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In need of a 'tactical' backpack.

Discussion in 'Gadgets & Gear' started by ackeith4570, Aug 4, 2013.

  1. ackeith4570

    ackeith4570 Basic Member Basic Member

    Aug 31, 2012
    I have a few Maxpedition bags and they are great but money is kind of tight and need another bag or two. Any good bags under 100 dollars? if i cant find any ill just save up for for Maxpedition. just looking for some cheaper solutions.
  2. wildmanh

    wildmanh Part time Leather Bender/Sheath maker Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Jul 9, 2000
    Check out the Molle II Assault pack and the ILBE Assault pack. They can be had for around $50 or less online. I've had my Molle II Assault pack since April and love it.
  3. Noctis3880

    Noctis3880 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 22, 2009
    Have those been any good? My last Maxpedition bag was the foldable version and the nylon threads inside started fraying at an alarming rate.
  4. ElConquistador


    Feb 12, 2007
    It's hard to do better than the Spec-Ops T.H.E. pack for $100. I won't post a link since that would be "deal spotting" but go to the specopsbrand website and check it out.
  5. Sleasys14


    Jul 15, 2013
    Why not buy a bag you like and can afford and some really strong thread and make it stronger? That's what I did with a Rothco bag I got as a gift.
  6. Sid Post

    Sid Post

    Oct 14, 1998
    It depends on how hard you use them and how often. I had a nice swiss gear laptop case I used for a year. I added a company laptop for a business trip to it once and it was a goner. I would have been dollars a head to buy a better bag to begin with.
  7. Dan57


    Apr 8, 2012
    Any reason why it has to be "tactical?"

    Look at the Tactical Tailor Urban Operator. Lots of good reviews out there on it, made in the US, and exactly $100.
  8. bmoore


    Aug 6, 2013
  9. JWLevin


    Jul 11, 2013
    LA Police Gear has some good stuff that they brand. It lasts and as aposter above said, you can add your own thread and make anything stronger. That being said, I love Arc'teryx. Price aside, the gear lasts and lasts. 7.62 round thru it? Send it back and they repair/replace it. Tumble down a ledge while hiking and rip something? Send it back and they repair/prelace it. The Khard series are great and the Khard 30 in Urban Wolf is my EDC now as it doesnt scream tactical.
  10. RevDevil

    RevDevil Super Evil Supermod Staff Member Super Mod

    Nov 9, 2009
    The 5.11 packs looks useful as well. Are the previously mentioned brands better or worse than the 5.11?
  11. 00ChevyScott


    Dec 3, 2010
    I love my 5.11 Rush 24. It's a very stout pack, and has carried quite a bit of weight around on trips. The organization inside the pack is second to none as far as I've seen. If you're wanting something a little more low profile, while still retaining all the interior benefits of a tactical pack, check out the 5.11 Covrt 18. I don't even need another backpack, but I still want one haha.
  12. xICEMANx

    xICEMANx Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 24, 2012
    5.11 packs are great. Walmart carries a brand called Fieldline Tactical. They are exact copies of the 511 bags. I have two 5.11 bags and the Fieldline bags are identical. I'm sure the 5.11 will hold up to abuse better but there are a ton of positive reviews on the Fieldline on YouTube.
  13. uluapark


    Aug 10, 2013
    condor tactical 3day assault pack. 70 dollars, and 3080cu inches. good quality.
  14. RevDevil

    RevDevil Super Evil Supermod Staff Member Super Mod

    Nov 9, 2009
    I've almost been tipped over on the 5.11 Rush packs myself, thanks to you guys.
  15. 00ChevyScott


    Dec 3, 2010
    You wouldn't be disappointed. I've owned two Maxpedition Falcon II's, which are great packs as well btw, but sold them both to friends because of my 5.11 Rush 24. The inside organization and placement of pockets is just unbeatable. Any other bag I've seen looks like it's got the organization of a Jansport school backpack compared to the Rush 24. I wish they'd make an exact copy of the pack without MOLLE just to make it a little "easier" to carry around town.
  16. Displaced Buckeye

    Displaced Buckeye

    Jul 31, 2013
    I'll add another vote for the 5.11 bags. I use the Rush 12 for 3-5 day trips to the smaller FOBs, and it holds much more than it should. The layout of the bag had some thought put into it and it makes very good use of the limited space. I pack a sleeping bag, fleece liner, pillow, long shirt, fleece cap, gloves, change of clothes, hygiene kit, FAK, tablet, sat phone, and a bladder in mine. There are some smaller items I probably missed, but it holds a lot for its size. Add a few Molle pouches and you increase the versatility of it. Durability id top notch. Mine is the multicam, but for those that think that's too mall ninja, there are other colors as well.
  17. MrApple


    Mar 4, 2012
    I'm not sure how "tactical" you want to look but if you are looking to take the Grey Man approach in your Get-Home/Bug-Out/Emergency bag then you might want to take a look at the Kelty backpacks. I personal like the Kelty MAP 3500 as a fly-under-the-radar Get Home bag. It holds all I need and doesn't look like more than an over-sized school backpack. The bags come in multiple colors and patterns; mine is Ocean Grey. One word of warning, the damn price on these bags seems to be increasing at about $10-20 a year.
    Two great videos on the bags:

  18. El Bandit0

    El Bandit0 Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 4, 2013
    The CamelBak Motherlode is a great pack, not too big, not too small, price depends on color.
  19. medusaoblongata


    May 1, 2000
    I love my 5.11 Rush 12 & 24. They're very well organized and thought out, right around $100 if you look around. I think of the Rush 24 as the backpack all others are compared to, and none match up. It's a little big, sometimes, though, so I got the 12 as well. For the functionality and quality you get, they're worth the cost. I understanding being on a budget, but I can't understand being happy with a cheap knockoff when a quality bag is in your price range. You can find a local dealer here: http://www.511tactical.com/find-store.html to see them in person.
  20. JWLevin


    Jul 11, 2013
    5.11 makes what we could call the benchmark for the pack/tacti clothing industry. What does this mean to an end user?

    1) Your not getting the worst product out there.
    2) Your not getting the best product out there either.

    I wouldn't take a 5.11 on a deployment. I would take a 5.11 as a B.O.B or Get Home Bag though. Good price just not the "best". That said, in getting a "better" product you will be paying much more. Arc'teryx, Kifaru, Eberlestock you are paying for the increase in quality.

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