With the shear volume of bags and backpacks on the market today it can be overwhelming to find the right one for you, and with everyone attaching the words like tactical and military to everything they sell, it can be very frustrating. Originally, the backpacks used by the military were very different than they are today. Most people probably wouldn’t have wanted to use them for civilian use, however, the civilian type of tactical backpack and bags have come a long way towards serving in the same capacity as the ones used by the military – specifically the amount that the bag can carry, the specific pockets and compartments, water proof or resistance, durability, and the modular system or ability to add accessories.
Take the tactical backpack from REEBOW GEAR. It measures about 13″ x 11″ x 20″, is double-stitched with heavy duty zippers and utility-style cord pulls. It also comes with side load compression straps that allow you to compress the contents in the backpack for a more stable load, meaning that what’s inside won’t shift or move around when donning, doffing, walking or running.
The backpack has 4 main compartments plus one rear compartment for a hydration bladder. Several of the main compartments have additional pockets on the inside for additional organization plus an admin pocket for paperwork, maps, pens, pencils, etc.
The strap system has several adjustment points including the top and bottom of the main straps, plus the chest and cummerbund that also have quick disconnects. The main straps are well padded and have a mesh covering on the inner side of the strap for breathability and have 2 D-rings for attaching accessories. The lift handle at the top seems to be sewn in strong enough to be used as a drag handle should the emergency arrive. The back pad is also covered with mesh.
As for waterproof/water resistance, it’s not waterproof but does have good resistance to water. The small drain hole in the bottom of the main compartment seems like it would let water in if it were submerged in water and no sort of seal at the zippers.
One of the best features of the Reebow Gear tactical backpack is the Molle system which is a must for any tactical backpack. This is a system of straps sewn on to the backpack to create loops to be able to attach additional bags, holders, hook and loop fasteners, flashlights, first aid kits, holsters etc. The backpack has them on both the front and sides as well as Molle with hook and loop on the front top pocket. As a little bonus, the top pocket comes with a hook and loop American flag patch which can be removed if needed.
In all, it’s a great budget tactical backpack for those not wanting to spend hundreds for a name brand or for features they don’t need. It’s durable, functional, expandable due to the Molle, and comfortable. The hydration compartment is the icing on the cake. Definitely worth the $40-50 I spent!
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