The 10 Top Rated Tactical Backpacks in 2018

highest rated tactical backpacks

If you’re into hiking, camping, or backpacking then you probably already know how important the quality of your equipment is. In other words, you should always look to get the best of the best in order to avoid unpleasant scenarios and unplanned predicaments.

In order to find a decent tactical backpack, you have to pay attention to several important things. However, the vast majority of people who decide to purchase a backpack for the first time don’t know what to look for and what to pay attention to. That’s why we covered some of the most popular backpacks on the market so that you don’t have to research, read, and spend hours looking through various websites.

Highest Rated Tactical Backpacks Reviewed

ProductCapacity:Features:
55 liter3-Day Assault Pack
50 liter3-Day Backpack
25+ liter2-Day Backpack
31+ liter3-Day Backpack
30 liter1-Day Backpack
34 liter3-Day Backpack
68-91 literSeveral Days
45 literSeveral Days

15 liter1-Day Backpack
50 liter3-Day Assault Pack



5.11 RUSH72

When it comes to versatility, the Rush72 model is probably one of the best choices you can make. This fully featured 72-hour backpack offers more than enough storage space for various adventures including hiking, backpacking, hunting, fishing, and more. Its dimensions are 23” x 13.5” x 8.5”, or in other words, it’s quite compact and yet capable of carrying a big load. The rugged and self-healing YKK zippers are also quite a nice touch.

5.11-RUSH72 product image

  • Capacity: 55 liter
  • Dimensions: 23 x 13.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Construction: Waterproof 1050D Nylon

OVERALL RATING: 4.5/5

FEATURES:

The design is pretty slick and well-made. Some tactical backpacks tend to have inherent design flaws which can consequently lead to unpleasant experiences, but luckily, this one is made to last for years as long as you maintain it in relatively good condition. The thing that makes this backpack as popular as it is now is the storage capability. In other words, it offers more than enough storage space for all necessities you’re planning to pack.

The large front admin compartment allows you to organize your load accordingly in order to minimize the potential clutter. This particular compartment is ideal for flashlights, notepads, keys, wallets, tools, and etcetera. The internal zippered mesh storage is responsible for keeping your gear safe, dry, and ready. The main compartment features three separate zipper pockets allowing you to dedicate each of those to a specific purpose.

One of the greatest things is the expandable shove-it compartment which sits between the main body and the front. It’s a great place for you to put your sleeping bag in or any other cumbersome equipment including helmets, wardrobe, and more.

The vast majority of Rush backpacks also feature a hydration routing with ambidextrous ports which is an added convenience. For your digital devices and sensitive load like sunglasses, a special gadget pocket located at the top of the bag is the safest bet.

PROS

  • Spacious
  • Hydration routing
  • Good organization

CONS

  • Somewhat heavy
  • No dedicated laptop/iPad compartment

G.P.S. Tactical Range Backpack

Security and stability are the two most noticeable features of this backpack in particular. It’s made of great materials that are durable enough to cope with the toughest conditions without breaking a sweat. This backpack has numerous compartments of which some are hidden and some aren’t. It also features a special compartment for weapons which can come in handy if you work in law enforcement.

Product image of G.P.S. backpack

  • Capacity: / liter
  • Dimensions: 13 x 10 x 18 inches
  • Construction: Heavy duty fabric

OVERALL RATING: 4.4/5

FEATURES:

The design is mostly centered and focused around functionality rather than aesthetics. That doesn’t mean the aesthetic appeal is bad or subpar by any means. In fact, it’s quite a good-looking backpack on top of being extremely useful, especially for tactical operations and missions all over the world. It doesn’t matter whether you end up in a cold or hot climate, this particular backpack can and will meet your requirements and expectations. The main compartment features two zippers meaning it can be locked with a smart lock if that’s one of your habits.

However, the individual pockets only feature one zipper and therefore can’t be locked. The pouch has three gun cases and a lockable zipper. Truth be told, this particular pouch is probably the main selling point of this model in particular. Therefore, if you’re looking for something that can store your weapons in a safe manner and keep the weapons behind a simple lock, don’t hesitate to look into the G.P.S. tactical range backpack as it is designed to cater to your needs.

The thing some people didn’t like is the fact that only the weapon cases are lockable thanks to the dual-zipper system. While this isn’t a major drawback per se, you should keep it in mind in case you want more locking solutions. The price is reasonable and affordable meaning you won’t experience any budget issues in case you opt to invest in this model.

PROS

  • Dedicated weapon compartment
  • Quality design
  • Padded waist strap

CONS

  • Somewhat expensive
  • Poor manufacturer’s support

Direct Action Dragon Egg

Elasticity and great expansion capabilities are just some of the great things that come included with this model. In case you’re an avid hiker in need of a high-quality backpack with a bunch of useful features, the Egg Tactical might be a good one to consider. It’s durable, water-resistant, and made to last for years to come.

product image of Direct Action Dragon Egg

  • Capacity: 25+ liter
  • Dimensions: 7.1 x 10.6 x 18.9 inches
  • Construction: 100% 500D Cordura fabric

OVERALL RATING: 4.4/5

FEATURES:

The fabric is coated with multiple camo options for increased versatility. On top of that, it’s also treated with NIR which helps prevent detection with night vision.

This lightweight and versatile 2-day backpack offers everything you’ll ever need for a great experience. The patented combat vent system provides increased comfort, especially during prolonged use. The unique MOLLE system is low-profile, snag-free, and doesn’t absorb water at all. It’s a great addition to this already versatile backpack because it allows you to use it under rough weather conditions.

The front department is full of small pockets that are ideal for phones, wallets, keys, and other small necessities. However, it’s not double-zippered meaning you won’t be able to use locks in order to secure the load. On the other hand, there are some mechanisms that should prevent accidental openings or theft. The front department also features a padded sleeve for your laptop or iPad. The paracord drag handle is a great addition because it serves as a handle but can be detached and used for survival purposes.

As far as the downsides go, there aren’t many, but some things should be pointed out. For example, if you’re planning on packing a lot of clothing and other cumbersome things, this backpack might not be an ideal solution due to its rather small storage capacity. While it has a bunch of useful pockets, it’s not the ideal thing for cumbersome loads.

PROS

  • Lightweight
  • Versatile
  • Water-resistant

CONS

  • Quite small

Direct Action Ghost

In case you’re looking for a backpack with a lot of storage capacity, the Ghost model might be a good candidate. This 3-day lightweight backpack is designed for a vast array of purposes including advanced military and law enforcement operations. The patented combat vent system increases the comfort levels and makes this backpack an ideal solution for long hikes and tough missions.

Product image of Ghost backpack

  • Capacity: 31+ liter
  • Dimensions: 7.1 x 11.8 x 20.5 inches
  • Construction: 100% Cordura 500D

OVERALL RATING: 4.4/5

FEATURES:

The design is pretty neat, durable, and most importantly – water resistant. In fact, the unique laser-cut MOLLE system is designed to be non-water absorbing. Therefore, you can rest assured that your load will stay safe and dry even under rough weather conditions. As far as the pockets go, the front side features a zippered compartment with a few mesh pockets as well as a compartment for one’s laptop or iPad.

This compartment offers more than enough storage capacity for your sunglasses, keys, small tools, and other somewhat small necessities. The main compartment features several larger pockets that are suitable for larger things such as sleeping bags, wardrobe, shoes, and more. The YKK zippers are glove-friendly, but they could have been designed a bit better. That doesn’t mean they are of subpar quality, but there’s always some room for improvements.

The thing some people didn’t like is the fact that the hip strap is not included with the model but instead sold separately. It’s a great auxiliary accessory, but it would have been even greater if it was included with the backpack. We would strongly recommend investing in the hip strap regardless, but it all comes down to the size of your budget.

Speaking of the budget, this model is relatively affordable considering its quality, but you will have to pay a premium price nonetheless. However, it’s completely worth the investment, especially if you’re in military or law enforcement.

PROS

  • Durable construction
  • Good venting system
  • Versatile

CONS

  • Questionable zipper quality

Direct Action Dust

The Dust model is quite similar to Ghost, but there are some small differences nonetheless. The Dust MkII has redesigned pockets that feature elastic components for improved flexibility and expansion capabilities.

Product image of Direct Action Dust

  • Capacity: 30+ liter
  • Dimensions: 5.5 x 10.2 x 16.5 inches
  • Construction: 100% Cordura 500D

OVERALL RATING: 4.4/5

FEATURES:

The patented combat ventilation system is a neat touch because it significantly improves the overall comfort. The Codura 500D fabric is versatile and more importantly – NIR treated meaning it can’t be detected with night vision. Therefore, if you’re in the military or law enforcement, this backpack is a great solution for your next mission.

As mentioned, the design is pretty similar to the Ghost model. The front department is double-zippered meaning you can lock two zippers if you so desire. Inside the front compartment, there are several pockets including a single large mesh pocket which is ideal for things like first aid kits, small tools, and even weapons. Apart from that pocket, you’ll also get a series of sawn pockets that are great for flashlights, keys, wallets, sunglasses, and other smaller necessities.

The MOLLE/PALS system is low-profile, water resistant, and pretty lightweight. The fabric is extremely durable and can withstand rough conditions and terrain without breaking a sweat.  The main compartment features a large pocket designed for laptops, iPads, and other electronics. Aside from that, there is more than enough storage capacity for larger things like sleeping bags, boots, and etcetera. The hand grip is made of rope which can be used as a survival tool in moments of need.

One of the things some people complained about is the overall size of this backpack. In other words, it’s somewhat smaller in comparison to some other models at the same price range. In order to prevent such scenarios, always make sure to look at the dimensions or even pictures of the product before placing an order.

PROS

  • Good storage capacity
  • Great vent system
  • Quality design

CONS

  • Quite small

Maxpedition Vulture-II Backpack

This 34-liter backpack weighs only about 3 pounds and is great for hiking, backpacking, fishing, and other adventures. In fact, it’s a good deal for people who work in law enforcement as well thanks to its good design and premium quality. What makes this backpack a worthy investment are its durability, quality of materials, and good capacity.

vulture II backpack product image

  • Capacity: 34 liter
  • Dimensions: 7.5 x 20.5 x 16 inches
  • Construction: Fabric/Nylon

OVERALL RATING: 4.4/5

FEATURES:

While this isn’t the best possible unit you’ll find, it’s definitely a thing worth looking into if you’re searching for good storage capacity coupled with premium quality. The design features three generous compartments and wide bottom design. In other words, this product is made to carry a lot of stuff while remaining somewhat comfortable to carry around.

The concealed carry pocket is designed specifically for weapon storage but can also be used for other things in case you run out of storage which is unlikely but possible. The comfort level is okay but not as impressive as one would imagine. This backpack is fine for long hikes but can take a toll on you after a couple of days. It’s foreseen for 3-day backpacking, but it can handle more than five days easily.

While some ads say this model is waterproof, it’s definitely not the case. However, it is coated with Teflon meaning it will keep your gear dry and safe during rough weather. The main thing to remember here is that any type of coating can wear out after a while. On the other hand, it takes years for that to happen meaning you shouldn’t think and worry about that too much.

The compartments are somewhat spacious, but they could have been organized a bit better. It is a matter of personal preferences in the end, but it’s kind of better to have your stuff neatly organized throughout your backpack instead of hassling with clutter.

PROS

  • Relatively lightweight
  • Concealed carry pocket
  • A lot of auxiliary attachment solutions

CONS

  • The material is too stiff

Sandpiper of California Long Range Bugout Backpack

This is yet another backpack with an amazing capacity and several different accessory attachments. It’s ideal for a vast array of purposes, but it excels at keeping your load safe and dry at all times. It’s also quite comfortable thanks to the smooth and lightweight design.

Product image of Sandpiper of California backpack

  • Capacity: 68-91 liter
  • Dimensions: 10.5 x 26 x 15.5 inches
  • Construction: 1000 Denier

OVERALL RATING: 4.4/5

FEATURES:

The dimensions of this backpack are 26” x 15.5” x 10.5”. As you can tell, it’s not a small backpack by any means, but it’s also not a massive one either. Some people complained about it being somewhat small, but it all comes down to your requirements and needs. If you’re planning on hiking for more than 2-3 days, then you’ll definitely need a larger model. However, in case your adventure won’t last more than a couple of days, this model in particular, will meet your expectations.

The adjustable waist belt is a neat touch although not an impressive one. The storage capacity is pretty good and the front compartment is double zippered meaning it can be locked for improved safety. While this model isn’t completely waterproof, but thanks to the density of the material it’s highly water resistant. That means you won’t have issues with moist equipment; however, the zippers are always a potential leak path. Therefore, make sure to zip the bag up as tight as possible in order to prevent potential leaks.

The only thing some people didn’t like too much is the premium price. However, we don’t see it as a disadvantage because quality doesn’t come cheap. In fact, the vast majority of somewhat cheap backpacks usually end up causing trouble pretty quickly. If you appreciate quality and good storage capacity, the price isn’t that big of a deal in the first place. Other than that, this unit is a perfect solution for 3-day adventures in the wilderness.

PROS

  • Several days’ worth of capacity
  • Adjustable quality waist strap
  • Comfortable

CONS

  • The buckles struggle to hold up after a while

Karrimor SF Sabre 45 Backpack

The SF Sabre 45 model is slightly different in comparison to some others we have covered thus far. Nonetheless, it’s a great model for people who are planning on spending some time outside in the wilderness. It features enough storage space, is durable, and most importantly – it’s quite comfortable.

product image of Sabre 45

  • Capacity: 45 liter
  • Dimensions: 27.6 x 17.7 x 7.9 inches
  • Construction: 1000 D Ballistic Nylon

OVERALL RATING: 4.4/5

FEATURES:

The first thing most people notice about this backpack are the shoulder straps as well as the waist strap. While the waist strap isn’t removable, it’s a great addition to an already versatile backpack. As far as the storage capacity goes, there is plenty of space for you to pack whatever you need for a couple of days without too much hassle. Even though there aren’t many individual compartments, there is still enough room for everything.

However, in case you’re a fan of neatly organized pockets and space in general, this model might not be the best choice for you. Karrimor is a good brand and they have been manufacturing backpacks for a while now. By that token, we can conclude that it is of supreme quality, but it probably isn’t foreseen for extreme conditions. Nonetheless, it will endure through rough weather and unfavorable conditions pretty easily.

The thing some people didn’t like is the hip strap. While it’s a useful thing to have, it can sometimes cause issues such as hot spots and even irritation. The problem here is the fact that it’s not removable and thus always a potential hassle. If you’re not a fan of waist straps, you should probably avoid this model in particular. Apart from that, people also seem unsatisfied with the premium price.

While we agree over the fact that it’s somewhat expensive, there’s a good reason for that. The main reason is quality which cannot be faked and is a costly element. In other words, if you’re looking for a high-quality backpack, it’s going to cost you significantly more than buying a generic one in the supermarket.

PROS

  • Sturdy design
  • Great price
  • Good quality

CONS

  • The waist belt is non-removable

Maxpedition Sitka Gearslinger

As far as versatility goes, this model might be the best one we’ve covered thus far. It offers a bunch of different solutions whether it’s storage, durability, or comfort. In other words, if you’re an avid hiker or are in need of a high-quality, durable backpack, take a moment and check this particular one out, it might be a good candidate.

Product image of Maxpedition Sitka Gearslinger

  • Capacity: 15 liter
  • Dimensions: 12.5 x 5.2 x 18 inches
  • Construction: Nylon

OVERALL RATING: 4.4/5

FEATURES:

The important thing to point out here is that this is a single shoulder backpack designed to maximize utility when rotated. It’s not a downside per se, but it’s a very important piece of information nonetheless. The design is pretty good, although it’s subpar in comparison to some other models we have covered already. The shoulder strap is designed to go over one’s left shoulder and is not ambidextrous.

While this might seem like a bad thing, it actually serves a good purpose if you’re by chance carrying a weapon over your right shoulder. In most other cases, single shoulder backpacks straight up lose the battle with dual shoulder straps. On the other hand, this model offers room for your laptop or iPad and a 100 oz. hydration reservoir storage.

Besides that, it features several smaller pockets that are good for small necessities like sunglasses, water bottles, wallets, keys, etcetera. In fact, the overall cargo capacity is about 618 cubic inches. The main selling point of this model in particular is its durability. It is made to last for years and cope with tough conditions without breaking a sweat.

The price is pretty good, although some people consider it quite expensive. Truth be told, it is rather expensive, but there’s a good reason for that. In this industry, you usually get what you paid for meaning you can expect a bunch of useful features as the price grows. This may not be the best possible choice for everyone, but it will cater to most of your requirements.

PROS

  • Versatile
  • Concealed carry pocket
  • Ergonomic

CONS

  • Single-shoulder system

Condor 3 Day Assault Pack

The Condor features ample storage space and is designed to offer as much organization as possible, which is not something we could say for some other models we’ve covered thus far. On top of that, this backpack is compatible with hydration packs meaning it is foreseen for long adventures and rough conditions.

product image of 3 day assault condor

  • Capacity: 50 liter
  • Dimensions: 22 x 17 x 11 inches
  • Construction: Heavy duty fabric

OVERALL RATING: 4.4/5

FEATURES:

The design is quite good and compact. While this backpack can carry a lot of stuff, it isn’t as big and cumbersome as some others. Total dimensions are 22” x 17” x 11” which translates to 50 liters or 3038 cubic inches. As you can tell, it offers more than enough space and versatility for various activities including hiking, fishing, backpacking, and more. The pockets are well-designed and more importantly – well organized.

In other words, you can store your stuff in an organized manner and have quick access in times of need. Even though this doesn’t sound like a particularly impressive feature, you can rest assured that it does come in handy, especially in urgent situations when every second count. Furthermore, the body contour shoulder straps feature a D-ring suitable for various attachments. The removable waistband strip is also a neat touch because it offers you a choice rather than being a built-in feature.

As far as the shortcomings go, there aren’t many, but some things should be pointed out. For example, some people complained about the size of the model by saying it’s somewhat too large. While this isn’t a downside per se, we strongly recommend checking out the dimensions of the model before placing an order so that you can avoid unpleasant surprises.

Also, the quality of the zippers is somewhat questionable and inconsistent. Needless to say, it’s a great backpack with an affordable price and it does fulfill most of the mandatory parameters. It’s not the best on the market by any means, but it can come in handy, especially for people who like short adventures.

PROS

  • Large load capacity
  • Hydration route
  • Heavy-duty design

CONS

  • Somewhat poor layout
  • Questionable zipper quality

travelilng backpack

Things to Consider When Buying a Tactical Backpack

Before you make a definitive decision and choose a particular model you see as a worthy investment, there are some things you should keep in mind in order to get the best possible deal. While buying a backpack seems like a pretty straightforward and simple thing to do, it’s actually quite complex, especially if you’re looking to get the best of both the price and functionality. Therefore, if you’re not an experienced individual regarding hiking and backpacking, take a moment and read some of the points we have made in this article.

Bear in mind, these are not definitive and concrete rules but rather tips and tricks you can and should use while shopping for a new backpack. Always double-check everything before placing an order and you should be fine.

Weight

Naturally, the overall weight of your new backpack is an essential element for your experience during future endeavors. The best rule of thumb you can follow here is to get a lightweight model but at the same time not compromise the integrity. In other words, if a backpack seems too light, it’s probably of questionable quality and will end up causing you nothing but troubles.

On the other hand, if a backpack is too heavy, it will take its toll on you and your back in a matter of hours. If you consider the fact that most people wear these models on their backs for several hours a day, getting uncomfortable after only an hour or two is a disaster in itself.

Storage Capacity

Things like pockets, mesh compartments, and hidden carrying bags are extremely important for one’s experience. The vast majority of people who decide to buy a tactical backpack usually look for a lot of storage solutions. In fact, the models that don’t offer too much versatility when it comes to storage usually don’t sell well in the first place.

However, the sheer number of pockets isn’t the only piece of information you should be paying attention to. The size and overall capacity of those pockets is what counts at the end of the day. On top of that, the way the pockets are organized inside the backpack also play a massive role in one’s experience. Zipper quality is another thing you should keep in mind at all times.

Sadly, it’s not always easy to spot a low-quality zipper system as most of them look quite similar to each other. However, you can get a general idea of how good the zippers are by reading some of the reviews or looking at the manufacturer of the said zippers.

Simplistic Frame Design

Since you should be looking for a lighter backpack, simple frame design is also a thing worth thinking about. Depending on what are you planning on carrying in your backpack, you should choose the frame accordingly. In other words, if you’re planning on carrying a heavy load, a sturdier and more reliable inner frame would be a good idea.

However, this is a double-edged sword because as you increase the sturdiness of the inner frame, the overall weight of the backpack proportionally grows. The key here is to find a fine balance between durability and light weight, which is more often than not a pretty hard thing to do, especially if you have no previous experience when it comes to buying quality equipment.

The models with a lighter and simpler inner frame can carry up to 30 lbs, but we wouldn’t recommend carrying more than that.

walking through the forest with backpack

Materials

The vast majority of modern tactical backpacks are made of either nylon or cuben fiber. The ripstop nylon is significantly cheaper than cuben fiber, but it’s also much heavier. Both materials are durable and have been tested throughout the years and proved to be ideal for this industry.

The important thing to remember here is that there is no right or wrong, but instead it all comes down to your personal preferences and expectations. If you’re looking for a heavy-duty backpack, go with ripstop nylon. In case you’re looking for less weight with the same functionality, don’t hesitate to go with cuben fiber.

Comfort

Many people simply forget about comfort levels when buying a backpack. Most buyers usually focus on storage, design, and quality. While these are all legitimate parameters to be concerned about, the overall comfort level is one of the most important ones. It’s fairly simple – it doesn’t matter how good and resilient your backpack is if it’s uncomfortable to carry. The first sign you should be looking at is whether the backpack is stiff and rugged. If it is, it’s probably safe to assume that it’s not as comfortable as one would expect.

This isn’t a big deal if you’re shopping in person, but in case you’re shopping online – make sure to cover all the necessary aspects before placing an order. It’s quite hard to determine whether a model is comfortable enough by only looking at some pictures which is why you should also read the user impressions as well as reviews. If you can find a video that describes a particular model, that would be even better than just reading other people’s opinions.

The Price

It’s important to remember that price doesn’t always represent quality. In simpler terms, if something is unusually expensive, that doesn’t mean it’s of better quality than something that’s two times cheaper. However, these backpacks don’t come cheap, that’s a fact. Everything under $70-$80 would be considered cheap and probably not worth investing into. Now, bear in mind, there are several models out there that are below this imaginary threshold and are perfectly safe and functional. On the other hand, those models are quite rare and you probably won’t run into them too often.

If you’re struggling with your budget, it’s better to wait it out until you can actually afford a premium backpack instead of going out and buying the first thing you stumble upon. You can rest assured that cheap backpacks will end up costing you more time and money than the premium-priced ones.

Benefits of Carrying a Tactical Backpack

Most people don’t realize that the term “tactical” means it offers much more benefits in comparison to conventional backpack models. Some of  the inherent features of every tactical backpack offer quite an advantage over conventional ones and that’s one of the reasons why people decide to invest in tactical equipment, especially if they are an avid hiker, climber, or work in law enforcement and military. Here are some of the most notable benefits of carrying a tactical backpack:

Sections, pockets, and storage capacity

Tactical gear usually focuses on functionality instead of aesthetics and overall appeal. The vast majority of models from this category have numerous pockets and compartments for a vast array of equipment including tools, knives, keys, phones, laptops, and more. In fact, one of the main features that most manufacturers worry about is the storage capacity of a tactical backpack.

In order to have good organization and know where your stuff is at all times, you have to have at least a dozen pockets for different items. Commercial backpacks usually have two or three. Tactical equipment, on the other hand, has dozens of pockets.

Comfort

Because these models are designed to be carried around for hours if not days, the comfort levels are always at the highest point when talking about quality products. That means there are no rough edges and sharp and stiff zippers in tactical backpacks, or at least, there shouldn’t be any.

Waist belts are also an important element, especially if you’re planning on carrying a massive load. A waist belt comes in handy because it affects and corrects the user’s balance and prevents uncomfortable scenarios.

image of hiking backpack

Modular connectivity and connection systems

Easy access and modular connectivity are the two most notable differences between tactical and commercial gear. MOLLE, PALS, and ALICE connection systems allow you to attach and detach whatever you feel is necessary.

This helps you reduce the overall weight of the backpack as well as putting some of the most important things at the reach of your hands. Knowing where your essentials are is critical for your survival, especially if you’re on a specific mission.

Durability

Even if you’re not an avid professional, you still need durability and ruggedness. These backpacks are usually made of waterproof materials and highly structured layouts. This particular combination yields great results, especially when it comes down to the resilience of your equipment.

In case you opt to invest in some of these models, you can rest assured that they will endure through rough weather and harsh conditions much better than the normal commercial models, with minimal damage. In fact, one of the biggest advantages of tactical equipment is the fact that it is designed to last for years if not decades which cannot be said for commercial models.

A piece of advice

It’s important to remember that you most likely will not find the perfect backpack even after days of researching. However, that’s not something you should be too worried about because every model has its pros and cons. It all comes down to finding the one that has disadvantages that will not affect your overall experience.

In other words, don’t hesitate to buy a model that has a pocket or two less than you would have wanted because it’s not a big deal. On the other hand, cardinal shortcomings such as low-quality zippers or uncomfortable waist belts should be avoided at all costs.

CONCLUSION

As you can tell, there are plenty of different models out there, and each offers something unique. The predicament of not being able to find the one that suits your needs is hopefully over now thanks to the reviews we’ve published. They are designed to give you a better insight into the pros and cons of top-rated models on the market today.

In case you aren’t sure what to look for, don’t hesitate to read our buyer’s guide and see whether you can find some tips and advice on how to properly evaluate the overall quality of a tactical backpack.

The models we’ve decided to cover are certainly not the best ones on the market, but instead represent a good balance between the price, quality, and usefulness. If you’re an avid professional, then you probably already know what to look for and how to evaluate the situation. However, if you’re a complete novice, our analysis will definitely help you make the proper decision.