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I'm thinking of making a quick release on my(scutum) carrying belt so it can be at hand very quickly. Maybe the horse fittings used fot the balteus are just right for that. BTW Crispus thanks for the tips on the sword carrying.
aka Jos Cremers
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I checked out the above link to the article on backpacks... it was really interesting. Concerning the goatskin water bags, how would they have waterproofed the skins to prevent seepage and general leakage? Also, how would you seal if up when marching, and accessing it when you want a drink? I kind of like the single bar concept over the cross bar too, people are basically lazy, why bother with struggling with attaching a cross bar when you can make it work without it? Occam's Razor. Form follows function, people trying to solve the same problems with the same materials, will often arrive at the same solutions. The pack on a pole reminds me of pictures of hobos, refugees carrying their few belongings in a bag tied to a pole. I do wonder if a soldier searching about for a suitable pole, finding a forked branch, might not have used it. One thought occurs to me concerning the waterskin, if water permeated the skin much like one of those canvas desert bags that soak up water but hold it in, the evaporation as the soldier marched along would have kept the water cooler and more pleasant to drink on a hot day.
Caesar audieritis hoc
There is an interesting thread on waterskins on the forum....just type in "waterskins" in the search box
Good evening. I see many posts on what will be carried in or on the shoulders, but never a division of what is suitable for carrying in the leather bag and what would be better to carry in the also often used netbag. 

From the famous first scene on the Trajan column, one can see on some marching packs a bag made in the manner of knotted rope, but it does not show clearly enough what is in it.

So in my opinion, we have to use some good common sense. What I see carried most times by living history performers is the well known iron ration parts, and especially the famous bucellatum. I don't agree with that.  Since most parts of the iron ration relied on being kept in a stable preservative state to be kept eatable for quite a long time (salted or dried meat, hard cheese, and the rock hard baked bucellatum), I don't see the sense in being carried in an open bag which makes it vulnerable for wet situations. I think the leather bag would be far more suitable to carry preservable dried or salted food in.

What makes more sense for the content of the netbag would be spare woolen clothes that should be taken on quickly in case of worsening weather, and maybe some fruit which benefits from air surrounding it, and/or food like nuts which can be carried regardless of wet weather. 

I would like to know your opinions on this. It may of course, always,  be that I overlooked things and I am eager to learn.
Ils sont fous ces Romains!

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