The Best Tactical Backpack in 2020

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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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 out of 5 stars (4.7 / 5)See reviews and pricing on Amazon

5.11 Tactical 1 Day Rush Backpack

The 24-hr version of the RUSH 72

4.7 out of 5 stars (4.7 / 5)See reviews and pricing on Amazon

5.11 All Hazards Prime Bkpk Sndstone

Extremely durable, easy to carry
Full featured bag with enough room to handle a full tactical kit

5 out of 5 stars (5 / 5)See reviews and pricing on Amazon

Direct Action Dragon Egg Mk II Tactical Backpack

Lightweight and versatile 2-day backpack
100% Cordura 500D, DWR coated

4.7 out of 5 stars (4.7 / 5)See reviews and pricing on Amazon

Maxpedition Falcon-II Backpack

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

4.6 out of 5 stars (4.6 / 5)See reviews and pricing on Amazon

Maxpedition Condor-II Backpack

2nd gen. day assault pack
1950 cu. in. / 32 L

4.6 out of 5 stars (4.6 / 5)See reviews and pricing on Amazon

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 out of 5 stars (4.6 / 5)See reviews and pricing on Amazon

Tactical Tailor Operator Extended Range Pack

5 day backpack.
Internal Frame.
Separated Hydration Compartment.

4.6 out of 5 stars (4.6 / 5)See reviews and pricing on Amazon

Tactical Tailor Operator Urban Pack

1,836 Cu.in. volume

17 inch Laptop compartment

4.6 out of 5 stars (4.6 / 5)See reviews and pricing on Amazon

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 out of 5 stars (4.9 / 5)See reviews and pricing on Amazon

Condor 3 Day Assault Pack

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

4.6 out of 5 stars (4.6 / 5)See reviews and pricing on Amazon

Condor Venture Pack Olive Drab

Capacity: 27.5L. Padded back section, shoulder straps & waist belt. Removable stiffened back
Inner CCW pocket

4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)See reviews and pricing on Amazon

Seibertron Falcon

37-liter expandable design
Durable build, moderate pricing

4.6 out of 5 stars (4.6 / 5)See reviews and pricing on Amazon

Mardingtop Tactical Backpack

35 Liters
Expandable main compartment
Padded elastic pouch for laptop

4.6 out of 5 stars (4.6 / 5)See reviews and pricing on Amazon

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 out of 5 stars (4.9 / 5)See reviews and pricing on Amazon

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 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)See reviews and pricing on Amazon

Fieldline Tactical Alpha OPS Daypack

Versatile tactical daypack

4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)See reviews and pricing on Amazon

3V Gear Velox II Large Tactical Backpack

Tactical Backpack MOLLE Compatible

4.6 out of 5 stars (4.6 / 5)See reviews and pricing on Amazon

Red Rock Outdoor Gear Assault Pack

3 day pack, perfect for a bug-out bag

4.3 out of 5 stars (4.3 / 5)See reviews and pricing on Amazon

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.

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The Top 5 Best Tactical Backpacks of the Year

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

1) 5-11 RUSH 72

5-11 RUSH 72 review

The 5.11 Rush 72 Pack 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-repellent, 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, look into the 5.11 RUSH 24 or RUSH 12.

2) Condor 3-Day Pack

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

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 Maxpedition Falcon-II Backpack 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) 3V Gear Paratus 3-Day Operator’s Tactical Backpack

3v gear paratus operator tac pack

For those of you looking for a 3-day tactical backpack, the 3V Gear Paratus 3-Day Operator’s Tactical Backpack is one valuable option to keep in mind.

The tactical backpack is dependable for military, hiking, hunting, and assault pack. It presents Molle compatibility and has a modular design. The Rapid Deployment Pack and the two Molle pouches turn the backpack into a highly versatile and durable option.

The double stitching and the rugged 600D PVC backing polyester give the pack strength, durability, and weather resistance. No matter how much you load it, the side-release compression straps will let you tighten it for effortless carry. The molded EVA back panel keeps the pack in shape and ensures ventilation as well.

Comfort isn’t compromised, and the waist and shoulder straps are padded for comfort and support. We also notice the grab handle for more comfortable transportation. Additionally, the shoulder straps are body-contoured and have D-ring for attaching equipment. The sternum strap increases the comfort, reducing the pressure from the overload.

The backpack stands out with the versatility and durable build. It’s also hydration compatible and features padded laptop sleeve as well.

Accessing the pack is also straightforward, thanks to the multiple access points of the backpack.

Let’s give the positive aspects another look:

  • It features a deployment pack
  • It’s Molle compatible and has PAL attachment points throughout
  • It’s sturdy and has a durability feel to it
  • The straps for sternum, shoulders, and waist belt are padded and breathable

We’re not changing our mind over some minor downsides:

  • It’s going to be challenging to carry it on a long hike
  • The waistbands get loose after some time

Focus on the many positive aspects and never mind the downsides. The pack is great, no matter how picky you are!

 

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

6) 5.11 Tactical RUSH Moab 10 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 one to give a go to is the 5.11 Tactical RUSH Moab 10 Backpack.

5.11 Tactical RUSH Moab 10 Backpack

Thanks to its “Tier System,” you can attach the backpack to any Rush backpack. The crossbody shoulder strap system ensures ambidextrous use, whereas the concealed back-up system pistol compartment eliminates the problem for storing your weapon securely. You can easily fit your ammo as well.

Organizing your items isn’t going to be a problem with the sling pack since it comes with many compartments and administration pockets. There’s also a fleece-lined pocket for your sunglasses.

On top of everything else, it features the Molle system so that you can add more things. Customizing the pack will not pose any issues thanks to the hook&loop flag patch. The set of 4 mesh tier clips only increase your possibilities for organizing your belonging. As if all of these options weren’t enough, the pack also comes with a tech pocket on the shoulder strap with earbud eyelet pass-through for a tiny radio or smartphone.

The design of the sling pack is very well thought out, and the construction doesn’t disappoint either. The materials are sturdy, and the zippers are YKK self-repairing, taking full use. The articles are water-resistant, so the pack can handle few splashes.

The pack includes a hydration pocket with pass-through and compression straps for compact shape when loaded.

All in all, it’s a lightweight sling pack that is big enough to fit your iPad. You can grab it as you go thanks to its grab handle.

Here’s our take on the pros:

  • It’s lightweight and has a smart design
  • It includes numerous options for organizing your things
  • It features tech pocket on the shoulder strap
  • It’s made for ambidextrous use
  • The material is water-resistant, and the YKK zippers are self-repairing
  • It comes with compression straps
  • It includes a hydration pocket

The cons are nothing to worry about:

  • The main compartment could be more expandable
  • You cannot add another attachment point for gaining stability
  • It doesn’t have strips

Regardless of the minor issues, the sling pack is a reliable EDC backpack to use in many situations.

Check out the pricing and reviews on Amazon.

7) Maxpedition Sitka Gearslinger

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

Maxpedition Sitka Gearslinger

The sling pack is made for the left shoulder, allowing a more efficient weapon shouldering. It also gains amazing utility when rotated towards the front of the body. Either way, you can wear the pack also in front for effortless access when sitting down.

The construction of the pack recommends it for excess use. The stress points are reinforced, but there are no unnecessary seams. The sling pack has a good build and has a durability feel to it.

It’s spacious enough to fit your 15” Macbook, along with your GPS, iPad, and a flashlight. There are plenty of small pockets to use for organizing your things anyway.

Their zippers are YKK so that they will handle full use for a reasonable amount of time. Additionally, the pack is waterproof, and it’s made with DuPont Teflon fabric for the final coat for keeping the elements at a distance.

This sling pack is for everyday use and fits plenty of your items-just don’t put too many as the bag gets too heavy, and weight distribution isn’t one of its strengths. It’s compatible with 100-ounce hydration reservoirs, which increases its functionality.

Secure and providing easy access to your items, the sling pack is very well made and features a subtly concealed weapon carrying system.

We’ve shortened the list of pros to the following:

  • It comes with a subtly concealed weapon carrying system
  • It’s very well made and has reinforced stress points
  • You can take your 15″ Macbook with it
  • It’s made with DuPont Teflon coating for weather resistance
  • It’s compatible with 100-ounce hydration reservoirs
  • It provides numerous options for organizing

The downsides don’t take us back down:

  • The weight distribution could use improvement
  • The Velcro panel should be more on the inside
  • The Molle straps could be bigger

Even if the sling pack isn’t the meanest out there, it’s a reliable option to use for many years to come.

Check out the pricing and reviews on Amazon.

The Best Tactical Backpack to Take to the Range

8) G.P.S. Tactical Range Backpack

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.

Affordable and sturdy, the backpack stands out with its numerous qualities. Organizing things is going to be a breeze as the bag features 3-gun cases zippered pouch, many internal pouches, and plenty of Velcro and Molle webbing. We notice four outside zippered pockets that you can use for ammo and different accessories. On the side note, the handgun pouches are medium-sized, fitting a Glock 17 or anything smaller

The backpack also presents an external bungee system for targets, whereas the main compartment comes with a divider for efficient organization.

You get effortless access to everything you need, thanks to its design. Comfort isn’t skipped either, as the shoulder straps are well padded.

The construction is excellent, and the stitching looks and feels durable. The backpack is made with high denier nylon with Teflon treatment. It’s going to take a splash, but the rain-shield in the zippered pouch protects the inside against water.

As for the zippers and the buckles, no worries either! There are heavy-duty zippers and rugged plastic buckles used on the backpack.

The frame keeps the shape of the backpack, which is comfortable to carry even when loaded.

We should give the best qualities a second look:

  • It’s made with HD nylon with Teflon coating
  • It comes with 3gun zippered pouch and numerous internal pouches
  • It features four outside zippered pockets and external bungee system
  • It has Molle webbing and Velcro
  • The plastic buckles and zippered are tough
  • It has a frame for maintaining the shape

The parts we like less don’t take away its overall value:

  • Some think that the waist strap is useless
  • The shoulder straps could be longer
  • The removable compartments don’t feel durable
  • Closing the zippers in the corners is a struggle

With the goods outweighing the bads, it makes perfect sense why we trust the backpack and recommend you buy it when shopping.

Check out its price and user reviews on Amazon.

The Best Covert Tactical Backpack

9) 5.11 Tactical COVRT 18 Backpack

If you are on the lookout for a backpack that fits not only your weapons but also your 17″ laptop, you may stop looking, as the 5.11 Tactical COVRT 18 Backpack has what you want.

This low profile pack has a main compartment and many pockets and goes up to 35 liters of capacity. It has an excellent weight distribution, and it provides comfort even when it’s full. There are several mesh zippered pockets inside the main compartment and also a concealed handgun compartment. The Molle system inside the main admin pocket increases your options for organizing your belongings. If that’s not enough, don’t forget about the google pocket, which is great for smaller items.

You can easily fit your iPad in the side-entry pocket and use 12-16oz—water bottles in the side pockets. Additionally, there’s a hydration bladder.

The comfort is also checked, as the shoulder and sternum straps are well designed, comfortable, and easy to adjust. The breathability of the pack is essential to notice, as the padding in the chest, back, and shoulder areas isn’t very thick.

When it comes to construction, we should mention that the backpack comes with waterproof materials and rugged zippers. The latter also has rain covers.

Here’s what we like a lot about the backpack:

  • The backpack is spacious and has many storage compartments
  • It features a side-entry pocket for an iPad
  • The main compartment has zippered mesh pockets
  • The shoulder and sternum straps are comfortable and easy to adjust
  • The backpack is breathable and convenient to carry
  • It also features a concealed handgun compartment

We’re not changing our mind over some minor problems:

  • The webbing for the straps could be better
  • It has no hip belt
  • There is some discomfort in the shoulder area on the cause of the grab handle

Never mind the issues, as they’re easily overcome thanks to the numerous good features that the backpack brings to the table.

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

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.

10) Direct Action Dust MK II Tactical Backpack

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

Thanks to the Patented Combat Vent System, the backpack is highly comfortable to wear even in the summer. The breathability is truly impressive, whereas the shoulders and waist straps reduce stress when carrying the pack. You can always remove the waist strap when not needed.

The organizing possibilities are well-designed, and the backpack comes with a padded laptop sleeve, front pocket with internal organization for GPS, and clear vinyl pocket for documents and maps. You can use the side pockets for the smaller items.

The build is excellent, and the backpack is made with water-resistant materials and rugged zippers. It also comes with a hydration bladder and paracord handle on top. Its low profile and snug fit make it comfortable and lightweight even when fully loaded.

Here’s our take on the positive aspects:

  • It’s very well made with water-resistant materials
  • It presents Patented Combat Vent System, so it’s highly breathable
  • It has padded laptop sleeved
  • It includes numerous pockets
  • The waist strap is removable
  • It has hydration bladder and low profile

We don’t see the downside as deal breakers:

  • It doesn’t have adaptability for the computer area
  • It could use more padding on the shoulder straps
  • The stitching could be better

No matter how picky you are, the backpack will be an excellent fit for your tactical needs anytime.

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

11) Condor Urban Go Pack

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

The backpack impresses with the organizational abilities and comes with a padded laptop sleeve for a 15″ laptop. It features two side pockets for several items and effortless access for the gadget pocket.

There are three main compartments and no less than 12 pockets to use for storing your items. You will also notice small zipper pockets in the front section and large side pockets for water bottles. You can also use the hydration pack, though, since it’s well placed and easy to access.

The pack also features Pals webbing and grommets for more options for storing your items.

In terms of comfort, the backpack doesn’t disappoint as it has padded backing with mesh reinforcement for increased ventilation. The sternum strap is adjustable not only in and out, but also up and down, whereas the waist strap is also detachable and well padded. Once you load the pack, you can use the compression straps for making it more compact.

The zippers and fabric are good quality, and the thick nylon seems durable.

These qualities caught our attention:

  • The backpack has three main compartments and numerous pockets
  • It has Pals webbing and grommets
  • It features removable waist strap and adjustable sternum strap
  • It has a padded laptop sleeve
  • It’s made with thick and durable fabric
  • It also includes hydration pocket and compression straps

The parts we like less don’t take away its value:

  • The buckles don’t feel rugged
  • The front pocket is placed low
  • The stitching could be better

Whether you want to use the tactical backpack for work or for your tactical activities, this one isn’t going to disappoint for sure.

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The Tactical Backpack Under 150 Dollars

12) Elite Survival Systems Guardian Concealed Carry Tactical EDC Pack

If you are looking for a rugged tactical backpack that doesn’t have a tactical look, check out the Elite Survival Systems Guardian Concealed Carry Tactical EDC Pack.

Elite Survival Systems Guardian Concealed Carry Tactical EDC Pack

Despite its subtle and rather civilian appearance, the backpack is loaded with features recommending it for the tactical jobs. The first thing to mention is the 1000D nylon build, which makes the backpack able to take the excess use on your tactical activities. The material also provides some sort of water resistance.

Just because it doesn’t look very tactical, doesn’t mean that the backpack cannot manage the challenging tactical missions. The zippers are heavy-duty and have covered the zipper chain for water resistance.

The backpack has a low profile, and the Laser-cut Molle on front and side give you many options to add various equipment. It also includes a dedicated concealed carry compartment.

The modular design combines great with the internal characteristics of a daily carry pack. For instance, the backpack features a zippered document pocket on the front and Velcro panel for attaching your patches.

The safety of your items isn’t skipped, and the padding on all sides and bottom will protect your belongings. We also notice eyewear protect on top with soft lining and zippers for closure.

Functionality is essential for all tactical backpacks, and this one comes with dual water bottle/accessory pockets on both sides. Yoke system carries features vented mesh back panel for comfortable carry. Additionally, the grab handle is also padded for the effortless carry of the pack.

When it comes to organizing, the pack provides an organizational pocket with tablet pocket, key hook, dual mesh zippered pockets, and numerous flat compartments for accessories forwards. Even the main compartment is MOlle compatible and has mesh pockets. The dedicated laptop compartment features soft lining so that your fragile items are easy to access and protected.

The list of positives continues with the zippered concealment compartment with an internal holster. You may access it from both sides of the backpack since it’s an ambidextrous carry model.

We’ve shortened the positives to the following:

  • It’s made with 1000D nylon and has rugged zippers
  • The zippers come with zipper chain for water resistance
  • The pack is padded on all sides and bottom
  • It includes many compartments, and it’s Molle compatible too

The downsides shouldn’t worry you at all:

  • The main compartment could be more spacious
  • It has no port for the hydration compartment

Suffice it to say, the backpack is a significant investment to make for your tactical and regular activities too.

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The Tactical Backpack Under 50 Dollars

13) SOG Ninja Tactical Day Pack

Just because you’re going shopping on a tight budget, it doesn’t mean you should compromise on the quality and durability of your tactical backpack. The SOG Ninja Tactical Day Pack is an affordable choice, but there’s more to it than just an attractive price.

SOG Ninja Tactical Day Pack

The pack is made with polyester and canvas blend, and it’s water repellent. It’s a versatile and functional model to use for tactical activities, but also for hiking, commute, or travel. The modular design includes a main compartment and front zippered pocket for organizing your things.

The list of tactical features includes the Molle webbing, which lets you attach different accessories, but also tubing port for accessing the hydration bladder pocket. Even if the pack is hydration compatible, it doesn’t come with a reservoir.

We also notice the hook-and-loop on the front, allowing you to attach the flag patch and the side pouch for most water bottles.

Comfort box is also ticked as the pack features yoke-style shoulder straps that are both padded and adjustable. The backpack features a sternum slider, and the contoured foam back has several air channels for breathable comfort. Compression straps on the side will turn the pack into a compact shape after loading it.

The bottom of the pack has two grommeted drain holes and four points so that you may attach a sleeping roll or bag.

Here’s what we like a lot on the backpack:

  • The backpack has a modular design and many tactical features
  • It features a breathable padded back and adjustable sternum slider
  • It comes with Molle system and robust zippers
  • It has a water-repellent build, and it’s hydration compatible

For the buck you’re paying, some flaws don’t surprise anyone:

  • The Molle straps are a tad narrow
  • The craftsmanship can be improved

Even if the backpack isn’t ideal for the impressive build, tactical features, and overall value, it manages to be the jack of all trades on any given day.

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The Best Budget Tactical Backpack

14) Fieldline Tactical Alpha OPS Daypack

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 kinds of options, backpack manufacturers have managed to create good quality tactical packs 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 Liters to fit your items, no matter how sensitive they might be.

The pack rocks an extra-large main compartment with two zippered mesh pockets and a second compartment with a gear organizer. Many will find the 2-liter compatible pouch with left and right Velcro closures helpful. The design is smart, as the backpack also comes with dual grommet holds.

Molle webbing all over the backpack, patch holders, Velcro name tape, and the ample storage space are on the list of qualities. The top front accessory pocket has a zippered closure, whereas the main compartments come with double zippers.

The backpack can fit a 15” laptop. It has a yoked shoulder strap system with adjustable sternum slider and padded handle for comfortable carry. It also includes an adjustable chest strap.

The craftsmanship gives durability to the backpack, ready to take excess use for a long time.

Here’s how we see the shortlist of pros:

  • The backpack is very well made and seems durable
  • It has a perfect size and many pockets
  • The two main compartments come with double zippers
  • It features a 2-liter compatible pouch
  • You can also use Molle webbing all over the pack
  • It has a yoke shoulder strap system
  • It comes with an adjustable chest strap and adjustable sternum slider

It’s fair even to list the inherent flaws:

  • The zippers could be of better quality
  • The breathability isn’t amazing
  • An internal sheet frame would have been nice

Stay focus on the goods as they’re many, and don’t forget that, for the buck you’re paying, the backpack is quite a bang!

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Best Tactical Backpack Made in the USA

15) SpecOps T.H.E. EDC Pack

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 SpecOps T.H.E. EDC Pack that meets most of our needs and likes.

SpecOps T.H.E. E.D.C. Pack

This backpack is a sturdy, heavy-duty tactical backpack that fits any airline overhead storage and gives you no less than 40 Liters of capacity to provide your items.

The three main cargo compartments will give you enough space for organizing your things. You can easily fit a 17” laptop in the backpack, which is compatible with Spec Ops “Drop-in, bolt-on” gear organizers. It features a padded and zippered body panel for more storage. There’s also the Molle system in the right places, and you get enough space for adding your patches too.

Don’t worry about not finding your things inside, as the interior is entirely lined in Spec Ops’ own High-Vis yellow for straightforward access to the items. Additionally, the zipper on the main compartment is placed to outer position for a trap-door style.

It’s made with 1000D nylon fabric and comes with large YKK #10 USA self-healing zippers. The build is impressive, and the attachment loops, zippers, and drag handles are sewn through the pack’s double-layer body. There aren’t unnecessary seam, and the bag has enough stitches in the stress points. It’s durable and lightweight at the same time.

The shoulder pads are made with one-piece and are breathable, providing comfort. The hydration pocket is placed in the mid-point of the pack, improving support and balance. Plus, it’s easier to insert and remove the bladders also.

The backpack also includes a free frame sheet and has Patented Battle Buckles that are durable and rugged.

We sure like some things better than others:

  • The backpack has excellent space for organizing items
  • It fits a 17” laptop
  • It’s lightweight and durable
  • The shoulders straps are breathable and comfortable
  • It includes the Molle system
  • The inside compartment is lined with High-Vis Yellow
  • The zippers are self-repairing and Ykk no.10

Don’t let the inherent downsides ruin your decision:

  • The waist belt is rather small
  • It could have more pockets for better organization
  • The shoulder straps could have more padding

Suffice it to say, and the backpack is a spacious, lightweight, robust, and dependable choice to have in mind for your tactical applications.

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The Top Tactical Backpack for EDC/Every Day Use

16) REEBOW GEAR Military Tactical Backpack

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.

When organizing things is life, the REEBOW GEAR Military Tactical Backpack Large Army is one of the most proper options to consider for your EDC jobs.

REEBOW GEAR Military Tactical Backpack

The backpack is made of high-density fabric, which is both water-resistant and long-lasting. It comes with the Molle system so that you can add and easily organize your things. There is Molle webbing throughout the backpack, allowing you to attach more tactical pouches or gear.  There are numerous pockets on the bag so that you may organize your items efficiently.

The durability and toughness add on the list of positives, as the back is made with double-stitches. The zippers don’t make an exception and take the heavy-duty use. They also come with utility-style cord pulls, for more functionality. We also need to mention the front and sideload compression system, which makes your loaded pack easier to fit under your seat on a plane. On the side note, the backpack meets carry on regulations.

Not only that, the shoulder straps are padded, but they’re also made with ventilated mesh on the underside for increased breathability. It’s the same for the back area, which is both padded and made with mesh for ventilation.

The pack is hydration compatible, and you can use it with a hydration bladder. Keep in mind that the hydration bladder isn’t included.

It’s a highly functional and versatile pack to use for your tactical, survival, hunting, arm, or trekking missions, but it also works as a range bag if need be.

Let’s have another look at the positives:

  • It’s made with water-resistant and durable material
  • It features Molle system and Velcro
  • It has numerous pockets
  • It’s hydration compatible

The downsides aren’t something to worry about:

  • The pockets are small, even though there are so many of them
  • The buckles are made of plastic

Regardless of the minor issues, the backpack is a reliable, versatile, and rugged choice to consider on any given day.

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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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Frequently Asked Questions About Tactical Backpacks

Q: Does the backpack have to look tactical or not?

A: It goes without saying that appearance isn’t essential for a tactical backpack, but many users don’t make any compromises when it comes to their tactical pack. A tactical backpack with camouflage design can make a difference. You don’t want a brightly colored backpack when out on a mission or hunting, for instance. Even though it’s not essential, you should give the appearance a good look before buying.

Q: What capacity do you need for your tactical backpack?

A: Funny enough, it’s not how much you pack in your tactical backpack, but how you pack it. A good tactical backpack features plenty of compartments for efficient organizing of your essentials. However, you need to make sure that the pack holds everything that you need. If you’re not sure about the room you need for your things, you should get a giant backpack. You never know when you need extra space.

Q: Is adjustability as crucial as they say for a tactical backpack?

A: Adjustability refers to the possibility of customizing the backpack to your particular height and side. The better the backpack, the higher the adjustability, and the more comfortable the carry will be.

The adjustability doesn’t come only from the adjustable shoulder straps and the hip belt. You need to be able to adjust the pack and keep the things within the backpack, too, moving it closer to your body. The load lifter straps are magical, as they allow you to pull the top backpack closer to your shoulders.

We also need to mention the stabilizer straps which are placed behind the hip belt, making the pack snug against your body and lightening the load.

A good backpack always has a hip belt, sternum strap, and adjustable shoulder straps, but having all 5 of them means that it’s one of the best options to try.

Q: With or without a chest strap on the tactical pack?

A: If you ever carry a tactical backpack, you know that shoulder straps aren’t enough for comfort, especially when your pack is heavy. A chest strap will spread the weight of the load, easing out your carry efforts. Don’t forget that you’ll run and jump a lot with your backpack, so anything that holds it in place is good to have. The chest strap dispersed the weight so that it doesn’t concentrate on the upper shoulder anymore. It also eliminates oscillation occurring during carrying.

Q: Why care about the suspension of your tactical backpack?

A: Suspension spreads the weight across the back from shoulder to your hips. Some backpacks present amazing suspension technology, and the pressure is spread evenly. Ideally, you want to travel comfortably, no matter how heavyweight your backpack is.

Lumbar swivel balls and dual peripheral aluminum rods will maintain and transfer weight nearer to the body, reducing the stress and efforts while carrying the backpack.

Q: Does heavyweight material means good material for your tactical backpack?

A: Not, as many robust and durable materials are quite lightweight. Weight is an aspect to consider, as you’re going to carry your tactical backpack for many hours. Try your best to get a lightweight backpack, without compromising on the durability and ruggedness.

Q: Why get a tactical backpack made with ripstop fabric?

A: Ripstop fabric is probably the best choice for tactical backpacks as it’s highly resistant to tearing, and minimizes the risk of tear from spreading. Many manufacturers use ripstop fabric for making tactical backpacks.

Q: Is cordura fabric also reliable in a tactical backpack?

A: DuPont created Cordura fabric, and it’s one of the most common choices for so many things. The weave generates impressive strength and resistance to tearing, even though it’s not as durable as nylon ripstop.

Kodra fabric resembles Cordura, but it’s made in Korea. Either way, you should always check the material used for the backpack to make an idea about the durability.

Q: Are some features important on your tactical pack?

A: Not all features are essential, but some of them make the use more natural and more comfortable. Molle system, numerous compartments, or webbed pouches will increase your organizing possibilities. They can make the difference between a poor and a great tactical backpack.

Straps for attaching a sleeping bag is another feature to have on a tactical backpack. Don’t forget about waterproofness, which becomes essential on a rainy day.

Q: Should your tactical backpack have hydration bladder or not?

A: When it comes to tactical backpacks, the hydration bladder means that you’re stepping up your game. The hydration bladders are typically made of plastic or rubber, accommodating 3 to 4 liters of water.

Should you are given a chance, always choose the backpack that is hydration compatible.

Q: How many utility pockets should the tactical backpack have?

A: Utility pockets are an extra feature that you find in the more expensive backpack category. They’re essential for providing easy access to essentials such as a knife, flint, or mobile phone. A utility pocket should be placed in easy to access areas. One that is also scratch-resistant can protect fragile items such as your phone.

Q: How should the framework of a tactical backpack be?

A: A tactical back can be very well supported by a lightweight aluminum frame build externally or internally. The external framework ensures a lot of space between you and the backpack, which improves ventilation. However, it’s a lot heavier, and you should only use it for you have to carry delicate and fragile items.

The internal framework will ensure stability as you’re walking and makes a good fit for daily tactical missions.

Q: Can you do it without the Velcro closures on your tactical pack?

A: When you need to carry items, you don’t want to lose any of them inside. Velcro closures will keep your things inside and are safer than buttons.

Q: How can you pack your tactical backpack tightly?

A: There are several compression techniques to use for keeping your gear inside the backpack while maintaining it tight and limiting the side-to-side motion.

A roll-top closure system helps with vertical compression, whereas side compression straps are essential for horizontal compression. You can secure your gear with a top Y-strap compression.

A sternum strap with a self-tensioning elastic that you can adjust turns the backpack into an extension of yourself while improving your comfort.