PCB, Pack Complementary Board – concept, prototype, thoughts

Had a boatload of things to take care of. Showing some beta-version.


Widely known pack inserts, or organisational boards, have variuous features, so I want to make one to be suited to my specific needs.

I want to have a possibilities:

  • hold A4 papers in the flat pocket
  • attach modular pouches to the front PALs
  • put rigid insert
  • (later) have a compatibility with Tom Bihn “Rails” system, Matroskya and TAD attachments

Here is a prototype made from (s)crap materials, as clothing fabrics. So, it has terrible sagging on the top of open pocket due to the weight of pouch with thermos.

My plan is to make V-shaped entrance to flat pocket in the next prototype, so pocket wouldn’t sag.

PCB pack complementary poard prototype

Awful confusion

Just on that week i see (here at Loaded Pockets review), that my concept Beaver tail / transporter tail – back pack upgrade already exists and marketed by Mystery Ranch as “Stick-It” and by OV Innovations as Cache (review). I can’t believe it.

So, here’s the lesson – be aware of market innovations and do not live under the rock.

P.S. New job, too little time to sew, post and even read.

Attaching modular belt to big (or medium) backpack

It can be seen as obvious solution, but I searched it for years and found by revelation (afflatus).

The point is to attach modular (molle) belt to raid pack and disconnect it within minute – it is not an emergency dropping, but a change of pack configuration. For example, you arrive to the base camp, leave big pack there and go around with daypack and pouches on belt. Certainly, it’s not a combat solution (but it depends).

The bad approach is to dismount pouches from the one (left, to say) side of belt, tuck belt under the pack’s waist pad, then install pouches again. When disconnecting, dismount pouches, pull belt from under the waist pad, install pouches again.

The quick approach is:

– when connecting, pull inner belt from under the side sleeve and rear sleeve of outer belt;

– tuck inner belt under the pack’s waist pad;

– run inner belt into the side sleeve (bypassing the rear sleeve of outer belt)

– when disconnecting, pull inner belt from under the side sleeve and waist pad;

– run inner belt into the side sleeve and rear sleeve of outer belt.

No dismounting of pouches. Only requirement is to keep rear portion of sleeve free of pouches.

Here’s a grafical explanation:

belt with backpackTri-glides are applicable only for belts with free end, as riggers, not with release buckles.

Minimalist backpack with simplified expanding zippered entrance

Very rarely I make gear for another people. Just because my production lacks quality and nice look. But some folks like the raw style and ignore little (and significant) flaws. It’s exactly this case.

Owner’s (not customer’s, pack is a gift) photos:

minimalist backpack simplified expanding zippered entrance

Real color of fabric is a sort of “sewer green”, close to Soviet marsh green.

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