Maxpedition Fatboy Versipack Review

Posted in Uncategorized on September 6, 2010 by Combat Pack

Hello folks, today we will review the Maxpedition Fatboy Versipack. The Fatboy is one of the most popular Versipacks Maxpedition has to offer and today we will take a quick look at what it has to offer.

Maxpedition Fatboy Versipack

Maxpedition Fatboy Versipack

The Maxpedition Fatboy is a single shoulder sling pack designed to be worn on the right side (there is also an S-Type Fatboy for those who prefer to wear it on the left). This is not the largest bag yu will find, you will not be using to store a laptop or anything large, instead it is main at people who carry a lot of small items and need to keep them organized. The main strap is 2 inches wide and very durable, not only is it strong but padded for a comfortable wear. A big side release buckle is useful if you need to quickly drop the pack for some reason, this big buckle is well made and will not break easily. The back side of the pack is padded so it seats comfortable against the wearer’s body, it also includes a 3″ snapping loop that can be attached to a belt for added stability. This is a very useful feature for people who would like to take the pack for a hike or for a long walk as it will prevent the pack from bouncing.

Maxpedition Fatboy Versipack Back

The main compartment has a huge 156 cubic inches of capacity, 8″ tall x 6″ wide x 2.5″ deep, this is enough room to carry everyday items such as cellphones, ipod, wallet, camera and much more. There are also two mesh sleeves inside that allow for keeping items inside the main pouch organized. If you like to go on outdoor adventures you will appreciate the water proof material that protects the main pouch, this sleeve comes with a draw string that you can cinch down for a tight fit to prevent the elements from getting inside and ruining your gear. Also behind the main compartment there is a zippered pocket about large pocket measures approximately 11″ wide x 9.25″ which can be used to store a handgun (or other items as preferred) using a holster that will hold the gun in place.

Maxpedition Fatboy Versipack Main Maxpedition Fatboy Versipack Main draw string

The outside of the  flap that covers the main pouch is  secured with a snapping buckle attached to a nylon strap, this strap is tightened by pulling on a metal D-Ring. The outside of the flap has another pocket about 5″ by 8″, this pocket can provide storage for flat items such as a map or a small notepad. When you open the zipper you will realize that the pocket extends both upward and downward from the zipper line, so this pocket is actually bigger than what you may think. Just above the zipper for this pocket there is a rectangular panel with Velcro that you can use for patches or name plates.

In the front of the pack you will find two more pockets providing further storage capacity and organization for small items, you can carry your wallet, keys, loose change, or small electronics such as an MPR3 player in here. The first one is 6″ tall x 5″ wide x 1.5″ deep while the other one is the same height and width but it s a flat pocket so there is not much depth.
Maxpedition Fatboy Versipack Front
On the left side at the botttom of the strap you will find modular attachment webbing straps that you can use to attach additional pouches. Right above that there is a metal snap that can be used to provide quick access to a keyring or a similar object.

Maxpedition Fatboy Versipack snap

On the left side there is another zippered pocket approximately 7.5″ tall x 2.5″ wide and 2″ deep which can be used to store such items as sunglasses, and other slim items. On the outside of this pocket there is more modular straps to attach additional accesories.

Maxpedition Fatboy Versipack Left

On the right side of the Fatboy there is a slim pouch that is secured by a flap with velcro that is about 4.5″ tall x 1.5 wide x 1.5″ deep which is perfect to carry a flashlight or a multi-tool.

Maxpedition Fatboy Versipack Right 2

On the right side near the shoulder strap there is a 4.5″ tall x 2.5″ wide x 1.5″ deep secured by a plastic clip. This pocket was designed to carry a cellphone or small radio but it can be used for other small electronics as well such as a GPS. On both sides of the cell phone pocket there are two 3.5″ long open ended loops used to carry pens or other long slim objects.

Maxpedition Fatboy Versipack Right

Here is a quick summary on the product materials straight from the Manufacturer Maxpedition. Product Materials

  • 1050-Denier water and abrasion resistant light-weight ballistic nylon fabric
  • Teflon® fabric protector for grime resistance and easy maintenance
  • high strength zippers and zipper tracks
  • UTX-Duraflex nylon buckles for low sound closures
  • Triple polyurethane coated for water resistance
  • High tensile strength nylon webbing
  • High tensile strength composite nylon thread (stronger than ordinary industry standard nylon thread)
  • #AS-100 high grade closed-cell foam padding material for superior shock protection
  • Internal seams taped and finished
  • Paracord zipper pulls
  • Stress points double stitched, Bartacked or “Box-and-X” stitched for added strength

Deciding on buying a pack

Posted in Combat Pack on August 4, 2010 by Combat Pack

A lot of newbies have a hard time deciding what type of pack to buy, after all there are so many kinds and styles that it can be overwhelming. The first thing one must consider when buying a pack for outdoor activities is what and how much you need to pack in it, and this boils down to the type of activity you need it for.

For a one day trip to the wilderness or hike a medium size backpack is usually a good choice, it is not too big that it will be too heavy but it is not so small that you won’t be able to pack your essentials. For these “average” situations I recommend something like the Maxpedition Condor-II. This military assault backpack has a capacity of 1950 cu, it accomodates a 100oz water reservoir and is very durable, perfect for any kind of terrain whether is is jungle or dessert.

  • Main Compartment: 17.5″(H) x 14″(W) x 6.5″(D)
  • Upper Front Pouch: 5.5″(H) x 9″(W) x 2″(D)
  • Lower Front Pouch: 8″(H) x 9″(W) x 2.5″(D)
  • Approximate Overall Capacity: 1950 cu. in. / 32 L
  • Hydration: Fits up to 100 oz / 3L Reservoir (sold separately)
  • Support: 1″ Sternum Strap, 1.5″ Waist Strap (min 14″ strap alone / max 42″ strap alone; min 28″ loop / max 56″ loop)
  • Optional accessories: Hook & Loop Modular Accessories and Grimloc Carabiner
  • Empty Weight: 47.8 oz.
Condor-II Backpack, Black

Condor-II Backpack, Black

For a 3-Day assault pack some people might be able to squeeze all their gear in to the Condor-II, but others will prefer something a little bigger. The Vulture-II 3 Day assault pack has a capacity of 2810 cubic inches, this extra space will fit more gear than the Condor and it also accommodates a 100 oz water reservoir.

  • Main Compartment: 20.5″(H) x 16″(W) x 7.5″(D)
  • Front Pouch: 15.5″(H) x 12″(W) x 2.75″(D)
  • Slip Pocket: 15.5″(H) x 12″(W)
  • Capacity: 2810 cu. in. / 46 liters
  • Weight: 3 lbs , 8 oz
  • Hydration: Up to 100+ oz Bladder
  • Support: 1″ Sternum Strap, 2″ Integrated Belt ( min 19″ strap alone / max 52″ strap alone ; min 34″ loop / max 67″ loop )
  • Optional accessories: Hook & Loop Modular Accessories and Grimloc Carabiner, Hydration reservoir
Vulture-II Backpack, Foliage Green

Vulture-II Backpack, Foliage Green

For who need to pack a lot of gear there are some choices as well. The  Maxpedition DOPPEL DUFFEL Adventure Bag is a huge diggel bag that will store all your clothes, equipment and gear. This bag has an estimated capacity of 3200 cu inches. The good quality materials and strong built will ensure that the bag will not tear easily even when heavily packed.

  • Main compartment: 26” x 13” x 9” with two padded dividers
  • Frontal/top compartment: 10” x 7” x 2”
  • Internal pockets: 8” x 6” x 2” (two)
  • Side slip pockets: 22” x6” (two)
  • Approximate Capacity: 3200 cu. in.
  • PALS attachment webbing: Top, bottom and both sides
  • Shoulder strap: Includes 2” shoulder strap, adjustable, with 2″ shoulder pad
  • Backpack straps: Contoured built-in with sternum strap
  • Hydration: Can hold up to 100 oz / 3L reservoir (sold separately)

    Doppel Duffel, Foliage Green

    Doppel Duffel, Foliage Green

Of course there are a lot more things to consider when buying a military, hiking or tactical pack. You need to consider the compartments, built quality, color and even style. Determining the size will help you by narrowing down your choices.

What is a hump?

Posted in Hiking on July 30, 2010 by Combat Pack

No I am not talking about a camel’s hump or the hump back of Notre Dame. In the Marine Corps we called hikes “humps” and they are a big part of bootcamp. During bootcamp most humps tend to be fairly short, we had a 3 mile, a 5 mile and a 7 mile hump. These fast paced marches through the hills of Camp Pendleton were one of the hardest endurance tests for many recruits.

Typically the gear we were required to carry was a flak jacket, kevlar helmet, M16A2 rifle, Load Bearing Vest (LBV) loaded with a military belt, 2 full canteens, rifle magazines and a first aid kit. Then we also carried an ALICE pack loaded with a variety of items such as a 2 man tent with poles and stakes, extra socks, utility uniforms, poncho, poncho lines, sleeping bag, entrenching tool, water proofing bag etc.

The weight of all the gear felt as if it was multiplied as we marched up hill, things were made even worse when tent poles were not properly pack and they would poke your ribs but we were not allowed to drop our pack and rearrange its contents.

Recruits were encouraged to keep up during the hump, usually we had 2 long columns and we had to stay right behind the recruit in front of us, each time he took a step we would step in the same spot, Drill Instructors would then should things such as “AT&T” and we recruits would say “Reach out and touch someone” as we literally stretched our arm and try to touch the recruit in front of us. Sometimes it was hard to keep up but it was in your our best interest not to leave any gaps in between, if a recruit fell behind a few yards it did not seem like much, but if every recruit behind him did the same then things would turn ugly, we would have to sprint to close up the gaps, in the front of the line this sprint would only be a cople of yards long, but the sum of all small gaps meant that the recruits in the “little end” or in the back of the line would need to close up gaps of 100 or so yards.

The hump itself was already challenging enough but our drill instructors liked to make things interesting, if they saw a recruit not putting out or if they saw someone holding their rifle with two hands etc, they would make the recruit carry extra weight such as ammo cans or water jugs, then they would have to chase the Drill Instructor as he ran to the front of the line than back to the rear and to the front again.

When I finished bootcamp I thought I would get a break, but in school of infantry the packs got heavier and the humps longer. Something that I have no explanation that happened during SOI is when we went on a hump from point A to point B during which it felt that we went up hill he the whole time, then we took a different route back to point A but for some reason it seemed we were still going uphill! It was the strangest thing.

Well the humps did not end there, I would have to participate in several more during my time in the Marine Corps, the funny thing is that humps are not so relevant to today’s combat missions. Yes physical endurance and strength are important but this is not Korea anymore, I think the military should emphasize other forms of training.

Now that I am a civilian I would like to hike across beautiful places at my own pace with a good back pack and carry only what I need, I wonder if I will be able to enjoy hiking like normal people do and forget about how the military took the fun out of it.

Make sure you hydrate!

Posted in Combat Pack on July 24, 2010 by Combat Pack

Most people know that water is very important for our health, yet most of us don’t drink enough water. When I was in the Marine Corps and went to School of Infantry I was introduced to a new type of product, a hydration pack.
A pouch that you wear on your back like a backpack that is filled with water and has a flexible tube where you suck water from was the most amazing invention ever! At least in my situation at the time, it meant I could go on hikes or runs and stay hydrated by sipping water constantly.

That was about 8 years ago, now there are a lot of different styles of hydration devices but the purpose is the same. Some tactical packs now are created with special compartments to keep these water reservoirs. If you are tired of hand carryign water bottles during your outdoor activities you should consider getting a hydration pack.

The Maxpedition Falcon II tactical pack accommodates not just 1 but 2 water reservoirs, with items such as these there are no more excuses for being dehydrated.

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Falcon-II Backpack, Green is Open for Business!

Posted in Combat Pack on July 14, 2010 by Combat Pack

Whether you are looking for tactical packs, gear bags, hydration packs, camping packs or hiking backpacks you will find them here at Combat Pack.

Combat Pack carries a wide selection of packs and tactical accessories for all your needs. These are some of the products you will find in our store:

* Tactical Packs – These are some of our most popular products here at Combat Pack. Our Tactical Packs are not just regular backpacks, these are high quality packs that were designed with customization in mind. You are able to customize our tactical packs with a wide variety of accessories and pouches to fit your needs. Military and Law Enforcement personnel will find that our packs can easily accommodate all of their gear and equipment and many of them will even include a hydration pack or be compatible with hydration packs on the market.

* Gear Bags – Our Gear Bags are made of the best quality materials and will hold all the gear you need to whether you are traveling or camping. Many pockets allow you to keep everything inside your pack organized and different colors and styles mean there is one that will fit in any situation.

* Versipacks – Another popular line of products here at Combat Pack, Versipacks are as their name implies very versatile, you can carry communication devices, water containers, ammunition, medical supplies and pretty much you can think of! Not only do the Versipacks have a lot of compartments for all your gear but you can customize them with ties and holsters to better fit your needs.

* Hydration Packs – Every Combat Pack customer must always keep hydrated no matter what adventure lies ahead; these convenient hydration packs contain a pouch that can be filled with water so you can keep hydrated on the move, great for hikers and military personnel. Many of our Tactical Packs will also accommodate hydration packs that are out on the marker.

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