Quiver and Gear: a Ranger's Snapsack

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Quiver and Gear: a Ranger's Snapsack

Postby Elleth » Mon Aug 27, 2018 2:10 am

For years we've been working out how to both carry both pack and a quiver: while I've always liked Greg's brisk morning outing setup, I believe this new variation is worth a try:

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It's my standard Dunedain snapsack design, just stretched out to be as long as the bedroll when tied skinny-style - but kept really narrow.
The construction is just like before: walnut dyed goatskin body, linen liner, and a bronze anchor at each end. It rides doubled up on the bedroll strap, right alongside the bedroll itself:

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So far, I'm very happy with this solution. Riding right alongside your skinny bedroll, it can be drawn in tight to the body, even over a quiver. It doesn't appreciably bounce, doesn't sway around your body while you're moving around, and doesn't appreciably bulk out your profile for snaking through brush. Loosen the ties a bit on the bedroll strap, and you can even hike it up across your chest burden basket style. Or swap it from one shoulder to the other as things wear on.

Maybe the horseshoe roll is easier on the shoulder for long treks, but this is remarkably svelte and comfy on shorter runs - at least so far.

The tradeoff is of course that the bag is quite narrow. Obviously that limits what you can carry, but it also means you need to pre-plan what order things get stacked in there. Stuff you only need in camp towards the middle, things more likely to be needed during the day towards the ends.

So far I'm finding that constraint more an asset than a liability though. Since everything's stacked single file as it were, they don't get jumbled around so much as in my old Colonial knapsack - thus there's less fishing for that one little thing you know you packed. This bag is JUST wide enough to accomodate my little cookpot in its mess bag. (One might almost think that was the plan. :) )

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Re: Quiver and Gear: a Ranger's Snapsack

Postby Elleth » Mon Aug 27, 2018 2:14 am

Finally, you'll see that I've come up with a new solution for drawstrings:

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I loop a wooden toggle into a linen cord and sew it in place. I then stitch the two tails of the cord together into a tape about as long as I need for the closure, skip a bit, and resume sewing to form a buttonhole for the toggle. For simple ties I use on clothes I can leave it at this: for the snapsack drawstrings, as you can see I've tacked a second loop of cord over the first to form a nice solid tape that firms up the closure a bit.

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If I'm paranoid, I can then after fastening the toggle loop the tails a few times a few times and tie to add a bit of extra insurance.

So far, so good.

I've got the toggle-ties both on the pack as well as the smaller snapsack on my quiver.
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Re: Quiver and Gear: a Ranger's Snapsack

Postby Greg » Mon Aug 27, 2018 2:40 am

That toggle-tie is genius. I *may* steal it.

Source for the linen cordage?
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Re: Quiver and Gear: a Ranger's Snapsack

Postby Elleth » Mon Aug 27, 2018 3:00 am

So far so good - I think you'll like it!

You need to give the toggle a little tug to get enough slack to open the bag - it's obviously not a big deal, but it means your slits need to have enough breathing room for the cord to slide easily.

I also make certain to give an extra loop-around and tie on the bottom side of snapsacks, just in case.

The cordage is from WhoopLoop on etsy:
https://www.etsy.com/shop/whooploop

eek! Looks like she's away for the moment - she usually comes back quickly though. I got the 3mm "pure linen twine yardage" in natural grey.

A search on etsy for linen twine should turn up other sellers if you're in a hurry: seems to still be a big thing in Eastern Europe.

For the toggles I went with this seller, just 'cause I thought rowan wood was cool. :)
https://www.etsy.com/shop/PUUNOOP

I did file a little "dish" in the toggle and re-oil it prior to sewing on the cord.
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Re: Quiver and Gear: a Ranger's Snapsack

Postby Iodo » Mon Aug 27, 2018 7:12 am

Really like the toggle tie, I may also steal it, I'll have to find my own supplier's over here though.
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Re: Quiver and Gear: a Ranger's Snapsack

Postby Ursus » Mon Aug 27, 2018 9:42 am

Wonderful as always.

I’ve always admired the atheistic of yours and Greg’s packs.

I’ve tried something similar to this with the snapsack you made me and my own bedroll cover. Like you I’ve not carried it over long treks but tend to think of it as my “overnight bag”, no complaints here either.

Posts like this get me excited for fall and prime ranging season!
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Re: Quiver and Gear: a Ranger's Snapsack

Postby Elendur Amloth » Wed Aug 29, 2018 3:25 pm

Yeah, you've given me another project. Wonderful ideas and work!
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