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There are a plethora of backpacks on the market. So many brands, sizes and designs to choose from that it can be overwhelming. Having purchased this pack almost a decade ago, I still couldn’t be happier with the investment.
My Mantis 26L Pack by Arcteryx has continued to perform for me over the years. It has become my go-to backpack for airline travel or even across town or road trips. It has enough space for me to take all of my vital necessities should I get stranded somewhere along the way.
I've taken this bad boy contracting overseas every 60 to 90 days since 2009, making trips across the states to Washington, D.C., to the Middle East and then usually over to Afghanistan and back again. Whether you need something for around town or across the world, the Arcteryx Mantis Backpack is a solid choice.
Benjamin Franklin nailed it when he said, "Fatigue is the best pillow." True story, Benny. There's nothing like pushing your body so far past exhaustion that you'd willingly, even longingly, take a nap on a concrete slab.
Coast Guard cutter Bertholf on a counterdrug patrol in the eastern Pacific Ocean, March 11, 2018. (U.S. Coast Guard/Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael Trees
U.S. Coast Guard cutter Bertholf left California on January 20 for a months-long mission in the Pacific to support U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, the largest of the U.S. military's geographic combatant commands.
Coast Guardsmen aboard the Bertholf left Alameda on the 30th day of what is now the longest government shutdown in U.S. history. They left a few days after not getting their first paycheck since that shutdown started and without knowing when the next will come.