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Well worth the money
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! :)