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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 21 February 2013
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I recently purchased one of these bags and about 5 minutes after ordering the foliage I changed my mind and bought a Flecktarn version instead. I was a little concerned that the delivery date would be the 8th of March but happily it turned up 5 days after I ordered it. Thanks CamoOutdoor for changing the camo version and replying quickly to my messages!

After I picked it up from my local delivery office (I live in uni halls so delivery's usually end up walking to the nearest Postal Office) I couldn't help myself and ripped the bag open. It was packed well and also included a little advert from CamoOutdoor themselves showing pictures of products and their company website.

Before I left the postal office I decided to instantly try it out. I packed my messenger back into the main compartment and put the bag on and walked out the door. I was amazed that (in terms of the price) how well padded both the back and arm straps were. The padding is thick and although it's not moulded it fit comfortably. On this basis I have no concerns that if I were carrying more weight I certainly wouldn't be getting back or shoulder rubbing.

While playing with this bag I noticed the sheer amount of space inside the back. The product picture really doesn't do justice. In terms of size I will describe it using objects that everyone has/seen/owned. The main compartment could easily fit 4 17" laptops with enough room to spare at the very top to fit the chargers. The second compartment from the main looks like it could hold 6-8 A4 notepads, again with room to spare for say.. a pencil case? The two compartments on the front are spacious enough for every minor items you might need to carry, for example maps or important documents and sunglasses and ipods/phones. I know there has been reviews on the 30L bags that claim the litre size is not as advertised, someone even suggested with some maths that it was actually 17L, but I am more than happy that this 50L is as advertised, 50 litres of space!

One part of this bag that I missed even on second inspection is the neat little compartment that allows for a water bladder. This pocket is right under the padded back and is kept together by some very tough velcro. Based on my size estimates you could easily fit two bladders in this compartment. However there seems to be not way of suspending the bladders (some bags have little hooks to attach the bladder to) If you are considering this bag you might have to make a little moddification where by you attach some cord to the carry handle and use that, otherwise you might find that if you were keeping one bladder in this thing it will eventually move itself to be in more of a sideways position.

***I know a lot of reviews that I've read on both the 50L and 30L sizes complain about the MOLLE webbing, for those that don't know the idea of MOLLE is to attach more pockets/gizmo's to the rucksack and modify it in your own way. I myself do not have anything MOLLE related so I cannot confirm/prove that MOLLE is or isn't compatable with this rucksacks, but based on a few reviews it seems the spacing between them are too small. Again if I were to strap anything onto the rucksack I would use cord and forget about the MOLLE pockets and pouches you see, as they are too expensive for what they are, in my opinion***

The bags material in general is very thick and when the description says it is "PVC coated" I believe this means that, as I have seen, inside the bag there is a sort of plastic material that lines the whole bag. I am sure if I were caught in a small shower it would be fine but if there was a storm I don't think I could trust it, but I will have to test it out at some point.

If there was only one thing that I could point out to Mil-Tec (the manufacters) It would be the quality of the plastic buckles and the zippers. The plastic on first inspection seems tough but you can squeeze the female ends of the buckles very easily, not so much that you could crack them, but if at any point these buckles were to be sat on or squashed, I am pretty certain that they would crack. The zippers themselves are ok but I am sure they will wear quicker than anything on this bag. But I would then simply buy some paracord and make my own zipper pulls.

I would also like to thank CamoOutdoor shop for letting me change my mind and their quick response to my request. Followed up with a message back telling me they had changed it and despatched the item!

Overall this bag is worth the money and with a variety of colours and camo to choose from these 50L's are certainly very good and I have no doubt I will be purchasing a few more in some other colours before the end of the year! :)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 12 November 2011
Well what can I say about this Backpack... It is amazing how much it holds. I bought this because I needed a new Backpack as I had just started a college course and needed a big Backpack to hold my file, books, tools, flask and other stuff like writing implements. This is very ideal for everythin I need, in fact it's more than I need for everything. It is well worth the money I paid for it and I would recommend it too anybody needing lots of space to have handy with them. It is also a very light Backpack to carry around, it has shoulder straps which can have other things attached to them as well as other parts to attach things too and a waist strap if you need to have it strapped around your waist as well.
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on 3 November 2013
We were travelling with our 2-year old daughter on our first flight with her which was also a long flight, and so we needed a decent carry-on luggage back to carry her toys, nappies, milk, etc.

This bag offers four separate zipped compartments, making segregating food/milk, toys and nappies a breeze, and with the compression straps pulled in just a little fits into (most) of those pesky airline carry-on bag test boxes (and it is still certainly much smaller than what I see some people get away with). Within the compartments, some also offer small separate pocketed or netted areas, useful for keeping some of those smaller things in easy-to-reach places.

We have subsequently used this bag to go away on various other trips and similarly allows for first aid kits, lightweight jackets, food, etc to all be separated.

For those carrying more heavy loads, the backpack also features a good waist strap - it's not padded like a full-size Bergen-type backpack, and I thought it might not be very good but actually both my wife and I found it comfortable when in use.

The outside of the backpack is covered in strips of strapping material, each sewn every 3cm or so, that provides lots of little loops for hooking on cheap carabiner clips allowing various items (torches, etc) to be placed on the outside for instant access.

When not in use, the compression straps allow this bag to be flattened down neatly as the pictures show, and so storing this bag is tidy and easy.
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on 11 June 2012
I have to say that this is a very good bag for the price. It has plenty of space; the adjustable straps on the side and bottom make carrying a full bag easy as they compact everything together. They also make the bag smaller whn all parts are not being used. To give an idea of how much this bag can carry, have used it to carry my weekly shopping and all the items I need on my course including large text books and my laptop (separately of course), but both being very heavy and making full use of the space in the bag.

One little fault I have found with the bag which has prevented me from giving it 5 stars is the zip handles. Each zip has a paracord loop with a plastic cap for opening-without them its tricky to use the zips. 2 of mine have fallen off soon after getting the bag, you can attach them easy enough by heating on end with a lighter and then pressing it back in the cap.

All in all, a great bag and worth buying!
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on 23 April 2013
Whilst looking for the perfect bag to go travelling over summer (I was intentionally looking for 50L backpacks so that I had no choice but to pack light) I looked at a whole variety of these backpacks and read many reviews. Where people have mentioned that it was smaller than they had anticipated, that wasn't the case for me. It was actually a bit bigger than I expected! Ok so it won't fit your entire wardrobe but it will definitely do you for short-term excursions! It's very comfortable, the zips are very sturdy and the different compartments are great for their intended purpose. I know that this bag will last me years and it's a fantastic buy for only around £30!! It took about a week and a half to arrive and it did so in perfect condition!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 9 June 2013
Fab for cabin luggage, fits loads in. Plenty of pockets. Would recommend for others. Good price. Fast delivery. We used for a weeks trip to Europe and my son also took for 4 day school residential.
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on 5 April 2012
I bought this for college. Front compartment holds a pencil case and lunch pail. Above holds misc items (keys, magnifying loupe, folding cup, knife, wallet etc etc etc, there is a lot of space). Second pocket holds water bottle and coffee/soup flask plus a hat, gloves, scarf and room for more. Main pocket can hold laptop and charger plus college books and still leave space for fleece/jacket when it gets too warm. All in all, perfect for those who don't like to be unprepared. Only complaint would be that one zip tag came off very quickly but I can pop a keyring on there so no matter.
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on 14 September 2014
This is my second review as I have had the rucksack for about six months; I noticed a split in the side and corner, so I emailed the company with photos but got no reply!
The next time I used the bag I was placing my sports gear in when the whole side spilt open! So I had to sow the side and corner up by hand with strong cotton. I’m not using this rucksack for army equipment such as gun magazines clips and grenades, I only use this rucksack for my sports equipment very disappointing
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 9 December 2013
A good quality bag that's roomy and light weight is let down by very poor quality zips which break easily. I wouldn't recommend it.
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on 10 October 2014
It's a very good bag if you don't intend to put too much weight/bulk in it. I used it for keeping my university books and a change of clothing in, and the material ripped near the zip. There is a six-inch rip which renders the bag unusable now for anything but indoor storage. I didn't over fill-it to the point of struggling to get the zip closed either.
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