User Review: TAD FAST Pack EDC
Price Paid: $399
I have wanted a Fast Pack for a long time, but was hoping that TAD would add some camouflage to the color options. I really wanted it in ATACS, but they came out with one in MultiCam which was my second camo choice, so I bought it.
I debated about whether to get the EDC or the Litespeed and ended up choosing the EDC for those times during the winter when I will need a larger pack (1800 cu in vs. 1300 cu in) to keep those bulky extra layers on hand.
The pack is a little heavy, but I am okay with that, knowing the typical quality of TAD gear. I did notice that the webbing is also camo. I have a MultiCam CamelBak that has brown straps/MOLLE instead of MultiCam. This isn't a selling point for me, but may be for some. I just look at it as attention to detail on TAD's part.
I like the idea behind the bottom pocket on the right side of the pack (while you're wearing it), but would have preferred this on the left side or both sides. The idea behind the pocket is for quick and easy access to essentials like a flashlight. I need to keep my strong hand (my right) free while wearing this pack and would like to use my weak hand to quickly access my essentials.
Another downside to quick access to essentials is the bottom middle pocket. This is a great place to store items for quick access while the 'tail' is off, but if you want to leave the tail on, you will need to dig around a bit more to get to this pocket. I do like having the tail and will use it during the colder months to clamp down cold weather gear. I hope that in future editions the tail is moved higher on the pack so you can access the lower pocket quickly while using the tail.
I do like that the hydration pouch zipper closes down instead of up, which will help to prevent this compartment from opening with a full load of water and gear. I always like things that allow the user to make adjustments for themselves. This pack lets you adjust the tail area, crisscross the straps usually used for the tail to cinch something down, cinch on the bottom with straps, adjust the shoulder straps, and the belt can be removed. Also, the belt has a couple of MOLLE rows.
Overall, this pack has the typical TAD made in the USA quality. The things that I think could use improvement might be perfect for others. I am looking forward to thrashing this thing.