All posts for the month May, 2012

Maxpedition Sling Packs – Perfect Tactical Bags for EDC and Outdoor Adventures!

Face it, many of us carry a backpack, a messenger bag, a tote or something similar to work on a daily basis.  Likewise, if you have young children you definitely get stuck carrying the diaper bag.  (Yeah, that one you wouldn’t have been caught dead with at 23.)  So, it’s just smart, and makes sense to have the right bag for your own Outdoor Adventures, or Every Day Carry (EDC).

Think about it, even on a day trip or spur of the moment, quick adventure, you’re probably carrying:

  1. A wallet (or at least an ID & some cash)
  2. Keys
  3. Cell phone
  4. Camera and/or video recorder
  5. Hopefully something for hydration, and food or a snack
  6. A good knife and/or a Multitool, like a Leatherman
  7. A good flashlight  (Here’s a link to my previous post on flashlights)
  8. A basic first aid kit
  9. Sunglasses
  10. Sunscreen and/or bug spray
  11. Depending on weather, the destination and who you’re with, you might also have:
    1. Minimalist survival kit item
    2. Binocular
    3. Rain gear or an extra layer
    4. Stuff for whoever else you are travelling with
  12. Lastly, you might be carrying a concealed firearm or survival type knife (the tactical part).


That’s a LOT of stuff!


So, what do ‘ya do?  Where do you put all that gear so you can carry it comfortably, still have it organized, and most importantly access it quickly and easily – especially if you are carrying a concealed weapon?

Your first answer is probably a backpack, right?  Backpacks are great for hauling gear (sometimes lots of gear) from point-A to point-B, but backpacks have a couple of drawbacks:

  1. A backpack might be overkill.  You might not need something as big as a typical backpack or day pack.
  2. Lack of organization.  A typical backpack or day pack might not allow you to organize all your stuff as nicely as you’d like.  You might have to throw it all together in one big pocket.
  3. Finally, the big downside to the “backpack” is just that, it rides on your back.  Generally speaking, access to anything on your back is definitely not quick, or easy.  You usually have to ask somebody else to access your pack, or you have to stop whatever your doing, take off the pack, put it down, possibly unpack a bunch of stuff, get what you need, shoulder the pack and get going again.


Maxpedition Tactical Sling Packs provide a perfect solution!

Sure, these days, lots of people call lots of things “tactical.”  (The term is probably one of the most over-used words out there.)  So what’s actually “tactical” about Maxpedition bags?  Maxpedition builds every bag they make with a specifically designed, easy-to-access concealed-carry weapons pocket.  (That’s not just tactical, but practical!)


If you’re not familiar with the brand, Maxpedition makes high-quality, value-oriented hard-use, tactical gear which is “used by military, police and outdoor professionals around the World.”  Direct from their website, the “company originated as a builder of premium-grade military equipment” and has refined their “design and manufacturing abilities over many years with real life feedback from serious users.”  Construction highlights include:


  • 1000-Denier water and abrasion resistant ballistic nylon fabric (unless noted as 800-Denier)
  • Teflon® fabric protector coating
  • YKK zippers and zipper tacks
  • UTX-Duraflex nylon buckles
  • Triple polyurethane coated surfaces for water resistance
  • Heavy duty, high tensile strength nylon webbing
  • Heavy duty, high tensile strength thread
  • Stitching patterns designed for heavy duty use
  • Paracord zipper pulls to make it easier to find the pulls and for ease of operation – even with gloves.


Bottom-line: This is high-quality gear that will handle whatever you’re gonna throw at it.  My personal recommendation is to get something from their Famous Jumbo Collection.”  Here are some Amazon links for ease of purchase and to give you an idea of street prices:





Look for an upcoming post specifically on the Maxpedition Famous Jumbo Collection.”  I’ll cover the pack in more detail, discuss what I like about it, explain the variants listed above (S-Type, L.E.O., E.D.C., K.I.S.S. etc.) and I’ll provide links to some alternatives if you want something smaller, or need something bigger.  If you can’t wait, check out the company website here:


Since it’s Memorial Day, it’s the perfect time to say “Thank You” to our Troops in the Armed Forces, who fight not just for our Freedoms, but for Freedoms everywhere.  It’s also a great time to say “Thank You” to All First Responders, (Police, Fire, EMT) who work to keep to other people safe.

Have a safe and healthy one.