale during the summer months.

Cold Kills – Winter Survival Kit Tips

When winter rolls around, and it will, and temps fall below freezing, humans are at risk. Every year, hundreds of people perish because they were not prepared. Your winter survival kit can save your life and the lives of those you love. These kits are not expensive, and they can be put together in little time. There is no reason not to have one.

What You Need In Your Winter Survival Kit

Let’s begin by saying that the following is a basic list. You can add whatever you like to your winter kit. Also, keep in mind that it is a very good idea to have two types of winter survival kits. One for keeping in the home should the power go out, and the second type for keeping in your vehicles (all vehicles should have their own survival kit).

Blankets, Gloves, and Hats

Few things are as important as blankets. It is imperative that you stay as warm as possible during a winter emergency, and blankets are one of the keys to your survival. Sleeping bags will also work  but they can take up a lot of room in a vehicle. If you have a smaller car, consider getting space blankets. Your vehicle kit, especially, should have extra gloves and hats.

Fire for Staying Warm and Cooking

If the power is out for any length of time, you may need to start a fire for cooking, added heat, or keeping wildlife away from you at night. Have some waterproof matches or lighters in your kits. For both home and vehicle winter kits, having a few candles on hand can be very handy.

Shovel, Survival Knife/Tool, and Traction Aids

For your vehicles, have a shovel in the trunk as well as something to help you get some traction in case you get stuck. Sand, cat litter, or tire chains will all work (in most cases). If you cannot get the chains onto the tires, lay them out as flat as possible in front of the drive wheels. This may provide enough traction to get you going again. A good survival knife or survival tool can be worth its value in gold for cutting wood, skinning game (if it comes to that), and protection.

Food and Water

You should always keep some non-perishable food in both auto and home. This can be anything from MRE’s to energy bars. Make sure you have enough food and water for everyone who normally drives or stays with you. Bottled water will last a long time if it is not opened, even so, rotate your food and water supply once every couple of months.

First Aid Kit

Every home and vehicle should have a first aid kit in it year round. You can purchase inexpensive kits just about anywhere, and they can be life-savers when needed. Make sure your first aid kit has what YOU need; add to it or buy a better kit if it does not.

Flashlight

A light source is very important for both home and vehicle kits. Make sure you need fresh batteries on hand. You do not want to skimp on your flashlight; get the best you can afford.

Whistle, Mirror, Red Cloth

All (or any) of these can be used to signal others that you need help. If help cannot see or hear you, they cannot help you. Sometimes it can be the simplest of things that can save your life. For more information on how to use signal mirrors, see our previous blog post on signal mirrors.

Survival Mirrors – Survival Gear

Survival Mirrors Tips and How to Use Them

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Those new to personal survival tactics and gear may not appreciate how important the lowly mirror can be in times of trouble. A survival mirror can be of great value if you are out in the wild, injured, stranded or lost and need to signal your whereabouts to others. In fact, very few other items can perform this particular task as well as a good mirror.

Mirrors have been used for centuries as signaling devices for one reason: they work. When your GPS device runs out of battery; your mirror will still work. When your cell phone is out of range/service, your mirror will still work. Your survival mirror will work anything, as long as it has a light source to reflect. Inexpensive, reliable, and easy to use. What more could you want?

While mirror signaling can be done just about anywhere, there are two places where it really shines (no pun intended). In mountainous, wooded terrain, nothing beats a mirror for alerting your position to those who may be searching for you, especially those who may be overhead in aircraft. Bright reflections are easy to spot from the air, even through relatively dense canopies.

The second application is for those who may be stranded on large bodies of water. Because there is virtually nothing obscuring its refection, a mirror signal can be seen for miles and miles over water. This makes it much easier for other people to see you, even though they may not be able to see your boat (or you if you are floating in the water).

How To Buy a Survival Mirror

When it comes survival mirrors, quality does matter to a certain degree. You can find very good quality mirrors online or at the better outdoor gear stores, but you can also find some very cheap, inferior mirrors on the market as well. The best advice for those shopping for a good survival mirror is to shop with reputable vendors.

It is always better to get a survival mirror that is includes retro-reflective aimers. Some good brands to look for include:

The 2 inch by 3 inch Survival Mirror by Coghlans and the 2 by 3 inch Signal Mirror by S.I. Howard Glass.

The Rothco 2 inch by 3 inch Signal Mirror is also a very popular cost friendly option.

You can find some very good plastic mirrors as well. These are lightweight, very durable, and most of them float (important for those on the water). It should be noted that plastic mirrors do not reflect quite as well as glass mirrors (they reflect about 90 percent of what glass does), but they are still very effective and cost less.

If you want a lot of added security while you are out and about, consider adding a survival mirror to your gear. Once you have one, spend some time getting to know it and how it works, and you will much better equipped for facing future problems. The last thing anyone wants to see is help passing them by because they could not get their rescuer’s attention when they needed to do so.

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Final Four – Tactical Pack Edition

March Madness Tactical Pack Showdown

In the spirit of March Madness we decided to set up a final four of our own, pitting four of our most popular packs against each other in an effort to find out which pack has what it takes to survive the gauntlet of things thrown at it during use. In the NCAA Tournament, every team is playing the same basketball game, but not all teams play in the same style, and it’s each team’s unique attributes that determine whether it wins or loses. In our tournament, we have a diverse set of packs all competing for the title of champion, however it will be the unique attributes that each possess that will determine which moves on, and which didn’t make the cut.

Here is how it works:

We assembled a panel of three judges to field test each pack and give their opinion on which should advance to the next round of the tournament and why. A majority vote will secure a victory. The determining factors were left up to the judges; however in the spirit of impartiality we selected three judges with diverse backgrounds and interests. The judge’s credentials are listed below for review.

Judge 1:

  • AGE: 45
  • GENDER: Male
  • Military Veteran
  • Weapon Enthusiast
  • Hunter

Judge 2:

  • AGE: 22
  • GENDER: Male
  • Paintball Expert
  • Tactical Gear Enthusiast
  • Outdoorsman

Judge 3:

  • AGE: 32
  • GENDER: Female
  • Outdoor Enthusiast
  • Avid Hiker
  • Rock Climber

So, without further ado, we present the Final Four: Tactical Pack Edition:

ROUND ONE: ROTHCO MEDIUM TRANSPORT PACK VS. PROPPER BIAS SLING BACKPACK

Judge 1: “Being a concealed carry permit holder, I appreciated that the Propper Bias Sling Backpack had a built in compartment to safely carry my weapon. I also enjoyed the one shoulder design that allowed me to quickly slide the pack to the front instead of taking the entire pack off. With that said, I would have to give this round to the Rothco Medium Transport Pack. With lots of MOLLE attachment points and plenty of diverse storage space, I found myself gravitating to this pack more. It is a diverse every day pack that even includes a place for a hydration pouch if I took it out to my stand during hunting season.”

VOTE: Rothco Medium Transport Pack

Judge 2: “The Rothco Medium Transport Pack is a great multipurpose pack without a doubt. It has a compact design that isn’t bulky or overbearing and the padded shoulder straps really made it a comfortable pack. The Propper Bias Sling Backpack had all of those features and then more that really pushed it over the top for me. I loved the single strap design that allowed me to pull the pack in front quickly for access to all of the pouches without taking it off. If I did need to take it off, the quick release buckle made it simple and efficient. I also noticed that the Propper bag allowed me to lock the zippers together so nothing would fall out and that was a great feature when I was pulling the pack to the front of my body frequently. “

VOTE: Propper Bias Sling Backpack

Judge 3: “Without a doubt, the Rothco Medium Transport Pack impressed me more. Being on the trail a lot, I like to take a pack that is multidimensional and the Rothco pack had everything I was looking for and then some. The hydration bladder feature is one that I always look for because it is easier to use that carrying multiple water bottles so that really pushed it over the top. I also enjoyed the different pouches and compartments because it allowed me to better organize my gear than the Propper pack. One thing I really enjoyed about the Propper pack, however, was the fact that I could slide the pack across the front of my body to access accessories while on the go. “

VOTE: Rothco Medium Transport Pack

WINNER: Rothco Medium Transport Pack

Rothco Medium Transport Pack

ROUND ONE: MAXPEDITION SITKA GEARSLINGER VS. 5.11 TACTICAL RUSH 24 BACKPACK

Judge 1: “This matchup proved to be a much more difficult decision. On one hand, the Rush 24 has much more storage room and great internal organization dividers; however the Sitka Gearslinger is outfitted with a concealed carry compartment to carry my weapon and it also has the every-day-carry feel to it that I felt the Propper pack lacked in the previous matchup. I also really enjoy the single strap design for quick access to my firearm should I need it. This one goes to the Maxpedition pack in a close one.”

VOTE: Maxpedition Sitka Gearslinger

Judge 2: “I have to admit, although I selected the Propper pack in the last matchup, I’m not the biggest fan of the single strap design. The Maxpedition Sitka is a great pack but it didn’t really meet my needs as an everyday outdoor pack. The 5.11 Rush pack on the other hand really blew me away. My first impression of the pack was that it had tons of room to carry everything I need during a day outdoors. Not only was it spacious, but 5.11 did a great job of creating practical organization pouches. I found myself enjoying the easy access to items without digging through the pack to find what I was looking for. While I would use both packs for different situations, my vote is for the 5.11 Rush 24 Backpack.”

VOTE: 5.11 Tactical Rush 24 Backpack

Judge 3: “The Rush 24 had all of the features I liked in the Rothco Medium Transport pack and then some! Since I spent a fair amount of my previous review on the hydration bladder, I need to note that the Rush 24 actually features the tube hole on both sides of the pack which is a great feature for flexibility. When not in use, the Rush 24 allows the tube hole to be covered up, preventing moisture from entering into the pack, something I haven’t seen before. The Rush 24 also took organization to the next level. Numerous pouches and compartments allowed me to have easy access to everything without a struggle. The Sitka did have one feature that I really enjoyed and that was sheer ruggedness of the material. It was tougher than any fabric I had seen before and Maxpedition bills it as completely abrasion and water resistant.”

VOTE: 5.11 Tactical Rush 24 Backpack

WINNER: 5.11 Tactical Rush 24 Backpack

5.11 Tactical Rush 24 Backpack

CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND: ROTHCO MEDIUM TRANSPORT PACK VS. 5.11 TACTICAL RUSH 24 BACKPACK

Judge 1: “I voted for the Rothco pack but not the 5.11 Pack. Therefore, I’m casting my vote for the Rothco Medium Transport Pack. The real selling point for me was the fact that the medium transport pack was a more compact version of the 5.11 Rush pack. I prefer a pack that I can grab and go without much bulk to it. Oh, and the Rotcho Medium Transport pack is far less expensive!”

VOTE: Rothco Medium Transport Pack

Judge 2: “This one was an easy choice for me. I loved the diversity that the Rush 24 provided. It has lots of space, perfect organization, and represents a true everyday pack in my opinion. If I had to get any pack on the market now, it would be the 5.11 Tactical Rush 24.”

VOTE: 5.11 Tactical Rush 24 Backpack

Judge 3: “I’m the only judge that picked both of the finalist packs in the first round so this decision was a little tougher to me. Both have the features that I look for in a pack, but what it really came down to for me was the additional space that the 5.11 pack gave me. Both had great organizational components and are hydration bladder compatible, but I can see myself using the 5.11 Rush pack more. “

VOTE: 5.11 Tactical Rush 24 Backpack

CHAMPION: 5.11 Tactical Rush 24 Backpack

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