I recently received a new bag from SurvivalGearBags.com – called the Paladin Mission Pack Expedition.
This is a larger capacity bag which could serve many purposes – from backpacking, camping, to a full-fledged “bug out” kit. Let’s get straight to the bags dimensions:
The Paladin Mission Pack, Expedition is comprised of:
(1) large capacity main compartment
6 in. x 5.5 in. x 20 in.
(2) large external pockets
3.5 in. x 11.5 in. x 7.5 in (upper external pocket)
5 in. x 13 in. x 11 in (lower external pocket, accepts a Paladin Mission Go Bag)
(1) optional drop down pocket that can be retracted when not in use
9 in. x 13.5 in. x 10 in
(2) internal ventilated mesh pockets
Removable Back panel stiff board
Double strap adjustment points (for easy use w/ Body Armor)
Hydration: 100 oz (3 Liters) – bladder sold separately
Material: 1000 Denier Nylon
Weight: 5.4 lbs
Color: Coyote Brown and Black
On with the review –
Purpose: As I already stated – this pack can be used for a variety of purposes. The manufacturer suggested use is as a 3-day to 5-day assault pack with its unique drop down mesh panel on the bottom. With the size and carrying abilities – I see this pack as a great candidate for a survival kit or bug-out bag.
Construction: Constructed of 1,000 denier CORDURA® Nylon – which is very tough. All straps and surfaces that come in contact with your the body are padded. I am particularly impressed with the entire back side which is covered in a padded mesh material.
Padded shoulder straps along with well padded back and body provide a comfortable and stable carry – which would be very welcome for a decent hike. All straps are fully adjustable. The padded waist belt is simply awesome with a large polymer snap buckle.
Value/Price: At a $135.00 (current sale price) this is not the cheapest bag around. Is it worth it? That depends on what you are looking for. This bag is for someone looking for versatility, adaptability, durability and quality. You will not find a bag of this quality at Wal-Mart.
Final Thoughts: If you are looking for a high quality bag for serious use – this is it. This would make a great addition to anyone’s survival stockpile. I highly recommend it.
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Nice looking bag – looks well made. Stitching and attachments look fine. Has anyone ever loaded this thing full and taken it out on a long rough weekend to find out if it’s worth the price? Also, I can’t seem to find any words about the zippers. Are they world class / bulletproof, acceptably good, or do they come off track the first time you give them a yank?
I am getting ready to perform somewhat of a torture test on the bag – and of course will let everyone know how it does.
As far as the zippers – they seem very robust. I have a Medium Transport bag that have similiar or the same zippers – same manufacturer anyways – and there has been no problems with the zippers at all.
One important question – is it waterproof? Would this withstand a downpour of rain, and the contents remain dry?
I agree with JimBob, this does look like an excellent bag. Really wish I would have had one of these when I was backpacking with the Scouts.
As far as the price goes – That’s on par with any high quality hiker backpack from Coleman, and appears to be better quality. The fact that the bag doesn’t have a frame is attractive, because it means the pack won’t be as clumsy or bulky when you unpack it.
Very thorough review, I saw the review on your YouTube channel. Looks like another great bag from survivalgearbags.com Kelly has a lot of great stuff. Have you guys been effected by the storms? hope all is well out there.