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6/17/2016 3:14 PM
 
weight savings in a location that I know the load will be minimal.

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7/12/2017 12:49 PM
 
I'm planning to run the Connor as a panel on my Qui-Ya, then detach the Connor and run as stand alone pack for shorter expeditions from base camp. Question is whether or not the shoulder harness needs to be removed to dock the Connor to the bigger pack. Seems like I could probably make it work with the harness attached, but curious if anyone has tried that and found it to be problematic.
I'm also planning on leaving the frame sheet in the Connor, but removing the stay.
 
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7/12/2017 1:17 PM
 
I don't own a Qui-Ya, but do own a Ute and Connor, and I purchased the Connor for the same reason you plan to use it. The repair Ladderloc buckles that the load lifter straps attach to may interfere with attaching the Qui-Ya's over top compression straps, and can be tedious to remove. I ended up using G-hook wave buckles on mine instead, so when I need to use the tabs on the top of the Connor, I can quickly unclip the g-hooks.

Compared to the Ladderlocs, they're not as easy to adjust/snug up the Connor load lifter straps when you're wearing it, but not problematically so. With the stay removed and the load lifter straps unclipped, the HPG shoulder harness folds flat enough where it doesn't create an obstacle to using the pack as an organization panel and all the attachment tabs are available. If you're OCD, you might have to put a little extra effort to get the shoulder harness and hypalon wings folded behind the Connor just so to keep everything nice and neat. If you're compressing something between the Connor and the main pack, I imagine this is a bit more of a pain and, but I haven't tried it yet.

With the G-hooks instead of the ladder locks though, it takes like 60 seconds to remove or install the harness. So if I was using the Connor to compress something between the packs and it did get in the way, I'd just mark with pencil or marker on the shoulder strap webbing where I usually have things adjusted, remove it, and store it in the Connor's frame sheet pocket. When it comes time to use it as a pack, having your starting points for adjustment will make it even less time consuming to re-attach the harness.
 
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7/27/2017 2:47 PM
 

Hey there,

Question: Would I be able to wear a conner pocket/ pack while still wearing a prairie belt with a buttpack on it, or is the conner too long to do that? I think I know the answer to my question but I just wanted to make sure.

Side note: I am new to the forums so I am not sure if this is the correct spot for asking this question or not. If so great, if not, please point me in the right direction! Thanks!


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7/28/2017 4:10 AM
 
13stking wrote:

Hey there,

Question: Would I be able to wear a conner pocket/ pack while still wearing a prairie belt with a buttpack on it, or is the conner too long to do that? I think I know the answer to my question but I just wanted to make sure.

Side note: I am new to the forums so I am not sure if this is the correct spot for asking this question or not. If so great, if not, please point me in the right direction! Thanks!

First, welcome aboard!  Yep...you posted the question in the right spot.  I have a Connor and also the M2016.  I think the Connor will be too long to wear it at the same time as a Prairie or Recon Belt with the M2016 Butt Pack.  One way to maybe make that work would be to undock the M2016 from the belt and attach it under the compression straps of the Connor, or some similar method of attaching it, and then just wear the belt while carrying the Connor.  Of course, that doesn't allow you the ability to have the Butt Pack right where you'd immediately want it.

 


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7/28/2017 11:39 AM
 

Thank you very much for the input on the Conner Pack. I have recently been trying to sell some of my other gear (Osprey, Tactical Tailor, etc) in order to pay for a SO tipi and a few items from HPG. What main pack/ day bag combo do you think would be good for overnight trips to even a 5 day backcountry excursion? I was thinking a conner, ute, prairie belt, mountain serape, stove, and eventually a wind cheater w/ fur ruff. I know that cost with the SO tipi is like two grand at this point.... so yea... a lot of saving to do.

Background info just for reference:

I live in OH where there is not really much to see wilderness wise.... besides a few state parks/ forests but I am going to try and get out once a month and do some over night backpacking trips just to get a battle rhythm down for my routine on the trail. 

I love going out west whenever I can (CO and UT) but that might only happen once a year if I am lucky. I would really like to get out and train with all you guys and HPG at some of the gatherings. I will coordinate my next trip out west with the next summer gathering if possible. A few weeks ago I took a trip out there and went through Grand Juction without knowing that is where HPG is based out of..... I wanted to kick myself for not being aware of that before lol.

I am a young college student paying my way through school by my service in the NG. I will be commissioning as an officer once I graduate so I will have more funds then but my time will be very limited (my heart belongs to Jesus but my ass belongs to the U.S. Army). HA.

I guess the reason I included all the background info is for some input on my gear list from HPG, the SO tipi, plus any life wisdom you might have that would help me get out into the backcountry more lol. I know all of this doesn't relate to the Conner Pocket/ Pack so maybe it deserves a new thread.... idk. If so please let me know. 

Again, thanks for your time and effort in these responses. I am really loving the forums and the people associated with HPG (customers and employees)!

Respectfully,

Steven "Rusty" King


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7/28/2017 1:28 PM
 

Looks to me like your HPG / Seek Outside wish list is spot-on as a beginning for the things you'd like to do with it!  Good on ya for serving your country...I'm retired Army, 26 years and working for DOJ now.  We'd be happy to see you at one of the Gatherings in the future...winter or summer.

From Ohio...not too tough of a road trip to get into the Allegheny Mountains of PA, or into West-By-God-Virginia.  Plenty of big forests and mountains to play on in there.


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8/2/2017 5:41 AM
 
Hello all,

I have been using a kitbag for many a year and have long been an admirer of HPG kit. This is my first appearance on the forum though. Apologies if this treads old paths, but I was wondering if you can help me out.

I recently picked up a connor pocket (pocket only) and have been mounting it to a frankenstien type self made pack. It is the consolidation of several packs that have been used on expeditions. When that beast finally breaths it's last, I will look at a buying a Ute.

A ferw days ago I ordered a few things from HPG including a harness. My question is- Do I need any additional straps to mount the Connor on to a harness?

Many Thanks,

Dale
 
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8/2/2017 6:33 AM
 

You should have everything you need in the box. HPG is pretty good about that!

 
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