29 Mar

Interesting – if you Google “pack mentality“, you get information on wolves, dogs, mobs and street gangs. I thought it meant you liked to own a lot of packs, like I do.

It started innocently enough with a small black pack back (try saying that five times fast) in 1983 for a trip to Arches National Monument with my best friend from high school, Tim. Following that, I experimented with an Alice pack and pack frame. Then came larger, smaller, taller, wider, black, camo, tan, green, flat dark earth – and it was clear:

“My name is Mark, and I am a packaholic*.”

I recently had the good fortune to attend the 5.11 Dealer Retreat in Glendale, Arizona. Realizing that it might not be a good idea to arrive with a competitor’s product, a few weeks before the event I ordered yet another pack, a 5.11 Rush 12 pack, in Multicam. Why Multicam? I get out in the woods occasionally, it was a new color for the product, and I enjoy being singled out for uncomfortable conversations with the TSA at airports.

The Rush 12 got broken in on a trip to Texas a couple of weeks

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