Exactly. Funny you mention the early explorers and trappers -- when I started reading this thread I was picturing old engravings of them (explorers and trappers) in my head, with their bags. I also thought of men in primitive hunter/gatherer cultures throughout time, in all different climates, with their bags. While I can't prove it, in my reality map the use of bags seems far more likely to be a male innovation than a female one. What did early women need bags for when they just stayed in the cave and took care of the babies while the man was out covering ground hunting (with his bag of tricks). And what about that thousands of years old 'Ice Man' found in a glacier in Europe a few years ago? Didn't he have a little bag of cool things? Didn't he have something made of copper in a bag?Alloy Addict said:...Who is more manly? The man who does and wears what he wants and tells the critics to stick it. Or is it the man that worries what other people might say about him and possibly question his sexuality. I guess somebody should have told those early explorers and trappers that their possibles bags made them look like sissies. They would have probably taken the critic up to Green River.
I associate bags with mobility and by their physical nature men are inherently more mobile than women. The nearly lifelong mobility of men is never interupted my child bearing or the need to care for infants, therefore, the bag is a manly thing!
On the shoulder holster:
Back in the early 90s when I was much more active I used to do scenic carpentry. I made a shoulder holster out of nylon mesh, ripstop and webbing. It's only purpose was to hold a small radio and keep the earphone cord short and close to my head. It worked really well, but whoever said that it would freak some whiners out was right. In the post 911 world I'd have to think twice about wearing something that could bulge a coat like a weapon may. LEO's are jittery enough anymore.
With modern materials I think it's a good concept with lots of potential, particulatly if the cargo is distributed to both sides like the old ******* shoulder rigs were.