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SHOT Show 17 – LBX Tactical

Friday, January 20th, 2017

This is the new LBX lightweight shell pack. It offers top/bottom/middle pack access with uretek zippers. Look for a summer/fall release date in a variety of colors.

This is the LBX4020 Armatus II in MultiCam Black with integrated G-Code Scorpion pouches.

Arc’teryx LEAF – ‘Less Is Better’ With New Assault Packs

Friday, January 13th, 2017

Arc’teryx LEAF released their Assault Packs as part of the 2017 line.

Essentially, they are updates to the Khard line with minor improvements. These improvements include the name. No one really knew what a “Khard” was when it was first released, but everyone understands what the new naming convention denotes; “Assault Pack” is pretty straight forward.

Like I mentioned, the changes are minor.

The padded shoulder straps and removable waist belt are now common between both the 30 and 45 liter sizes. The suspension is also more PPE friendly.

They’ve also eliminated the zippered pocket inside the pack’s lid due to redundancy, while the zippered pocket on the outside of the lid is no longer as deep, so you won’t lose track of your gear. It also now has a flap. The plus side of this is that it is more water resistant, but I’ve noticed I find myself regularly checking to ensure I’ve zipped it closed, since I can’t just glance at the zipper.

Interestingly, the Khard 60 will remain as-is in both name and configuration, as a specialist item.

The Assault Pack is available in 30 and 45 liter sizes in Crocodile, Wolf Grey, MultiCam and now Black.

See the whole line of LEAF load carriage, including the DryBag series at

Tactical Assault Gear Launches New Web Site

Friday, January 13th, 2017

We’ve got theee cool things from TAG to tell you about.

Tactical Assault Gear has launched an update to their website. In addition to TAG products, they also offer some of the most popular products from other vendors in the market.

Also, new and in stock, is their Everyday Pack. At only 19 ounces, this pack is extremely lightweight, 100% Made in America, with a Lifetime Warranty.

Molded back panel
YKK zippers
Contoured padded shoulder straps
Hydration port
Can hold 100oz. hydration bladder
Matching webbing and hardware

Small Outer Pocket: 10” W x 8”H x 2” D (160 cubic inches)
Back Panel: 13” W at the base; 12” W Center line; 9” W at the top
Main Compartment: 17.5” H x 11.5” W (avg. width of back panel) x 5” D (1000 cubic inches)
Total pack size: 1,160 cubic inches

Offered in MultiCam Arid/Coyote Tan, MultiCam Black/Ranger Green and MultiCam Tropic/Coyote Tan

Finally, at this year’s SHOT Show, TAG is giving away this American made hat. It will only be available at SHOT. Stop by booth #30311 to get yours.

ORWM – Mystery Ranch Accessories

Thursday, January 12th, 2017

Here are two new accessories from Mystery Ranch I think SSD readers may be interested in.

First up is the Rain Cover with Hood. It’s pretty straight forward. MR figures that of you want to keep your pack dry, you might want to do the same with your head.

Offered in two sizes, 10 and 30 liters, these Dry Cells feature roll tops and sonic welded seams.

ORWM – Mystery Ranch

Tuesday, January 10th, 2017

This report on new items from Mystery Ranch Outdoor products, coming Fall 17. The military/tactical items will come next week at SHOT Show. Both of these are what I would consider commuter bags.

At 22 liters, the Rip Ruck is made from 420D Cordura in a mountain ruck style.  Look for a separate zippered pocket for a laptop next to the back along with a dual zipper main pocket and two smaller outer pockets which replicate the two-zipper styling.

The Slick is just that.  It’s a 23 liter pack made from ripstop nylon and features a dedicated, zippered, laptop compartment along with a main pocket with a half moon zippered opening.  On either side are slit pockets which will accept a water bottle.

Mountainsmith – USA Tyrol Backpack

Thursday, December 29th, 2016

Mountainsmith is manufacturing a limited run of their Tyrol Backpack design in Colorado using upcycled, or unused/surplus fabric.

-Top opening zippered main compartment
-Zippered accessories pocket on interior top lid
-Interior hanging zippered stash pocket
-Side compression straps w/ D-Ring attachment points
-Adjustable sternum strap
-Zippered front panel accessories pocket
-Front panel bungee attachment
-Dual bottom panel tool loops
-Double paneled bottom for extra durability
-EVA framesheet with airmesh backpanel
-Removable 1.5” waistbelt
-Internal hydration sleeve with hose port

Made from a combination of 1000D and 500D Cordura along with 210D nylon lining, the USA Tyrol Backpack is available in Pinon Green or Heritage Red. Additionally, each pack is numbered and marked with the initials of the person who built it.

High Range Outdoors – SR20 V2 Pack

Monday, December 19th, 2016


High Range Outdoors’ SR20 V2 Pack is now available. The SR20 V2, or Short Range 20L V2, is a 20 liter day pack designed for a wide rage of uses, including assault pack, lightweight overnight pack, or even a bushcraft pack. Available with either a roll top or draw collar, the SR20 features 4×7 side and 6×4 front MOLLE/PALS webbing for the attachment of additional load carrying pouches. The frame sheet, sternum strap, and compression straps are removable, and the SR20 also comes with an internal hydration sleeve & hose port. Additionally the SR20 comes complete with adjustable shoulder straps, an under ld pocket, and two accessory loops.

The SR20 V2 is being offered in the following colorways:

  • Arid – Tan w/ khaki webbing
  • Hood – OD green w/ black webbing
  • Ninja – Black w/ black webbing
  • MultiCam
  • Kryptek Highlander
  • The SR20 V2 is made in Australia from US-sourced Cordura 500D nylon.

    Triple Aught Design – Azimuth Transport Pack Now Available For Pre-Order

    Friday, December 2nd, 2016

    I was first exposed to the Azimuth Transport Pack from Triple Aught Design during Destination: Granite. TAD gave each of the attendees a prototype of this lightweight daypack. I used it during the experience and now keep it with me for travel. As you’ll notice, it compacts into an internal pocket for storage or transport. The idea is that you can take it with you in your main luggage and then pull it out and use it as a daypack once you get to your destination. It weighs .8 lbs and offers 19 liters of carrying capacity.  I really like the top zipper opening which secures via two side release buckles. The pack also offers a handy side zip for panel access as well as dual water bottle pockets.  However, the real exciting thing about this pack is that it is super durable thanks to the VX-21 Ripstop and VX-07 Shell materials which are essentially modern sail cloth.

    Easy Access: Primarily loaded via the large, water resistant zipper at the top of the pack, the Azimuth Pack also has zippers running along both sides of the front panel. One zipper leads to the main compartment, allowing the user to quickly and easily access items at any layer of the pack, and the other zipper leads to a separate, flat storage compartment that keeps small items readily accessible.

    Internal Organization: Two Helix (HX) attachment points inside of the Azimuth Pack allow the user to attach Transport Cubes, our soon-to-be-released Transport Sleeve, select Control Panels, or any other compatible storage system securely inside the pack. An internal mesh pocket keeps small items accessible at the top of the pack, and also acts as the carrying pouch when stowing the Azimuth for transport.

    External Organization: The Azimuth Pack has two quickly accessible external side pockets with attachment loops to help retain essential tools such as a water bottle, compass, GPS, or map. These pockets are ported to allow small debris or loose liquid to escape.

    Capable Companion: Unstructured and minimalist, the Azimuth can be packed into its own internal mesh pocket, rolled up, or packed flat. Made in the USA from premium lightweight and durable weather-resistant materials, the Azimuth packs features above its weight class into a package you’ll forget is there until you need it.

    Hydration Compatible: A hydration bladder attachment strap rests inside the top of the Azimuth Pack to allow common sizes and shapes of hydrations bladders to be suspended. The top of the pack is ported to allow hydration hoses to be routed to either shoulder strap. Both straps contain a small elastic loop to secure the hose to the strap.

    Colors are Black/Brindle. Pre-orders for the pilot production run will begin shipping on Wednesday, 12/7. All pre-orders will ship in time to arrive by 12/24. Not available for pickup in-store. However, there will be a limited number available at the annual prototype/sample/warehouse sale happening this weekend at their Dogpatch location. On a side note, this year TAD will be doing an online sale for the customers who can’t make it here for the sale. Online info:

    To pre-order the Azimuth Transport Pack, visit