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 Post subject: Usability of a MAP
PostPosted: Wed Dec 18, 2013 4:27 am 
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Hey guys, i apologize if this is explained or already answered but to my knowledge it has not. I have never purchased or used a MAP pack or any type of pack that attaches via MOLLE or to the back of my plate carrier for the fact that in any case I'd like to be able to reach whatever is in my pack by myself without assistance. What're some of your guys' opinions on this that do run a MAP pack?


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 Post subject: Re: Usability of a MAP
PostPosted: Wed Dec 18, 2013 5:26 am 
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Then don't get a MAP ;)

Get a small pack like the Yote or MULE instead.

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 Post subject: Re: Usability of a MAP
PostPosted: Wed Dec 18, 2013 10:39 am 
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Agree with Conker. I vote for yote type pack over MAP too.

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 Post subject: Re: Usability of a MAP
PostPosted: Wed Dec 18, 2013 12:36 pm 
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A map, or a small backpack permanently attached to a vest, might be useful sometimes, but not always. I would recommend just like Conker said, a hawg or a mule sized backpack is the best choice.

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 Post subject: Re: Usability of a MAP
PostPosted: Wed Dec 18, 2013 12:43 pm 
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A permanently fixed pack like a MAP is only useful in two instances:
1 - You don't need to be able to access anything in it yourself.
2 - You're in an environmet where you can often and easily don/doff your plate carrier (or in other words don't actually NEED a plate carrier).

Imho, the mule is a bit small compared to a MAP, so I would suggest a HAWG if you go for a camelbak pack.

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 Post subject: Re: Usability of a MAP
PostPosted: Wed Dec 18, 2013 2:05 pm 
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A map works fine if you have any friends.. Besides, you do not carry your primary reload or any other critical gear on your back.

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 Post subject: Re: Usability of a MAP
PostPosted: Wed Dec 18, 2013 3:58 pm 
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The other benefit of a molle attached MAP is if your vest is releasable ,or you simply don't want all the extra straps and faff across your chest, often interfering with comms and admin .

However, my vote goes for a YOTE , both options then, although, do the eagle map packs not have very slim shoulder straps as well? For standalone use?


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 Post subject: Re: Usability of a MAP
PostPosted: Wed Dec 18, 2013 11:20 pm 
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EI MAP has no shoulder straps for stand alone use, only the molle attachments.

EI YOTE has rather bulky shoulder straps, when not attached to PC.

I have ran both types.

Now I always have a Camelbak Armorbak on my back, and as an assault pack I use the Mystery Ranch Hitchhiker, from my MR COMM 3 system.


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 Post subject: Re: Usability of a MAP
PostPosted: Thu Dec 19, 2013 4:48 am 
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essal wrote:
A map works fine if you have any friends.. Besides, you do not carry your primary reload or any other critical gear on your back.

Exactly. In a MAP, I would personally carry hydration (obviously), spare batteries, clothing layers,... Nothing I need to have access to quickly like grenades, first aid or ammo.

I'd have to agree that a MULE is indeed small. For the above I mentioned it works (that's what I do) but it really depends on what you need to fit in...

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 Post subject: Re: Usability of a MAP
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I have an AOR2 YOTE pack in use. It comes with 2 pairs of detachable shoulder straps (1 pair 1" slim straps and the other with bulky padded). I love this clever design to allow user to custom the pack by mission oriented.

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 Post subject: Re: Usability of a MAP
PostPosted: Wed Jan 01, 2014 10:13 am 
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Thanks for all your useful replies guys. Let me clarify however, I already own a YOTE & Tag Sentinel and I do indeed use those whenever I need to use a pack. I just thought it would be interesting to find out some of the justification of some people that do indeed use MAP type packs, and find out their justification. I do not ever honestly intend to use one, just interested in why some do :wink: .


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 Post subject: Re: Usability of a MAP
PostPosted: Wed Jan 01, 2014 4:52 pm 
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I guess everybody narrowed it down pretty clearly. To me, those packs are meant for "non strategic" carry of bulky stuff, mostly snivel gear and food. It's certainly better IMO to carry those items on a fixed pack than on a sagging regular 3 day pack.

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