Posts Tagged ‘Malice Pack’

Well I thought this day would never come but I’m finally making the switch.  I’m replacing my medium woodland camo Alice/Malice pack that I spent time customizing to get it just right with a Condor 3 day assault pack in O.D. Green.  As I get older comfort becomes more and more important and no matter how you might try and convince yourself otherwise; an Alice Pack is nowhere near as comfy as today’s modern, well padded packs.

I’m going to start changing my methods for this bug out bag.  My Alice Pack was a 100% dedicated bug out bag; the new Condor one will be set up to cover a hybrid of uses.  The new bag will be set up on a 50/50 ratio meaning 50% of the space will be used for bug out essentials and the other 50% of the space will be used for when I need to take a bag with me on vacation.  I’ll call it a multipurpose bug out bag/get home bag/travel bag or just an All Purpose Bag for short.  As soon as Amazon delivers it I’ll set it up and let you know how it functions.  

Here’s the specs on the bag:  

  • – Large load cargo capacity compartment with separate pocket to fit up to two 3L hydration bladders. – Olive Drab contour shoulder straps with D-Ring for equipment attachment, sternum strap and waist belt. – External side compression straps.
  • – Heavy-Duty carry and drag handle. – Two double zipper pulls on the main compartment for easy access. – Individual foam pad back panel for extra comfort and maximum airflow. – Grommets on all compartments for drainage. 
  • Total of seven compartments: – Main Compartment with gear straps to secure gears and two extra mesh pockets. – Second Compartment contains three map/document pockets, two radio pockets, and penholders.
  • – Two large pockets on the back, bottom pocket (12.5″ x 6″ x 3″) with three elastic closure mesh pockets and a zipper mesh pocket. – Two side pockets (9″ x 5″ x 2.5″) one on each side. – One Compartment for hydration systems.

I also ordered a seperate Condor rip stop EMT pouch, a Condor Gear Pouch and a Condor 2.5L Hydration Bladder.  I’m looking forward to setting everything up.  Come on Amazon; hurry up 🙂

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For most SHTF scenarios I anticipate bugging in rather than bugging out.  However it is still essential to have a bug out bag packed and ready to go.  So with that said, what gear do I keep in my bug out bag.  The following in no particular order is a list of my Alice/Malice pack bug out bag gear.

  • 3 pairs of socks
  • 3 pairs of underwear
  • 3 Tee shirts
  • 3 long sleeve shirts
  • 1 sweatshirt
  • 1 Pair of Pants with Belt
  • 5 pairs of lightweight work gloves
  • 1 pair of shooting gloves
  • 1 pair of winter gloves
  • 1 Raincoat
  • 1 Boonie Hat
  • 1 Winter hat
  • 1 Complete First Aid Kit including Medicine
  • 2 Bottles of Hand Sanitizer
  • 2 Small compressed rolls of Toilet Paper
  • 9 Eyeglass Wipes
  • 1 Eyeglass Case
  • 1 Compass
  • 1 Fixed Blade Knife with Sheath
  • 1 Pistol Holster
  • 1 Pistol
  • 1 Mag Pouch with 3 slots
  • 3 Mags
  • Spare Ammo
  • 1 Flashlight 80 Lumens
  • 6 replacement flashlight batteries
  • 3 packs of waterproof matches
  • 1 Firestarter
  • 2 Removable Canteen Straps
  • 2 Canteens in Canteen pouches with water
  • 1 Metal Water Bottle with Molle bottle holder
  • 120 Peanut Butter Crackers
  • Vitamins
  • 2 Bottles of Water Purification Tablets
  • 1 Water purification filter with straw
  • 4 Packages of Iodine Tablets to protect against radiation
  • 1 Adhesive Radiation Detector
  • Binoculars
  • 1 Portable Radio
  • 4 replacement radio batteries
  • 1 Bandana
  • Petty Cash
  • 550 Paracord
  • 1 Roll of Cloth Tape
  • 5 Snap Straps
  • 4 Compression Straps
  • 1 Sleeping Bag with Stuff Sack 
  • 5 Mylar Emergency Blankets
  • 1 Fork and Spoon Set
  • 1 Can Opener
  • 1 Bottle Opener
  • 1 Signal Mirror
  • 1 Pocket Knife

Well I’ve decided to retire my 45 litre Fox Rio Grande Woodland Camo bug out bag in favor of my old woodland camo medium size Alice Pack.  Problem was the Alice Pack strapping system; clipping and unclipping the straps always seemed to be problamatic.  Solution……..I went out and bought some industrial strength sewing thread, a 6 inch sewing needle and a leather thumb thimble to push the needle and thread through the material.  Then using scissors, some sewing skills, some cloth tape and a lighter to repair frayed ends I was able to replace the old Alice threaded attachments with  spare pairs of voodoo tactical quick release buckles.

But why stop there.  I reinforced the waist belt by sewing a military, heavy duty pistol belt to the original waist belt in conjunction with strategically placed cloth tape which not only doubles the strength of the belt but also allows heavier pouches, holsters, etc., to be mounted directly to the web belt/waist belt.  I also added a carry handle to the top of the frame so lifting the bag has just become easier.

My wife said “just take it to a tailor and show them what you want and they can machine sew it.” “No” I said.  I wanted to try this myself and although I had to sew it by hand and it was a royal pain to get the needle and thread through the thick straps and belt; I managed to do it all in about three hours and it came out pretty well.  Considering places that modify Alice Packs charge about $120.00 to do these types of modifications; I was able to do it myself for about $19.00 in materials and three hours of my time.  Just goes to show you what can be done with a little time, ingenuity and effort.  Next step will be to load the pack up and see how it holds up while carrying supplies.