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UTG Ranger Field Bag – Item of the Day

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Every day I bring you an item on Amazon that I personally use or has been purchased by many members of the audience and I have researched enough to recommend.

Today’s TSP Amazon Item of the day is the UTG Ranger Field Bag.  Long time followers of The Survival Podcast will know I have been recommending this bag for years.  And I will tell you this is the best value large bag I have found so far.

This is my go to as a luggage bag when I fly on airplanes.  It is so much more convenient than a roller as you make your way though what ever shuttle bus hell exists between you and your rental car.

It is huge as well, bigger than I think most people expect, in fact there are a few negative reviews about it being “too big”, sigh, really!  One even said, “the picture makes it look smaller”, um, it is a picture with no other object for scale, face palm moment I guess.

The dimensions of the bag are 35.00″ x 13.00″ x 12.00″ and it really carries a lot of gear.  I did manage to kill one, after many many airline trips where I used it to carry t-shirts.  I am talking tight packed, rolled shirts, over 150 pounds of them!  Even then it beat the shipping charges I would have paid to mail them ahead of time and send the unsold ones back home!

The failure is was at the one point this bag could use some improvement.  There are four rubber feet on the bottom.  When thrown (think airline employees) and heavily loaded sooner or later they tear off and eventually that wears the bag out.

Used as a vehicle kit bag, and set down vs. thrown (ie the way you handle gear when you actually own it), they are extremely long lasting.  I’ll be honest this is not a bag like John Willis at SOE Tactical Gear would build, however, old John doesn’t make a bag anything like this one.  In fact I can’t find anything quite like this bag when you factor in all the compartments and the comfort of carrying it along with the durability.

I use this bag for my vehicle based bug out kits and air travel mostly.  I have talked to the guy who fills my CO2 tank about this bag too.  For you home brewers the best place to get CO2 tanks filled is a airsoft store by the way.  The guy I use has a store and a huge play area for paint ball and airsoft both.  He said about half of all players tend to use this bag for their gear, due to capacity, longevity and comfort of carry.

So if you have need of a large capacity duffel give the UTG Ranger Field Bag a shot.  I think you will be quite happy with it.

Remember you can always find the TSP Item of the day by just going to TspAz.com and by shopping at TspAz.com anytime you shop online you help support TSP and the work we do here no matter what you buy.

P.S. – This video reviews three UTG Bags, the third one is the UTG Ranger Field Bag.  It does a good job of showing you all the features and how big it really is.  You can jump to about 6:40 if you just want that review.

By the way the second bag reviewed the UTG SWAT Responder Range Bag was an outstanding range bag, with huge capacity for such a small bag.  I still have one I bought before I even started TSP, I now use if for my blow back airsoft hand gun gear.  Sadly UTG stopped making it.  UTG if you are listening, two things.  1.  Bring Back the SWAT Responder Range Bag and 2.  Loose the feet on the Ranger Field bag, it would make a great product even better.

CamelBack M.U.L.E. – Amazon Item of the Day

muelEvery day I bring you an item on Amazon that I personally use or has been purchased by many members of the audience and I have researched enough to recommend.

Today’s TSP Amazon Item of the day is the CamelBack M.U.L.E.  What exactly does M.U.L.E. stand for, well that would be “Medium to Ultra Long Endeavors”.  This is my go to pack and it has only gotten better over the years, I bought mine over 7 years ago, I am still using it, it is still in great condition.

In fact the video below is from a short hike we did in Arkansas over 6 years ago.  I mean this is SO LONG AGO, I Have an iPod in the electronics pouch vs. an iPhone!  I mean really I have been though 3 iPhones in those 6 years and I still have the same pack.

I will say this pack doesn’t have massive cargo capacity but is is plenty for EDC and basic trail emergency gear on short hikes.  It excels for mountain biking because it is not over sized.  My number one use is wearing it while working on the farm in our 100 plus degree heat, so I stay hydrated and do not pass out.

If you want a larger capacity for cargo check out the CamelBack H.A.W.G. – Which stands for “Holds A Lot of Water and Gear”.  It is basically an up-sized version of the M.U.L.E.  Unless I am taking a major hike or spending an over night or something like that I prefer the lighter and smaller format of the CamelBack M.U.L.E.

I personally feel that the CamelBack concept as a whole has saved many lives over the years and prevented likely 10 of thousands of cases of basic heat exhaustion and trips to the ER for heat stroke.  In my days in the military, especially in Panama and Honduras, the number one injury I witnessed was what is called a “heat casualty” and it always came down to insufficient hydration.

If you are in the market for a top quality hydration solution and want to be able to carry a nice amount of gear along with it, take a look at the CamelBack M.U.L.E. today.  It isn’t the cheapest item in the category but for a pack that has lasted 7 years and is still going strong, as often is the case you get what you pay for.   At 80 bucks with free shipping, this pack is worth every cent.  And hey that is less than I paid for mine, so many years ago.

When I first got this Dorothy liked the idea but thought is was “too expensive”, so she bought some cheapo hydration back pack, (the kind with no cargo space) from Academy for herself.  It failed, she bought another.  At that point I had, had enough and ordered her a M.U.L.E. and of course I paid extra to get it in red for her.  Where that second cheapo is I know not, likely in a land fill somewhere, but her red CamelBack is still in service.

Remember you can always find the TSP Amazon Item of the day by just going to TspAz.com and by shopping at TspAz.com anytime you shop on Amazon you help support TSP and the work we do here no matter what you buy.

Here is my video from 2009, this pack is slightly faded from the brutal southern sun but still going strong.