Tactical Backpacks are bags strapped to the back containing one’s belongings. A backpack is made of different materials and usually has two straps that go over the shoulders and sometimes straps that buckle at the tummy to help it stay in position. Tactical military backpacks come handy for various activities like hiking, travels and mountain climbing. Tactical packs also have names like rucksacks, kitbag, and sack pack. They come in different shapes, designs and color depending on their intended purpose. For example, Tactical laptop backpack has special compartment within the main compartment which shields your laptop from hard impacts. Those that are lightweight or smaller in size can be worn on one shoulder. Military tactical backpacks are the best way to organize your gadgets when you are on the move.
What to keep in mind when choosing a product
The variety in size of backpacks are numerous and like mentioned earlier, the design is usually borne from the function. When you set out to purchase a backpack or tactical bug out bag, there are certain factors you should keep in mind;
- Price: The higher the quality of material used to make the backpack, the more expensive it would be.
- Functions: Some backpacks are built to meet special purposes.
- Equipment: There are backpacks designed for carrying different equipment like sports, hiking supplies and so on.
- Manufacturer: There are reputable manufacturers out there you should look out for when purchasing a backpack like Gregory, Dana Designs, and Vortex.
- Dimension: The dimension of the backpack will determine how large it would be.
- Case / Product material: Different materials are used for the manufacture of military tactical backpacks.
- Other options: The design, weight, and color are some of the other options that should come to mind when you want to purchase a backpack.
Top ten backpacks for 2017
The year 2017 is already unfolding and if backpack happens to be on your to-do list for the year then you need to have a look at the top ten tactical packs handpicked by us to make your shopping plans easier.
- Rothco Molle Water Bottle Pouch
This small tactical backpack is designed strictly for a water bottle which can hold up to 4 liters of water. The main compartment is a cylindrical pouch where the water bottle fits into while the smaller compartment is a pouch with a zipper for other small gears or supplies. It also has molles for attachment of other pouches and gadgets hence can be referred to as molle backpack. Its small size makes it portable and easy to carry for those going for a hike or other outdoor activities. It has received a lot of good reviews on amazon and is also affordable – although it may not be suitable when you need to carry many supplies.
- Mil-Tec Military Army Patrol Molle Assault Pack Tactical Combat Rucksack Backpack Bag 36L
What makes this backpack very interesting are the various molle attachment points. These military tactical backpacks have 2 front pockets and the main compartment is also divided into 2. It has a dimension of 51x29x28cm and an approximate capacity of 36L. The presence of 2 main compartments gives it the added advantage of space. Delicate equipment can be safely tucked away in the compartment closest to the back. It comes in a series of slightly varying designs and color – although all the variations maintain the signature mother design. The relatively cheap price of this backpack will go well with those working on a budget below $40. It will be perfect for those working on a budget.
- Military Tactical Backpack Large Army 3 Day Assault Pack Molle Bug Out Bag Backpacks
This Bug Out Bag Backpacks is quite durable because it is made of 600×600 density fabric that is also waterproof. This material has been tested and found to withstand adverse and abrupt temperature changes as well as rough handling. It has a molle webbing throughout its body for attachment of additional tactical gears pouches and is suitable for hiking and outdoor camping. It has a wide array of usage including as army backpack, tactical bug out bag, survival backpack, range bag, trekking backpack, hunting backpack or for day to day use. The main compartment is also large enough to hold supplies that will last for a week which makes it a good hiking tactical backpack.
- Red Rock Outdoor Gear Assault Pack
When you need a backpack with 4 quick-release straps which enables it to be expanded or compressed, then you can go for this backpack. This ability for it to be compressed and expanded makes it suitable as a military tactical backpack for carrying lots of supplies when on a mission or as day to day backpack where small size and portability is desired. It is 12.5 inches high and 18 inches wide. It also has fully adjustable padded shoulder straps and hard plastic D-rings for other attachments. It also has a 2-liter external organizer pocket that can handle your survival essentials.
- 3V Gear Velox II large Tactical Assault Backpack
This backpack can fit into multiple purposes like travel, hiking or bug out preparedness and has a large compartment of 1628 cubic inches for carrying tons of gears for military operations, missions and day trips. It has several other smaller pouches that will help you to properly arrange your gears and supplies. It is made of 600 D PVC backed nylon which gives it the extra rigidity and ruggedness that will withstand wear and tear with rough handling. This typical molle backpack has compatibility for attachment of additional pouches if you ever have the need for more space. This backpack will also be a good choice for those on a low budget.
- TTLIFE Backpack
This backpack has large interior and exterior pockets that will help you to organize your supplies. It is made of premium nylon material and has zippers with big and strong teeth for long usage. The big nature of the zipper makes it noise free. It is also compatible with attachments and pouches and has one main and three detachable molle pouches that are attached to the front and sides which give you more room. The detachable molles makes it flexible to use. There is a large variety of colors to choose from depending on your taste. This black military backpack is also suitable for those on a low budget.
- Monkey Paks Tactical Backpack with 2.5L Hydration Water Bladder and 3 Molle Bags
What stands this backpack out from the rest is that you can sip from the hydration backpack water bladder on the go. The water bladder can hold up to 2 liters of water. It is made from 600D strong nylon and heavy duty teeth zippers with paracord that makes them quiet and it is designed for the toughest terrains. This tactical backpack is the perfect combination of space and utility because unlike the Rothco Molle Water Bottle Pouch, it still has enough space to hold supplies. It has molle webbings all over its body for organizing your pouches. It is a good choice for those who want a backpack under $100.
- Kelty Redwing 50 Backpack
This is a rugged backpack made from 420D Polyester – one of the toughest material employed in recent times by notable manufacturers for the creation of long lasting backpacks. It has a dimension of 24x15x12 with Dynamic AirFlow and LightBeam single aluminum to keep your load stable. It has a main compartment and several other smaller compartments on the front for easy organization of your gears and supplies. This backpack comes in slightly different variants but the black color has been the stunner. If you are looking for something rugged and durable with a price of less than $100, this backpack should be your choice. It can also fit into different purposes.
- Maxpedition Falcon-II Backpack
For added durability, this backpack was made from 1000-Denier coated nylon and triple coat of polyurethane for water resistance – which means that you can carry those electronic gadgets and run under the rain without having to worry about their safety. It has a main compartment and several other smaller compartments. It has YKK zippers and sliders for a noiseless packing and unpacking and military grade webbing for straps and other attachments. This bag is lightweight unlike several other similar models and goes for a whopping $127.19. If you have the money to spare, then this backpack will make the difference. It also comes in different shades that can fit into your different lifestyle tone.
- 5.11 Tactical Rush 24 Back Pack
On top of the list is the 5.11 tactical backpack made of nylon with a water repellent coating. This strictly black military backpack has a roomy compartment with dual zipping side pockets. The main compartment can hold supplies that can last up to a week – or more. The price of this backpack will tell you that it is specially made for those with class. It is made from the toughest material that makes it durable and can withstand tough handling. It also has water bottle pocket, hook, and loop area as well as a 3-mesh admin compartment and zippers that are self-repairing. This backpack will come to your rescue on rough and rainy days.
There you have it, the tactical backpacks that have received different ratings and reviews between 2016/2017. If you keep your budget and purpose in mind, choosing from the list should be very easy.