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Old 10-28-2013, 04:03 PM   #4156
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Ready to head to Tellico...



My campsite down by the river...

And soon you'll be living in a VAN down by the RIVER! ! :P

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Old 10-28-2013, 04:39 PM   #4157
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Polarbear coolers are great - but straps over the top reduces the effectiveness of the insulation, especially over days on the road. And as you note, if you don't strangle the thing it can and will bounce loose.
A friend runs his straps along the side of the cooler, between the cooler and the fastex buckles used to fasten the zippered ends. Works well. Bag doesn't go anywhere.

I've been using straps across the top between the handles. If the bag came free it would still hang by the straps. I think I'm going to switch to some of the small/thin ROK straps instead of the way-too-long H2W straps I've been using.
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Old 10-28-2013, 05:48 PM   #4158
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You were the only person to respond to my comment, so I assumed there was some association. I feel in a free country on an open forum, I may express myself as I choose, just as others are here. I'm judging no one, simply stating an opinion. Do you have a problem with me exercising that freedom?
The only freedoms you have on a privately owned website are those that the site owner allows you.

And, yeah, your comments were condescending and unnecessary. If you want to pack light, do so. If you want to pack the kitchen sink, do so. No need to criticize others for how they pack, and definitely no need to suggest that someone might as well drive a car if they're packing so much.

I try to pack light myself, and frankly a lot of these setups are FAR too overpacked for my tastes... But I've still gotten a lot of good ideas that I can incorporate into my own packing from a setup that is far from what I'd like as a whole.
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Old 10-28-2013, 06:56 PM   #4159
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Oh, so you weren't talking to me. Too bad. It seems to fit your profile better. n00b to dirt riding, maybe?
No need for this upstairs... The basement might be more your speed
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Old 10-28-2013, 07:22 PM   #4160
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I saw how some people pack and I need to note to everyone to pack their sleeping bags, pillows, etc in a different bag than the tent. The condensation from the tent bottom or a wet tent will eventually foul your stuff if you don't have some kind of vapor barrier going on and good venting. I avoid putting my tent in a waterproof bag.

Also, pull out your sleeping bag and put it in a large cotton bag when not in use.
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Old 10-28-2013, 10:20 PM   #4161
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Is that a vintage style armor? I can't see the wood being all that forgiving, but it does look like it would survive an impact.
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Old 10-29-2013, 03:04 AM   #4162
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Is that a Gears Navigator Tail bag? If it is, how do you like it? How much can you fit in there? Is the rain cover working well? I'm looking right now for a tail bag that is not to expensive and waterproof. My actual bag is a Saddlemen TS3200 and the stitching around the zipper did not last one ride before breaking.
That is a Gears Navigator Tail Bag. It didn't work well on that trip because I have a Pelican Top Box Mounted and it took up all the parts of the seat I needed and wanted to sit on.

As far as construction goes...the shock cord tie-downs are poor and the speed clips are sub par. I plan on using it on my KLX next season - so we'll see how it works out there.
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Old 10-29-2013, 04:13 AM   #4163
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Cold drinks in camp - I'm a fan

I carry a <$5 Keep Hot or Cold bag on the bike - light and low volume. Buy a bag of ice at the last fuel stop of the day and stick it in the bag then fix to bike or stuff in back pack for balance of miles.

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Old 10-29-2013, 10:05 AM   #4164
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This is mine set for an over night in cold temps ( tent + 2 sleeping bags)

im not thrilled with this, the red cooler had food/snacks and 12 beers in it, and it kept bouncing loose on the rough forest roads.

blue bag has tent, zee rest, a few dry bags with clothes, each soft pannier had a sleeping bag, gloves, tire pump, tools.


Pack more beer for less bouncing.
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Old 10-29-2013, 10:06 AM   #4165
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Pack more beer for less bouncing.
I usually stuff 26+ ice into the 24 can polar bear.
this was a short trip, 12 was plenty.

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Old 10-29-2013, 10:06 AM   #4166
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Polarbear coolers are great - but straps over the top reduces the effectiveness of the insulation, especially over days on the road. And as you note, if you don't strangle the thing it can and will bounce loose.

I have thought of just strapping down from the rings near the base, but that still leaves contents and upper body free to move.

Anybody got another approach? I've considered something like a sewing machine case:


But that's another thing to carry - and might as well just get a hardshell cooler.
You want to use a sewing machine case as a cooler or pack the cooler in one?

Does your cooler not have the D rings on it? I spoke with Polar Bear, now ALL of the colors have D-Rings on them.
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Old 10-29-2013, 10:10 AM   #4167
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I usually stuff 26+ ice into the 24 can polar bear.
this was a short trip, 12 was plenty.

You should consider picking up a 12 pack. They didn't have any silver ones when I first ordered mine so I got a black one, as soon as silver was available I ordered two more.

24 is too big for the bike I thinks.

If you can use a single 12 pack lemme know.
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Old 10-29-2013, 10:13 AM   #4168
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the red one basically functions as my 12 pack cooler.

But yeah the 24 is a BIT large, although it fits perfectly on that rack, I worry when its full though.
Even with my welded up reinforcement rack, thats a lot of weight on on that lever arm
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Old 10-29-2013, 12:11 PM   #4169
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If you can use a single 12 pack lemme know.
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Old 10-29-2013, 02:34 PM   #4170
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Is that a vintage style armor? I can't see the wood being all that forgiving, but it does look like it would survive an impact.
We forgot to pack the chain mail, so we had to make due
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