The use of backpack has been applied as an accessory in various facets of life: the office, school, travel, sports, and fashion. While these backpacks are functional, they may not be able to cater to your needs when you are roughing it in the outdoors. That is why you need to know the best tactical backpack.

What is a tactical backpack?

A tactical backpack is fitted with battle-ready customization. Favored for covert missions, hunting expeditions or those life or death survival types of hikes, the following considerations are given the most attention to these packs:

  •         Durability
  •         Distribution of the load
  •         Storage
  •         Lightweight construction

Who uses tactical backpacks?

Some people use their tactical backpacks like the Hazard 4 Evac Plan-B Sling pack or 5.11 Rush Moab 10, for everyday use. This is not breaking the rules if your everyday job entails a lot of outdoor activity like bike messengers. However, tactical backpacks are built with high activity ventures in mind. These include but are not limited to

  •         Military deployments
  •         Law enforcement
  •         Survival expeditions
  •         Conservations missions

With their popularity on the rise, more people are investing in tactical backpacks for their outdoor activities. Here is our review of the five best tactical backpacks of 2019:

#5) Maxpedition Falcon-II Backpack

This backpack has the trademark Maxpedition triple coat of polyurethane that offers impeccable water resistance. It is ergonomically designed with a perfect size that allows you to maneuver any terrain.

Dimensions:

Product dimensions: 10 x 8.5 x 19 inches

Capacity: 25 liters (1520 cubic inches)

Main compartment: 18 x 9.5 x 4.75 inches (HxWxD)

Secondary compartment: 16 x 8 x 3 Inches (HxWxD)

Upper front pouch: 4 x 7 x 2.5 inches (HxWxD)

Lower front pouch: 10 x x7 x 2.5 inches (HxWxD)

Performance

This is a highly tear resistant backpack owing to the 1050 Denier nylon that is used on the entire pack. Stress points like the panels and straps are further reinforced using composite thread while the straps, handles and detachable points are all fitted with military grade nylon webbing.

 

Using the Y-shaped compression strap the pack aligns itself to your spine, evenly distributing the weight to your upper body, hips, and waist. To provide further support and eliminate pressure points, the sternum, shoulder and waist straps are padded with superior foam.

 

The spacious back pouch can accommodate two 3 liter water reservoirs comfortably and you can easily access the water through tubing feeder loops neatly tucked into the shoulder straps. Fitted with multiple compartments, the Maxpedition Falcon-II can carry items of varying sensitivity from camping gear to laptops and books.

Client Testimonials

Customers have hailed the durability of the Maxpedition Falcon-II which is still in great shape even with daily use and repeated use in platforms like GoRucks. Some used it during hurricane Harvey to carry their essentials in it and walk through the flooded streets to shelters. Everything was completely protected and the pack is still in great shape.

Rating

4.5 out of 5 stars

The Verdict

The design of this backpack is streamlined with no unnecessary straps, compartments or seams to hamper movement. Everything is functional and practical making it the ideal choice for both beginners and veterans in tactical missions.

#4) 5.11 Tactical RUSH24 Backpack

Featuring an extremely organized layout, the 5.11 tactical RUSh24 backpack systematically packs your larger gear like your hydration reservoirs and smaller everyday essentials like your compass, sunglasses, gloves, and maps into the appropriate compartments.

Dimensions:

Product dimensions: 7 x 20 x 12 inches

Capacity: 37 liters (2275 cubic inches)

Main compartment: 20 x 12.5 x 8 inches (HxWxD)

Secondary compartment: 18 x 12.5 x 5 Inches (HxWxD)

Performance

Living up to their mission of creating purpose-built gear for the most demanding missions, the 5.11 tactical RUSH24 backpack is a hardy and durable piece of equipment. We refer to it as equipment because it functions as such.

 

The exterior is made from 1050D nylon and fitted with a water repellent coating and the web platform is MOLLE/5.11SlickStick system compatible allowing you to increase your gear capacity. You can adjust the sternum straps to your preferred height and with the three mesh admin compartments, everything you need is always within reach.

 

The contoured yoke shoulder strap system provides great comfort when you are covering long distances keeping the pack comfortable and properly aligned with your body. This allows the weight to be evenly distributed on your back and not just the shoulders. You have enough space for your gear with the roomy interior and even sensitive items like your eyewear have been catered for by the zippered fleece-lined eyewear pocket.

Client Testimonials

5.11 tactical RUSH24 strikes a perfect balance between being a tactical backpack for high octane outdoor activities and being a regular daypack that can withstand the wear and tear of everyday use. It has a ton of organizational features making it ideal for someone with lots of storage needs. Customers especially love the long zippers that run almost the length of the pack providing clamshell storage.

Rating:

4.7 out of 5 stars

The Verdict

This is the most popular in the RUSH line of 5.11 tactical backpacks. Its size and dimension make it friendly for the day and for expeditions. The self-repairing YKK zippers are a perfect addition to an already incredibly functional pack.

#3 CamelBak Motherlode 100 ounce 3-liter long Mil-Spec Hydration Pack

 

This is one of the premier packs for survivalists and mission deployments. It is somewhat basic which makes it lightweight and great to carry for extended periods but do not let that fool you. It not only packs well, it is functional and practical because it has some essentials incorporated into the design.

Dimensions:

Product dimensions: 20 x 14 x 13.5 inches

Capacity: 37 liters + 3-liter reservoir (2258 cubic inches)

Torso Length: 16.5 inches

Performance

CamelBak Motherlode features highly in the military and law enforcement fields. Fitted with an inbuilt hydration reservoir, it features tube click offs for faster refilling with an automatic shut off option. The 100-ounce capacity reservoir comes with high-quality accessories like the bite dust cover and the drinking tube which is fitted with an On/Off valve among others features.

 

The pack’s exterior is made from 5000D corduroy fabric which is lightweight and can handle all manner of punishment. The 420D high-density nylon that makes up the shoulder harness works in tandem with the 10mm Eva foam that is fitted into the shoulder and back straps to provide impeccable support to your upper body.  

 

The MOLLE webbing system is highly regarded on this backpack as it provides the pack’s basic design with the option of attaching addition pouches for storage or carrying capacity.

Client Testimonial

Customers who love the outdoors find this pack very compatible with the outdoor life. According to those who have used it for long hikes, it carries a lighter pack making it adaptable for multi-use. It is ideal if you will be in tight spaces or running through brush.

Rating

4.5 out of 5 stars

The Verdict

This is a perfect product for the thrill-seeking survivalist especially because the entire layout of the compartments provides room for adequate storage and the shoulder straps and hipbelt are thin enough to give comfort while remaining sturdy. No sore shoulders here.

#2 Eberlestock Halftrack Hunting Pack

Available in six colors, black, coyote brown, dry earth, military green, Multicam, and unicam v2, this pack is the master of camouflage and covertness. It is simple and uncomplicated in its design incorporating the most important basic elements of tactical storage into its layout.

Dimensions:

Product dimensions: 24 x 7 x 11 inches

Capacity: 35 liters (2150 cubic inches) from the main compartment

Performance

Made from 1000 denier nylon with an internal lining, you are assured of great durability and the ability to withstand all manner of abuse. To further protect the pack, it comes with a rain cover large enough to cover it and any other gear you may have stored on it. Being wide allows it to stay close to your back for ease of movement.

 

Because of the size of this pack, it needs additional support to enable you to carry it comfortably and safely. This is taken care of by the plastic frame sheet and internal aluminum cellular stays. The padding on the shoulder straps is made from foam that gives them a soft yet sturdy constitution. The internal divider is sturdy enough to bear the weight of your gear without collapsing.

 

We especially love the ventilation system because of the size of this pack. Without it, it can easily become uncomfortable to have it on your back for long distances. It has the capacity to carry 3 and 2-liter hydration reservoirs either in the side pockets or in the outer pockets. The fact that these hydration systems are on the outside means that a leak will not get your gear wet.

Client Testimonials

Customers appreciate the front loading system which makes retrieving gear during a hike quick and easy. They also love the rugged look of the pack and its ability to haul lots of gear. The internal organizers, velcro strips and substantial numbers of MOLLE rows are also huge favorites.

Rating

4.5 out of 5 stars

The Verdict

The straightforward layout of the pack ensures that everything is readily available. It has plenty of MOLLE all over it to increase its ability to carry more. Although it looks small it is actually quite a load carrier.

#1 5.11 All Hazards Prime Backpack Sandstone

This pack is considered a notch higher than even the 5.11 RUSH24 backpack, having incorporated design input from MACTAC instructors. That tells you that it is exceptional because the RUSH24 pack is an incredible pack. 5.11 tactical have always produced amazing packs and the features on this pack are proof of that. It comes in three great camouflage colors: Black, Olive drab or sandstone.  

 

Product dimensions: 7.5 x 11.4 x 20.5 inches

Capacity: 35 liters (2150 cubic inches) from the main compartment

Performance

The straps are comfortable and sturdy for long hikes and the rigorous demands of military and law enforcement missions. The compartments within the pack open all the way for full accessibility and the interior is fitted with an orange web platform which ensures that you cannot miss your items when you searching for them inside the compartments.

 

There is also adequate MOLLE on the paneling for quite a large chunk of additional gear. The pouches on this pack can be removed which is a great feature especially when you are traveling with others and need to share items or move items around. It also has selected sleeves for your laptop and tablet.

To handle it properly, the 5.11 All Hazard Prime Bkpk has a large grab handle that is well padded. It also features valuables pocket behind the handle which is nicely lined with soft material.

 

The Velcro strap keeper attached to the horizontal pocket found on each side of the pack is ideal for elongated items like a tripod or hiking poles. It is definitely a good product from a reliable brand.

Client Testimonials

Customers have cited the wide straps of the 5.11 All Hazards Prime Bkpk as a plus especially when the pack is used on a daily basis. The beavertail is also another well-liked feature as it allows you to have extra space for your gear.

Rating

4.5 out of 5 stars

The Verdict

From the hydration pocket to the laptop sleeves and the compartment to carry your gear, everything on this pack has been strategically placed. It is a well-thought pack that will provide you with everything you need in the outdoors: sturdiness, space, comfort, and functionality.

Conclusion

It is not hard to see why a tactical backpack performs better than regular backpacks during high activity ventures. With any of the above you not only have a great piece of equipment that works efficiently, you also have a partner by your side.  You could even consider naming it!

 

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