//E137: Understand Bags, Backs, and Boots for Survival

E137: Understand Bags, Backs, and Boots for Survival

Survival bags, packs, and boots can be an overwhelming topic for some, oddly. For many, it becomes a complicated topic at first blush. With good reason: There’s a lot of options, a lot of brands, and a lot of nuances dependent on specific applications and budget.

But in this episode we’re joined by Marshall Hoots of Going Gear. He’s going to uncomplicate the topic and break it all down for us in simple terms.

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Survival Bags, Packs, and Boots Topics Covered:

  • What makes for the best backpacking packs?
  • Does brand matter or is all hype when it comes to backpacking packs?
  • What are those chest straps for on your packs and backpacks?
  • What does the waist strap on a pack do?
  • How important is fit when choosing a backpack or backpacking pack?
  • Does how you pack a backpack or backpacking make a difference?
  • What are the best backpacks?
  • Does the material a backpack is made out of make a difference?
  • How do you choose the right backpack material?
  • Is rip stop that great?
  • Understanding boots for hiking, outdoors, and survival
  • Marshall’s sheep fetish revealed and explained
  • The importance of maintaining body temperature.

Resources from this episode:

Maxpedition Zipper Lock video mentioned in this episode:

By |2017-03-04T15:58:49+00:00August 24th, 2015|Urban Survival Podcast Episodes|3 Comments

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  1. Richard Hauser August 26, 2015 at 1:13 pm - Reply

    Great show. but you didn’t leave a link to his website GoingGear.com. I had to search the site for the previous reference.

    • Aaron Frankel August 26, 2015 at 10:21 pm - Reply

      AH crap. I had a couple of links to gear featured in the show to there site, but somehow overlooked the simple link. Thanks, Richard!

      Here’s the link everyone:

  2. Shep September 7, 2015 at 4:07 pm - Reply

    Great episode.

    I’ve been putting some serious gear through it’s paces recently in the wilderness here in the UK.

    I’m rocking the Osprey Atmos AG 50 and loving it. I have a smaller Manta 28 for a day-pack/grab bag too. I’ve been through more boots than I care to think go looking for the perfect pair as well, which I feel like I’ve finally found.

    Actually I’ve been though so much gear of late, I should do a pile of reviews. Up for listener gear reviews??


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