No top box ?

Discussion in 'Trip Planning' started by DonVulpes, Feb 23, 2013.

  1. etingelefunts

    etingelefunts retem-odo

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    To me top boxes are unwieldy and cumbersome, but for the following uses/considerations on a long trip crossing borders with fragile gear, the sum of their merits overtake their drawbacks;

    • Place to store SLR camera protected by foam cut-outs or optional dividers
    • Place to store folders with immunization records, passports, etc
    • Safe from left or right low-side get offs
    • Easier to padlock and secure
    • Lid organizers to minimize the need to empty a duffel looking for that tiny widget
    • Can double as a cutting board :D
    • Properly outfitted it can serve as a duffel/gear rack.
    Shown here is a Pelican 1500 Series EMT case. Hated it until its virtues began to emerge. Still hate the way it looks, but LOVE how useful it is.


    The dividers have very versatile padded dividers for nearly infinite configuration.



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  2. etingelefunts

    etingelefunts retem-odo

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    Depends on where one is going, the weather, planned accommodations (NO accommodations needed changes long term gear requirements) and not what is needed at that point, but what one WANTS to bring.
    It's easier to fling gear off than wish it into existence in dire circumstances.
    Anyone can pack light, likewise (and more frequently) we regretfully pack in excess. I am notorious as a minimalist, and until recently prided myself in ALWAYS bringing less than any comrade. Recently I decided to try things a little different, still keeping weight down, and expand my gear to lengthen my riding season and self sufficiency, so you guessed it, that rig has a kitchen, a friggin pillow, and a back-scrubber for bathing in streams. Might even have a take-down rifle, fishing pole and spices for the wild garden stews :wink:
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