Maxpedition Falcon II Backpack
Great pack for day hikes or if you're into less being more.
- Durability and strength
- Easy modifications with MOLLE system
- Material can be waterproofed
- $100 plus for such a small pack
Had this pack for about a year now, and I really dig it. 1520 cu in, though it's not very big... it makes up for it in other areas. I don't lug a lot of gear out unless I plan on being gone more than 3 days so it really works for me.
The MOLLE system really kicks it up a notch as far as attaching MOLLE gear. I have easy access to my med kit, and a few other items that I've attached. Although it's not your typical backpack, and tends to lean toward more rough use guys. (former military, hunters, etc.) I prefer durability over many other things.
It's just over 2 pounds empty, but the material is tough as hell. You will not have to worry about frayed stiching either. It's been in the thick brush with me, with thorns and tree limbs pulling and snagging on it along the way. Places I wouldn't have wanted to have some of my other packs.
It comes in a variety of colors. It's a great canoe pack as well. I've waterproofed mine, and am very satisfied with it so far. Here are the specs if you're wondering:
- Main Compartment: 18"(H) x 9.5"(W) x 4.75"(D)
- Secondary Compartment: 16"(H) x 8"(W) x 3"(D)
- Upper Front Pouch: 4"(H) x 7"(W) x 2.5"(D)
- Lower Front Pouch: 10"(H) x 7"(W) x 2.5"(D)
- Capacity: 1520 cu. in. / 25 liters
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $110
Excellent buy for its durability and capacity. Not so great as far as comfort is concerned. It truly is "Hard-use Gear."
- 1000 Denier construction makes it extremely durable
- M.O.L.L.E. system makes expanding easy
- Dedicated hydration pocket
- Uncomfortable backpack straps
All the reviews I read and people I talked with spoke highly of Maxpedition products and their rugged construction. I purchased the Falcon II pack and was eager to get it so that I could make use of its features. I am very impressed at its size and capabilities. The M.O.L.L.E. system makes add-ons a cinch and the dedicated hydration pocket is a must-have in my opinion.
The first trip I made with it was short (6 miles) and through flat terrain. Overall weight of the pack and its contents was around 15 lbs. Not a full mile in and I was struggling to adjust the straps so that it rode in a comfortable position on my back. I had no such luck. I believe that the design of the pack straps are the cause of the problem. There isn't much padding on them and they dig into my neck causing great discomfort.
I have yet to find a comfortable position for it to sit on my back.
Aside from this problem I have found this pack to be every bit what it is designed to be. Keep in mind however that Maxpedition products are designed for Hard-Use and not so much comfort.
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $118 With Shipping
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