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4.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding quality, very comfortable, 25 April 2012
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This review is from: Mil-Tec Military Army Patrol MOLLE Assault Pack Tactical Combat Rucksack Backpack Bag 36L Black (Misc.)
Quality:
Clearly made to military spec. Possibly the best quality craftsmanship I've seen in a bag. Everything about it just screams "Punish me if you can!" You WILL be impressed!

Capacity:
Though the bag can probably hold a lot more than appearances suggest, I'm guessing that 50L is a bit on the liberal side. I'd say more like 30L... 40 tops. I could be wrong and either way, that's still a lot for a day bag / basic survival pack.

Comfort & movement:
I use my bag on a motorbike. It's incredibly comfy to wear over Denim, Gortex or Leather jackets (or no jacket at all) and sits firmly in place exactly as it should. Even fully loaded it's easy to forget it's there.
With previous bags I've had problems turning my head while wearing a crash helmet. Not with this one. It sits just below the rim of the helmet and does it's best not to get in the way.

Layout:
As a product designed for military use, certain very specific items were taken into account when determining the size & shape of all the pockets. Great if you're carrying those exact items but not so if you're packing certain other things.
My one complaint (not really a complaint) is that the internal pockets are either a)way too universal for their own good or b)not universal at all. Personally I'd like to see either a lot more of them or none at all.
It'd also be nice if there were MOLLE harnesses INSIDE the bag so you could add your own internal pockets for things like PDA's/Mobile phoens, laptops, notepads, multi-tools, etc. Sure there are MOLLE pouches available for these things but I'd like to be able to fix them inside & out of view, keeping only the uninteresting stuff like water bottles, maps, weapons & first aid kits on the outside.

Water resistance:
<<UPDATED 27/1/2013>>
Tested for 2 hours straight in seriously heavy rain on its first practical trip out. It DID let water in around the zips but not to the point of getting the contents soaked. More like a little damp towards the top of the bag. Would recommend buying a waterproof cover for the bag or wrapping contents in plastic bags if you're expecting to be out in the rain a long time.
The material itself does repel water very well. Only the zips seem to let the bag down; and not by a great deal. Zip flaps would definitely have been a good idea though.

Practicality:
Ideal for bikers / cyclists, hikers, school kids, university students / lecturers, beach trips & days out.
Zips go ALL the way down... you can see everything you're carrying in one glance. I love that!
Can be added to... there's dozens of additional pockets & pouches available to buy that will fit this bag. Just ask for anything MOLLE and they'll know what you mean. There's loads of people manufacturing this stuff but it all fits together. Look out for names like VIPER & MILTEC in particular, as these are largely regarded as the best.

Security:
2 zipper heads per compartment allow for a form of zip locking, though there's no provision for installing luggage padlocks. Where security is an issue, cable ties or braided-steel security seals are probably your best option here.

Looks:
Great in black. Very utilitarian but not conspicuously so. Would not attract undue attention if left among other bags but is also not hard to pick out as yours.
Visually, this bag is a well thought out security concept in practice.

Minus 1 star because:
1)Zips don't have rain flaps
2)Arguably too many practical ways to organise contents. (Like that's a bad thing when you look at alternative products!)

All in, exceedingly good value for money. There's absolutely no good reason not to choose this over any similar sports / utility bag.

<<UPDATE 27/1/2013>>
I've since purchased 2 PALS/MOLLE first-aid / medics pouches which I've attached to either side of this bag. They compliment it's looks & loadout capacity very well and are far more universal than their name suggests. I use one for a toiletries bag & the other as a roadside repair kit. They are slightly less waterproof than the bag itself (owing mainly to their metal zips) but they nevertheless make a useful & versatile addition.
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Initial post: 26 Jan 2013, 20:38:27 GMT
Casper says:
How's this bag lasting, any signs of wear?

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Jan 2013, 10:17:12 GMT
Stu says:
So far no signs of wear at all, though in fairness it's not seen enough heavy action to merit any yet.

I've taken it on a couple of extended camping trips & a few long-distance road hauls but for everyday purposes (grocery shopping, work, etc) I use my old cheapy rucksack as it has a larger capacity & it doesn't matter if it gets riddled with burn holes at work.

To be honest, I bought this bag with the long view in mind. I'll be selling up in around 18 months to travel the world & that's when this bag will truly come into its own & see some punishment... and I'm confident that it'll hold up well & do what I want it to.

Will update review shortly regarding water resistance.
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