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Pack Config reach 3000 followers this week, and to celebrate we are hosting a Giveaway!!! The prizes have been generously supplied by Triple Aught Design and Ru-titley. Unfortunately the Ranger Hoodie shown is most definitely NOT in the Giveaway (but it is currently being reviewed), but there is the possibility of a Grand Prize TBC for the person who comes in first place. Make sure you follow us to stay posted on that…

Entering the GIVEAWAY takes just two easy steps:

1. Recon
Take ONE photo of your pack, showing what you carry or how the gear inside is set up (for tips on taking a prize winning image see below).

Optional extra: if you’d like, feel free to write a short paragraph about your favourite things about the kit/pack. Those who have previously been featured on Pack Config will need to take a new/different photo. It can be any brand of pack, but it must show some kind of set-up, configuration or modification i.e. not just the pack fresh out-of-the-box.

2. Submit
Email your photo and paragraph to before the end of the October when the Giveaway finishes. 

How to win
The 3 winners will be the ones with the most popular entries. This will be measured by adding together the total number of interactions from: 
Tumblr (Likes & Reblogs), 
Facebook (Likes & Shares) and 
Twitter (Favourites & Re-Tweets)

The Giveaway will finish 30 November 2014 (the three winners will be announced in December), so make sure you get your entries in before then for a maximum chance to win. Entries will posted up from 1 October onwards and can be from anywhere in the world. Excessive reblogging/sharing/retweeting by the entrant will result in disqualification – you have been warned!

Bonus: Interact
We’d love it if you’d support the companies taking part in the Giveaway by Liking/Following Triple Aught Design on Facebook or Twitter, following Grey Ghost Gear on Facebook (you’ll find out why later!) AND check out Ru-titley's site (and follow if you're on Tumblr).

Tips for taking your photos:
Good quality and well composed shots always get lots of notes. Here are a few links to the kind of thing we’re looking for and hopefully will inspire you: Second image here, here, here, here, here, here, third image here, here, or display your pack with everything in it as you’d have it set up: second image here, third image here.

All the best everyone.

Fast Pack Friday – TAD Junkies

Here is Geoffrey Macellven’s set up of a Fast Pack Litespeed with a good collection of matching pouches. I like the symmetry of the two BC4 pouches on the top row of webbing. This pack looks well used, which is also hinted at by the currently discontinued pouches. 

The combination of the black ITW Grimloc clips, the black/OD green of the patches and the coyote/tan of the pack set up makes for a nicely coherent colour scheme. 

My only suggested would be to move the Recon pouch of the fourth image or the RDDP of the third image either up or down so they’re even, but that’s only for the sake of OCD symmetry. They are probably more functional this way around.

Team Rubicon Patch: Shipping cost update

News has come to me that the shipping estimate ($5.50 per order) was a little bit over and the shipping charge for all US orders is $0.70!!!

With just over 100 patches left (from only 500 made) this is the time to get in your order before they are all gone.

If you have already made an order and you live in the US, please check your PayPal email address inbox for details of how to be refunded. I’ve given everyone who has already ordered a choice to either be refunded or donate the extra money to Team Rubicon and I’ve been blown away by so many of you opting to give that extra money to TR. That said I’m more than happy to give a refund of the extra money paid. If you haven’t received an email, please contact me directly by emailing

I’ve kept the “extra donation” option in the payment options (in the Pack Config sidebar) in case anyone who makes an order from now on would like to donate more to this very worthy cause.

Fast Pack Friday: Custom Stuff Pack

I’ve had my own design for a GORUCK Brick Bag/Stuff Sack style pack for a while now. Last week I finally got around to ordering some parts and I cracked the whole thing out last night (not without some blood and bruises!). I’m pretty pleased with the results, there are of course a bunch of things I would change, but it works.

The reason I can justify it (to myself!) being under Fast Pack Friday is that Transporter Tail from my Fast Pack EDC, the Coyote Khaki colour of these have just been restocked, you won’t regret picking one of these up. I’ve been playing around with the Tail as an individual unit recently, including here where it is wrapped around the Stuff Pack. I love how the clips can be used to wrap around nearly anything to add extra PALS webbing, the stuff pocket behind is great for keeping a bandana or other thin material items too. Also featured on here is my TAD S2 pouch in OD Green, with my LensLight Mini Ti TAD Edition (mines actually an older edition). 

My Stuff Pack includes a strip of PALS webbing of its own which I used to secure the bottom straps of the Transporter Tail, hold a pair of trauma shears and attach a PatchPal (stand by for a review of this amazing product in the near future!). The Stuff Pack could definitely use a bit more capacity in the depth but this thin profile does actually encourages lighter packing, so maybe not. It’s a similar width to a number of my pouches, so it works nicely for internal configuration. The clip closure (which follows a traditional stuff sack fold-and-clip technique) was chosen as it works well for attaching to other packs and doubles as a handle.

I’ve got another couple of ideas for custom packs which I’ll share when they’re done. For now, do let me know what you think of the Stuff Pack?

Fast Pack Friday: OP1 Modification

Following Gabriel Hall’s wildly successful submission a little while back, here are some of the other images he sent through that I felt needed a devoted post. 

The OP1 is a highly sought after pouch sold by Triple Aught Design, that is considered one of the best admins pouches out there. I frequently see these being used with all sorts of (not just TAD) packs. One of it’s many strong selling points is that it doesn’t have any webbing on the outside, which means it doesn’t look overly tactical. 

By adding a loop panel to the large surface area of the front flap, Gabriel has expanded the patchable area of any pack this is added to. There are a mixture of TAD (images 01, 02 and 04) and Prometheus Design Werx (images 03 and 05) patches (plus even an old Rocket World Tracker Paw Ranger Eye). I love this selection as they go so well with the coyote pouch/loop panel colouring. 

OP1 stock is updated periodically here

Triple Aught Design Patches here

Prometheus Design Werx patches here

Dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs

Reading through Jason’s post here about GORUCK and the dark places they’ve ‘rucked’ through and risen from, came at a good time for me. It’s partly this article and my own desire to remain transparent that has encouraged me to share a little of the journey I’ve been through with this Team Rubicon (TR) fundraising patch.

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