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OR – SOG Knives & Tools to Introduce New Line of Packs

Monday, August 10th, 2015

In the corner of the SOG Knives booth, tucked away were six packs hanging on the wall. I asked the rep manning the booth if they had any literature on the packs and he replied by telling me that they arrived right before the show and he didn’t know anything about them yet, except that they were coming. The rep wasn’t very interested in even talking about them and I couldn’t move them but I did surmise that they incorporate what we would consider up-to-date features like laser or diecut PALS channels as well as hardened lids to protect the contents.


Sorry about these photos but trade show lighting is awful enough as it is and these were only lit by some filtered sunlight.

Kitanica – Bomb Bag

Monday, August 10th, 2015

Bomb Bag 1

Kitanica’s Bomb Bag is an over-the-shoulder every day carry bag. The exterior is constructed of 1000D Cordura nylon, while the interior is constructed of Taslan liner and Cordura fabric. The bag features storage throughout, with a main compartment with two interior sleeve pockets, a rear zippered pocket, a small exterior zippered pocket, and two side pockets. The front zippered pocket has pen tubes, a d-ring, and a cell phone sleeve.

Available in Black and MultiCam.

OR – Mountainsmith Reboots Lumbar Packs For 2016

Sunday, August 9th, 2015

Mountainsmith has been making Lumbar packs for decades.  In fact, I remember several guys back in the early 90s attaching the Black version to the lower back (lumbar) of their Tactical Load Bearing Vests as a low profile alternative to the butt pack.

I checked them out at Outdoor Retailer and it looks like we’ll see some great alternatives to Black for those guys who want to put together an E&E bag or other home brew load carrying solution.

Golden, CO — Jul 21, 2015 – Mountainsmith—craftsmen of iconic backcountry equipment and recreational outdoor gear— will debut 2016’s completely redesigned lumbar pack line at Summer Outdoor Retailer. Innovative and built for off the beaten path excursions, these new Mountainsmith products offer outdoor an urban adventurers versatility to brave the elements, no matter what Mother Nature throws their way.

“Some 35 years ago Mountainsmith’s lumbar packs started as extremely simple, rugged, utilitarian outdoor pieces, made to carry load in a comfortable way while keeping things you need quick at hand,” says Mountainsmith designer Jacob Stein. “For our 2016 lumbar launch, our focus was to maintain these core characteristics while paying close attention to materials, modern relevant function, color, and style.”

Mountainsmith has taken a very careful approach to updating their iconic line of lumbar packs, placing their focus on improving durability and modern utility. Adding color-matched shock cord and stretch mesh allowed these bags to come together with cutting-edge color ways, while in depth studies on the fabrics and trims brought the introduction of Cordura® HP fabric throughout Mountainsmith’s entire lumbar line. These already rugged bags were upgraded to offer bombproof durability. Revisiting every feature and fine-tuning for comfort and utility, these are the best lumbar packs ever made, by the brand that invented the category over 35 years ago.

“We are very excited about our partnership with the CORDURA brand and know this translates to outstanding quality and durability,” adds Stein. “Mountainsmith strives to make products that people love and that will last a lifetime. We think we’ve hit the mark again in 2016.”

Day – $89.95

A staple of gear closets everywhere for the past 35 years. In 2016, the Day gets even more durable with the addition of Cordura® fabric, and all the features you have come to love.

Daylight – $69.95

The Daylight is the perfect stash-able pack companion for longer backpacking trips and adventure. Stuffs into its own pocket and is extremely durable, thanks to the use of Robic™ Nylon.

Tour – MSRP: $79.95

Our quintessential lumbar pack created the category 35 years ago and delivers with a robust design capable of stashing all of the essentials from street to trail.

Drift – MSRP: $49.95

For light day hikes, the Drift provides a place to stash snacks, water, and a layer. Tuck away the waist belt and use the shoulder strap for shoulder bag conversion.

Knockabout – MSRP: $34.95

This hybrid waist/shoulder sling bag swings around from the back to the front with ease. Plenty of organizational features make this a great solution from concerts to everyday carry.

Vibe – MSRP: $29.95

The Vibe provides ultimate organization in a small lumbar pack, ready for a myriad of uses. Whether hiking, traveling, or using it for everyday carry, you will be amazed at how much it fits.

The Fanny Pack – MSRP: $24.95

Plain and simple, fanny packs rule. Clear your pockets and keep all of your essentials in one easily organized waist accessory.

U.S. Elite Gear – Arc’teryx LEAF Blade 6 Pack

Friday, August 7th, 2015


Arc’teryx’s Blade 6 is a low-profile, 6-liter compact daypack designed for general use. It features a front pocket with organization slots, as well as a dedicated padded compartment for laptops up to 13″, and an dedicated internal sleeve for tablet computers. Additional storage includes an external stash pocket, and discreet back panel pocket for documents. The Blade 6 also features dual density shoulder straps, which provide cushioning and conform to the body, and a thermoformed back panel.

OR – Granite Gear – 338 Jungle Ruck

Friday, August 7th, 2015

Granite Gear was selected as one of three finalists for the USSOCOM Jungle Pack Program. This is their submission, named the 338.


The 38 liter pack utilizes a modified Chief frame sheet as well as a new suspension system with air channels made from a combination of mesh and soft shell fabric. The Chief frame sheet accepts the shoulder straps which plug right in. They’ve combined this with 500D Cordura and interesting Trelleborg drain hole panels.




The 338 is a Top Loader with a removable lid and a roll top closure on the bag itself, as well as dual side hydration pockets. Additionally, the pack features a removable radio pocket for an AN/PRC-117G.


Finally, in addition to the drainage panels the bottom of the 338 has four large drain grommets.


It’s not quite ready for sale yet but keep your ears open.

Here’s a little candy for you. They also developed a smaller, more assault-style, hot weather, 26 liter pack which is really cool.


It shares several features with the 338 but doesn’t have a lid or waist belt.

Critical Precision – Discreet AR-15 Carry Case

Friday, August 7th, 2015


Critical Precision is offering a limited production Discreet AR-15 Carry Case. It features a wax canvas exterior, a webbing handle, and a carry strap with 3D mesh shoulder pad. The interior is made of Coyote Brown 1000D Cordura nylon, and comes with a flexible internal divider. It can fit a 10″ AR-15 pistol, a broken down 16″ AR-15, or an 18″ scoped upper (dependent on muzzle device), with enough room for one or two handguns. Heavy padded foam walls protect the contents of the bag, and small mesh compartments on the lid allow for items such as earpro, magazines, tools, etc.

The Discreet AR-15 Carry Case is manufactured in the USA. This offer is only available until August 9th.

OR – Mystery Ranch Is Back In Retail

Thursday, August 6th, 2015

One of the biggest stories of 2015’s Outdoor Retailer Summer Market is Mystery Ranch’s reintroduction of a consumer based, retail line. MR literally overhauled everything available commercially, and introduced new colorways with several completely new packs added to the line as well. This move means that the hunting and outdoor packs will be available through retailers all across North America. It also means that if you’ve been carrying a MR pack for work, now you can carry one for recreation as well.  


Mystery Ranch founder Dana Gleason and I talked about the expansion. MR has been concentrating on military and fire load carriage for the past 15 years and these new packs incorporate a lot of lessons learned. Dana related, “It has to carry the load extremely well. Our goal for outdoor is 45-50 lbs. Nobody is going to make a 75 lbs invisible, but we will make it bearable.”

Chase Tactical – Warrior Wednesday – Warrior Assault Systems Elite Ops Cargo Pack

Thursday, August 6th, 2015


The Warrior Assault Systems Cargo Pack is designed to attach to the back of any MOLLE Vest or Rig. It comprises 1 large main compartment and 2 smaller external compartments. The Cargo Pack includes an interior hydration sleeve and exterior MOLLE webbing for the addition of extra pouches. The Cargo Pack also comes with detachable shoulder straps giving the user the option of using the Cargo Pack as a small stand-alone backpack as well.



Main Compartment – 15″ x 7.5″ x 7.5″

Pouch – 8″ x 7.5″ x 2″

Capacity – Approx. 8 Litres


The Cargo Pack is currently available in MultiCam, Coyote, Black, OD Green, Ranger Green and A-TACS-FG.

All Warrior Assault Systems products are made from genuine U.S. Mil Spec materials and hardware.


Interested in carrying the Warrior Assault Systems product line? Click on the following link or email

OR – Ventra Gear – Main Frame

Wednesday, August 5th, 2015

Ventra Gear’s patent pending Main Frame adapts to many frameless packs and offers some breathing room between the wearer and the pack’s bag thanks to the mesh back. Inventor Mike Wright is a Mechanical Engineer who created the Main Frame specifically for this reason, commuting to work each day on his bike and arriving with a sweaty back.  

I saw it and immediately thought “jungle” but this easily removable frame could also give some structure to otherwise floppy assault packs or be adapted for use as a frame sheet for odd sized loads. In fact, the Main Frame is rated for use up to 60 lbs loads yet weighs only 333grams/11.7 oz for a size Medium. It uses the shoulder straps from the attached pack and Mike offers an optional waist belt for those packs that don’t have one, The frame is offered in Small Medium and Large and will be available soon.

Chase Tactical – Warrior Wednesday – Warrior Assault Systems Helmet Cargo Pack

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015


The Warrior Assault System Helmet Cargo Pack (HCP) is a versatile cargo pack with a main central compartment for general storage which opens via a heavy duty zipper. Inside a separate sleeve holds a 3 litre hydration bladder (not included) there are 2 side pockets on the outside providing additional storage of a variety of small items.


On the outside of the main compartment is a fully adjustable folding pouch which is designed to store a combat helmet or jacket, clothing etc. The Helmet Cargo Pack can be worn with 2 padded removable shoulder straps or when these are removed the HCP can be MOLLEd on to the back of any armor carrier. Total pack capacity is approx. 12 litres.


The Helmet Cargo Pack is currently available in MultiCam, Coyote, Black, OD Green, Ranger Green, A-TACS-FG, and A-TACS-AU

All Warrior Assault Systems products are made from genuine U.S. Mil Spec materials and hardware.

Interested in carrying the Warrior Assault Systems product line? Chase Tactical is the North American distributor for Warrior Assault Systems. Click on the following link or email