User Review: TAD FAST Pack EDC
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $325
Best backpack I've ever bought.
- Restocking time
I thought that maybe I gave into the hype when I bought this bag. This company, Triple Aught Design, has a big following in the circles I move in. They are renowned for their bag design and overall quality and functionality in their products. Once I received the bag though, I realized that the hype is true. It's just simple well made and very well designed.
This is not a bag you buy if you're going ultralight backpacking. This is a bag you buy if you want something you can throw off a cliff and not worry about it tearing apart. Weighing in at about 5lbs empty, it is, by definition, overbuilt. 1000D Cordura, high quality zippers and buckles, and the superior design that brings them all together.
I think the best part of the design is the beavertail. I store my rain shell or more often my softshell there on days that it's either too warm or to have just in case the temperature drops and I'm still on the trail. It has pockets for everything I have and then some and still has the ability to add more with the PALS webbing system.
It has great ventilation on the back panel and the mesh they used over the foam is industrial grade so don't be afraid to flip the bag over onto that side on a rough surface, it's not going to rip. The bag's other claim to fame is the shoulder straps. They look weird at first with their strange S curved shape, but you realize they did it for a reason when you have the bag on your back.
My few complaints are based more so on the company. The price they charge for these things is pretty crazy and their stock situation is even worse. It's my belief that this is all part of their marketing scheme. The keep low stock on these items to keep the demand up and when they do come back in stock, they sell out in an hour. The only thing that justifies the cost, maybe, is the fact that they're made in the USA.
I don't regret my purchase, but I do wish they'd be more friendly to their customers in the way they stock their shelves.