The Best Tactical Backpack in 2016

Comparison Table of the Best Tactical Backpacks

Note to the visitors who are looking for a good everyday or travel backpack. Almost all of the backpacks shown in camo colors in the table below are also available in black or other plain colors. Just follow the links to see all the available colors.
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Spec Ops T.H.E. Ultimate Assault Pack

Very good all-round backpack, perfect travel and EDC size. Read the full review...


Check out the Pack Frame for load balancing.

4.6 Stars (4.6 / 5)Click for Details

5.11 Tactical Rush 72 Backpack

72 hour high-performance bag that fills multiple roles, from a tactical assault pack to a hunting or hiking bag, to emergency go-bag or EDC bag. Read the full review...

4.7 Stars (4.7 / 5)Click for Details

5.11 Tactical 1 Day Rush Backpack

The 24-hr version of the RUSH 72

4.7 Stars (4.7 / 5)Click for Details

Maxpedition Falcon-II Backpack

All-purpose tactical backpack (many colors available). Read the full review...

4.6 Stars (4.6 / 5)Click for Details

Maxpedition Sitka Gearslinger

Everyday carry (EDC) backpack.
Single shoulder strap construction allows the user to "swing" the pack to the front while still wearing it.

4.6 Stars (4.6 / 5)Click for Details

Tactical Tailor Operator Removable Pack

1178 cu. in.
Day Assault Pack.
Attaches to other packs.
Contoured shoulder straps.
3L hydration compartment

4.6 Stars (4.6 / 5)Click for Details

Eberlestock HalfTrack Military Pack w/Tunnel Pockets & D-Rings

Tactical/hunting heavy duty backpack with internal frame. 2 day pack. Read the full review...

4.9 Stars (4.9 / 5)Click for Details

Condor 3 Day Assault Pack

Heavy-Duty 3 Day Pack. Read the full review...

4.6 Stars (4.6 / 5)Click for Details

Sandpiper of California Bugout Backpack

3-day backpack, great for travel

4.6 Stars (4.6 / 5)Click for Details

Red Rock Outdoor Gear Assault Pack

3 day pack, perfect for a bug-out bag

4.3 Stars (4.3 / 5)Click for Details

The North Face Recon Backpack

EDC daypack with laptop and tablet pockets

4.7 Stars (4.7 / 5)Click for Details

Camelbak Motherlode Mil Spec Antidote Hydration Backpack

Great hiking daypack and EDC backpack.
3 liter water bladder and drinking tube included.
Can use the bladder pocket as a laptop pouch. Redesigned model. Read the full review...

4.9 Stars (4.9 / 5)Click for Details

Paratus 3 Day Operator's Pack

Modular 3-Day BackPack

4.4 Stars (4.4 / 5)Click for Details

Explorer Tactical Bag, 20 x 11.50 x 11-Inch

Military-style backpack. Hand gun pouches. 1 x laptop long pocket, 1 x ipad pocket.

4.5 Stars (4.5 / 5)Click for Details

Grey Ghost Gear Wraith Pack

Compact tactical pack. Includes hydration bladder.

3.7 Stars (3.7 / 5)Click for Details

Fieldline Tactical Alpha OPS Daypack

Versatile tactical daypack

4.5 Stars (4.5 / 5)Click for Details

3V Gear Velox II Large Tactical Backpack

Tactical Backpack MOLLE Compatible

4.6 Stars (4.6 / 5)Click for Details

Modern Warrior ACU Military Backpack

Military-style tactical backpack

4.1 Stars (4.1 / 5)Click for Details

Tactical Tailor Operator Urban Pack

1,836 Cu.in. volume

17 inch Laptop compartment

4.6 Stars (4.6 / 5)Click for Details

What is the best tactical backpack this year?

Best tactical backpackWelcome to Rangermade’s reviews of the best tactical backpacks, constantly kept updated. Whether you’re into hiking, fishing & hunting, bushcrafting, recon, survival, sports, or are just looking for a sturdier option for traveling or for everyday carrying, then there’s a high chance you’ll find a perfect fit for your needs on this page.

The sheer range of tactical backpacks that are available is overwhelming, so I’m pretty confident you’ll find help in the legwork I’ve done here to discover the best candidates for a tactical backpack Top 5. I also went ahead and compiled a comparison table of 20+ carefully selected backpacks. These range from compact to 3-day backpacks, all being high-quality, durable backpacks. The table shows an image and the name of the product, outlines the main features and the price range you can expect to find it for sale at, and also shows the user rating of that backpack.

You may also be interested in these related pages:

  1. The Best Small Tactical Backpack (for backpacks smaller than 1700 cu. in.)
  2. The Best Daypack for Hiking
  3. The Best Hunting Backpack

The Top 5 Best Tactical Backpacks in 2016

What’s the best tactical/survival backpack this year?

We are reviewing here five of the top-rated backpacks with great quality/price ratios.

1) 5-11 RUSH 72 review

Can be used as a 3-day tactical backpack, a bug-out bag, as a travel pack (it’s in the size range of airline requirements), or as an everyday carry-all pack.

Organization. This pack contains one front compartment, a main compartment, a top pocket, two large side pockets and various external and internal pockets. The front compartment can be loosened from the straps, and with a mesh bottom, it creates a large pocket perfect for carrying a helmet, climbing gear, or anything you need to have at hand that is also large enough to not fall down. The side pockets and main compartments have several inside pockets that are zippered or meshed. The front side has an admin panel to keep your maps, documents and pens organized (or your fishing bait and tackle, why not).

The main compartment opens clam shell-style, allowing fast direct access to all its contents, which is great.

On top there’s a fleece-lined pocket ready to house a pair of sunglasses or a cell phone. There’s also a hydration compartment that can take a bladder. There are two ports for the water tube out on either side of the top handle.

There are a lot of compartments and pockets on this backpack to help you divide and subdivide your gear, for easy access and according to priorities. The pack is MOLLE/PALS-compatible, which refers to the 1-inch thick webbing that covers the front and sides, which allows you to add extra pouches of all shapes and sizes. On the bottom there are four attachment points that also allow carrying something underneath, like a sleeping bag or a tent.

Materials. It’s made of strong 1000D nylon, sewn with solid threading that’s not likely to loosen after some use; the zippers are sturdy as well. The material is water-repellant, not completely waterproof; you’ll need a cover foil if you’re in heavy or long rain. Overall, this bag feels well made and robust and will withhold extended usage.

Putting it on. This bag is comfortable. The yoke may take a little to get used to, especially for larger guys, but it will not be uncomfortable. The four padded areas on the back allow some airflow around them. The chest and waist buckles help secure the weight in place, and transfer it to the hips. The waist straps are adjustable and will fit even a taller person. The shoulder straps are also adjustable and come with clips for instant discharge in an emergency situation. The RUSH 72 can take up to 60 lbs of load without an issue. However most people are comfortable carrying up to 45 lbs, but it’s comforting to know that this pack can actually carry more than you’re regularly throwing at it.

Pluses:

  • has a sleek shape – the side pockets do not protrude out of the main body, and the compression straps make the bag slim when not full. This makes the pack fit for city use. You won’t look like you’re camping at your local coffee shop.
  • plastic backplate with an aluminum band that’s adjustable to your back’s profile.

If you need a smaller pack, try the 5.11 RUSH 24 or RUSH 12

2) Condor 3-Day Pack review

Build. Another great 3-day backpack, this is a high-quality and robust tactical backpack from Condor. It’s a fairly large 3038 cubic inch or 50 liter internal frame pack, with 7 total compartments and lots of pockets and pouches to keep your gear organized. It’s made of 1000D water-resistant nylon, double stitched almost everywhere. The zippers are solid and have cover flaps to divert rain.

Organization. The 3 main compartments are divided as follows: in the rearmost compartment there is a large pocket that can fit 2x 3 liter hydration bladders (with Velcro slots for the hydration tube) and a lockable zip mesh. But you can also use this compartment to haul other stuff, like a laptop computer. The middle compartment has 4 net slots which can be closed using zips. There are 2 pockets with zippers, as well as 3 open pockets in the front compartment.

The main compartment opens fully via dual zippers, and is around 13 x 20 x 10 inches or 2,600 cubic inches/40 liters in volume. A feature that not all backpacks have is, there are straps and tie-downs up and across in this compartment to hold the gear steady in place. In a survival situation, you’d want to have your clothes in a sealed 3 mil thick contractor bag to keep them dry, since this pack is not waterproof.

The side pockets have double zippers, which is nice, and can take a 1-liter water container each.

The backpack can be excellently compressed using the 3 outer tie-down straps.

Comfort. In a tactical or survival situation the pack could be strapped on your back for days, so comfort is an important issue. Comfort is given by the way the backpack follows the contour of your back, and by the shoulder and hip straps. On the 3-Day Condor, the back area is heavily padded: there’s a quarter inch of padding all over, on top of which 4 strategic areas have extra 3/8-inch padding, along with a generous lumbar area that is raised by ¾ of an inch. This is part of the hip belt system, which is one of the most comfortable I have ever tried. The shoulder straps are 3 ½ inches wide and ¾ of an inch thick which provides extra comfort and stability. All these padded areas are covered with finer nylon that will stay relatively dry. The paddings also maintain a constant airflow around the back, drying perspiration out faster.

Both the shoulder straps and the hip belt are adjustable to fit folks of any width and height. The hip belt will fit any waist from 26 inches up to around 54 inches. The sternum strap is adjustable both on the vertical and on the horizontal. One neat feature are the Velcro tie-ups found on each strap which will prevent your loose strap ends to get caught in bushes and trees.

Expansions. There’s Molle webbing all over the front of the pack and in the back on the shoulder straps, to give you yet more options to attach extra gear. On the bottom there are 4 ballistic nylon straps that make it easy to strap on yet more gear.

The Condor 3 Day Assault Pack boasts good craftsmanship, thoughtful design and durable materials, which makes it fit for any tactical or recreational application. It’s got room for a ton of gear, is comfortable even when full, and has got a lot of versatility to be sized to a wide range of body sizes, from 5 foot 2 up to around 6 foot 6. In addition, it’s got a great ability for customization with its Molle webbing and the dozen of pockets. One of the best 3 day backpacks all-round.

3) Maxpedition Falcon-II review

This is a medium-sized backpack with a capacity of 1520 cu. in. or 25 liters, but is very versatile and can take a surprising amount of gear. It’s got a layered design with three storage compartments with mesh pockets inside, plus a hydration bladder pocket (bladder not included). It can make a great daypack for the outdoors, a perfect travel companion (will fit under the seat of a larger airliner), or can accommodate a 15-inch laptop and textbooks just fine.

It is made of 1050-Denier tear-and-wear resistant nylon material with a Teflon coating for increased water and stain protection. The bottom is an abrasion-resistant coated plastic and cordura in most models, except the “digital foliage camo” one which is not abrasion-resistant. This pack may feel stiff when new but will soften up quickly. It is a very robust backpack with a weight that feels exactly right at 2.5 pounds.

In use. This pack will keep water away for a few hours in continuous rain, but eventually the teflon coating will become wet, so you need to have a rain cover with you. There are no drain holes on the bottom, except in the hydro pack compartment, so landing the pack in a puddle will not soak the insides.

This backpack has padded and breathing shoulder straps, which are also equipped with various loops. The ergonomic cut shape of the carrying system offers excellent comfort even at heavy loads. Due to the comfortable carrier and the design of the backrest you can feel virtually no pressure on the shoulders.

Even with the pack loaded, you can still attach more gear to the PALS webbing, such as a tent and mat, knives, cord, shovel, hatchet, carabiners, magazine pouches, etc. The Y-strap on top can hold a jacket. The three storage compartments can be compressed or expanded using straps on the side, so the pack stays compact and keeps its rectangular shape. All in all, the design of this pack is an open invitation to the hard-core survivalist to get creative.

A tip: the Falcon-II can also be comfortably carried on the chest while carrying something else on the back, leaving ample room for the arms and head to move unhindered.

4) Spec Ops THE Pack aka the perfectly-sized travel backpack

This is a 40 liter or 2500 cubic inch backpack, perfect for a 2/3-day hike, or as a travel bag, or even an every day use (or EDC, Every Day Carry) pack. It comes in camo colors, but also in black, which is the color of choice for those who want to use tactical backpacks as everyday-carry and travel packs. The size of the T.H.E. is 19”x13”x12”, which fits perfectly in an overhead compartment on a plane. This so happens to be the backpack I carry around on my travels, and also on day hikes and anywhere I go.

For those of you who are looking for a travel backpack, you just found what you were looking for. This pack has spot-on dimensions, which is why I included this in my title. The Spec Ops T.H.E. is perfectly fit for travels a week or two long (or even longer, if you’re more of a minimalist), since it’s got enough space to let you bring all the necessary stuff with you without the need for an additional duffel bag.

T.H.E. stands for “Tactical Holds Everything”, a marketing gimmick from the manufacturer to appeal to those of us who like to have ‘tactical’ in everything, but this is indeed a quality all-purpose pack.

You can hold a lot of stuff in 40 liters. That’s enough space for you to travel on a 2-3 week vacation without any headache. The space on the Spec Ops T.H.E., is split between the main compartment and the two front pockets, with the bottom pocket being the larger one.

This backpack is literally covered in Molle webbing. It’s got them on the two front pockets, on the entire sides and on the bottom. If you take this on the outdoors or backwoods, you can strap on a tent, a tarp, or a sleeping bag to the bottom webbing.

In the top pocket I always like to carry an emergency kit, a fanny bag that contains a head lamp, compass, flash light, a CD for signalling, pocket knife, a whistle, and a few other items. I take this bag with me everywhere I go. Also in the top pocket I have a sleeve with pens and business cards, then my Orange Circle notebook that I’m very fond of.

In the bottom pocket, I got my electronics: camera, GPS, another head lamp, a digital voice recorder (comes in handy to take when I’m walking and get hit by an idea for a blog entry, or a short story; also when you’re recording directions and stuff). I also carry a kit with a tarp, some work gloves and other random stuff.

The top pocket is 8”x10”x2.5”, and the bottom one is 10”x12”x3.5”. There’s a lot of space in these pockets.

The main compartment unzips from top to the sides some two thirds down on the bag. It’s not a clamshell opening, but a partial one, or trap-door. In here I like to keep the med kit, a cordage kit (with plugs and wires and chargers, some bungee cord), then my Snugpak sleeping bag and liner, another bag with miscellaneous stuff like gloves (I know, I’m being redundant), socks, cap, a towel. Apart from these, there’s plenty of space left for clothes.

The inside of the main compartment is lined with a yellow material to give contrast and help you find stuff easier. It’s roomy like a suitcase, and when you have it on your back, with the straps adjusted properly, it feels really snug. On the back of the compartment there is some rubber padding, for your back’s comfort, not very thick, but not thin either. There’s also a mesh pocket, but of a stiff and solid type of mesh that’s not going to get a hole if you put your keys in it.

When you’re using this pack for everyday use, you can put a laptop and books in it and they’ll fit just fine. And even if it’s not fully loaded, the pack will still stay firm. The Spec Ops T.H.E. is a great backpack for any type of use. You may also want to have a look at the complementary Spec-Ops Brand T.H.E. Pack Frame for better load balancing.

5) Camelbak Motherlode Hydration Pack review

The Camelback Motherlode is one of the top-rated tactical backpacks out there. Take a moment to follow along and see why.

It’s a 20 x 14 x 13.5 inch sized daypack with 2580 cubic inches of space available for loading. The material used in it is a high quality 500 Denier nylon, which converts in 35% less weight on this Motherlode version than in the previous version which used the 1000D fabric.

It’s got lots of Molle webbing on the front and on the sides, as well as four loops on the bottom. That’s really tough webbing, so you can actually attach a lot of stuff to it. If you don’t like to keep a daypack at the bare minimum, you can add magazine pouches and a lot of other gear attached in this way. You also got the Velcro strips to stick your patches onto.

The main front pocket opens almost fully, clamshell style, so you get instant access to its content. It’s well organized inside however, so you’re not going to drop your goodies on the ground when opening it. The content is well divided between three layered fabric pockets at the back, and a zipped mesh pocket at the front, that’s also got a reinforced bottom. The first of the three pockets is divided and is for electronics like GPS, cell phone, etc. There’s even a little hook above it, to hold one of these devices in place. The other two pockets are for paper or documentation. In the rest of the front pocket you can have for instance things like cords, cap, pair of gloves, your med kit, a 24-hour ration kit, and other small items, just stuff you need to have handy. You can fit plenty of gear in this front pocket.

The second front pocket, at the top or roof of the backpack, opens also with a two-way zip, is smaller and has fleece lining. It’s for storing sunglasses, phones, GPS, generally items that can get scratched by rubbing against the tougher fabric of the backpack.

And onto the main compartment of the Motherlode. It’s got a pair of compression straps on either side and two-way zippers. Inside there’s a zippered mesh pocket with reinforced seams that separates any items you may want to hold in it from the main space. It’s a good idea to keep the bulk of your gear in a dry bag, and not store it directly in the main compartment.

There’s a great deal of space in here. To give you an idea of how much you can fit in here, I keep here as fixtures a Jetboil cooking system, an inflatable mattress, my Snugpak Stratosphere bivy, and the Snugpak Softie 6 sleeping bag. And there’s room left. At the back of the backpack there’s the bladder pocket. A 3-liter (100 oz.) bladder and drinking tube come included with the Motherlode.

If you want to use this pack as an EDC (every day carry) pack, then you can remove the bladder and instead use its pocket as a laptop sleeve. Any 15” laptop will fit nicely. When the bladder is removed, the rehydration tube ports get covered with Velcro patches, so there’s no hole sticking out of the bag. You can also put out a radio antenna through the holes, if you’re in the military or are doing tactical applications. At the bottom of the main compartment there is a drainage hole, so that’s another reason to keep all your things in a waterproof bag.

One word to add about the included rehydration bladder, called the Antidote: Camelbak has listened to customer feedback, and whereas on the old bladders you had to turn the cap multiple times to take it off, all it takes now is a quarter of a turn and off it pops. The bladder is reachable from the inside of the main container, but also from the top, via a zipper.

On the back of the system, you’ve got generous shoulder straps, with a sternum strap that’s fully adjustable both horizontally and vertically to fit your size. On the back panel, there’s a really generous amount of space for air circulation between the padded areas, which should help keep your back dry for a long time. The hip belt is also adjustable, but a nice feature is that it’s completely removable by undoing the side buckles and the Velcro underneath the lumbar padding. Really well thought-out.

When loaded up, the compression straps on the sides help keep the bacpack compact. This is a backpack with good ergonomics, and it rides very well on the shoulders and back.

The Camelbak Motherlode compares in size with the 5.11 Rush 24, the main difference being that it’s got fewer pockets, which is preferable if you like to find your gear fast. The fabric on the Motherlode is really high quality and durable, and the craftsmanship is on a par. This is probably one of the best systems that Camelbak has ever produced. Should you buy one, you won’t need a replacement any time soon, guaranteed. See it in all the colors available.

 

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The Top Tactical Sling Backpack

Even though you are on the run, you still want a pack that fits all of your many things and brings comfort and easy access when on the move, no matter how challenging your mission is. You can try a sling backpack and give it a go with the 5.11 Tactical Rush 10 Mobile Operation Attachment Bag


This pack comes with the “Tier System” which means you can attach it to any Rush backpack. It has an ambidextrous cross body shoulder strap system and comes with a concealed back-up system pistol compartment.

This sling pack comes also with a hydration pocket (1.5 Liters) with pass-through and several administration pockets. It’s treated to be water resistant and fits your ammo.

It’s got comfortable compression straps, fleece lined sunglass pocket, and a sturdy grab handle. The Molle system gives you options to organize your items and the hook&loop flag patch allows to customize your pack.

The materials are heavy duty, as the YKK self repairing zippers are. The sling pack comes with a set of 4 mesh tier clips. This pack feels lightweight and fits a full sized iPad.

This sling pack is a great EDC and works on a single shoulder. It features a tech pocket on the shoulder strap with ear bud eyelet pass through for a smartphone or a small radio.

Our short list of pros:

  • this EDC sling pack gives ambidextrous cross-body shoulder strap system
  • it feels lightweight and comfortable
  • it has many pockets and Molle options for a better organization of your items
  • the shoulder straps are well padded, giving more comfort
  • it fits an iPad
  • there is a tech pocket with ear bud eyelet pass through for a smartphone/small radio
  • it comes with a hydration pocket (1.5 Liter)
  • it’s water proof
  • there is a fleece lined sunglasses pocket and a sturdy grab handle
  • it has compression straps and sturdy YKK zippers

There are some things to be improved on this tactical sling pack. Our cons are as follow:

  • there is no option for a second attachment point for added stability
  • the large compartment needs to be more expandable
  • the sunglass pouch is placed where the hydration system hose passes- so you can’t use both at the same time
  • the pack picks up animal hair/fur
  • the sling pack is a bit pricey
  • it doesn’t come with strips.

It might look like there are some flaws with this sling pack, but, all in all, this is a great tactical pack that’s worth every penny.

Check out the pricing and reviews on Amazon.

 

If you are on a hunt for a good sling pack and consider that quality comes for a price, you can give it a shot with the Maxpedition Sitka Gearslinger.


This sling pack is for everyday use and fits plenty of your items-just don’t put too many as the pack gets too heavy and weight distribution isn’t one of its strengths.

The Maxpedition Sitka Gearslinger is waterproof and has a final coat of DuPont Teflon fabric to repel the elements.

There are many things that impress in a good way when it comes to this sling pack and here’s our list of pros:

  • the pack comes with YKK zippers
  • the stress points are reinforced
  • there are no unnecessary seams
  • this is a single shoulder pack, for the left shoulder to give a better weapon shouldering. This also gives maximum utility when rotated towards the front of the body
  • the pack may be worn in front just as well- you have easier access this way when sitting down
  • the sling pack is compatible with 100-ounce hydration reservoirs
  • it fits your 15” Macbook, along with your iPad, GPS and flashlight
  • there are plenty of small pockets for you to organize your gear
  • this pack is sturdy, well made and highly organizable
  • it’s secure, with easy access and a subtle concealed weapon carrying system.

Even though there are so many things we like about this sling pack, there are some downsides to it just as well. Our cons are as follow:

  • we’ve mentioned already, this pack is not the best when it comes to weight distribution
  • the water bottle is placed wrong
  • the Molle straps on the inside need to be bigger and the Velcro panel could be larger on the inside so that you can get maximum of organizing your multiple items
  • the internal pockets lack some Molle at the moment, and the small items tend to wonder around
  • there are simply too many zippers that need to be handled in order to get access to the pack
  • the pack is on the high end of pricing, even though it’s worth every penny.

All in all, this sling pack manages to meet our expectations when it comes to a daily sling pack, with plenty of room for your items.

Check out the available pricing and reviews on Amazon.

 

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The Best Tactical Backpack to Take to the Range

The last thing you want to worry about when you are on a range mission is not to have comfort or to be able to find your gear easy and fast. Take a leap of faith and try the G.P.S. Tactical Range Backpack.


It’s a sturdy, great priced pack that gives you so many organizational options. Here’s our list of pros:

  • there is a 3 gun cases zippered pouch
  • the handgun pouches are medium sized (fit a Glock 17 on anything smaller)
  • there is easy access to everything
  • the shoulder straps are well padded and the stitching is good
  • you can customize your pack with the Velcro on the top rear of the pack
  • this bag is well constructed, made of high denier nylon with Teflon treatment
  • there is a rain-shield in the zippered pouch near the top handle
  • the internal pouches are well constructed
  • the organization of this pack is good, thanks to the Molle webbing and the Velcro
  • it has heavy duty zippers and high quality plastic buckles
  • the bag has 4 outside zippered pockets for ammo and other accessories
  • it remains compact thanks to its frame
  • it has an external bungee system for targets
  • the main compartment also has a divider for better organization
  • you can put away the cleaning items in the bottom compartment and even more gear in the right side pocket.

Even though these are not deal breakers, there are some cons when it comes to this tactical range bag:

  • the bag has too many straps and it definitely doesn’t need a waist strap
  • the pistol sleeve could be of better quality and the magazine loops are not sized right as the magazines may fall
  • you can’t fit anything than medium size since the sleeves have a padded pouch
  • the shoulder straps should be longer
  • the pack seems a bit bulky, even though it’s small and it gets heavy weight once it’s fully loaded
  • the removable compartments seem a tad flimsier than the rest of the pack
  • it’s difficult to close the zippers in the corners

All in all, this is a great tactical range backpack with many organizational pockets, for a good price.

Check out its price and the useful user reviews on Amazon.

 

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The Best Covert Tactical Backpack

If you are on a hunt for a backpack that fits not only your weapons but also your 17” laptop, you may stop, as this 5.11 Covrt 18 Backpack fulfills your needs.


This low profile pack has a main compartment and many pockets and goes up to 35 liters of capacity. It has a great weight distribution and it provides comfort even when it’s full.

Our pros would be:

  • the pack is large and is great for organizing with its compartments
  • your iPad fits the side-entry pocket, along with other small items
  • the main compartment gives you many mesh zippered pockets for you to store your items
  • the shoulder and sternum straps are well designed, adjustable and comfortable
  • there is a hydration bladder but you may also use water bottles (12-16 oz.) in the side pockets
  • the breathability of the pack is efficient, since the padding in the back, shoulder and chest is not too thick
  • the pack is waterproof and the zippers have rain covers
  • there is a concealed handgun compartment
  • there are 8 pockets for this pack, without counting the main compartment
  • you win more organizing options thanks to the Molle system inside the large admin pocket
  • the pack also features a goggle pocket that may be used for small items just as well

There are some minor issues for this backpack and its worth to mention them:

  • the eyelets on the bottom are not heavy duty
  • there is discomfort in the shoulder area since the grab handle is stitched on the shoulder straps
  • the webbing for the straps could use better design
  • the pack has no hip belt and it could use one, especially when fully loaded
  • the zippers and the straps could be of better quality.

Don’t let these hold you back though, since this is still a great BOB for so many purposes!

Make sure to check out the price and reviews on Amazon.

 

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Best Urban Tactical Backpack

So we started a while ago to take a look around in order to find the best urban tactical backpack. We searched high and low and, in the end, we found ourselves not being able to decide which one of the following two is the best, so we’re presenting both and leave the decision to you.

Our final competitors are the Direct Action Dust Tactical Backpack and Condor Urban Go Bag. Each of them makes a great urban tactical backpack and have, at the same time, some minor flaws that are not deal breakers, but still important to notice.

The Direct Action Dust Tactical Backpack has a 20 Liter capacity and it’s a versatile and lightweight backpack.


Here are its pros, as we see them:

  • it features Patented Combat Vent System that makes it comfortable and great to wear even in the summer time, due to its amazing breathability
  • it comes with Molle webbing that gives it a low profile and snug
  • the pack fits your 15” laptop, tablet or iPad, and the laptop sleeve is padded
  • it’s non-water absorbing and comes with a hydration bladder
  • it works amazingly well on patrol and tactical missions
  • the front pocket comes with internal organization for GPS, small items and clear vinyl pocket for maps and documents
  • the side pockets fit more small items
  • the shoulder and the removable waist straps are padded for more comfort
  • there is a paracord handle on top
  • the pack has a sturdy quality of materials, YKK zippers, and a great, organizational design

The downsides of this pack are as follow:

  • there is no hook/loop for the weapon holster
  • there is no adaptability of the computer area
  • the shoulder straps could use more padding
  • the zippers are not waterproof and the pack needs a cover in the rain
  • the stitching could be of better quality
  • the pouches for water bottles are a bit shallow

Make sure to check out the latest pricing and reviews on Amazon.

If you think the Direct Action Dust Backpack doesn’t meet your needs, you can give the Condor Urban Go Bag a go. Give the Go a go, that is 🙂


This pack gives you plenty of pockets for organizing your gear and has many other qualities:

  • it features a padded laptop sleeve, with zipper closure that fits your 15” laptop
  • there is easy access to the gadget pocket
  • there are two side pockets for your many items to store
  • the padded backing comes with mesh reinforcement for a better air flow
  • the sternum strap is adjustable not only in and out, but also up and down
  • the waist strap is also detachable and well padded
  • the compression straps give the pack a compact appearance when filled up
  • the zippers and fabric are good quality
  • the pack has 3 main compartments with no less than 12 pockets inside
  • the grommets and Pals webbing make the pack more efficient for storing
  • the hydration pocket is well placed and easy to get to
  • they used durable and thick nylon fabric into this pack
  • there are many small zipper pockets in the front section
  • there are large side pockets for water bottles

There are only a few things to mention that count as “cons” for this pack:

  • the buckles are kind of fragile
  • the stitching needs to be improved
  • the front pocket is placed too low
  • there is no convenient pocket for a phone that’s easy to access.

All in all, this pack meets the needs of anyone who wants to go to work or travel around town with only one bag for all his or her things.

Have a look at the prices and user reviews on Amazon.

 

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The Tactical Backpack Under 150 Dollars

For those of you who are trying to find a big, and we really mean big, tactical backpack at this price, the search is over with this SOG Barrage Tactical Internal Frame Pack Backpack.


This tactical backpack gives you an extra-large main compartment with multiple internal storage pockets. There are many things we like about this tactical backpack, starting with its price. Here are our pros to make you consider this tactical backpack:

  • the pack is waterproof and comes with a good Molle system for better organization of your items
  • the pack is hydration compatible
  • there are many internal storage pockets
  • the sternum strap is adjustable
  • there is a soft lined sunglasses and electronic devices pouch
  • the pack provides 180 access zippered openings
  • the large front accessory pocket gives great options for organizing
  • there are left and right hydration hose ports with Velcro closures
  • the pack features a single internal aluminum stay
  • it’s easy to move this pack around due to its carry handle
  • the top front zippered stash pocket has Velcro name/tape and patch holders
  • there are double grommeted bottom drain holes
  • the side compression straps keep the backpack compact
  • there are bottom lashing loops
  • the yoked shoulder strap system makes the pack comfortable
  • the pack features a padded, removable waist belt with quick-release buckle

Even though there are so many well performing features to this pack, some cons are worth mentioning. Here are some that we’ve found:

  • even though the pack is hydration compatible, the hydration bladder is sold separately
  • there is no water bottle pouch on the side
  • since the pack has compression straps, it’s a little bit weird why it stays flat on your back. We think there’s not enough padding on the back… hence the flat form and the poor breathability of the pack
  • the straps and buckles are rather poor quality and don’t last long. We found that the hard way…

Despite all these issues, we still think this tactical backpack is a great buy and gives you 64 Liters to fit your items, at a very convenient price!

Have a look at the price and user reviews on Amazon.

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The Tactical Backpack Under 50 Dollars

Just because you’re not willing to spend all your money on a tactical backpack, it doesn’t mean you can’t find a good one for less than 50$.

That’s the case with the Monkey Paks Small Tactical Assault Military Backpack with 2.5 Liter Hydration Water Bladder System that took us by surprise with its performance and low price.


Take a look at our list of pros and see for yourself:

  • the pack has a 26 liter capacity
  • it contains 5 separate compartments with interior organization pockets
  • it’s made of heavy duty, waterproof material
  • it comes with a removable hydration bladder
  • four of the main compartments have double sided heavy-duty big teeth
  • the 5th compartment has Velcro tab closure and is used for water bladder; it includes also hooks to hang it with
  • the zippers run smoothly and feature paracord pulls
  • there is Molle and Pals webbing for your items to fit and get organized
  • there are multiple compression straps that keep the pack compact when full
  • you can sling the pack over the shoulder for casual use
  • the shoulder straps are adjustable and padded
  • the pack comes with a hip belt
  • you can fit multiple guns and AMMO in the various pockets
  • the pack feels lightweight even when fully loaded

There are some minor things we don’t fancy about this pack and its worth mentioning them. Our list of cons is:

  • the pack doesn’t fit your laptop…and this is a big downside nowadays, except if you’re only using it in the field
  • the zippers could use some fabric extenders
  • the water bladder is rather flimsy and water ends up on the bottom of the pack. Such a shame for a good thing…
  • there are simply too many adjustment points on the shoulder straps
  • the shoulder straps could use more padding
  • the carry handle is not long lasting
  • the Molle doesn’t have the standard spacing so clips don’t work to attach actual Molle gear
  • the pack could be a bit bigger

Don’t takes us wrong. For the money you pay, you still get a great, heavy duty, higly organizable tactical backpack.

Make sure to check out the reviews and pricing on Amazon.

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The Best Budget Tactical Backpack

Just because you’re on a budget, it doesn’t mean you can’t get a good tactical backpack. As the market is full of all kind of options, backpack manufacturers have managed to create good quality tactical backpacks that meet most of your needs, at a fair price.

It’s the case of this Fieldline Tactical Alpha OPS Daypack that gives you 30 Liter’s to fit your items, no matter how sensitive they might be.


There are plenty of good things to mention about this pack, so here’s our list of pros:

  • the pack gives you an extra-large main compartment with two zippered mesh pockets
  • there is a top front accessory pocket with zippered closure
  • the second compartment is also roomy and features a gear organizer
  • the pack has a yoked shoulder strap system with an adjustable sternum slider
  • it has included a 2 Liter compatible pouch with left&right Velcro closures
  • there are dual grommet drain holes
  • the pack has heavy duty padded handle and Velcro name tape and patch holders
  • there is Molle webbing all over the pack
  • the pack comes with an adjustable chest strap
  • there is good stitching all over the pack and the fabric is pretty good
  • the pack fits your 15” laptop
  • there are double zippers on both main compartments
  • the pack is well made and perfectly sized
  • the hole for the hose is covered when not in use
  • the pack gives you ample storage space and many options for organizing your items
  • the zippers are secure and work pretty good
  • the pack feels lightweight
  • the quality you get is amazing for the price

As it figures, there are some minor issues with this, but they don’t make us change our mind about this backpack.

Our cons would be:

  • the breathability of the pack is not that great
  • there is no padding on the bottom of the pack so your electronic devices may get damaged
  • there is no internal sheet frame
  • the zippers could be of better quality
  • the shoulder strap buckles tend to slip a lot
  • the pack is not very long lasting

All in all, for little money, you get a great tactical backpack that fits your laptop, multiple items in an organized way, and offers versatility anytime.

Make sure to check out more detailed reviews as well as pricing on Amazon.

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Best Tactical Backpack Made in the USA

We don’t know about you guys, but when it comes to backpacks, the first thing we look at is… where it’s made. It’s not that we don’t trust manufacturers from around the world- they sure do know what they’re doing! – but we get sensitive when we see “Made in our USA” 🙂

It wasn’t that difficult to find a good tactical backpack 100% made in the USA; the struggle was to decide which one to talk about. So… we settled for the Spec Ops T.H.E. Ultimate Assault Pack that meets most of our needs and likes.


This is one sturdy, heavy duty tactical backpack that fits any airline overhead storage and gives you no less than 40 Liters of capacity to fit your items. Our pros are many and here they are:

  • the pack is made of 1000D nylon fabric and features huge YKK #10 USA self-healing zippers
  • the backpack is fully compatible with Spec Ops “Drop-in, bolt on” gear organizers
  • it has 3 main cargo compartments
  • there aren’t many seams and stress points so the pack is durable and lightweight
  • the attachment loops, drag handles and zippers are sewn through the pack’s double layer body
  • there are one-piece breathable shoulder pads
  • the pack fits your 17” laptop easily
  • the Molle is well positioned and there is lots of space for patches
  • the hydration pocket is placed in the mid-point of the pack so that it improves the comfort and the balance. Plus, it’s easier to insert and remove the bladders also.
  • there is a padded, zippered body panel for additional storage
  • the pack comes with optional frame sheet
  • there is full inside visibility with this pack. Its interior is fully lined in Spec Ops own High-Viz yellow for easier access to your items.
  • the pack features the Patented Battle Buckles- long lasting and heavy duty
  • the zipper on the main compartment is placed to an outer position to create a trap-door style pack with better cargo management

As you can see, there are many things to like about this USA-made backpack. But, there are some downsides- not deal breakers, though… Our list of cons:

  • this pack fits smaller people better as the waist belt is rather small
  • for the space it gives, the pack should definitely have more pockets for better organization of the items
  • about the fact that you need to customize the pack on your own needs and likes we feel kind of torn: it’s a great thing, as you only know what you need, but, at the same time, you need to buy everything else you need. And it gets pricey in the end to have your own, fully customized backpack.
  • the shoulder straps could use more padding
  • the interior compartments need more organization
  • there is no padding on the bottom of the pack so the electronic devices can get damaged.

All in all, we like this 100% USA-made backpack for its size, sturdiness and versatility.

Have a look at more reviews and pricing on Amazon.

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The Top Tactical Backpack for EDC/Every Day Use

Getting the right tactical backpack for everyday use seems a bit out of reach for some, but the hard part actually comes when you need to pick one.

We read, tried and asked around and… long story short, we decided to go with the Direct Action Dust Tactical Backpack as the best tactical backpack for everyday use.


This 20 Liter tactical backpack is made 100% from 500D Cordura and is DWR coated. It’s a lightweight, versatile backpack that goes great when running around town for errands, hiking, going to the job or school or… going on a field mission. Here are some of its pros:

  • it features a Patented Combat Vent System that increases comfort
  • the pack fits your 15” laptop, as well as a tablet or iPad
  • your laptop fits in the designated padded sleeve
  • it features one-of-a-kind laser cut Molle/Pals system which is low profile, snug-free and non-water absorbing
  • you get Kryptex, PenCott and Multicam materials that are NIR (near-infrared) treated, which helps prevent detection with night-vision
  • the pack fits a hydration bladder and is hydration-ready
  • it has contoured foam profiles with multiple air channels combined with airy mesh, therefore the pack is very breathable
  • the front pocket has an internal organizer for GPS, writing utensils and a vinyl pocket for maps and documents
  • the side pockets fit even more small items
  • the small flat front pocket gives you more space for small items
  • the suspension system is based on S-profiled shoulder straps and internal stiffener in the back
  • the shoulder and waist strap may be stowed away in the back panel when not in use so the pack turns into a slim, no-snag hand luggage
  • the pack features heavy duty, glove friendly YKK zippers
  • the waist strap is detachable
  • there is a paracord drag handle
  • the zippers run smoothly and quietly

Even though these are not deal breakers, there are some things we like less about this pack. Here are our cons:

  • the pack needs thicker web straps
  • the hip belt and the shoulder straps could use more padding
  • the zippers are not waterproof
  • the pouches for the water bottles are too shallow.

All in all, you won’t be buying a lemon when getting this tactical backpack. It works amazingly well for everyday use.

You may want to read more reviews and see the pricing on Amazon

 

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Tips: How to spot the best tactical backpack

Whether you’re looking for a small or a 2-day or 3-day backpack, or even a larger one, here are some things for you too keep in mind and look for.

Comfort is by far the most important factor. The whole build of a backpack contributes to user comfort, and especially its backside, with its plating, padding and shoulder and hip straps. If possible, try before you buy. If not possible, read reviews from owners – you’ll discover a wealth of details there.

Ease of reach – the gear most frequently used should be in the pockets and pouches, or even attached to the Molle stripes. But the inner compartments should also be quickly reachable, and not wrapped under a lot of zippers and buckles.

Good organization – the more compartments and pockets, the better the distribution that can be achieved. But then there’s a risk to forget what’s where; good organization should be practiced over time until it becomes second nature.

Expansion system – a Molle-compatible webbing, as well as extra straps on the bottom and various areas will ensure that the backpack can accommodate other pouches, pockets and containers.

Durability – last but not least, look out for a strong build and high grade materials. Sometimes the threading can become loose in time, so the thread material and sewing should be observed. Double stitching is to be preferred if available. Generally heavy-duty backpacks are made of ultra-strong nylon material, with YKK-grade zippers and straps of ballistic nylon.

Extra features: volume-adjusting straps, hydro compartments, water protection can be significant pluses.

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