No matter your mission or training situation, a tactical backpack is one of the most critical pieces of equipment that you can carry. Manufacturers design these bags for the most rigorous of conditions with ultra-durable fabric that is often water-resistant as well. Additionally, the bags offer many compartments and storage space to help keep your tactical gear organized. Below, you’ll find the six best tactical backpacks available today.
5.11 AMP24 Backpack
The AMP24 Backpack from 5.11 is one of best tactical packs available today. The main compartment of this backpack measures 19.5” x 11” x 8”, yielding a total capacity of 32 liters. Customers will also find four side pockets and one bottom stash pocket, along with a rear compartment ideal for a laptop or hydration pack.
This bag is incredibly comfortable, complete with a thermoformed back panel with Comfort Yoke quick release shoulder straps and the company’s patented hex grid multi-angle load bearing platform. 5.11 sells the pack for just under $190. Customers can choose from six colors, including:
- Ranger Green
Haley Strategic Partners D3 Flatpack Plus
The D3 Flatpack Plus from Haley Strategic Partners is a mid-sized bag, offering 1,400 cubic inches of storage capacity. The bag is larger than a small assault pack but is less substantial than a full-sized day pack. When expanded, the main compartment of the bag is large enough to fit a helmet or jacket. Customers can purchase the bag for just under $180. It is available in three different colors, including Black, Coyote, and Ranger Green.
SOG Scout Backpack, 24L
The 24L Scout Backpack from SOG stresses organization. There is a quad-zip feature inside the main compartment, which allows you to find smaller accessories without having to unpack everything from the bag. SOG also added compression straps on the side of the bag, allowing you to secure bulkier clothing. The bag features a sternum strap, making it easier to carry a full load. SOG sells the backpack for a little more than $115.
Cannae Pro Gear Phalanx Full-Size Duty Pack
This extra-large tactical backpack from Cannae Pro Gear offers an astounding 37 liters of capacity, which should make it large enough for a three-day weekend trip. The pack measures 22.5” x 16.5” x 6.5”. Inside, you’ll find a Helmet Carry pouch, which also doubles as a compression quick-access pouch. You’ll also find side zipper pockets large enough to hold magazines for your weapon. The pack costs about $170 and is available in four colors:
Red Rock Gear Transporter Day Pack
If you’re looking for an affordable tactical backpack, then you’ll want to check out the Red Rock Gear Transporter Day Pack. The pack costs less than $40. It’s not the largest packs, as it measures 8” x 10” x 17”, but it should be large enough for basic tactical needs. A rear pocket makes it possible to attach a hydration pack as well. Velcro on the back of this pack makes it easy to attach accessories. Unfortunately, customers can only purchase this bag in Coyote color.
Camelback is a company known for its hydration packs, which shows in this Rubicon bag. The bag features a pre-installed hydration system, complete with the company’s patented Big Bite Value technology that ensures you receive water when you need it most. The hydration pack in this bag holds up to three liters of water.
The bag is comfortable to carry thanks to padded back straps as well. There are eight slip pockets in the bag, which costs about $150 for the Coyote model and just under $300 for the Multicam model.
Any tactical backpack list that does not include Maxpedition is incomplete. Maxpedition actually should be at the top of the list. 5.11 Rush is great too. Red Rock bags are nice too but do not last very long, and the quality of the bags is inconsistent. Having owned numerous such backpacks I speak from experience.