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bamberfishcake

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Friday morning read; enjoy all :thumbsup: and thanks max

Interview with Maxd, our Complaint Manager - Casinomeister

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Nice interview.

Would like to have seen a picture of Maxd's 'collection of army surplus load-bearing equipment (aka “backpacks”)' though :)

Recently cleared somebodies garage and found an old army satchel that looked like new, i like all that old stuff.

Made much better than the throw away stuff we have now.

Pic please f poss?
 

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Would like to have seen a picture of Maxd's 'collection of army surplus load-bearing equipment (aka “backpacks”)' though :)
... Pic please f poss?

I'd be happy to oblige. I'll set them up this weekend and take a shot or two. It'll have to be a WIDE shot. :)

Made much better than the throw away stuff we have now.

In most cases that's 100% true. You can get a excellent surplus pack for 50 $/£/€, or less. To match that quality in civilian packs you're looking at three times the price, at least. Every civilian pack I've bought -- don't ask, don't tell -- has been a lesson in the wisdom of savvy surplus shopping, well almost all. Of course it helps enormously that I couldn't give a mouse fart about being fashionable or having trendy gear.
 
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Interesting read!

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I like these interviews. I am keen to see pictures of Harrys mansion, the mysterious Mrs P and Ternur dressed in legal mode and rock mode.

I was also thinking about some industry figures i would like to read interviews on - I know, I have better things to think of - but an interview with Roshtein would be an interesting read or the creator of Megaways or a big cheese casino owner. How about an interview with one of them Curacao casino owners? :)
 

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Wonderful! Although some forum people are afraid of our dear Max, you gotta meet him and get so much surprised how cool, kind, easy going and pleasant person he is! :D
 

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Max is the man. We've been hanging together since 2007 at these conferences. And we have loads of laughs swanning through the conference floor, messing with people's minds. Then hanging out in pubs and chit chatting about things like science fiction, time travel, whisky, conference agenda, complaints - and discussing things about you, my dear reader. ;)
 

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I like these interviews. I am keen to see pictures of Harrys mansion, the mysterious Mrs P and Ternur dressed in legal mode and rock mode.

I was also thinking about some industry figures i would like to read interviews on - I know, I have better things to think of - but an interview with Roshtein would be an interesting read or the creator of Megaways or a big cheese casino owner. How about an interview with one of them Curacao casino owners? :)

Ternur.

4th June 2020: 11.34pm

Post 10 beers

Pre Puking

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Would like to have seen a picture of Maxd's 'collection of army surplus load-bearing equipment (aka “backpacks”)' though :)

@bamberfishcake : Apologies this took so long, needed a nice sunny day and a bit of time to prep.

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Left to right:
  • left "column" is the Dutch DPM M95 (?) series, 25L on top, 45L in the middle and 80L on the bottom. Great packs! Some of the best military surplus packs currently available IMO.
  • 2nd from left "column": Finnish M75 (?) Med-Pack on top (its HUGE lid is folded back), Belgian M90 "Jig-saw" pack on the bottom (superb pack, 120L!).
  • 2nd from right "column": the famous "Telemark" Norwegian pack (a true classic), British M90 (?) Bowman Radio Pack in the middle (unique design: main cargo compartment zips off leaving a radio carrier, a very well made pack), Swiss M70 (?) "Alpine" (rubberized) pack on the bottom (slight mods to the webbing).
  • far right "column": ALICE packs and variations: US Large ALICE on top, Turkish Medium variant in the middle, never-issued MARPAT version on the bottom (supposedly commissioned by the Albanian Army but the consignment was never paid for so they sat in warehouses until the surplus crowd bought them up and put them into civilian circulation).
 
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Yeah, there's a bit of nomenclature blurring but AFAIK "rucksack" has come to mean something with an external frame. So here the Finnish Med-Pack, the "Telemark" and all the ALICE packs would qualify.

I love me a good external frame pack. :) Also have a US MOLLE 2 pack but I dyed it so it doesn't look anything like original issue. Great pack!

The pack that got me started on all this was a Swedish LK35. Superb frame but I've modified the thing beyond recognition so didn't make it into the photo. The LK70 is a beauty too -- said to be one of the best and it looks it -- but the re-sale prices are prohibitive.
 

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Did some decent cross-country backpacking; a good packpack is key, how you hoist it and the weight inside...someone actually stopped me and showed me how to better distribute the weight up higher and made leagues of difference.

Amazed the shape I got in lugging 80lb across country lol; first couple days near killed me, by the time I reached the other end of Canada, lost about about 40lb (of my weight); got home and everyone though I had taken up crack lol - just lost loads of body fat
 

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Love that picture. Your clearly an enthusiast.

The kids and me could do some serious camping with that jigsaw pack but I like the look of the Dutch 45L. Looks comfy to me, i'm tall and lanky.

Nice story about the Marpat supposedly made for the Albanian army.

I'd forgotten about this. Thanks for taking the time to share.
 

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:) I've watched dozens of TOGR's reviews, got a number of good suggestions from him too. He was the one that turned me on to the MOLLE 2 pack, ugly as it is. :D

You mentioned "tall and lanky". If you're ever inclined toward getting a "cadillac" pack check out Savotta. They're a gear manufacturer for the Finnish army and they make some of the best "mil-civ" bags in the world. Tall and lanky is very much their style. Brace yourself for "sticker shock" though, their shit ain't cheap!

FWIW that Dutch 45L takes the same style of side pouches as the larger pack below it, adds up to about 20L to the pack's capacity. Great kit those packs, I love 'em.
 
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Checking out the Savotta website. The one i like, The Jaakari, is about £170 for the mid.

I can buy a second hand car for that which would be easier to pack my gear in but not as nimble through the trees and maybe not as waterproof at that price :p

Actually getting quite into it....'oooh 55 L that one.....no, no, wait......look at that modular 70L'

That Savotta make some nice packs. I like the 202 as a basic and thats around £40. I would expect it would be good quality coming from a manufacturer for the forces. The most i spent on a pack was an Ogio MTB backpack - loved it but the stitching on one of the seams came lose after about 4 months use - poor return for £80.

I still use it but it wouldnt last any bullying about.

I also have a military surplus store nearby which i am strangely tempted to visit today.

Edit: Does Bryan have a modelling job for Savotta part time?

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Or was this Bryans lodgings before the CM Ranch was built?
 
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maxd

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Yeah, Savotta is something else. These are on my "free to dream" list:

Don't think that's Bryan modelling for them, beard is too "wild man". If you want a chuckle check out Savotta's YouTube videos. The "Make Arnold Come" one (actually done by Varusteleka but they work pretty closely together) is a hoot but they're all good.

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Its not something for beginners, but i think you could handle it no problem.

:D Next life maybe.
Le Crevasse is definitely a non-starter though. ;)
 

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...someone actually stopped me and showed me how to better distribute the weight up higher and made leagues of difference.

@dionysus , I meant to ask, did they basically show you "light low, heavy high" or something else?
 

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