My goto EDC and woodsbummin bag. The Maxpedition Kodiak. Ive went through a ton of packs and I like this one best. Good size, not too small like most Maxpeditions. I like being able to swing it to the front to get things out on the move, without having to stop, take off pack, and put on pack. Another reason I like the single water bottle pocket and MOLLE on other side. Axe on one side, fluids on the other. Some guys whine about single strap packs hurting their fragile bodies, but it dont bug me as long as I dont overload it. Which with what I pack aint a problem. If I need more room, I take a bigger pack. This one has been used and carried everyday for the past 6 months. Still like new. Id take this over the Monsoon. Ive tried em both and the Kodiak is hands down better.
Some past Maxped purchases....
10x4, strap, and pouch....
Falcon II with dual 10x4s. I really liked this setup. One bottle holder for Guyot/cup, the other housed tarp and line and stakes.
Only bad thing about Maxped is non US production. :thumbdn: However, they are nice, well built and will serve you a long time. What are you wanting to do with one? That would help to base a reccomendation on.
I plan being universal with it. I'd like to be able to take it on a 2 day outing and also be able to use it as an EDC if needed. I dont plan on packing too much in it, just some water an emergency blanket a tarp some food, a knife and perhaps a light pair of clothes. I do like the straps on the bottom of the Monsoon and the Falcon II. Gives me more carry option as far as carrying a jacket or blanket on the bottom of pack.
Cool I just ordered a Maxpedition VULTURE-II and a Maxpedition JUMBO VERSIPACK on the weekend. Should be here in another week. I'll make a thread on them after they get here and I've had a chance to play with em a bit.
I love my Maxpedition gear. My only complaint with the Falcon-II is that it's about a foot too short for my body type, so the shoulder strap keeper is in my neck and the waist belt only goes to my belly button. Other than that it's a great 24 hour pack.
I ordered a 5.11 Rush 72 the other day. Going to see how it does. Going to get a Tactical Tailor "Removable Operator Pack" which is a daypack that can piggy back on your MOLLE straps as well, TacTailor makes excellent stuff and it's all made in the USA. Trying to narrow down on a BOB pack, but seriously considering an Eberlestock so I can carry a long weapon.
Just got the Maxpedition Falcon II today. What a sweet pack. Went to GI Distributors here in town. Was able to play with all the Maxpedition packs and GearSlingers. Man they make some cool stuff. I really liked the Vulture as well but settled on the Falcon II