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Part 2 of the Maxpedition Versipack Review

This is part 2 of a review on the Maxpedition Versipack. The first part of the review can be found at this link – Maxpedition Proteus Versipack Review Part 1.

As mentioned in part 1 of the review, this buttpack was picked because of its lightweight and heavy duty construction. The Versipack will be used to fill a specialty role. Which is going to be for 3 – 8 mile day hikes. But before the pack is taken on an all day hiking trip, it has to be put through a few test. In this review, the pack is taken on a short walk through the woods to see how well it carries.

In the first video a 2 quart military canteen was attached to the back of the pack. Well, that did not work out too well. The canteen pulled the pack downwards and back until it almost touched my legs. So the 2 quart was taken off and a 1 quart canteen was attached to one of the side pockets. I wanted to attached a second 2 quart canteen, but it was in the back of a closet that was full of boxes. So never mind on that.

My son, my son in law and I parked the truck at the top of the hill. We loaded up, headed out and followed a 4-wheeler trail until it finally disappeared into the brush. With one canteen the pack was heavy on one side, but that is to be expected.

Before the three of us go on one of the 4+ mile hikes, I will get the second two quart canteen dug out of the closet. That is going to be a journey in that right there. My wife has piled not only clothes, but all kinds of boxes in front of the drawers where the canteens are stored. Maybe if I ask my wife nicely she will take the boxes out of the closet long enough to get to the canteens.

After the 4-wheeler trail disappeared into the woods, we continued onto a creek. The sun was starting to get low in the horizon, the weather was not too hot or to cold, it was one of the “perfect” evening that you heard about.

maxpedition proteus versipack

maxpedition proteus versipack without the canteen

There were several times where we crossed a natural stream that runs all year long.  Its one of those moments when I like to stop and think about the generations of people can came before us.

The first humans that walked through this area ten thousand years ago, what were they like?  What were their families, wives, husbands and friends like?  It must be really something to walk through an area, and know that you are the first person to go through there.  To not hear or see anyone else for weeks, months years – what a feeling that must be.

Mankind has been pretty much everywhere on the face of the earth, so most of us will never know what its like to be “the first”.  But we can imagine what it would be like.  And that is one reason why I like to go on these hikes into the woods.  It gives me time to reflect on the big picture of who we are, where we came from and where we are going.  There is very little out here to distract the attention, except the trees, birds and the wind.  To heard the stream running across rocks, and the wind blowing through the trees, that is the true meaning of beauty.

Besides the weight of the canteen pulling the pack to one side – and that is my fault for being too lazy and not digging through the closet to get a second canteen – the pack wore pretty good.

The hike for this test might have been only a mile to about a mile and a half.  The goal was just to see how well the pack wore and to take it on a test run before the other hikes.  Gear needs to be tested before its taken far from home.  And that was what this little trip was all about.

Sometime in late May my son and I have a 4 – 6 mile day hike planned.  That is when we will really see how well the Versipack does.  So stay tuned for part 3.

To comment on this article, visit the Maxpedition Versipack Review thread in the survival gear forums.

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Kevin Felts was born and raised in southeast Texas, graduated from Bridge City high school Bridge City Texas, and attended Lamar College in Port Arthur Texas. Hobbies include fishing, hiking, hunting, blogging, sharing his politically incorrect opinion, video blogging on youtube, survivalism and spending time with his family. In his free time you may find Kevin working around the farm, building something, or tending to the livestock

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