+Sissy-n-CR Posted May 20, 2003 Share Posted May 20, 2003 Update on my experience with my Military-grade HAWG. I ordered from Shuey and got great service. The is completely different from anything I've used before and I'm going to pass a couple of things that might be obvious to some, but took a little while for me to figure out. When opening the mouth piece for the first time, I had to really work it. I thought it would never open, but worked and worked and it finally opened! Just stick with it. To keep the mouthpiece clean I kludged a Diebetic Teststrip container over it. I drilled a hole in the top of the container and cut the connecting tab. I then pulled the mouth piece off the contecter and slipped the top on and then replaced the mouthpiece. Viola! A homemade cover. the pack is too small to shrug on like a coat. This is how I've always put packs on in the past. This pack I pull over my head, put my arms through the shoulder straps and let it fall to settle on my shoulders. To remove, I reach over my head and grap the large loop and pull it off like a tee-shirt. This might be how it's supposed to be done, I don't know, but it's a lot easier than the way I was trying to do it. Yes, I finally got the answer about if a standard ammo can will fit in the pack--it will! In fact, with the can in place there is room for a large can of DEET and my folding saw next to it. There are a limited number of pockets in the smaller compartment. Very useful for organizing your stuff. I like putting ice in the bladder as I can feel that against my back in the field. It still has a slight plastic taste, but I 've used the bladder but once so far. I had tried cleaning it out first. I used dish soap and then agood rinse and then baking soda and a good rinse. Still had the taste though. Don't like the fact the mouth piece is inline with the hose. I'm gonna have to kludge some kind of angle piece for a more convient way to draw the water. The pack is very comfortable and I like the sternum strap, but that takes a little adjusting to get just right. The connection at the bladder leaks slighty--enough to notice, not enough to be alarmed. I probably sweat more that the bladder leaks. If there is a fix, I'd like to know, but I don't think I'd be sending this back for this little bit of a leak. Gotta close this post now, but overall, I'm very happy with my purchase! CR Quote Link to comment
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