Originally Posted by Hike4WD
My response would be: The more protected the gear, the less "bulletproof" it needs to be. The backpack is the most exposed. I think it needs to be bulletproof (to the wearer's definition).
Well there are 2 things that are the most exposed: Backpack and clothes (I include shoes with the clothes).
It's kind of scary to think of emerging from the woods in your birthday suit (or close to it) simply because all of your clothes were so badly ripped that they were no longer usable.
The backpack survived so maybe it would be possible to rig it to wear it.
I still remember the silnylon poncho that kept me drenched with sweat and I was really glad when it was so badly shredded that it let in a cooling breeze. Felt better getting wet from the rain than the sweat. I think it lasted all of 2 hours.