Backpacks http://www.bugoutbagbuilder.com/product-reviews/backpacks en 5.11 MultiCam Black Covert Boxpack Review http://www.bugoutbagbuilder.com/product-reviews/511-multicam-black-covert-boxpack-review <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">5.11 MultiCam Black Covert Boxpack Review</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/10" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Mr.BOBB</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Sun, 01/27/2019 - 15:39</span> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/blog/public/review_header/2019-01/Bug-Out-Bag-Builder-511-MultiCam-Black-Covert-Boxpack-32L-Review-1.jpg?itok=FL4z9MVz" width="827" height="360" alt="5.11 MultiCam Black Covert Boxpack Review" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-blog" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2019-01-27T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">January 27, 2019</time> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>It's no secret we're fans for 5.11 packs around here. Not only do they make some of the best packs out there, they are also affordable, and are pretty easy to <a href="/blog/use-ebay-buy-bug-out-bag" title="Use eBay to Buy A Bug Out Bag">find good used ones on eBay</a> as well.</p> <p>We've had a 5.11 MultiCam Black Covert Boxpack for just over a year now, so we figured it was time to give it a proper review, for those who might be looking at one for themselves.</p> <h2>Build to Last</h2> <p>Like most of the packs 5.11 makes, their Boxpack series are incredibly durable. If fact, the Boxpack series might be a smidge more durable than others since it uses a 1680D "ballistic" polyester fabric for it's main construction.</p> <p>That is a tough fabric, meant to be abused. It's abrasion proof, puncture resistant, and also water resistant. Your items inside will stay dry and protected during harsh conditions.</p> <p>Ultimately what this pack was designed for, and what probably is it's most relevant use case is either police or military use. Why?</p> <p>Firstly there is the conceal carry area directly in the front of the bag. Secondly the pockets on the left and right sides have magazine retainers built in. There is also space for a water bladder, not something most people would use in a commuter bag.</p> <p>It's low drag, low profile, and meant to ride high up on the back to allow for freedom of movement.</p> <p>Does that mean it's only good for that usage? Certainly not.</p> <p><img alt="Bug-Out-Bag-Builder-511-MultiCam-Black-Covert-Boxpack-32L-Review-2.jpg" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="527" src="/sites/default/files/images/Bug-Out-Bag-Builder-511-MultiCam-Black-Covert-Boxpack-32L-Review-2.jpg" width="1000" /></p> <h2>A Great EDC</h2> <p>If you are looking for a durable pack for your every day use; for commuting or keeping in the car as a <a href="/learning-tutorials/get-home-bag" title="Get Home Bag">get home bag</a>, as a CCW pack, then the 5.11 Boxpack is a good contender.</p> <h3>Commuter Bag:</h3> <p>It has a laptop pouch on the inside big enough for a 15 incher. The main area is big enough to hold a winter jacket, hat and gloves, and a book or two.</p> <p>You can either use the roll top to get in and out of the main area, or get quick access to the laptop via the zipper along the top edge.</p> <p>The 3 outside pockets are good for whatever you feel to carry in there, but there is certainly room enough for a water bottle or two, a phone, headphones, and whatever else you want to carry (say a small <a href="/learning-tutorials/everyday-carry" title="Everyday Carry">12-hour survival kit</a>)</p> <p>The CCW area is a great place to stash a phone or ebook, since its nice and soft, as is the zippered glasses pouch on the topside.</p> <p><img alt="Bug-Out-Bag-Builder-511-MultiCam-Black-Covert-Boxpack-32L-Review-3.jpg" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="527" src="/sites/default/files/images/Bug-Out-Bag-Builder-511-MultiCam-Black-Covert-Boxpack-32L-Review-3.jpg" width="1000" /></p> <h3>Get Home Bag:</h3> <p>If you are looking for a smaller pack that can last as a 24-hour kit, or what we like to call a get home bag, the 5.11 Covert Boxpack can fit that need.</p> <p>It's not to big to take up a ton of room in a vehicle, but it can hold a multitude of items if you organize them properly inside the main area.</p> <p>At 32L it isn't really big enough to be a <a href="/learning-tutorials/bug-out-bag" title="Bug Out Bag">bug out bag</a>, but that isn't what it was designed to be used for anyway.</p> <h2>Meant to Wear All Day</h2> <p>The shoulder straps on the Boxpack are quite comfortable. They are padded and yolk shaped so they won't pinch where they contact with your shoulders.</p> <p>There is discreet MOLLE cutouts along them as well, so you can attach extra kit along the front as you see fit.</p> <p>An adjustable chest strap helps center the weight, and a small waist belt can be used to keep the pack in place during high-speed ops.</p> <p><img alt="Bug-Out-Bag-Builder-511-MultiCam-Black-Covert-Boxpack-32L-Review-4.jpg" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="527" src="/sites/default/files/images/Bug-Out-Bag-Builder-511-MultiCam-Black-Covert-Boxpack-32L-Review-4.jpg" width="1000" /></p> <h2>Conclusions</h2> <p>The 5.11 Boxpacks are durable, simple, streamlined and adaptable. They can be used for a variety of different things and handle them all well.</p> <p>Some might not like the roll top, some may like the fact that it allows for extra space. To each their own but without a doubt, the 5.11 Boxpacks are awesome bags.</p> <h2>Where to Get One:</h2> <p>Buy direct on <strong><a href="https://track.flexlinkspro.com/a.ashx?foid=1115219.140753280&amp;foc=1&amp;fot=9999&amp;fos=1&amp;url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.511tactical.com%2Fmulticam-black-8482-covert-boxpack.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">5.11.com</a> </strong>for $119.99</p> <p>Get one from <strong><a href="https://amzn.to/2WoC77z" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Amazon</a></strong></p> <p>Buy <strong><a href="https://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/711-53200-19255-0/1?icep_id=114&amp;ipn=icep&amp;toolid=20004&amp;campid=5337739772&amp;mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.com%2Fsch%2Fi.html%3F_odkw%3D5.11%2B%2BBoxpack%26_ftrt%3D901%26_sop%3D13%26_sadis%3D15%26_dmd%3D1%26_osacat%3D0%26_ipg%3D200%26_stpos%3D33458%26_ftrv%3D1%26_from%3DR40%26_trksid%3Dm570.l1313%26_nkw%3D5.11%2BBoxpack%26_sacat%3D0" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">used on eBay</a></strong> and save some $$</p> <p>By the way if you buy anything with the links we provide on this page we get a small percentage of the sale. For more info <strong><a href="http://www.bugoutbagbuilder.com/about-us" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="About Us">click here.</a></strong></p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/product-reviews/backpacks" hreflang="en">Backpacks</a></div> </div> <section class="field field--name-field-comments field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> <h2 class='title comment-form__title'>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=216&amp;2=field_comments&amp;3=default" token="7ea7aa89"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Sun, 27 Jan 2019 20:39:27 +0000 Mr.BOBB 216 at http://www.bugoutbagbuilder.com Paratus 3-Day Operators Pack Review http://www.bugoutbagbuilder.com/product-reviews/paratus-3-day-operators-pack-review <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Paratus 3-Day Operators Pack Review</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/10" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Mr.BOBB</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 09/11/2018 - 16:39</span> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/blog/public/review_header/2018-09/Bug-Out-Bag-Builder-PARATUS-3-DAY-OPERATORS-PACK-1.jpg?itok=4uKlj8P-" width="827" height="360" alt="Paratus 3-Day Operators Pack Bug Out Bag Review" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-blog" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2018-10-01T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">October 01, 2018</time> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Picking the right pack to use as a 72-hour Emergency Survival Kit can be a little tricky. It usually takes a few tries to get it right. The costs can add up quickly, something most of us would want to avoid. </p> <p>One pack that we have found that can straddle the cost to material to function ratios are the <a href="http://bit.ly/2NQzcTJ" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Paratus 3-Day Operator packs by 3V Gear</strong></a>. For $80 you get a pack that can serve as a strong platform to build off of, one that is designed to be affordable but durable.</p> <p><img alt="Bug-Out-Bag-Builder-PARATUS-3-DAY-OPERATORS-PACK-3.jpg" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="527" src="/sites/default/files/images/Bug-Out-Bag-Builder-PARATUS-3-DAY-OPERATORS-PACK-3.jpg" width="1000" /></p> <p>3V Gear is an US based company (Utah) and their products come with a Lifetime warranty on manufacturers defects, which is pretty cool.</p> <p>We've gotten our hands on a Paratus and will be using it throughout the course of the year. We will give periodic updates as we beat on it more, but we'll begin with our first impressions.</p> <h2>Material</h2> <p>There is a compromise between cost and materials when it comes to backpacks. The quality of the pack itself it dependent on the cloth and thread it is constructed with.</p> <p>1000D cloth will cost you more than 500D, but will also be nearly twice as thick and heavier. This is an important calculation you should make when comparing brands.</p> <p>Let's start off by looking at the basic building block of the pack itself: 600D PVC backed polyester. This is a pretty durable material that fits right about in the middle of what other brands have available.</p> <p>It offers a good compromise between weight and strength, and offers a decent amount of waterproofing to boot (although we always prefer to have a poncho or pack cover available during a downpour.)</p> <p>Throughout the pack you can find examples of double-stitching, which adds another layer of durability. We like durability. Especially for equipment we need to use during an emergency.</p> <p>The Paratus is available in 4 colors: Black, Olive Drab, Coyote Tan, and Foliage Grey.</p> <h2>Design</h2> <p>The Layout of the pack is very simple. There are 2 main storage areas and some MOLLE accessory pouches on the outside, one of which is the <a href="http://bit.ly/2xn0Cr1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Paratus Rapid Deployment Pack</strong></a> which is included with the Paratus.</p> <p>There are <a href="http://bit.ly/2xkXprU" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>2 Ally MOLLE Pouches</strong></a> which come attached to the sides when you buy the pack.</p> <p>By the way if you buy anything with the links we provide on this page we get a small percentage of the sale. For more info <strong><a href="http://www.bugoutbagbuilder.com/about-us" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="About Us">click here.</a></strong></p> <p>There are also MOLLE attachment points along the outside of the pack to allow you to expand and customize your kit. We'll dive into those a little more later.</p> <p>They do make the pack look more military style, so if you are trying to keep your gear low-key then this could be a downside for you.</p> <p>The main pocket features a laptop sleeve and a pretty deep storage area.</p> <p><img alt="Bug-Out-Bag-Builder-PARATUS-3-DAY-OPERATORS-PACK-4.jpg" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="527" src="/sites/default/files/images/Bug-Out-Bag-Builder-PARATUS-3-DAY-OPERATORS-PACK-4.jpg" width="1000" /></p> <p>The secondary pocket on the front side has a small mesh pocket for holding smaller items.</p> <p>All told you are getting about 2,500 cubic inches (40 liters) of storage space, which is pretty decent. You can of course increase that by adding additional pouches to the outside.</p> <p><img alt="Bug-Out-Bag-Builder-PARATUS-3-DAY-OPERATORS-PACK-5.jpg" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="527" src="/sites/default/files/images/Bug-Out-Bag-Builder-PARATUS-3-DAY-OPERATORS-PACK-5.jpg" width="1000" /></p> <p>I like the padded and molded back panel, the part that sits on your back, quite a bit. The way it's designed should allow for decent airflow to keep heat and sweat down.</p> <h2>Pouches &amp; MOLLE</h2> <p>Since we are on the subject of the pouches, let's look into the way we are using them.</p> <p>We decided to go a different route than using the stock layout of the pack, and that flexibility is one of the cool features of the Paratus 3-Day Operators Pack.</p> <p>Although the Rapid Deployment Pack fits perfectly on the bottom of the pack, we removed it and put a <a href="https://amzn.to/2xdv32L" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Condor Tactical Utility Pouch</strong></a> in its place and another above it. One holds a poncho and the other our most used tools.</p> <p><img alt="Bug-Out-Bag-Builder-PARATUS-3-DAY-OPERATORS-PACK-6.jpg" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="527" src="/sites/default/files/images/Bug-Out-Bag-Builder-PARATUS-3-DAY-OPERATORS-PACK-6.jpg" width="1000" /></p> <p>Along one side we put <a href="https://amzn.to/2MwDcEl" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>2 Funanasun MOLLE pouches</strong></a>. They are cheap and pretty decent. One can hold little odds-and-ends such as lights and batteries and the other can be a First Aid Kit.</p> <p><img alt="Bug-Out-Bag-Builder-PARATUS-3-DAY-OPERATORS-PACK-8.jpg" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="527" src="/sites/default/files/images/Bug-Out-Bag-Builder-PARATUS-3-DAY-OPERATORS-PACK-8.jpg" width="1000" /></p> <p>On the other side we found a <a href="https://amzn.to/2QBrhIK" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>small draw-string water bottle pouch</strong></a> which fits a 40 oz <a href="/product-reviews/klean-kanteen-stainless-steel-bottles-review" title="Klean Kanteen Stainless Steel Bottles Review"><strong>Klean Kanteen</strong></a>, our preferred day bottle. <a href="/product-reviews/maxpedition-vs-condor-h2o-pouches" title="Maxpedition vs. Condor H2O Pouches"><strong>Maxpedition and Condor</strong></a> both make good water bottle carriers that you could use as well to get a little more storage space.</p> <p><img alt="Bug-Out-Bag-Builder-PARATUS-3-DAY-OPERATORS-PACK-7.jpg" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="527" src="/sites/default/files/images/Bug-Out-Bag-Builder-PARATUS-3-DAY-OPERATORS-PACK-7.jpg" width="1000" /></p> <p>A <a href="https://amzn.to/2NVJhiA" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Maxpedition dump pouch</strong></a> would fit nicely on the outside face of the bag. It would stay closed but is there in case it's needed, to carry wet or dirty items we don't want inside the pack.</p> <p>We removed the Deployment Pack so it can be used as a fanny pack in conjunction with the Paratus, since it comes with a built-in hip strap. It can be carried comfortably along the front or side and it large enough to hold our <a href="/learning-tutorials/everyday-carry" title="Everyday Carry"><strong>EDC kit </strong></a>and other small frequently used items.</p> <p>There is a pass-through pocket on the back which allows you to mount the Deployment Pack onto any belt you want.</p> <p><img alt="Bug-Out-Bag-Builder-PARATUS-3-DAY-OPERATORS-PACK-9.jpg" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="527" src="/sites/default/files/images/Bug-Out-Bag-Builder-PARATUS-3-DAY-OPERATORS-PACK-9.jpg" width="1000" /></p> <p><a href="http://bit.ly/2NJmyWT" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>3V Gear also offers a wide variety of accessories to trick out your pack as well</strong></a>: many different types of organizers, pouches, and cases and all at very affordable pricing.</p> <h2>Upsides</h2> <p>There is a lot to like about this pack. Firstly we think that the pack is a good deal. For $80 it's difficult to find something which offers this level of function and material quality. This is in part due to the fact that they don't use 3rd party distributors or resellers for sales, but go direct to consumers.</p> <p>This frees up a bunch of money for other important things like food, clothing, and water treatment products. Save the $200+ packs for when you are a little more experienced, have your kit more finely honed, and know exactly what your pack needs will be for your particular situation.</p> <p>Could you get cheaper bags? Sure, but they are generally made from low quality materials and to lesser production standards.</p> <p>The overall simplicity of the pack is also a positive: it decreases the temptation to overload the kit with too much gear.</p> <p>40 liters is the Goldilocks size for emergency kits: it's not too big it's not too small. If you pack it carefully you can get all you'll need in there. </p> <p>One last thing, and hear me out on this: the pack looks cool. I know, who cares, and how is that relevant? Well in the case of a parent trying to get their kid into the idea of prepping their own kit, or a spouse trying to get your other spouse into it then looks matter. Believe it or not this is an issue in some families!</p> <h2>Downsides</h2> <p>OK so here is the part where I put on my "Prepper Snob" hat and pick the Paratus 3-Day Operator pack apart a little bit.</p> <p>All of these comments should be taken with a grain of salt, since I am comparing this pack in some cases to higher-end ones which cost 3x as much but this is a review so lets go:</p> <p>I'll start with the inside of the bag, since I think this is where there is the most room for improvement with minimal impact to manufacturing cost.</p> <p>I would love to see a high-viz interior, ie. a brightly colored lining that helps create contrast while looking into the pack. A great example of this is the way <a href="/product-reviews/spec-ops-pack" title="SPEC OPS T.H.E. Pack"><strong>Spec OPS does it with their T.H.E. PACK series</strong></a>.</p> <p>This really makes it easier to see inside the pack when you are digging around for stuff, especially in low light conditions.</p> <p>I think this pack could use a few more pockets, more built-in organization options. There is room for it, especially in the front pocket area where the gusset is.</p> <p>Dual zipper pockets on either side of the gusset (ala the way the <a href="/product-reviews/511-covrt-18-backpack" title="5.11 COVRT 18 Backpack"><strong>5.11 Covrt</strong></a> pack does it) would be very useful as a storage place for phone, wallet or glasses.</p> <p>The handle on top isn't up to snuff. It needs to be built a little better to handle heavier loads. I worry about yanking that sucker off one day.</p> <p><img alt="Bug-Out-Bag-Builder-PARATUS-3-DAY-OPERATORS-PACK-10.jpg" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="527" src="/sites/default/files/images/Bug-Out-Bag-Builder-PARATUS-3-DAY-OPERATORS-PACK-10.jpg" width="1000" /></p> <p>MOLLE on the bottom of the pack would be useful. There are a couple of loops there that would be ok for carrying walking sticks or something but they aren't super helpful for securing a sleep kit.</p> <p>The MOLLE on the sides don't extend high enough so that the pouches can be secured by the side cinch straps like they can on the bottom. One or two more rows would have been great.</p> <p>There is no hook for a water bladder, so if you decide to use one it will just sit in a lump in the laptop/baldder pocket. I would also prefer to see a dedicated water bladder pocket area with zipper wither in the middle of the pack ala Spec Ops packs or along the backpanel.</p> <p>The 2 Ally MOLLE Pouches are kinda ok but not specific enough for me. They don't hold our Kleen Kanteens so I opted to remove them completely and go with other pouches instead.</p> <p><img alt="Bug-Out-Bag-Builder-PARATUS-3-DAY-OPERATORS-PACK-2.jpg" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="422" src="/sites/default/files/images/Bug-Out-Bag-Builder-PARATUS-3-DAY-OPERATORS-PACK-2.jpg" width="800" /></p> <h2>Conclusions</h2> <p>So who is this a pack for? By our thinking this is a good beginners pack for someone just starting out or making their first emergency kit. It's not horribly expensive but checks a lot of boxes for what a Bug Out Bag should be.</p> <p>It's not as bullet-proof as the higher-end packs are, so if your gear sees heavy use then you might want to save your pennies and upgrade from here. Take a look at <a href="/product-reviews/best-bug-out-bags" title="The Best Bug Out Bags"><strong>our favorite bug out bags</strong></a> for some ideas.</p> <p>If you are looking for a bag that will only be used during a rarely during a sever weather event or emergency than this pack should be on your short list.</p> <h2>Where to get one:</h2> <p>You can get a 3V Paratus 3-Day Operators Pack <a href="http://bit.ly/2NQzcTJ" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>directly from 3V Gear for $74.95</strong></a> (plus shipping) on their website.</p> <p>Or get one from <a href="https://amzn.to/2QxlkfT" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Amazon via Prime for $80</strong></a>.</p> <p><a href="https://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/711-53200-19255-0/1?icep_id=114&amp;ipn=icep&amp;toolid=20004&amp;campid=5337739772&amp;mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.com%2Fsch%2Fi.html%3F_odkw%3Dparatus%26_fcid%3D1%26_sop%3D12%26_osacat%3D0%26_stpos%3D33458%26_from%3DR40%26_trksid%3Dm570.l1313%26_nkw%3D3v%2Bgear%2Bparatus%26_sacat%3D0" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>eBay has new and sometimes used</strong></a> ones available.</p> <p> </p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/product-reviews/backpacks" hreflang="en">Backpacks</a></div> </div> <section class="field field--name-field-comments field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> <h2 class='title comment-form__title'>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=209&amp;2=field_comments&amp;3=default" token="6442c241"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Tue, 11 Sep 2018 20:39:59 +0000 Mr.BOBB 209 at http://www.bugoutbagbuilder.com 5.11 Rapid Quad Zip Pack http://www.bugoutbagbuilder.com/product-reviews/511-rapid-quad-zip-pack <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">5.11 Rapid Quad Zip Pack</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/10" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Mr.BOBB</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 12/06/2017 - 08:51</span> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/blog/public/review_header/2017-12/Bug-Out-Bag-Builder-511-Rapid-Quad-Zip-Pack-1.jpg?itok=3nlrp5jW" width="827" height="360" alt="5.11 Rapid Quad Zip Pack Review" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-blog" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2017-12-22T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">December 22, 2017</time> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>We've been on a recent mission at our office to find a certain type of Everyday Carry pack for Mrs. BOBB. She has some specific requirements that ruled out to 20 packs we already have in the closet.</p> <p>So we looked to one of our favorites, 5.11, and found that they had just released the new Rapid Quad Zip Pack. It looks like we may have found what she needs...</p> <p>By the way, if you buy anything with the links we provide on this page we get a small percentage of the sale. For more info <strong><a href="/about-us" target="_blank" title="About Us">click here.</a></strong></p> <h2>Mrs. BOBB's Everyday Carry Requirements</h2> <ol><li>First and foremost was the weight. The missus is 100lbs soaking wet, so she doesn't want to lug around an <strong><a href="http://amzn.to/2kqy7Fj" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eberlestock Terminator</a></strong> to play dates with the kids (her loss!) So the pack had to be lightweight.</li> <li>The main compartment had to open fully. No top-loading packs like the <strong><a href="http://fxo.co/4uY0" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">5.11 Covert Boxpack</a></strong> we initially got for her. The pack had to lay flat and she needed access to stuff from the top to the bottom at once.</li> <li>It was big enough to hold enough stuff for her and Jr. That means clothes, food, water, toys, diapers, etc etc. Enough for a full day out of the house and in the mud.</li> <li>Looks are important (we're talking about my lady here) so it couldn't scream tacticool...although we still want to only keep bags around that can do double duty as emergency kits if we need them to.</li> <li>It had to be durable. Ok, that was my requirement. I can't handle garbage packs. I don't waste our money on something I'll have to replace in a year or two. I buy things ONCE darnit!</li> </ol><p>So why do we include this here? Because we think these requirements are pretty universal for lots of parents out there.</p> <p>Spoiler alert: The <strong><a href="http://fxo.co/4uYQ" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">5.11 Rapid Quad Zip Pack</a></strong> meets all these requirements. For those of you who are looking for a deeper dive, read on...</p> <p><img alt="Bug-Out-Bag-Builder-511-Rapid-Quad-Zip-Pack-2.jpg" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="527" src="/sites/default/files/images/Bug-Out-Bag-Builder-511-Rapid-Quad-Zip-Pack-2.jpg" width="1000" /></p> <h2>5.11 Rapid Quad Zip Pack Review</h2> <p>The total pack volume is 27 Liters, which is pretty big. Good middle of the road size for men or women to wear.</p> <p>The Rapid Quad is light. It only weighs about 2 lbs. That means it can be jammed full of stuff and easily stay under 15lbs, which is comfortable for all day use for most people.</p> <p>That doesn't mean the pack is flimsy, au contraire. It's made from durable 600D <span class="a-list-item">Polyester, which is good and tough. Pretty water resistant too!</span></p> <p>One fantastic feature of the Rapid Quad is the organizational layout and overall design of the pack.</p> <p>Our favorite by far is the 270 degree U-Zip main compartment opening. Laying the pack flat allows you to access the main compartment from top to bottom super easily.</p> <p><img alt="Bug-Out-Bag-Builder-511-Rapid-Quad-Zip-Pack-7.jpg" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="527" src="/sites/default/files/images/Bug-Out-Bag-Builder-511-Rapid-Quad-Zip-Pack-7.jpg" width="1000" /></p> <p>There are 4 sets of zippers along the main compartment, so you can open the pack up from the bottom if you want to get to the items on the bottom without opening the whole pack.</p> <p>I like the cinch straps on the sides. They can help compress the pack down when it's not fully loaded out. The top straps also serve as a stop when opening the main area to keep everything from spilling out.</p> <p>Inside the main compartment there are some nice organizational features. Not pictured is a mesh bottle holder on the bottom of the pack, which allows you to keep a bottle standing upright.</p> <p><img alt="Bug-Out-Bag-Builder-511-Rapid-Quad-Zip-Pack-5.jpg" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="527" src="/sites/default/files/images/Bug-Out-Bag-Builder-511-Rapid-Quad-Zip-Pack-5.jpg" width="1000" /></p> <p>There is a padded laptop sleeve along the back and 2 mesh zippered pockets.</p> <p>One of the smart features we like is the separation of the water bladder area from the rest of the pack. That way if you get a leak you have a firewall between the water and the main compartment.</p> <p><img alt="Bug-Out-Bag-Builder-511-Rapid-Quad-Zip-Pack-6.jpg" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="527" src="/sites/default/files/images/Bug-Out-Bag-Builder-511-Rapid-Quad-Zip-Pack-6.jpg" width="1000" /></p> <p>In true 5.11 fashion, no detail was left out; there is a hook for the bladder right where it is supposed to be. 5.11 gets the details right, they do all the small things that really make the difference between them and lesser brands.</p> <p>5.11 uses a yolk design for their chest straps, which conforms well to torsos. There are release buckles along the bottom of the straps for quick release of the pack, good if you ever get dumped in the water with a heavy pack, or just want to slide of off your side.</p> <p><img alt="Bug-Out-Bag-Builder-511-Rapid-Quad-Zip-Pack-9.jpg" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="527" src="/sites/default/files/images/Bug-Out-Bag-Builder-511-Rapid-Quad-Zip-Pack-9.jpg" width="1000" /></p> <p>MOLLE lives on the chest straps as well. Good home for carabiners, doodads or a phone/radio pouch.</p> <p>Speaking of MOLLE, the entire outside of the pack face also includes MOLLE attachment straps. Pouch-up if you so choose.</p> <p><img alt="Bug-Out-Bag-Builder-511-Rapid-Quad-Zip-Pack-3.jpg" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="527" src="/sites/default/files/images/Bug-Out-Bag-Builder-511-Rapid-Quad-Zip-Pack-3.jpg" width="1000" /></p> <p>We added a <a href="https://amzn.to/2Cv3s1x" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Smart Phone holder</strong></a> that is big enough to carry both our phones. Depending on what we are up to we also might include a <a href="https://amzn.to/2y4yRUy" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Radio Pouch</strong></a> as well.</p> <p>Ad adjustable and flat-lying (when empty) <a href="https://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/711-53200-19255-0/1?icep_id=114&amp;ipn=icep&amp;toolid=20004&amp;campid=5337739772&amp;mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.com%2Fitm%2FAdjustable-Outdoor-MOLLE-Tactical-Militray-Water-Bottle-Pouch-Bag-Carrier-Holder%2F152751861322%3FssPageName%3DSTRK%253AMEBIDX%253AIT%26var%3D452445406297%26_trksid%3Dp2057872.m2749.l2649" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>water bottle holder</strong></a> sits along the left side if we need to carry a little extra hydration.</p> <p><img alt="Bug-Out-Bag-Builder-511-Rapid-Quad-Zip-Pack-10.jpg" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="527" src="/sites/default/files/images/Bug-Out-Bag-Builder-511-Rapid-Quad-Zip-Pack-10.jpg" width="1000" /></p> <p>We also decided to drop in a small <a href="https://amzn.to/2Pe2LMF" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Condor Drop Pouch</strong></a> on the outside. This is helpful if we need extra space or want to carry some wet items.</p> <h2>Update 10/3/2018:</h2> <p>Both the wife and I still love this pack. We share it and it comes with one of us nearly everyday somewhere. It's a great overnight bag and can be a really useful day-pack as well.</p> <p>It's held up like a tank, typical of 5.11. I suspect it will for many more years to come.</p> <hr /><h2><span class="a-list-item">Where to get one:</span></h2> <p><span class="a-list-item">Buy direct from <strong><a href="http://fxo.co/6DmU" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">5.11 Tactical.</a></strong></span></p> <p><span class="a-list-item"><strong><a href="http://amzn.to/2iZjLvn" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Get a new one on Amazon</a></strong> with Prime Shipping.</span></p> <p><span class="a-list-item"><a href="https://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/711-53200-19255-0/1?icep_id=114&amp;ipn=icep&amp;toolid=20004&amp;campid=5337739772&amp;mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.com%2Fsch%2Fi.html%3F_from%3DR40%26_trksid%3Dm570.l1313%26_nkw%3Drapid%2Bquad%2Bzip%2Bpack%26_sacat%3D0" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>eBay often has used ones for sale</strong></a>, see if you can grab a lightly used one there.</span></p> <p><a href="http://fxo.co/4uYQ" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img alt="Bug-Out-Bag-Builder-511-Rapid-Quad-Zip-Pack-BUY.jpg" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="1067" src="/sites/default/files/images/Bug-Out-Bag-Builder-511-Rapid-Quad-Zip-Pack-BUY.jpg" width="1400" /></a></p> <script type="text/javascript" src="//downloads.mailchimp.com/js/signup-forms/popup/embed.js" data-dojo-config="usePlainJson: true, isDebug: false"></script><script type="text/javascript"> <!--//--><![CDATA[// ><!-- require(["mojo/signup-forms/Loader"], function(L) { L.start({"baseUrl":"mc.us12.list-manage.com","uuid":"a8b0294a6ab5001715ee0b486","lid":"946ce834d5"}) }) //--><!]]> </script></div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/product-reviews/backpacks" hreflang="en">Backpacks</a></div> </div> <section class="field field--name-field-comments field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> <h2 class="comments-main-title">Comments</h2> <a id="comment-3"></a> <article data-comment-user-id="0" class="js-comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1516298200"></mark> <footer> <p class="submitted">Submitted by <span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Mike5 (not verified)</span> on Thu, 01/18/2018 - 12:54</p> </footer> <div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p> I have one of these bags. Love it. Lightweight but still pretty tough.</p> </div> </div> </article> <h2 class='title comment-form__title'>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=196&amp;2=field_comments&amp;3=default" token="23b02d43"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Wed, 06 Dec 2017 13:51:19 +0000 Mr.BOBB 196 at http://www.bugoutbagbuilder.com SPEC OPS T.H.E. Pack http://www.bugoutbagbuilder.com/product-reviews/spec-ops-pack <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">SPEC OPS T.H.E. Pack</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/10" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Mr.BOBB</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 04/19/2017 - 13:44</span> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/blog/public/review_header/2017-04/Bug-Out-Bag-Builder-spec-ops-THE-pack-tactical-1.jpg?itok=PqADo0Vj" width="827" height="360" alt="SPEC OPS T.H.E. Pack" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-blog" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2017-04-28T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">April 28, 2017</time> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>We spend a lot of time with backpacks, and carefully choose the ones we review and recommend on Bug Out Bag Builder.</p> <p>One pack that we've had for years, and one that remains one of our favorites today is T.H.E. Pack from Spec Ops. T.H.E. stands for Tactical, Holds Everything: and that about sums this backpack up perfectly.</p> <p>This is one of the finest 72-Hour bags you can buy. Let's discuss.</p> <p><img alt="SPEC OPS T.H.E. Pack" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="468" src="/sites/default/files/images/Bug-Out-Bag-Builder-spec-ops-THE-pack-tactical-2.jpg" width="827" /></p> <p>The biggest issue I have with most backpacks is durability. Like so many things made these days, it seems like most are designed to fall apart and be replaced within a few uses. So when we come across a company that makes packs durable enough to be run over by a tank and look better coming out the other side, we pay attention.</p> <p>When that same product is 100% American made with a Lifetime Guarantee then we know that we're dealing with a company that takes their manufacturing process seriously. If you are about to drop $180 on a friggin' backpack then it better be worth it, but then with 250,000 sold (many to military folks) it's probably a safe bet they are.</p> <p><img alt="SPEC OPS T.H.E. Pack" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="468" src="/sites/default/files/images/Bug-Out-Bag-Builder-spec-ops-THE-pack-tactical-3.jpg" width="827" /></p> <p>Those were the first things which led us to Spec Ops. Their packs are made from 1000D Cordura Nylon fabric. In case you don't know, 1000 is a lotta D. (The D actually stands for Dernier which is the measurement that is used to determine the fiber thickness of individual threads used in the creation of fabrics.)</p> <p>That heavy thread is a big part of what makes me straight-up love this bag so much. It just feels, and indeed is, rock solid. I know it's not going to fall apart on me, and it will handle the heavy load-out of a full Bug Out Bag.</p> <p><img alt="SPEC OPS T.H.E. Pack" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="468" src="/sites/default/files/images/Bug-Out-Bag-Builder-spec-ops-THE-pack-tactical-4.jpg" width="827" /></p> <p>All that Cordura is held together with double-stitching where it's needed most, which is pretty much everywhere. The MOLLE along the pack feels incredibly tight and reinforced. All potential failure-points solved with good ol' American over-engineering.</p> <p>About the MOLLE on this pack, it's everywhere you'll need it to be. You can go berserk with the add-ons.</p> <p>Two of my biggest pet-peeves when it comes to packs: weak plastic buckles and flimsy zippers (especially those that get caught in the fabric around them.) Both drive. me. crazy. I am pleased to report that neither of my peeves stand a snowballs chance against T.H.E. pack.</p> <p>The buckles are made from plastic, yes, but are way more substantial than others I have come across. In fact it looks like they are reinforced with the ribbing along the outside (for your pleasure.)</p> <p>The YKK #10 zippers are enormous and work like a dream. You can tug and pull and yank on them and hell pick up the whole pack with them and they just look at you and laugh. I never suffered a single snag with them and doubt I ever will.</p> <p>The waist retention strap buckle is big enough for Andre the Giant and get this, there are metal (yes METAL) retention straps on the belt. Who even uses metal for anything anymore? Oh yeah, people who want a pack TO LAST.</p> <p><img alt="Bug-Out-Bag-Builder-spec-ops-THE-pack-tactical-7_0.jpg" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="468" src="/sites/default/files/images/Bug-Out-Bag-Builder-spec-ops-THE-pack-tactical-7_0.jpg" width="827" /></p> <p>Continuing the tough-guy theme, I'd be remiss if I didn't mention the top handle. It was definitely designed to "handle" the loads this pack is capable of carrying. Fill the whole damn thing with rocks and that handle feels like it will gladly lift it all...your shoulder would probably give out before it does.</p> <p>The secret lies in the double layering of the pack top and the excessive stitching we've come to know and love from Spec Ops.</p> <p>I've had this pack for about 2 years now and have lugged it all over creation loaded to the gills and that handle is a godsend. If nothing else you can drag the pack along the ground like a caveman should you overload it.</p> <p><img alt="SPEC OPS T.H.E. Pack" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="468" src="/sites/default/files/images/Bug-Out-Bag-Builder-spec-ops-THE-pack-tactical-8.jpg" width="827" /></p> <p><img alt="SPEC OPS T.H.E. Pack" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="468" src="/sites/default/files/images/Bug-Out-Bag-Builder-spec-ops-THE-pack-tactical-9.jpg" width="827" /></p> <p>Both sides of the aforementioned handle have access ports if you opt for a hydration bladder in the back sleeve, one on either side depending on your preference. In that same back pocket you can do what I did, and grab a <a href="http://amzn.to/2oG8kKv" target="_blank">T.H.E. Pack Frame.</a> It makes a world of difference in how the pack operates.</p> <p>It's pretty much a must-have add-on. It distributes heavy weight across the shoulders better and also makes the back of the pack stiffer and thus easier to pack.</p> <p>You can still squeeze a bladder in there with it if you want to, it just gets a little tight. If you get one of these, make sure to read the directions. You have to remove the metal slides BEFORE putting the frame in the pack. Then you install them. </p> <p><img alt="Bug-Out-Bag-Builder-spec-ops-THE-pack-tactical-15_0.jpg" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="468" src="/sites/default/files/images/Bug-Out-Bag-Builder-spec-ops-THE-pack-tactical-15_0.jpg" width="827" /></p> <p>That brings me to my one and only beef with this pack, and I'm not even sure it's legitimate: there are no drain holes on the bottom of the pack should that bladder go south on you and start leaking...BUT that also means no water GETTING IN. SO. Weak beef. Way weak. Non-existent really. </p> <p>Lets look at the shoulder harness. Each strap is one-piece with a tough foam insert. Again low failure points.</p> <p>There are buckles on the bottom of each strap which are there to either A: save your life if you are drowning with the pack on, or have to remove it quickly for any reason or B: just easier to take off. They are wide and comfortable and also sport a chest strap and buckle should you need it for the long hauls.</p> <p><img alt="SPEC OPS T.H.E. Pack" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="468" src="/sites/default/files/images/Bug-Out-Bag-Builder-spec-ops-THE-pack-tactical-5.jpg" width="827" /></p> <p>We live in a warm place, so I also decided to grab the <a href="http://amzn.to/2qnKBLv" target="_blank">PT Panel from Spec Ops</a> too. It helps your back breathe to keep you cool and keeps sweat off the pack. Added bonus: lightning bolts! It was nice and cool on my last trip so I left it home but it is a life-saver during the summer. </p> <p><img alt="SPEC OPS T.H.E. Pack" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="468" src="/sites/default/files/images/Bug-Out-Bag-Builder-spec-ops-THE-pack-tactical-16.jpg" width="827" /></p> <h2>Inside T.H.E. Pack</h2> <p>The inside of T.H.E. pack consists of 3 parts. The main area is lined with yellow high-viz material and is 19" high x 13" wide x 7" thick @ 1730 cubic inches. That's large enough for a 3 or 4 days worth of clothes, a laptop, and a dopp kit. More if you know how to pack right.</p> <p>The load-out below is mostly clothes, some food and a small mess kit (not pictured.) A couple of organizers help me keep the pack tidy. </p> <p><img alt="SPEC OPS T.H.E. Pack" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="468" src="/sites/default/files/images/Bug-Out-Bag-Builder-spec-ops-THE-pack-tactical-14.jpg" width="827" /></p> <p>The front of the bag has 2 more pockets. The top is 8" high x 10" wide x 2.5" thick @ 250 cubic inches. The bottom 10" high x 12" wide x 3.5" thick @ 570 cubic inches. When you add it all up the total interior size of T.H.E. Spec Ops pack is 2550 cubic inches or 42 liters. If you pack carefully, that is enough space for most Bug Out Bag builds.</p> <p>If you need a little extra room, the MOLLE can help. Strap your sleeping kit to the bottom of the pack, and keep your IFAK and coms out there as well. Go crazy if you wish, but if you want to keep the bag low-drag then be conservative with what's hanging out there. Also be mindful of weight! You really don't want to carry more that 25 lbs if you can avoid it, seriously. </p> <p><img alt="SPEC OPS T.H.E. Pack" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="468" src="/sites/default/files/images/Bug-Out-Bag-Builder-spec-ops-THE-pack-tactical-10_1.jpg" width="827" /><br /><img alt="SPEC OPS T.H.E. Pack" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="468" src="/sites/default/files/images/Bug-Out-Bag-Builder-spec-ops-THE-pack-tactical-12.jpg" width="827" /></p> <p>Our ESSE 4P sits neatly in the middle of the pack with the stock belt clip Kydex sheath. Our fire starting kit lives in the small pouch attached to the sheath. I sometimes keep a flashlight on the other side using a <a href="http://amzn.to/2pbAX0M" target="_blank">tactical gear clip.</a> My rain poncho lives in the pouch on the left.</p> <p>One of the things I love about this pack is that the retention straps have enough play to fit over the MOLLE items strapped to the outside, taking some of the wobble out of them when cinched. </p> <p> <img alt="SPEC OPS T.H.E. Pack" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="468" src="/sites/default/files/images/Bug-Out-Bag-Builder-spec-ops-THE-pack-tactical-11.jpg" width="827" /></p> <p><img alt="SPEC OPS T.H.E. Pack" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="468" src="/sites/default/files/images/Bug-Out-Bag-Builder-spec-ops-THE-pack-tactical-13.jpg" width="827" /></p> <h2>Accessories</h2> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2qeYHT1" target="_blank">Spec Ops makes an organizer they call the Pack Rat.</a> It fits nicely in the bottom pocket, and leaves room in there for other odds and ends. It has lot's of administrative options and stands on it's own as a good EDC if you add a shoulder strap to it (one is not included but it has the hooks for one.) I use mine to hold my survival kindle, some pens, backup lights and batteries, USB key, meds, good vibes and bad attitude. </p> <p><img alt="Bug-Out-Bag-Builder-spec-ops-THE-pack-tactical-17.jpg" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="468" src="/sites/default/files/images/Bug-Out-Bag-Builder-spec-ops-THE-pack-tactical-17.jpg" width="827" /></p> <p>Another add-on you might be interested in is the <a href="http://amzn.to/2qfLkPv" target="_blank">Main-Frame pack organizer.</a> I have one of these too, although I don't use it when using the pack as a suitcase. The organizer gets used when I turn T.H.E. pack into an electronics / coms kit. It holds my radios, laptops, cables, antennas, power supply, etc. I have a Pack Rat dedicated to my radio gear too which holds programming cables, instruction manuals, various connectors, a volt meter, etc. </p> <p><img alt="Bug-Out-Bag-Builder-spec-ops-THE-pack-tactical-18.jpg" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="468" src="/sites/default/files/images/Bug-Out-Bag-Builder-spec-ops-THE-pack-tactical-18.jpg" width="827" /></p> <p> </p> <h2>T.H.E Ultimate Pack</h2> <p>Spec Ops makes a different style of T.H.E. Pack which they call T.H.E. Ultimate Assault Pack (UAP) which is $20 more than the original.</p> <p>What does $20 get you? Some differences in design mainly. They moved the hydration pouch to the middle, moved some of the zippers around to make the pockets open differently, and added a storage area behind the straps. They also added velcro to the top. It's up to you which design you prefer.</p> <p>They made a cool infographic which shows how the pack works and it's main features. </p> <p><img alt="T.H.E._Pack_UAP_infographic.png" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="2549" src="/sites/default/files/images/T.H.E._Pack_UAP_infographic.png" width="849" /></p> <p>All the items mentioned here are available directly from Spec Ops here: <a href="http://www.specopsbrand.com/" target="_blank">http://www.specopsbrand.com/</a></p> <p>Be sure to sign up for their email list! They have specials every few months with discounts around 20% or more. </p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/product-reviews/backpacks" hreflang="en">Backpacks</a></div> </div> <section class="field field--name-field-comments field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> <h2 class="comments-main-title">Comments</h2> <a id="comment-921"></a> <article data-comment-user-id="0" class="js-comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1544820064"></mark> <footer> <p class="submitted">Submitted by <span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Anonymous (not verified)</span> on Fri, 11/23/2018 - 16:13</p> </footer> <div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Is that an esse knife strapped to that bag?</p> </div> </div> </article> <a id="comment-952"></a> <article data-comment-user-id="10" class="js-comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1544820261"></mark> <footer> <p class="submitted">Submitted by <span lang="" about="/user/10" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Mr.BOBB</span> on Fri, 12/14/2018 - 15:44</p> </footer> <div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>That is! It's an ESEE 4P.</p> </div> </div> </article> <h2 class='title comment-form__title'>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=165&amp;2=field_comments&amp;3=default" token="88fb52f6"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Wed, 19 Apr 2017 17:44:33 +0000 Mr.BOBB 165 at http://www.bugoutbagbuilder.com Maxpedition Falcon-II Backpack Review http://www.bugoutbagbuilder.com/product-reviews/maxpedition-falcon-ii-backpack-review <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Maxpedition Falcon-II Backpack Review</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/10" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Mr.BOBB</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Fri, 03/10/2017 - 16:29</span> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/blog/public/review_header/2017-03/Bug-Out-Bag-Builder-Maxpedition-Falcon-II-Review-1A_1.jpg?itok=ZbnKBjUz" width="827" height="360" alt="Maxpedition Falcon-II Backpack Review" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-blog" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2017-03-10T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">March 10, 2017</time> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>We've been thinking about tight, low-drag, bare-bones Bug Out Bags lately. One that doesn't hold the kitchen sink but is durable enough and designed in such a way as to be multi-purposed. Something that sits tight on the body so's to keep one mobile, something that can hold a water bladder (or two in this case, more on that later) a change of clothes, food, and some must-have tools. And above all it has to be tough, able to be pulled, yanked, torn on in the woods and all around beat-up without a care.</p> <p>That of course let us to Maxpedition - well known for some of the most durable packs available. We locked-in on the Falcon-II backpack in OD Green for this build since it fits the bill, so we decided to do a full review of the pack itself.</p> <p><img alt="Bug-Out-Bag-Builder-Maxpedition-Falcon-II-Review-1.jpg" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="468" src="/sites/default/files/images/Bug-Out-Bag-Builder-Maxpedition-Falcon-II-Review-1.jpg" width="827" /></p> <p><!--more--></p><p>Alright lets look at the basics first. The Falcon-II can run you <strong><a href="http://amzn.to/2nbUDh2" target="_blank">anywhere from $179 to $140 online.</a></strong>  Thats not cheap but in this case you do get what you are paying for. There are other companies that make the same type of bag as the Falcon-II. <a href="http://amzn.to/2n3AUkE" target="_blank"><strong>You can get them on Amazon for around $50</strong> </a>and although they have the same design the material they are made of isn't as durable (600d vs 1050d nylon) and some of the finer details aren't the same. I've come to trust Maxpedition products so tend to stick with them because I hold reliability above all else.</p> <p>Looking at the size of the overall pack, it's on the smaller end of backpacks most would consider for a Bug Out Bag. You have to be methodical about what you are packing, and leave out the fluff. That's a positive if you tend to over pack your emergency kit because you "have the space" - ignoring the fact that a heavy bag will be difficult if not dangerous to use for those without serious physical training.</p> <p>If you buy anything with the links we provide on this page we get a small percentage of the sale. For more info <strong><a href="http://www.bugoutbagbuilder.com/about-us" target="_blank" title="About Us">click here.</a></strong></p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2AizSYm" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img alt="Bug-Out-Bag-Builder-Maxpedition-Falcon-II-Review-AMZ.jpg" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="1067" src="/sites/default/files/images/Bug-Out-Bag-Builder-Maxpedition-Falcon-II-Review-AMZ.jpg" width="1400" /></a></p> <p>This might not be a pack for the bigger folks: if you are bigger than 5' 11" 225 lbs the shoulder straps could start to feel a little small. The waist belt rides mid-stomach, which is on purpose, so if you have a belt-kit or battle belt it will keep that area free and accessible. This is a perfect sized pack for women and teens. Overall size: 9"(L) x 10"(W) x 18"(H)<strong>.</strong></p> <p><strong>UPDATE:</strong> Maxpedition now has 2 versions of the Falcon Backpack, the II and III. They are similar but different sizes. The II is 23L while the III is 35L. The III adds velcro interior (for CC or other organizing) and added side ports for the hydration tube. The front pockets are slightly larger. <strong><a href="http://amzn.to/2mVnpGG" target="_blank">The Falcon-III will run you a few dollars more.</a></strong> </p> <p>Since we are on the subject of straps let me say this: I really like the straps on the Maxpedition Falcon-II. They are comfy and fit just right. They tuck up under the arm nicely and don't take up unnecessary room along the oblique area. PALS webbing included on them along with a chest strap. One recommendation you will thank me for: <strong><a href="http://amzn.to/2lC3FI1" target="_blank">get the Web Dominators from Maxpedition</a></strong> to take up the extra strap along the bottom unless you plan on cutting them to fit.</p> <p><img alt="Bug-Out-Bag-Builder-Maxpedition-Falcon-II-Review-2.jpg" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="360" src="/sites/default/files/images/Bug-Out-Bag-Builder-Maxpedition-Falcon-II-Review-2.jpg" width="827" /></p> <p>As I mentioned earlier there is a waist strap. If you don't want to the waist strap, loop it back around the front of the pack to get it out of the way or remove it completely. It has its own excess strap bands so floppy straps are not a concern. I wouldn't say it's meant to take up any weight. It is there as a stabilizing strap since it rides so high.</p> <p><img alt="Bug-Out-Bag-Builder-Maxpedition-Falcon-II-Review-3.jpg" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="360" src="/sites/default/files/images/Bug-Out-Bag-Builder-Maxpedition-Falcon-II-Review-3.jpg" width="827" /></p> <p>Thats a good thing if you plan on carrying a side bag with you, as I do with a <strong><a href="http://amzn.to/2mVtP8X" target="_blank">Maxpedition Bottle Holder.</a></strong> With this pack it's almost necessary to have more kit with you if you are looking to cover 72-hours. It really all depends on the type of situation you are facing and what you are planning for.</p> <p>One good addition is the use of a <strong><a href="http://amzn.to/2n7pZ9H" target="_blank">Maxpedition Proteus Versipack</a></strong> with the Falcon-II, which gives you a waist pack that sits just beneath the bigger bag cleanly.</p> <p><img alt="Bug-Out-Bag-Builder-Maxpedition-Falcon-II-Review-16.jpg" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="360" src="/sites/default/files/images/Bug-Out-Bag-Builder-Maxpedition-Falcon-II-Review-16.jpg" width="827" /></p> <p>The pack has plenty of MOLLE on the outside, so you can add a multitude of small pouches as you see fit. Normally I don't like to do that on packs because they tend to flop all over the place and be a distraction, but part of what makes the Maxpedition Falcon-II so great is the retention straps that run along the sides, which helps keep all the add-ons in place.</p> <p>On our particular setup here we have an <strong><a href="http://amzn.to/2lCaCJd" target="_blank">ESEE 6P</a></strong> on one side in kydex in a <strong><a href="http://amzn.to/2nccW5R" target="_blank">MOLLE drop-sheath</a></strong>. Next to that lives a <strong><a href="http://amzn.to/2mhe2hk" target="_blank">Leatherman Wave Multitool </a></strong>in a <strong><a href="http://amzn.to/2mVJchK" target="_blank">Maxpedition Single Sheath</a></strong>.</p> <p><img alt="Bug-Out-Bag-Builder-Maxpedition-Falcon-II-Review-4.jpg" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="360" src="/sites/default/files/images/Bug-Out-Bag-Builder-Maxpedition-Falcon-II-Review-4.jpg" width="827" /></p> <p>On the other side we put our <strong><a href="http://amzn.to/2mK9dQ1" target="_blank">Yaesu FT-60R Radio</a></strong> and a multi-pouch beneath it which holds all our fire making stuff along with a compass.</p> <p><img alt="Bug-Out-Bag-Builder-Maxpedition-Falcon-II-Review-5.jpg" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="360" src="/sites/default/files/images/Bug-Out-Bag-Builder-Maxpedition-Falcon-II-Review-5.jpg" width="827" /></p> <p>The two front admin pockets are useful for small items, pens, the usual doodads. MOLLE on the front lets you strap on extra stuff.</p> <p><img alt="Bug-Out-Bag-Builder-Maxpedition-Falcon-II-Review-6.jpg" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="360" src="/sites/default/files/images/Bug-Out-Bag-Builder-Maxpedition-Falcon-II-Review-6.jpg" width="827" /></p> <p><img alt="Bug-Out-Bag-Builder-Maxpedition-Falcon-II-Review-7.jpg" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="360" src="/sites/default/files/images/Bug-Out-Bag-Builder-Maxpedition-Falcon-II-Review-7.jpg" width="827" /></p> <p>Behind that lives a middle area, good for middle sized things (see where we are going here?) This middle part can be cinched down into the back via the side straps if you are running less than a full load of the bag - it kind of accordions in there. It's a nice touch and useful.</p> <p><img alt="Bug-Out-Bag-Builder-Maxpedition-Falcon-II-Review-8.jpg" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="360" src="/sites/default/files/images/Bug-Out-Bag-Builder-Maxpedition-Falcon-II-Review-8.jpg" width="827" /></p> <p>The final and largest area of the pack is good for clothes &amp; hygiene kit.</p> <p><img alt="Bug-Out-Bag-Builder-Maxpedition-Falcon-II-Review-9.jpg" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="360" src="/sites/default/files/images/Bug-Out-Bag-Builder-Maxpedition-Falcon-II-Review-9.jpg" width="827" /></p> <p>There is also an area for a 2nd hydration bladder to go if you want to rock 2 of them. The main bladder space sits under the straps where the back panel is.</p> <p><img alt="Bug-Out-Bag-Builder-Maxpedition-Falcon-II-Review-10.jpg" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="360" src="/sites/default/files/images/Bug-Out-Bag-Builder-Maxpedition-Falcon-II-Review-10.jpg" width="827" /></p> <p>The neat thing here is that you can hold 2 waters at a time - if you were using the pack as a day bag during the hot season that could come in handy.</p> <p><img alt="Bug-Out-Bag-Builder-Maxpedition-Falcon-II-Review-11.jpg" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="360" src="/sites/default/files/images/Bug-Out-Bag-Builder-Maxpedition-Falcon-II-Review-11.jpg" width="827" /></p> <p><img alt="Bug-Out-Bag-Builder-Maxpedition-Falcon-II-Review-12.jpg" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="360" src="/sites/default/files/images/Bug-Out-Bag-Builder-Maxpedition-Falcon-II-Review-12.jpg" width="827" /></p> <p>The flap that has the hose pass-through has enough room for both tubes, and a strap that keeps them separate.</p> <p><img alt="Bug-Out-Bag-Builder-Maxpedition-Falcon-II-Review-13.jpg" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="360" src="/sites/default/files/images/Bug-Out-Bag-Builder-Maxpedition-Falcon-II-Review-13.jpg" width="827" /></p> <p>Our Camelback 100-Oz Antidote Shorty fits in there nicely. There is a hanger hook in the bag, it's just not attached in this photo.</p> <p><img alt="Bug-Out-Bag-Builder-Maxpedition-Falcon-II-Review-14.jpg" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="360" src="/sites/default/files/images/Bug-Out-Bag-Builder-Maxpedition-Falcon-II-Review-14.jpg" width="827" /></p> <p>The bottom of the pack has a reinforced waterproof bottom, which is a nice touch and more useful than you might realize until you need it. Two straps down there too for a bedroll if you want one. Also a good spot for wet poncho storage once the rain stops. The strap which loops over the top of the bag can also be loosened enough to hold items too.</p> <p><img alt="Bug-Out-Bag-Builder-Maxpedition-Falcon-II-Review-15.jpg" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="360" src="/sites/default/files/images/Bug-Out-Bag-Builder-Maxpedition-Falcon-II-Review-15.jpg" width="827" /></p> <p>If you havent figured it out already, we think the Maxpedition Falcon-II is a great platform to start building an Emergency Kit Go Bag with. It's easy to expand its capability if you need it, but big enough on its own to get you most of the way there if not all they way there (if minimalism is your thing) especially since weight is such an important consideration. Having a smaller bag ensures you don't over-load it, keeping it at a reasonable and functional weight for the average person.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2AizSYm" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img alt="Bug-Out-Bag-Builder-Maxpedition-Falcon-II-Review-AMZ.jpg" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="1067" src="/sites/default/files/images/Bug-Out-Bag-Builder-Maxpedition-Falcon-II-Review-AMZ.jpg" width="1400" /></a></p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/product-reviews/backpacks" hreflang="en">Backpacks</a></div> </div> <section class="field field--name-field-comments field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> <h2 class='title comment-form__title'>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=150&amp;2=field_comments&amp;3=default" token="f4af34f4"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Fri, 10 Mar 2017 21:29:46 +0000 Mr.BOBB 150 at http://www.bugoutbagbuilder.com The ULTIMATE Bug Out Bag http://www.bugoutbagbuilder.com/product-reviews/ultimate-bug-out-bag <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">The ULTIMATE Bug Out Bag</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/10" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Mr.BOBB</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 02/08/2017 - 14:31</span> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/blog/public/review_header/2017-02/Bug-Out-Bag-Builder-The-Ultimate-Bug-Out-Bag-2.jpg?itok=dtlTGR1t" width="827" height="360" alt="The ULTIMATE Bug Out Bag" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-blog" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2017-02-08T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">February 08, 2017</time> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>A few months ago I got to thinking: if money were no option, what type of Bug Out Bag could I make? What are the top-of-the-line products in each category that I would want? What would I include, what would I leave out? So after weeks of work I think I've created the ULTIMATE Bug Out Bag. It's jam packed, and probably a little bit over the top but that was the plan. Take a look and let me know what you think! </p> <!--more--><p> A couple of notes about the methodology behind the products chosen and the intent of this Bug Out Bag are in order:</p> <ul><li>Cost was of no concern. I didn't limit myself to things I felt were the best value  but instead to focus on the best of the best products.</li> <li>This BOB is heavy. I don't own all the items on this list (yet) but the Eberlestock pack is weighty just on its own (9 lbs 10 oz) I tried to get the numbers down by including some ultra-lite camping items like the tent and sleeping bag. I did it this way because I wanted a pack that was resilient enough to handle anything that could possibly be thrown at it and could carry a HUGE amount of stuff and thats the F4 Terminator. You might want to try a lighter pack.</li> <li>There is redundancy on some things. Yes, there are 4 lights. I think they are that  important.</li> <li>To complete this pack you will still want to add items: clothing, documents, personal protection items, etc. I think the F4 is big enough to handle all that and then some.</li> <li>I only linked to those things on Amazon.com so that all the items are available from one place to make it easier for you to look at. Sometimes the prices fluctuate so I tried to but the best pricing I could find. If you click the link below you will see the current available price. You DON'T have to add the list to your cart, unless you want a total.</li> </ul><p>If you buy anything with the links we provide on this page we get a small percentage of the sale. For more info <strong><a href="http://www.bugoutbagbuilder.com/about-us" target="_blank" title="About Us">click here.</a></strong></p> <p><span style="color: #993300;"><strong><a 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style="color: #993300;" target="_blank">If you like the list, and want to add it all to your Amazon cart, click HERE.</a></strong></span></p> <p><strong>TOTAL APPROXIMATE COST: $3,900 </strong></p> <ul><li><a href="http://amzn.to/2hzMaEN" target="_blank">Eberlestock F4 Terminator Pack - Military Green</a>: $429.00</li> <li><a href="http://amzn.to/2hbiYUp" target="_blank">Camelbak 100 Ounce Mil-Spec Antidote Reservoir:</a> $39.99</li> <li><a href="http://amzn.to/2hJgMnq" target="_blank">Sawyer Mini Water Filter</a>: $20.00</li> <li><a href="http://amzn.to/2ihvIq7" target="_blank">GRAYL Ultralight Water Purifier</a> [+ FILTER]: $59.50</li> <li><a href="http://amzn.to/2ihvP4R" target="_blank">Polar Pure Iodine Water Filter</a>: $19.99</li> <li><a href="http://amzn.to/2iImdlg" target="_blank">Hilleberg Tarra 2 Person Tent</a>: $1,095.00</li> <li><a href="http://amzn.to/2iIscX5" target="_blank">Hilleberg Tarra Footprint</a>: $88.00</li> <li><a href="http://amzn.to/2iIaxPp" target="_blank">Western Mountaineering Alpinlite Sleeping Bag: 20 Degree Down</a>: $539.95</li> <li><a href="http://amzn.to/2iMruHc" target="_blank">Streamlight Siege AA Lantern, Coyote</a>: $23.99</li> <li><a href="http://amzn.to/2iRy3Md" target="_blank">Ultimate Survival Technologies SplashFlash LED Light</a>: $11.95</li> <li><a href="http://amzn.to/2iFqrcc" target="_blank">Fenix PD-35 Flashlight 1000 Lumens</a>: $71.95</li> <li><a href="http://amzn.to/2i1SZz0" target="_blank">Fenix ARB-L18-2600 rechargeable battery</a>: $15.95</li> <li><a href="http://amzn.to/2iRqzZM" target="_blank">Streamlight 14514 Sidewinder Military Head Flashlight</a>: $78.82</li> <li><a href="http://amzn.to/2i1W2aj" target="_blank">Streamlight CR123A Lithium Batteries, 6-Pack</a>: $15.99</li> <li><a href="http://amzn.to/2iL7wQv" target="_blank">Eneloop AA Ni-MH Rechargeable Batteries (Pack of 8)</a>: $19.20</li> <li><a href="http://amzn.to/2i8agqy" target="_blank">Everstryke Match Pro Lighter</a>: $9.95</li> 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target="_blank">Isopro Canister Fuel 4 Oz</a>: $16.00</li> <li><a href="http://amzn.to/2hpMy5g" target="_blank">MyMedic First Aid Kit - RED</a>: $99.95</li> <li><a href="http://amzn.to/2i9249s" target="_blank">iOSAT Potassium Iodide Tablets 14 Tablets</a>: $6.49</li> <li><a href="http://amzn.to/2huaFmD" target="_blank">Rolling Fox Tarp 12' x 9'</a>: $37.97</li> <li><a href="http://amzn.to/2hzOU4M" target="_blank">US Waterproof Ripstop Hooded Nylon Poncho with Grommets</a>: $24.96</li> <li><a href="http://amzn.to/2iMzmbD" target="_blank">Sea to Summit eVent Compression Dry Sack</a>: $44.95</li> <li><a href="http://amzn.to/2hzSSdI" target="_blank">Tactical Gear Clip Multipurpose Fasteners</a>: $6.26</li> <li><a href="http://amzn.to/2ilkWjK" target="_blank">Aloksak Waterproof Rugged Plastic Bags - Multi-Pack</a>: $14.99</li> <li><a href="http://amzn.to/2ilm079" target="_blank">Goal Zero Guide 10 Plus Solar Recharging Kit</a>: $99.95</li> <li><a href="http://amzn.to/2iDzPhK" target="_blank">Vanguard Dm-6250 Monocular</a>: $59.99</li> <li><a href="http://amzn.to/2iAc5t7" target="_blank">Tough-Grid 750lb Paracord Camo Green 200'</a>: $29.47</li> <li><a href="http://amzn.to/2iFr0Wa" target="_blank">Scrubba Portable Laundry System Wash Bag</a>: $49.95</li> <li><a href="http://amzn.to/2jS9kEy" target="_blank">STS Ultra-Sil Nano Dry Sack 2L Orange</a>: $14.95</li> <li><a href="http://amzn.to/2jS0jLE" target="_blank">STS Ultra-Sil Nano Dry Sack 4L Lime</a>: $16.95</li> <li><a href="http://amzn.to/2j2pxH7" target="_blank">STS Ultra-Sil Nano Dry Sack 8L Pacific Blue</a>: $20.95</li> <li><a href="http://amzn.to/2jqcDGp" target="_blank">STS eVent Compression Dry Sack Small</a>: $34.95</li> </ul><p><strong> GRAND TOTAL'ish     $3,884.71</strong></p> <p> <span style="color: rgb(153, 51, 0);"><strong><a 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<span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">The Best Bug Out Bags</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/10" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Mr.BOBB</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 11/29/2016 - 13:28</span> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/blog/public/review_header/2016-12/Bug-Out-Bag-Builder-The-Best-Bug-Out-Bags-1.jpg?itok=BKe0P-ml" width="827" height="360" alt="The Best Bug Out Bags" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-blog" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2016-05-24T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">May 24, 2016</time> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>So you've collected all your Emergency supplies but all you have is an old gym bag at the bottom of the closet to hold it all. Will it work? Maybe. Is there a better option? Definitely. We've put together a list of choices for you from the Best of the Best Bug Out Bag so you can make the right decision.</p> <p>We've sorted it by size, largest to smallest. Lets check them out!</p> <p>If you buy anything with the links we provide on this page we get a small percentage of the sale. For more info <strong><a href="http://www.bugoutbagbuilder.com/about-us" target="_blank" title="About Us">click here.</a></strong></p> <h2>The BEST BUG OUT BAGS - Our Top Picks</h2> <h2><a href="http://amzn.to/2wpi27a" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img alt="Kelty-Coyote-80-Backpack-2017.jpg" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="275" src="/sites/default/files/Kelty-Coyote-80-Backpack-2017.jpg" width="275" /></a></h2> <h2><a href="http://amzn.to/2wpi27a" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kelty Coyote 80 Backpack 80-Liter</a></h2> <div style="margin-bottom: 1em;"><span style="display: none;">.</span></div> <p><strong>Typical Price: </strong>$200</p> <p><strong>Size: </strong>XX-Large</p> <p><strong>Specs: </strong>Our favorite pack for most. Inexpensive, lots of storage space, well-built, low profile. Bottom zipper for quick access to sleeping bag. <strong><a href="/product-reviews/kelty-coyote-80-backpack" title="Kelty Coyote 80 Backpack">Check out our full review of the older model here.</a> </strong>Adjustable internal frame fits nearly all body sizes. Fairly water resistant but could use a <strong><a href="http://amzn.to/2isNImv" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">rain cover.</a></strong> 420d polyester. 17"(L) x 34"(H) x 14"(W). Sometimes you can grab the older model for cheap <strong><a href="https://goo.gl/jsXfYV" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">on eBay.</a></strong> </p> <h2><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004R7L7YU/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B004R7L7YU&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=buoubabu-20&amp;linkId=7MX5RO2KPXHBADVK" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img alt="Best Bug Out Bag ALPS OutdoorZ Commander Freighter Frame Plus Pack Bag" border="0" class="alignleft" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="275" src="/sites/default/files/images/ALPS-OutdoorZ-Commander-Freighter-Frame-Plus-Pack-Bag.jpg" width="275" /></a></h2> <h2><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004R7L7YU/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B004R7L7YU&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=buoubabu-20&amp;linkId=7MX5RO2KPXHBADVK" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ALPS OutdoorZ Commander Freighter 80-Liter</a></h2> <div style="margin-bottom: 1em;"><span style="display: none;">.</span></div> <p><strong>Typical Price: </strong>$115<strong> </strong></p> <p><strong>Size:  </strong>XX-Large</p> <p><strong>Specs:</strong> We don't have this pack, but a few of our friends do and they love it. This is for those who need to carry a lot of stuff. Maybe too much stuff. Frame can be used independently of the pack for carrying game. Also allows a space for a rifle. Might be a little heavy for most. Materials used are not as resilient as we would like.</p> <h2><a href="http://amzn.to/1rSnr0y" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img alt="Best Bug Out Bag Eberlestock F4 Terminator Pack" border="0" class="alignleft" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="275" src="/sites/default/files/images/Eberlestock-F4-Terminator-Pack.jpg" width="275" /></a></h2> <h2><a href="http://amzn.to/1rSnr0y" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eberlestock F4 Terminator Pack 67-Liter</a></h2> <div style="margin-bottom: 1em;"><span style="display: none;">.</span></div> <p><strong>Typical Price: </strong>$429</p> <p><strong>Size: </strong>X-Large</p> <p><strong>Specs: </strong>This pack is a beast. The king of all Bug Out Bags. Modular system with a configurable load bay. 1000d high strength nylon construction. Compatible with several types of scabbards. This will hold everything you could possibly want it to hold, and do it like a boss. Expensive but worth it. 12"(L) x 23"(H) x 10"(W).</p> <h2><a href="http://amzn.to/20310jY" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img alt="Best Bug Out Bag 5.11 RUSH72 Backpack" border="0" class="alignleft" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="275" src="/sites/default/files/images/5.11-Tactical-Rush-72-Backpack.jpg" width="275" /></a></h2> <h2><a href="http://amzn.to/20310jY" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">5.11 RUSH 72 Backpack 55-Liter</a></h2> <div style="margin-bottom: 1em;"><span style="display: none;">.</span></div> <p><strong>Typical Price: </strong>$168</p> <p><strong>Size: </strong>X-Large</p> <p><strong>Specs: </strong>One of the most popular packs for a Bug Out Bags - great price to performance ratio. Easy to use, easy to pack. Lots of MOLLE options to add stuff to the outside. Comfortable yolk-style harness. Reinforced webbing and stitching throughout. Water repellant. Hydration pouch. My favorite feature is the "shove-it" pocket to stash wet stuff or a helmet. 13.5"(L) x 23"(H) x 8.5"(W).</p> <h2><a href="http://amzn.to/1OAjwu9" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img alt="Best Bug Out Bag Kelty Redwing 50-Liter Backpack" border="0" class="alignleft" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="275" src="/sites/default/files/images/Kelty-Redwing-50-Liter-Backpack.jpg" width="275" /></a></h2> <h2><a href="http://amzn.to/1OAjwu9" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kelty Redwing 50-Liter</a></h2> <div style="margin-bottom: 1em;"><span style="display: none;">.</span></div> <p><strong>Typical Price: </strong>$125</p> <p><strong>Size:</strong> X-Large</p> <p><strong>Specs: </strong>A top pick for beginner Bag Builders. The Redwing 50 is a very popular and easy to find pack. Doesn't stand out in the crowd. Lots of external organizing options, and admin pockets. Can be top loaded or panel loaded. The bigger <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004CXEJWG/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B004CXEJWG&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=buoubabu-20&amp;linkId=5ID4K65JV6UKNMXE" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Kelty Coyote 80 </strong></a>gives you more space - <strong><a href="/product-reviews/kelty-coyote-80-backpack" title="Kelty Coyote 80 Backpack">see our comparison review here.</a> </strong>This is typically the right sized pack for ladies.12"(L) x 26"(H) x 16"(W).</p> <h2><a href="http://amzn.to/1OAf5PU" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img alt="Best Bug Out Bag Condor 3 Day Assault Pack" border="0" class="alignleft" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="275" src="/sites/default/files/images/Condor-3-Day-Assault-Pack.jpg" width="275" /></a></h2> <h2><a href="http://amzn.to/1OAf5PU" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Condor 3 Day Assault Pack 50-Liter</a></h2> <div style="margin-bottom: 1em;"><span style="display: none;">.</span></div> <p><strong>Typical Price: </strong>$99</p> <p><strong>Size: </strong>X-Large</p> <p><strong>Specs: </strong>A moderately priced backpack. It's very popular and a lot of people swear by them, although I have some concerns about the durability and I think that $100 is better spent towards a more substantial pack. But to each his own. The design is great though and is very functional and serves well for a 72-Hour kit. 13"(L) x 22"(H) x 8"(W).</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2rn05Rn" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img alt="Hazard-4-Air-Support.jpg" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="275" src="/sites/default/files/images/Hazard-4-Air-Support.jpg" width="275" /></a></p> <h2><a href="http://amzn.to/2rn05Rn" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hazard 4 Air Support 43-Liter</a></h2> <div style="margin-bottom: 1em;"><span style="display: none;">.</span></div> <p><strong>Typical Price: </strong>$249</p> <p><strong>Size:</strong> Large</p> <p><strong>Specs:</strong> Take the weight off your back with a tactical 1000D Cordura rolling duffel. Ruggedized wheels and base. MOLLE along the outside allows you to expand and organize. External Size: 22.8"(L) x 14.2"(W) x 9.1"(D).</p> <p> </p> <h2><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00DQRD4SE/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00DQRD4SE&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=buoubabu-20&amp;linkId=BELO5DD346T2DBWQ" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img alt="" border="0" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="1" src="http://ir-na.amazon-adsystem.com/e/ir?t=buoubabu-20&amp;l=as2&amp;o=1&amp;a=B00DQRD4SE" style="border: medium none !important; margin: 0px !important;" width="1" /></a><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00DQRD4SE/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00DQRD4SE&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=buoubabu-20&amp;linkId=BELO5DD346T2DBWQ" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img alt="Best Bug Out Bag Spec Ops T.H.E. Ultimate Pack" border="0" class="alignleft" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="275" src="/sites/default/files/images/Spec-Ops-THE-Pack-Ultimate-Assault-Pack.jpg" width="275" /></a></h2> <h2><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00DQRD4SE/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00DQRD4SE&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=buoubabu-20&amp;linkId=BELO5DD346T2DBWQ" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Spec Ops T.H.E. Ultimate 40-Liter</a></h2> <div style="margin-bottom: 1em;"><span style="display: none;">.</span></div> <p><strong>Typical Price: </strong>$200</p> <p><strong>Size:</strong> Medium</p> <p><strong>Specs:</strong> 100% made in the U.S.A. Super tough 1000D Cordura nylon fabric. Extra large zippers. Heavy duty stitching. Built like a tank. Holds all the gear you could want and then some, and wont fall apart on you when you need it most. High viz interior. If you are going to pack more than 30lbs into it consider getting the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002AQRJZQ/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B002AQRJZQ&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=buoubabu-20&amp;linkId=VJMYA4Y6MAOQ2D5X" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>T.H.E. Pack Frame.</strong></a><img alt="" border="0" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="1" src="http://ir-na.amazon-adsystem.com/e/ir?t=buoubabu-20&amp;l=as2&amp;o=1&amp;a=B002AQRJZQ" style="border: medium none !important; margin: 0px !important;" width="1" /> 12"(L) x 19"(H) x 13"(W). <strong><a href="/product-reviews/spec-ops-pack" title="SPEC OPS T.H.E. Pack">See our review of the older but still current model of T.H.E. Pack here.</a></strong> </p> <h2><a href="http://amzn.to/1rUumX1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img alt="Best Bug Out Bag Spec Ops Recon Ruck Ultra" border="0" class="alignleft" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="275" src="/sites/default/files/images/Spec-Ops-Recon-Ruck-Ultra.jpg" width="275" /></a></h2> <h2><a href="http://amzn.to/1rUumX1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Spec Ops Recon Ruck Ultra 37-Liter</a></h2> <div style="margin-bottom: 1em;"><span style="display: none;">.</span></div> <p><strong>Typical Price: </strong>$165</p> <p><strong>Size:</strong> Medium</p> <p><strong>Specs: </strong>A modern take on an old classic. ALICE pack styled pack with high-end materials and reinforce stitching. Made in USA and guaranteed for life. Removable harness if you want to attach to a standard issue LC-II ALICE pack frame. Accessory gear loops on the bottom. 1000d nylon fabric makes it bomb-proof. 10"(L) x 17.5"(H) x 14"(W).</p> <h2><a href="http://amzn.to/27hs4S4" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img alt="Maxpedition Gryfalcon Backpack" border="0" class="alignleft" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="275" src="/sites/default/files/images/Maxpedition-Gyrfalcon-Backpack.jpg" width="275" /></a></h2> <h2><a href="https://amzn.to/2PsDVsr" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Maxpedition Gyrfalcon Backpack 36-Liter</a></h2> <div style="margin-bottom: 1em;"><span style="display: none;">.</span></div> <p><strong>Typical Price: </strong>$200</p> <p><strong>Size:</strong> Medium</p> <p><strong>Specs: </strong>This is a serious pack. Very modular, easy to keep organized. Bottom of pack can be detached as a day bag/fanny pack. Removable and/or adjustable internal frame. Reinforced stitching, zippers and waterproofing makes this a tough bag to break. This is my next Christmas present, right Santa? 10.5"(L) x 22"(H) x 9.75"(W).</p> <h2><a href="http://amzn.to/2nIFAPM" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img alt="JanSport-Driver-8-Core-Series-Wheeled-Backpack.jpg" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="275" src="/sites/default/files/review_header/2016-10/JanSport-Driver-8-Core-Series-Wheeled-Backpack.jpg" width="275" /></a></h2> <h2><a href="http://amzn.to/2nIFAPM" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">JanSport Driver 8 Core Series Wheeled Backpack 36-Liter</a></h2> <div style="margin-bottom: 1em;"><span style="display: none;">.</span></div> <p><strong>Typical Price: </strong>$109</p> <p><strong>Size: </strong>Medium</p> <p><strong>Specs: </strong>Backpacks can get heavy fast, especially when you are loading them up with emergency gear. And since most of us don't train with weight like that then having a backpack with wheels and a handle could be a lifesaver. Even if you are a tough-guy, having the option to not have to carry a pack around could be a relief. 21" (H) x 14" (L) x 10" (W).</p> <p> </p> <h2><a href="http://amzn.to/2032qLp" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img alt="Best Bug Out Bag 5.11 Ignitor Backpack" border="0" class="alignleft" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="275" src="/sites/default/files/images/511-IGNITOR-BACKPACK.jpg" width="275" /></a></h2> <h2><a href="http://amzn.to/2032qLp" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">5.11 Ignitor Backpack 35-Liter</a></h2> <div style="margin-bottom: 1em;"><span style="display: none;">.</span></div> <p><strong>Typical Price: </strong>$175</p> <p><strong>Size: </strong>Medium</p> <p><strong>Specs: </strong>Bomb proof backpack, as are all 5.11 bags. This is a super functional BOB with lots of expansion and organizational options. Works with the <strong><a href="http://amzn.to/1OK2TS5" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rush Tier Rifle Sleeve.</a> </strong>High quality materials and construction yet still lightweight. MOLLE attachments - add an <strong><a href="http://amzn.to/1OK3m6Q" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ignitor</a> </strong>for a quick grab first aid pouch. 11"(L) x 21"(H) x 9.5"(W).</p> <h2><a href="http://amzn.to/1OI27ow" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img alt="Best Bug Out Bag 5.11 COVRT18 Backpack" border="0" class="alignleft" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="275" src="/sites/default/files/images/5.11-COVRT18-Backpack.jpg" width="275" /></a></h2> <h2><a href="http://amzn.to/1OI27ow" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">5.11 COVRT18 Backpack 32-Liter</a></h2> <div style="margin-bottom: 1em;"><span style="display: none;">.</span></div> <p><strong>Typical Price: </strong>$129</p> <p><strong>Size:</strong> Small</p> <p><strong>Specs: </strong>High quality low-key OPSEC sensitive pack. Padded laptop sleeve, hydration pocket, padded handle, CCW compatible. Comfortable padded straps for long-term wear. 500d nylon is durable and water resistant. We use it daily, <strong><a href="/product-reviews/511-covrt-18-backpack" title="5.11 COVRT 18 Backpack">see our comprehensive review here.</a> </strong>12.5"(L) x 19"(H) x 7.5"(W).</p> <h2><a href="http://amzn.to/1R0qp7w" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img alt="Best Bug Out Bag High Sierra Loop Backpack" border="0" class="alignleft" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="275" src="/sites/default/files/images/High-Sierra-Loop-Backpack.jpg" width="275" /></a></h2> <h2><a href="http://amzn.to/1R0qp7w" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">High Sierra Loop Backpack 29-Liter</a></h2> <div style="margin-bottom: 1em;"><span style="display: none;">.</span></div> <p><strong>Typical Price: </strong>$26</p> <p><strong>Size:</strong> Small</p> <p><strong>Specs: </strong>The best bang for your buck. Tons of space, well designed, low-profile. A wide variety of colors available. It has all the functions some of the high-end packs have for a tenth of the price. <strong><a href="/learning-tutorials/getting-started" title="Getting Started">Our first choice for beginner Bug Out Bag Builders.</a> </strong>Definitely a contender for your kids bags. 13.5"(L) x 19"(H) x 8.5"(W).</p> <p> </p> <h2><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004H0TQN6/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B004H0TQN6&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=buoubabu-20&amp;linkId=5QIV37CUOECNV6ST" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img alt="Maxpedition Falcon II" border="0" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="275" src="http://images.bugoutbagbuilder.com/Maxpedition-Falcon-II-Backpack.jpg" width="275" /></a></h2> <h2><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004H0TQN6/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B004H0TQN6&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=buoubabu-20&amp;linkId=5QIV37CUOECNV6ST" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Maxpedition Falcon II 25-Liter</a></h2> <p><strong>Typical Price: </strong>$130</p> <p><strong>Size:</strong> Small</p> <p><strong>Specs:</strong> <a href="/product-reviews/maxpedition-falcon-ii-backpack-review" title="Maxpedition Falcon-II Backpack Review"><strong>See our full review here.</strong></a> One of the most trusted names in outdoor gear. Exceptionally well designed bag and copied by many other manufacturers. It can compress down to a small day bag size, or inflate out with 3 different levels of capacity. 10"(L) x 19"(H) x 8.5"(W).</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/product-reviews/backpacks" hreflang="en">Backpacks</a></div> </div> <section class="field field--name-field-comments field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> <h2 class='title comment-form__title'>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=113&amp;2=field_comments&amp;3=default" token="3d94da68"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Tue, 29 Nov 2016 18:28:23 +0000 Mr.BOBB 113 at http://www.bugoutbagbuilder.com Kelty Coyote 80 Backpack http://www.bugoutbagbuilder.com/product-reviews/kelty-coyote-80-backpack <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Kelty Coyote 80 Backpack</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/10" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Mr.BOBB</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 11/29/2016 - 00:30</span> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/blog/public/review_header/2017-03/Bug-Out-Bag-Builder-Kelty-Coyote-80-Backpack-1.jpg?itok=EIc2kjyH" width="827" height="360" alt="Kelty Coyote 80 Backpack Review" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-blog" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2016-03-15T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">March 15, 2016</time> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>If you have been looking for the right type of bag for a 72-Hour Emergency Kit, or as we call them around here - Bug Out Bags - but have been overwhelmed by the multitude of choices then look no further: for the Kelty Coyote 80 is more likely than not the right bag for you.Why? Let's find out:</p> <p><img alt="Bug-Out-Bag-Builder-Kelty-Coyote-80-Backpack-Review-1.jpg" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="360" src="/sites/default/files/review_header/2016-12/Bug-Out-Bag-Builder-Kelty-Coyote-80-Backpack-Review-1.jpg" width="827" /></p> <h2>THE KELTY COYOTE 80 FITS ALMOST EVERYONE</h2> <p>One-size fits all doesn't apply when you are looking for a backpack that you can wear for long periods of time that will stay comfortable. And if you havent noticed, backpacks can be very expensive.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://amzn.to/1OuI06q" target="_blank">The Kelty Coyote 80</a></strong> addresses both of these concerns quite nicely. First off the price: we've seen them listed anywhere from $135 to $165. For an 80 liter pack with all the trimmings and with high-end materials that's very competitive.</p> <p>If you buy anything with the links we provide on this page we get a small percentage of the sale. For more info <strong><a href="http://www.bugoutbagbuilder.com/about-us" target="_blank" title="About Us">click here.</a></strong></p> <p>More importantly: the Coyote 80 has an adjustable suspension system that can accommodate different torso sizes. From 14.5" - 21" long. If you aren't sure how long your torso is, <a href="http://www.rei.com/learn/expert-advice/backpacks-torso-hip-size.html" target="_blank"><strong>here is an article to show you the proper way to measure it.</strong></a></p> <p>Your height isn't the important measurement, it's your torso length. Very approximately, this can cover people from 5'5" to about 6'3" BUT, measure your spine!</p> <p>This is an amazing feature. Why? Because the pack becomes more versatile, and can be used by different people if need be. It also allows you to make it as comfortable as possible to wear, and lets you dial-in very specifically the right size for your body which is so important for your spine's health and safety.</p> <h2>Kelty Coyote 80 Features</h2> <p>Let's take a look at some of the ways this pack does its thing:</p> <p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/Bug-Out-Bag-Builder-Kelty-Coyote-80-Backpack-2B.jpg"><img alt="Kelty Coyote 80 Top Loading" class="alignnone" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="334" src="/sites/default/files/images/Bug-Out-Bag-Builder-Kelty-Coyote-80-Backpack-2.jpg" width="643" /></a></p> <p>Top loading area in main pack. Opens nice and big so as to get to everything inside.It has a drawstring cinch to seal it up and the top fits over it snugly.Notice the hydration sleeve to the left (bladder not included).</p> <p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/Bug-Out-Bag-Builder-Kelty-Coyote-80-Backpack-3B.jpg"><img alt="Kelty Coyote 80 front pocket" class="alignnone" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="334" src="/sites/default/files/images/Bug-Out-Bag-Builder-Kelty-Coyote-80-Backpack-3.jpg" width="643" /></a></p> <p>The front pocket has some smaller admin pockets and a keyring loop. Although the items pictured here are loose, it's probably best to have <strong><a href="http://amzn.to/1nhCHBu" target="_blank">a ditty sack or two</a></strong>to hold the items in place when you open this pocket up.</p> <p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/Bug-Out-Bag-Builder-Kelty-Coyote-80-Backpack-4B.jpg"><img alt="Kelty Coyote 80 FRont Access" class="alignnone" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="334" src="/sites/default/files/images/Bug-Out-Bag-Builder-Kelty-Coyote-80-Backpack-4.jpg" width="643" /></a></p> <p>This is one of the best features of this pack.The front access panel makes it easy to get to the items in the middle and bottom without unpacking the whole darn thing. Since most people keep their sleeping bag on the bottom of the pack, this is a nice feature. Many other bags offer a zipper on the bottom of bags to get to the sleeping bag, but this is a potential point of failure, although it is a little more convenient.</p> <p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/Bug-Out-Bag-Builder-Kelty-Coyote-80-Backpack-5B.jpg"><img alt="" class="alignnone" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="334" src="/sites/default/files/images/Bug-Out-Bag-Builder-Kelty-Coyote-80-Backpack-5.jpg" width="643" /></a></p> <p>Here's a photo of the adjustable suspension system. The shoulder portion and straps move up and down along the aluminum rails. Lots of padding on there too to keep your back comfortable. There is an adjustable chest strap as well.</p> <p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/Bug-Out-Bag-Builder-Kelty-Coyote-80-Backpack-6B.jpg"><img alt="Kelty Coyote 80 Pass through" class="alignnone" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="334" src="/sites/default/files/images/Bug-Out-Bag-Builder-Kelty-Coyote-80-Backpack-6.jpg" width="643" /></a></p> <p>Behind the side pockets, there is a gap where you can pass through walking poles, tent stakes, a machete or axe.</p> <p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/Bug-Out-Bag-Builder-Kelty-Coyote-80-Backpack-7B.jpg"><img alt="Kelty Coyote 80 Side Pockets" class="alignnone" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="334" src="/sites/default/files/images/Bug-Out-Bag-Builder-Kelty-Coyote-80-Backpack-7.jpg" width="643" /></a></p> <p>Keep your most accessed items in these two side pockets for easy access: water filter, fire starting, poncho, or lighting gear. Large water bottles also fit nicely.</p> <p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/Bug-Out-Bag-Builder-Kelty-Coyote-80-Backpack-8B.jpg"><img alt="Kelty Coyote 80 Side Pocket" class="alignnone" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="334" src="/sites/default/files/images/Bug-Out-Bag-Builder-Kelty-Coyote-80-Backpack-8.jpg" width="643" /></a></p> <p>Two stash pockets on either side the waistband, perfect for compass, gps, phone and snacks</p> <p>.<a href="/sites/default/files/images/Bug-Out-Bag-Builder-Kelty-Coyote-80-Backpack-9B.jpg"><img alt="Kelty Coyote 80 Zippers &amp; Clips " class="alignnone" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="334" src="/sites/default/files/images/Bug-Out-Bag-Builder-Kelty-Coyote-80-Backpack-9.jpg" width="643" /></a></p> <p>Though I prefer reinforced zippers and buckles, these are by no means inadequate. It's a good idea to <strong><a href="http://amzn.to/1nsNg5w" target="_blank">carry backups with you anyway</a></strong>, just in case.</p> <p><strong>Pro tip:</strong> you will want to get a rain cover for the backpack, trust me. Although the material can take a lite sprinkle, if it's really coming down your gear will get soaked, and that's a real drag. <strong><a href="http://amzn.to/1lIfgQG">The Snugpak Aquacover 45</a></strong> fits the Coyote 80 just fine.</p> <h2>Kelty coyote 80 vs. Kelty Redwing 50</h2> <p>I should mention here that many people lean towards the <strong><a href="http://amzn.to/1PMlbwn" target="_blank">Kelty Redwing 50</a></strong> pack as their top-pick for a Bug Out Bag, which is a smaller bag. There are pros and cons:</p> <p><img alt="" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="/sites/default/files/images/Bug-Out-Bag-Builder-Kelty-Coyote-80-Backpack-10.jpg" title="" /></p> <p><strong>Kelty Redwing 50 Pros:</strong></p> <ul><li>The Redwing 50 is a smaller pack, and can  fit smaller folks frames better.</li> <li>Small/ Medium:14.5 - 18.5 in | Medium/Large:17.5 - 21 in.</li> <li>It's less expensive.</li> <li>It weighs 3.3 lbs empty as opposed to 5.5 lbs.</li> </ul><p><strong>Kelty Redwing 50 Cons:</strong></p> <ul><li>It's a smaller pack. Unless you are really dialed in on making a tight 72-Hour kit, you may find yourself out of space very quickly, especially if you are considering a family's needs vs an individual's.</li> <li>The Coyote 80 has a detachable hip-pouch (on the top) that can serve as a smaller day bag when leaving gear in camp. The Redwing 50 does not.</li> <li>The Coyote 80 covers in one bag the same spine heights as the 2 differing sized Redwing 50's.</li> <li>There are no hip pockets on the Redwing 50.</li> </ul><p>The choice is up to you and what suits you best. Both are amazing bags and you can't go wrong with either of them.</p> <hr /><h2>UPDATE:</h2> <p><img alt="Bug-Out-Bag-Builder-Kelty-Coyote-80-NEW-1.jpg" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="468" src="/sites/default/files/images/Bug-Out-Bag-Builder-Kelty-Coyote-80-NEW-1.jpg" width="827" /></p> <p>Kelty has updated the design of the Coyote 80 pack and made some improvements:</p> <ul><li>Bottom access panel! Much needed. </li> <li>Slip pouch on the outside for wet items.</li> <li>More handles</li> <li>Redesigned straps and backing. </li> <li>New colors. A little more flashy. </li> </ul><p>It all looks like good improvements. We'll get our hands on one soon (hopefully) and test it out completely.</p> <hr /><form action="http://www.amazon.com/gp/aws/cart/add.html" method="GET" target="_blank"> <input name="AssociateTag" type="hidden" value="buoubabu-20" /><input name="SubscriptionId" type="hidden" value="[AWSAccessKeyId]" /><input name="ASIN.1" type="hidden" value="B014JQIHNW" /><input name="Quantity.1" type="hidden" value="1" /><img alt="Kelty-Coyote-80-Backpack-sm-2.jpg" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="125" src="/sites/default/files/images/Kelty-Coyote-80-Backpack-sm-2.jpg" width="125" /><h3>Kelty Coyote 80 Internal Frame Backpack</h3> <p>Price: $199</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2tb5fke" target="_blank">See more info on Amazon.com</a></p> <p> <input alt="Kelty Coyote 80 Internal Frame Backpack" name="add" src="/sites/default/files/images/buy-now.gif" type="image" value="Buy from Amazon.com" /> </p> </form> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/product-reviews/backpacks" hreflang="en">Backpacks</a></div> </div> <section class="field field--name-field-comments field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> <h2 class='title comment-form__title'>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=101&amp;2=field_comments&amp;3=default" token="24b91c58"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Tue, 29 Nov 2016 05:30:22 +0000 Mr.BOBB 101 at http://www.bugoutbagbuilder.com 5.11 COVRT 18 Backpack http://www.bugoutbagbuilder.com/product-reviews/511-covrt-18-backpack <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">5.11 COVRT 18 Backpack</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/10" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Mr.BOBB</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Sat, 11/26/2016 - 22:34</span> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/blog/public/review_header/2017-03/Bug-Out-Bag-Builder-511-Covrt-18-Backpack-Review-1.jpg?itok=Faltd-tY" width="827" height="360" alt="5.11 COVRT 18 Backpack Review" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-blog" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2016-01-15T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">January 15, 2016</time> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>We have a lot of backpacks. Way, way, too many backpacks. So when I told my wife I wanted to get another one she probably thought I had lost my mind (that's a topic for another article). But I had been looking at the <strong>5.11 COVRT 18 Backpack</strong> for months and couldn't get it out of my head. All our other packs are either tactical or camping styles and I wanted something that was super-durable but looked like your everyday backpack. The COVRT 18 seemed to fit the bill.</p> <p>So before a recent month-long trip I decided to pull the trigger and really put it through its paces to see if it would hold up if we ever needed it in an emergency situation. Here's how we did it:</p> <p><img alt="Bug-Out-Bag-Builder-511-Covrt-18-Backpack-Review-2.jpg" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="468" src="/sites/default/files/images/Bug-Out-Bag-Builder-511-Covrt-18-Backpack-Review-2.jpg" width="827" /></p> <p>The main storage area is quite large: 19"H x 12.25"L x 6.5"D</p> <p>Our first decision was to pick the color while we were ordering it from Amazon. My wife liked the Ice coloring best, so we decided to go with that. You don't really see military bags in that light grey color so that was another reason to go that route, since I was trying to get away from the "tacticool" look the rest of our bags have. This looks like it could be a kids backpack for school. Nothing to see here...Next I loaded it up to see how the shoulder straps would feel with 25 lbs of gear and test the balance.</p> <p><img alt="Bug-Out-Bag-Builder-511-Covrt-18-Backpack-Review-3.jpg" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="468" src="/sites/default/files/images/Bug-Out-Bag-Builder-511-Covrt-18-Backpack-Review-3.jpg" width="827" /></p> <p>The <strong><a href="http://amzn.to/1J5XYs0" target="_blank">5.11 COVRT 18 Backpack</a></strong> uses a yoke-style strap which was new to me. It felt great. The pads were nice and soft but still durable feeling. The sternum strap was already in the right place so I left it there. I found myself using it about 50% of the time on our trip but it's a nice thing to have for long carries.</p> <p><img alt="Bug-Out-Bag-Builder-511-Covrt-18-Backpack-Review-4.jpg" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="468" src="/sites/default/files/images/Bug-Out-Bag-Builder-511-Covrt-18-Backpack-Review-4.jpg" width="827" /></p> <p>Inside mesh pockets are sturdy and helpful for organizing.</p> <p>It passed the preliminary testing so it came with us for 5000 miles in four-weeks via 5 airline flights, 3 ferry boats, 3 trains, 6 cars, and 1 donkey. I had it loaded with: <a href="http://amzn.to/1UUCfDY" target="_blank">2 Klean Kanteen bottles</a> with water (2 liters total) our <a href="/learning-tutorials/everyday-carry" title="Everyday Carry">EDC Kit</a>, Ipad mini, <a href="http://amzn.to/1OTm1uE" target="_blank">Kindle</a>, language book, <a href="http://amzn.to/1OTm6i0" target="_blank">iWalk 6000mah backup battery</a>, <a href="http://amzn.to/1Nbty2l" target="_blank">Vanguard binoculars</a>, <a href="/product-reviews/cocoon-air-core-ultralight-pillow" title="Cocoon Air-Core Ultralight Pillow">Cocoon Air-Core Ultralight Pillow</a>, iPhone, Canon Point-n-shoot camera, 2 pairs of <a href="http://amzn.to/234x2j2" target="_blank">Surefire Earplugs</a>, Hand sanitizer, bandanna, eyeglasses + case, <a href="http://amzn.to/1OTmuNB" target="_blank">Camelbak Antidote Bladder</a>, in-ear headphones, <a href="http://amzn.to/1OTmwFe" target="_blank">Rite-in-the-rain notepad</a>, <a href="http://amzn.to/1OTmDk6" target="_blank">Fisher Space Pen</a>, sweatshirt, and the kitchen sink.</p> <p><img alt="Bug-Out-Bag-Builder-511-Covrt-18-Backpack-Review-5.jpg" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="468" src="/sites/default/files/images/Bug-Out-Bag-Builder-511-Covrt-18-Backpack-Review-5.jpg" width="827" /></p> <p>Inner MOLLE in the R.A.C. compartment. The is a conceal pocket behind this one. </p> <p>I lugged all that stuff halfway around the world for weeks with this thing. No so much as a whimper from the pack. It was a delight to use. The zippers are oversized with nice plastic handles mounted on cord to grab and yank on mercilessly. The pockets are laid out in such a way that it's easy to have all your small quick-grab items super accessible.</p> <p><img alt="Bug-Out-Bag-Builder-511-Covrt-18-Backpack-Review-6.jpg" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="468" src="/sites/default/files/images/Bug-Out-Bag-Builder-511-Covrt-18-Backpack-Review-6.jpg" width="827" /></p> <p>The admin pocket is big, and well planned out, easy to get in and out of.</p> <p>There is a concealed dual-entry pocket which I used to hold passports and tickets in as we were moving along. When we were bunked down for the night or leaving the pack behind I would move our valuables to the water bladder pocket, and hid them behind the Camelbak. Not that I thought that was fool-proof but it's not so easy to see that that pouch exists,  so perhaps a would-be thief might not expect it in a bag like this one. Then again the bag is so nice they might just steal the whole thing anyway...</p> <p><img alt="Bug-Out-Bag-Builder-511-Covrt-18-Backpack-Review-7.jpg" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="468" src="/sites/default/files/images/Bug-Out-Bag-Builder-511-Covrt-18-Backpack-Review-7.jpg" width="827" /></p> <p>Water bladder pouch holds the short 3L Antidote.</p> <p>The soft fleece pocket on the top is a lifesaver. You can throw your glasses in there without a case and not scratch the heck out of them. 5.11 made it big enough to hold much more than just glasses, and our phone, camera and sometimes wallet wound up in there as well. It has two zippers on either side so you can open from left or right.</p> <p><img alt="Bug-Out-Bag-Builder-511-Covrt-18-Backpack-Review-8.jpg" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="468" src="/sites/default/files/images/Bug-Out-Bag-Builder-511-Covrt-18-Backpack-Review-8.jpg" width="827" /></p> <p>No more scratched lenses!</p> <p>All in all the pack performed brilliantly. I'm glad to say that, because it wasn't cheap. We got it for $100 on sale but still, that's a lot of cheddar for a backpack. My only real concern is the feel of the handle at the yoke where you pick up the pack before placing it on your shoulders. It's a nice spongy material but it feels weak in the middle - like the two parts of the yoke are sewn together there and it has a little too-much give to it when it's fully loaded. So far so good however. I'm half tossing around the idea of reinforcing it by wrapping it in paracord, but I'm not sure if that would damage the spongy stuff if I ever decided to take it off so I'll probably leave it.</p> <p><img alt="Bug-Out-Bag-Builder-511-Covrt-18-Backpack-Review-9.jpg" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="468" src="/sites/default/files/images/Bug-Out-Bag-Builder-511-Covrt-18-Backpack-Review-9.jpg" width="827" /></p> <p>The soft and squishy yolk handle.</p> <p>My wish list for this pack would be a few lashing points on the bottom, and a weatherized bottom that can handle moisture, and slightly better buckles. I'm always afraid of the plastic buckles on modern packs, that they are used a lot and a likely point of failure. The only exception to that would be on our Spec Ops packs, which uses a very substantial and reinforced buckle.</p> <p><img alt="Bug-Out-Bag-Builder-511-Covrt-18-Backpack-Review-10.jpg" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="468" src="/sites/default/files/images/Bug-Out-Bag-Builder-511-Covrt-18-Backpack-Review-10.jpg" width="827" /></p> <p>As far as using one of these for a <strong><a href="/learning-tutorials/bug-out-bag" title="Bug Out Bag">Bug Out Bag</a> </strong>or <strong><a href="/learning-tutorials/everyday-carry" title="Everyday Carry">Everyday Carry</a>,</strong> I think this pack can work for both. It has the right specs, it's durable, it's low-key, and it can be adapted to your individual tastes and load-out with the interior MOLLE system. It does lack outside lashing points although there are a few loops and things on the outside of the pack where you might be able to rig something up if you needed to. Using this pack with some kind of belt storage system would help to carry coms, cutting, lighting and fire tools and add some additional quick access storage.</p> <p>It's also not the most durable bag you could get for the money. There are other brands which use tougher materials. But the upside to this pack is getting a nondescript pack with hidden upgrades to make it more usable and dependable than a Jansport from Walmart.</p> <p>They come in a variety of colors so you can match your ensemble. Kidding. But 5.11 did a nice job of keeping the design understated enough so that these look like your run-of-the-mill backpacks, but tough enough to be there when you need them to be. All in all we are pleased we got one, and it will be our go-to bag for travel, and may one day wind up being a <strong><a href="/learning-tutorials/get-home-bag" title="Get Home Bag">GHB</a></strong> in one of our vehicles.</p> <p>If you buy anything with the links we provide on this page we get a small percentage of the sale. For more info <strong><a href="http://www.bugoutbagbuilder.com/about-us" target="_blank" title="About Us">click here.</a></strong></p> <h2>Update: August 2018</h2> <p>We've had this backpack for 2.5 years at this point and wanted to update the review to include our long-term impressions so far of this bag. It's being used nearly daily and has held up very well, surpassing our initial expectations.</p> <p>Our usage consists of typical moderate use, airplane travel, beach and hiking excursions. We've packed it to the gills and it can easily handle heavy weighs when cinched up and worn snugly.</p> <p>The color has held up well and there are no stains evident on the outside cloth.</p> <p>We've washed it twice, soaking it in in hot water with detergent, to remove some beach stinkiness that built up over time. Both washes removed any odors and stains.</p> <p>Air travel with this bag is the best. All the different organizational pockets are great once you get your "where goes what" system in place.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2zearqX" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img alt="Bug-Out-Bag-Builder-511-Covrt-18-Backpack-Review-AMZ.jpg" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="1067" src="/sites/default/files/images/Bug-Out-Bag-Builder-511-Covrt-18-Backpack-Review-AMZ.jpg" width="1400" /></a></p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/product-reviews/backpacks" hreflang="en">Backpacks</a></div> </div> <section class="field field--name-field-comments field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> <h2 class='title comment-form__title'>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=83&amp;2=field_comments&amp;3=default" token="69435587"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Sun, 27 Nov 2016 03:34:43 +0000 Mr.BOBB 83 at http://www.bugoutbagbuilder.com http://www.bugoutbagbuilder.com/product-reviews/511-covrt-18-backpack#comments