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12/1/2017 8:23 PM
 
Hill People,

Your timing is perfect. I have traveled extensively with my Umlindi for years and own a Tara for everyday carry. Both packs are exceptional. I was looking for a larger pack recently and was torn between the Ute and the original AH. The Ute was a little big for my needs and the AH has a little too much internal organization for my taste. I like to organize by pouches, it allows for quick transfer between packs as need be. The AHBC is the perfect blend of the two. I received mine today and am extremely impressed. The frame sheet is great. I loaded it up with my Umlindi load out and couldn't believe how much more I could fit in there. The load lifters make a noticeable difference during carry too. Glad to see another high quality pack in your line-up. Thanks!
 
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12/4/2017 9:32 AM
 
I should be buying Christmas presents for family. Instead, I'm buying this for myself. Thanks HPG, sorry friends and family. Haha
 
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12/6/2017 3:43 PM
 
I've been searching for a replacement for my early 1990's MountainSmith Bugaboo for a least 7 years maybe more....(many packs cone and gone) Yea I know it's and old pack, lot of miles/history, was my one and only daily use pack back in my GS5 days......but hey it has lasted all these years for work and play, and even with repairs it still can be used.

Enter the HPG AHBC Horra!! I think I've finally found a decent replacement. A little more space, great suspension, can use with or without a belt, slot pockets, travel with----mix and match with my other HPG belts, pouches, etc.....thinking of a way to use my tarapocket as a compression pack on the back similar to the panel, (mix and match as needed) thinking of using some split loop female connectors on the tarapocket to hook into the compression straps....was a little concerned about the pass through top and bottom but really heavy duty zippers there, I did watch the video and understand the reasoning, and hey I could zip lock the zipper pulls if I really wanted to.......looking forward to some time to put everything to the test.
 
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12/13/2017 3:02 PM
 

I hear ya on the pass through zipper concern. That is my biggest/only concern with the pack as well. I have a feeling that for the first few trips I'll be a bit paranoid and will be checking the bottom pretty often to make sure I'm not getting any zipper movement to expose the contents to potentially falling out. Or I'll go the route you mentioned of just zip tying the bottom zippers together to eliminate that concern. Personally I could do without those zippers all together. I like the top zips though, mainly because I like the idea of running something like a rifle inside the pack and leaving the top zips open to allow the barrel to run out the top. But I could live without the bottom ones for sure. Oh well, it's a minor issue for me and one that is easily resolved with a zip tie.

 
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12/13/2017 3:09 PM
 
"I do really like this footprint and suspension setup for an all around pack and you're going to see a top loader in this size so I've got something I want to carry."

Top loader on this footprint would be awesome. Especially with just a shade of internal organization capability such as the lid of the Ute or Qui-Ya... just saying.
 
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12/13/2017 8:02 PM
 
Regarding the bottom zipper:

Another option is to use para-cord instead of zip ties. Less likely to break in cold weather, or degraded from UV light. You can also untie them easier when you want to actually use the pass through design.
 
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12/16/2017 4:29 PM
 
evanhill wrote:
"I do really like this footprint and suspension setup for an all around pack and you're going to see a top loader in this size so I've got something I want to carry."
 
 

Are you willing to elaborate? I love my Umlindi, but I want something a little bigger (but smaller than Ute). Not sure if I should buy the AHBC or wait for this other pack. 

 
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12/16/2017 7:17 PM
 
mpage175 wrote:
evanhill wrote:
"I do really like this footprint and suspension setup for an all around pack and you're going to see a top loader in this size so I've got something I want to carry."
 
Are you willing to elaborate? I love my Umlindi, but I want something a little bigger (but smaller than Ute). Not sure if I should buy the AHBC or wait for this other pack. 
 

Bear in mind that I have it designed in my head but haven't even gotten so far as patterning yet. Reliably scheduling my time is difficult right now.

Ute / Umlindi / qui-Ya design pattern, AHBC size, AHBC suspension, qui-Ya top pocket, and a little something new for the compression / pocket attachment setup.


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12/16/2017 7:22 PM
 

I have been using the prototype Aston House since we got it, years ago (4 maybe?), for business travel. Up until this year that meant at least one trip a week. I have literally hundreds of thousands of air miles and hundreds of hours using the bag. The bag has been dropped a number of times, including a full flip from 10 feet up. Pushed, shoved, pulled, manhandled, etc.., and never once have the bottom zippers moved.


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12/17/2017 5:24 PM
 
evanhill wrote:
 

Ute / Umlindi / qui-Ya design pattern, AHBC size, AHBC suspension, qui-Ya top pocket, and a little something new for the compression / pocket attachment setup.

 

 

Wow. This idea is insanely interesting. A MiniUte or Ute V2 will be a hot cakes sale pack.

Please Evan, make it happen.

 
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12/26/2017 9:37 PM
 
Received AHBC earlier in the month. So far, 3 commercial air trips with it, about 12 legs.
Loads very effectively. Space configuration is very efficient for standard travel gear.
All fasteners and zippers stayed exactly where they started the trip(s). No issues with unplanned movement of zippers(they are beefy).
Stays/frame sheet are a solid design and execution. Harness is solid HPG. Aston Pocket is functional and swings to allow access to the main bag. Also effective for quick stuffing of a shell, or a book, or an HPG Attache.
Pack carries very well at a full load out(currently not using a belt). No experience with partial loads, however, in typical HPG form, the compression system should work well.
Fits in the overhead of a CRJ 200(the gold standard for small overhead "storage"), and an E175. Easy-peasy in the overhead on the AB 320/321, and a B717.
Have used a HPG KB, Umlindi for years. So, the HPG design/execution remains spot on.
This is a solid "travel bag", with the ability to use as a real pack, should the situation dictate.
Thank you, Evan and Scot, for making this pack a reality. Another solution to a real world challenge. Well done.
Best regards,
112Papa
 
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1/1/2018 3:15 PM
 
How well does the PALS Pocket integrate with the AHBC (replacing the Aston Panel)?
Looks like it would be a great option for easy access to various pouches, while still being low-profile for urban EDC and travel.
 
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1/9/2018 2:32 PM
 
Does anyone have a picture of the suspension side of the pack? I'm looking at attaching it to a Stone Glacier Krux and want to make sure everything matches up...

Thanks!!
 
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1/20/2018 5:05 AM
 
Hi

Would like to check if there's anyone who has the AHBC and about 5'6"?

I have the Umlindi, which is almost too long for me. The Connor is ok though. I'm thinking the AHBC would be similar to the Connor to carry, but thought I'd ask around first.
 
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1/20/2018 5:34 AM
 
Hi, is there anyone who has the AHBC and about 5'6"? I'm wondering if it will be too tall for this height.

I have the Lindi, which is almost too long for me. I think the AHBC would carry similar to the Connor (which is ok for me), and would appreciate any feedback. Thanks!
 
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1/31/2018 9:37 PM
 
Any chance this pack will be offered in multicam down the line?
 
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2/3/2018 4:04 AM
 
I bought an AHBC to replace my Umlindi/pals pocket combo. So far I'm a big fan, except for the Aston panel. I swapped it out with a new Aston pouch and it's about as perfect as I can get. Same capabilities (actually more now) as the standard Back Country with much easier access to frequently needed smaller stuff. I don't need to unbuckle the panel to get at stuff, and it's much cleaner than hanging Mollie pouches on the outside of the compression panel. I tried that and it was less than optimal. The only downside was dropping another $100 to optimize the pack, plus now I have an Aston panel laying around that I have no use for. Offering the Aston pouch as an alternative upgrade option when ordering a new AHBC would be a really nice move from a customer standpoint.
 
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2/4/2018 10:28 AM
 
Previously it was offered that way I thought.
 
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2/4/2018 10:49 AM
 

I just checked the products page, and it is offered as an option. Please disregard my previous post. I missed it when I bought mine and didn't check the product details before I posted. My fault totally. 

As a dad with two elementary school aged kids, my pack is always loaded down with first aid stuff, dry kids clothes, snacks and extra water, and every possible might need dad item, plus all the crap I want. The Aston pouch will be perfect for sanitizer, wipes, band aids, frequently used stuff that my wife can access easily without me taking the pack off, and I can still stuff kids jackets behind the pouch. We recently did a 5 mile hike/rock scramble and the AHBC paired with my prairie belt was super comfortable. 

 
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2/12/2018 12:01 PM
 
I love that HPG has been releasing some packs in different colors... any chance that you plan to release some Recon Belts in coyote for the coyote AHBC? :)
 
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