Mil-Tec 14002608, US Assault Pack / Rucksack Approx., 20 Litre Military / Outdoor / School
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- Original Mil-Tec.
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100 % polyester, polyvinyl chloride coated
Total volume: approx. 36 litres
Dimensions: 51 x 29 x 28 cm
Weight: Approx. 1600 g
- Ergonomically shaped padded shoulder straps, approx. 5cm wide and adjustable length
Eyelets for additional attachment of material.
- Adjustable waist belt with quick release
2 large compartments with various zip and mesh compartments.
1 front pocket with organiser and additional compartment with zip.
All compartments with 2-way zip.
Volume control and luggage attachment with side compression straps.
- Various Molle recording points
- Integrated Velcro compartment for a hydropack
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The external straps (with quick release clips) tightens the exterior of the pack right down onto the contents within, (think of the pack as an accordion, the looser these straps the wider the pack can open out and expand, and vice versa); This helps to keep the profile as low as possible and it stops anything inside shifting around meaning there's no weight actively swinging around when you're on the move that can cause discomfort. The shoulder and waist straps are well padded and are very comfortable, as is the pack itself, (which also has an area of padding for your back). There's no sternum strap, but the shoulder pads are specifically shaped and are rigid enough that it's not really needed on such a small pack, especially with a waist strap too, (if necessary you can add an aftermarket strap however). Whilst I'll never be using it for the purpose, there's room for a decent sized water bladder (roughly 2 L) which has an external pocket and sits between the back padding and the exterior wall of the main compartment. For those that don't like water bladders, simply purchase 1 or 2 MOLLE water bottle/flask pouches and attach them wherever you prefer externally or carry in main compartment. The smaller external compartments are also handy to keep certain smaller items separate but this does come at the cost of a small loss of overall capacity to the main compartments. However, the pack has plenty of PALS webbing on the back and sides to add on a variety of MOLLE pouches/accessories as required. There are some additional zipped pockets, mesh pockets and dividers inside, as well as some pen/pencil dividers. They are well made, I've subjected mine to levels of tests and abuse that it'll never actually be relied upon to perform and absolutely nothing has ever given way or torn. Decent quality zips and quick release clips, and a well thought out design in general. Excellent finish too, they do look good. Ideal as a day pack or a light overnight bag, etc., etc. You can fit more in them than you may initially realise and there is the ability to attach various types of MOLLE pouches to add more carrying capacity too. Otherwise, internal space is still quite restricted IMHO. If you know you'll frequently need some additional capacity, you're uncertain if a 20 L pack will actually be large enough, or often need to carry extra items with you than others (for whatever reason), you may be better off with the slightly larger 36 L version, (remembering that you can also adjust them in the same manner as described above to control the overall size once packed).
*** Newer versions have laser cut attachment slots directly into the outer material rather than the ladder webbing being stitched on externally. The weight this saves would be marginal to unnoticeable on a pack of this size and the good thing about the external ladder webbing is you can easily feed all sorts of other items through the loops for external storage in addition to the modular kit. ***. Either way, these packs can be incredibly useful for anyone for a variety of purposes. Definitely recommended. 5/5.
The bag has 4 separate compartments and they are, in increasing size, just about right for ...
1. A glasses case
2. A book or camera
3. A bike D lock
4. A laptop.
So, I think this is a perfectly good size for a general day sack, but if you are wanting to use it for being out on the mountains you may want to go for a bigger size because I don't think it'll take waterproofs, jumper and camera very easily. Neither will the largest compartment take an A4 Lever Arch file.
But, it's a nice bag that feels like the material will last quite a lot of punishment. Time will tell if the zips hold up as I notice one or two reviewers have had problems in this area.
Update: It's now November 2018 and I've had the bag since April, so 7 months. Sad to report that, like some other reviews, the zip on the large compartment is now beginning to fail as I sometimes find it has opened itself, presumably under a small amount of stress. Very disappointed in this because the rest of the bag is as good as new. So I've now given it a score 3* and not 4 which, to be honest, right now feels a tad generous.
I came back to give a review because I finally managed to break this bad boy. I hung another roughly 12kg bag from the top handle whilst the backpack itself was stuffed full and heavy. This wasn't by choice and definitely goes beyond what I'd consider reasonable heavy duty use of the bag. There is a now a tear above where one of the shoulder straps attaches.
I'm back here because, rather than try to make a repair, I'm going to treat myself to a new one. At under £30, these are a steal.
The digital camo tends to divide opinion.
There is an almost-secret pocket accessed by peeling the Velcro between the back cushioning and the rest of the backpack.
With time, the nice, smooth, plastic upholstery on the inside will crumble - worth giving it a spring clean.
The side and bottom straps are the only part of this bag that failed before I pushed it past its breaking point - repeatedly yanking them to tighten them probably isn't the best idea.
There's a webbed segment in the main compartment the perfect size for sliding a 15" laptop - in its sleeve - in.
I recommend you try out this : take the two straps that come meant for clipping at the waist and instead attach them through the shoulder straps as a chest strap - for me it holds the bag much more comfortably. See photos fro how I've done this
The many pockets and organisers make this the most useful backpack. Webbing is great for clipping bike lights or other things to. I suggest some "web dominators" and looking for other web compatible side pockets to give you versatility when you need to pack more things on it.
Beware that it is NOT waterproof - the bag material IS but the zips are NOT, so in any rain more than a light shower, the water goes right through the zips (every pocket) and will get stuff damp. I've had papers in it wrinkle from a 20 minute walk in the rain, so use a bag cover if this concerns you.