Right, I have finally given in and accepted that these bum bags are not a bad idea after allÖso thought I'd do a mini, well very mini review as I was tidying it up a bit today
Iím been swapping stalking jackets frequently and with the emptying and swapping over stuff from various pockets becoming a pain in the hoop, I decided to have a ďgrab and goĒ pouch for impromptu stalking sessions & to save time when heading out etc
I have the relatively inexpensive Snugpak Response one, with a few mods here and there including:
- cutting off the zip puller tabs and replacing with paracord - no more rattles
- cut out the supplied belt and replaced with a better belt with a stronger and heavier buckle - the supplied one was pretty naff and the belt couldnít be removed.
- probably the most useful addition is two 2Ē buckle/webbing tidy type clips onto each of the side pockets and fitted some para cord to act as an extra support to stop it slipping down - this sits across the top of my shoulders and goes under the arms, helpful if out for a long walk, spreads the load a bit. 2 loops either side means it can be unclipped if need be and used for something else etc
It holds all the stuff I need below with room for spare if need be:
Ammo holder (Attached onto side pocket)
Folding Bone saw
Buttalo & a Fox call
OíTom Tick twister
Anti Bacterial Wipes
Paracord & tape
Collapsible Push rod/Jag/Patches
I carry a swingblade on the belt & add Smidge and Headnet in the summer
If Iím not going too far from the motor/house then I tend just to take what I need from the pack and carry in a thigh pocket for example but its handy having it all in the one place and doesnít weight much when fully packed.
If Iím off out for a full dayís stalking well away from the car, I normally remove the belt and pop it in a Roe sack or a Berghaus Munro daysack depending on what/where Iím stalking and of I can either add or swap items as I see fit i.e. Folding gambrel, Large Breat Saw, Trauma/First Aid Kit, Drag rope etc etc
The Adventure Sports Trauma Kit (on the left of pic) was about £15 which contains 25g quickclot compound, trauma pads, tape, gloves, dressings, and wipes, quite a compact & comprehensive emergency first aid kit in a sealed waterproof package which doesnít take up much room in the sack but obviously very handy to have! Hopefully never have to use it but if your miles from the motor/civilisation/mobile signal it might just save the day.
Anyway, thought Iíd share my musings, going stalking now.