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- Excellent Travel Bag Review by JP
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Bag is of excellent quality - tightly stitched fabric sheds dirt and light rain quite well, and the wolf-grey color is discreet and fits in well with a variety of urban and semi-rural environments. The bag has a lot of utility without screaming "military" or "tactical".
The pack rides well - close to the body, on the hips and off your rear-end and neck. The dense shoulder straps distribute weight well on the shoulders, but can be uncomfortable hauling gear for long periods in civilian clothes, and aren't meant for serious weight (over 50 lbs and you will likely be in trouble), but do the job they were intended for with minimal bulk. Not meant for serious rucking in austere conditions, I would argue. That said, it survived 6 plane rides, 7 train rides, 2 bus rides and a variety of hostels, hotels and houses across 4 different countries without a scratch - and several camping and climbing expeditions since.
The ability of the pack to open up completely and flatten out is excellent for packing, assessing gear, grabbing things at the bottom of your bag that you need, or assuring guards at security checkpoints that there isn't anything to be concerned about inside your backpack. The loop lining inside is something I have not utilized, but I can see the utility of such for organizing things within the large central pocket.
As for the cons: the pack doesn't breathe well on the back (solid plastic back is very durable, but not comfortable in the heat). Again, not a problem for those of you who will be wearing this over a plate carrier, but for those blending in a bit more, expect to be warm. The bag sheds light water for a time, but heavier rains will will soak the inside of the bag. Pack accordingly. Lastly, the bag isn't very adjustable in size/ shape. For those of you who are particularly tall/ small/ wide/ thin, you might encounter some issues here in the comfort department.
While on the expensive side, the bag offers tremendous value for the price, being able to fit into a variety of roles in your life, tactical or otherwise. The Khard 45 has become my go-to for international travel, extended car-trips and multi-day camping/ climbing adventures across the US. (Posted on 11/13/2014)
- Best pack for soldiers Review by Marek
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