November 27th, 2008 03:18 PM
Bag of Evil and contents
Like many reading this I am a bag whore and my quest for the perfect BOE (Bag of Evil), the MCS name for our EDC bags, has over the years seen several bags from backpacks to messenger bags. Several years ago I gave up using a backpack for EDC for three reasons. One was that I seldom used both straps as intended and instead just tossed it over my shoulder using only one. Two, I like to be able to work out of my EDC bag like a big pocket since it is full of stuff that I use all the time, and backpacks did not lend themselves well to that. The last thing was that most of the time my BOE goes from the house to car and back again, and backpacks just donít work well for front seat bags.
After relegating the use of backpacks to times when I would be on foot for long periods of time, I began my quest for the perfect messenger bag / soft sided brief case. During this time I used awesome bags from several of the top tactical nylon manufacturers. These bags were all bomb proof and well thought out. The two major problems I found was that they were either too blocky and or too big. They also screamed tactical.
In early 2007, I saw a post on a forum for an inexpensive copy of the bag Jack Bauer carried on the series 24. It looked interesting so I ordered three of them since they were only about $25 each. The easiest place to find them seems to be on amazon.com. Upon receiving them, I used one and gave one to both my wife and oldest daughter.
I had been using my bag for a while when my Mom was involved in a serious motorcycle accident. For better than a week I lived out of my Jack Bauer. Several times I have posted about my disdain for BOBs (Bug out Bags) that are full of break in case of emergency stuff instead of the BOE/EDC bag that you live and work out of everyday. Part of the BOE concept is making sure you have enough room in the bag to add mission essential gear in addition to things you pick up along the way. My new bag and BOE concept worked well for me allowing me to have all my normal stuff (clothes, foodstuffs, and my laptop and cables).
Later in the year my lust for new nylon continued and I went through a few more bags. Eventually I gave my original bag to my Dad. Then one day I noticed exactly how well my daughterís bag had held up as it began itís second school year carrying a very heavy load of books. The weight of the books along with and care of the bag on the part of my daughter left the bag no worse for wear. My wife had used hers infrequently and usually as a weekend getaway bag since it easily swallowed everything she would need. That was it. I had to have another. At the same time I looked at my website and saw an article I had written on what I carried in the BOE and decided it should be updated to reflect changes. To kill two birds with one stone, I decided to do a review on the Jack Bauer Bag by Rothco and an update on my EDC and some reasons behind it.
Before getting into the bag I will first talk about my first line gear (gear carried on the person). Most of the time this includes-
Glock 23 w/ spare mag
Spyderco Military / Al Mar Payara (one or the other as a primary defensive folder)
Al Mar SERE 2000 / Strider Suspect SMF (one or the other as a utility folder)
Emerson Combat Karambit (worn reverse grip, reaction side)
Leatherman Squire S2 (my favorite multi-tool that I use for everything)
Titanium Zippo with butane insert
Foster Coin Sap
OK, now we can get back to the bag. My current bag was purchased from Galaxy Army Navy for approximately $27 shipped, which is about 75% cheaper than any other bags that have served as BOEs.
The bag is made of heavy canvas and has a two-inch wide non- detachable shoulder strap that offers lots of room for adjustment. The hardware through out the bag has a handsome antique brass finish. The pockets / compartments of the bag are as follows-
One large compartment with a small wallet type pouch that features the only zipper on the bag. This small pouch is the perfect size for my Spec Ops, the Wallet.
Two side pockets that have the ability to be snapped closed.
Two large front pockets bringing the total to six pockets overall.
The large flap easily covers even an overstuffed bag and secures with two pieces of Velcro.
Now for the contents-
Even though I carry this bag most of the time, there are occasions such as when on a day trip etc that I would rather carry my Eagle AIII. To facilitate easy transition and quality of carry I like to subload the contents of my BOE into the following.
Most often used items
Camelbak water bottle
1030 Pelican case containing Oakley sunglasses, lens cloth and repair kit
1020 Pelican case containing digital camera
Baby wipes / Hand sanitizer
Asherman Chest Seal
Large roll of Kerlix gauze
3-inch elastic bandage
Boo Boo Kit
Fabric band aides
Triple antibiotic ointment
EIK (Emergency Intervention Kit)
Mechanix work gloves
Becker Tac Tool wrapped with 32 feet of parachute cord
Boker Subcom rescue tool
Large OD bandana
Cylume light sticks
(4) spare 123a batteries
Kershaw knife bit kit
Mini Bic lighter
Parachute cord fast rope
Suunto wrist compass
When the bag is packed, a folded Shemagh is folded and placed in the bottom of the bag and the contents are loaded on top. This is done so that heavy things inside are not damaged if dropped and doesnít make sounds thus drawing attention.
The bag is comfortable when worn over one side or suicide strap style. I added a padded shoulder strap I had laying around because it was handy, however even a fairly heavy load is easy to bear without it thanks to a wide shoulder strap. As with whatever bag I am using I have a glow ring attached to the bag so that it easy to locate in low light conditions.
Except for some of the most obvious things the contents of the bag have evolved over about the past five years. Many things made their way in by being needed a few times. When that happens it makes sense to add it in.
November 27th, 2008 03:42 PM
Very nice setup...very economical, and very well-organized!
Thanks for sharing!
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November 27th, 2008 04:09 PM
Thanks for a great post and a wealth of information. You give me a lot to think about.
November 27th, 2008 04:32 PM
Thanks for the kind words. Most people here have some of this stuff already laying around. You just have to pull it together and organize it, then put it in a bag and make a habit of having it with you. Often I am at home and need something and instead of digging around for it, I realize it is in the bag.
December 1st, 2008 09:40 AM
Many people say "why do I need this thing, if there's an emergency I'll just throw some stuff together and go". Oh really? I'd rather take the time with no pressure to think the thing through and put together a kit that makes sense and includes the all the necessary essentials. The items listed above is an excellent starting point. I also think one of the things that is frequently overlooked is a small ziplock bag with some money in it. A couple of extra bucks might come in handy in an emergency. Also remember to keep it down to size and weight that can be easily carried if necessary.
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December 1st, 2008 11:45 AM
Good write-up. How well does the Velcro retention hold up? I tend to have poor luck with Velcro anything, especially when dirt comes to play.
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December 1st, 2008 04:16 PM
The velcro just kind of holds it closed more than securing it.
December 4th, 2008 12:51 AM
I have had one of those Bauer Bags for several years. Mine actually has the circular CTU logo on the flap. I used it for about a year and then gave it up. While the canvas was durable it was too "floppy" and the strap wasn't comfortable. The velcro also didn't secure things as was already mentioned. I also happen to like a greater variety of pockets to organize my stuff. I have to admit though...it WAS cool!
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