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overkill22
08-17-2017, 07:33 AM
I'm going to Everest Base Camp, and will use the SA as daily backpack. I don't have any accessories other than 3x Gatekeeper straps (https://www.tombihn.com/collections/straps-wraps-lashes/products/a-1-gatekeeper-strap?variant=16664356807).

I was wondering how to use the straps and the bungee, and how to optimize the space.
I thought also to buy something like this (https://www.niteize.com/collection/Tie-Downs-and-Bungees.asp) to use somehow on the top part of the Smart Alec. But still not sure what to buy and how to use.

Or maybe I should move the SA bungee at the top part and keep the straps at the back...

Any advice is much appreciated. And please be aware that I'm living in Italy where most of the coolest stuff are unavailable.

kieri
08-21-2017, 04:07 PM
My SA was obliging enough to give my REI Flash 18 a piggyback ride the other day. That would give you some extra space! I also use locking s-biners to attach flashlights, my water bottle, etc.

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RichardMcG
08-21-2017, 05:12 PM
My SA was obliging enough to give my REI Flash 18 a piggyback ride the other day. That would give you some extra space! I also use locking s-biners to attach flashlights, my water bottle, etc.

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I am so jealous of your SA. That is exactly the color I wanted, but missed out on. :(

kieri
08-21-2017, 05:21 PM
It does have the UV interior, though.

RichardMcG
08-21-2017, 06:05 PM
It does have the UV interior, though.

Had I realized that they were going to stop making the bag - I would have purchased that last one (with the UV interior) that sat on the site for so long. I keep hoping one, with any interior color, will pop up on eBay.

threeteez
08-21-2017, 06:41 PM
https://forums.tombihn.com/questions-about-bags/11031-smart-alec-i-need-more-information-about-smart-alec.html

https://forums.tombihn.com/questions-about-bags/12125-halcyon-smart-alec-ballistic-upper-module-pocket-ump.html

https://forums.tombihn.com/photos-videos-and-reviews/5600-my-smart-alec.html

Those are some good links to SA discussions for outer and inner organization. The SA's Upper Module Pocket (UMP) is a handy topper for the SA and those discussions also mention hacking a Side Effect or Side Kick to use like an UMP. There's also the Lower Module Pocket (LMP), but I don't have one to advise you on its use. I'm glad I have the UMP-it's good for things you want to access quickly without having to open up the main SA section. Since it's a big, cavernous bag, it can be versatile depending on your packing style...stuffed without internal pouches/stuff sacks or using packing cubes/stuff sacks if you like things separated/organized.

https://blog.tombihn.com/introducing-smart-alec-modular-pockets-gatekeeper-straps
That blog post introducing the gatekeeper straps has a pic of the straps with snowshoes. I only have the bungee and no straps, but I'd imagine your straps would serve you better in the environment at Base Camp.

overkill22
08-21-2017, 11:14 PM
https://forums.tombihn.com/questions-about-bags/11031-smart-alec-i-need-more-information-about-smart-alec.html

https://forums.tombihn.com/questions-about-bags/12125-halcyon-smart-alec-ballistic-upper-module-pocket-ump.html

https://forums.tombihn.com/photos-videos-and-reviews/5600-my-smart-alec.html

Those are some good links to SA discussions for outer and inner organization. The SA's Upper Module Pocket (UMP) is a handy topper for the SA and those discussions also mention hacking a Side Effect or Side Kick to use like an UMP. There's also the Lower Module Pocket (LMP), but I don't have one to advise you on its use. I'm glad I have the UMP-it's good for things you want to access quickly without having to open up the main SA section. Since it's a big, cavernous bag, it can be versatile depending on your packing style...stuffed without internal pouches/stuff sacks or using packing cubes/stuff sacks if you like things separated/organized.

https://blog.tombihn.com/introducing-smart-alec-modular-pockets-gatekeeper-straps
That blog post introducing the gatekeeper straps has a pic of the straps with snowshoes. I only have the bungee and no straps, but I'd imagine your straps would serve you better in the environment at Base Camp.

Thank you for the links.
I do have the gatekeeper (I had 2 but now one is missing :'(). I tried to put the bungee at the top and use the gatekeeper at the front, but it doesn't work well.
I don't have any other accessories and I can't buy at the moment.
What I need are some hacks to carry few more things.
What I'll most probably need is to carry a camelback and another bottle of water.
I can't figure out how and where to put the camelback (2lt). Other backpacks have a pocket close to the back.
Then would be good to have another extra bottle somewhere. I don't think the side pocket can fit 2x 0.75 bottles.

G42
09-17-2017, 08:30 PM
Thank you for the links.
I do have the gatekeeper (I had 2 but now one is missing :'(). I tried to put the bungee at the top and use the gatekeeper at the front, but it doesn't work well.
I don't have any other accessories and I can't buy at the moment.
What I need are some hacks to carry few more things.
What I'll most probably need is to carry a camelback and another bottle of water.
I can't figure out how and where to put the camelback (2lt). Other backpacks have a pocket close to the back.
Then would be good to have another extra bottle somewhere. I don't think the side pocket can fit 2x 0.75 bottles.


I don't have a SA yet (waiting for the last production run to be ready) so take this with a grain of salt...
I you use small/thin carabiners or heavy duty wire ties or paracord through the rail loops in the main compartment you can attach a small cheap nylon shopping bag (like from Reisenthal) or something similar to hold the water bladder. It would keep the bladder in place and up against your back on the inside.
If you're crafty, you modify the nylon bag to more perfectly fit the bladder. That would leave the normal water bottle side pocket for your bottle.

If you need a second bottle, try tying paracord through the lowest two exterior webbing loops on the top flap. Use a carabiner to clip your bottle to the paracord horizontal rail you just created and tuck the body of the bottle in the bungee to keep it from sliding around. If you double up the paracord and strategically place some overhand knots, you can create a series of locations horizontally to latch onto and to help center the bottle. Just make your 'rail' slack enough for the bottle to hang down and not stick out.
For that matter, if you use elastic or paracord to make a lattice through all the webbing loops on the top flap, you can create a whole host of areas to clip things onto.
Let us know what you end up with!