What To Look For In A Top Rated Tactical Backpack

Posted by on Jul 23, 2016 in Backpacking, Gear | Comments Off on What To Look For In A Top Rated Tactical Backpack

Tactical backpacks are great for travel, hunting, sports, and even just everyday use. While a lot of tactical backpacks are advertised as being available in camo, it’s important to remember that you can usually purchase them in dark green or black as well.

Fast Access to Everything You Need

all-purpose backpackA top rated tactical backpack is going to be an all-purpose backpack that has a lot to offer people for general use. They usually come with a single shoulder strap, so you can easily ‘swing’ the pack in front of yourself while you’re wearing it so that you can easily access the items stored in the pack.

Easy to Expand Storage

Another thing that the best backpacks offer is the ability to attach them to other packs so that you can clip smaller bags or satchels to them. You can often get them with a heavy-duty internal frame, which will make them far more comfortable when you are carrying heavy loads.

Multiple Uses

Some heavy-duty packs, especially medium-sized ones that are intended to be 3-day packs for tactical use, will have a bladder pocket that you can use as a laptop pouch when you’re using the bag as an EDC. They will have other pouches that could be used for handguns, or just for general storage, and they’ll have a hydration bladder – perfect for long distance runners.

Choosing a Bag

Picking out a bagPicking out a bag will never be easy. A part of the decision-making process will involve deciding whether you’re buying a bug-out bag, a bag for travel, an EDC, or something that you would use for camping and survival situations.

Depending on the intended use of the bag, things like space, waterproofing, ruggedness and comfort will come in different spots on your priority list. Organization, for example, will be incredibly important for people who carry a lot of items that they will need easy access to (e.g. climbers), and for business travelers or backpackers too. The occasional traveler might not care if they just pack everything up into one central compartment, but those who need some items ‘right now’, and others when they make camp will appreciate more flexibility.

Comfort will matter more for someone that is going to be carrying their bag on their back all day, every day. Most people will find that a standard tactical backpack will be ‘comfortable’ with about 45lbs in it, but they can hold as much as 60 – but if you’re going to be carrying that much it’s important that you get a bag with good waist straps, nice shoulder straps, and a sturdy frame took.

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Price and Build Quality

A good tactical backpack is not an inexpensive item. When you’re spending that much, you will want to know that the backpack can withstand the abuse you will give it. A good choice is a backpack that is made of 1000D water-resistant nylon fabric with double stitching on the seams, strong zippers, and cover flaps to prevent rain from seeping in. The best backpacks will have compartments in them that will keep the items you’re storing separated, and that will have zips themselves, as well as strong stitching so that they don’t tear or come loose. The zips are usually the first things to go on backpacks, so pay close attention to them – especially if you’re spending a lot of money.

Try the Pack in Person

It’s a very good idea to visit a camping store and try the backpack on in person if you can. Load it up with a lot of items, and make sure that it’s comfortable. Inspect the zippers and the stitching, and make sure you’re completely happy with the pack. If it isn’t comfortable, try another one. Buying a bag sight unseen is rarely a good idea. It will usually lead to you being disappointed because the fit, comfort, size or quality may not be what you expected. It doesn’t take long to test a bag, and feel for yourself whether it’s something you’d be able to wear for a long time without it putting stress on your shoulders or strain on your lower back.

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