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    LGD for Birding

    I received my wilderness LGD yesterday and couldn't wait to get it ready for bird watching! Here's a quick video and a few photos showing how I have it packed for (urban) birding.

    I noticed that my SE fits wonderfully behind the internal divider in the LGD. It's perfect to add some organization in what is otherwise a pretty cavernous space, and leaves the main compartment free for my jacket and water bottle.

    Here is a link to a youtube video showing what I have packed inside for a typical birding trip.

    I know there are some other birders on these forums - I'd be interested in seeing your set-ups!

    Nicely done youtube video and photos. Don't know if you can change title on youtube but titling it Tom Bihn LGD for Birding would make it easier for Tom Bihn fans who are always hungry for videos on new products to find it.

    Thanks for sharing with us.


      Hello & glad to *meet* a fellow birder in the forum! Excellent set up and nice going with the LGD. I can no longer handle much weight on my hips (welcome to old age!) unless it's highly distributed around my torso, so I carry a TB pack but also with an SE and very similar gear. What type of camera is in that little case? Very cute!


        Thanks for the comment! The camera is a Canon powershot sx740 hs. I am not very knowledgeable about cameras or photography, but it has a 40x optical zoom! That’s enough for me to snap id pictures, and it’s so light and small that I can always bring it with.


          Love finding birders on the forums! Like Tonya I’ve moved to more even distribution of weight as I’ve ‘matured’. (My previous birding carry was a Pacsafe hip belt which I LOVED - similar in size and carry options to LGD - but now too heavy for extended birding)

          I’m heading out to the PNW in a week and have worked out how to use my SE and hip belt pocket on a Gossamer Gear pocketed belt. My travel binoculars will fit in the TB hip belt pocket!
          Synik 22, Truck, Luminary 12 with a MCB Freudian Slip, Daylight Backpack, EDC HLT2, Side Effect or Side Effect, zippered Large and Small Shopbags, Co-Pilot, Travel Tray, Snake Charmer


            Originally posted by Traveltech View Post
            My travel binoculars will fit in the TB hip belt pocket!
            We should start a birder's TB carry & gear post/section lol! Traveltech I've been looking for a good set of affordable travel bins (in other words, not Swarovski) to keep in my car for roadside spots, so any suggestions are welcome. I love my Nikon Monarchs but keep those at home. They're a bit too big for the glove box and also get rather heavy on long treks. I don't want to hijack this thread so feel free to PM me. Thanks!


              Originally posted by tbone4107 View Post
              Thanks for the comment! The camera is a Canon powershot sx740 hs.
              That's a nice little lens on that camera. I've got a Nikon that's a beast. I love it but it's not a pocket camera by any means, so I'm looking for a good point and shoot. May have to try out that Canon, to thanks for the tip!


                Three Month Update

                I've been living with my LGD for about 3 months now, and I've made some changes to how I use it for birding (and general adventuring/leaving the apartment-ing).

                Firstly, I've purchased a strap. I like the waist belt when MBM (maxium binocular mobility) is required, but when I'm casually birding in my neighborhood or using the LGD as a running about bag, I have found a shoulder strap to be more comfortable. I purchased the optech mini s.o.s, which has been recommended by others on the forum as a smaller alternative to the Absolute Strap. I put my binocular harness on first, put the LGD strap over my left shoulder, then unclip the right side of the harness and feed it over the strap so that it is not restricted.
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                I found that I wasn't able to access the camera quickly enough from the Canon case mounted on the waist strap, so I moved it to the flap pocket. The pros (quick access) have so far outweighed the cons (no padding). I don't keep anything else in that pocket to avoid scratching the camera.
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                In the zip pocket, I keep my keys and a clear OP with a microfiber cloth, extra battery and SD card, all-purpose balm, and a pen.
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                The best upgrade I have made is my new Nalgene 16 oz wide mouth rectangular bottle! Cheap, light, and so far has not leaked. It is shaped perfectly for the LGD and fits exactly next to the SE.
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                I keep a charging kit in a mini coyote OP, a first aid kit in a mini wilderness GW, and personal items (inhaler, comb, chap stick, etc.) in a small blue (sp.) OP in the main compartment of the SE. The interior SE pockets house a snack and a chico bag, and I slip an extra mask in the exterior pocket. I streamlined the contents of the SE somewhat from my original post, which makes everything fit more comfortably both within the SE and in the LGD carry overall. The grey fabric in behind the divider in the main compartment is a buff.
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                The LGD carries this load easily! It doesn't feel stuffed, and everything fits/zips easily. Phone, wallet, flashlight, pocket knife, and handkerchief live in my pockets but could easily be stashed in the bag if needed. Here are some shots showing how full the bag is when packed.
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                I purchased this bag specifically for birding, but I'm finding that I grab it most times I leave the house for a walk, quick errands, or non-specific outing. I can easily fit my kindle behind the fabric divider, and my airpods clip on to an interior o-ring. However, I still reach for my MCB (deep blue/canyon) any time I want to carry my coffee thermos or traditional water bottle.

                Since transitioning to the optech strap, I've found that the stowed waist strap/padded back bulge noticeably if I overstuff the area behind the interior divider. I'm also considering hacks to attach my small tripod, which is slightly longer than the bag. Perhaps something involving shock cord? Ideas welcome!

                I do anticipating changing things up as I transition to winter birding! I'll try to remember to post another update in a few months.


                  tbone4107 I like the way you use the front pockets! I tend to put my slim wallet and keys in the flat pocket and in the 3-D pocket I put 3-D personal items like an inhaler, a bulky (but my favorite) lip balm, and a bulky (but my favorite) sanitizer.

                  I also like the 16 oz rectangular water bottle. Clever way to rearrange space.