Question: To me, haversacks are the best containers in which to carry gear when I go out for short periods of time. I love the look of them and I love the feel of them. They’re very practical and I like the fact that they stay out of my way when I’m hiking and working on stuff while I’m out in the woods. These side bags are indispensable.
For those of you who have never heard of, seen or used a haversack, let me tell you what they are. They’re small-ish bags (12″ square up to 24″ square) that are kept down near the hip. They use a strap that’s draped over the opposing shoulder, so it sort of looks like a side bag. Actually, it would most closely resemble a purse that a woman wears when she’s in an unsafe environment. When a woman is generally someplace she trusts, she’ll hang the strap over the near shoulder to the purse itself is positioned directly below. If she’s in an area where she feels someone might try to steal her purse, she’ll place the strap over the other (far) shoulder, so if someone grabs the purse, they won’t be able to get it. Haversacks also remind me of messenger bags, so they appeal to a fair amount of people.
Haversacks have been around for hundreds of years and they’re awesome because the more modern ones are like small rucksacks. They’re got pockets and zippers in them and they can organize everything you’d likely take with you for a short stint in the outdoors. They’re made of leather, canvas and even nylon. They’re generally water resistant and they oftentimes have sleeves on the outside so you can hang hand tools from them. Very handy.
My question for today is, what’s your favorite haversack? There are many very high quality ones on the market today and I’m looking for feedback on the favorites. I’ve currently got my eye on the following brands: Pathfinder, Duluth, Woodcraft, Campcraft, The Hidden Woodsmen, Raging River Trading and a few others. I’m leaning towards the Duluth because it seems to be the best. I know they are all good, but the Duluth just seems to be a bit higher end. I love gear and I want this thing to last me for the rest of my life. I don’t mind spending a little more.
So what’s your favorite haversack? What’s the best out there? Is there some sort of consensus on this? Is there the “one” everyone wants? Thanks.
Answer: I don’t use a haversack because I always use my 5.11 Rush12, but I’ve seen tons of videos on them. Here are a few that talk about some of the brands you mentioned.